Santa at Louis Joliet Mall!

When I was a kiddo, the mall was where everything happened. If you wanted to meet up with friends...at the mall. If you wanted to grab a quick bite to eat...at the mall. My high school job...at the mall. Whether it was shopping, or socializing, the mall was where we were.
After hearing about the #LJMDigiTree at the Louis Joliet Mall, I was a bit curious...and so were my kiddos!

For us, the best part about it is, it is right smack dab between us up in the city, and my parents, who live downstate. I hate to admit, we don't get downstate as much as I'd like.  Meeting in between makes things SO much easier to do some Christmas shopping together.

My daughter wanted to share her Christmas wish with Santa, and my son wanted to check out the Digi Tree. We hopped in the car, and buzzed down I-55 to check things out.
Wow...there is NO missing this tree...it is HUGE! I know I've delivered when my son stands and stares. They were still setting up last night, so it was in test mode. The tree goes live Wednesday Nov. 26, at 10am. It is a digital tree with panels for posting store deals, events, a photo booth to post selfies...Very interactive and fun!
I don't know what it is with my son, every year, he chickens out on Santa at the last minute *insert big sad face. What's up with that? He LOVES getting presents from Santa, but I can not get my Benny to pay him a visit. Miss Maggie on the other hand, was all about seeing Santa to explain the logistics of him getting her a live elephant this Christmas. Good luck to Santa on that one.
After a quick stop to play...we were ready to pay the man in red a visit.
That Santa is one crafty character. He managed to steer my daughter into a nice stuffed elephant instead of a real elephant. SO much easier on the sleigh...and mommy's living room. THANK YOU Santa!
My daughter had a blast just hanging out and chatting with Santa. We have already targeted our next trip. We are meeting my mom and her adorable dog Tucker Puppy for Paws and Claws pet pictures with Santa at Louis Joliet Mall December 1. How fun is that?!

For a list of all the Holiday Festivities, please check them out on Facebook

You can bet we'll be sending Tucker's picture up to the Digi Tree! Stay tuned! 

*While I was invited to experience the holidays at Louis Joliet Mall, and compensated, all experiences and opinions are my own.


Halloween #StreamTeam Style

Oh woe are we in Chicago.

The kiddos have been hoping for this great weather to hold out through Halloween. Last year, my team when out in a downpour to trick or treat. They got more candy than I could have ever imagined when I was a kiddo. Every house we went too all but dumped their entire bucket of candy into the bags because my kids were one of maybe five who actually went out and trick or treated.

Cut to tomorrow. We're supposed to have 30 degree weather, 20 mile per hour wind, and rain. SO...THAT.

I have no doubt my kiddos will go out. Free candy ya'll, is what my kids will say. They will pile on the coats and head out into the mire to knock on every door and chant, "Trick or Treat!"

I have no doubt the candy will again be in the arena of insanity. That said...when we get home, and kick off our cold wet shoes and curl up in front of the TV to dump out the candy and start the great trading of the loot, we'll most certainly order Chicago pizza, (I am sure I'll be in the mood for a good deep dish after mucking about in the rain all evening.) and turn on Netflix.

I already have the binge watch cued up...The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. AKA Billy and Mandy.
How did I not know that Netflix had this gem in their library?

Mandy is the crabbiest girl you'd ever want to meet. I have NO idea why that speaks to me ;)

They have all 39 episodes, and I am thrilled. (Don't tell the kids, but I may be a little more excited than they are for our Billy and Mandy marathon.)

How about you...are you in warmer territory for Halloween? What are your Halloween plans? Curling up and watching any Netflix?

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a welcome kit which includes a year’s subscription to Netflix. Opinions expressed are my own.


I've become obsessed with movement of water...

That's not entirely true. I've actually become quite interested in freezing it. I took this shot today on my run.
Yes, I take them with my phone. Yes, I edit on my phone. These days, when I run, I'm thinking..."Where is my picture." These waves weren't very big, but in this one corner, they were crashing up. I stood, and waited. There was actually a woman runner behind me, laying on her back, trying to get the perfect shot of the Hancock Building. I was the annoying girl in her way. While I love the sky in this and the fade out color and the ferris wheel in the distance, it's this that I love looking at...
 It looks like glass. I've been looking at it on my phone, all day. Soooo...that...

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