My Favorite Products from IKEA

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When I’m looking for clean, basic budget-friendly white pieces that I can accessorize with other items, I always look to IKEA first. Here are some of my favorite products from IKEA that I’ve used in my home: HEMNES Nightstand $69.99 – This is such a cute and sturdy little nightstand. I hacked them by adding glass knobs from… 

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8 Baby Products I DIDN’T Need

On nine bajillion websites out there you'll find lists entitled "The Ultimate Baby Product Checklist" and "Baby Gear You Cannot Live Without," but what I learned is that these lists are really catered to the individual tastes of the author. While all babies need the proper essentials to eat, sleep, … Read More...

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Sleep Training: Day 5

First of all thank you for all the kind messages everyone has sent in support of my sleep training which we have been doing the past five nights. All I can say is that we're making progress. We're not quite there yet, but I do think that we're turning a corner and that there's a light at the end of … Read More...

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our trip to Paris

We recently spent a few days in Paris with a few of my siblings and parents to celebrate the 21st birthday of my little sister who is studying abroad there (majorly jealous!). It was my third visit to Paris and each time I am reminded that it is my favorite city in Europe. We arrived in the midst of … Read More...

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Sleep Training: Day 1

When I say that I haven't slept in five months, I really mean that I haven't slept in five months. (Ok other than like, 2 nights.) We had a lovely time in Jamaica followed by the most amazing trip to Paris (more on that soon), and while I had a great time with my family and Oliver was a total rock … Read More...

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Plate Display Inspiration

Over the past few years, I've been collecting mismatched blue and white plates from antique shops in Wisconsin and just shoving them into a box because I hadn't decided what to do with them. Most recently, I picked up these vintage pretties for a song on eBay. With my mismatched plates in … Read More...

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our trip to Jamaica

This past week we were lucky enough to stay with my family and our closest family friends at a villa in Jamaica to celebrate the Christmas holiday and my dad's 60th. It's safe to say that it was one of the most incredible trips I've taken in my life and it was so special to be back in the country … Read More...

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New baby product obsession: BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One

Happy Friday friends. Have to share some love for my newest baby product obsession, the Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier One. After using the BabyBjorn Original (that I got secondhand thank goodness) for 4 months and Bubba got heavier and heavier, my back started to go out because it placed all the pressure … Read More...

Living Room Dreams

Developing my personal style

Now that we've been in our house for almost a year, I finally have a sense for how we truly, unapologetically "live," i.e., eating dinner at the coffee table on casual nights, letting the dog come on the furniture when she's invited, drinking wine in the living room, playing on the empty space of … Read More...

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A DIY Christmas

Wanted to share a few of the DIY and thrift store Christmas projects I've made/arranged around the house. Two years ago I made this pinecone wreath by hot-gluing a bunch of mini spruce pinecones to a styrofoam wreath form and hung it to the wall from a wired plaid ribbon that I picked up at … Read More...

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

On to part 3 of the holiday gift guide. Here are my picks for the special guy in your life: 1. A wool necktie for the holidays. 2. A matching blue-bordered pocket square that can be used in any season. 3. These boxers are cheeky and fun for the dog lover. 4. These classic … Read More...

Homemade Mexican Rice

Homemade Mexican Rice

Growing up (and to this day), my mom always served Mexican rice with our taco spreads, which my brothers lovingly referred to as "orange rice." After many trials, I've come up with my own no-seasoning-packet version with fresh ingredients and it has become a staple in our home. I love … Read More...

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Lately

Happy Friday! Things have been good around here lately. I (finally) unpacked after a great 6 days in Wisconsin for the holiday. We spent Thanksgiving day at my brother and sister in law's house and my spatchcocked turkey turned out well (despite smoking up the kitchen and turning the place into a … Read More...