Musings of a Museum Fanatic: June 2018

6.25.2018

Things Disney Gave me Unrealistic Expectations About


I love Disney. I've shared this love throughout the years with posts like Getting to Know You Disney Quiz and our magical Disney Honeymoon. While some people might think I have nothing to say against Disney there are definitely more than a few things that Disney has given me unrealistic views about. 

My hair
In the world of Disney hair is an amazing thing. It flows perfectly with the wind, wakes up without being a mess and styles exactly how you want it to look. I mean come on Ariel is styling her hair with a fork for goodness sake! Thank goodness for the newer princesses like Tiana and Anna with their after a hard day of work hair and bedhead. Although even with the messed up hair Tiana still looks lovely.

Even throughout the day the hair of everyone looks perfect. Not just the cartoons but have you ever seen a hair out of place on Mary Poppins? Me either. She hops into pictures, has tea on the ceiling and is always putting on and removing her hat. How is her hair so darn perfect?! I can't even make it to the car in the morning after a wash my hair day with my hair looking somewhat good. My hair is definitely not practically perfect in every way.



That your makeup is always pefection
I remember watching the early Disney princess movies and thinking how lovely their lipstick always looked, even after some kissing. Not just lipstick but there was never any make up smudging, even after tears or rain. I'm not sure who their make up artists were but I think I need to meet said person. Although thank goodness for Charlotte & Mulan's matchmaker and their smudged make up. We're not even going to get into the whole Mulan takes off her make up part!

Random animals would be a bigger part of my life

In almost every Disney movie you'll find animals stepping up their game, helping their humans and talking to them too! How awesome is that? Shouldn't there be random animals that just come along and help me with the mundane tasks of styling my hair in the morning and cleaning the tub? I feel like this should happen more. You see dogs picking up newspapers and such every now and then but I feel like every animal should be helping us out. 

I also figured that they would just be there more. Like in Sleeping Beauty all the forest animals just end up chilling with her while she's sitting there. Shouldn't more animals come up to me lovingly? I feel like all I get is an angry goose when I'm walking around the pond by work. It does not seem happy to see me.



That everyone just breaks out into song
Growing up I used to dance my way around the house and sing to myself like many characters in Disney movies do. I thought that this was how you were supposed to go about life, dancing and singing. I thought how wonderful it would be when big song numbers and song montages would break out in the middle of my life. Life would feel so much better and faster if everything we didn't like to do was done through a quick song. I seriously thought this would be a bigger part of my life. 



Sassy sidekicks are not a daily thing

I definitely blame Disney but also I think every romantic comedy out there. A sassy side kick is always a must have in these movies, whether it's human or animal. I consider myself and my best friend each others sassy side kicks but the problem is we live three hours apart. You always see the sassy sidekicks with the heroine pretty much every day. They usually work together, play together and live like right next to each other. Even the animal sidekicks are always there. So why is it that my sassy sidekick/bff is never there to get me through the day? Uncool!



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6.22.2018

Summer Goals Link Up


It's time to rock the heck out of our summers! That means making sure we know what our priorities are and setting some kick butt goals!

I've decided that I'm going to use this summer to really start making some headway on my 101 list goals. This spring I thought I could hit the ground running with them but have not been able to do that. So now it's time to redeem myself and catch up to where I'd like to be with my goals. I can't wait to see what goals you're going to conquer this summer. 

1. Enjoy at least three Chicago rooftops

2. Complete at least three puzzles

3. Clean out my entire car

4.  Schedule posts for during our Charleston Trip

5. Dabble once

6. Host garage sale with Mom & Bethany

7. Secret goal

8. Cross off one 101 list item



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6.19.2018

Turkey Taco Ring



Getting dinner on the table quickly on a weeknight can be really tough. That's why I always like to have some simple yet fulfilling and special recipes in my repertoire like this Turkey Taco Ring recipe. This Pampered Chef recipe is one of my favorites, they fancy theirs up with homemade salsa and a pepper bowl in the middle of the ring (think My Big Fat Wedding bundt cake but with a pepper!). I simplified some of the ingredients and took out a few steps.

Turkey Taco Ring
Ingredients
1/2 small red onion, divided
11/4 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
2 1/2 tbsp  Tex-Mex Rub
6 oz cheddar cheese (1 1/4 cups grated)
2 pkg (8 oz each) reduced-fat refrigerated crescent rolls


Directions: 
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Cut onion in half. Using Food Chopper, chop half of onion. Cook onion, turkey and rub in 12-in. Skillet over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles with Mix ‘N Chop. Drain, if necessary. Move turkey mixture to Classic Batter Bowl.



2. Using Microplane® Adjustable Coarse Grater, grate cheese. Stir cheese into turkey mixture.



3. Unroll crescent dough; separate the triangles. Arrange triangles, slightly overlapping, in a circle on White Large Round Stone with Handles. Points will extend off of the edge of the stone & will create about a 5 inch opening.


4. Using Large Scoop and your hands, scoop filling evenly over dough. Bring points of triangles up over filling and tuck under dough at center to form a ring. Squish points into dough on inside so it seals.




6. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with favorite taco toppings.





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6.17.2018

Doors of Chicago

When you visit a place over and over again you’re able to take time and really absorb and enjoy this place. This is how I feel every time I’m downtown. I love to find something new to see, especially those details that most people overlook as they hurry throughout the city. Doors are something that I’ve really taken notice of the past year.

There are so many gorgeous and interesting doors throughout the city. Some of them you can even consider works of art. Some of the doors I've found while in museums, some in cemeteries, some while I was just out and about. Is there something you find yourself always drawn to and taking photos of??














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6.13.2018

6 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Blog


With spring technically almost at an end you might think it's too late for some spring cleaning but now is the perfect time to do some cleaning on your blog. We all get so bogged down in making sure that we get great content out there that sometimes we don't focus on anything else. That allows things to become broken or out of date and we don't even realize it! I've got six things that will help you clean up your blog as we go into summer! Are you guilty of needing to do any of these clean ups?

Check old photos
This is actually a really bad one for me I've noticed. If you head back to some of my older posts like these two from 2012. As you can see there is some weird crap happening with photos and some of the photos aren't even showing up anymore! I have quite a long list of posts like this to fix unfortunately! Tackle one post at a time and don't let yourself be overwhelmed with it. I know for some of them it's required going back on multiple hard drives to find the photos but I use that as time to do a little digital organizing along the way too. Double clean up!

Refresh your About Page
Checking your About page I've found is something that we should be doing regularly. I might have noticed that I still had in mine about Kevin being in Stache ... he left in 2013! Whoops! I swear I took care of that years ago but clearly I hadn't been checking my About me on the regular so I missed it. There are so many great posts that people have shared on how to write a killer about me page. I've saved some of the ones I've been using to update mine on my Blog Board. Do you have a post that really helped you update yours? Please share! I'm still working on cleaning up my about me so I'd love any recommendations.

Organize your Pinterest Boards
I've loved the fact that Pinterest has added an extra level of organization with the board sections. I mean you should see my Travel Board it's a thing of organized beauty if I do say so myself! While that one board might be in top fighting shape many of my others are not. This is a good while you're relaxing project, take 5 minutes and just organize as much as you can. Sometimes that means doing the easy ones that make up a really obvious section sometimes that can be figuring out a really annoying one that takes up the entire 5 minutes. Chipping away at that 5 or 10 minutes at a time will have your boards cleaned up in no time!

Delete some old posts
Deleting old posts can be a really easy task or it can be a really difficult one. As someone who sees the value in the ridiculous and random old posts I used to write kinda like when I used to share hilarious Pins I found like this Puppies one, which yes is missing half the photos now! Some of these older posts I'm torn about deleting or keeping since some are actually about life. Maybe the puppies one can go since I have no idea what those pins were at this point. Deleting is tough but if it's something that doesn't fit your blog theme anymore or is just plain too broken to fix it might be time to delete it.

Update some old posts
The next couple of tasks can definitely be the more time consuming ones. I've looked back on posts like Grandma's Mac & Cheeese Casserole and thought I really need to give this post a face lift. First off there is the centered text then we realize that this was my black frame phase and also these were taken in our old condo where the kitchen never saw the light of day. Taking time to update and improve old posts can work miracles. All of a sudden a post that wasn't so interesting to people might get lots of new comments and pins. Who knows maybe that post you've been procrastinating updating is the next viral sensation.

Update your look
Updating the look of your blog can mean a number of things. Maybe it's as big as looking at the design it's self and saying it needs a major change. Maybe it's as simple as saying this one small thing, like your Instagram widget on the side bar is broken and needs to be fixed. Sidebar adds and buttons make you have to scroll down for five minutes? It might be time to update your look and delete few of those guys.

Happy Blog Cleaning!


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6.11.2018

5 Tips for Surviving Chicago Festivals



Be sure to wear sunscreen
If you only go out at night to catch the headliners you might not have this issue but if you’re heading out early you better heed my warning. Most fests are not under shade. They’re in the middle of the street and you’ve got the hot sun beating down on you. You’ll want to make sure you have applied sunscreen.

Dress for the occasion
This kind of goes along with the first one. If you’re planning on standing around all day listening to bands you’ll want comfortable shoes and outfit. I’ve seen lots of girls standing around listening to bands for several hours in stilettos I’m not sure how they do it. Also remember your sunglasses!

Make sure you have food
Most fests usually go hand in hand with delicious food, like Taste of River North or Maifest. Sometimes though food is not the main feature so you might get stuck with the normal festival/carnival style food. If you’re good with those options then by all means enjoy but if you’re not make sure to either eat before you head out or find a good option nearby.

Hydrate
It’s going to be hot out so you’ll want to be sure to have lots of water but even more importantly since you’re going to be enjoying copious amounts of purse alcohol you’ll want to make sure to keep hydrated. Both to use a mixer for the purse alcohol and to keep you hydrated you’ll want that bottle of water. Bonus!

Have a plan
You might be thinking to yourself that it's summer and we're supposed to just be relaxing! Yes I'm right there with you on relaxing but some weekends there are multiple amazing fests that you'll want to check out. You'll need to do some planning to make sure you catch your favorite bands like 16 Candles at one fest in Lincoln Park and then LAVA Rock at one in Jefferson Park. This will definitely take some planning.

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6.08.2018

Goal Link Up Coming Soon!

Making and achieving goals has become really important to me the past couple of years. It helps me to stay on top of the accomplishments I want to achieve and actually cross them off the list. I've been able to do this with the accountability that Steph and Sara's seasonal link up provided. 

This past fall I realized that I wasn't accomplishing as many of my goals as I wanted. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting so much accomplished. Soon I realized that since the link up was over there wasn't as much accountability and I was just trying to get anything and everything accomplished all at once. I needed and craved that accountability and order. 

So I persuaded Sara to start up the seasonal goals link up with me!! June 22 will be the start of the summer goals link up!
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6.04.2018

Unity Temple


The last time I was in Oak Park and able to actually visit the Unity Temple during the IAM Conference it was closed for a 23-million-dollar preservation project. I was excited that it was included during the Wright Plus 2018 and was actually open now for visitors. The original Unity Church burned down in 1905 and Frank Lloyd Wright who had the hook up through his mother, who was a member of the church, got the job to build them a new one.






Having seen the exterior many times in book, photos and several times in person I knew that this would not be like any house of worship I have ever visited. When you start to walk in you don’t just walk up to the doors and enter. You’re taken along the side of the building then you enter in a little garden area. After making the turns you find yourself in front of the doors that state "For the worship of God and the service of man" That saying perfectly describes Wright's thoughts for the building, the Unity Temple worship space and the Unity House social area. 






You'll notice the floral pattern that is throughout the building, it's hollyhocks. After looking up what they look like in non-geometric Frank Lloyd Wright form I can actually see how they're supposed to be hollyhocks. Also I'm sure you're wondering why the windows as so high up, giving it that almost jailhouse chic look. Those actually have a very practical reason. Since the Unity Temple in on Lake Street which was and still is one of the busiest streets in Oak Park, keeping the windows high prevent sound from getting into the temple.




Even though the temple is simple in it's design Wright thought through and had a reason for every single detail. From the hollyhocks to the lines that run through the entire temple to the fact that you enter below the sanctuary and catch glimpses of it as you finally enter up into it. Our guide said that no one in the sanctuary is more than 48 feet from the altar.





After finally getting the opportunity to visit the Unity Temple I can definitely see why people say it's one of Wright's most well known and striking buildings. Have you ever visited the Unity Temple?

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