Social Media Break

This year started with many moments reading books, building LEGO and practicing yoga at home, without a single Instagram photo to prove it happened. We made a mindful decision to change the way we want to live in 2021. In the sacred space of our cozy home during the pandemic, my husband and I decided […]

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Support Small Businesses

I live in Antioch, Illinois, a small town north of Chicago and a smidge south of the Wisconsin border. Our quaint Main Street strip is full of all the stores you love to shop on summer vacation, minus the junky tchotchke place. I enjoy strolling the streets year-round and there’s nothing like Christmastime when all […]

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Namaste

I was in a pretty rough place in my life when I started yoga teacher training in September 2019. Determined to break through my unhappiness, I committed to a year-long program at my local yoga studio, Trillium. Learning something new caught my attention when I met Anita Mahr at an informational session and I was […]

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Long hair don’t care

NOTE: I don’t know why I didn’t publish this story when I first wrote it years ago, but it’s offered me such a lovely flashback, I’m willing to share it with all of you now. “She’s so beautiful.” “Your daughter is going to break some hearts.” “I love her long hair.” Sometimes I let the […]

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Summer Staycation

Traveling for our annual summer road trip to see our beloved Cubbies play baseball against a Midwest rival was out of the plans this year. COVID-19 shutdown baseball season for a while and even though the players are back on the field, spectators aren’t allowed back in the stadium. Hoping to visit every baseball park […]

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Turning four during COVID-19

Four years ago, we were driving down 94 to the hospital with excitement to meet our son. I remember that night like it was yesterday. We drove steadily down the expressway at 2:30am singing to Justin Bieber. Leigh had been baking for 40 weeks and one day. We were both ready to get this party […]

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5 Years in Review

At the creative recommendation of a cherished colleague, I started a five-year journal, well, five years ago. What is a five-year journal, you ask? It’s a bound book with five sections on each page, one section for each year and a page for each day. It takes five minutes at the end of the day […]

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Toddler Teeth

I am a mom with good intentions and lots of faults. I forget to send gloves. I let my little one sneak a piece of chocolate first thing in the morning. And I’m no good at keeping my patience during bedtime. One thing I am exceptionally bad at is brushing my toddler’s teeth. It used […]

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Pinkalicious

Looking for a good book series to read with your kid? Victoria and Elizabeth Kann wrote and illustrated the Pinkalicious series and Leigh is obsessed. We have to read the books every night before bed. Luckily, the library only had a couple to loan us during our last visit. But there are at least six […]

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Baseball in The Queen City

We drove more than 700 miles round trip to watch our beloved Chicago Cubs play the Reds at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio over the weekend. It was a long road driving down Route 65 through Indiana, but we made it in one piece with a three-year-old who refused to nap in […]

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