Relationships

10.02.22

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 …

Travel

09.04.22

Travel Essentials for a Long Flight

If you’re going on an international trip, you’re getting ready for a long …

If you’re going on an international trip, you’re getting ready for a long flight and chances are, you’re trying to put together a list of travel essentials. Spending hours in the air is a lot more enjoyable when you’re comfortable and have something to do, so I want to share …

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 …

Baby and Kids

07.20.22

The Best Usborne Books for Little Kids

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She …

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She loved them, and just like that, we were hooked, so I went back to purchase a few more. And I loved them so much that I became an independent consultant. I don’t do anything outside of sharing …

Home

06.11.22

How to Arrange a Stairway Gallery Wall

This is probably the least technical “how to” post that will ever be …

This is probably the least technical “how to” post that will ever be written. But I think it might be one of the most helpful, because committing to hanging a gallery wall is the hardest part. I’m here to help those of you who like me, want to hang an …

Home

06.10.22

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 …

Personal

05.07.22

Loss and Hope on Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just one day away, I want to share this (old) …

With Mother’s Day just one day away, I want to share this (old) post about loss and hope on Mother’s Day. It was written when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and now, four years later, I’m a mom to two girls. But something big is missing and there’s …

Fashion

04.24.22

Spring Basics From Madewell

After a winter of sweatpants and hibernating, I’m feeling ready for some real …

After a winter of sweatpants and hibernating, I’m feeling ready for some real outfits. Nothing too crazy, but some spring basics that leave me feeling a bit more…together. My sweatsuit collection is something, but now that my jeans fit again, the idea of putting some real pants on sounds kind …

Home

04.20.22

The Best Coffee Table Books

So, you know that expression about not judging a book by its cover? …

So, you know that expression about not judging a book by its cover? Well, when it comes to a beautiful book, that rule doesn’t always apply. I have purchased books after seeing a beautiful cover or spine, but it’s not always easy knowing which ones are worth it. So today, …

Fashion

04.11.22

Spring Essentials to Buy at the Shopbop Sale

April in Chicago is a little tricky. The flowers are slowly starting to …

April in Chicago is a little tricky. The flowers are slowly starting to bloom and temps are “warming up” a little bit. It’s either in the 60s or snowing and you never know what you’re going to get. Spring is sort of in the air, but it’s definitely on my …

Career

04.06.22

Making a Career Change: What to Do When You Feel Stuck

I am often asked for career advice and it’s been a while since …

I am often asked for career advice and it’s been a while since I’ve shared my unconventional career path. After my maternity leave, medical leave, and stepping down from my old position, I wasn’t exactly in career mode. But starting in 2021, I began blogging full-time, which wasn’t that different …

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03.24.22

The Best Furniture and Decor From Serena and Lily

Spring is a month away and I already broke out our light blue …

Spring is a month away and I already broke out our light blue chambray cover. Any time I look through Serena and Lily’s website, I find myself wishing I had a house in Santa Barbara or The Hamptons where everything is blue, white, woven, and linen. I’m rounding up my …

Home

03.14.22

The Best Faux Greenery and Trees

The warmer days of spring mean open windows, fresh air, and of course, …

The warmer days of spring mean open windows, fresh air, and of course, greenery. I can’t wait for the trees to grow their leaves and for flowers to bloom. And I love bringing greenery indoors with fresh flowers and plants, but it’s often the case that those live plans become…dead.

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03.08.22

My First Chicago Apartment

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a …

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a brand new, very modern high-rise in River North. The actual unit wasn’t very “me” – it featured modern, dark, kitchen, a wall of very large, modern windows, but I loved it. I was new to Chicago and …

Home

03.05.22

The Best Ikea Finds That Look Expensive

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly home decor, furniture and storage solutions, …

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly home decor, furniture and storage solutions, but navigating that giant maze of a superstore can be overwhelming. The Scandinavian retailer is filled with affordable decor, storage solutions, furniture, and even kitchen cabinets – there’s almost too much to choose from. And some of …