30!

Lido Beach, St Armands, Florida, family, birthday

I’m thirty. 30 years old! Thirty! I did it. I finally passed the last milestone birthday that all of my friends passed nearly a year before me! Being the youngest of the group, I was used to being last in line for all age-related events. Last to drive at 16, last to do whatever a […]

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Approaching 30

family, surprise party, birthday, chicago, summer

Do you know how hard it is to write a recap of a weekend you aren’t ready to let go of yet? Hard. Chicago had everything going for it this weekend. Great food, perfect weather, a music festival that keeps hundreds of thousands in Grant Park so you can enjoy the rest of the city crowd-free and a […]

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Almost 30

moving to a new city in your 30s versus 20s, elitedaily, moving to a new city, lessons for an almost 30 year old,

I noticed this article circulating on social media over the past few days. Sounds pretty familiar, no? I thought so too. And since I just so happen to have recently moved to a new city where I didn’t know anyone except the person I moved with, I clicked on the article, fully expecting 3 minutes of […]

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Meeting the neighbors

armadillo, florida armadillo, neighbors, animals, florida wildlife

Matt and I have been in Florida for a little over a month now so we figured it was time we started to meet our neighbors. After all, we don’t want to be known as those stuck up yuppies from Chicago. We have quite the Midwestern reputation to live up to. And seeing as how nearly […]

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Cupcakes and Ice Delis

baseball game, nephews, little league baseball, boys

Please accept my apology for ignoring the blog late last week. I had plans to fly home and surprise one of my best friends for her 30th birthday and I was not entirely confident in my ability not to spill the beans. All of them. All over the table and the floor. I love surprise parties, but […]

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Mango salsa for the win

mango salsa, 5 ingredient mango salsa, easy salsa recipe, fruit salsa, spring, summer

One of my favorite things about cooking is the way that a recipe can evoke emotions and memories from your life. Recipes can bring you back your childhood, where you had nothing else on your agenda but to spend Saturday mornings baking cookies with your mom in a 1970-style wallpapered kitchen. They can take you back to […]

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Moving Day

Hey there. Me again. Back after a brief hiatus with more photos and fewer words. I promise I’ll be back on a regular schedule once we are all moved in but until then I hope you’ll settle for a photo update of the last few days. Friday was spent down in Champaign celebrating with family and […]

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The art of unplugging

ultimate chocolate cake, birthday cake, easter cake, bird nest on top of chocolate cake

So I’m back in the city after several days visiting friends and family at home. If you read my last post, and by read I mean just looked at pictures, you have a pretty good idea of how most of the weekend was spent, laughing with friends and family, celebrating and lots and lots of […]

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So long, farewell

It’s been a weekend of celebrations and goodbyes. Several days of toasts and surprises. I am full. Both in my heart and in my belly. And while I don’t have a lot of words today, I do have a lot of photos. Special thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our move, my Aunt and […]

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Showering Baby King

gender neutral baby shower, baby king, gray baby shower, sweets table, cake table, pleated cake, mini tassel garland cake topper, tassel garland,

One of my best friends is having a baby! If that phrase sounds familiar to you, it should. I’ve been saying it on repeat now for the last two years and probably will for at least another one. Yes, at times it does seem surreal that the girls I transitioned from friendship bracelets to bars with are now […]

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