23 Aug 2017

5 Chicago Concerts I’d See (If I Weren’t Broke): The September Edition

Live music—a panacea for all life’s problems.  The lights dim, the room’s packed and you can smell the person next to you because the crowd is pressing in on you from all sides in that dingy little dive-bar basement, and you’re ready to lose your shit… And then the stage lights flicker as that opening…

19 Aug 2017

TLC’s ‘The Spouse House’ Ep. 6: It’s All Indecision This Week

Engagement Ceremony It’s been five weeks since the contestants entered the Spouse House, and so far we’ve seen only one marriage.  Episode 6 picks up where episode 5 left off—with Missy’s announcement that she’s leaving the house.  Still convinced she will marry Chris, she dangles the possibility of his leaving with her.  He takes a…

Tom and Ashley Lauren from TLC;s 'The Spouse House'
12 Aug 2017

‘The Spouse House’ Episode 5: Messing With Imperfection

In episode 5 of TLC’s The Spouse House, shit starts getting real.  Last week saw Danny and Naya married, the first couple to do so.  To say it arrived with a wake-up call would be an understatement.  The contestants are feeling the pressure more than ever as they realize just how close they are to…

26 Dec 2015

MiFlight: Avoid Airport Aggravation!

How long is the airport security line? Every flyer wants to know. The answer is here. And we're all part of the solution.




07 Aug 2017

Kind AF shirt makes debut on TLC’s Spouse House

It finally happened! A kinda kind shirt made its debut onto the TLC Network show The Spouse House. At this point, everything going on in the house had me (Ashley Lauren) exhausted and emotionally drained. This is evidenced in the super sleepy eyes, and the super casual/no make up jeans and a t-shirt look. But…

Danny and Naya get married on TLC's 'The Spouse House'
06 Aug 2017

‘Spouse House’ Episode 4: Nuptials and Newlyweds

Danny and Naya seal their fate on TLC’s ‘The Spouse House’ Last Week’s Spouse House Engagement Ceremony Episode three of The Spouse House culminated with the usual cliffhanger, this time with Danny proposing to Naya.  The shock came when Naya, after a brief hesitation, agreed, setting in motion hurried plans to…

'Dunkirk' film photo
02 Aug 2017

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’: A Necessary Watch

A harrowing image of the landing at Dunkirk during WWII Christopher Nolan (as though there was any doubt…) Let it be known before I get into the rest of my article: I am a complete Christopher Nolan fanboy. As I run through his entire body of work,…

29 Jul 2017

‘The Spouse House’ Episode 3: Mock-Matrimony

Disclaimer: For those who don’t know Ashley is a contestant on TLC’s Spouse House. I personally do not know the show’s outcome or any secrets or spoilers, I’m simply watching along with all of you and providing an episode re-cap and some personal opinion. Be sure to watch Spouse House on TLC, Sundays at 10/9pm…