Style

08.06.22

Weekend Reading: 8.6.22

Life without treatment feels pretty incredible. Margot took her last dose two weeks …

Life without treatment feels pretty incredible. Margot took her last dose two weeks ago, and I’m doing better than I imagined. We’re easing into normalcy – seeing friends, hanging out at the pool and dining out (although that’s always outdoors). And we’re trying to get things done at the house, …

Entertaining

07.29.22

Pink Dinosaur Birthday Party

The girls’ pink dinosaur birthday party was a hit! Everyone had fun, and …

The girls’ pink dinosaur birthday party was a hit! Everyone 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 the end, …

Shopping

07.27.22

Recent Purchases: What I Bought (and Loved) In July

We moved into our new home just over two weeks ago, so I …

We moved into our new home just over two weeks ago, so I made a lot of purchases this month. I’m sharing what I bought this month. There were some moving essentials, a few fun things for the girls, and I got a couple things for myself, too.  Tank (in …

Baby and Kids

07.20.22

The Best Usborne Books for Little Kids

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She …

Last year, a good friend purchased a few Usborne books for Margot. She loved them, and just like that, we were hooked, so I went back to purchase a few more. And I loved them so much that I became an independent consultant. I don’t do anything outside of sharing …

Baby and Kids

07.05.22

The Best Apps for Toddlers and Little Kids (Ages 2-5)

Whether you love it or hate it, screen time is sort of inevitable.

Whether you love it or hate it, screen time is sort of inevitable. Toddlers and preschoolers have short attention spans, but just like good toys, the right app will keep them engaged, while combining learning and fun. Most of our favorite apps combine both learning and play – some more …

Style

07.03.22

Weekend Reading: 7.3.22

I have a lot on my mind right now but don’t feel like …

I have a lot on my mind right now but don’t feel like going too deep, so how about some light weekend reading? I’ll touch on where I’m at but have too much going on to really sit down and dive in. It’s a weird 4th of July weekend – …

Home

06.19.22

New House Q&A

How old is our new house? Are the girls sharing a room? What …

How old is our new house? Are the girls sharing a room? What are our renovation plans? I’m answering all your questions about our new house in today’s post.  New House Q&A   What year was the house built?  Can’t remember the exact year but almost 100 years ago.  What …

Home

06.18.22

Our New Home: Design Updates and Renovation Plans

I love the beauty, history, and details that come with an old home.

I love the beauty, history, and details that come with an old home. They really don’t make them like they used to, so it’s no surprise that we chose an almost 100 year-old home. But old houses also need a lot of updates and work. I’ve gotten a lot of …

Shopping

06.15.22

The Best Amazon Prime Purchases I’ve Made This Year

We’re halfway through the year, so I thought I’d recap some of the …

We’re halfway through the year, so I thought I’d recap some of the best Amazon Prime purchases I’ve made in 2022. Why? Because between work and kids and life, I’m always ordering something on Amazon. Amazon carries millions of products, and we find those hidden gems when our friends (the …

Home

06.08.22

How to Design a Living Room

You’re here because you want to design a living room, and chances are …

You’re here because you want to design a living room, and chances are that you’re overwhelmed. It’s hard, especially when the room has multiple functions like ours does. Designing a space that feels warm, functional, and one that has that natural flow isn’t always easy. Our living room completely transformed …

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

06.05.22

Little Sleepies Pajamas Review and Coupon Code

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she …

I ordered my daughter her first pair of Little Sleepies Pajamas when she was just 10 months old.  It took that one pair before we were hooked. That little girl turns 4 next month and wears Little Sleepies bamboo pajamas almost every night. She loves the fun prints (especially all …

Shopping

05.31.22

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in May

Temps started to warm up and I found myself needing some new summer …

Temps started to warm up and I found myself needing some new summer basics. Then I splurged on a new pair of sandals. I never (ever) spend that much on shoes but got them (in the chestnut color) for my first Mother’s Day and wear them all the time, so …

Shopping

05.25.22

The Memorial Day Sales to Shop and What to Buy

Memorial Day is here, and that means a few things. This weekend kicks …

Memorial Day is here, and that means a few things. This weekend kicks off the unofficial start to summer, a long weekend, grilling, and of course, sales. If you’re looking for furniture, a new espresso machine, summer essentials, clothes, or tech, this is the time to buy it. Here are …

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.

Baby and Kids

05.11.22

How to Eat at a Restaurant with Little Kids

I would have rolled my eyes so hard at this one before having …

I would have rolled my eyes so hard at this one before having kids. You take them to a restaurant, duh. Yes, you could just take your kids out and hope for the best. But why not set them (and yourself) up for a nice time? I’ve learned that the …

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

I get asked for a diaper bag recommendation often enough. And I had …

I get asked for a diaper bag recommendation often enough. And I had a good one, but ultimately, it was a pain. Everything was layered or in a tiny, impossible-to-find compartment. Moms: you do not need a diaper bag, so don’t fall for it. The thought of a tote probably …

Home

04.12.22

How to Style a Console Table Under a TV

When it comes to choosing pieces for my home, I’m all about form …

When it comes to choosing pieces for my home, I’m all about form and function. I love when a piece of furniture offers me a chance to style a vignette and gives me the things I need, like a place to store toys. A console can be one of the …

Blogging

03.30.22

How to Start and Grow a Blog

I started my first blog 15 years ago, and last year was my …

I started my first blog 15 years ago, and last year was my first year as a full-time blogger without another income Could I have gone full-time sooner? Yes. Definitely. But I had a design business and then two other websites to run, so my blog was always something I …

Baby and Kids

03.28.22

How to Create Kids Play Area in A Small Space

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of …

Like most parents, I made some big, bold statements about the kind of mom I would be. My house would always be clean, my kids would never wear clothing I didn’t like, and I’d be a minimalist with toys. Then I had kids. My house is definitely not always clean, …