Musings of a Museum Fanatic: January 2018

1.31.2018

Year of Organizing: Monthly Update 1


Today is the last day of January already! I've decided to do a monthly accountability post for our year of organizing. I'm hoping it will help me to keep going and get stuff accomplished since I need to share every month.


Kevin and I kicked off the year of organizing and the month really strong. We started by tackling the closet. Taking each day and tackling a chunk of the closet allowed us to get it accomplished and looking fantastic. I broke it up into the hanging clothes, my shoes, other stuff on the floor and stuff on the shelf. This really helped!


Between the two of us we definitely had quite a bit that we just don't wear, doesn't fit and we just don't like anymore. It was a great feeling to get it out of the house!


The rest of the month we tackled our different dressers. This went OK. We totally kicked butt on the drawers themselves. Totally KonMari-ed the heck out of them too. Doesn't it just look gorgeous? 


The tops of the dressers didn't go quite as well. There are some small things that I'm just not sure what their permanent home is yet. I was able to take care of some items but didn't quite get those tops as clean as I would have liked. 



So overall Kevin and I are feeling pretty good about our first month! Bring on February & month two!








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1.29.2018

13 Life Lessons from Labyrinth



Labyrinth is one of my all time favorite movies, definitely in my top ten. I've shared my love before in posts like 50 Thoughts People Have Had About David Bowie While Watching Labyrinth. I've always felt like there are so many lessons that can be learned through Labyrinth. Some are silly and ridiculous but there are so many real and important lessons to be learned. What do you think is the most important lesson to learn from Labyrinth?

Life isn't always fair

Learn how to do something awesome like juggling crystal balls

Not all fairies are nice, some are just jerks

Greet everyone properly, it's not hello it's'ello



Be careful what you wish for ... you might just get it!

Sometimes your pants can be too tight

Sometimes bending the rules is ok

Make sure that your life has some killer dance breaks




Just because you're pointed down doesn't mean you have to go that way

If a guy is that obsessed with you, you might want to run away

Friends can come in all shapes and sizes

Sometimes your pants can be too tight

Sometimes what you wish for isn't all it's cracked up to be

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1.26.2018

Firsts

A couple weeks ago Stephanie shared the firsts in her life and challenged everyone to share theirs. It definitely took some thinking on some of them but it was fun to go down memory lane plus getting to share some of the photos I've been scanning. Here are mine! I'd love to see your firsts too.

What was your first word? 
 I checked with my mom but she doesn't remember. I'm sure it was like most kids "no" or "mom"

Do you still talk to your first love? 
Yes, every day when he wakes me up in the morning and many more times throughout the day.

What was your first alcoholic drink? 
Well it was technically wine since I started taking communion in junior high. For a real actual drink where I drank a normal sized drink was champagne at new years. My parents actually let me have an entire glass one year in high school.

What was your first job? 
My first real job was being a summer shelver at the Naperville Public Libraries. I did it for a number of summers and breaks during college and after.


First pet? 
Champ. He was the family dog. My brother had turtles and tree frogs when we were really little.

What was your first car?
While I had to borrow my Mom's car during high school when I hit junior year of college I got a Chevy Prizm.

Who was the first person to text you today? 
My mom. Since she wakes up early we tend to text pretty early : )

Who was the first person you thought of this morning? 
Kevin and how his butt was on my side of the bed

Who was your first grade teacher? 
Ms. Hanaman ... I think that's how you spell her name.

Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane? 
That is a good question.

Who was your first best friend and do you still talk? 
Rachel! Our parents go way back, they're my godparents and my parents are hers. We definitely still talk although not as much as we should.


Where was your first sleep over? 
I'm assuming it was my Grandma's house. My brother and I used to spend a couple of weeks there every summer growing up. It was fantastic.

What was the first concert you ever went to? 
My first concert was Jars of Clay in high school.

What was your first broken bone? 
I've never had a broken bone. I did have a trampoline tramp on my toe when I was in grade school and almost break it but nothing actually broken.

What was your first piercing? 
I have three sets of holes in my ears. I got the first one when I was seven. My mom and I got our ears pierced together!


What was the first foreign country you've gone to?
After my senior year of high school I went on a school trip to England and France. The first week was spent in London!

What was the first movie you remember seeing?
I can remember seeing the Star Wars trilogy when I was really young. We taped all three episodes at some point, Lou and I would watch them very often. Also I loved Disney just as much back then so I'm sure one of those was a pretty early movie as well.

When was your first detention? 
I've never had a detention!

Who was your first roommate? 
Laura freshman year of college


What was the first sport you were involved in? 
I took ballet class when I was really little. I remember being a dancing flute in the Nutcracker. 

What is the first thing you do when you get home? 
Take of my rings & shoes, turn on my computer and relax.


When was your first kiss? 
Mike sophomore year of college in the stairwell of my dorm. I can remember it pretty vividly. Yes my life up until that point was Never Been Kissed!

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1.24.2018

5 Ways to Keep Your Healthy Resolutions With Pampered Chef


It can be tough to keep those healthy resolutions once the shine of the Christmas season has passed and we're well into the cold of winter. Pampered Chef has a number of products that will help you keep those healthy resolutions and kick butt doing it.

Drink more water
For me I'm totally fine chugging some nice cold water but some people have a hard time enjoying plain water. If that's tough for your or even if you're bored of just drinking plain water all the time I would highly suggest infusing it with fresh fruit. Pampered Chef can help you with this for just you or a crowd with the Infusion Water Bottle and the Quick-Stir Pitchers. I keep one Infusion Water Bottle on my desk at work because of it's size I can fill it twice in a day and get lots of water intake.

Healthy swaps
When you and your husband are meat, potatoes and pasta people healthier swaps can be a little rough sometimes. We've made a point to enjoy veggie noodles instead of pasta more often. To help with this swap I use the Veggie Spiralizer. I really like using it to make zucchini pasta, best part is you can make linguine and spaghetti noodles to keep things fun.

If you're not someone who can totally give up meat then switching to leaner proteins is the way to go. With leaner proteins you want to make sure to up your flavor game. Recipes like Turkey Taco Sliders give you the flavor and fun with a healthy meat swap. What are some of your favorite swaps?

Eat healthier meals at home
Eating at home is the best way to make sure you're getting the right nutrients as well as watching the calories and what the ingredients to a meal are. Cooking at home can sometimes be rough going, you use up too many pots or you're always in a rush. The Deep Covered Baker is a favorite in our house. I toss anything and everything in our Deep Covered Baker to make cooking quicker. We love cooking our sweet potatoes this way, only takes about 11 minutes in the microwave!

There are tons of fantastic dinner recipes that can completed in the Deep Covered Baker as well. The Beef & Broccoli is a new house favorite. Plus with using less beef and broccoli in the meatball it's a great swap too.



Our other favorite tool to make wonderful meals at home is the Rockcrok. For those who are always in a hurry or just want to cut back on the clutter in their kitchen this is the perfect pot for them. It can do anything and pretty much everything, you're able to use it in the microwave, on the stove, oven, under the broiler and on the grill. Plus it's freezer and dishwasher safe. With tools like these cooking at home is a snap.

Use herbs not salt
Salt is something that we use very sparingly in our house. We prefer to use herbs as often as possible. Fresh herbs like parsley and cilantro are usually pretty cheap and pack a punch. Prepping herbs can sometimes get annoying especially when you get a little OCD like me. The Herb Mill makes prep super easy! I get my nice even cut in half the time and there is no extra clean up since the entire thing can go in the dish washer.

Enjoy your vegetables more
Sometimes it can be tough even for people who love veggies to get enough in each day. We love to enjoy steamed frozen vegetables. Since they're frozen when freshest and when you steam you don't add any extra calories this is a great way to get vegetables in. Kevin and I both break out the Small Micro Cooker when we steam our froze veggies. You can cook, drain and serve all in this one tool. 

The Measure, Mix & Pour makes it easy to make your own calorie friendly dressing. I'm of the mindset that I enjoy having dressing with my salad so I'm not going to give that up. Instead I work to find waist friendly alternatives. If you don't want to go searching for recipes there are several conveniently located on the base.   

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1.22.2018

5 Tips For An Amazing Movie Night

5 Tips to have an amazing movie night from Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Being that the temperatures have been below zero lately in the Chicago area Kevin and I have made a point to hunker down and enjoy relaxing, warm evenings at home instead of going out. This doesn't mean we haven't had fun. We've decided to have some amazing movie nights, this year we even had a great movie night new year's eve. Here are five tips to help you take your movie night to the next level this winter or whenever! What would you do for an amazing movie night in?

Pick the Perfect Movie
There are some movies that are just perfect for a movie night in and there are some that aren't. Be sure to pick the right movie so it makes it an enjoyable evening not one that leaves you annoyed with your significant other or friends for picking this movie. To ensure that happens take some time and figure out something everyone would enjoy. Whether it's stopping at the Redbox or library to pick one up, watching one of your favorites that you already own or buying a new favorite.

Make it a marathon not a sprint
Maybe you just want to watch one movie but if you're looking to really step it up a notch make it into a marathon. Let's say you want to watch all the Harry Potter movies you can make it into a day long or weekend long marathon. I would highly recommend this especially on weekends where the temperature gets to below 0!

Ambiance is everything
It's all well and good just to plunk yourselves down on the couch and watch a movie. To take it up a notch you need to make sure you've got some wonderful ambiance. Make sure that the lighting is good, don't leave on the bright overhead lights maybe just one if it's needed.

Make things comfy too. Maybe that's getting into your pajamas already. You could also pull out a bunch of pillows and make yourself a little nest. If you really want to take it to the next level and are able to pull out your mattress and pillows for a comfy nest. Won't lie Becky and I used to do this on the regular in college sorta old school sleepover style it was so much fun!

Take the Food up a Notch
For our new years eve I stocked up early on the fixings to make a crab and shrimp boil at home. This time of year seafood is definitely a splurge in the Midwest. Maybe you're not a seafood person there are plenty of other ideas. Make something special or order from your favorite take out place. If it were me I'd go for broke and do a ice cream sundae bar! Maybe you're all about the popcorn instead of actual food. Jazz it up with some melted butter or toss in some M&Ms when it's still warm. 

Theme it up
I don't know about anyone else but I love a good theme. You can have the theme run through everything during your movie night. Take the Harry Potter marathon again. Don't just do dinner and a movie. Deck yourselves out in Harry Potter robes and each of you in your respective house's colors. Make Harry Potter themed treats like Butter Beer drinks or Treacle Tart. I would love to do a Bill & Ted 90s themed night some time it would be so much fun!

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to your right, you can follow me on Bloglovin or on social media to be alerted to each new post!

1.19.2018

8 Tips for Visiting a Museum


Being a museum professional I get a couple of questions all the time. The first being do you go to museums when you're not at work? Yes!! I probably spend way too much free time at other museums haha. The second question that a lot of people ask me is do I have any recommendations when it comes to visiting museums. Happy museuming!

Plan Ahead & do a little reseach
I feel like this is my go to number one tip for anything these days! You're definitely talking to a planner here. Whether it's making sure you're going on a free day or checking to see if the museum is actually open (seriously I've broken that rule and totally went when it wasn't open doh!) do a little research before you go. It will make your life so much easier. Maybe you find out through your research that this museum has something on exhibit that you would love to see you might have missed that by just going in without any previous planning and research.

Respect the Photo policy
This is a biggie for me. As someone who most of her duties revolve around museum collection work I can't stress this enough. If a museum has this policy there is a reason! I'm not gonna lie I've been to places where I wanted to take photos so bad so I can share them with you guys here but  I couldn't. Sometimes it might be because flashes can damage the artifact or document or there may be something to do with copyright. Either way don't be a jerk, be respectful of the institution and their rules.

Go for that tour
Most museums, especially small ones, tend to have free tours. Definitely take advantage of those if you're able to. There are always gems that the guide shares that you won't learn just by walking through the exhibits on your own. Even if a tour costs extra a lot of times it is worth it.

Chat it up 
You should make some time to chat with the staff or docents. We LOVE talking about our museums and sharing stories. Like the tours this is a great way to learn more about the collection, an exhibit or the museum itself. Plus you'll probably learn some tidbits to share next time you visit and impress everyone!

You don't have to like everything
I have a hard time with this one sometimes. Since I love museums I want to like them all but certain types like contemporary art I just don't understand sometimes. I've learned to be ok with the fact that contemporary art isn't my jam. To combat that I've learned to let myself be drawn to certain pieces instead of trying to enjoy everything like I do with history museums

Feed Yourself
This one is important!! Let's be honest food is always the most important part. Check to see if your museum has food options before you go. If they do you should make a point to enjoy their offerings. This not only makes it easier so you don't have to leave the museum and come back. This also supports the institution and might be a wonderful part of your day. Like when we went to London we made to sure to get lunch at the cafe in the Victoria & Albert Museum which is the oldest museum cafe in the world!

Beware of museum fatigue
This is also a really important thing to remember, especially if you're visiting large or several museums in a day. Museum fatigue is definitely real and can totally ruin your experience if you're not careful. My biggest recommendation is knowing your own limits, I know that I can spend a couple hours wandering around a museum before it sets in but some people might only be able to go an hour. If you plan on enjoying museums all day make sure to plan in breaks and know where there are places to sit.

Share your experience
Being a blogger this one tends to be easy for me but I think that everyone should be sharing their museum experiences. Through Facebook, Yelp, Instagram or even by word of mouth, it doesn't matter how you do it just do it!! I feel it's especially important for smaller museums since it's a way of helping to support them and let other people know how amazing they are!

Do you have any good tips for when you visit museums?

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1.17.2018

Do People Actually Buy This? Vol. 2


So I've decided that there is just too much crazy out there not to share on a regular basis. I thought it might just be a one time thing, maybe twice but I've been finding so much crazy that I'll need to share it again and again. There was so much the past two months with the holidays that it can't be contained in one single post. I want to know who actually buys this?


This guy actually made it to the clearance section and I was really tempted to buy it as a gift for someone. I wasn't sure who but someone should be gifted him.


I'm not sure what it is about pom poms. I just have this thing like some people have with the word "moist" *shudders*


These wouldn't be so bad for my niece but I'm not sure if an adult should be wearing them. Maybe if they were a cute pair of heels but the whole gems and tennis shoes thing isn't doing it for me.


I actually don't mind the whole adult onsie sleeper trend. They all seem so cozy and fun but every now and then one makes it through that raises an eyebrow. I would deem this odd shark one a multiple eyebrow raiser.


This top had many little metallic ribbons all over it. I just don't see anyone wearing something like this, even the older lady audience that they were going for.


Gold shoes always remind me of flag corps in high school. There was this judge who always had gold tennis shoes, she was the mean judge. We found out sometime in college that she was caught embezzling money from the company!


Rachel was happy enough to oblige in the wearing of this sweater. It started out probably half the size you see here. It was also itchy as hell. Rachel now understands what it's like to be a wookie


Compared to so many this one isn't terrible but I feel like the hood part just moves it more towards the ridiculous. 
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1.15.2018

30 Things That Happened in 2013


My mind is totally blown right now that we are now probably closer to 2023 than 2013. Doesn't 2013 feel like it was just yesterday? Looking back a lot of good but a lot of bad stuff happened that year. I've got 30 things that happened five years ago in 2013 to kick off a brand new year! What do you remember most about 2013?

Frozen

We all waited with bated breath for the birth of Kimye's North West

Detroit files for bankruptcy on July 18



Paul Walker was killed in a car crash on November 30

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which barred the recognition of same-sex marriages

Sharknado



Microsoft releases the Xbox One

April 15, two homemade bombs ripped through the crowd of fans and runners at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three and wounding nearly 300 others.

Nelson Mandela died on December 5



Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton welcomed a son, Prince George

30 Rock went off the air

Monsters University

We all lost our shit over the cronut



American Hustle

The word "Selfie" was officially added to the Oxford Dictionary

Edward Snowden releases a cache of NSA documents that contains information about US international espionage operations around the world



Pope Francis becomes the first South American pope

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o is catfished

Orange Is the New Black

The country was divided over the George Zimmerman trial



Paula Deen looses her vast food empire after she confirms that she has used the N-word in the past

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un are BFFs for a hot minute

I finally got a full time job working the museum field


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1.12.2018

SNL: The Experience

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Live from Chicago, It's Saturday Night!


Recently I finally had the chance to check out the SNL: The Experience exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but was super excited to see everything!

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SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

This exhibit claims to immerse you in SNL and it definitely delivered. You start off weeing a short movie telling you about SNL and it's history then walk out into the sound stage.

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

You start your SNL journey on Monday, kicking off your SNL week prepping for the show that weekend. I love how the exhibit told the story of the workings of the show while sharing the stories and history at the same time. This was done is a manner that didn't feel forced at all.

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SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

My favorite artifacts in the beginning were the notes from cast members and thank yous from hosts and musical acts who were on the show. It was interesting to see who took time to write out the entire note and who didn't. There were definitely a few people who I would have thought would write out a thank you but definitely just signed the typed out note from their assistant or something!

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SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

I really enjoyed hearing the writer's oral stories on Tuesday. There were so many funny and interesting background stories that you would never realize goes on. I would have loved a seat somewhere in this space to sit and really listen to them for a while.

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SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

The section with the sets was my favorite part. I wasn't exactly sure if we were supposed to sit on the Wayne's World couches and touch the set pieces, I was pretty sure those parts were reproductions but that could have been a little more clear for me. After seeing the other couple do it I figured hey no one stopped them haha. Being a Chicago native and a big fan of Wayne's World for obvious reasons that one was my favorite piece of the set that was there.

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SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

I loved seeing all the different costumes all over. They really are one of if not the most iconic parts of SNL. Who my age doesn't know the Spartan cheerleader costumes?? Or the Barry Gibb talk show leisure suits. Overall most of the costumes had labels giving more information but there were some without. Not sure if they were supposed to be there or maybe an exuberant fan had snatched them but it would have been nice for a little more consistency.

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SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

SNL: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast Communications by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

After we finish our week at SNL you walk into a huge airplane hanger sized space with a SNL main stage and enjoy the show. I really enjoyed how they did this with the large screens and the physical space. Honestly I could have sat there and watched a longer show! Overall I really enjoyed the SNL exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. I definitely think if you're a SNL or TV buff then this is definitely an exhibit you should check out. Don't forget to visit the rest of this amazing museum while you're there as well!

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