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

Photography by Megan Uncapher

       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.

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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...

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