DIY Wood Wall: The Great Wall of Herringbone

Like all good Millennials in their 30’s, Dave and I think we’ve watched enough HGTV to be considered DIY experts.  So when he had the idea to create a wood feature wall in our living room, I was all in.  This was not our first foray into the DIY feature wall arts [see this post […]

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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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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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Wine, Dine, Party Time: A Weekend in Wine Country

Dave and I made our third trek out to wine country recently, and I swear that my soul belongs on that coast.  I don’t know why my family stopped short in the Midwest when emigrating from Italy, but they should have kept going.  Each time, we return with a little more knowledge and a lot […]

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One

Our babies turned one this month.  And as much joy as we have for this celebration, there’s a bittersweetness there too.  Mostly because they’re our last babies.  So the end of this year marks a close to a lot of the mothering experience for us: the last time we’re pregnant, the last newborn smell, the […]

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Easy Hairstyles for the Work Week

Every year I tell my students there are 3 things you should never ask a lady: 1. How old are you? 2. How much do you weigh? and 3. Is that you real hair color [because, no it’s not]. Lately I’ve been thinking about adding a 4th never to that list- How long has it […]

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A Letter to My Daughter

My baby turns one tomorrow.  One year ago today, the night before she was born, I sat at this same computer with a swollen belly and a box-full of tissues, writing this letter to my son. Full of love and fear, I sobbed and worried and dreamed about how this tiny person would change all […]

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Re-purposing Old Clothes

We are in the dreaded in-between rut of late February.  We’re in between seasons.  Between sizes. Between sleep cycles.  And, man, are we feeling the rut.  This week I went to Target by myself for a whole hour and I didn’t buy anything.  I went to Target by myself for a whole hour and didn’t […]

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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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