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Chicago through my eyes. Paris on my mind.

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I need more flowers in my feed and I need some blue tulips in my life. Take me back to #Amsterdam!
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I need more flowers in my feed and I need some blue tulips in my life. Take me back to #amsterdam !

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Blackbird, white facade. Clever! This place is still too cool for me, even after more than a decade or so.  #chicago
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Blackbird, white facade. Clever! This place is still too cool for me, even after more than a decade or so. #chicago

Chicago, Illinois
The perfect after school snack or weekend picnic or pregnancy craving! We loved our first box of @imperfectproduce. Now through the end of June, @imperfectproduce is offering 50% off your first order with code “CHICAGO518”. You can customize your box of produce too! More on their website. #chicago #imperfectproduce #ad
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The perfect after school snack or weekend picnic or pregnancy craving! We loved our first box of @imperfectproduce. Now through the end of June, @imperfectproduce is offering 50% off your first order with code “CHICAGO518”. You can customize your box of produce too! More on their website. #chicago #imperfectproduce #ad

Chicago, Illinois
I had to find another excuse to wear this pink dress...under my favorite tree and spot in Old Town when the tree is blooming with pink petals. And pretending it’s not in the 40s right now. Happy crazy spring day in #Chicago! #underthefloralspell
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I had to find another excuse to wear this pink dress...under my favorite tree and spot in Old Town when the tree is blooming with pink petals. And pretending it’s not in the 40s right now. Happy crazy spring day in #Chicago! #underthefloralspell

Chicago, Illinois
Happy French Friday! I was planning on sharing a recap of our few days in Paris on the blog but I fell asleep early last night . But I wanted to share one thing that I learned on this trip - that some patisseries have tea rooms upstairs. Mind blown 🤯! I met up with @lacuisineparis here for tea and had a very good pastry with a very interesting name. I need to take a class at @lacuisineparis on my next trip to Paris though. #paris #parisisalwaysagoodidea #seemyparis #thefrancophiles
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Happy French Friday! I was planning on sharing a recap of our few days in Paris on the blog but I fell asleep early last night . But I wanted to share one thing that I learned on this trip - that some patisseries have tea rooms upstairs. Mind blown 🤯! I met up with @lacuisineparis here for tea and had a very good pastry with a very interesting name. I need to take a class at @lacuisineparis on my next trip to Paris though. #paris #parisisalwaysagoodidea #seemyparis #thefrancophiles

Paris, France
I’ve decided I want an all white kitchen or just a coffee service area like this in my house. I think we can do this before July. Charlie is . #chicago
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I’ve decided I want an all white kitchen or just a coffee service area like this in my house. I think we can do this before July. Charlie is . #chicago

Walking into Monday with lotsa doughnuts in our twinning @reytoz caps! Happy Monday!! #chicago
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Walking into Monday with lotsa doughnuts in our twinning @reytoz caps! Happy Monday!! #chicago

Meet me under the cherry blossoms . A few weeks ago  I had cherry blossom envy from seeing all the pics in DC, NYC and Paris. So I went researching and hunting for cherry blossoms in Chicago. I just had to wait a long time for them to bloom and messaged @maggierussophoto to take some portraits of us today. This one was taken by my IG husband. But I can’t wait to see the professional pics. More info on where to find cherry blossoms on the blog. #chicago #chicagoinbloom #cherryblossoms #chicagoinpink
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Meet me under the cherry blossoms . A few weeks ago I had cherry blossom envy from seeing all the pics in DC, NYC and Paris. So I went researching and hunting for cherry blossoms in Chicago. I just had to wait a long time for them to bloom and messaged @maggierussophoto to take some portraits of us today. This one was taken by my IG husband. But I can’t wait to see the professional pics. More info on where to find cherry blossoms on the blog. #chicago #chicagoinbloom #cherryblossoms #chicagoinpink

Chicago, Illinois
As everyone is heading out for cinco de mayo, we’re heading in from a full day of exploring and hanging out at a few parks. But Luke got to wear his avocado 🥑 tee with a sombrero to celebrate the day! Thanks @flapdoodles! #chicago #lukeanddoors
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As everyone is heading out for cinco de mayo, we’re heading in from a full day of exploring and hanging out at a few parks. But Luke got to wear his avocado 🥑 tee with a sombrero to celebrate the day! Thanks @flapdoodles ! #chicago #lukeanddoors

Finally!!! A beautiful Friday night to hang out....outside!! Now we’re off to play slot cars (inside)! #chicago
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Finally!!! A beautiful Friday night to hang out....outside!! Now we’re off to play slot cars (inside)! #chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Hello DC (for 24 hours). I was planning on going for a walk this evening but the hotel bed is pretty comfy and my tour guide @frenchieyankee is in France speaking French and eating French food and exploring French things. I took this picture exactly a year ago when David was showing me #theotherdc.
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Hello DC (for 24 hours). I was planning on going for a walk this evening but the hotel bed is pretty comfy and my tour guide @frenchieyankee is in France speaking French and eating French food and exploring French things. I took this picture exactly a year ago when David was showing me #theotherdc .

Washington, District of Columbia
Awkward pose bc it’s looks like I need to go to the bathroom, which I do very frequently lately. Sorry, TMI.  Not sure my seat mate on the plane this afternoon will like the fact that I will need him/her to get up every 10 mins. 🤣 I know, I should’ve picked an aisle seat. #chicago #24weekspregnant
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Awkward pose bc it’s looks like I need to go to the bathroom, which I do very frequently lately. Sorry, TMI. Not sure my seat mate on the plane this afternoon will like the fact that I will need him/her to get up every 10 mins. 🤣 I know, I should’ve picked an aisle seat. #chicago #24weekspregnant

Chicago, Illinois
The sunshine is very deceiving today. Lots of warm drinks inside and less exploring outside.  In other news, made Luke the “Big Coffee Nerd” haha (see the little sign) . Spring, where are you?? #chicago
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The sunshine is very deceiving today. Lots of warm drinks inside and less exploring outside. In other news, made Luke the “Big Coffee Nerd” haha (see the little sign) . Spring, where are you?? #chicago

Chicago, Illinois
We had to take three seats at the bar. One for me, @jentemple and her friend Hermione  . And I had a few mocktails al to myself. I just needed someone to help me take the pink barstools home. #chicago
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We had to take three seats at the bar. One for me, @jentemple and her friend Hermione . And I had a few mocktails al to myself. I just needed someone to help me take the pink barstools home. #chicago

Bellemore
We celebrated his cousin’s confirmation earlier today and he confirmed that he loves kissing my belly.  #Evanston
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We celebrated his cousin’s confirmation earlier today and he confirmed that he loves kissing my belly. #evanston

Evanston, Illinois
What happens when I’m too tired to do anything? Sunday afternoon role playing indoors as an astronaut ‍ with @netflix’s new series @lostinspace and @googlehomemini game for this show. I love this kid. He makes me laugh everyday  and I was laughing when he told me to take a picture of him pretending to float in space. #giftfromgoogle #chicago #astronaut
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What happens when I’m too tired to do anything? Sunday afternoon role playing indoors as an astronaut ‍ with @netflix ’s new series @lostinspace and @googlehomemini game for this show. I love this kid. He makes me laugh everyday and I was laughing when he told me to take a picture of him pretending to float in space. #giftfromgoogle #chicago #astronaut

Chicago, Illinois
I’ve debated sharing this picture in my feed for various reasons - mainly I wanted to be sensitive to the women I know who are struggling with infertility...and that this picture may not be consistent with my feed especially for people who follow me for other reasons will not like it. But I was in Paris and happy in this picture  and that’s all that matters. You see, I’ve tried to slowly move away from the IG mom stuff during the last few years bc I was not happy with myself mainly from my struggle with infertility. I felt that I wasn’t good enough to be known as a mom. But as a wise friend (@wanderwonders) told me...to never forget that having Luke made me a mom, no matter how many kids I have. It was a long road to acceptance, to loving myself again and to be truly happy for other women who were expecting. Life is never like what I expected it to be and I needed to let go of trying to control any and all expectations. Life is a series of struggles, big and small. And soon after I was able to let go of those expectations and moved on, God showed me his plan. Now I am learning a new acceptance and a new love. I’m not sure how much I will share about this pregnancy but have answered some questions I’ve gotten about the pregnancy on the blog. To all my sisters on your journey, I pray for you everyday. #paris #pregantinparis
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I’ve debated sharing this picture in my feed for various reasons - mainly I wanted to be sensitive to the women I know who are struggling with infertility...and that this picture may not be consistent with my feed especially for people who follow me for other reasons will not like it. But I was in Paris and happy in this picture and that’s all that matters. You see, I’ve tried to slowly move away from the IG mom stuff during the last few years bc I was not happy with myself mainly from my struggle with infertility. I felt that I wasn’t good enough to be known as a mom. But as a wise friend (@wanderwonders ) told me...to never forget that having Luke made me a mom, no matter how many kids I have. It was a long road to acceptance, to loving myself again and to be truly happy for other women who were expecting. Life is never like what I expected it to be and I needed to let go of trying to control any and all expectations. Life is a series of struggles, big and small. And soon after I was able to let go of those expectations and moved on, God showed me his plan. Now I am learning a new acceptance and a new love. I’m not sure how much I will share about this pregnancy but have answered some questions I’ve gotten about the pregnancy on the blog. To all my sisters on your journey, I pray for you everyday. #paris #pregantinparis

Paris, France
Oh hi house. I see you too! Spotted this cutie on our way to a birthday party today. That parking sign is bothering me but I didn’t want to stand in the mud for this pic #chicago #abmlifeiscolorful
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Oh hi house. I see you too! Spotted this cutie on our way to a birthday party today. That parking sign is bothering me but I didn’t want to stand in the mud for this pic #chicago #abmlifeiscolorful

Chicago, Illinois