Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events' #StreamTeam

The kids and I took a trip over the holiday. We checked into the hotel and enjoyed the pool. It's SO cold in Chicago, that sitting at the side of a warm steamy hotel pool is a slice of Heaven. After a yummy dinner, we went back to the room, snuggled in the giant bed and fired up Netflix.

I had early access to Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events'. Maggie has read the books and we were all very excited to see Neil Patrick Harris as the creepy Count Olaf. There is nothing better than curling up with the kids, having nothing on our to do list but binge some Netflix. This show did NOT disappoint!

The show starts with Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning us NOT to watch what we are about to watch. This concerned Benny a bit, but I explained to him we'd just give it a chance and if it scared him, we'd turn it off. Thankfully, it was just the right amount of entertainment and foreboding to keep us all watching.
Even though this isn't in any way an animated show, we all felt it had a Tim Burton quality about it. A dark, oddness surrounds the movie and the characters encountered by the Baudelaire children.

While the kids loved the show and a couple of characters I can't mention here, they found the adults infuriating. "Why don't they see he's clearly a bad man trying to steal their money?" "Why doesn't anyone listen to the  Baudelaire's?" (Between you and I, it's a bit how I felt about a certain Presidential election, but that's another story.)

Look for the FANTASTIC guest performances. They are gems sprinkled through out season 1. I both adored and wanted to shake Joan Cusack's wacky judge character.

Get ready to fire up your Netflix, Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events' drops Jan 13!

Dylan's Candy Bar Chicago - Sweet Events!

The kids and I see movies a lot. Especially now that it's so cold. It's the perfect weekend afternoon activity. We take the 151 bus down Michigan Avenue, get off at Nordstrom and head to River East 21. On the way home, the kids always say, "Can we go to Dylan's Candy Bar ... Please, Please, PLEASE!" (I always say yes.)
I find Dylan's Candy Bar to be quite delightful. Sometimes I let them have a candy spree. Sometimes we go to the cafe and have hot chocolates. My personal favorite is the nostalgia candy they have in the back of the store. SO many goodies there!
Recently, I found out you can have events at Dylan's. Maggie's birthday is not until July, but we are already planning on having it at Dylan's.
Check out what the kids ordered at the cafe! OH. MY. YUM!
They ate ... and ate ... and ATE!
Is there such a thing as too much sweetness? I think not!

Check out Dylan's for your next event, or find them on Facebook and Instagram for some yum!

I've Been On A Journey #StreamTeam

It has taken me a long time to get there. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure we ever actually GET there.

Let me word this a different way. I've come to the conclusion that I don't need more. What I actually need, is less. I've been holding on to things that I don't use for reasons I can't understand. When I saw The Minimalists had a new documentary, I binged it immediately. Then I binged it again.

What I have learned is this "THINGS do NOT bring us happiness." I entered the holidays with a mindset of "buy experiences not things." With that, I bought my daughter orchestra seats for Hamilton. (That's another story.) These tickets will be a memory that lives with her forever.  Much longer than any toy or clothing I could have purchased.

I've also been on a tear to get rid of stuff in my house. I think I've scared my family, and I'm trying not to purge any of their stuff in my fury to create white space. Here's my bedroom. This brings me joy.
There's basically nothing left in it. Nothing under the bed. Nothing on the floor. Just a space to sleep, dedicated to relaxation. Would you like to see what left? (I knew that you would!)
This was all just taking up space in the closet. I literally couldn't remember the last time I wore any of it. It had to go.
I really don't know how or why I ended up with so many pairs of shoes. How many pairs of shoes can one person own? SO much stuff I haven't worn in so long. It's ridiculous.
My first round brought out 4 garbage bags to the Salvation Army, followed by another 3.

I know minimalism is not just about getting rid of stuff. For me, it's about creating more space. All of the things in my house were weighing me down. I did the fastest KonMari Method ever. I'd look at it, hold it, if it didn't bring me joy, it had to go. That's it. "Does it bring me joy?" "Nope." "It's gotta go."

I'm by no means done with my purge, but I'm making progress. Is anyone else downsizing the load heading into the new year? I'm so curious to hear.

*I also need to mention 2 series that dropped on Netflix over the break. 

First, The OA. I loved it. I binged it so fast it was over before I knew it. It's kind of like a grown up Stranger Things. I was definitely left wanting more. I hope Netflix brings it back for a season 2.

Second, Travelers. Let's start by saying I love Eric McCormack! Love him! This sci-fi thriller is out there for sure, but I loved every second of it. This one left me wanting more NOW too. I don't know what Netflix has planned for it, but I need season 2 yesterday.

Third, I just started The Fall. So far, so good!
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