Spicy Watermelon Cooler

June 10, 2015
Spicy Watermelon Cooler

Once July 4th comes and goes I can really settle into my summer groove. The holiday weekend was a bit hectic for us with several parties, BBQs and the holiday traffic that made my head spin every time I got in the car. Now that that madness is behind us I am excited for long lazy days outside with Hermione and plenty of sun. Read more

Natural Birth Control

June 9, 2015
Natural Birth Control

Let’s talk about sex. One of the questions I get asked most frequently is what do I for birth control. If you know me at all you would guess (and be correct) that I do not take a hormonal birth control. I realize they work for many people and that birth control methods are a very personal choice. However “the pill” has never been for me. I am not at all comfortable imposing synthetic hormones on my natural cycle. I am super clean about what I eat, what products I use, and what I clean my house with so why would I pump my body full of hormones? No thank you! Read more

It’s no secret that Hermione loves books.¬†She has quite an extensive library for such a little girl! She loves being read to and also loves picking out a book and “reading” to herself. She has a quite a few of them memorized! Read more

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