I am back to blogging after a longer-than-intended hiatus. This year has been super busy, but I’m really trying to make blogging a priority for a few reasons. First - and most importantly - it’s something that makes me feel happy and more fulfilled. Next, it’s the perfect way for me to be creative, which is something else that makes me happy. Finally, it’s a great way for me to develop my writing skills further, which is something I’m always . . .
Over the past few weeks, my schedule has gotten much busier than normal. I have a full time job that has a very busy season - which we are currently in the thick of - and I also do a lot of writing on the side. I was a little bit worried about how exhausted I would feel once things started to pick up, as I knew I’d have to work long days and then come home and work on my writing at night. There is nothing worse than being overtired and . . .
I know Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t a HUGE holiday, but I couldn’t resist making a few treats to celebrate it! Last weekend was Chicago’s St. Paddy’s day celebration, so I made some cupcakes. Six Sister’s Stuff posted the most ADORABLE cupcakes for the occasion, so I gathered the required materials and made them. They were incredibly easy to make, and I think mine came out pretty good (obviously not nearly as great as they did for Six . . .
Even though you’re probably bummer if you weren’t able to find any of the Starbucks x S’well x Lilly Pulitzer water bottles, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a cute bottle to stay hydrated with. There are SO many adorable and functional options out there that there’s no need to fret. Because staying hydrated (and accessorizing well) is so important, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tumblers and water bottles for you to browse. I have . . .
When you’re in the mood for something sweet, want to bring a dessert to a friends house or dinner party, or want to impress your guests but don’t have a ton of time to spare, there’s still hope. There are actually some quite impressive desserts out there that are big on taste but that - believe it or not - don’t take much time to prepare. I’m sharing some of my go-to dessert recipes that can be prepped and ready in 15 minutes or less - all while . . .
So I am going to start doing a weekly roundups of a few of my favorite things from the week each Friday. I thought it would be a fun way to end the week and definitely more exciting than a recap of what happened those days (my life is not that exciting). Here are my favorites for this week: Favorite Meal - I just had the best dinner at Frontera Grill. It’s Rick Bayless’ restaurant here in Chicago that serves creative and delicious Mexican . . .
Especially when you have a busy schedule, it can be tough to make a home cooked meal every night when you get home from work. I’ve learned that it is very easy to plan out delicious and sometimes intricate meals you’ll make when you get home from work each night at the beginning of the week, but it’s tough to actually stick to that plan. The last thing I want to do most nights when I get home is spend the time cooking and then I definitely don’t . . .
New year - new blog themes! Now that the holidays are over, I am going to start posting about lots of different topics, and because Tuesdays, in my opinion, are the worst day of the week (I mean, you’re off the high from the past weekend and so far away from the next one) I want to start posting about some simple and fun favorite pick-me-ups on this day. There are so many simple life pleasures to look forward to and that can brighten any day, if . . .
Over the holidays, when you’re running around from place to place and party to party, it can be tough to keep up with everything on your to do list. Especially when you are so busy, it can also be hard to make a dish to bring to every party or get together you attend, but you definitely don’t want to show up empty handed or bring something store bought. I always like to make something so it shows I put in effort to contribute something to the . . .
It can be really tough to come up with original Christmas gift ideas, especially when you have such a wide range of people to buy for. Friends. Family members. Co-worker. The list goes on and on! Something everyone on your list would love is something edible. I mean, who doesn’t like to eat, right? There are so many different gifts out there that are thoughtful and useful, yet easy to put together and remain inexpensive. Check out some of my . . .