From fun sweaters and sweets to 2018 productivity pieces, take a look at my curated gift guide (in case you are still on the hunt for holiday ideas!). Now that you’ve seen what’s on my list, I want to know what’s on YOURS!

Happy holidays, everyone! I can’t wait to ring in the New Year with all of you!

1. Save your hair from the wind (or just look cool if it’s warm where you live) in this Gucci beanie
2. These Dom Pérignon infused gummy bears make consuming champagne anytime of the day socially acceptable 🥂. Cheers!
3. Plan your goals for 2018 with this planner from Cultivate What Matters. 
4. No explanation here, this mug is just too funny to not have! 
5. This mask truly lives up to its name “Babyfacial” – and the whole line is created by a fellow #MomBoss! 
6. A few minutes on the Headspace app can change your whole day. How about a subscription?
7. Stylish and convenient! Yes- the fanny pack is back and way better than the one you had in the 90’s!
8. Special shoutout to Lola & the Boys for this custom jacket – get your own, here
9. Should you get bangs? It’s tough to say. The age-old question is back… and we think this print is too cute to not pick up! 

What’s scarier than Halloween? How about waiting until the last minute to find the perfect costume for your family. Forget kitty cats and cowboys and check out some of my favorite fun-sized costumes that will win over the whole neighborhood!

Gladys, Mildred…is that you?

All beauty and a mildly irritated beast. Get the whole household into character with this spin on a Disney classic.

…Except maybe Lucy and Ethel. “Lucy…I’m hooooome!”

I dare you to name two better icons than Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Jurrasic Park? More like hitting up Lincoln Park for trick or treating. Love this family who went all out!

Introducing the newest inmate to Litchfield Prison. You can bail her out for 25 Kit-Kats.

Da Bears!

Just keep swimming all the way to P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney for the king sized candy.

Follow the yellow brick road…all the way home to eat your kids’ candy.

“One Million Dollars.”

I’ve scoured the web for my favorite articles and curated a list that I hope you will find funny and compelling as well. Enjoy my InterWeb findings from a genius app that freezes your kid’s phone until they answer you back to a bra that does it all (literally!)! Have you seen any other articles that I should know about? Link them below in the comments and let’s discuss!

 Photo Credit: Hello Giggles

Photo Credit: Hello Giggles

1. Salad,  Salud!

2. This dad is a genius, see why by checking out this link.

3. The Chicago winter is a real struggle bus, but this guide is helping me out a bit!

4. Channing my inner Anna Wintour from home.

5. I love this more than Kanye loves Kanye.

6. Say cheese!

7. Bra-vo!

8. I can’t stop laughing at Sarah Paulson’s impression of Drew Barrymore. Press play here to see what I’m talking about!

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jasmin Manke, a European life coach, who helps her clients “discover their purpose and step into their true power”. Jasmin helps individuals to live and create a life they love and is about to launch her online course!  While on a quick visit of Chicago, Jasmin, boldly, (as we laughed about later) sent me a DM via Instagram as she saw the parallels between her work and mine and thought it’d be cool to meet up and chat. Indeed it was! 

I was fascinated by the common themes that run through her work and mine despite the different demographics we work with. It just goes to show that if you can learn some of these concepts we discuss (“NATO” for example) at a young age, they will serve you throughout all phases of life.

I put together a “highlight reel” of our conversation and hope you enjoy her as much as I did!

XX,
Andrea

this content was written by me but originally published on Best Kept Self

This past weekend I had dinner with a friend who was going through a tough time.She felt her relationship was in turmoil because her finances were tight. As a couple they were having hard time navigating the choppy waters.Understandably, she was experiencing some uncomfortable emotions.As she explained her situation in detail  she told me about a wonderful affirmation she had created to help her out with her situation. Yet when she spoke it, I could tell by her body language that there was a part of her that didn’t believe it. I knew she was still locked in judgment of her situation.

How many times have you tried to gloss over something that is really bothering you for a rosier, prettier outlook? I’m certainly guilty of that.I know from personal experience that you can have the loveliest affirmation in the world, but if you have judgment underneath it, you can write it, memorize it, and sing it but it wont make a bit of difference.

So how do you know if you have judgment? If you are stuck assigning a “right” or “wrong” to a situation or find yourself thinking about how things “should” be, you are in judgment.If you find yourself there, don’t worry! We are human, after all.Forgive yourself for buying into the story of what’s happening and let the truth sink in.

The truth is the events in our life and our relationships don’t define us. We can have bad days, bad years, and speak words that we don’t really mean to our spouses and it does’ t make us terrible people. They don’t change who we are at our core. For my friend, and for everyone, the truth is we are all doing the best we can at any given time.

After I coached my friend and she cleared up the judgment that her husband should have made a different decision and that her finances defined her as a person, she was able to  create a statement that was free of any false beliefs. She acknowledged her discomfort and dug in to see what it was really about. She was able to free herself from her story.

This time when she spoke the words of her affirmation she took a breath and relaxed. She finally KNEW it.There is a subtle difference between thinking and knowing and before she was just saying the words without believing it. She was keeping her statement in the realms of her mind.

Think about it, it’s only when you truly know something to be true, that it becomes true!

Affirmations are a wonderful tools to align you with what you are looking to create, but you can’t bypass what’s going on underneath with beautiful words.If you have an affirmation for your business, relationship, or life, my encouragement to you is check in to make sure you truly believe what you are saying. If there are any judgments you are harboring, make sure you clean those up.

By letting go of all the stories you are telling about yourself or situations you can align yourself with the truth and make room for miracles to occur.

 

XO

Andrea