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 …

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: …

Home

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 …

Home

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 …