Finding My Way to Balance 

Whether you’re a working mom, a stay at home mom or dabbling in the world of both, one thing is for certain – finding a balance between the two is hard. Perhaps you’re feeling guilty for overworking and not being home enough or you’re constantly chasing after a toddler and longing for parts of your pre-baby identity back; regardless, I think it’s common for moms to struggle with “doing it all”.  Read more

“When are you having Baby #2?!”

I can’t tell you how often I’m asked when we’re going to expand our family. It’s almost as if once your first baby turns 1, there’s an instant assumption that you’d begin trying immediately (as if the chaos of managing life with a 1 year old isn’t hard enough! Ha). Plus, many of my friends are starting to get pregnant again so I think it’s only natural to wonder when or if you’ll have that itch too.

Both Bill and I do want to have another child, but truth be told, we’re not ready quite yet. I’m honestly hesitant because being pregnant means I’ll be med-free again, which scares me to say the least. MS relapses after giving birth are so common and the thought of something happening to me when I have two children to care for is nerve-wracking to think about.

Last time around, I was so fortunate with Chloe and believe my heavy doses of steroids – which I started immediately following her birth – were the reason I was so lucky. Certainly I could follow the same plan next time around but you never know what will happen (oh the joys of MS!). So, back to the original question – “when are you going to have a 2nd baby?”…. Read more

Chloe’s Barnyard Bash!

Old McDonald isn’t the only one with a farm! Miss Chloe turned 1 and we went all out with a farm-themed blow-out bash! From bringing a petting zoo into our city home to surprising kiddos with a farm-themed musical performance by Mr. Dave Music to the custom decorations and a picnic buffet – check out all the details from this farm fiesta! We had so much fun celebrating our girl!
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A Letter to My Daughter on Her 1st Birthday

Our baby girl is one today! What an incredible year it’s been!

In honor of Chloe’s 1st birthday, I wanted to do something special to celebrate. Yes, we will have a big party on Saturday but more importantly, I wanted to give her a sentimental gift that she could cherish forever. We asked our family and friends to forgo traditional gifts and instead bring a piece of advice, card or letter that Chloe could open on her 18th birthday. I cannot wait for the day that she will open them and know how much love surrounded her at even such a young age.

I debated sharing my own letter to her since it’s so personal but my love for her is something I’m so proud of. She is the biggest blessing in my life. Read more

Rockin’ Out with Mr. Dave’s Music

If you’re a parent in Chicago, you’ve likely heard of Mr. Dave’s Music and if you haven’t, where have you been hiding?! Even before having Chloe, I heard about this “kid favorite” for his authentic, fun and modern take on music and ability to bring families together to celebrate it.

I was eager to get on the Mr. Dave Music bandwagon once Chloe was born and was beyond excited when he opened his very own location just blocks from our home. It didn’t take long before I finally understood the loyalty and love that kiddos and parents share for Mr. Dave’s Music, so I wanted to share my take with all of you. Plus, he’s offering readers $5 off on all classes through February (yes, unlimited all month!!) – details inside!

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