Thanksgiving in Chicago


This Thanksgiving was spent in chilly, windy Chicago, Illinois.  There are lots of members from my side of the family that reside here and we were lucky enough to spend the holiday at my cousin, Jon, and his wife, Gina’s, gorgeous home!  My mom flew up to Ohio, picked up Grandma and drove over to join us.  When we arrived there was just enough snow on the ground to get a little feel of winter, which was such a treat!

Thanksgiving is such a special time to remember the most important things in life which for me are spending time and making memories with my family.  It’s those irreplaceable moments that I will forever hold dear.  There was an abundance of turkey & sides, Baby D & I were so full we could barely move.  Special thanks go out to Gina who did most of the fabulous cooking (and graciously opened her home to us), and to my Aunt Robin for baking the most delicious deserts!
















Superficial Things I’m Thankful For in 2014

I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some of the random things I’m thankful for this year that have nothing to do with the actual things we are supposed to be thankful for… But please know that I am ALWAYS thankful for the important things in life i.e. health & family ;)

Alright, here we go!

1.  “Group 1” boarding when traveling :: seriously, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love being one of the first ones on a plane to make sure you have plenty of overhead space for your carry-ons. Not to mention you get to be all settled in with your headphones on, book in hand, while everyone else walks by all miserable because they were not in “Group 1”. Such a ridiculous thing to be thankful for (not to mention slightly snobby) but for real… I dare you to tell me that you do not enjoy walking to the front of that CRAZY line that people start forming before their group has even been called…  I dare you!

2. Free shipping :: this is self explanatory

3. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes nylon lash extension system :: a friend of mine introduced me this a few months ago, and at first I thought it was a little weird, but after using it a few times I really like the way it makes my lashes so much longer without having to wear fake lashes with sticky glue and all that mess…

It’s a three step process :: 1. add primer with the “activating base” 2. build lashes with the nylon fibers in white tube 3. seal lashes with the base from step 1


4. Top loader washers (SO much better than front loaders in my personal opinion) :: I’ve had both and I just think my clothes get more sanitized and clean in a top loader.  That’s all I have to say about that.

5. Bump Nest body pillows :: life.changing. Since becoming pregnant, my sleeping was almost non-existent.  Not that I didn’t have sleeping problems before pregnancy, but it did get worse… The Bump Nest wraps around your entire body where you can have a pillow between your legs, under your belly, supports your head and neck, and ends at your back where you feel completely comfortable.  Highly recommend for anyone who likes this kind of thing and has problems sleeping.


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow!


having a grateful heart


…for our marriage.

…for our families.

…for our friends.

…for our health.

…for our jobs.

…for our mutts.

“The grateful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” -James E. Faust

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Love, The Dietrichs