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99-Year-Old Lady Sews A Dress A Day For Children In Need 

Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.

Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.



(via xoemmanicole)

Back to School Prep

Hi Mama’s - need some recommendations for some back to school gear for the kiddos!

  • Labels- I have ordered from Mabel’s before, but any other recs?
  • Backpacks- C has a great PBK backpack, but I want something a little larger for Noah to add his blanket and a few other items. Any faves? Something stylish, durable and preferably a bit less mainstream. Lots of Skip Hop ones in class!


I’m Alive

Time has seriously escaped me. The past month has been a complete blur- so much has happened. We embarked upon our suburban migration at the end of July and it’s been a crazy few weeks!

Here are the highlights  low-lights of the past month:

  • 30 minutes prior to our long scheduled early morning move, our movers cancelled on us. Thank you, Golan’s!
  • While we were waiting for our belongings to arrive, I smelled gas, and the gas company arrived promptly and detected two slight leaks! The prior owners didn’t cap their laundry gas line when they took their dryer! 
  • Stuck on the Metra for 3 hours due to a passenger incident, oh this was my second time on the train! 
  • Nanny quit the next day (happy for her though since she got a FT job in her field).
  • Scramble to find new child care/schooling alternative, throwing a wrench into previous arrangements.
  • Family illness - my 1 year old nephew had to have emergency surgery last week (he’s got discharged today and is doing well), two family members battling cancer and my godfather is very ill. 

Despite all of the hurdles, I am extremely grateful for the health of my family and for my parents who generously devoted two weeks of their time to indulge us and the kids. They watched the kids while we worked, unpacked boxes, assembled everything from a Little Tikes car to patio furniture, and truly realized how crazy and fearless my nearly 2 yr old is! Fence can’t get here soon enough! 


Loving Lately

The kids are finally asleep and I am counting down the minutes until RHONJ begins! Today was super exhausting- spent the day cleaning out the kids closets and drawers and organized/put away many of their toys. Also took care of multiple loads of laundry and cleaning. The move is creeping up and I am trying to tackle as much as possible everyday.

Anyway- here is a list of things I am loving lately:

2014/2015 Agendas: I usually am a MomAgenda loyalist, but the Kate Spade agenda was adorable and so I thought I would check it out. Though, I really would love Emily Ley’s simplified planner but it is Jan-Dec.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Admittedly, my list of items I need want was much thinner this year, thought it was meh. Better for my pocketbook, but I did manage to pick up a few items: Zoli cups for the kids, are essentially 2 for 1 (good deal), and I stocked up on a pair of Zella capri’s, jeans, a sweater. Most excited for this adorable sangria beverage dispenser—-

Came across these two food blogs and love! LeanneCooks has a free pdf cookbook on her site (she was featured in Food52 last week & is a Canadian from my hometown who now lives in NY). Bubblegirlbakes has great GF recipes & she also developed her very own GF flour!

What are you loving lately?

Random Musings

Currently Loving:

Not so much:

  • My World Cup Bracket
  • Recent dining experience at Bottlefork- good company, meh food, ambience.
  • Packing
Apart from the day to day routine, we’ve been consumed with a host of other tasks since we are moving! After years of being city folk, we are making the suburban migration. Truth be told, we are elated! We are bursting at the seams and I long for organization, space and order. The nice thing about Chicago, is that the suburbs don’t feel as much like Siberia as they do in other cities. It’s a quick train ride downtown, and well driving is a different story, but whatever. I’m sure once I’m settled, my thoughts are bound to change, but we have slowly eased into this transition over the past few years. Now with school on the horizon, a good community with a solid education system is our priority. Our family is looking forward to forging new friendships, and we are especially thrilled for our kids to grow up with the same friends. The transiency of cities has made that challenging at times. 
For those who have made the exodus from city to suburb, what did you find most challenging? What do you enjoy most? And most importantly, any guidance? Local Movers? Suggestions welcome.