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Alison Ray

HCG Diet Review: Part 2

hcg diet review

It’s been almost a year since I shared my HCG Diet experience. My journey began on June 12, 2015. If this is your first time here, please take a moment to read HCG Diet Part 1. Again, I am not a doctor and in no way recommending you try this extreme weight loss plan. I am simply […] Read more…

8 Steps to Rock a Fishtail Ponytail

Fishtail Ponytail Tutorial

It’s no secret I have hair envy but that doesn’t change the fact that I would give anything to rock a fishtail ponytail, anything resembling a fishtail braid or even a snake braid would do.  This looks combines a French fishtail with a more traditional braid, making it super versatile for all my girls who have long […] Read more…

Gluten-Free Zucchini Breakfast Muffins

Low Carb Zucchini Muffins

Raise your hand if making mornings less hectic and stressful is a #lifegoal? Rallying two little ones to get dressed, eat breakfast and out the door to school you’d think we’d have this mastered by now. It never fails, one of the girls always seems to have an entirely different agenda. I’ve found that a lot […] Read more…

33 Pretty DIY Easter Decoration Ideas

33 DIY Easter Decorations

With Easter fast approaching, I’ve been on the hunt for Easter decorations that are creative but not overly complicated and something fun to do with the girls. It was no surprise to find over 33 pretty DIY Easter decoration ideas around the web but I did manage to narrow down my top picks. From unique […] Read more…

Kitchfix: Chicago’s Healthy Food Delivery Service

Kitchfix Chicago a healthy meal delivery service.

Thank you Kitchfix for sponsoring this post. Thanks to our readers for supporting brands that make So Chic Life possible! On Sunday I spend time creating a weekly meal plan. Without this extra step of planning, family dinners will quickly go downhill by Wednesday night and a fast food run starts to look tempting. As much as I love […] Read more…

5 Reasons Not to Miss the Spring Wellness Retreat at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Not to Miss the BeHealthful Retreat Four Seasons

Life is busy and many of us need help pushing beyond our physical and mental limitations that stand in the way of being the best possible version of ourselves. What better opportunity to create exceptional change and jumpstart your goals than to join an intimate group at the Spring Wellness Retreat at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, hosted by Sarah Baker, […] Read more…

Clothes Mentor Spring Fashion + Closet Clean Out

Clothes Mentor Spring Fashion

Spring is in the air and it’s time to freshen up the wardrobe and get down to business with a serious closet clean out. Thank you Clothes Mentor for sponsoring this post and inviting me to a Chicagoland store for an afternoon of shopping and previewing spring inventory. As much as I love shopping, I love the challenge of scoring […] Read more…

Chic Easter Baskets from Etsy & Pottery Barn Kids

Monogram Easter Basket Etsy

Easter baskets are personal and for many become heirlooms passed down for generations. My oldest daughter inherited mine and I’m grateful my mother kept it all these years. If you’re interested in starting your own traditions and finding chic Easter baskets for your sweet little one, we’ve rounded up our favorites for boys and girls on […] Read more…

What to Pack for a Disney Cruise

12 Things to Pack for a Disney Cruise

We just returned from our FIRST ever Disney Cruise and spent five nights onboard the Disney Wonder. It was a wonderful experience that I’ll be sharing soon but packing for a family of four was half the battle. I asked for tips on my Facebook page and received some helpful responses (see comments here). According to countless hours of research, […] Read more…

30 Day Squat Challenge – Who’s with Me?

30 Day Squat Challenge

Who’s ready to get that booty in shape for Spring Break? I don’t know about you but my tush could use a little tightening. We’re going on a Disney Cruise very soon and I need all the help I can get. This 30 day squat challenge photo appeared in my Facebook news feed originally almost two years […] Read more…

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

paleo gumbo recipe chicken and sausage gumbo

Chicken and sausage gumbo is one of my favorite family recipes with several versions from my grandmother, aunt and mother being passed around. Growing up, either chicken and sausage gumbo or seafood gumbo were always on the menu Christmas Eve along with fried Gulf shrimp and fresh French bread. Depending on who was hosting or agreed to prepare would usually determine […] Read more…

Farmhouse Chic: Sliding Barn Doors

Big Sky Barn Doors Review

I’m truly obsessed with the farmhouse chic trend and incorporating the rustic charm of sliding barn doors into a home’s design plan. What’s not to love? It was this image that inspired me to swap a traditional door with a barn door for our guest bathroom. We’re still working on decorating pretty much every room in the house and there […] Read more…

Rock a Perfect Selfie with the Lumee Phone Case

How to Rock the Perfect Selfie with a Lumee Phone Case

Don’t we all aspire to a perfect selfie – or at least come close to rocking a selfie like Kim Kardashian? #lifegoals Hold on to your camera phones – now anyone can take a beautiful, flattering and well lit photo- aka a perfect selfie with the Lumee phone case. Ok so maybe your life goal is NOT […] Read more…

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to get in the mood than a little round up of my favorite gift ideas for her and him. Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Saddle Bag 30% off | PJ Salvage Tank and Shorts | Rebecca Minkoff Leather Folio iPhone 6 Plus / 6s Plus Wristlet | Kate Spade New York Eldridge Watch | Valentino ‘Donna’ Fragrance […] Read more…

Crumb Topped Brussels Sprouts

21 Day Sugar Detox Recipe Crumbed Topped Brussels Sprouts

My favorite vegetable of all time are Brussels sprouts. There are so many ways to prepare and a new favorite recipe is the 21 Day Sugar Detox  Crumb Topped Brussels Sprouts with red cabbage. Yum! As usual this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and of course sugar free but you will never miss any of those. Not that […] Read more…

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Valentine's Day Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks

Chocolate covered pretzels are such a fun Valentine’s Day treat. Not only are these incredibly easy to make and I love there is no baking involved. Even if you’re an amateur in the kitchen, anyone can make these. There are so many ways to decorate and the end result is a decadent sweet and salty snack […] Read more…

5 Adorable DIY Printable Valentine’s Day Cards on etsy.com

Superhero Printable Valentines Card via So Chic Life

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Like most families we’re preparing cards for classmates. Last year I was running out of time and shared 5 printable valentine’s day cards on etsy.com.  Based on the blah designs I’m currently finding in stores – Princess, Hello Kitty, Cars, etc -I’m headed back to etsy for more unique […] Read more…

The Sneaky Chef | Spinach Pancakes Your Kids WILL Eat

Sneaky Chef easy spinach

Picky eater on your hands? Try this spinach pancake recipe that your kids WILL eat. I promise. Don’t deviate from the instructions or your efforts will be futile. Exhibit A – I substituted all purpose flour for organic pastry flour. Don’t ask. Yes these spinach pancakes turn out VERY bright green and flat. Don’t be […] Read more…

3 Tips for Taking Your Own Family Photos + New Year Cards

New Year Card Tiny Print

For those that are too busy (or unorganized in my case) to have professional photos taken in time for holiday cards, there’s always New Year cards. I’ve It’s been a few years since I’ve attempted sending any type of card but with our change of address as an excuse I decided we had to get […] Read more…

Easy Tomato Soup | Gluten-Free | Dairy Free

Easy Tomato Soup from Ina Garten

I can’t even take how cold it is in Chicago at the moment. Doesn’t matter how many years tick by that we’ve resided in the Midwest, when winter hits all my brain can process running from the house to the car to whatever destination that takes me back to the warmth of a heater – “Why or […] Read more…

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