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Milwaukee Summer Guide 2019

My children have informed me that there are 9 days left of school, which makes my insides feel a little panicky. I sat down this week and started making some plans once summer comes–because if my kids are flopped in front of the tv while I clean up their breakfast, so help me… It starts with the morning. I plan on insisting they make their beds and tidy their rooms before breakfast. I will enforce teeth brushing–no tantrum is going to change my mind. I am stone deaf to their pleas and bickering, especially before 9a. We know that Milwaukee is the city of festivals in the summer time (here is a pretty extensive list), but there’s so much more to do. Here’s the highlight reel of summertime happenings to get your party started (after you make your bed and brush your teeth, of course): Outdoor movies: The Journal Sentinel put together a crazy good list of places to catch an outdoor flick. Remember to pack mosquito spray, a blanket, lawn chairs and snacks. Indoor Movies: Marcus Theaters is featuring their Kids Dream Summer movie lineup for those days when you need to get out of the house but the […]

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New Year: Same Jerk

It’s a week after New Year’s Day, which means most of us have already broken our resolutions. I can only hope we score some points for being consistent in breaking our resolutions. Consistency is important too, folks. I’m going to be honest with you: I’ve been struggling these past few months. One of my ailments is that I suffer from a chronic case of not-enoughitis. I have to-do lists, closets to clean out, an old house that constantly needs repair, writing deadlines to meet, groceries to haul, children to bathe and feed. But I have a home, a bestie that I’m married to, and four thriving kids. I even have a washing machine. So what I’m saying is that I—an able-bodied, healthy young person with four beautiful children and a husband that loves me—am a jerk. A jerk with seven pounds to lose. Here I am thinking there’s something missing, that something is owed to me. Oh God, help me. Save me from myself. Maybe I really am a jerk. This past summer, I was feeling similarly to what I feel now. I was in the midst of summer crisis (aka these kids make too much mess and need too […]

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Kitchen Essentials Edition

In the past year,  I did four rounds of the Whole 30. And when I say that I did four of them, what I mean is that I actually accomplished two of them. The other two were more like Whole 30-ishes. But even the ishes were solid attempts. For those that aren’t familiar with the Whole 30, it’s a strict 30-day challenge to help you with your food addictions, get your body clean, improve your health/sleep/skin and reconcile your relationship with food. It places emphasis on eating real foods in their whole form, but you’re not just stuck eating kale and apples every day–that would be terrible. There’s lots of guides and cookbooks available out there to help you eat approved Whole 30 meals–and are still delicious (but to be honest, there’s a lot of dud recipes out there too). Specifically, the Whole 30 means no sugar, legumes, grains, alcohol, dairy, MSG, or fun (just kidding). There were some days that I felt straight up rage that rice was not an approved Whole 30 food–I think I almost cried. Seriously. Obviously, I’m still working through some rage strong feelings I had while doing the Whole 30. Despite my breakdowns, I’m […]

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Veteran’s Park

Greg & I took the girls out to Veterans Park and my one of my favorite spots in the city, Colectivo on the lakefront. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, we’d rather watch Netflix and chill. But sometimes, you just need to get outside. We packed up the girls and some baseball gear and away we went. The best part of this excursion? It’s free, it’s fun, and the girls come home tired. It’s the trifecta–the holy grail of parenting. Greg walked Luciana and Marielle to the car and I walked with the older two to the cafe. There was a huge group of geese getting a snack from a friend. Did you know a group of geese is called a gaggle? We galavanted through a gaggle of geese. Sage was a little unsure about galavanting through the gaggle. We made our way to the cafe and ordered some pastries to share. And by pastries, what I mean is fancy pop tart and a chocolate covered rice krispie treat. Life gets hard and complicated sometimes. We rush from one thing to the next and it’s nice to push pause. It was a good afternoon to un-complicate our lives with a literal walk […]

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