A Travel Themed Nursery

A Travel Themed Nursery
I had so much fun planning and creating Mila’s nursery (although not so much fun cleaning out all the crap stuff that previously inhabited the room). Picking a theme was easy: travel. Both my husband and I love to travel, and it’s a passion we hope Mila will one day share. For color, I wanted... Read more »

My Perfect Pregnancy Gift: Wine

My Perfect Pregnancy Gift: Wine
To me, meals – and life – are just better with a glass of vino. This made pregnancy sans wine rather challenging. My husband, knowing how much I missed wine, came up with a plan to lessen the blow: each month he surprised me with a different, very nice (it helped that our normal alcohol... Read more »

A Technologically Challenged New Mom’s Favorite Apps

A Technologically Challenged New Mom’s Favorite Apps
I am so not savvy when it comes to technology. But when Mila was born, it became clear that it was time to look into some new (for me) apps – her grandparents demanded photos! They’re all easy to use/available from my iPhone, and not because I think iPhone is best (actually, I kind of... Read more »
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A Fit Pregnancy: What Worked for Me

A Fit Pregnancy: What Worked for Me
I was in great shape when I found out I was pregnant. I ran regularly and consistently hit my 10,000 daily steps. I practiced yoga at least twice a week. I had started taking Pilates again. After seeing those two positive lines on the pregnancy test (and after celebrating with my husband), I committed myself... Read more »

My Latest Project (and what happened to Chewables the last 9 months)

My Latest Project (and what happened to Chewables the last 9 months)
It’s been some time since I’ve posted on Chewables, an absence mostly attributable to my latest project: Mila. Mila arrived two weeks ago, and my husband and I are completely head over heels in love. In the nine months leading up to Mila’s arrival, I found myself largely either unable or uninterested in eating out. And... Read more »

Signs of Warmer Weather

Signs of Warmer Weather
I don’t know about you, but particularly after this long, drawn out winter (it snowed in parts of Chicago, what, a few weeks ago?), I’ve been totally geeking out on the warmer weather. And this has manifested itself in my snapping up iPhone pictures of our first blossoms while walking around Chicago. Thought I’d share... Read more »
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Mediterranean Cooking Class with Chopping Block and Common Threads

Mediterranean Cooking Class with Chopping Block and Common Threads
Get ‘em cooking. That’s the mutual goal for nonprofit Common Threads, with its mission to get 1 million kids cooking through healthy-eating and culturally aware cooking classes, and for Chopping Block, Chicago’s renown recreational cooking school whose aim is to get people to cook. This past week the two teamed up for a special Mediterranean... Read more »

Matzah Balls + Cheeseburgers at Au Cheval

Matzah Balls + Cheeseburgers at Au Cheval
It was a cold and rainy night (also known as May in Chicago) when the hubby and I sat down at Au Cheval in the West Loop. The restaurant had maintained a near permanent resident status on my to-try list, so I was thrilled when an after work event nearby along with an improbable lack... Read more »

Cooking for a Cause: Common Threads Teams Up with Chopping Block

Cooking for a Cause: Common Threads Teams Up with Chopping Block
Chopping Block, one of my favorite places for cooking classes in Chicago, is teaming up with Common Threads, one of my favorite nonprofits (and where I serve on the Associate’s Board), for a special cooking class where all proceeds will go directly to Common Threads! The event will be on May 20th from 6-9 pm at... Read more »
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Going to Battle Against the Winter Doldrums

Going to Battle Against the Winter Doldrums
Ugh. It’s winter. And post holiday winter at that. The glitz and glitter of December have lost their shine, and there’s basically nothing to look forward to until about April (not to be dramatic about it). Here in Chicago it is frigid, dark, and snowy. The fight is on: winter doldrums versus us. The faint... Read more »