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.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5 reasons why you should read blogs

As many know, blogging is my hobby.  And working with blogs?  Well it happens to be my full-time gig.  So as you can image, I often get a lot of questions about blogs.  How to start one? Which ones to read? What some bloggers are like in real life? How to get free stuff? But the question I get asked the most is, why do you read blogs?  In my opinion, reading blogs is such a personal experience.  We only read blogs that relate to our interests or life experiences (afterall isn't the point of blogging), but the ones we choose to read are based on personal tastes.  What I like to read may not make sense for others and while everyone has their own reason for reading blogs, I've put together my short list of the reasons why I encourage people to read them more often.

Reading blogs is like an intimate relationship and it all starts with a first date....


Thursday, August 7, 2014

super hero birthday party

Last weekend we celebrated Liam's 2nd birthday party and I'm not going to lie, I think some adults had just as much fun as the kids all thanks to the amazing crew at Whole Foods Lincoln Park.  If you're looking for new ways to celebrate your little ones birthday, be sure to read on.