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    Spring Forward with an Easter Bunny Photo Experience at Woodfield Mall

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    Happy first day of Spring! If this photo doesn’t give you spring fever, lest I convince you that every family’s gotta nab that Awkard Family Photo with the Easter Bunny for posterity’s sake, am I right?

    Mom and Dad always seem to be awkwardly placed behind the giant overstuffed bunny like we’re the bodyguards, and there’s a 50-50% chance of your kids looking thrilled or bored. Case in point above. And I love it. Sure, sometimes the Bunny can be a little creepy-looking, but this is one can’t miss family tradition (along with photos with Santa) that I’m going to push onto my kids every year until they’re at least 18 and have flown the nest.

    easter bunny experience at Woodfield shopping mall

    By the way, the Bunny at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg is hands-down my fave. He’s pretty innocuous (and dare I say, cute), as far as oversized, overdressed rabbits go. My kids also enjoy telling the Bunny what they would like for Easter this year. Last year the Easter Bunny gave Roman a bike, so this year he asked for another new bike lol. This tradition is getting expensive! If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I love bringing my kids to Woodfield Mall for its family-friendly amenities and events, like photos with the Easter Bunny and more. The Easter Bunny Photo Experience at Woodfield Mall is happening now through April 20. Pro tip: You can reserve your FastPass and skip the line to see the Bunny! (Also, if you live in Chicago, don’t forget to check out Woodfield Mall’s Easter Eggstravaganza event on March 30, or Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny on March 24.).

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    I’ve been coming to Woodfield Mall since I was a teenager, and bringing my own kids now gives me all the feels. Woodfield Mall is just 30 minutes outside of Chicago and is one of the largest shopping destinations in the United States. With more than 2 million square feet of retail shops, restaurants, and family-friendly amenities, there’s so much to do, shop, and eat here. A perfect day spent at Woodfield Mall for us includes swinging by the LEGO store and building at the Make & Take LEGO station (purchase it at 10 cents apiece and it’s a win-win for not having to step on that sh*t at home!), then grabbing lunch at Rainforest Café, and finally, letting off some steam at Yu Kids Island (a fab kid-friendly indoor playspace inside the mall, which we come to at least twice a week especially in the winter!).

    May your first day of Spring be filled with warm weather, flowers and pretty pastels – and go get your Awkward Family Photo with the Easter Bunny, you won’t be sorry!

    This post is sponsored by Woodfield Mall. All opinions are my own.

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  • lifestyle

    Summer Bedding Style At Home with The Company Store

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    This blog post is sponsored by The Company Store, but all opinions are my own.

    When it’s hot in the Midwest, it is HOT!! Living in Chicago, you get used to really only having two seasons: brutally cold winter for six months and then a hot summer. I like to try to air out my home at the first signs of spring by opening up all the windows, but this can also make our bedroom feel a bit warm in the summertime. Just like Chicagoans are pros at switching out our wardrobes with the change in seasons, this also extends to our bedding. In the winter, I love cozy knit or flannel sheets, but in warmer months, I like to switch it up with silkier lightweight bedding.

    When The Company Store reached out to me about their premium linen bedding, I jumped at the chance to try. Good quality linens are worth investing in especially if you live in a hot climate – but remember, not all linen bedding is made equally! In general, a sheet with a higher thread count will be more durable and feel softer. A thread count of 200 is a good standard, and a count of 300 will be noticeably softer. I’m a huge bedding snob – it has to be at least 600-800 thread count to touch my body!!

    I always look for a nice quality sateen material, which is a cotton fabric sought after for its soft, silky touch and subtle sheen. Sateen is lightweight and breathable – perfect for hot summer nights. Noone likes tossing and turning all night because it’s too hot – and The Company Store offers linen bedding that is made to keep you cool, and your bed stylish.

    I chose the Legends Camellia 600-Thread Count Egyptian Sateen Duvet Cover, which is this pretty pastel floral print in greens and taupes totally perfect for summer style. I paired it with matching 600-thread count shams. But the real prize is really the Legends 800-thread count Egyptian Cotton Flat Sheets and Pillowcases – soooo soft and smooth, and like I said before, nothing but the best will ever touch my skin lol 😉 I also accessorized the whole look with white Beekman Matelassé Shams and Coverlet. I love the quality of my new bedding!

    p.s. I’m a planner! If it were up to me, summer would never end, but since this isn’t the case, it’s never too early to start planning for a Chicago winter. I ordered the Legends Geneva Down Oversized Comforter for extra warmth and can’t wait for snuggly mornings in bed with my boys!

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  • lifestyle

    Work From Home Snack With Outshine

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    Most of you know I’m a stay at home working mom. I own my own photography business and working from home can be tough with kids. So we take lots and lots of snack breaks in between. I like to feed them what I’ll snack on myself and I love that these Outshine fruit bars are good for them. They’re seriously obsessed with these fruit bars. Happy kids equals happy momma so I can continue on working!

    In partnership with Outshine Fruit Bars.

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    Chicago Bleeding Hearts Love Wall-Chicago Fashion Blogger

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    Best part about being a fashion blogger in Chicago? All the amazing places to shoot. Chicago is so beautiful, vibrant, busy, and so full of life. If you’ve ever visited Chicago, you’ll know why this city is my first love. If you’re ever visiting Chicago, don’t ever hesitate to contact me because I can talk about my city all day. Lol.

    This shoot here was taken at my favorite neighborhood, Wicker Park. I love that this James Goldcrown bleeding hearts graffiti wall is everywhere (New York, Texas). I read somewhere it’s one of the most Instagrammable photo. Pre-kids, the Giant and I used to spend the afternoon just people watching around here. Nowadays, we spend our people watching at the playground. Lol. So I’ve told you what I love about my city. Tell me what you love about yours?

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