Summer is Coming!

As I look to the upcoming events of the summer, I realized that it’s going to be busy and awesome. We will be visiting family for weddings, graduations and baby showers. While also getting visited by parents to explore Chicago in its prime.

Coming up this summer are some anticipated adventures like: the World’s Largest Yard Sale (goes through 6 states) and The Farm Chicks Show in Spokane. Jake and I have been big garage-sale-goers since we started dating. We love turning old, worn treasures into something special for our home. My mom is also launching her store front this summer called Saturday Mornings. She is the ultimate treasure-finder! We plan to rummage until our legs are jello and our trailer is brimming with goodies.

What do you all have planned for the summer? Any events where I should make an appearance?

Here’s the scoop on some of my big summer events:

:::THE FARM CHICKS SHOW:::

June 6th-7th: Spokane, WA

My mom went to this event last year, she said it was full of people selling their own crafted items, antique finds and much more. It’s still a pretty new event but has been growing quickly.  It is an $8 cash fee to get in per day.  This show is an extra bonus to the main event being able to see my brother Evan at Mission Aviation School! Hoping he takes me up for a ride :).

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:::World’s LARGEST Yard Sale:::

August 6th-9th

Here are a few images that give you a taste of what this adventure is all about. It’s 690 miles of people, food, junk and hidden treasures. These images were found on Pinterest. I hope by the end of this summer I can equip you with a full guide to conquering this adventure. And also supply you with some great photos.

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:::CHICAGO FESTIVALS:::

Obviously, Chicago Festivals are going to be a key part to our summer. I love Chicago’s love for the summer months. People take full advantage of the warm weather here.

Click the picture to see a full schedule:

Chicago Festival Schedule

We can’t wait for Venice, possibly China to see my sister-in-law, and Montana too! I would love to hear some suggestions on what events to put into the summer schedule for either this year or next!

Also —-coming in the next week will be a City Guide to Brussels, Belgium!

Happy Adventures,

Erika

New Orleans, LA– An Awesome Place to Celebrate!

We celebrated our 1 YEAR wedding anniversary on October 24th! It feels like yesterday that we were saying our vows…that’s so cliché but so unbelievably true. I’m sure I’ll say that every year. Jake had never been to New Orleans, and I had been once on a layover. He picked the location about a week before, we found this Airbnb and off we went!

NOLA felt like another country to me. Only a two hour plane ride, and it seemed like we were transported to another world. This is why I say that–the food is like nothing I have ever eaten, the people are unique (friendly, eclectic, and move to the beat of their own drum), and the buildings and homes stand out in color, shape and size. I loved it.

Our trip ended up going like this:
Day 1

  • Early morning arrival, taxi to Airbnb (All taxis are a flat rate $33 for 1-2 people, no meters involved)
  • Drop suitcases at the home and cruise on our complimentary bikes to the French Market.
  • Grab an ice cream Daiquiri at the Gazebo Cafe.
  • Stroll the streets of the French Quarter.
  • Chow down on some Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red beans & Rice and Fried Chicken at Coop’s Place for lunch.
  • Stop at every corner to listen, as the Jazz fills your ears.
  • Ride back to our Airbnb to freshen up (we heard people stay out to 3-4am, so we had to get prepared).
  • Hit Frenchmen Street all night long, hopping from bar to bar. *You will be amazed at all the talent and variety!!
  • We had our late night dinner at a Cafe Negril–which is a bar with awesome music and food was surprisingly delicious! Shrimp Tacos…yum yum.
  • Between the two nights, we probably hit most of the spots on this street… the BMC (Balcony Music Club) had a great line up. The drinks are priced a little too high there, but the band was incredible.

Day 2

  • Start the morning at Cafe Du Monde for a pile of powder sugar and a delicious French donut (famous for their coffee and beignets).
  • Explore a new neighborhood. We rode to the neighborhood of Bywater.
  • They were having the Mirliton Festival that weekend. Who knows what a Mirliton is? Not me…guess it’s a vegetable! Ha
    • The festival was dedicated to this forgotten vegetable! All the food dishes had it creatively used, there was even a guy dressed up as a Mirliton! It was awesome. More Jazz, art, jewelry and unique finds too!
  • We spent a lot of the morning and afternoon getting to know Bywater…staring at homes, perusing shops and always eating & drinking.
  • Next, it was time for Oysters at ACME. Just do it. (Also the Seafood Étouffée was phenomenal).
  • More exploring and a few French Market purchases later, we were coming to the end of our second night.
  • The Frenchmen Street was still the scene on the second night too. They also had a little ‘market’ in a parking lot off of Frenchman St. Where again, you can find little handmade treasures to take home as souvenirs!

Overall, an awesome place to celebrate, forget about work, and surround yourself with sunshine and good people. Move New Orleans to the top of your destination wish list!

<Here are the pictures that follow the events from above>

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Happy Adventures,

Erika