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

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


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 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


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


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


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 😉 ).… Read more


Since Chloe was born, Barry and I don’t go out quite as often as we used to. 🙂 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.

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