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Goodbye Chicago

Dear Chicago,

Where do I even start?  It's been an amazing four and a half years... so I guess I should start with thank you. Thank you for being a wonderful place to start my life.  I moved here as a 21 year old straight out of college that had no idea what I was doing or how I was going to live on my own.  All I knew is that I'd been talking about living in downtown Chicago since I was a kid and would beg my parents to let me stay up and watch ER on Thursday nights.  I had a Navy Pier picture hanging in my bedroom and would always say "one day I'll live there."  And I did it, I made that dream come true. Chicago, you've been everything my childhood self had hoped for and so much more.

This city has seen me through a lot over the last few years.  I met new people and deepened existing friendships, began my career, got engaged, married, started this blog, said goodbye to one of our best friends, played way too many seasons of volleyball, made tough life decisions and had an almost constant stream of visitors.  We made an endless amount of memories -- and have the pictures to prove it! -- that I'll always hold close to my heart.

I've also seen Chicago through quite a bit as well.  Two Stanley Cup wins (as a Red Wings fan, these weren't appreciated!), the "snowpocalypse" of 2011, summer Olympics city bidding, a NATO convention, the 2012 Chicago teachers strike, a new mayor, a Little League World Series win :) and soooo much more.  It's been four and a half years of new experiences and funny stories and crazy nights and lots of good shopping and eating.  It's been four and a half years of just plain fun.

Tomorrow is going to be hard and I know I'll be leaving a little piece of my heart in Chicago.  I wish I had the right words to fully express my love and gratitude to this city.  I'll forever cherish the time I spent here and I can confidently say it's been some of the best years of my life so far.  So goodbye Chicago, and thank you.

City Living

Today I wanted to share the little spot Nick and I have called home for the past 4.5 years.  Actually, this apartment has been home to many people.  Nick and our friend Adam first rented it way back in spring 2009.  This was about the same time Adam was diagnosed with cancer so he stayed back in Michigan to begin treatments and Nick's friend Kyle moved in for a few months until Adam was healthy enough to come live here.  

My first year in Chicago, I lived on my own in a high rise in the Loop.  After my lease was up in spring 2010, I moved in with Nick... and with Adam.  What guy lets his roommates girlfriend move in with them?!  He was so cool about it and we lived happily together for a few months.  

At one point we even had another friend, Chad, live with us for a couple of weeks as he started a new job.  Four of us in a two bedroom apartment... you can imagine how fun that was!  Unfortunately, Adam's health started to decline and after a scary spell that put him in the hospital, he decided it was time to head back to Michigan.

As sad as we were to see Adam go, that left Nick and I... finally!  We were just getting comfortable living alone when Nick told me his friend Dave was moving here from Virginia and needed a place to crash for a month until he found a job.  Well, one month turned into quite a few months of course -- guy timing!  I will say that we had a lot of fun living together and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Monday nights were the best... Dave and I would order pizza and watch the Bachelor!

A month after Dave moved out, Nick proposed right here in this apartment.  (Engagement story coming soon!)  The rest is history :)  

Now lets get to the pictures!  We're on the 5th floor in a condo that we rent from the owner.  We live in the West Loop neighborhood and seriously couldn't love it more.  It's a two bed/two bath condo and one garage parking spot (mine of course).  Since this place was Nick's initially, it's 75% of his furniture and decor.  Let's just say that I can't wait to switch that all out once we get into the new house!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom -- my closet leading into our en suite bath

Master Bath

Master Bath


Guest Bath -- one of the only rooms I decorated... can you tell the difference?! :)

Guest Bath

Living Room

"Dining Room" -- that table is where all of the blogging magic happens since Nick is always taking over the office!

This was amaaazing to have -- in unit laundry!

Living Room

2nd Bedroom... an office/guest room/Nick's changing room... a little bit of everything!  I'd already started taking this room apart for the move so this isn't the best picture.

Nick's closet :)

It's been a wonderful place to call home and to be honest, I already sort of miss it!  We've made a lot of great memories here and I hate that we won't be able to come back and "visit" the apartment when we're in Chicago.  Is that strange?! Either way, I am looking forward to making lots of new memories in the new house :) Two days to go!

Linking up with Annie and Natalie

House Hunting Tips & Tricks

Ahhh, house hunting.  While I'm no expert -- this is our first house, after all -- we learned quite a few tricks of the trade over our three month search.  We had a really positive experience but what a difference there was in our first time out looking compared to our last.  If we had known what we do now, I think we could have found our house much quicker.  For anyone that is just starting the process, here are a few things to keep in mind that will hopefully speed up the process for you!

Get Pre-Approved
Before you do ANY sort of searching, contact the bank and find out exactly how much of a loan you are pre-approved for. Now, you don't *have* to spend that much.  Review your finances and decide what you feel comfortable spending.  If you have a partner, do this together so you're on the same page.  Don't forget to keep in mind additional costs such as down payments and closing costs. 

Find a Reputable Realtor
Going off a recommendation is always best.  The easiest way is to use friends or family that have purchased a house in the last couple of years.  Otherwise -- if you're searching out of town like we were -- consult Google!  I would suggest asking a few preview questions to make sure you "click" with the realtor before you go out hunting.  We knew we wanted someone close to our age that was laid back and we didn't settle until we found a realtor that fit our needs.

Know What You Want
Neighborhoods, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, single story or two story -- have a general idea of what you're looking for before you go out searching.  It will help your realtor come up with the best options for you so you won't waste time seeing things you aren't interested in and help prevent any disagreements between you and your partner during the hunt.

Keep An Open Mind
On the other hand, keep your mind open to different possibilities.  You may have your heart set on a ranch style home (like Nick did) but end up falling in love with a certain two story house :)  

Think Long Term
Is this house going to be a starter home or your forever home?  This decision will most likely dictate what type of house you buy and what type of mortgage you want.  Nick and I knew we wanted a 5 year home so we were looking at houses that were perfect for us right now... and not worried about looking for one that will fit a family with teenagers, 20 years down the road from now.

Be Realistic
It's alright to be picky -- this is a huge purchase -- but don't be unrealistic.  Your 100% dream straight out of Pinterest home most likely isn't out there.  If you're looking for that, you're probably going to have to build it yourself.  Make a list of what's important to you/what you won't settle on and try and find the house that best fits your top priorities.  But don't plan on buying that dream home because it's not out there!

Do Your Own Searching
Don't be afraid to do the work yourself.  Yes, your realtor is working for you but at the end of the day, you're the one buying the house and it matters the most to YOU.  Get yourself right in there -- search the MLS listings, make a list of places you want to see, etc. -- don't be afraid to speak up and be assertive.  

Insist On An Inspection
Do.An.Inspection!!!!  Don't even think about buying a house without one!  Most houses will turn up with some minor issues but just ask the sellers to fix them.  Worst they can say is "no."  We asked our sellers and they didn't want to fix anything but they did give us money for closing costs instead.  However, there are some things that could turn up in an inspection that should make you just back away from a house.  Here's a great list of house hunting deal breakers.

And most importantly, have fun!  This is such an exciting time and don't get too caught up in the seriousness of it all.  I know it can be hard to see the end goal sometimes -- we did put in offers on three houses before we got *our* home -- but hang in there.  Everything will work out as it should :)

Make sure to stop by tomorrow as I'll be sharing pictures of our Chicago apartment!  Happy hump day!
Linking up with Shanna and Liz

About Me + Why I Blog

I've been seeing this post float around blogland for the last couple of weeks so I thought I'd do it for myself! Hopefully this will help introduce myself to some of my newer readers and maybe share a few unknown things to you that have been reading for a while :)

I go by Katie (obviously) but that actually isn't what my real given name is.  My name is actually Elizabeth Catherine... and since the day I was born, everyone has called me Katie.  I don't know why my parents didn't just make life much simpler for all of us and give me that name instead!  Anyway, I'm 26 years old and currently living in Chicago... for four more days :)  After this weekend, I will officially be a Kalamazoo, Michigan resident.

I've been married to my husband, Nick, for 13 months tomorrow!  You can read about our wedding here and learn ALL about Nick here ;)  As for my "old family" as I jokingly call them, I have one younger brother.  My mom passed away when I was almost 15 years old and my dad got remarried last summer (it was the summer of weddings)... so I've now acquired a step mom and a younger step brother and sister -- they are all pretty great!

As of right this second... unemployed/stay at home wife!  However, this is only due to the move.  I left my job at a country club on the North Shore of Chicago two weeks ago and will be looking for a new one once we get settled in Michigan!

I love spending time with my friends and family, traveling, playing volleyball, shopping, cooking (and eating), being a major beach bum and watching most sports.

Favorite Food
This is a hard one!  I'm going to have to go with fish.  Any kind of fish, I love it.  I'm a huge seafood fan.

Favorite Color
Pink!  What girl doesn't love pink?!

Standard Coffee Order
I can't handle very much caffeine so I usually stick with tea.  In the winter, it's a chai tea latte (add pumpkin in there if it's fall!) and in the summer, it's a peach green tea lemonade.  Starbucks obsessed.

Standard Bar Order
A mojito or moscow mule.  If I'm drinking beer, it's usually a Corona -- with lots of limes!

Places I Shop
Nordstrom, Gap, Forever 21, Target, J Crew... I don't discriminate, I'll shop anywhere ;)

Bedtime & Wake Up Time
Since I'm not working right now, I'm not on a "set" schedule.  I still tend to be up by 7am and we're usually in bed by 11pm. I'm definitely that person that needs my 8 hours.

Beauty Products I Can't Live Without
MASCARA.  Love it, need it, gotta have it.  Specifically either Benefit's They're Real or Bare Minerals Lash Domination. Also swear by Bare Minerals bronzer.

What I Blog About
I'm all over the place.  Everything from my life to my favorite beauty products to recipes.  I would consider myself a "lifestyle" blogger, though.

First Blog I Read
The Small Things Blog by Kate Bryan.  So many great hair and makeup tutorials... I still read it today!

How Did I Start Blogging
I just randomly decided to start one last September, I had no idea what I was doing or what I was going to write about.  The blog has come a long way in the past year -- it totally cracks me up that I first named my blog "Slice of Life."  We just started watching Dexter and that is the name of his boat!

Why I Blog
I didn't even have a reason to start blogging other than I thought it would be fun.  And fun it has been but it's also turned into SO much more than that.  It's been awesome having a place to document everything that is going on in our lives and not to mention all of the friendships I've developed... they've been such a blessing!

What about you?  Why did you start blogging?


Weekending: Home Owners!

Busy is the word to describe life right now.  So busy I couldn't even get today's post ready to go ahead of time!  We were on a packing roll last night and couldn't be stopped for anything.  I want to get a recap of this weekend up because it was a pretty awesome one -- we officially became home owners!

Friday morning the alarms went off bright and early as we got ready to head to Michigan.  We decided to both drive so we could bring as many boxes as possible and so we could leave my car at the new house... this way we don't have to worry about 3 cars (both of ours and the UHaul) on the actual moving day.

We arrived to Kalamazoo about an hour before our closing appointment.  We grabbed lunch and we were also still waiting for PNC Bank to get back to us with the final amount of money that we needed to bring to closing.  Well, the hour quickly past and 1pm rolled around and we still hadn't gotten that number from PNC.  We were literally sitting in the bank's lobby trying to get ahold of anyone that could tell us the amount we needed.  Nothing like waiting til the last minute, right?  (By the way, totally their fault.  They were supposed to get us this number two days ahead of time but didn't.  Story of the entire closing process.)  Finally we got a hold of someone, got our check and made it to the closing 45 minutes late.  Classy.

Everything at closing went well.  I so wish I would have gotten to take a picture of us there but we actually had scheduled for Stanley Steemer to come out and clean the carpets at the new house (gotta get rid of all that cat dander) and of course, since closing had started late, they called right in the middle of everything to say they were at the house.  I had to fly out of there to let them in and miss the rest of closing.  Bummer but such is life!

After I got to the house and got the Stanley Stemeer guys all set up, I went into the kitchen and found this from the sellers. Flowers, the keys, two copies of the neighborhood newsletter + phone directory and THE sweetest letter.  Seriously, so so so so sweet. They welcomed us to the house,  offered up their favorite coffee/breakfast/dinner spots in the area and mentioned other couples our age on our street.  It totally made me tear up.

About 45 minutes after I got to the house, Nick arrived after finishing closing.  We just kept saying "I can't believe this!"  It was so surreal that the place was all ours!  Of course we had to take the obligatory "officially homeowners" picture :)

The Stanley Steemer guys finished up pretty quickly (and did an awesome job) and once they were gone, we changed into our work clothes and started unloading boxes from our cars.  I had mentioned that I was going to get a cleaning service but I ended up not going that route.  Since the house is super clean to begin with, I was more focused on getting rid of the cat dander for my allergies.  Having Stanley Steemer come and deep clean/deodorize the carpets and clean out the vents and air ducts was the best decision.  What.a.difference.

What was left for Nick and I to do was dust and wash the walls in the house... that was pretty much it.  We got to work and managed to do the entire main floor that night.  We also made our first trip to Home Depot (lots of those in our future) and had our first dinner at the house -- Qdoba!  On the back porch of course :)  We had to head back to Chicago on Friday night so we finally dragged ourselves away from the house about 8pm -- we didn't want to leave!

Saturday we were up early to work on the apartment.  Lots of packing and cleaning were done (finally).  Our landlord also stopped by with her real estate agent to take pictures of the apartment.  That was a little nerve wracking... we had to get the apartment looking presentable and in it's best shape... in the middle of packing.  We also watched Chicago's Little League Team, Jackie Robinson West, win the LL World Series!  Such an awesome day for those kids.

Afterwards we took a trip to Costco and got a ton of great stuff for the house.  The two highlights were a Shark vacuum (IN LOVE) and these non slip black hangers (not online).  You will not believe the price of the hangers... $7.99 for a pack of 35! If you have a Costco, run don't walk to pick some of these up.  They were almost sold out but I managed to grab two boxes. Such a great deal... I haven't seen them this cheap anywhere.

Later that night we went for a long walk.  A little bit to contribute to my 100 Summer Miles and a lot to just avoid packing :) We got over 2 miles in and then had to stop and take a picture with the infamous Monster Door in our neighborhood.  After, Nick had hockey and I showered and managed to squeeze in some blogging and Real Housewives watching.. it was a perfect night!

We had planned to have a going away party Saturday night but literally none of our friends were in town this weekend. Everyone was gone so we went all out last weekend and we have a few things planned with our friends this coming week :) I'm kind of thankful it worked out that way because we got so much done that we wouldn't have if we'd had the party.

Sunday was our last morning spent at our favorite church and then it was the last trip to the grocery store.  Everything is "the last..." right now :)  We grilled up a huge lunch of cheeseburgers and veggies with pasta salad on the side and it was enough to put us into a food coma.

After much needed naps, it was go time.  We packed for hours straight and got soooo much done.  We only took one break for a quick walk to Target to pick up more packing tape.  Oh, and a Peach Green Tea Lemonade :)

It was a great weekend and one that we'll always remember!  I'm looking forward to this coming week as we have lots going on.  Going away dinners with friends, beach volleyball championship, one last shopping trip on Michigan Ave., Nick's hockey playoffs and then moving day on Saturday.  I can hardly believe this week is already here... but I'm ready! :)

Linking up with LeeannCarly and Biana

Five on Friday 8/22

Today is a very happy Friday because as of 1pm, we are officially homeowners!!!!  To say that we are excited would be a major understatement :)  As much as we've loved city living, we are sooo ready to start this next chapter.  We will be spending the day in Michigan for the closing and then to do some cleaning at the house before heading back to Chicago for our very.last.week.  Craziness.

I'm going to keep my five short and sweet today so let's get right to it!

Frozen Mint Lemonade Slush
Just yum.  Doesn't this sound delicious?  I have big plans to try it out next weekend... how refreshing it will be after the big move.  And the fact that we can drink it outside on our porch... AHH!

Pinterest Hover Button
Because I'm sure that's a technical term!  I've been wanting to add one of these to the blog and I came across this super easy instructional post by Jana at Life Could Be A Dream.  Well I haven't actually tried it yet, I can say that it looks super easy :)

J Crew Vest
I am not happy with J Crew.  I ordered the vest that everyone and their mother seems to be trying to buy and then two days later received an email that it is back ordered until the end of October and they cancelled my order!  Such a bummer.  One of these days, the vest will be mine (I hope)!

Done :)

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Have a wonderful weekend!
Linking up with KarliLaurenJennie and Rebecca

3 Days in Chicago {Tourist Style}

It's hard to believe that in just a nine (!) short days, we will no longer be Chicago residents.  Since our new home is only 2.5 hours away from the city, I'm sure we will be back here all the time... except as tourists!

Chicago is an awesome city to spend a long weekend (or more of course) in and a bunch of you have emailed me regarding trip planning to the Windy City.  The entertainment and dining options are endless here which can make planning overwhelming when you only have a short amount of time to spend downtown.  In hopes of helping, I thought I would put together a bit of a "weekend guide"!  Here are my favorite recommendations for 3 days in Chicago...

Lodging:  As a tourist, I highly recommend staying right in the heart of downtown -- in the Magnificent Mile/River North/Streeterville areas.  This will allow you to walk to many of the popular tourist spots and avoid those cab fares that can add up fast.  You really can't go wrong with any of the hotels in these areas but we've stayed at the Courtyard Marriott (very reasonably priced), The Drake (historic hotel) and The Ivy (boutique hotel) and would highly recommend all three.

Day 1
***I would try and arrive in Chicago later in the morning -- especially if you are driving in on a weekday. You do not want to start your trip stuck in morning rush hour traffic!  

Check into your hotel and then grab some lunch -- aka shopping fuel.  Some of my favorite lunch spots right on/near Michigan Avenue are Bub City, Big Bowl, Howells & Hood, Hub 51, Rock Bottom Brewery (with a rooftop bar!), Weber Grill and Quartino.  I know, I have a lot of favorites.

After lunch, it's time to take on the Magnificent Mile!  There are sooo many great stores and you could easily spend all day here.  I'd start on the north end of Michigan Avenue and work your way south.  Once you reach the end (you'll get to the bridge over the Chicago River), head down to State Street to check out the Chicago Theatre and some more great shopping.

Once your wallets have been emptied, pop on over to Millenium Park.  It's only a couple of blocks from the State Street shopping and you've got to take the quintessential Chicago picture with the Bean!

Now it's time to head back to the hotel to drop all those shopping bags off and get cleaned up for dinner.  Your first dinner in Chicago should absolutely be deep dish pizza!  Giordano's is widely regarded as "the best" but there is also Gino's East and Lou Malnati's.  My personal favorite is Lou's but ask anyone in Chicago and they'll give you a different answer!  All three have locations right downtown and you can't go wrong with any of them.

After dinner, I'd highly recommend grabbing a cab and heading to the Old Town neighborhood to see Chicago's famous improv comedy at Second City.  Always a guaranteed good time but make sure to reserve tickets before your trip as they tend to sell out of every show!

Day 2

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don't just settle for a continental breakfast at your hotel!  Two of my favorite breakfast spots on/near Michigan Avenue are Yolk and Wildberry Cafe.

While it's still early, I would head to Navy Pier.  Navy Pier is 100% a tourist attraction and will get crazy busy so go early, right after breakfast.  It's definitely worth checking out as there are fun shops, a few amusement rides and some decent restaurants.

One thing I'd highly recommend doing while at Navy Pier is taking an architectural boat cruise.  My favorite is the Seadog -- it starts on Lake Michigan and takes you on the Chicago River which winds right through downtown.  They typically take about an hour and it's a fun way to learn a lot about the history of Chicago.

Saturday is for sports (I just made that up) so around lunchtime, head north to Wrigleyville for a Cubs baseball game!  You can either take a cab to Wrigley or you can get the true Chicago experience and take our train system, the "L".  I'd recommend taking the L because it's always an adventure and much cheaper than a cab at only $2.25/person.  You will need to take the Red Line to Wrigley which you can hop on right downtown... making things super easy.  Enjoy a beautiful day of baseball and don't forget to have a famous Chicago "dog" at the ballpark -- hold the ketchup.

After the game, it's back to the hotel to get cleaned up for dinner.  Saturday night is the fancy pants dinner!  I would head to the John Hancock building on Michigan Avenue to dine at the Signature Room on the 95th floor.  The views are amazing (seriously) and the food is fabulous.  The best part about going on this night is that Navy Pier does a fireworks show each Saturday and you'll have the best seats in the city for it.  Don't forget to make reservations at the Signature Room!!  It's super hard to get in without one.

If you aren't completely wiped out after a day of fun, check out the chocolate buffet (Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm-12am) at the Peninsula Hotel.  Yes, seriously a chocolate buffet!

Day 3

Sleep in!!  This is a vacation after all and you'll be tired from going nonstop the last two days.  Once you get moving, you'll want to do brunch.  Brunch is big in Chicago and a few of my favorite spots are Bongo Room, Ann Sather's and Zella's.

The rest of the day is devoted to exploring Chicago's museums.  There really is something for everyone... the Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and The Field Museum.  My two favorites are the Aquarium and the Museum of Science & Industry but they're all amazing!  Take your pick.

After you get your museum fix in, it's back to the hotel for check out.  Don't forget to grab a bag of Garrett's Popcorn to snack on while you travel home!

Of course there is so, so, soooo much more to do and see but this itinerary hits some of the biggest and best things that Chicago has to offer!  Besides, whatever you didn't get to do you can just save for your next trip... because you'll definitely be back :)  Let me know if you have any questions, I'd love to help!

Linking up with Annie and Natalie

Husband Interview {Round Two}

We're back for round two... of the hilarious husband interview!  This all started when I was cracking up over Jessica's interview with her husband earlier this year -- it was so funny and I knew I had to do it for myself.  I originally interviewed Nick back in April (see it here) and not only did I find it highly amusing, so did all of you!  Someone even suggested that I make a series out of it so here we are, back with round two :)

K:  What are "jeggings"?
N:  Leggings that are jeans but look like leggings.  And they are seriously ugly.

K:  What does OOTD stand for?
N:  Outstanding outfit of the day.
K:  That was impressive.  It's actually just outfit of the day.
N:  Well, what about the extra O?

K:  What kind of products does Kendra Scott sell?
N:  She's an earring distributor.

K:  Why do women go to the bathroom together/in groups?
N:  To talk and share tampons.

K:  If you could have any job, what would it be?
N:  CEO followed by a professional hockey player followed by a professional golfer.  No wait, definitely a professional hockey player.  That's number one.  And if I had to be a CEO, it would be for a Fortune 500 construction company.

K:  What is the secret to a happy marriage?
N:  Talking all day long and doing stuff together.

K:  Who is the celebrity "it" couple right now?
N:  THE couple?  Definitely Ashton and Mila because she's pregnant.  Selena and Beiber are always on again, off again.  I wonder what their status is right now.

K:  What is your least favorite household chore?
N:  Doing the dishes.  The sink is weird.

K:  What is Bloglovin?
N:  I would say that's a blog delivery system.  A format to host blogs.

K:  What's a popular trend for fall?
N:  Long baggy sweaters and tight bottoms.  I really hope Uggs are out.

K:  How many pairs of heels is acceptable for a woman to own?
N:  Oh geez, at least a pair of black and tan ones.  And a pair of red ones.  I'm going to say four because you need two black pairs.  For back up.

K:  What's an acceptable amount of money to spend on a candle?
N:  $7.  But I hear they are going for $20 a pop these days.  What a rip.

K:  Who is your favorite Kardashian -- Kim, Khloe or Kourtney?
N:  Kourtney seems like the nicest of the whole bunch.
K:  You mean the prettiest?
N:  ..... Yeah.

K:  What signature drink is returning to Starbucks at the end of the month?
N:  Pumpkin pie latte's.

K:  Anything else you'd like to share?
N:  Are we going to watch Dexter tonight?

Haha and there you have it my friends.  In case you were wondering, we did watch two episodes of Dexter that night :) Thanks to Nick for being such a great sport and always keeping me completely entertained!

Linking up with Shanna and Liz

Tory Burch Giveaway

Just popping in real quick today to bring you a pretty amazing giveaway!  I'm teaming up with these lovely ladies to gift one lucky reader a Tory Burch Amanda crossbody, the perfect bag for fall and back to school time.  Make sure to get your entries in...  the giveaway ends this Friday at 6pm.  Good luck!

Tomorrow I've got a great post ready to go.  Remember the infamous husband interview I did back in April?  If you missed it, check it out here and have a laugh at my husband's expense ;)  We did a round two interview this weekend and it might be even more hilarious than the first.  Make sure to stop by and check it out tomorrow!  Happy Tuesday!

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Weekending: The Best One

You know it was a good weekend when you can barely bring yourself to look at your computer on Sunday night.  Writing a weekend recap would mean that the weekend was over... and I did not want this weekend to end!

The fun started on Friday evening with dinner at a new pizza spot, Stella Barra.  We went out with our friends who just got married in June and it was great to catch up with them about newlywed life and hear all about their honeymoon.  The food was fabulous and we sat in the back courtyard and dined under twinkle lights... the perfect summer evening.  Of course I totally failed to take pictures except for this one in which it looks like there is an eyeball in my drink (just a cherry)!

Saturday brought Chicago's Air & Water Show and I could barely contain my excitement.  The Blue Angels were practicing in the city on Thursday and Friday and I had been able to catch a few glimpses from the apartment so I was ready to see the actual show.  We had a late start to the morning (thanks to a few more after dinner drinks the night before) and headed down to the beach around lunch time.  We had a great viewing spot and there was the perfect amount of cloud cover so that we weren't baking in the sun.

After the show, we met up with a few friends for lunch at American Junkie.  And this is where the unplanned bar crawl began!  We skipped around to quite a few bars and it was a day full of complete shenanigans.  Nick and I ended up back home around 10pm, with just enough time to make a quick pizza for dinner and to catch an episode of Dexter (our newest obsession) before crashing hard.

On Sunday morning, we met back up with two of our friends and headed out for donuts at Glazed & Infused.  If you're in Chicago, living or visiting, you have to check this little shop out.  Best.donuts.ever.  We tried 5 different flavors -- Old Fashioned, Oreo M&M, Blueberry Lemon, Sprinkles and an Apple Fritter -- and every single one was so soft and delicious.  After consuming enough sugar to send us into a food coma, we headed to church.  We love our church here in Chicago and it is one of the things I'm most sad about leaving behind.

The rest of the day was spent taking a glorious nap, grocery shopping, grilling cheeseburgers and completely 100% avoiding packing, ha.  But we've got all week to work on packing... weekends are for fun, right? :)  Hope you had a great one, too!
Ps. make sure to stop by tomorrow for an awesome giveaway!!

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