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Tiny Tot Tuesdays: Fun With Shades

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If I’m ever missing a pair of shades, they are most likely in the possession of this little diva right here! She is literally my mini me and likes all the same accessories I like. Her fall dress is perfect for the changing of the seasons since it has 3/4 length sleeves. It’s Target’s most addictive line, Cat & Jack. The sparkle shoes (that coincidentally match the sparkle heart of the dress) are from H&M. The shades are from Charlotte Russe. Check out her backyard photo shoot below!

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What to Wear Wednesdays: Mad About Saffron

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I remember when a Gap commercial came out in the late 90s, set to the tune of Donovan’s Mellow Yellow. It was such a catchy tune but more importantly it featured one of my favorite shades of yellow, Saffron. In today’s look I’m soaked in Saffron!! Since the Chicago weather is looking more like summer than fall, I’ve made every opportunity to extend light weight pieces “out of season.”
I paired a flowing mock wrap maxi dress purchased at Akira a year or two ago with a bold statement necklace from Charming Charlie and a fabulous Etniciti clutch to a dear friend’s birthday celebration. My sunglasses are several seasons past from Ann Taylor Loft. 

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Diner en Blanc: Moms And The City!

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Diner en Blanc. The phenomenon, originating in Paris 29 years ago with 8,000 guests, stretches over 6 continents where people receive an exclusive invitation to flash-gather in a secret place, and perform an extravagant pop-up dining experience…. all white everything. White linen tablecloths, jewels and pearls, beautiful table settings. Tablescapes that will blow your mind away! And I was there for it all! This year I was invited as a guest and decided to chronicle the event! Here are the photos of my mom friends that were of the 4,000 in attendance in Chicago.

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Tiny Tot Tuesdays: Peplum At The Playground

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If my daughter could have her way, she would wear dresses every single day! We took a trip to her new school so she could test out the playground before her big day. The dress doesn’t stop her from being rough and tough! We purchased this cute little peplum dress off the clearance rack for $7 from my favorite store, H&M.

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What to Wear Wednesdays: Lush!

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If this look isn’t the definition of lush then I don’t know what is! A local forest preserve provided a beautiful backdrop for this look. The bright bold floral print, on this strapless hips free vintage dress, stood out against the greenery. Even better, the dress has nice deep pockets, making its wear even more effortless. I paired it with simple black strappy sandals and lime green chandelier earrings. 

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Braided Pin-Up Hairstyle: Mongongo Oil By Mielle Organics

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Hey loves!

Today I will be showing you how I achieved a braided pin-up hairstyle using the newly launched Mongongo Oil Collection by Mielle Organics.

I absolutely love these products. I feel there are phenomenal if you desire you hair to feel fresh, super clean, hydrated and have amazing shine!

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What to Wear Wednesdays: Side-Striped

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Y’all know I love a good romper or jumpsuit. Don’t get me wrong I love putting together a layered look but nothing beats throwing on a no fuss one piece that’s easy to style! I bought this romper from my go to store for cute and inexpensive items, Forever 21. It’s been in my closet, unworn, for over 2 years, YIKES!

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Birthday Party Treats: Yummy DIY Fiesta Cookies!

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1MommyMD. What do you do when you’re planning a party and an item you need is unavailable? It’s time to DIY! If you don’t know, DIY stands for Do It Yourself. Sunday I threw my daughter a fiesta themed party for her 2nd birthday. I’d come across the cutest fiesta cookies on Instagram earlier in the planning process and was set on having some made for the party. Unfortunately, the business I wanted to use was booked solid for two months. I thought about it; I love to bake and have a creative streak so I decided to make the fiesta themed cookies myself! 

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Your Ultimate List of 24 FREE Summer Activities For Kids!

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Now that school is out, are you looking for activities to do with the kids, but don’t want to spend an arm and leg? Summer is a perfect time to visit loved-ones and enjoy activities that we missed during the school year due to hectic schedules and tons of responsibilities. 

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What to Wear Wednesdays: All Maxed Out!

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I LOVE a good maxi skirt and a bold print; put them both together and bam instant fabulousness! One thing I love about incorporating a print, is how that item of clothing can carry a look. It becomes your statement piece and all other articles of clothing merely compliment it. 

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Tiny Tot Tuesdays: Cooking With Kids!

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Put those tots to work in the kitchen!

Cooking with kids…When my kids were toddlers it seemed like they would wait for me to get busy cooking and decide to get into e-ver-y-thing they could think of! Those classic moments of the little ones writing on the walls and covering themselves in Vaseline would happen in my home while I was in the kitchen. 

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Learn to cook PERFECT Salmon with this quick and easy recipe 

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We eat salmon quite often in our home. I struggled for a few years trying to get it right. I would cook a great filet on occasion, but for the most part I ended up with fish that was either too dry or too soft in the center. It was frustrating to say the least. 

About five years ago I became a certified Pinterest fanatic. One wonderfully wormhole-y afternoon I was pinning away when I came across a post from Pioneer Woman. Changed. The. Game. Since I tried her technique I’ve never ended up with anything other than a beautiful, moist, flaky, perfectly cooked filet of salmon. I’ll walk you through it. 

Wash, season drizzle, bake. 


Rinse off a 1lb salmon filet. Some like to pat it dry. Place the salmon on a foil or parchment lined pan and season. I use a little seasoned salt (go easy guys, we don’t want too much sodium!), black pepper, and a healthy coating of garlic powder, not garlic salt. Drizzle your filet with extra virgin olive oil and you’re ready to go.


MAJOR KEY: don’t preheat the oven!!! 

Place your pan into a cool oven. This is the key to perfection. Turn the oven to 400 and bake for 25 minutes. If your filet is very thick it may need a few extra minutes. If it’s several pounds and pretty long, I suggest slicing it into a few different pieces before prepping it for the oven to ensure that it cooks evenly. 

*tip: Use your nose! Check on the fish when you start to smell it. If you see a little bubbly white foam on top it’s likely ready. I normally use farm raised salmon, which is thicker and a little less lean. For wild caught salmon, 20 minutes may be enough. 

Sauces – Glazes – Marinades


For a little extra flair and flavor, try brushing a marinade on top of your salmon before baking. This time I used a Kroger brand sweet and spicy chili sauce (not at all spicy). I’ve also used sriracha and honey, barbecue sauce, honey and lemon, lemon butter with herbs, Parmesan and panko crumb crust, and my all time favorite, Stonewall Kitchen’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce (a little bit goes a long way!).  


If you’re looking to make dinner even easier, add a foil pack of crunchy veggies to the pan. Season and drizzle them just like the salmon, wrap them in foil and voilá: a whole meal in 25 minutes! My meal features broccolini. Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, peppers and onions, and zucchini are other healthy and tasty options. 


Give this super easy method a try, then tell us how it turned out! 

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