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Alison Ray

Alison Ray is the Founder & Editor of So Chic Life, passionate about sharing her favorite things and inspiring women to live a healthy and sophisticated life. Alison is an award winning event planner with a background in marketing, working for Fortune 500 companies for over 16 years. Follow her on Twitter @SoChicLife, join the convo and over 30,000 Facebook fans and connect on Instagram!

Attainable New Year Goals for the Family

Oh hello 2018! It’s the New Year; time to make a fresh start. Forget about anything that wasn’t accomplished in 2017. It’s all about moving forward. I’m not the biggest fan of too many resolutions, however I do like to set a few attainable new year goals for the family. It’s fun to sit together […] Read more…

Baked Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

This Baked Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash is Keto approved and will rock your world! Fall and winter rolls around and I'm obsessed with cooking winter squash.

Never fails, fall and winter rolls around and winter squash is on heavy rotation. Butternut squash, Delicata squash, spaghetti squash and acorn squash are my favs and pair perfectly with all the fall spices -cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger. Ya’ll this Baked Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash is gonna rock your world! I’ve had an […] Read more…

DIY Natural Hand Cleanser Spray Using Essential Oils

Natural Hand Cleanser

I love sharing the many different ways to incorporate essential oils for healthier living! It’s so important to keep our immune system strong this time of year.  A big part of protecting yourself and family is to promote hand washing consistently throughout the day and using a natural hand cleanser spray. With the kids being at school […] Read more…

Nut-Free No Bake Granola Bar Recipe #glutenfree

Nut Free Granola Bar Recipe Gluten-Free

If you follow my weekly meal plans and recipe posts you’re familiar with my efforts to cook healthy food. I even talked about my recipe resolution on this post. Steering clear of of processed food as much as possible is not easy when it comes to packing school lunches and snacks. I’m always on the […] Read more…

holiday gift ideas for kids

Is it really that time of year again? Yup and I’m sharing my favorite holiday gift ideas for kids. My goal for this list was to find some things that were unique, hope you enjoy! Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Razor FlashRider 360: Razor is always at ChiTag and the girls have a blast testing the ride-on […] Read more…

Easy Ways to Save for College

529 College Savings Plan Saving for College

The holidays are here and it seems like money is flying out the door. Is there a money tree in the backyard? Everything from holiday gifts, home decor, food, travel expenses, planning next year’s vacation, donating to charity… the spending spree is never ending. Holiday spirit (or spending) is among us, but we can’t forget […] Read more…

Saving for College – Does It Really Cost That Much?

This past weekend we tailgated with friends in town for the Northwestern vs Michigan State game. Many are in the depths of paying and saving for college tuition or are a few short years away. The conversation about sending kids off college steered toward where we want our girls to go. In state or out […] Read more…

Let’s Play! Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2017

Did you grow up playing Jenga, Operation and Twister? Imagine being able to meet the inventors of your childhood games! We love making memories, playing with the hottest toys and games and meeting inventors of our favorite games at Chicago Toy & Game Fair. It’s easy to get busy in the hustle and bustle of life. […] Read more…

Why I Wash My Face with Honey

Hey pass the honey please…Nope, not using to sweeten my tea, I’m over here washing my face with it. Sounds weird – right? A few months ago I posted a photo of my homemade honey face wash and got a lot of requests to share the recipe. Throughout my quest to eliminate toxic beauty products, […] Read more…

Updated Patio with Kmart

Shopping the Kmart patio furniture selection online was quick and included free shipping. Don’t miss the SummerBlowout Sale to save on clothing, home decor, outdoor furniture, outdoor games and more! www.SoChicLife.com

One of my favorite things about owning a single-family home is having a front porch and backyard patio. Our outdoor spaces have become second living areas. After city living for over ten years, surviving condo life with no outdoor space or small balconies with the view of power lines and dumpsters, we appreciate and use […] Read more…

Kmart Summer Blowout Sale + Our Top Picks

Did you have a great 4th of July holiday? We’ve been spending the last few weeks soaking up the Florida sun and I’m kinda proud of our killer tans. Living through so many months of dismal weather (thanks Chicago), nothing makes me happier than the sun, sand, swimming and lots of quality family time. Every […] Read more…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

real simple recipe pulled pork tacos

Any time I’m stuck preparing a party menu when entertaining friends, there’s one dish that has become my all time go-to – Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos. I know, I know the Instant Pot is all the rage, but I grew up on slow cooker meals and can’t seem to bring myself to cheat on […] Read more…

Kitchen Trend: Tin Ceiling Tiles

Long before the modern farmhouse craze, I’d been dreaming of a large kitchen with vintage inspired tin ceiling tiles. Our entire kitchen was designed around two panels accented with tin ceiling tiles that would be installed above each island. I’m not kidding when I say – this was the most challenging part of completing our home {but more […] Read more…

Petit Vour Subscription Box Review

Kicking off the week with an update on my clean beauty detox. Just in case you’re wondering how it’s going, I cannot lie. Transitioning away from toxic beauty products has been a tad bit overwhelming. I mean there’s a reason we are loyal to current beauty brands filled with parabens and nasty chemicals. Easy access for starters. It’s […] Read more…

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Do you ever crave rich creamy spaghetti pasta carbonara but don’t want to deal with hitting the gym for hours to burn off those calories? The best alternative for this sinful Italian dish is Spaghetti Squash Carbonara. Just one cup of traditional pasta with carbonara sauce is almost 400 calories. It’s not terrible but if you’re watching […] Read more…

Capital One Banking Reimagined Tour Chicago

This weekend the Capital One Banking Reimagined Tour rolled into Chicago to celebrate the opening of Capital One Cafe in New City Lincoln Park. I stopped by to learn more about personal finances and tour the cafe. The Banking Reimagined Tour making ten stops around the country, is a hands on digital experience exploring financial behaviors and how […] Read more…

How is Your Relationship with Money?

Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own and were not directed by Capital One. To learn more about Capital One, visit https://bankingreimagined.capitalone.com/. How is your relationship with money? Are you a savvy saver or big spender? Do you budget for big ticket items or are you an impulse shopper? […] Read more…

How to Make Melted Crayon Hearts

Repurpose old crayons to make a cute non-candy DIY project Microwave Melted Crayon Hearts for Valentine's Day!

Looking for a few more non-candy Valentine’s Day ideas? Nothing says “I love you” more than melted crayon hearts! Repurpose old crayons by melting in the microwave for a cute non-candy DIY craft. So easy to do with the kiddos and minimal mess. I don’t consider myself creative but other than hitting the dollar store for […] Read more…

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