Monday, April 21, 2014

teddy bear picnic at emerald city theater company

Last weekend we had the pleasure of attending a Teddy Bear Picnic at the Emerald City Theater Company for a two-year-old's birthday party.  We drive by this place weekly and I automatically assumed that it was out of Liam's age range, but alas I was mistaken and we participated in a fantastic morning of adventures with a family bears who welcomed us to their picnic.

Teddy bear picnic

Thursday, April 17, 2014

throwback thought ~ i want to be the breadwinner

At one point in my life, I wanted to be the only full-time working parent and my husband would play a role similar to Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom. What was I thinking?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

oil pulling

I first learned about oil pulling when my friends who run Paleo Kitchen Stories shared this post by Fashion Lush.  Prior to this, coconut oil was something I used to make paleo baked goods, but other than that I never thought to use it otherwise.  Since I buy into easy things that promote self-improvement I decided to give it a shot and so far I can't complain.


Monday, April 14, 2014

chicken meatloaf

"Maaaaaa the meaaaatttloooaaaff!"  Let's be honest, who doesn't love that quote?  More importantly, who doesn't love a good meatloaf?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

throwback thought ~ price tags mean something

Growing up my mom was a Marshalls Maven even before the Maxxinista existed and I remember thinking, "URGH why can't I just buy clothes full price." It wasn't so much that I couldn't find cute things at Marshalls but more so that the price of the items meant something.  All I wanted to do was shop the non-sale racks – thinking that buying clothes full price meant that I was more fashionable. 

Now, all I do is shop sales racks and this time it’s by choice.

image via stylecaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

mom crush ~ caitlin murray giles

Name:  Caitlin Murray Giles


Stats:  Wife, mom of three, blogger at Wee Windy City and PR/marketing maven who is the co-founder of 2 Moms Media - an integrated marketing company that specializes in creating authentic connections with consumers, specifically women and moms.

Why she's crush worthy:  Caitlin is a mom and a darn good one at that, so it makes sense that as a career she helps her clients speak to moms in a way that makes them listen.  She gets to work with great companies like Red Tricycle, Bump Club and much more, so much that you wonder when she has time to balance being a mom, wife and well-known Chicago blogger - but she does it while making it look so effortless.  

Meet Caitlin and learn how she juggles it all with her thoughts on....

Friday, April 4, 2014

glenn's diner

Since moving to the Lakeview neighborhood, I've found that dining up north and around my neighborhood is much more enjoyable than some of the places in River North or the Loop.  While the ambience and "cache" may not be as buzzworthy as some of the places in the proper part of the city, the food at neighborhood restaurants are sure giving those guys a run for their money.  On a daily basis I drive by Glenn's Diner right off of the Montrose Brown Line stop and I have always been intrigued, but reading this article pushed us to try it sooner rather than later.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

throwback thought ~ being skinny is the end all be all

I used to think that being skinny was the answer to happiness - if I was skinny that meant I would get a boyfriend, be popular, be more confident because I could fit into clothes and that it automatically guaranteed a better life.  Truth be told, being thinner now makes me feel a lot healthier, but I can say that some of the most memorable days of my life were ones where I wasn't skinny (not even close).


Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I recently wrote a guest post for Crane USA  and I explained how having one child is perfect for our small, but mighty, family.  In that same post, I briefly eluded to my small fear of suburban  living.  It's interesting that when people have kids, the automatic thought is you need to "settle down" and move to the suburbs.  Yes, that tends to happen more often than not for many reasons, cost and school being the most common, but it's not the only option.  Living in the city is scary, even when you're single, but there are reasons why we want to raise a child in the city - probably the exact reasons why people want to move to the suburbs, but for us - it just works.


Friday, March 28, 2014

honey walnut shrimp

When I was in high school I remember weekend nights when friends would sleep over and at around midnight or so my parents would ask if we wanted to go out for Chinese food.  Yep - true story.  So we would meander over to Chinatown in Seattle and sit down for a 2nd dinner.  One of my favorite dishes that we would always order is Honey Walnut Shrimp and I've had a hard time finding any that can come close to the dish we used to order at Honey Court Restaurant in Seattle.