We are Deb and Kate, a mother daughter blogging duo based outside of Chicago. Here you will find lifestyle, travel, DIY and home renovation projects, gardening and much more.

Our Name: Harvard and Oakdale

The name Harvard and Oakdale is a combination of the street names we live on. Kate lives on Harvard Avenue about 30 minutes West of downtown Chicago and Deb lives on Oakdale Avenue about an hour and a half North of downtown Chicago.

About the Creators


Kate is in her late 20’s and works as an internal auditor for an insurance company in downtown Chicago. In 2014, Kate traded in her apartment keys for a set of keys to her parents house to save some money after graduating college. In a few short years she was able to purchase her first home with her high school sweetheart. Together they live in a quaint bricked ranch in a suburb of Chicago with their two dogs, Xena and Dart. Kate spends much of her time working out and playing rugby, studying, reading, traveling, DIY-ing, and gardening.


Deb is in her 50’s and works as a Sales Manager. In 2017, Deb and her husband sold their home in a large town outside Chicago where they raised their two children, Kate and Nick. While they originally planned to downsize, they actually purchased a home with MORE space on the Fox River in Northern Illinois. Now empty-nesters they enjoy traveling, boating, home renovation and DIY projects, gardening, and living life.