Mac & Cheese Lists

Head Cheese-It Saya likes lists. She’s Type A. She’s organized. She likes bullet points. She likes to cross things off. She has (strong, sometimes inane) opinions. She finds lists really helpful in brainstorming and reflecting. She likes easy to find, access, and share information. Especially of the win-win-win variety. She wins, you win, a third party wins.

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Because Mac & Cheese is headquartered in Chicago, many of the lists are Chicago-heavy. But many of the people, organizations, activities work virtually, so if something piques your interest, don’t let location deter you from exploring further! If a business listed has closed, shoot Saya a note (so hard to keep up with openings and closings!).

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Official Mac & Cheese Partners
Service Provider Referral List
Life of Yes℠ Resources (includes travel recs)
Material Item Recommendations
Life of Yes℠ Gift Guides
Places They’ve Traveled

Official Mac & Cheese Partners


Service Provider Referrals

Due to the amount of asks and Saya attempting some amount of selectivity, no, you can’t be added to the list (even though what you offer is fabulous). She adds people at her discretion. If you’d like exposure to the Cheese-It network, head here. If you use anyone below, let Saya know about your experience.

Alphabetical by category. Chicago-based unless otherwise noted; many offer virtual services.

Life of Yes℠ Resources

See tabs for categories; on mobile, click the upper left three lines in the menu bar.

Material Item Recommendations

The Mac & Cheese Productions℠ Amazon store (cleaning, household, etc. products).

Life of Yes℠ Gift Guides

Places They’ve Traveled

A lot of people like following and recreating their travels, so here’s a list of where Pete and Saya have been if you want to check the blog to see if they did a post trip write up. You can either do a search or filter by travel to see all the travel posts.


  • Argentina (Mendoza)
  • Bahamas (Nassau)
  • Belgium (Bruges)
  • Belize (Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio)
  • Canada (Nova Scotia, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver)
  • Caribbean Cruise (Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Miami)
  • Chile (Santiago)
  • France (Paris)
  • Ireland (Dublin, Galway, Killarney)
  • Italy (Rome, Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Bologna, Cinque Terre, Pisa, San Gimignano, Sienna, Florence, Civita de Bagnoregio)
  • Japan (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Hakone, Tokyo)
  • Mexico (Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Norway (Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger)
  • Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Obidos, Coimbra, Sintra, Braga, Guimaes)
  • Scotland (Glasgow, Loch Katrine, Arrochar, Oban, Isle of Mull, Fort William, Fort Augustus, Nairn, Glencoe Lochan, Pitlochry, St. Andrews, Edinburgh)
  • Spain (Toledo, Madrid, Barcelona, Figureres, Girona, Camiral, Valencia)
  • Sweden (Stockholm, Bergen, Gotland, Gothenberg)
United States
  • Arizona (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix, Tuscon)
  • Alabama (Dothan, Birmingham)
  • California (Santa Clara, San Diego, San Francisco, Yosemite, Palm Springs, Borrego Springs)
  • Colorado (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs)
  • Connecticut (New Haven)
  • DC
  • Hawaii (Maui, Oahu)
  • Florida (Clearwater, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Pete’s, Miami)
  • Georgia (Valdosta, Atlanta, Savannah)
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky (Louisville, Lexington)
  • Louisiana (Monroe, New Orleans)
  • Maine (Acadia, Portland)
  • Massachusetts (Boston, the Cape, Northampton, Amherst)
  • Missouri (Kansas City)
  • Michigan (Grand Rapids, South Haven, Allegan)
  • Nebraska (Omaha)
  • New Mexico (Santa Fe, Albuquerque)
  • North Carolina (Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro)
  • NYC
  • Ohio (Cincinnati)
  • Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)
  • Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh)
  • Puerto Rico (main island/San Juan/Aguadilla/El Yunque; Vieques)
  • Rhode Island (Providence)
  • South Carolina (Charleston)
  • Tennessee (Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis)
  • Texas (Austin, El Paso)
  • Utah (Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, Zion National Park)
  • Vermont
  • Washington (Seattle)
  • Wisconsin (Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Lake Geneva, Fond du Lac)