• Love Your Friends,  Love Yourself

    The Hate U Give

    I used to read at least a book a week before we had kids. Now I’m lucky if I get 5 in a year. With any free time I get I always feel like there are so many other things I should be doing, and by the time I even think of reading I’m too tired. BUT that’s all changing. I’m making time because I truly enjoy reading, and I’m trying to so something I love at least 15 minutes a day. Its good for you as a person to do something you love….. It’s truly amazing how authors can take you on this journey that allows you to totally…

  • Love Your Family,  Love Your Friends,  Love Yourself

    Diary of a Lonely Prom Queen Review

    One of my friends from my mom group recently published her own book…. I mean how cool is that?! The author, Tabitha, or Tab as I call her, is a sweet person with a big heart. Unbeknownst to many people, myself included, we did not know that she struggled so much during her high school years. She has always been an anxious person, and her adolescent years weren’t the best for her. People who knew her in high school had no clue what she was experiencing on the inside. Her book, Diary of a Lonely Prom Queen: Reflections on Parenting Teenage Girls from a Teenage Survivor, is from her perspective…

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    Women Crush Wednesday

    So I’m quite new to the blogging world as well as the Instagram world! I’m amazed at how many wonderful and awesome women I have connected with! I thought I’d give some love to some of these amazing ladies I’ve met just because of the internet! Three Little Foodies Okay she isn’t one I’ve met online, but she deserves to be on this list! I’ve known her since I was a kid, and we’ve kind of been on the blogging journey together! She is an AMAZING cook and foodie, and her recipes are so YUMMY! Her three kiddos are adorable as well!! Raising Darling Dragons This wonderful woman is so…

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    Long Distance Friendships: 10 Ways to Keep Connected

    Who out there has friends who live far away? Where you can’t just jump in the car and meet them at the nearest Starbucks to catch up? After school, life happens, you move away or your friend moves away and gone are the days where catching up on a daily basis over drinks or movie nights happen.  It’s hard to adjust to changes and finding ways to still have your friendship intact may be a challenge. We can’t all have magical pants to share in the mail to keep us all close! LOL – who else out there loves the Traveling Pants of the Sisterhood?! A simple phone call or note…

  • Love Your Friends,  Love Your Travel

    Chicago: Friends Trip Option Two

    Getting away with a group of friends is always a blast! We love going into the city and having fun! This option is mostly center around downtown. Mostly everything is within walking distance! Check out some things we like to do or want to do!! Day 1 Drop of your bags at the front desk at The Westin Chicago River North, then Uber to Wrigley Field. You could also take the CTA Red Line to Wrigley if you don’t want to deal with traffic. You just need to walk about 6 blocks from your hotel (CTA Red Line (State Street Subway)), and it takes you basically to the field by…

  • Love Your Friends,  Love Your Travel

    Chicago: Friends Trip Option One

    Getting away with a group of friends is always a blast! We love going into the city and having fun! This option is mostly center around Lincoln Park. I’m seriously obsessed with this area of Chicago! Check out some things we like to do or want to do!! Day 1: Drop bags off at Hotel Lincoln before the Cubs game. We like to go to day games because then we have the evening free. Uber to Wrigley Field, find your seats, grab a beer and enjoy. We of course can’t go to the ball park without getting a hot dog … they are sooooo good! Pork & Mindy’s is also…

  • Love Your Friends,  Love Your Travel

    Chicago Girls’ Weekend

    Quality time is a must with your girlfriends! I love when we can get together and just catch up on life! A busy weekend full of delicious food, scrumptious coffee, crafty drinks, and fun entertainment is the best recipe for a girls weekend away! Day one: Meet at Virgin Hotels at 9 am and drop off your bags at the front desk. They should hold them for you until you can check in! Head to Hero Coffee on E. Jackson Blvd to grab some delicious coffee and a snack. This location is actually pretty cute and in an alley! It’s also not too far from the Art Institute of Chicago,…

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    My Person …

    This girl .. she gets me. She’s my person. (If you don’t know what this is from … we can’t be friends! Just kidding!) In Grey’s Anatomy the main character, Meredith, has a person who just gets her and understands her. Christina is her person. She just completely and utterly understands the crazy layers that Meredith has, and there is ZERO judgement from Christina. My person .. my Michelle .. she totally and utterly gets me… and has ZERO judgement for anything about me. She accepts me for who I am and knows my deepest, darkest secrets. We met in high school, and became extremely close in college. As we…

  • Love Your Friends,  Love Your Spouse,  Love Yourself

    Sometimes You Just Need to Let Loose…

    This past weekend Cody and I had a date night planned that turned into a game night with friends … that turned into wayyyyy more fun then I was expecting. Sometimes you just need to let loose. Be crazy. Drink a little more than you thought you would. Dance crazy. Try and make movements like a turkey and turn out to be more like a head bobbing pigeon. Laugh crazy hard. … and yes, you read that last part right. Have you ever made plans, and then just been so tired that you’d rather cancel them, stay home in your pjs, and park yourself in front of the tv all…

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    Appreciating Teachers

    With this past Wednesday being Teacher Appreciation Day and the school year coming to an end, the conversation of teacher’s gifts came up at our Mom group this past week. We got to talking about ideas on what to get, so I thought I’d come up with a few for those of you out there that don’t have any ideas on what to do. I’m not saying you have to get your child’s teacher a gift. I know parents spend a lot of money on things for school as it is. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just a thoughtful gesture is all teacher’s want. Trust me, they truly…