Life Lately Vol. 5
  • July 21, 2017
  • Life
  • So much has happened since my last life lately update so let’s just dive right into latelyWe went on our babymoon to Bermuda. I’m working on a recap of our trip that will hopefully go live next week.

    We found out we’re having a baby girl! My mom, sister and I went shopping for baby clothes right after we found out and it makes me smile every time I see the tiny outfits each time I open (what will be) the nursery closet.

    Speaking of tiny baby clothes, Janie and Jack is having a great sale right now. I held off on buying anything baby related before knew the gender, but now I want to buy all the baby things!

    My sister, mom and I went wedding dress shopping for my sister this past weekend. She tried on so many amazing dresses, but the funniest thing was when she walked out in my dress! The associate helping her pulled some dresses she thought she might like and we all laughed when she walked out and I said, “hey that’s my dress!” Luckily she didn’t fall in love with it.

    I went to see La La Land with friends in Millennium Park on Tuesday night. The park ended up being insanely crowded (so crowded they stopped letting people in) and we couldn’t even see the screen. It still ended up being one of my favorite nights of the summer, though.

    With only a little over 4 months left before our lives completely change, Brett and I have been having fun being more spontaneous. Normally I plan our lives out down to the hour, so it’s a nice change of pace. Last Thursday we scrapped dinner plans and met friends at the farmer’s market at Wrigley for a picnic. Then Friday afternoon we dropped what we were doing and drove out to my parent’s house to surprise them for dinner. We ended up forgetting our overnight bag in our living room so maybe we’re not that great at being spontaneous after all! The next two weekends we don’t have a lot of plans so I’m looking forward to seeing where the day’s take us.

    Last but not least, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public today! I did a little Christmas shopping for Brett earlier in the week and couldn’t resist picking up these high waist leggings and these pajamas.

    Hope you have a great weekend!


    His & Her’s Date Night In
  • July 19, 2017
  • Food
  • This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #Jewel #CollectiveBias

    Last week our AC went out (welcome to homeowner life!). We knew when we bought our house we’d likely have to replace the AC at some point so it didn’t come as a big surprise. Of course replacing something that large is never fun though. Without AC our house was steamy and there was no way I was turning on the oven. Luckily Jewel-Osco is down the street and their ready to serve meals featuring Jewel chicken are great for a date night in.His & Her's Date Night InThe signature meals include your choice of fried or rotisserie chicken, a side and the option to add Gold Peak® Tea for $0.99. The option of fried or rotisserie is great for us because Brett can get his fried chicken fix and I love their rotisserie chickens. It’s the perfect his and her’s date night in! I typically pick up fresh fruit while I’m at Jewel to make a salad (#pregnancycraving) and of course I can’t resist stealing a few of Brett’s fries!

    Gold Peak Tea goes with everything, but especially chicken. There is something about iced tea paired with chicken that is so “summery”. Anyone else feel this way? I’ve been drinking a lot of Gold Peak Tea because now that I can’t drink, it’s a refreshing change from my usual water or sparkling water.

    Brett swears that Jewel has some of the best fried chicken in the city (and this article agrees with him). I’m happy to stick with my rotisserie chicken, using it to make a pesto chicken salad. It’s so simple to make – about 1/2 cup of mayo, a little salt and pepper, a scoop of pesto and some fresh basil from our garden. I served it on a fresh croissant  that I also picked up at Jewel. His & Her's Date Night InHis & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night In His & Her's Date Night InCreate your own delicious summer meal with Jewel Signature Meals and Gold Peak Tea. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time, leaving you more time to enjoy the summer! His & Her's Date Night InHis & Her's Date Night In

    It’s A Girl!
  • July 17, 2017
  • Baby · Life
  • It’s official, baby G is a girl! I was 100% convinced that we were having a boy so I was completely shocked when we cut into the donut cake and saw it’s a girl. Brett on the other hand thought for sure it would be a girl. I think I was more surprised to find out we were having a girl than when we found out we were pregnant.It's A Girl gender revealI really wanted the gender reveal to be a fun surprise for our families, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do it.Twigs and Twirls provided us with the sweetest gender reveal party decor, but  I still couldn’t figure out how to do the actual reveal. Brett doesn’t really like cake and I knew popping a balloon would terrify Riggins. We both love donuts so I had the idea to call Firecakes and ask them to make a gender reveal donut cake. They said they could make a 3-layer donut cake and fill it with either raspberry or blueberry cream. I love how it turned out and we all enjoyed digging in after the gender reveal. You can’t go wrong with Firecakes Donuts!

    When we had our 20 week ultrasound last week I was so nervous I would accidentally see the gender. Of course I really had no idea what to look for so it was highly unlikely but I still didn’t want to risk it. Again, after we picked up the cake I thought for sure I would drop it or ruin the surprise some other way. I actually made Brett carry it up our stairs from the garage because I didn’t trust myself. I’m still surprised the secret didn’t get out before we cut the cake.

    Now that we know the gender I can’t wait to start planning the nursery and of course buying all the little baby girl clothes! It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender reveal It's A Girl gender revealit's a girl gender reveal

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    Black Embroidered Dress
  • July 13, 2017
  • Style
  • Hello and happy Thursday! Today’s post is a quick one because this week has been a doozy. Between playing catch up at work and a couple dinners and happy hours after work it’s flown by. This black embroidered dress is on sale for almost 50% off though so I wanted to share it with y’all before it sells out. I picked it up right before we left for Bermuda thinking it would be great for casual dinners. I love the embroidery detail, t-back straps and of course the pockets. This is the kind of dress I have a feeling I’ll be wearing a lot this summer! black embroidered dressblack embroidered dress black embroidered dress black embroidered dress black embroidered dress black embroidered dress

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