Would You Rather

My 8-year-old loves “Would You Rather” questions. At the beginning of the pandemic, he tossed this one to me: “Would you rather live in a tree house or an underground shelter – both options, you can’t see any people.” A few days ago he posited, “Would you rather be bitten by a venomous snake orContinue reading “Would You Rather”

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”

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”

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”

kindness

  Yesterday, I turned 35. I used to make a huge deal about my day, but somewhere along the line, I stopped feeling that special birthday buzz. Not sure if it was the February weather in Chicago that diminished the sparkle or if it was just adulthood. This year, I made a point of makingContinue reading “kindness”

trains, balloons & sugar: a simple birthday

I can’t tell you how freeing it felt to take it easy on the birthday thing this year. Hopefully, we started some traditions that will be great memories, but this year, I took the stress of a huge party out of the equation. We kept it relatively simple and this 4-year-old was probably more excited than heContinue reading “trains, balloons & sugar: a simple birthday”

chill with the birthday madness

My sweet preemie is turning four tomorrow. It’s hard to process how quickly he’s gone from teeny baby to 89th percentile toddler to full fledged little boy, who is definitely not a baby anymore. For Henry’s first birthday, we had a huge party at our house with 50 people. I was so excited to celebrateContinue reading “chill with the birthday madness”