2018 in Review

2018 will go down in history at one of the most difficult and rewarding years in my life. I’ve been stretched, tested and swung to extremes so far beyond what I every though possible. I’m beginning to realize that it’s in those extremes where the best stuff emerges. The pain and suffering stings, but it’s taught me to appreciate and show gratitude for all the good in my life.

7 Things Before Turning 37

I’ve never been afraid of numbers (age, number the the scale), but this year, 37 is weighing heavy on me. After having two babies back to back, my body feels worn out. Plus, the responsibility of having children has also made me feel much more grown up. Though I can’t turn back the clock, I can take good care of myself and this seems like a good week to put my best effort forward.

"100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before you Die" Out May 1

It’s coming! The second edition of “100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die” will be out by May 1, 2019.

I am currently accepting preorders – all you have to do is drop me a line at jlkashou@gmail.com. Books will be $16 and available for purchase either via my website or cash/check if you are local and we can connect face-to-face.

If you know anyone who has a retail outlet that would like to carry the book to sell, please email me about that too!

You can stay up to date by following me on social media (@milwaukeetype on Instagram or Facebook.com/jennakashou) and searching #100ThingsMKE. I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of the book before we get the real, live copy in our hot little hands.

Also, check out some photos I took of our fine city for the book.

This is the first edition of the book. The second edition will look similar, but hopefully a bit sexier!

This is the first edition of the book. The second edition will look similar, but hopefully a bit sexier!

I Wrote a Book!

Milwaukeeans are famous for their humility. So while this feel like shameless self promotion (which it is) I am going to ignore the shame for once and shout from the rooftops: “Buy my book!”

“100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die” (second edition) will be out this May 1 and will be available to purchase for $16 right here on the homepage of this site. You’ll also see it at local establishments and larger retailers, but if you buy it directly from me, I’ll enclose a love letter.

It was so much fun for me to re-discover the Milwaukee, visiting iconic spots that I’ve never seen like the Pabst Mansion and getting a first look at new spots like the Fiserv Forum and Good City Brewing. It was such a challenge to whittle down my list to just 100 Things. I tried to curate a list with both famous and off-the-beaten path experiences for tourists and locals alike. I even took the photos for the book, so experiencing the city through a lens was a new and exciting experience for me.

You can stay up to date by following me on social media (@milwaukeetype on Instagram or Facebook.com/jennakashou) and searching #100ThingsMKE. I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of the book before we get the real, live copy in our hot little hands.

I am currently accepting preorders – all you have to do is drop me a line at jlkashou@gmail.com.

Also, check out some photos I took of our fine city for the book.

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Mom Life

Sometimes, I think, what happened to my life?

You get to a point in adulthood when you decide (or you just take the leap and don’t think it through, in my case) to sacrifice your free time and sanity to start a family. You experience highs and lows like a junkie – from exhaustion to euphoria. And you go back for more! You forget about the risks and the long, sleepless nights.

License to Chill

Never in my life would I have thought I’d call having a baby liberating. For the first six months, I felt like a slave to my precious and helpless little infant as the primary source of liquid nourishment. And now that he’s a toddler and eats any food in sight (with only five teeth!) I still lament being stuck at home from 6 PM on – chained to the kitchen sink or the couch out of pure exhaustion from chasing and cleaning up after him.