Hello and thanks for visiting! My name is Leyla and this blog is about my family’s adventures in Chicago and sometimes elsewhere.

 I met my husband,Charlie, in 2007 on a blind date.  We fell in love and got married in May 2011 and in March 2012 (yes, 10 months after we got married), we welcomed sweet baby Luke to the world! I am loving my roles and titles as a “mama” and wife. I never knew I had so much love to give!!!

After over three years of struggling to conceive a second child, we went from a family of three to a family of five in 2018. Yes, five!! We welcomed identical twin boys, Cruz and Levi (surprise!) in July 2018, which makes me officially a #boymom.  I thank God each day for all my boys. Life since the twins’ arrival has been chaotic, sleepless, and beautiful all at the same time. We are loving our new additions and looking forward to adventures as a family of five and and navigating life with twins.

I started my blog as a place to share all my photos of Luke, our adventures and our family. As a working mom in the corporate world, I wanted a place to share my creativity, photography and struggles on motherhood and “having it all”. The blog has organically grown as a resource for friends (and others) for things to do and places to see in Chicago.

On the weekends we enjoy getting out of the house to explore the hidden gems in and the beauty of Chicago (especially murals and things for kids to do) and share those adventures on the blog and Instagram.  This blog is also includes my thoughts and experience on motherhood, life and whatever comes to my mind.

Although I love living in Chicago, I consider myself a Francophile with a dream to live in France for a summer. I hope to some day share that experience.

Thanks for stopping by! ~ Leyla


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