Secrets to Happiness

12 Jun 2017 Permalink

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mom and child

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When I first started Knocked Up Fabulous, I was pregnant with my now almost 6-years-old son. My marriage was failing and I needed an outlet. A place where I could escape my reality.

Blogging did just that. It kept my mind occupied. I spent hours putting together outfits, taking and editing pictures, writing, and sharing it all on social media.

Along the way I inadvertently met tons of great people. Maybe you’re one of them reading this right now. Maybe we’ve connected through Instagram or commented on each others’ blogs. Maybe we’ve hung out at events, or worked on collaborations together. But whatever the case might be, we connected.

Those connections helped get me through one of the most difficult times in my life.

Becoming a single mom wasn’t easy at all. But on the other hand, I’ve learned so much about myself though the process and a few secrets to happiness…

  1. Like I mentioned, make meaningful connections. Find like-minded people. Spend time with those you love and show them that you love them. (If you haven’t read the book The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, I highly recommend it! The book was originally written for married couples, but the author has since published editions for singles and parents. Definitely opened my eyes on how I like receiving love, and how those important to me want love received.)
  2. Streamline your life. Get rid of extra baggage, clutter, and junk. Let go of people who hold you down. And grab onto those who lift you up.
  3. Do something for yourself every single day that is going to make you healthier and happier. Take a walk. Listen to great music. Share stories with a girlfriend. Indulge every now and then. Find hobbies and activities that make you happy and DO them. Life is too short to not enjoy it.

The last few years have been the hardest ones in my life, but they have also been the most rewarding and happiest ones. And I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

Red, White, and Cute

18 May 2017 Permalink

Redhead, star sunglasses

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boy summer outfit

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If you can’t tell from looking at these pictures, we’re majorly excited for summer. (And if you think their smiles are big, you should see mine!) There’s one more week left of the school year. We can’t wait to get our break started!

From cookouts to pool parties to neighborhood festivals, summer is packed full of fun activities! These two kiddos are at the perfect ages where we can just go and enjoy the different street fests and parties. No strollers or diaper bags needed! I love being able to just walk out of the house and go.

Memorial Day will start the summer fun for us, and this year we’ll be hanging out poolside. Family, friends, and a little grill action…just what we need for the perfect 3-day weekend!

And what’s a party without some cool threads??

Gymboree has these two set for celebrating in the most patriotic of ways with their One Big Happy Red, White & Cute campaign! I mean, how adorable are these outfits?! Julia’s accessories alone are beyond awesome. And I’m loving how Ivan’s star shirt and star shorts look with the dino cap. And those flag sneakers?? Too CUTE!!

One of the things that I love most about Gymboree, besides for their very reasonable prices, is that their clothes stand the test of playtime. Julia and Ivan have a number of pieces from Gymboree, and they far outgrow them before the clothes even begin to give. Definitely a plus in my book!

With these two lookin’ so fly for Memorial Day, I know that we’re going to have a blast! Now if I can only find myself a pair of matching flag sneakers…

The kids’ outfits and accessories were provided for this post as part of a collaboration with Gymboree. All opinions are honest and my own.

How Did Moms Ever Survive Before Online Shopping?!

29 Mar 2017 Permalink

I’m not sure why, but it seems that as the years go by, there’s less time during the days. Why is time going FASTER?!?

((Breathe))

To keep myself from going crazy, I try to stay as organized and on top of things as possible. I’m constantly making notes and adding things to my calendar. I have post-its all over my desk, inside my car, and floating around my purse.

But as prepared as I try to be, sometimes life just happens. And when life happens, I usually find myself looking on the internet for help.

This kid and her brother have already used up way too many of my sick days this year. Between ER visits and emergency trips to the dentist, If I catch some sort of deadly disease myself, I’ll be dying on my desk inside my classroom.

So when a new pair of glasses was needed, we had no time to make an appointment and go through that whole process again. Luckily we came across GlassesUSA.com.

GlassesUSA.com offers quality prescription glasses at affordable prices…and everything is done ONLINE! They have a ton of frames to choose from too. Julia spent a few minutes looking at the site, found a pair that she liked, and virtually tried them on.

After that, all I had to do was have our eye doctor send over her prescription and take a quick measurement of the distance between her pupils. (It was super simple!)

I was able to accomplish the whole order during my 25 minute lunch break! Yay!! I don’t even want to think of the hassle it would have been to get Julia new glasses any other way.

We ended up getting the glasses faster than I even remembered placing the order! And just like that, we were back to our regular chaotic schedule.

GlassUSA.com gifted us a pair of eyeglasses for review. All opinions are my own.

Spring Break Busy

27 Mar 2017 Permalink

Spring break is upon us, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Things have been getting crazy in a major way! This week alone I’ll be around the city for three super-exciting events!

Wednesday, March 29th, kicks things off with Chicagonista Live as they welcome Joey McIntyre. You know, JOEY McIntyre from New Kids on the Block!! His new comedy, Return of the Mac, airs next month and he’ll be in town to give us the scoop and say hi. My inner 80s self is giddy with excitement. Too bad I never saved any of those NKOTB concert t-shirts…

Check out Chicagonista on Facebook to get all the details.

Friday, March 31st, I’ll be joining Savvy Souk and other style mavens as we watch the 1st annual Style Wars. Stylists from around the city will be battling it out on the runway and the judges will keep them all in line. I love a little sassy competition.

Tickets are still available. See more info at the STYLE:Wars Chicago page.

Aaaand the third event is another fashion show happening on Saturday, April 1st. This one is at the Godfrey (yay!) and it’s benefiting The Holiday Heroes (double yay!!).

You can check out Midwest Fashion Week’s site for more info. While you’re there, take a peek at the post I wrote. It’s all about taking a dress from day to night…which is perfect for all the running around and events that will be happening this week!!