small kitchen update, big return!

When we moved to LA, this target rug was all of the rage. It's still at target here actually - and I still really like it - but for us, it had lived a long life.

It worked really well in LA, and then we brought it to Chicago, and it worked really well here too. 

I liked that it hid a lot of the kids junk, but lately it was getting just dirtier and dirtier.

I kept joking that I got shamed by our local carpet cleaners, because when I asked for a quote to get it professionally cleaned, he told me it would probably be cheaper to just buy a new one. Ha!

So, finally I did, and since Target had served us so well the first time, I decided to go back for more. If you haven't been on Target shopping for rugs lately - they have this really cool feature that you can preview the rug in your room....I loved it. I will say, in real life, the rug is much lighter, but I still really love it. The rug I bought is the Ava rug by Threshold, and I can't seem to find it online currently...

On their app: 

real life:

This rug looks and feels much richer than our older one, and is soft enough on our wood floor to not need a rug mat - which the other one needed.

I love the way the colors work with our living room and overall I'm really happy with the upgrade.


Drew - Month 13

 1 month ::: 2 months ::: 3 months ::: 4 months::: 5 months::: 6 months ::: 7 months ::: 8 months ::: 9 months ::: 10 months ::: 11 months ::: 12 months ::: 

Weight: 19lbs 15oz (49%), 29.25" (43%), head is 45cm (48%)

Clothes: Solidly in 12-18mth and I just grabbed some leggings at Old Navy that are 18-24mth, and they fit you well. It's honestly disturbing me. Your shoes are a 3, and diapers are a 4.

Nicknames: Drewbie, Drewbs, and Drewbo.

Sleep: We dropped your morning nap this month. You honestly didn't seem to mind at all, but I thought that I would be guarnteeing a really great afternoon nap, and that just hasn't been the case. It's a little all over the place, but on average you've only been sleeping in the afternoon for like 90 minutes. I'm hoping that it's just the transition and that you will soon learn to rest your busy body for at least two hours! 

Schedule: Now that we have dropped your morning nap, if you can, you will sleep in past 7:30/8 sometimes. 

7:15am - We wake you up most mornings with an 8oz bottle
8am - breakfast
11am- sometimes you will take a bottle (especailly if I drop you at the KidZone at the gym)
12pm - lunch 
  1:00pm - 3:00pm - Nap....trying 
3:15 - snack and some milk in a sippy cup
3:30-5pm - play
5:30/6pm- Dinner
6:30pm-Bottle #3
7pm - Bed

Health:  You've had a couple minor coughs/cold/runny noses. Nothing serious thankfully. I have been taking you out and about quite a bit lately, and since everything goes into your mouth, I get nervous about germs, but we are trying to just push through and take lots of baths and hand washing breaks. 

 Crying: You are a very happy baby but figuring out what you like and don't more and more. You cry when I strap you into the carseat, you will cry if Leo swipes a toy or boinks you down, and you will cry if I correct you from doing something you shouldn't be doing - like chewing on an iphone cord. 

Feeding: You've been a great eater....I don't think much has changed this month to be honest. You did try shrimp and that went over well and you really seemed to enjoy it. Otherwise, you're not overly picky and can eat quite a bit! 

Likes: You have really started to enjoy playing in the play room this month. There are so many toys for you to explore and check out - and you are the happiest in there when we are at home. You like to be around people, you like to have the attention of everyone in the room, you like to read books, listen to music, and play ball with Roscoe. 
Dislikes: You don't love diaper changes, the nose frida, getting toys swiped via your older brother, and you don't seem to like wearing socks to sleep. 

Milestones:  You  are a full blown walker. I would say, just like Leo, you were officially off to the races at 12mths2weeks. Now, walking is pretty much your preferred method of transportation. It's honestly crazy to see you vertical! 

You are babbling a LOT. Mama, Dada, Hi, and Baba are the most clear. 

You understand quite a bit, and have really started to explore your toys in a different way this year which has been fun to watch. 

Places You’ve Gone: We were home for the holidays, and celebrated a perfect Christmas and New Year with you. This month, I also started dropping you off at the KidZone at my health club. You don't love it - you hate when I leave - but you're doing better (And way better than Leo did). They often push you in the stroller with "special owl", feed you a little bottle, and then feel comfortable to go play. I also feel so much more comfortable with the space since I know the ladies that work there now, and have a lot of friends kids who take special care of Drewbie when she is in there too. 

Postpartum: Back to closer to 3ish away. Christmas didn't do me any favors but I've been really crushing it at the gym these last few weeks so I really hope I see a move in the right direction! 

Leo:   He loves you - tests you - drives you a little crazy - but is truly your best friend and that's been a really special thing for us to watch.


Weekend Recap

Ok - this is big. It's Sunday night, I'm level 11 tired, (it is only 7:30pm, but I'm weak), I'm already in bed, and I just had Joel bring up my computer so that I could actually get a weekend recap post up before 8am tomorrow morning! Making progress over here!!

I had a fantastic weekend - and I hope you did too. 

Friday night, we had book club at my neighbors house. Luckily, I was able to walk, because that night we got like 7 inches of snow. It was the perfect night to sit inside with a bunch of girlfriends, snacks, and red wine. 

I totally goofed up on taking any pictures of our night - I was too busy chatting and bringing my wine glass to my lips - but it was a really fun time. We had read When Life Gives You Lululemons which was a fun book to discuss with a bunch of suburban moms. 

Saturday morning, my mom and I took the train into the city to meet my sisters for a belated birthday celebration for my mom. 

We started the day off at Nordstrom, and shockingly, I found an amazing bathing suit, and we couldn't help but splurge on suits for the kids too for our upcoming trip.

After a little shopping, we headed to the Peninsula for High Tea. 

The Peninsula hotel in Chicago is one of my all time favorites - and their high tea is truly delightful.

We enjoyed our tea, snacks, champagne, talked, watched the snow fall....It was lovely.


We took our buzz over to Zara for a little more shopping and then found ourselves at Mastro's for a martini in their bar (which I love). 

After a drink, we went back to my sisters for a few minutes and then headed to Coast Sushi in Bucktown for dinner. 

We had a perfect light dinner, and my mom and I headed to my cousins house before we crawled into bed at 10! It was perfect! 

Sunday morning, my sister Hannah, cousin Amanda, and my girlfriend Mary (Hiiiiii!!!), met up for a sculpt class at CorePower. We got our butts handed to us, but it's one of my all time favorite workouts and I always try to fit it in when I'm in the city.

After quick showers, we prepped for brunch at Amanda's. Joel and the kids drove into the city and my girlfriend Sara and her fam came over too.

It was perfect. The kids played, ate, hung out, and then we loaded up the car by 1:30 and were home by 2:30.

My parents took Leo to their house for a few hours so that we could get our fussy little Drew home for a nap - and then we met over there for Sunday night dinner. We had a great, healthy dinner and got everyone home, cozy in bed, early - just the way I like it! 


Five on Friday

::: 1 ::: 

I whale always love you.

You guys. Thank you! Thank you for all of your sweet comments and notes yesterday. They honestly made my entire day (and possibly even week). From the bottom of my heart, thanks for taking the time to make me feel so good.

::: 2 :::

I'm trying to keep Leo as busy as possible this winter with some energy expelling activities - so we are doing swimming and gymnastics. He's really enjoying both actually, even though he gets a little anxious before we get there, and it is SO weird, because this is the first round of activities that he does without me. I love watching him in the group setting, listening to the coach, trying new things, and working with other kids totally without me. It makes me so proud and heartbroken all at the same time! 

Along with classes, we're trying to get to storytime at the library, school - and then, I have been taking both kids to the gym's daycare. I'm finding that keeping busy is really the only way to survive these Chicago winters. 


::: 3 :::

Two of my girlfriends and I have a playgroup every Thursday afternoon - and this was my week to host. I ended up doing a cheese platter, a pepper jelly dip, and a mushroom truffle pizza - all of which were amazing. We are currently obsessed with Trader Joe's sparking brut Rose, so we had a few glasses of that while our six kids (combined) played. The kids look forward to Thursday afternoons almost as much as the moms do. 

::: 4 :::

Did I mention that we are going to Mexico in a few weeks? We are heading to Punta Mita and could NOT be more excited. We are renting the condo that is right next to my parents, and my parents (and hopefully sisters) will be coming with too. My parents can't wait to show Leo and Drew their favorite place in the world, and I can't wait for a week of vacation! Pool, margaritas, sunshine.....I'm so looking forward to it. More posts to come on this - hopefully ;) 

::: 5 ::: 

UGG Women's Blayre Ii Winter Boot, Chestnut, 5 M US

Joel got these boots for me - and honestly - they are the best winter boot/shoe I've ever had in my entire life. I've gotten a ton of compliments on them, and they're exactly what I needed - a cute enough shoe to wear all day, but waterproof and boot-y enough to walk in the slush and snow.


We have a really fun weekend ahead - book club for me tonight at a neighbors (When Life Gives You Lululemons), and then I'm heading downtown with my mom and sisters for high tea! I'll stay the night in the city and then have Joel and the kids come get me on Sunday so that we can hang out with some friends and family too. 

Hope you have a great weekend as well - and if you're here in Chicago - stay warm. 


Long Time, No Talk.

Hello....anyone out there? 

Maybe, maybe not? It would be only fair if there were just about crickets...and my mom and Joel....but, I'm going to recommit myself to this space for attempt #23545. 

I'm not trying to be a #blogger, I'm not looking to turn a profit (although, I'm down for it), but I want to see, if I go back to the ways that this blog used to bring me joy.....if it still will. And if it doesn't, then maybe it'll be time to bow out for a little while.

For the most part, this blog was a way for me to memory keep. Now, with Chatbooks and Instagram highlights, I sometimes feel like this space gets a little redundant. I also used to like to share my mundane for my family and friends back in Chicago when I was living in California, but now, they do that with me, so I feel quite a bit silly talking about what I ate for dinner, when they probably already know or were with me.

I'm going to try, HARD, to get 4 posts up a week. Starting, next week ;) Something has me coming back to this little space, thinking about it a lot, so I'm going to see what happens if I commit to it. 

Not sure why I feel like I need to share the above, but, I typed it out, so we'll go with it. 


So, if you're new - or if you're not - here's what you should know about me 

::: I'm 30. I live in the Chicago suburbs, I'm married - to Joel - with two kids; Leo (3) and Drew (1). 

::: Joel and I have been together since I was 19. We dated long distance in college, moved together to Chicago, and then moved to Los Angeles for 5 years where we got engaged, married, and had Leo. We've been back in Chicago for 2 years.

::: I have wanted to be a #SAHM since I was probably 4. I like my job as mom and wife and homemaker, and I like to feel like I do a pretty good job of it. The house is always pretty clean, the kids almost always look cute (I do not....but they do). I get joy out of cooking dinner and eating at the table together, I like being around other moms, keeping everyone on a pretty decent schedule, and I like going to sleep before 9pm.

::: I could absolutely be accused of being #basic. I like to drink coffee until I can drink wine, I like to wear lululemons at target, I like any excuse to have a "playgroup", I like workout classes, I like pumpkin spice lattes, I'm down for uggs, I love the housewives, I listen to podcasts, I miss Gilmore Girls.....

::: I have 2 younger sisters that live in the city, and my parents and in-laws - all of whom we are very close to - live in our town. I see and talk to my mom everyday, see my in laws probably 3 times a week, and Joel works with my dad....so we have a lot of family time.

::: I think we are done having kids. I sort of always saw myself with 3 kids, but Joel has always wanted 2, and now that we have a boy and a girl, and the idea of not having to do it again sounds more appealing, I'm really coming around to the idea that our family is truly complete. 

::: I've never been there - but the next place I would move to would be Charleston. Or, if we hit it big, I'd like a winter house there ;) 

::: I've mentioned it before, but I have a weird thing with textiles. I hate velvet, silk, fleece, wool, spandex.....I know I said I wear lululemons to target, but I actually hate the material of lululemons, and whenever I get home, I immediately have to change into something cotton. 

::: I'd like to be an interior designer someday.

::: I get energy from being around other people. I like to have friends over constantly, be around other people, be out of the house, and always have a full calendar. 

::: During the day, I don't like to have the TV on, but I have podcasts going pretty much all the time, from almost the second I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. Similar to the point above, but hearing people talk calms me and energizes me. 

::: I have quite a bit of anxiety ..... worst thing ever. I take medication for it - used to have the BEST therapist in the world in LA, but haven't found the right one since we moved here. 

::: My favorite food is probably pizza with an ice cold beer. 

::: Or maybe sushi and a glass of champagne - tough call ;) 

::: I drink a lot of lime La Croix

::: I rarely shower. Maybe 3x a month? I much prefer a bath and normally take them when my kids nap. 

::: And I really believe in this 


New Years Recap

After Christmas, Joel had to go back to work - and with the kids home full time without any sort of activities plus the chaos and over stimulation that comes with the holidays - I was about ready to lose my mind. 

We spent a lot of time at a gymnastics training center that had open gym a little more frequently for Christmas break - and that was about the only thing that got us through! 

I was mostly excited for New Years Eve to roll around to honestly start moving on to the next chapter - but we didn't let the day go without celebrating of course. 

Last minute, we decided to head to Bowlero with good friends of ours. It's kind of like a Lucky Strike, but they went all out for a kids "noon years eve" and we honestly had the best time.

It started at 10:30 am which was perfect - we had 2 hours of bowling, lane side lunch and pitchers of beer, arcade games, football games, loud music, and tons of NYE accessories. The kids AND parents had a blast, and we counted down at noon to ring in the new year.


When we got home around 2, everyone took naps - including me - while Joel prepped an amazing dinner for the two of us ( ahi tuna poke and jumbo crab cakes) once we put the kids to sleep for the night.

We opened up a really nice bottle of wine we had been gifted for Christmas - ate dinner in the dining room - and played darts and my new favorite board game. 

It was honestly a perfect day for me - friends, lots of games, food, drinks, family, and early to bed! I couldn't have wished to ring in the new year any better! 


Our Christmas

We had the best Christmas. Leo is at such a fun age and it was just so special to have our family witness the joy of Christmas again through his eyes. 

We started the Christmas weekend off with Brunch with Santa at my parents Country Club. My sisters and I have been going to this brunch for twenty years, and again - to now go to it as a mom - is really special. I used to dream about that when I was 12, and now I'm living it out. 

Leo wasn't super thrilled with the idea of sitting on Santa's lap, but he did well, and didn't meltdown so we'll call it a win.

Joel and I hosted Christmas Eve for my Dad's side of the family, and ended up hosting 34 for dinner, with an extra 6 for happy hour/Santa gifts. The house was full - but it was one of the best times ever.

After brunch, we headed back to our house to start the prep work. My sisters, mom, and I put together 2 massive lasagnas, we set up the bar, the tables, and Joel prepped the beef tenderloin, shrimp and salmon appitizers, and made sure we were ready to roll. 

Christmas Eve I met some girlfriends for yoga at 7:30. It was the smartest way to start the day.

After we got the kids ready, before we knew it, the day had begun. We had guests arrive at 1pm.

Drinks, good food, kids - it was amazing. Santa even dropped by for a visit.


Santa was quite the hit at the party. The kids were in awe and every parent brought a wrapped gift for their own kid - which made the "exchange" really simple.

We sat for dinner at 5pm, we set up a buffet in the kitchen and then had one giant table in the living and dining room for everyone to sit at.

After dessert, most people were headed home by 6:30. We cleaned and played games with my sisters and a few cousins, and then Joel and I stayed up until about 11 until we cleaned up the entire party. We put the chairs away, washed every dish - it was a lot of work - but really nice to wake up on Christmas morning without anything to do.

Christmas morning came early - we made cinnamon rolls, and our little family sat around the Christmas tree and exchanged gifts. 

We took our time at home, watched the kids play with their toys - and wrapping paper - and leisurely got ready before we headed to my parents.

We got to my parents around 11, and then opened more gifts with my parents and sisters. Everyone was OUTRAGEOUSLY generous, and we all had gifts to open for like an hour! 

After gifts, my dad made swedish pancakes, and then we all took a long walk. The weather was SO mild for Christmas - like 40/45 degrees - so we were able to take our drinks and the kids and play outside for almost an hour. It was one of my favorite memories of the entire day.

We also played a really fun marbles game while Drew was napping - and then - Joel and my mom prepped an amazing dinner - lobster, corn salad, potatoes....everything was perfect. 

We packed up our car, got our kids home early, and cheersed a glass of wine to a Christmas well spent.