Omaha Bloggers @ Hiro 88 With Sushi and Cupcakes Omaha

Last week I had the opportunity to meet up with fellow Omaha Bloggers to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Omaha Bloggers.

Positively Angel: Blog OmahaOur meet-up was hosted by Hiro 88 in the Old Market one block east of Hyatt Place, they served lots of delicious food.  Hiro 88 has three locations in Omaha to choose from.  As you would expect from any restaurant in the Old Market they also had outdoor seating that looked clean and comfortable.

The Crab Rangoon was the best I’ve had, so light and flaky with an excellent creamy flavor.  This was my first time to try Edamame and it was great as well.  The Fried Gyoza looked like a pot sticker and was delicious.  All of the rich colors made a feast for the eyes.

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We were also treated to a selection of 15 different types of sushi.  I have only had sushi a few times in the past and wasn’t sure what I would like but was pleasantly surprised to find that everything I tried was delicious.  My favorite was the Hero’s Crunch Roll that had crab, avocado, cucumber, tempura fried, topped with hot sauce.  It was closely followed by the Golden Gate Roll made of crab, avocado, cucumber, with shrimp and avocado on the outside.
Positively Angel: Hiro 88

Sunday is happy hour all day long at Hiro 88, I had a refreshing Mojito, yum!  Several of the gals around me all had different types of drinks and they all looked really good.

Positively Angel: Cupcake Omaha

Cupcake Omaha, also in the Old Market, provided decadent cupcakes for our celebration.  I had a triple chocolate cupcake that was moist and yummy.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Hiro 88 and Cupcake Omaha for helping us celebrate by providing the delicious treats. However, all opinions and views are my own.


Lizzie’s 4H Project

Positively Angel: Lizzie

This year for 4H Lizzie wanted to find something different to use for her nightstand.  She has decided her matching bedroom set is a little too immature for a teenager so slowly she has been moving furniture out and finding things that she likes instead.

Positively Angel: LizzieMy Uncle David has built camp tables for each of us and Lizzie really liked the style of it so she used his table as a template.  David’s tables are so neat and we love to use them, he paints an environmental portrait for one side of each table and on the other side he customizes it with our name and Bible verses.  Each table is different and he has made one for many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Positively Angel: Lizzie

After getting help from Dad Lizzie sanded all of the pieces of wood.

Positively Angel: LizzieThen she stained them and taped off the area she wanted to paint.  We found a wide Chevron painter’s tape that was perfect for the design she had in mind and spray painted the stripes.  Lizzie sealed the table with polyurethane sanding in between coats..

Positively Angel: Lizzie

The table turned into the perfect nightstand for Lizzie and matches her room well.  She really likes her nightstand and that she did the work to make it.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

The views of Chicago by water, especially at night are some of the most amazing views of the city and the Chicago Architecture Tours are a great experience.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

We started our boat tour at 7:30 as the sun was setting.  The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the buildings and it was easy to hear her speaking through the microphone.  Throughout the tour you could sit in chairs out on deck or inside and get a drink at the bar or use the restrooms.

Chicago Architecture Boat TourThe curved glass in the above building was actually made to match the water in the river below.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

Many of the buildings we saw were companies that I’ve actually done business with, like Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

The Willis Tower, previously known as the Sears Tower.  It was interesting to learn more about Sears through this tour, if I remember right they had 3 or 4 large buildings along the river. As many people know Sears originally began as a catalog business and their storage/shipping facilities were huge and located along the river.  During the Chicago Trolley South Tour we saw the home of the owner and learned about the original formation of the business.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

Our hotel was near the 3rd building on the left which was a  pair of very unique cylinder shaped buildings.  I was bummed that partway through the tour the battery on my regular camera went dead so most of these are from my iPhone.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

Because of the bright white and silver of the Trump Hotel it really does appear to be the crowning jewel of the river when it’s all lit up next to it’s neighbors at night.  Recently the Trump Hotel has been in the news because they put their name on the building, disrupting the look of the area, it was neat to see what all of the fuss was about.

The tour does get chilly because it catches the cool air off of Lake Michigan but we were prepared and brought a jacket so we stayed comfortable.  We really enjoyed this view of Chicago and highly recommend Chicago Architecture Tours.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Chicago Architecture Tours for the complimentary passes.  However, all opinions and views are ours.


August 17, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Jordan @ Harleys & Heels - Such great photos of Chicago from the water. The one and only time I have been to Chicago was when I was 12. Don’t remember a whole lot. Luckily for me I am heading back to attend a conference end of October. I booked a flight that takes me in the day before the conference starts so i can get some quality time with the city. Can’t WAIT! Any recommendations? I’ll have a good 8 hours to kill before the conference consumes me.
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August 18, 2014 - 11:09 am - This was my first time there and it was a great experience. That sounds fun! With 8 hours you would have time to do a tour to really see the city the boat tour or the trolley would be perfect, there’s so much to see :) Have fun!

August 20, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Lisa Trudell - Wow, most of those pics were with your phone? Those are gorgeous pics. This was one of the highlights of our last trip to Chicago. We took this tour during the day. We might have take it at night next time. Gorgeous! I absolutely in love with the architecture and the river/lake. Thanks for sharing!

August 21, 2014 - 5:23 pm - Thank you Lisa! I love my iPhone, it does a great job for on the go photos :) I bet the day time views were awesome too! I wish we had stuff like this closer to home.

Museum of Science & Industry Chicago

While in Chicago we had to see the Museum of Science and Industry, it’s one of the top ranked things to do in Chicago on Trip Advisor, which is one of my favorite sources for planning vacations.  The museum is also rated as one of the “Top 10 Science Museums to visit in the US” by American Mensa with nearly 1.5 million guests each year.

Photo Credit: Joe Ziolkowski

Photo Credit: Joe Ziolkowski

As one of the largest science museums in the world, the building is massive and was built in 1893 for the Palace of Fine Arts, used during the World’s Columbian Exposition.  In 1933 it became the home of the Museum of Science and Industry.  Today it holds many, many different types of exhibits.

Museum of Science & Industry Chicago

You can manipulate a mini tornado, or even see a 40-foot indoor tornado in the Science Storms exhibit.

Museum of Science & Industry Chicago

There is a U-505 Submarine, the only German U-boat captured during World War II, surrounded by artifacts and interactive activities.  With an Explorer ticket package you can actually explore the inside of the ship.

Some of the other things you can do with the Explorer ticket package are explore a Coal Mine, a reproduction of an Illinois coal mine that takes guests down 50 feet in a real hoist to the bottom of the mineshaft, how cool!?  MSI is also hosting the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which showcases the history and creativity with more than 300 artifacts.

Museum of Science & Industry Chicago

Colten and Lizzie enjoyed many of the interactive displays like this one, as the kids moved it would cause part of the puzzle to show an image.

There were many interactive displays for the human body that were neat too.  You could see your heart beat 13-feet tall, take a tour of your digestive system, or dissect an eyeball.


There were many different forms of transportation on display also.  You could walk through the plane in the above image and see the control area or sit in one of the passenger seats.  There was also a Passenger train on display at the entrance to the museum that was pretty neat.

There are many great things to see and do in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, you will probably want to plan 3-4 hours for your visit at a minimum and that’s moving through kind of quickly. The Museum also has a great dining area on the premises with a huge selection to choose from so you don’t have to interrupt your visit.

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for the complimentary passes.  However, all opinions and views are ours.


Cirque Shanghai: Warrior

Through the summer Navy Pier has fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights.  We enjoyed checking things out Wednesday night by riding on the amazing Ferris Wheel and watching a show.

Cirque Shanghai: Warriors” was a great show full of impressive acrobatics and Kung Fu.

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“Cirque Shanghai” is in it’s 9th year of summer productions on the outdoor Pepsi Stage at Navy Pier.  “Warriors” is a new show for the 2014 summer.  With exciting stunts this show is great for all ages.

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After all of the walking we had done earlier in the day it was so nice to sit and be entertained.  The show was a perfect accompaniment to a wonderful evening on the Pier.    When the show was over we had supper on the Pier and watched the fireworks and had a great evening.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Cirque Shanghai for the complimentary passes.  However, all opinions and views are ours.

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