Kelly in the City

Written By Mitch Larkin

Sailing Lake Michigan in Chicago

Sailing Lake Michigan in Chicago

Floral Maxi Dress / Sunglasses / Girls’ Dresses / Girls’ SandalsMitch’s Shorts / Mitch’s Sandals / Mitch’s Chambray Shirt (Similar) / Mitch’s Sunglasses

Mitch here!

I like to think of myself as a guy who enjoys sailing. I have a Nantucket sweatshirt. I wear boat shoes often. I love the color navy. But up until recently, I’d never actually been sailing. 😜

Teaching Math at Home

Teaching Math at Home

Emma’s Room Details / Rainbow Dress

Mr. Mitch here!

Math is important. If you look around, it’s clear that those who have a fundamental mathematical understanding typically have a leg up on those who don’t. I’d be hard-pressed to name a life path that doesn’t require some math in some capacity! So a goal of mine is to work with my daughters on math every day.

I was a math teacher for 10 years, and I’ve seen first-hand the type of stress that math can cause kids and adults alike. “Math anxiety” is a real problem. I actually experienced it myself growing up! A lot of people believe that math skills are a genetic gift, passed down from generation to generation and bestowed upon only the lucky few. Being “not good at math” is used as an excuse to throw up one’s hands, plug one’s ears, and run away in terror. The truth is that understanding math, just like any other skill, is achievable for nearly anyone willing to put in the effort. It just takes some work!

Wisconsin Dells Trip

Wisconsin Dells Trip

Watermelon Dresses / Sandals / Liberty of London Dresses / Lucy’s Bathing Suit / Emma’s Bathing Suit / Girls’ Clips

Mitch here!

There are three kinds of Summer People in Chicago: City People, Michigan People and Wisconsin People. And after our recent trip to the Wisconsin Dells, I’m thinking it’s time to declare myself a Wisconsin Person!

Mitch’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide for Men

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide for Men

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Mitch here!

It’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale sale season, and today I’m sharing my favorites… because men’s is a category often forgotten. ;)

Buy this Super-Fast iPhone Charger Today

Buy this Super-Fast iPhone Charger Today

Old iPhone Charger on Left / New, Super-Fast Charger on the Right

Mitch here! 

Quick post today to share the single-greatest piece of technology I’ve purchased in the last year: a Fast iPhone Charger. It’s between $16 and $19 depending on the day, and it can charge a dead iPhone to half battery in just 30 minutes. Incredible!

Mitch’s Amazon Buys

Mitchs Amazon Buys

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Mitch here!

Looking back through our recent Amazon purchases is a strange window into the soul. It’s like a journal that shares the true story of our lives without the lies and exaggerations I usually tell myself. We buy some truly bizarre stuff on Amazon, and I’d like to share that with you today.

(Though I refuse to look back at my 2020 purchase history. Amazon and I went to some strange and dark places during the pandemic.)

How to Fix Your Slow WiFi

How to Fix Your Slow WiFi

Diamond Jute Rug / Lemon Wallpaper / Curtains / Harbour Cane Collection / End Table / Striped Sofa / Lamp (But Kelly also loves this one, this onethis one, this one and this one. Apparently we’re huge fans of Target lamps!) / Pillow / Amazon’s Eero Pro 6 and less expensive Eero 6 mesh router systems

Mitch here!

Until recently, I was afflicted with crappy WiFi. Symptoms included disrupted TikTok dances, occasional “green bubble” texts, spinning wheels of death, and disgruntled wives. If you or a friend are experiencing crappy WiFi, send them this blog post today. Side effects may include joy, well-being and improved connectedness.

Sorry.

10 Things with Mitch, 6/17

10 Things with Mitch 6/17

Kelly’s Favorite Dudley Stephens Fleece (The off-white color is perfect for spring and summer!) / Jeans (Also love this pair and this pair.) / Rothy’s Washable Sneakers / Newer Utility Jacket (L.L.Bean has a good one, too.) / Goyard Tote / HeadbandSunglasses / Mitch’s Marine Layer Pullover, Shorts, Backpack and Birkenstocks

Mitch here!

It turns out that writing these “10 Things” posts is super enjoyable. It’s like journaling, but in public. Actually, when you put it that way, it’s sort of terrifying. Whatever. Here are the first 10 Things that come to mind today:

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Mitch’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe for Men

Mens Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer Mitch here!

By popular demand 😆, I present the latest in my Capsule Wardrobe series. Summer clothes lend themselves to a capsule wardrobe, so today I’m sharing a whole season’s worth of super simple pieces made from light-and-easy materials that are easily rearranged into dozens of outfits.

Let’s get to it!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Men’s Guide

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Men's Guide

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Mitch here!

I just spent four hours clicking through the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale to curate this guide of all the best men’s stuff. Enjoy!

Mitch’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Mitch's Father's Day Gift Guide 2021

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Mitch here!

Don’t freak out! Father’s Day is still a month away and there’s no need to panic. Feel free to push this post to the back of your mind only to revisit it in a few weeks when everything is sold out and shipping delayed. Or you could do the right thing and just cross Father’s Day off your shopping list right now. Totally up to you.

Rothy’s Men’s Shoes

Rothys Mens Shoes

Mitch here!

Big news today, so hold my calls, clear my schedule, put on a pot of coffee and lock the kids in their rooms. Delete Twitter from my phone, order a pizza, throw away the TV remote, and boil some macaroni. Pre-tie my shoes, put two s’mores in a ziplock bag, run a bath, and write this on my Facebook Wall: Rothy’s has men’s shoes now!

Get $20 off your Rothy’s Purchase with this code: D7PRKc

This Amazon Hoodie Will Change a Guy’s Life

Amazon Hoodie for men

Best hoodie of all time

Mitch here!

If your life is like my life and/or you’re like my wife, you’re pretty disappointed in the clothes your husband chooses to wear every day. (Confused? It’s fine.) Fear not, though, because today I have the ultimate husband outfit hack that will improve his look for less than $50 per outfit.