Forgive the lack of posting lately. It’s been somewhat busy in the small microcosm of the Freeman household. Boo recently was neutered. The surgery was successful and he returned to normal a few days later after the anesthesia wore off. I had him wear an inflatable “donut” around his neck so he could nap more …

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Hello, friends! I hope everyone is having an enjoyable holiday weekend. I started mine on Thursday. I took the day off, went for a jog in Lincoln Park, laid out on my rooftop deck, then went to get my Zipcar to drive to my mom’s for the night (this was a nightmare experience and I …

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This past week, I ventured out not one, but three times to the downtown area for outdoor dining experiences. On Wednesday, I had a wonderful happy hour with work friends at River Roast, followed by a late-night foray to RPM Italian for some delicious pasta. Then on Friday, my friend Kylie came over for some wine spritzers on …

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Earlier this afternoon, I had my lovely friend, Sarah, over for one-on-one brunch (if you don’t include Boo). I haven’t seen her in so long and was really excited to catch up, show her my place, and introduce her to the puppy! For brunch, I served mimosas, spinach and goat cheese frittata, breakfast potatoes, and …

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One of the things that have long been associated with me is my aversion to cooking. I used to pronounce myself as the worst cook, too busy to do it, etc. It’s funny how extra time and a far superior kitchen can change that. I finally have an oven that fits a normal cookie sheet, …

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I’ve been having a blast the last few weeks getting better acquainted with my neighborhood, Lincoln Park, via outings with Boo or solo excursions. I’m a very short distance from North Pond, the Theurer-Wrigley House, also known as the Wrigley Mansion (featured below), and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and the lakefront trail, currently closed …

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One of the reasons I love the holiday season is because I love shopping and giving gifts to my friends and family. Compiling a gift guide is also one of my favorite kinds of blog posts to create. This year, I decided to make my holiday gift guide one with an altruistic focus. I’ve picked …

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Everyone wants a beautiful home that is welcoming, conveys their style, and increases curb appeal. This undoubtedly extends to landscaping, but for many people, myself included, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and at a loss for where to start. Enter Tilly, an innovative online platform that makes professional landscape design more accessible to homeowners. Four long-time …

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It’s been a while! You may or may not have noticed, but I recently enjoyed a much needed vacation out of town. Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I traveled with friends to Savannah, Georgia and experienced one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. Upon our exit from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, I …

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