MY LAST FEW CHICAGO MORNINGS

with my impending move to california, i've been soaking up these last few moments i have left in chicago. cups of coffee + netflix have been my go-to for slow mornings, + i couldn't be happier. cold brew has been my jam lately, + illy coffee grounds are the greatest for brewing!

leaving my favorite city is hard, but i'm super excited for this new adventure! i know i've been a little vague with all the details... stay tuned for a post coming soon, explaining the reason behind my move + more! cheers to delicious coffee, great cities, + slow mornings. happy monday! 

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post + images by molly garvin

in partnership with illy coffee

THE BEST AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING, EVER [+ A GIVEAWAY!]

i'll let you in on a little secret. i used to hate my smile. i've got a weird, t-shaped calcium deposit on one of my two front teeth courtesy of a high fever i had when i was a baby, i've still got those ridges on my teeth [ya know, the ones that appear when your big kid teeth grow in + are supposed to go away after a few years?] + overall my smile was dull. enter smile brilliant --- the thing that turned it alllll around! [keep scrolling for a discount code + a chance to win an SB kit!]

the way they do it is simple. you order your kit, you create molds of your teeth, send them in, receive your custom trays, + spend about an hour whitening your teeth! the kit comes with everything you need, + the packaging is really durable, so it holds up! i loved whitening before bed while watching netflix or working on the computer, but you can do it any time of the day. 

before

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after!!ย 

after!! 

^^^^ i have generally sensitive teeth, so the fact that they include a desensitizing gel to use after the whitening solution was huuuge! 

being able to know that i can still enjoy my old lifestyle of coffee [a LOT of coffee] + other staining foods + drinks is so nice. smile brilliant has turned my old dull smile into something i'm proud of!

now it's your chance to try smile brilliant! for $20 off your trays, use the code TANDTBLOG20 [that's such a score --- don't miss your chance! the code only works for a week!] + enter here for your chance to win a free kit, allowing you to get your whitest smile ever. good luck + happy whitening! 

RECIPE : CHILI LIME WATERMELON

ever since i went to the taste of chicago a few weeks ago, i've been OBSESSED with chili lime watermelon. it's waaaaay better than you can ever imagine. it has quickly become my go-to summer snack + i'm definitely hooked, probably for life! i thought today, national watermelon day, was the perfect time to share it with you all! keep scrolling for the recipe :) 

INSTRUCTIONS for the watermelon

  • cut the watermelon into cubes + the limes into triangle quarters
  • place the watermelon pieces into the skewers; about 4 pieces per skewer
  • squeeze lime juice onto the melon
  • sprinkle on some chili powder
  • enjoy!

SUPPLIES + INGREDIENTS for the watermelon

  • one half of a watermelon
  • two limes
  • chili powder
  • skewers
  • knife

have you tried it yet? words cannot describe how delicious + refreshing it is! i've already got friends hooked + errrythang. let me know if you test it out + how you like it! happy national watermelon day :) 

post + images by molly garvin

recipe adapted from farmer's fridge

THIS + THAT'S CHICAGO ICE CREAM CRAWL!

guys!!! i'm so excited to announce THIS + THAT'S CHICAGO ICE CREAM CRAWL! i had seriously so much fun creating T+T's chicago coffee crawl last year, + i knew i had to do another! so, i reached out to all of you through instagram stories + asked you to vote for either ice cream or donuts --- as you probably guessed, ice cream won out, but don't worry donut lovers... there's still time for us :) please watch the little film - i hope you enjoy it! keep reading for more photos of each location, as well as our opinions on each spot. also, don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to youtube! 

before this, i had only eaten rolled ice cream once, + it was just a sample! buuuuut, i have officially tasted it in it's full form + can say that i am 100% team rolled ice cream! we all decided it was surprisingly creamy, + it's so fun being able to watch the employees make it right in front of you. the only thing is, it gets super crowded [we went at 2pm on a tuesday + had to wait about 15-20 minutes]

as mentioned in the video, jeni's isn't specific to chicago, but it is absolutely still worth adding to the crawl! the unique flavors are what makes jeni's so awesome. by their names, the flavors might sound a little funky, but no matter how crazy the title, they always taste amazing!

maaaaaybe the most instagramable food items available for purchase in the city of chicago --- + seriously, they taste as good as they look! bombo bar has great walk-up window + is actually a side biz of bar sienna, which resides right next door. they also serve meal-type food, + their treats are available all year round! they have a version of the chocolate milkshake that they serve as hot chocolate in the inter, + it is seriously a must have while you're in the windy city!! 

cone is great for the traditional ice cream route, but they also give their own spin to sundaes + cones! i'm not sure why we didn't see them when we were there [you know we would have gotten a lucky charm covered cone!!] but the ice cream we had was still amazing! it's also in the best location, + almost everyone who works there is irish - fun little fact! they also sell irish candy + other products specific to the green country!

are you craving a scoop yet? ;) i hope you've added at least one of these places to your travel bucket list + enjoyed the video as much as i did while making it! stay tuned for even more chicago crawls + guides, but in the meantime, see all my chicago favorirtes here, T+T's chicago coffee crawl here, + subscribe to youtube for future videos here! 

post by molly garvin

film + photos by molly + claire garvin, edited by molly garvin