My whole fam came out to visit us! We had 8 people in our apartment and 2 babies. It was crammed but oh so fun.
Because we couldn’t visit every spot I had hoped for treats I went ahead and got some of the treats to have at home before they arrived so they could try a bunch. (Jeni’s Ice Cream, Magnolia Bakery puddings & Stan’s donuts.
Here are a few things we did and your family would enjoy when visiting Chicago.
Tennis by the Lake | Divvy Bikes on the Lake Shore Trail | Toured U Chicago Campus | Historic Houses of South Side | Hamilton | Architecture Tour (Wendella is my fave) | Maggie Daley Park Mag Mile | “L” train Ride to West Loop | FOOD FOOD FOOD
I had a shoot downtown with a friend and she stopped to take these photos of me right on Michigan Ave. Gotta lot of awkward looks and honks but it was worth it.
Spent the last week of April with our darling friends, Matt, Rachel & Jada. Took them to all our fave spots in Chicago. It was still freezing cold so that was a bit of a bummer.
Quick Easter trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was so cute!
- O&H Danish Bakery in Racine
- Milwaukee Public Market
- The Historic Third Ward
- The Modern General Store
- Sweet Diner
Mom Visits | Lots of Maggie Daley | The Purple Pig | Daily Walks | St. Paddys | Little Goat Diner Children's Musuem | Cousins in town | Sink Baths | Wicker Park
when chicago breaks 50 degrees in the winter months it is like God is saying being patient spring will come! Honestly, you can get so depressed here with no sun and negative temps. We are in the home stretch!!! This week we had some warm weather and it was amazing. We went to Maggie Daley & hung out with my cute friend Madi and her son, Mason. Side note, I tinted my own eyebrows following this gal's tutorial, Mikelle Kennedy. It was a little scary but I definitely am excited to be able to do this myself!
brunch at the Promontory, quick play in the snow and a fun stay at the intercontinental hotel to go swimming with jack.
I found this quote yesterday & it embodied exactly how I feel love should feel.
“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
- Thich Nhat Hahn
That unconditional love is so important in a marriage and in any relationship. I am going to strive to be more unconditional and freeing in the love I give to others. I just want to let it flow from me. I don't want to give them expectations, check lists and impossible demands for them to earn my love. I want Chris and Jack to be them, who they truly are, and see that like our Heavenly Parents do. See them and love them and therefore free them. Jack and I visited our valentine downtown and had a picnic in his office.
shop the look
5 tips for shopping on ASOS
1. Filter Filter Filter
Use all the filters available. Get rid of any colors you don't like to wear. Choose your size. Style you are looking for. Style/length/etc. Price range. Choose the collections that apply to you (maternity, petite, main, tall, curve, etc.)
2. Get ASOS Premier
Literally the best thing you can do. Your clothes arrive in 2 days for only $20 a year. I can't tell you how many times I needed a dress or outfit for an event or wedding and had procrastinated... Nothing was at the mall or I was too lazy to go look. I order not kidding, 5-10 dresses on premier and then I send back the rest for free. IT IS SO WORTH IT. Open the bags properly to make it super easy to send back.
3. Buy Multiple Sizes/Use Model Sizing/Video Feature
Until you have found your groove in the ASOS sizing by multiple sizes. The returns are free and if you are unsure about what size to get buy both! Pay attention to the models sizes that are written in the product description. It gives the model's height and size to help you for reference. Watch the videos! asos uploads a movie for each product so you can see it's actual color and it moving!
4. Use the Save for Later Feature
I save so so so many things and go back and often find they are on sale a month later!
5. Promo Codes/Discounts
Look out on their website for sales and promotions. If you are a student you can apply for a 10% discount on the entire purchase. (clearance items excluded)
I recently started an Instagram account devoted to my ASOS finds. I post the amazing deals and then link them to my site! I am an asos addict. Most find asos very overwhelming because of the extreme amount of inventory but I find it like a rewarding treasure hunt. I can’t buy all or even most the stuff I find... but maybe you can. I’m a CHEAP-O so most if not all will be under $50 if not under $25
Shop The Look
My cute friend Anna started an amazing blog/shop based on french style! It's called Partager and it is gorgeous. Super classic pieces that are great quality and really do feel french. Scarf & Sunglasses are Partager. I love supporting small businesses and plan to be buying from her for a long time.
Use code: JANIE10 at www.partager.co for 10 % off!
my lil sis Liz Sauce came to town this past week! She and her sis in law, Shaye, went and saw hamilton the first night and the rest of the time we just hung with jack and explored. We had a blast.
Ended up hanging at the zoo with an old friend, exploring the houses in our neighborhood and having a spontaneous fire pit at the lake.
This week was especially hard because Chris had a very busy work week. One night he didn't come home till 5:30 AM!!! Yikes. Anyway, we tried to make the best of it. Did lots of laundry, cleaning and just enjoyed the "warmer" weather.
Walked around little Mexico in Pilsen on a mural hunt. 28th and Hamblin in Pilsen.
In light of the current uproar on instagram over the harmful effects of what bloggers/influencers and everyone posts. I felt a need to put a simple response in. I've been quoting Brene Brown a lot lately. She's honestly my other bible....
Where do I fit in on instagram? Am I a part of the problem or the solution? As someone who enjoys creating beautiful photos I ask that question often. As everyone else I have definitely felt the weight of comparison on instagram. Feelings of inadequacy and self doubt are real and familiar.
true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.
- Brene Brown
I promise to quit judging & start accepting others for what they truly are and in return I hope you’ll do the same. Because all I really want from instagram is for you to post what makes you happy or strong or proud or sad or hurt or loved. I want to see the highs and the lows even if the lows are just in your stories. I want you to follow who you want and unfollow those who don’t help you be you. Just keep doing you. However that may be.
whatever your circumstance, you are a product of their love. you were put in your specific place because they need you there. I pray everyday not only to know how to become like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ but also our Mother in heaven. They can make more of us than we can make of ourselves. I feel God’s love as I find my purpose. It continually changes and shapes itself into something different but the love I feel is the same. 💙 also this blue door on my walk home from church made me smile.
just a little leisurely walk around the most beautiful campus. we had to get outside since it got about 30 degrees!