Chicago CityPASS for the Win!

Chicago CityPASS for the Win!

A big thanks to Choose Chicago and CityPASS for sponsoring our Chicago activities via CityPASS. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. Recently I took my son to Chicago for a fun mother-son weekend. Although the whole family went last summer, this was a trip specifically geared towards things the two of us enjoy doing together. Thanks to CityPASS, we were able to do everything we desired for one low price! I’ve heard of CityPASS before but hadn’t checked it out myself, so when we received two passes for this trip, I was super excited to learn more. Each Chicago CityPASS has savings of 51% off regular admissions. Our CityPASS included Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science & Industry OR 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. As an added bonus, we got VIP admission, so were able to skip ahead of the normal ticket lines. As soon as we arrive Friday, we picked up our passes and headed off to the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. Neither of us had been to this attraction before so we were super excited to check it out. It was early evening so we had the opportunity to see the skyline at dusk which was beautiful. It was interesting to walk all the way around the observation deck and check out the city from various angles. We didn’t indulge since we were heading to dinner next, but there was a lively bar full of specialty drinks for both adults and kids. For an additional $8 we could have tried the tilt option. There is...
My Favorite Christmas Posts

My Favorite Christmas Posts

Merry Christmas! If are reading this on the day I post it, I’m sure Christmas is on your mind as it’s Christmas Eve! So, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite holiday or holiday related posts: Gift Guides:  From the Modern Mrs. Darcy:   The Minimalist’s Guide to Stocking Stuffers  My favorite gift ideas From MomAdvice.com 9 Great Gifts for Someone Living with Chronic Pain From Jessie on a Journey 28 Unique Gifts for Backpackers and Adventurers Helping Others/ Building Relationships: Spread some holiday cheer Random Acts of Kindness Website All-Fun No-Stress Holiday Connections Inexpensive Winter Activities – Get Fit for Less From Consistently Curious – 25 Date Night Ideas in Cincinnati – plan something for the new year now, some of these ideas could be done in places other than Cincinnati   Fun Projects: How about making something fun today as a family? The Perfect Hostess Gift – Flavored Butters Make Ice Cream from Hip2Save – Homemade Peppermint Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Rolled Paper Christmas Ornaments from Positively Splendid Make your own Sugar Scrub to share with everyone you know! From Make and Takes – Watercolor Bookmarks   Any other ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Want to remember these ideas? Pin for later:    ...
Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Life

Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Life

Looking for some unique holiday gifts this year? Since I get tired of gifting the same old chocolates and sweaters I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas for everyone in your life: Family Gift Ideas: Museum Memberships and/or event tickets. For a family, I think this is the perfect gift! I’m all about experience versus “things” Games! Add a gift certificate to a local pizza restaurant if you want to make it really special. Some of our current favorite games are Yamslam, Codenames and Winning Moves RACK-O, Retro package Card Game always go with us when we travel (even for a weekend getaway). A subscription kit such as Wonder Crate or Kiwi Crate For the Fashionista: GYPO Style Challenge – very soon she’ll be offering the annual membership which is the BEST way to enroll, pay for it once and enjoy it all year long. I always sign up for the annual membership myself. UPDATE: Winter 2018 is now open for enrollment – don’t miss out! A subscription box such as GlossyBox (I got my daughter an annual subscription to GlossyBox one year and it ended up being her favorite gift – she looked forward to that box every month). For the Entrepreneur or Blogger in your life: A few months of a meal planning kit or service like EveryPlate or Eat at Home – free up their shopping and food prep time! A fun productivity course such as Make Over Your Mornings, 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life or a great business book. Add a coffee shop gift card to make it really special. A few of my all-time...
What to pack to make your vacation better

What to pack to make your vacation better

All over the internet, I see packing lists, packing hacks, ways to pack your bag smarter, etc. I’m not going to rehash those posts – what I want to share with you are some of the more unusual items I always pack that make my vacations better: Diffuser and essential oils. There have been times I’ve been tempted to leave this at home (it does take up valuable space that could be used for another pair of shoes), but somehow I always squeeze it in. And I’m always so glad to have it. I love coming back to a hotel room that smells delicious instead of stale, and my eyes are never as dry in the morning if I’ve had it running by my bed all night. Curious about which oils I pack? I did a whole post on Essential Oils on Vacation. Rice sock and/or Thera Cane Max: Trigger Point Massager (Blue). Hotel beds can be lumpy. Car and airline travel can make for very sore backs. These two items help with those issues immensely! If I know there will be a microwave available I pack my rice sock. This is simply a sock filled with white rice. Heat it up in the microwave for a minute and enjoy the delicious warmth on sore muscles. My Thera Cane Max: Trigger Point Massager (Blue) was purchased on the advice of my massage therapist and it is a lifesaver for those sticky spots on your back that you can’t reach to rub out. The one I have breaks down for convenient travel and I’ve never had it turned down going through...
What to Wear – Summer 2019 Edition

What to Wear – Summer 2019 Edition

It’s that time of year again! Time for a new Style Challenge – wondering what I’m talking about? Check out this short video: GYPO Style Challenges has helped over 6 thousand women from all over the world make getting dressed in the morning the easiest thing you’ll do all day! The great news is the Summer 2019 GYPO Style Challenge just launched. The Style Challenge takes all the headache and guesswork out of shopping and trying to stay on trend. You don’t need to worry about putting together outfits or if you’ll get enough wear to justify buying something. Every item on the seasonal shopping list is selected with intention and purpose. This means only buying pieces that you love and will wear over and over. And honestly, you likely have a lot of pieces in your closet you can use already, that’s a win for the budget! I know I’ve only purchased one top, one pair of jeans (that I’ve been looking for several seasons now), and some jewelry for this challenge. You can register for the Summer 2019 GYPO Style Challenge for just $39 HERE. You’ll get the following tools to help you on your style journey: A capsule wardrobe shopping list of on-trend items and classics basics (you’re free to shop where you want and spend as much or as little as you want!) Links to shop for recommended items online or in store (we’ve done the work for you by choosing items to suit every budget and body type!) A daily outfit idea created from pieces on the shopping list sent to your inbox so...

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