About Me

Amanda Thoughts from Her ProfileHi!  I’m Amanda, a Chicago-area Latina mom to two kids – a teenager and a toddler.  I can tell you with absolute certainty that there’s never a dull moment in my house.  Like, ever.

It has taken me forever to update this page because, well, it’s just awkward.  I feel like I’m writing a personal ad and I’m supposed to tell you all the things that will make you fall in love with me.  Do I like walks on the beach? Yep.  Picnics in the park? Check. An evening curled up on the couch? Sure.  But none of those things are relevant to my blog…at least I don’t think so!

So, as hard as this might be, here goes:

I love food (and I have the waistline to prove it!). I’m not great at cooking the food, but boy do I love to eat it!  I love visiting great restaurants and can appreciate a well-cooked meal.  I am ½ Puerto Rican and ½ German/Polish, so I’m no stranger to a great ethnic meal.  Give me some arroz con gandules with a side of tostones any day and I’m a happy gal!

I am very Type A.  In every sense of the definition.  Quite possibly borderline OCD.  I like things organized and done in a certain way…always.  I’m highly competitive, impatient, and have no tolerance for things done the “wrong” way.  Despite all this, I am married and people do like me.  Go figure!

I love to travel.  Anywhere, really.  It could be thousands of miles away, or just the town over, and I’m happy.  I love to experience new things, taste new foods, and explore new places probably more than anything in the world.  I’m trying to instill that love of adventure and learning in my kids too…seems to be working!  I’m still trying to ditch the itinerary travel and learn to adopt a more “winging it” sense of travel, but I’m not quite there yet. {The whole Type A thing, remember?}

I seriously love country music.  Like, really love.  Some of my favorite summertime memories revolve around listening to some of my favorite bands playing on stage and an ice-cold beer in my hands. “Two bare feet on the dashboard, Young love in an old Ford, Cheap shades and a tattoo and a Yoo-Hoo bottle on the floorboard.  Perfect song on the radio, Sing along ’cause it’s one we know, It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime!”  That song is almost permanently stuck in my head.

Thoughts from Her Kids

My kids are two of the best things I’ve ever done.  The road here hasn’t been easy, but I wouldn’t change a thing.  My daughter (14) is growing up fast, but I loved the time we got to share together when it was just the two of us.  Some of the best days of my life I credit to that little girl and I will have her back…always.  My son (2) is the most precocious little man I have ever known.  He’s never met a letter of the alphabet he didn’t like and can Chicka Chicka Boom Boom like nobody’s business. (He’s been able to read the entire book since he was 24-months-old.  No joke…he’s amazing.)

In the blogging world, I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing brands and have been given countless opportunities.  I hope to continue these relationships and build new ones with venues (both near and far) to bring you the inside scoop on some great places to visit, whether with or without the kids.

If you’ve got a great place in mind, or want to send me a question or two, please email me at amanda (at) thoughtsfromher (dot) com.