Friday, October 24, 2014

spiced hot wine

The other weekend we hit up the County Line Apple Orchard and after surviving light snow flurries (yes this did happen), the only remedy for the cold weather was a nice warm drink.  Don't get me wrong, I sipped on hot apple cider while we were there, but when we got home it was time for a nice warm adult bevvie.  Insert the spiced hot wine.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

adler planetarium

It's no secret that Chicago winters are brutal and while we all suffer through it in our own painful way, I have to say that it's pretty rough with a toddler.  In fact, we dread rainy and freezing days because the chances of running around at the park or playing soccer on the field is non-existent.  So, now comes the time where we resort to all indoor activities and I have to say that one of my favorites by far is the Adler Planetarium.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

how to make time for friends

It's not a mom thing.  It's not a "I'm married or in a relationship" thing.  It's a life thing.  Making time for friends is tough.  In middle school and high school all we had was time.  Time to hang with friends at every free moment of the day or ramble on endlessly on the phone until you both passed out while still connected...silently snoring to one another on the other end of the line.  But, as we get older, life happens and the window of time for friends gets smaller and smaller.  So how do you find time amidst a busy life schedule?  Like everything else that matters in your life, you make time for it.

Buds exploring the suburbs zoo! #toddlergram #cosleyzoo #bestbuds #boyswillbeboys

Friday, October 3, 2014

where to eat in Prague

Aside from taking a break from life, vacations are meant for indulging in food and wine.  That means eating what the locals eat, drinking what the locals drink and not feeling guilty about any of it.  Prague is a carnivore's dream with tons of hearty dishes full of meat, meat, and more meat.  Those meat sweats that Joey Tribiani talked about...they're for real and worth every bite.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

eurocation part three: prague

I never thought my Eurocations would actually become a trilogy in blog posts, but alas here it is - our third European trip in the last 3 years.  Unlike Eurocation 1 or Eurocation 2, we stayed put in one city making our trip very leasurely and relaxed.  Once again, Matt and I flew via NYC to drop the little mignon off with the in-laws and off we headed to Prague.

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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.

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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 happened...it 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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