Category: Family Life

Skydeck Chicago Review: Make Memories to Cherish!


I received complimentary passes and a tour of the Skydeck Chicago review for this post. All opinions and thoughts are honest and 100% all my own.

I am not afraid of heights, but the Willis Tower can seem a bit intimidating at 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall! Mr. Randal Stancik was extremely gracious and gave us an informative tour of the Willis Tower, and of course the 103rd floor where the Skydeck is located! We also watched a short movie plus it offered lots of great facts about Chicago and the Skydeck.

skydeck-review4As you can see in the picture the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. As you walk around you can read lots of fun facts about the building.

skydeck-review7This is where the fun really starts at the 103rd floor!

The elevator trip is also fun as it took us less than 3 minutes to reach the 103rd floor. As you are riding, you get to see comparisons such as you are now higher than the Empire State Building, the Great Pyramid, and more! It Is Only 2,232 Steps To Get To The Top Of SkyDeck! I prefer to take the elevator but it would make a fantastic cardio workout.

skydeck-review5The ledge is constructed of three layers of half-inch thick glass laminated and tempered for durability. This ledge is not going anywhere.

skydeck-review6Check out these fabulous views! WOW!

It is just breathtaking and something you really have to experience! I can’t wait to go back again and this time with my family.  As you can see the Ledge offers spectacular views spanning up to four states that you will never forget.

skydeck-review1Our soveniur picture we took with me and my blogging buddies at the Skydeck Ledge. This is a memory I will never forget.

skydeck-chicagoThe Skydeck Chicago is open 365 days a year so make sure if you are in Chicago to stop by and experience the Ledge for yourself!

Make a Fun 4th of July Popsicle Stick Craft!


Make a Fun 4th of July Popsicle Stick Craft! I found this great craft on Popsicle® Newsletter

This festive flag is a whole new way to wear red, white and blue. Get creative — anything’s possible with Popsicle®!

(First 2 steps are optional) as you could use craft sticks.

Step 1: Eat 8 delicious Popsicle® pops (yum!).
Step 2: Laugh at all the jokes on the Popsicle® sticks!
Step 3: Paint 4 of the Popsicle® sticks red, 4 of them white and 2 of them blue. Let dry.
Step 4: Cut the blue Popsicle® sticks in half.
Step 5: Arrange the Popsicle® sticks in a rectangle and glue together, layering the blue sticks on top in the left-hand corner.
Step 6: Cut star shapes out of white paper, glue onto sticks, and let dry.

Frugal Tips & Tricks for Getting Your Backyard Ready for Summer Fun!


Frugal Tips & Tricks for Getting Your Backyard Ready for Summer Fun!

Summer is just about here which means is your backyard ready for summer fun? Just as we spring clean inside the house, we can often neglect the outside especially our backyard. That picture is of my brother’s yard and his wife does a wonderful job of maintaining it. It’s absolutely gorgeous with all the landscaping and her pool. She also uses many frugal tips to help get her yard and pool ready each summer for outdoor entertaining!

I was extremely fortunate to interview Sarah Saucedo from Thrifty Decor Chick Blog! She has amazing tips and I also have embedded a video of our phone interview below! She is such a sweetheart and she also has a gorgeous house with many of the projects that she did herself including her own backyard!

Sprucing up your outdoor space doesn’t have to break the bank. I have done very small things like nice outdoor planters with plants that need very little maintenance. Also, learn which plants are right for your area and if you have a certain amount of sun or shade. The front of my house gets lots of shade so I planted cast iron plants, holly ferns, and for color caladiums. Very easy to grow and they multiply. It’s pretty but I’m not out in the hot sun slaving away in my yard. I only have to do some pruning and dividing (cast iron plants will multiply) about twice a year.

Simple things can make a HUGE difference like spray paint or just cleaning! Watch this amazing video to learn more of her great tips!

Some of Sarah’s tips will include:

  • Maintain what you already have – find out how to keep your existing outdoor furniture looking fresh and new all season long, how to remove clutter effectively and maintain your area
  • Set the mood – décor doesn’t have to be expensive. Sarah will teach you how to use lighting and cheap table settings to up the festivity level
  • Let outdoor items perform double duty – use planters as food stations, buckets at fire places, and other creative fixes to maximize space and function
  • And much, much more!

Graduation Gift Idea- It’s Better than a Box of Chocolates

Graduation Gift Idea- It’s Better than a Box of Chocolates

What a clever and fun way to give the gift of cash but it’s so much better than a card with cash inside!

This is creative and you put thought into it. How fun to see the look on their face to see all the money inside.

Get the instructions from Life as Mom Blog! She had it as a Valentine’s Day gift but this could be great as any gift!


Missouri Has a Trip for Everyone!

This post brought to you by Missouri Division of Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.

Missouri is called the “Show Me State” for a reason, as there is so much to do in each region of the state. From the Mississippi River with St. Louis to the western side and everything in between from hiking trails, caves, water, Route 66, and so much more! I never realized how much there was to do in Missouri. It is such a beautiful state with lots of great historical sites to all the natural settings to explore. Of course Branson with the popular shopping and musical shows.

I always wanted to travel to Missouri and ride in a steamboat on the Mississippi River as I live in South Louisiana where the Mississippi River ends. I always thought it would be fun to be further up the river and of course visit where Mark Twin lived. I would take my family as this is a great way to teach my son more about our wonderful country and explore it together as a family.

Our trip would begin in Hannibal, MO. Our first destination would be to visit the site of Mark Twain. I would spend a full day visiting the attraction and explore the cave.

Then our next day would be filled with the Tom Sawyer fun park for my son the rest of the day.

Our third day would be to explore the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Musuem and then take a lunch cruise on the steamboat to see the Mississippi River. That evening we could hit the ice cream parlor after we did some shopping at the antique stores and end with a nice supper at Lula Belle’s Restaurant.

Our last day would be spent driving down the state to get more of the Missouri feel and stop in at some local shops and diners along the way home. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my vacation than by sightseeing and also just driving and enjoying the view and meeting locals. I am a small town girl, and I really enjoy the quaintness of small towns and it’s more leisurely for me.

What would you do in Missouri? Are you looking for adventure on land or water? Maybe you want both. Are you a city person and want the night life of Kansas City or St. Louis. You can take in a baseball game as well. Are perhaps you want to do more shopping and take in a show at Bransen or visit the natural beauty of the Ozarks? Missouri has lots to offer and a different trip for everyone. Make sure to visit them and like VisitMO on Facebook and also to follow VisitMO on Twitter so you won’t miss any of the fun!

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