on rape culture & parenting

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably read some of the think pieces about the recent sexual assault case involving a Stanford freshman athlete. I hope you’ve read his victim’s impact statement in its entirety. If you haven’t, please take the time to do so – it’s moving, gut wrenching and perspective changing.Continue reading “on rape culture & parenting”

perspective

This isn’t the first time I’ve cried for a stranger, but this one hit me hard. Through Instagram, I saw bits of myself, or the version of myself that I aspire to be, in a fellow wedding planner 2000 miles away. Her two littles are the exact same age as mine – 4 and 1. Yesterday, sheContinue reading “perspective”

go the **** to sleep

How did I not know about this giraffe sooner?? We haven’t ever been successful with a formal sleep training program and “cry it out” has never worked for our kiddos – they just escalate and get even more hysterical. Henry was a not-so-great sleeper until somewhere around 11ish months and then it just clicked. He’sContinue reading “go the **** to sleep”

epic deviled eggs, mimosa punch & traditions

Our first formal hosting of Easter festivities was brought to you by family traditions, Costco and Target. I love hosting family occasions. I mean, I love love love it. I get excited about building new traditions, revisiting some of my favorites from childhood, breaking out pretty dinnerware, menu planning and just the general warm andContinue reading “epic deviled eggs, mimosa punch & traditions”

the other side of the filter: my girls

  Do you ever look at social media and feel like your life isn’t as pulled together or as beautiful as it should be? I love a pretty Instagram post as much as the next gal, but sometimes I start to look at my surroundings and question myself. I’m sure that I’m guilty of theContinue reading “the other side of the filter: my girls”

uncomfortable issues: bias, privilege & quiet racism

This isn’t a direction that I pictured taking my blog, but there has been something weighing heavily for me lately and I feel like I need to write about it. I think Chris Rock made an excellent point in his opening monologue at The Academy Awards, that I can relate to my own environment: HollywoodContinue reading “uncomfortable issues: bias, privilege & quiet racism”

when are you going to try for a girl??

Thank you for your interest, clerk at the grocery store/lady behind me in line at Target/valet attendant/schmoozer at an event/friend, but why is this still a question people ask?? I am a #boymom and for some reason, the most common question launched my direction is if I want a girl or when are we going to tryContinue reading “when are you going to try for a girl??”

essentials for the kiddo commuting circus

I love living out on the furthest edge of the burbs. I love the stars, open spaces, the quiet, the deer in our yard and the homey vibe. Being out here makes my small town heart happy and it’s definitely where my country boy hubby and I feel the most centered. But, after living in Chicago for more than 10 years,Continue reading “essentials for the kiddo commuting circus”

work/life tug of war

  If there is a difference between a #momfail and #workingmomfail then I have definitely nailed both of those categories lately. Most recently, I’m working on a solution for something in the #workingmomfail category. My preschooler has a musical program next week. I’ve had the little flier pinned up for a few weeks, but I hadn’t written itContinue reading “work/life tug of war”

the things we don’t talk about: miscarriage & fertility

So much for my plan to write about my new favorite eye cream today. Apparently, I am getting super personal this week, but I promise to lighten it up next time!! A dear friend of mine is currently in the middle of a heartbreak – she just had a miscarriage a few days ago. I wasContinue reading “the things we don’t talk about: miscarriage & fertility”