Say cheese

My two-year-old has a digital camera. It’s a kid’s point-n-shoot my husband found at a recycling center. And it’s perfect for him. It’s easy to operate and will survive a drop from three feet in the air. Unlike with a film camera, Leigh can take endless amounts of photos on his digital one. Miss half […]

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Farmers Market Finds

When summer comes around and Saturday mornings are free, I’m always itching to visit a farmers market. Homegrown produce, fresh cut flowers sold by the handful, samples of granola clusters and acoustic music while you meander through aisles of pop up tents is my type of heaven. Not only are they different every time you […]

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An ode to my father

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Monkeys are funny. I love you. I’m not really one for writing lyrical odes, but the title sounded nice. This blog post is in honor of Father’s Day. I can always depend on my dad for comic relief, “that’s what she said jokes” and a supportive smile. He’s my […]

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Bedtime

Some nights when I work late, there’s nothing more I love doing than snuggling our son to sleep. I rush home as my husband stretches our two-year-old’s bedtime past 8, sometimes 9pm. But his weariness is so worth the relief I feel as his body hits mine, reuniting our souls together as the day comes to […]

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Who hid the Easter Eggs?

There’s a lot of posts out there about how to make the best egg hunt for Easter, but no one really addresses how much a disaster public scavenger hunts are. My expectations were set by scrolls of perfect Instagram photos with kids smiling as they gracefully kneel down to pick up a precious egg they […]

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Let’s Play Two

Disclaimer: No, this is not a pregnancy announcement. After an exciting year of baseball adventures with our son (Cubs Con in Chicago and Spring Training in Arizona), throwing a Cubs-themed party was fitting for his second birthday. We hosted a big 40+ friends and family in a rental space in celebration of his first birthday. It […]

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Arizona Spring Training

I like to think we’re fearless parents (although I have a lot of fears when it comes to parenting). We bring our kid with us everywhere. We do our grocery shopping together. We take him to movies. We bring him to date night dinners, hockey games and sports conventions. It’s hard to imagine a life […]

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Feeling Grand

It’s been a year since I left a job in higher education I loved to start a new career in hospitality. There are a lot of reasons why someone who is perfectly happy decides to go somewhere different. I was so comfortable at my last job, I could do it in my sleep. I worked […]

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Get your pig

One of the gems I discovered soon after starting my job in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is a butcher shop called Lake Geneva Country Meats. Want fresh, top-quality meat? This is the place to go. I stop here on my way home from work at least once a week to pick up fresh brats, hand-cut steaks, […]

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Cubs Con

We headed to Chicago for the 33rd Annual Cubs Convention at Sheraton Grand Hotel off Michigan Avenue at the end of a cold January. But winter in the Windy City doesn’t scare us. We’re veterans. Passes for the Cubs Convention sold out quickly. We were some of the lucky fans who scored the hotel package […]

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