HAPPY FRIDAY

We hope you have a wonderful weekend! This weekend, Chloe will have her first pool day. We’re excited to see if she likes the water (if bath time is any indicator…she’ll love it! πŸ™‚ )

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HOMEMADE GREEN BEAN BABY FOOD

Green beans on cutting board and green bean baby food.

After trying carrots with Chloe as her first solid food (she enjoyed them!) we decided we wanted to give her a green vegetable as her next solid food. Because, well…it sounded like a good idea to go with something green? Hah! When you have a baby and you start solids, you quickly realize that you have a lot of freedom to choose how you want to approach everything, and we figured a green veggie early on wouldn’t hurt.

Green beans.

We chose to use fresh green beans for this puree, but you could also most definitely use frozen to save even more time.… Read more

HOMEMADE CARROT BABY FOOD

We got the go-ahead from Chloe’s pediatrician to start trying solids, and we’ve been having lots of fun with it! In the past few months, so many people asked me if we’d buy baby food and make our own. I’m not sure what we’ll do as she gets older, but for right now when trying simple solids (vegetables and fruits), I plan on making her food at home. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s also super easy and you have total control over what’s going into your baby’s food. Our first choice for solids was homemade carrot baby food.… Read more

THE BEST NEW MOM ITEMS FROM AMAZON

New Mom items - collage of images.

After the initial few weeks following Chloe’s arrival, I finally felt the urge to be a functioning human being again. All of you Mamas out there know exactly what I mean, am I right? πŸ˜‰ I was starting to feel better physically after delivery, and was getting some longer stretches of sleep. I also was able to relax more and ease into my new “normal” as a new Mom. Finally, I felt motivated to dress better and put on some makeup. (OK, only occasionally with the makeup πŸ˜‰ ) It’s amazing how much better things get after those initial couple weeks of survival mode!… Read more

HAPPY SUMMER WEEKEND

Happy Friday, and happy first day of Summer!Β β˜€οΈThis week was a busy one for us, so we’re looking forward to a relaxing weekend with some beautiful weather. We’ll be back next week with a few new posts. Until then…enjoy your weekend! ✨

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WEEKEND RECAP

Happy Monday! Sorry for the radio silence on Friday…it was a busy day! πŸ™‚

We attended my cousin’s wedding on Friday, which was held at the beautiful Maritime Parc in Jersey City, NJ. The venue was stunning and located in Liberty State Park (<–where we had our engagement photos taken!), with views of the Statue of Liberty, New York City, and Liberty Landing Marina. The cocktail hour was held inside and outside on the wraparound balcony, and the weather was perfect.

Couple at a wedding with a view of the marina.
Overlooking the marina.
New York City Skyline from Maritime Parc.
City skyline view from the wraparound balcony.

The best part of the whole evening (besides the beautiful and happy bride and groom!)… Read more

CACIO E PEPE

This comforting pasta dish requires only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes, yet is SO flavorful and impressive. Enjoy as either a main or side dish!
Cacio e Pepe.

Cacio e Pepe is a classic meal that I ate many times when I studied abroad in Rome during college. Until now, however, I never thought it make it myself. Now, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long! This simple pasta dish (the name translates to “cheese and pepper”) requires only a handful of ingredients, features the most delicious creamy sauce, and is just so, so easy to whip up in a short amount of time.… Read more

THE BEST NON-TOXIC STAIN REMOVER

Non-toxic stain remover clothing.

One of the biggest surprises about motherhood has been that I feel like I am constantly doing laundry. All of you seasoned moms out there may be laughing at my ignorance, but I really didn’t think I’d notice that much of a difference with only having one kid. Boy, was I wrong! Not only does the laundry quickly pile up, but it also often has quite a few, umm…interesting stains on it. Let’s just say that baby stains can be tough to get out! I quickly realized that unless I wanted to throw away several outfits a week, I’d have to find a strong stain remover…fast.… Read more

ENJOY THE WEEKEND

Cherry blossom tree.

This weekend is supposed to be hot and sunny here in New Jersey, which will be a welcomed break from all the rain we’ve had lately (fourteen out of the first eighteen Fridays of 2019 have been rainy. Unreal!)

I’ll also be soaking up the last bit of my maternity leave before I return to work on Monday. It’s been an amazing five months of leave time, and now I’m ready to go back to finish out the school year. Luckily I have only about three weeks of work until I’m off (again!) for Summer vacation.… Read more

SANDALS NEGRIL – RESORT REVIEW

Ocean view from the villa - Pinterest pin.

When planning our honeymoon, we knew we wanted to focus on one thing: relaxation. After planning our wedding for a year, the last thing we wanted to do was have an over-planned honeymoon. We absolutely didn’t want to feel like we had to sightsee and do all.the.things. Early on, we decided that traveling to an island was a must. From there, we decided to splurge on an all-inclusive trip, because…well, it was our honeymoon! After tons of research, we decided on Jamaica – more specifically, Sandals Negril – and we were thrilled with our choice!… Read more

HAVE A GREAT MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND

Coffee, a card, and a bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day.

This weekend, we’re thinking of Moms, Step Moms, Foster Moms, Moms-in-waiting, Moms who’ve lost children, those who are unable to have children, those who choose to not have children, and those who have lost their Moms. We know that this can be a difficult holiday for some, and we are thinking of you.

Tomorrow we’re hosting a Mother’s Day brunch for our Moms, and on Sunday we’re enjoying my first Mother’s Day as a family of three. No matter how you spend your weekend, we hope you enjoy it.

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INSTANT POT CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage, carrots, onions, and potatoes.

I know, I know, you’re probably thinking…why on earth are we talking about corned beef and cabbage in May?! We all know that this classic dish most often surfaces in early March, sticks around for St. Patrick’s Day…and then promptly disappears until the following year. In our home, however, we LOVE corned beef! We stock up on these briskets when they’re on sale in March so that we can enjoy them in the coming months. This past weekend, the craving struck (this was probably due to the fact that we gave up red meat during Lent – we are still making up for lost time πŸ˜‰ ).… Read more

HAVE A RELAXING WEEKEND

Latte on a table

What are you up to this weekend? It’s supposed to be cloudy and rainy here in New Jersey, so we’re most likely going to hang out and do some cleaning around the house. Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday, so we’ll be celebrating with beef barbacoa and Mexican rice. Enjoy the weekend!

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30 DATE NIGHT QUESTIONS FOR YOU & YOUR PARTNER

Since Chloe was born, Barry and I don’t go out quite as often as we used to. πŸ™‚ However, this is OK with us – we are enjoying this current season of our life, as we know that it will fly by! As a result of spending more time at home, we’ve been coming up with creative at-home date night ideas that are a little more exciting than just watching a movie together. Our latest favorite has been asking each other date night questions.

Two wine glasses for date night.

The other night, after cooking dinner, we put Chloe to bed, took some drinks out with us onto our balcony, and spent some time asking each other questions about each other and our relationship.… Read more

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

It’s supposed to be a rainy day here today, but we’re gearing up for a great weekend ahead. Tonight we’re celebrating my Mother-in-law’s birthday, and tomorrow is Chloe’s Baptism and celebratory lunch.

We hope you have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here next week!

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THE BEST AIR FRYER FRENCH FRIES

Air fryer French Fries

Although I’m the main cook in our home, Barry is in charge of the air fryer. He was interested in getting one for months, and I finally decided to gift him one this past Valentine’s Day. I have to say…doing this has been one of my best decisions to date. πŸ™‚ He has had so much fun trying out recipes in it since then, and I’ve had even more fun taste-testing them! The biggest hit so far has been these tasty air fryer French Fries.

I have to give credit where credit is due and share that even though I love to cook and very much enjoy being the family chef, Barry has so much more of a natural knack for cooking than I do!… Read more

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

Today we’re celebrating my Mom’s birthday in Asbury Park. It’s our first time there this season (and Chloe’s first time – ever!) so we’re looking forward to visiting. Tomorrow, I have a friend’s baby shower to attend, and on Sunday, we’ll be celebrating Easter with both of our families.

To those who celebrate – have a wonderful Easter, and happy Passover.

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