Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

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Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_CoverFirst of all, praise to you J.K. Rowling for blessing us with another installment of Harry Potter. I was a little worried about this book because of the mixed reviews I read but I assure you it’s a 5-star book. I literally finished it in a few days. That is unheard of with my lack of focus. It also helps that it is a script so you can flip through pages pretty quickly.

But I’m going in deep now, so beware, spoilers ahead!!

I read spoilers about people having a hard time with the book because of Harry’s adulthood antics like Ginny making him give up sugar–but it’s not that bad. I was worried that the book would be too far fetched and get rid of the Harry, Hermione, and Ron personalities that we love. But lez be honest, they are grown up now so it was bound to happen that they would deal with “being adults” and the real (wizard) world. I did feel like Ron was portrayed a little dumb. He’s just a side-kick to Hermione, but major girl power going on – which was awesome. I also loved Draco in this book. Finally, Draco gets to be somewhat of a hero and actually show that he has a heart.

Oh, I was also reading reviews that people felt like Harry’s and Draco’s sons had a little hidden love affair. But I didn’t get that vibe after I read the entire book. Besides, Albus had a crush on creepy Delphi and Scorpius likes Rose. Which by the way, how sad is everyone that Rose and Albus didn’t get along? That was a hard one for me to grasp, but I understand this was not supposed to be perfect. :(

Speaking of Delphi by the way, I did NOT see that coming. That was weird. I about had a heart attack when they got stuck in 1981. Also, how in the world can Voldemort possibly be able to procreate? I did read a review about that and I agree… how can he have enough emotion to even “do it”? EWWWWWWWW

So, so gross.

AND how can Cedric possibly be capable of becoming a Death Eater? I didn’t like that part. I felt like J.K. Rowling just wanted to ruin us.

It also felt pretty corny when Harry turned into Voldemort to trick Delphi. Like, what he was saying to Delphi, yeah right Voldemort would be that believing he had a daughter. I actually did want Voldemort to meet her to see what would’ve happened. I could see him just killing her.

Oh!  And can we just talk about Hermione being a teacher? And a really mean one at that? I didn’t care for that part. I also really hated when Harry talked smack to Professor McGonagall. How dare you, Harry Potter!

Okay, I’m calling this post good. One last thing, though.

For those who read it, what part did you like/not like? Do you wish it would’ve ended differently? I think that’s why it might not get as great reviews. We’re used to Harry Potter changing something by the end of the book and this one nothing really happened. It was just a learning experience. So that was why I think the actual books are better but this was still a great book! 5 out of 5 success!

The Best Part Of “Back to School Season” (with Giveaway)!

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It’s that time of year again! Remember back in the day when back to school time meant perusing the store aisles for your new Jansport backpack? Don’t forget the Lisa Frank trapper keeper! Then fighting through the crowd to find all the supplies on your class checklist? I feel so bad for my mom looking back now. I remember getting flustered when my mom wouldn’t buy me overly-priced Milky Way pens.

Sorry Mom.

But the best part was picking out your first day of school outfit with your polished new sneaks (I once had those Adidas shoes with the interchangeable stripe colors #classic), crisp new jeans, a cool top, and spending hours in the mirror trying out hairstyles followed up with a sweep of Bath and Body Works Art Club glitter roll.

So much nostalgia! If I could I would totally go back in time and do it all over again. Luckily, I had a *tiny* bit of a chance to do that. Shoutout to Gateway Mall for sending me on a back to school shopping trip along with a gift to share with you guys!

I tapped into my inner student (not the one who got an A++ in partying, the other one) and here’s what I decided was this season’s must-have:

1. New sneaks.

And not just any sneaks. CHUCKS, BABY! Hands down my favorite shoe I’ve ever owned. I got them in middle school, during the prime emo years. I wore those things out and then ended up losing them. I’ve wanted a pair ever since, but settled for the $15 Target kicks, so this was my. time. to. shine.

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Converse shoes found at Shoe Dept.

These bad boys are such an upgrade from my first blue pair. These babies have a floral pattern inside, soles that feel like you’re walking on a pillow, and tongues that stick out because I guess that’s what’s in these days?

2. A jacket

Jackets to me are like shoes are to most gals. I love ’em, can’t have enough of ’em. This jacket helps me channel my inner lumberjack. Just put me on the Mountian Men show with these threads!

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Jacket found at Forever 21

Okay, so a little back story to this picture. Minus the fact that Brandon was extremely embarrassed to be taking pictures of me on UNL campus… Mwahaha! #BloggerHusband

But okay, quick story time: On my first day of freshman year of college at UNL it was pouring outside. Figures. I also never spent the weekend walking to the buildings to where my classes would be so I would know where to go. Sooo I got lost. In the rain. Holding a campus map. Soaked. To all you UNL kids, I was looking for Grandfather hall (ONLY THE TALLEST BUILDING ON CAMPUS) yet somehow I managed to find my way around Memorial Stadium and finally asking for help from someone who was probably a Senior and star athlete who I didn’t recognize. EMBARRASSING.

Derp Pro Tip: New college students should walk around campus to familiarize themselves with it and find where their classes are.

3. Jeans!

I was most excited for this back to school excursion because I could claim another pair of Express jeans. I am not kidding you, they are the best. Especially for my fellow short-torsos out there! They have mid-rise jeans AND “short” sizes. #MatchMadeInHeaven

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Jeans found at Express

…and that picture is the most embarrassing “blogger pic” yet.

4. A Backpack!!!

Because I’m a teenage boy, I found this SICK lime green Nike backpack that was calling my name from the window. I walked by and stared at it about four times. I had to have it. Plus, I still take a backpack to work every day, because I haven’t grown up yet.

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Backpack found at Shoe Dept.

 Now are you ready to join in on this back to school revolution? Enter the giveaway below and you can win a $25 gift card to Forever 21 and another $25 gift card to Children’s Place!!!!

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You have up to 3 chances to enter every day! Here’s how:

1. Comment below about a favorite thing or memory when back to school shopping (Ex. Wearing Mary-Kate and Ashley clothes with butterfly clips in your hair)

2. ‘Like’ The Steezy Blog on Facebook

3. Follow me on Insta!

Enter here…

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*Special thanks to Gateway Mall! Check them out online and sign up for the Oh, So Simple Rewards Program! Score $10 every time you spend $250 at Gateway Mall stores or restaurants.

Who Do You Think You Are? A 23andMe Story

HOW in the WORLD am I just not getting to this post? This topic consumed my life for months. I was so into it. First, let me tell ya where I’m going with all of this… For those who have not heard of 23andMe, it’s a DNA genetics test (no, we weren’t making sure my parents were MY parents), I wanted to know where the heck I was from! I have a good idea on my mom’s side but my dad’s side is a complete mystery. Literally, our last name Leonard isn’t even the real last name. Crazy, right?

So lemme explain…

How 23andMe Works

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First, you sign up and they send you a box in the mail that contains a tube (for your spit!), instructions, and the tools to perfectly get your saliva into the tube.

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After you spit in your tube, you seal it up, and send it back. The only downside about 23andMe is it takes a couple months to get your results back. Which is fair because your saliva is going through a lot of steps to extract your DNA and figure out who the heck you are. The cool thing is that you can always follow along and see where your spit is headed next in your 23andMe account!

When you get your results back, you will find out things like where you’re from (ancestry), hereditary traits, genes, nutrition, etc. I got my results about five months ago and since then I have gotten two extra reports emailed to me since they have made more discoveries since then. Something really cool is they use all of this for research. Today, I just received an email that scientists linked a DNA to depression thanks to 23andMe! WOW! Read more about that here.

The Results

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I waited what felt like forever. All of the reports were going to be cool, but I was really looking forward to the ancestry part the most.

Then my world was finally coming together… & here’s what made me go “WHAT! DATS NUTS.”

  • I’m French and Irish! I had no idea I was either… Learning I was Irish was so cool because St. Patrick’s day was the following day when I found out! Now I had a reason to PARTAY!!! Now French, wow. Had no idea. The worst part is, I failed French in college. Too bad language doesn’t send a chromosome on over…
  • I’m more Italian than anything else (YES! JERSEY SHORE STEEZY WOULD BE SO HAPPY). Italian was the big thing the Leonard side claimed. If you see my dad’s family you will understand. The guys look pretty Italian. We also knew my grandpa’s family was from Sicily, Italy. What’s really cool is it shows that I am also a teensy bit Sardinian, which I had know idea existed and now I want to visit! LOOK AT THIS PLACE! It’s an island next to Italy.
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  • I carry a trait that is fructose intolerant. This makes a lot of sense… I have always had a bit of a stomach issue (sorry, TMI). But how crazy is that? I would’ve had no idea! 23andMe can tell you if you’re likely to be lactose intolerant too.
  • I’m least likely to have a cleft chin (aka a butt chin) so I got the raw end of the deal on that one… because that butt chin is THERE!
  • I’m also more likely to have light brown or light hair. Not at all.
  • There are a gazillion distant cousins linking to me. But before I let myself think my grandparents had some serious flings back in their day, only 1 or 2 of those are relevant, the others are barely sharing anything but a DNA link or two. Goes back to the theory on how everyone is actually related. I now fully believe that.
  • We pretty much knew exactly what countries belonged to my mom’s side, but it was cool to see how much I actually had of what! (9.6% Scandinavian ya’ll!)
  • Guess what? Did you know almost everyone has at least 0.1% Asian descent? (23andMe says: The peoples of East Asia and the Americas have a shared genetic history. Their common ancestors left the Near East as early as 80,000 years ago, migrating across Asia. The ancestors of Native Americans began to cross into the Americas 12,000 to 15,000 years ago.)

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If you’re into genealogy, you HAVE to do 23andMe! It connects you with others and gives you software to create your family tree. I still have a lot of connecting to do to figure out where the heck my dad’s side is from but if you have others in your family who have done 23andMe, you can start connecting each other too! Like, if I had my mom and dad’s 23andMe reports, I would have more detailed connections. Pretty sweet!

If you want to give it a try, click here! (I get a referral for it if you click this link) 😉

Life in Summer 2016 (So Far…)

Hey, HAY, HEYYY!

After a 2-week hiatus of binge-watching Game of Thrones (Holy crap that was good), then discovering PokemonGO, then just not wanting to get back at it. HERE I AM BLOGOSPHERE!! I’M BACK!

I don’t even really have something relevant to say. I’m currently having a mix of writer’s block/I don’t want to actually do anything right now.

You know what I’ll do? Let’s just share life thus far in the summer of 2016. Here are a few things I’ve learned in the heat wave.

1. Cuban coffee is actually… LEGIT.

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Ever since that episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (you know the one), I’ve wanted to try Cuban coffee. I tend to find my way to caffeine even though I probably do not need it. Well, I tried it in a teensy tiny little cup (the waitress warned us that’s all we needed) from Miami and DANG. New fave thing. It tasted like chocolate!!!

2. Bull testicles are gross

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Yes, I know. I’m ashamed. You have read that correctly. As a pescatarian, I don’t eat that stuff, but YOLO. We went to the annual Round the Bend Testicle Festival and it had to be done – at least one bite!! Well, it was no bueno. I’ll stick to my veggie patties! :) I did have delicious nachos, though! Speaking of other foods at the festival, LOOK AT THAT CORNDOG.

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3. I suck at golf.

I already knew this, but I verified it this summer. To be fair, I’ve never really given it a full shot. I’m a tennis player, and golf tends to bore me. But let me tell you I do plan on giving 100% at some point… With lots of booze involved, of course. I did manage to do one good swing and got it on camera!! I was so excited I ended up throwing my club in the air like I just don’t care. I even broke the tee, I was so pumped!

4. Adulting can be a little fun I suppose…

Brandon and I have never owned a “reliable” car. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved my Ford Focus back in the day and shout out to the Geo Prism who got me through high school! But neither of us have actually purchased our own vehicle. Literally, my air conditing didn’t work and Brandon sold his car to a junk yard and managed to get $200 when some only offered $25.

Well, that all changed this summer… I present to you “Ellen the Elantra”.

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5. Game of Thrones was worth ALL the hype

GAH!!! My June was consumed by GOT. IT WAS SO GOOD. I should’ve started it later in the year, though because we have to wait so long for the new season!!

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I’ll save a special little post later for GOT! :)

This is only a tiny bit of this summer so far and still so many great things ahead! But I’m just getting back into this and I already feel out of shape blogging. More coming later!

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Goodbye, 25.

So I started watching Game of Thrones earlier this month and it has consumed my life which is why you don’t really see new posts coming out of me at this time. I’m already on season 5 (and if you did the math that means I just spent 40 hours watching TV), and I’m sooo close to finally being caught up with everyone else and then I can get my life back. So that’s my excuse on this blog in case anyone was wondering.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to squeeze one last writing segment out of me at the ripe age of 25 because tomorrow is my favorite day of the entire year. IT’S MA BEE DAY!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you how annoying I am about my birthday. It’s honestly a month-long celebration and we’re just on the eve of the big day my friends. You know how ABC Family (RIP – now Freeform) does the holiday movie countdown to Christmas? That’s basically what I do in June. Except I just tell people every day that my birthday is coming up this month.

Sorry, not sorry.

I really don’t have a clue where this post is even going (thanks for still reading anyway!) but I just wanted to wish my 25-year-old self goodbye and wake up and see what 26 looks like tomorrow. 25 was a good year. A shiz ton happened. Like, I dunno, GETTING MARRIED!

Quick side note: for those who love their birthdays as much as I do, be aware that planning a wedding the same week as your birthday – you won’t really get as much birthday celebration.

So many people rolling their eyes at me right nowwww

But seriously, 25… Good year.

A couple awesome things that stick out when I think about 25 is…

Being married

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Duh, that’s a big one. Our first anniversary is peeking its head around the corner right now!

Going to Aruba

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Aw, the honeymoon. What a freaking fabulous time.

Having a super cool job

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I started working at Travefy right before I turned 25 last year! I’ve learned so much about everything this past year!

“Meeting” Joakim Noah

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When the Bulls were in Lincoln, the night before the game was a rare experience. I saw the team, told Pau Gasol and Nikola hello, saw Jimmy Butler just casually strolling on the downtown Lincoln sidewalks, and then met the awesome dude, Noah. Even though he doesn’t look as thrilled to see me it was awesome.

TRAVELING

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Only the best thing in the world to do. The year 25 took me to Aruba, Orlando, San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago, and Vegas. P.S. super pumped for traveling at 26 because not having a wedding to plan = more time to travel!

Steez T’s

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Making t-shirts have been a dream of mine since college. I have to say, I’m just getting started with it all too. Be on the lookout for more coming your way. It really is the coolest thing to see someone wearing your tank/shirt or saying they saw someone wearing it! SO SWEET!

>>>> P.S. BUY HERE!!! <<<<<

Being more awesome

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And what I mean by that is this year I felt like I officially felt myself “growing up”. Not in the boring way but in a mature way. For example, I love reading now. It’s not that I hated reading before, but my priorities weren’t there. I should mention that currently, I am not actively reading every day because #GameOfThrones BUT this year, I read more, wrote more, and thought more. I’m FINALLY becoming the student all of my teachers wanted me to be… sorta. 😉

Becoming a “Wine Expert” in front of thousands of people

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Okay, so in no way shape or form am I a “wine expert”, but hey, if you want to call me that I will not stop you! This experience was off the wall cool. I was so scared and then afterward, realized it’s something I could do every day. Who knows, maybe I’ll get the chance to do do more TV action!

Chopping off my hair and donating it

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 10.48.24 PMI did the typical bride thing and chopped my hair after the wedding. My hair was so long and I ended up cutting 10 inches! I’ve always wanted to do that, but way too scared. I also learned how much quicker I can blow dry and actually do my hair when it’s shorter… #GirlJoy

 

Goodness, I could go on and on and on… Seeing Britney Spears for the first time in my life. Catching Lil’ Wayne for the 5th time. And the best… hanging with old and new friends and spending awesome time with my families!!! 26 has a lot to top but I think it can do it.

Cheers!

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14 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

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Anyone from Omaha or Nebraska for that matter will tell you that the Henry Doorly Zoo is AWEEEESOMEEE!!! Fellow Nebraskans, you can ignore this post (unless you want to reminisce on the world’s best zoo) – because you already know how great it is.

For those who think Nebraska is a giant cornfield, shame on you first of all, but secondly, you should book your ticket to Omaha STAT! These pictures don’t even do the zoo justice. I’m just trying to work on my photog skills and thought this was the perfect opportunity. Also, it was 100 degrees on this day, so a lot of the animals were sleeping in the shade. Enjoy what I have! I tried getting 20 good photos, but then my camera died a little over half way through my zoo adventure.

Side note: The new African Grasslands is going to be super cool. You can tell it’s not 100% ready yet, but it’s going to be a game changer. I got the closest to a lion I’ve ever been!! Also, I think the Jungle still has my heart. It hasn’t changed one bit since I was little. I love it!

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Was your fave pic the sloth? 😉 Or the Jungle rope that everyone and their mom has walked on.

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Visiting The Chicago Field Museum

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I wanted to visit this museum for years and when I finally did, it definitely lived up to the hype. It’s a fantastic museum for all ages, groups, interests, you name it! You’ll probably love it. I also can’t believe how HUGE that place is. I’m so mad my Jawbone UP band died before I went because I bet we walked 15,000 steps in that place. I don’t think we even saw everything either. There was seriously something new peaking around every corner.

First, we would be in the Terracotta Exhibit then walk into Dinosaur bones. I mean it’s stuff only history nerds dream of!

Here are some tips for your future museum visit!

PRICING 

Doing anything touristy isn’t cheap anymore, AMIRIGHT? But it’s not bad for as much as you get! If you only have a couple hours to spend, just have it mapped out where you want to go so you get your money’s worth. If you have all day, then go for the complete package!

To see the entire museum (this includes all exhibits, permanent and featured AND one 3D movie of your choice). We did this one and it’s $38 for adults, but only $32 for students, which just means you need to have a student I.D. (Helloooo N Card!) I used my old school I.D. and saved $6 – WIN. For children, it’s $26. They do have a pass option below this that includes the featured exhibit and others, just excludes the 3D movie I believe. That one is $31/adult. Then one that excludes the featured exhibit for $29/adult.

If you don’t have a ton of time to spend there, you can also opt for the “Basic” (am I the only one that wants to be like, YOU #BASIC)? No? Okay. Moving on then… That is $22/adult.

When you first arrive, Sue will greet you upon entering the massive museum hall. This is the Field Museum’s prized possession. She’s the largest and most complete T-Rex! And! From South Dakota.

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WHAT TO BRING

First and foremost, bring energy because there’s a lot of walking! We went at the end of a filled travel weekend and I was pretty exhausted. I definitely feel like I need to go again to experience it at 100%. You are allowed cameras. You can’t bring food or drinks (of any kind) into the exhibits, you can only drink and eat at the designated locations (which there are a ton of spots you can plop down to eat/drink/take a break at). The cool thing is that you can bring your own brown bag lunch! You can also chill by (not sure if dead or fake?) animals behind the glass, like these Narwhals! < Seriously didn’t think those were actually real animals.

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If you want to get food there, they also have a cool dining place when you first walk in as well as vending machines planted all over the place.

EXHIBITS

3D Movie

You can choose between 3 different movies, they all start at different times and around 20-30 minutes long. The ones you could choose from was one about Dinosaurs, Africa, and Galapagos Island. I picked Galapagos because I have no idea where that place is even at.

It was the first thing we did – and I’m glad we did that so you could get it out of the way then spend the rest of the time exploring. It was super cool to watch and the perfect length. (Minus the 3D spiders – HELL. NO.)

The “Every Animal You Could Think Of” Exhibit

It’s obviously not really called that but omg, they had every animal possible stuffed and behind glass. It was pretty cool and it goes on forever. You would turn a corner and run into giraffes, then walk a football field length and find the entire wild cat species. Also, if you’re a bird lover, you would freak. I’m pretty sure they have every bird on show (all fake/stuffed of course).

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LOOK AT THE BABY OTTER <3

The “Brandon, come look at these *hint hint*” Exhibit

Yup, we’re talkin’ bling upon bling, people! It’s the Gem Exhibit.

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All I could think about was how much money was in that room and how I would hate to have the job of cleaning that glass every day…

The other exhibits go on and on… from taking a stroll through African history, walking amongst the dinos, and even watching scientists behind the glass doing work! It was like Jurrasic Park! Speaking of… Look at this bug inside the amber!

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Somebody get my frog DNA, STAT!

It was truly an awesome place and one you can go back to over and over again. Here are some more pics to check out!

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A Weekend in Chicago

It’s amazing how badly your body can break down at such a tender age when you’ve vacationed too hard.

I never seem to learn my lesson, either.

When on vacation, it’s like you’re 21 again and on spring break and there ain’t no stopping ya from having a good time! …Until you get home. Every plane ride back home is a giant wish of crawling under a rock and not coming out for a week. I feel permanently ill and I always seem to catch that cold the first day back to the “real world” comes around. Every vaycay I tell myself I’m going to work out (HAH – wishful thinking), drink tons of water, and get plenty of rest.

Buuut enough of the after-vacation talk. Let’s get on to the fun! Here’s my weekend top cinco.

1. Beyoncé

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Because, DUH. You guys, I cried. I literally cried because Beyonce is so beautiful, amazing, perfect, and everything in between. I couldn’t believe she was standing RIGHT THERE!!! And all of her songs were so good! (P.S. that playlist is dead on!)

When she sang “Halo” I lost it. Just like I figured I would. On the flight back, there were a couple other girls saying they cried at it, too. I still can’t believe that all happened. It feels like a dream!!!!!!!!!

2. Cubs Game

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Not a Greezy vacation to Chicago without a Cubs game! We had awesome tix. Got a couple brews, pre-gamed in Wrigleyville and ate a mini Giordano’s pizzas. And that, my friends, is what I call a good time.

3. Field Museum

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Well, I have wanted to go here for YEARS. Then finally – just like the Beyonce gods graced me on this trip – it was time. Got to meet Sue! The only bad part was it was the last thing we did and my dogs (feet) and legs hurt from all the walking and exhaustion I endured over the past 3.5 days.

Secret tip if you go: Bring your student ID – you save seven doll hairs!

4. Boat ride!!

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I’m such a sucker for tourist things. We went at night, but it was still great! Also, learned that there’s a ton of old planes underwater near the Navy Pier! Who knew!

5. Da Beach

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We found the best part under an umbrella to sip on some cocktails and people watch. LOVED IT. It just helped because I pretty dehydrated like a dead fish out in the sun. (I blame the Cubs game)

BONUS: The food and dranks!!

First up, we’ve got the mother of all… A SUSHI BURRITO.

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Aaaaand Red Robin. Like three times. No joke. We ate from there three times. Instead of the restaurant style like it typically is, it was more fast food style. IT WAS AWESOMEEEE.

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THIS THING. Thanks Howl at the Moon!

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Now, I must leave you with this adorable little fake otter licking a baby otter at The Field Museum.

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How to Prepare for a Queen Bey Concert

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1. Freak out.

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2. FREAK OUT.

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3. FREAK OUT ONE MORE TIME.

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4. Create a playlist of her set list.

So I’m rollin’ on that free trial of Tidal right now. And it’s PERFECT because they have every song on her set list, including random music videos.

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5. Decide how you want #slay the night

This is the BEST part of whole ordeal beside breathing the same air as Queen Bey. Here’s what I’m thinkin’…

      1. Jumpsuit. I wanted SO bad to Rent the Runway for this. They have some mean jumpsuits. But I’m going to be budget savvy and wear one I’ve had since last year and have never had the guts to wear in public. But there’s not holding back on this night.
      2. Mohawk updo. I wish I would’ve recorded a video of Brandon’s face when I told him I was going to put my hair in a mohawk. But it’s just the ‘do below. Hope I can do it! I might fail. We’ll see…

and… a fierce attitude. Of course. Just for you Bey.

While I spent hours envisioning what I want to look like at the concert, a new life quote came to me…

“Dress every day like you’re going to a Beyonce concert.”

Side note: If you’re heading to one of her concerts, bring a small purse. You aren’t allowed to have big purses in the stadium. This shouldn’t be a surprise because of what happened the last time I was at Soldier field… Speaking of, I’m still nervous to step back in that stadium.

6. Buy a poncho and write FLAWLESS on it with a sharpie.

In true Soldier Field fashion, it seems as if it might rain once again. Too bad I don’t even care. (As long as a tornado doesn’t want to show up to the party).

I honestly want to buy a poncho and bedazzle it in case I need to use it. I’ll settle for the FLAWLESS on the back in a sharpie, though. I don’t want to be that person who ends up getting struck by lightening because I provoked lighting with hundreds of metal studs.

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7. Prepare my soul for what is about to happen to it.

“Halo”. I will cry. I’m going to ugly girl cry and in the rain probz when she sings it. Supposedly it’s the  finale. I could name a ton of her songs as “my favorite” but that one really is. AHHHHHHHH Oh! And she’s supposed to do a couple Prince songs. *bring on the tears.

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Yes. Yes, I am.

 

The Day I Became A “Wine Expert”

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What. A. Friday! I got to do a check off the good ole’ bucket list on Friday… To go live on the news! I was soooo nervous but it was awesome! I would love to do it again. I mean, it’s just talking. I LOVE TALKING!

So long story short, a PR company from NYC was looking for a person to go live on Lincoln’s CBS 10/11 to share products for National Wine Day (on May 25th). I wanted so bad to say no, because that’s a little scary going on the air to talk about something I have no idea about. But all I could keep thinking about was Shonda Rhime’s book Year of Yes. I would totally regret saying no. So I went for it. Plus, I was able to keep all of the wine they would send – so I was sold!

I received the products and studied up. I had no idea what I was going into, which made me extremely nervous all week. I’ve never wanted 5pm on a Friday to come so bad (because that would mean the segment was over)!

During the day of I was freaking out over what to wear. If you Google “What to wear on the news” you will read that the #1 rule is no black, white, red, or patterns. OMG. Literally, my entire wardrobe is black and white. I ended up using my ONLY pastel colored tank and had to put a jacket over it because it was spaghetti strapped and probably to promiscuous for a 4pm Lincoln news segment.

Steezy secret: I went shopping this weekend and purchased a new dress and a top in case I ever find myself in this position again. I’m calling it my pathway to becoming Oprah.

Laugh if you want. It’s a joke but I won’t stop it if it were to happen! 😉

Anyway, I roll up to da studio and the producer just tells me to set up then leaves the studio. I’m just like ummm omgsh, she thinks I really know these products and that I’m actually a wine expert… I’M NOT! AHHHH! HELPPPP!

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The news gods were with me that day thankfully. The news anchors were super laid back and awesome! I was going to be the ending part of the show (FINALE!!) so I got front row action to the entire news! I’ve never learned so much from the news than I did in about 15 minutes. It was awesome!

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Then… my 2 minutes and 27 seconds of complete Lincoln fame came. I literally had no idea the news was live at first (you can tell if  you watch my face in the first few seconds).

After I was done, they were like, “This was perfect! We would love to do this again.”

Then my head blew up and I walked out of 10/11 all like…

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So hopefully you see more of this. I’m calling myself “The Lincoln Party Expert”. I’m thinking of pitching segments that revolve around partying and entertainment. Thoughts?

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I went straight to one of our family member’s house and watched the 2:27 worth of epic footage. But first, made sure to drink some of that wine. (I refused to watch it until I had a glass of vino in my hand).

Then I started getting tipsy and role playing how I wanted the segment to go…

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On that note, go prepare yourself for National Wine Day on the 25th!!

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