Musings of a Museum Fanatic: June 2019

6.28.2019

Summer 2019 Goals Link Up

Another season done another set of goals complete or incomplete.  Looking back I have more red than I'd like to admit on my spring goals. With all the craziness with the new town home it really ate up way more of my extra time than I thought it would. For the past month I've been there almost every single day after work and most of the weekends doing something. 

Ready to move in this weekend! While I didn't finish up all of my goals for the season really the only one that I didn't do anything on was the crescent dishrags. We have been cutting back pretty hardcore each month on our eating out since we started the budget. Soon we will been working that budget enough where we will be able to complete the month without eating out! 

1. Evaluate and make changes to any 101 List items in preparation for the end of year one.
2. Pitch 50 local places on my list. 
3. Pack at least a box a week starting now.
4.  Complete a month without eating out. 
5. Get together with Rachel.
6. Have ladies time with Mom & Bethany. 
7. Work on crescent dishrag pattern.

With moving tomorrow I feel like most of my list items should be relating to the move but I don't want them all to be! 

1. Finish up the wallpaper removal and painting the second bedroom. 
2. Cross four items off my 101 list. 
3. Get the last bit of our stuff out of our parents houses.
4. Book our flights and the rental car for our Williamsburg trip. 
5. Print photos for reunion photo albums. 
6. Have my craft room all set up
7. Finish up Financial Peace classes

What goals are you planning on accomplishing this summer? 


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6.26.2019

Goals Reminder & Plastic Free July

Hey everyone! It's been insane the past couple of weeks and we're in the home stretch now. Lots has been happening at the new place and I can't wait for it to be finished so I can share it with you. We've been packing like crazy since we're saving money by moving ourselves again. Hence why it's been quiet over here. 

I wanted to remind you that Friday Sara and I are linking up for our summer goals! So you've got a couple of days to start thinking about everything you want to accomplish this summer. I'm sure at least one of mine will involve a deadline for unpacking ha. 

In addition to goals it's almost July. I'm going to be joining the Stephanies in their quest to have a Plastic Free July. Check out the post for the details. There is definitely going to be a giveaway as part of it as well!

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6.17.2019

5 Must Take Photos with The Bean


Cloud Gate's story begins 20 years ago in 1999 when London artist Anish Kapoor's design was chosen for the centerpiece sculpture of the new in progress Millennium Park. A little critical at first Chicagoans and visitors soon embraced this legume shaped work of art and lovingly dubbed it The Bean. 

I didn't know this before doing some research but The Bean is actually polished twice a day and cleaned throughout the day to minimize the amount of finger prints! It has for sure become a very recognizable symbol of the Windy City! Now to share my 5 must take photos with The Bean. Next time you visit or walk by on your way to work you should be sure to snap a few of these. 




Shot of the area around The Bean

I always like to start taking photos when I round the steps up from Michigan right when I hit the plaza The Bean sits in. Throughout each season you get great photos of the entire space. I especially love the winter when you can see snow and people bundled up in these photos. Plus you get great shots of The Bean sitting in front of the skyline.



Close Up selfie

The close up selfie is definitely the most common photo people take with The Bean. You really can't stop by The Bean and not take this photo. There are so many options with this one too. I always try to make sure I find an area of the bean that is a little cleaner. I think because so many people are up close and touch The Bean it can get really smudgy but you can always fund a good spot. Another version of the close up is the super close up shot where you're getting a photo of you almost or actually pressed up to The Bean.




Under The Bean

Most people will stand under The Bean and have someone take their photograph from further back. I agree that this is always an excellent photo but I recommend while you're under The Bean looking up and taking a photograph of the underside. I like to stand in the middle underneath and snap a shot. Because of the different shape of the curve underneath you get a totally different photograph. It's just such a cool photo. You can impress everyone with how artsy it looks!




Skyline photo

This is by far my favorite photo to take at The Bean. This is the photo where you pull back and take a photo of the upper half of The Bean. Focusing on making sure that you only get the skyline, clouds and not any of the people. It's always just such a neat photo, especially if you're there on a day with some cool clouds. There is also the slightly lower skyline photo where you can get people in it but the majority of the photograph is focusing on the upper part of The Bean. This is also a top notch photo.





Aerial Photo

I always recommend getting a view of the city from high up if possible. I mean come on Chicago is the home of the skyscraper after all so why wouldn't the views from these icons be amazing? The view of The Bean from up high is no slouch in fact until I had actually experienced that view myself I didn't realize how much I was missing out on! This particular view is from Cindy's Rooftop and as you can see it lived up to the hype!


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6.10.2019

4 Things to Do For Your Blog When You Just Can't Write

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There are days and weeks when you don't have any blog posts ready to go. I've had one of those weeks. This past week Kevin and I spent most evenings at the townhome talking through changes and starting to put them in place. Yesterday I spent the day downtown with Stephanie which was super fun but we were all over the place from Little India to Andersonville and I clocked in over 15,000 steps. Today I was at the townhome peeling wallpaper and hauling in laminate flooring for my hobby room. While not as many steps I still clocked in at 13,000 steps. 

I got home this evening and thought to myself holy cow I haven't had a moment to finish up any of the posts I had started from a week before. What the heck am I going to do? Sometimes when you just can't because you're exhausted you need to do some things that are low impact but important to your blog. What do you do for your 

Focus on social media

Sometimes it can be tough to sit down and write but we don't have a problem scrolling through our social media when we're exhausted. Take this time to connect and comment on other bloggers and businesses. Everyone is always telling you that's the way to build your following. I also don't find scheduling social media as taxing when I'm so exhausted as writing posts. It's fun to look back through your photos and see what you want to share. Pinning can be a perfect mindless activity. I enjoy getting all my pins scheduled through Tailwind when I can't bring myself to do anything else. 

Fix up a few old posts

This is always a task I never make time for regularly. When I'm super tired though I like to fix one or two old posts. I go through and make sure photos are actually linked. My favorite way to fix up older posts is to make sure they have a pinable image. Now that I have gobs of templates that I use through Canva this is and easy and fast way to feel like I've done a lot for my blog without a lot of effort. 

Brainstorm

Taking time to come up with new content ideas is something we should be doing for our blogs regularly. When you have a nice big idea list it can be easy to work your way through it and not realizing you're almost out of ideas. Brainstorming is a perfect low impact blog task that keeps your idea list full. I also think that looking back at old posts and trying to think of more posts that can come from those old posts is good to work on when you're tired too. 

Read & Comment

Reading and commenting on other blogs is probably one of the lowest impact and enjoyable tasks you can do when you just can't. Connecting other bloggers isn't only good for growing your blog it's always fun to see what other bloggers are writing about. Checking in on the blogs you follow and finding new favorites. 

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6.05.2019

15 Thoughts I had During our Closing



Kevin and I did it! We're now home owners! 

After two months of being under contract we sat down this morning and closed the deal. It's my first time as a homeowner and so my first time going through the entire process from start to finish. There is so much I learned along the way and so much that that still is overwhelming. Yesterday morning we officially closed on the town home. During the process I had so many different thoughts going through my head! Are you a homeowner? Did you have these thoughts going through closing?

Oh my gosh we're actually doing this!

Holy cow that stack of papers is huge do we have to sign every piece of paper?

Ok good we don't have to sign every piece

My hand is going to be sore after this

Wait what does that weird real estate term mean?

Has my handwriting always been this terrible?

I still don't understand what exactly that weird real estate term means except that we're paying more money for something. 

Really they're charging us for that?

Gotta love taxes in Cook County

Well at least Kevin has worse handwriting than me 

Are we done with all this signing yet?

I'm glad all of this is written down and I don't have to remember it all!

We're almost there I can see the bottom of the pile!

This is the last thing we have to sign thank goodness

Holy cow we're home owners!! Crazy!!

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