Archive for March 2013

Day 90: Pro Jersey

Wow! Today marks the three months of my shop small challenge. I am thrilled with the new businesses I’ve found and the incredible shop owners I’ve met. I’m also impressed with how much small business owners support one another. Yesterday I went to Total Hockey to find a few last minute Easter Basket goodies and... Read more »

Day 89: Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor!

While I enjoy the occasional cupcake, my true dessert of choice is ice cream: mint chocolate chip, sherbet, custard, pumpkin, cinnamon, you name it. I’m happy with any flavor, as long as there aren’t pecans! Even though we didn’t see the Blackhawks win last night, we scored big when we stopped by this Brown Cow... Read more »

Day 88: Naperville Running Company

It’s sort of ironic that I’m writing about a running company because I don’t run. Maybe I’ll run if I’m being chased…maybe. It’s definitely not my exercise of choice. But, I love the Naperville Running Company for 2 reasons. 1- They are a great spot to buy gifts for runners, especially if they’re already a... Read more »

Day 87: Cupcakes 2 Remember

I’m writing this in a bit of sugar coma. Just returned from celebrating my grandma’s 93rd birthday (along with my brother-in-law’s, my husband’s, and my birthday too!), and if you’ve ever met my family you know that there is always plenty of food…specifically dessert. Instead of everyone having their own, though, it’s usually a community... Read more »

Day 86: Enlisting your help...

Ok readers, I need your help! Almost three months into this challenge I need a little help finding some everyday items. Obviously I’m looking for small business suggestions. So, if you own a business, or know someone who does, and any of these items are on the shelves…let me know! Here are a few things... Read more »

Day 85: Try a little Thai Happiness

I’ve always found that some of the best restaurants are the most non-descript. I’ve been going to one of my favorites for over 15 years. Though my old house was much closer, I still get there frequently because it’s by my son’s baseball practice and Total Hockey. I’m not too well-versed in Thai food, but... Read more »

Day 84: A Day of Favorites!

Since the kids are on spring break, I tried to get the majority of our errands done in one shot, and still incorporate a few for fun. Besides the standard bank & library stops we hit a few favorites for each of us! First stop, Peter Rubi’s for fresh fruits & veggies for the week.... Read more »

Day 83: Poppy Seed Primitives

UPDATE: Poppy Seed Primitives Has MOVED! Be sure read the address at the bottom for the current location. Feeling a little country? Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, decor, or accessories? Pick up some frozen custard at Ollie’s, then take a twenty minute drive out to Genoa and Poppy Seed Primitives. This cozy shop is filled with... Read more »

Day 82: Amici Italian Grocery

Since my daughter wasn’t feeling great & slept in this morning, my husband was in charge of running my son to baseball. Actually, I had a pretty relaxing day and didn’t have to run any errands at all. But, my husband and son proudly described a small business they found today. It’s actually been on... Read more »

Day 81: My Two Favorite Farmer's Markets!

Sunshine and temperatures (almost!) in the 40’s made for a nice outdoor afternoon. It’s the first day of the kids’ Spring Break so the Wheaton Popcorn Shop seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. Walking around the downtown reminded me that it’s almost time for Farmer’s Markets to begin! Someday I’ll live somewhere warm where... Read more »