Family

09.22.22

How to Travel with Kids: The Best Travel Toys

I just returned from two weeks in Italy with my 2 and 4 …

I just returned from two weeks in Italy with my 2 and 4 year-old. We’ve traveled domestically a handful of times and took a big trip to Italy when my oldest was 13 months, but traveling to Europe with 2 under 4 was…an experience. This was our first long flight …

Living

09.21.22

Getting Back Into a Routine Post-Vacation

After nearly two weeks in Italy, we made it back home and are …

After nearly two weeks in Italy, we made it back home and are slowly getting our lives together. I thought I’d dive right back into work but it’s been an adjustment. I thought it might help to write something on getting back into a routine post-vacation, to ease myself back …

Holiday

09.21.22

The Halloween Decorations to Buy Before They Sell Out

I am not one of those people who wants summer to end, and …

I am not one of those people who wants summer to end, and it’s way too early to think about black cats and spider webs. But the Halloween shops are live (annoying, I know) and the good stuff is going to sell out. My first year as a mom, I …

Living

09.09.22

Weekend Reading: Ciao from Tuscany

Ciao from Tuscany! I didn’t plan on blogging on this trip and actually …

Ciao from Tuscany! I didn’t plan on blogging on this trip and actually left my computer at home. It’s the first time I’ve done that (ever) and it feels great to sign off. I’m still me though, so I take a few min to stay on my inbox so I …

Motherhood

09.04.22

Reusable Snack Bags and Lunch Containers

Both of my kids started preschool and will be having lunch at school …

Both of my kids started preschool and will be having lunch at school this year! We’re also taking our first long-haul flight with two kids which is what really inspired this post. Since we fly out at 5PM and no one likes airplane food, I wanted to prepare dinner and …

Personal

09.02.22

Weekend Reading: Labor Day Weekend Sales, Travel, and Life Lately

What a week! Two houseguests, the girls started preschool, I had a meeting …

What a week! Two houseguests, the girls started preschool, I had a meeting for a big site rebrand and redesign, and I’ve been getting ready for our trip. Packing to travel across the world with a toddler and preschooler is an experience. It’s the last weekend our pool is open, …

Home

08.31.22

What to Buy at One Kings Lane’s Labor Day Sale

One Kings Lane is a favorite resource for furniture and decor. From sofas …

One Kings Lane is a favorite resource for furniture and decor. From sofas and chairs, outdoor furniture, designer pieces, to lighting and wall art, find furniture and decor for every room. The entire site is 25% off right now, so I spent a few hours scouring OKL for the best …

Home

08.31.22

What to Buy at the Ballard Designs Labor Day Sale

When it was time to furnish my first apartment in Chicago over a …

When it was time to furnish my first apartment in Chicago over a decade ago, I turned to Ballard Designs for a few pieces for my home. Ballard Designs has been around since the 80s and has been expanding its footprint of bricks-and-mortars stores and has launched new stores all …

Shopping

08.27.22

What I Bought in August

I’ve been a little quiet this week and only published one other post.

I’ve been a little quiet this week and only published one other post. I had this whole plan to write a few posts earlier this week but I was once again very focused on optimizing old posts. My organic traffic has more than doubled the last few months so it’s …

Family

08.25.22

The Best Toys for 4 Year Old Girls

As a mom to a little girl, I didn’t really push especially “girly” …

As a mom to a little girl, I didn’t really push especially “girly” things on her. And to be clear, this post is only titled “the best toys for 4 year old girls” to make it searchable. But these toys are great for 4-year-old boys, too. So today, I want …

Personal

08.21.22

Weekend Reading, 8.21.22: Life Lately, Links, and The Nanny Search

Yesterday was rainy and today was cloudy, and it’s been nice to slow …

Yesterday was rainy and today was cloudy, and it’s been nice to slow down a little bit this weekend. It’s been a big week and really, a big month since finishing treatment. So I’ve been in cozy, slow-down, organize the house mode, and made some major progress. One of my …

Holiday

08.20.22

The Kids’ Halloween Pajamas to Buy Before They Sell Out

My four year old loves Halloween more than Christmas. I don’t really get …

My four year old loves Halloween more than Christmas. I don’t really get it, but she’s very into spooky stuff, so Halloween is a big deal at our house. But I love themed pajamas, and Halloween pjs are the official opening to the holiday season. I like to break them …

Personal

08.15.22

What’s On My Mind This Week: Houseguests and Traveling to Europe

I feel like all my posts as of late have been about how …

I feel like all my posts as of late have been about how we’re in a good little summer groove. We’re living life. It’s just that our lives feel so unbelievably different than they did for the longest time, and I’m really enjoying every moment. I am happier than I …

Recipes

08.15.22

My Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

Let’s start this one out with a backstory. Years and years ago, my …

Let’s start this one out with a backstory. Years and years ago, my good friend Gina somehow convinced me to try CrossFit. And – pause for shock – I loved it. Not only did I do 4-5 CrossFit workouts a week, but I started following a Paleo diet. Even though …

Personal

08.13.22

Weekend Reading: 7.13.22, Pickleball, Plans, and Links

We’re still really making the most of summer and have been going nonstop.

We’re still really making the most of summer and have been going nonstop. It feels good! Lots of plans with old and new friends, trips to the pool, pickleball, and trying to get the house settled and organized for fall. Here’s a new weekend reading post: recent finds and what …

Organization

08.11.22

The Best Products You Can Buy at The Container Store

I love organization as much as any other virgo, so when we moved …

I love organization as much as any other virgo, so when we moved into our new home, I made quite a few trips to The Container Store. In fact, I went to The Container Store today. Most were online orders with a same-day pickup (curbside is the best, isn’t it?).

Home

08.11.22

Cuisinart Air Fryer Review

I spent at least a year rolling my eyes at everyone and their …

I spent at least a year rolling my eyes at everyone and their air fryers. I didn’t get it, and it sounded so gimmicky. Sure, it’s supposed to be the “healthier” way to warm your food and they say french fries are just so much better in an air fryer.

Living

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, …

Shopping

08.04.22

The Summer Edit: Blue and White

I know I just posted about Halloween costumes, but I’m still holding on …

I know I just posted about Halloween costumes, but I’m still holding on to summer. It’s not my fault the holidays get introduced so early and we’re forced to buy the good stuff before it’s gone. But long live summer. And blue and white forever. I put together what might …

Family

08.03.22

Halloween Costumes for Kids and Babies

Halloween was never my thing. Then I became a mom and went all …

Halloween was never my thing. Then I became a mom and went all out with decor and costumes for the whole family. Looking for the perfect Halloween costume is so much fun – and making magic for your kids is always a good idea. It’s so fun to dress up …

Personal

08.02.22

Margot’s End of Treatment Celebration

After spending more than half her life in treatment for Leukemia, Margot finally …

After spending more than half her life in treatment for Leukemia, Margot finally rang the bell. No more port, chemo, spinal taps, or steroids. No more late night ER trips and isolating because we’re afraid she’ll get sick. On May 16, 2020, our lives felt like they were over. But …