shopbop (sale)

With party/gift giving season around the corner there is no time like now to take advantage of a good sale.

I am THE biggest bargain hunter and I’ve yet to see a sale I did not like; and believe me when I say that a good sale on quality items is hard to come by.

With that being said, I’m here to tell you that Shopbop is having yet another sale ( God bless them) where the more you buy, the more you save! I

The “Buy More, Save More Sale” includes all full-price and sales items; the more you buy the more you save.

I’ve made a wish list of items I will be forwarding to my husband’s inbox, it’s also a great time to purchase gifts for the special people in your life, Shopbop has a great selection of affordable tech accessories, reasonably priced jewelry and travel gear just to name a few.

So check out the details below to get a complete break down of what this sale entails:


The sale runs from 11/24/201and ends on 11/30/2014 at 11:59PM Pacific time.

Now go forth and Shop(bop) ’til you drop!

Until next time!

p.s. I’m thankful for this Sale!

*exclusions apply

TK Photography Chicago

Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography |

Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography |

There’s no denying that I’m a sucker for good photography and I’ve been blessed to work  and collaborate with some of Chicago’s best!

I recently partnered with the good folks over at TK Photography for a mini photo session and I brought my little family along. Since welcoming Micah last May, we’ve yet to snap any family pictures and they were long overdue.

I’ll  be the first to admit that taking pictures of small children is no easy feat. They are the most unpredictable creatures on the face of this earth, they go zero to one hundred very quickly.

And this is why it is of great importance to work with a photographer that has experience working with little ones. Thomas captured what I like to call “real life” moments and the essence of my family during our shoot and the pictures came out perfectly.

My fam and I are never serious! We love to laugh and that’s what pictures are all about; being able to look back and remember that very moment.

Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography |

Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography |

While TK Photography was in charge of picking the location, I was in charge of coordinating my family’s look.

I’m a bit cliché when it comes to family pictures, in the sense that I love for us to match our outfits. Now I know what you’re thinking, that is so lame right? You’re right! But not when it’s done tastefully!

Below I’m sharing three easy style tips on getting the most while doing the least on family picture day!


  1. Plan ahead! Family picture day is usually something that is planned way ahead of time, so the minute the day is locked in your calendar, start brainstorming on what kind of look you want to go for. For our photo we opted for greys and whites! They always photograph well, and although our outfits were not all the same, the color palette was.
  2. Have a plan B. Because dealing with kids you always want to pack an extra outfit. Plan A may end up having a stain on it that cannot be photoshopped.  If you’re photo shoot happens to be outside; be prepared, especially in Chicago. Much like kids, the weather can be unpredictable.
  3. Have Fun. Nothing says stylish like allowing the photographer to create memories while capturing your family’s personality. Don’t think about posing, laugh until your cheeks hurts, hold your significant other’s hands, and hug your child(ren)TK photography will capture the rest!



Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography |

Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography |

Photographed by Courtney Laper | © 2015 TK Photography |

Photographed by Courtney Laper | © 2015 TK Photography |


In Chicago and in need of quality pics? May I suggest Thomas and his team?

Until next time!


This post was sponsored by TK Photography!


chicken sausage pasta

Jonshonville Naturals

It’s no secret that I love to eat. Food makes me happy… and full!

I recently partnered with Johnsonville to create a healthier version of one of my favorite recipes and I chose a dish packed with nutrition!

My family and I are pasta aficionados, it’s quick, it’s easy but most importantly it’s delicious! I created a healthy alternative to traditional pasta dishes by using Jonsonville’s Natural Chicken Sausage – Cajun Style and it was a hit. The recipe is easy to make, takes less than 40 minutes to make (prep time included) and it’s something the whole family will enjoy!

Follow the easy no fuss recipe below for guaranteed deliciousness.

You will need:

medium shell pasta ( aprx. 3 cups)

1 bunch broccoli, cut into desired size

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 package fully cooked Johsonville Naturals Chicken Sausage ( I used Cajun style)

1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

Kosher Salt ? Pepper to taste

1 cup of baby spinach

grated parmesan cheese

crushed red pepper



chicken sausage pasta

boil pasta ( al dente) less than 10minutes

add broccoli to the boiling pasta during the last 5 minutes –

remove/ drain and set aside

chicken sausage recipe

cook and slice your chicken sausage and set aside

chicken sausage pasta

chicken sausage pasta

add chicken broth, pasta, broccoli and sausage, baby spinach to pot and cook until spinach leaves are wilted

You can add kosher salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste

transfer to serving bowl

johnsonville sausages

garnish with parmesan cheese

johnsonville chicken sausage


This recipe can be tailored to your taste buds. For added flavor you can add Alfredo Sauce, tomato sauce, switch the broccoli for green beans or whatever you feel is right!

Do you have a yummy recipe that includes Johnsonville sausages? If so drop it below!

Until next time



sponsored by Johnsonville Sausages