Chicago Eats – Cafe Robey

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Robey in the Wicker Park area. Located on the corner of North Milwaukee Ave and West North Ave, this spot is a place you won’t forget about.

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Modern American cuisine with a twist is how I’d describe this gem. My first indulgence was the avocado toast with added egg. You can also add crab meat for an additional charge. There had to have been at least two whole avocados on my toast. A thick layer was spread across + pickled red onions, chili flakes, and espelette oil. My mouth still waters about this.

menu at cafe robey in chicago with latte on the side downtown

cafe robey in downtown chicago menu

My husband ordered the Cuban sandwich. Which personally, I’m not usually a fan of but boy was this delicious – pork loin & shoulder, gruyère, avocado, red onion, mustard alongside some spiced potato chips. Again, didn’t think I’d enjoy a dish like this but surprisingly I couldn’t stop reaching over the table to sneak bites.

avocado toast and Cuban sandwich at cafe robey in downtown chicago

duck hash at cafe robey in downtown chicago

Lastly, the chef brought out duck hash (I’ve never had duck before so I was very eager to try). The meat was lean and flavorful, almost a melt-in-your-mouth type. The potatoes were seasoned perfectly – not too salty at all or overdone. I think the egg atop everything too made this menu item THAT much better.

Cuban sandwich and avocado toast in downtown chicago at cafe robey

inside cafe robey in downtown chicago

latte at cafe robey in downtown chicago

Overall, this place was a total win and I’ll definitely be visiting again. The atmosphere, the people, and the menu has me head-over-heels. Cheers to brunch lovers!

How I Made My First $1,000 Blogging

This first year of blogging has been incredible, a learning process for sure full of unforgettable opportunities. Throughout this journey, I’ve been lucky enough to make a few extra dollars doing the thing I love most. This post will focus on how I’ve made an income while blogging and how you can too!

Reach Out To Brands

This is first on the list because truly I wouldn’t be making anything or receiving any free product without reaching out to brands myself. Up and coming companies are in need of people to show off their product. These brands need you as much as you need them. I’d say I’ve spent about an hour each day emailing, messaging, and calling the companies I’d be honored to work with. It’s not easy and I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone more than I can count on one hand…even two! For every 9 no’s I get at least 1 yes which just proves I’m doing something right by putting myself out there!

In the beginning, don’t be discouraged if brands would rather collaborate on posts in exchange for product rather than payment. Establishing a connection with the company can be much more rewarding and beneficial in the grand scheme of things. Brands want to develop a trust with the people they work with and I don’t blame them! I’ve tested the waters with many companies that have now allowed me to create content on a long-term basis for real money. It’s all about proving yourself and selling the services you can provide.

Download Apps To Make Connections

I think a handful of bloggers forget about accessible free apps that can help them grow! For instance, I’ve made a few good paychecks off of apps likePopular Pays which connects Instagrammers and bloggers with real-deal brands. Companies such as Kraft, Macy’s, Chameleon Cold-Brew and so many more are listed on the app.

Once you find a brand you’d like to work with you pitch a creative idea to them, request the amount of money you’d like to make, and answer a couple of questions regarding your social platform. From there, the brands can choose to work with you or not. The process is easy and completely cost-free to the influencers!

Some other great apps and networks include SocialNative.com, Obvious.lyMaverick.co + Collabor8, and Influenster.

Establish A “Blogger Resume”

This is more of a tip but I’d highly recommend creating a blogger resume. A single document or media kit that can be sent out to potential partners and companies is important! Some things I’ve included in mine are my contact information, a collection of my best photos or written pieces, my analytics from my social platforms, and a professional photo of myself with a description of what I do best! This goes along again with…selling yourself!

Use Affiliate Links

The last and final thing I did over this last year to make my first $1,000 was using affiliate links. You can do this easily by signing up online with some of the brands you may already know and love! Personally, I’ve found the biggest return by using affiliate links through Target and Amazon. You basically earn a percentage of the purchase someone would make by using your link!

The appReward Style also does an awesome job of simplifying the affiliate link process by putting everything you’d need in one place. You can easily search for a product and see what percentage you’d make if someone bought the product using your link, you can copy links, and keep track of your commission!

So that’s the jist of it guys! 2018 is near and now is the perfect time to make some financial moves! If you have any suggestions that I didn’t mention in this post – please leave a comment down below!

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas For Men

Couldn’t forget about the men in our lives! Whether it’s a boyfriend, husband, brother, or father one of these gifts is sure to put a smile on their face. I’ve created a list of everyday items, must-haves during the winter months, and ya know guy things I think would be great for the boys we know and love! Feel free to add to this list in the comments below!

1) Trendy Passport Holder

Does your guy love to travel? The perfect gift for him would be a passport or wallet. Perfect for that person who’s always on the go! Keep em organized and ready for adventure with this trendy blue marble style!

2) Rubber Wedding Band

I can’t stop seeing these rubber wedding bands!  This gift is awesome for the active husband who may not want to get their fancy wedding band caught on unexpected things. Have a husband in the military? This band is durable enough to withstand so many scenarios and lifestyles!

3) Harry’s Shaving Essentials

Any Harry’s product works for the man who loves to stay clean-shaven and looking good. Definitely a gift someone needs but doesn’t want to spend the money themselves!

4) Ties

Business men will appreciate this – pair a few ties with a new belt and maybe a phone case! The office bound guy will surely be happy with some new goodies to bring to work after the holidays are over!

5) COD: WWII

Okay, I may not know a lot about video games but I do know that there are a handful of new products available for Xbox, Playstation, etc. Find out what’s on your man’s gaming wish list and scoop it up for them!

6) Sports Team Hats

You can’t go wrong with their favorite teams gear! If you’ve got some more money in the budget to splurge, think about gifting a hat with a jersey, car stickers, or miscellaneous memorabilia!

7) Snacks on Snacks on Snacks

Do I need to say anymore? Load a gift bag up with their favorite guilty pleasures! Food is always the way to a man’s heart. Am I right?

8) North Face Pullover

North Face can sometimes be a bit much but this pullover is affordably priced right now! If this brand isn’t what you’re looking for…scavenger through the discount section in the Nike or Dick’s Sporting Goods! I’m sure you’ll find something to fit the person you’re buying for’s liking!

9) Favorite Alcoholic Beverages

Fill a bucket with a few of these and ribbon tied around each few! Such a simple gift that could also act as an easy stocking stuffer!

10) Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

My husband loves this store! From fishing gear, to hunting supplies, and nearly everything in between this store is made for my significant other! I’m sure many of the people in your life would love it too – could this be the dad gift you were looking for?

11) Comfy Clothes

Always a necessity, I mean come on! You seriously cannot go wrong with a reliable pair of sweat pants, gym shorts, or socks. These can be pretty much found anywhere but for extremely inexpensive try Target or Wal-Mart!

12) Movie Bundle

Know someone who adores Christmas classics or traditional family films? Give them the gift of childhood memories and remind them how great these movies really are! You could theme this a few different ways by doing a holiday, Disney, or sports theme.

13) Stranger Things Eggo Game

Stranger Things fans are screaming right now.

14) Coffee Cups

Coffee shops like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks carry adorable holiday cups during December. Reach for something you’d think they’d love and pop some gum, a gift card, and couple scratch of lotto tickets inside. Easy + useful gift!

15) Cooking Spices, Pots, Or Pans

There are loads of these sets at department stores leading up to Christmas day. Find one that fits your individual’s personality and taste. You could wrap this along with a new pot or pan which are typically not so pricey! Check TJMaxx for good deals!

Woohoo! Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away? I hope this gift guide gave you some inspiration on what you’ll be buying! Let me know which gift idea was your favorite!

Happy Holidays!

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