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03.24.23

What to Buy at the Serena and Lily Sale

Any time Serena and Lily has a big sale, I always share my …

Any time Serena and Lily has a big sale, I always share my favorites with you. The brand has been one of my favorite partners – from our bed and barstools to bedding and towels, I love weaving Serena and Lily into our home. This is an old post that …

Travel

03.15.23

Travel Essentials for a Long Flight

If you’re going on an international trip, you’re probably working on a packing …

If you’re going on an international trip, you’re probably working on a packing list of travel essentials in order to get ready for a long flight. Maybe you’re presently trying to put together a list of travel essentials. Spending hours in the air is a lot more enjoyable when you’re …

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03.11.23

How to Care for an Indoor Olive Tree

I’ve always dreamed of having an indoor olive tree but didn’t know how …

I’ve always dreamed of having an indoor olive tree but didn’t know how to make it happen. Where does one even find an olive tree? Can they even be indoor plants? I know that they need a lot of sun which Chicago doesn’t have half the year, and historically, plants …

Baby and Kids

03.07.23

The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe and How to Make a Sensory Jar

You’ve probably seen those sensory clay kits selling for $25-40. Years ago, I …

You’ve probably seen those sensory clay kits selling for $25-40. Years ago, I signed up for a subscription and a few months in, realized I was spending way too much on playdough. There had to be a more affordable option, so I decided to try to make one. Years later, …

Motherhood

03.04.23

Postpartum Essentials You’ll Need for Recovery

When I was pregnant, I very nervously drilled my friends on the ins …

When I was pregnant, I very nervously drilled my friends on the ins and outs of labor. As as soon-to-be new mom, I was terrified. I expected the epidural to be painful and there was no way some magic medicine was going to make this experience not hurt. How could …

Baby and Kids

02.04.23

12 Valentine’s Books for Babies and Children

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and there’s something so fun about celebrating a …

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and there’s something so fun about celebrating a day of love as a mom. I’m going to put little heart-shaped notes on Margot and Kate’s doors Feb 1-14, and as always, will fill their shelves with love-themed books. Here are a few of our favorites! …

Recipes

01.08.23

The Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes

January in Chicago means a few things. Hibernation, cozy sweaters, sitting by the …

January in Chicago means a few things. Hibernation, cozy sweaters, sitting by the fire, and…that it’s slow-cooker season. I’m never ready for winter, but there’s something so satisfying about slow cooker meals. And January is also a time where many of us want to eat a little “cleaner” – it’s …

Baby and Kids

01.01.23

The Best Toys For Two Year Olds

When it comes to toddlers, it’s amazing how much things can change in …

When it comes to toddlers, it’s amazing how much things can change in just a few months. Months before writing this post, I shared My daughter’s play area and some of her favorite toys. Now that my girls are 2.5 and 4.5 and I’ve been through this stage twice, I …

Baby and Kids

12.26.22

Newborn Essentials For The First Three Months (and Beyond)

Now that I am over halfway with my third pregnancy, I am starting …

Now that I am over halfway with my third pregnancy, I am starting to think about the products I’ll use for baby number 3. About what I kept, what I need, and what I won’t use again. There’s that part of me that feels like I can’t remember anything, all …

Baby and Kids

12.16.22

The Best Etsy Shops for Babies and Kids

Since becoming a mom, I’ve turned to Etsy’s global marketplace for everything from …

Since becoming a mom, I’ve turned to Etsy’s global marketplace for everything from vintage goods to toys for kids. From sensory kits and handmade pieces to home decor, digital items (the printables are fantastic), I’ve found some amazing shops full of special goods. Whether you’re shopping for a birthday gift …

Holiday

11.20.22

How to Hang a Wreath on a Window Or Door

If you’re feeling especially festive this year or want to make things seem …

If you’re feeling especially festive this year or want to make things seem a bit more jolly, a few extra wreaths might bet the nswer. This is as DIY as I get and it’s really not DIY, but I couldn’t believe the response to my garland hanging hack and started …

Shopping

11.05.22

My Favorite Small Businesses to Support This Holiday Season

Now more than ever, it’s so important to support small businesses. This has …

Now more than ever, it’s so important to support small businesses. This has been a tough year for most of us, but we’re in this together and need to support one another. As a small business owner, it’s something I feel and think a lot about. I’ll be honest – …

Holiday

11.03.22

2022 Gift Guide: 50 Gifts under $50

Holiday gifts can get expensive. Whenever you can find the perfect gift under …

Holiday gifts can get expensive. Whenever you can find the perfect gift under $50 (or even better, under $25), it always feels so good. I have all your family members, your best friend covered this holiday season. From home cooks to beauty experts, here’s a mix of affordable gifts for …

Holiday

11.01.22

Gifts for The Home

I have a few more gift guides to go, and today, have one …

I have a few more gift guides to go, and today, have one of my favorite categories for you. These are the gifts for new homeowners, or for your best friend or family member who loves home decor. I’ve included gifts at various price points from women-owned shops, and black-owned …

Relationships

09.30.22

How to Make Friends as an Adult

Most of us might not want to admit this. But chances are that …

Most of us might not want to admit this. But chances are that at some point, you’ve probably felt like you were struggling to meet friends. You may have even wondered who your “real” friends are. As we get older and life gets more full, things shift, and so do …

Recipes

09.27.22

Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

It’s cooling down in Chicago, and with cold weather comes sweaters, hot cider, …

It’s cooling down in Chicago, and with cold weather comes sweaters, hot cider, and making cozy, hearty meals for cold nights. And what’s better than homemade chicken noodle soup? This is such an easy recipe and goes perfectly with cozy sweaters and pajamas. This is the best chicken noodle soup, …

Baby and Kids

09.22.22

The Best Fall and Halloween Books for Kids

As sweet as my daughter’s first holiday season was, she was so little …

As sweet as my daughter’s first holiday season was, she was so little and not exactly into it. And Halloween has never really been my thing. You’ll never find me in a haunted house and it the only time I dressed up in my 30s was after I became a …

Baby and Kids

08.18.22

Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

Traveling with toddlers is fun 🙃 and this was our fourth and biggest …

Traveling with toddlers is fun 🙃 and this was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from Chicago, IL to Puglia, Italy, and it was an adventure. I figured out a few tips for traveling to Europe with a toddler. Two flights, two hours of sleep overnight, …

Baby and Kids

08.18.22

The Best Gifts for 1 Year Olds

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or …

I’ve now been through this stage twice, so I’ve learned a thing or two about what 1 year olds play with. I’ve also experience what they’ll keep playing with in the months (and even years) to come. It’s wild how quickly your one-year-old changes, isn’t it? There are too many …

Travel

08.15.22

Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

I visited Lisbon, Portugal in 2017, leaving just 24 hours after our engagement …

I visited Lisbon, Portugal in 2017, leaving just 24 hours after our engagement and a surprise engagement party. The Portuguese capital is one of the best places I’ve ever visited and quickly became one of my favorite cities. The food, wine, architecture, and history are incredible. It’s one of the …

Recipes

07.30.22

Easy Paleo Dessert: Chocolate and Coconut Paleo Popsicles

I love an ice pop on a warm summer day. Since I don’t …

I love an ice pop on a warm summer day. Since I don’t really do sugar or dairy, homemade (paleo) popsicles are always a favorite. They’re clean, healthy, and delicious. I’m so excited to share these recipes from Josie Rees with you. Josie adapted two paleo recipes and as you …