Back-To-School with Macy’s

15 Aug 2015 Permalink


With the beginning of a new school year, it’s hard NOT to get excited about all things back-to-school.

I just finished my first week of the new school year. It was so cool to see my students with all their supplies and new backpacks ready for learning on our first day. And, of course, they were all sporting new clothes. I mean, you can’t possibly start a new grade with last year’s threads…

If you haven’t had the chance to update that wardrobe for another year of learning, you better get on this deal. Macy’s is having some killer specials on all things clothing…and there’s something for every member of the family.

There’s a one day sale on 8/14-8/15.

On 8/9-8/13, 8/16-8/19, and 8/23-8/25, you can save 20% off with code BTS.

Macy’s is having other specials throughout the month, too!

I really need to jump on these savings. I actually haven’t taken Julia shopping for new clothes for this school year yet. But with deals like $14.99 and under tees and $16.99 and under leggings, I’m about to stock her closet. I’ll make sure to get the little guy something too. And there’s a slight (ok…considerable) chance that a few things for mommy might just happen to fall into the cart as well.

This post has been sponsored by Shop At Home as part of Macy’s back-to-school sale promotion.

Google Express | #OneLessErrand

07 Aug 2015 Permalink

Celeste Chicago

Celeste Chicago

Celeste Chicago

Chicago bloggers

Google Express


Celeste Chicago

Celeste Chicago

Google Express

Last week I had the chance to hang out with all my favorite Chicago blogger babes at the glamorous Celeste on Hubbard Street. It was so great catching up with everyone and learning about a new must-have  – Google Express.

With Google Express, you get same-day or overnight delivery from local stores and popular retailers. Stores like Costco, Ulta, Walgreens, and more! I love the whole concept of it! I do a fair amount of online shopping, but sometimes you just need that same-day delivery.

I can think of a number of times when I’ve been trapped in the house with sick kids and just needed one or two things from the store. It’s such a hassle to drag them out of the house and to the store when they’re feeling miserable – and most the time it ends up being when the weather stinks, too. Two sick kids plus snow just to get toilet paper or cough syrup? No thank you!

Google Express is all about convenience. Any busy person, or even those unable to get out of the house – hello, moms with newborns and little ones! – would truly appreciate this service.

Right now Google Express only offers delivery within major cities, but they’ll be expanding on that service area soon.

At last week’s event, I was given credit to try out the service. I don’t live within the delivery area, so I had my order shipped to my brother’s place. I put in my order at 2 something in the afternoon, and by 9 p.m. that night, my package arrived. That’s fast!

If you’d like to give Google Express a try, use promo code EXPRESSCHICAGO to save $25! Please note that this applies only to first purchase and not to delivery fees or in-app purchases. Valid up to the first 2500 redemptions, while delivery slots last and until 8/7/15.

Special thanks to Alyssa Schukar Photography for the lovely pics!!

One Simple Way To Update Your Wardrobe Without Buying New Clothes

05 Aug 2015 Permalink

cute summer outfit

hat and sunglasses

slip dress

I’ve been on a little bit of a shopping break. I’ve even been avoiding Savers…

The break comes mostly because this new single-parenting role really has made me reevaluate what I spend money on. Plus, I know that if I did go on a shopping spree, it would just be bringing me temporary joy.

So rather than fork over cash for new threads, I’m taking a closer look at what’s already in my closet and playing around with accessories to refresh my wardrobe.

This hat from J. Crew has really proven itself this summer! I wore it a few posts back, but I’ve been wearing it IRL with everything from bathing suits to dresses. It makes this 90s micro-floral slip dress look super summery.

My sunglasses, on the other hand, are a recent purchase. Now hear me out. I did say that I was taking a break from shopping, but I went to Forever 21 specifically looking for some fun, inexpensive shades to make my current wardrobe a hint more trendy. At less than $8 for these sunnies, I’d say they were worth it.

Take a peek at how I wore this dress last summer and compare it to this look with the sun hat and trendy sunnies. Isn’t it amazing how playing around with different accessories can change the whole look?? There’s no need to buy new clothes when you can simply wear the same pieces with different hats, sunglasses, shoes, and jewelry.

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Piper & Paxton Baby Boutique

03 Aug 2015 Permalink




I have such a soft spot when it comes to all things baby – even though my human-making days are over. So naturally when I had the chance to check out the Piper & Paxton pop-up boutique preview party last Saturday, I took it!

There were so many adorable items at the event…it kinda made me want to decorate a nursery! Or at least pick up a few things for all my friends who are having babies! Everything from the furniture to the linens looked so modern and fresh. Plus, there were adorable little extras like a teepee and ride-on plush stuffed sheep that would make any child’s room dream worthy.

I also got the chance to check out Pampers Premium Care diapers. They feature breathable material to help keep air circulating around baby’s skin and they’re hypoallergenic. My favorite part – the wetness indicator that lets you know when your baby might need a change.

The most exciting part of the event though was meeting Mario Lopez and his wife Courtney! These two are quite the power couple when it comes to balancing a busy workload and running a family. I actually had the chance to interview them (!!) and ask them about what special things they do with their kids to keep that family bond. You can watch that interview here!

This boutique preview party – sponsored by Pampers Premium Care – was only open at The Cube at Westfield Old Orchard for a few days, but now everything that was displayed is available through Walmart. Make sure to check it out!