Motherhood

01.08.18

We’re Having a Baby!

This may be the most excited I’ve ever been about sharing something with …

This may be the most excited I’ve ever been about sharing something with you and it’s definitely the most exciting thing that happened since we got married…in October. Ha. After months of keeping this secret and no, it wasn’t easy – it feels so good to share the news! We’re Having …

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12.08.17

Life Lately: Slowing Down

You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet lately. This year …

You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet lately. This year has been nonstop. Going from planning our wedding in less than 7 months to our busiest season at work was a lot. Add in blog partnerships and getting sick a few times – I was forced to …

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09.15.17

On Turning 35

I’m celebrating another birthday this weekend. More specifically, I’m celebrating my 35th birthday …

I’m celebrating another birthday this weekend. More specifically, I’m celebrating my 35th birthday this weekend. When I turned 30, I hit what thought was my scary age. Then 35 became the new 30 and shocker – it’s not as scary as I thought it would be. I wish I could …

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08.01.17

7 Years in Chicago

Every time August 1st rolls around, I can't help but think about how …

Every time August 1st rolls around, I can't help but think about how much my life has changed since moving from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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05.18.17

We’re Getting Married in Paris

After two months of going back and forth we finally have a date …

After two months of going back and forth we finally have a date and venue IN PARIS! …

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05.12.17

To The Bride Who Doesn’t Enjoy Planning a Wedding

If I've learned anything the past 2 months, it's that so many brides …

If I've learned anything the past 2 months, it's that so many brides don't enjoy the planning process. If you've struggled with family issues and planning, this is for you.

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04.17.17

How to Change Your Life

Every so often, I’ll get asked how I started my first business and …

Every so often, I’ll get asked how I started my first business and how we launched and grew The Everygirl, too. But today, I want to talk about how much things have changed since my 20s. This isn’t my first time sharing my story but it’s been a while, and there …

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03.13.17

Our Engagement Story

The past few days have been such a blur but it really happened.

The past few days have been such a blur but it really happened. We’re engaged! I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life with this guy. Here’s our engagement story.  Our Engagement Story It all happened on Saturday afternoon. We were packing for our trip to Portugal so …

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02.01.17

Seven Years In Chicago

My journey to Chicago is a story I’ve shared before, but any time …

My journey to Chicago is a story I’ve shared before, but any time I hit a big milestone like today, I can’t not think about how much my life has changed in the past seven years in Chicago. It was those years that brought friendship, a new career, love, and for …

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12.29.16

The Best of 2016

2016 was one of my best years yet. One that came with big changes, …

2016 was one of my best years yet. One that came with big changes, lots of good, and some not so great moments, too. I’ve always been pretty upfront about things I’m struggling with but right now, I’d like to focus on some of my favorite moments from 2016. The Best of 2016 …

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11.28.16

Grief and Guilt after Loss

You probably know the pain and grief associated with losing someone you were …

You probably know the pain and grief associated with losing someone you were close to. But how do you grieve for a family member you didn’t know very well at all? Am I mourning the loss of the person’s life that ended far too soon or the relationship we’ll never …

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09.29.16

Things You Don’t Know About Me

One of my readers asked if I’d share an “about me” post a …

One of my readers asked if I’d share an “about me” post a few months ago. Better late than never, right? Whether you’ve been a reader for a month, week, or year, chances are there are at least a few things you don’t know about me. Here are the things you don’t …

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09.17.16

On Turning 34

It’s my 34th birthday today which means I’m officially in my mid-30s. Whoa. This isn’t the part …

It’s my 34th birthday today which means I’m officially in my mid-30s. Whoa. This isn’t the part where I talk about how old I am because I know I’m not old. But I swear I was just moving to Chicago a month before my 28th birthday. Here are my thoughts on turning 34. On …

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08.23.16

Journey to Chicago

When I started blogging back in 2007, I never imagined it would lead me to …

When I started blogging back in 2007, I never imagined it would lead me to a career in design. Or that I’d travel to visit a friend I met through blogging, spend 3 days in Chicago, pack up and move to the Midwest, and then launch a women’s lifestyle website. But here I am. For …

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08.01.16

Six Years in Chicago

In November 2009, I found myself in Chicago for 3 days. 9 months …

In November 2009, I found myself in Chicago for 3 days. 9 months later, I left my family, friends, and perfect California weather when I moved from the west coast to the midwest. Leaving LA for Chicago is the best and most out of character thing I’ve ever done. Before taking …

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06.21.16

Why I’m Happy Things Didn’t Work Out as Planned

At 29, I was finally figuring out what I wanted to do with …

At 29, I was finally figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. We had just launched The Everygirl, but I wouldn’t be salaried for another year, which meant things felt pretty unstable. I had been in Chicago about a year, just went through a breakup and found …

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03.16.16

Rescue Dogs and PAWS Animal Rescue

Each year, I set goals for myself, and one is always to give …

Each year, I set goals for myself, and one is always to give back. I usually find some small way to do something, but it never feels like enough (for me). 2016 became the year I was finally going to take some action. So I joined my first professional board …

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02.18.16

Starting Over In a New City and New Career

If I’ve learned anything the past few years, it’s that circumstances and expectations …

If I’ve learned anything the past few years, it’s that circumstances and expectations do not have to define you. I moved out of my mom’s house a month before my 28th birthday, a fear of flying kept me from traveling for almost 10 years, my grades were underwhelming at best, and …

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01.07.16

How to Make Friends in a New City

Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who, like me, …

Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who, like me, works from home and is about to relocate to a new city–something I did over 5 years ago. I was never especially great at making friends and didn’t put much into maintaining relationships, but that’s changed a …

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01.04.16

New Year. New Goals.

Whenever one year ends and another begins, I can’t help but think about …

Whenever one year ends and another begins, I can’t help but think about how much things have changed the past year (and several years). And is it just me or does each year seem to fly by faster than the last? It’s so hard to imagine that six years ago I …

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07.31.15

5 Years in Chicago

Tomorrow marks 5 years in Chicago. That’s half a decade. The first few …

Tomorrow marks 5 years in Chicago. That’s half a decade. The first few months after my move from Los Angeles, I’d wake up every morning, look at Buddy, and then out the window, and was sort of in awe/shock that I lived here. I’d have these random “I can’t believe I …