Day at the Zoo

This weekend the Racine Zoo had a kids day so all kids (15 & under) were free.
We used to this zoo ALL the time when they boys were little. It is smaller than some of our other (localish) options but it’s close and it used to be just an optional donation for entry. It’s now $8 for adults and (normally) $6 for kids. And there’s no charge for parking however there’s not an official lot, though there’s a decent sized lot with in a couple blocks and on a cooler day like Saturday was finding close street parking wasn’t an issue.

Because it was a cooler day some of the animals weren’t outside but it also meant there weren’t TOO many people to contend with to get to see stuff.

We also took advantage of an opportunity we’d never done before…the boys got to feed giraffes (an additional $5 fee at the time of feeding).

You can do this at several times through out the day, times posted at the giraffe exhibit. They teach you a little about giraffes in general, like did you know their tongues are dark purple so they don’t get sunburned, and the specific giraffes there. We learned that the larger one is actually the smaller one’s uncle.

Such a cool thing to watch!!


kangaroos and wallabies



penguins (my fave!!)


And of course we had to visit the petting zoo!


On the way home we stopped in downtown Kenosha for dinner (and donuts for dessert) and took a walk by the lake.

Final Forty MNO Chicago

And just like that the last of our foursome turned 40 in November. So we celebrated with a overnight trip downtown Chicago. One night, 4 friends and lots of food and drinks…

on the walk to dinner

We checked into our hotel with it’s beautiful city view and then walked over to The Purple Pig for dinner.

There was a wait there so we headed across the street for a drink at Dylan’s Candy Bar while we waited.


Birthday Cake Shots!!

Dylan’s Drink Menu:















We tried the Chocoholic, the Pop Rocks Explosion and the Cotton Candy Clouds.  All super fun and yummy!!









Feeling good after drinks and some candy shop shopping

Back to The Purple Pig…


After trying a TON of stuff at the Purple pig we weren’t quite ready to call it a night so we stopped for some wine…

I did the Candyland flight!

After a lot of giggling, and finally cracking open that ’40’ pinata, which was filled with little bottles and liquor candy we called it a night.  The next morning we were back out wandering the city, shopping and EATING of course.

Although we had to wait OUTSIDE in line for a bit, I would highly recommend checking out the Nutella place.

Seriously soooo yummy!!!

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Purpose Driven Essentials

Admittedly, I’m addicted to subscription boxes right now. But I really do think they are a fun gift giving option.  There is literally a ‘box’ for everyone.

Purpose Driven Essentials is filled with items to help support mom’s faith and encourage daily devotion like Christian-inspired Books, devotionals, journaling tools and Christian music. Each box is actually a beautifully designed burlap bag.

What’s In a Purpose Driven Essentials Box:

  • Christian-inspired Jewelry – beautiful, tasteful pieces that will inspire and bring a smile. Show the world what’s important to you with these fashionable pieces.
  • Devotionals and accessories – provides inspiration for daily devotionals.
  • Journaling tools – these tools will make Bible study fun and creative.
  • Tasty Treats- coffee, tea, chocolate or candy because everyone needs something delicious to enjoy during study.
  • Christian music – Uplift your spirit with today’s (top charts) Contemporary Christian music.
  • Christian Inspirational Book of the Month – Read about other people’s stories to help grow as a Christian.

10% of all proceeds go to help missions.

Door County WI Trip

I’m not sure how it’s possible that my older boys have been going to Door County for YEARS each summer but in 40 years, I’ve never been.  It seems like everyone in our area has vacationed to Door County at some point in their lives, with many friends sharing their favorite spots or memories when hearing I was FINALLY going to go.

My first trip would be a quick one, just one night, staying in Ephraim.  But we made the most of it and I can NOT wait to go back. We drove up from Milwaukee Saturday morning. We’d technically missed the PEAK fall colors but it was still a really pretty drive. Saturday was a little rainy and windy and cold. But we made a couple stops at shops and orchards and sampled wines and cheeses. And had lunch as Husby’s in Sister Bay.











Then we checked into Somerset Inn & Suites and packed up and bundled up to do the one thing I REALLY wanted to do while there. See the sunset over the bay.  It was COLD and windy but still totally perfect.











We spent the rest of the evening by the fire in our room enjoying wine and cheese etc.

Sunday morning it was beautiful. Much less windy and sunny! We stopped for breakfast at the Old Post Office Restaurant and one more visit to the water before heading home.

And of course one last stop on the way home for some custard!!!

Janet Jackson

As girls of the 80s, it was sort of hard NOT to have love Janet Jackson at some point in life. So when it was announced that she would be coming to Chicago during our year long celebration of us all turning 40, I couldn’t resist grabbing tickets.


I will say I wish she’d done more full version of her older stuff because I LOVED her in the 80s and EARLY 90s the most but I was definitely blown away at how she can still move and sing!!


But of course, as always, the best part was the company!!!

Ipsy: April Glam Bag

Woohoo, I got my sneak peak today of my April Ipsy Glam Bag

I’m totally in love with this bag!

Can’t wait to get my hands on these goodies to try…





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Autumn Drive

Fall, or autumn, is my absolute favorite season. So when friends suggested we pack up our families and do this Autumn Drive event, it sounded like a great idea.  The weather ended up being absolutely gorgeous so all the places were PACKED but we managed to check out a few cool antique shops, a lot of craft vendors and enjoy some good food and finished up the afternoon at the pumpkin farm with apple cider donuts and fresh cider.

Pumpkin farm fun with friends…










Yummy chocolates…



Forty is Fabulous

In July I turned 40.  Admittedly, I am not exactly where I would have liked to be in life at 40. But I did my best to celebrate the milestone and all the good I DO have in my life.


Started with my birthday Starbucks and the most amazing donuts in the world (which I’ve only ever found in Kenosha, WI).











Then ended the night with dinner at Tsukasa where the boys enjoyed a Hibachi meal for the first time.

And then took home a little Cheesecake Factory for dessert.








In continued celebration of all of our 40th’s we did our own Pinterest inspired Cake Smash photo shoot…

Freshman Football

They’re record wasn’t great and there were missed games for injuries. But the memories were worth it all…




I took this pic, it’s not a great quality photograph but I couldn’t delete it after he told me that I’d caught him taking a quiet moment to pray before the game.















my two faves










Some awesome pro shots…












A lot of blood, sweat and a couple tears went into EARNING these numbers!

Wilson Phillips w/The Rembrandts

It was truly a year full of concerts so when I had the opportunity to see Wilson Phillips pretty much in my own backyard, I couldn’t pass it up.  And honestly I was blown away by how great of a show the put on. They of course did all their hits but all did a super fun mix of covers etc.  And Carnie Wilson is HYSTERICAL. I totally want to be her BFF!

I, not surprisingly didn’t know much at all from The Rembrandts but the ONE everyone knows…think ‘Friends,’ made it all worth it.