I Gave Up My 4:00 A.M. Wake Up Call, and Yes, I Kind of Miss It

I Gave Up My 4:00 A.M. Wake Up Call, and Yes, I Kind of Miss It
This post is a part of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooza Hour. The writers at ChicagoNow are given a topic and one hour to write. This month’s topic is to: “Write about something in your life you’ve given up but that you wish you still did.” There was a brief time in my life after my youngest was... Read more »

101 Ways to Find Free Time: The Library

101 Ways to Find Free Time: The Library
This post is the third in a series where I am on a quest to find the perfect place to have some alone time and space to write. With Autumn officially here, I thought I would reminisce a little bit and try something I used to do in college to get some alone time and... Read more »

No Wonder All The Artists are Starving: Young House Love and A Crash Course in Blogs and Brands

No Wonder All The Artists are Starving: Young House Love and A Crash Course in Blogs and Brands
You have no doubt been just as devastated as I am about the recent blog hiatus by John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love. Wait. You don’t know who they are? They are like the Brad and Angelina no, wait the Kim and Kanye  no, more like the George and Amal of the DIY blogosphere. But unlike... Read more »
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You Don't Have to Run a Marathon to Help the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, But it Doesn't Hurt

You Don't Have to Run a Marathon to Help the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, But it Doesn't Hurt
In 2001 I ran the Chicago Marathon. As anyone who has run a Marathon knows, running a marathon is no small feet (see what I did there). The actual day is filled with some serious heart, but the months leading up to the event also require commitment and dedication. Those that are planning to run... Read more »

101 Ways to Find Free Time: Hide in the Bathroom

101 Ways to Find Free Time: Hide in the Bathroom
This post is the second in a series where I am on a quest to find the perfect place to have some alone time and space to write. So, this is something that I thought I would never try, but I actually hid out in the bathroom for a good long while, and no, I... Read more »

This Beautiful Mess

This Beautiful Mess
The other day I came across an article revealing that Sarah Jessica Parker’s stunning town home in New York City is on the market. It is listed way out of my price range, but as most people would I couldn’t help but scroll through the photos. As I was perusing through her spectacularly expansive and... Read more »
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101 Ways to Find Free Time: Get An Oil Change

101 Ways to Find Free Time: Get An Oil Change
This post is the first in a series where I am on a quest to find the perfect place to have some alone time and space to write. I have a secret. When the car needs an oil change and a tire rotation, I kind of get a little giddy. I smile a little bit... Read more »

In Defense of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

In Defense of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Who would have thought that dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head, donating a little bit of money, and challenging friends to do the same would become a viral sensation and raise millions of dollars? (Personally, our family thought it was fun! Chilly, but fun.) According alsa.org this very morning, ALS has been... Read more »

Take a Break from Yourself: It's Not All About YOU Anyway

Take a Break from Yourself: It's Not All About YOU Anyway
Two words: This. Week. Am I right? Words cannot even begin to describe the pain and confusion many of us have experienced in the last week. As we try to make sense of it all, I want everyone to take a break from themselves. This is not to be confused with taking a break for... Read more »
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8 Rules of Lasting Friendship (Or Why Friends Are Like a Little Black Dress)

8 Rules of Lasting Friendship (Or Why Friends Are Like a Little Black Dress)
Despite life being a bit different than it was for me when I was younger, single, blonder, more naive, and sans children, there are just some things that I will find forever constant. For example sometimes all a gal needs is a perfect fitting black dress. Every time she opens her closet, it will be... Read more »
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