Making John Hughes Proud at the Skydeck Chicago Sears Tower

So much to love about this post: Chicago being just so beautifully Chicago, my little family, John Hughes, Ferris Bueller, and Ellie doing us all proud. It’s my favorite sponsored post I’ve ever written because it doesn’t feel like a sponsored post. 

First published June 14, 2016

Yes, I said Sears Tower.
Yes, I realize it’s not called the Sears Tower anymore.
No, you won’t ever hear me calling it anything else.
Even in a sponsored post.

When the fine people over at the Skydeck Chicago at the “Sears Tower” asked me if I wanted to come on over to their pad and hang, I was all “sure! Be right over in a few!”
Okay, maybe they didn’t ask if I wanted to “hang” but I feel like that is what the Sears Tower would say to me if we were BFF’s and I do feel like we are BFF’s…

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Favorite Things, Food, Humor, Nonsense

I’m Not Doing Trader Joe Correctly

I hope that doesn't bring a whole new demographic to my blog. But for real, I am doing something wrong at Trader Joes. In that, I don't know what the hell to buy there. Oh sure, I have a few favorites (keep reading) but for the most part, when I walk into a Trader Joes it's… Continue reading I’m Not Doing Trader Joe Correctly


There’s Something Fishy About These Valentines. Get It? Fishy?

I adore everything about this little post…the little handwriting, the little fingers writing out her valentines for her preschool class. Sigh. 
Happy Valentines Day to all of you lovely people. I love you all. 🙂 

First published February 4, 2013

School of Fish Valentines- Perfect for Preschoolers!
I had found these adorable Valentine’s on Pinterest a while back and then I went to the blog where I pinned it from here.
It turns out that she got the idea from an Etsy shop, but the link she provided didn’t lead to anything.
So I went to Etsy and searched for Valentine + Fish + Bowl and it came up with five different shops who sell almost the same item.
I just picked the first one I saw, which happened to be this shop here.
This is the thing: they don’t sell anything but the printable you put INSIDE the bag.
You have to purchase everything else.
So I…

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Hamsters Are Cool-You Should Get One

We miss you, little guy.

I had another post ready to reblog today and then on February 4, our dear, sweet Nibbles passed away in Ella’s arms on the way to the vet sick call hour. 

It’s been a sad week here because he was so much more to us than just a hamster.

Ella said something interesting on the day he died; she told us that he immediately felt lighter after he died. 

“How is that possible? He still has all of his organs”, she said. 

I said it’s because his soul is no longer in there. 

His soul. It had so much weight.

First published September 14, 2018

You really should.

I’ve noticed that since getting a hamster, I have been less stressed out, and just kind of even.

Even, man.

I do believe that our hamster Nibbles is directly responsible for this behavior.

That and it’s just good to have another living…

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Humor, Nonsense, Tater Tots

Sore o nejikomu, watashi wa teitātottsu o tabete iru – pāto 10 (Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Part Ten)

  Ah February, the month of love. Or a ploy by Hallmark. Nonetheless, it is nice to have something to look forward to in the middle of winter. Why not overeat chocolate while staring at flowers that you bought for yourself, because let's be real. So I wanted to do this month's post in a… Continue reading Sore o nejikomu, watashi wa teitātottsu o tabete iru – pāto 10 (Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Part Ten)


Titles Don’t Come Easy You Know

This is the post that introduced the Tater Tot series and also cemented my random at best style of writing. 

First published May 2, 2016

I fear I am at the end of writing this blog.
Maybe it is God gently telling me, it is time Kari. 
Not that time!  Time to stop blogging!

I sat at my computer for a solid ten minutes trying to think of a title for this blog post and that up there is the best that I could think of.
Oh sure, I could have titled this post Miscellaneous or ETC. or Things that Come into My Brain Randomly.
But you expect more from me, don’t you?
I would expect those kinds of titles from a beginning blogger, not from someone entering their seventh year of blogging.
This post is about random crap I am dealing with right now in my life and…

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