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Mason Jar Gift Ideas

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! It snowed for the first time here in North Chicago & it’s officially feeling like Christmas time. It inspired me to put together a post with some holiday gift ideas– this time it’s in the form of Mason Jar Gifts. How CUTE are these?!? Seriously, you guys. […]

Gabriella’s Baptism!

This past weekend we celebrated Gabriella’s baptism! We had an intimate ceremony at the same church that Giovanni was baptized, & where Tom & I also got married. As a Catholic parent, it’s so special to watch your child officially become “a child of God” & part of the church. This poor girl fussed & cried basically […]

Balsamic-Dijon Glazed Salmon Recipe

This has become a regular in our dinner rotation– it’s a quick, easy & healthy meal. You can’t go wrong with that! I found the original recipe from Well Plated on Pinterest (where else?!) & we’ve tried a few others, but none are as good as this one! I mentioned on Snapchat (@thelovenotes) that I’d share […]


As most of you know, I lost my dad in an accident 8 years ago, in 2008. I still, to this day, have never shared the details of what happened to anyone out loud– maybe someday I will get the strength for that, & maybe how it happened doesn’t matter– but regardless, that’s not what this […]

Our Experience with Potty Training

At Gio’s 18 month check-up back in August, the pediatrician recommended we start talking about going on the potty & really familiarizing him with the concept. I did have a potty book, so we started reading that along with our usual bedtime books. Even though we were talking about it & showing him how we use the potty, he […]

Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe

Gio & I have a banana smoothie every single morning, so there’s no shortage of bananas around here! We had a few that were suuuuper ripe & hubby suggested that I make banana muffins. I found this Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe on– it had 5 stars & over 9,000 reviews (a sign I look for when I’m […]


Giovanni loves sensory play. I built him a sensory table last year that we use almost every single day! Out of nowhere he asked if we could play with some “pay dough.” He loves cooking/baking with me so I knew he would love making the play dough, too. I used my tried & true “No Cook […]


Hi Loves! :) Back for another #MakeupMonday, this time with a green smokey eye. I’ve been trying to incorporate more color in my makeup tutorials on YouTube so I figured I’d start with something a little less bold & go with green. I pulled this photo from Snapchat (@thelovenotes for daily fun & kiddo cuteness!) […]


With Mother’s Day around the corner I wanted to share some of my favorite items! For me, any of these items would make a great Mother’s Day gift. Take a look at what I’ve got listed & let me know what you think! Ultra Chi Hair Straightener– This baby is my life saver when I […]


I’m so excited to be starting up my makeup tutorials again :) This one is an “Everyday Spring” look with pink tones on the lids & a bright pink on the lips. I skipped dark eyeliner & went for a more soft and natural vibe by using eyeshadow on the lower lash line. Watch the 5 minute […]

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