Baby and Kids

06.05.22

Little Sleepies Pajamas Review and Coupon Code

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 …

Shopping

06.03.22

The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Dad

Summer has unofficially started and somehow, it’s June. How are we halfway through …

Summer has unofficially started and somehow, it’s June. How are we halfway through 2022? And now Father’s Day is somehow just a few weeks away. I don’t have a relationship with my own dad, but I married a man who is an incredible father to our girls, and I love …

Tech Backgrounds

06.03.22

June Desktop Backgrounds

I’m a few days late on this one, but our summer sitter just …

I’m a few days late on this one, but our summer sitter just started yesterday and I spent half the day downtown since we had clinic, so I’m all over the place. And Kate decided that she only wanted to be with me today. So here I am finishing this …

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.

Shopping

05.31.22

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in May

Temps started to warm up and I found myself needing some new summer …

Temps started to warm up and I found myself needing some new summer basics. Then I splurged on a new pair of sandals. I never (ever) spend that much on shoes but got them (in the chestnut color) for my first Mother’s Day and wear them all the time, so …

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 …

Shopping

05.25.22

The Memorial Day Sales to Shop and What to Buy

Memorial Day is here, and that means a few things. This weekend kicks …

Memorial Day is here, and that means a few things. This weekend kicks off the unofficial start to summer, a long weekend, grilling, and of course, sales. If you’re looking for furniture, a new espresso machine, summer essentials, clothes, or tech, this is the time to buy it. Here are …

Our Wedding

05.23.22

6 Lessons I Learned When Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding wasn’t something I dreamed of since I was a little …

Planning a wedding wasn’t something I dreamed of since I was a little girl. Given my complex family dynamics, I planned on avoiding it altogether. But I married someone with a wonderful family, and we wanted them there with us. So compromised and planned a small wedding in Paris, and …

Baby and Kids

05.23.22

Montessori Inspired Toy Organization and Storage

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys …

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys in her home. No brightly colored or light-up toys. I’d be different and keep things simple –  my kids wouldn’t need much. Then came winter and a pandemic. Months and months at home without anything to do.

Style

05.22.22

The Best Interior Design Coffee Table Books

You know how much I love design, and a good coffee table book, …

You know how much I love design, and a good coffee table book, too. I’ve shared my favorite coffee able books but wanted to focus on the best interior design books. These always make wonderful gifts and beautiful decor, too. Here are the most beautiful and inspirational interior design coffee …

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 …

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 …

Style

05.17.22

My Review of the Arizona EVA Waterproof Birkenstocks

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 almost immediately. They were leather and everyone was wearing them but I just couldn’t do it. Nothing against them – they just weren’t for me. Maybe it was the cork footbed? The buckle? I don’t know. Then …

Life Lately

05.16.22

On My Mind Today: 2 Years Since Diagnosis

It’s a beautiful, sunny day, and an otherwise ordinary one, which is something …

It’s a beautiful, sunny day, and an otherwise ordinary one, which is something I do not take for granted. Two years ago, this day, May 16, was one of the worst days Two years ago on May 16, Margot was diagnosed with Leukemia. There’s a lot on my mind today …

Shopping

05.13.22

New Summer Dresses and Accessories

Have you ever looked in your closet at the start of a new …

Have you ever looked in your closet at the start of a new season (or just ever) and felt like you were sick of everything? Like you needed a refresh? After spending most of the last two years at home, I’m ready to live and wanted some new dresses and …

Baby and Kids

05.11.22

How to Eat at a Restaurant with Little Kids

I would have rolled my eyes so hard at this one before having …

I would have rolled my eyes so hard at this one before having kids. You take them to a restaurant, duh. Yes, you could just take your kids out and hope for the best. But why not set them (and yourself) up for a nice time? I’ve learned that the …

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.

Style

05.07.22

Summer Capsule Wardrobe Under $200

I’ve been doing a lot of organizing and a little (read: very little) …

I’ve been doing a lot of organizing and a little (read: very little) shopping. And I’ve got summer on my mind. It’s always fun to pick up a few basics for the season, and I try to choose classic pieces that I won’t tire of. Trends are fun, but once …

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

Every so often, I  get asked for a diaper bag recommendations. I had …

Every so often, I  get asked for a diaper bag recommendations. I had a good one, but ultimately, it ended up being more of a pain than anything. Everything was layered or in a tiny, impossible-to-find compartment. So here’s my recommendation. There wasn’t really easy access to anything I needed, …

Tech Backgrounds

05.02.22

May Tech Backgrounds for Your Phone and Desktop

It’s MAY! There’s less than one month until June and summer and sunshine.

It’s MAY! There’s less than one month until June and summer and sunshine. And of course, some big changes for our family. It’s been especially gloomy and way too cold, but flowers are blooming, trees are green again, and warm weather is coming. Each new month feels like a month …