Shopping

06.28.21

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in June

Another month has come and gone. I’ve done more cleaning and organizing, and …

Another month has come and gone. I’ve done more cleaning and organizing, and as a result, purchased a few organizing essentials. After a year of not organizing anything, it feels so good to get rid of what we don’t need and to find a place for everything. I’ve become a …

Life Lately

06.25.21

Life Lately: Recent Finds and Good Things That Happened This Week

In an effort to continue to be a positive space that hopefully inspires …

In an effort to continue to be a positive space that hopefully inspires and brings women together and with how much better things are with this pandemic, I’m bringing back a post that does just that next week! IYKYK. I’m also going to start sharing the good things that happened …

Childhood Cancer

06.23.21

Hospital Bag Checklist for Kids

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second …

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second birthday. We spent half the first month inpatient and over the next eight months spent a lot of time at clinic. During those first few weeks, we were in survival mode and had no idea what we …

Wellness

06.22.21

How I’m Reducing Stress and Anxiety

I’ve been talking more about stress and anxiety this year – something I’ve …

I’ve been talking more about stress and anxiety this year – something I’ve struggled with for most of my adult life. Most of us fear we’ll be judged or seen as ungrateful if we talk about anxiety, but being anxious doesn’t mean you’re not happy or grateful. Anxiety, depression, gratitude, …

Shopping

06.21.21

The Amazon Prime Day Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

I know, I know. Someone else talking about Amazon Prime Day. I’m not …

I know, I know. Someone else talking about Amazon Prime Day. I’m not usually a fan of sale posts (skipped the Nordstrom sale altogether) because it’s always the same stuff over and over. But since I’m always getting questions about my favorite toys and must-have products, I decided put together …

Motherhood

06.15.21

The First Year as a Mom of Two

I am almost one year into being a mom of two. And I …

I am almost one year into being a mom of two. And I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can talk about the transition. The beginning is a lot, but for me, was easier than going from 0 to 1. One year later, it feels so much …

Baby and Kids

06.10.21

Birthday Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Olds

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started …

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started looking at some gift ideas. She loves playing pretend – play food is probably her favorite thing right now. The thing I was most excited about is something I’ve wanted to buy her since she was born, …

Home

06.08.21

Container Gardening: How to Plant a Beautiful Flower Pot

A trip to the nursery to pick up a few flowers for an …

A trip to the nursery to pick up a few flowers for an empty spot in our yard turned into a second trip for topiaries. Before I knew it, I was going back for flowers for our planters, ground covering (more on that soon), and ordering more terracotta planters. I …

Fashion

06.07.21

The 20 Best Summer Sandals

I’ve been living in my waterproof Birkenstocks since they’re ideal for playing outside …

I’ve been living in my waterproof Birkenstocks since they’re ideal for playing outside with the girls, gardening, running errands, and I always wear them the 2x a week that I go to and from pilates. But sometimes, I like to put on something a bit more…elevated? My love of sandals …

Q&A

06.06.21

Q&A: Life in the Suburbs

   I’m not sure where my days go anymore. After the last year, …

   I’m not sure where my days go anymore. After the last year, that feels like a good thing. We had such a nice weekend – it felt so good to spend so much time outside. It started with Margot’s ballet class in our yard followed by a playdate with …

Shopping

06.03.21

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Conor and I didn’t do Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts this year.

Conor and I didn’t do Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts this year. Instead, we chose to buy some new patio furniture. A gift for everyone.  I bought the bocce ball set for Conor for his first father’s day – it’s a splurge but so well made and aesthetically pleasing.

Motherhood

06.02.21

The Unexpected Ways Motherhood Changed Me

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into …

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into my work, life, and travels, and would just continue my life with a baby in tow. And I wouldn’t be one of those moms who always worried or felt guilty when I wasn’t with my baby. My …

Baby and Kids

05.29.21

Girls Room Decor Ideas

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday …

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday around the corner, the time felt right to make the transition to a big girl bed. I won’t be making too many changes, but we’ll say farewell to her crib, daybed, and glider, making some space for …

Childhood Cancer

05.29.21

A Marco Polo Support Group for Women

This last year was one of isolation and loneliness, and mothers were one …

This last year was one of isolation and loneliness, and mothers were one of the groups hit the hardest. Then there were moms like me who faced a childhood cancer diagnosis – something that would be crippling without a pandemic. My husband and I faced the unimaginable with our now …

Relationships

05.26.21

Your Wedding Questions Answered

I never dreamed of being a bride or thought about the kind of …

I never dreamed of being a bride or thought about the kind of wedding I wanted to have. In fact, given my difficult family dynamics, I always thought I’d elope. Being the center of attention is one of my least-favorite things. When I was getting ready for our ceremony, I …

Style

05.25.21

Family Photo Outfit Ideas

As someone who appreciates fashion and design, I didn’t think getting my family …

As someone who appreciates fashion and design, I didn’t think getting my family dressed for photos would be that difficult. When I say “getting my family dressed” I should note that I am referring to myself and the girls. I knew Conor would wear jeans and a white or blue …

Shopping

05.24.21

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in May

Summer weather came early and I’ve been wearing dresses (that’s code for getting …

Summer weather came early and I’ve been wearing dresses (that’s code for getting dressed) most days and just trying to get out with the girls as much as I can while I can. Conor and I are planning a picnic date this week and it is my hope that we’ll …

Home

05.21.21

Woven Nursery Window Treatments

I get a lot of questions about the shades and curtains in the …

I get a lot of questions about the shades and curtains in the girls’ rooms. Our shades and curtains are by Hunter Douglas, and this was my first experience with custom drapery. It really makes such a big difference. So here are the details on our woven nursery window treatments …

Q&A

05.20.21

Life Lately & Q&A: Masks, Preschool, Links, and What We’ve Been Up To

Curbside pickups for salads, donuts, and Margot’s favorite chicken from Beatrix, a picnic …

Curbside pickups for salads, donuts, and Margot’s favorite chicken from Beatrix, a picnic in Lincoln Park, and lots of time together. As luck would have it, a rock cracked the windshield of my new car, but whatever – it’s just a car. Something that would have stressed me out a …

Fashion

05.17.21

The Best Dresses for Spring and Summer

After a year of (mostly) wearing sweatpants, it’s so nice to put real …

After a year of (mostly) wearing sweatpants, it’s so nice to put real clothes on. And spring means blooming flowers, anticipation of summer, and dress and sandal season. I bought a few new dresses for spring and summer, and found some gems while shopping online. Here are the best dresses …

Relationships

05.12.21

I Met My Husband On Tinder

It’s been exactly 6 years since my last Tinder date with my now …

It’s been exactly 6 years since my last Tinder date with my now husband. I actually had the most success with Tinder but dabbled with Match, Hinge, and there was a weekend on Bumble (it was just becoming a thing). It’s been a while so there are some questions I …