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Plan in advance Thanksgiving

Plan in advance Thanksgiving
Today I realized that Thanksgiving is a short two weeks away and I need to plan my menu in advance for this year. What I am Serving Turkey, obviously.  In the past I ordered from the reputable Paulina Market in the city.  Now that I’m a suburbanite I no longer have that option and last year... Read more »

14 things I've learned in 14 years of marriage

14 things I've learned in 14 years of marriage
Today is our 14th wedding anniversary.  I remember the cold autumn day after Halloween in snippets.  I remember the morning getting ready with the lovely ladies in my life, almost tripping on my dress walking down the aisle, dancing with our friends and a post wedding bar encounter with the real life Fabio. Since that... Read more »

Essential oils to calm and focus our fast-paced lives

Essential oils to calm and focus our fast-paced lives
Gurunanda essential oils are modern, practical and natural solutions to calm and focus on our busy, fast-paced lives.  The 100% pure oils contain no synthetic agreements and our grown and distilled on the world’s most reputable farms. My typical favorites are lavender and peppermint, but I decided to sample the less familiar scents of cedarwood, lemon,... Read more »
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Thirty things to do with your kids this summer

Thirty things to do with your kids this summer
My kids have completed day one of summer.  There are many things I want to do with my kids this summer and I looked forward to the schedule-free days with my quickly growing little ones. Now that there remains close to 20 days until family vacation and camp happens, I admit I’m getting slightly nervous of... Read more »

Things I am loving: A meditation app and a yoga headband

Things I am loving: A meditation app and a yoga headband
There are some new things I am loving that I want to share with you this summer-like afternoon. Insight Timer app is any easy way to track and encourage my meditation practice.  This free app (see above) offers guided meditation, groups and also a timer to track your meditation. It also shows me that 3,783 other people... Read more »

How to naturally repel ants

How to naturally repel ants
This is the time of year when the ants come marching two by two into my home and I am constantly researching, investigating and experimenting with how to naturally repel ants. I’ve learned this year, especially in Chicago, there are more ants, spiders and mosquitos due to the tremendous amounts of rain. I strongly dislike the idea... Read more »
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From city to suburbs nine months later

From city to suburbs nine months later
It’s been nine months since we made the move from the city to the suburbs.  I still feel like the new girl and preface my introductions with, “we just moved here” as it seems everybody has known everyone for years and years. Now that our initially blank canvas of our house has finally come together... Read more »

What I'm watching: Big Little Lies

What I'm watching: Big Little Lies
Yes, I’ve been watching a lot of television lately.  I’m comfortable and happy in our new home and really all right with this low-key suburban lifestyle. As a writer, it is interesting for me to watch an entire series back to back to notice references, smart thinking and keeps me wondering what happens next.  Remember when... Read more »

The first time I felt like a grown up

The first time I felt like a grown up
I felt like a grown up way before I was actually one.  After college when I rented my first tiny studio apartment and was offered my own job with a paycheck at a PR firm, I definitely felt very mature, despite the fact I lived on ramen noodles and beer. When I became engaged at twenty... Read more »
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Seven unique wallpapers

Seven unique wallpapers
I’m overwhelmed with all the house decisions that need to be made these first few months of new home ownership.  I know my choices can stay with us for many, many, many years and I’m trying not to act impulsively. Yet, I really am craving unique wallpaper.  Many of these are temporary and can easily... Read more »