travels // galena, IL.

I have a love affair with the small town of galena, IL. it is a place my parents would take me as a kid. but I’ve only become fonder of as an adult. any chance to stop, I do.

thankfully, [J] & I had to take the “long way home” on sunday [coming back from chicago], and galena was conveniently in our path. I somehow convinced [J] that I was absolutely starving & we needed to stop for dinner just about the time we approaching galena. and I got my wish, we dined at the galena brewing company. and took a brief walk down the main street. [even pulled off the highway for a quick landscape snapshot].

it is literally magical.

if you have not been to galena, IL is time to start planning your trip. there are great restaurants, wineries, breweries, amazing shopping, historical landmarks galore, beautiful scenery. even better, it’s great during all seasons.

[especially in the fall, when the leaves are changing].

travels // galena, IL c/o

travels // galena, IL c/o

travels // galena, IL c/o

travels // galena, IL c/o

travels // galena, IL c/o

travels // galena, IL c/o

travels // galena, IL c/o

happy wednesday.

a week with my parents.

last friday morning:

[J] & I got in the car, got our dunkin, and he drove me halfway to my parent’s house..

say hello to Galena, IL: the cutest little town near the mississippi river. with wineries, breweries, boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. me + Galena .. a love, love relationship!

then my mother & I drove to my beloved hometown. and here is what has happened since I arrived …

I was greeted by my fur-baby: meeko. [I adopted him 5 years ago, he currently temporarily lives with my parents].

then I had the joy of attending 4 baseball games; the 1st four days of my visit [my parents “house” two players this summer]. cheers!

we went on a family walk through the woods. [I had my first TICK encounter. I might not enter the woods again. true].

we enjoyed a night OUT.

we went out for mexican + margarita pitchers [please note: my father’s zip-up philly’s jersey. can you say throwback?]

and father’s day,of course, at the baseball park.

now what: an entirely new level of excitement to my hometown …the boyfriend, mr. [J] is coming to town today. to visit for a couple days.

then we’re headed back to the land of abraham lincoln [illinois].


this will serve as my “week in photos” post, but I will post a recap of the weekend on monday. so everyone …

have a grrrrreat weekend.


welcome summer :)

Fall: defined.


I could not be more excited to welcome fall. I love this time of year – the weather, the activities, the food & drinks ..all perfection. When I think of fall, I think of …

Tailgating …

Can you say amazingly, delicious finger food, an insane assortment of alcoholic beverages, and entertaining company! :)

Football …

Obviously I root for my alma mater – the University of Iowa. Go Hawkeyes!

[Absolute fall perfection] – the atmosphere of being at a football game, or at a bar cheerin’ for your team, or laying on the couch on a NFL football Sunday.

Road trips …

I love, love, love a good fall road trip <3.

chicago – the magic bean.
But the absolute best fall road trip – Galena, IL. In my family, when fall rolls around a trip to Galena is essential. The historic, little town is a destination all year ..but it is really beautiful when outlined by the fall-shaded leaves! [Yup, just made up “fall-shaded“. Defined by – the crazy, bright reds and oranges the leaves change only in the fall]. Say hello to great restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops, pretty riverwalk, breweries, and my mom & I’s favorite ..the wineries! [To be specific: the wine tasting at Galena Cellars on Main Street. Try the Oktoberfest. Yum!]
Galena, IL

Halloween …

What is more fun than a holiday that incoporates dressing up, carving pumpkins, and eating too much candy?

stencils are a must for me.

Loofah or cotton candy? The question of the decade, really.


Now that I am no longer in college and living on the East coast, my definition of fall will need to be updated a bit. You better believe I am flying home [in TEN days] to get my Hawkeye tailgating fix. And since I’m not making the millions [yet] and can’t fly back for every single game ..I will be rootin’ for the Hawks from NY. I am also wearing green this season, rootin’ for the NY Jets – what, what!! :) And I can’t get in my car & drive to Galena this fall ..(I don’t have a car & Galena is approximately 960 miles away) but I am planning some road trips [ie. Boston, Philly]. I’m ready for the change’s not better, just different.

Happy Fall :)