Musings of a Museum Fanatic: February 2020

2.28.2020

5 Tips to Overcome Your Procrastination

Procrastinating is one of my biggest bad habits. There are lots of times I let the distractions and excuses pile up and keep me from getting things accomplished.

Lots of us tend to be procrastinators. It's not so bad once and a while but if it keeps us from getting important things done it can be a very negative thing. I've pulled together some of the things I have been doing to overcome my procrastination. What are your tricks for overcoming procrastination.

5 Tips to Overcome Your Procrastination by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Get rid of distractions
With most people having at least three different screens in their homes from phones to the TV it's really easy to be distracted. Plus you add a kid, pet or other family member who is bugging you it can be next to impossible at times to not have something distract you.

I know getting lost online or in a show is one of my downfalls, one I'm actively working on! Taking away these distractions will really help your procrastination.

Make a list
I always say that one of the biggest lies I tell myself is that if  I don't write it down I'll remember. Keeping a to do list will help you not procrastinate and remember what's important that needs to be done.

I know a lot of people who prefer to write their list in order of priority. If that works for you definitely do it. I've always found that making myself an agenda is a great way to keep my procrastination in check. When I do a blog day I like to write myself an agenda that lays out how long I'm devoting to each area.

Eat the frog
Eating the frog means tackling the thing you're most dreading. Taking care of that huge or most annoying task first will set you up for success for the day. It gives you the sense of accomplishment along with getting that dreaded task out of the way.

Make a success environment
Do you find yourself slipping into episode after episode if you are working from the couch? Does the idea of working from the kitchen table have you reaching for your phone to check out Facebook? Figuring out what work space maximizes your productivity can be really important. It will allow you to focus and beat that procrastination!

Make a deadline for yourself
There is nothing like a deadline that gets us working! Some people are able to work without deadlines but lots of people really need one to keep their focus. There are some times when if you have a too far out deadline you procrastinate until the last moment. If you're one of those types of procrastinators break down your tasks and projects to have smaller deadlines. Then you won't be as likely to push it off until the very end.

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2.26.2020

6 Truths About Cleaning

Moving into a new home has led to completely having to rework how we clean. There is much more when it comes to floors, bathrooms, trim and just all around everything that needs to be cleaned regularly. No matter how much space you have or don't have there are definitely some evident truths about cleaning. 
6 Truths About Cleaning by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

Your house never looks cleaner than when there is company coming over
We tend to pile things in our house. Kevin and I are getting better at it but there tends to be random things like piles of stuff from Kevin's pocket at the end of the day or a pile of papers I'm working on. While we're working on not piling things it's amazing how much cleaner our house gets when someone is coming over. Even when it's our parents. 

I feel like we should just have visitors over every single week then it would be great motivation to make sure everything is put away and clean all the time!

Cleaning is the perfect way to avoid doing something
Do you know how many times I've vacuumed to avoid writing a blog post? Probably several dozen times since I've started my blog. Doing your taxes? Oh that bathroom is looking like it needs a good scrubbing. 

It will never be totally clean
Well there are some people, like Stephanie, who somehow have everything miraculously organized and clean. The rest of us mere mortals have realized that really things will never be totally clean. We live in our homes and sometimes that means getting a little messy or even a little dirty. 

And it's ok if it's never really totally clean
It's very freeing to not feel like it has to be perfect. Give yourself a break! Maybe the kids came home and it's like a tornado went through the living room. That's ok! Don't get down on yourself. It's life happening and that's wonderful. Enjoy the time with the kids. Maybe it's your husband plopping a bunch of papers on the kitchen table. It's ok!

Cleaning is always better when listening to 90s music
It doesn't matter if it's 90s rock like the Foo Fighters or some fantastic 90s pop. Cleaning is just way better when done to 90s music. Fact of life. 

The more you try to clean the messier things can get
I wish this one wasn't true but alas sometimes it can be! The first couple of times I did the KonMari method the planning was not there. Ended up with a big mess of clothes still on the bed right before we turned in for the night. 

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2.24.2020

6 Best Historic Hotels in Chicago

When you think about Chicago architecture your mind usually goes to skyscrapers and Frank Lloyd Wright. Am I right? One of my favorite types of Chicago architecture are the many historic hotels that are around the city. They tend to be unassuming and until you actually walk through their doors you don't see the beauty. Here are my top picks when you're looking for a little history during your stay.



505 N. Michigan Avenue

Built in 1929 this hotel started out as the men's organization, the Medinah Athletic Club. The decor throughout the building is unique and sometimes unexpected. The Assyrian style friezes on the 8th floor took me by surprise when I was there for a conference. They were beautiful. One of the best parts about the hotel is they have an Ipod shuffle you can borrow to take a tour of the historic areas of the building. 



17 E. Monroe Street

This Loop stalwart has been dubbed the longest continuously operating hotel in North America. The first building was built by Potter Palmer for his new bride Bertha in 1871 but burned down not even two weeks later in the Great Chicago Fire. He rebuilt it bigger and better. The first time I went up the escalator into the lobby I almost cried it was so beautiful. 


636 S. Michigan Avenue

While all of the hotels on this list have interesting histories The Blackstone takes the cake when it comes to it's celebrity history. Since it's 1910 opening there have been a number of famous patrons. Al Capone would hold meetings during his hair cut in The Blackstone's barber shop. Multiple presidents from Harding to Kennedy stayed in the appropriately named Suite of Presidents. 




140 E Walton Place

This beaux-art hotel sits on it's throne at the very end of Michigan Ave. You walk into a lobby with sumptuous blue carpet and ornate details all around the room. The Drake and its Palm Court are known as one of if not the best place in the city for an afternoon tea. One thing you might not know is that The Drake was home to the first themed restaurant in the United State, the Cape Cod Room was everyone's favorite seafood place in the 1930s. The iconic sign you see as you head down Lake Shore Drive has been around since the 1940s. 



720 S Michigan Ave

Like it's neighbor The Blackstone the Hilton Chicago has a very presidential past. Since it's 1927 opening every single president has stayed there before leaving office. This gorgeous Beaux-Arts style hotel has been in scenes for a large number of movies including some of my favorites such as My Best Friend's Wedding and Home Alone: Lost in New York. 



1 W. Washington Street

While technically a newbie in name the Reliance Building that houses Staypineapple has been a Chicago institution since 1895. There were some big name architects for this project, John Root started the project and it was finished by Charles B. Atwood. It was one of the first skyscrapers in the Loop to offer amenities such as electricity and phones for it's tenants. Clearly Al Capone had a thing for Chicago hotels since his dentist was housed here. 



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2.19.2020

40 Easy Things to Declutter


One of the biggest problems I encountered when Kevin and I first wanted to get rid of excess stuff in our house was where to start. We looked around and were just overwhelmed. I've figured out like many things in life you really just need to start!

I've pulled together a list of 40 easy things to declutter and get rid of right away. The past year every now and then I'll look at the list and make sure I don't have any of these hanging around. What an easy item you always make sure to get out of your home?

40 Easy Things to Declutter by Musings of a Museum Fanatic

  1. Old pillows
  2. Half used make up
  3. Expired make up and toiletries
  4. Clothing with tears
  5. Expired food
  6. Extra plastic bags
  7. Extra glassware
  8. Half used candles
  9. Socks without mates
  10. Hangers from the dry cleaner
  11. Promotional cups
  12. Business cards you haven’t looked at twice
  13. Paint that you don’t have on your walls anymore
  14. Craft supplies you haven’t used and don’t plan on using
  15. Books you won't ever read
  16. Random extra puzzle and game pieces laying around
  17. Take out menus
  18. Holiday decorations you don’t ever put up
  19. Old useless paperwork
  20. Manuals
  21. Single earrings
  22. Old CDs
  23. Magazines
  24. Expired coupons
  25. Tights or nylons you don’t wear
  26. Outdated Electronics
  27. Dried up nail polish
  28. Extra make up brushes you don’t use
  29. Travel sized toiletries
  30. Paper recipes you’ve never tried
  31. Promotional t-shirts
  32. A million extra pens
  33. Old greeting cards
  34. Old loyalty cards
  35. Apps on your phone you don’t use
  36. Half used cleaning products
  37. Old medication
  38. Outdated jewelry
  39. Old electronic cables
  40. Clothes you don't ever wear
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2.17.2020

8 Websites to Start Your Genealogy Research

Starting off your family research can be crazy overwhelming. When I started looking through all that Dad had accomplished with our family history I got really overwhelmed and I work with these types of records every day! Knowing where to start can be tough. Like anything out there these days you'll find tons of options and resources to use.

Some options you have to pay for. Some you might have to travel for. It can be hard to know what resources are contained in a website. Is this the best website to find resources? It's crazy how overwhelming it can be.

Today I'm pulling together online resources to help you get started with your genealogy family research.

8 Websites to Start Your Genealogy Research by Musings of a Museum Fanatic


Ancestry.com
Cost - Starts at $99

This is probably everyone's first go to choice when it comes to starting off your genealogy research. You have an insane amount of research right at your finger tips. They're always working on adding records to their system and you'll get all the details about those resources in emails and hints relating to your trees. 

A plus for Ancestry.com is that you are able to link the research to your family tree. You don't have to pay to create a family tree on Ancestry. I was adding stuff to my tree on Ancestry before I subscribed which was great to have it in one spot.

FamilySearch
Cost - Free

FamilySearch is an amazing non-profit website that has millions of records. I don't think it's quite as big as Ancestry but for a volunteer run website it's amazing. One of my favorite parts of FamilySearch is their Wiki pages. They're full of great info that will help you in your research.

I think the best part are the wiki pages by country. They give you information on where you can find records in a country, maps throughout history relating to records, and so many other resources. If you're stuck trying to find ancestors overseas this is a must look at!

CyndisList.com
Cost - Free

I hadn't heard of Cyndi's List until about a year ago. Cyndi's List describes itself as a "comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online." and it's so true. 

Say you're looking at cemeteries. In that list item you'll find information linking you to funeral museums, links to social media about cemeteries, and links to fraternal organizations cemetery information. This is just to name a couple out of dozens of links to resources. 

Google Books
Cost - Free

Many families have books written about them or there are books relating to their history. Google Books is a great place to look for these books. A couple years ago when I was creating an exhibit about a Salvation Army family I found two books that talked about them! I used some of the information in the exhibit itself. You never know what you'll find.

Find a Grave
Cost - Free

Find a Grave is one of my absolute favorite resources. Another volunteer run website that can be a wealth of information. In lots of cases they've connected obits to photographs of headstones which can lead to other leads. If you don't see a stone you can actually request that someone get a photograph of it and the volunteer who is in charge of that cemetery will add it. You are also able to upload information too.

US GenWeb
Cost - Free

This is the perfect resource if you're looking for specific state related information. Especially helpful when it comes to specific county related information. I am a fan of the maps throughout the years that a lot of the states have. This is helpful if you're tracking a piece of land in the family that you can't find. It might be because the county or even state borders changed.

Fold3
Cost - Premium Membership $79.95 per year

Looking for military history Fold3 is where you need to look. I would recommend this membership only after looking through Ancestry.com. There are some duplicates that you can see with your Ancestry membership.

Newspapers.com
Cost - Starts at $44.95 for 6 months

Another resource that is one of my favorites to use. I haven't used it as much for my own personal genealogy work but for my work projects it's been amazing. You'll find thousands of newspapers right at your finger tips. I've even just looked around at specific topics that have always interested me. Like the newsboys strike in New York. Can we say Newsies anyone?!

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2.14.2020

6 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

In this time of social media with everyone's best life being put out there for everyone to see it can be tough not to compare ourselves to others. I find myself doing it a lot. I share nice photos why didn't those people like mine? Or wow they're going on another vacation? Must be nice.

Comparing ourselves to others doesn't do us one lick of good. In fact it can make things worse since it will create self doubt and make you get down on yourself. Sometimes it can even spiral out of control and lead to depression or worse.


6 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Know that you're imperfect & be okay with it

Really I should say know that everyone is imperfect. None of us is perfect. That imperfection is what makes each of us unique and ourselves.

I’ve mentioned before that perfectionism is something I have always struggled with and it’s hindered a lot of opportunities. Nothing is ever going to be perfect and I’m learning to embrace it. I’m striving for progress, not perfection. Everyone has imperfections and it’s what makes you unique.


Appreciate what you have

There is so much that we have in life that sometimes it's easy to just focus on what you don't have. Yes there are some people who are having a hard go of it at the moment but I bet for most of us life is pretty good. Focus on the part of your glass that's half full. I bet you'll find pretty soon that you've actually got a pretty full glass!



Just stop


Sometimes you just need to quit something cold turkey. When you find yourself in the comparison spiral just tell yourself you're being ridiculous and to snap out of it. Stop looking at Instagram. Stop whatever it is you're doing and focus on something else. As I get older this technique works a lot.


Have the right tribe

This is another area that I realize is more and more important as I get older. Having the right support group is super important. They should be there making sure you don't forget how awesome you already are and don't need to compare yourself to others. Along with that they should also make sure you're growing and being better than you were before. You can't be amazing if you're just a bump on a log. We must always grow.



Be aware of your own awesomeness


We are all amazing. I read somewhere that there is something like a one in 14 trillion chance that we are who we are. Even if I'm off by a few trillion that's still pretty insane to think about. There is a reason you are the way you are so embrace yourself and your awesomeness!


Compete with yourself not others

A couple years ago my Pampered Chef director came up with a personal best sheet. We're supposed to keep track month to month of our personal best stats in different areas of our business. This was done because we shouldn't be competing against anyone else in our businesses. We should be focused on making sure we're looking to our own journey and what we can do better. This is the same thing with life. You should be focused on yourself and what you can do better not trying to best someone else.

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2.12.2020

5 More Things You Should Clean Right Now

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Moving was a really interesting process. There were a lot of areas of our apartment that I thought we did a good job keeping clean. When we starting packing and moving furniture we definitely missed a few places during our regular cleaning! I've shared 5 things you should clean right now before and here are five more places you should check and probably clean immediately.



In-between drawers
As you can see from the photo there is a space between the drawer and the frame of our dressers. I’ve found that even though it’s a small space dust collects there on every single one of our dressers. It is very annoying since it’s such a small gap it’s tough to clean, especially the gap on the bottom side of the drawer. I didn't even think about those tiny spaces until we pulled out the drawers. I recommend checking even if you don't have drawers with spaces.

Tops of cabinets
Out of sight out of mind is what I think of when I think about the tops of cabinets. We put up a few decorations but then promptly forgot about actually cleaning up there. Who would have thought it could get so dirty up there too? I guess when you cook a lot in your kitchen it's only natural. Luckily in our new place we don't have to worry about the space above the cabinets but if you've got open space up there you should pull out your step stool and give it a good cleaning.

Shoes
This is a somewhat unexpected one but an important one. I wear business casual at work and I never know what I might end up doing each day. Some days I’m at my desk all day but then some I don’t know it but I might end up on my feet or the ground for half the day. This results in my wearing of a certain couple of pairs of shoes most of the time. These are my more comfortable and sturdy shoes.

Meaning that my fancier heels tend to stay in the closet only to be brought out for special occasions. I found the other day that it’s clearly been a while since I’ve work those special occasion shoes since there was a layer of dust on the inside! Definitely an unexpected place that I am now adding to the cleaning list.

The side of your dryer
It's amazing how a little bit of lint can pile up over time. You might think you've gotten it all but let me tell you it's collecting behind and to the side of your dryer. If you've never looked in those cracks you might be in for a shock! It's pretty gross.

Tops of window trim
This is another out of sight out of mind area. I think when it's above our head we don't really think it needs to be cleaned. Now that we've got tons of windows it's pretty important to make sure dust doesn't collect on top of the window trim. Out of all the places to clean it's probably one of the easiest. Just take a Swiffer duster or cloth over it. Boom clean!

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2.10.2020

9 Places for Amazing Chocolate in the Chicago Area

When you think of Valentine's Day and food you always think of chocolate right? I know I do! Chicago might be a candy mecca but it's also home to some amazing chocolate shops. You'll find wonderful, unique and delicious chocolate all over the city and suburbs. I've pulled together a guide of the 9 most amazing shops in the area. Be sure to stop by one or two and make sure you've got something for your valentine this year!



Le Chocolate du Bouchard
127-129 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540

This downtown Naperville staple has been getting great reviews since it opened in 2004.You'll find rich truffles, turtles, and other confections as well as pastries. The pastry list is just as long as the chocolate list! Their slogan is the ultimate chocolate, wine and dessert experience and we are here for that.


Katherine Anne Confections

2745 W. Armitage Ave.

For over a decade Katherine Anne Confections has been sweetening up Logan Square. Committed to using fair trade cacao and the best local ingredients Katherine Anne's is known for their amazing chocolates and caramels. While you can find the typical favorites be sure to check out their specialty chocolates like the Goat Cheese Walnut Truffles or the Spicy Fleur de Sel Chocolate Dipped Caramels. With an eclectic like that you're bound to find some amazing new favorites.


Long Grove Confectionery
220 Robert Parker Coffin Rd. Long Grove, IL

If you're going to trek all the way to Long Grove for chocolate you better make sure it's amazing. The Myrtles at the Long Grove Confectionery are worth the trek! Full of delicious pecans and caramel topped with their smooth chocolate they are fantastic. You can now even tour the chocolate factory! Don't worry the $2 tour does include some chocolate for you to enjoy.


Veruca Chocolates
2409 N. Western Ave.

When you head to Veruca Chocolates you're not just getting something delicious you're getting something beautiful as well. Their bonbons are gorgeous works of art. Even the chocolate bars are swirled with lovely color. Can't decide on just one? You can get different sets with turtles, caramels, s'mores and bars. Perfect for the chocolate addict in your life.


Blommer Chocolate Company
600 W. Kinzie St.

People only think about Blommer for the delicious chocolate smell that you find in that part of River North. What most people don't realize is there is actually a factory store attached to that lovely smelling factory. You can find everything from bulk blocks and chips for your baking to dipped pretzels, truffles, nuts and so much more.


Chocolat Uzma Sharif
1823 S. Halsted St.

You're in for unique flavors when you head to this Pilsen institution. With flavors like Indian chili caramel and dragon pearl jasmine you're in for a wonderful chocolate experience. Each truffle is a work of art that's almost too beautiful to eat. Pick up a box with just a couple or a box with all of them since it's tough to decide which flavor sounds the best.


Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream
302 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134

No trip to the far western suburbs is complete without a trip to Graham's Fine Chocolate & Ice Cream. This shop is always bustling. While you can find some amazing truffles I always go for something that is chocolate dipped here. From chocolate covered potato chips to dipped apples as big as your head to chocolate covered Oreos. I recommend enjoying ice cream in the store and taking home a bunch of chocolate.


The Fudge Pot
1532 N. Wells St.

The Fudge Pot has been an Old Town institution since 1963. With delicious staples like chocolate covered strawberries and fudge you'll also find some unique items such as chocolate frozen bananas and hard candy lollipops. Want something really unique? Talk to them about getting a molded chocolate. They've got over 1,000 different chocolate molds and if they don't have it they'll have it made.


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2.07.2020

24 Fun Things to do Alone



As much as I love spending time with Kevin and my other family and friends some times I just need some alone time. I think I might be more of an introvert since most of the time alone time that really helps me recharge. Even if you're a more outgoing person you still need some time to yourself.

Having alone time is a way to not only recharge but it has other benefits as well. You not only work on being independent and comfortable with yourself but it will also allow you to explore yourself and your emotions deeper.

I've compiled a list of things you can do by yourself and really enjoy your alone time. What's your favorite way to spend some alone time? 

Visit a museum

Workout

Pamper yourself

Volunteer

Garden

Work on a puzzle

Take a class

Craft

Enjoy a new book

Play with your pet

People watch

Write a note to someone

Take a walk

Meditate

Play video games

Go to a nearby park

Take a nap

Organize

Dance around the house

Go to the movies

Blog

Staycation for one

Rearrange a room

Shopping

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2.05.2020

5 Things I've Stopped Buying

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Simplifying our buying habits wasn't exactly on our list. When you start to hardcore budget and not bring so much stuff into your house it's a happy side effect though. There have been a number of items that we really have just stopped buying. It's been fantastic. I don't even miss some of these items cluttering up our home. Is there anything you've stopped buying recently? Or haven't bought in years?

 
 
Books
I've always been a reader. Just ask my mom how many times I reached the check out limit on books when I was younger! It was 100 by the way. Growing up with a librarian mom we didn't buy books as much but since graduating college I found myself buying more on a regular basis. 

A few years ago I decided unless it was a book that I absolutely love and have read or will read over and over again that I wasn't going to buy it. I would make sure I could get it through the library or borrow it from someone. It's amazing what some libraries have in their collection. If it's a large system they have almost everything plus most libraries will request items through inter-library loan for you too. My new library will purchase a requested book if it fits within a few guidelines. I requested one for them to purchase a few weeks ago and it came in last week.

Paper napkins
Kevin and I got several sets of very nice cloth napkins early on in our marriage but we were never good at using them regularly. Which is funny since at my parents I can remember always using cloth napkins. It took him a little while to come around to using cloth napkins but now he's got the groove of it. 

Make-up
I used to buy all sorts of make up. I'd buy extra items to get over for the freebies. I'd end up with all this extra make up that I thought I would use but never did. These days my day to day make up routine is super simple and I don't need many products. 

Not buying make up that just gets given away or tossed has been a great space saver as well as a great budget saver. I'm still working on my holy grail make up products but that's why I love Sephora and their samples. I can test it all out without breaking the bank. 

Scrapbook Supplies
This is one that might be a little specific to me but you could probably insert your hobby or something similar for this one. This fall while we were working our budget I went a little nuts with my fun money. 

Now I wasn't over budget but having that set amount really gave me the freedom to buy and I bought quite a bit of scrapbook supplies. I'm working on not buying any new supplies and working with the beautiful papers, washi tapes and stickers that I have. Scrapbook supplies are going to be on my do not buy list for quite a while. 

Gift wrap 
I haven't bought gift wrap or bags in years. My mom and Kevin's mom have stock piles of them, they've had huge stockpiles for years. I just raid theirs. Also I like to reuse wrapping elements like bags and the tissue in the bags. Most of the time those are still in great shape so there is no need to throw it out. 

If I were to actually get to the point where I needed to buy paper again I'd adapt Stephanie's wrapping plan. She sticks with a single color paper like brown. That way you can add a different color ribbon or even stamp the paper but it's still good for any holiday. I mean seriously think about it. It really does work for any occasion. Mind blown right? Genius.  

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