Sunday, May 1, 2016

5 Unique Nature Destinations in Illinois

Volo Bog
Volo Bog
Warmer weather inspires days exploring the natural wonders around us. Some visitors to Illinois may associate the state with wide expanses of cornfields and soybean fields. However, Illinois contains a plethora of natural gems. Here are my favorite unique nature destinations in the state;


Friday, April 29, 2016

Mayberry in the Midwest Returns to Danville, Indiana May 20-22, 2016

Barney Fife at Mayberry in the Midwest in Danville, Indiana
Barney Fife at Mayberry in the Midwest 2014
**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

This year marks the third year of Mayberry in the Midwest in Danville, Indiana. We had the pleasure of visiting Danville during Mayberry in the Midwest's inaugural year and had a fabulous time. Who doesn't wish for a little visit to Mayberry from time to time? We enjoyed character visits, watching The Andy Griffith Show on the big screen in the historic Royal Theater, checking out the tractor show and squad cars, throwing our daughter into the "paddy wagon" by the Hendricks County Historical Museum, eating bison burgers from a local vendor and sitting down to a full meal at the delectable Mayberry Cafe. Really one of those warm and fuzzy family days that we won't forget!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Art Walk Throughout Naperville

Pedestrian Bridge over DuPage River in Naperville
Naperville Riverwalk
On its own, the Naperville Riverwalk provides for a charming meander along the DuPage River. While walking along the Riverwalk, you will quickly discover more of Naperville's charm. Threaded throughout the village are works of art including mosaics, statues, reliefs, murals and more. These pieces comprise Naperville's Century Walk, a public art initiative which began in 1996.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Frogs, Lilacs, Art and More!}

Isn't it lovely! Spring is here! There are so many wonderful events this weekend including a way that you can visit the Morton Arboretum for free on Friday! Here are my picks for the weekend ahead:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Family Dining or Date Night: Fox and Turtle Serves It Up!

**Disclosure: Thank you to the Fox and Turtle for inviting us to visit. We received complimentary meals in order to bring you this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

On a beautiful Friday evening, we headed over to the Itasca Country Club for a dining adventure at Fox and Turtle. After perusing the menu before our visit, I was pretty amazed by this hidden treasure found not far from the green fairways of a country club golf course. Immediately, the menu revealed our kind of place. With pub comfort foods, new twists on old favorites and carefully crafted entrees, menu selections easily intrigued us. I am happy to tell you that after our visit, Fox and Turtle is definitely our type of place!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bike Bald 24-Hour Spinathon May 20-21, 2016 in Naperville

Bike Bald helps children facing cancer

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I love bringing attention to local charities!

So many great charity events this spring! In May, Bike Bald will be holding its 24-hour Spinathon May 20-21 on the Naperville Riverwalk. All proceeds go to Bike Bald to support their programs helping and uplifting children facing cancer and other devastating illnesses. There are various ways to participate including signing up for a time as an individual or creating a team. Riders ride for 1 hour at a time on a stationary bike at their own paces. The event features instructor-led, dance spin hours. Bike Bald helps children fighting life threatening illnesses and their families through various programs including the Pedal Express which sends the children handmade cards, new toys, arts & crafts supplies and gift cards. For more on Bike Bald, head over to my interview with Nicole Cavanaugh.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Making Our Dinner Time Easy While Still Healthy with Meez Meals

Chicken Rotini from Meez Meals
**Disclosure: I did receive a complimentary experience with Meez Meals to bring you this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own.

We love preparing fresh, healthy meals each evening. But, some days our schedule can be a bit challenging. We have tried those "30 minute meal" recipes that are only 30 minutes if EVERYTHING is prepped for you. We have had quite a few frustrated evenings when recipes took much longer than planned thus giving us little time to enjoy the meal before heading to an activity. I am sure quite a few of you can relate! Meals should be a time to relax and share the day, not a source of aggravation.