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Work Training Can Be Fun!

We had known for some time now that Marc had a new work training he needed to complete for work. We had in fact postponed it once because there was so much going on we just couldn’t fit it in. Scheduling it for a time I was able to come with!

His work let him pick from a list of approved hotels for us to stay at. They would pay for two nights as he had two days of work training to complete. It was just outside of Chicago the class he needed to take.

The choice he made was for Country Inn and Suites a nice hotel located just off the highway. Before we even arrived I had done and in depth check on the hotel. I found out there was a hot tub and pool and made sure I had a bathing suite along in my suitcase. Even though I did tell Marc all of the hotel and the hot tub he still forgot to bring his. We will make a bathing suit stop today because he is definitely going to enjoy that hot tub with me.

I scooped out what was in the area too as I thought I may want to do some exploring while Marc was in his class. There were quite a few local things I was very interested in. Unfortunately upon arrival I realized that being just off the highway meant very busy roads and traffic. Chances are I will not feel comfortable walking anywhere that I found.

Walking into the hotel I was impressed. The big open entry way with this magnificent stair case. The staff greeted us as soon as we walked through the doorway. The check in seemed effortless and went very quickly. We were gifted two free drink coupons for the restaurant next door.

I checked on the pool while walking to our room. It was incredibly large and the hot tub was as well. There were very few people in the pool being a weekday. I thought that would be perfect for a evening swim. It opened at 7 am and didn’t close till 11pm so I thought the hours were great too. It would leave plenty of time in the evening for a hot tub adventure. Marc’s class would get done right before dinner time.

Our door to our hotel was kind of a pain. We have had to go get our keys redone twice so far and still takes many attempts to get into the room. Our room is equip with a king size bed, a fridge and microwave, coffee, a couch and a desk. The television is only a 32 inch and I of course didn’t bring my glasses so I had a hard time viewing that. In fact I am laying on the bed head at the footer to be closer to the television in an attempt to see it better. It does have Comcast including LIFE TIME MOVIE NETWORK! ! Does it even get any better than that? There is HBO too of course.

After getting all unloaded into our room I was absolutely starving. Do you remember I had said we got FREE drink coupons for the restaurant next door? When Marc turned to me for where I would like to go to dinner. I took to my phone to see if the menu was affordable where we had FREE drinks too. Free clearly being the way to my heart.

 Jimmy’s Char House In Elgin was the restaurant at hand. After checking the menu both for affordability and for chicken because it’s my main food group I was on board to give it a try. After all I was starving and it was just a brisk walk through the parking lot.

Walking over to the restaurant holding hands and gawking at each other was blissful. I truly am so madly in love. Inside the restaurant was fascinating. We sat together in a booth continuing to hold hands while we tried to decide what the feel was to us. Old England is what we decided upon. It left us feeling like we were in Old England or how we would imagine that to be anyway. The chandeliers and the art work that hung looked antique. Both of us thought it was far to dark. It even was a struggle to read our menus.

The first thing I noticed was the impeccable customer service by the entire staff! There was a waitress in the left corner that was specifically focused on drinks. However she did bring me a box at the end of my meal as well. Another gentlemen to the right was watching to clear plates. Instantly taking all plates that were finished and pushed to the edges of the tables. Our server was at a table when we were seated so another took our drink order. The wait for service was just a few moments and our drinks were replenished just before finishing without a need to ask for a refill. We used our free coupons for just a diet coke. Even though we were welcome to a glass of whine or a beer. Neither of us choose to do so.

I had already planned what I wanted in my head while looking at the menu from the hotel bed. I was getting the Chicken Parm. Sandwich on a Pretzel Bun. My mouth was watering at the description. Sadly I didn’t care of the sauce when it came. It was a bit spicy for my personal liking. However the sandwich was hot and cooked well. The fries were delicious. Marc got a chicken and bacon sandwich. He devoured the entire thing. Safe to assume that means he enjoyed. Marc not being nearly as picky of an eater as I am.

After dinner we headed back to our room for cuddles. Marc did some online training he needed to do sitting at the desk in our room. He used the WiFi access code we were given upon arrival. Same as I am now and it is working perfectly. Not slow at all.

The bed is very comfortable. It was a large King size and plenty of room for the two of us. The blanket incredibly heavy and right up my ally. But the pillows for the love of those pillows! They were so soft and plush it was like sleeping on air. Marc has those contoured fit your neck firm pillows at his place. At mine I have about 20 pillows on my bed to pile up under my head. So sleeping with those fluffy sink into pillows was quite a challenge. Marc stole every bit of the blanket leaving it dangle down his side of the bed while I got frostbite. I woke up and took a picture to show him when he woke because his theory that I am the blanket hog was finally proven to be wrong! Our first night under our belts. Marc is at class and I am happily in bed doing what I love! Blogging for all of you! More of our adventure to come tomorrow. img_1791img_1799img_1792img_1810

Review for Relaxing Massage Oil

It is no secret I have leg pain that can be very intense for me to get through at times. Often Marc gives me leg massages to help ease the pain. Recently we got this relaxing massage oil  hoping it would be a nice treat to my leg rubs.

My desire to rub Marc’s shoulder with the oil being great as well. When the relaxing massage oil arrived the first thing I did was smell it. Next I put it to Marc’s nose to smell. There is no way I could have it all over our bodies if we don’t both enjoy the smell. We tend to be a bit picky with our smelly stuff as well.  Only buying our hand soap at bath and body kind of picky.

Marc’s reaction to the smell was he enjoyed it. Upon asking what came to mind for him it smelled “Fresh”. My reaction was it was a distinct lavender scent. Lavender is such a relaxing scent.

When we used the oil it was pretty freaking fantastic. It didn’t leave behind a oily feel. It rubbed into the skin and left a moisturized feeling. Marc would have rushed to the shower before bed if it was oily or left a residue of any kind behind. I was so pleased to see this was not the case. We went to bed never needing to take the massage oil back off.

The scent in itself is relaxing but there is nothing better then giving my love a massage and getting one in return. It is calming and distressing for us both. Even if we are unable to take the pain away for each other we are able to provide a distraction from it.

We both gave the massage oil a five stars. We will purchase again absolutely! I’d like to check and see what other scents they have to offer. The bottle I got was 8 oz and it takes very little for the massage so it goes a long way.

Christopher Robin

My children are just wonderful! Today is my birthday and as a early treat yesterday my daughter and her boyfriend took me to the movies. They treated me to the new Christopher Robin movie. Disney’s new spin off from the classic Winnie The Pooh tale.

Ecstatic was I to be going to the movie with my mvp’s in life.  They even treated me to the nice theater. We had our over-sized reclining chairs and our food delivered to our seats. The theater was not very full maybe ten people at most. We had picked perfect seats perfectly positioned in the center of the screen.

The previews had all three of us ohhing and awwing. Disney movies are just so incredible these days. Nothing like the vhs I played as a child. Watching all the remakes be done is really a neat experience.


Christopher Robin is the story of him no longer as a child but all grown up. It’s the classic tale of forgetting your child hood. Letting it fade as adult life creeps in. So easy for us adults to get wrapped on careers and money and lose sight of the things we held dear as a child.

Christopher Robin also a father in the movie who lost his way to connect to his daughter. I am sure parents all over the world can easily relate to the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing his role as a father.

Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, Kanga, and the rest of the crew all make an appearance in the movie. I wanted the characters to be more adorable then they were. They weren’t the soft cuddly soft animals I remembered. Of course I’m not sure what I expected as this was to take place thirty or so years later. Stuff animals we surely wear as these had in thirty years.

All and all I would rate the movie a solid 8 from me. My daughter I am sure would have given it a 10! She at 14 years old really enjoyed the tale. She was exclaiming of it all the way home. I recommend it as a family night out!

My Subaru Journey!

When I meet Marc I was so uneasy driving. In fact I hated it. There had been many times that I just let my license expire in hopes to never have to drive again. Then my love put me in my first Subaru! He got me a forester. It was an instant bond I had with my car! I felt safe and comfortable.

I felt like when I turned the wheel I had total control of my car. Something I hadn’t always felt with previous vehicles. My Subaru gave me a sense of security. I was pleased to drive. I even found myself volunteering to taxi those who needed it without cringing at the thought of being behind the wheel.

As Marc watched my love for my car grow he mentioned how I should set out to be an Ambassador and share my love. I didn’t really know what it was to be a Subaru Ambassador but I was intrigued. So I gave it some research.

Marc didn’t have much information himself other then I would get information on the new 7 passenger that Subaru was soon to come out with and I would get some fun stuff. When I read over the information as to what it meant to be a Subaru Ambassador my excitement grew! This was surely a role meant for me!!!

I would get to share about a brand Subaru that I already had fallen in love with. I would stand by Subaru whole hardheartedly as I did believe in it. I felt safe and secure in my car. Marc and I will give my car to Allen when I get a bigger one. I trust this brand with my child’s life!

I applied and eagerly waited to see if I fit the role to Subaru! Receiving the email I had been accepted was an exciting day! I’ll admit the emails that my gear was on the way was even more exciting! Now it’s official and I am an Ambassador for my favorite brand. My merchandise has been rolling in. I have been shouting from the rooftops of my love! Sharing so much fun stuff with everyone. I can’t wait for Subiefest and to meet new people. I think my Subaru gear might just be the coolest clothing I own too! My adventure has just begun!

My 1st Trip To Red Coach Donuts

Living in two houses means lots of commuting. In the middle of my drive I pass this new elegant little doughnut shop. Red Coach Donuts is the name. It seemed every time I had wanted to try it I had bad timing. They are only open from 6am to 11pm Tuesday through Saturday. I had been seeing them all over Facebook with reviews of delicious donuts.

I just had to try them for myself. I did read many reviews of them being a bit over priced. So I was prepared to spend a bit more that morning for our treat. I liked that I knew in advance I may be spending a bit more. The reviews that I had read put them at about 23$ a dozen. So I had prepared for about 2$ a doughnut.

Upon arrival that Saturday morning I was unable to pull in the parking lot as it was completely packed. I easily accessed parallel parking on the side of the street. Walking up the look is very crisp and elegant. Entering was difficult as the line was to the door.

Standing in line I noticed their pay it forward board. A board where someone was able to buy a doughnut for another. A kind gesture to give. Some gave to a stranger some to a family member. The board was so inspiring. Paying it forward is so important in the community it makes for a better place.

As we waited in line I was enjoying a refreshing glass of lemon ice water provided free of charge on he counter. I had arrived just before ten and I’d say nearly 50% of the donuts were sold out. There were still many to choose from but they were getting quite low. The lady behind me in line asked if there were more in the back and there were not.

I was there to pick up 18 donuts and while ordering I could hear the disappointment behind me. My total was just over 30$ not hitting the $2 mark each I had expected too. They had discounts for buying in larger quantities. Despite what I had heard I didn’t find them to be expensive. I found them to be well priced.

The donuts were out of this wold delicious. Each melting in your mouth as you bite into them. Incredibly fresh and the frosting was perfect as well. It was well worth the line and the price paid. I can’t wait to go back again and try some that were sold out this visit.

I wanted to try a glazed but those were long gone. I would suggest going early in the morning as they do sell out quickly. They have indoor and outdoor seating available. Friendly and clean environment. Don’t forget when you visit pay it forward and leave a doughnut for another.

Tim’s Too

Is there a restaurant that is just an absolute favorite of your entire family? With a family of mine’s size that really has to be a superb restaurant. That restaurant for us is none other then the famous Tim’s Too!

We make several trips to our favorite stop to eat! You can read about some of them here . This last time we went was even better then the rest. We walk in welcomed like family! The owners son greeting the kids and I with hugs! Marc getting a good firm hand shake!



Jake (the owner’s son) himself gave us just outstanding service. My Favorite thing aboutTim’s Too is that I get to create whatever I would like. I am a very picky eater. I like to see what I am putting in my bowl! I love making sure that nothing I am not a fan of accidentally makes it into my said bowl. At Tim’s your able to load the bowl as you choose. You choose and they fuse.

Watching your food cooked on the flat top out in the open is a real treat. The large picture window makes you able to see this feat from even outside in the patio type seating. Although I am not a drinker I also like to view all the new beers they have stocked. They are always such fun names. So different not at all like the bud and miller choices I am use too.

The sauces are handmade by the owners son. I myself having a selfish allergy wondered if that would limit my choices down to nothing. I was pleased to see it did not. They had a list readily available to let me know what sauces would be okay. They also cook my food separately in a hot wok so there isn’t a chance of cross contamination. The flat bread is absolutly to die for! I always get extra! The up charge being worth each penny. If you haven’t tried them out you surely should. You will not be disappointed.

New Planner!

So I have been searching high and low for the perfect new planner. My timing however wasn’t any good. Apparently planners come out about twice a year. The ones coming out now are for August mostly and directed more towards students.

I was looking for a mommy blogger planner. I didn’t want to get online and print one as I wanted it to be small easy to carry and durable. I wanted it to have lots of space. Space for grocery list and menu planning. A spot for the kids appointments and functions they would need to attend.

I wanted it to have a pocket. For money or coupons of course! I really had it completely envisioned in my head before my search begun. I was not willing to settle for less.

After searching many stores I found it! Inside Barnes and Noble this HUGE book store that I could have been lost in for days without complaint. The Amy Knapp’s Family Planner was absolutely the perfect planner. You can hear more about my adventure in the book store here . The planner has a side tab for menu and grocery list that tears off to easily take into the store! Does it get any cooler than that?

It come equip with stickers for the kids activities and appointments. Amy Knapp’s Planner is the #1 National Bestselling Organizer and frankly I know why! It’s awesome the covers provide the durability that I was hoping for. The front cover even has the pocket that I was so hoping for. It meets all of my needs and then some.

Flint Movie Review

As soon as I seen the movie “Flint” was out I knew I had to see it. As a teenager the family I lived with had most of their family residing in Flint. From 2000-2001 I spent much of my time visiting the town. At the time the Gm plant had recently closed and the economy was taking a nose dive.

My visits were mostly to the church or dinners with the family. I never noticed the poverty that was becoming Flint. It went unnoticed to my teenage eye.

Watching the movie seeing the struggle of the mom’s fighting for their children was an emotional time. I can’t imagine fighting for clean water. Something I see as a right. I mean your surely not intending to pay a water bill for water that isn’t able to be used in any way safely.

I was applaud to see that money could make people rationalize the unsafe water. That it was covered up how ill they made the children. At the same time seeing a group of women come together and make a difference is uplifting. To know that everyday people can make a difference you just must make your voice loud enough.

It was easy for politicians to turn an eye to the iron problem. You could see the chain of command and it’s influence. Money can create such evil in people.

I was happy to see the steps in the direction to fix the problem. Although this will be a long recovery road for Flint. I can’t say I could have stayed and fought like the brave women in the movie. I think I would have gotten my children to safer water before making a stand. What would you have done in their shoes? Watch this amazing movie and tell me!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I had been wanting to see this movie for an entire week. I brought it up a few times throughout trying to find time to squeeze it in. My love for the first Jurassic World made me excited for the second.
When mentioning it to Marc we realized he didn’t see the first one. Later I think he said he may have but even if he did it was so clear he hadn’t remembered it. He would have happily went with but he surely didn’t have the drive or need to see it as me and the girls did.


Somehow we managed the time to watch it together today. I was actually excited for the break in the day that the movie offered. I was very prepared bringing in my sweater shaw as our theater is always a bit more chilly then I like it to be. We all got our popcorn and cotton candy and drinks and found our seats while the movie previews were going. Only about 20 seats were filled.
The movie was pretty much fantastic! I laughed many many times. Owen was even funnier in this one. The new breed of dinosaur created is a total bad a$$. The action was thick and has you on the edge of your seat.
Zia is my favorite character in the movie for sure. She is a little spitfire. I love her heart and love for the animals. When you see the movie I think it will be clearer to why she is just my ultimate favorite. She saves blue!
I thought for a second at the end that this would be the last of them. Then right before the movie cuts it leaves me wondering if there just might be another??? The kids all enjoyed it. Clare (age 13) Hailey age (15) Jacob age (16) all were laughing right along with mom. I enjoyed my break in the relaxing cool theater and would recommend the movie as a must see!

Review For Security Bars

Have you ever been scrolling through face book and come across a post and think oh that would be cool to have? The other day I did just that. I was scrolling my page and a friend had shared these bars that I thought frankly were genius! I haven’t felt safe at my place since I moved in here.
The kids and Marc both had demonstrated how easy it was to penetrate through my locks and door protection. It was a little push and you were into the house. How can you possibly feel safe with that knowledge? Well I couldn’t.
I thought I’d be cute and share the post of the bars. I tagged my boyfriend in them and said babe I need two please! I am not sure he even looked at what the item was before the man had them in the cart. With prime shipping they were due to be at our house in just 24 hours!
Marc sent me a text and told me to look in the Amazon Cart. I missed the hints he was sending to look like three times before he was blunt and said babe check my amazon account orders! I finally picked up on the giant signals he had been sending for many messages. Feeling a bit silly when I looked in the cart and the bars were there.
When they came I taught Allen and Hailey how to use them. Day one they were tried out. I had left and Allen locked the doors with them. Hailey came home before me and tried to break into the house and was not able to. No matter what she tried there was no way to get into the doors. My cheap old doors with janky locks that left me worried all the time were no longer penetrable.


I myself could feel relieved. I was able to get much more sleep. My son and daughter both made comments they are far less worried with them in place. My 7 year old autistic son can no longer answer the door on his own. Which is a HUGE plus. It was scary when he would open the front door while your in the bathroom. I give these bars a 10/10! I love them! I will order another soon to lock the kids out of my bedroom at night!