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 JalepeΓ±o 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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Waiting for Baby

I literally cannot believe I’m still pregnant. After our scary pre-term labor news at 20 weeks, I never in my wildest dreams imagined we’d make it this far! This last phase is a total mix of emotions. I’m feeling…

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5 Spring Wellness Trends to Try

Summer is almost within reach, and chances are you’re thinking about looking and feeling your best. I know I certainly am! With baby girl’s big debut any day now, I’m soooo looking forward to getting back on track with…

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Healthy Slow Cooker Taco Soup

I’m so hesitant to call anything “healthy,” because 1) I work in marketing, where that word immediately raises tons of legal red flags without the proper claims; and 2) because I think each person’s definition of “healthy” may be…

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5 Simple Ways to Support Expecting and New Moms

I have had a lot of pregnant friends in my life lately. I mean A LOT. Slowly but surely, those moms-to-be are turning in to new moms. From pregnant coworkers and friends to my own family, it’s been wonderful…

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Handling Adversity at Work

Everyone experiences adversity in the workplace. Regardless of how successful or high ranking someone is in an organization. It could be with clients, coworkers or vendors. But it’s happened to us all. And the unpoetic truth is, it always sucks.  But…

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