Lazy Summer Days: My Top Ten Favorite Things About Summer

Please excuse my daydream…I’m currently drudging my way through a particularly painful bout of summer school and so to pass the time, I’m coming up with a list of my favorite things I’d rather be doing in the summer! You better bet I’ll being doing these things on repeat in approximately 7 days! 1. Summer […]

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Field of Dreams

Erinn and I took our oldest boys on a play date to the Field Museum after the great success of our Disney on Ice experience. We couldn’t have planned the day any better. After dropping the babies off at their respective day cares, we met at the museum just after it opened on a beautiful […]

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Women [Maxi] Dress for Other Women

Recently an old friend came over and relayed to me her tale of getting dressed that evening. Once she had labored over her closet and selected a lovely summer frock, her husband wrinkled his nose and said, “You know, men don’t like maxi dresses.” My friend defiantly and heroically retorted, “Women don’t dress for men; […]

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Beach Bums

So if you’re like me, you used to spend hours worshipping the sun and baking like a rotisserie chicken all lathered up in tanning oil. I know…I’d like to kick 17 year old self in the ass right about now for this along with other youthful mistakes, but hey, that’s what we all did and […]

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Prom 2018

We had a much-needed friend date last weekend.  Chaperoning the senior 2018 prom provided the perfect excuse for us to ditch our husbands and kids a few hours early, throw on some heels, and kick back some bubbles and adult conversation. We headed to Quartino Ristorante for old time’s sake, a Loop spot popular in […]

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Summer Blues

I’ve got the summer blues. You know, blue dresses, blue tanks, blue rompers, bring it on! If you read our last post [fitness goals: monthly update], you know that we rewarded ourselves after reaching our fitness goals for month 1 and my treat to myself was a super flowy, parent-friendly, bbq-ready, cobalt blue dress. And […]

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Fitness Goals: Monthly Update

A month ago we wrote about making fitness goals and holding ourselves accountable using the buddy system [original post here] because apparently in your 30’s you can’t eat whatever you want consequence-free. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d make it.  I’m queen of goal-setting one minute and the-diet-starts-tomorrowing the next minute.  But having an accountability partner […]

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What I Really Want for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has come and gone again and I’m not gonna lie, I got some pretty memorable gifts this year [especially the VERY accurate drawing my 3 year old made me of what he thinks I look like] but this year’s really got me thinking about what I really want for Mother’s Day. Not necessarily […]

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Feature Wall: How to Fail and then Successfully Paint Birch Trees

My poor baby was stuck sharing a room with her parents for the first year of her life, and because I know she was desperately crying out for pastel wall color and sleek Swedish-designed mobiles, we decided to make it up to her by giving her a baller bedroom. And in our house, that means […]

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Vacation House: How to Find the Perfect VRBO

Last week, a group of friends started murmurs of a couples’ trip to New Orleans.  The second the text notification frenzy began, I shot a look at my husband that said, “Get on the VRBO house research.”   You see, Dave is a VRBO wizard.  He has held the reigns of our vacation rentals our […]

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