road tripping with a baby

we just completed our second road trip with otto and again he was an absolute dream. i don’t know if it’s our trips and tricks for the car, his g tube or him just being an awesome dude that made it go so easy but just in case it was our tricks and tips i […]

Kane County Flea Market

it’s been a long long time since i’ve been able to go to an actual flea market. not only because of time but because of the michigan gross weather. aka there are no flea markets (worth going to) in michigan while it’s cold. during the winter i pay many visits to antique stores to get […]

Charleston Shopping Haul

forgive me… wallet. i went a little crazy in Charleston, South Carolina shopping. I couldn’t help it though. the shops were AMAZING. i’m no minimalist. admittedly so. my first question when i’m out in the middle of nowhere is…where do these people shop!? there were so many wonderful things about Charleston and i’ll do one […]

tulip time food strategy

So once a year my younger sister, joe and I have tulip time fried food fest. Rather than have a bit here and there we commit an entire night to hitting up the best food stands at the tulip time festival in Holland, Michigan. This year my sister brought her boyfriend because she felt he […]

quick trip to magnolia

yesterday i got a few spare hours away from the conference i’m at to sneak away to spend some fun time in texas. luckily my mom, sister in law and mother in law came along on this trip so naturally we went to waco. we were 1.5 hours away from it how could we not!?! […]

weekend recap chicago birthday

why does this weekend seem like we had way more time… oh yea because we did. on a bit of a whim joe and i decided to take friday off and start celebrating his birthday a little early. we woke up and did chores before deciding to head out to chicago for a quick overnight […]

weekend recap road trip

it was so much fun going on a little road trip this weekend with my mom and sister. it was good to just get away and have a day of no distractions and just girl time. we literally shopped till we dropped. i’m not even kidding we were basically crawling back to the car sunday […]

finally friday sweet home alabama

this week went by super quick (again) joe and i left early early tuesday morning and made it to orange beach alabama by 8pm at night. pretty good drive time if i do say so myself. a few podcast series and wendy’s stops and we were in the warmer weather. it’s been a little cloudy […]

road trip essentials

joe and i left this morning bright and early on yet another road trip. we are meeting up with my family down south for a little rest and relaxation to close out 2016. let me tell you we got so lucky for traveling this time of year up north. you run the risks of blizzards […]

21 again chicago style

no not me! well maybe i was for a little bit last night. last night my baby sister turned 21. shes almost 10 years younger than me and i cannot believe that she is officially an “adult” it’s just crazy! we decided to get out of a town on a sisters weekend to celebrate. where […]

adventures in abbyland nashville guide

i had such a great time in nashville over my birthday. it was something that has been on my list a long long time. thanks to the suggestions of friends in real life, instagram and facebook i found some pretty amazing places that i thought i would share with you (in case you want to […]

alone time

yesterday morning i had about an hour and  half before i had to leave for the airport so rather than sit in my hotel room and wait i went for a walk with a book in search of breakfast. it was my last moments in california and i wanted to soak it up because who […]