Country Favorites: Summer 2017


Even though it’s technically still spring, summer music is undoubtedly here.

Some of my favorites:

  • Body Like A Back Road (Sam Hunt) Talk about one of those instant feel-good jams. Goin 15 in a 30, I ain’t in no hurry, Imma take it slow just as fast as I can.
  • Craving You (Thomas Rhett & Maren Morris) Two of the top most popular country artists collaborating. What a beautiful thing!
  • Happy People (Little Big Town) This song has the best vibe and super solid lyrics too. Personal favorite line…Happy people don’t fail; happy people just learn.
  • The Fighter (Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood) Am I the only one who has a significant urge to kick-box when I hear this song? I’m still thinking about a full out routine to go with the song…
  • For Her (Chris Lane) Maybe the most adorable song ever-check it out.
  • Greatest Love Story (LANCO) This song is the first LANCO song I ever did hear and let me tell you they just might become a favorite of mine. If you have not yet heard this song, check. it. out.
  • No Such Thing As A Broken Heart (Old Dominion) Another extremely catchy song with excellent lyrics.
  • Round Here Buzz (Eric Church) This is a JAM! I have heard really great things about Eric’s Holding My Own tour and I just just imagine him singing this one live.
  • You Broke Up With Me (Walker Hayes) One of my gym buddies caught me jammmmmmming to this tune last week in my car…I had no idea he was driving in the lane next to me… The tune/lyric combination is on point. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one.

Successful Surprise: Sister Style!


My sister-in-law Melissa turned 25 on February 5, and we celebrated her birthday this weekend!

ImageElizabeth and I planned a surprise party! A group of close family members surprised Mel at a pizza place. We then went to a wine and painting studio (I loved embracing my inner artist!) and we ended the night at a third location for drinks and snacks.

ImageI’m thankful that we got to celebrate Melissa with these people. Happy birthday to my new sister. I hope 25 is a wonderful year!



Maybe I should have been a bit more discerning with this blog title. I mean, I trip almost daily so technically most days are a tripiversary in some way, shape, or form for me. But with tripiversary, I was going for one-year-ago-at-this-time-I-was-taking-a-trip-to-Italy.

I started this WordPress blog in order to post while in Italy; [un]fortunately Italian WiFi isn’t the world’s best so I wasn’t able to post as much as I initially wanted to.

I took a lot of pictures, though, so here are a few favorites:


Venice is fabulous. “The City on Stilts” consists of so many bridges as all of the buildings are between water. And the color of the water! I’ve never seen such a rich green-blue.


I consider this picture among my favorites from the trip. Five of us climbed so many stairs to view the city of Florence from up above. What a wonderful sight!


Italy: the one country where your bus can break down in any given town and you can stay there for hours and it’s still beautiful and lovely. Oh, and I was in pretty great company, too, which always improves random down-times.


The Colosseum was larger, and more magnificent, and more special than I’d ever anticipated. Simply amazing!

I am tempted to post several more pictures, but I think you get the idea: I loved Italy…I loved this trip…I loved the people and the places and the sweet memories that all bundle together when I think of Italy.

As the Italians would say, ciao! xoxo

Like You Got Anywhere Better To Be


I went downtown on Saturday! Sometimes, planning a day downtown Chicago seems like too much of a burden and I end up stuck in the suburbs all weekend. Maybe the key is to do what we did-plan last minute! My friend Brittany hit me up earlier Saturday morning asking if I wanted to go. Our friend Sara joined us, too, and we met up with some other college friends for dinner and Starbucks.

ImageDespite the blurriness, I’m actually a fan of this artsy picture. My friends are stylish, which helps 🙂

Brittany, Sara and I had a real good time shopping at H&M. In hindsight, it’s probably a good thing that all the stores were closing as we were shopping… otherwise more damage might have been done.