Baby and Kids

02.04.21

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Babies & Kids

Valentine’s Day gifts. They are a thing now. With the holiday one month …

Valentine’s Day gifts. They are a thing now. With the holiday one month away and not much else going on, I’m going to go for it. It’s a day I didn’t care at all about until I became a mom. I don’t like red roses and prefer gummy candy to …

Home

02.04.21

Sisal Stair Runner Before and After

I love the look of a stair runner, and how it adds warmth …

I love the look of a stair runner, and how it adds warmth to an otherwise plain (and slippery) staircase. As much as I love design, this choice was actually one that came down to function. When Margot was a baby, I slipped going up the stairs while holding her.

Beauty

02.01.21

My Favorite Clean Hair and Body Products

Many of us pay attention to the ingredients in our skin care routine, …

Many of us pay attention to the ingredients in our skin care routine, but what about our hair and body wash? I made the switch to clean beauty brands after becoming a mom, so it’s been a few years. My skin looks and feels better than it did years ago …

Style

01.30.21

Things I Bought and Liked This Month

Chicago is covered in snow and it’s still falling. We’re all cozied up …

Chicago is covered in snow and it’s still falling. We’re all cozied up inside this weekend, as we have been for months, and there’s something about the snow that feels especially magical. Margot and I did a lap around the block with her sled and built a snowman! It felt …

Health

01.30.21

What Not to Say to Someone Going Through A Cancer Diagnosis

Since my daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia, I have felt a need to …

Since my daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia, I have felt a need to help people going through a difficult medical diagnosis. What we are going through is not ok or fair and there’s no reason it’s happening, but there can be some purpose in the pain. Sharing our story, raising …

Baby and Kids

01.28.21

The Best Face Masks for Toddlers

Since we’ve spent so much time at the hospital during this pandemic, I …

Since we’ve spent so much time at the hospital during this pandemic, I made it my mission to find a mask that would stay on my toddler’s little face. Our daughter started wearing masks right before she turned two, and it was such a struggle to find a comfortable, quality …

Childhood Cancer

01.26.21

Childhood Cancer Auction: We’re Done With Frontline!

Eight months ago, I could barely picture getting through the weeks and months …

Eight months ago, I could barely picture getting through the weeks and months ahead let alone making it to the end of frontline. Now that we’re officially on the other side of frontline and weeks away from starting maintenance, I feel like a new, stronger, happier, more grateful person. I …

Life Lately

01.24.21

Life Lately January 2021: Best. News. Ever.

So you know when you fall out of a routine and want to …

So you know when you fall out of a routine and want to give something a try again but it’s been so long and you’re all “ugh I can’t it’s too much” and you don’t even know what exactly you want to do and how you want to do it? …

Living

01.21.21

Reduce Waste With These Eco-Friendly Products

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been wary of harsh chemicals, …

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been wary of harsh chemicals, and have opted for cleaner, safer products. Since becoming a mom, I’ve thought a lot more about what I want around my girls, and how I want to care for our planet. Last year, I made the …

Dollhouse

01.20.21

Maileg Mouse House Makeover

How I gave our Maileg dollhouse an upgrade with $6 herringbone paper flooring …

How I gave our Maileg dollhouse an upgrade with $6 herringbone paper flooring …

Health

01.16.21

How to Support Someone Through Cancer Treatment

When you’re first facing a cancer diagnosis as a patient or caregiver, you …

When you’re first facing a cancer diagnosis as a patient or caregiver, you find yourself going through the motions and slowly trying to come to terms with a life-altering new reality. As a friend, you want to help but no one knows what to do. We didn’t know what we …

Organization

01.14.21

The Best Organization Essentials from IKEA

I’ve been on a bit of an organization bender and ordered a few …

I’ve been on a bit of an organization bender and ordered a few things from IKEA for curbside pickup. It was so easy and everything was ready next day. From the basement and junk drawer to the playroom and office, you’ll find IKEA storage solutions throughout our home. You can’t …

Beauty

01.14.21

Clean Beauty: The Best Skin and Hair Products

Everyone’s talking about clean beauty these days, but what is clean beauty? Words …

Everyone’s talking about clean beauty these days, but what is clean beauty? Words like “clean” and “organic” come into play, but not all products that label themselves that way are actually clean. The EU bans more than 1,300 ingredients from cosmetics while the US bans about 30. There is so …

Career

01.13.21

Q&A: Leaving The Everygirl & Future Plans

After sharing some big news earlier this week, I wanted to take the …

After sharing some big news earlier this week, I wanted to take the opportunity to answer some of the questions asked about why I’m leaving The Everygirl. It seems like there was some confusion as to why I decided to leave the day-to-day operations and what my plans will be …

Career

01.11.21

Making a Major Life Change

Even though I’ve had a few weeks to process this news, this announcement …

Even though I’ve had a few weeks to process this news, this announcement feels like a big deal. Making a major life change is huge, and sharing it here makes it (really) real. In 2012, I cofounded The Everygirl. I was in my late 20s, single, had zero connections, and …

Health

01.07.21

How to Support Someone After a Cancer Diagnosis

On May 16, 2020, my daughter was one of the 43 children diagnosed …

On May 16, 2020, my daughter was one of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer every day. As cliché is this might sound, this is one of those things you think happens to other people until it happens to you. Everyone rallied behind us – friends, family, and thousands of …

Q&A

01.04.21

December 2020 Q&A

What are you looking forward to in the new year? How do you …

What are you looking forward to in the new year? How do you keep your furniture clean with a toddler? How do you find time for yourself? …

Dollhouse

12.27.20

Dollhouse Makeover: How to Easily Install Dollhouse Wallpaper and Flooring

I fully blame this little project on the fact that I’ve been home …

I fully blame this little project on the fact that I’ve been home for nine months, but I decided to add some flooring and wallpaper to Margot’s holdie house and it all spiraled from there. Then I fell head first into a dollhouse rabbit hole. The last few weeks after …

My Home

12.27.20

How to Style a Fireplace Mantel

When we began the search for our home, a fireplace was a must.

When we began the search for our home, a fireplace was a must. A mantel is the heart of a room, especially in those cold months when you’re cozied up by the fire. Ours looked good enough but didn’t feel done, so I moved a couple things around the house …

Home

12.21.20

The Best White Paint Colors

What color are your walls? What white paint do you use? I am asked …

What color are your walls? What white paint do you use? I am asked those questions every week. White paint can be tough and I always recommend putting a swatch up to see how it looks in your home. We use eggshell or semigloss for trim and matte for walls. I …