November Goals 2017

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   Hey everyone! It's been too long since I've been around on the blog. Not long ago I posted my "fall goals" post, but going forward I think I'd rather create a monthly post instead of a seasonal one. For me, it's easier to keep the goals in sight when I'm working towards them during a particular month, rather than during the season. Seasonal lines can be a bit blurry, I definitely love the thought of starting fresh at the beginning of a new month. So, that's where I'm at!

Around PGH // Soergel Orchards: Weekend Recap

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     Saturday we kicked off pumpkin-patch season with our first ever trip to Soergel Orchards in Wexford! Although it was a little warm for mid-October, it was an absolutely beautiful day to be outside, and we were more than excited to pack up and head out to one of the most-anticipated annual festivals in our area. According to their website, Soergel's Fall Festival has been a yearly tradition for the last forty years, and before we even got out of the car, I could see why so many choose to go to Soergel's for a day of family fun.

5 Fall Soups That'll Warm You Up!

     October needs to slow down already! I've already really been trying to soak up every bit of Fall lately, because before I know it, Christmas will be upon us. I can practically hear you saying, "Dang girl, slow down it's not even Halloween!" but I think we ALL know that Christmas is going to come so much sooner than we all would like, since many stores are a juuust a little bit eager when it comes to hauling out the fake trees, festive decor, lights and ornaments. Our first pumpkin patch trip of the season is on the calendar for this weekend, and I am SO excited to take Ezra along to experience one of Jack and I's favorite Fall traditions. He's a tad too small to enjoy carving pumpkins and drinking apple cider, but I'm already excited to start making these sort of memories as a family of three.

Fall Goals 2017

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    Hey everyone, happy first day of Autumn! Too bad it's literally 80 degrees here in Pittsburgh - I will SWEAT in my cardigans and long sleeved shirts if I have to! Okay, maybe's supposed to cool down by the end of the month, thankfully, so I'll try to hold out until then. Boy, has it been a minute since I've had a chance to sit down and actually get a post published! Life is crazy, chaotic, fun and tiring lately, and to be honest I've been struggling to keep up with it all. In the midst of it all, I'm thankful for a few moments to put into my favorite creative outlet, and share with you some of the big (and small!) goals I'm hoping to accomplish this season!

5 Shoes You Need for Fall (That Aren't Booties!)

Is anyone else as ready for Fall as I am? For the last week, the weather in Pittsburgh has been teasing us with mid-70's temps; I've already broken out my long-sleeved shirts and hoodies and I have ZERO regrets. I don't know if it's the same where you live, but Pittsburgh summers can get SO humid and uncomfortable, I find myself avoiding going outside at all, especially with a newborn. Unless I'm at the beach, I don't care for the hotter weather. Aside from the hallmark Pumpkin Spice Latte, to me, Fall is the embodiment of warm, fuzzy feelings: snuggling up indoors with a blanket, drinking warm apple cider, laying clothes and bundling up, not to mention all of the cozy me decor, scented candles and - Jack's favorite - pumpkin picking!

     While scarves and booties are the classic staples to any cool-weather ensemble, there are a few other items on the scene that can add some chic diversity to your wardrobe as we transition into the new season. Do you already have some of these stylish additions in your closet?

Ezra James' Birth Story

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       Friday, June 30th was no more special than any other Friday, except for the fact that it was my last day of work before maternity leave - a day I had been looking forward to for a long time. Ezra wasn't due for another five days, and as I was eating lunch that day, I was getting pretty antsy and silently worrying about going overdue. I hadn't felt ANY different than I had for the earlier part of the third trimester, and it felt as though my body had missed the memo that this baby needed to come out at some point. I traveled my usual commute downtown to the office, worked my usual 8-hour shift, came home, and assumed my usual position on the couch.

Friday Faves // Instagram Edition

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How To Save The Most Money On Groceries

      It feels so domesticated of me to I say I love grocery shopping. But it's the truth! I don't know what it is, but ever since I've been married, I've always looked forward to grocery shopping each week - it gives me some relaxing "me-time" out of the house, and as the compulsive list-maker that I am, it gives me the satisfaction of crossing things off of my list for the week. Also, I see it as a great reminder to re-evaluate our cupboards and fridge and throw out any uneaten leftovers or snacks that haven't been touched within the last few weeks. Nothing like a nice, organized fridge and cupboards! *swoon* Today I wanted to share five simple ways that you can save the MOST money on groceries, and also get the most bang for your buck.

Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

      I am 100% a morning person, always have been and always will be. Funny enough, even when I'm waking up three times in the night to feed my son, I still prefer to get up and get started with my day as early as possible. I could never understand or relate to people who claimed that they "functioned better" at night, even when I was in college! In fact, I think during the 4 years I attended college, I only pulled TWO all-nighters, and it was extremely difficult for me to to stay up late working on an assignment (or even doing anything...I know, I was really fun at parties). ALL of that to say, when I lay my head on the pillow at night (at 8pm...) I literally look forward to everything I get to do in the morning, including make a big, elaborate breakfast for myself. I went most of my high-school and college years skipping breakfast, or grabbing something quick and non-nutritional, and suffered with low energy and brain function for the rest of my morning and afternoon. If you've ever skipped breakfast before a 7:40am college biology class, you might understand what I'm talking about...

DIY Nursery Bookshelf

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I have to admit, one of my favorite things about being pregnant was decorating the nursery. Before we even knew if we were having a boy or girl, I had already planned the theme and knew exactly how I wanted it to look. I drew a lot of my inspiration browsing dreamy nurseries on Pinterest and Instagram. I loved the fresh, neutral colors and definitely wanted to create the same aesthetic in our little boy's room. We went with a Peter Rabbit theme - light grey walls with one horizontal stripe "accent wall", white crib and dresser, and a few soft, gold accents. I don't know what I'm going to do one day when he wants bright-colored walls and cartoon-character bed sheets. I guess that's what they meant when they said parenting comes with sacrifice. ;)

5 Easy (Healthy) Meals for the New Mom

     Happy Wednesday!! It already feels like the weekend in our house; Jack is home from work until he officially starts his new position at the hospital, and I actually had a chance to make myself a "real" breakfast before getting back to full-time mom duty. I've only been a mom for 3 weeks, but some days it feels like months have passed since Ezra was born. Motherhood has proven itself to be so joyful, rewarding, challenging and difficult in so many different ways, even just within these few short weeks. I feel like I've been in survival mode for the most part, trying to take care of the baby, yet trying not to neglect myself and my own sanity. It's not exactly easy to take time preparing a decently nutritious dinner when you've been resting, cleaning, and keeping up with the baby all day, and now it's 5pm and he decides he wants his dinner first (and wants to take an hour to enjoy it). Talk about exhausting!

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