Life

Sunday at the Park

05.05.15

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New York, everything I’ve said about you in January, February, March, and heck, most of April I officially take back.  As of Sunday we have had perfect weather and are so happy to take advantage of spending all day outside again. There is no better way to start the day than coffee and bagels in the park.

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Lilah hasn’t started walking yet. We have seen her take a couple of steps here or there on her own but she will walk all over the city holding our finger or pushing around her toys. She gets so frustrated that I’m hoping she gets the hang of it soon (though I’m sure I’ll regret saying that at some point).

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My first ice cream cone of the season, which will most definitely not be the last. And I will take pictures of these beautiful blossoms everyday until they’re gone so I have a million to look at next winter while I’m cursing this city and asking myself why on earth I live here.

 

Motherhood

Making Time

05.04.15

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I am terrible at making time for myself. There are plenty of things I want to do outside of my everyday duties of being a mother, wife, and homemaker (do people still use that term?), but it seems that I always have a wonderful excuse why I have to stay home. Usually my response is that “I’m too tired”. And I am tired. The kids wake up at 6 am, I cook three meals a day, commute an hour and a half for Edie’s school, and my husband comes home 15 minutes before the last of the two kids are asleep.

At the root of every excuse is the guilt I feel for enjoying anything outside of my family even though I want the kids to see me having a life outside of them, working toward my dreams and goals. Rationally, I know I am a better mother when I spend time alone. I come home with more patience, energy and gratitude for each moment I am with them. But the guilt keeps sucking me back in and I listen to the negative voices in my head saying “you’re not working hard enough. You don’t give enough of yourself.”

This weekend a girlfriend from High School visited New York and I had the opportunity to spend the whole weekend running around the city without the kids. We went to a Sufjan Stevens concert Friday night and walked 10 miles on Saturday, going from the Brooklyn Flea, the Upper East side, Nolita, and ending the night in Times Square to catch a performance of “Something Rotten”. It was amazing! And the girls were just fine hanging out with Dad. On Sunday I found myself full of energy. I ran all around the park with Edie and enjoyed every second of the day. Bathtime usually feels like a chore that I simply go through the motions of, but Sunday night I didn’t want it to end. Bedtime stories that typically bore me to sleep were so fun to read.

A girlfriend and I have started a weekly “date night” where we find something fun to do – try a new restaurant, take a cooking class, or see a movie. I also need to start using that gym membership I’ve been paying for because a 1 hour yoga break in the middle of the day would put things in perspective. Or find a friend to swap babysitting duties with for a few hours so I could sneak away for a mani/pedi.

How do you make time for yourself?

Life

Fri-YAY!

05.01.15

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Its the weekend! One of my best girlfriends from high school is coming to visit and we have so much planned – including seeing “Something Rotten” on Saturday (it was just nominated for 10 Tony’s!) and a Sufjan Stevens concert. It will definitely be a nice break after being home alone with the girls all week.

Here’s a few things from around the web that caught my eye this week:

I was so tempted to try and score one of these this weekend.

A beautiful way to support the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

I binge-watched this show while Aaron was out of town.

It seems like every girl in New York is wearing these lately.

I’ve been helping plan a good friend’s wedding and this shoot has me totally inspired.

An interesting argument.

And I still haven’t stopped crying.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Life

Around here lately…

04.30.15

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This girl and her birthday smile. I still can’t believe I have a three year old!

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We are so ready for warm weather, afternoons spent at the park, and Mr. Softee trucks.

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She has been living in this dress (similar here) and I can’t take off this top.

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Packing up presents for a friends sweet baby on the way and the obligatory shot of my go to lunch spot.

Design & Style

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Part Two

04.29.15

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ONE // This will last her longer than a single trip to the spa and she will feel pampered every time she puts it on. Trust me.

TWO // The kind of blowout she actually looks forward to 😉

THREE // A beautiful card says it all.

FOUR // Take the kids out for dinner, light this candle, draw a warm bath and come back two hours later. You’re welcome.

FIVE // A perfect balm in a subtle, yet sexy shade.

SIX // A huge bouquet of peonies in this will not disappoint.

SEVEN // Cute. Practical. Great for keeping her necessities in, making the switch from diaper bag to purse easy as pie.