What a special season of life it was when I got to know Dave at Soul City Church back in 2010.  Soul City had just launched in the West Loop of Chicago, and was in its very beginning stages of becoming what it is today; a church on fire that is busting at the seams....

April 10, 2017

So, the secret's out.  Actually, it's never been a secret, but I guess a lot of people just didn't know about it.  I want to open a coffee shop.  Here are the SparkNotes of the story on how we got here:

Opening a coffee shop has been a dream of...


Let's be honest.  This one right here does not need an introduction.  Dutch Wutch, you're the bomb and everyone knows it.  You turn heads everywhere you go.  You, to us, are the Nana to the Darling family in Peter Pan.  You are one heck of a c...

February 27, 2017

I must say.......... this was a fun one.  Let me just preface this all by letting you know that for quite some time now, my dad has been asking me, "Alright karlysue, how do I get my mug on MugShot Monday?  I wanna be famous!" ...haha.  He had me at 'famous'.  He's a b...

January 31, 2017

Who is this guy?  He is my good pal.  We go way back.  We also share the same passion for donuts.  He kept begging for me to paint him a painting, and I said, "then get me some of your team gear and you have yourself a deal."  So we traded.  He gave me a team pullover....

December 19, 2016

 Aaaaaand we are back..  Get ready to spice up your Mondays (once again) with a little extra kaffeine and a special feature of the week!  This week we get to hang out with this lady, Meagan Cortesi, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Merriest Market a few weeks a...

November 26, 2015

I really enjoy shoes.  They are super fun.  I have a lot of them spewing out of my closet.  A lot can be learned about a person just by their shoes.  In my ceramics class at the high school where I teach, I had my students bring in a shoe they wore during a memorable e...

May 12, 2015

This guy... He's "the tatooed husband."  He's a new dad.  He's a man of God.   Buckle down and read up!

Your name:  Johnny Eastman

Age:  25 years old  

 (Johnny and his new baby girl)

Where you live/ Where you are from: 

I am from Florida but I live in C...

March 3, 2015

Where do I start.  She's full of joy.  God placed her in my life at the perfect time.  She is wise, fun, competitive, caring, adventurous, always looking to grow, and is a true leader.  I am humbled and honored to call her my friend.  She challenges me.  She asks great...

February 21, 2015

I like hats.  Hats are fun.  They can be stylish, and they can serve a lot of purposes.  On top of that, how about this weather... it is really out there, ya know?  It's kinda cold.  You need a hat.  Most of your body heat escapes through your head, so you gotta keep i...

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