A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this article from DNA Chicago on my Facebook news feed featuring a mouth watering picture of a candy bar that made my stomach churn with excitement. The article profiled local shop Amy's Candy Bar and a signature item that is called the "OMG Bar" that included salted caramel, chocolate ganache and hazelnut praline all covered in dark chocolate. After I read the article I bolted to the candy shop the next day to purchase a few bars...and a few more unexpected sweet treats.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Name: Johanna Grange
Why she's crush worthy: In reading Johanna's blog you automatically gravitate towards her keen sense of style, witty sense of humor, love for interior design and willingness to share the many highs/lows of life. In every word she writes you embrace her passion and immediately think, "How does she have time to do it all and look so put together doing it?". While she seldom mentions her full-time job in posts - she has one and she's damn good at it. She's a woman who has great sense of style, amazing taste for food and appreciates a good glass of wine any time of day. She's a girl after my own heart!
Meet Johanna and read how she manages to juggle many things in life without breaking a sweat.
Friday, February 21, 2014
For the most part I stick to a gluten free diet. I don't have celiac, but I am a little sensitive to certain foods that have wheat or flour in the ingredients so I avoid it as much as I can to refrain from any digestion issues. When I started eating gluten free it was a choice, but when I started cutting out wheat and flour I started noticing a huge difference in the way I feel after I eat. Every now and then I get questions like, "Don't you miss bread, pasta, etc?" and quite honestly, the sensitivity to gluten is much more common that there are many great brands that provide a gluten free option that are just as delicious as gluten full options...if not better.
So I put together a list of my favorite gluten free items that you can pick up at your local store...and even if you aren't a gluten free eater, I highly recommend giving one of these (if not all) a try to see for yourself.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Name: Marcie Wolbeck
Stats: Wife, mother to two toddler boys (Ryan & Liam), the Local Development Director for Cultural Care Au Pair and active volunteer across several different groups/organizations.
Why she's crush worthy: Marcie is the perfect example of a mom who has experienced it all and successful example of a former SAHM that has recently taken on a full-time position at Cultural Care Au Pair. Pre-baby she had a great career and achieving so much at a young age. She was one of the youngest Division I Head Women Volleyball coaches and while she tried to maintain her career after her son Ryan was born, the frequent travel became too much. She became a stay at home mom, but continued to be extremely active in many organizations and groups. After 2 and a half years of being a full time SAHM, she applied for her current position just for the interview experience and voila she transitioned back to the workforce...all while maintaining her cool mom/wife status and staying active in all her many groups.
Marcie is the example of a pro-mom that can juggles as much as she can without dropping anything. See how she does it by hearing her thoughts on...
Sunday, February 16, 2014
This week there was buzz in my social media feed and discoveries that had me laughing, crying, as well hosting a solo dance party in my office cube. Check out my great discoveries of the week that include Le Tote, Happy Birthday Colin, iTunes Radio, and much more.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Name: Charlotte Betts
Stats: Wife, mother to daughter Neriah, owner of Preface Agency, blogger at Milk N Honee and fellow Canadian.
Why she's crush worthy: Charlotte is one of those women you see strolling down the street and you think to yourself, "I wish I was that put together". Her sense of amazingly unique style shines through so vibrantly and her approachable personality is just as bright. She has a realistic and positive outlook on life that will have you aspiring to be a mom that is so calm and collected. Aside from being a great mother and wife, she runs her business Preface Agency, a styling agency exclusively dedicated to helping mothers achieve looks that are both fashionable and functional.
As a mother who makes fashion look so effortlessly chic, she proves to others that being fashionable, smart, an amazing wife and mother IS achievable. Here's a glimpse of how Charlotte does it all with her thoughts on.....
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Happy Peter Pilotto for Target release day! While it has been an exciting week with Olympics kick-off, there are few things that did come up in my social media feeds that should be as buzz worthy: An exciting movie sequel, a NY celebration of Fall collections, and much more. Enjoy!
Friday, February 7, 2014
I have an unhealthy obsession with anything buffalo chicken wings and I confessed that openly when I shared with you my buffalo chicken pasta recipe. Needless to say it was about time I found other ways to re-create that buffalo chicken wing flavor in a way that was easier to eat and that's where my buffalo chicken chili was created.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Welp we finally gave in. Over the holidays amidst a meltdown, Liam was introduced to interactive toddler apps and that was it. Liam went from naive baby to future techie. Instead of fighting our urge to keep him away from any Apple product, we decided to encourage it by buying the kid friendly ipad protector and finding the right ipad apps that wouldn't make him overly stimulated. Thankfully he would rather run around playing chase, but on days where the windchill keeps us indoors these apps help keep him engaged and active.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Name: Alycia Marrapodi
Stats: Wife to husband Joe, mom to two very stylish kiddos (Jagger & Malia), social media & digital consultant and brainchild behind the instagram sensation LA Kids Closet.
Why she's crush worthy: Alycia is an LA cool chick who made the tough decision of leaving her high level job as the Director of Digital Marketing at 20th Century Fox to be an independent social media & digital consultant after having her first child. While the leap from being in a stable work environment was tough, she never lost site of continuing her career...and then some. As if being a wife, mom and consultant isn't enough, a little less than a year ago she started LA Kids Closet - an instagram account where she resales gently used kids clothes. Alycia has always had a keen eye for trends and it's quite apparent that her kids are following in her fashionable footsteps, as she encourages them to embrace individuality.
Hear how Alycia does it all by reading her thoughts on...