BOOKS, CHICAGO, ENTERTAINMENT, LIFE

A Saturday in Chicago

I haven’t posted in a few days! But I’m back with a little post about my day yesterday. Connor and I try to do as much as we can on the weekends, so we had a nice little morning and afternoon adventure on Saturday.

We slept in a bit on Saturday until around 8ish. We left for the day at 10 to go get breakfast at Goddess and The Baker. Connor’s mom was so nice to send us a gift card! I was super excited because I had never actually eaten there. I just went with a friend last summer while she grabbed a snack. We got a nice spread of food: I got a honey almond matcha latte and the avocado toast. The toast was loaded with arugula, which I loved. I always crave something savory in the morning, so it really hit the spot. Connor got the “Mayan Mocha” which was really good. It had a hint of cayenne in it which we both liked. For his actual meal he got the “Skinny Elvis” acai bowl. It was really yummy too. Overall, we were both impressed with what we got. I’m already craving another matcha latte form there.

After Goddess, we hopped on the Green Line to go to the new Glossier pop-up shop in Chicago. It was my first time on the Green Line, so that was fun lol. It was super cute and very busy. Everything was white and light pink and the employees were super helpful. I picked up the milky jelly cleanser and a lidstar in Lily. So many people have recommended the cleanser so I definitely wanted to get that. The perfume smells amazing so that might be my next Glossier purchase.

The Green Line wasn’t running to the Loop for some reason, so we decided to walk back downtown. On our way back, we stumbled upon the best bookstore yet, Open Books. It was huge and had so many great books. I saw a ton that were on my reading list, but I still have a few to read, so I didn’t get any. Connor grabbed two books that were on his list, which was great. The prices were really reasonable and almost all the books were in nearly perfect condition! I am already excited to go back when I am in need of a new read.

After making it back to the city, Connor and I hopped on the train for a bit and decided to go back home. We were tired and I just really wanted a huge ice water lol. We just relaxed until we met up with friends later that night! It was great getting to see some of my college friends that I missed a lot.

I am already excited for the long weekend ahead! What did you do this weekend? Any plans for Labor Day weekend?

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CHICAGO, FOOD, goals, LIFE, MUSIC, PODCASTS

Be Grateful For The Little Things Each Day

Be grateful for the little things each day: I feel like I have always been like this. But lately, the little things are what make the days so great. Overall, my days are usually pretty good, but also stressful. Because I am stressed from 8 to 5 everyday, I make sure notice, acknowledge, and be thankful for the little moments in the day that make it brighter. I think it is important that we have moments in the day that we look forward to (and not just 5 or 6pm when we get off work lol). I have been doing certain things each day that help me relax and enjoy the day more.

Some little things that make me smile/happy each day:

1. drinking my matcha tea in the morning

2. the occasional kombucha, when I treat myself

3. the podcasts I listen to– lucky for me, all of my favorite podcasts are up different days of the week, so I always look forward to them each morning

4. seeing dogs as I walk through my neighborhood or to work (today I saw a corgi… my favorite)

5. hearing about my coworkers weekends/nights after work

6. coming home after work and hanging out with Connor

7. running around my new area of Chicago

8. bagel days at work

10. reading blogs

11. writing blogs

12. moscow mules every now and then

13. face masks

14. listening to Eminem

15. doing kind things for others

16. random acts of kindness from others– today a coworker brought me a passionfruit La Croix, which is my favorite. It was such a nice surprise.

Remember the little things on your bad days. Sometimes the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on your day and your mood. I know the corgi I saw today made my whole week lol. What little things do you look forward to each day/ what brightens your day? ๐Ÿ™‚

goals, LIFE, TRAVEL

I Visited The Worldโ€™s Largest Gnome

This will be a short post but I just wanted to share something I was excited about. It might not be the coolest thing ever, but my boyfriend and I drove to Iowa for the day on Saturday so I could see the World’s Largest Gnome. I have liked gnomes and just thought they were cute since some younger girls on the cross country team in high school gave me one before I went to college. Ever since, that gnome has been in all my apartments.

The World’s Largest Gnome is in Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. We made a day of it by visiting one of my good friends/my sister’s best friend. We visited the gnome, took some photos, and then had lunch with her. She also gave us a little tour of the Iowa State campus. It was a really nice campus and fun to see.

She also recommended a bridge that looks really cool at night (it lights up blue), so Connor and I went there on our way back to Chicago. It wasn’t dark out so the bridge wasn’t lit up, but it was still fun to see and a had a nice view.

Overall, I would say the 5 hour road trip was worth it. I got to go to Iowa for the first time. I checked something off my bucket list (the gnome), I got to see a good friend, and I got to hang out with Connor all day! I think our next little trip is going to be to Minnesota to visit one of our college friends!

LIFE

Blog Drafts From 3 Years Ago

I have so many drafts here on my blog. Every idea I have ever had is in my drafts. Some drafts have words, sentences, or paragraphs. Others are empty. I have drafts that are longer than any post I have ever written. I have posts that I wrote 3 years ago when I started this blog. One day I will post them, but as of now they are not ready yet.

It is weird to think that I have had these drafts for so long. They are full of things I intended to share in that moment, or ideas that I thought I had finished dreaming up. I kind of like that I have all of these drafts. They show me that I am constantly thinking of new posts and actually passionate about my blog. I think these drafts show how I have grown, but also how I am still the same girl I was a few years back. I still have many of the same goals and stories about myself that aren’t over yet.

Do you have a long list of drafts waiting to be published? Are some of them just there for only you to read? Or do you post everything you write? Blogging is inspiring, therapeutic, and energizing. I am glad I stumbled upon this hobby because I feel lucky to read so many great posts each day, connect with other bloggers, and write whatever I want for anyone who decides to read my posts.

CHICAGO, LIFE

A Sunday in Chicago

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are ready to tackle a new week. I had a really nice weekend and wanted to share a little bit of what I did on Sunday. Sunday might be my favorite day of the week because I can sleep in, relax, clean up a bit, and explore with Connor! Today we did all of those things!

I slept in the latest I have in awhile, until about 10. We got back from our day trip to Iowa at about 12:30am so I was pretty tired. Connor treated us to some donuts from one of my favorite places in Chicago, Stan’s Donuts. We shared the raspberry lemon and a red velvet Oreo donut. They were both really good! After that, we walked around hunting for bookstores to go to. We found a really cool one the weekend before, so we knew we could find more.

We stopped in a couple places and I got us a tiny bit lost a few times, but I honestly just love walking around our area of Chicago. Then we stopped home for a little snack before our next adventure. We decided to head over to a bookstore I found online that was packed with books! So we headed that way.

On our way there, I saw some cute things that caught my eye in a window near the bookstore. We stopped in there first and it was such a cute shop. It is called Foursided Card + Gift and it had adorable cards, little gifts, artwork, crystals, etc. I am already excited to go back!

Then we headed into the bookstore, called The Bookman’s Corner. It was loaded with books (see the photo below) so it was fun to look around and see what we could find. After that, we concluded the day at Trader Joe’s to get a few groceries. We grabbed some bagels, I got a kombucha because I missed it, and few other things! Once we got home, we cleaned up and did some dishes. We made some dinner and some dessert- a pancake mug cake with Nutella and peanut butter. It was amazing. Hope you all had a great weekend! What did you do?

CHICAGO, goals, LIFE

Goals For The Week 8/19/18

  • I think this will be my last goals post for awhile. I feel like I have been holding myself more accountable for my goals lately and actually getting the important ones accomplished. Also, over the next few weeks I feel like my goals will be very similar as work will be a really big part of those weeks with even more emphasis on the trainings I am doing.
  • This past week I did a good job with my goals I think. I blogged a bunch. I am constantly coming up with new ideas to explore and that makes me excited and happy. My attitude was better this week at work than last. I’m more used to the working life now and the fact I’m going to have to work for a really long time. I didn’t explore Chicago much this week, but that’s fine because I’m going to be here awhile and going to Iowa for a day felt like the right move. Finally, crock pot meals were made this week and my LinkedIn summary is officially updated!
  • This week I want to:
  • 1. Practice the things I learn in trainings more frequently throughout the week,
  • 2. Go somewhere new in the city.
  • 3. Do the dishes more. We don’t have a dishwasher so at the end of the week the dishes are all piled up lol.
  • 4. Not walk around staring at my phone on the way to work.
  • What are your goals for the week? See you in the next post ๐Ÿ™‚
  • CHICAGO, FOOD, LIFE

    Chicago Life: Places I Want To Dessert

    I’m not a huge dessert girl. I’m more into savory foods or just ice cream lol. But of course, there are plenty of treats I want to try in the city. Honestly, last summer I didn’t have too many sweets. I did try Stan’s Donuts and loved the lemon pistachio donut but I really can’t remember many other desserts I had! Here are some of the places I had in my notes from last summer that I want to try out:

    Goddess and The Baker

    Cones

    Firecakes

    Bombo Bar

    Original Rainbow Cone

    Dorite Donuts

    Doughnut Vault

    What are your favorite dessert spots in Chicago? Or are there any really yummy desserts or dessert trends I should seek out in Chicago! Let me know!