On Working For Myself

In the midst of decluttering our house I came across a phone book sized book of coupons. Like actual coupons you hold in your hand, not the type on your phone.Did you know these books still exists? And businesses pay money to be in them.I know because two years ago, in the summer of 2014 I attempted to be a coupon sales woman ....more

Life Changing Magic of Being a Badass

On the car ride back to Chicago yesterday I listened to the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I think people raved about this book years ago, per the usual I'm a little late to the game.But late or not, I am ON BOARD. Just wait.Given that we have two closets total and literally zero storage, I was just a little skeptical whether or not this book would apply to me ....more

A Fall Getaway To Nebraska

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nebraska Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.Something about this time of year gives me the itch to...more

The Year of Weddings + Baby Fever

2016 has been the year of weddings.In the past six months I've been to nine weddings and five bachelorettes. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. It started in April in Palm Springs and ended last weekend in Kansas City ....more

10 Favorites of Fall

I'm flying to Kansas City tomorrow afternoon for Sara's wedding and should be packing, or cleaning, or mailing t-shirts, or doing 100 other things you have to do before a quick getaway, and yet I'm not.Instead the windows are open, a beautiful fall rain is happening, a candle is burning, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. We've been getting a lot of rain lately, (thus the beautiful greenery you see above) and I don't hate it. It makes for a great mix of summer and fall on the sidewalks when walking Har.I wish I had a great piece of writing to share tonight, but I don't ....more

A Sitter for Harlow

We're heading to a wedding this weekend in Kansas City and Harlow's regular dog sitter is out of town so that left us in a bit of a pickle. He can't do doggy hotels, we've tried and he comes home traumatized. I don't know what happens there, but I have a feeling Harlow instigates it and probably deserves a little of whatever is thrown his way.Or perhaps he just hates doggy hotels because he has to go a few nights without having a warm human to sleep on top of, or 100 blankets to snuggle under ....more

Justice at the Grocery Store

It was Monday morning and I made my trip to Trader Joe's a little earlier than usual. I had a busy day ahead of me. Who didn't though, it was a Monday.I was scurrying around the store grabbing my staples, hoping to get in and out within twenty minutes ....more

The Good Bye

"I'm starting to worry about her, " he says to the Therapist."Oh? Why is that?" The man in the argyle sweater vest bites on the end of his small square framed reading glasses. They look like a pair you'd pick up at Walgreens on you're way out as an after thought."Where do I even start?" He scratches his ears and releases a quick sneeze."How about from the beginning," the Therapist puts the Walgreens reading glasses back onto the rim of his nose, readying himself to "read" his patient."I suppose it starts with the good bye."The Therapist nods so he continues."It used to just be one ....more

Pit Bull Ban In Montreal

Let's keep this short today because there's work to be done and I'd rather you all go and sign a petition to reverse the pit bull ban in Montreal rather than read a blog post.In case you haven't heard, on Tuesday of this week Montreal passed a ban on all pit bulls. So any dog with a "blocky head" or "with pit like features" that is currently in a shelter located in Montreal will be euthanized on October 3rd. Apparently the law is so vague as to what is considered a pit it's laughable.Except it's not laughable, because so many dogs lives are stake because of it.Anyone who owns a dog "that looks like a pit bull" in Montreal will have to register it and pay $150, or risk it getting taken away at any moment.I don't know if signing petitions will help, but I know that doing nothing at all for sure won't help ....more

Favorites of Fall

Isn't it weird how we all lose our shit for fall? I'm as guilty as the next (well maybe not quite as guilty, but I did eat Pumpkin Cheerios for breakfast.) However, I'll never drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte because they taste like a cup of pumpkin sugary syrup mixed with a little bit coffee- to me. I feel like we have this brief window of time where it's fun to transition from tank tops to thick sweaters and then BOOM it's winter ....more