Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was a working weekend for me. :(  Have to earn some money though!  So can't really complain.  It is just becoming increasingly tougher to work with a baby kicking, heartburn, and just general exhaustion, but it is all worth it. 

Friday was low key. I actually got sick, so I spent some time at urgent care.  Who gets ear infections at 33?  Luckily I am starting to feel a little better.  Nothing like a night in with some mac and cheese, and some reruns on tv.

Saturday DH and I ordered some Thai food and relaxed watching the first season of True Detective.  Such a good show.  I can never "get" into tv shows due to my job, because I am never around.  Now, I have time to actually sit down, relax and watch a tv show.  Nuts right?  

Sunday we had a "date night in" as I call it.  Some Sinatra, some sauce cooking on the stove, and a great Italian meal for us.  Complete with gelato.  Of course it can't be all fun and games.  Had to do laundry and meal plan.  Very excited over cooking the next two weeks.  We are having my sister and nieces over for a bday celebration, and a block party this weekend!  

What are your fav kid recipes or block party recipes?  I am stumped on a few things.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Heart is Full

I had an incredible week this week.  One of those weeks where you are able to catch up with old friends, new friends, and family.  It was just plain fun.

I was fortunate enough to see many friends this week. From high school buds to fellow ILLINI, to Navy peeps. My heart is full from the conversations, pictures of growing babies, new jobs,new houses, and living life.  

Take a look at this article.  It just made my heart happy.  I am always a sucker for spending time with people, especially when they stop by Chicago.  No matter how brief of a trip, I try to make it like home, and make the most of the trip for them.  So if we are friends, and you live far away, and you stop by Chicago for a visit, I promise I will do everything I can to make time for you!!  

When Close Friends Live Far Away


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Latest Obsessions

So lately I have become "obsessed" with living more simply.  With spending less, and living more.

DH and I have been talking about things we want to do..from going to the gardens near our house, to just getting Chinese food.  All in all, we want to do more things, spending time together, but spend less money all around.  So..here are some of my tips and tricks in helping our cause.

I have been simplifying my wardrobe.  I started doing Project 333.  Yes.  I dove in.  But no blog posts?!  Why Megan, why?  It has been so easy to keep myself accountable with a maternity wardrobe, that honestly, it is easy.  I don't miss my old clothes, and I look good every day.  It takes seconds to figure out what I will wear after I check the weather.  Hello random Chicago summer.  I am slowly but surely building up my fall wardrobe.  Ok ok, I will post my pieces from my summer wardrobe so you can see what I am working with.  I didn't limit myself to 33 pieces, because a number is just a number.  It is all about being more frugal, having less crap around, and just looking good with what you have.  I LOVE it.

I have been a couponing, meal planning freak.  I just started getting the Sunday paper and clipping coupons for what we use.  I then plan on what stores are already having deals on that stuff, and doubling up my coupons.  It took some effort in the beginning.  I am not "that" good at it yet, but hope to be. I also downloaded an app to keep track of what is in my pantry.  Seemed like a lot of work, but all you have to do is scan the barcode.  I scanned my entire pantry in an hour last night.  This will make meal planning a breeze!

For the past two years, I have kept a "gift" box.  I keep track of gifts I buy for my family all year long.  I will find something someone will love, and buy it.  I don't care if it is January.  I keep it until Christmas.  I just found some great clearance toys at Target for my nieces.  Boom.  Holiday shopping almost done.  It feels good to pace it out, and just save money.  Especially when you have 8 nieces and nephews and your own little bambino on the way.

DH thinks all of my organization is nuts, until it comes in handy.  Which is usually daily:)

What are some of your daily tips and tricks to help organize your family?!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Reception Details!

Our reception was incredible.  Yes I am biased, but our wedding planner and I put a lot of thought into each and every detail.

I bought a card box off of etsy, and had an instagram sign made.  The large frame is our guest book. 

I had a designer make a vintage chart of Chicago's harbor for us for our guest book.  Everyone signed it, and it has our new last name at the bottom in flag code. 

Place Cards

More detail of the Card Box and Instagram #


We used KLA designs for our flowers.  Love them!

We had Amy Beck design our cake.  It was incredible!

We rented every piece of furniture for our reception.  This was one small gathering area for folks.  One niece was passed out on that couch by the end of the night!

Some tables were farm tables.  This was the head table. 


My seat and the menu!

I love the variety.  KLA and the wedding planner.  Wow.  Just wow. 

Our linens were from La Tavola.  Such a great selection.

I am so happy how everything turned out.  Just so beautiful!



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Catch Up!

Its been busy the past two weeks.  Between trying to see friends, keeping up with small house projects, and morning sickness (back with a vengeance), its been nuts!

I have hosted a brunch at my house, ventured downtown a few nights for dinner with the girls, spent time with family to see my cute nieces from NYC, and spruced up some items around the house.

Making a house a home is no joke!  We installed all new lights, address signs, did more gardening, etc.  Now we just have to finish the office, and start on the baby's room while I still feel great!!

Summer nights on the Chicago River.  I love this city!

Dinner at Siena Tavern. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it! I had the linguine with lobster.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Photo Tour

One big part of our Chicago wedding was to take some incredible pictures with our wedding party downtown.  Our ceremony and reception were both downtown, and we wanted some landmark pictures!  Our photographer obliged, and she led the way.  Only downside was the day was chilly, and 25 degrees was welcoming at some points!

I love this photo so much.  It was our Christmas card picture this year!

State Street Bridge!


Michigan Ave

Art Institute Lions

Lakefront

Cheesing!

Me and my girls!

I love this photo.  I made it into a canvas for our home!
Were there any photo must haves on your day?  We just wanted to reflect the city we love:)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Recipe: Easy Enchiladas

I made these enchiladas last week, and my husband couldn't get over how good they were.  He loves it when I take pictures of what I make on Instagram, so he then can show his co workers.  He brags about me, and I am ok with it:)

I bought a whole COSTCO chicken, and used that for the enchiladas.  To save money, I used an entire chicken all week!  I used it for two batches of enchiladas, and chicken salads for DH lunch.  I really wanted to make this soup, but it was just too hot out.



Finished restaurant quality product. Or at least that is what DH says.