Ice Princesses

Feeling the sharp pangs of the special and localized mom-guilt that comes when your attention is divided because you now have two kids, Erinn and I decided to give our first-borns some much needed one-on-one time and planned a mommy-son double date to Disney on Ice. Full disclosure, I am not a Disney person.  Don’t […]

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Survival Mode

A plague on both our houses. Or at least what feels like a plague has descended upon my house this winter and there is no end in sight. First it was one kid and then just when we thought we were in the clear, a fever spiked in the other one out of the blue. […]

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Best of 2017

This has been a interesting year in a lot of ways, both personally and in the public sphere. A lot has happened that gives us reason to pause. And that has really got me thinking about how easy it is to get caught up in all the negative. This year has been so full of […]

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The Christmas Card Photo Shoot

I know social media has essentially rendered Christmas cards useless, but it’s a holiday tradition I just can’t give up.  We display our holiday cards proudly as an essential component of the Christmas decor.  To those of you who send me one, know that I absolutely love them and I audibly “ooh” and “ahh” over […]

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

It’s that time of year again…temps drop and it’s time to say goodbye for good to warm-weather fashion. I have to say this prospect has me pretty excited. There is something about this season that has me wanting to sip hot chocolate by a fire place all wrapped up in my blanket. And even though […]

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Family Halloween Costumes

October is the best month of the year, mostly because of sweaters and pumpkin spiced lattes (#sobasic) and Oktoberfest beers and hot chili.  And Halloween is the best holiday because, well, because of costumes and candy.  Though Erinn will begrudgingly put on a costume if you make her, I am obsessed with dressing up.  Perhaps […]

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The Small Things

If you know me personally or follow our blog, you know that I’m Italian.  And we Italians are certainly known for our food, but any pure-blood will tell you it’s not about the mouth-watering, cheesy delicacies we whip up.  I mean, every ethnicity has its specialties.  What makes Italians different is how we look at […]

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Tag-a-long: 10 Tips for Taking Your Kids Out in Public

Let me set the scene for you: returning to Chicago on a 2.5 hour car drive from Michigan, my husband and I realize we’ll be passing right through downtown.  The four year old and five month old have just woken up.  The baby is restless. It’s a lovely day, so we decide to have a […]

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My First Born

We’ve always had a tumultuous relationship. Even in utero he was a stubborn one. He sat straight up, refusing to turn down. That should have been my first signal that he would have a mind of his own, choosing his own path, not bending to the will of others (and by others, I mean me). […]

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Fall Shoes for the Whole Family

I know everyone’s manicured toes are doing open-air wiggles in flip flops right now, but it is time to start thinking about fall shoes.  Before we know it, it’ll be time to reign in our piggies in all kinds of leather and suede adorableness.  I don’t know about you, but I’m really hard on my […]

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