Monday, September 29, 2014

toddler travel must haves

Last week our family enjoyed a little vacay.  We traveled to New York to drop Liam off with the in-laws while Matt and I continued our vacation to Prague.  I'll be sharing some Prague related posts later this week, but today we're talking about the most important thing about our trip - traveling with a toddler.  This wasn't Liam's first rodeo and he's done quite well on past flights, but he's a little older, a tad bigger and MUCH louder, which required some new essentials to make traveling as comfortable as possible.


Friday, September 26, 2014

asian spaghetti & meatballs

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know that Matt and I recently returned from an amazing vacation in Prague, hence the blogging hiatus.  I had all intentions (seriously I say that on the daily) of sharing this post before I left, but well life always happens.  Next week will be dedicated to Prague and travel musts, but for now as I battle a mild case of jet lag, there's no better time to share this recipe. I fully intend to prep this meal for my family again over the weekend because yes it is that good. (Insert self pat on back).


Friday, September 12, 2014

cafe orchid

To say that I like Turkish food is a bit of an understatement.  I LURVE Turkish food! It definitely is a cuisine that I never seem to tire and even with many of my attempts in trying to recreate the butter rice dish I always fall short.  Luckily for us though, good Turkish cuisine is around the corner at one of our go to restaurants, Cafe Orchid.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

learning to let it go

This weekend Liam started the Fall session at Lil' Kickers and per the recommendation of his coach, we moved him to a higher class level with kids almost a year older than him.  The biggest difference with this class level from his previous one, is that they slowly transition parents off the field and after his first session I walked away learning the most important thing.  I need to let my baby go.


Monday, September 8, 2014

sassy moms celebrate bts

I'll be brutally honest.  I love going to blogger events, but getting motivation to go is a completely different story.  I have the best intentions of always going to events where I know I'll reunite with old friends and meet new ones, but between balancing a hectic work week and wrangling a toddler, it can be tough to follow through.  Most of the time I just want to over pour myself a glass of wine, sit on the couch in my PJs and just veg, BUT I'm trying to be better about pushing myself because every time I do push through I have the most amazing time and never regret it.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

what marriage isn't

I feel like sometimes people who aren't married talk about it like it's so much easier than the single life.  News flash: It's not.  Like everything in life, it has its own set of challenges that may be just as difficult as things in a single person's life.  Sometimes I hear people say, "Well you're married and have a dual income so it's easier", or "It's different for you because you don't have to worry about (insert x,y or z)."  Yes, there are certain things that married women don't have to worry about, but there is a (long) laundry list of items that us married ladies DO have to worry about. So let me just straighten out the facts and tell you what marriage isn't...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

falling in love again

When we moved to Chicago it was love at first sight.  I've lived in many cities and to this day, my heart still skips a beat when I get a breathtaking view of the skyline.  However, it has reached a point where sometimes I take for granted the city's beauty.  Luckily, having a toddler who has so much to experience, is like having a little tourist and over the weekend we introduced him to Chicago architecture.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

cafe tola

If I could eat empanadas daily without any guilt I would.  Sadly, empanadas don't love me as much as I love them (I know TMI) and we had to break up, but I don't deprive Liam from eating these fried dough pies stuffed with amazing fixings.  In fact, I probably would have one hang-gry child if I eliminated it from his life.  We live down the street from one of the most amazing empanada joints called Cafe Tola and I'm telling you everything from food to coffee get two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

Ground sirloin empanadas from @cafetola! Doesn't every toddler ask for this for breakfast? #chicagofoodauthority #chicagofoodblogger #cafetola #empanadasunday #alwayshungryinchi

Monday, August 25, 2014

oven fried lumpia

I grew up on Filipino food, but I rarely eat it...or crave it.  So when I do, getting that fill is a must.  So last weekend, I rolled up my sleeves and made one of the most common Filipino dishes - Lumpia!  It's absolutely a process to make these suckers, but they're totally worth it.


Friday, August 22, 2014

back to school celebration with gap

I'm absolutely LOVING all the back to school pictures that have overtaken my feed.  All the little ones are absolutely adorable and it's making me reminisce back to when I was a youngster prepping for the new school year.  I remember the excitement around buying new clothes and making sure that my first day of school outfit was absolutely killer.  That's why I'm so excited that Gap on Michigan Avenue asked me to put together some of my favorite fall looks that will be featured at their back to school celebration event this weekend.  Details on the event after the jump.