Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad with Carrot Top Pesto

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a new recipe here. I just haven’t been creating many new recipes these days. Most nights I make very, very simple dinners for Doug and I that are not all that exciting to anybody but us! We eat well but it’s a lot of kale salads and simple roasted veggies around here. Quick, easy fare that I can make after Hermione goes to bed and before I collapse for the night! Read more

Here Comes The Sun

May 26, 2015

After a stunning holiday weekend it feels like summer is finally here. We even got in our first beach visit yesterday! It was a little too chilly to swim but Hermione still went straight for the ocean fully dressed ready to jump in! Read more

What We’re Reading

May 20, 2015

Have you read the Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems? Hermione is OBSESSED with these stories about Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny. We read the whole trilogy at least twice a day. She can recite most of the books by heart at this point. All three books are beautifully illustrated, so touching and quite funny. I dare you to read the epilogue of the last book, Knuffle Bunny Free, and not get choked up. It’s impossible! Read more

Ring Cleaning

May 19, 2015
Ring Cleaning

I still remember seeing my engagement ring for the first time. I was so shocked and excited when Doug asked me to marry him and showed me this gorgeous ring I spit wine all over myself. Classy. Read more

Like her mama, Hermione is all about accessories. She has yet to meet a purse, necklace or bracelet she doesn’t like. She loves piling her necklaces on in layers and often insists on leaving the house with two purses, 5-6 necklaces and a stack of bracelets. She will declare “I’ve got all my stuff!” and off we go. She hasn’t quite discovered less is more! Read more

Seasonal Allergy Relief

While the cherry blossoms on my street and all over the city are lovely I am ready for them to go away. I have suffered from seasonal allergies for as long as I can remember and those beautiful blossoms are always a sign of trouble for me. Every spring for about three weeks my eyes get puffy, my sinuses get clogged and I feel like somebody has punched me in the face. This allergy season has been said to be the worst in recent history with talk of a “Pollen Vortex”. My symptoms were so bad last week I had full on body aches. Read more

Park Days

May 12, 2015

The weather has been so warm and gorgeous lately that unless Hermione is sleeping we have been in the park. We are lucky to live very close to Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City which has gorgeous fields and great playgrounds right on the Hudson River. Most afternoons we have been packing a picnic dinner and heading our after Hermione’s nap to play and picnic. We don’t come home until it’s bedtime! Read more

My Mother’s Day

May 12, 2015
My Mother’s Day

This past weekend I celebrated my third Mother’s Day as Hermione’s mama. The weekend was full of fun, family and lots of snuggles and kisses. I pinch myself everyday at how lucky I am to be this little girl’s mom. She brings more love and joy to my world that words can possibly express. I truly do not remember how I filled my days before she was here. Life just feels so much more full and fun with her in it. Read more

Hello Shiso

May 5, 2015

Hermione didn’t really start to grow hair until she was about 16 months old. She wasn’t one of those babies who was always wearing a bow. We are not really “bow girls” in the Mercer house anyway. We like our accessories a little cheeky and chic. Read more

the perfect bra

April 30, 2015
the perfect bra

Bras. They are essential, yet usually more irritating than irresistible. As a fairly petite woman with large breasts bra shopping usually isn’t fun for me. I have never been able to walk into a lingerie store and find what I want. Either it doesn’t come in my size, or has so much frill and push up that my already large breasts seem to be trying to choke me. These days I wear a 32 D and that size actually went up to a 32 DD or E when I was pregnant and nursing. Don’t even get me started on the sad state of nursing bras-that’s a story for another time! There are just not a ton of sexy, simple, chic options out there.  Read more