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LIFESTYLE BLOG

October 17, 2018

 I can't believe it's already Christmas time! This year is going to be so exciting for us as we try to establish new traditions to start with our little family. In my search for unique "shop-small" items to give (and get) this year for Christmas, I've come across some things that I think are really special and wanted to share with all of you.

B...

September 22, 2018

A lot of work goes into these tiny humans...like ALOT. Nothing is more satisfying then when you've worn them out and they reward you with a nice long (but never long enough) nap. Being someone who likes my home to look a certain way, the idea of colorful plastic haphazardly dotted around my house was less than ideal. I swore I would only have thing...

May 14, 2018

There's this formula we all think our pregnancy is going to follow. The morning sickness, followed by crazy cravings and the cute bump, "glowing" skin and finally with you pushing your beautiful baby into the world in a bespoke robe with this perfect "I woke up like this" look. The experience later to be shared on Instagram with professional photog...

April 30, 2018

Did anyone ever tell me that newborns would be this hard? Because I really don't think anyone ever told me... Instagram and Facebook moms make it look so easy! These past 7 weeks have rocked my world and I only have one kid, a hands-on husband and a temporarily live-in mother to help! Hats off to single parents and parents of multiples! One (of the...

February 13, 2018

I love having flowers in the house. Well, really any plants and greenery. But just because I love them, doesn't always mean they love me back. I've tossed even the "easiest" house plants in the trash and was convinced my house was toxic (because obviously it was my house, not me). Thankfully, when it comes to fresh flowers in the house, I seem to h...

December 23, 2017

Beginning December 26th we switch gears from gift giving to Christmas clearance extravaganza, better known as boxing day in some countries. The days preceding Christmas can feel like a shopping hangover (or even just an actual hangover) but this is your prime time to do some savvy shopping. I know, I know, more shopping?! I promise you'll thank me...

December 16, 2017

Plain and simple, my favorite gift wrapping ideas for the modern gift giver who enjoys elegance and simplicity and doesn't mind a little DIY. 

Earthy Elegance 

What you'll need:

Craft Paper, 

Bakers twine/ Twine

Greenery

Pinecone

Star Struck

What you'll need:

Craft Paper (Black, natural, or white)

Sewing Machine

Shredded Paper Filler

Metallic Magic 

What you'll...

December 14, 2017

Winter in New York is magical. It's truly every scene from every Christmas movie ever set in NYC. The crisp air has made us forget all about those sweaty subway rides from the summer past and the first dusting of snow over Central Park begins to melt our cold New Yorker souls. While winter everywhere else can be fairly miserable, in NYC it comes wi...

December 5, 2017

With just 14 weeks left... there are lots of things we have, and lots of things we don't have. Thankfully, all my mom friends really came through for me when it came time to finding out what we actually NEED. Now as we all know, some of the best baby stuff isn't actually a need but more of an "OMG this is the most adorable thing I've ever seen" as...

November 23, 2017

The title is a mouth full, feel free to shorten it to just "crack brussels". I'd have made that the actual title if I didn't feel like that would create some SEO issues. But seriously, crack brussels. Thanksgiving is TODAY and we all know the table staples are turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, but that doesn't mean we can't mix things up with t...

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