the sill

I am the perfect example as to why social media ad campaigns work.

Like many of you reading, I am constantly served with ad campaigns while I am researching, blogging, shopping and interacting “socially”.  If super targeted – they can be extremely effective.

Let me start by saying that I love Valentine’s Day.  I’m not embarrassed to say that it is my favorite holiday.  An excuse to tell people how much they mean to you and  I have always loved Valentine’s Day – mainly because I always had a Valentine.  My Dad.

Obviously things have changed and I miss my #1 Valentine more than anything BUT I still love Valentine’s and now more than ever I use it as a major reminder to tell people I love them and how much they mean to me.

As I was noodling over (and struggling over) what the heck to give a couple of special doctors at Cincinnati Children’s and Bea’s teachers I was stumped on good ideas.

And then, The Sill entered my Instagram feed with an advertisement and I was so thankful.


The Sill is a website (they also have 2 locations in NYC) solely dedicated to bringing green inside your home in an EASY way.  I love flowers more than the next person but I am REALLY BAD at keeping them alive.  I can kill almost anything green (RIP my fiddle leaf).

The one thing I have found that will survive in my home is a succulent.  I love the way they look, they are super low maintenance and a great gift.

After seeing The Sill’s Instagram ad, I went to their website and poked around only to be EXTREMELY excited over their Hoya Heart succulent.


How cute are those?!  I immediately ordered more than I needed and when they came on Valentine’s Eve I was over the moon.  They were tightly packaged and I spent the next 30 minutes potting them from little planters I bought from Michaels.

ANYWHO – check out The Sill and look through what they have (if the Hoya Heart doesn’t strike your fancy).  They have a TON of options for your home, desk, or for a friend.

Use code:  MAKESTATEMENTS and get 10% off your first order.






weekly wears

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I have some really exciting stuff to feature on the blog in the next coming weeks so be sure to keep checking back 🙂  In the meantime, here is a highlight of my week!

[We celebrated Valentine’s Day with the girls and they were SO into it – it was so cute!  VDay has been my favorite holiday ever since I can remember but it’s especially fun when you have littles to celebrate with.  More on this later in the week :)]


[A few Valentine’s Day treats that we passed out!  More about these little hearts later this week!]


[My favorite valentine card]


[A special delivery at Cincinnati Childrens]


[Her first Valentine’s at school. Ah.  Makes my heart melt!  Find her dress HERE]


[And I took this one on a date to Sleepy Bee.  The sweetest!  Find her jammies HERE]


[And Bea was so lucky to have her Aunt Bugs come to her class and teach meditation!  It was the cutest!]


[If you read my earlier blog post, you know that I am absolutely in LOVE with Barre3 in Mariemont.  I love the class, I love the studio, I love the people.  I love it all!  If you haven’t tried it out then YOU SHOULD!

Sign up for an unlimited month with childcare using the code MAKESTATEMENTS for $85 and I will see you at class this week!  645pm TONIGHT actually 🙂 ]


[OH!  And they have really cute activewear in their studio too!]


[Saturday afternoon Jordan & I took Bea to see Madagascar at the Taft theatre.  She LOVED it and it was so fun to take her just the two of us – especially during Poppy’s nap time so she didn’t miss us too much either  Win, win!]


[I normally do my grocery runs on Sunday but since we were staying in Saturday night I did it late afternoon Saturday and it was awesome on Sunday to have it already done.  Because I was hungry and knew we were staying in, I definitely bought some stuff I shouldn’t have.  Including these……]


[And they didn’t disappoint.  Also purchased this hair mask and it was  Smells so good and really did wonders for my hair!]


[Sunday morning coffee run]


[My cozy Sunday outfit.  Find my poppy sweatshirt HERE and similar bombers HERE and HERE]


[I attended an adorable baby shower yesterday for my cousin.  It was a tea party themed shower and the details were so well thought out and creative!]


[And the afternoon hit 50 degrees so we took the babes outside to explore!]


]And Sunday night dinner at my house!]




getting fit


It is no surprise that the last few years have been a little crazy for me.  A lot has happened and I started off 2018 feeling like I was sick of living in a haze.  I felt like I’ve just been in survival mode – focusing on what I need to do to advance to the next day.

I started out 2018 feeling very ready to take control of my life and one of the ways I thought about getting out of my haze was to get on a good fitness regime.

If I am being honest, it has been a LONG, long time since I have worked out consistently.

I’m talking at least 3 years.

I’ve been wanting to get a little slimmer and after recognizing that I need to get out of this haze, I started looking into some options.

One of my very best friends since the 2nd grade has been a Barre3 instructor since she lived in Denver.  She moved back a couple of year’s ago and I’m embarrassed to say that I had never been to one of her classes.  I thought my new fitness focus was the perfect opportunity to give it a go.

And I am addicted.


Leading up to our Exuma trip I tried really hard to go to class as often as I could.    I ended up going to 16 classes out of 24 consecutive days in January.  I absolutely love it.

The Barre3 class is a great workout, the instructors encourage you to go at your own pace, and it’s the first time I haven’t wondered when class would be over.  The Barre3 Mariemont studio is so clean, their daycare is SO nice, and they have really reasonable packages for unlimited classes that INCLUDE unlimited childcare.

A mom’s dream 🙂

I haven’t quite been keeping up with my pre-Exuma pace but I am still trying to go 3-4 times a week and HIGHLY encourage you to check it out!

Interested in giving Barre3 a go?

Use code MAKESTATEMENTS for your first month of unlimited classes & unlimited childcare for $85.

I really hope I see you in the studio!  You can typically find me there on Thursdays & Fridays at 10am, 8;45am on Saturdays and 4pm on Sundays!

[They have great Barre3 swag and awesome workout gear at their studio too!]