Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Over the last few months I have done a bit of minor redecorating and wanted to share the changes I've made to our place. Nothing major, but it's been fun none the less.

Living Room

Picture Frame

This is the corner of our living room. We used to have our DVD stand here, but Harry wouldn't stop playing with them, so we tossed it and now store our DVDs in a cabinet in our bedroom. Our big ottoman fits perfectly in the space but I struggled to find something I liked for the blank wall. I ended up finding this picture frame at Hobby Lobby. When I bought it, the frame was red and green so I spray painted it to match our decor. 


This wall needed some serious TLC. I had three of those cheapy frames with Cricut die cuts here. I looked at quite a few places and everything I kind of liked was black, just like the other two wall hangings I have in this area of our house. Novica to the rescue! The company, which sells artisan-made items, contacted me for a review. I loved the company's mission and what they , stand for, so it was easy to say yes. I spent a lot of time browsing the site and had a hard time picking something because everything is so beautiful!

I finally settled on this gorgeous hand painted ceramic frame mirror from Leonardo Godinez, an artisan in Mexico.

The mirror is solidly made and survived it's journey just fine from Mexico (remember all that bubble wrap last month?). We didn't want to put any more holes on the wall so we hung it with some super heavy duty Command strips. It's been up for a couple weeks and has held up great.

If you're looking a unique gift or something for yourself, definitely check out Novica. They work with artisans from all over the world that sell clothing, jewelry, furniture and home decor and more.

I got the flowers on each side of the mirror at Hobby Lobby. I'm not loving the color so I might spray paint them once the weather gets warm.

Harry's Room

When Harry was first born his room was basically half craft room, half nursery. Now that he's a little older I'm trying to condense the craft stuff so the space is more for him. I put these shelves up when we first moved here and they housed my Cricut cartridges and other craft supplies. Last month I got rid of all my stuff and put some toys on the shelf to make it feel more like a 2 year old's room.

Harry absolutely loved it the first time I showed him. I'd love to redo his room in vibrant colors like these, but I'm going to try and hold off until he actually uses the room for more than just diaper changes.

One other addition to his room is this canvas I painted with Bob Dylan lyrics.

The ceramic thing is something I made in elementary school

While I love the lyrics of the song (this is the second verse of "Forever Young"), the canvas itself it pretty boring to look at, especially against our disgusting hospital white walls. I'm thinking of doing a cross stitch birth announcement,  but I haven't decided on a pattern yet.


I'm in the beginning stages of redoing our main bathroom. I've just been itching to redo a whole room lately and the bathroom seemed the most doable. I chose a woodland theme and have made a few cross stitch pieces to decorate with. Here's a sneak peak at one.

I will try and do a little room tour when it's complete, whenever that might be.

Disclaimer: Everything featured in this post was paid for by me, with the exception of the ceramic mirror, which I received from Novica in exchange for this review.

Friday, January 24, 2014


Today's my birthday. My first of many 29ths to come, I'm sure :). I didn't even mention my birthday on my blog last year, nor did we celebrate in real life. I was in a horribly depressed state and just wasn't in the mood for anything. Thankfully, it's a different story this year. Even though this year has already been the 3rd snowiest winter on record (for Chicago), I'm trying not to let it affect me too much. So far so good, and I'm looking forward to celebrating another year today.

Harry gave me his present last night, it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. We were grocery shopping at Target and walked passed their little display of flowers. We've walked passed that thing about a billion times and he'd never said anything about it until yesterday, when he was suddenly really interested in the flowers. We stopped to look at them and I asked if he wanted to get a little bouquet. He said yes, and picked a little bunch of yellow tulips.

When we got home I unwrapped the flowers and showed them to Harry. I asked them what they were for, and he said "mommy," then gave me a huge hug. Come on now, how awesome is my kid?!? He always asks if it's his birthday so this week I've been telling him my birthday is soon. Not sure if he really put two and two together or if it was just a coincidence, but these are, without a doubt, the best flowers I've ever received.

Not sure what we're going to do today. I've got four or five restaurants in mind for dinner, picking one will probably be a game time decision. And if the snow's as bad as the weather report thinks it's going to be, we might be postponing until a later date.

I thought about doing one of those 30 before 30 lists, but I honestly don't think I could come up with anything significant. I'm a simple girl and that's okay. Although I would like to swim with dolphins at some point- can you even do that in Chicago? Doubtful, so that might have to wait for my 40 under 40 list.

Bring it on, 29!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Golden Globes 2014

As of last night the 2014 awards season has started with the Golden Globe Awards. And what would an awards show be without the TAW fashion recap the following morning? (Answer: It would be the same. No one in the fashion industry cares what I think.) 

Here are my favorite and not-so-favorite looks from the red carpet.

All pictures taken from this post, unless otherwise noted.

Best Dressed

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Okay, this didn't photograph great. But it was beautiful on TV. Ant called her look "kitschy..." Not quite sure he knows the definition of the word. Quirky, yes, kitschy, not so much.

Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies

I'm not usually a big fan of Julianna's fashions, but I thought this was beautiful! It fit perfectly and was subtle, yet striking at the same time.

Caitlin FitzGerald 
Caitlin FitzGerald

Loved this Mad Men era-esque dress! A turtle neck with a stiff fabric sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the dress was tailored beautifully and just plain worked.

Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie

This is how you wear white to an awards show! Take note, Jennifer Lawrence (see below).

Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde

Of the three pregnant ladies on the red carpet (Olivia, Drew Barrymore and Kerry Washington) I thought Olivia looked the best. Her dress was beautiful and hugged her bump perfectly. Though to be fair to the other two ladies, Olivia seemed to have the smallest bump, and it's definitely easier to look cute with 6 month baby bump than an 8 month bump.

Emma Watson
Emma Watson

Emma definitely rocked the funkiest look on the red carpet, and it totally paid off! It was lovely from the front, but absolutely jaw dropping from the back. A risk that totally paid off.

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

FLAWLESS. If this dress isn't at the top of everyone's best dressed list than, I dunno, they're just plain wrong. Best dressed by a mile! (Side note, did you guys catch Amy Adams wearing a red cape when she first arrived? She quickly took it off, because she saw how great Lupita looked no doubt!)

Honorable Mention goes to... Stephanie Beatriz! My fellow Stephens College alum looked amazing and I was so happy her show, Brooklyn 9-9, won! I couldn't find a great picture of her, but here's a link to her in the E! Glam Cam 360.

Worst Dressed

Tina Fey
Tina Fey

I really hated this dress, but I think I hated Tina's hair more. That was my go-to style in 3rd grade. Not the best choice for a red carpet event. Tina redeemed herself during the show and I liked both looks she wore on stage. I thought her hosting partner, Amy Poehler, looked great all night.

Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter

Okay, it's so mean to criticize the fashion choices of a 15 year old. I know that. However, this dress would look matronly on someone twice her age, so I can't help myself. Plus, it was so dated and cheap looking.  I think she ordered it from the 2002 JC Penney catalog. Her makeup looked lovely though!

Jennifer Lawrence 
Jennifer Lawrence

Entertainment Weekly likened this dress to Ariel's rope and sail dress from The Little Mermaid. Spot on! This dress did absolutely nothing for J-Law. It made her look much bigger than she really is and the blinding shade of white only belongs on a wedding dress.

What were your best and worst dressed of the Golden Globes?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

26 Months

I hope you all are staying warm! The past few days have been brutal. Ant's company put him up in a hotel Sunday night so he wouldn't have to deal with the train early Monday morning (trains always run late when it's so cold) and he worked from home yesterday.


Harry is now 26 months old, and here are some new things going on with him.
  • PBS Kids is like the greatest thing ever in his eyes. We watch Daniel Tiger and Super Why! most days. Daniel Tiger is pretty cute, it's based on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. I don't like Super Why! that much, but it's very educational. The show is all about spelling and reading and Harry loves pointing out all the letters on the screen. Both shows are also on Netflix if you're interested.
  • He knows how to use technology way too well. I try to keep my tablet out of his reach, but he finds it at least once a day and loves taking pictures with it. He also likes to help me play Candy Crush. He calls all the striped candies AT&Ts, haha! No idea how he learned the AT&T logo, we don't use them at all. 
  • He loves cleaning with paper towels. He thinks it's so fun! He's constantly asking for one and will wipe down tables and chairs. 
  • Harry is becoming fiercely independent. He says "I do it!" all the time. He gets upset if we open his little box of raisins or pull string cheese out of the plastic wrapper.
  • He also uses third person a lot. Mostly when he wants to read a book himself. Which he does really well! Obviously he doesn't actually read, but he knows the general story line of a bunch of books.
  • He asks "why" a lot. In the typical "why...why....why" fashion. Too funny.
  • He likes to make Ant and I kiss and hug before bed lots of nights. 
Here are some of the other pictures I took of Harry playing in the snow before Christmas. Hopefully this polar vortex eases up so we can play out there again soon!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Eve

After an utterly epic bout of strep throat, I finally started to feel human again on New Year's Eve. I took a shower and for the first time all week, put makeup on. Thanks to a super-sized dose of Advil (with my doctor's approval) I even was able to eat some tortellini. Yay for chewable foods!

After dinner we took a few family pictures.Which went just like all our other family selfie shoots go.

We also let Mr. Harry have a special treat before bed- some sparkling grape juice. The fizziness caught him off guard at first...

LOL! He actually really liked it and finished his whole glass. Cheers!

After he went to bed Ant and I just watched the NYE coverage on TV. At midnight I had a couple sips of champagne and we were in bed before 1am. Livin' large, I tell ya!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2014!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas Recap

Hello, all! I'm sorry I've been MIA for over a week. I've been dealing with a nasty, soul-crushing bout of strep throat since the day after Christmas. I went to the doctor on Monday and I finally started feeling a tiny bit better by Tuesday night, just to turn around and feel yucky again yesterday morning. By last night I was almost feeling downright good though, finally! Hoping that I'm on the mend so that our household can get back to normal. 

Even though this is so late I still wanted to publish our Christmas recap for our memories. I started writing it Christmas night when I wasn't feeling great, but before my sickness really hit.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday! Ours was very nice. Santa was very good to all three of us this year.

I feel like every 2 year old I know got a play kitchen for Christmas this year, and Harry was no exception. Santa knows our boy well as it was far and away his favorite present.

It's a small play kitchen, but it'll fit perfectly next to our TV once we take the tree down. It didn't come with any food so I made some felt fruit and veggies to start.

Next I think I want to make him some felt kiwis, his current favorite fruit. Harry poured us at least 20 cups of coffee on Christmas and washed his hands close to a dozen times, it was so fun watching him pretending like that. Moments like those make all the not-so-fun parenting moments worth it.

After all the present opening was done we watched Elf and ate an early lunch. Around 2:30 we hopped in the car and drove up to my grandma's. We hung out at her house for a bit before heading out to a steakhouse for dinner. I went crazy and ordered a filet mignon, something I haven't done since I was pregnant. We had a nice, leisurely dinner and Harry was well behaved for the most part. He even tried a few bites of calamari.

We ended up leaving straight from the restaurant because it was snowing pretty hard- something we had not anticipated at all. It took us over an hour to get home (usually its' about a 40 minute drive).

The day after Christmas we went up to my dad and stepmom's for another small celebration. They got Harry some awesome gifts including a set of 100+ pieces of play food to go with the new kitchen.

...And then I spent the next several days in bed feeling miserable and psychically unable to swallow solid foods. Fun!
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