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Jackie

15 Postpartum Essentials

Before Lyla made her big debut, I had a lot of time on my hands. I planned for my maternity leave to begin one week before my due date, and then I was 10 DAYS LATE! I cleaned, did…

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Easy Weekday Recipe Roundup

We’ve been trying to eat healthy pretty consistently since baby girl entered this world. And each week, I find myself returning to the same pool of healthy, easy recipes for my weekly meal plan. Key word: easy. Because let’s…

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Taco-style Zucchini Lasagna

Getting back in shape after a baby is sooo much harder than I imagined. In addition to reinvigorating my fitness routine (postpartum fitness post to come!), I’ve had to make a few serious changes to my diet. One of those changes…

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How to Live Dissatisfied

What?  Yes, you read the title of this blog post correctly.  A few weeks ago, I heard this talk about living happily. And it really grabbed my attention. Instead of focusing on inspiring, positive pieces of advice, the speaker…

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Lyla’s Birth Story

Warning: this birth story is totally TMI, so click away if you don’t want the gory details. πŸ™‚ 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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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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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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