Coffee Cheers!

Good Morning! I am sending everyone a #CoffeeCheers. Just figured out how to work this coffee machine so I will be trying some ​new coffee flavors this morning.


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Fall Bucket List for 2017

The weather was starting to feel like fall in the Chicago Suburbs and then we had a “heat wave” hit the last couple days. We had just enough cool weather to get me thinking about fall. Check out my fall bucket list.

Now that you see what I will be up to this fall let me know the activities you would add to this list. So many fun ways to get out and celebrate this amazing season of hoodies and PSL. 

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Naperville Wine Festival 2017

It has been a busy week in the Murphy house. I spent the week on the East coast traveling for work. Came home just in time for the kick-off of Naperville Wine Festival. We gathered a group of friends together, headed out for a night of wine and live music.

A big change this year is the location. Last year the event was right off Route 59 near TopGolf. This year the event was at the historical Naper Settlement.  Naper Settlement is a great outdoor drinking event venue because attendees have a lot of space to spread out and it is also right next to downtown Naperville. Works great for winos looking for some food after enjoying the event.

One of the things my friends really enjoyed was that even though the tickets are a little pricier than most Illinois wine events you got 20 drink tickets. 20 wine tickets is huge! Naperville Wine Festival has so many wine options so it is great they give you enough to tickets to really explore.

We had some Illinois wine options. Lynfred Winery was there pouring one of my favorite fall wines Oktoberfest. This wine was a big hit with my friends. Cooper’s Hawk Winery was also there. Be warned since these are two very well known wineries in Illinois the lines were long but the team was great at keeping it moving. These two booths are right next to each other so make sure you stop to say hi while filling your glass.

Make sure to stop by the FunJet Vacations booth for a chance to win a free vacation, have a fun photo opp and grab some free vacation themed drinks. We started in this booth and had way too much fun. Makes me crave another vacation…

If you do not have plans tonight you have to check out the last night of Naperville Wine Festival. 20 tickets to explore wines from across the country.

Traveling Murphy


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Bloody Mary Alternatives

Last weekend we went with friends to check out the Bloody Mary list at Art & Alma’s Century Inn in Burlington. They offer so many twists to the original Bloody Mary it is hard to pick. Mike went with one with tequila rather than vodka and I tried any of them that added sour cheese. If you have never mixed sour cream into your Bloody Mary you are missing out. 

Art & Alma’s Century Inn

125 N. Main Street, Burlington, Illinois

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Happy National White Wine Day!

Happy National White Wine Day! I love celebrating any holiday that gives me an excuse to enjoy wine. I share a lot of red wine photos but when I go out with my friends I always try the Pinot Grigio. 

* This photo was taken at Galena Cellars Tasting Room on Third Street in Geneva. They expanded their outdoor patio this year so more people can enjoy people watching while drinking wine.

What is your white wine of choice? 

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Date Night at Cooper’s Hawk Winery 

Date nights at Cooper’s Hawk Winery start with a wine tasting and we follow it up with some Drunken Shrimp. Pairs perfect with all the white wines on the menu.

Did you know the brand new Cooper’s Hawk Winery in St. Charles was designed with the largest tasting room of all the properties? Check it out! 

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New Camera

Get ready everyone…I have a brand new camera! This means I will be switching between my phone and camera for press trips and winery stops but I think it will also increase the amount of photos I will put out in the future. So do not be surprised if you see me out and about taking photos.

My first outing with my phone was on a nature walk in Galena followed by some wine at Corkless Galena. I am excited to see what else I can capture. 

Now the big question. Are you Team Nikon, Team Canon or Team iPhone? 

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