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Hey, It’s Megan!
I’m a 9-5er Art Director in Chicago who loves vacations, peanut butter and champagne. I am not a big fan of: waking up early, salad, voicemails, and slow walkers. Adventure is my calling, and I love to be entertained (broadway shows, concerts, movies, etc). I’ve made a goal to read 30 books this year (I am on #6/30). Follow along!
Why Alsace is famous: Alsace and the Black Forest Region were the inspiration for the infamous Grimm Brothers' Fairytales, as well as the setting for Beauty and the Beast. The houses look like they're straight out of a fairytale. Alsace also has a large stork population, and the story of storks bringing babies to parents originated here. If a stork makes a nest on your house, you have to protect it by placing a metal ring around it, so when the storks return from their migration, they can come home to the same nest. During WWII (and before), Alsace changed hands between the French and German many times, and it's easy to see the influence of both countries. Even the language spoken in the area has both French and German [...]
My favorite aspect to the holiday season is giving gifts. The key to giving the best gift is to listen throughout the year to what your friends and family mention they want or need. Keep a list in the notes section of your phone so you always have it handy! That's obviously a more involved approach to gift giving. If you have no idea what to get your friends and family this year – let me help! I've compiled a few Gift Guides to help your shopping journey. [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container] A Gift Guide for the Traveler Not quite sure what to buy for the traveler in your family? You don't want to buy them something they aren't likely to use, and it's important that travel items meet [...]
"There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home, and in Paris." – Ernest Hemmingway Paris is at the top of many bucket lists – for the culture, the history, the romance and the food. But, there are a few things you should know before packing your beret. People have been drawn to Paris for centuries, and it's easy to see why. The architecture is unique and romantic, the wine is fantastic, and the cafés line the sidewalks from end-to-end. In the fall when temperatures begin to dip, the cafés heat the outdoor tables with heat lamps, so you can enjoy your Croque-Monsieur without sacrificing any people watching. Paris Syndrome is Real The first thing to know before you go to Paris is that [...]
This is my go-to appetizer when we host a party! It's easy, delicious, and looks pretty dang impressive. If you're just starting your cooking journey, or you're a seasoned veteran (see what I did there) 😉 You and your guests will love this! Or just make it for yourself and eat the whole thing. Up to you. You can lighten this up to make it more health-conscious, and I've added those lighter ingredients throughout the post. 1. First, gather your ingredients! You only need a few items: Pillsbury Crescents (here I used the butter flavor, but you can lighten it up by using their 90 calorie version), Brie (I used Président, it was the cheapest one at Target! They do make a light version, as well), Jam (I used seedless [...]
We've all had to pull out the cat ears because we didn't have time for a real costume. But you know what? We're better than that! There are still a few days, so I'm going to help you find easy DIY last minute Halloween Costumes on Amazon! This post contains affiliate links with Amazon.com. If you purchase through any of the links below, I will make a small referral commission at no additional cost to you. My opinion of the product is unsolicited and all truly my own. I have not received any free products or payment for my opinion, just the referral commission if you purchase through a link! 1. Alien Amazon is full of cute shiny, iridescent and star-pattered clothes and accessories! Here are my favorites for [...]
Chicago has a lot to offer during Halloween. There are bar crawls, ballroom costume parties, and family-friendly events all over the city. You can even do a haunted dinner cruise if you want to. Halloween festivities begin early October, and last through Halloween weekend. I've gathered a few of my favorite Chicago Halloween events below: 1. Arts in the Dark Parade – October 20, 2018 (Photo Credit) This is the fourth year for this artsy parade. This year, there is a new parade route. Starting at State and Lake, the parade will continue south down State Street to Van Buren. The parade runs from 6p-8p, and there will be an after party at Millennium Park! The after party takes place by the Bean from 7:30p-9:30p. There will be DJ's, stilt [...]