Ellie’s First Halloween

I’ll be the first to say that Halloween is not my favorite holiday (Christmas and Easter are!). Last year, we stayed in and watched a scary movie (No Country for Old Men). Having a child definitely makes for a different experience! This year, I’ve been thinking about the holiday quite a bit. Because Ellie can’t choose for herself yet, she wore two of her cousins’ costumes: an octopus in the afternoon and a flower in the evening! (George dressed up, too! See below!)

If that wasn’t enough, I got her a Carters outfit at Target that says, “I’m so cute, it’s spooky!” Who can resist polka dots, glitter, and a black tutu? Not this mama!

What’s great about Halloween is spending it with others. We had some friends over for stew and cider (and they brought Sweet Mandy B’s!!!)–not to mention adorable photo opps, then headed to the burbs for an open house party and more photos!!! 

Seeing all of the kids dressed up for trick or treating (both in person and online) was so fun! Keep the photos coming, and I’ll keep liking them!

It also got me day dreaming about when Ellie grows up: taking her trick or treating, seeing what costumes she’ll choose, making her give Mommy and Daddy all of the Snickers. Just kidding…she can keep some.

Hope you had a great holiday celebrating, and that you’re enjoying the extra hour of sleep. I’ve been up since 6 am…zzzz….



#tbt I’m on a Boat (on Lake Michigan)!

Now that it’s officially fall, this #tbt post (a new concept I’m trying because I’m behind on posting) seems completely necessary.

Seeing as boating on Lake Michigan has been on my to-do list for awhile, you could imagine my excitement when, late in the summer, we chartered a yacht for my bestie Tara’s bachelorette party.

I can’t recommend this enough! Here are my five tips for enjoying your time on the water:

1. Take lots of photos, including selfies. For some Chicagoans, getting on the water is a common thing (lucky devils), but for the rest of us, this opportunity is once in a lifetime–so document it. Must-take photos include (but are not limited to): group photos, skyline photos, photos with the captain, posh/diva photos, and sunset photos.

2. Skip short skirts/dresses and heels. I learned this the hard way. It’s windy, and there’s a ladder to the upper deck. Need I say more?

3. Don’t go below deck unless you have to. This is especially for my seasick friends. As long as I had fresh air, I was in good condition.

4. Be a tourist. You get such a great tour of the city on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Take advantage and pay attention to your surroundings. Repeat tip #1.

5. Have a good time! Being on a boat is an awesome experience. Be silly, be funny, live it up!

I’m so grateful to Tara and her sister for organizing this! Tara is getting married this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. I realized over the weekend that we’ve been friends for 20 years, which is just crazy and brings me a lot of joy. I am so happy for her and her husband-to-be. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness! Xo










Week #31 – 10pin Bowling Lounge

Yesterday the organization I work for (IES Abroad!) had our summer outing at 10pin, a cosmic bowling alley that’s about a 10-minute walk from our offices. I can’t tell you how much needed this afternoon out was, as we’re winding down on our busy catalog season (before fall term starts) and ramping up for all the other projects that need to be done. (Deep breaths!)

We had such a ball (pun intended) at the bowling alley, catching up with co-workers (both in the Chicago office and our AWESOME recruiters and staff who work remotely) and getting to know new ones. R&A took it to the next level (like they always do!) and made sweet custom shirts with playful uses of our marketing taglines accompanied by neon scrunchies and side pony tails. (See the photo below!) PS–Do black lights ever get old?

But let’s get down to business: the bowling. I am NOT good, but somehow I managed to get a strike on my first turn. Call it beginner’s luck, but I set the bar high from that point. With my co-worker Mark as my coach, I scored a 86 on my first round (you may not be, but I was pretty proud of this). It’s really hard to bowl and socialize at the same time!

It was important to me to document this event in photos, so indulge yourself in the photo gallery. **It was supes dark in there, so my apologies for the dark photos/photos that didn’t make it on the blog.

To my co-workers, thanks for making my first summer outing an awesome one. Hope to continue the tradition next year! And as Hope would say, let’s “keep rockin’ it.”

10pin Bowling Lounge
330 N State Street
Marina City

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