Jul 31

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Whenever we were in Chicago one of the locations that we knew we had to see was the Lincoln Park Zoo. I was especially excited about checking it out because it is one of the last few Zoos in the United States that is 100% free, and free always equals good in my book! Since it was free I was not expecting the best zoo experience, little did I know that this zoo was literally going to be the best zoo I have ever been to!

We were so impressed that almost every single animal was in their exhibit and was very active, in fact we ended up getting some really great video of the animals playing. I think we had such a good trip because we went near feeding time, so all of the animals we either eating of had just ate. In fact we got some video of a huge lion that was eating his dinner! My favorite animal of them all were the meerkats and more than half of the photos that I took were of them. I bet I could have watched them for hours.Another thing that I really loved about the zoo was that they left the food preparation areas open to the public so you could see how their food is made. I thought that was really cool and I had never seen anything like it at any other zoo, let alone a free one.
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If you are ever in the Chicago area you should really check out this zoo I promise it will be worth your time! This was by far our very favorite thing that we did in Chicago!

Jul 30

Awesome Etsy Finds // Narwhals


Party Narwhal Card // Turtles Soup

Narwhal Necklace // Unpossible Cuts

Narwhal Mug // The Little Canoe

Narwhal shirt // GnomEnterprises

Narwhal baby leggings // Lola and Stella

Narwhal Plush Toy // Kate Durkin

Jul 29

First impressions with Febreze // GIVEAWAY

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Whenever you walking into someones house there are two things that you notice.

1. How the house looks. This is easy to control by just looking around and making sure that the house is tidy and nice looking.

2. How the house smells. This one is not so easy to control, because while we might think that our home smells nice because we become Nosebleed to scents within our own environment.

Noseblindess is a nasal condition where you become accustomed to the odors around you over time. That means that some of the odors within our home can stay airborne or even deposit with the soft surfaces around your home! That means even though you think your home is smell friendly for your guests, it might not be! Which slightly freaks me out because I always want my home to smell fresh and clean, and not like last nights dinner.

Febreze vs popcorn

So we invited a few friends over for a popcorn and movie night and the house looked fab but did it smell like lingering popcorn smells?

Thanks to Febreze my home smelled fresh and clean. I plugged in the Febreze Noticeables in the kitchen to beat the smell at the source, then I sprayed the couch area with the Fabric Refresher, and sprayed a little Air Effects around for a little extra scent. I loved that my home smelled fresh and clean and not like a big bowl of popcorn!

Did you know that Febreze contains a molecule know as Cylodextrin that traps and eliminates the bad odors. This is a patented technology that beats odors and leaves your home smelling pleasant. Febreze keeps your house fresh, so its always ready for guests!

Febreeeze

Im giving away a $60 Amex gift card so that you can stock your home with Febreze goodies to keep you home fresh for guests! (Remember Febreze has everything from candles to auto air fresheners so grab a little of everything!)

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Jul 29

Shedd Aquarium Chicago

Shedd Aquarium provided me with passes in return for this post. However, as always all opinions expressed are my own. Pinky Promise!

Shedd Aquarium Front

On our first day of our trip we visited the Shedd Aquarium, we spent about three hours walking around and admiring the animals. About half way through our trip we realized that we were going against the “flow” of people because when we got inside we went left instead of right like everyone else, so be sure take a right and walk with the flow of people, otherwise you will be running into people nonstop like we were.

The only other aquarium that I had ever been to had been back home in Florida, so I was expecting a similar experience. However the Shedd Aquarium was so entertaining that it really put that other aquarium to shame. I loved that the entire building is sectioned off by where you would see the animals, for example you would see river animals/fish in the river area, and you would see the ocean animals/fish in the ocean area. In addition to organizing the animals by location they also have signs (and some areas even have iPads) that tell you what animals you are seeing and some interesting facts about them. I especially loved to see which animals were endangered and just how endangered they were.
I wanted to write about what exhibit that we enjoyed the most, however I really enjoyed every exhibit so I will tell you which ones were my top three:

Seahorses. Seriously these were so cool looking, I could have watched these all day long.

Turtles. We found quite a few turtles that were super cute and the best part is that they aren’t like most turtles on exhibits, these actually get up and play around!

Jellyfish. These were so pretty. I had no idea that there were so many different kinds of Jellyfish! Be extra sure to check out this exhibit.

The line outside was pretty long when we arrived, but please do not let this scare you off because the line moved fairly quickly and is totally worth waiting in. The Shedd Aquarium is not over crowded (despite the line out front) and is large enough that you can see each exhibit without tripping on other people.

I would recommend the Shedd Aquarium to anyone visiting Chicago, take your kids or go alone (like we did) I promise you will love this place!

Jul 25

Guardians of the Galaxy

I was provided with passes in return for this post. However, as always all opinions expressed are my own. Pinky Promise!

Ill be honest here, I was not very thrilled about seeing this moving because in general I am not a fan of “super hero” movies. However after just a few minutes into the movie I was in LOVE with this movie. It held my attention this entire time with nonstop action and hilarious comedy from the cast.

I was completely taken aback by how much I enjoyed this movie, and apparently I was not the only one because at the end of the movie the entire movie theater broke out in applause! I have never seen this happen at a movie before, so even if this isn’t the typical genre of movie that you fancy I really encourage you to see this movie.

I will leave you with this one following statement:

I AM GROOT.

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