We went and got our Christmas tree on Sunday! Growing up, my family always had real trees, I’ve never had a fake one. It’s a nice family tradition to go pick out a tree every year, and I feel like candles just can’t compare to the smell of a fresh tree. People always ask us where do you even get trees in the city, but there are actually a bunch of parking lots they turn into “tree farms” or there are websites you can get them delivered. Last year we actually got our tree from Whole Foods and this year we went to the lot right by the Hard Rock Cafe on Clark/Ontario. They had a big selection and a variety of sizes. I love the tree we picked out.
Kennedy and I wore our matching beanies again and I can’t get over how cute her little Ugg boots are with the bows in the back. For winters in Chicago, Hunter Boots are a must for me. I remember the 2nd time Russell and I visited Chicago, it was a freezing March weekend and the streets were so slushy that I ruined the winter boots I had on. My feet were totally soaked so we went in Nordstrom and that is when I got my first pair of Hunters. These fleece liners keep your feet so warm and I’ll never walk through the city when it’s snowing out in anything else. Below are our outfit details and link.
TGIF and happy December! I’m super excited to do so many holiday traditions with Kennedy this month. I actually bought Kennedy this coat when I was pregnant with her last fall and I couldn’t wait for her to grow into it (they restocked it for this year here). Below I’m sharing some other matching coat options that are perfect for winter.
I still can’t believe Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than a month away now! There’s so many fun holiday things around the city that I’m excited to do with Kennedy this year. Going to get hot cocoa at the Christkindlmarket, taking her to see Santa, and the Lincoln Park zoo lights are at the top of the list. After living in the city a few years now, I know that a warm hat and gloves are a must, especially walking around in the evenings after the sun goes down. I’ve been on the hunt for some matching beanies for Kennedy and I. These hats from Amazon are so cute and I couldn’t believe how inexpensive the set is! I featured some pictures of us in the black ones, but also may have ordered them in a few other colors because I liked them so much 🙂
Below I put together some of our other favorite matching options from various sites.
Even though, I feel like we barely had a fall here in Chicago, one day last week when it wasn’t super cold I took Kennedy to the park. All the colors on the tress were so pretty. Kennedy had so much fun watching the squirrels (which she called doggies, lol). She was obsessed with playing in the leaves, she would just contunuiously pick them up then throw then down. When it was time to go, she cried because she didn’t want to stop playing in the leaves.
I can’t get enough of oversized sweaters right now. Both of our sweaters here are from last winter, but below I linked some similar ones and listed a bunch of our favorites!
Her actual birthday was over a week ago now, but I wanted to share some pics and details from Kennedy’s birthday party. I had so much fun planning and decorating.
From the moment we found out I was pregnant with a girl, I couldn’t wait to throw a super pink birthday party. Kennedy’s absolute favorite food are pickles, its pretty funny how obsessed she is with them. So a few months ago, Russell and I joked we should do a pickle theme birthday party, and the more I thought about it, I realized it would be super cute to combine the 2 ideas and have Princess and Pickles birthday!
Happy Halloween! Quick post with some photos from our pumpkin patch visits this month. We stopped at the stand on Clark/Ontario in the city and then also made a trip out to the suburbs to Sunny Acre Farms. I was really impressed with Sunny Acre Farms. There is so much to do for kids – food stands, rides, games, petting zoo, hay rides, gift shops, and more. They also do a whole Christmas market/tree farm in December and I think we might go to that this winter because I can’t believe how nice they had it setup for Halloween. Kennedy just woke up from a nap so that’s why she is zoning out in some of these photos. haha! She was so obsessed with playing with leaves though, that’s all she wanted to do. Russ carved Kennedy’s first pumpkin for her and I attempted to roast the seeds, but actually got them a little too crispy. We dressed Kennedy and the dogs up in their Lion costumes on Saturday (check out my insta for pics) and went to the little Halloween festival at a park down the street, but it freezing so we didn’t stay long. Overall it was a fun weekend, especially because OSU won and our ‘Nittany Lion tamer’ costumers were worth it. 🙂
I know I said I was ready for cooler temperatures, but wow did it get cold in the city fast! I’m definitely ready for layering sweaters, but I wasn’t prepared to have to bust my winter coat and uggs out yesterday. When I saw this light pink vest in Zara for Kennedy, there was no way I could pass it up. I think I say that about something every time we go in Zara, but they seriously have the cutest stuff for babies! The last few winters I’ve been buying a ton of sweaters from H&M. They aren’t super expensive and I like that a lot of them are already oversized so you don’t usually have to size up. I also got this sweater in gray because I loved it so much.
Happy Fall! It’s finally starting to get cooler and feel like fall in the city now. I really love this jacket from Zara! It’s super lightweight and it can go with almost anything! Lately, I’ve been very into backpacks. I’ve gotten to the point where I realize I don’t need a fully packed diaper bag everytime we leave the apartment. It’s easier to have a smaller bag, and especially since Kennedy is climbing/constantly on the move, it’s nice to have both hands free and I don’t have to worry about a bag falling off my shoulder.
I realized I haven’t posted in a while, but it’s been a busy last 3 weeks for us. It feels like we have been traveling non-stop and I’ve taken this week to finally try to get unpacked and get back into a normal routine. Even though I am so ready to start wearing my sweaters and boots, it’s be hard to do with the weather being in the 70s and 80s. I know I am breaking the “no white after labor day rule,” but I really couldn’t resist on such a nice day over by the lake. Kennedy is getting super close to walking and I was so excited when I saw that Salt Water sandals makes shoes for babies too. They are so comfy and I wore them our whole vacation at the beach. (They run a little large so size down/ the sizing is also sort of strange in general, I think I actually ordered a kids size, even though I wear a size 8 in womens). For this post, I’ll do a 10 things since I have alot to say about life lately.
Even though today is technically the first day of fall, I’m not quite ready to bust out the sweaters and boots just yet (and especially not with this 90 degree Chicago weather!). Since we still have a few hot weekends left, I thought I would share some photos from the beach and some of our favorite baby/kid friendly things we did this summer in the city.