In honor of the Cubs making it to the Series I thought I would share a few fun facts:
The Cubs have not been to the World Series for 71 years; they haven't won the Series since 1908.
The last cub to win the MVP award was Sammy Sosa in 1998.
Ronald Reagan once broadcast the Cubs game in the 1930's.
Wrigleyville. One word is all that needs to be said; a baseball lovers dream.
At one time the Cubs were called the Chicago Orphans.
I had such a great time at our FIRST Girls Night out! We had so much fun with free botox from Rejuvenate Med Spa, Threading from Anna Threading & Spa, learning about R+ F Skincare and more!
Connolly's Public House made some amazing cucumber-lime martinis, which paired perfectly with picking out new fashion pieces from Community Threads and mingling with Oak Park's finest ladies.
It was such a pleasure to meet everyone, I cannot wait for next month!
Photos by What Once Was Photography
When I was young I always pictured myself married, not necessarily at a particular age but married. Kids are a given aren't they? Not for everyone sure, but as a child I assumed this was the natural progression and left it at that, never dreaming or thinking deeper into the plans.
I did in fact get married, at the age of 21, and was unexpectedly divorced by the age of 23, no kids. While this event may have caused some of my family pain, it truly did not leave me any heartache, only lessons; I carried on.
I galavanted through the next several years of my twenties without purpose, care or concern for anything or anyone, besides myself. No deeper thought into 'family" and if I would ever have one again.
When I turned 30 I began to feel this uncanny urge to nest. What a strange feeling, I had not thought more than a few times about this my whole life and here I was in a panic; "who would I marry, I am single...will I ever meet anyone? Will we have kids? Can I even have kids?"
When I thought there was no hope for me and I was planning on becoming a Governess on the eastern coast of Massachusetts, not far from the Cape, life hit me. Literally my husband fell from the sky, into my lap. Ok obviously that is impossible but I did meet him at complete random, when I was not looking and least hoped for it.
My knight in shining armor, everything I had ever dreamed and more. It can happen, it DID happen. Maybe my nesting feelings will be relieved by actual nesting...maybe we could start a family.
Just as quickly as I fell head over heels, I was hit with a truck of truth; kids, he already had kids.
A whirlwind of emotions and a flood of never before thought of facts rushed over me. Sure, I was not the type to scrapbook by wedding over the course of my life or name my kids long before I had them, but I also did not ever even consider that the man of my dreams also had a past.
How could I love FOUR kids who have already lived many years as a "family"? How could someone else's dream satisfy my need to create "family"? It seemed impossible, inorganic, the polar opposite of the systematic plan I had.
Who's systematic plan was I following anyhow? My parents? My friends? Webster's Dictionary?
I realized that "family" is whatever we make it to be. My step kids need "family". I am not a replacement, I am a welcomed addition. They are not standing in the way of my dreams, they are standing WITH ME. They are part of me and they make me "family". I may not ever be their mom, they may not ever refer to me as a stepmom or love me like they love their biological mother, but we are "family".
We love, we laugh, we cry, we live, as a family. Inorganic, patch made, FAMILY.
Just because summer is officially over doesn’t mean that your fun should fall short; to help keep your entertainment calendar full, check out this list of October events that you won’t want to miss:
Bengtsons Pumpkin Fest // Homer Glen
All of October
Pumpkin patches, fall rides, selfie booth, haunted barn + more!
Rocktoberfest // West Loop
Beer, Brats, Music and FALL; need I say more?
Scarecrow Festival // St. Charles
This family - friendly fest is full of activities that everyone will enjoy!
Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden // Glencoe
Sip on Fall brews whilst chatting it up in the Chicago Botanic Garden sceneries.
Festive-Ale // Chicago
Beer lovers unite for a cause while eating great food from vendors and listening to music.
Green Pumpkin Trail // Oak Park
Trick or treating through downtown Oak Park collecting healthy treats, costume or not it will be fun!
Brew Moon and Beer and Bands Festival // McCook
Taste an immense variety of craft, micro and import brews while listening to live entertainment.
Night of 1,000 Jack-O’- Lanterns // Glencoe
Walk a trail lined with 1,000 Jack-o’-lanterns, eat and drink festive fare; activities for all ages.
Boo at the Zoo // Brookfield
Family activities, parade + more!
Halloween at Navy Pier // Chicago
October 22, 23, 28-31
Trick or Treating, costumes, contests and more; enjoy a fireworks display with the city in the background on October 29th.
Crawloween // Chicago
Bar Crawl with $5 Promo Cards, $3-5 drink specials, photo hunt, photo and costume contests!
Haunted Shipwreck Halloween Party Cruise // Chicago
Costume party, live DJ, drinks, dancing all while taking a scenic cruise around Chicago.
Taco Tuesday October 4th 2016 is also National Taco Day; as if we needed another reason to eat tacos at the beginning of the work week!!
Here is a list of local specials to help you bite into your Taco Tuesday with a crunch:
1969 N. Halstead
#Tactime $8 Barbacoa, Cochinita and El Pastor combo
$2-4 Single Tacos
b/t Haddon Ave & Thomas St
$3 Draft Beer
738 N Clark St.
Restaurante El Mogote
4959 N Kedzie Ave
$5 Two Tacos w/ Rice & Beans
On The Border
Schuamburg, Vernon Hills & St. Charles
50 CENT TACOS!!!!
Buffalo Grove & Rolling Meadows
Buy One Get One Free Tacos
Chevy's Fresh Mex
$3 Cobb Corn
$3 House Margaritas
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!