Blind Box & Bag Roundup 43. (Kingdom of Cute Vinylmations)

July 12, 2017

Vinylmation x WonderGround Gallery Kingdom of Cute
Happy Wednesday and welcome to another edition of Blind Box & Bag Roundup! Ever since the Vinylmation x WonderGround Gallery Kingdom of Cute blind boxes were released last month, I’ve been itching to get my hands on them (they’re so cute!). This new series features classic Disney ‘icons’ such as Space Mountain, Dole Whips, the Sword in the Stone, Sleeping Beauty Castle and many more, turned into adorable Vinylmation figures! Sadly, they sold out at the Disney Parks (and online) almost immediately after being released (I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought they were adorable!). Seriously, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a Vinylmation series generate this much buzz. No really, I saw people selling unopened boxes on eBay for $50+ (that’s insane!). Luckily, while I was at Disney World a few weeks ago, WonderGround Gallery restocked the Kingdom of Cute Vinylmations. So of course I had to pick some up. Although I really love Vinylmation’s (you can check out more Vinlymation openings HERE), I haven’t really bought any lately because there’s just so expensive ($12 per figure definitely adds up FAST!) Even though this has got to be my FAVORITE Vinylmation set to be released thus far, I decided to only pick up two Kingdom of Cute Vinylmations (since they were $18.99!).  Continue reading

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipe: Alizé Apple Hawaiian Fizz

July 10, 2017

*This post was sponsored on behalf of Alizé via One2One Network. As always, all opinions are my own*Alize Apple Vodka
Summer is in full swing here in Chicago (90+ degree weather and all!). Music festival season is upon us, the beaches are packed and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. Since the weather has been pretty good lately (especially considering we’re in the middle of summer right now), I decided to finally set up my new patio set (my previous one sadly broke recently) and prep the background for all the fun outdoor summer activities I have planned. Spending more time outside in my backyard is definitely one of my favorite things about this time of year. I love having lunch (or dinner) outside on the patio set or curling up with a good book while relaxing in the shade. I also LOVE hosting little get-togethers and outdoor parties during this time of year (nothing says summer like a fun backyard cookout!). Since there’s a heat wave heading to the midwest next week, I’ve been trying to take advantage of the nice weather while I still can. I decided what better way to celebrate the last few days of good weather then by hosting a last minute backyard get-together! Of course it’s not a backyard bash without a few yummy cocktails! Continue reading

Dining at D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs | Walt Disney World

July 7, 2017

D-Luxe Burger
Happy Friday! I can’t believe we’re already a full week into July (man does time fly by!). I’m super excited because tomorrow I’m seeing Passion Pit (for free!) at the Taste of Chicago. Another thing I’m excited about is the fact that last night I bought my tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in October. Although I’ve been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland before, this will be my first time attending Disney World’s Halloween Party! Speaking of Disney, whenever I visit the Disney parks I always make it my mission to try and eat at at least one new restaurant. Whether it be somewhere in the parks that I’ve never tried before or at somewhere in Downtown Disney (if I’m visiting Disneyland) or Disney Springs (if I’m visiting Disney World). With the recent expansion of Disney Springs last year, I’ve come across so many new eateries that I’ve been itching to try out (because who doesn’t love food?). During my most recent trip to Disney World two weeks ago, I decided to give D-Luxe Burger a try! Continue reading

10 Reasons Why I Love Living in Chicago

July 5, 2017

10 Reasons Why Chicago is An Amazing Place to Live
Oh Chicago, my home sweet home. Although I love traveling and I travel quite a bit (especially these past three years), there’s no place I’d rather call my home then the good ole Windy City. Quick fun fact, we’re known as the “Windy City” because of our politicians NOT because of the weather. I’ve lived in Chicago for 22 years now (since I was three) so maybe that makes be a bit bias but there’s no city quite like Chicago, in my opinion. One of the greatest things about living in Chicago is the fact that it combines that big city/urban feel with the Midwestern charm! It’s like living in a small town but a big city all at the same time (if that makes sense!). It took leaving Chicago for a period of time (during the four years I was in college) to truly realize just how lucky us Chicagoans have it! Here are ten reasons why I love living in Chicago (although I could probably name 100):  Continue reading

Must Have: July 2017

July 3, 2017

Summer Must HavesHappy Monday. It’s July, which means new month, new Must Have list! I’m so excited that July is finally here because I have so many fun things planned for this month. For one the Taste of Chicago, which is the world’s largest food festival, held for five days in July in Chicago’s Grant Park, officially starts this week (on Wednesday). A few years ago, The Taste started having amazing (FREE) concerts and this years (FREE) concerts include Alessia Cara and Passion Pit (along with several other artists but those are the two I’m must looking forward to seeing!). I’m also super excited because I’ve dubbed July “Broadway month” because I’m seeing three different Broadway shows this month (I know I mention this ALL the time but man do I love the theatre!). This month I’m seeing Something Rotten!, Hamilton (for the THRID time) and An American in Paris. Yup, July is going to be awesome! Like with all of my Monthly Must Have lists, these are not necessarily items that I “need,” it’s just a list of things I currently have my eye on. Here are my Must Haves for July: 

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