I Like Streamin'

By now, I've chewed through every episode of The Walking Dead on Netflix. Loved. Every. Minute. Of. It!

Recently, I was asked by Netflix to join the Stream Team! Ummm...YES!
Words can not express how happy I was to have this little baby delivered to my door! SO HAPPY!

While my kiddos have immersed themselves in The Croods...I have found my new love...House of Cards.
House of Cards
This show...BRILLIANT. BRILLIANT. It's what The Good Wife, and Scandal wish it was. (And I love both of these shows!)

Before I dive into a year of streaming, and family nights, and complete devouring of House of Cards...(One of my friends who is also obsessed, has started texting me "WWFD?" that is "What would Francis do?", because Kevin Spacey is SO AWESOME!)...I wanted to share with you this little clip from my man Kevin speaking on the changing state of TV at The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.
Bottom line, he says that the Netflix model, "demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn't learn -- give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they'll more likely pay for it rather than steal it".

I say, go Netflix! I love House of Cards! I love having access to the shows I want, when and where I want it! I hope Netflix has more series in the works!

I am going to be blogging monthly on what my family and I are streaming, so be ready!  

Are you streaming?

Mariano's Park Ridge is a Real Treat!

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This weather has really gotten to me. It's hard (at least for me) to keep up with the grocery shopping in all this cold, slushy, ice and snow.

We did however get a break in the weather on Tuesday. I think that glowing orb in the sky is what folks out west call the sun. I hopped in the car and headed north a bit to check out the opening of Mariano's Park Ridge!
Mariano's Park Ridge
Since this is a store that was formerly Dominick's, I wondered if it would have all the goodies I've come to expect with Mariano's. I simply had to look no further than the front door to know it did!
Vero Cafe
I am not a coffee drinker, but I will tell you, the hot chocolate at Vero is a creamy dreamy treat! I also can NOT leave the store without a mini gelato. What in this world can you buy for a dollar?! I'll tell you...a mini gelato! (My favorite is coconut...it's like nibbling on summer.)
Mariano's Bakery
Now, I know this will come as a shock to you...but I had never noticed the donuts. They're right next to the bakery...which is a good thing...and a bad thing. How am I supposed to choose between a donut, and a Bella cupcake?! (I know the answer is get both...and I did!)
Mariano's Cheese
 In my opinion, you can never have enough cheese...and I think Mariano's is on the same page. All I can say is so much cheese, so little time. Yes, I had more than one sample. SO good!
chicago mix popcorn
Wait...what?! Are they making Chicago mix popcorn? I just totally lost my train of thought. Best. Stuff. Ever! Nom, nom, nom...
Mariano's Floral
My first introduction to Mariano's was at last year's Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Their flowers blew me away! Mariano's Park Ridge's flower department did not disappoint. It is such a lovely break from this never ending winter we are having!
Mariano's Pizza
It always seems I find myself at Mariano's at lunch. I think, "Oh...I'll pick up lunch while I'm there!" which is darn near impossible! How do you choose between Mariano's pizza, sushi, my favorite Parisian sandwich (ham and brie on a pretzel bun), soup, salad... The choices are literally endless! I almost had pizza...but then I remembered we'll be doing pizza on Thursday. (If you have not treated yourself to Thursday night pizza deal...you really must! You get a full pan pizza, and 2 liter Pepsi product for...wait...for...it...$10!) Long story short...I had my Parisian sandwich. LOVE!
Park Ridge Wine Bar
Straight up...I thought only the city cats were treated to an in store wine bar. Not so! Mariano's Park Ridge has a wine bar! Funny story, the woman toasting in the corner...told me she works at Mariano's Harwood Heights! She took the day off to come over the Park Ridge and celebrate opening day!
Mariano's Park Ridge Offerings
Mariano's Park Ridge is HUGE. I feel like I've only given you a tiny taste of all they have in store for you! If you find yourself in the neighborhood, it really is worth stopping in...
Bob Mariano
...and if you're lucky...you may even get to meet the man himself! I was more than excited to see Bob Mariano in the store greeting customers, making sure opening day went smoothly, and posing for pictures too!

Mariano's has a lot cooking for Chicago in the coming months. There are so many store openings, it's hard to keep up! I am especially looking forward the the new Mariano's on Webster, we are talking full fan girl mode on that one! To find out all that Mariano's has going on, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and check out their website!

Really, USA Speedskaters...Really?!

I am just a teeny tiny recreational Marathon runner. I'm not going to win any Olympic medals. I'm not going to break any records...

But...I know one thing. Never, NEVER try something NEW on RACE DAY. I know it, the guy who heads up my running group knows it. So WHY doesn't the USA Olympic speed skating team know it?!

How can it be that they are blaming their new Under Armour speed suits for their less than stellar performance in the Sochi Olympics so far?

I watched Dan Jansen talking about it last night, and he confirmed that this is the first time they have competed in the suits. The FIRST time! This sounds CRAZY to me! If you trained FOUR YEARS for this one moment in time, WHY would you wear a suit you have never competed in?! I have got to be missing a piece of this story.


Selfie practice

She's better at it than me...and she knows it.

Snow love

At least someone is enjoying the snow. Good thing too...we have a LOT of it!
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