Friday, December 19, 2014

chinese ground pork & eggplant

When you live with 2 boys ground meats are part of our daily dinners.  One meat that is often overlooked is ground pork and when I'm on overload with beef, chicken or turkey I turn to the other white meat.  My go to dish with ground pork, aside from meatloaf, is this chinese ground pork and eggplant dish that is super easy to make.

Untitled

Sunday, December 14, 2014

filling the void

Not that I want to quickly breeze through the holidays, but I'm already a little sad knowing that eventually our holiday decorations have to come down.  There is something so cozy about having the tree, stockings, lights and garland up around the house.  It's hard to replicate that feeling, but then again we've never really spent the time to fully decorate our walls.  With a new year coming up, this is all going to change and it all starts with Minted!

Untitled

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

rooted center

Before Thanksgiving I attended the most amazing event at the Rooted Center and I can't stop talking about it to all my friends.  Never have I been to a place or event where you're asked to remove your masks and just be true to yourself.  This therapeutic event was unique, memorable and one that I encourage others to experience especially during those moments of discomfort in your life.

Untitled

Monday, December 1, 2014

my village

I'm fresh off of a Mexican vacation and very late in saying my thanks, but good thing being thankful isn't limited to just one day a year.  This past month and this season I'm very (very) appreciative for the people in my life.  All of them.  Obviously my family and friends mean the world to me, but it goes without saying that all you readers of my blog, the Facebook friends that I haven't talked to in months, LinkedIn acquaintances that I met at networking events and even those that I merely know through mutual friends - you are part of my village.  While I hope to one day repay my debt for all the kindness and favors that have been thrown my way, for now I hope you accept my gratitude for being a part of my life.

image via etsy

Monday, November 24, 2014

why we let our son wear makeup

My son is fully aware of what mascara is used for, asks for a ponytail on the daily and says things like, "Mama, do you like my dress?"  Instead of correcting him or telling him what the "norm" is - we think nothing of it, encourage it, let him embrace it and here's why....

We know the weekend is coming to an end, but try to put in a good face...

Friday, November 21, 2014

dressing for every holiday occasion

Tis the season.  That season to gift give, gather with your loved ones, but most importantly dress up for all those holiday festivities...even in the sub-zero temperatures.  With many types of celebrations that range from low-key office parties to more formal family affairs it's tough to choose what to wear, but with a great site like ShopLately  you can elevate what you already have in your closet for any holiday occasion.

DSC_7920
Photo credit for this post: Cleodine Photography

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

daily intention checklist

Life is chaotic and especially around the holidays you start to go a little cross-eyed.  While everyday I have all these intentions of doing certain things, sometimes I lose site of them because life happens and keeps you on your toes with unexpected tasks, hard deadlines, etc.  So as of last week I started a new daily intentions checklist to ensure that no matter how crazy my day gets that I can go to bed each night feeling like I've accomplished things that are important to me.

Untitled

Monday, November 17, 2014

cosmic kids yoga

Liam is a natural yogi.  He started yoga as part of his daycare's curriculum and he enjoys it so much that we try to practice together.  Our flow isn't anything like what you would expect from an adult class, but I must say that he's pretty stellar with his sun salutations and tries really hard to perfect his frog pose.  Since he really does enjoy yoga, I searched high and low on the YouTubes to find a toddler yoga video that keeps him engaged, has him practicing poses and offers something for us to do together.  After trying a ton of duds, I finally gave in to the many Cosmic Kids Yoga videos and we haven't turned back since.

image

Friday, November 14, 2014

froyo chicago

I admit that I'm a little biased in saying that my neighborhood is the best, but really it is.  Southport Corridor is like a suburban pocket in the middle of city limits with the combination of independent boutiques, retail chains and notable restaurants.  So as you can imagine when a new business opens on my street, and I find it to be truly life changing, for sure you can expect me to share the good news.  While I'd like to keep Froyo Chicago as my own little secret, the people have spoken , the word is out and it's spreading like wildfire.  If you think that this is just another frozen yogurt shop, think again - this is a genius concept for everyone in the family to enjoy!

Untitled

Monday, November 10, 2014

cheap thrills (free everyday things to do with your toddler)

While Fall brings on such warm fuzzies, what it doesn't offer is free outdoor entertainment for the little rascals.  One of the biggest challenges that we parents face in the Fall/Winter time is how to keep our kids busy/entertained without being confined to our homes AND without breaking the bank.   I love the aquarium as much as any other kid, but I don't love shelling out $80+ for every visit. The simplest solution?  Make every small outing into the biggest adventure.

Cheapest way to cute a tantrum #southportcorridor #cheapthrills #lifewithatoddler