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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Jan 12, 2018

Friday Favorites

Hello from the sky again! That's right, I just am jet setting all over the place in the first month of 2018! Where am I off to now? Follow along here! Anyways, I wanted to pop in and share some of the things I'm loving this week with you all, as it seems to be pretty popular from last week!

1. Planning My Daughter's Fourth Birthday -I have a little time before my first born turns 4 but I'm already trying to get everything together for her party in a few weeks. Typical right? I can promise you lots of color, sweet treats and fun photos to come! Stay tuned for all things colorful in a few weeks! Eeks!
2. Comfort Food - It's been pretty chilly since we arrived back to ATL from Orlando this weekend and I had to whip up something easy, delicious and warm for us in the crock pot on Monday. So many of you recommended this delicious White Chicken Chili and you didn't disappoint! It was delicious and highly recommended!

3. Harry Potter Weekend - If you haven't heard, we had an amazing time at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter last weekend. Seriously- 4 adults running around and enjoying the wizarding world was too much fun. If you're a huge fan, check out my Tips + Hacks post!

4. Oprah's Speech At The Golden Globes- By now I'm sure you heard about Oprah's amazing speech she gave at the Golden Globes Sunday Night. That woman truly knows how to command an audience she had my full attention when she talked about her childhood and the movement that #MeToo has on not just woman but men. Watch it here and tell me how inspired you are too!

Alright friends! Where am I off to now? Watch on my Insta Stories + Snapchat to find out and I'll see you all Monday!

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