Recipes

09.23.22

Spooky, No-Bake Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

My three year old loves all things spooky, so a month or so …

My three year old loves all things spooky, so a month or so ago, I bought some candy eyeballs so we could bake a Halloween treat. Our nanny had the day off, so this was it, except I was alone with both girls and needed an easy, no-bake treat, so …

Living

09.21.22

Getting Back Into a Routine Post-Vacation

After nearly two weeks in Italy, we made it back home and are …

After nearly two weeks in Italy, we made it back home and are slowly getting our lives together. I thought I’d dive right back into work but it’s been an adjustment. I thought it might help to write something on getting back into a routine post-vacation, to ease myself back …

Living

09.09.22

Weekend Reading: Ciao from Tuscany

Ciao from Tuscany! I didn’t plan on blogging on this trip and actually …

Ciao from Tuscany! I didn’t plan on blogging on this trip and actually left my computer at home. It’s the first time I’ve done that (ever) and it feels great to sign off. I’m still me though, so I take a few min to stay on my inbox so I …

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, …

Recipes

08.15.22

My Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

Let’s start this one out with a backstory. Years and years ago, my …

Let’s start this one out with a backstory. Years and years ago, my good friend Gina somehow convinced me to try CrossFit. And – pause for shock – I loved it. Not only did I do 4-5 CrossFit workouts a week, but I started following a Paleo diet. Even though …

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 …

Organization

08.11.22

The Best Products You Can Buy at The Container Store

I love organization as much as any other virgo, so when we moved …

I love organization as much as any other virgo, so when we moved into our new home, I made quite a few trips to The Container Store. In fact, I went to The Container Store today. Most were online orders with a same-day pickup (curbside is the best, isn’t it?).

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 …

Entertaining

07.29.22

Pink Dinosaur Birthday Party

The girls’ pink dinosaur birthday party was a hit! Our party guests had …

The girls’ pink dinosaur birthday party was a hit! Our party guests had fun, and we were so happy to gather with our favorite people in our new home after not being able to do so for years. It was one of those days where nothing went right but in …

Recipes

07.26.22

A Simple Summer Peach and Burrata Salad

I know this is barely a recipe but I ordered a berry and …

I know this is barely a recipe but I ordered a berry and burrata salad at Sweetgreen last week and forgot how simple and satisfying fruit and cheese can be. We made our own simple summer peach and burrata salad this week and had to share it. I almost didn’t …

Living

07.21.22

The Best Trader Joe’s Snacks for Kids

Trader Joe’s one of everyone’s favorite grocery stores for a reason. Get your …

Trader Joe’s one of everyone’s favorite grocery stores for a reason. Get your groceries, florals, everything you’ll ever need for a cheese board, budget-friendly wine, and the best snacks for kids. Fresh fruit and veggies are my preferred snack options but it’s not always possible to have them on hand, …

Life Lately

06.15.22

What’s On My Mind This Week: House, Life, and Work Updates

Have you ever found yourself in a season of life where it feels …

Have you ever found yourself in a season of life where it feels like everything is about to change in a big way? Because that’s where I am right now and it has me thinking a lot about what I want this next chapter of my life to look like.

Organization

06.10.22

Toy Organization: How to Declutter and Store Toys

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to …

When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the kids’ toys begin to take over your home. I don’t want to be dramatic and call it one of the biggest challenges of parenthood but when you have little kids, it can feel like a lot. Pikler climbers, bounce houses (why …

Living

06.08.22

How To Quickly and Easily Edit Photos in Lightroom

I once used 6 rolls of film on a field trip to the …

I once used 6 rolls of film on a field trip to the state capital. It was a day-long trip, and I was about 10 years old, so I suppose you could say that I’ve always enjoyed taking photos. I’m not a professional photographer, but love taking photos of my …

Entertaining

06.08.22

Pink Dinosaur Birthday Party Inspiration

I was sure I’d be planning an Encanto or Toy Story birthday this …

I was sure I’d be planning an Encanto or Toy Story birthday this year. Then my soon-to-be 4 year-old got a dinosaur book. She still loves Toy Story and likes Encanto (which was taken over by Sing 2). But dinosaurs are it. She’s seen the good dinosaur but there’s no …

Baby and Kids

05.23.22

Montessori Inspired Toy Organization and Storage

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys …

I vowed to be one of those parents that had very few toys in her home. No brightly colored or light-up toys. I’d be different and keep things simple –  my kids wouldn’t need much. Then came winter and a pandemic. Months and months at home without anything to do.

Life Lately

05.16.22

On My Mind Today: 2 Years Since Diagnosis

It’s a beautiful, sunny day, and an otherwise ordinary one, which is something …

It’s a beautiful, sunny day, and an otherwise ordinary one, which is something I do not take for granted. Two years ago, this day, May 16, was one of the worst days Two years ago on May 16, Margot was diagnosed with Leukemia. There’s a lot on my mind today …

Life Lately

05.09.22

10 Random Thoughts

It’s going to feel like summer this week, but if you follow anyone …

It’s going to feel like summer this week, but if you follow anyone else in Chicago, you’re probably already aware. Spring was kind of garbage this year – so much rain and way too many cold days. I read that we had about 3 days of sunshine in 45 days.

Organization

05.03.22

Tote Bag Organization for Moms

Every so often, I  get asked for a diaper bag recommendations. I had …

Every so often, I  get asked for a diaper bag recommendations. I had a good one, but ultimately, it ended up being more of a pain than anything. Everything was layered or in a tiny, impossible-to-find compartment. So here’s my recommendation. There wasn’t really easy access to anything I needed, …

Personal

04.24.22

On My Mind, 4.24.22: Life Lately and Working Without Childcare

It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these posts, and so …

It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these posts, and so much has changed since early March. I usually share what’s going on in my weekly newsletter, so if you miss these posts, sign up here. It’s finally spring, we no longer have a nanny, and Kate has …