Who Will You Be #WhoWillYoobi

As I am just trying to resettle myself after a trip to Japan, I wanted to post something else that just came out and was also dear to me. About a month ago, I was approached by a friend to put Evie into a short commercial for the company Yoobi.  If you aren’t familiar, they make bright and fun school supplies, and sold at Target.  Their position is a one for one model; by purchasing their products, they give supplies to schools in need all around America. Growing up, I remember having one set of markers that are to last me the whole year or even trying to use the last bit of crayon with just my fingertips to be able to create what I wanted.  As a mother, I have been fortunate to be able to provide my daughter with things she needs to create, and see that her […]

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Another Year Older And Hopefully A Little Wiser

Last month I turned 37 years old, and I think I needed some time to really figure out what that meant for me.  This year has been tumultuous (at best) and it’s been hard to find moments to process most of it.  It has recently occurred to me that, like others, we have learned that sometimes you just can’t let yourself process in order to not be overwhelmed with how much it all starts to spiral out of control.  After some time, I think I have 37 manifesto of sorts. This year’s birthday hike on Mission Peak.  If you haven’t spent a birthday morning on top of a mountain, I highly recommend it.  It’s a very literal-meets-figurative experience to start a new year of life.    This year has brought lots of heartache, change, death and an overall evaluation of values.  In order to understand how I view this year of […]

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The Small Family Business Hustle

There’s moments where I wake up to the reality, “Wait, when did we become a family of traveling salesmen?”  I don’t know that we planned for it or knew what was involved when we signed on, but it’s become clear this year and last year was a significant change in our lifestyle because of our side business. If you are just tuning in, my husband Peabe has found a creative outlet in a side business of making pins and patches.  You can purchase from the website www.pea-be.com   SneakerCon May 2016   It has since grown to have a loyal following and super cool fans.  We ship and stock from our living room where we drink wine and watch Netflix as we fill orders.  I have to say that it’s been an amazing experience to share with him and my daughter and so fulfilling to see something grow from just […]

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Getting Back to What’s REAL in Chicago

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without posting anything.  It seems this year has sucked out all the energy I’ve had for creative endeavors, and in my silence I know it’s been bothering me. Life gets busy, I get that.  Sometimes even a little “heavy”… I get that too.  This year has been nothing but one thing after the next, but I can’t keep making excuses for why I can’t focus on my own stuff from time to time.  Those who know me well enough know I can close off in times of distress, and I am so aware that thats not how I want to live my life.   Having drinks at The Lunatic, The Lover, & The Poet in Fulton Market with my sister and brother in law… he’s channeling some of that Lunatic vibe. Checking out The Publican restaurant for dinner and one of my faves […]

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My Mother’s Day Video

My mother’s day compilation… because I love this girl and I’ve been pretty blessed to have so many amazing experiences with her.  She is my world, and I’m so happy to be her “Nanay”. Happy mother’s day to all those mamas out there.

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A Lot is Happening in My Silence

It has been a tough couple months, leaving me a little angsty and questioning my own voice on matters and I know that isn’t conducive to having a blog.  The anxiety of the days that turn into weeks of silence is stressful, turning what used to be a project that I loved doing into a chore.  Why do I have this need to power off when things get tough, and how does one come back from that? I imagine I am not the only one who suffers from this and I imagine there’s things well in my control that attribute to it, so I have come to try to make sense of this silence, and try write about it. Of course, everyone has rough times that are beyond their control.  These past couple months have brought unplanned deaths and loss, moves, political changes, relationship changes within my own affiliations both […]

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6 Tricks to Surviving the Thailand Songkran Water Fight

Happy start of Songkran! Songkran is the New Year celebration in Thailand that happens in April and celebrates the changing of the seasons. The country has festivities in every city to celebrate, and it includes all out water fights.  Water is a sign of good fortune for the new year, like you are washing away the ju-ju of last year and starting the new year with a clean slate. I was lucky enough to join in on the fun this year, and here are a few things that I learned along the way.   If you plan on visiting Thailand during this time, there are rituals to be aware of before the holiday.  Small businesses close to be with families, and roads get busy with travelers. In the spirit of a new start to the new year, people clean their homes and businesses, and visit temples. If you are traveling […]

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Thoughts for My Niece That Left Us Too Soon

The last two weeks have been spent trying to come up with the right words to explain such a loss.  I have been back and forth in my grief and unable to find solace in the fact that she is no longer with us.  Along with many other friends and family, we took an uncomfortable backseat to the pain that my sister and brother-in-law have endured and will continue to endure. At times like these, one can refer back to the unfairness of it all, that such loving and open-hearted people can have something so unfortunate happen to them.  I can get eaten up in the anger of knowing that they are the last people you would ever want to be hurt by such a loss.  It breaks my heart to see the pain of my closest sister, my most trusted of family, the matron of honor at my wedding, […]

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How To Spend 8 Days In Cuba

Most times we are limited to how much time we take of from work and general responsibilities to go traveling.  Especially with a little one at home, I wanted to plan enough time to really experience the Cuban culture but didn’t want to spend too much time away from her.  That being said, you also want to give yourself some time to relax and recharge, and not feel like you are coming back stressed from the trip’s itinerary. After travel time, my trip ended up being about 8 days in Cuba.  I tried to get a little bit of everything, but of course you won’t be able to get everything in such a limited time.  My cousin and I kept to a certain region of the country to not spend additional time in traveling, but I would love to return one day and learn about the rest.  I am really […]

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What To Know Before Traveling To Cuba

Cuba has been a curiosity for most of my life.  It has been a restricted country for over half a century, who wouldn’t be curious?  It wasn’t until 2015 that US citizens got the okay to travel there and I have been trying to find my way in ever since.  At the end of January, I finally checked it off my list, and what a beautiful country it was.  Beautiful and yet, still curious.  Beneath all of what we are still learning of its history and politics is a deeper Cuba, with beautiful scenery and vibrant people, that I would love to return to. Prior to traveling, I did read up on travel sites and blogs to get an idea of what was in store for me, but I have to report that since travel from the US has been somewhat new, there’s a lot of outdated information that was out […]

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