Author: Kris McDonald

Square Roots Kitchen Brings Healthy Eats to Chicago’s West Loop

The area where the new Square Roots Kitchen is located used to be my stomping ground. I was born and raised in Chicago. I attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School just west of downtown Chicago. I attended UIC (the University of Illinois at Chicago) right across the 290 expressway for college. Although I have moved on from both, I still frequent the area since my girls are now following in my footsteps. It has been very, very interesting to watch the change in the neighborhood. The big hole near the corner of Madison and Laflin is gone. The...

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5 Home DIY Tips: How to Keep Your Home Clean

Even though we have a brand new home, we still have some home DIY projects on the horizon. As mentioned before we are slowly making our way through the home and putting our own touch on it. This means we are doing things like painting, hanging photos, and swapping out light fixtures. We also have plans to possibly add some wainscoting and wood planks to a couple of walls. And if you have an existing home, improving upon your existing home can be an exciting task. Whether you’re installing that dream kitchen you’ve always wanted, knocking down walls to...

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It’s Time For the 2018 Chicago Auto Show! Win 2 Tickets!

As you already know, I love cars! If I was rich I would be in trouble because I would have like 4 different cars. Because of my love of cars I love attending auto shows. I have attended both the Chicago Auto Show, and NAIAS (the North American International Auto Show), multiple times. There is something about that new car smell x 100 that just gets to me. Unfortunately, I missed last year’s Chicago Auto Show because I just had way too much going on to attend. I’m excited to make it back this year on behalf of the...

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5 Things I Look for When Booking a Luxury Retreat Vacation

It’s no secret that I love to travel. Over the past several years I been blessed to visit many, many places thanks to my blogging career. However, the best trips are those that involve no work. Every now and then you just need to get away and truly relax!! There are several spots that I have visited as part of a blogging junket, or as a conference attendee that I would like to go back to for the full vacation experience. I’ve had the opportunity to visit many places while on vacation. But, I’ve also been to several places...

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Back to Work – How I Feel One Year Later

So it’s been a little over a year since I went back to work after working from home as a full-time entrepreneur for 4 years. Wondering how it’s going? No? Well, I am going to tell you anyway. I AM STILL EXHAUSTED!!! Seriously… Somehow I used to work full-time, have a photography gig almost every weekend, blog on a consistent basis, travel several times a year for blogging junkets and conferences, and manage to build a few websites. I had the drive and motivation then. I had the hustle game DOWN! But now? I.AM.TIRED!!! And I only work 25...

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