We're back from Turks and Caicos and I'm not kidding when I say it was the most relaxed we've been in almost four years! Between COVID times and "family trips" [not vacations, as the saying goes], it's been difficult to sneak away just the two of us and really disconnect so this time together was much needed and quite special.
Author: Kara Vallari
Chicagoland Christmas Tree Farm Reviews
We’ve now tried three different Christmas tree farms in the Chicagoland area in an attempt to find one with good quality trees and all the bells and whistles to put you in the holiday spirit. I don’t know if any are “the one” but I’m happy to share what we liked and didn’t like about each and will continue to update this post each year as we try new spots out.
Roundup of the Best Black Friday Sales
Fall Family Photo Outfit Ideas
It's that time of the year again - fall family photos! Each year we try to take ours in October to capture the beautiful changing leaves and also have them ready to go for holiday cards come late November. I don't know about you all but for me, selecting coordinating outfits for the entire family can be stressful so I wanted to share a few ideas for inspiration.
Paris Itinerary With Kids
We arrived in Paris mid-afternoon via train from Amsterdam Centraal to Paris Gare du Nord [almost 3 hours]. By some miracle, the girls had their best train ride of the entire trip. They played quietly with their toys and then Isla fell asleep without fuss for the entire second half. We also had an almost private car literally next to the baby changing station - win win. The rest of our travels were not nearly this smooth. From the train station, we caught a taxi right out front to take us to our hotel in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris. There we quickly dropped our bags, freshened up and set out to explore Paris.
Father’s Day Gift Guide
KV Book Review: The Rose Code
Is Harbour Island Kid Friendly?
We are back from what we hope will become an annual family trip to Harbour Island in the Bahamas! This is our second trip to Harbour Island - we were last there in 2019 for our baby moon when I was pregnant with Palmer - and while I'm typically all in favor of exploring new destinations, we purposely chose to go back knowing we were traveling with the girls.
Easter Basket Inspo
Best 2022 President’s Day Weekend Sales
This is my second year doing a roundup of all President's Day weekend sales and I have to say, it's fascinating to see how the sales fluctuate year to year. For the most part, sales aren't as good this year but a few brands are consistent including adidas, Aerie, Gap, Janie & Jack - just to name a few.