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 …

Home

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 …

Home

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 …

Home

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 …

Home

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 …

Home

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 …

Baby and Kids

03.28.22

How to Create Kids Play Area in A Small Space

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of …

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of mom I would be. My house would always be clean, my kids would never wear clothing I didn’t like, and I’d be a minimalist with toys. Then I had kids. My house is definitely not always clean, …

Fashion

03.26.22

Classic Spring Fashion Trends

There are those classic spring trends I love, year after year. The words …

There are those classic spring trends I love, year after year. The words “classic” and “trend” might seem to contradict each other, but classic style is always on-trend. I’ve also found newer trends that feel timeless, like block print and eyelet.  Flowy dresses, light denim, and woven bags are “trendy” …

Career

03.25.22

Easy Graphic Design Tips for Your Business and Blog

When I started blogging in 2007, I had no idea what I was …

When I started blogging in 2007, I had no idea what I was doing or where it would take me. From attempting to navigate complex design programs and eventually, organizing partnerships, and designing invoices and media kits – it was all so new. Whether you want to start a blog …

Family

03.24.22

The Cutest Easter and Spring Pajamas for Kids

As a mom, fun and festive pajamas have become one of my favorite …

As a mom, fun and festive pajamas have become one of my favorite things about holidays and changing seasons. Did any other moms not see that one coming? And why are they so fun? Last week, I shared Easter basket ideas for babies and little kids, and today, I’ve rounded …

Baby and Kids

03.24.22

Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Babies, Toddlers, and Little Kids

Easter is still two months away, but the basket and decor are out, …

Easter is still two months away, but the basket and decor are out, and preparing for holidays is always fun. There are a few ways to go. You could do a theme: outdoor toys, swimwear, rain gear, or crafts. Or a mix of some simple favorites: stickers, wooden toys, books, …

My Home

03.18.22

Our New House

We bought a house! And it’s our dream home. It’s a beautiful, older …

We bought a house! And it’s our dream home. It’s a beautiful, older home that has been preserved, and has the most incredible details. Driving up, we felt something. Look at the front door? How could you not? And the moment we walked inside, we knew. This was our home.