Looks I Love: Gold Edition
Marsell Sandal Chloe Ballet Flat They always say there’s a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I found mine….
Spent The Day: Mom Edition
On my husband’s last business trip, my mom came up for a visit. Since she arrived on a Tuesday we had several days ahead with our babysitter on schedule. We promptly booked a shopping day at Barney’s including lunch at Fred’s. By 10 am we were out the door and by 10:30 am we were roaming Barney’s shoe department like two women on the hunt for a great treasure…well, weren’t we?! We giggled, and...
Mother's Day Wishes
Several people have asked me what I want to do for Mother’s Day- I’d like to go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (something about being around flowers seems right on that day) and I’d like to have a nice meal with my family. But actually I just want to do something that my son will enjoy, because the fact is, and I suppose this makes me way more selfless than I’ve ever been before, making...
My Favorite Person To Date
Our recent trip to Antigua was a family vacation, minus my husband! He was on a work trip and I decided that I really needed to get away. My son’s wonderful babysitter agreed to come with us (we all needed some sun!) and to give me that extra set of hands. She took the baby in the mornings and I took him in the afternoons and of course we shared breakfast and lunch together. Dinnertime was an...
Home Design > Redesign 2
As the redesign of the home continues, I find myself falling in love with wallpaper. I was never a fan in the past, but I now see the light- it’s a simple way to really spice things up! This wall has always been our family wall- meaningful images of our family right as we enter the front door. Before there was a simple painted wall. Now we have fabulous, bright, and retro wallpaper that...
Growing Garden: The Seeds
Upstate this past weekend, I saw the real beginnings of spring: our magnolia trees are blooming and the daffodils are yellow and full. I created the garden map for the year, choosing which plants or seeds to purchase and planning out where they should go. Two years ago we had an explosion of cucumbers and tomatoes struggled. This past year it was tomatoes galore and very few cucumbers. What...
Finding The Om In Mom Retreat-Join Us
Announcing the second “Finding the Om in Mom” day long retreat! Upstate Moms, you don’t want to miss this! NYC Moms, you’re next! For reservation information contact Terri@randizinn.com!
Aloe Plants For All Uses
I love aloe! My Mom always had a plant in our house for use on a burn or skin problem. I was psyched to see aloe growing all over the resort we visited in Antigua- such a beautiful plant with so many healing properties! We asked permission before we cut a piece of a plant to bring to our room and to use on our sunburn and on Micah’s residual eczema. The cool aloe gel right out of the plant...
Cute Little Soaps
via newyorkmagazine How adorable are these shea-butter infused egg soaps? They even come in a protective dairy crate! (sold at the Rubin Museum of Art for $25).
Serial Television: Yay or Nay?
I lead a pretty busy life. Between my businesses, my son, and trying to have a social life, I have little time to devote to languid television watching. I catch the occasional Oprah network show and I manage to squeeze in a Girls HBO episode. But everyone around me is obsessed with numerous other television series. I’m hearing a lot about Walking Dead, Homeland, and Downton Abbey....
No Activity Is The Best Activity
On vacation, I didn’t want to lose my workout so I plunged into the pool for aqua aerobics- get your exercise while still basking in the sun- perfect! Movement makes me feel good and it always has. But on our last day, I realized that I was walking toward 11am aerobics out of habit, not out of a deeper awareness of what I really wanted. Since vacation is about doing what you want, I slowed...
Looks I Love: Vince Dresses
Loving these tunic dresses from Vince! With spring coming soon, I will be adding these to my wish list!
Peanut Journal: 24 Hours Without Sugar
At our recent NAET acupuncture appointment, Dr. Crandall told us that it was time to do a treatment for sugar. I cringed. To educate you: for an NAET acupuncture treatment, whatever you “treat” you must avoid for 24 hours. No sugar (or grain as it quickly converts to sugar) for 24 hours! My son is not given sugary things specifically, but he certainly loves things that are naturally sweet- fruit,...
Home Design > Redesign Part 1
At some point, once you’re married and definitely once a baby has come, you may realize that your home no longer reflects your current state of mind. You look around and realize that both furniture and decorative items were chosen when you were perhaps single, or perhaps had a different career path. I looked around my apartment recently and realized that the person who chose the look of the...
To Go Or Not To Go?
24 hours before our big trip to Antigua, Micah had a pretty bad stomach bug- diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and a loss of appetite. I found myself at a cross road- cancel the trip or go with it? The greater population felt that the trip should be cancelled, that one should never schlep a baby through the traveling process in a situation like we were in. Mom, Grandma, even my adventurous husband...
Your Loss Is My Loss
One of my nearest and dearest lost his brother not long ago. It was unexpected and tragic. My heart broke for him and for his family. I suffered my own haunting after I found out the news: memories of my father’s death, too young and totally unexpected. I was reminded of the way that life as you know it literally stops and the searing pain of loss invades your every breath. I cried for my...
Grazie! Merci! Arigato!
I was raised to send thank you cards. This is a lost art! These monogrammed note cards from Kate Spade are the perfect way to convey my gratitude.
Stuff I Love: Boiron Camilia
Teething is tough times- it begins with drool and seems to result in moodiness, runny noses, and what appears to be a decent amount of discomfort. I was raised with homeopathy so turning to Boiron Camilia teething drops seemed obvious. They are easy to use and my son never refuses sucking one of the little tubes of clear liquid down. I began by using just one and didn’t really notice a...
I Should Never Say Never
You know the list of things you said you’d NEVER do before you actually had the baby? The things like, “I’d never feed him fried food” or “I’d never let him watch cartoons while he eats” or “I’d never allow him to eat right off the table in a restaurant- it’s dirty and who knows what they use to clean it!” I’m realizing that the word NEVER should be stricken from the vocabulary of a Mother. NEVER...
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to...– Anne Frank
Alone Time: Friend or Foe?
photo via momgetalife I’ve never been great at being alone. It seems to run in my family- Mom and Grandma hate it too. When I was young, I preferred the company of my parents and friends and in college I just loved the communal experience of the dorm rooms. When I met my husband he gave me quite the challenge- and one I certainly needed. He periodically took his alone time, sometimes a few...
The Peanut Journal 3: N.A.E.T
Once the peanut allergy had been clinically confirmed my mommy instinct said there was more to understand. Generally, a major allergy like peanuts is accompanied by other allergies or at the very least sensitivities that keep our systems slightly set back. Years ago, my mom suffered several intense food allergies, specifically chicken and eggs. She discovered a form of acupuncture called N.A.E.T...
Antigua Is Calling
I am heading off for a little holiday in Antigua next week. With New York in the midst of a freezing season I welcome taking some time out to relax, read garbage, sip cocktails, and watch my son in the sun.
Fave Streetstyle Looks From NY Fashion Week
photos via tommyton Sometimes off-the-runway style is better than on-the-runway style.
My Little's Ear Infection
Is there anything more difficult than being stuck at home with a sick baby? Micah has been sick on and off for several months and while everyone said that the first winter is often a sick one, I felt like something wasn’t right. As I waiting for my husband to leave town on a recent business trip, suddenly his fever spiked high- 103! I internally freaked out and figured that at this point, a visit...
Keeping It Simple for Valentine's Day
What am I doing for Valentine’s Day with my honey? Well, we’re parents and unless we want to get a babysitter it won’t be the swanky night out I might’ve dreamed of a few years ago. But the cool thing is? I’m not complaining. I’m actually looking forward to cooking my man a romantic meal in and I’m pretty sure he’ll “surprise” me with some beautiful flowers. We’ll sip some wine and have some...
Stuff I Love: Bee Raw
I recently had the opportunity to shoot a video conversation with the amazing Latham Thomas, maternity lifestyle maven and author of the fabulous book Mama Glow (which you must read). Wanted to thank her for her time and energy with a gift that spoke to who she is (healthy, edgy, thoughtful) and yet wasn’t “over the top.” I found Bee Raw, which sent the perfect collection of “honey...
Companies That Rock
Marsell is an Italian based shoe company that makes handmade shoes with a twist (for both men and women). Using the finest soft leathers and high quality rubber, each pair is both classic yet distressed. Comfortable is an understatement. It’s rare to find a shoe company that makes chic, comfortable shoes that both a husband and wife won’t live without. Make an investment in a...
A Sweet Surprise at Gusto!
I’ve written about Gusto Organics before. I love their healthy, delicious selection of comfort food with a Latin twist. But nothing prepared me for the brilliance of their newest menu addition: A baby menu! No, not your run of the mill kids menu consisting of chicken fingers or mac and cheese. I’m talking about all organic, blended concoctions for folks with or without teeth. [[MORE]]Sweet...
Mommy's Night Out
Do Mommies need a night out? Yes. Yes. And Yes. In fact it’s important. You need to see your girlfriends, you need to feel like the “old you” and yes, you need a cocktail. But let me just say out loud all the things that run through our mommy brains but most of us are too scared to say out loud: if I go out, my baby will miss me. If I go out, my husband can’t calm him the way I can....
As much as I try to infuse color into my wardrobe I always come back to my neutrals. But I do try. I promise.
The Peanut Journal: The Visit to the Allergist
We made our appointment at The Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mt. Sinai. I heard it was the best, so back to Micah’s birthplace we went. Even though the lobby and elevator were packed, the doctor’s office couldn’t have been better. Tons of toys for kids, the nicest nurses and our appointment was on time to the minute. Unheard of. After Micah was weighed and measured we were brought into our...
Schedules Are Hard To Break
All parents will feel me on this one. How much work does it take to get your child on a solid schedule? Crying it out and coordinating your own social calendar around naptime is just the beginning of the many moments of tenacity and effort required to get your child to SLEEP. Once sleep is achieved it’s as if a medal has been won. Those two hours naps are almost more rewarding than diplomas I’ve...
Phillip Lim 3.1 Kids
I melted when I saw Phillip Lim’s latest kid’s collection! Though I’m hesitant to spend top dollar on designer clothes that my little guy will so quickly grow out of, I can’t stop looking at them! So cute!
Stuff I Love: Cute Cakes
Love these fun birthday cakes! In 2012, my son turned one (I can’t believe he’s so big!) and these cute themes make me wonder what he will want for next year’s cake!
I haven’t considered myself super creative with baby food- but I admit I’ve had fun feeding my son. With the help of his babysitter, we have blended and steamed up veggies and fruits of all kinds. Recently, while enjoying a sunny day in the park, several of my mommy friends took notice of the concoction I was feeding him. The simple mixture was organic plain yogurt mixed with mashed bananas and...
Getting Away For a Day…Kinda.
For months, I’ve felt worn out. It seems that since late pregnancy I haven’t had a full night’s sleep and even though I’ve taken yoga, had some massages, and of course a manicure and pedicure, relaxation and self-care has been periodic and fleeting. I want to be clear, I’m not trying to sound like a pampered princess here…but I really believe that we have to figure out ways to get away and...
Stuff I Love
Loving the cold weather accessories that Madewell has right now! To be warm and cute can be a challenge but I think I’m going to be all right this season… www.madewell.com
10 Thoughts for the End of 2012
What a year it’s been: even though my son was technically born in 2011, this year really feels like the one that he’s been in my life. In some ways, I’m sad to see it go because with the turning of 2012 also comes the change from baby to toddler. Wow, how time flies. I also reflect upon my relationship with my husband and how it has strengthened (with some work and tough conversations) but how...
Regarding Warhol: Fifty Years, Sixty Artists
Had a chance to visit the “Regarding Warhol: 50 years, 60 artists” exhibit at the Met. Forty five of Andy’s works are displayed alongside a hundred works by renowned artists who have been influenced by him. My favorites are the Chanel chainsaw and the Jackie Kennedy portrait. Love living in NYC with amazing art at my fingertips!
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do...– Indira Gandhi
Old Friends, New Circumstances
On our recent trip to San Francisco, I got to reconnect with an old college friend, Sharon. Sharon is a San Fran native and new mom to her son Gray. We met our freshman year not only sharing friends but sharing our love of dance. We took many dance classes together and performed in many shows on the Skidmore dance stage. Our senior year, we even shared a house with three of our other mutual...
Taking Myself To Lunch
photo by Mathias Vestergaard I’ve discovered that I love taking myself out to lunch. There’s something about it that feels pampering or like I’m sneaking away from the grind and taking myself on a date. I used to go armed with a book, a magazine, or something to “do” but now I just enjoy spacing out and people watching. There used to be cafes that I would frequent and that seem to cater to the...
Looks I Love
dresses by Phillip Lim 3.1 and Rebecca Taylor, jackets by Rag & Bone and shoes by Prada Date nights are important to me. I love putting on a gorgeous dress, having a nice dinner and spending time with my best friend. In the everyday muddle of life, sometimes we forget that we are “Husband and Wife” and not just “Mommy and Daddy.” Taking time to be beautiful and sexy...
Stuff I Love
Martha’s Vineyard Lullaby It was just after Hurricane Sandy and frankly, my nerves were shot. Three days with no power, a sick baby, and a husband stranded in London…I was done. When I found out that our upstate house had power I quickly hit the open road and thank goodness got out of the city before the gridlock and pulled into the driveway just before...