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

This is Two

April 29, 2015

On Monday, Hermione turned two! I can hardly believe my tiny little baby has grown into this amazing, smart, curious, loving, hilarious little girl. It truly feels like yesterday that she was placed on my chest and our love story began. Over the past two years my heart has opened up in ways I never dreamed possible. I love this little angel with all of my heart and soul and cannot remember what life was like without her. All of the pregnancy woes, sleepless nights, and endless days are more than worth it when compared to the joy Hermione brings to our family. Read more

Teeny Yogini

April 20, 2015

Doug and I both have strong yoga practices so it is no wonder Hermione is turning into a teeny yogini. I practiced yoga my entire pregnancy (check out my pre-natal yoga video here) and once Hermione was born we went to baby and me yoga all the time. Our yoga classes together are still some of my favorite memories of our first summer. Read more

Puppet Master

April 13, 2015

Hermione has caught the theater bug. With a former director as a dad, and a former producer as a mom it no wonder she has a penchant for the theatrical. She loves dancing, singing, and recently directing! Read more

Easy Electrolyte Drink

April 13, 2015
Easy Electrolyte Drink

For the past few weeks there has been a nasty bug making it’s way around our neighborhood (and our house!). Everyone I know has gotten a bad stomach flu that has lingered for awhile. Hermione, Doug and I have all gotten it to one degree or another. When you have a stomach bug and are throwing up a ton you run a huge risk of getting dehydrated from loss of electrolytes. Electrolytes ( potassium, sodium and chloride) are minerals the body uses to regulate the transport of fluids. You need their help to stay healthy and hydrated. Water alone is not enough to get you back to where you need to be after a bout with a bug. Read more

Snack Time

April 9, 2015

Hermione is a big snacker. She seems to always be nibbling on something. With all the activities she does everyday it’s no wonder she needs to refuel in between meals. It’s exhausting being a toddler! Read more

Easter Bunny

April 3, 2015

I love creating family traditions around holidays that Hermione will grow up looking forward to. Even if she is still little now I think it is important to put these traditions in place and then add to them as time goes on. This year for Easter I decided to create her a very special Easter Basket filled with trinkets and goodies.  I bought this cute bunny basket at our local Whole Foods and stuffed it with real dried grass instead of the fake plastic stuff. I wanted to steer clear of the traditional candies and sweets and instead give her some fun new items to play with and enjoy. I had a ton of fun putting her basket together and I think Hermione loved all of her goodies as well. She got a sneak peek for the sake of these photos but hopefully the items are new again to her this Sunday! Read more

CAP Beauty

March 25, 2015
CAP Beauty

The other day I spent the afternoon at CAP Beauty, a gorgeous new natural beauty boutique in the West Village. The owners, Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima gave me an in depth tour of the entire store which includes many exciting natural beauty brands I had never heard of.  Read more