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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Pretty in Pink

It was a right of passage for every girl growing up in the 80s and 90s-the obligatory viewing of “Pretty in Pink”.  From the first frame when Molly Ringwald steps onto the screen in her signature color, my love affair with this fiery, red-head, pink-donning, brat-packer began. I imagined myself just like Andi in the […]

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Juxtaposition: Our Fave Literary (and Style) Device

We’re not trying to get all didactic or anything here, but English teachers can’t resist talking about juxtaposition.  It’s certainly our most favorite literary device, if not all-time favorite word in the English language. For a quick lesson, juxtaposition is placing two things near each other for a contrasting effect.  Like Garrett’s Popcorn, cheesy cheddar […]

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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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Shopping With Friends

It’s no secret that MB and I like to shop. In stores. In cyberspace. In our dreams. Shopping is one of favorite pastimes, but I’ll admit that I usually like my shopping to be a solitary act. It’s a time where I can move at my own pace and try on pieces without judgement. But […]

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Skincare in Your 30’s

So, skincare is different in your 30’s. I don’t think I ever really paid attention to my skin a decade ago.  I’ll be honest, I pretty much abused my youthful epidermis.  I was a frequent visitor of the tanning beds in college (gasp!), I never used SPF over 15 (double gasp), and I would frequently […]

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BFFs: Why You Need your Girlfriends Now More than Ever

As we settle comfortably in our mid-30’s, with our jobs and families pretty much solidified, more and more time goes between seeing our girlfriends. It’s just inevitable. As we change jobs, neighborhoods, and cities, most of us have to find new tribes of women to hang out with. But I would argue that it’s your […]

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Back to School: A Week’s Worth of Teacher Style

Even though we are still fully in denial that the summer has come to an end (and subsequently our maternity leaves as well)), there’s nothing we love more than playing around with fashion. For me, teaching calls on my creative side daily, but I also love that this job gives me the freedom to get […]

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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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