2017: a new chapter

Happy New Year! Oh, 2017, I have a good feeling about you. Mainly because the roller coaster ride that was 2016 is over, and I’m ready for some goodness.

So, before I continue, it feels right to do a life update because it’s been so long:

  • 4: how many years I’ve had this blog. šŸŽ‰šŸŽ‰šŸŽ‰šŸŽ‰
  • 18: number of months my daughter is now! She walks, she talks, and her sweet smile can light up a room.
  • 5: number of years I’ve been married to my college sweetheart, and the number of times we’ve moved in the city (just moved again thisĀ September!).
  • 3: how old my handsome little pup George is. He loves homemade treats, long snuggles, and snoring.
  • Me = tired.

Last year was a lot of navigating a new normal. Working full-time andĀ being an attentive mother and wife took a lot of my energy. New favorite things became going to Target (mom haven), farmers markets, and HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things, but there are also the things I used to like to do that I don’t do much of these days.

Like, have dinner with my friends.


Explore this city we live in. (Michigan Avenue after the CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES was pretty awesome!)


Try new creative projects. (This feels like forever ago…)

Or, I don’t know, blog more often??

When I started this blog, I was younger, didn’t haveĀ real responsibilities, a dog, or a child. But things have changed in the past four years–I have changed in the past four years–and I want to share more of that with you.

When I told Nate I want this to be more of a lifestyle blog, he said somethingĀ like “I’m not sure people will want this lifestyle.” And…that’s okay. But I do try to beĀ clever and resourceful and creative. “This lifestyle” means a lot more photos, and my favorite fast and easy meals, our city adventures with Ellie and maybe George, birthdays, anniversaries, hard times, happy reflections, and lots more.

I’m not a rock star [insert mom/wife/employee here], but I try. I’m figuring it out just like everyone else. And this blog will continue to follow my journey.

Cheers to making 2017 a better year!

Xo. Stephanie

PS-I love this sweet little pic of me and my girl (and the view!) on the rooftop of our new apartment building.

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