Back to School at Notre Dame (Tea Collection + Giveaway)

Last week, the girls and I joined Michael on a work trip, which happened to be near the beautiful University of Notre Dame. We’re a long way from sending our little one to college. She’s just starting junior pre-K in another month. Regardless, this was the perfect opportunity to do a field trip to one of the most respected and beautiful college’s in the world. What better way to show her where good listening and learning could lead her. Zoë is a big fan of school. She does very well in her studies. She received excellence in most of her classes this past school year, including in her second language study, Mandarin. She was fascinated with Notre Dame. She instantly fell in love with the idea that she could live at school, without us. “Without us”, this was of course the winning statement. That will be something.

Tea collection has a beautiful new Scotland inspired line, perfect for boys and girls heading back to school. Their baby line is also out of this world (stay tuned). Zoë picked out this darling dress c/o Tea, that reminded her of the popular show Puffin Rock. It’s about a young Puffin that explores an island with her curious little brother – she loves that show. A must see. The show reminds me of Zoë. She’s always had a wonderful passion for life. She can turn a walk in the park into an adventure.

*Giveaway at the bottom of the post. 

GIVEAWAY: Tea Collection is offering one lucky Girl Nesting reader a $50 Tea Gift Certificate! ENTER BELOW!

 I will announce the winner in the comments below on 8/9 at 12PM (Central Time). 

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 *This post is in partnership with Tea Collection, whose styles we LOVE.*

Dressed In Cool Blue

I’m feeling more like myself. I love working out, I really do. It makes me feel strong, in control of my health and let’s just say it – sexy. This cool blue dress is my new favorite in my closet. I’m the type of girl who has my favorites and that’s all I wear. I’m not one to go out and buy a lot of new things. Once I find what I love, I stick with it – that applies to all corners of my life.

Michael and I had fun taking these pics today here at our house. It was so freaking hot outside, but in Chicago we try not to complain about the hot weather, because we so often breath in the freezing. My sweetheart husband and I just celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary – lucky number 7! Marriage has been the most wonderful journey. We have come a long way from our wedding day, where we really did look like kids (you can see some pics of that day in Instagram – handle: girlnesting.) I knew Michael was the one, there’s was an instant connection – we enjoy each other. I knew I wanted to spend every day with this fun and talented man the first day we met. It was a relief that he felt the same about me lol. We made a family together, our own family. Now our lives are non stop. There’s never a dull moment when raising daughters. However, finding our way back to each other, despite the wild ride – That’s what keeps this family strong.

*Life advice I would share at this age of 39: Maturity is not needing anyones approval, follow your own heart.

My cool blue dress can be found here.

Life Lately

It has been so long since I’ve written a post just for the sake of writing. Feels a bit unfamiliar. Obviously, it’s time to get back into it. I have been in the twister of life lately. My daily schedule has a different shade of busy, now with two kiddos in the mix. Zoë is on SUMMER BREAK. That’s right! 2 kids at home, all day, every day – for months! How is it going? It’s tough, but I absolutely love it. I’ve missed Zoë so much! Our summer has basically been enjoying our outdoor spaces, going to the park and meeting neighborhood kids, also both the girls are modeling now! Yep, Zoë and Skye are following in my footsteps. I guess they start summer jobs early in this house lol. Which brings me to Skye’s news. Skye booked Gerber Baby about a week ago. She’s officially now a real life Gerber Baby! The shoot went great. She was a natural! She only cried in the very beginning when they were testing the lights, but then she was all smiles. They gave her a special bib as a souvenir. We’ll be framing that as soon as the ad comes out in August. What a great first gig right?! She’s got me beat. My first job was for a catalog and I was 15.

My agency asked us to take some pics all together for a potential client. Here’s a couple of the shots we took. I put on my favorite pink dress from pre-baby and it fits! I’ve been working hard with Michael to get back in shape for a few weeks now at CorePower. We are big fans of the Yoga Sculpt class. It’s basically boot camp in a 105 degree room with occasional downward dog, warrior pose and a zillion chaturongas. It’s a 75 minute class that challenges every fiber in your body. People have fainted and puked before, it’s that rough, but I’m hooked! I love the challenge. The class ends in a much-needed savasana, translation: Laying on your back in complete stillness, free of thoughts. Michael joked that he passed out the first time back, it just looked like savasana lol. It hasn’t been easy getting back into shape this second time around. I’ve worked out my entire life, except during this last pregnancy. Avoiding those early contractions came with a strict rule of no strenuous movement. Not an easy thing for someone who likes to stay fit, but it was all worth it. Now look, my little peanut is a Gerber Baby!

I still have a lot of work to do to get back into shape, but let’s be honest, that’s a constant work in progress. It’s really nice to fit into my old clothes again and it gives me energy to keep up with the littles.

One of my best friends is getting married tomorrow! I’ll be wearing this dress. I can’t wait to see her in her gown, she’s going to be stunning walking down that aisle. We’ve known each other for so long. We actually first met modeling back in our teens. Now we’re real grown ups. I’ll be 40 at the end of this year…Why hide that fun fact?! I’m damn proud. Where did the time go? I have to say, I’m loving this time in my life the most. 

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