Friendly Traditions

Is Daylight Savings Time messing with anyone else like it’s messing with me?! At 7:00 p.m. last night I was ready to konk out in bed!! A 12 hour shopping spree may have had something to do with that…

Yesterday Heidi and I gallivanted around Chicago and hit up all the major hitters – IKEA, Crate and Barrel, Nordstrom, Lululemon, J. Crew, Pottery Barn, and on and on



(disregard creepy look on face!)

Oh, and of course Auntie Anne’s:


Heidi and I do a huge shopping trip twice a year, and we have it down to a science. We take turns driving. Leave as early as possible (read: 9:00 a.m.) shop powered by Starbucks for the first half –


(red cups!)

And then shop powered by Auntie Anne’s for the last part. It’s a beautiful thing we’ve got going on.

Lastly, we always end the trip with a stop by Trader Joe’s:


I’m proud to say I’m fully stocked on cheap wine, delicious chocolate, pre-cut organic veggies, and heat and eat meals.

Traditions w/ Friends

This twice-a-year shopping trip is my friend Heidi and my tradition (This year’s first trip.) We obviously get together a lot year round, but these shopping trips make our friendship different from others. Heidi has a little adorable 2 year old and a baby on the way, so I’m incredibly grateful she makes time for our trips.

I think it’s important to have certain traditions with friends and family you’re close with. It reminds me also of the tradition my friends Destiny and Kim and I have of spending the weekend in Chicago over the Frank Lloyd Wright 10k weekend:


However, one tradition that my closest girlfriends from home and I have is our Secret Santa Girl’s Christmas. We started this tradition on accident our last year of high school, but decided to make an effort for everyone to get together, trade gifts, have some drinks, and party it up – slumber-party style every Christmas. It’s a tradition I wouldn’t trade for the world!

Last year’s Girl’s Christmas:


Love these girls Open-mouthed smile

And here’s a major flashback to our very first Girl’s Christmas!! This was back in…2004 I think:

And the 2nd annual Girl’s Christmas:

Ha! Recognize a few faces?? Open-mouthed smile

Welp, that’s enough memories for one Monday morning. Have a great Monday, friends!

What’s a tradition you have with one of your friends or family that’s memorable to you?

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  1. I always crave Starbucks and Auntie Anns whenever I hit the mall! It’s basically a tradition. 😉

  2. SO fun! I love it. Ending with TJs? Perfect. My traditions include black Friday shopping with my MIL, Disney trips every other year, brunches with friends, football Sundays with family and friends

  3. I fell asleep on my couch at 9pm last night. It was nuts.

    I have a tradition of getting back together with old high school friends at a bar in my town every year around Christmas. Usually it’s only about 4 or 5 of us (and significant others if the case may be) that come and go, but it’s still fun to catch up!

  4. Mmmm Starbucks and pretzels – sounds like perfect mall and shopping fuel. I also love taking pics of myself in things I want from Lulu… :) If not just to show my boyfriend how good I would look in them to justify the prices haha

    • Well, I wasn’t even going to try it on! My friend convinced me. Then I fell in love with it and had to have it. Funny how that works! lol

  5. Lurve! <3

  6. I love getting a pretzel and starsbuck holiday coffee. It’s delicious. :)

  7. Awww, what fun traditions! I always love getting together with old friends. It’s so great when everyone can take time out of their busy schedules.

  8. Was that the Trader Joes in Downers Grove? Cuz that looks identical to mine …which is the one in DG!

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