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08.21.21

Playroom Ideas for a Basement Playroom

I shared our basement before and after two years ago and today, want …

I shared our basement before and after two years ago and today, want to share some updates I made over the last year. This was such a fun space to create for my girls and in an effort to make the space one we could all enjoy, I ordered some …

Family

08.28.19

Our Basement Playroom Before and After

Now that we’ve been in our house for over a year, it’s time …

Now that we’ve been in our house for over a year, it’s time to start sharing more of it! When we moved into our house, we planned on making the basement a space that felt like an extension of our home, and the part I was most excited about was …

Style

08.06.22

Weekend Reading: 8.6.22

Life without treatment feels pretty incredible. Margot took her last dose two weeks …

Life without treatment feels pretty incredible. Margot took her last dose two weeks ago, and I’m doing better than I imagined. We’re easing into normalcy – seeing friends, hanging out at the pool and dining out (although that’s always outdoors). And we’re trying to get things done at the house, …

Entertaining

07.29.22

Pink Dinosaur Birthday Party

The girls’ pink dinosaur birthday party was a hit! Our party guests had …

The girls’ pink dinosaur birthday party was a hit! Our party guests had fun, and we were so happy to gather with our favorite people in our new home after not being able to do so for years. It was one of those days where nothing went right but in …

Style

07.03.22

Weekend Reading: 7.3.22

I have a lot on my mind right now but don’t feel like …

I have a lot on my mind right now but don’t feel like going too deep, so how about some light weekend reading? I’ll touch on where I’m at but have too much going on to really sit down and dive in. It’s a weird 4th of July weekend – …

Home

06.19.22

New House Q&A

How old is our new house? Are the girls sharing a room? What …

How old is our new house? Are the girls sharing a room? What are our renovation plans? I’m answering all your questions about our new house in today’s post.  New House Q&A   What year was the house built?  Can’t remember the exact year but almost 100 years ago.  What …

Home

06.18.22

Our New Home: Design Updates and Renovation Plans

I love the beauty, history, and details that come with an old home.

I love the beauty, history, and details that come with an old home. They really don’t make them like they used to, so it’s no surprise that we chose an almost 100 year-old home. But old houses also need a lot of updates and work. I’ve gotten a lot of …

Life Lately

06.15.22

What’s On My Mind This Week: House, Life, and Work Updates

Have you ever found yourself in a season of life where it feels …

Have you ever found yourself in a season of life where it feels like everything is about to change in a big way? Because that’s where I am right now and it has me thinking a lot about what I want this next chapter of my life to look like.

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06.11.22

How to Arrange a Stairway Gallery Wall

This is probably the least technical “how to” post that will ever be …

This is probably the least technical “how to” post that will ever be written. But I think it might be one of the most helpful, because committing to hanging a gallery wall is the hardest part. I’m here to help those of you who like me, want to hang an …

Organization

06.10.22

Toy Organization: How to Declutter and Store Toys

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to …

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to take over your home. I don’t want to be dramatic and call it one of the biggest challenges of parenthood but when you have little kids, it can feel like a lot. Pikler climbers, bounce houses (why …

Home

06.08.22

How to Design a Living Room

You’re here because you want to design a living room, and chances are …

You’re here because you want to design a living room, and chances are that you’re overwhelmed. It’s hard, especially when the room has multiple functions like ours does. Designing a space that feels warm, functional, and one that has that natural flow isn’t always easy. Our living room completely transformed …

Baby and Kids

05.23.22

Montessori Inspired Toy Organization and Storage

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys …

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys in her home. No brightly colored or light-up toys. I’d be different and keep things simple –  my kids wouldn’t need much. Then came winter and a pandemic. Months and months at home without anything to do.

Q&A

05.06.22

May Q&A: The New House, Links, and a Big Surprise for the Girls

I was painfully behind on my Instagram messages so I did a Q&A …

I was painfully behind on my Instagram messages so I did a Q&A on IG. It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these! I planned on sharing my answers in stories but I’m feeling and don’t want to be on my phone. Most of the questions are about …

Home

03.08.22

My First Chicago Apartment

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a …

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a brand new, very modern high-rise in River North. The actual unit wasn’t very “me” – it featured modern, dark, kitchen, a wall of very large, modern windows, but I loved it. I was new to Chicago and …

Home

03.05.22

The Best Ikea Finds That Look Expensive

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly home decor, furniture and storage solutions, …

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly home decor, furniture and storage solutions, but navigating that giant maze of a superstore can be overwhelming. The Scandinavian retailer is filled with affordable decor, storage solutions, furniture, and even kitchen cabinets – there’s almost too much to choose from. And some of …

Organization

03.04.22

Home Organization Products That Will Make You Feel Like You Have It Together

There are few things more satisfying than organizing a messy room or closet.

There are few things more satisfying than organizing a messy room or closet. And trust me when I tell you that a little bit of organization goes a long way. I love a good organizational system as much as the next type-A Virgo, and have slowly organized most of our …

Organization

01.27.22

IKEA Home Organization Products

I’ve been tackling some big organization projects over the last year. If you’re …

I’ve been tackling some big organization projects over the last year. If you’re in the market for baskets, boxes, bins, or even a new closet or shelf, IKEA has the best storage and organization solutions for your home. I’m a serial cabinet and closet organizer who loves to create “systems” …

Home

01.19.22

How to Organize a Narrow Staircase Pantry

It was almost one year ago that I shared our plans to convert …

It was almost one year ago that I shared our plans to convert an “extra” staircase into a pantry. Our home had two staircases off our kitchen (less than 10 feet apart) that lead to the same space: our basement.  Since we didn’t need two points of access to the …

Shopping

01.18.22

My Favorite Amazon Purchases

My Favorite Amazon Purchases I love supporting small shops for our home and …

My Favorite Amazon Purchases I love supporting small shops for our home and closets, and for most of my clean beauty essentials, too. But since becoming a mom, I have really relied on Amazon for our family essentials. This has only increased over the last few years because we’ve been …

Style

01.06.22

A Day in the Life: Working From Home With Toddlers (During Winter and Isolation)

For the last year or so, I’ve received countless requests for a daily …

For the last year or so, I’ve received countless requests for a daily schedule but most days, we’re just trying to get by. The honest truth is that we don’t have a ton of structure beyond meals and Kate’s naps. Margot spends most of the winter in pajamas and it’s …