Baby and Kids

03.24.22

Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Babies, Toddlers, and Little Kids

Easter is still two months away, but the basket and decor are out, …

Easter is still two months away, but the basket and decor are out, and preparing for holidays is always fun. There are a few ways to go. You could do a theme: outdoor toys, swimwear, rain gear, or crafts. Or a mix of some simple favorites: stickers, wooden toys, books, …

Family

03.13.22

8 Lessons I Learned Transitioning from 1 to 2 Kids

Transitioning from 1 to 2 kids isn’t easy, but for me, it was …

Transitioning from 1 to 2 kids isn’t easy, but for me, it was a lot easier than going from 0 to 1. Sure, isolation, a pandemic, and cancer treatment only made it that much more complex. It has to be said that Kate has been a pretty easy-going baby compared to …

Wellness

03.10.22

9 Simple Things You Can Do To Feel Better Today

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your …

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your coffee tastes better, and you have a productive day at work. Then there are the days (or even weeks) when everything’s off. I always allow myself to feel whatever I’m struggling with but try to turn things …

Home

03.08.22

The Best Home Decor Gifts $100 and Under

Anyone else ready for a spring refresh? Every time this year rolls around, …

Anyone else ready for a spring refresh? Every time this year rolls around, I bring in some blue and find myself gravitating toward woven accents. I always love making little updates and bringing in new design elements – they can make a space feel new and refreshed. Whether you’re looking …

Home

03.05.22

The Best Ikea Products That Look Expensive

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly furniture, decor, and storage solutions, but …

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly furniture, decor, and storage solutions, but navigating that giant maze of a superstore can be overwhelming. The Scandinavian retailer is filled with affordable decor, storage solutions, furniture, and even kitchen cabinets – there’s almost too much to choose from. And some of it …

Baby and Kids

03.01.22

Tips for Traveling to Europe with a Toddler

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from …

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from Chicago to Puglia, Italy. I figured out a few tips for traveling to Europe with a toddler. Two flights, two hours of sleep overnight, and ten hours up in the air with a toddler. I’m going to …

Baby and Kids

02.13.22

Toddler Bath Time Essentials

Bath time can be both fun or exhausting. Some toddlers love it while …

Bath time can be both fun or exhausting. Some toddlers love it while others…do not.  From watching your toddler like a hawk to attempting to rinse their hair when they just won’t look up (you’d think they’d catch on) – it’s a lot of work, but with the right toys, …

Shopping

01.28.22

Recent Purchases: What I Bought This Month

So…January wasn’t my best month in terms of spending. 😂 Between isolation and …

So…January wasn’t my best month in terms of spending. 😂 Between isolation and not being able to leave the house, freezing temps, and Margot’s treatment week, I did a little stress shopping. No guilt or shame though. Toys always seem to make that very hard week a little better for …

Organization

01.27.22

IKEA Home Organization Products

I’ve been tackling some big organization projects over the last year. If you’re …

I’ve been tackling some big organization projects over the last year. If you’re in the market for baskets, boxes, bins, or even a new closet or shelf, IKEA has the best storage and organization solutions for your home. I’m a serial cabinet and closet organizer who loves to create “systems” …

Shopping

01.18.22

My Favorite Amazon Purchases

My Favorite Amazon Purchases I love supporting small shops for our home and …

My Favorite Amazon Purchases I love supporting small shops for our home and closets, and for most of my clean beauty essentials, too. But since becoming a mom, I have really relied on Amazon for our family essentials. This has only increased over the last few years because we’ve been …

Shopping

01.14.22

My Favorite New (To Me) Products of 2021

When I decided to put together a list of my favorite products from …

When I decided to put together a list of my favorite products from last year, I had no idea what a role cleaning and organizing would play. It was an unusual year – I spent a lot of time at home and have two young girls, so I spent a …

Style

01.06.22

A Day in the Life: Working From Home With Toddlers (During Winter and Isolation)

For the last year or so, I’ve received countless requests for a daily …

For the last year or so, I’ve received countless requests for a daily schedule but most days, we’re just trying to get by. The honest truth is that we don’t have a ton of structure beyond meals and Kate’s naps. Margot spends most of the winter in pajamas and it’s …

Shopping

12.31.21

My Top-Selling Items of 2021

2021 was a strange year, so I’m not going to question how popular …

2021 was a strange year, so I’m not going to question how popular bats and jute were. We were all just trying to get by. Lots of cleaning, organizing, decorating, and decor. Here are the items I featured that seemed to resonate this year. Happy New Year, everyone!  My Top-Selling …

Shopping

12.30.21

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in December

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in December Recent Purchases: What I Bought in …

Recent Purchases: What I Bought in December Recent Purchases: What I Bought in December Here’s what I bought this month: Pullover Sweatshirt When I don't actually want to get dressed but want to look put together. I know I'm going to live in this all winter, so I bought it …

Personal

12.27.21

On My Mind This Week: 12.27.21

10 Things: What’s On My Mind This Week, 12.27.21 1. Christmas with the …

10 Things: What’s On My Mind This Week, 12.27.21 1. Christmas with the girls was magic but I’m ready to move on. I went a little overboard on toys but we’re going to be at home until this c*vid wave (and cold and flu season) die down. It’s about to …

Career

12.17.21

The Business of Blogging: Sponsored Content and Affiliate Links

My job is one that didn’t exist not that long ago, and it …

My job is one that didn’t exist not that long ago, and it seems that there is a lot of confusion (understandably so!) about how it all works. If you asked me to explain the inner-workings of blogging and partnerships just a few years ago, I would have had a …

Holiday

12.16.21

Toddler Christmas Gifts: What I Bought My 1.5 and 3.5 Year Olds

I know it’s late, but some of the Christmas gifts I purchased for …

I know it’s late, but some of the Christmas gifts I purchased for my girls will still arrive in time for Christmas. I’m also often asked what the girls are playing with, and now that they’re just about 1.5 and 3.5, wanted to share what I purchased for them. You …

Personal

12.14.21

On My Mind This Week: 12.15.21

Here’s what’s on my mind this week. 10 Things: What’s On My Mind …

Here’s what’s on my mind this week. 10 Things: What’s On My Mind This Week, 12.15.21 1. Thank you to everyone who donated to our Lurie Children’s fundraiser! We reached our goal, and I matched another $2500! Between our fundraisers for Alex Lemonade Stand and our hospital’s oncology department, we’re …