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Why Wise Grasshopper?
Inspiration
Why Wise Grasshopper?

The Grasshopper Goods journey has inspired many powerful connections, lessons and relationships. The Wise Grasshopper Blog is an area where I'll explore the connections between my professional, personal, and entrepreneurial lives and share inspirations, my favorite products and resources, and a few kernels of wisdom. 

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There's Just Something About the Truck...
Magical Stories
There's Just Something About the Truck...

Grasshopper Goods may have a brick-and-mortar location, but it is most well-known for Vinny, our truck, where we’ve served our customers for years as a mobile boutique at major events throughout the Midwest....

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Why It's Worth it to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Lifelong Learner Travel
Why It's Worth it to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are just that - a cozy little corner of the world that you’ve created, where you can feel safe and retreat in times of need. They’re important. We all need that soft place to land when things g...

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Tips to Spread Out Your Holiday Spending
Tips to Spread Out Your Holiday Spending

It’s safe to say that this year’s holiday season will be unlike any other. Though it may be a cliché by now (who hasn’t seen a commercial talking about these “unprecedented times”?), it’s likely that the hol...

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5 Midwesty Gifts to Help You Get Into the Fall Spirit
Midwesty
5 Midwesty Gifts to Help You Get Into the Fall Spirit

It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to summer. Though I’ll miss the long days of warm sunshine, the cozy promise of fall in the Midwest is calling my name. The multicolored, crunchy leaves, chilled air, and laye...

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How to Teach Your Kids to Appreciate Travel
Travel
How to Teach Your Kids to Appreciate Travel

My appreciation for travel wasn’t something that I “grew into” as an adult. I’ve loved traveling ever since I was a kid - it’s just the way I was raised. My dad was a commercial pilot when I was growing up, ...

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An Outskirts Upbringing
Magical Stories
An Outskirts Upbringing

I grew up in the outskirts of the suburbs of Chicago. My neighborhood was not surrounded by the shiny skyscrapers of the city, or the tree-lined streets of some of the more popular “burbs” - we were truly on...

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Should I Go Back to School?
Lifelong Learner
Should I Go Back to School?

Grad school can feel like the next logical step for many people after receiving their undergraduate degree, while for others the decision of whether or not to pursue another level of education may come at a ...

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Photo Credit: Natural Intuition Photography
Midwesty
3 Hikes You Have to Take in the Midwest

Featured Image Photo Credit: Natural Intuition Photography The Midwest is notoriously flat, with some detractors even going so far as to call us the “flyover states”. With our vast agricultural fields, prai...

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How to Ditch Tourist Stereotypes and Travel Like a Pro
Travel
How to Ditch Tourist Stereotypes and Travel Like a Pro

A traveler’s biggest fear: being pegged as a tourist. The tourist stereotype is not so flattering, particularly internationally, and a seasoned traveler typically tries to avoid falling into the category at ...

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We Offer a Discount for Teachers. Here's Why.
Magical Stories
We Offer a Discount for Teachers. Here's Why.

Grasshopper Goods wasn’t created just because I felt like it was a good business opportunity. I had a dream of building my own shop, a dream that manifested itself through a mobile boutique, and, later a bri...

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Traditions You'll Only Understand if You Grew Up in the Midwest
Midwesty
Traditions You'll Only Understand if You Grew Up in the Midwest

I’ve always felt a special pride about living in the Midwest. When you think of this region of the United States, you think of comfort, of inherent politeness, and, of course, agriculture and the outdoors. W...

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6 Habits to Become a Lifelong Learner
Lifelong Learner
6 Habits to Become a Lifelong Learner

We have a passion for education around here at Grasshopper Goods, and I guess that all starts with my background in the field. I’ve spent years working in education, first with special education students in ...

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