Category Archives: Travel

Vegan While Out: Molly’s Cupcakes (Chicago)

I had a bit of a sweet tooth while in Chicago. After my sister and cousin stuffed their faces with popcorn at Garrett, I was on a mission to find vegan cupcakes. Sprinkles was my first choice (because it was closer to where we were) but when I checked their menu on my BlackBerry, I only saw a red velvet option and I wanted chocolate.


After watching a street show, we caught the bus to North Clark St for sweets.

I don’t have much experience with vegan cupcakes but this one was quite dense.  I think I went there with an unrealistic expectation of a fluffy cupcake like the conventional ones (with eggs) typically are.  I spoke to an employee who said she didn’t have an ingredient list but ensured me there were no animal byproducts.  I only wanted to know the ingredients to make sure I used the opposite of what they did for when I experiment with a few recipes on my own. LOL  I personally thought the $3 wasn’t worth it.

Off to look for cupcake recipes…wish me luck!

Sign outside of the bakery

What are your vegan cupcake experiences?


Bland Chinese Food & Three Hour Laundry

“In reality, long-term travel has nothing to do with demographics-age, ideology, income-and everything to do with personal outlook.” Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

My bucket list is simple. Well, no it can be considered quite complex.  The only objective I have on it is to visit every state and country in the world.  Sure, it’s a very ambitious desire but one that I feel is achievable.  I find myself following vagabonding blogs and imagining myself in their shoes.  Breathing foreign air, eating delectable dishes, and learning more about the history, customs and daily life of people all over the world. Continue reading


Disney Day #7

After having an exhausting day at the parks, we decided to relax and pack for our flight tomorrow.

Watched some mindless TV

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Disney Day #6

Day 6 was very busy because we decided to visit TWO parks.  The sun was shining brightly and I started sweating as soon as we boarded the tram to Epcot.  I have to say that Epcot was my FAVORITE park of them all.  The various “visits” to many countries, the authentic performances and ummm BEER. LOL Continue reading


Disney Day #5

We woke up this morning with no plans for the day and I loved it.  We slept in, had a late breakfast and piled in the truck to sightsee at about noon.  We ended up at a small amusement park named Fun Spot in Kissimmee. Continue reading


Disney Day # 4

Beach time!!! We headed out to Coqina Beach (about 2 hrs away) for a relaxing day with my father in law, sister in law and The Hub’s stepmom.

REAL Florida oranges on the back of a truck

The Hubs told me stepmom in-law was preparing a picnic lunch for us on the beach.  I pretty much devoured this bag of trail mix because I wasn’t sure if there would be any food options for me.

The boys rushed to the water as soon as we hit the sand

Browsing for a new read

Simon rushing back to the water after a seagull pooped on his face. Ewww!!

The water was so incredibly beautiful and warm

I was able to make myself a little snack…minus the beans.  After I put them on my plate, I realized they were made with pork. #nothanks

I started an awesome book on my Kindle while relaxing in a beach chair. A great time was had by all!


Disney Day #3

I woke up early this morning (I can’t help it) and decided to relax after a long day at Magic Kingdom yesterday.  Eric took Theo and Alvin to Tampa to visit his dad and stepmom and I enjoyed a quiet day with my sister and Simon.  Simon decided to stay behind because he woke up with a swollen face.  He is allergic to something here and we haven’t figured it out yet.  It may be the detergent on his sheets? He said he feels fine and we’ve been giving him Benadryl.

He people watched and viewed a Parking Wars marathon with my sister Toni; while I napped and worked on some sociology homework.

Alvin and Theo came back from Tampa with gifts such a toy parakeet, watch, lighthouse statue, and other knick knacks.  As nice as those gifts were, I couldn’t help think that I don’t want anymore clutter in their bedroom.  I spent a great deal of time last week sorting toys, books, clothing, art supplies, etc. and the last time I want to do is being confusion back into their serene space. *sigh* It’s so hard to say “no” to grandparents.  Before the trip, my mom gave me $100 for them to pick out souvenirs and I’m hoping they opt for practical choices at Hollywood Studios next week.

In any event, here’s a picture of Theo showing off his wooden parakeet.  The boys came back at about 10 PM and Alvin refused to pose for pictures.  He took a shower, whined a bit about the noise from the neighboring condo and in typical Alvin fashion fell asleep midway through complaints.