Welcome to Kelly in the City’s newest column! This post could’ve been titled Giving Kelly the Day Off with Mitch but I figured Amazon Finds had a nicer ring to it.
Written By Mitch Larkin
This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so, so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!
All my life, I’ve wanted to live in an old single-family house in Lincoln Park, where I spent half my childhood. Outside of marrying an awesome person, starting a family and growing a beard, it was my fundamental goal. I’m so, so happy… and I can see the change in my family’s happiness, too. We have SPACE! I also just can’t get over the thought that this is my office and that is my door and why does the doorknob look like that and we have to change it immediately but I have no idea how to change a doorknob.
Does anyone else straight up pig out when they get home from the grocery store? I can’t be the only one. I even buy special favorite treats for myself to eat immediately when I get home because I’m an adult and I have a credit card and can do stuff like that! Well, that’s what this post is all about. I’ve partnered with ALDI to share my favorite stuff from my favorite store. This is pretty much the best blog post of all time.
^ This one contributes quite a bit to our laundry situation, but boy, is she cute!
Kelly and I have been in some dire laundry situations over the years. I’m talking about late-night New York laundromats, coin-operated basement clunkers, and weekend trips to our parents’ with suitcases full of dirty clothing. You’d think that by now, especially considering we have a proper upstairs laundry room, we’d be past all this. But you’d be wrong. Because now we have not one but two kids!
Let’s all give a big, raucous internet applause to the teachers out there on these last days of August. It’s tough being a teacher as the summer winds down; I should know. I used to be the guy behind the supply list!
In collaboration with Zoetis. All opinions are my own. As always, thank you so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!
Noodle is many things to many people. She’s a living teddy bear for Emma, a nap-disrupter for Lucy, a cuddly writing companion for Kelly, and a source of an astonishing number of chores for me. 😉 (Kidding. I love her.)
Paint color: “In the Navy” (Color #50BB 10/147) by Glidden
What do you do when your husband asks you to turn his office into a “manly, moody and inspirational Ralph Lauren-esque” space, yet he wants to hold off on bigger investments (like furniture, built-ins and new flooring) for a few years? (Totally understandable! He wants to learn how he uses his office and what he actually needs before making any huge/permanent design decisions.)
Chambray Shirt Design c/o Lucy Larkin
This is a picture of me covered in Lucy puke, taken approximately 24 hours before a reincarnation of the bubonic plague visited our house. Things got bad and then they got worse, but luckily Emma and Lucy stayed healthy and happy throughout the whole ordeal. (The puke in the photo is, in actuality, unrelated to the plague. But it seemed fitting. 😑)
What exactly do parents do when they get sick? I can tell you what I did and I’m not proud of it.
This post is sponsored by ALDI but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you so, so much for supporting the partnerships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!
As any parent can attest, a solo trip to the grocery store is like an exotic vacation. It’s quiet there, nobody is crying, and as an added bonus, they have all my favorite snacks. Granted, I typically have to sprint through the store like I’m on “Supermarket Sweep”. But a good grocery store sesh can make my week. And today I’d like to let you in on a related secret that’s changed my life.
Have you felt it yet? Sure, temps hit 85 degrees yesterday and yes, it’s still officially August. But there’s a note of coolness in the breeze and a whiff of pumpkin spice in the air.
I spent most of the last 30 Augusts in a state of dread. But as hard as I try to avoid looking at a calendar, the back-to-school sale signs and subtle crunch of the grass have given it away. Not today and not tomorrow, but I will have flipped my last flop soon enough.
Summer’s almost over and I’m freaking out. 😭
^Emma’s reaction when we told her we were going to throw rubber duckies in the Chicago River for the Ducky Derby Fundraiser. We should have prefaced the news with “not your rubber duckies; different rubber duckies.” ;) But now that we fully understand what’s going on, we’re so happy and excited!
I’ve had some very interesting job titles in my life: professional lawnmower, sorority dishwasher, purveyor of internet inventions and, of course, blogger. (?) But easily the best job I ever had–with the exception of “Dad,” of course–was being a Special Olympics coach in college. I freaking loved that job.
Does anyone know why the world’s major retailers convene for these massive sales in the middle of July? Of course, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public in a few short days, which the ladies in my life seem to be very excited about. But we’re here to talk AMAZON PRIME DAY 2! I went through the whole sale so you don’t have to. Let’s get to it.
This is my last roundup for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale—Phew!–but it’s definitely my favorite with the life stage I’m currently in. We need quite a bit for our new house, so I’ve loved browsing through the home section from the sale… and the girls are constantly growing out of their stuff, so we definitely did some damage in the kids’ section. ;) Mitch’s birthday is also in October, and I love that his gifts are now covered through the men’s sale! (AHEAD of the game. When has that ever happened for me?! 😂)
To enter today’s $100 giveaway to shop the sale, simply:
One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight / Nine / Ten / Eleven / Twelve / Thirteen / Fourteen / Fifteen / Sixteen / Seventeen / Eighteen / Nineteen / Twenty / Twenty-One / Twenty-Two / Twenty-Three / Twenty-Four
One of the best-kept secrets about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that right before it starts, the normal sale section gets REALLY good. It’s during this time that I’ve been able to make some major scores. It’s definitely worth looking over!
I’d say it’s about time for a “Noodle update,” huh? First, she’s alive. Second, she appreciates your concern. Third, she’s adjusting to life with Lucy just fine. Well, Noodle never really adjusted to life at all, but Lucy hasn’t changed that fact. You see, Noodle has some issues…
Mitch here! (Again. Two posts in a row from me!)
You know that song “I Like the Way You Move” by OutKast? It was written about us. ;) Kelly and I have moved 15 times since college. We used to move every year and sometimes, for fun, we’d do it more often than that. The issue was that New York apartments are terrible and it doesn’t take long before you start planning to move on… again. Think of New Yorkers like sharks; if they aren’t moving, they’re dying.
A few moving memories:
Red alert! Father’s Day is in exactly six days and if you’re like me, you’re totally unprepared. Luckily, I happen to have two kids and I know exactly what dads are into this season. I even broke it out with pictures and links and stuff. Onward!
Hello from Lake Bloomington!
Update: Congratulations to Frilot M. for winning the giveaway!
Today I’m hosting a fun giveaway, featuring the best products from my four favorite long weekend sales, and sharing some cute family snaps from the lake.
To enter to win $250 to shop the weekend’s best sales, simply:
Hahaha. I’m laughing so hard at these photos. This is the story of a couple who recently discovered that their camera has remote capability via iPhone. And they’ve clearly been having WAY too much fun with it. 😜 (Though they’re admittedly lacking in talent. 😂)
Mitch is back!
Do I look tired? Lately, I’ve been much less Cookin’ with Mitch and more Admittin’ Defeat with Mitch. Kelly’s wild pregnancy cravings change mid-cook, and much of what I make ends up in the garbage… though frankly, it probably belongs there. ;) Don’t let this fancy, once-in-a-while cooking column fool you; I’m not great in the kitchen. One just can’t write a blog post called Microwavin’ Leftover Frozen Pizza at 2 am with Mitch.