Chicago Weekend Guide

Chicago is the perfect city for a weekend getaway in the summer. The weather was perfect for site seeing and the city had so much to offer. I had a blast staying downtown and seeing the sights while indulging in deep dish pizza. Here are my recommended stops for resturants and things to do.

Copy this google map to use for your own vacation and make edits to see your top spots.

Restaurants & Bars

1.  Au Cheval

This burger bar is a must on your list of places to eat. If your traveling with a small group, save time an eat at the bar. The wait is usually over an hour. The wait time a testament to the quality of the burgers! read more

Statement Earrings for Summer

It’s feeling like summer in Dallas with the 100-degree heat.  I’ve been staying inside during the day doing a little online shopping to get ready for my next trip to Boston. I bought a few statement earring for the trip and thought I’d share my top picks!

Shop below by clicking on the “+” sign! For my next post I want to do a collage of unique purses. Send me a message if you have any requests – simplysheppard@gmail.com.

XX, Rachel

5 Reasons Why I love Essiac Tea

Real life- I haven’t been taking care of my body as well as I should. I would tell myself: I’m young, I’ll worry about it later I’ll workout tomorrow I’ll eat healthy next week I’ve been inspired by friends that are making their health a priority and I have decided to do the same. I had been prioritizing happy hours, my career, and other things before my health and have finally started to take steps to make my health a priority. Drinking Eassic tea is just one of the many ways I’m taking control of my health. Here Are 5 Reasons Why I love Essiac Tea
1. It helps keep my digestive system functioning
How many times a month do you think about your digestive system?? For me, never. I don’t have any food allergies or digestive problems so I’ve always taken my digestive system for granted.  I’ve been traveling, eating ice cream, and deep dish pizza without once thinking about what I’m putting into my body. Now that I’m getting older, I realize the importance of taking care of your health before you have a serious health concern.

2. It reduces my cravings for sugar read more

9 Best Dog Spots in Dallas

Meet Winston, he’s a Flat-Coated retriever adopted from the Golden Retriever Rescue Alliance.  He’s 5 years old and has brought so much joy to my life. Every morning he wakes up happy with his tail wagging ready for a walk. The real fun is on the weekends when we go explore dog parks or new trails. If you live in Dallas and have a dog, I hope you find this blog post helpful!

Top 9 places to take Winston:

1. Mutts Canine Cantina

Mutts Canine Cantina is located in Uptown. This dog park is geared towards humans and dogs. It has a bar and limited food menu. It’s so relaxing to grab a beer and watch your dog play. There is an entry fee of $6. read more

Las Vegas: Ultimate Walking Guide

If you’re in Vegas or thinking about going to Vegas, check out this walking map to hit all the main attractions on the strip. You can save this map to your phone and make edits for your own journey! I also tagged a few must-see places that are not on the strip.

To copy the map:

  1. Click the Square in the top right-hand corner of the map
  2. This will bring you to the expanded view of the map. Click the 3 dots.
  3. Then click “Copy Map”
  4. You can rename the map
  5. Click “Ok”. The map is now available on your Google Maps and you can make edits to customize your trip. You can access it on your phone or computer. Click here for video instructions on how to use the Google maps.

1) The Cosmopolitan –  The Chandelier

I started my walking tour at the Cosmo. The Cosmopolitan has an amazing brunch buffet at Wicked Spoon with bottomless mimosas. Another option for breakfast is Eggslut, seriously delicious egg sandwiches. read more

An Organized Purse Leads to an Organized Life

Having a busy week, running from work to work-out classes, then to dinner with friends can be hectic. I found my self always switching purses to match my outfit for the day and keeping old receipts in my purse for no reason. I decided to put an end to the madness and re-evaluate the original need for a purse.

If you’re familiar with the lean six-sigma mindset and enjoy be organized, then this blog post is for you! I got this cute Dooney & Burke purse from my Aunt for my Birthday and knew right away- this was the purse that would help me stay organized. First let’s talk about the size, if you’re looking for an all-in-one purse to bring with you all day then it needs to at least 10 x 10 inches. Yes, clutches covered in pom-poms are cute, but realistically it’s not going to fit my planner and everything I need for work. read more

DIY: Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day is less than a week away and there is still time to make your mom a custom card. I made my mom this card and got her a bunch of goodies from Trader Joe’s because she loves Trader Joe’s but doesn’t live near one. I already know the blueberry scone mix will be her favorite.

This card design can be re-used for any occasion, just add your own text! To make the card, you’ll need a Silhouette Cameo or other craft cutter and construction paper. I snagged this construction paper at Target last weekend- link here for the paper. read more

How to make a Boxwood Backdrop

Boxwood backdrop

The Boxwood backdrop was so fun to put together for my sisters Bachelorette party and the perfect photo booth opportunity. I saw a lot of options on Pinterest and decided to make my own.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how I put a Boxwood backdrop together:

1. Order Supplies

To start you’ll need to order the supplies. I ordered the supplies on Amazon and then went to Lowes to get the PVC pipe.

  • Boxwood
    • Option 1: Boxwood set
      • If you use this option it’s cheaper, but you’ll need different dimensions for the frame. Start by measuring so you know what size you need.
      Option 2: 4 Pieces of Artifical boxwood
      • This is the option I ordered. Sometimes it’s out of stock so I linked more options below.
      • Decorations: “Love” Balloon and Flower garlands
      • PVC pipes from Lowes

        More Boxwood options:

        2. Cut the PVC pipe

        At Lowe’s, I bought 5 pieces of 10ft long PVC pipe and then cut them to the lengths shown below. I was glad I made the frame out of PVC because it allowed me to break it down and put it in the back of my car versus making the frame out of wood and then needing a truck to drive it to the event. read more

Top 10 Things to See & Do in Longboat Key, FL

Longboat Key Florida has always been a special family vacation destination. My family loves going there for spring break or Christmas. We usually coordinate with extended family and all try to stay on the island at the same time. After many years of going to Longboat Key, I am excited to round up my Top 10 Things to See & Do in Longboat Key, FL.

Here’s a map to help start your planning if you are thinking of going to Florida.

To copy the map:

Click the Square in the top right-hand corner of the map
This will bring you to the expanded view of the map. Click the 3 dots.
Then click “Copy Map”
You can rename the map
Click “Ok”The map is now available on your Google Maps and you can make edits to customize your trip. You can access it on your phone or computer. Click here for video instructions on how to use the Google maps.

Top 10 Things to See & Do in Longboat Key, FL

1 Go to the beach

Going to the beach is pretty obvious… but here the top beaches to visit if you’re on Longboat Key.

  • Lido Beach
  • Beer Can Beach
  • Coquina Beach
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    The Ultimate Arizona Road Trip: Scottsdale // Sedona // Page // Flagstaff

    #Arizona #roadtrip #travel

    Arizona is the perfect state for a weekend road trip. The highlight of this trip was seeing Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ! I flew in and out of Phoenix and put my Google map below. You can copy the map to your phone to use this as a guide and add to the map additional places that you want to see.

    Scottsdale 
    Sedona
    Page
    Flagstaff

    To copy the map:

  • Click the Square in the top right-hand corner of the map
  • This will bring you to the expanded view of the map. Click the 3 dots.
  • Then click “Copy Map”
  • You can rename the map
  • Click “Ok”
  • read more