Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Kites, Puppets, Earth Day and More!}



So, it appears if the weather just can't make up its mind! We had such a lovely taste of spring--and then---let's just hope it comes back. There are plenty of fun events this weekend--some indoors, some outdoors. It looks like it may rain on Saturday, so check on outdoor events before going out. Sunday looks like it should be 58 and sunny. I will take that! When we went hiking this weekend, we noticed a number of wildflowers have blossomed so I put two wildflower walks on the list for Sunday. One my personal goals is to learn a little more about identification in the near future!

Dublin Castle: A Gem of a Surprise in Ireland



We visited Dublin Castle later in our trip but we passed it during our many crisscrosses through the city. Dublin Castle began as a Norman castle originally founded in 1204. Throughout the centuries, the castle has undergone many changes and only one of the Norman towers still remains today. Since we were in Ireland, we were really set on seeing some of the older sites. So, we were not really sure how Dublin Castle would rank among the other sites we would have to visit. I am glad to say that the castle is stunning and we were quite impressed by the beauty of some of the rooms.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Family Vacation in Dublin, Ireland in the Spring!


Woo hoo, we're in Dublin!
Over the past couple of years, we have been trying to hit our bucket list destinations. When thinking about our next big adventure, Dublin quickly came into the running. So this year, we checked another one off of the list and visited Dublin over Spring Break. Normally, we plan trips like this during the summer so one during the spring was a bit of a departure from habit. We quickly learned that a big trip in the spring was certainly a welcome break! Frankly, I am not sure I can go back to taking the big trips in the summer or maybe it is just that I loved Ireland so much!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Celebrate Local Artists with a Self Guided Art Studio Tour in Racine and Kenosha April 24-26


There is nothing like a trip to a working art studio to show you the creativity and innovation thriving in our country. I love to support local artisans and they really add a particular uniqueness to a community. Whenever I travel, I bring back something that was created in the place that I visited. That way, I bring a piece of that place home with me!

Our neighbors in Wisconsin, Kenosha and Racine have a neat weekend celebration of their local artists coming up April 24-26. The 2015 get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour will give visitors access to over 48 studios featuring 90 artists in 22 locations. This tour sounds like pure heaven for all of us that support local art!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Celebrating Spring and Earth Day}


The weather has been so glorious! I hope that it continues into the weekend! There are so many fun events to help celebrate this wonderful season and Earth Day! Here are our picks for the upcoming weekend:

 Ongoing:
  • Friday, April 17
  • April 17 Here We Go Again Resale Event, Character Visits, Free Admission, Great Deals, Lake Zurich! April 18 will not have the character visits but most items will be 50% off. 10AM-6PM Friday, 10AM-5PM Saturday, preview early bird sale Thursday 6PM-9PM. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1865 Street Festival to Bring Old Time Fun to Barrington April 25th (RAIN DATE APRIL 26)


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This year, Barrington is celebrating 150 years! As part of their celebration, there will be a lively 1865 Street Festival at the corner of Cook and Station Streets in Downtown Barrington from 3PM-10PM on April 25th. Admission is FREE and this festival will certainly be quite a unique experience for families. Some of the entertainment from 6PM-10PM will be around a bonfire which sounds super cool!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Operation Smile and CampusBookRentals Change Lives

Sidonie from Madagascar lived with a cleft lip for 7 years before Operation Smile changed her life.
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From time to time, we like to share information about charities. Today, we would like to talk a little about Operation Smile and its partnership with CampusBookRentals.