Let me preface this by reminding you I love my family. I love our busy schedules, I love going on adventures with them, and I equally love staying at home and having the girls put on various talent shows for me. Sometimes, however, I need something for myself. Beyond the networking events, beyond work, beyond brunch dates, sometimes I need some “me time”.
Photo Credit: Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort
And a mini staycation at the Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire could not have come at a more perfect time.
I know that we try to keep our blog light-hearted, but I wanted to mention some organizations that assist the military and their families during their time of need.
Disclosure: The person that I am writing about is a close family member that is, in general, a very private person. Though they have social media accounts, they did not announce the news on that platform that I am about to state here. They decided to let the family and friends know individually and through word-of-mouth. Due to this, I am going to omit pieces of information that may disclose their identity. Though I will be discussing their health, I will only be giving snapshots of the complete picture of their experience.
I made sure that I was granted permission by this person with what I can and cannot share before posting this blog as well.
I know that we try to keep our blog light-hearted, but I wanted to take this opportunity to present a few things. I wanted to mention some wonderful organizations that help our military families in order to bring awareness for them. I once worked for a company that matched charitable donations, give perks like wearing jeans for a month if you donate to their featured charity and, if you volunteered 30+ hours in a calendar year, they give you $500 to donate to the charity of your choice. So, I was always looking to donate my time and money somewhere. Whether it is through programs with your job, or if it is the end of the year and you want to get a tax break through charitable donations, I hope that this article can inspire you to help these organizations out also. Plus, with Memorial Day coming up, I thought that the subject would be apropos.
If you already do something similar, such as sending care packages to the deployed troops overseas, or you volunteer your time and skills with veterans transitioning back to civilian life, then that is great! Keep doing your good deeds! (However, if you happen to fit in any of these other organizations in the future, then I will be happy too!) I was aiming to bring these organizations to light to those who were like me – unaware that they exist — and present the good that they do to support the military and their families.
So, as far as my story goes, it begins a little like this…
I am not sure why, but I had always been drawn to Japan. I originally went on a group tour around part of the country. Initially, I had the philosophy of only going somewhere once, unless I had already finished seeing all that I needed from the world. So far, this is the only place that I made that exception.
I’ve come to realize a growing popular opinion: The suburbs have nothing to offer.
Excuse you. Check yourself.
So I’m going to do a mini series of suburban highlights. I’ve had to reiterate how often we do date nights within a 10-30 minute drive and not have to get on a highway. It’s so nice to NOT have to pay for parking or walk a couple blocks from our car to get to the front door of the restaurant. I’m starting with my hometown of Schaumburg. Because trust me, you’re going to enjoy this as much as I do.
Every year to kick of the coveted Chicago Restaurant Week, Choose Chicago hosts a little event called First Bites Bash. With over 60 restaurants, it’s a means of getting a glimpse of the 14 days that follow.
This year, it took place inside the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, and it was a perfect venue.
As you walk in on the lower level, you are obligated to not just look around you but ABOVE you, towards the grand ceiling.
You were also able to enter on the second floor and from the wrap-around balcony, getting an aerial view of the hustle and bustle below.
This time of year is always a time full of family, magic, and holiday cheer, but it is also always a time of frantic planning, shopping, hosting, and altogether chaos. Some nights, I just need a short break. A few hours where I am able to relax, dine, and drink with adults. I replace the Doc McStuffins theme song with jazzy lounge music. I replace the yoga pants and slippers with fitted pants and some boots. Continue reading “Hubbard Inn Winter Menu Preview”