Category Archives: Chicago Lifestyle

#Cubs Opening Day (And 1st Pitch of Game?) Video

Today is the Cubs opener and so far what an opener its turned out to be. Wowza! 👊

Check out the video below which showcases the very 1st pitch of the game.

https://youtu.be/MaYMe-eHT4w

Yep! A homer right off the bat (no pun intended) from Ian Happ on first pitch. What an awesome way to begin what I feel is going to be an amazing #Cubbies baseball season. 🍻

Feel free to share the video above with all your Cubbie loving friends. (Or anyone into the Sox) 👎

For the 2018 Cubs Scheduleclick here! You can view the schedule or print a copy out for your wallet or wall. Next game is tomorrow night Friday, 03/30 at 6:10pm in Florida against the Marlins.

#EverybodyIn

Cubs 2018 schedule

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Are You A #LatinaGeek – if so, Grab Your @LatinaGeeks Tee Today!

I’m a member of Latina Geeks, a very awesome group of ladies who are all about the tech and the geek.

As the name suggests, we are also all about our Latinaness. So if you’re a loud and proud Latina Geek, consider becoming a part of the movement and supporting the cause.

You can join here – Latina Geeks!

p.s. They now have a groovy tee ❤ as well, so you can show off your allegiance. The T-shirt is pictured below and yes! ✅ you can grab one online today – via their site. 💯

Saturday Side Hustle [Postmates]

Postmates delivers

Just about everyone I know (myself included) is looking for  a side hustle opportunity. Today’s economy is rough and as such – we’re all looking for that extra paycheck since one just doesn’t cut it anymore. Right?

I think this is also why there’s a “gig economy” now. You know companies like Uber and AirBnB. These companies come from the super smarties in Cali, but whats cool about all of these (on demand) type businesses – is that they provide jobs for the masses. Anyone that passes the various requirements and or guidelines put in place, can apply and in many cases start making money right away.

Sign up for Postmates here!

So I created this weekly feature we will call [Saturday Side Hustle]. Each week I will feature a diferent side gig that anyone can try for side income.

I know you’ve heard of Uber, but how anout Postmates? Postmates is another on demand delivery service similar to Uber except that it allows delivery of more items than just food. Need a prescription from Walgreens picked up? Or maybe milk, bread and eggs from your local grocer? Postmates will deliver to your doorstep.

Ready? Sign up here!

What does this mean to you? Well it’s another side income opp. Because Postmates needs local peeps to deliver these items. And my fave thing about this company is that you can gig with them – with or without a car. In fact, I’ve looked at a few of the other similar delivery companies and this is the only one that allows you to deliver by car, bike or on foot. Yes! you can deliver without any vehicle at all. Sweet! 🙂

So even if you don’t have a car or bike, you can still sign up and deliver for Postmates.

How to apply: You can apply here!  ⬅⬅⬅

P.s. I signed up with them last weekend but the local weather here in Chicago is not cooperating. I did manage to do a few deliveries and had no issues. And got paid quickly. I did it on foot and my feedback is as follows:

1.) In between deliveries, where do you wait? I found this awkward. 2.) There can (and will) be downtime between orders as much as 30 minutes or more. Depends on the area you pick. Some spots have heavier demand than others.

All in all I need to do more deliveries in order, to have more feedback. But so far, it was a good experience.

Dollar Tree Spooktacular #Halloween Sale

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Do you love dollar stores as much as we do? Particularly Dollar Tree.

Cute Glittery Felt Halloween Wall Decorations

If so, we have a sweet treat for you. Dollar Tree is having their annual spooktacular Halloween sale; which includes party decorations, Halloween supplies and more. Whether your planning a frightfully delicious themed family party or simply decking out your home with awesome Halloween decorations – Dollar Tree is the go to place to find fun decor and or party supplies – not too mention save a bundle of money.

From fun craft supplies and entertaining Halloween treats to Halloween candy and Costume accessories galore; give Dollar Tree a visit today. Try your local store or shop online.

You can literally decorate your entire home and have fab party supplies on hand; for probably less than $50. Sound good? We think so.

To find the (Dollar Tree) closest to youclick here.

To view the (weekly) Dollar Tree adclick here.

For the (Halloween Specials Page) at Dollar Treeclick here.

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Opening Day – Chicago Cubs Home Opener Is Today

Chicago Cubs 2017 Gold Collection Gear

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for – The Chicago Cubs Home Opening Game.

It’s here.

Game starts at 7 pm (CST.)

And it all happens at the friendly confines – Wrigley Field.

Coach Joe Madden will be there along with most of the World Champion players from last year including:

Rizzo

Bryant

Baez

Howard

Schwarber

Arrieta

Lester

Russell

Almora JR

and most others…

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Chicago is beyond excited and it’s been well worth the wait for the return of our World Champs. 🙂

How about you. Do you have tickets – will you be watching from Wrigley or from home?

Reader Questions:

  1. Who are you most looking forward to seeing at tonight’s home opener?
  2. Did you watch game 7 of last seasons World Series?
  3. Score prediction for tonight’s game against the LA Dodgers
  4. Fave snack during a Cubbie’s game? at home or the ballpark?
  5. Who will sing tonight’s 7th inning song? who would you like to sing the song in the future?

Good luck Cubbies. 🙂 🙂

6 Awesome Apps for Android To Try This Month

There’s no shortage of (awesome apps for Android) or for your iPhone. But which apps are worth downloading and which ones don’t cut the mustard. That’s where we come in. Our upcoming (awesome apps for Android round ups) will mention mobile apps which are not only worth downloading but a MUST TRY.

See our first round up below and if you find any of these super useful; please come back here – or to our FB page – and give us a shout out. 🙂

1. Lyft –

This awesome app for Android is all you need for cheap local rides on the fly. In many areas of the city and beyond, Lyft is a better alternative than riding the bus or hailing a cab. Plus a new! feature recently added to the Lyft app is that your ride cost is now listed up front BEFORE you book your ride. Great for those in a hurry and…on a budget. Right. And who isn’t on a budget nowadays. Are you new to Lyft? Have yet to try this awesome Chicago ride sharing service – here’s a coupon code (LYFT BLOG POST) worth $10 off your FIRST ride. How do you sign up? Just download app, enter code above and book your ride. That’s it.

Lyft coupon code: LYFT BLOG POST (click here for app!)

2. Uber –

You’ve most likely heard of Uber, as it has been around a bit longer than Lyft and has a much bigger budget in which to advertise. We personally prefer Lyft, but Uber is good too and definitely serves its purpose. Works the same as Lyft in that you download the app, enter in a coupon code to save on your first ride and then book your Uber driver. Why should you try Uber? Because again as mentioned above, depending on your area and intended destination; using Uber might save you both; some big bucks and definitely time.

Uber coupon code: 4jt7e (click here for app!)

3. Postmates –

Have you heard of Postmates? They’re a local on demand delivery service that many use to get eats to them. Lots of local restaurants use Postmates and if they’re located in your area; this app is a must try. Why? Because you can have your fave food delivered to your door inexpensively, quickly AND via a delivery person who may sustainably walk or bike to your place. Some drive, but many walk or bike their food order deliveries.

Postmates App: (click here for app!)

4. Time Out App –

Time Out (the magazine) is a treasure trove of goodies when it comes to listing local events, new! happenings and or chronicling the latest and greatest in Chicago. The Time Out app also delivers fresh content but in the palm of your hand via their awesome Android or iPhone app. From the newest plays to the best places to wine and dine and a splendid most useful calendar of events; the this local app is a must download.

Time Out App – (click here for app!)

5. Stand In –

This is a newer app from a local Chicago resident that aims to bridge the gap between Craigslist and paid apps for finding dates or friends. The Stand In App is about helping you find a “stand in” for that event you have coming – and need someone to take the place of friend or family member. I quite like the concept behind this awesome app. Hopefully it takes off, becomes wildly successful with lots of new members and becomes a go to app for finding local peeps to hang with.

Stand In App – (click here for app!)

6. Figo –

Figo is as you might have guessed is a pet related app. But not just any pet related app, it’s a pet insurance app created right here in Chicago – by Chicago tech peeps. The new! app basically lets you find insurance for your furry friend; be it Fluffy or Fido. Whether you have a dog or cat; the Figo app is great for finding affordable and comprehensive health insurance for your beloved pet. Shout out to Tails Pet magazine, where we found out about this awesome, free and local app for Android.

*The Figo app is set to be released late April to early May.

Figo App – (click here for app information, see Q&A #10)

3 Surefire Ways To Refer New Passengers to Lyft

Lyft referrals

Are you wanting to increase your Lyft income by referring new passengers? If so, we have a few good ideas for you.

As you may or may not know, Lyft will give you $10 for every new referral you send their way. And a cool $100 for every (Chicago) driver you refer. That’s a very good amount of coin for simply spreading the word about an awesome new! company. Right?

Right on. So let’s take a look at three ways you can earn some additional cash by referring new passengers to Lyft.

1. Sporting Events –

Chicago is a SPORTS TOWN which makes it a blessing for you. You can pick which sporting event to attend or which sport arena to visit to promote your Lyft code. Are you a baseball fan – then you have the option of either the Chicago Cubs or the Chicago White Sox. Each one has an awesome park with (tons of fans) who could very well use a ride to and from the game. This is perhaps one of the best ways to get the word out about your Lyft partnership. Also keep in mind the season, in the Summer; is when you would best be able take advantage of Cubbies fever and or Sox fever. In the Winter, we have the Chicago Bears (football) the Chicago Bulls basketball and of course, the Chicago Blackhawks (hockey). We have other teams as well, but these are the most popular and most trafficked. Try this idea and see your Lyft referral income skyrocket.

2. College Papers –

College students love to try the latest and greatest tech and Lyft is definitely HOT right now, not only as a ride share service but as an innovative tech company. So why not introduce students near you to all that Lyft is by offering them a FREE ride. Share with them your unique promo code and let them know how easy Lyft works.

3. Local Laundromats –

You’ve seen them, those huge “worlds largest laundromats” popping up all over the city. I know I’ve seen them. They’re usually jam packed with people, especially nights (and weekends). I went to a local laundromat a month or so ago during the day (like on a Tuesday at 11 am) and it was packed to the brim with people. Packed. No! I didn’t have any promo cards with me, because if I did – you can rest assured everyone in that place would have gotten a card of mine. But you can try this. Find the large laundromats in your local area and then stand outside or do your laundry and just talk to people. Ask them if they’ve heard of Lyft? If they need a ride to their house? If they want to give Lyft a try, etc. Just talk to people and take it from there.

These are three simple (and local) ideas you can try this week, today – like now! to refer new passengers to Lyft and earn yourself a sweet $10 per peep.

If you try any of these – please come back here and let me know how it went. 🙂

10 Fun Facts About Lyft

lyft local rides in minutes

Have you been hearing a lot lately about this new ride sharing service called Lyft?

Basically it’s like Uber, but different.

I was curious about this company as well, so decided to do some quick research and found the following facts. If after reading the list, you feel like giving Lyft a try.

Please use this code: LYFTBLOGPOST (one word, no spaces)

Ok. Below are 10 quick and dirty fun facts about Lyft – the cool new! ride sharing service/app.

  1. Lyft is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  2. Free Lyft app is available online via their site, through Google Play or iTunes
  3.  No cash needed for rides, pay with your CC (credit card)
  4. You (book a ride) with (one click) on your mobile thru the Lyft app
  5. Local rides average less than $10 in cost (approx)
  6. Drivers are friendly for the most part and tend to pick up quickly
  7. Tipping is welcome (and always appreciated)
  8. Everything is/can be done with your mobile – from booking, looking up destination routes in GPS, paying for fare, reviewing and rating your experience, etc
  9. Lots of #FREE rides available – in the form of (promo codes) like the one mentioned above and below
  10. Lyft has a cool Facebook page – that discusses all things (car sharing) but also city specific content and yes! discounts galore as well

If you have questions on Lyft or have yet to try it but want to – reach out to me. I’ve recently become a Lyft Brand Ambassador (yes! that’s a thing) and can help you with sign up, get free rides, send you a link to the app, show you how Lyft works and more.

Don’t forget to use promo code: LYFTBLOGPOST (all one word, no spaces) when you FIRST sign up. *Not valid with existing users.

Questions, comments, feedback – Contact me here. (Thanks!)

What Did You Do During Weather Warm Up This Past Weekend?

We like to run informal fun polls on the blog now and then to get a pulse of what our visitors and readers like? This is the first one on the site, please do join in and have some fun with us.

This week the weather here in Chicago has been super great; with it being unseasonably warm, like this past weekend but especially Saturday. It was 61 degrees. Yes! 61 degrees in the middle of January.

With this sweet weather comes all sorts of outdoor activity, right?

Well we didn’t go bike riding or do anything sporty but did clean out the garage and yard – a little Spring/Winter clean up at the house and basically took advantage by going (and staying) outside for a quick minute. It was great to spend a  little time outdoors on the yard/garage and not freeze! 🙂

Aside from that, I did play a bit with my nephew as well and that was sweet. I should’ve taken a pic, boo! to me for not doing so.

How about you? What did you do this past weekend. Did you enjoy the warmer weather – did you stay inside. Share with us below in the comments. (pretty please!)

Did you clean house, like me ? Or go walking, biking, hiking, rock climbing, running or other. If other, what.

Tell us below.