Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Our Weekend at the Lake

This past weekend, a group of friends and I went up to the lake. Between bonfires, card games, and hours in the lake, we had the perfect mini getaway. This weekend reminded me of just how lucky I am to have met this group. Back in February, I never would have guessed that they'd turn into my own little Illinois family. Below is our lake weekend recap.


FRIDAY
Drive to the Canadian Lakes.
Stop on the way for dinner at Saugatuck Brewing Co.
Arrive at the lake. Immediately Ice Anil (twice).
Have a bonfire, complete with s'mores.
Cheers to a great weekend with Loconut.
Play What Do You Meme? until 1 AM.
Head to bed.

SATURDAY
Have breakfast.
Take the boat out on the lake.
Shotgun a beer for the first time.
Take our drinks in the lake thanks to our drink floaties.
Head back for lunch. Anil grilled some killer burgers.
Go out on the jet skis.
Have dinner.
Watch Easy A.
Crash before midnight.

SUNDAY
Have breakfast.
Play Kan Jam.
Go out on the jet skis.
Take the boat out on the lake.
Head back for lunch and pack up our stuff.
Relax in a giant inflatable floatie.
Head home.
Stop for ice cream to cap off the weekend.

I can't wait to head back to the lake!
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fun Activities to do with Dad this Father's Day


Last month for Mother's Day, I shared my top nine activities to do with your mom. This month, I'm sharing the Father's Day edition. My plan for Father's Day - take my dad high speed go-kart racing! Not only do we get to spend time together, but we also get to experience something new. Spending time with my dad is always one of my favorite things to do. We love adventuring, as well as just relaxing and talking. I can't wait to race him around the track during the day, and somehow I just know, end our evening with a bonfire. Below are other ideas to celebrate the amazing dad in your life.


A BREWERY TOUR - Try different brews, while getting a behind-the-scenes look at how they're made.

HAVE A BBQ - Learn how to grill your dad's favorites.

CORNHOLE COMPETITION - Friendly competition right in your backyard.


GO TO A THEME PARK - Death-defying rollercoasters, anyone?

GO BOWLING - A fun activity for the whole family.

DO A PUZZLE - Spend some quality time together completing a fun image.


GO RACING - Race high speed around a track.

ATTEND A SPORTS GAME - Cheer on the local team.

BUILD SOMETHING - Learn how to make something special as a keepsake (maybe even cornhole boards!).


Have a wonderful time celebrating dad this weekend!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Trip Recap // Cancun


Last weekend, I headed to Cancun for a fun girls' weekend away with two of my childhood best friends, Keiko and Shannon, and some of Keiko's high school friends. I love that I'm still so close with girls I've known for 18 years! We were there for only four days, so made the most of being in paradise. From countless hours on the beach to cooling off in the turquoise ocean; pina coladas throughout the day to dressing up for dinner; we had a blast. Our group stayed at the Riu Caribe, which is where we spent most of our time. When Shannon and I booked our rooms, the hotel was sold out, so we ended up staying at their sister resort next door, the Riu Palace Peninsula. Both resorts were all-inclusive, which in my option, is the way to go!

THURSDAY
We arrived in Cancun! After checking into our rooms (our view was incredible!), we enjoyed the pool and then got ready for dinner. Our first dinner was at their Japanese buffet.

FRIDAY
Our first full day in Cancun was spent on the beach and in the ocean. For dinner, we ate at their Mexican restaurant, which was so tasty! Sadly, I ended up getting pretty burnt that day - the Mexican sun is no joke! I was that badly burnt wearing SPF 50!

SATURDAY
This was the one day that we left the resort to do some exploring. We took an all day catamaran out to Isla Mujeres, with snorkeling on our way back to the resort. Unfortunately, being on the boat for most of the day resulted in me getting sunburnt over my sunburn. When we got back to the resort, I was not feeling well. I ended up shaking uncontrollably and falling asleep at 9:00. Suffice it to say, I didn't make it to dinner Saturday night.

SUNDAY
I spent the first half of our last day in my room. I was still feeling pretty sick from the burn, so decided to stay inside until the UV rating went down. Thankfully, at 2:00, I headed down to the beach. I ended up having the best time, soaking in the pool and hanging out with the girls. For dinner that night, to celebrate one of my oldest friend's birthdays, we went to their steakhouse. We took lots of sunset photos beforehand, though. It was too gorgeous of a night not to have a mini photoshoot.

Monday morning, we ate breakfast and then headed to the airport.

Our trip was such a nice break from reality. Being surrounded by such beauty and being able to share it with two of my best friends was perfect. I can't wait for our next adventure!