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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 …

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.

Health

03.17.22

The Best Trader Joe’s Staples

Who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s? The prices are great, flowers are affordable (and …

Who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s? The prices are great, flowers are affordable (and beautiful) and it’s a go-to for snacks and easy weeknight dinners. I wasn’t doing in-person grocery store shopping for quite a while. Now that it’s safe again, I’ve been going every week or two for my favorites.

Life Lately

03.17.22

Spring Cleaning: How to Spring Clean Your Life

Sunday marked the first day of spring! And pause for shock – I …

Sunday marked the first day of spring! And pause for shock – I love spring cleaning. This new season always inspires me to organize and style our home and closets, but more importantly, to look a little deeper at the ways I can organize my life. 🌷  I’m sitting in …

Beauty

03.16.22

My 5 Minute Clean Beauty Makeup Routine

I should probably start this post off by telling you that it’s rare …

I should probably start this post off by telling you that it’s rare I ever spend more than a few minutes on my makeup. I’ll spend time waving my hair, but stick to a 5 minute clean beauty makeup routine. I made the change to clean beauty over two years …

Style

03.14.22

20 Straw Bags For Spring

You know how much I love woven elements in my home, but I …

You know how much I love woven elements in my home, but I also love when raffia and rattan weave (sorry, had to) into my closet. From bags and sandals to jewelry and accessories, woven accessories are practical, stylish, and sustainable. So today, I’m sharing 20 straw bags for spring.

Self Improvement

03.13.22

How to Deal With Burnout

You can only handle so much stress before it’s too much for your …

You can only handle so much stress before it’s too much for your mind and body. When something that shouldn’t push you over the edge does, it’s time to think about whether or not you may be experiencing burnout. We feel the overwhelm, get less sleep, eat poorly, feel fatigue, …

Family

03.13.22

8 Lessons I Learned Transitioning from 1 to 2 Kids

Transitioning from 1 to 2 kids isn’t easy, but for me, it was …

Transitioning from 1 to 2 kids isn’t easy, but for me, it was a lot easier than going from 0 to 1. Sure, isolation, a pandemic, and cancer treatment only made it that much more complex. It has to be said that Kate has been a pretty easy-going baby compared to …

Personal

03.12.22

On My Mind, 3.8.2022: We’re Moving

Hi! A surprise Saturday post since I wasn’t in the headspace to write …

Hi! A surprise Saturday post since I wasn’t in the headspace to write one of these on Monday, and spent the week working on old content (more on that below). It feels like 11° outside, but after today, should be in the 40s-60s for the next week. I’m so ready.

Wellness

03.10.22

9 Simple Things You Can Do To Feel Better Today

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your …

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your coffee tastes better, and you have a productive day at work. Then there are the days (or even weeks) when everything’s off. I always allow myself to feel whatever I’m struggling with but try to turn things …

Home

03.08.22

The Best Home Decor Gifts $100 and Under

Anyone else ready for a spring refresh? Every time this year rolls around, …

Anyone else ready for a spring refresh? Every time this year rolls around, I bring in some blue and find myself gravitating toward woven accents. I always love making little updates and bringing in new design elements – they can make a space feel new and refreshed. Whether you’re looking …

Organization

03.04.22

Home Organization Products That Will Make You Feel Like You Have It Together

There are few things more satisfying than organizing a messy room or closet.

There are few things more satisfying than organizing a messy room or closet. And trust me when I tell you that a little bit of organization goes a long way. I love a good organizational system as much as the next type-A Virgo, and have slowly organized most of our …