• Beauty

    Self Care & You

    Becoming a mom made me realize the importance of self care. Self care is important for everyone, whether you are a mom or not. But when you have kids, they become the priority in many ways and you give them most of your time and energy. There is no “OFF” button. You’re a mom 24/7. Even when they are napping or have an early bedtime, you may have a bit of time for yourself, but what do you usually end up doing during that time? The reality is that you are probably washing dishes, picking up toys, and trying to get dinner started. That’s why it’s so important to be…

  • Baby

    My Top 5 Diaper Bag Must-Haves

    As soon as you have a baby, you start lugging around a gigantic “diaper bag” with anything and everything you may need when you leave the house. Besides the usual items like a change of clothes (with socks + hat), wipes, diapers, toys, burp cloth, changing pad, snacks, light blanket, hand sanitizer, diaper cream and bottle, there may be some you are missing. As if your diaper bag wasn’t big and heavy enough, I have a few must-haves that I would like to share with you. Bag Insert. These things are the best! You can put it into any bag and keep your bag organized. Considering how many things go…

  • CLE

    Top 6 FREE Things to do on MLK Jr. Day in CLE

    Since I’ve had MLK Day off from work for the last few years, Andrey and I made it a tradition to spend the day together. Years ago, it was just a day date with the two of us, but now it’s a family affair. This year we will be checking out the free family-friendly events with all four of us! There are so many places to explore for free on MLK Day. I want to share 6 of my favorite ones with you and your family. FREE Admission to the Great Lakes Science Center I love the Great Lakes Science Center because they have Youth Exhibits especially for kids under…

  • Lifestyle

    New Year, New Planner

    If you read my Why I Started Blogging + 10 Things About Me post, you know that I have a thing for notebooks. I love myself a new, pretty notebook. I don’t even have to use it, just owning it is enough for me lol. Well, planners are like notebooks but SO much better. I love planners even more than notebooks. I have been using them since middle school when we were forced to use them for homework. I love choosing a new planner every year. Getting my life organized and feeling like I have it all together. 😄 Writing the first few events or appointments in the planner in…

  • Lifestyle

    2018 Highlights in Pictures

    To be honest, I’m kind of glad that 2018 is over. So ready for a new year, a fresh start. We had A LOT going on last year. Where do I start?? On Valentine’s Day of 2018, we announced that we were having another baby!! Another little heartbeat beating beneath mine. 2. We celebrated Olivia Rose turning 2 with a family brunch and a Mitchell’s ice cream outing. 3. Hubby and I took a trip to New Orleans. Just the two of us. We were pleasantly surprised by how much we loved it. 4. We found out our baby’s gender — a healthy baby GIRL!! 5. We took a family…

  • Lifestyle

    Our 2018 Christmas Card

    In past years, I had used Shutterfly for the times I had it together and our Christmas pictures were ready to go ahead of time lol. Other times, I used Walgreens for when I had to get the cards in my hands the same day to get them sent out within a reasonable time before Christmas. This year, I went with Chatbooks for our Christmas cards. I ordered them over the Black Friday weekend and got a great deal — they were less than a dollar each! I was curious to see the quality once they came in and I was impressed. They were a 5×8 size on a thick…

  • CLE

    Christmas in CLE

    There’s nothing like spending Christmas at home during the holidays. For me, that home is Cleveland. Every December, our little family loves visiting a few CLE spots that help us get into the holiday spirit. I wanted to take some time to share some of those places and traditions with you. 1. Christmas Lights at Public Square Seeing Christmas lights always feels magical and takes me back to my childhood when we would all pack into our family van and drive around the neighborhood to find the best lights. Now that we have kids, we have even more reason to see the lights. Cleveland Public Square is a great place…

  • Beauty

    I Tried 3 Natural Deodorants & This is How it Went

    I’ve been on the hunt for a natural deodorant for a while, but wasn’t really sure where to start. I’ve always heard that the aluminum in deodorant can be potentially cancerous. That was at the back of my mind every time I used my go-to deodorant, Mitchum. Someone at work recommended Native, which is why I ended up buying it. And I kept seeing TV commercials and ads on social media for Kopari, so I was intrigued to give it a try. For my third deodorant, JASON, I actually bought it on a random trip to Heinen’s without even looking at reviews (which I never do!). My goal was to…

  • CLE

    Fall Family Photoshoot + 6 Fall Favorites

    I genuinely used to dread the coming of fall. Why? Because fall meant that summer was over and it was time to go back to school. I felt that way through all of my school years. It sounds silly, but it’s true. Once I graduated, I started seeing the beauty of fall and even looked forward to it. Here’s why: 1. Fall is gorgeous. The red, orange and yellow foliage is breathtaking once it’s at its peak. Even going to the grocery store or driving home from work becomes a scenic drive. One of the perks of living in the Midwest. And nothing beats the crunch of leaves under your…

  • CLE

    Top 7 Reasons to Visit Pinecrest

    Have you checked out Pinecrest yet? No? You should. It has turned into one of my favorite places to eat, shop and hang out over the past few months. Not sure exactly what it is? Well, according to their web page it’s “…Cleveland’s newest mixed-use district, located right off the Harvard Road exit off I-271 in Orange Village, Ohio. Pinecrest blends the best national and emerging brands to bring sought after apparel, home and specialty stores, chef-driven restaurants and incredible entertainment venues – many of which are first to the market.” Since Pinecrest is so new, they haven’t even opened everything they will soon have to offer. I’m most excited…