Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"Good Bye" House!

Yes, you read that correctly- We are moving! After 6 years, and a labor of love, we decided it is time to move on from our first home. We have made so many beautiful memories in our home- It's where Chloe took her first steps, and where Jordan spent his first 3 months. It will always hold a special place in our hearts because of our dear friend Boomeranian.

We have loved living SO close to the beach, and we have made many friends over the years. We are so proud of our first home that we built from scratch, and the best part is I will always have the memories right here in the archives of this blog!

We have been quietly looking for a while now for a new home, but we have not found "the one" yet. All we know is that we can not wait to move back to central Jersey!

But for now, "Good Bye, House..."

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cravings + Warm Winter Muesli

To say this pregnancy is different from my first is an understatement. The last time I was pregnant was 4 years ago, I was 29 years old and although I was thought I was eating healthy, I really didn't know what "healthy" meant. The first time I "played" by the rules, took my prenatal vitamin everyday, but with foods, I really was not consistent, and definitely indulged in fast food binges, and high carb foods. For most of my first pregnancy, I would nap everyday at around 1 o'clock. Was it my body adjusting to incubating a baby, or was it my diet? Hmm?? I can count on my hands how many times I have napped with this pregnancy, and it usually coincided with an early wake-up call or being woken up at night multiple times by a 3 year old adjusting to her new bed.

The seasons are different too. The majority of my pregnancy with Chloe was in the warm spring/summer months. This pregnancy is mostly Winter/Spring. The question I get asked a lot is, what are you craving? For the most part it has been soups and smoothie bowls. For date night, we always end up at our favorite Indian or Thai restaurants. One thing that has been consistent, in both pregnancies, is I have absolutely no interest in Italian food (go figure, I am 100% Italian!)!

For breakfast lately I have been mixing it up from basic oatmeal to warm Swiss Muesli. What is Swiss Muesli? It's like a deluxe oatmeal with dried fruits, nuts, and seeds already mixed in. Its the perfect winter breakfast treat!

Warm Swiss Muesli

1 cup almond milk (or milk or water)
1/2 cup Swiss Muesli

Mix ingredients in pan over medium heat until oats are soft and milk evaporates to your liking. To with fresh fruits. Enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Oh Baby!

Hello loves. If you follow me on social media, you may already know that we are expecting baby #2 in May! I am 24 weeks, and also excited to share that It's a BOY!
Chloe is going to be 3 1/2 when baby boy is born, which I think is a great age. She is going to be mama's little helper and the best big sister! A lot has changed in the "baby industry" since I had Chloe. There are so many new products and information out there, and I am excited to share my journey with all of you!

So excited to renovate our guest room into baby G's new nursery! We are designing everything around this painting...which was my dad's. When we went to have it re-framed, we noticed on the back that my dad had signed "Ralph A." It was like his own little gift to baby and us, from heaven. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dinner and a Snow Storm

After watching this mornings predictions of snow this weekend, one of the first things that went through my mind was "Hmm...what am I going to make?" I always come back to my trusty blog here to look for past recipes for inspiration. I know I was looking for something warm, full of flavor, and hearty. I found Braised Beef with Rigatoni and Braised Beef Stew. Both are delicious, but I am leaning towards the latter.

Returning here to my blog today, has me realizing how much I miss it. Blogging is SO different from the days when I started. This little blog of mine is so dear to my heart. It is where I shared some of my most incredible life events and where I gained friendships and inspirations from other bloggers and my readers. I love coming back to this space, its like having a cocktail with an old friend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Favorite Winter Look

I don't know anyone that does not look good in blush...I love love love this cold weather look!

Sweater: Zara

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Happenings & Happy November

Hi Lovies! I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween! I'm not going to lie, I find Halloween to be kind of stressful. Thinking about what "to be" then going on the search to find out how to make it come to life, the prep, the parties... I don't know, it was never really "my thing." Now as a mom, I find much more pleasure in watching Chloe enjoy it, than me trying to figure out what to dress up as. Trick or treating at 5 and home by 7, I love that! This year Chloe was Cinderella, because she requested to be a "Blue Princess." I wore a gorgeous white black and gold masquerade mask and a simple black turtle neck. Chloe loved my mask so much that she wanted to ditch her blue princess dress and wear my costume! NOw that I have this masquerade mask, want to host a masquerade ball so I can wear it again! Maybe New Year's Eve??

My masquerade mask is from VIVO Masks

I can't believe it's November already! This past weekend we took a scenic drive up in the mountains in New Jersey. It's crazy how much pf this state is still well preserved and serene. It made us want to move back up north *wink*

Monday, July 6, 2015

DIY Pearl Sunglass Strap

This is probably the coolest DIY project ever. My favorite DIY and travel blogger, Geneva Vanderzeil posted this awhile back, and I have it saved on my computer for a "rainy day project" (which will probably never happen with a toddler). Check out the "how to" at a Pair and a Spare.

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