Be mine- Love actually

How are you spending Valentines Day today? We have successfully kept some traditions intact, but with three kids and a busy life heading towards forty, hey-it can be tough. We realized these traditions had become mostly focused on the kiddos. This is great, but we have to remember to keep the relationship that was the genesis of these wonderful little people a priority amongst all the hustle and bustle called life. We decided last year we would celebrate on the 13th- babysitting is easier to come by and the 14th is about family time. We had an awesome dinner at Pete Millers in Evanston last night. If you are in the Chicago area, it is a must try! While not necessarily trendy as far as decor, etc., the steak can.not.be.beat. I mean AMAZING filet mignon, a great wine list, good service and there is always a weekend jazz band playing live music not far from your “two top”.

The sun rises on the 14th and our tradition is always a big family breakfast at home. My husband gets the coffee going first (we need a wake up from last night’s yummy cabernet!) and then it’s omelets, bacon and fresh orange juice. Everyone has a card waiting on their plate with chocolates and a handmade keepsake. Last year we made twine bracelets with fimo beads. This year, I chose simple foil prints (Etsy and Minted have great affordable selections) for their rooms that totaled $22.00. My mom always made holidays simple, but so special. I love that I can pass that on to my family. What are some of your favorite traditions/tips to keep the love alive?

 

 

For fun here are a few clips from my favorite romantic movies. Happy Valentines Day! xoxo

 

 

 

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Ava at Home

 

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Hapiart Commercial Shoot

Now that the blog has a fresh new look for 2015, I thought this would be a great time to finally share some more recent work! Late this fall, I spent the day with artist Kristi Kohut, founder of Hapiart. Kristi contacted me for a commercial shoot representing her artwork. She was being featured in various publications and needed professional images . She currently has her gorgeous, vibrant, one-of-a-kind pieces offered through Minted, West Elm and One Kings Lane. I had a fabulous time with Kristi staging her beautiful pieces and photographing her at work.

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Babies, Babies, everywhere…

A little collage of recent work this summer. All I can say is, babies are clearly in the air here in Chicagoland! Off to a maternity shoot this evening with a beautiful expectant mom. Hoping the weather stays kind to us!

 

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Sunrise on the lake

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