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26 “TO DOs” for this Winter

I’ve heard rumors that this is going to be a very snowy and extremely cold winter. Awesome. To help the winter fly by, here is a list of 26 things I’d love to do this winter:

  1. Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo
  2. Go to a Blackhawks Game
  3. Ice Skate at Millennium Park
  4. Go sledding
  5. Go to a Bulls Game
  6. Have a cocktail at the Signature Room
  7. Have tea at The Drake
  8. Break 150 bowling
  9. Have a snowball fight
  10. Build a snowman
  11. Go skiing
  12. Kiss under the mistletoe
  13. Try a Peppermint Mocha
  14. Go to a movie at the theater
  15. Host a movie night
  16. Check out the latest Second City show
  17. Host a game night
  18. Buy tickets to a Broadway show
  19. Visit the Field Museum
  20. Take a cooking class
  21. Spend an entire day watching Lifetime movies
  22. Host a family party
  23. Drink coffee + Bailey’s or hot cocoa + Peppermint Schnapps or both!
  24. Bake Grandma Petersen’s amazing cookies
  25. Go out for the Iowa Hawkeyes bowl game
  26. Spend a day in Glencoe


26 Fave Holiday Songs

We made it through Thanksgiving folks, which means many things. One of my favorites? It is now socially acceptable to listen to holiday music!! Holler!

26 of my favorite holiday songs:

  1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
  2. Sarah McLachlan – Song For A Winter’s Night
  3. N*SYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
  4. Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  5. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  6. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
  7. Taylor Swift – Last Christmas
  8. Amy Grant – Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)
  9. Michael Buble – Let It Snow
  10. Glee Cast – We Need A Little Christmas
  11. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
  12. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon
  13. Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone – Baby It’s Cold Outside
  14. Christmas Vacation – Theme Song
  15. Christina Aguilera – This Christmas
  16. Britney Spears – My Only Wish
  17. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  18. Faith Hill – Where Are You Christmas
  19. Kenny G – Sleigh Ride
  20. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
  21. Mariah Carey – Joy To The World
  22. Hanson – What Christmas Means To Me
  23. U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  24. Madonna – Santa Baby
  25. John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
  26. Band Aid – Do They Know Its Christmas

Any holiday music amazing-ness that I missed?  Fill me in, yo!


Special Edition: 26 Things I’m Thankful For…

Countdown: 3 days until Thanksgiving

‘Tis the season to be thanksful!

26 things I am so so thankful for:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Health
  4. Faith
  5. Job
  6. Apartment
  7. Co-Workers
  8. Blog
  9. Travel
  10. Home (Bettendorf, Iowa)
  11. Cooking
  12. My Education
  13. Roommate
  14. Independence
  15. Pinterest
  16. City Life
  17. DVR
  18. Workouts
  19. Music
  20. Groupon
  21. Baking
  22. My Car
  23. Facebook
  24. Movie Nights
  25. Ice Cream
  26. My siiiiiiiiick dance moves.

What are you thankful for?

26 places in the U.S. I’d love to visit

Despite the fact that I was just in Dallas and Minneapolis, I’m itching to travel again. Somewhere. Anywhere. And so…

26 places within the U.S. I’d love to visit (in no particular order)

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. San Diego, California
  5. Washington D.C.
  6. Nashville, Tennessee
  7. Charleston, South Carolina
  8. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
  9. Portland, Oregon
  10. Miami, Florida
  11. San Antonio, Texas
  12. Boston, Massachusetts
  13. Scottsdale, Arizona
  14. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming
  15. Anywhere in Montana
  16. Kauai, Hawaii
  17. Atlanta, Georgia
  18. New Orleans, Louisiana
  19. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  20. Anchorage, Alaska
  21. Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri
  22. Key West, Florida
  23. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  24. Sonoma/Napa Valley, California
  25. Park City, Utah
  26. Grand Canyon in Arizona

Any other recommendations?

26 Amazing Fads

Being the daughter of a marketing expert, I am always up-to-date on the latest fad products.  Here are 26 of my fave fad products, past their prime.  And let’s be real… you know you loved them:

  1. Furbies
  2. Crystal Pepsi
  3. Tamegachi/Nano Pets
  4. Lunchables
  5. Tickle Me Elmo
  6. Beanie Babies
  7. Pogs
  8. Chia Pet
  9. Shake Weight
  10. Slap Bracelets
  11. Sudoku
  12. Gak
  13. Littlest Pet Shop
  14. Doc Martins
  15. Pop rocks
  16. Skip-It
  17. Trolls
  18. Caboodles
  19. The Macarena
  20. Ring pops
  21. Lava Lamps
  22. Nickelodeon game shows
  23. Jelly shoes
  24. Lip smackers
  25. Ecto Coolers
  26. Fun Dip

Any great fads I’m leaving out? Remind me!

26 Amazing Experiences I’ve had around the States and the World!

  1. Surfed in Costa Rica.
  2. Hiked the Upper Yosemite Falls trail at Yosemite National Park in California.
  3. Went to my first opera in Sydney, Australia
  4. Watched my brother graduate law school in St. Louis
  5. Went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida with my cousins.
  6. Walked the Hollywood Walk of Fame in LA
  7. Cruised past the Statue of Liberty in NYC
  8. Skied in Vail, Colorado
  9. Drank wine in Napa Valley, California.
  10. Saw Gaudi architecture and design in Barcelona, Spain
  11. Went to Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
  12. Rode a trolley car in San Francisco, California.
  13. Hiked the Outback in Darwin, Australia
  14. Zip-lined in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico … twice
  15. Went to the NASCAR hall of fame in Charlotte, North Carolina
  16. Climbed to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England
  17. Rode the Peddle Tavern in Milwuakee, Wisconsin
  18. Tailgated in Iowa City, Iowa – Go Hawks!
  19. Built a church in Matamoros, Mexico
  20. Party rocked in Vegas
  21. Swam with dolphins in Cabo, Mexico
  22. Went sky diving in Des Moines, Iowa
  23. Saw a million penguins in Antarctica
  24. Visited to Colonial Williamsburg in Hampton Roads, Virginia
  25. Went tubing in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
  26. Bunjee Jumped in Cairns, Australia

26 things that most people already know about me

  1. I grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa.
  2. I graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
  3. I’m a Christian.
  4. Summer is my favorite season.
  5. I lived in Sydney, Australia for 6 months studying abroad.
  6. I’ve skydived twice and bungee jumped once.
  7. I live in downtown Chicago.
  8. My first job ever was selling souvenirs and concessions at Quad Cities River Bandits baseball games – Single-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
  9. My first job out of college was a Sales Assistant for HGTV & DIY Network.
  10. I currently work at Groupon as a Sales Rep, setting up daily deals in Miami.
  11. I’ve only lost two people really close to me – Papa Tolf (Mom’s dad) and Grandma Pete (Dad’s mom).
  12. I have a Godson, Dominick – he’s 8 and the coolest kid ever.
  13. I believe in karma.
  14. I danced from the age of 3 to 22.
  15. My favorite TV show is The Parenthood.
  16. My guilty pleasure TV show is Gossip Girl.
  17. I sleep a lot but am always tired.
  18. I am strict about eating healthy/working out.
  19. I am the worst liar.
  20. I’ve never broken a bone.
  21. I’m extremely clean and tidy in my apartment.
  22. I’ve been in love once.
  23. My first car was a 1991 white LeBaron convertible.
  24. My current car is a red Ford Escape named Pookey.
  25. I ran my first half marathon in September 2010 – the Chicago Half Marathon.
  26. I LOVE to travel.