Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Local Family Events for the Long Weekend}


We have a long weekend ahead, so it is time to line up some family fun! Let's hope that the weather is more pleasant than today! Oh, how will our gardens ever grow???!!!

Here are some ideas for fun this hopefully warm weekend:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our Favorite Places to Eat in Dublin


Ok, so we were only in Dublin for a week so we are hardly experts on where to eat. However, we do have a few places that we quite enjoyed that we would like to mention. On our first day in the city, we actually found two restaurants that we quite liked--one in Temple Bar and one closer to our hotel near St. Stephen's Green. Isn't amazing when you find success right away?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Experiencing history in Dublin, Ireland



Just walking around Dublin was such a joy. We benefited greatly by the unexpected amount of sun during our visit so we were able to easily cover a lot of ground. However, we did enjoy a good Irish rain! So refreshing! Dublin has quite a cache of attractions of historical and cultural significance so we did take in as much as we reasonably could while allowing for some time just to enjoy the lovely environs.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ChocolateFest in Burlington, Wisconsin Memorial Day Weekend

Chocolate carving. Image courtesy of Real Racine.

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

I cannot think of a better way to spend a long weekend than by enjoying some sweet chocolatey decadence. Good thing Burlington's annual ChocolateFest is over Memorial Day Weekend. If you haven't checked, Memorial Day is swiftly approaching! So definitely mark your calendars for this event! ChocolateFest runs Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25. The fun includes a carnival, family fun including puppet shows and kids game shows, live music, wandering entertainers, an arts and crafts show, an illusionist and more. Wait--did I forget the chocolate? There will be all sorts of chocolate fun from chocolate carving to tastings to a professional chef competition to a chocolate eating contest to cookie decorating and more! Sounds like plenty to do capped off with a nice treat!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {So Much To Do, Only So Much Time}



Wow, there is a lot to do this weekend! When you see a large uptick in events, you know that spring is in full swing! Here are some of our favorite ideas this weekend!

(With a special nod to the Vietnam War Exhibit at the 1st Division Museum. My father served in the 1st Division in Vietnam.)

Friday, May 15
  • May 15-17 Chocolate Fest, Long Grove, 10AM-10PM Fri, Sat, 10AM-7PM Sun, chocolate concoctions, live music, taste of Long Grove booths, kids' zone activities, tickets $5 pp ($8 after 6PM Sat), 5 tastings for $5 tix separate

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Pleasant Trip to Howth on the Irish Sea


Howth is a short train ride via DART from Dublin and very easy to get to. The town is strikingly situated right on the Irish Sea and provides a seaside escape for Dubliners in warmer months. We did not know what to expect when we boarded the train for Howth but we were in the mood for a little adventure. So, to Howth we went!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Family Night at the Movies: Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights {& A Giveaway 5/27/15}



**Disclosure; Star Cinema Grill did provide us with complimentary tickets and a giveaway prize to bring this to you. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Dinner and a movie. What a very common way to spend an evening whether it is date night or with the fam. However, sometimes it is hard to finagle a good dinner time based on the schedule for a particular movie. If you opt to skip dinner, you are often left with less than desirable choices for food at the theater or filling up on popcorn or toughing it out through the movie with a rumbling stomach. Fortunately, Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights provides an option to COMBINE dinner and a movie--to enjoy a meal during the movie rather than trying to get the schedule to work out. Plus, Star Cinema Grill has a full service restaurant which expands food options greatly past that of a standard theater giving you more choices.