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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Recipes

03.04.22

A Simple Spring Caprese Salad

Salad season is upon us. They never seem to satisfy me during winter …

Salad season is upon us. They never seem to satisfy me during winter – it’s just too cold. But as soon as it starts to “warm up” (you know in the 40s), they’re all I want. Almost every time I order a salad to-go, I’m left wondering how I can …

Recipes

03.02.22

Easy Paleo Banana Pancakes

Last week, I decided to add a little something to my breakfast and …

Last week, I decided to add a little something to my breakfast and whipped up nom nom paleo’s cinnamon and coconut pancakes. I followed her recipe but added a little sunbutter (so good) and this past weekend, added 1/2 a banana. We had banana pancakes on Saturday and Sunday. They’re …

Travel

03.02.22

A Week in Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina

Conor and I spent a week in Argentina in early 2016, and aside …

Conor and I spent a week in Argentina in early 2016, and aside from a few posts on instagram, I never posted anything on my blog. The city is so full of culture, and is a mix of very poor neighborhoods, stop-you-in-your-tracks architecture with both a South American and Parisian …

Marriage

03.01.22

9 Things to Do Before Getting Engaged

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came …

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came up at within the first year of our relationship and more seriously around our one year anniversary. We knew where things were headed before deciding to move in together and that we would get engaged early this …

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03.01.22

My Lakeview Apartment Tour: Before and After

I moved into this apartment a few months after Conor and I started …

I moved into this apartment a few months after Conor and I started dating, so in 2015. Feels like another lifetime ago. This post was first published years ago, but I made some updates and wanted to share more about this Scandinavian style loft located in the Southport corridor of …

Travel

02.27.22

How to Spend a Week in Paris, France

I’ve found that with most cities, you can see and do a lot …

I’ve found that with most cities, you can see and do a lot in 3 days. And you can see a lot in Paris, but if you really want to take it all in, I’d recommend staying for a week. Earlier this summer, I visited Tuscany, Florence, and Rome. And …

Baby and Kids

02.13.22

Toddler Bath Time Essentials

Bath time can be both fun or exhausting. Some toddlers love it while …

Bath time can be both fun or exhausting. Some toddlers love it while others…do not.  From watching your toddler like a hawk to attempting to rinse their hair when they just won’t look up (you’d think they’d catch on) – it’s a lot of work, but with the right toys, …

Organization

01.27.22

IKEA Home Organization Products

I’ve been tackling some big organization projects over the last year. If you’re …

I’ve been tackling some big organization projects over the last year. If you’re in the market for baskets, boxes, bins, or even a new closet or shelf, IKEA has the best storage and organization solutions for your home. I’m a serial cabinet and closet organizer who loves to create “systems” …

Baby and Kids

01.09.22

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! …

Baby and Kids

10.14.21

The Best Books for Toddlers and Little Kids

We read a lot of books every day. Some of the sweetest moments …

We read a lot of books every day. Some of the sweetest moments with my girls include snuggling and reading books. From activity books during the day to our favorite stories before nap time and bedtime – we love to read. These are the ones we always go back to …

Baby and Kids

10.04.21

Babyproofing: How We Made Our Home Safe for our Baby and Toddler

I knew I’d want to make our home safe for our children. But …

I knew I’d want to make our home safe for our children. But I also though I’d teach my young children to avoid the stairs when they were little and waited a while to install baby gates. That did not last long and eventually, the stairs were gated, but I …

Home

09.25.21

What to Buy at the Big 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 …

My Home

08.10.21

The 10 Cleaning Essentials Every Home Needs

When my home is clean, I feel a sense of peace. That might …

When my home is clean, I feel a sense of peace. That might sound like a bold statement, but I really thrive in a clean and organized environment. Today, I want to share the 10 cleaning essentials every home needs. Once I became a mom, staying on top of the …

Baby and Kids

07.14.21

Toddler Naps and Quiet Time (and Tips From A Sleep Consultant)

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She …

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She would rather stay up, play, and learn – her brain is truly incredible. “Can we play? Is it raining? Is it nighttime? Do you got a robe on? Is your hair dry? Can we go downstairs just …

Motherhood

04.07.21

Social Media has Taken Mom Shaming to the Next Level

I feel good about the decisions I’ve made for myself and know that …

I feel good about the decisions I’ve made for myself and know that my honesty puts me at risk. But not being honest puts other moms at risk. Social media has changed how we feel as mothers – who we are, how things look, what we do, and what we …

Family

04.02.21

How to Find a Nanny

A good nanny will become part of the family. This person is going …

A good nanny will become part of the family. This person is going to be in your home and care for your child (or children). They really are family members – we’re still in touch with both our former nannies and very close with one of them. After more than …

Shopping

03.29.21

Recent Purchases: What I Bought In March

Spring weather is finally here (ish) so I bought a few things for …

Spring weather is finally here (ish) so I bought a few things for the season. I loved these espadrilles so much that I purchased them in a second color. I also bought a new toner (exfoliator) and sunscreen (both clean), and a few things for the girls. They’ve been loving …