Beauty

06.21.22

Nécessaire Body Wash Review. Is it Worth It?

Chances are that you’ve seen Nécessaire products on social media. It has great …

Chances are that you’ve seen Nécessaire products on social media. It has great branding and everyone seems to love it, but is it worth the hype? And is it worth $25? I made the change to clean beauty a few years ago and decided to try this award-winning body wash.

Fashion

06.13.22

Hermès Oran Sandals: Are They Worth It? An Honest Review.

On my first Mother’s Day 3 years ago, my husband and daughter gave …

On my first Mother’s Day 3 years ago, my husband and daughter gave me a pair of Hermés Oran sandals. And I’ve worn them every summer since. Designer shoes can be tough – especially heels which I don’t even bother with – and these are a major splurge. I never …

Baby and Kids

06.05.22

Are Little Sleepies Pajamas Worth The Hype? An Honest Review

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she …

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she was just 10 months old.  It took that one pair before we were hooked. That little girl turns 4 next month and wears Little Sleepies bamboo pajamas almost every night. She loves the fun prints (especially all …

Wellness

06.01.22

My Review of the Fitbit Luxe (Unsponsored)

As women and mothers, it is often the case that our health and …

As women and mothers, it is often the case that our health and wellness come last. Before I had kids, I didn’t make sure I drank enough water and got enough sleep. But when we’re not the best version of ourselves, we don’t function very well. Yet we keep going.

Style

05.17.22

My Arizona EVA Waterproof Birkenstock Review

Years and years ago, I bought a pair of Birkenstocks and returned them …

Years and years ago, I bought a pair of Birkenstocks and returned them immediately. They were leather and this was well before waterproof versions came out. But they just weren’t for me. Maybe it was the cork footbed? Then along came the Arizona waterproof Birkenstocks sandals. My friend had been …

Family

01.01.22

Year In Review: A Look Back at 2021

2021 was…something. It wasn’t my favorite year, but there was a lot of …

2021 was…something. It wasn’t my favorite year, but there was a lot of happiness. We started the year inpatient at the hospital which I suppose felt appropriate and ended the year together at home. Isolation, continued cancer treatment, two rounds of major oral surgery, and missed memories with family and …

Baby and Kids

11.03.21

A Review of the Nanit Baby Monitor

After over three years with the Nanit, it’s time to share my Nanit …

After over three years with the Nanit, it’s time to share my Nanit review. It’s a product  I liked so much that I purchased a second when I became a mom for the second time. I didn’t try any other monitors so I have nothing to compare it to, but …

Family

04.14.21

Volvo XC90 Review and How it Fits Two Car Seats

Hello and welcome to my first and only car review. I should probably …

Hello and welcome to my first and only car review. I should probably lead with the obvious: I am not a car expert and know pretty much nothing about the mechanics of motorized vehicles. I’m also not a car person. As someone who knows nothing about the cars but also …

Health

09.03.19

A Fitness Update and My Review of The Peloton

I haven’t talked much about postpartum fitness and nothing says “make it happen” …

I haven’t talked much about postpartum fitness and nothing says “make it happen” like more than a year going by after having a baby. I want to talk about where I was in my health/fitness journey before, during, and after pregnancy. But first, wherever you are health/fitness-wise, our journeys and …

Life Lately

01.01.16

2015: A Year In Review

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for …

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for a new year and a fresh start. The first half of 2015 wasn’t great for me. Sure, there were highlights like our trips to Montana and Austin, but once the trips were over, I ended up having …

Life Lately

12.31.13

2013: A Year in Review

What. A. Year. My website turned 1, there were a number of home …

What. A. Year. My website turned 1, there were a number of home tours, I had the best summer, and traveled to Europe for the first time. A few milestones from 2013. 2013: A Year in Review 2013: A Year in Review We celebrated the 1 year anniversary of The …

Life Lately

01.02.13

2012: A Year in Review and Goals for 2013

  I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. In fact–I don’t really …

  I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. In fact–I don’t really make them. I prefer to create a list of goals for the year. Some I know I’ll accomplish (or work my ass off trying) and others I hope to accomplish. I did not do everything on my …

Life Lately

01.01.13

A Year in Review: 2012

Happy New Year! I cannot believe another year has come and gone. Maybe …

Happy New Year! I cannot believe another year has come and gone. Maybe it’s just me, but this was one of the most life changing years of my life, and I cannot believe how quickly it flew by. The two biggest game-changers were the launch of my new website and …

Self Improvement

01.05.12

2012: A Year in Review

I know that many of you have shared your goals for 2012. I …

I know that many of you have shared your goals for 2012. I cannot wait to look back in a year and hopefully see what has been accomplished in 2012. Last year was a year of change, and there’s a lot to look forward to – big things I hope …

Shopping

06.15.22

The Best Amazon Prime Purchases I’ve Made This Year

We’re halfway through the year, so I thought I’d recap some of the …

We’re halfway through the year, so I thought I’d recap some of the best Amazon Prime purchases I’ve made in 2022. Why? Because between work and kids and life, I’m always ordering something on Amazon. Amazon carries millions of products, and we find those hidden gems when our friends (the …

Fashion

06.07.22

The Best Women’s Pajamas (and My Favorite Nightgown)

Last week, I shared my favorite PJs for kids. So that got me …

Last week, I shared my favorite PJs for kids. So that got me thinking about the best women’s pajamas. When Petite Plume and Minnow came out with a collaboration, I decided to finally give the Petite Plume nightgown a try. And after just one night in my new nightgown, I …

Style

06.06.22

10 Random Thoughts: What’s On My Mind This Week

I started this post at around 9AM but had Kate attached to me …

I started this post at around 9AM but had Kate attached to me and it wasn’t working. My friend Katie asked if I could meet her for lunch and I ran out the door. I’ve officially seen her more the last few days than I have the last year. Then …

Personal

05.30.22

Life Update and What’s On My Mind This Week

Over the last week, spending time with my family has been the one …

Over the last week, spending time with my family has been the one thing that feels right. As someone who runs anxious, and as a mom, I’ve been consumed by recent events. It’s impossible not to be. And while it’s been a really heavy week for all of us, things feel …

Style

05.19.22

Black Summer Dresses and Fashion Essentials

When most of us think of summer, wearing head-to-toe black isn’t usually what …

When most of us think of summer, wearing head-to-toe black isn’t usually what comes to mind. White, blues, and colorful dresses fill stores (and our closets). I love a white linen dress, but some of my favorites for summer happen to be black. It’s definitely not the obvious choice, but …

Life Lately

05.09.22

10 Random Thoughts

It’s going to feel like summer this week, but if you follow anyone …

It’s going to feel like summer this week, but if you follow anyone else in Chicago, you’re probably already aware. Spring was kind of garbage this year – so much rain and way too many cold days. I read that we had about 3 days of sunshine in 45 days.

Beauty

04.01.22

The Best Clean Beauty Products and Brands at Sephora

Investing in clean beauty brands with clean ingredients is so worth it. It’s …

Investing in clean beauty brands with clean ingredients is so worth it. It’s been about two-and-a-half years since I switched to clean beauty, and I’ve found that clean and natural products work better than “dirty” ones. My skin has never looked or felt better, so I want to share some …