Spicy, Saucy & Salsa in Rosemont

Adobe 3Do you love Mexican food? I do! If you love Mexican food in a fun atmosphere, you must stop by Adobe Gila’s in Rosemont.  They have several locations, but I recently went to visit the Rosemont location and everything was tasty, fun and an overall great experience.  It’s a great atmosphere.  You oversee the Rosemont greens at the MB Financial Park.  It truly is the best spot in the circle.  The park hosts live concerts, hockey games and events throughout the year.  Adobe Gila is the best view for it all.  You take the stairs or elevator up to the second floor where all the fun happens.

Where did Adobe get their name from? Once upon a time…. A long time ago in the old Southwest there lived a Gila (Gee-La) Monster named Adobe Gila. This lizard was known to be the largest, laziest, meanest and only poisonous lizard in the United States. This lizard eventually took shelter in the Coolest Saloon in the town. Word traveled around the country and this saloon, Adobe’s as it came to be called, became very famous. Only the meanest, orneriest, coolest and most courageous men & women ventures into the place. And those who did became famous themselves… if they lived to tell about it! Legend has it that everyone who dared to venture into the joint had a screaming good time. So be brave, pick your poison, kick back & hang out HERE.. cause it’s a desert out there!

It’s an inviting area with extremely friendly staff.  It’s the perfect place for a party and they do host parties there! Everyone from the manager, hostess to the server was beyond friendly and extremely attentive.  I couldn’t say enough about them! We started with appetizers.  We had delicious “Lizard legs,” which are chicken wings. Adobes take on chicken wings Choice of traditional bone-in wings or Adobe 1.jpglightly breaded boneless wings tossed on your favorite sauce: Caribbean Jerk, Habanero Hot, Spicy Garlic, Garlic Parmesan, Southern BBQ, Traditional Buffalo Style. Served with choice of bleu cheese or ranch.  We did ½ and ½ and did Spicy and BBQ.  I would recommend both sauces.  They were both delicious. 

You can’t go to Adobe and not have a margarita.  The drinks were tasty and fun. The LOBO has Sauza Conmemorativo, Cointreau & Grand Marnier with their own margarita mix.  It was very tasty. The MangoRita was a bit too sweet for me, but still delicious.   

We had Quesadillas and the CARNE ASADA PLATTER Skirt steak for entrees.  The quesadilla was amazing and you can choose to get it stuffed with up to two fillings.  The Mexican corn was fabulous.  The carne asada platter was served with rice, refried beans and elotes. With plantains and your choice of flour or corn tortillas. We finished off dinner with some delicious fried ice cream.  You can’t ever go wrong with fried ice cream.  On the weekend nights, the restaurant turns into more of a club feeling, with live music.   If you are going to Rosemont, be sure to stop by or make a reservation at Adobe Gila’s.  I highly recommend giving them a go.  You won’t be disappointed.


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Art With a Purpose

Live by Mokena, IL? Come out on Wednesday, February 21st for art therapy! Have you ever felt the creative itch but found you don’t have the materials or space you need to make your ideas happen? Renewal Disability Services has been generous enough to offer the time and the space to let your creative juices flow! Sarah Mueller, Masters of Counseling: Art Therapy Program.  A Night of Creative Expression in a Safe and Encouraging Environment! Materials will be provided. Come out for a fun night of creative juices and learn all about Renewal Disability Services.

The event is at Renewal Disability Services.  Renewal’s mission is to build a sense of belonging and create a community of support and resources for individuals with disabilities, their families, and care givers.


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Can I be a NEW person tomorrow?

fresh-startYes! You can be a NEW person tomorrow.  The New Year is right around the corner.  It’s a great opportunity for everyone. A great time to reinvent yourself. A time to grow as a person.  It’s the time of the year where you can start fresh and new again.  It’s the time of the year where you can learn from your mistakes and start a brand new slate.

Want to be a healthier person?  Want to get a new job? Want to start a business? Get out of a destructive relationship? Make a positive change?  What better time than 2018! I am a very goal orientated person and I love checklists! It’s a written reminder to achieve your goals. Make a list of the pro’s and con’s of 2017.

For example, here are a few of mine: Help two non-profits through my new business adventure, focus on me, make better food decisions, make a strong financial plan and a few others. How can you improve in 2018?

For me, I had sold my home & lost a great deal of money on the sale of this home.  As much as it burned, I am here to pick myself up in 2018 & ready to get back on the ride.  Something will always knock you down in life, but getting back up truly does make you a stronger person.  The worst thing you can do is not try.Girl walking on a dirt road with a suitcase carrying her red shoes.

Be Better than you we’re yesterday

Set your goals for 2018.  For example, I want to be a healthier person in 2018.  In the past I was nervous to share some of my personal obstacles, but I hope that this helps someone else. I have several medical issues, including diabetes, Endometriosis & PCOS.  They greatly affect my life on a weekly and daily basis, but the truth is I can try even harder. I know how hard it is some days.  Some days you want to just give up, but you can’t.  You have to push forward and move forward. You can’t ever give up. Food can greatly affect all three of the disorders above.  I can eat a little better than I do. Eating Healthier affects your entire life and especially your future. Eating healthier can affect your mood and how you actually look as well.


Drinking water every day is something I have actually struggled with.  I am not a fan of water, but have been drinking more and more over the years.  It has made a big difference. There was a period of about 15 months that I had a kidney infection almost every month.  Once I started drinking water daily among other things, it stopped. Drinking water improves your skin, gives you more energy & even helps with your digestive problems.





Surround yourself with positive and motivating things.  Do you have a goal to find a new career in 2018?  What are you going to do to find that dream job?  It’s not going to fall right in your lap.  Set goals! Work hard for them. For example, make a list for the month. Jobs offerings change every day.  Make time every week to set some time aside to submit your resume! Set sometime aside to send follow up emails and even personalized cards/notes to follow up.

Little goals matter too.  What if you just want to get more organized for 2018? That’s a great goal that can affect you daily.  Do you need to organize your desk, closet or kitchen?  That’s great.  Start with one room and finish organizing before moving onto the next.  Get rid of things you haven’t used in awhile.  Consider donating them to a family or friend in need of the item/items.

Love-Quotes-KidsWant to get out of a destructive relationship, but afraid to be alone?  You need to empower yourself! Keeping busy always helps you keep your mind off of things that tend to be bothering you.  Sign up for weekly yoga classes or enroll in cooking classes.  That way you have something to look forward to every week and get your mind off of everything.  I do not recommend going out and dating someone new right away.  You need to strengthen you first and be happy with who you are!

Want to go to college, but feel like you can’t do it with three kids and a full time job?  The answer is you can!! Take baby steps.  Sign up for one class this coming Summer or Fall 2018.  You can do it!

Want to buy a new car or other large purchase, but don’t have the money? Save. It all has to start somewhere. You have to stop talking about it and take action.  Save daily.  Save all your change in a jar.  Grab that second job.  You can do it.  It may seem so far away, but you can do it.  It’s all about setting small goals for your major goal.

That goes to weight as well.  Are you trying to loose weight?  Set small goals to achieve your large goal.

Whatever your goals may be.  Big or small.  The truth is that you can achieve them all.  You just truly have to set your mind to them and work hard (sometimes VERY hard) to achieve all of them! My recommendation is to set mini goals to achieve your big goal

A Fresh Start

For 2018, do you want to have your own business?  Fantastic! Do you have a plan?   Work HardWrite it all down!! How are you going to achieve all of your goals?  Make small steps.  No one becomes a successful business owner overnight.  Work hard to achieve your little goals to achieve all of your big ones!

In 2018 do you want to save money for a vacation or a new home?  Set little goals for yourself.  Save $20-$100 a week.  Don’t buy your $4 coffee for a few months and you will realize how much you can actually save.  It’s the little things and the small steps that truly help you achieve your goals!

I wish everyone a very successful 2018.  If you have goals or things you truly want to overcome, conquer and achieve, the truth is you can do it! Make the small steps in to an amazing, wonderful NEW YOU!



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good-night-little-meChristmas is coming… Soon!! Do you have any kid’s on your list? Looking to buy a last minute gift?  Look no further! I See Me Books are the most amazing gifts!  They have personalized gifts for your niece, nephew, daughter, son, grandchild, friend and more! It’s the keep that is a keepsake.  You personalize the book to your needs and your child’s name, birthday, and they even have pet ones!  They have books that come with stuffed animals as well.  It’s truly a memorable gift that you can incorporate so many memories into.  The Christmas book has stockings and you can include siblings or relative names to put on the stockings.  It’s a book that you can read to them or they can read to you for years to come.

You can personalize a message in the inside cover of the book to make it even more memorable and magical.  I highly recommend I See Me Books and hurry and take advantage of their holiday giveaway.

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Matchy Match

If you are anything like me, you love family photos… and what’s better than photos with your siblings and/or aunts, etc.? Get matching sweatshirts or t-shirts for all of your family members:

Check out all of Gift Portal’s items online.  Amazing holiday gift ideas and you still have time to shop small and ship in time for Christmas:

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Want to win the cutest onesie ever?

Looking for a cute onesie without a $40 price tag?  Look no further.  NorthWest Bellas has the cutest onesies you will ever see.  And they are all around $9.50/onesie.  Where can you find a better deal? Look at some of these:


They are handmade with love and every baby needs this one for their first New Year’s Eve:

One of my favorite things from them are the headbands.  The headbands are handmade (with love) and they won’t dig into your little girls’ head.  They are lightweight, ever so cute and perfect for every baby girl. Looking for a last minute Christmas gift or outfit, here are some great ideas:

Go to NorthWest Bellas Etsy page and use FANCYFLOPS for 10% off by 12/31. You won’t be disappointed.  In addition, we are doing a drawing for a $30 Gift Certificate.  Comment below with your favorite holiday song for a $30 Gift Certificate.  We will choose a winner on December 22nd!

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Weber Grill: Grill with a chef

mealIf you are looking for a business casual and/or fine dining establishment outside the city, turn to Weber Grill in Lombard, IL. Yup, the same Weber Grills that everyone has in their backyard, but a chef is cooking it on a Weber grill for YOU.  When George Stephen invented the Weber kettle grill back in 1952, he sparked a backyard revolution. His guests couldn’t believe how tasty grilled food could be. We’ve kept the same attention to detail and grilling expertise at the Weber Grill Restaurant. I went to celebrate my Goddaughter’s 21st birthday & it was a memorable and delicious meal.  We were greeted by such friendly staff & hosts.  The restaurant has a welcoming entrance way where you can see into the kitchen. It’s in a great location, located between Oak Brook and Yorktown Malls.  There is so much around if you are looking for something to do before or after. We started with some delicious drinks. All mixed peggydrinks are made in house & made to order.  The hand shaken margarita is made with Olmeca Altos Blanco tequila, triple sec, fresh lemon and lime juices. It’s incredible and so tasty. It’s a fresh tasting drink with a kick. Now, let’s talk about the bread! Who loves pretzel bread? Me!! I do! It’s my favorite and this pretzel bread was warm, fresh & came with wonderful cheddar spread. I had the seasonal butternut squash salad and it was tasty and had sweet delectable pecans in it. It was large enough to split.  The overall portions are large, so come hungry … and you’ll be happy.  Now, you can have amazing food, but horrible service.  Not here! Our server was incredible.  He was attentive, funny, personable & all over fabulous.  I would truly go back just to have him wait on us.  He made the experience a memorable one.

I highly recommend the Ribeye. It’s aged for 28 days, charcoal seared and served with two sides.  It was full of flavor.  Personally, I didn’t taste any fat…all flavor.  Sometimes ribeye can have too much fat on it, but this was absolutely perfect.  I didn’t see any fat on the meat, but it had all the flavor of having fat in it.  The sides were delicious, and everything is made from scratch.    Right now, Weber Grill even has a holiday deal! Now until 12/31, when you buy a $100 gift card you will receive a $25 bonus card! It’s the perfect gift and if you haven’t tried Weber Grill, I highly recommend that you do.  

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Luxury Right In the Suburbs

01Looking for a modern and trendy place to say outside the city of Chicago?  Sometimes you don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of the city, but you want the modern and pop feel of the city life.  I recently stayed at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore (A Marriott Lifestyle Hotel) in Northbrook, IL.  It’s a 5 star luxury hotel fromchinb_phototour35_R.jpg the moment you walk in.  I loved all the silver, purple and grey décor.  The hotel has two restaurants, an indoor pool and this extremely awesome lounge!

We were greeted by welcoming, friendly front desk staff.  We walked into our King room that had a modern, very clean feel.  The luxurious bedspread and bed were comfy, and the room was spacious.  The bathroom was an average size, but not extremely spacious.  It was perfect because we were only staying one night.  We had great open windows that let in natural sunlight.  We got dressed and ready for our evening dinner.  Ruth’s Chris is right now site.  No drive or uber, just walked right now to our mouthwatering ribeye.  I had squash salad which was divine and honestly to-this-day the best salad I have ever eaten in my life.  It had walnut, squash and this remarkable maple dressing.  We ordered a bottle of pinot nior which was delightful and of course we both ordered steaks.  I got the ribeye, which was and still is my favorite steak in the world.  Anyone that has ever said you can’t get a good steak from a chain-restaurant has never eaten at Ruth’s Chris.  I finished off my dinner with some raspberry sorbet.

After dinner we went to the lounge at the hotel.  It’s a trendy feeling with a very luxury look.  I loved every part of it.  I enjoyed a glass of wine and the service was amazing.  I wish I caught the servers name that night because he was attentive and "VFMLID=50408325"after a wedding party, was still on top of everything and we never had to flag him down or wait.  Since you’re not in the city, the parking is free and they have a large open lot.  Overall this hotel was 5 stars all the way and I can’t wait to go back.

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What’s it all caked up to be?

cakeCakes are the new vocal point of the party.  They are the staple of the dessert.  When you think of a cake, I no longer thing of a sheet cake with Happy Birthday.  I think of something so much more.  I think of art.  I think of perfection and quality.  Customization is something that always comes to mind when I think of cakes now.  I want to make that cake for a birthday party, wedding or baby shower something to remember.  Something that they will be talking about for years to come.  Something that other envy when they see pictures.  Smallcakes of Orland Park recently make a housewarming cake & it couldn’t have been more perfect.  It had the personal touch with the delectable taste.  They can customize anything you need.  They can make cupcakes into all shapes and sizes.  I had the mini cupcakes and I would recommend doing the full-size cupcakes, if possible.  They have a stronger taste and overall I enjoyed them more.   If you’re looking for a custom cake and you live in the Orland Park area, I highly recommend SmallCakes of Orland Park.  The customer service is 5 stars and the taste is a true thumbs up!

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Neat, Clean & Perfect

Napkin 4Are you having a party?  Looking for plastic forks and paper plates? Don’t forget the napkins.  Having personalized napkins gives that extra touch to your gathering or party.  I personally think a true shower, party, birthday can’t go without personalized napkins. I am all about the little things and making a personal touch to everything.  Personalized napkins are the way to do that without being over tacky.  Your guests will definitely notice the little touch.

I highly recommend Napkins Personalized. The customer service is beyond 5 stars and the quality is perfection to a T. Keep your guests clean with the personal touch that will give your party a memorable experience.

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