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Oscar Update!

April 25, 2017

Believe it or not, my puppy is a big boy. We all made it through in one piece. Oscar is 10 months old now and weighing in at a whopping nine and a half pounds. He’s yuge. He’s also adorable, sweet, cuddly, tough and curious. Pretty much the best dog in the whole world. Oscar10Months1Oscar10Months9
Raising an 8-week old puppy is no walk in the park. There were many hours spent crying, missing my life without responsibility, wishing my fingers weren’t chew-toys and disliking the fact I had to take him outside every hour to potty. But in hindsight, it was worth every struggle. I couldn’t love Oscar more if I tried. He is so smart and loving. Watching him grow and learn has brought such joy to my life.

If I can give any advice for new puppy parents it would be to go to training classes as soon as you can. You can find some really affordable options that last for 5 or 6 weeks and have different levels based on age. I am so glad we did this with Oscar. Not only was it a great bonding experience, but you’d be surprised how much puppies learn that early. We spent time introducing him to sounds and textures that might scare a little puppy. It’s also great for socialization with other dogs. Mitch and I learned some great techniques to continue training at home which has been a lot of fun. Plus we had this pooch potty trained by 13 weeks!

I’d like to end this post by saying dogs are great and you need one. Go check out your local shelter and bring yourself home a pooch! Also, if you’re considering having kids…… try the puppy first. Great training……

Do you already have a sweet little doggie? Tell us all about your special pup in the comments!

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April Favorites

April 12, 2017

I’m so excited it’s April! Trees are starting to bloom, everything is green and lush, my tulips have already been eaten by rabbits, LIFE IS GREAT! Plus it’s my birthday month so I’ve already started celebrating. Nothing too crazy. I bought myself a bag of candy, took a bath, spent too much time watching TV and started planning my birthday trip to Nashville!

We’ve only been to Nashville once (well maybe twice) while we were passing through on our way to Georgia and then I suppose we went again on our way back. We stopped at Pinewood Social which was so amazing. The decor is incredible and who doesn’t love bowling while they eat delicious southern food! On our way back home we stopped at The Dog of Nashville for bacon wrapped hot dogs and fried Oreo’s. Such a fun time! I can’t wait to go back for a long weekend at the end of the month.

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Best Indoor Planters for Minimalists

April 3, 2017

Our favorite Minimalist Planters

I have a confession to make. I can’t stop buying house plants. Seriously, I have so many of them and none of them have planters. It got so bad that I had to make a side trip to our local nursery to buy plastic plant saucers just so I could water them. Lucky for you I put together some of my favorite modern minimalist planters so you don’t get stuck in my situation.

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for neutrals but I love to change things up with different textures and materials. Metals and woods can really jazz up an otherwise boring flower pot. Some of my favorite places to look are West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Target and Etsy. You can also check out the options available where you buy your plants, sometimes they will have some really unique selections. While you’re there you should also see if they have any fun classes you can sign up for. Rolling Ridge Nursery near my house has some really cool terrarium making classes that they offer.

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March 22, 2017

After a few days spent in San Francisco, we headed to Napa for a couple days. My cousin Melissa is a winemaker there so we got the royal treatment! We slipped up to Sonoma for a couple hours to check it out. The drive from Napa to Sonoma is insane! We got to drive around the Sonoma square and look at the cute shops and restaurants. I would love to come back to see more of the area. After that we made the trip to Petaluma to go to Lagunitas for dinner and drinks. We have spent a considerable amount of time at the Lagunitas in Chicago, so we were really excited to check out the OG.


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San Francisco

March 20, 2017

Mitch and I recently had the pleasure of taking a trip to San Francisco to visit family. It was the trip of a lifetime! I couldn’t imagine a better vacation. Time spent with family, beautiful scenery and the most incredible food! We even made a trip up to Napa and Sonoma but more about that in the next post.

I have been lucky enough to visit San Francisco several times in my life. It’s been quite a while since my last trip, and I was so lucky to show Mitch why I loved it so much. My Aunt and Uncle met us at the airport, and without wasting any time, we headed straight to the Golden Gate Bridge. Wouldn’t it be cool if those people in the picture below were us? No idea who they are. Anywho, it was such a beautiful day! Unseasonably warm and hardly any fog. There was also a really cool art exhibit going on at a building where we stopped to view the bridge so we checked that out as well.

We stopped and met my cousin for lunch, walked around Mission for a bit and then headed to Benecia (where my Aunt and Uncle reside) for a delicious homemade dinner which included Raclette. I’m officially obsessed with Raclette now, thanks Aunt Maureen!

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Chinchilly & Co’s Favorite Pumpkin Beers for Fall

October 27, 2016


Mitch and I are lucky enough to live in one of the best neighborhoods that every existed and let me tell you, we know how to celebrate Halloween. It usually starts with a movie outside for the kids followed by chili, candy and lots of pumpkin beer!  We always have such a great time and this year it looks like it might also be quite warm (which is definitely a first).

So, as Halloween and Thanksgiving quickly approach, I thought it best to do a roundup of the pumpkin beers. I know, you’re welcome. It’s tough work but someone has to do it! I enlisted the help of my husband Mitch, a beer connoisseur of sorts, to pick his favorites. Just another way to enjoy the familiar feelings of fall and get your drink on.

Whether you plan to carve pumpkins or have a nice selection of seasonal beers for your thanksgiving feast you should plan on giving these a try. I mean you should probably try them all out before hand, you know just research’s sake. I hope you like the selection we’ve picked! Let us know which one is your favorite! Continue Reading

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Things We Heart- August

August 29, 2016

August is such a weird month to me. It’s clearly still summer (read: HOT) but it feels like it should be thrown in the fall category. Kids are going back to school, grocery stores start selling apple cider and ripe apples and all of a sudden everything suddenly becomes pumpkin and cinnamon flavored.

This month’s Things We Heart is all about savoring those last few pieces of summer. This denim dress from Madewell is perfect for a late summer picnic. I also love Oribe Texturizing spray for the perfect beachy waves and Nars lipstick in Heat Wave is my favorite bright red-orange for a statement lip. Enjoy what’s left of summer! Fall is almost here!

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August 26, 2016

Hello Everyone!! Sorry for being MIA the last week or so! Mitch and I recently expanded our family with a new puppy named Oscar and I am here to tell you all about it!

With that I will say….. puppies are a lot of work. When my 18 year old poodle Spike passed away last year I was absolutely devastated. He had been my dog through a lot of tough times in my life and had always been there for me. He was my best friend. It took awhile to think about the idea of getting another dog and I had some very high expectations. After 18 years I also forgot what puppies are like. I was expecting that we would go pick one out and he would be everything we wanted right away. I forgot about all the work involved and how much it would change our lives. Don’t get me wrong, he is the cutest little pork chop in the whole world and I already love him with all my heart but it’s easy to focus on the fun and exciting reasons you wanted to get a dog in the first place. It’s easier to forget about the 3am potty breaks and nighttime puppy cries, the constant chewing of fingers and shoes, the “accidents” on the carpet, the heartache that comes with leaving the house to the sound of sad little whimpers. But as difficult as this time can be it’s comforting to know that it’s just a phase and he’s just a baby trying to learn how to cope with challenges.

I leave you with a couple pictures of our sweet Oscar. I hope this face brings you some happiness on this glorious Friday!

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Homemade Flavored Croutons

August 10, 2016

Guys! I have the secret to next level salads right here! Homemade croutons. Seriously so good and so easy.  These are the answer to the leftover bread you don’t want to throw away but have no other use for!

I’m going to be real with you, salads aren’t really my thing. Too many vegetables for my child-like palette. So if I’m going to eat one, I’m going to make sure it’s the best dang salad that’s ever lived and these croutons are going to be on it!

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