Lyla’s Birth Story

Warning: this birth story is totally TMI, so click away if you don’t want the gory details. 🙂 By now you probably know that I had a somewhat challenging pregnancy. Because of that, I had really high hopes for the…

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5 Tips to Master Your Personal Finances

I bet you think summer is the worst time of year to buckle down and save cash. Disagree. I realize  it’s when people tend to be the most active and yes, that can mean the credit card gets and stays…

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Crunchy Quinoa & Cranberry Salad

I made this sooo long ago (pre-baby) and just haven’t gotten around to posting it! You know, in between all the gloriously poopy diapers and having a baby on my boob every 2.5 seconds. It’s been the most challenging…

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5 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Career

I feel so fortunate to be where I am in my career. But it wasn’t a bump-free road to get here, and it required a lot of late nights, early mornings and good ol’ fashioned hard work. So instead…

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My Entry into Motherhood

She’s here! She’s here! She’s FINALLY here!  After what felt like the longest pregnancy ever — including being on near bedrest from weeks 20 through 36 and then going 10 days past my due date — my lovely daughter has arrived.…

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20 Things to Do in Chicago in the Summer

Summertime in Chicago just cannot be beat. We wait all year for the sun to come out and temps to rise, and from May – September, we do it right. Having lived in the city for nearly five years now,…

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Cucumber Sesame Soba Noodle Bowls

Summer is around the corner. If you’re anything like me, you like to avoid using the oven too much and even preparing hot food for lunches or dinners. This cold noodle bowl satisfies my craving for starchy foods without…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I’m still an expectant mother. I’m now THREE DAYS past my due date — which is especially hilarious given I spent a good 16 weeks of my pregnancy on near bedrest due to pre-term labor symptoms. Clearly this little lady…

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Spicy Hot Jalepeño Corn Dip

Dip, dip, hooray!  One of my all-time favorite food holidays is right around the corner: Cinco de Mayo. Though this holiday actually has cultural significance for Mexico, we Americans have turned it into a day all about tacos, tequila and…

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Buffalo Chicken Melts

I heart all things buffalo. Buffalo chicken salad, buffalo chicken wings, buffalo quinoa bites. If it has a buffalo flavor, chances are I will gladly consume it. Now that I’m on maternity leave (with my little lady still baking…

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