Personal

05.30.22

Life Update and What’s On My Mind This Week

Over the last week, spending time with my family has been the one …

Over the last week, spending time with my family has been the one thing that feels right. As someone who runs anxious, and as a mom, I’ve been consumed by recent events. It’s impossible not to be. And while it’s been a really heavy week for all of us, things feel …

Style

05.19.22

Black Summer Dresses and Fashion Essentials

When most of us think of summer, wearing head-to-toe black isn’t usually what …

When most of us think of summer, wearing head-to-toe black isn’t usually what comes to mind. White, blues, and colorful dresses fill stores (and our closets). I love a white linen dress, but some of my favorites for summer happen to be black. It’s definitely not the obvious choice, but …

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.

Beauty

04.01.22

The Best Clean Beauty Products and Brands at Sephora

Investing in clean beauty brands with clean ingredients is so worth it. It’s …

Investing in clean beauty brands with clean ingredients is so worth it. It’s been about two-and-a-half years since I switched to clean beauty, and I’ve found that clean and natural products work better than “dirty” ones. My skin has never looked or felt better, so I want to share some …

Travel

02.27.22

A Week in Paris, France

Earlier this summer, I visited Tuscany, Florence, and Rome. The following week, I …

Earlier this summer, I visited Tuscany, Florence, and Rome. The following week, I visited Paris for the second time. I haven’t been everywhere, but I’ve been able to experience a few pretty incredible places, and there’s nothing like Paris. My husband and I love Paris so much that it’s where …

Style

01.02.22

2022 Goals and Intentions

2022 Goals and Intentions When one year ends and a new one begins, …

2022 Goals and Intentions When one year ends and a new one begins, I find myself reflecting on the last year, and thinking of what’s to come. About how things changed, how I changed, and what I accomplished. What I hope to accomplish. I usually make a list of attainable …

Organization

12.29.21

How I Clean My Shower Grout

A few months ago, I shared the process of cleaning my shower grout …

A few months ago, I shared the process of cleaning my shower grout on instagram. Almost weekly since, I’ve been asked to link the holy grail cleaning product that saved my shower floors. I am so excited to partner with Branch Basics, a female founded and environmentally friendly (clean) brand …

Shopping

09.07.21

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in August

I’m a little late on this post but getting those auctions up by …

I’m a little late on this post but getting those auctions up by Sept 1 took over my life the last few weeks of August. I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. Hoping to make the most of it with outdoor movie nights. Our new projector is the …

Q&A

08.29.21

Q&A: Life-Changing Stain Remover, Patio Update, When it Got Easier with Two Kids, and Link Requests

I’m back with another Q&A. Talking about my life changing stain remover, motherhood, …

I’m back with another Q&A. Talking about my life changing stain remover, motherhood, our home, a patio update, and lots of link requests. Let’s get to it. Life-Changing Stain Remover and a Patio Update Can you please share your stain remover again? Of course! Here it is. If you purchase …

Q&A

08.13.21

Q&A: My Maiden Name, Family Estrangement, The Pandemic, and Requested Links

I’m back, and answering your questions. Today, I’m talking about my maiden name, …

I’m back, and answering your questions. Today, I’m talking about my maiden name, family estrangement, the pandemic, and requested links. Q&A: My Maiden Name, Family Estrangement, The Pandemic, and Requested Links Expecting my first and am estranged from my own mom. Tips on how to navigate those emotions? First, I …

Baby and Kids

08.05.21

Baby Essentials: What You Need The First Year

Having a new baby is an adventure, and there are a million decisions …

Having a new baby is an adventure, and there are a million decisions for new parents to make. And the “essentials” will blow your mind. In addition to the basics, there are a million cute and tiny things you’ll convince yourself you need, but the reality is that you don’t.

Blogging

06.30.21

The Best Mirrorless Camera for Family Photos and Blogging

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get …

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get asked what kind of camera I use. Two years later, you can now visit my blog, search “digital camera” or “mirrorless camera” and this post will show up. You’re welcome and also, sorry it took me over …

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 …

Baby and Kids

10.16.20

Newborn Essentials For The First Three Months

The process of preparing for a baby is so different when it’s your …

The process of preparing for a baby is so different when it’s your second. There’s no spending an hour researching the best nail clippers that won’t hurt your baby or what monitor to buy. You’ve done it before and you can do it again. After going through all of Margot’s …

Home

01.13.20

My Home Office and Guest Room

When I work from home, I spend my days in my home office/guest …

When I work from home, I spend my days in my home office/guest room. It’s the 3rd bedroom in our home right next to Margot’s room. This room cozy, quiet, and gets good light and I’ve loved working here, but in the coming months, I’m going to turn it into …

Motherhood

12.19.18

Postpartum Recovery and the Essentials I Relied On

When I was pregnant, I very nervously drilled my friends on the ins and …

When I was pregnant, I very nervously drilled my friends on the ins and outs of labor. I expected the epidural to be painful, assumed there was no way I wouldn’t feel her coming out because ouch, and that the “after” would be a painful disaster. Labor was smooth and recovery …

Motherhood

06.05.18

My Baby Registry List

In case this isn’t super-obvious, I am not an expert on anything baby …

In case this isn’t super-obvious, I am not an expert on anything baby or motherhood and I don’t know what I’ll actually end up using those first few months. But you wanted to know what I registered for and I have lots of friends with babies who helped me put …

Motherhood

04.25.18

Where I Registered for My Baby Shower

I have been getting lots of questions from both readers and friends asking …

I have been getting lots of questions from both readers and friends asking what stores I’m registering at and what some of my favorite things on my registry are so far. Since I am just a few days away from my baby shower and about two months away from the arrival …

Career

07.24.17

10 Ways to be Productive When You Work from Home

Working from home and running your own company sounds like a dream, doesn’t …

Working from home and running your own company sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? You can sleep in, do whatever you want, and don’t have to answer to anyone. 10 Ways to be Productive When You Work from Home.  10 Ways to be Productive When You Work from Home Lies. I worked …

Travel

11.23.16

Road Trip: Big Sur and Santa Barbara

I’m a bit behind on travel posts but leave for NYC today so …

I’m a bit behind on travel posts but leave for NYC today so it’s time to wrap up our time in California. We spent a weekend in wine country and a day in San Francisco before driving through Big Sur where we stayed in a yurt before heading down to …