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?!?


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 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. 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!!

ChapStick Total Hydration

20 Feb 2017 Permalink

ChapStick Total Hydration

I love having color on my lips! Even when I head to the gym for a quick workout, I put something tinted on. A pretty shade of red or coral can brighten up the whole face. It also makes me look like I got a full night’s sleep! (Mom tip number 257.)

I’m so excited that ChapStick recently launched their Total Hydration line! My favorite products from the line are the Total Hydration Moisture + Tint. Yes. Tint. This coral shade provides the perfect amount of lipcolor. It’s been my go-to when I keep my makeup basic. In fact, I keep tubes of it in my desk at work, in my gym bag, and in my purse. I hate being stuck without ChapStick!

ChapStick Total Hydration

ChapStick Total Hydration

Here’s some info about ChapStick® Total Hydration products:

ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint is the first-ever tinted lip balm from ChapStick®, the experts in lip care. This tinted moisturizer features a formula with 100% naturally sourced ingredients that deliver long lasting moisture, plus a hint of alluring color specifically formulated to enhance the lips’ natural color. The Total Hydration Moisture + Tint formula is comprised of premium ingredients, including Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil and Avocado Butter, and is available in three shades – Rose Petal, Coral Blush and Merlot – so there’s a shade for every occasion.

ChapStick® Total Hydration 100% Natural is an age defying formula with 100% naturally sourced ingredients like Argan Oil, Omegas 6 & 9 and Avocado Butters. It is clinically proven to provide healthier looking and more youthful looking lips. Total Hydration 100% Natural is available in three flavors – Fresh Citrus, Soothing Vanilla and new Honey Blossom.

 ChapStick® Total Hydration 3in1 is a Korean-inspired, 3-in-1 formula that provides triple action lip care in one lip balm. It moisturizes, renews and transforms lips to provide smoother, healthier looking lips. The triple action renewal formula contains unique ingredients like Madecassoside and botanical oils. Total Hydration 3in1 is available in five flavors – Coconut Hydration, Soothing Oasis, Sweet Peach, Wild Acai Berry and new Cooling Peppermint.

ChapStick® Total Hydration with CoQ10 is an advanced moisture formula designed to instantly smooth and transform lips. It features a lightweight formula that provides long-lasting moisture, helping lips stay hydrated for a full eight hours, and reduces the appearance of fine lines. The formula is comprised of advanced skincare ingredients including antioxidant CoQ10, Vitamin E, and ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Spheres for soft, supple lips. Total Hydration with CoQ10 is available in a Vanilla Cream flavor.

You can find ChapStick® Total Hydration products at your local Target.

 This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

The Ultimate Girl’s Birthday Party

19 Jan 2017 Permalink

happy birthday

There’s nothing quite as exciting as turning another year older when you’re a kid! Parties, presents, birthday cake…who wouldn’t be looking forward to that?!

Every year I try to do something a little extra special for Julia’s birthday. She’s one of those kids whose birthday falls around Christmastime. (December birthdays, you know the pain!) Poor thing usually ends up getting the birthday-Christmas present combo. Insert eye-roll here.

craft time

party favors

This year she asked for a sleepover birthday party with her besties from school. And as soon as she asked, I was planning the night in my head. Julia had me beat though. She already created a list of activities WITH a timeline for the party. AND she had a menu planned…#girlboss.

With her almost 8-year-old brain coming up with a majority of the party planning, all I had to do was fill in the details.

fortune cookie


We wanted to make the party as special for her guests as it was for her, so we opted out on traditional goody bags and picked treats that the girls could really use.

I found these fun pajamas dresses, with matching PJs for dolls, and long patterned socks. On the night of the party, the girls played rounds of board games to determine who picked which pajama dress.

Julia also wanted to do manicures at the party. We picked up some adorable nail polishes at out favorite all-natural shop and decided to also hand those out to the girls once we were done painting nails.



We also got a few goodies from Seedling. Adorable sequins masks, felt fortune cookie coin pouches, and fun little camera kaleidoscopes were a BIG hit.

Also a big hit? A photo booth prop kit! Half the fun was creating the props. The girls painted and decorated little wooden glasses, hats, and accessories. The other part of the fun was the photo shoot! Highly recommended!!

This party was definitely one to remember!! In fact, Julia had such a fun night with her friends. She asked if we can all go to NYC for spring break. After I gave her the are-you-freaking-crazy look, she settled on having another sleepover party during the days off of school instead.

Seedling provided us with the sequins masks, coin pouches, camera kaleidoscopes, and photo booth prop kit. All opinions are our own.