Hi, I’m Mara. I live in Chicago with my husband James (J), and my son, Simon.

I have a corporate day job and started this blog for fun a number of years ago. It used to be an outlet for my personal life while traveling for work, but I decided to start getting serious about trying to turn my writing into something that other people might want to read. (Thank you for joining me on this journey!)

I am always working to achieve a work and life balance but sometimes I’m not that good at it (so hard). Lucky for me, Simon makes that work life balance mandatory.

I find myself writing blog posts into the wee hours, but right now it’s still really fun and I’ll keep doing it until it stops being fun.

I love to write about my own experiences and lessons learned from parenting and try to do so as honestly as I possibly can without embarrassing myself or my family too much.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to partner with brands that Simon or I love (or think we could love!) to offer product reviews and giveaways in a weekly series called, Simon Says… I really love to highlight things that are working for us or products that we have tried and love / use often because I relied so heavily on other mom’s opinions when I was preparing to bring Simon into this world. I still do.

More truths about me…

I sing in the shower, in the car, to the baby, and pretty much wherever I feel like it. I can turn anything into a song (not good ones, but songs that entertain a baby – if he laughs, I sing more).

I LOVE black and white photos, stripes, shopping, crafts, and expensive jeans. Finding a good deal (aka, sifting through the racks at Nordstrom Rack or TJ Maxx) makes me giddy.

I take myself kind of seriously but love to laugh at myself too.

My family and friends mean the world to me.

I still see value in the hand-written letter and write them frequently. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect card.

I read a lot, though lately I fall asleep after 3 pages.

Exercise makes me feel good but I complain about it the whole time I’m doing it. I hate running but I know it’s good for me, so I pretend to be a runner sometimes. I’m trying to get back into the pool.

I’m sarcastic. I appreciate quick wit. I will laugh at pretty much anything – I love bad jokes. The worse the better.

What happens to the cannibal when he shows up late to a party? He’s given the cold shoulder. (HA!)

At the end of the day, I’m just trying to be an overall decent person raising an overall decent person. Life is good to me.


Family about 6 days after Simon was born.


2009 Wedding (photo by a friend) and Engagement Session (photo by Kevin Weinstein)


Simon’s first time wearing shoes, Simon catching up on some reading, Simon & mommy