Baby and Kids

05.19.22

The Best Double Stroller

When you have more than one child, a double stroller is the easiest …

When you have more than one child, a double stroller is the easiest way to get around. Like many parents, I purchased one of those convertible strollers that works as a single or double stroller. But for a number of reasons that I’ll get to in a moment, I ended …

Family

05.01.22

The Best Travel and City Stroller

If you’re in the market for a smaller stroller that’s great for the …

If you’re in the market for a smaller stroller that’s great for the city but works for travel, too, the Bugaboo Bee is it. It’s a luxury stroller that’s ideal for everything – and is smaller then a full-size stroller, but a little larger (and better) than a travel stroller.

Baby and Kids

09.20.21

The Best Single and Double Strollers

A stroller is a huge investment, and unfortunately, the one you love for …

A stroller is a huge investment, and unfortunately, the one you love for one child might not be your favorite for two (in fact, it won’t). If you’re like me, you might find yourself trying half-a-dozen strollers before figuring out which one(s) are the best. That number might seem excessive …

Baby and Kids

07.31.22

Kids’ Outfits for Disney

We’re surprising our kids (ages 2 and 4) with a Disney trip in …

We’re surprising our kids (ages 2 and 4) with a Disney trip in a few months! I’m from Los Angeles and grew up going to Disneyland. I’ve actually never been to Walt Disney World, so we’re headed to California! This trip to The Magic Kingdom is going to be the …

Personal

07.10.22

Weekend Reading: 7.10.22

We’re moving into our new house tomorrow, and Margot turned 4 a few …

We’re moving into our new house tomorrow, and Margot turned 4 a few days ago, so I’ve been pretty checked out this week. The house is mostly packed up, but we still have a lot to do, and the new house is beautiful but a bit of a mess. I’m …

Family

06.29.22

The Best Birthday Gifts and Toys for 2 Year Olds

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. Kate is two! I’ve shared the …

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. Kate is two! I’ve shared the best toys for 2 year olds before, but I’ve learned a lot the last two years. And as a mom of two (and one who’s gone through this stage twice) I want to share some of the …

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 …

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 …

Organization

05.03.22

Tote Bag Organization for Moms

I get asked for a diaper bag recommendation often enough. And I had …

I get asked for a diaper bag recommendation often enough. And I had a good one, but ultimately, it was a pain. Everything was layered or in a tiny, impossible-to-find compartment. Moms: you do not need a diaper bag, so don’t fall for it. The thought of a tote probably …

Baby and Kids

03.13.22

The Best Toys for 1 Year Olds

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or …

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or two about what 1 year olds play with, and what they’ll keep playing with in the months (and even years) to come. It’s wild how quickly your one-year-old changes, isn’t it? There are too many toys that …

Baby and Kids

03.01.22

Tips for Traveling to Europe with a Toddler

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from …

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from Chicago to Puglia, Italy. I figured out a few tips for traveling to Europe with a toddler. Two flights, two hours of sleep overnight, and ten hours up in the air with a toddler. I’m going to …

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 …

Shopping

01.14.22

My Favorite New (To Me) Products of 2021

When I decided to put together a list of my favorite products from …

When I decided to put together a list of my favorite products from last year, I had no idea what a role cleaning and organizing would play. It was an unusual year – I spent a lot of time at home and have two young girls, so I spent a …

Baby and Kids

01.12.22

The Best Toys For 18 Month Old Toddlers

Finding the best toys for your 18-month-old can be a challenge. They’ve outgrown …

Finding the best toys for your 18-month-old can be a challenge. They’ve outgrown their baby toys but are not ready for toys designed specifically for older toddlers. We’ve talked about the best toys for 1 year olds, but your 18 month old is busy. I try to choose toys that …

Q&A

12.30.21

December Q&A: NYE Plans, Anxiety, Isolation, and a LOT of Links

December Q&A: NYE Plans, Anxiety, Isolation, and a LOT of Links How do …

December Q&A: NYE Plans, Anxiety, Isolation, and a LOT of Links How do I cope with pandemic anxiety with my one year old? I feel like I’m going crazy.  First, know that you are not alone. I don’t know all the details in terms of what you are feeling but …

Baby and Kids

11.11.21

How to Purge and Organize Toys

I’m always surprised at the content that resonates, and today, I’m going to …

I’m always surprised at the content that resonates, and today, I’m going to talk about how to purge and organize toys. I hope this helps some of you learn more about the toys that are worth investing in. All kids are different – they play differently and will each have …

Baby and Kids

10.12.21

The Best Winter Gear for Babies and Toddlers

It’s almost that time of year. Temps have been pretty warm in Chicago, …

It’s almost that time of year. Temps have been pretty warm in Chicago, but in the next week, we’ll say farewell to summer weather and hello to fall and probably three weeks later it will snow. 🙄 I really wish fall lasted more than a week or two but what …

Shopping

09.07.21

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in August

I’m a little late on this post but getting those auctions up by …

I’m a little late on this post but getting those auctions up by Sept 1 took over my life the last few weeks of August. I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. Hoping to make the most of it with outdoor movie nights. Our new projector is the …

Q&A

08.29.21

Q&A: Life-Changing Stain Remover, Patio Update, When it Got Easier with Two Kids, and Link Requests

I’m back with another Q&A. Talking about my life changing stain remover, motherhood, …

I’m back with another Q&A. Talking about my life changing stain remover, motherhood, our home, a patio update, and lots of link requests. Let’s get to it. Life-Changing Stain Remover and a Patio Update Can you please share your stain remover again? Of course! Here it is. If you purchase …

Q&A

08.13.21

Q&A: My Maiden Name, Family Estrangement, The Pandemic, and Requested Links

I’m back, and answering your questions. Today, I’m talking about my maiden name, …

I’m back, and answering your questions. Today, I’m talking about my maiden name, family estrangement, the pandemic, and requested links. Q&A: My Maiden Name, Family Estrangement, The Pandemic, and Requested Links Expecting my first and am estranged from my own mom. Tips on how to navigate those emotions? First, I …

Baby and Kids

08.05.21

Baby Essentials: What You Need The First Year

Having a new baby is an adventure, and there are a million decisions …

Having a new baby is an adventure, and there are a million decisions for new parents to make. And the “essentials” will blow your mind. In addition to the basics, there are a million cute and tiny things you’ll convince yourself you need, but the reality is that you don’t.