Jan 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends! Another week has come and gone and I for one an super excited for finally a weekend at home. It's crazy to think the last month I've been somewhere every weekend except my own home ( but I loved all the traveling I've been doing too so no complaining here that's for sure )! This week was actually a lot more laid back as we had a few snow days sprinkled in due to heavy ice and snow on Wednesday and Thursday. I'm not complaining since I was able to get some extra snuggles in with my kids during the days!

I wanted to share a few things I'm loving with you this week! I hope you share a few things you as well are enjoying in the comments below! Let's get started!

1.  Mugs - You all know my obsession with mugs and when I saw this one I literally laughed out loud. Who wants to get it for me ha?!

2. Brownie Bombs. I've been on the hunt for something easy, delicious and all things chocolate lately and when a friend shared with this me I knew I was going to be making them this weekend. Let's just hope they make it in time for my daughter's birthday party next weekend!

3. Parenting Tips- Speaking of which..this was something that may have happened the other day with my daughter ha! #ParentFail

4. Podcasts - I've been on a huge podcast kick and listening to it instead of the radio in the morning. I've been loving uplifting ones like Oprah's Super Soul but looking for new ones too! Send some suggestions my way!

Enjoy your weekend friends! 
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Jan 16, 2018

Links I TRULY Love Right Now

Phew! Coming home from my third straight on the road weekend vacation..I need a vacation from this vacation. Right? Anyone else need one too on this Tuesday? Just me? Hmm...As you saw from yesterdays post- it was crazy!

Alright well I wanted to jump on a few fun trends going on the internet ( because I'm always the last one on that bandwagon ) and share a few links I'm really and TRULY loving right now! So lets get started!

1. Being that I've traveled every weekend since the end of the year and the last two weeks of 2018, this article came in handy on how to stay productive while raveling.

2. Helene is a genius when it comes to great writing especially when it comes to understanding and valuing social media. This article she wrote about Insta Stories is #Goals!

3. Need a little bit of help thinking of what to do with this snowy weather? This post on ways to stay cozy inside is a game changer.

4. Oprah's amazing speech at the Golden Globes. Read it HERE.

5. This amazing article written by a woman who recently passed away last month. Ugh. Its heart wrenching so get the tissues ready.

What are some things you're loving + link them below to share with all of us! 

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Jan 14, 2018

A Bachelorette Weekend in Chicago

Happy Monday friends! I’m writing from Chicago while I hang out with my Dad today! Phew! What a weekend it was celebrating my cousin Megan. If you’re new around my blog, my cousin Megan is like my older sister ( we’re only 8 months apart ) and she’s getting married in a MONTH so we had part 1 of her bridal showers on Friday and her Bachelorette party Saturday with the rest of the bridal party crew + all her friends! It was an absolute blast! I’ll take you through it day by day!

Friday


I arrived late into Chicago Thursday night and was able to sleep in Friday morning ( a huge rare with not traveling with 2 kids or my husband ha ) at my parents home who live in a suburb about 40 minutes away from the city. My aunt’s were also in town so it was so nice to catch up with them over coffee and a light breakfast before our day began. We ran errands to Costco and put a few finishing touches on some great DIY décor my Mom had done for the bridal shower and even got our nails and makeup done. 

Later on that night, we attended Meg’s big event with so many friends and family members at Maggiano's LIttle Italy. I kept getting flashbacks of my own bridal shower that was hosted in the same place about 6 years ago! I loved every moment.

After the party, I hopped in the car with my sister, cousin and Aunt and we made our way down to Chicago. My sister and I hung out her place and talked until the wee hours of the morning ( typical us ) until we finally forced ourselves to go to sleep.

Saturday
We woke up Saturday morning, grabbed coffee and then met a few of Meg’s friends at the historic Grand Lux Café for a lovely brunch. It was really nice to sit and chat with so many of her friends that I wasn’t able to at the shower the night before as well as talk all things wedding and Megan! Ha! After a filling brunch, a few of the girls shopped and took my cousin to get her hair done before the big night while the rest of the bridal party headed to the hotel to decorate for our festive night out.
We booked a room at The Hotel InterContental, the same destination my cousin is having her wedding, which we thought was pretty fitting and great location since it’s near the Magnificent Mile. Once decorations and everything was in place, the guests arrived and it was time to party! We had some hilarious games + a video Megan’s fiancé made to answer questions. It was hysterical. Afterwards we ate ( pizza from Lou Malnati's of course because all things deep dish pizza) and grabbed a party bus for a night of dancing and a few adult beverages.

It was such a fun time getting to know so many of Megan's friends throughout her childhood, highschool, college and work experiences. As the Matron and Maid of Honor, my sister and I loved putting together such a great gathering of incredible people for our cousin!

Sunday
My mom came into the city and after we cleaned up from the party, Morgan and I met up with her to do some shopping, something the three of us haven’t done since high school! It was so great just the three of us laughing, talking and catching up together. After a long day, my Mom and I travelled home and fell asleep rather early because of such a long and fun weekend.

Phew! What a super fun and amazing weekend celebrating such a milestone for my cousin! Although the weather was a bit chilly ( no surprise there for the Midwest ) it was filled with so much love, laughter and above all else, pure bliss for our bride to be! Cheers to the new Mrs. G and her wedding in a few weeks!

How was your weekend?
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