Baby and Kids

05.01.22

The Best Outdoor Toys for Kids

On warm, beautiful, summer days, we spend as much time outside as possible.

On warm, beautiful, summer days, we spend as much time outside as possible. Last summer, we were fully isolated at home so I made a few pandemic purchases to keep things fun and interesting for my preschooler. I found some great outdoor toys and new to the mix this year: …

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05.01.22

How to Plant an Herb Garden

I got really into gardening last year. It all started with boxwood planters, …

I got really into gardening last year. It all started with boxwood planters, then flower pots, and I planted hundreds of bulbs in the fall. I’m always looking for new kid-friendly activities, and now that the weather is finally turning, we’re cooking more. I love using fresh herbs in everything …

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.

Shopping

04.29.22

What I Bought in April

I was about to publish a life lately with some exciting news and …

I was about to publish a life lately with some exciting news and then realized that April is over and summer is just 53 days away! So I’ll share the big news in my Sunday newsletter. So I switched gears and got to work on my what I bought in …

Baby and Kids

04.27.22

Summer Clothes For Boys

I’m a mom to two girls and every so often (as in once …

I’m a mom to two girls and every so often (as in once every couple months) will get a request to share clothes for boys. So since basically no one asked, I thought I’d share some warm-weather summer styles for boys. There’s no question that girls’ clothes are cuter. That’s …

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04.26.22

Decorating With Blue and White

I love a neutral palette. When it comes to decorating with white (and …

I love a neutral palette. When it comes to decorating with white (and other neutrals), I’ve gravitated toward neutral pieces with woven accents. But the addition of a few ginger jars and then, blue and white pillows, changed the tone of our living room. Blue and white is classic and …

Personal

04.24.22

On My Mind, 4.24.22: Life Lately and Working Without Childcare

It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these posts, and so …

It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these posts, and so much has changed since early March. I usually share what’s going on in my weekly newsletter, so if you miss these posts, sign up here. It’s finally spring, we no longer have a nanny, and Kate has …

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04.24.22

What to Buy at Circa Lighting

Circa lighting is one of my favorite sources, and is one we turned …

Circa lighting is one of my favorite sources, and is one we turned to when we installed new lighting in our current home. Circa carries some of my favorites from Thomas O’Brien to Ralph Lauren. The entire store is 20% off through May 31, so if you’re going to splurge …

Shopping

04.22.22

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It wasn’t until I became a mom that this day became a happy …

It wasn’t until I became a mom that this day became a happy one for me. I didn’t have that mother-daughter relationship I dreamed of, but I now get to have it with my girls. Good moms (and those who fill those roles for us ) are amazing and deserve …

Baby and Kids

04.19.22

Summer Clothes For Girls

With two growing girls and warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to …

With two growing girls and warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to buy some warm-weather pieces. It’s always fun when the girls need new outfits because there are so many cute options. Buying summer clothes for girls is always fun. Dresses, sandals, and sweet little sets like this. I’m …

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04.18.22

Interior Design Inspiration for Our New House

We close on our new house in two months and are starting to …

We close on our new house in two months and are starting to look at rugs, upholstery, lighting, and window treatments. Most of our upholstered furniture is being ordered through Anecdote and we plan on bringing in a lot of antiques. We have a vision for the house, so hiring …

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04.14.22

British Home Decor Brands You Can Shop in the US

British design has made its way to the US. But really, it’s all …

British design has made its way to the US. But really, it’s all things English that we love, like Downton, The Crown, and Call the Midwife to name a few. The first Soho House opened in London in 1995, and Soho House now has 27 houses in 10 countries, including …

Home

04.12.22

How to Style a Console Table Under a TV

When it comes to choosing pieces for my home, I’m all about form …

When it comes to choosing pieces for my home, I’m all about form and function. I love when a piece of furniture offers me a chance to style a vignette and gives me the things I need, like a place to store toys. A console can be one of the …

Tech Backgrounds

04.05.22

April Floral Tech Backgrounds for Your Phone and Desktop

In case you haven’t noticed, I am especially terrible at winter. Los Angeles …

In case you haven’t noticed, I am especially terrible at winter. Los Angeles is the land of perpetual summer, and while I used to wish for seasons, less aggressive seasons would be nice. I’m a few days late, but my April tech backgrounds are here, and they have me so …

Blogging

04.05.22

How Do Bloggers Make Money?

It seems that no one really understands how blogging works. I get it …

It seems that no one really understands how blogging works. I get it – it’s confusing. I am sharing this with the hope that I’ll be able to provide some clarity. It’s sharing the real stuff, helpful tips, and making women feel less alone that makes me feel inspired. That’s …

Wellness

04.04.22

Finding Peace in the Waiting

There are periods of life that feel unsettling. We find ourselves longing for …

There are periods of life that feel unsettling. We find ourselves longing for more, or waiting for something to happen. This in-between can come with some very complex emotions, and it can feel so lonely. I’m trying to find peace in the waiting while counting down the days to a …

Beauty

04.01.22

The Best Clean Beauty Products and Brands at Sephora

Investing in clean beauty brands with clean ingredients is so worth it. It’s …

Investing in clean beauty brands with clean ingredients is so worth it. It’s been about two-and-a-half years since I switched to clean beauty, and I’ve found that clean and natural products work better than “dirty” ones. My skin has never looked or felt better, so I want to share some …

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04.01.22

Container Gardening: How to Plant Boxwoods in Planters

Evergreen boxwoods and terra cotta planters provide year-round greenery and a timeless, beautiful …

Evergreen boxwoods and terra cotta planters provide year-round greenery and a timeless, beautiful aesthetic to any patio or garden. My gardening journey began with a few boxwoods and evolved into topiaries, pachysandra, and these planters. These evergreens are easy enough to maintain and are perfect for adding interest to any …

Shopping

03.31.22

What I Bought This Month

My purchases were a little all over the place this month. I’m working …

My purchases were a little all over the place this month. I’m working on a gardening campaign so there were a few gardening supples. We had our first warm day here in Chicago, so I bought the girls their spring and summer shoes. There’s also a steroid pulse coming up …

Blogging

03.30.22

How to Start and Grow a Blog

I started my first blog 15 years ago, and last year was my …

I started my first blog 15 years ago, and last year was my first year as a full-time blogger without another income Could I have gone full-time sooner? Yes. Definitely. But I had a design business and then two other websites to run, so my blog was always something I …

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03.29.22

Tour Mimi’s 1928 Zook Tudor

My mother-in-law is somewhat of a renovation icon, so much that some might …

My mother-in-law is somewhat of a renovation icon, so much that some might even call her a serial renovator. When I started dating Conor in 2015, Mimi was living in this home and eventually sold it fully furnished. She was starting over from scratch, and  her next home was destined …