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ZELCHELLA: Zelda’s Epic Birthday Party at the Swissôtel

I love nothing more than planning a party. I’m sure the thought of birthday party planning makes many of you cringe but I find it so therapeutic. Crazy? I know, but it is my thing! When it comes to Zelda I can never hold back -- last year we threw an epic Lisa Frank beach bash and everyone …

Happy Birthday Zelda! Watch Her Birth Story

On July 20th, 2014 we welcomed Baby Zelda into the world. Take a peek into the most magical day of our lives. From waxing my fiancé's legs so he could share in my contraction pain, to Zelda's first glimpse of the world, it was a day we will never forget. Spiro and I made a decision that we wanted the …

Radio Flyer Presents Smile, Chicago!

Remember when Radio Flyer swooped into town over spring and opened the most magical Adventure Travel Agency for Kids? This is going to be even better than that! To celebrate their 100th Anniversary Radio Flyer is hosting a day of celebration that includes the World’s Largest Wagon (officially documented in the Guinness Book of …

20 Items From My Baby Registry That I Actually Used

Having your first child can be extremely overwhelming, especially when it comes to your baby registry. Your friends will all have an opinion about what you need and it’s important to know that every parenting style is different. Just because something was the golden ticket for your best friend, doesn’t mean it will be for you. When I was preparing …

Sh*t Nobody Tells You About Potty Training

Three Things I Learned in the First Month of Potty Training: 1. Whether it be a nanny, a babysitter or your husband, make sure that everyone who cares for your child is involved in the process and understands your goals. If you have a no diaper rule everyone needs to follow it and be on the same page, otherwise it can …

Codeverse’s Summer Coding Camp

It’s insane how quickly everything is changing around us. In my youth, when someone inquired about a future career choice I typically heard others respond that they wanted to be a veterinarian, doctor or maybe even a firefighter. I never heard anyone say they wanted to be a computer engineer, a programmer or even a blogger. It makes me think, …

UNICEF’s Kid Power Campaign

I believe teaching our children to be compassionate and caring towards others is one of the most important lessons we can teach them. We live in a world where every time we turn on the news it seems like we see something awful that in many cases could have been prevented if someone had spoken up. …

Potty Training: The First 72 Hours

Three Things I’ve Learned in the First 72 Hours 1. Public restrooms are terrifying – hey, they scare me too. Get yourself a portable potty, something that you can easily travel with on the go so it doesn’t disrupt the hard work you’ve put in. 2. Don’t ask your child if they would like to go to the bathroom. Instead, tell them …
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The Kid’s Suite at the Swissotel

Zelda and I fell in love with Swissotel during the holidays last year, when we visited their insane Santa Suite. Since then we have been waiting for another opportunity to visit, and when I offered to take on my girlfriend's son for the weekend only to find out a few days later that I would be doing …

10 Things to Do Before Easter

I’ve been having so much fun curating Zelda’s Easter basket this year. I got her the most adorable little pail at Target and have been spending the past week or so selecting items I know she’ll love to put inside. (Think a bubble gun, a candy charm necklace, a popsicle coin purse …
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