Life, in General

Little B: 22 Months

Little B: 22 Months

So over this monthly photo project…two months to go! It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time to stop counting B’s age in months—our little girl will be 2 years old at the end of the summer! Here’s what she has been up to this month: Personality The typical toddler mood swings continue. Sometimes, she’s so […]

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

  Happy first (official) day of summer! If you are in and around Philly, like we are, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the warm, long days ahead. We have a few things that we want to check off our list, such as: 1. Hit up the spray parks, since we have a little […]

#tbt: Wedding Edition

#tbt: Wedding Edition

This is a big year for Chester and me–ten years together, and five years married, as of today! In honor of this milestone, I put together a little #tbt post about our wedding. I’m kind of glad that we got married in the dark ages, before Pinterest was a thing. I didn’t feel the pressure to DIY everything […]

Little B: 21 Months

Little B: 21 Months

The only decent photo of her sitting in her chair this month. Poor Glo Worm. I am pleased to report that we all survived B’s first international trip and had a fabulous time in Ireland! Yes, there was jet lag, a few tears and a refusal to eat anything but cheese crackers for the first […]

Little B: 20 Months

Little B: 20 Months

20 months in, and I’m continuing with my trend of being fashionably late with B’s monthly updates. Work has been getting in the way of the rest of my life lately. Luckily, vacation is on the horizon! Milestones Nothing really from a developmental  perspective, but I spent my first full weekend away from home since […]

Little B: 19 Months

Little B: 19 Months

I feel like I don’t have a ton of major updates to share this month, but I do know that our Little B seems to wake up cuter—and bigger—than the day before! Milestones Two more teeth, her top canines, appeared this month. They looked like little vampire fangs as they were coming in, and it […]

Ten Years.

Ten Years.

Our very first picture together Today is the tenth anniversary of the day that Chester and I first met. TEN years, people. That calls for a little trip down memory lane, yes? Let’s look back to March of 2005, when I had just ended the relationship that I was in through half of high school and all […]

What I Read: February/March

What I Read: February/March

As you might have surmised from the looooong stretches of time that go between postings, I don’t have a lot of time to blog these days. Work is busier than ever lately and the weekends are full of fun with B and Chester and/or errands. Most of the time, I’m going, going, going from 6 […]

Little B: 18 Months

Little B: 18 Months

Happy half-birthday Little B!  At 18 months, I feel like B has definitely left the baby stage behind and is firmly in toddler territory. Milestones She cut another molar this month and at her 18 month doctor’s appointment she weighed in at 21 pounds, 13 ounces and was 2 feet, 7 inches tall. She is mostly in […]

Little B: 17 Months

Little B: 17 Months

With the exception of New Year’s festivities at the beginning of January, we have mostly been hibernating at home. It’s cold, and, after the rush of the holiday season, it is kind of nice not to have too many commitments. Still, B has managed to keep herself pretty busy during the last month, and as a result, we are […]

What I Read: January

What I Read: January

Since I don’t really have any goals this year (I’m totally owning the fact that I’m completely lame, by the way), I haven’t set a reading goal like I did last year. But, I had fun sharing what I was reading in 2014, so I’ll continue on with these “What I Read” posts. China Dolls […]

Hello, 2015

Hello, 2015

B loved the Mummers this year…although she actually thought this guy was Santa. Once again, I am fashionably late with a new year’s post. This year, I’m going to go with the excuse that it the new year didn’t technically start until the end of vacation/return to work. And, since that just happened this past […]

Little B: 16 Months

Little B: 16 Months

We had a much easier time with this month’s photo shoot, due in part to her sudden interest in sitting in “big girl” chairs. I hope everyone is enjoying the first days of 2015! Chester and I were off from work for two weeks, and had the best time hanging out with B. It was rough going […]

Wonderful Christmastime

Wonderful Christmastime

My little elf, on Christmas morning It hasn’t even been a week, but it feels like Christmas was forever ago! We had two full days of celebrations with family, friends and delicious food. And, B looked even more adorable than usual. So, of course, I can’t resist sharing a few photos of the festivities. We […]

What I Read: October to December and Wrap-Up

What I Read: October to December and Wrap-Up

As the year comes to a close, I’m proud to say that I made the reading goal that I set at the beginning of 2014! I haven’t posted one of these updates in awhile, so this is what I read during the last three months: The Vacationers Emma Straub’s book was on all of the summer […]

Christmas Light Tour

Christmas Light Tour

Big, sparkly Christmas light displays are my fave. Luckily, there are no shortage of them in and around the Philadelphia area. And, since taking in the lights is a pretty toddler friendly (and free!) activity, we’ve been doing a lot of it this season. Our first stop was the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle, with our […]

Little B: 15 Months

Little B: 15 Months

This was the most difficult photo shoot to date. She basically refused to sit in the chair, so this was the best we could do! Another month is in the books, and as usual, we have plenty to report: Stats At B’s 15 month doctor’s appointment, she weighed in at 20 pounds, 13 oz (she […]

DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar

DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar

One of the first signs that the holiday season was upon us when I was growing up was the appearance of the Christmas countdown calendar in our kitchen. It was this one, from Avon. When I saw it hanging in B’s playroom at my mom’s house on Thanksgiving, it brought back memories of the yearly fight […]

Giving Thanks.

Giving Thanks.

Moments like this are why I’m the luckiest girl in the world. I try to be thankful, every day, for all of the good things that I have in my life. But, when there is so much to do and so little time to do it and the evening news only reports the bad things that […]

Little B: 14 Months

Little B: 14 Months

As usual, we have had a busy month! Here are a few of the highlights: Doing We have made only the tiniest bit of progress on the walking front. When B is cruising along on the furniture, she will let go and fling herself to the closest item (this happens frequently between our couch and the […]

Pumpkinland!

Pumpkinland!

She should be in a Gymboree catalog, right?! Even though she was around this time last year, B wasn’t really “with it” enough to do any fun fall activities. As she gets older, I am excited to start some family traditions with her. The first thing on our list was a trip to Pumpkinland at Linvilla […]

Little B: 13 Months

Little B: 13 Months

I’m excited to kick off the second year of B’s monthly updates. Let’s not dwell on the fact that she turned 13 months old almost two weeks ago and I am just getting around to posting this—life has been busy! Although B changed so quickly during her first year, the transition between 12 and 13 […]

What I Read: September

What I Read: September

It might surprise you to learn that I am a total introvert. Sure, I have a job that requires me to interact with lots of people on a daily basis, frequently at large events. While I enjoy my work and the people I get to meet, I definitely find the business of talking with people […]

First Birthday Bash!

First Birthday Bash!

We continued to celebrate Little B’s birthday into the month of September with a fun, little party for family and friends. Turning one is a big milestone, so it totally deserves multiple celebrations, right? In my typical fashion, I overthought every element of the party (an occupational hazard of a career in event planning is […]

The Little Moments

The Little Moments

Kurt Vonnegut said “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” As I scroll through the photos we have taken recently, I am reminded of what a valuable piece of advice this can be. After a somewhat stressful first birthday weekend, we wanted to have a […]

Hits and Misses: Play and Everything Else

Hits and Misses: Play and Everything Else

So, we have covered all of the baby gear, feeding and sleeping/soothing essentials that got us through the first year in earlier posts. For my final baby item list, I’ll share a few of B’s favorite toys, as well as hits and misses for a bunch of random items that don’t really fit into any […]

13 Things About the First Year of Motherhood

13 Things About the First Year of Motherhood

  10 days old. Photo by the fabuloulsy talented Amanda Young As we approach the end of the month, I’m excited to celebrate two big occasions: Little B’s first birthday and the fact that I made it through the first year of her life. Before everything turned upside down during the past year, I always approached […]

Hits and Misses: Sleeping and Soothing

Hits and Misses: Sleeping and Soothing

When it came to sleep-related products, I assumed we would just pick out a crib and a few pairs of pajamas and that would be that. As I delved a little deeper into this category of baby products, I found that there were about 500 different swaddling blankets out there, all promising that the mere […]

Little B: 11 Months

Little B: 11 Months

Well, it’s time for our last monthly update before Little B turns one. I’m excited to celebrate her big day at the end of this month, but in denial that it’s actually happening. This year has flown by. Crusin’ along on her first Fourth of July This month, she learned how to sit down from […]

Hits and Misses: Baby Feeding

Hits and Misses: Baby Feeding

There are lots of things to worry about when you are a new parent, but there are a few things that occupy your thoughts the most: 1.       What should I feed my baby? Is my baby eating enough? 2.       How can I get this baby to sleep longer (so that I can sleep longer)?! 3.       What do I do […]

B at the Beach

B at the Beach

Chester and I took a few days off last week so that we could spend some extra time with B. We drove down to Ocean City, NJ for the day so that she could experience the beach for the first time. I can’t resist sharing some of the cuteness. She laughed like crazy every time […]

Hits + Misses: Baby Gear

Hits + Misses: Baby Gear

The first time I walked into a Buy Buy Baby, I was completely overwhelmed. I had no idea that there were so many options when it came to baby items and at 20 weeks pregnant, I was tired, hungry and completely incapable deciding what kind of baby bathtub I needed. Then, I saw the price tags […]

Little B: Ten Months

Little B: Ten Months

The most interesting baby in the world We have hit the double digits and the countdown to one is on! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this was our best month yet! B has been so playful this month! Peek-a-boo is still a favorite pastime, but this month she also mastered “So Big!” […]

What I Read: June

What I Read: June

June was another two book month. First up, I finished a book leftover from May. Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has Time grew out a piece that journalist Brigid Schulte wrote for The Washington Post in 2010, which explored the decline in leisure time in America. In the book, Schulte blends personal […]

Little B: Nine Months

Little B: Nine Months

Whenever I write one of these updates, I always think, “Well, that was our best month yet!” Then, during the next month, Little B seems to get even cuter and does even more amazing things. Someone recently told me that “every age is your favorite.” True statement. At her 9 month doctor’s visit earlier this […]

What I Read: May

What I Read: May

I really could not tell you how I’m filling my free time lately, as most of the days pass in a blur. But, I can tell you that I haven’t been reading. I thought I would actually start getting through more of the books on my list, since I started going to the gym again […]

For My Mom.

For My Mom.

Dear Mom, I hope that you know that not a day goes by that I don’t think of all of the things that you have done for me, and continue to do, even though I’m a grown-up now. But, as you know, life gets crazy, and sometimes I forget to say all of the things […]

Little B: Eight Months

Little B: Eight Months

As usual, we have had a busy month! B is now eating solids three times a day. While we still are making some purees, we have been incorporating more finger foods since she is definitely eager to feed herself and sometimes will only eat if she is in control of the spoon. I know it’s […]

The Friday Five: Spring Favorites

The Friday Five: Spring Favorites

It’s been a looooong time since I have done one of these posts. But, I’ve been doing some shopping lately to get myself ready for Spring and thought I would share some of the things I’m loving lately, in case you are doing the same! Ankle length pants Being short poses a whole array of […]

Little B: Seven Months

Little B: Seven Months

I know I sound like a broken record, but, seriously, how do the months fly by so fast? Due to the winter that just wouldn’t end, B’s six month doctor’s appointment was pushed back. When we finally went last week, she weighed in at 16 pounds and was 25 inches long (Judging from how much […]

What I Read: March

What I Read: March

Well, it took me more than a month, but I finally finished The Goldfinch! I haven’t read a book that held my attention the way that this one did in quite awhile (maybe since Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, which I read last year). The story is told from the point of view of Theo […]

Little B: Six Months

Little B: Six Months

  It’s getting harder and harder to keep her still for these photo shoots! So, I blinked, and all of a sudden Little B is six months old. The past month has been one of the best so far. It is so much fun to watch her learn new things and notice different aspects of […]

What I Read: February

What I Read: February

I mostly use my Nook for reading these days, and I’ll regularly browse the Nook Store and add books that sound interesting to my wish list.  Then, I wait for them to go on sale. I know that one of the perks of an e-reader is the ability to instantly download a book that you […]

Little B: Five Months

Little B: Five Months

And, just like that, another month has gone by. Since the weather here in Philly has been brutally cold and very snowy during the past several weeks, we’ve spent most of January indoors. I thought about bundling B up in her snowsuit so she could experience her first snowfall, but it has been so nasty […]

What I Read: January

What I Read: January

One of my new year’s resolutions was to read more and I set a goal of reading at least one book a month. This month, I actually got through two. I’m on a roll already! First up was Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. I was so looking forward to catching up with Bridget after […]

Hello, 2014.

Hello, 2014.

I know it’s already more than a week into the new year, but I just got myself organized enough to draw up my list of goals for 2014. I spent a lot of time thinking about them this year, since I wanted to come up with things that were realistic, in light of the limited […]

Little B: Four Months

Little B: Four Months

For Christmas, Chester and I got Little B a few new books for her library, including On the Night That You Were Born. I started to read it to her as a bedtime story the other night, and the tears started flowing before I even got through the first paragraph, which reads: “On the night […]

Merry.

Merry.

Little B won’t remember her first Christmas, but, someday, I’ll tell her about the way her eyes lit up at her first glimpse of Christmas tree lights. And, the way she hyperventilated when Chester put her on Santa’s lap. And, the way her nose crinkled and she made her first real giggle, when my mom […]

Life, Lately

Life, Lately

I have plenty of ideas for things to write about, but finding the time and energy to actually put real posts together is a bit challenging at the moment. I have, however, been taking a lot of photos. So, here is a glimpse of what I have been up to lately, according to my Instagram feed […]

Little B: Two Months

Little B: Two Months

We celebrated Little B’s two month birthday last Wednesday! Sometimes, I feel like she was just born yesterday and other times, I feel like she has been around forever. I am relieved to have made it past the very early newborn stage, in which we had no idea what we were doing and we felt […]

Adjusting

Adjusting

Six weeks after Little B’s arrival, life still seems pretty surreal. Sometimes, when the sound of a hungry baby jolts me awake in the middle of the night,  it takes me a moment to realize that I’m not dreaming–those cries really are coming from right next to my bed. I still feel out of place […]

Little B: One Month

Little B: One Month

What a difference a couple of weeks makes! Little B at 11 days old (left) and one month old. It’s hard to believe that Little B has been a part of our family for a month. Between the diaper changes, feedings, rocking her to sleep, and just staring at her because I can’t get over […]

Little B’s Travel Themed Nursery

Little B’s Travel Themed Nursery

Chester and I put the finishing touches on Little B’s nursery just one week prior to her arrival. We stuck with our original vision for travel-themed room with a girly, vintage feel, and incorporated a few special items and DIY touches. We are pretty thrilled with how everything came together! Let’s go on a little tour, […]

Introducing Little B

Introducing Little B

After 38 weeks and 5 days of missing all the fun in the outside world, E.T. decided that she was ready to make her debut. And, to have a real name. So, without further adieu, I’m pleased to introduce: Bridget Rose  Born: August 30, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. 6 pounds, 8 ounces  19.5 inches long […]

35 Weeks.

35 Weeks.

Now that I’m almost at the end of it, I can honestly say that the whole experience of being pregnant has been pretty surreal. Another person has essentially taken over my body during these last eight months and so much of what she’s doing in there on a daily basis is totally out of my […]

30 Weeks.

30 Weeks.

Back in the day, when I was making all of my grand plans for my life, I decided that the best time to get pregnant would be between late May and mid-June. That way, I could have a Pisces baby (one of the ideal matches for a Scorpio mom) and I could avoid being heavily […]

A New Addition

A New Addition

Hello, friends! It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? We recently returned from a vacation (our last one before the baby arrives!) to the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve got few posts planned about our time in Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. But, first, please allow me to introduce you to the newest member of our family: […]

Nursery Inspiration

Nursery Inspiration

Way before I got pregnant, I started collecting ideas for a travel-themed nursery. Since Chester and I hope to pass on our love of seeing the world to our future children, I thought it would be a good to introduce the idea early on. In theory, decorating the nursery should be one of the more […]

20 Weeks Down, 20 Weeks to Go

20 Weeks Down, 20 Weeks to Go

This past week, I hit the halfway point in my pregnancy. In another 20 weeks or so, it won’t be “just the two of us” anymore. We’ll have a tiny human being depending on us for everything. Obviously, I’m thrilled and scared out of my mind at the same time. During the last couple of […]

Guess What?

Guess What?

Confession: I am terrible at keeping secrets. So, it’s been killing me for the last couple of months that I’ve had kind of a big one that I’ve been keeping under wraps. So, without further adieu (drumroll, please)… Chester and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting a baby! Our new addition will […]

The Friday Five: Beauty Obsessions

The Friday Five: Beauty Obsessions

Friends, can we talk about something other than food for a minute? Thanks. Okay. Let’s talk beauty products. I’ve always been a I’m a pretty low maintenance kind of gal when it comes to my beauty routine. Over the years, I’ve stuck with a small handful of products that I know will not cause my […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Hope that your Christmas holiday is filled with family and friends, all the cookies your heart desires and surprises under the tree! –Lauren

The Friday Five: Christmas Movies

The Friday Five: Christmas Movies

I was going to share Christmas cookie recipes today, but as soon as a narrow down what I’m going to be baking this year, I come across at least six more recipes that look too good to pass up. As much as I would love to make 20 kinds of cookies, I don’t have the […]

Weekend Instagrams: Thanksgiving Edition

Weekend Instagrams: Thanksgiving Edition

Is it me, or is 2012 the fastest year ever? It’s hard to believe that the fall is nearly over and we are hurtling full speed ahead to Christmas and New Year’s. That’s one of the reasons that I appreciate Thanksgiving more and more year after year.  It’s a much needed time out and a […]

Hello, 30

Hello, 30

One of the silver linings of getting another year older (aside from the cake) is that it provides an excuse for getting together to celebrate with family and friends. My birthday festivities started off on Saturday morning with brunch with Bridget, my mom and aunt, at Kanella, a BYOB specializing in cuisine from Greece and […]

Weekend Instagrams

Weekend Instagrams

This past weekend was all about hurricane preparedness. Chester and I, of course, braved the local grocery store. But, there were other essentials to take care of, too. Like shopping for outfits for my upcoming 30th (!) birthday party. We welcomed Frankenstorm with Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Even Hello Kitty got ready for the elements.  Follow […]

How Do You Like Them Apples?

How Do You Like Them Apples?

I hope everyone spent the past couple of days battening down the hatches, because Hurricane Sandy is just about here. I’ve got all of the essentials, including batteries, peanut butter and wine. My office is closed until Wednesday and while I’m looking forward to this unexpected leisure time, I’m also nervous that something will happen […]

Weekend Instagrams

Weekend Instagrams

It was Family and Alumni Weekend, so I had to spend Friday night and all of Saturday at work. After many years of working on 50th Reunions, I’ve decided that I’ve earned the right to be the most annoying senior citizen this world has ever seen. So I had to reward myself somehow (note to […]

Weekend Instagrams

Weekend Instagrams

Over the weekend, Chester and I took a little trip to the Hudson River Valley. Here are a few glimpses of our trip, according to my iPhone.   What fall festivities did you get up to?  

Weekend Instagrams

Weekend Instagrams

Friday night dinner at Zahav. I love their hummus all the little salads that they give you as a first course (except for the beets, that is. Blech.). Up early on Saturday morning to make baked apple cider donuts. They were a hit. Family dinner at the Dandelion. I’ve been there twice in the last […]

Weekend Instagrams

Weekend Instagrams

Friday night wine + sushi from Terryin with my hubby. The Ocean Roll is my new favorite.  Bonus: Notting Hill was on TV. I will always love Hugh Grant (and will selectively omit his questionable lapses in judgment from my perception of him). First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. Fact: I always get skim milk in my […]

Happy Blogaversary, Pass the Spork!

Happy Blogaversary, Pass the Spork!

I’m a little late on this, but my blog turned one last week! This time last year, a lot of random little things were stressing me out and I needed something to get my mind off of all of it. So, I started writing about food. I wasn’t sure if I would stick with it […]

Always Crafty!

Always Crafty!

I describe myself as a casual crafter. I tend to craft up a storm around the holidays. Or, sometimes I’ll drag out my scrapbooking supplies or my stash of beads on a random weekend and whip something up. Then, I’ll pack everything away for months at a time. Shannon and Bethany, on the other hand, […]

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Hello and Happy New Year, friends! I hope that 2012 is off to a great start for everyone and that you will be able to keep up with all of your resolutions for at least for the next week or so. I actually did pretty well with the goals I set for 2011 (get new […]

Turkey Day 2011

Turkey Day 2011

In recent years, Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays. The older I get, the more I appreciate the time out to be grateful for all of the good things in life, and the opportunity to spend time with the people that matter most. This probably sounds cheesy, but it just seems that life […]