michelle’s baby shower

i was so delighted to have received the invite in the mail for michelle’s baby shower!

a little background on our relationship, i met michelle through hc years ago. they had once worked together and when hc and i started dating, i met michelle right away. they were close friends and michelle and i hit it off right away. so over the past seven years, i have gotten to know her and her then boyfriend, now husband matt.

they lived here in chicago up until this past thanksgiving, where they moved to san diego. i knew she was going to have a baby shower here in chicago {and san diego} and i was super touched i received an invite!

it was a beautiful sunny day and it was perfect day to park the car a couple blocks away and walk. i arrived inside and the hostess directed me towards the private room. i walked inside to a bustling crowd. i immediately walked up to the welcome table and observed all the cuteness. i spent a little time doing some of the fun activities they had when michelle’s mom walked up to me and greeted me and asked to take my coat. i conversed with her for a bit and slowly mingled through the crowd. michelle did come by {in-between her mom and me mingling} to say hello. she looked fabulous!

after socializing for a bit we were asked to sit down for brunch. i sat by michelle’s sister karen and a few friends. we had great conversations and delicious food. we played games, drank, ate, and laughed. after everyone finished noshing, it was time for michelle to open up all her gifts. of course, everyone ohhh’s and ahhh’s over cute baby things. how can you not? babies are the best…pure innocence, sweet, fresh, new, tiny, and beautiful.

after gifts, i continued to say meet with people i didn’t get a chance to say hello to. plus, matt and michelle’s dad had dropped by as well. michelle’s dad came up to me to say hello! it was so good to see him! michelle’s parents are just the sweetest and i am touched they remembered me from when i first met them, at matt and michelle’s triathlon hc and i attended years ago.

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[my gift above with the pink paper garland bow! i gifted her with a baby book by jimmy fallon…such a cute, little book and i thought her husband matt would get a kick out of it!]

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[welcome table]

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[the beautiful michelle and our baby bumps!]

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[dessert table]

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[cute little favors]

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[michelle’s niece, anabelle]

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[pumpkin spice pancakes]

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[measuring her belly…]

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[opening up her gifts…that’s our book!]

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[the beautiful mama to be]

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[with the daddy to be, matt]

i honestly had the best time at the shower! it was so fabulous to see some familiar faces, and it had been awhile since i last saw them {most at matt and michelle’s wedding, where i was seven months pregnant and now again, almost 4 months pregnant!} so it was great to catch up. the shower was oh so much fun. it was awesome to see matt and michelle. they are such a fun, great couple. so energetic, fun, funny, sweet, and we just love them!

we are so happy and excited for them. we can’t wait to meet their sweet baby girl! congrats on this new, wonderful chapter in your lives. the best is yet to come!

xoxo

oh summer {or more like happy fall!}

it was such a beautiful day. such a gorgeous, sunny, warm, perfect day in september. as the days become shorter and cooler, i revel in rare days like these when the temperature and weather is just right. plus, this was literally the last days of summer…’cause today is the first day of fall!

i met dana at our favorite place {southport grocery} and we brunched alfresco. the sun was so intense, i loved it. we caught up on life’s current happenings. there is always so much going on with dana {lately} due to the fact that she is getting married next year and there is always something super exciting happening.

i definitely remember that time in our lives when we were engaged. it was so much fun, exhilarating, and joyous. there were always such positive vibes coming our way. we loved the parties, the people, the attention, the love that went along with being engaged!

anyhoo, we enjoyed our meal and banter while we basked in the sun. after brunch, dana needed to complete a few errands and per usual, we did them together. we headed on over to papersource to peruse a few gift items and in typical fashion, i purchased waaaayyyyy too many cards. i absolutely love stocking up on cards. birthday cards, christmas cards, wedding cards, thank you cards…you name it, i stock it. if you ever need a card, just stop on by. haha!

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[mmmmm, refreshing iced coffee]

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[hi dana…you’re the best]

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[my usual, the southern]

a last minute thought i had was to get our nails done! sweet! dana was game and so i made some last minute appointments at a nail salon i have been to. the nail bar that i frequented often was actually on southport. the lovely place was bought out to put in bigger retailers {boo!} and the techs relocated to different locations. i found out my tech had relocated to a shop just down the street, so that is now the nail place i go to but getting an appointment with her is always a tough task!

well, she was booked that day, so i had to, unfortunately, go with someone else and let me tell you! this nail tech was alright. she was a little rough and that was no bueno. in the end, my tootsies were done and i was a happy camper. dana and i managed to pick out the same nail color {without knowing}. if you know dana and i by now, we tend to show up in similar outfits, so picking out the same nail colors was a given! ha!

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[give me some color]

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[selfie at the nail salon]

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[we chose pinks. my pedi and her mani and some bling]

after a relaxing time at the nail salon, we headed out to a bookstore where dana needed to do an errand. we perused the wonderful items on the shelves. my favorite section was the kid’s book area. i loved reading as a child and i hope the same for olive. kids books nowadays are so cute, cool, and chic. yes, they are! dana gifted olive with the cutest book ever too! i must say, this girl knows a good, perfect, hit the nail on the head kind of gift to give. she is always on point.

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[boys town chicago]

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after several wonderful hours together, we parted ways. dana walked home and i headed back to go see my beautiful babe. it was a lovely, serene, relaxing day together. a much needed time to spend with my dear friend.

xoxo

sunday funday

we had plans to meet olivia for brunch, so we decided to make it a fun filled day!

we started it off with a trip to the best church ever: st. clement. i love, love this church. for it’s beautiful architect, for it’s amazing parish, for our pastor fr. ken, and how it always recharges me in my faith. we have been attending mass here since 2010 and before that, i have never found a home like this one. i am sad we are not able to make it here on a weekly basis like we did before {since we’ve moved} but whenever hc and i get a chance, we will go.

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[working my magic to get olive to take a picture]

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[catching up on st. clement’s events]

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after mass, we cruised on over to farmhouse chicago to meet olivia for brunch. she had made reservations, so we were seated right away. the start of our brunch did not go so well. per usual, i asked for decaf coffee and they didn’t have any. i was annoyed. no one caters to decaf drinkers. i get it. i get it. i am a minority but i matter too! i love coffee for its taste and flavor but ever since i was pregnant and nursing, i have not consumed caffeine. since i don’t need it, why bother introducing it into my body again?! coffee is like a routine, a habit, a mental start to my day and gosh darn it, i want my decaf!

the server seriously cowered from me. i know i can be demanding, direct, and very assertive in how i approach someone and i think i scared the shit out of him. eep. i didn’t mean to but when i am passionate about something, i come on strong. anyhoo, i asked the server if my husband was to run to starbucks to grab me my usual, could i drink it in the restaurant? after the catty session {meow} with him, he was like no problem {i think he didn’t want any more confrontations with me}. thank goodness.

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[darling olivia]

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[fried cheese curds]

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[she’s just a little stringy]

we ordered our meals and drinks, and continued our fabulous conversations. olive was being so silly. she was rummaging through the diaper bag and found my sunglass case. she gravitated towards the lens cloth and found it so amusing! she would put it on her shirt and admire it. she would try to show it off the ladies who sat next to us at brunch. she was very interested in them! she kept smiling at them and was being so cute. she’s adorable.

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[my meal was quite delicious]

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[love these two]

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[enjoying her juice]

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[she randomly wanted to be in the highchair]

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our meals were quite delicious. i do love eating there, the food is fantastic! after a bit of hanging out and snapping some fun pics, we headed out on our way. both parties wanted to shop {hubby wanted some new garb for vegas} but hc was in no mood to shop michigan ave on this hot, hot, hot day. so, olivia proceeded towards the ave and we went to a mall where hc to could shop comfortably.

we said our goodbyes and parted ways. we left each other with scheduled plans under our belts, so i was looking forward to seeing her again soon!

xoxo

lazy day with matt

we set up a lovely brunch date with our dear friend matt. he’s been on a roll lately with suggestions on where we go. typically it’s me coming up with different places to go to but we’ve been exploring the area close to where he lives lately. which is totally fine with me!

this time around, we went to a place called over easy. a simple, small brunch place near lincoln square. it was a beautiful day out and we were actually ‘on time’. which means a leeway of 10 minutes. haha! we met matt outside and we were seated right away {they told matt a few minutes but by the time i walked up, the table was ready}.

matt was catching me up on some major life changes for him! life’s twists and turns sometimes throw you sharp curves and loops along the way but no matter what, we persevere and march on. i do love that about my friends. no matter what challenges they face, they charge on with positivity and solutions. even when it does seem like it’s not the most positive moment, we can see the bigger picture.

olive was being quite shy when we first got there…the usual. after a half hour or so, she started to warm up. she’s been a bit rebellious about the highchair of late. she’s not a fan of sitting in one, she prefers to sit in a big girl chair like her mom; only when i can peel her off my lap to sit in her own chair!

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[just terrible lighting, terrible…or just let me think that please]

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[eggs over easy! hahaha!]

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[stuffing her face, as usual]

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[warming up to matt]

after brunch, we headed on over to our favorite stomping ground: starbucks! there, we ordered drinks and just chilled. i loved this part. olive roamed around and matt and i continued to chit chat. it’s nice when olive can entertain herself or feel good that she won’t wander away from me. ’cause all you mamas know that being out and trying to focus on something else besides your kids can be a great task!

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[starbucks always]

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after several hours of hanging out together, we needed to go. i know olive needed a nap and it was just about the right time for her to knock out. it was a fabulous time with matt, as usual. we greatly enjoyed our brunch date and can’t wait until we meet up again…hopefully next time with our husbands!

xoxo

late brunch

i was waiting for the day to come when jodi and kt were stopping by for brunch! it had been awhile since i have seen them both, so i was looking forward to this! it was a cloudy, rainy day. i was hoping it was going to be sunny so we could sit outside and eat but alas, the weather decided against that.

jodi arrived right on time, as usual. she is always so prompt! oh, jett…he’s is just the cutest! what a handsome little dude and he is oh so sweet! olive doesn’t get many kids her age in the house {jett is about nine months older than olive}, most of them are much older, so it was interesting to see how she would interacted with jett.

kt, of course, was running behind! she totally lost track of time and had no idea that she was suppose to be at our house at the time she finally hit the road! ohhhhh, kt!

well, while jett and olive played {chaperoned by jodi} i started our brunch. on the menu were scrambled eggs, with cooked onions, cream, salt & pepper. crispy bacon & hash browns. fruit. toasted bagels with butter, jam, and cream cheese. juice. coffee and a donut tower centerpiece!

as i was finishing up, kt finally arrived! yaayyy! we prepared the kid’s plates and sat down for a scrumptious brunch. we talked, and talked, and talked. olive and jett were not interested in eating at all. they totally took a few bites and scurried away to go play {again}.

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[my doughnut centerpiece…definitely not too sweet to eat!]

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[cooking up some eggs]

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[jodi entertaining the kids while i cook]

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[on the menu: savory bacon, seasoned scrambled eggs, crispy hash browns, bagels with butter, cream cheese, or jam, and fruit. not without mimosas, watermelon juice, and coffee]

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[the kids entertaining themselves]

after noshing, we cleaned up a bit, and plopped into the living room to chill. the kids were so crazy! we tried to put a movie on but that captured their attention for two seconds, they were more interested in the toys…which was perfectly fine! jett loved the minnie mouse vacuum that gramma and papa had given to olive for christmas. they played with the blocks, puzzles, games, etc. until everything was scattered everywhere! olive was a bit tepid about sharing but overall she was pretty good. they both really wanted the ‘phone’ {again something gramma and papa gifted} but olive would eventually share it. thank goodness! it’s so hard to teach them how to share at this age!

then they discovered jumping on the couch. the end. haha. ok, no, but it was crazy. they had such a fun time plopping around, falling backwards, and landing on their butts all over this couch. a bad habit to learn but they sure did have a great time!

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[okaaaayyyyy, a year and a half later, i still have crazy, crazy baby hair from the pregnancy!]

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[this cutie]

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[so then they learned this…jumping on the couch!]

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[what’s up with my hair?! i look like i have a pageboy ‘do! haha!]

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[olive jumped onto her rocking horse and jett loved the rocking chair]

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[this cutie patutie!]

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[oh!]

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[my pretty ladies]

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[love this girl!]

after much eating, talking, and caring of these wild kids – it was time for them to go. jodi was timing out jett’s nap as well, knowing that he would sleep on the car ride home.

xoxo

sun, brunch, and ice cream

 i was hoping to see my friend andrea again, while she is on her maternity leave, and we were able to make it happen. i’m so glad we did because this lady {who is a traveling fool} was jetting out {again} and wasn’t going to be home for the rest of her leave!

olive and i started the day with her wellness check up. it’s so cute, just so cute. everything about her. i love her. she is the most precious thing on earth. my heart just melts looking at her. she gets so scared by strangers and clings to me…and i just melt over her cuteness. i love being her momma and i love protecting her.

she did just fine this time…every visit gets better and better as she becomes more aware, wiser, and knowledgeable. she got the thumbs up from her wonderful doctor and we went on our merry way to andrea’s house.

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[my sweet baby girl]

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[my heart melts for her]

it was such a beautiful, perfect day. i was super excited to hang out with andrea and annabelle. after we arrived at andrea’s, we set out to walk the neighborhood and find a place to eat. i love wicker park…it’s such an eclectic, artsy area.

we decided to eat at milk and honey on division. we nabbed a seat outside and enjoyed our delicious meal. the avocado and smoked gouda sandwich was ah-maze. after we finished eating, olive wanted to be out of her highchair, so i let her roam around the table. she is always so good about staying close, it amazes me that she does that {so far…}.

after brunch, we did some more walking. we headed towards the actual wicker park to hang out. as we cruised there on this beautiful sunny day, i soaked in all the city goodness. i love the craziness, the people, the scenery, the energy of it.

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[olive checking out miss annabelle]

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[the beautiful baby girl]

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[mmmmm….juice]

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[such a sassy lady, ootd: shirt by shop childish, shoes by target]

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[no selfie shtick]

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[this avocado and smoke gouda sandwich was deeeeeeelicious]

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[her interest in annabelle peaked and waned]

when we arrived at the park, we found a spot where i could nurse olive. i figured she would be so distracted that she wouldn’t nurse that long and i was right. she ate for a bit but then she wanted to explore her unfamiliar surroundings.

as we walked towards the playground, olive was tagging behind us {and the park was not crowded}. she was, maybe, 15-20 feet away from me {with my eyes on her the entire time, constantly calling for her} when this women on a bench yelled out “she’s too far away from you!”. ummmmm, ‘scuse me?!!! i proceeded to yell back at the women. she said it again and i said, “too far away?! too far away for you. i’m her mom and you have no right to tell me what to do or how to watch my child! how ’bout you MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS?!!!!”. well, i was seeing red and i’m sure what i said came out something like that! as i retorted to this nosey women, another passerby chuckled at our exchange of words. by that time, olive was standing by my side and we moseyed along to the park without a flinch. hahahaha.

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[she looooooves the swing]

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[and the slide]

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[and the tunnel]

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[and the stairs]

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as we were leaving the park, andrea suggested that we stop for ice cream. yay! hooray for ice cream! duh…i can never say no to ice cream! they had just opened up a jeni’s on milwaukee, so it was the perfect pit stop. olive was too stinkin’ cute drinking her root beer float. i ordered myself some sorbets and we were happy campers noshing on our afternoon treats.

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[at jeni’s splendid ice creams]

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[intense root beer float drinking]

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after delicious brunch, a play in the park, and a sweet stop for ice cream, i’d say it was the most perfect, sunny afternoon! i had such a great time with andrea and annabelle. it was so gorgeous out {great weather is the best!} and we had the most wonderful time walking around. we love you andrea and annabelle! muwah!

xoxo

well needed brunch time

it was a cloudy morning with scattered showers. but the forecast was promising after 10am until mid afternoon {before the rain was suppose to hit again}. we were looking forward to hosting a brunch for our friends aaron and olivia.

i was hoping that we would go into the city to meet up with them but after a rigorous week of traveling every day with miss olive, i just didn’t have the energy to haul her around in the car anymore. we were on the road every.single.day that week and i didn’t want to put her in the car, what would have been the 8th day in a row. i was super thankful aaron and olivia didn’t mind coming on out to us! for sure, the next outing together will be on their turf!

as they arrived, we were ready with brunch! hc whipped up waffles with fresh fruit, maple syrup, crispy bacon, and seasoned potatoes. deeeeelish! we sat down for our feast and had a jolly ol’ time catching up. i love these two…i loved seeing their relationship grow over the years and it continues to grow. where they are now and where they were years ago is so different. we love hanging out with them…aaron and hc get along so well {total bromance} and obvs olivia is my girl!

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[brunch and old fashioned’s]

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[intense bacon eating]

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[smorgasbord of food // fruit, potatoes, bacon, and waffles]

after brunch, we just hung out. it was great. the boys did their thing, we did our thing, and then sometimes we hung out together. i love that it’s so casual and relaxing when we are together. olive went down for a early afternoon nap so olivia and i were able to have some one on one time.

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[olivia and moi]

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[that’s aaron’s rad jeep in the background]

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[warming up to olivia…again.]

hours just flew by! olive woke up from her nap and it took playing some videos for her to warm back up to olivia! next thing we knew, it was almost mid afternoon and olivia and aaron had to jet {they were hosting some peeps at their place that evening!}.

it was a total blast having them over {always}. we love them and can’t wait until our next couples date in the city!

xoxo

bang bang

it had been awhile since karen and i had met up for brunch. i love this girl. she’s someone who has been in and out of my life for quite some time and when it’s been on the out, it’s always on the in when we see each other. ya know what i mean?!

it was a very chilly morning that turned into a beautiful morning within two hours! it’s amazing that it can go from super cold to warm and sunshiny within minutes…that’s chicago for you.

i asked kar if there was place she was interested in eating at. i typically lead in this department but i am always, always open for suggestions. kar actually suggested bang bang pie. i was sold. well, first off, with a name like bang bang pie – that was a winner in it’s self but i have never been to this restaurant and i absolutely love trying new places! fer shizzle.

so, here we were. kar and i pretty much arrived at the same time and walked in together. it’s an order then sit kind of place, so we ordered. then we sat. well, let me tell ya about the ordering process first.

the women behind the counter was unpleasant. she wasn’t mean, she wasn’t nice, she seemed to not care. she didn’t care if you cared or not. she didn’t care if you liked her menu or not. she didn’t care if she came off boorish. she didn’t care to be a customer servicey kind of gal. on that note, i asked if they had fruit. she said no. i said, “you have no fruit?” {obvs i wanted fruit for olive}. she said no. okaaaayyyyy. um, you make fruit pies and you don’t have fruit. yeah, sure. then i asked what kind of juice they had…she proceeded to point to the little fridge on top of their counter and said whatever she had in there. i said, “i’ll have an orange juice.” she then said, “you can grab it yourself”. wow…would it really break your arm if you reached three inches over and grabbed it for me since it was three feet away from me. thanks beotch. then i asked if they had decaf coffee {hello…i’m still nursing olive but honestly, after this long of a period of not having regular coffee…i just don’t need it}, she looked at me like i was the devil trying to steal her soul. i’m sorry miss hipster bitch, did i just say something blasphemous?!! the audacity of me to ask if they had decaf! ok, i’m done with my rant. end of that story.

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[love the little wooden sign in the front]

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[the delicious menu]

anyhoozle, kar and i walked outside where they had glorious amounts of seating and found a cozy nook for the three of us. it was so dang gorgeous out. the sun was shining and the temperature was absolutely perfect. we sat outside and soaked in the sun. it was awesome catching up with karen. she soooo loves olive. it was such a relaxing morning/afternoon just chilling outside, sharing fun stories, and watching miss olive run around being a happy little girl. she loved playing around in the dirt, she loved the little adirondack chair they had there, she loved running around and being free to roam the area while karen and i sat on the bench and talked.

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[my savory sausage and biscuit with a side of hash]

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[olive getting cozy in her high chair]

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[olive loving the mini adirondack chair]

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[selfies in the sun]

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[these two are tooooo cute!]

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[perfect duo]

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[checking out the scenery]

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[such a cute little place]

after a few hours of hanging out {yes…thank goodness it wasn’t so busy and we had the luxury to just lounge around casually at the restaurant}, we decided to part ways. of course i didn’t leave without bringing home some pie! banana cream for moi and chocolate pecan for the hubs.

i truly had a great time hanging out with karen and i know she had a fabulous time seeing miss olive!

xoxo

newly engaged

dana and i had planned on getting together on this day but the fact that she just got engaged was an even better reason for us to meet up! i was soooo excited when she gave me call on a saturday afternoon and dropped the best news i’ve heard in awhile!

the other great part about this day was that hc was off of work and was able to go with us gals to meet dana for brunch. we met up at our usual spot, southport grocery and as soon as i walked in, i hugged the gal and ogled the ring. it’s beautiful!

we immediately got down to business. it was mainly wedding talk, peppered in with some random subjects but everything eventually led back to more wedding talk. dana had been engaged for, oh, maybe 5 days and she already had her guest list down, looked at two venues, had a wedding dress appointment, and asked her friends to be her bridesmaids! whoa! i must attribute that most of what was already accomplished was courtesy of her mom. ha! my head was spinning from all that she had already done…you go girl!

well, we gave her the engagement gift i had whipped up. she was super excited over everything…i must say, it’s was a fun little basket! as she perused over the items inside the basket, i was probably just as giddy!

we ordered our food, olive became a bit more comfortable with her surroundings, and finally let go of me to explore. she is always so cautious and clingy in new places or unfamiliar faces. it takes her a solid thirty minutes or so to relax and loosen up when she is in a new environment. she finally wanted to color, sit by her daddy, and walk around on her own. phew.

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[with the newly engaged lady]

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[showing off the basket and the bling]

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[i looooove this pic of us]

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[opening up her awesome gift…if i do say so myself]

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[coloring time]

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[my favorite: the southern]

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[bling, bling she got the ring and a pretty manicure!]

after brunch, we headed on home. it was pretty awesome to have met up with miss dana and to have heard all the details of the engagement. we are soooo excited for her and scott and can’t wait for all the fun festivities to begin!

xoxo

hey matt

matt and i run into each other once in awhile but it had been a month or two since we had gotten together for a brunch. so, we finally hashed out our schedules and decided to meet up at cafe salmerie in lincoln square…i’ve never been there before and it was super yummy!

we were cruising along the street in the cute little neighborhood of lincoln square. it’s a quaint, unique area tucked way up north of chicago. as we strolled down the street, i was delighted by all the cute shops around. of all the years i have lived in chicago, i never frequented this area. i think i have been up there once or twice ever. so, it was refreshing to visit this area again…or it felt like for the first time since it had beens so long since my last visit!

we walked right into a pastry counter so i knew this place was going to be great! i met up with matt at a corner table and we got down and dirty with our conversations. we laughed, we gasped, we were in awe over our life’s happenings.

we had ordered our food {which took a very long time to get}, i had selected their bacon and boursin sandwich, which was sooooo good! olive had buttered pasta and fruit and plenty of libations to fill her cute little belly.

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[my kind of place…first thing you walk into is a pastry case!]

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[we had just gotten to the restaurant and she was soooo clingy! p.s. don’t mind the crazy hair…since the pregnancy, i can’t tell my bangs from the baby hair that has been growing in!]

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[glug, glug, glug]

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[this bacon and boursin sandwich was sooo delish!]

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[dearest matt]

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[her thing of late…sitting on the floor of the restaurant]

after spending quite a bit of time inside the restaurant, we finally paid our bill {of course i picked up some pastries on the way out} and walked the street to do a little shopping. we stopped at starbucks {natch…that’s a no brainer with me and matt!} and got ourselves some coffee. i am loving the fact that starbucks came out with a mini version of the frappuccino cup. sooooo stinkin’ cute for miss olive! she had her first starbucks drink that day! a mini vanilla bean frappe!

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[shopping around in lincoln square]

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[olive’s first starbucks drink! i love their mini frap cup!!! so cute!]

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[merz’s apothecary]
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after perusing a few mores stores around the street {it’s such a perfect area for holiday shopping, so many gift ideas!}, we parted ways. miss olive needed her nap!

it was fantastic seeing matt. i love him! he’s such a great guy and a wonderful friend. until next time!

xoxo