40 Questions to Ask Your Parents and Grandparents


Today is my Grandma’s 89th birthday and I’ve been thinking about all the things I know (and don’t know) about her and that side of our family. I grew up living only a few blocks away from my maternal grandparents, so we’ve always been very close. As many of you know my daughter was born […]

Doctor Visit: The 3 Year Checkup


Ready or not, I’m now the proud mom of a (gulp!) 3-year-old! So yesterday, I took Nina for her 3 year checkup. In the first few years of your child’s life, it seems like your always schlepping them to one doctor visit after another. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you take your child […]

Potty Training Tips – What Worked For Us


Potty training my daughter was such an intimidating task and one I had been dreading and avoiding. But I am happy to report that things are going very well! She’s still wearing a diaper at night but I am breathing a huge sigh of relief that we seem to have turned a corner on potty […]

Birthday Questions


My daughter turned three-years-old yesterday and we had such a great time celebrating her birthday! So, I was on Pinterest getting ideas for her birthday and came across a really cool idea. You ask your kid the same questions on their birthday every year starting at 3 years old.  Put it all together in a […]

Encourage Your Kids to Get Out There and Do Something!


As a young kid, I dreaded team sports. When I couldn’t do something well, I automatically hated it. I experienced firsthand how humiliating it can be to strike out three times in front of everyone, or to have that fly ball sail over your head in the outfield. Fortunately, my parents didn’t force me to […]

Make It Happen


I’m a big believer of the “Make It Happen” mentality.  If you want something bad enough, you go for it. It’s completely on you to make time for it, make a plan and MAKE IT HAPPEN.  I really dislike listening to people complain about wanting something but never actually taking the effort to find a […]

Bon Appétit: How to Make French Crepes


Before our au pair of nearly two years prepares to leave us (boohoo!) I wanted to be sure I shared her recipe of how to make french crepes, so y’all can make them too! First, you need the following ingredients: 2 cups of milk, 2 cups of flour, 2 eggs and a big spoon of […]

I’m Officially a “Dirty Girl” – Dirty Girl Mud Run 2014


Over the weekend, I got down and dirty at the dirty girl mud run 2014. If you’ve ever participated in a Dirty Girl Mud Run then you should know the event is especially designed for the ladies. It is a 5K distance with 12 fun-filled obstacles. And proceeds from the event benefit Bright Pink organization […]

Family Friendly Activities in Chicago – July 2014


We’re a month in, but there’s still plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy this summer in Chicago. There’s something for everyone to make the most of much-needed vacation days and warm weather. Here are some great ideas for July: July 1: Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, […]

Basement Bathroom Remodel Reveal


It’s finally time to reveal the new, and much improved, bathroom in our basement. The previous owners had already roughed in the bathroom in the basement, frankly I probably wouldn’t have bothered to add a bathroom in the basement, but I thought what the heck, let’s just finish it. When I purchased the home not […]

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