This week we had the pleasure of being invited to check out Jazzin at the Shedd at Shedd Aquarium with some of our friends. If this is not on your summer bucket list add it now!
Though this is not a place for the people who don’t like being around people, it is the place for pretty much everyone else! Events run all summer long on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30pm and ending with a breathtaking view of the Navy Pier fireworks display.
#Adulting isn’t done right until you have had a glass of wine and talked to the beautiful beluga whales and reached out to the slithering sturgeons!
Cap it all off with a cocktail in the fresh air, complimented perfectly by live jazz bands!
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Last weekend (before the floods) we decided to check Blarney Island off of our Illinois bucket list! I know what you are thinking but it really is a place for everyone to go once; a rite of passage!
When summer is in your face and your local options are running slim, search next to home and you never know what you will find!
Shuttle by boat via the Port of Blarney for $8, on most days, arrive to the island of plastic cup wine, bathing suit dancing and a don’t ask don’t tell clause!
We had an AMAZING experience in Curacao last month. I have to say, I have been to over 30 countries and normally do not want to revisit places, but Curacao WILL be a repeat destination for years to come!
This island has one of the most beautiful ocean habitats I have ever seen. The water temperatures, sea life, reef variations and quality of the water itself are absolutely mesmerizing!
We snorkeled all day, every day for 8 days! It never grew old, every beach had something different to offer and the water became only more inviting with each meeting.
As if the beautiful waters were not reason enough, this island is packed with endless amounts of diversity. Boasting culture from Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and more. The endless offerings of delicious foods, friendly people, colorful and unique architecture and constant sun combine to make a truly wonderful environment.
There are areas with high population, city life, casinos and traffic as much as there are areas with nothing but cacti and open spaces for miles. There is something for all ages and personalities on the island. Relaxing beaches to cliff diving, literally everyone will find something they enjoy.
My personal highlight was hiking a mile on the coast, in the desert to find the Blue Hole; a cave located on the edge of the coast. I never thought I would be brave enough to jump into open water and swim into a cave in search of the unknown….I am SO glad I did! A truly amazing, memorable experience!
We rented a house on Air B&B - BEST IDEA EVER! I highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed!
With love… for Curacao.
Panama City, Panama is exploding since the return of the canal and being on the American Dollar. Banks from all over the world are setting up shop, building sky-scrapers with their name on it, attracting big names like Trump and Waldorf Astoria.
We were pleasantly surprised by not only the size of the city, but the height as well! Panama City is becoming quite the contender in the concrete jungle!
We were also blown away by the price; everything in Panama is much cheaper than the States so it is very easy to have a luxurious vaca while maintaining your budget. We stayed at Trump tower for under $200 a night, played $5 blackjack on a Saturday night and drank $4.50 mixed drinks... and that is the norm! We had such a warm welcome and amazing experience, the people were extremely friendly and the food was outstanding!
While I don’t think you need more than a few days in this city, it was a pleasure to explore and should be a must on your bucket list.
**Note that though Panama City has come along way, there are still many areas that are heavily crime stricken and not safe for solo travel. We recommend booking a driver with your hotel and being very intentional about what sections of the city you see, especially after the sun goes down.
An Acknowledgement to the other side of father's day and other holidays like it.
This Father’s Day absolutely broke my heart. While I was so happy to see my own dad and to spend time as a family, the fact that my husband is having a hard time even talking to his kids, let alone see them is absolutely gutting.
Keeping in mind I am not taking sides one way or the other, divorce rips families apart.
It can, and often does, dig massive holes that turn into trenches where one hides from the next blow. Wounded hearts and bitter tongues wreak havoc on the innocent ones left in the middle.
My heart breaks for my husband and for all those men and women out there who are going through the same thing. So many mothers and fathers do not have the joy of being with their kids, and kids without their parents.
Not all families are created the same. We are all made up of different parts, different pasts and different futures. One thing is for certain, we are all made of love, and love never fails.
Praying for strength, endurance, everlasting love and PEACE to everyone that is going through this time in their lives. Don’t give up, your time will come!
My husband and his children 2015
Their endearing love for all things under the sea was not only compelling, but also created a genuine need to return to Curacao; it is without a doubt one of the most (if not the most) incredible places we have ever been.
Myronchi Trip has two important goals:
THESE PHOTOS ARE PROPERTY OF MYRONCHI TRIP, AT SEA CURAÇAO + CHICAGO HOUSEWIVES
Edwin, our amazing captain from At Sea Curaçao, ensured our experience was safe and fun! His boat, Dí Luca, was originally a lifeboat from a large ship and cannot be capsized.
Dí Luca's generous width makes room for a relaxing seating area, communal table and shade, topped off with a grill to boot! His grilled pita sandwiches are the perfect ending to a morning or afternoon of snorkeling! Delish!
This weekend I had the privilege of shooting my cousin’s proposal in Toledo, Ohio. I love photographing everything I encounter with my iPhone but had never “officially” shot subjects with my good camera. I may not be the next Tribune photographer but I am so proud of how they turned out I thought that I would share them with you all!
I even included the practice run....hopefully you get as big of a kick out of it as I did!
The practice Proposal
She said yes!!!!!!!
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Darrell fell in love with portraiture in junior high, were he started drawing portraits.After joining the yearbook staff in high school his passion expanded into photography.
He then attended Kent State University where he received his bachelors degree in photo illustration.
Moving to Chicago he work at Hedrich Blessing Architectural Photo studio. He flew around the country working on projects for Interior Design and other publications.
In the Chicago studio Darrell assisted shooting catalogue projects.
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Hi, I'm Ally!
I am a transplanted Chicagonlander who absolutely loves experiencing life! Many years of traveling, living all over the world, experiencing many hard and equally as wonderful things have led me to where I am today and I am so happy to share that with you through our GNO events, on our sites and by connecting with all of you!