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Tickled Pink To Raise Awareness 

I recently had the had the pleasure of attending Tickled Pink for Bright Pink event, which was held at Morgan Manufacturing .

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Raising awareness

Tickled Pink is in honor of the founder Jodi Fyfe’s cousin, Carrie Kenney, who lost her battle to breast cancer at the age of 55. Throwing a fun event was the best way for Jodi to keep her cousin’s spirit alive. It is one of the hottest parties for a great cause and this year they were celebrating 12 years.

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Raising Awareness

All participants share the common goal of raising breast cancer and ovarian cancer awareness.Throughout the event there were silent auctions, raffles,and firefighters walking around giving out beads for a donation. All the proceeds benefit Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

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All attendees and participants were dressed to impress in their formal attire and made sure to show respect by wearing pink. There was food showcased from restaurants and bakeries in the Chicagoland area. The entertainment was fantastic, including drag queens and a live band. Jodi made sure the night was successful and that Carrie’s legacy lived on.

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Top Chef Katsuji Tanabe

Here is how to do a breast self- exam from nationalbreastcancer.org:

1) In the Shower

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

2) In Front of a Mirror

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3) Lying Down

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

Your mission: Visit Safehouse Chicago

I was recently given a mission by Agent Eyelash to meet at the newest SafeHouse located in Chicago. Upon arrival, we were greeted by two agents in a main room. They did not believe we were sent by a fellow agent. They asked us for a password, that we did not have. Instead of granting us passage, we had to stand along the wall and do a hula dance to allow entry.
After the agent was satisfied with our performance, a hidden door slid open and we followed the stairs down to the bottom. Once we arrived on the floor we were greeted with applause as we officially entered the safe house. Here another agent checked us in and gave us a list of missions that we could complete while we waited for our table to be ready. Do these missions! They’ll allow you to explore SafeHouse in it’s entirety.


Agent Lost Girl was assigned to our table to make sure all our needs were met and gave us our “dossier,” a.k.a the menu. We started with their crafty concoction Spies Demise. It was a delicious martini and a great start to our meal. Our appetizer (Nachos Camp Stanley), was aso delicious. It was made with fresh hand made tortilla chips, loaded with their secret housemade cheese sauce with cheddar, pepper jack and american cheese. You may also add beef or chicken. My entrée, Mata Hari’s Meatloaf, was one of their many items made from scratch. We decided to conclude our meal with Fat Bastard, a brownie ice cream sundae with a sparkler.


Safehouse Chicago does not want a lot information leaked to the public. They want to ensure you have a wonderful experience. As an enlisted agent, I do have to follow orders the boss has set. I cannot give you the location either. I do believe you are a well skilled agent and will be able to find the SafeHouse Chicago. You never know, I may be those eyes you see moving behind the frame.


Notes found on Agent Tanya’s napkin:
Come hungry, the portions are a fair size

Fun in numbers, bring as many friends/family as you can

It is kid friendly, bring them with

It’s ok to touch things

Lose yourself in the experience

This will erase in 5,4,3,2……

The Right Cup

Drinking water can be a struggle. Some people find it challenging to drink 8 ounces in one day, when in reality we should be drinking more. One day I was researching about tricks on how to drink more water when I stumbled upon The Right Cup.

“The Right Cup is the first ever fruit flavor cup that leads your brain to believe the plain water you are drinking is flavored.
Trick your brain, drink more water.”-The Right Cup

The Right Cup is a perfect solution to get your daily water intake. It tricks your body into thinking you are drinking something other than water, just by smell. After a week of trying it, I have found it really works. I have truly found “the right cup”.

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Here are a few tips:

  • The scent is very strong and can be a little intimidating at first.I would suggest to give it a day to let it air out and the scent will decipate.
  • Let the water sit in the cup for some time in order for it to take affect. Pouring the water into the cup and drinking right away really does nothing.
  • The Right Cup comes in several flavors: mixed berry, orange, apple, peach and coming soon cola
  • You can Order here

Maevery Public House

A friend and I recently dined at Maevery Public House, which is nestled in downtown Lake Bluff.
We were greeted by the operating partner and owner Greg Derman; we learned that he was born and raised in Lake Forest . Maevery Public House is his contribution to his neighboring home town.


The menu is designed to share plates or enjoy them individually. If you are undecided on what you would like to indulge, I would recommend sharing plates as it is a great way to experience a variety of dishes from their elevated American menu.
Maevery Public House has four wines on tap. Their white wines are Joe Pinot Gris and Hahn Chardonnay. Their red wines are Hahn GSM which is a red blend and Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon. They do have other varieties available to order by the glass or bottle. I ordered the Federalist and was not disappointed.
Our meal began with fried green tomatoes served with a house dredge, fresh mozzarella and a peppadew remoulade and ordered a side of house dill pickles. The fried green tomatoes were very thick and meaty, punched with garlic and other spices that really made the tomatoes the star of the dish.


For the main course, we shared their popular dish; Berkshire Pork Shank which was served with an aji panca a jus and house grits and the mushroom risotto with wiki mushrooms, roasted tomato, brussels sprouts, green beans and parmesan. The pork shank fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. The risotto was full of flavor and very rich. The pork shank partnered very well with the risotto. It provided a perfect balance of savory and rich.
For dessert, we decided to try cheesecake with blueberry-lavender compote and whipped cream was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. The first taste was so delicious it left me speechless. It was smooth and creamy and packed with flavor. Please make sure you leave room to enjoy this.
The next time you are looking for a great night out for any occasion, please go to Maevery Public House.

Extra Crumbs:
• If you’d like to have a little more privacy or a more romantic setting, they do have a private room behind the bar that seats up to 6. You can call ahead and reserve it for a fee. Monday through Thursday it is $50. Friday through Sunday it is $100.
• You are always welcome to request the room without calling ahead, if it is available it is yours for no additional fee.
• Maevery is named after Greg Derman’s daughter Mae Avery, she is 3 going on 4 on certain occasions you may see her greeting or handing out menu’s.
Maevery Public House is located at 20 E. Scranton Ave Lake Bluff, IL 60044

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Gurnee Donuts

On a cold Saturday morning l, headed over to Gurnee Donuts with my 4 year old son. I wanted to pick up fresh donuts for my Husband and I have been hearing about their Ube donut. It was voted as the best donut in 2016 at the donut fest in Chicago! These donuts can be […]