It is so sweet to be a Chicago Cubs fan!

I get excited when two things I love meet up. Fannie May is the official chocolate for the Chicago Cubs! It makes being a fan so sweet!

Here are some sweet morsels about Fannie May:

  •  Fannie May started in 1920
  •   During WWII when other candy companies decided to change their ingredients, Fannie May did not. They closed early instead of sacrificing their quality.
  • The Pixie which is their best seller was invented in 1946
  • Fannie May makes over 100 different confections and continues to develop new and innovative flavor profiles for their customers.
  •  Fannie May’s standards of excellence include maintaining our product’s high quality by requiring special handling during storage and display.

Since I dropped those morsels for you. I wanted to let you know what your options are when ordering these wonderful confections. You can create your own mix with whatever your heart desires in them, or you can purchase ready made tins with some favorites! Want to be the talk of the party?

I suggest the Chicago Cubs tin.

You can find under the occasions tab, then select Chicago Cubs tin. It has five of the Fannie May favorites. It is3.9 lbs of chocolate bliss. Your friends will thank you and the host can keep the tin, you just made your gift a twofer(you are welcome). If you’re thinking that’s too much chocolate (ha who really says that?!) why not try a the Mint Meltaways Wrigley Tin. It has 10.75 oz of minty bliss!

Are you the host of the party and want to give an awesome thank you gift? Put a Cubbies bar in their goody bag!

Want to send a little something sweet to a Cubs fan? I’d recommend the Wrigley Field Mix! It has Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes, Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Truffles, Dark Chocolate Toasted Marshmallow, and Milk Chocolate Caramel Presents.

I know I gave you a lot to choose from, but honestly you cannot go wrong with Fannie May. What a fun way to celebrate Fannie May and the Chicago Cubs.

That is definitely worth flying the “W”!

*facts pulled from FannieMay.com

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Christkindlemarket Chicago

It’s that time of year again. Grab your warm attire and get ready to celebrate Christmas in Chicago, German style!

For those of you who are not familiar with one of Chicago’s most popular traditions, Christkindlmarket is located in Daley Plaza for a few short weeks in November and December. Vendors from Germany, the United States, and other areas of the world set up shop and create a holiday wonderland.

Christkindlmarket is an old German tradition that began in Nurnberg, Germany. Vendors sell their specialty items from their stalls at these Christmas markets. Patrons walk the market admiring goods and purchasing items to add to their holiday decor and traditions.

Chicago has adopted this tradition and invites vendors from all over to participate. It’s a wonderful experience; you can shop and also speak to the friendly vendors who love sharing stories about their home town and how much they look forward to coming to Chicago to show off their goods. I love coming here and truly enjoy it. I do understand how overwhelming it can seem since it’s in the heart of Chicago during a busy time of year, so here are my tips to making your visit an enjoyable one!

1) Tanya’s Parking Tip

If you are traveling from the suburbs and you have kids under 7, I would suggest skipping public transportation and park your car in a nearby garage. A way to save money ahead of time at a nearby garage is to download the Spothero app. This will pin point areas with affordable parking, for any budget. I was able to find parking a block away for $13 and was able to stay parked for over 10 hours. Make sure you download this before parking in a garage. Sign up with SpotHero and save $5.

2) Christkindl with Kids: Kinder Speil

Kids can play a passport game. Before, you begin stop by the information stand and grab a passport for your kids. This is an awesome experience, you get to look at all the vendor’s goods and your kids are looking for the stands with the passport sign marked. It’s a win for all.

3) Staying Warm

Drink the traditional Gluehwine with or without alcohol. This always reminds me of when I was a kid growing up in Germany and going to the local Christkindle Markets. I had the Kinder Gluehwine (non alcoholic) and would walk the area trying to find an ornament for myself.

4) Eat up

I understand it is a little scary trying different food and it’s tempting to go somewhere else to eat, but I recommend eating at the market. There are lots of items to choose from; it could be a traditional Bratwurst on a bun, or something more extreme like a German favorite Mett (raw pork or beef minced with bacon on a bun). I am not a fan of Mett, but I remember my Mother eating this on occasion growing up in Germany. I decided to have curry wurst with fries. The portions are great and my four year old and I shared the dish and then went to get some dessert.

5) See where the vendors are from?

Take a moment and look outside the stall. There you will see where the vendor is from. I was so happy to find one from my birth town!

I was able to speak to them in German and get to tell them how I came to the United States and how I know the language. The vendors are so happy to be there and love talking about their hometowns. It is not often you can get the authenticity of certain country traditions, but Chicago got it correct by having Germans come here from Germany and showing a little piece of their world with local Americans.

6) Say Danke

Have a little bit of fun and say Danke (pronnounced dahn-ka) which is Thank you or say Hallo (prononnuced hollow) which means Hello in German. It makes the shopping experience more fun.

7) Shop until you drop!

Take notice of all the handmade trinkets and ornaments. My Son and I bought some wood ornaments from Munich and a glass blown ornament from Poland.

I love Christmas and how magical it is, and Christmas time in Germany was really special. I am beyond thrilled that Chicago has brought a piece of home close to me and allowed me to show my son how I grew up, and also share memories of doing the same thing with my parents. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Fröhliche Weihnachten! (Merry Christmas)

Meet #33 from the Chicago Bears

I was recently invited to Macy’s semi-annual men’s fashion event with a special guest appearance by Chicago Bears Running back Jeremy Langford.


Guests experienced models showing off the latest fashion trends. Keeping the energy up there was a DJ spinning top 40 songs.


If you needed a break from shopping, there was a virtual reality oculus Google game. It allowed guests to step into their football field or rollercoaster in a virtual experience.


Guests could stop by the Michale Kors Men’s Shop where they could enter and win a Michael Kors shopping spree. There was also a chance to win custom shoes by The Sole Revival. The first 150 guests who spent $35 or more had the chance to have a meet and greet with Jeremy Langford. There he took time to answer questions and receive and autograph.

I had the opportunity to ask Jeremy a couple questions.


Tanya Abbey: “How do you separate being Jeremy Langford Chicago Bears running back, to Jeremy Langford who works for the Chicago Bears?”

Jeremy Langford: “Matt Forte taught me that, you should never take anything for granted and that no matter where you are, you are always representing the Chicago Bears and that you should always show your best. You are a brand yourself and you need to put your best foot forward.”

TA: “How do you find time to wind down and stay humble, you are on a huge stage where everyone pays attention and wants to get your attention at all times. How do you wind down and turn off the public figure and become a private citizen?”

JL: “I stay grounded by keeping my family and friends close, they keep me humble and they don’t let me get away with anything.”

Jeremy also added that he understood that his time in the spotlight is short lived and enjoys every minute of it, because he knows once it is gone he will miss it. The few minutes I got to spend with him, proves just that. He isn’t just a running back. He is a very down to earth person, and is very welcoming and personable. He really enjoys being a Chicago Bear and we enjoy having him represent us on the field.

THE JOKER is unleashed and makes no apologies

I was recently invited to Six Flags Great America‘s media day to celebrate the opening of their 15th roller coaster officially named THE JOKER Free Flyer Coaster.  Six Flags unleashed chaos into the Yankee Harbor section and placed it next to his nemesis BATMAN.


As you walk towards THE JOKER it is hard to miss it standing at 120 feet tall. This one of the most unique coasters Six Flags has ever build in their history and that is nothing to joke about. I had the pleasure of being able to enjoy this newest attraction by riding it 5 times.

“wait till they get a load of me!”-Joker, Batman 1989

Here are some facts about this chaotic addition.

  1. You will flip head-over-heels at least six times
  2. The vehicles are winged which has you spending on the sides of the track
  3. They seat up to 8 per vehicle (4 on the left and 4 on the right)
  4. This ride allows you to pick your chaos.
    1. the purple side which is the calmer side of THE JOKER. If you ride coaster but aren’t trying to chance fate, this is the side for you.
    2. the green side which is the more chaotic side of THE JOKER. This is for the thrill seeker who doesn’t mind being out of their seat.
  5. There are 90-degree “raven” drops giving you the free-falling sensation

“Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos.” Joker, The Dark Knight 2008

The event was officially opened by the Park President Hank Salemi, but was interrupted by The Joker himself he officially opened the attraction with smoke bombs and his signature colors purple and green confetti.

“Come on Mcguiness laugh it up now!”-Joker, Batman Beyond Return of the Joker 2002

Here are some tips on how to enjoy the ride to the fullest:

  1. Wear tight fitting shoes, your legs are free and you don’t want to lose your kicks while you are being flipped
  2. Don’t eat or drink anything before riding.
  3. If you have long hair, place it in a ponytail to avoid getting whipped in the face.
  4. Scream loud and laugh harder
  5. Make sure you take a selfie in front of THE JOKER and use #Greenside or #Purpleside to show off how you took on the chaos

This ride is my new favorite attraction at the park. Even after riding it 5 times, I did not get sick of it.  Remember this is the newest ride and the lines may be long at first, but it is definitely worth the wait.

Chicago is Shopping Buzzed!

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