This may very well be my last post of 2016! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! Where did the year go? I know I say this every year/month/week/day, but with everything we had going on this year, it really did fly.
With that, let’s just get right to it!
Life lately has been pretty cold! But seriously, the weather in Chicago went from bearable to frigid in a matter of days. The one thing I promised myself and Vishnu when we found out we were moving here is that I would keep my weather related complaints to a minimum because there’s literally nothing we can do about it. So far, I’m dealing with it. I don’t love it, but I find that having plans lined up for weeks at a time really helps. As does owning a few soft cuddly blankets!
Ok, enough about the weather.
Have you heard of escape rooms? If not, they’re basically adventure games where you (and the people you’re with) are locked in a room and have to solve a series of puzzles using items/clues in the room to escape in a certain amount of time. Super fun! Vishnu and I went to the EscapeHouse Chicago with some friends last Sunday and had an absolute blast. There were eight of us, and our mission was to stop missiles from striking the White House. We had to uncover two code words in under 60 minutes. We escaped with 13 minutes to spare! If you’re looking for a fun cold weather activity, I highly recommend looking into escape rooms in your city.
Other than that, the weeks leading up to the holidays have been pretty routine. Nothing too exciting happening here!
HOWEVER, the next two weeks are going to make up for that because we’re heading to Hawaii on Saturday and Atlanta the following week! I CAN’T WAIT! I keep checking the forecast in Hawaii because I don’t love what I see…which is lots of rain. But you know what, I’ll take that over snow and freezing temps any day! And I hear that Hawaiian rain tends to be more on and off versus just on…cross your fingers for us! I can’t wait to share more about our trip in the new year!
Speaking of the new year, remember that fun little project I mentioned a while ago (it’s ok if you don’t because even I can’t find the post where I mentioned it)? Well, I’m hoping to unveil it in January…stay tuned!
MIS in 2017
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want for MIS in 2017. In all honesty, I’m not quite sure. It’s pretty evident that blogging has taken a back seat since our move to Chicago, and to be 100% transparent, I don’t hate it. I still very much love checking in and sharing pieces of our life, things I’m loving, recipes I’m making, etc. With that being said, MIS isn’t going anywhere!
Up until the middle of this year, I blogged three times a week (M, W, F) and that was that. I even had an editorial calendar where I plotted all of my post ideas. While that was awesome at the time, it’s just not going to work for me right now. I do, however, want to implement a loose schedule. For me that means committing to a certain number of posts a week. Right now I’m thinking two, but we’ll see.
The only other hope and dream I have for MIS in 2017 is that my posts continue to be authentic/true to who I am and what’s going on in my life in that moment. The beauty of blogging for me is sharing my story with people all over the world and hoping parts of it resonate at some level. The only way to do that is by being genuine with my writing. So yeah, expect more of that in 2017!
OTHER RANDOM STUFF
I’ll keep this part of my post less wordy!
MAKE THESE COOKIES ASAP! Thank me in 2017!
While you’re at it, try this mug cake too. It’s a Par + Vishnu favorite!
I’ve been dreading the Chicago winter for many reasons, with the main one being dry skin. I wasn’t sure how my normal moisturizer would stand up to the brutal cold and dry air. You guys, if you’re looking for a standout, inexpensive face (and body) cream, look no further. CeraVe is perfection in a jar. I’ve been using it for 2+ years and am still loving it! Your winter skin will thank me.
In the midst of holiday chaos, don’t forget about the simple joys in life!
With that, I wish you all a very happy holidays! I hope the next couple of weeks are filled with LOTS of laughter and love. BIG HUGS!