Lazy River Tubing

This summer, Erika and I finally got this Groupon to try Lazy River Tubing in Indiana through Cannonball Productions. I was a little nervous and unsure what to expect, but it ended up being a really fun day! Floating down the river was so relaxing…like, really relaxing. You are miles from the city, it’s quiet … Continue reading

New tattoo: The Little Prince

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“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

Try the World

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As I was scrolling down my Facebook feed, I was hit by an ad for Try the World, an “exotic food subscription.” They were having a promotion, so I figured I’d sign up and give it a try. Basically, every two months they send out a box of local delicacies from a different country. It … Continue reading

Chicago’s Underground Donut Tour

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Don’t call it a doughnut. My co-worker, Jeff Woelker, has long been the donut guru at Zocalo Group. Now he’s bringing his love for donuts to the rest of the city with the Underground Donut Tour.  Join him for a two-hour tour of the four best donut shops in the city. Tickets are $25 and … Continue reading

Chloe Mila’s baby shower

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It’s getting real….baby Chloe Mila Kubalski is coming soon! I’m about to be an Aunt and will most likely need to change my first diaper ever. But first, the parents-to-be had a baby shower last weekend. The big event was hosted by Lena’s friends and her mom at Zia’s, a yummy Italian spot in Edison … Continue reading


black cat sunbathing

Othello has one hell of an internal clock. Every afternoon, he knows exactly what time to head to the second bedroom (aka his room) and lounge on the floor where the sun streams in through the window at the perfect angle. This cat really knows how to sunbathe. And this was by far the best … Continue reading

Happy Easter

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Happy belated Easter! Well, it’s still Orthodox Easter this weekend, so I’m not that late. Sadly, this was the first year I didn’t paint eggs and we didn’t go to church to get our baskets blessed. So according to my brother, that means my Chreaster status has been revoked. Nevertheless, we had a nice family … Continue reading

Recap: 2014 Reading List

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I’m in love with It’s basically a social network for readers, which sounds a little dorky, but is a great way to bookmark what you want to read, rate what you’ve already read and connect with fellow reading enthusiasts for book recommendations. It also let me easily keep track of the books I read … Continue reading


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I came across this article about seven cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S. and I’m obsessed with this Danish concept of hygge. The source of this article is a site called Mother Nature Network, but I cross-referenced the term – it’s legit. The term is meant to convey coziness. Candlelight. Companionship. Warmth. Not surprisingly, … Continue reading

My Ice Bucket Challenge: Learn About ALS

By now, your Facebook feed is probably filled with friends dropping ice-cold water over their heads. It’s all in support of a good cause, so when my co-worker challenged me, I had to do it. (I donated too!) The ice bucket challenge is meant to spread awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It affects … Continue reading