On Math & Happiness

27 07 2014


I’m no mathematician but I will go on the record as saying that happiness multiplies when met with other happiness. Case in point(s):

My best friend had the official “you’re having a baby and it has feet!” sonogram and started announcing her pregnancy yesterday.

A friend got a epically huge YES from a national brand regarding a collaboration (you are never going to hear the end of this, I am dying to shout it from the rooftops, it’s so freaking cool).

Another friend is fulfilling a lifelong goal and starting a business.

Another has endured a divorce in recent years has met their great love and is starting a life with them in an amazing new city.

An immediate family member is crushing goals not in their name but in the name of serving what they know God put them on the planet to do.

And me? Well, I spent the evening on a long walk with my husband reveling in this joy from people we love somuchand turning this inspiration into goals and plans and choices for us. Individually, together, fulfillment is a priority. And happening.

Here’s the deal: only have people in your life that you are absolutely crazy about. People you cheer on at every turn, the ones you pick up when they crumble, rally around and toast when they have a big win and do the same for you. It’s not that life is too short for the alternative (although it is) but life is just so much better with people you love with all your might. When you leave from interactions with these heartbeats feeling full to the brim. It matters and it’s worth it. Loving fully and loving well is always worth it.

And the golden state in the pic above? I am heading to Houston to love on some friends later this week and I can’t wait to be with these girls in a state I seriously love. Texas (and friends and queso and belly laughs) forever.


26 07 2014


High heels- check. Leopard print clutch- check. Last minute miracle reservation at Nico Osteria- check.

On most Friday nights, I want to be on my couch with takeout sushi. But there are some Friday nights that call for an on the town, real, live date. We needed to get out.

So we did. And it was fantastic.

Link Love

25 07 2014


Despite being Italian, I never really got Italian Ice. After going to Anthony’s last night…I get it. 2 scoops, chocolate and coconuts- do it.

Cheeky Chicago is hooking you up with rooms at the Swissotel for $109 a night. Last minute vacay (or staycay), anyone?

Travel has made such an impact on my life and I am so excited for the “adult” travel plans we have for the next few years but this list of travel experiences you have in your 20s…yup. Spot on. And awesome.

I don’t hate celebrity lifestyle websites for the sake of hating celebrity lifestyle websites and I really like Blake Lively…but I am not sure what the hell is happening over at Preserve.

Coobah is closing. I just…I know Coalfire is opening but…my neighborhood caipirinhas and queso fundido!

I had the most amazing kale salad at Blue Door this week and I can’t stop thinking about it. I hope to go back this weekend and add the blueberry pie to my order. :)

Strawberry Chia Jam

24 07 2014


Fresh berries. 3 tablespoons chia seeds. Maple syrup to sweeten. Cook down and stir for about 15 minutes. Fresh jam.

File this under the easiest thing to come out of my kitchen ever.

I love summer.

The Bouqs

22 07 2014

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI love flowers and, for as long as I can remember, I have made a point to pick up a fresh bouquet every week or two. It’s the simplest thing I can think of to brighten up a room or a mood. The same goes for when I need to send a gift- flowers are always the first thing I think of but if I am not familiar with a florist in the area and online deals end up being a bajillion times more expensive than advertised (looking at you, FTD), I end up going with a Plan B.

Enter The Bouqs, an online flower company that ships gorgeous bouquets for the flat rate of $40. When I first heard of The Bouqs, the whole eco-friendly, grown on the side of an active volcano thing, while super cool, didn’t entirely lure me…I just wanted to know 1) was this really going to cost $40? 2) travelling from such a distance, would they still be alive? 3) would they look remotely like the photos on the website? 

Answer? Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

My flowers arrived packaged within an inch of their life, gorgeous, bright and 6 days later, they are still going strong. AND it really was only $40 for everything- flowers, shipping, volcano transport, whatever. Awesome. And there’s a feature where you can set up flowers to be sent based on special occasion (if tend to forget birthdays or like to plan ahead) or every week/month if you want to get someone used to being treated to blooms all the time. I bring my grandma flowers every time I see her but as that isn’t as often as I like, Hazel might find herself enrolled in the monthly plan…

Check out The Bouq’s here and use the code WELCOME15 for 15% off your order.

This post has been done in partnership with The Bouq’s but all opinions and experiences are entirely mine. 

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One Month

21 07 2014


It’s been a month since Ryan and I got married and said our sacred vows in front of the housekeeper.


Our ceremony was beautiful and in this beautiful chapel downtown that just takes my breath away. Our officiant was a lovely woman who tended to forget things. Like our marriage certificate. And having us say the vows we wrote.

The morning of our wedding, we went for a swim and to the spa at The Langham for a little down time. I can’t say enough how important this was- we started the day calm, relaxed, and together. I sat in a heated chair reading Vanity Fair for 30 minutes. Amazing. So when the things that inevitably come up, came up (late flowers, hair taking longer than planned), there was no stress or drama around my reaction- it was what it was and would be fine. Which it will be. Always.

We were in our suite preparing to go our separate ways when Ryan got nervous about the vows and requested we go over them. So we recited our vows to each other while wearing hotel robes, barefoot, and while the super sweet housekeeper was straightening up the room for the day. She came out from the bedroom to this scene, the only time I cried all day, and exclaimed “you two are so cute!”. An unexpected moment but one I will remember for all of my days.

So those were our self-written wedding vows. To have and to hold and to support golf hobbies and green juice and morning walks and never forgetting that loving each other is the very best thing we do. They never saw the inside of that chapel and a month later, I still wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve never done perfection well but love…we’ve got that one down.

Link Love

18 07 2014


I love Lindsay Letters and her beautiful, inspiring prints…and her Christmas shop is on sale through the end of the month. The “Oh Holy Night” canvas will finally be mine!

Champagne, sailing and beautiful weather in store this weekend- A Shore Thing is the only thing that could get me to Navy Pier.

Sheffield Garden Walk is always my favorite summer fest and it has two stages this year!

Speaking of summer festivals, this is the time when I realize summer is half over and I have yet to make a picnic and head to Millennium Park. Time is ticking for the Grant Park Music Festival.

And on that picnic, I will bring this Summer Peach and Balsamic Pizza. Yum.

30 career moves to make by the time you are 30 from The Everygirl.

Sometimes I wish that someone could just bring me ice cream the second I want it. Today, Uber will do just that, 11-5pm in select cities, ice cream to your door.

Happy Friday!

(Mug via the Shauna Shop at Lindsay Letters)


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