Washington, D.C.: Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, & More

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Travel

Washington, D.C.: Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, & More

I’ve been to the Washington, D.C. area many times, but up until now, hadn’t done the tourist thing. The first time I visited the area was back in 1998 when I was visiting a friend in Alexandria, Virginia. I don’t even remember if we went to Washington to see the sites or not–it was more about us spending time with one another than it was about seeing historic items. But that was then and this is now. I am an avid reader and historian, so of course during my latest trip to the area, I wanted to fit in some time to see the things I’ve always seen in pictures and on television, but never up close. I was actually visiting the Baltimore, Maryland area, but managed to get into the beltway to see some of the monuments and such that everyone should see in person at least once in a lifetime. It wasn’t a planned outing per se (so I didn’t have my “good” camera with me and had to take pics with my iPhone), but it was still nice to see the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Vietnam and World War Two Memorial up close and personal. I took this photo of the Washington Monument from our rental car. It is surely sight to behold. I was told this was the best place to take a photo whlist “in front” of the Washington Monument. I took this photo after we parked and actually got out to walk the area. I got up close and personal with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. So many names. It was a very moving experience. Lincoln. Enough said. This is my failed attempt at a selfie with Lincoln. Gahhh! I took this shot with my iPhone, and it came out beautifully. This the the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the site of the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech. We also visited the World War II Memorial, located by the Reflecting Pool.It opened in April of 2004 and features a monument devoted to each state who contributed soldiers during World War II. This is the top of the entryway into the memorial. Sadly, I didn’t get to view the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which is located in a different area. The plan was to go back the next day, but we ended up not being able to. I vow to make sure to visit it on my next trip to the area. And of course, I will be sharing the photos here. What is your favorite historical place to visit when in Washington,...

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Tips on How to Survive the Taste of Chicago

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Food

Tips on How to Survive the Taste of Chicago

A sure sign that summer has hit Chicago is the annual Taste of Chicago. Whether you live here in Chicago or another city, everyone knows about the “Taste”, as we affectionately call it. It’s the time when millions of people converge on Grant Park for a chance to sample some of Chicago’s best cuisines.  It’s also a time to come out and listen to some of the biggest music acts in the business. As the years have gone by the Taste has changed a great deal, while I can’t lie and say I don’t miss the old days, I understand that things do change. This year the Taste will be held from July 9-13, along with good food, artists such as Janelle Monáe, AWOLNATION and more will be preforming under the Petrillo Music Shell. With so much going on, here are AWIP’s tips for surviving the Taste of Chicago. Weather: It gets pretty humid in Chicago, there is nothing worse than crowds and extremely humid weather. To combat the hot temperatures wear bright, lightweight fabrics and super comfortable shoes. If you plan on spending more than a couple of hours at the Taste, I suggest bringing a cooler full of ice and cold beverages. This will help you from spending a small fortune on drinks. I’ve literally spent more money on drinks trying to stay cool than food. Crowds: If you aren’t one for crowds, I suggest attending the Taste early in the day, in fact I suggest going when the Taste first opens. Not only will this ensure fresh food, but you will be able to move around more freely. The later in the day the more people that will be in attendance. Portion Size: If  you are anything like me than you want to try as much as possible, I suggest getting the smaller portions so that your tickets will go a lot further. Then once you decide on your favorites, you can the splurge on your favorite foods. Transportation: Take the train down to Grant Park, it will save you a ton on parking and time. Tickets: Purchase your food tickets in advance.  Believe me, you don’t want to stand in those long lines trying to get tickets, purchase them in advance. Lastly, don’t forget to bring your sanitizer, I’m just obsessive like that so make sure you have something to properly clean your hands. Also, I suggest getting toilet seat covers if  you plan on staying a while, I like to wear short dresses in case I need to use the port to potty.  I’m just weird like that. So now you have the run of the mill, remember to plan your trip and pace yourself. This festival is all about eating good food while enjoying time with the people you love. Location: Grant Park Jackson & Columbus Chicago, IL 60602 Hours: 11am-9pm: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am-9pm: Saturday and...

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Memorial Day Weekend on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Travel

Memorial Day Weekend on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City

During Memorial Day Weekend, I trekked to Atlantic City for some casino fun and to take the scene and sites on the Boardwalk. I’ve been many places, but never got the opportunity to visit New Jersey and Atlantic City—until now. Some would say that AC is a “poor man’s Vegas”, but I would disagree. As much as I love Vegas, Atlantic City gave me the opportunity to see a different perspective. Yes, there were plenty of casinos and shopping and entertainment, much like Sin City, but Atlantic City has one thing Vegas does not—a beach. And when you have the Jersey Shore complete with awesome weather and a holiday weekend, you are sure to have a good time. I didn’t get a chance to make it to the Boardwalk until my last full day in Atlantic City. Which was perfect because the weather was ideal, not too hot and not too cold. And there were plenty of tourists like myself taking in the sights. On the Boardwalk, you are greeted by casinos, restaurants, and such, plus there is a ferris wheel and rides for the entire family. And if that doesn’t interest you, you can always head to the beach for some fun in the sun. After Hurricane Sandy, I was told that a lot had to be rebuilt in terms of the boardwalk and the Jersey Shore. Patronizing the area made me feel at one with the residents and people who often visit the area, and I am so happy that the area is back up and running again. What would be do without The Boardwalk? Here are a few photos that I was able to take whilst on the Boardwalk:         Also, while in Atlantic City, you totally feel like you are a part of the game Monopoly. Many of the streets in Atlantic City and around the Boardwalk are the same streets mentioned in the game. It’s fun to try to guess the colors that went along with the street names. Many of the streets in #AtlanticCity are familiar. They are the same streets in the game Monopoly. #travel pic.twitter.com/FAZECW1Tc9 — Danyelle Little (@TheCubicleChick) May 23, 2014...

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Travel Sized Beauty Made Simple with Sephora’s Beauty on the Fly

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Style, Travel

Travel Sized Beauty Made Simple with Sephora’s Beauty on the Fly

As a self-proclaimed beauty enthusiast, I have found it sometimes hard to be able to travel with everything I need without overpacking. A girl has to have her products for her hair, her skin, plus makeup, and shower and body essentials. It can be overwhelming. Which is why the beauty professionals at Sephora have made it easier to get the items you need in a small size perfect for travel. Feast your eyes on Sephora’s newest beauty enclave within their store: Beauty on the Fly. Previously, it was the area right before the cashier stations that allowed you to get small and sample sizes of some of your favorite beauty products. Now, it is enhanced for all of us Fly Mamas out there who are always on the go. It features a wide range of beauty essentials that are travel sized and TSA compliant.   And what’s even better, when you buy three products from the Beauty on the Fly area, you get a TSA compliant see-through travel bag to put everything in—for free. It’s perfect for travel, and can be taken out of your carry on and screened in a snap. During a recent trip to Sephora, I perused the Beauty on the Fly area and found it to have just about everything a girl needs to stay fabulous while she is globe-trotting. Everything from dry shampoo, to argan oil, you name it, Sephora’s Beauty on the Fly has it. And everything is reasonably priced, too. So forget those regular size beauty accouterments at home. Sephora’s got your back with their Beauty on the Fly zone. Oh, and if you didn’t know, Sephora will send you home with hand-packed samples of just about anything they have in the store at no charge. That is also a good way to get a small amount of product for a trip if need be....

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