Luke’s Day Out With Seadog Cruises at Navy Pier

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Chicago comes alive in the summertime! It seems like everyone has come out of hibernation to celebrate making it through the bitter winter months (oh winter…I don’t want to even think about it now. This heat is brutal but I’ll take it over the windchill any day).

The city has so many great things going on every weekend that we have a hard time planning what to do. On top of that, our weekends are normally packed with birthday parties and playdates. I’m not complaining. It seems like Luke’s social calendar is always packed as we try to jam pack everything in. I mean, the summer isn’t going to last forever.

As fun as birthday parties and playdates are, the working mom guilt kicks in. With such nice weather, I’m normally sitting in the office working and Luke is at daycare playing with his friends. I sit and just wish we could be outside spending the day together, making memories. The fun age of four won’t last forever and before I know it, he will be in kindergarten or starting high school (okay, I’m thinking a bit too far into the future). I don’t want to look back on these days and wished I could’ve taken a day off here or there to have a day with no agenda, except to just have fun.

So on Friday, Charlie and I took the day off to spend with Luke. We asked him what he wanted to do and he said “eat doughnuts and pancakes and go to Navy Pier.” So we got in the car and started our day of fun with tons of sugar for Luke and caffeine for me and Charlie. It was nice because it felt so carefree and stress-free with no schedule. We took our time everything. Luke enjoyed the Zoom Room exhibit at the Children’s Museum (he could stay there for hours) and the water fountain in front of Navy Pier…and lots of ice cream.

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Luke’s day of fun also included a lakefront speedboat ride on the Seadog. I knew Luke would love it since he loves fast cars, well anything that goes fast. The boat ride went out to Lake Michigan and back to Navy Pier in 30 minutes. I loved the look on Luke’s face as he felt the wind against his face knowing how fast the boat was going. I wished I would’ve saved some of snap chat pictures and videos to share but of course I forgot. During our ride, we were trying to look for fish in the lake. But unfortunately, we didn’t see any that day. Luke wanted me to show him our house from the lake, too. Oh Luke, if only we had a home with lake views. So we had to tell him that all the high rises were blocking our house, which is very true. LOL! Four year olds are so inquisitive. When the ride was over, he told us that he loved feeling the wind on his face and seeing my hair flying all over the place.

We were the first on the boat. Luke had a tough time choosing where to sit.

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You can see the look on Luke’s face that he loved the speed of the ride. My hair..that’s another story.

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I hope Luke will remember the day we had because I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I’m glad we took the day off. We plan to do another fun day in August. I can’t wait!

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Thank you, Entertainment Cruises Chicago for inviting Luke on the Seadog cruise. All pictures and opinions are my own.

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Let’s Dress Up! In A Tropical Print Dress

Summer is currently in full swing! And so are all the good sales. I told myself that I didn’t need to buy any more new dresses or clothes. But when Ann Taylor had a huge sale on all their sale dresses ($35) a week ago, I couldn’t resist! Plus there was a coupon code for $30 off when you spend over $60, so I ended up purchasing two dresses for $40 in total! One of which was a tropical print dress, something a little out of my comfort zone.

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I wanted to buy a dress that I could wear now and on our future beach vacation (that I’m currently planning) so I picked the Leafy Linen Blend Shirtdress. To be honest, I was scared to make the purchase since it was final sale and I wasn’t sure how it would fit me. But I closed my eyes and clicked purchase button and wished for the best.  I’m glad I took the chance because I absolutely love the dress. It’s a little loose but that’s better than being too tight (whew), especially for the humid days in Chicago. I may just have to wear this dress to the office this summer. I thought the midi length would make the dress look more like a maxi dress on me but with a little bit of height on my shoes, it stayed looking like a midi dress.  I’ve always tended to stay away from linen since it wrinkles easily but I didn’t mind it much on this dress as the print somewhat hid the wrinkles. There’s a first for everything, right?

I wore the dress on Sunday morning around town and of course had Charlie snap a few pictures of me. He’s the best Instagram Husband. LOL! You don’t see Luke in these pictures as he spent the night at his grandma’s house. But I do want to take him back to some of these locations and snap some pictures of him and us.

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About this door – I‘ve been eyeing this “Avocado Alley” door for some time since it’s so difference and can be easy to miss from the crowds of tourist walking by it. It is part of the Su Casa Mexican Cuisine restaurant on Ontario Avenue near Michigan Avenue. BTW: we didn’t see any avocados. But at least the sign and door were cute.

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Next we walked a few blocks down to the Rain Forest Cafe where the art on the side of the restaurant seemed kind of fitting for the tropical print dress I was wearing. Haha.

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Finally, we stopped by the new flamingo mural near the Ohio House. I really wanted to take some pictures of the bigger flamingos on the Ohio Street side (the above picture was on the Wells Street side) but unfortunately my DSLR’s battery ran out of juice. And my back up battery was at home. As this was just a fun walk for me and Charlie, I didn’t think it was necessary to run home to get the other battery. I’m sure we will be back for more pictures of the flamingos. Some of which will include Luke, who is more fun to photograph.

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Let’s Celebrate! 4th of July in New Hampshire

I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July!

This past weekend, we spent some time with Charlie’s cousins at their cottages along a lake in New Hampshire. It was our first time at this annual event and we really enjoyed spending time with family and making new friends. We also got some time to explore the area and do some antique shopping in Peterborough, NH. There’s something about spending the 4th of July in New England since there’s so much history there and it truly felt like Americana.  Luke got to ride the boat on the lake, ran around barefoot and played with Basil, the family dog. He truly enjoyed it and we enjoyed watching this city kid be a country kid.

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While we were driving around exploring, we drove by this house  in Greenfield, NH with an American flag painted on its garage. I knew instantly that we had to take some pictures there. I mean, it was perfect for the 4th of July! We snapped a few pictures with my iPhone the first day and had Luke stand in front and said we would go back the next day to take pictures with my DSLR. When we came back, the owners were home as their cars were parked in front the garage. So we knocked on the door and asked if we can take some pictures in front of it (but couldn’t muster up the courage to ask them to move their cars as well.). The owners were happy to let us take pictures and told us that the flag was painted on the garage shortly after 9/11. We told them that it was a beautiful thing they did to honor what happened and thanked them for letting us take pictures in front of something so symbolic and so fitting of the holiday we were celebrating.

We had a fun time taking these pictures (around the parked cars) and like Charlie said, we can work around them…and that’s just what we did.

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 On me – Dress: Anthropologie Bathing Beauty Dress // Shoes: Dolce Vita Larana Chunky Sandal from Nordstrom Rack // Sunglasses: Karen Walker The Number One

On Luke: Shirt and shorts: from GapKids// Sandals: Avarcas

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