You guys. This weekend was the BEST. I’ve talked about it before, but the blogging and social media communities are amazing. You’re able to find people with similar interests and almost pre-screen them before even meeting. After commenting and getting to know people online, it feels like you’ve known each other forever when you actually meet in person. My friends Ashley and Jess came to visit me for a long 4-day weekend. I had met and spent time with both of them before, but this was a legit girls weekend. We weren’t together for an event or a conference, just… View Post

This weekend in Chicago was beautiful you guys. It finally stopped raining and the temperatures reached into the 70s on Sunday. Saturday I was in a phenomenal mood. I slept in, went to a morning workout at BTY Training Lab, and later met some friends for brunch at True Food Kitchen. The pace of the day was perfect and I got to eat this beauty. Since it was so nice out, we decided to stay out as long as we could. I had been meaning to go to the recently opened Amazon Books in Southport, so we took the train up… View Post

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are my own. This weekend was a good mix of relaxing and getting some work in. Saturday marked the end of my fitness challenge — something that I will recap and reflect on later this week. We conquered a serious last workout and Sunday met up for brunch at True Food Kitchen to celebrate. Prior to brunch, Neil and I headed to check out the 2017 Chicago Polar Plunge. I was invited to cover the event by Johnsonville, who partnered with the Special Olympics… View Post

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was great because my donut ice cream sandwich mission was accomplished. Photographic evidence: Let’s back up to Saturday morning. Since I still manage to wake up between 6 and 7 on the weekends, I got to enjoy a long, leisurely morning. I had tickets to the Chicago Food Truck Festival, but the gates didn’t open until 11 am. Friday night on my way home from teaching, I stopped into Lululemon because I had seen this bra and impulsively NEEDED it in my life. Truth be told, I was feeling discouraged about my back… View Post

Happy Monday friends! I’m thankful I only have a couple of days of work this week before heading off to CA for a week. Even though the weather isn’t that bad here in Chicago, you just can’t beat CA. I’m looking forward to hanging out with family and meeting up with friends while I’m out there. Until then, nose to the grindstone so that I can get everything done before I leave. This weekend was the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration and parade here in Chicago. It’s a day when they dye the river green and everyone gets obscenely drunk… View Post