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My family and I took a mini vacation to Chicago!  We left around noon on friday, checked into our hotel, then headed to Foodlife in Water Tower Place where I got a ginormous veggie-filled salad and a wheat roll.  Foodlife is a big food court-style restaurant, but instead of fast food everything is better quality and so delicious.  If you’re ever in Chicago, stop by for lunch!

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After lunch, I took it upon myself to try on crazy expensive dresses and not buy them…

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We stopped to indulge in cupcakes from Sprinkles, aka the best cupcakes ever!  Mine was a dark chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting…

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The hotel put little boxes of fancy chocolates on our pillows!

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And this little gem.  Donald Trump would put his face on water bottles…

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We woke up to a beautiful view of the Chicago River…

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And fell asleep to it, too…

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My mom and I in the hotel room… it was so luxurious and relaxing, I didn’t want to leave!

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Seeing gingerbread houses like these makes me want to be a pastry chef…

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Then I remember that I’m already in college.  Though baking all day would be fun.

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Look!  Fondant snow people!

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On Friday, my mom and I went to see The Nutcracker!  We go every year, and it is always amazing.  Smile I absolutely love the venue: the  Auditorium Theater.  Being there makes me feel like I’ve traveled back in time, with all the gold and the ornate décor…

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It was a great trip with the family, and Chicago is an awesome place to do some last-minute Christmas shopping!  I can’t believe Christmas is tomorrow; this year has flown by!

Merry Christmas Eve!

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