Blind Box & Bag Roundup 33. (Finding Dory Surprise Eggs)

August 19, 2016

Finding Dory Chocolate Surprise Egg Toy
Happy Friday! Sorry for the silence here on the blog lately (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately). I’m currently in Orlando and the wifi at my hotel has been HORRIBLE. There was a mini storm (gotta love that Florida weather) earlier this week and it messed up all the routers and the entire hotel has been without wifi for the past few days. On the one hand I was livid because my livelihood depends on having internet access but on the other hand, sometimes unplugging from technology can be JUST what’s needed. Since I’m currently in Florida visiting Disney World (and Universal Orlando, I recently become an annual peashooter there as well), I thought it would be fitting that this week’s Blind Box and Bag Roundup be Disney/Pixar themed. I LOVED opening the Frozen Surprise Eggs awhile back so when I saw these Finding Dory Surprise Eggs, I KNEW I had to pick up a few! Continue reading


Indiana Dunes, Indiana: An Outdoor Lovers Paradise

August 13, 2016

*Special thanks to Indiana Dunes Tourism for sponsoring today’s post! As always, all opinions are my own*Indiana Dunes
As many of know, I’m heading to Disney World TOMORROW (woot, woot) but before I leave for Florida I had the urge to take one more Midwest mini vacation. One of the many reasons I love living in Chicago so much is the fact that there are so many exciting surrounding cities and places you can visit on a whim (like my impromptu trip to St. Louis last week!). Although the four hour drive to St. Louis a few days prior wasn’t too bad, I decided it was best to take a trip that was a little closer to the city this time. Since Indiana Dunes is only about a 55 minute drive from Chicago and I’ve been itching to hit the beach, I knew it would be the perfect location for an impromptu getaway Continue reading


Missouri Botanical Garden | St. Louis, MO

August 12, 2016

Missouri Botanical Garden
Happy Friday everyone (raise your hand if you’re excited that the weekend is finally here!). I’m super excited because I’m heading to the Indiana Dunes for a fun little beach trip today before I head to Disney World/Florida for two weeks. But before I leave for Disney on Sunday, I wanted to share a little bit more from my trip to St. Louis (I already miss it so much!). One of the many highlights of my little impromptu road trip to St. Louis last weekend was definitely visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden. If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you already know how much I LOVE flowers, plants and mother nature in general. I love visiting the Lincoln Park Conservatory here in Chicago so when I found out there was a botanical garden in St. Louis, I knew I had to stop by. Trust me, it did NOT disappoint! Continue reading

Apotheosis of St. Louis

A Visit To The Saint Louis Art Museum | St. Louis, MO

August 10, 2016

Saint Louis Art Museum
Greetings! Sorry again for the radio silence here on the blog this past week. If you follow me on Snapchat (simplysinova) or Instagram (shameless plug) then you may already know that I decided to take an impromptu road trip to St. Louis on Sunday. As many of you know, I LOVE traveling and even though I’m heading to Disney World this Sunday (woot woot), I thought it would be fun to go on a little mini trip before my two week Florida vacation. I was laying in bed last Friday and a random thought popped into my head, “I really want to go to St. Louis, like ASAP.” Since St. Louis is only about a four hour drive from Chicago, I thought “why not just go NOW?” So I packed up the car, booked a hotel (since I booked the hotel literally a day before my arrival, I got an AWESOME last-minute deal on a great hotel in the center of downtown St. Louis) and hit the road!

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Must Haves

Must Have: August 2016

August 5, 2016

August Must Haves
It’s August, which means new month, new Must Have list! I’m super excited that it’s FINALLY August because I’m heading to Disney World (and Universal Studios Orlando) in nine days (hooray)! Like always, these are not necessarily items that I, or anybody, “need,” it’s just a list of things I currently have my eye on. Here are my Must Haves for August: 

1. Pineapple Whip Candle. It seems like just about everyone is obsessed with Anthology Candles (I’ve been wanting to try them out for the longest time) so maybe it’s time for me to finally give them a shot? I LOVE Dole Whip (Disney World countdown: NINE DAYS) so I definitely want to try their “pineapple whip” candle first! Continue reading