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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 »

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 »

The Thanksgiving Healthy Eating Poem

The Thanksgiving Healthy Eating Poem
T’was the season of Thanksgiving, And all across the land, Anticipation abounded, For the holiday most grand. Thoughts of turkey, stuffing, and pie, Danced in our heads, While notions of ruining our diets, Filled us with dread. ‘Cause Thanksgiving meals average, 3,000 calories, Nearly a pound of weight, just one night, Wrecking havoc on our... Read more »
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A baby is brewing: a non-traditional, co-ed, beer themed baby shower

A baby is brewing: a non-traditional, co-ed, beer themed baby shower
Baby showers need not be all pink lace bonnets and blue baby shoes. Nor do they need to be exclusively for the ladies (we all know how we got into this situation; it (typically) takes two). Besides, why shouldn’t the guys be tormented by get to partake in the age-old tradition of baby showers? It’s... Read more »

Nature’s Remedies: Our “Healthy” Window Box

Nature’s Remedies: Our “Healthy” Window Box
For the past few summers, I have planted my 3rd floor window box with a different theme. Last year, it was a cocktail garden (see that post here). The year before, brightly colored flowers. This year, I was inspired by two things. First, my indoor aloe plant that was desperate to go outside. And second,... Read more »

Travel-Themed Baby Shower

Travel-Themed Baby Shower
For the globetrotting mama-to-be, coming up with a travel-themed baby shower was easy. And the best part was designing the menu, all based on different places she had been. Here’s what we did…. Oh, and by the way, it’s a girl!
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Big Plans for my Little Urban Garden

Big Plans for my Little Urban Garden
The thunderstorms in Chicago these past few days have been ferocious (what was that last night?) and seemingly endless. But we all know that April showers bring May flowers (and Mayflowers bring pilgrims!) so I, perhaps out of desperation for some warmer, sunny weather, have begun planning my spring garden. We city dwellers often suffer... Read more »

I’m a Better Painter When I Drink

I’m a Better Painter When I Drink
Like speaking a foreign language, dancing, and singing, I am a much better painter when I drink*. Admittedly, the bar is low, because I am a really, really horrendous painter. And drawer, which apparently helps with painting. Luckily, when my friend decided to have a painting party for her big 3-0 celebration, she understood the... Read more »

February First Friday (Chi-Town Style)

February First Friday (Chi-Town Style)
My mother-in-law, who is an incredible cook, hosts a family dinner the first Friday of every month. She calls it, fittingly, “First Friday,” and it is a very casual, come-as-you-are get together that invariably involves grandchildren galloping throughout the house, delicious food and wine (and also scotch, a family tradition), and a chance to catch... Read more »
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Design Inspiration from Bocas del Toro, Panama

Design Inspiration from Bocas del Toro, Panama
One of my favorite parts about traveling is soaking in the art and design of the different places I am visiting. Perhaps it’s being away from the rushed routine of normal life, or perhaps it’s simply seeing things for the first time, but whatever it is, my mind always seems particularly open – and keen... Read more »