I’m a Michigan girl, moved to Arizona for college and I now live in the Chicago burbs with my family. I have two little ones, a girl (3.5) and boy (1.5). They are the loves of my life (along with my husband, of course). Our days are crazy, fun, hectic, relaxed & stressful…and it can change in a matter of seconds. I have a passion for fashion (nice rhyming), cooking and home design & decor! I also have a slight addiction to shopping, especially for the kids. What is one to do?

Thanks for following along! I’m happy to have you here!


49 Responses to “About”

  1. Ma February 22, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    We have very similar interests!!! I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

  2. Ma March 4, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Hello! I love reading your blog! I find it so inspiring so I would like to nominate you for the Inspiring Blog Award! There is more information here: http://inspirema.com/

    Have a great week!

  3. Farrah March 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :] I’m gonna have to try out that soup recipe sometime! It looks delicious, and I have a definite weakness for chowders. 😛

  4. dailyfrosting March 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I love your profile pic…glowy and happy! Nice to find your blog and it seems that you have found mine. We have something in common…I used to live in Chicago, many moons ago. Right in Lincoln Park. Love that city!

    • In Real Life March 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Thanks:) Lakeview here…small world!

      • dailyfrosting March 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

        It’s a small world, indeed… 🙂

  5. CrazieTown March 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Thanks for the LIKE! Love the look and feel of your blog. I think I should say…Ommmmm. 🙂

  6. fitnessjunkii March 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    thank you! i love your blog 🙂

  7. Lisa March 8, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Happy birthday

  8. Lisa March 8, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    I live your blog

  9. ohlidia March 8, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Lovely recipes! Thanks for visiting! Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  10. judyhuddy March 8, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. And Happy Birthday, also.

  11. rachelwhims March 8, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Hello!!! I just nominated you for the Liebster Award Keep up your amazing posts. Check it out…http://rachelwhims.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/i-am-the-champion-my-friends/

  12. PocketfulofSugarKaitie March 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Looks like you’re on a roll today with blog nominations! I nominated you as well for the Super Sweet Bloggers Award! Find out more here: http://pocketfulofsugar.com/2013/03/08/super-sweet-bloggers-award-who-me/ and keep up the good work 🙂

  13. ablessedpilgrim March 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks for liking my post, Coffee, Tea, or Scuse Me? Very glad I found yours! 🙂

  14. Deborah Oster Pannell March 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Amanda… yours is pretty darn cool, especially the recipes (quickest way to my heart)! I look forward to reading more…
    Warm regards,

  15. little poppits March 12, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    thanks for stopping by, glad to have found your blog love those granola bars! xxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. a9k1 March 12, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    WIth a little boy of almost three and a girl who just turned one I do have an understanding of how your days are:-) Stressful but beautiful:-)

  17. food4thesoul93 March 12, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Sounds like a great family! I wish you all the very best. Thanks for the visit, and I’ll check in with you as I can. If we can help eachother by sharing ideas or articles, I’m happy to do so!

    Continued success…

  18. Glenda Trent March 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  19. dbubble12 March 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I have enjoyed what I have read so far! I especially LOVE the roasted chickpeas! great snack for the kids; have you fed them to your youngest yet or are they a choking hazard! Also, capers in spaghetti… great, yummy idea! Can’t wait to read more and try these. Thank you so much for stopping by my post bubblemomentpages.

  20. Trinity March 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog (Cuppanatter), and sharing your life here! Fun and hectic is always a good combo!

  21. blbarlow March 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    I love your blog!! Also, It’s so neat to know you’re an ASU alum!

  22. Cande March 19, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    Thanks for stopping by. I grew up about an hour west of Chi town and miss it dearly! Florida just ain’t the same. 🙂 Look forward to reading your posts!

  23. Sophie33 March 20, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    Thanks for stopping by & following my blog so that I could discover your lovely blog here! 🙂 Many greets from a foodie from Belgium!!! 😉

  24. plumpepper March 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    We have a 9-month old little girl and are expecting number 2. Will be looking at kids recipes here for sure. Great blog!

  25. thinkreadcook March 26, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Really nice photos! 🙂

  26. jenyjohn March 27, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    hai .. thanks for the visit and like…. i guess we have so much in common and me too mother of two, 2.5 and 7.Can understand how life goes on….lol. But it is really fun.

  27. greenandclean March 27, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I used to be fashionable. It was hard with babies. Now with my smallest one in pre-K, I feel it returning. No more spit-up on my clothes – fashion rule No. 1 with me now.

    • In Real Life March 27, 2013 at 9:05 am #

      I fell of the wagon for a bit, too. I cut 18 inches off my hair 6 months ago and forced myself to get back in the game!

  28. mittsandmeasures April 1, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award for having a blog that I love! Follow the link to the nomination rules…http://mittsandmeasures.com/

  29. celestedimilla April 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Hey there! You liked a post on my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi.” How’s life in Chicago? Anyway, I’m going to stay awhile and check out some of your posts and get to know you a little better.

  30. Claudia April 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Hi fellow chicagoan! thanks for stopping by my site. excited to scroll through your recipes…

  31. savoryandsweeteats April 6, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Hello! I’ve nominated your wonderful blog for a Liebster award! http://t.co/7RSgZaurxG

  32. linleyk April 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. I hope the you are able to accept. Please check out the rules on my blog Shaded bliss. http://shadedbliss.com.
    Best, Keira

  33. Katie April 18, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Why hello! It looks like the Liebster Award has been awarded to you twice already this month – I’d like to make it a third! No obligation to reply to the nomination; I just wanted you to know I enjoy reading about your adventures in design and food in real life!


  34. rowhomereview April 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Love your blog! I’m a big fan already. Great recipes too! I’ll be using some for sure. 🙂

    • In Real Life April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks…I love your’s, too. Very witty!

  35. Miss Pip April 21, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    Hi there

    I have nominated you for the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’. No obligations, just wanted to let you know I enjoy cruising your site.


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