Fall Family Photo Shoot

It’s getting to be that time of year when photogs’ calendars get booked up with hopeful families willing to push fistfuls of sugar into their children’s whining mouths so that they can get maybe a shot or two of their progeny propped up in a park somewhere on a picnic blanket in their Sunday best.  […]

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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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