June 27, 2016

Chicago Bound - Any Recommendations?

I'm movin' and shakin', party people!

That's right, in August I am being sent to a 4-day work conference in Chicagoland and I couldn't be more excited to get out of dodge with my co-workers. And due to working for such a great organization, they're letting me stick around for several days so Adam can join me for a mini vacay.

We've spent the last 6 month or so adulting (aka: saving that moola), so this will be a fun getaway to let loose and indulge in a little urban adventure. I've had such a travel bug lately, so I couldn't be more thankful to have the time to explore.

The last time I was in Chicago was about 5 years ago before we were married. We took the train from KC to meet up with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law for a fun long weekend, and it was such a blast. Just look... we were babies.

So anyway, I am thrilled to go see the best of what Chicago has to offer. I'd like to revisit some of my favorite places from last trip - Millenium Park, Bucktown, Navy Pier, etc. - as well as discover some new hidden gems.

Luckily, my good blog friend Jess at 26 and Not Counting just spent the last weekend in Chicago, and judging by her Instagram photos I know she will have some incredible suggestions. That girl knows how to find the best of the best, and maybe you do too!

So I'd love to ask for any fun recommendations for...

Fun things to do? 
Places to stay (preferably any hotel, since we have points)? 
Rooftop drink spots?
Day trips? 
Seasonal activities? 

As always, I have already started my Chicago Trip board over on my Pinterest page... my favorite way to plan a trip. Can't wait to add your suggestions!

Thanks in advance!

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May 24, 2016

My Dream Master Bathroom

Last July, the hubs and I were seriously tossing around the idea of selling our home. Adam purchased our 1970s split level 6 years ago, put so much heart into this house, and we thought we were ready to move on to purchasing our first house together.

We were getting excited to dream of new possibilities, but the more we were fixing up our house to prepare for selling, a funny thing happened. We kind of fell in love with our little fixer upper after remodeling the kitchen, getting brand new gorgeous flooring, painting wood paneling, and so many other little projects.

Of course now that we've decided to stay and put more soul into our home, we're dreaming of the next few projects. And after squeezing to get by each other while we both try to get ready in our tiny "on suite" (I saw this with a laugh, as it's a dinky mini bathroom attached to our room), I'm dreaming about the idea of these gorgeous master bathrooms. A glimpse inside my inspiration...

Sophisticated master bathroom features polished nickel mirrors over blue vanities with laser cut doors and turned legs topped with white marble countertops atop calacatta michaelangelo marble floor flanking doorway to walk-in shower and water closet.:

Modern Rustic Bathroom Design - Vessel Sink in Open Shelf Wood Vanity:

Vanity Chandeliers

The bathroom is one of the few rooms in the house where many people are willing to spend huge sums of money to renovate. Inspired by dream magazine bathrooms, homeowners want to create a bathroom t…:

Walk In Marble Shower with Built In Marble Shelf Ledge

Weekend Wonderings - At The Picket Fence:

Bathroom design brings two spaces together..bathtub in the shower??!! Wonderful!:

With chic tiling (I love the wide variety at PlumbTile!), like herringbone flooring and gorgeous glass mosaics, I am dreaming about a spa like master bath full of cool grays and crisp whites. Where fluffy white towels are rolled up in baskets, fancy bathroom sinks adorn marble counter tops, and a vase of fresh flowers brighten the whole room.

There are so many different looks that I love. How on earth would I choose between rustic chic style with reclaimed wood and nature elements, and the ultra spa-like chic look of gorgeous marble surfaces and sparkly chandelier lighting?

And those huge walk-in showers! I can't even imagine a world where I don't have to wedge my leg halfway up the side of our 3ft by 3ft shower to shave - ha! With all this daydreaming, the Haskins House may be getting a face lift sooner than later!

What does your dream master bath look like?
Are you ready for a home reno project?

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May 20, 2016

5 Summer Blockbusters I Am Dying to See

With summer approaching quickly, there is one thing I can't wait for aside from lazy pool days... good movies. The countdown is on for these 7 movies, and don't you worry, I linked each movie title to their official trailers. #overachiever

1) Ghost Busters - July 15th

The funny ladies are in the house! Can't wait to see this cast reinvent a cinema classic!

2) Finding Dory - June 17th

I absolutely fell in love with Finding Nemo when it came out 13 years ago (has it been that long?!) and I can't wait to see what magical adventure Pixar takes us on this time around.

3) Me Before You - June 3rd

This looks both heartwarming and completely ugly cry prompting... Can't wait.

4) Secret Life of Pets - July 8th

I saw this preview in theaters last Christmas and have been counting down ever since. I'm a huge animated movie fan, and this looks hilarious. Think I can sneak in my dog?

5) Captain America: Civil War - May 6th

I know, I know. I'm not typically a huge fan of this genre, but Adam got me hooked on the Avengers and all of the movies. Great date night compromise! #wifepoints

And because another great wave of movies are always released in the fall, I couldn't bear to leave these few out! ;)

1) Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them - November 18th

2) Sully (no trailer released yet) - September 9th

3) The Girl on the Train (reading this right now!) - October 7th

4)  Moana - November 23rd


So, how did I do?
Anything I need to add to my list?

I can already smell the buttery popcorn and junior mints...

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May 18, 2016

Gratitude Lately

Lately I've been thankful for this guy, in all his freckly glory, and how hard he works every single day to bring home the bacon.

For Harry Potter at the symphony, good views, and unleashing my inner Gryffindor nerd.

For high majestic ceilings that make me want to lay on the floor in the middle of the train station.

For neighborhood ice cream shops and how they remind us that summer's a'coming!

For zoo days with these party animals (...and the live penguin cam for work days I wish I was zoo-ing.)

For colorful grocery store finds that lift my Monday blues.

For sisters who make even better besties.

For rainy days and awesome playlists.

For nights out on the town and really pathetic selfie attempts.

For walks with views.

For noshing on the best Mexi food in town.

And for boozy family dates that include grapefruit champagne cocktails


Here's to gratitude and how it makes life fuller, and the smallest things more than enough. As always, thanks for the inspiration, Today's Letters!

  //  What are you thankful for today? //

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April 26, 2016

10 Makeup Bags You'll Love

Apparently I must be a crazy driver, because yesterday I tossed my makeup bag in my work tote and by the time I got to work makeup was scattered all over the place! Now it very well be my driving skills (hello extreme road rage!) or the fact that I was trying to squish 15 different oddly shaped tubes into a tiny red mosaic cosmetic pouch that was way too small for it's contents.

So gone are the days of saying a little prayer that the zipper wouldn't break after every use. I decided I needed an upgrade desperately, so I did a little window shopping if you will. Check out these 10 makeup bags that are not only super functional in staying organized, but are cute to boot. 

1) Tartan + Twine - Ulta

2) Watercolor Classic Nylon Ezra - Kate Spade 

3) Bow & Drape - Nordstrom  

4) Stephanie Johnson 'Tamirindo Pink' - Nordstrom

5) Secrets of Salvador Train Case - Petunia Pickle Bottom 

6) The Escapader - Sephora

7) Blue Showater - J. Crew Factory

8) Theochiltree 'Gray + White Dot' - Etsy

9) Navy Stripe - Vera Bradley

10) Carry All Pouches - Society 6  (3 sizes!)


Now the tricky part is how on earth do I choose?
Which one is your favorite?

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