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People show their true colors unintentionally. Pay attention.💡

People show their true colors unintentionally. Pay attention.💡

168 5 30 minutes ago
We are soaking up the last week of summer vacation! Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Millenium Park and The Art Institute. We were on the go and I left home with a bag full of @kindsnacks⁣ Simple Crunch bars and Kind Kids chewy bars which will be perfect for Back to School!
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#bekindtoyourself and choose the option that’s both delicious and wholesome. These @kindsnacks KIND Kids bars contain 100% whole grains and my kids can’t get enough of the Chewy Chocolate Chip Flavor. ⁣ ⁣
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SPECIAL OFFER: Click the link in my bio and use code URBAN20 for 20% off your entire order at Kindsnacks.com. Lean on @kindsnacks to help get your kids through the day! ⁣
#Sponsored #KINDPartner

We are soaking up the last week of summer vacation! Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Millenium Park and The Art Institute. We were on the go and I left home with a bag full of @kindsnacks⁣ Simple Crunch bars and Kind Kids chewy bars which will be perfect for Back to School!

#bekindtoyourself and choose the option that’s both delicious and wholesome. These @kindsnacks KIND Kids bars contain 100% whole grains and my kids can’t get enough of the Chewy Chocolate Chip Flavor. ⁣ ⁣

SPECIAL OFFER: Click the link in my bio and use code URBAN20 for 20% off your entire order at Kindsnacks.com. Lean on @kindsnacks to help get your kids through the day! ⁣
#Sponsored #KINDPartner

62 10 5 hours ago
Historic venue + an amazing vendor team + a bride who trusts them = magic. ✨⠀
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I can’t believe this wedding season is over halfway done! 🙃 We are on the final stretch and it feels like we were just swimming in lilac blooms! ⠀
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This wedding was full of all my favorites. Lily of the valley, butterfly ranunculus and tons of tulips. I always say spring flowers are my favorite, but now it’s dahlia season 😏. Ask me in a month and I’ll be in love with all things fall! ⠀

Historic venue + an amazing vendor team + a bride who trusts them = magic. ✨⠀
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I can’t believe this wedding season is over halfway done! 🙃 We are on the final stretch and it feels like we were just swimming in lilac blooms! ⠀
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This wedding was full of all my favorites. Lily of the valley, butterfly ranunculus and tons of tulips. I always say spring flowers are my favorite, but now it’s dahlia season 😏. Ask me in a month and I’ll be in love with all things fall! ⠀

81 3 5 hours ago
I think 🤔 I’m getting in the rhythm of being a work at home mom let me explain 
So y’all did has been just having after fit after fit. With him having all these fits it has made it superrrr hard for me to work but ohhhh noo. I have been getting up at 7am sometimes 6am finish client work. Work on my work. Drink my coffee in peace ✌🏾 then he wakes up ha. Get him going with activity so I can run him down then nap time 😴. He sleeps for 3 hours that’s when I  work And update y’all through stories on here lol. 
Working at home with a toddler can be a shiat storm ☔️ but keeping a schedule helps a lot. 
For the people that work from home who do y’all start y’all day? | #wahmlife #sahmomlife #freelancelife #smallbusinesswomen

I think 🤔 I’m getting in the rhythm of being a work at home mom let me explain
So y’all did has been just having after fit after fit. With him having all these fits it has made it superrrr hard for me to work but ohhhh noo. I have been getting up at 7am sometimes 6am finish client work. Work on my work. Drink my coffee in peace ✌🏾 then he wakes up ha. Get him going with activity so I can run him down then nap time 😴. He sleeps for 3 hours that’s when I work And update y’all through stories on here lol.
Working at home with a toddler can be a shiat storm ☔️ but keeping a schedule helps a lot.
For the people that work from home who do y’all start y’all day? | #wahmlife #sahmomlife #freelancelife #smallbusinesswomen

41 12 5 hours ago
My favorite part of Peru!🦙

My favorite part of Peru!🦙

58 5 5 hours ago
Chicago Sizzle Radio Outdoor Summer Showcase Concert Part 4 🔥08/22/2019
Noon-1:00pm Keeping it Hot at the City of Chicago Farmers Market🔥 Performing Tiny Chain Gang @tinychaingang Members @vantablacsol @willischillin @rebellegato @rizzi_konway @dj_hool 🔥 Performing Ridgio @ridgio_  Performing Keith Rob @iamkeithrob🔥 Performing Akbzar @akbzar_🔥 Performing EBE Kushy @scogang_kushy 🔥 Performing MG MARZ 
@mg_marz🔥 Performing and MC of event Jerulsam @hooksbyjerusalem RSVP on Chicago Sizzle Radio link in bio 🔥 50 W. Washington Street in Chicago🔥Hot Music in Chicago🔥 Chicago Sizzle Radio🔥 Hot Events🔥Hot Concerts🔥 Hot Contest🔥 Let Chicago Sizzle Radio pay one of your bills 💰Chicago’s Hot Spot🔥 Chicago Sizzle Radio🔥 .
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Chicago Sizzle Radio Outdoor Summer Showcase Concert Part 4 🔥08/22/2019
Noon-1:00pm Keeping it Hot at the City of Chicago Farmers Market🔥 Performing Tiny Chain Gang @tinychaingang Members @vantablacsol @willischillin @rebellegato @rizzi_konway @dj_hool 🔥 Performing Ridgio @ridgio_ Performing Keith Rob @iamkeithrob🔥 Performing Akbzar @akbzar_🔥 Performing EBE Kushy @scogang_kushy 🔥 Performing MG MARZ
@mg_marz🔥 Performing and MC of event Jerulsam @hooksbyjerusalem RSVP on Chicago Sizzle Radio link in bio 🔥 50 W. Washington Street in Chicago🔥Hot Music in Chicago🔥 Chicago Sizzle Radio🔥 Hot Events🔥Hot Concerts🔥 Hot Contest🔥 Let Chicago Sizzle Radio pay one of your bills 💰Chicago’s Hot Spot🔥 Chicago Sizzle Radio🔥 .
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25 0 5 hours ago
Yaaaasssss🙌🏽🙌🏻🙌🏾🙌🏼🙌🏿 Feeling this. What do you need to work on internally? A quote I heard years ago was “Alignment before action”.⠀
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Life is 90% alignment and 10% action. Get the inside right and the outside will fall into place.⠀
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Yaaaasssss🙌🏽🙌🏻🙌🏾🙌🏼🙌🏿 Feeling this. What do you need to work on internally? A quote I heard years ago was “Alignment before action”.⠀

And it always stuck.⠀

Life is 90% alignment and 10% action. Get the inside right and the outside will fall into place.⠀

LYG,⠀
Drew

59 2 5 hours ago
New post up on the blog, after a bit of a hiatus! I’m hoping I got my groove back. Go take a read!
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Here’s a selfie of my wearing my Elizabeth Warren shirt...I love her!
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#writersofinstagram #lgbtwriters #chicagoblogger #windycitybloggers #elizabethwarren #gaysforelizabethwarren #gayrights #wordsofwisdom

New post up on the blog, after a bit of a hiatus! I’m hoping I got my groove back. Go take a read!

Here’s a selfie of my wearing my Elizabeth Warren shirt...I love her!

#writersofinstagram #lgbtwriters #chicagoblogger #windycitybloggers #elizabethwarren #gaysforelizabethwarren #gayrights #wordsofwisdom

14 0 6 hours ago
Another one of my happy places...the snacks aisle @wholefoods 😋
Just ordered the other 2 colors this jumpsuit comes in because it is 🙌🏾 {and currently under $18} 🛍 via the link in my bio 
http://liketk.it/2Ej6R #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKcurves

Another one of my happy places...the snacks aisle @wholefoods 😋
Just ordered the other 2 colors this jumpsuit comes in because it is 🙌🏾 {and currently under $18} 🛍 via the link in my bio
http://liketk.it/2Ej6R #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKcurves

52 14 6 hours ago
What was my brother thinking when he forced me to get the picture on the left done? .

Ofcourse they wanted me to be married a All but look at that girl, she doesn’t look ready to be married. By that I mean, she doesn’t look happy, she was definitely going through depression and was ready to punch anyone in the nose lol
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But she changed, she came out of depression, she started to fall in love with herself, she’s healthy and carries good fat at good places, she’s confident and someone said that I am hella sassy 😎 .
Time changes, today’s ugly is tomorrow’s hottie. Don’t belittle anyone, you don’t know how life changes 👸🏻

What was my brother thinking when he forced me to get the picture on the left done? .

Ofcourse they wanted me to be married a All but look at that girl, she doesn’t look ready to be married. By that I mean, she doesn’t look happy, she was definitely going through depression and was ready to punch anyone in the nose lol
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But she changed, she came out of depression, she started to fall in love with herself, she’s healthy and carries good fat at good places, she’s confident and someone said that I am hella sassy 😎 .
Time changes, today’s ugly is tomorrow’s hottie. Don’t belittle anyone, you don’t know how life changes 👸🏻

107 52 6 hours ago
yeah i’m in my ~carryon~ bag but i’m in his too 🧳⚡️// check out the link in my bio for a 48 hour chicago city guide by @lojeltravel ft. one of my fav restaurants in the city @somersetchicago 😋 [ps. be sure to check out their amazingly minimal pieces while you’re there 😏] #DBxChi #ad

yeah i’m in my ~carryon~ bag but i’m in his too 🧳⚡️// check out the link in my bio for a 48 hour chicago city guide by @lojeltravel ft. one of my fav restaurants in the city @somersetchicago 😋 [ps. be sure to check out their amazingly minimal pieces while you’re there 😏] #DBxChi #ad

215 9 6 hours ago
Into the woods (aka Glencoe) to see the show at Writers Theatre tonight! And home way after dark because it’s a long but fantastic show! #intothewoodswt #writertheatre

Into the woods (aka Glencoe) to see the show at Writers Theatre tonight! And home way after dark because it’s a long but fantastic show! #intothewoodswt #writertheatre

35 1 6 hours ago
It's around this time every year that I start planning for the next!  I have BIG changes in store that I can't wait to share with you.  They have me nervous and excited (but mainly excited!!) The best part is I have some special help to get it all done thanks to Suree!

It's around this time every year that I start planning for the next! I have BIG changes in store that I can't wait to share with you. They have me nervous and excited (but mainly excited!!) The best part is I have some special help to get it all done thanks to Suree!

165 22 6 hours ago
There is nothing more exciting than exploring new places! So many new smells, sounds, furry floors and... oh hi mom!! 👋🏻

There is nothing more exciting than exploring new places! So many new smells, sounds, furry floors and... oh hi mom!! 👋🏻

39 5 7 hours ago
1 word: OOPS! -  1 emotion: 😩⁣
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I am posting this to help you avoid the same fate, on this Tiara-less Tuesday!⁣
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If you pack, hang, fold, store a dyed fabric too closely next to another garment (in this case a red leather-look moto jacket made of a 100% polyurethane shell / 100% polyester lining and backing)...⁣
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IT WILL BLEED onto the lighter one!⁣
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How MIGHT you be able to save the tainted garment like this?⁣
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-  ACT QUICKLY and Treat IMMEDIATELY with detergent, let it sit for 20 minutes then wash as label indicates. Using glycerin soap straight up is best. Repeat again, if stain is still hanging around.⁣ ⁣
- As a last resort, create a baking soda/water paste for a gentle scrub. *Be sure to always test any cleaning agents on an inconspicuous area of the garment. ⁣
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Be warned, this may alter the look and feel of the fabric, if it comes out at all.⁣
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Now, HOW can you PREVENT this from happening to you, too? ⁣
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- Store in a good quality garment bag like the natural cotton hanging bags from @containerstore or acid free tissue paper. ⁣
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An even cheaper/free storage hack is even a plastic sleeve from your last dry cleaning batch.⁣
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I bought this fun (and admittedly super cheap, in every sense of the word) jacket in June. I have worn it once. *Insert 😭 here⁣
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I am pretty sure it's dead but I am going to try and revive it with a couple of other Hail Mary-esque hacks (and I may even pray the rosary while I do it!)⁣
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I'll post updates in Stories on if this one can be saved or if all is lost (so dramatic, but ya know, red moto jacket got me like 🤦🏼‍♀️😩 )⁣

1 word: OOPS! - 1 emotion: 😩⁣

I am posting this to help you avoid the same fate, on this Tiara-less Tuesday!⁣

If you pack, hang, fold, store a dyed fabric too closely next to another garment (in this case a red leather-look moto jacket made of a 100% polyurethane shell / 100% polyester lining and backing)...⁣

IT WILL BLEED onto the lighter one!⁣

How MIGHT you be able to save the tainted garment like this?⁣

- ACT QUICKLY and Treat IMMEDIATELY with detergent, let it sit for 20 minutes then wash as label indicates. Using glycerin soap straight up is best. Repeat again, if stain is still hanging around.⁣ ⁣
- As a last resort, create a baking soda/water paste for a gentle scrub. *Be sure to always test any cleaning agents on an inconspicuous area of the garment. ⁣

Be warned, this may alter the look and feel of the fabric, if it comes out at all.⁣


Now, HOW can you PREVENT this from happening to you, too? ⁣


- Store in a good quality garment bag like the natural cotton hanging bags from @containerstore or acid free tissue paper. ⁣

An even cheaper/free storage hack is even a plastic sleeve from your last dry cleaning batch.⁣

I bought this fun (and admittedly super cheap, in every sense of the word) jacket in June. I have worn it once. *Insert 😭 here⁣

I am pretty sure it's dead but I am going to try and revive it with a couple of other Hail Mary-esque hacks (and I may even pray the rosary while I do it!)⁣

I'll post updates in Stories on if this one can be saved or if all is lost (so dramatic, but ya know, red moto jacket got me like 🤦🏼‍♀️😩 )⁣

10 6 8 hours ago
It’s allllll happening! 💛 The first three episodes of The Windy City Nanny will be live tomorrow! I am so excited to finally be sharing this project with you all––it’s become a huge part of who I am. ⁠⠀
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#webseries #premiere #windycitynanny #chicago #chitown #girlboss #magnificentmile #dreamcometrue #buildyourvillage #letlovein #4g #momtribe #nannylife #author #entrepreneur⁠

It’s allllll happening! 💛 The first three episodes of The Windy City Nanny will be live tomorrow! I am so excited to finally be sharing this project with you all––it’s become a huge part of who I am. ⁠⠀
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#webseries #premiere #windycitynanny #chicago #chitown #girlboss #magnificentmile #dreamcometrue #buildyourvillage #letlovein #4g #momtribe #nannylife #author #entrepreneur

87 23 9 hours ago
Stop and smell the sunflowers!🌻 I love quick roadtrips to get away from the crowds and busy-ness of Chicago. Found this cute family owned farm you can stroll through, take pictures, and pick your own flowers. Admission is only $5 and it’s about a 1.5hr drive from Chicago. | 📍Oak Rest Farm, Burlington, WI

Stop and smell the sunflowers!🌻 I love quick roadtrips to get away from the crowds and busy-ness of Chicago. Found this cute family owned farm you can stroll through, take pictures, and pick your own flowers. Admission is only $5 and it’s about a 1.5hr drive from Chicago. | 📍Oak Rest Farm, Burlington, WI

68 2 9 hours ago
9 years ago was our first date at the @cubs game. Why? I’m not sure, Manny is a Sox fan and baseball isn’t my fav. 🤷🏼‍♀️ But I guess it worked because👆🏼...😜. I do think baseball games are one of the best date spots in Chicago. Where are your favorite places around town for dates? I’m working on planning our next date now and I want to try something different! What should we do?! #chicago #wrigleyfield #chicagomom #chicagofamily #chicagoshots

9 years ago was our first date at the @cubs game. Why? I’m not sure, Manny is a Sox fan and baseball isn’t my fav. 🤷🏼‍♀️ But I guess it worked because👆🏼...😜. I do think baseball games are one of the best date spots in Chicago. Where are your favorite places around town for dates? I’m working on planning our next date now and I want to try something different! What should we do?! #chicago #wrigleyfield #chicagomom #chicagofamily #chicagoshots

221 63 9 hours ago
catch me being incomprehensibly glam in the gold tinted sunglasses from @zennioptical - affordable and with the potential to feature your prescription, you’ll be able to see everyone staring as you walk by because you’re so 🔥 ..... like actually. look at me. .
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#chicitygirls #chicagogrammers #discoverunder10k #discoverunder5k #windycitybloggers #chicagofashion #palmbffs #palmcrew23 #seeksimplicity #momentsofchic #iadorewhatiwore #flashesofdelight #explorechicago #urbanstyle #UOonyou #UOchicago #mystylediary #wearthisnext #prettylittleinspo #blondesandcookies #ootdbloggers #amazonfashion #amazoninfluencer #travelphotography #ad #justgotmyzennis #zennista

catch me being incomprehensibly glam in the gold tinted sunglasses from @zennioptical - affordable and with the potential to feature your prescription, you’ll be able to see everyone staring as you walk by because you’re so 🔥 ..... like actually. look at me. .
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#chicitygirls #chicagogrammers #discoverunder10k #discoverunder5k #windycitybloggers #chicagofashion #palmbffs #palmcrew23 #seeksimplicity #momentsofchic #iadorewhatiwore #flashesofdelight #explorechicago #urbanstyle #UOonyou #UOchicago #mystylediary #wearthisnext #prettylittleinspo #blondesandcookies #ootdbloggers #amazonfashion #amazoninfluencer #travelphotography #ad #justgotmyzennis #zennista

188 26 9 hours ago
CLOSED! 👍🏼👊🏼👌🏼 #RCRRS did it again! 40 E. 9th St Unit 1011
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CLOSED! 👍🏼👊🏼👌🏼 #RCRRS did it again! 40 E. 9th St Unit 1011
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20 3 10 hours ago
Summer in Chicago 💕💃🎶🎀

Summer in Chicago 💕💃🎶🎀

605 18 10 hours ago
As adults, I think it’s important to have hobbies, passions, and goals outside of work and family. Easier said than done, I know, but I want you to ✨tell me your hobbies or goals in the comments.✨
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For me, ever since I was in fifth grade, I wanted to be a published author. I have written countless short stories, poems, songs, letters, blog posts, academic papers. I’ve started novels over the years and didn’t have the momentum to make it past page 50.⁣
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So what did I do? I put that goal on the back burner, because if something starts to stress and overwhelm me, it’s not worth it for me to pursue at this point in my life. Instead, a focused my energy elsewhere, where my greatest source of inspiration lies. With my children. ⁣
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I cannot wait to share my first children’s book with you, and if you would like to get your copy, pre-orders close today! Just click the link in my bio .⁣
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Hopefully I will find myself spending lots of time at @boxedandburlap in my future, the perfect place for writing ✍️ ⁣
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#thesewordsareforyou #indieauthor #childrensbookauthor #lakelife #chicagoishmoms #chicagoblogger #lakegeneva #windycityblogger#windycitybloggers #chicagomom

As adults, I think it’s important to have hobbies, passions, and goals outside of work and family. Easier said than done, I know, but I want you to ✨tell me your hobbies or goals in the comments.✨

For me, ever since I was in fifth grade, I wanted to be a published author. I have written countless short stories, poems, songs, letters, blog posts, academic papers. I’ve started novels over the years and didn’t have the momentum to make it past page 50.⁣

So what did I do? I put that goal on the back burner, because if something starts to stress and overwhelm me, it’s not worth it for me to pursue at this point in my life. Instead, a focused my energy elsewhere, where my greatest source of inspiration lies. With my children. ⁣

I cannot wait to share my first children’s book with you, and if you would like to get your copy, pre-orders close today! Just click the link in my bio .⁣

Hopefully I will find myself spending lots of time at @boxedandburlap in my future, the perfect place for writing ✍️ ⁣

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#thesewordsareforyou #indieauthor #childrensbookauthor #lakelife #chicagoishmoms #chicagoblogger #lakegeneva #windycityblogger #windycitybloggers #chicagomom

57 13 11 hours ago
Oh you thought that just because I’m home from Europe that means I’m going to stop posting pics? That’s cute. #sorrynotsorry ☺️ Had so much fun in Vienna + Prague and I’m happy to be home, BUT mommin’ while jetlagged ain’t easy! #sendhelp

Also, this pic was taken at Naschmarkt (in Vienna) and it is the coolest outdoor market with restaurants, shops, and fruit stands. Swipe to see the pretty fruit! 😍

Oh you thought that just because I’m home from Europe that means I’m going to stop posting pics? That’s cute. #sorrynotsorry ☺️ Had so much fun in Vienna + Prague and I’m happy to be home, BUT mommin’ while jetlagged ain’t easy! #sendhelp

Also, this pic was taken at Naschmarkt (in Vienna) and it is the coolest outdoor market with restaurants, shops, and fruit stands. Swipe to see the pretty fruit! 😍

104 11 12 hours ago
Decided to do a long post instead of a blog post today because I just needed to get it all out. 
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I’m not the person that needs every photo to be glamorous or perfectly filtered, but I do not like selfies. I don’t think I’m good at them or that they hit any flattering angles, which is exactly why I’m posting this. 
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There were soooo many negative body image thoughts going through my head during Zumba. All in some way induced by me or my anxiety. Worries about what other people thought about me. What I think about myself... I’ll spare the exact thoughts as I don’t want to trigger anyone else, but MY GOD they were awful. 
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I guess I say all this because I don’t want you to think that because I’m spreading the word on #HAES and #bodypositivity that I don’t have days where I wish I could put myself in a box. Days where I don’t feel worthy because I’m not thin and know I never will be. I’m also sharing this to get the thoughts out of my head and into reality where I know 99.99% of all people have at least one day of week with these same type of thoughts. 
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We’re all human and #intentoverimage reminded me of that 💕
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What can I do to support you on the days that suck? For me it’s people saying “that’s okay, I’m here for you”. When people say “but you look so good or you don’t look fat” it doesn’t make it better, so what do you look for?

Decided to do a long post instead of a blog post today because I just needed to get it all out.
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I’m not the person that needs every photo to be glamorous or perfectly filtered, but I do not like selfies. I don’t think I’m good at them or that they hit any flattering angles, which is exactly why I’m posting this.
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There were soooo many negative body image thoughts going through my head during Zumba. All in some way induced by me or my anxiety. Worries about what other people thought about me. What I think about myself... I’ll spare the exact thoughts as I don’t want to trigger anyone else, but MY GOD they were awful.
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I guess I say all this because I don’t want you to think that because I’m spreading the word on #HAES and #bodypositivity that I don’t have days where I wish I could put myself in a box. Days where I don’t feel worthy because I’m not thin and know I never will be. I’m also sharing this to get the thoughts out of my head and into reality where I know 99.99% of all people have at least one day of week with these same type of thoughts.
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We’re all human and #intentoverimage reminded me of that 💕
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What can I do to support you on the days that suck? For me it’s people saying “that’s okay, I’m here for you”. When people say “but you look so good or you don’t look fat” it doesn’t make it better, so what do you look for?

156 51 13 hours ago
Printed sets and puffer sleeves, think I found my uniform for fall 🤔// What items are you guys excited to pull out the closet for the new season? 🍂🍁 #ootd #fallstyle #blackgirlfly #chicagoblogger 📷: @hannahschweissphotography

Printed sets and puffer sleeves, think I found my uniform for fall 🤔// What items are you guys excited to pull out the closet for the new season? 🍂🍁 #ootd #fallstyle #blackgirlfly #chicagoblogger 📷: @hannahschweissphotography

331 34 14 hours ago
only one month into wedding planning and my head is already spinning 🙃

only one month into wedding planning and my head is already spinning 🙃

423 45 14 hours ago
I can remember this time last year, when I was originally planning on releasing my candles, having a conversation with my parents. They started showing me business cards and products from other soy candle makers that they met at different festivals. At the time, I was uninterested because I was focused on my brand and what I wanted it to look like. And all they kept saying was, “You need to look at/pay attention to this because they’re your competition.”
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After getting over the initial intimidation, I became defensive. I am in no way, shape, or form, a competitive person (unless I’m playing UNO, then it can get pretty ugly). And in a society where women, especially women of color are constantly being made to compete with one another, the last thing I’m trying to do outshine or look at what another woman is doing and try to one up her.
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There are way too many bad ass girl bosses out here, doing boss shit. And there is space for all of us to win. So no, I am not and will never compete with you. And I don’t care if we are doing the same thing, I will ALWAYS celebrate you, cheer you on, promote you, and if I can think of a way, collaborate with you.
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There’s strength in numbers, and with so many of us out here with spaces that we have control over, let’s collaborate and use our platforms to make a difference.
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I can remember this time last year, when I was originally planning on releasing my candles, having a conversation with my parents. They started showing me business cards and products from other soy candle makers that they met at different festivals. At the time, I was uninterested because I was focused on my brand and what I wanted it to look like. And all they kept saying was, “You need to look at/pay attention to this because they’re your competition.”
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After getting over the initial intimidation, I became defensive. I am in no way, shape, or form, a competitive person (unless I’m playing UNO, then it can get pretty ugly). And in a society where women, especially women of color are constantly being made to compete with one another, the last thing I’m trying to do outshine or look at what another woman is doing and try to one up her.
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There are way too many bad ass girl bosses out here, doing boss shit. And there is space for all of us to win. So no, I am not and will never compete with you. And I don’t care if we are doing the same thing, I will ALWAYS celebrate you, cheer you on, promote you, and if I can think of a way, collaborate with you.
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20 0 14 hours ago
**INFO RE MY SI FUSION** Yesterday I had my sacroiliac joint fused (see 2nd pic) due to sacrolitis from arthritis that was from pelvic floor dysfunction (pfd) that I got by having ovarian cysts, endo, interstitial cystitis (ic) & frequent kidney stones - a never ending cycle 🔹Pain causes the muscles in the affected area to tighten in a protective stance & *chronic* pain makes them atrophy & get stuck that way, which is painful af
🔹A big problem for me is that almost all my issues are just on my rt. side so I’m super misaligned & my right leg is even shorter than my left now cuz of muscle loss & b/c the pelvic muscles are pulling the leg upwards
🔹Sacrolitis/arthritis cause a lot of friction, grinding & stabbing pain at the joint but I also get groin pain that radiates down my medial leg & sciatic pain that goes down the back
🔹Sacral issues can also contribute to bladder issues
🔹BUT surgery is the last resort. I’ve done 4 rounds of PT, chiro, nerve blocks, trigger points & a sacral nerve ablation, + bimonthly massages & acu. Pain meds weren’t even touching the pain & I can’t stomach NSAIDs. Sleeping was hell
🔹3 rods were drilled through my hip to secure the joint
🔹85% success rate & pain should go from an 8 to 1
🔹4 weeks on crutches, maybe a cane for a couple weeks after that. Fusion happens w/in 6 months

**INFO RE MY SI FUSION** Yesterday I had my sacroiliac joint fused (see 2nd pic) due to sacrolitis from arthritis that was from pelvic floor dysfunction (pfd) that I got by having ovarian cysts, endo, interstitial cystitis (ic) & frequent kidney stones - a never ending cycle 🔹Pain causes the muscles in the affected area to tighten in a protective stance & *chronic* pain makes them atrophy & get stuck that way, which is painful af
🔹A big problem for me is that almost all my issues are just on my rt. side so I’m super misaligned & my right leg is even shorter than my left now cuz of muscle loss & b/c the pelvic muscles are pulling the leg upwards
🔹Sacrolitis/arthritis cause a lot of friction, grinding & stabbing pain at the joint but I also get groin pain that radiates down my medial leg & sciatic pain that goes down the back
🔹Sacral issues can also contribute to bladder issues
🔹BUT surgery is the last resort. I’ve done 4 rounds of PT, chiro, nerve blocks, trigger points & a sacral nerve ablation, + bimonthly massages & acu. Pain meds weren’t even touching the pain & I can’t stomach NSAIDs. Sleeping was hell
🔹3 rods were drilled through my hip to secure the joint
🔹85% success rate & pain should go from an 8 to 1
🔹4 weeks on crutches, maybe a cane for a couple weeks after that. Fusion happens w/in 6 months

67 34 14 hours ago
“Eating healthy is hella easy. If you know how to season food can make anything taste good. My favorite place to shop for clean organic foods when I’m on a budget is Aldi’s. They have pulled their food game all the way up from the 90s and early 2000s. So if you have the time to experiment with foods check them out. They also have some bomb a** marinades to season roasted veggies.” Melanin girl @plantbased_lox What’s your favorite  way to save money on food during the week?

“Eating healthy is hella easy. If you know how to season food can make anything taste good. My favorite place to shop for clean organic foods when I’m on a budget is Aldi’s. They have pulled their food game all the way up from the 90s and early 2000s. So if you have the time to experiment with foods check them out. They also have some bomb a** marinades to season roasted veggies.” Melanin girl @plantbased_lox What’s your favorite way to save money on food during the week?

19 1 14 hours ago
Wish I was here, basking in a bright airy apartment with the scent of freshly brewed coffee wafting through and the Smiths playing in the background. A mood.
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Wish I was here, basking in a bright airy apartment with the scent of freshly brewed coffee wafting through and the Smiths playing in the background. A mood.





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10 0 15 hours ago
Happy Tuesday, friends! There’s a NEW BLOG POST up on thewindycitymama.com telling you all about my journey with my maternity photos, including all of my favorite photos! 💙 Please check it out— follow the link in my bio to my blog! 📸: @hunterberryphotography 
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Happy Tuesday, friends! There’s a NEW BLOG POST up on thewindycitymama.com telling you all about my journey with my maternity photos, including all of my favorite photos! 💙 Please check it out— follow the link in my bio to my blog! 📸: @hunterberryphotography
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54 12 15 hours ago
So excited that @farmhousechicago opened a new location called @farmbar_edgewater in my 'hood.  Great farm-to-table fare.  Don't miss this fabulous fried chicken, cheddar biscuit with crunchy pickles and onions.  Located next door to the Granville 'L' stop on the CTA Red Line.
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So excited that @farmhousechicago opened a new location called @farmbar_edgewater in my 'hood. Great farm-to-table fare. Don't miss this fabulous fried chicken, cheddar biscuit with crunchy pickles and onions. Located next door to the Granville 'L' stop on the CTA Red Line.
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28 0 15 hours ago
⭐️MUSEUM DAY⭐️ Chicago has many museums to offer and @mcachicago is one of them! I have never been here until last week and was delighted to find out that the museum is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays! You say free, I’m there 😂 Where is the coolest museum you’ve been to?! 👇🏼 .
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⭐️MUSEUM DAY⭐️ Chicago has many museums to offer and @mcachicago is one of them! I have never been here until last week and was delighted to find out that the museum is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays! You say free, I’m there 😂 Where is the coolest museum you’ve been to?! 👇🏼 .
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962 179 16 hours ago
Great to see the founder of the famous Rosebud Restaurant Group in Chicago, Alex Dana, at Ravinia before the Chicago concert! Thanks for the excellent backstage meal, Alex-- it was YUMMY! @RosebudChicago @chicagotheband 
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Great to see the founder of the famous Rosebud Restaurant Group in Chicago, Alex Dana, at Ravinia before the Chicago concert! Thanks for the excellent backstage meal, Alex-- it was YUMMY! @RosebudChicago @chicagotheband
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24 1 16 hours ago

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You're UN-BURGER-LIEVABLE #losangeles. I've only been here a couple days and I feel like it's a home away from home. Have you ever been to a place that felt familiar, so apart of you, even though you've never been? Almost, like a distant memory or dream? Maybe it's because I've dreamed of coming here since I was a kid and now its finally coming true. I've learned that sometimes dreams may not come exactly when you may want them...but it  will come when you least expect it. I cannot wait to share my LA blog with you all so stay tuned! Happy Monday love bugs! #travelgram #rachelabroad

You're UN-BURGER-LIEVABLE #losangeles. I've only been here a couple days and I feel like it's a home away from home. Have you ever been to a place that felt familiar, so apart of you, even though you've never been? Almost, like a distant memory or dream? Maybe it's because I've dreamed of coming here since I was a kid and now its finally coming true. I've learned that sometimes dreams may not come exactly when you may want them...but it will come when you least expect it. I cannot wait to share my LA blog with you all so stay tuned! Happy Monday love bugs! #travelgram #rachelabroad

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Big news....our house is officially painted!! 🙌🏻🎉🎉 when we bought this house, I immediately knew I wanted to change it from the traditional brown Chicago bungalow color to white. But apparently that wasn’t on the top of the hubby’s list. I’ll do a full reveal once I get everything situated but our backyard is completely done!!! Now on to the next project! If you saw my stories, you know I’m selling everything inside....garage sale style🙌🏻 Do you have any home renos happening?! http://liketk.it/2EhN2 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKhome #LTKstyletip Shop your screenshot of this pic with the LIKEtoKNOW.it app

Big news....our house is officially painted!! 🙌🏻🎉🎉 when we bought this house, I immediately knew I wanted to change it from the traditional brown Chicago bungalow color to white. But apparently that wasn’t on the top of the hubby’s list. I’ll do a full reveal once I get everything situated but our backyard is completely done!!! Now on to the next project! If you saw my stories, you know I’m selling everything inside....garage sale style🙌🏻 Do you have any home renos happening?! http://liketk.it/2EhN2 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKhome #LTKstyletip Shop your screenshot of this pic with the LIKEtoKNOW.it app

539 155 17 hours ago
9 years ago was our first date at the @cubs game. Why? I’m not sure, Manny is a Sox fan and baseball isn’t my fav. 🤷🏼‍♀️ But I guess it worked because👆🏼...😜. I do think baseball games are one of the best date spots in Chicago. Where are your favorite places around town for dates? I’m working on planning our next date now and I want to try something different! What should we do?! #chicago #wrigleyfield #chicagomom #chicagofamily #chicagoshots

9 years ago was our first date at the @cubs game. Why? I’m not sure, Manny is a Sox fan and baseball isn’t my fav. 🤷🏼‍♀️ But I guess it worked because👆🏼...😜. I do think baseball games are one of the best date spots in Chicago. Where are your favorite places around town for dates? I’m working on planning our next date now and I want to try something different! What should we do?! #chicago #wrigleyfield #chicagomom #chicagofamily #chicagoshots

221 63 9 hours ago
Ok so this isn’t another adoption announcement but it’s pretty amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come since this photoshoot.⠀
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So far and yet there’s still a long road ahead.♥︎And if you didn’t see my stories, we finally sent in our dossier paperwork to the China Team! It’s another big milestone for us. ⠀
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Ps. Thank you for all your sweet messages. Your words of encouragement and support mean SO MUCH to us.

Ok so this isn’t another adoption announcement but it’s pretty amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come since this photoshoot.⠀

So far and yet there’s still a long road ahead.♥︎And if you didn’t see my stories, we finally sent in our dossier paperwork to the China Team! It’s another big milestone for us. ⠀

It’s such a weird feeling...excitement mixed with even more unknowns. ⠀

I get asked all the time when we’ll get matched and I never have an answer. 1 month? 3? 9? ⠀

All we can do is keep leaning on each other for support, having fun, and learning to sit in the unexpected (a new skill I’m adapting to).⠀

But for now, homestudy complete. Dossier sent in. On to the next step! ⠀

Ps. Thank you for all your sweet messages. Your words of encouragement and support mean SO MUCH to us.

590 49 16 August, 2019
⭐️MUSEUM DAY⭐️ Chicago has many museums to offer and @mcachicago is one of them! I have never been here until last week and was delighted to find out that the museum is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays! You say free, I’m there 😂 Where is the coolest museum you’ve been to?! 👇🏼 .
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⭐️MUSEUM DAY⭐️ Chicago has many museums to offer and @mcachicago is one of them! I have never been here until last week and was delighted to find out that the museum is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays! You say free, I’m there 😂 Where is the coolest museum you’ve been to?! 👇🏼 .
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catch me being incomprehensibly glam in the gold tinted sunglasses from @zennioptical - affordable and with the potential to feature your prescription, you’ll be able to see everyone staring as you walk by because you’re so 🔥 ..... like actually. look at me. .
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catch me being incomprehensibly glam in the gold tinted sunglasses from @zennioptical - affordable and with the potential to feature your prescription, you’ll be able to see everyone staring as you walk by because you’re so 🔥 ..... like actually. look at me. .
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188 26 9 hours ago
IRIS you a happy Thursday love bugs! I'm doing a #tbt to when hubs and I went to #hongkong it was such a dream. This flower festival was for Chinese New Year and it was so stunning it had me step back and immerse myself in such a wonderful culture. Funny story I as so excited to wear this outfit because I got it in Hong Kong. The fashion there is incredible. Little did I know that a sweater and skirt, mixed with lots of people, and interesting smells, would not go well together. Had to do it for the gram... let's just say got so sick afterwards. What's your best doin it for the gram story? Share below! #rachelabroad #travelgram

IRIS you a happy Thursday love bugs! I'm doing a #tbt to when hubs and I went to #hongkong it was such a dream. This flower festival was for Chinese New Year and it was so stunning it had me step back and immerse myself in such a wonderful culture. Funny story I as so excited to wear this outfit because I got it in Hong Kong. The fashion there is incredible. Little did I know that a sweater and skirt, mixed with lots of people, and interesting smells, would not go well together. Had to do it for the gram... let's just say got so sick afterwards. What's your best doin it for the gram story? Share below! #rachelabroad #travelgram

4,547 230 8 August, 2019
PINK happy thoughts! 
Who else is excited for #lollapalooza I know I am! I'm letting you know that my fav radio station @1019mixchicago is giving away free tickets to the Lolla aftershow! You'll have 10 times on Tuesday and Thursdays to win these tickets, so many right! One of my favs that will be there is @therevivalists at the vic! 101.9 is giving away tickets every hour so make sure to tune in! I cannot wait to see who the winners will be, good luck and happy Monday funday! 😋
#ad #1019mixchicago

PINK happy thoughts!
Who else is excited for #lollapalooza I know I am! I'm letting you know that my fav radio station @1019mixchicago is giving away free tickets to the Lolla aftershow! You'll have 10 times on Tuesday and Thursdays to win these tickets, so many right! One of my favs that will be there is @therevivalists at the vic! 101.9 is giving away tickets every hour so make sure to tune in! I cannot wait to see who the winners will be, good luck and happy Monday funday! 😋
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7,418 358 15 July, 2019