Baby and Kids

07.05.22

The Best Apps for Toddlers and Little Kids (Ages 2-5)

Whether you love it or hate it, screen time is sort of inevitable …

Whether you love it or hate it, screen time is sort of inevitable when you have children. Toddlers and preschoolers have short attention spans, but just like good toys, the right app will keep them engaged, while combining learning and fun. Most of our favorite apps combine both learning and …

Tech Backgrounds

07.03.22

July Desktop Backgrounds

I had this plan to slow down this summer. To work a little …

I had this plan to slow down this summer. To work a little less, get outside more, and to make up for what we missed the last two summers. In a former life, I would have worked full-time, so stressed out, feeling like I couldn’t sign off while trying to …

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 – …

Family

06.29.22

The Best Birthday Toys and Gifts for 2 Year Olds

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. My little girl is two! I’ve …

My second baby isn’t a baby anymore. My little girl 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 …

Style

06.28.22

Recent Purchases: What I Bought (and Loved) in June

I’ll be sharing house updates separately since it would be a little too …

I’ll be sharing house updates separately since it would be a little too much to blend with my monthly shopping. But we closed on our house a few weeks ago and have been ordering window treatments, furniture, lighting, rugs and fun things like AC units and a furnace. Work has …

Personal

06.26.22

On My Mind This Week: Birthdays, Surgery, and Choosing a Floor Stain

This week is going to be crazy. We’re celebrating Kate’s birthday tomorrow and …

This week is going to be crazy. We’re celebrating Kate’s birthday tomorrow and Margot has surgery (and a week of steroids) later this week. There’s a lot happening at the new house, too. We’re meeting our kitchen designer, wallpaper installer, and I’m working on window treatments with Hunter Douglas. Choosing …

Style

06.22.22

The Edit: Summer Style

I’m in home design mode. We’re at the house almost every day – …

I’m in home design mode. We’re at the house almost every day – choosing floor stains, paint colors, and fabrics. We’ve had fun (and have also been a little overwhelmed) with the design process. And as I mentioned, tomorrow marks one week until Margot’s surgery so I’m feeling it. It’s …

Beauty

06.21.22

Nécessaire Body Wash Review. Is it Worth It?

My time in the shower is one of my few quiet, solo moments …

My time in the shower is one of my few quiet, solo moments of the day. When your kids are little, that’s just how it goes. And anything I can do to make that time a little more luxurious and relaxing is…worth it. Chances are that you’ve seen Nécessaire products …

Home

06.20.22

Natural Fiber Rugs: The Best Sisal and Jute Rugs

Jute and sisal rugs are like a great pair of denim. They’re timeless, …

Jute and sisal rugs are like a great pair of denim. They’re timeless, have that perfect, relaxed feeling, can be dressed up or down, and go with pretty much everything. My husband thinks I want our home to look like a beach house. And he’s not entirely wrong – I’m …

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 …

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 …

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.

Fashion

06.14.22

Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

After attending approximately zero events in over two years, we were inviting to …

After attending approximately zero events in over two years, we were inviting to a wedding this fall. Aside from the obvious anxiety that comes from reemerging to such a big and “normal” event, I found myself wondering if I even own any dresses to wear to a wedding. Sure, I …

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 …

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 …

Living

06.08.22

How To Quickly and Easily Edit Photos in Lightroom

I once used 6 rolls of film on a field trip to the …

I once used 6 rolls of film on a field trip to the state capital. It was a day-long trip, and I was about 10 years old, so I suppose you could say that I’ve always enjoyed taking photos. I’m not a professional photographer, but love taking photos of my …

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 …

Entertaining

06.08.22

Pink Dinosaur Birthday Party Inspiration

I was sure I’d be planning an Encanto or Toy Story birthday this …

I was sure I’d be planning an Encanto or Toy Story birthday this year. Then my soon-to-be 4 year-old got a dinosaur book. She still loves Toy Story and likes Encanto (which was taken over by Sing 2). But dinosaurs are it. She’s seen the good dinosaur but there’s no …

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 …