Friday, January 6

NEW INTENTIONS FOR A NEW YEAR


The first week of 2017 has passed. It was a quiet and cold one around here. I spent most of my time hanging around home, cleaning the apartment top to bottom (there's nothing like starting a new year with a sparkling clean house!) and getting in lots of baby snuggles to stay warm. I also spent some time reflecting on a few intentions for the coming months. My intentions for the new year are far from lofty. I have a feeling this year is going to be full of changes for my little family so I'm already channeling all the chill vibes I can muster. This year, my goal is to keep it sweet and simple with a focus on slowing things down and living more mindfully. Check out my resolutions for 2017 below.




Learn // More about plants! I recently found out that the Garfield Park Conservatory here in Chicago offers horticulture classes through their volunteer sessions (there's also a composting and bee keeping program) How cool is that!? I'm so ready to take this crazy plant lady thing to the next level!

Make // With a new baby around, we're trying our best to eliminate products in our home that contain chemicals, perfumes, and dyes and make the transition to all natural. I've always wanted to try my hand at home made cleaning products so now seems like the perfect opportunity. Send your favorite recipes my way!

Do // Carve out half an hour in the morning just for me. Sounds like such an effortless goal, but I think it might be the trickiest to stay consistent with. As a mama, it's hard to find time to do the little things that I love so much- take a bath, read a book, practice yoga, even just sip a cup of coffee and stare off into space. Heck, I think any of us are hard pressed to find time for those little things these days! I'm making a promise to myself to wake up just half an hour earlier for a little alone time so I can be my best and most present self for the rest of the day! #selfcare2017

Explore // The city's museums, parks, and forest preserves. Free and baby friendly is the name of the game in 2017 and I'm so lucky that I live somewhere with so much to offer!

Do you do the resolutions thing? Have you set any intentions for 2017? Hope your new year is off to a lovely (and productive) start!

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Monday, December 12

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE // HOSTESS GIFT


Tis the season for endless Holiday parties and visits to friend's and family's homes. There's nothing I hate more than showing up empty handed- total etiquette faux pas! But sometimes the traditional flowers or a bottle of wine seems so cliche. I put together this collection of fun and quirky gifts that will have your host wanting to invite you back again and again!

It doesn't matter whether or not your host is instrumentally inclined- even the most tone deaf will adore this colorful ukulele!

Full of recipes, how-tos, and anecdotes this coffee table book from Kate Spade will elevate anyone's hosting game. And I mean c'mon, that pink cover!

Who wouldn't want to cuddle up in this cheeky knit blanket from Cold Picnic!?

Candles make a lovely hostess gift but this super modern pyramid incense burner + copal incense sticks are way more unique.

If you're lucky, you'll have your morning coffee served in this oh so lovely copper French Press. And throw in the matching coffee scoop for good measure! (#seewhatididthere)

How gorgeous is this Candleholder String from ferm Living!

Enamel pins are all the rage so gift the cutest ones around! Herbie Heart by ban.do, Everything is Cool by People I've Loved, I Am Fun by ban.do

Vinyl is a way cool gift to give a way hip host. Score some extra cool points by going with something slightly obscure (like Miles Davis)!

Wednesday, November 16

Hello Margaux Moon...


She's here! And just like that I am forever changed.

Margaux Moon came into our lives on October 19th at 2:40pm. She has the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen and cubby little cheeks that make my heart turn to mush.

We are settling into being a family of three and I am slowly and sweetly falling into motherhood- accepting little failures, celebrating all the tiny victories, discovering that I need surprisingly little sleep to function, resigning to being covered in breastmilk and spit up pretty much all the time, and truly learning the meaning of love- this is a feeling like no other!

Welcome to this wild world, my little Margaux Moon. I am so thankful to be your mama!

"Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies- "god damn it, you've got to be kind." - Kurt Vonnegut