new year, new me

Ahhh, new year, new you.

I’m so familiar with both my optimistic and sarcastic thoughts on this phrase.

While I love a fresh start, I’m a little weary of change these days. (See update on previous year.) A new baby, a new home, a promotion…while I’m grateful and excited for all that happened in 2018, I’m also looking forward to finding my groove with these great changes in 2019.

That said, I did think of something broad I’d like to work on: Improving my health and my family’s health.

Now, for me, I don’t mean run to the gym and work out religiously in January and then fall off the wagon. Yes, I want to make better food decisions. Move my body and way more often. But it’s not just for me anymore. I want to take care of my physical body so that I can live a long life with my family. If that doesn’t motivate me, I’m not quite sure what will. I mean, look at this guy.

My girl has (another) cold, so she wasn’t feeling celebratory last night, but I still love her so and want to see her grow. (Shout out to my sis for bringing over the NYE goodies!)

But health is about so much more than the physical. I’m talking mental, emotional, and spiritual health, too. I want to make time to slow down and read a book instead of being hypnotized by an Instagram video on icing a cake. I want to call my 97-year-old Grammy and go see her when I can because she’s funny and wise and I love her so much. I want to go on dates regularly with my husband instead of twice a year. I want to have a hobby again. I want to plan a vacation. I want to live in the present instead of being sad about the past or anxious about the future.

And I want to blog again.

Last year was about the big things…this year is about self improvement, challenging myself to be my best, while slowing down to enjoy life. Taking care of myself and my family is number one.

Happy New Year to all!

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. 🎉🎉🎉🎉
  • 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 this 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 and 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 have 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 something like “I’m not sure people will want this lifestyle.” And…that’s okay. But I do try to be 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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