August 20, 2018

My Style Monday: Transitional Style

Another Monday in August, another chance to mix your spring and fall wardrobe pieces into a great transitional look. I am dying over cab's new fall collection. This look highlights four items from their new collection and two from their spring collection. I'm a huge fan of mixing and matching seasons this time of year because why not get the most out of your wardrobe?! Let's take a closer look, shall we?

August 15, 2018

Recipe: Organic Strawberry Jam

You guys, I did it. I completed my first attempt of making strawberry jam and it turned out super yummy! OK, let me back up a bit. I have wanted to make my own jams for a few years now, seeing it at all the farmer's markets and thinking, I want to try that! I did lots of research and decided I wanted to make jam, not jelly because I wanted to have chunks of fruits in the finished product. I also decided I wanted to try a recipe with no pectin. Sure, my jam would be less runny/watery and more firm/gelatin like if I used pectin, but I wanted only a few natural and organic ingredients in my jam and that's it. In the end I am very happy with the results. It is a bit runny, and we use a spoon to spread it on things, but the taste is amazing so I'm very happy with the end results (and so is my family).

The finished product is a combination of a few recipes I saw online, then changed a few things and I added a pinch of something that I didn't see in any recipe. So this is my original recipe folks. I really do hope you try it out and love it as much as we do! 


August 13, 2018

My Style Monday: Transitional Style

Hey everyone, happy Monday. Since I generally put up an outfit post on Monday mornings, I figured it was high time to make it an official weekly segment! So, welcome to my first ever "My Style Monday". This week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite cabi Clothing pieces from both their spring 2018 line mixed with ones from the current 2018 fall line. In all honesty, I have three of these looks to share with you, so the next three Monday's will be all about transitional style. It's always a great time to show you ways to get the most out of your wardrobe! 

August 7, 2018

Finding My Summer Balance

Good morning friend, happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a good start. Yesterday was one of the only 5 days we are home in the month of August. Oh yeah, we are way past the weekends filling up and now we are lucky to have one day home per week. Is most of it fun stuff? Yes! So far we have been hiking at the Morton Arboretum, gone to the Field Museum, a day at the water park, Brookfield zoo (weekly), our local pool (weekly), trips to our lake house for beach & boat days, cousin play dates, weekly local play dates, trips to the splash pad, STEM camp, and more! Yes, our summer has been very full of fun and we still have four more weeks to go. Yes, four weeks to go still and to be honest, I am finding it difficult to balance my work like with our summer schedule. 


August 4, 2018

Restaurant Review: Che Figata Naperville

Growing up with an Italian Grandma, I remember her food the most. We would get together monthly (I'm talking 17 of us) and sit around the table eating, laughing, and drinking. The food was always authentic Italian recipes passed down for generations, the best aromas you can imagine as you walked into her house, and these meals we would have are some of my favorite childhood memories. That is exactly the feeling I had as my husband, children, and I sat at our table and ate at Che Figata in Naperville, laughing, eating, and drinking some of the best tasting food we have had at a restaurant ever. Yes, ever! Don't even get me started on the amazing service...OK, let me back up and start at the beginning.