A Fairy Special Birthday Party

Peyton has been into fairies ever since we bought A Fairy Friend by Sue Fliess a couple of years ago. It is the sweetest book. The illustrations and poetic phrases about how to build a fairy garden and make fairy friends is a dream. We made our first fairy garden after reading it and I wrote a […]

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Motherhood Then & Now

My Papou came over last week for lunch and while we ate our way through french toast and bacon, we talked and laughed with the kids and my mom. At one point, my papou turned to me and asked, do you think motherhood is more difficult now than it was back then? It’s funny because […]

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Our 2019 Summer List

Brett and I have been together for over ten years now and our first summer together, I came up with this brilliant idea to create a summer list with all of things we wanted to do and places we wanted to visit together. Brett acted like he was on board, but looking back on it […]

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The Best Restaurants in Chicago

I feel like this post is long overdue. My love for Chicago restaurants runs deep and after living in the city for a couple of years in my mid-twenties, and continuing to go back just for the food, it’s safe to say I am in love with the cuisine Chicago chefs continue to dish out. […]

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Five Things I Learned on a Recent Trip to Disney World

My daughter and I just got back from a trip to Disney World this week and I’ve been having major withdrawals. IT IS A LEGIT PROBLEM! I swear, my heart is a little broken now that we’re not longer there. I miss seeing the castle right in front of me, I long to spot mickey […]

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My Identity in This Season of Life

How many of us change our “identity” throughout life? I’d answer that all of us do. I mean, are you really the same person you were in high school, or do you really think you’ll be the same 20 years from now? I for one have had many identities and titles throughout my lifetime. In […]

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The Hustle and Bustle of the Holidays

This time of the year is really something. The Christmas lights, carols and songs, festive events and time with loved ones truly make December the most wonderful time of the year. It’s almost as if we’re living on clouds throughout the month of December. Well, most of the time anyway. If Christmas is meant to […]

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Then You Were My Baby, Now You Are My Child

The moment I found out I was pregnant with Peyton, I knew she was going to be extremely special to us. She was unexpected and we were kind of terrified thinking we’d be parents only a year and a half into our marriage, but amidst all of our anxiety and fear of the unknown, how […]

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The Month of the Husband

It’s normally all about food and babies around here, but today, I’m going to write about the man who pushed me to start Marina Makes (he also gets credit for the name itself). Not only does he support me, but he encourages me to dream big and believe in myself. My handsome huz turned 30 […]

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Barnyard Birthday Bash

Last week, we celebrated our Emmy boy’s first birthday with a barnyard birthday bash. I’ve always had fun putting our daughter’s birthday parties together and figured I enjoyed planning them because of the cute, girly aspects, but to my surprise, our son’s birthday turned out to be one of my favorites! Being a boy-mom continues […]

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