I’m so excited to finally share the gender of Baby Flora.
We brought out our DJI Mavic Pro for a quick little video to announce that we’re having a …
I’m so excited to finally share the gender of Baby Flora.
We brought out our DJI Mavic Pro for a quick little video to announce that we’re having a …
Graham and I looooove Johnnyswim. The husband and wife duo have incredible voices and are such talented songwriters. Their song “Take the World” was our first dance song at our wedding, and we listen to their music all the time.
I bought tickets for last Friday’s show months ago and we’ve been anticipating the show ever since. They played a sold out show at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, a gorgeous venue. The best moments:
We take everything opportunity to see them live, and I’m sharing why you should see them play live before they get even bigger:
Hit shuffle and enjoy!
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October was a loooong month for me. It seemed to drag on forever, partly because I was having uncomfortable symptoms for most of the month. Luckily, the end of October brought some relief thanks to my focus on self-care and family. Here are the items I loved last month because they helped me start feeling like myself again!
Bump Box: My friend surprised me with this first trimester box as soon as I told her we were expecting. She was the first friend I told, thus she was one of maybe two people who knew about my symptoms so early on. When I opened the box and saw a new package of Preggie Pops I was thrilled because I had just ran out of mine. Preggie Pops are the real favorite because they have been helpful in relieving my morning sickness (for the most part). The box also contained other goodies, like a water bottle, a bath bomb and an anti-nausea drink mix. I didn’t use the anti-nausea bracelet or the belly stickers, but I appreciated the gesture of sending a box.
Sweater Weather three-wick candle: To be honest I am not obsessed with every Bath and Body Works three-wick candle scent. Sweater Weather (sage, juniper berry, eucalyptus, fresh woods) is one of the few I actually enjoy. I am also currently burning Tis the Season, which smells like rich red apple, sweet cinnamon and cedarwood. (Too soon?)
IZZE Sparkling Juice Clementine drinks: I recently rediscovered this drink and have since craved it constantly, though I’m trying to stick to water as much as possible. It’s refreshing and sweet and so good!
Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub: I just picked this up but it’s already a favorite. It tastes so good and leaves my lips soft. Plus, it has that gentle tingle I enjoy in my lip balms.
Lush Rosy Cheeks Mask: This, too, is a new addition but I already love it. It smells amazing and left my face feeling ridiculously soft and moisturized. It wasn’t really exfoliating or anything, just a treat to use. It has a nice cooling and soothing effect since it’s supposed to be kept in the fridge.
What products have you been loving?
I’m really hoping this month brings more relief and a lot more fun!
I’m looking forward to:
Happy Halloween! Graham and I had a spooktacular date night at Chicago Botanic Garden on Sunday. It was a bit past our old folk bedtime, but we managed to find tickets for the sold-out Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns on the last day of the event. We would have preferred to attend the earlier time slots, but we were only able to find 8:45 p.m. tickets available. We were still pumped to plan our first night out together in weeks.
We arrived at exactly 8:45 and quickly realized we should have planned to get there earlier to allow time for parking. When you buy the tickets ($28 for two), you get an email suggesting arriving 30 minutes before your time slot. A line of cars snaked out of the parking lot onto the main street, but luckily Google maps had directed us to come from the opposite direction, so we were able to turn into the parking lot and make our way through the members-only car line easily. We had paid for advance parking, which means we could bypass the other line. The woman in the parking booth didn’t even look at our parking receipt, which made me wonder if we should have even bothered paying! Parking still took a bit of time, though. We made our way through the garden entrance to the event waiting area to find another long line. I was a bit surprised that even with ticket time slots we waited until about 9:15 to get in, but once we were able to begin the walk, any annoyance was forgiven.
Each section of the walk has pumpkins carved to fit a certain theme, including music legends, Chicago sports, and Halloween classics. I was in awe of the talent of these carvers from the start!
The Solar System:
They had other Chicago sports pumpkins but I only really care about the Cubs, duh. Also Michael Jordan.
|We were thrilled to see our name on a pumpkin. 🙂|
At various tents you could observe as carvers created their masterpieces and you could ask about the process. You can and should stop by for a hot cider, chocolate or coffee and a dessert. (We got the apple cider doughnuts bites. Yum!) My hot chocolate actually made the pregnancy symptoms I was having go away, and the treats made the chilly walk more enjoyable! By the way, those beverages can also be spiked if you prefer/are not expecting. Or you can just get beer, wine, water or soda.
You also walk through a Wonderland Express section with countless trains. Kids would love it, as did we! We saw a miniature version of Wrigley Field that we very much enjoyed. Entertainers such as a man on stilts also greeted us as we walked around the garden.
|The ivy inside the mini Wrigley Field was out of control!|
We were done with the entire walk through the jack-o’-lanterns at 10:40 p.m. and appeared to be among the last people out. It was a nice way to beat the Sunday Scaries before another workweek!
Have you been to the Chicago Botanic Garden? What are your Halloween plans? Which pumpkin is your favorite?
|Abigail Joyce Photography | Third anniversary photos at Montrose Harbor, Chicago|
Toward the end of summer I started to lose my motivation and focus. I felt lost and uninspired, and I wasn’t sure what to do next. I shifted my priorities, gave myself a break and now I can happily say that I’m starting to gain some of that drive back, in large part because of some upcoming, exciting changes heading our way.
First, my family will have more time together now that the craziness of baseball season is behind us. (If you’re new here, my husband Graham works in the industry, so March-November can be busy.) Now we will have the time to prepare for our next big adventure:
Graham, Victoria and I are thrilled to share the news now that I’m starting my second trimester. We all attended my most recent ultrasound together, and V was excited to hear the heartbeat and see the baby in my belly.
We’ve slowly been spreading the news to our family and friends, which was a little tricky since they are out of state. We would have loved to share the news in person, but we just couldn’t wait any longer, and we weren’t sure when we’d be able to travel to see them. (Also, keeping this secret was extremely difficult. Graham’s coworkers found out immediately!)
Questions I’ve already been asked:
Questions you didn’t ask:
Winter is the only time we can travel for longer than a weekend. This year we had originally discussed Belize as our vacation destination, but we later changed that to Puerto Rico because a passport is not necessary to travel there. (We still need V’s passport with her new name.) After Hurricane Maria and the pregnancy confirmation, we knew we had to change our destination, though we still plan to visit the island at some point in the next few years. So where are we going now? We don’t know yet! Where should we go? Leave your recommendations in the comments!
Each year we choose a different farm for our pumpkin picking adventure. Now that Graham finally has weekends off, we could start to do ALL the fall things. This year we went to Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, which is at least an hour drive from where we live in Chicago.
We got there about an hour and a half after it opened, and the line was filling up to buy tickets. The farm seemed to have plenty of parking (and it was free). To save time, buy tickets online at a discount or bring cash; those lines moved more quickly. We had a free child admission pass from Graham’s work, so we paid about $14 each for two adults. Your general admission price includes 30 attractions; the only attractions you pay for are the rock climbing wall, pony and horse rides, the gem mine, the zombie paintball ride and the Jumping Pillows (First jump experience is free and all-day jumping pass is $5; Free Monday-Friday).
Our first stop was to say hi to the llamas, goats, chicks, pig, chickens and cows.
|The goats at Siegel’s would stick there heads all the way through the fence; it was nuts!|
I was starving at this point, so we stopped by the cafe at the entrance for some snacks: cheese pizza (one of the only options for a vegetarian), a pulled pork sandwich for Graham and a hot dog for V. It was all so underwhelming but what you’d expect to find at a place like this. I later bought a pretzel with cheese that I also didn’t like. I would recommend packing your own picnic and enjoying in the barn designated as a picnic area.
Pretty much everywhere you go has a photo opportunity.
|Aren’t they beautiful?|
I’m someone who has always been driven by a desire to help others. (If you’re into the 16 personality types, I would be an ISFJ.) I’ve been thinking about how to help others more so than usual lately. The barrage of national and international tragedies has deeply saddened me, but I refuse to lose hope, as hard as that is sometimes. I’ve been searching for ways to feel like myself again after such an off month or so. One of the best ways I’ve found some semblance of relief (besides journaling and trying to exercise) is helping others. If you, too, have felt as I have, you might be interested in these five ways to be more giving. I’m not claiming these are totally original but really just reminding you how easy it can be to be involved. Leave your own ideas in the comments!
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|My grandpa was a fishing captain in Mexico.|
I sadly didn’t inherit or try hard enough to learn their secrets. Now, the closest I can come to replicating the flavors of home is by trying new recipes and incorporating the spiciness I love into them. One such discovery: the Spicy Jalapeño Tuna Cakes I’ve been trying. They’re super easy yet flavorful! This was a little out of my comfort zone because I was not used to eating tuna in this way. I typically just add jalapeños to my tuna salad, which is also delicious, by the way!
I find what I need to make the tuna cakes at Jewel-Osco. I picked up LA MORENA® Whole Jalapeños (28oz) and LA MORENA® Chipotle Sauce because I know the brand has provided the highest-quality traditional flavors for over 45 years. While the recipe only requires a 7 ounce can, I always pick up the 28 ounce option because I place the leftover jalapeños into a glass jar and always have them handy when I want to top my meals with them. You can also pick up LA MORENA® Sliced Jalapeños (7 or 28 ounces) if you prefer.
Spicy Jalapeño Tuna Cakes:
|Note: Only one egg is necessary for the Spicy Jalapeño Tuna Cakes. I suggest using two LA MORENA® Jalapeños unless you really enjoy spiciness. Chop the jalapeños as finely as possible.|
Makes about two or three tuna cakes per can, which is enough for two or three per person.
1 egg, beaten
2 5-ounce cans of tuna (4 ounces of drained tuna, each)
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
3/4 cup of plain breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 chopped red onion
2-3 LA MORENA® Whole Jalapeños, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil
|Note: Only 1 egg is needed. Exact measurements not pictured.|
Combine beaten egg, tuna, cilantro, half of the breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, lemon juice, red onion, LA MORENA® Jalapeños, salt and pepper in a bowl in mix. Using a 1/4 measuring cup or a spoon (or your hands), pick up some of the mixture and form a patty in your hands. Place the remaining breadcrumbs on a plate, then roll each side of the patty into the breadcrumbs until covered. Place two to four of patties on the heated, oiled pan at a time and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes per side.
Each can of tuna makes about three patties, depending on how big you make them in your hands. If you prefer them to be more crispy, cook them for a bit longer on each side. You can enjoy them on a bed of lettuce or spinach if you’d like more greens!
For the Chipotle sour cream sauce you will need:
1/3 cup of sour cream (or crema Mexicana)
4 tablespoons of LA MORENA® Chipotle Sauce.
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
Mix all ingredients in small bowl or ramekin. Add more LA MORENA® Chipotle Sauce as preferred in 1-2 tablespoon increments. Drizzle some sauce on your favorite dishes for added flavor. You can make more than you’ll need and save it for later. It goes on just about anything!
And now I need to master crab cakes! Have you tried LA MORENA® products? What’s your favorite dish to make?
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I’ve recently been hooked on minimalism vlogs and blogs. One YouTube channel in particular, Femme Life, inspired me to share what I have in an Everything I Own series. Taking a good luck at what’s in my home has helped me declutter even further, rediscover items I want to use more and make future purchasing decisions. It’s also helped me avoid the temptation to shop for unnecessary items.
I’m starting with items in my bathroom because that’s the easiest. I keep my makeup in a three-drawer storage container. Everything fits except my Carli Bybel palette, which sits on top. Everything listed is cruelty-free except one perfume at the bottom of the post.
Eyes and Brows:
Blushes and Highlighters:
|Snickerdoodle, Miss Honey, Olive, Prince Cornelius, Das Esspensive XXV and Gumption|
** Thank you to RXBar for sponsoring my attendance to PoshFest 2017, as well as other Chicago experiences.
Over the past year I started to use the Poshmark app to sell some clothing I wanted to declutter. The site seemed like an easy way to get rid of clothes and perhaps find better items from other sellers. Over the past weekend, though, I discovered you could do a lot more on Poshmark besides declutter. Many people have full-blown businesses thanks to the app!
When RXBar, one of the wellness sponsors for the event, reached out to me to attend, I was excited because I love their bars (especially the coconut chocolate flavor), but also because they wanted to make it an entire experience. In addition to attending the event, I will be attending a Soul Cycle class this week!
My friend Rachael joined me for the event at Venue Six10 on Michigan Avenue. At check-in we received T-shirts, all sorts of swag, and a wristband and drink tickets to use at the rooftop party that evening at the Roof on the Wit. We immediately headed to the welcome speech in the main theater, followed by a Freshman track session aimed at beginners on Poshmark.
The marketing and branding panel discussed how to view your closet as an extension of yourself and curate beautiful pieces you would actually wear. Tips to improve sales included being as descriptive as possible, sharing every morning and night, sharing to all the parties, and responding to ALL offers. One of the panelists in the session was Ashlee Frazier, who apparently was on “The Bachelor” and uses the app regularly.
After the session we checked out the Posh Market, where we could browse fashion at wholesale prices. My favorite pieces were on the racks by Naked Zebra and Wila. I would wear any piece on their racks!
We also visited the RXBar booth to grab a morning snack and snap a photo. In case you’re unfamiliar with RXBar, they make protein bars with no added sugar, no gluten, no diary and no soy. The neighboring patio had a view of Grant and Millennium parks, as well as Navy Pier and Adler Planetarium.
We enjoyed lunch with a view on the ninth floor. They served pasta salad; Caprese, turkey and roast beef sandwiches; fruit; and cookies. The lunch room also had photo opps: A heart made of balloons, a list of all Poshmark sellers, and a Poshmark/USPS flat-rate box background.
After lunch you could browse the market or get your nails or hair done at the stations. I joined the Freshman session on inventory sourcing and then the Q and A about balancing life and being a Poshmark seller. It was inspiring to see that people have made this their own business and have found success.
I skipped the happy hour to head over to the Palmer House hotel to check in for the night. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling that great, so we postponed our dinner plans that evening. I look forward to going out to dinner this week!
|I loved the Palmer House lobby ceiling!|
Have you used the Poshmark app to buy or sell? Have you also tried RXBars?