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. 

Unique Gift Idea – Wooden Watch

28 Nov 2016 Permalink

wooden watch

Each year I struggle to find that perfect gift for my special ones. Everyone already seems to have everything that they want or need. So I’ve been trying to find unique gifts that are also functional. Just like this wooden watch.

Yes. Wooden.

Why a wooden timepiece?? Well, for starters, wooden watches are extremely light. I received a wooden watch from Jord last summer, and when I wear it, I can hardly tell that its on my wrist! It’s not big and bulky at all. Wooden watches are also unique. Definitely a great conversation starter, too!

wooden watch

wooden watch

This watch is from Jord’s Frankie Series in Dark Sandalwood and Smoke.


Minimalism has never equated to more. Deeply toned sandalwood combines with a solid smoke face to create a subtlety of strength. Your time is your own. Find elegance with ease in the ultra slim case powered by a Swiss movement and enjoy the comfort of the straight line strap. The uncomplicated face allows focus, the streamlined shaping offers style. Wear time well with the Frankie Dark Sandalwood & Smoke.

wooden watch

Jord just started offering wood engraving as well! You can add a personal message to the back of your wooden watch, or you can put a message, logo or monogram, or a handwritten message on the ceder box that the watch comes in! Perfect for adding that special touch for that special someone.

wooden watch

Shipping is free worldwide. And just a side note…those interested in getting an engraved gift, order now! It takes a few extra days for wood engraving. You don’t want to hit holiday crunch time!

AND…You can click on this link, enter your email, and JORD will send you an exclusive $25 gift card code! This will be the last sale for the rest of the year. Make sure to take advantage!!

Jord provided me with a watch for review. All opinions are my own.