The Ultimate Dinner Party

remember the first time I threw a dinner party – one where I actually followed recipes and attempted a *tablescape*.  I was in my late 20s and had my first solo apartment that actually had room for a couch AND a (small) dining table that we were able to squeeze 7 people around.  I used my oven for the first time.  We ate a lot of food, drank a lot of wine, had a lot of laughs and everyone lingered into the wee hours of the morning as the dinner party gods intended.

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Snow at the Farm

A few weeks ago we went out to the country for a wonderful 5 days of just hanging out together while the kids were on winter break.  It also happened to be my birthday, so I took a few days off work and enjoyed the time away (and especially loved that it didn’t involve dealing with an airport).  Our first day out there we had a little snowstorm and it was so pretty to see the property all covered in a blanket of snow.

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My Whole30 Experience

Chris and I decided over the holidays that 2019 was going to be the year where we really prioritize our health, fitness and overall wellness.  We decided to kickstart this resolution in January by doing the Whole30 Program from Jan 1-30.  We just finished and (spoiler alert) we feel amazing!  However, that was not the case from Day 1 of the program.  (Not gonna lie – those first 2 weeks were pretty rough.)  But, having now come out the other side, we both can unequivocally state that it was all worth it and we feel better today than we have felt in YEARS.  I documented my experience below, and included a Q&A from both Chris and my perspectives along with some helpful tips that I wish I had known beforehand.

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Casa Hyder

The afternoon before the wedding, all the guests got to take part in a fun mexican tradition – a wedding parade!  We all gathered by the cathedral in the main square (picture of the whole crew below!), where the staff handed out flower crowns to all the ladies (dream!) and then we followed a giant papier mâché bride and groom and a mariachi band and a tequila donkey (why not?) all throughout the town, ending in a beautiful park where they played music and we danced around a pavillion.

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San Miguel de Allende

Back at the beginning of December, Chris and I spent a long weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the wedding of some dear friends.  I was so excited when I heard they were getting married in San Miguel, as this had been a place I had been dying to visit for years.  Not the easiest place to get to, San Miguel de Allende is located basically smack dab in the center of Mexico (about 4 hours north of Mexico City by car).

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Jack’s Nursery

I am so excited to share these photos of Jack’s nursery for two reasons: 1) I love how cute and cozy the room turned out (Chris says it’s his favorite room in our whole apartment), and 2) because I put this together using all of our old nursery furniture (same crib, side table, glider, storage ottoman, rug and changing table (not pictured)) that both Declan and Arabella used, with just a couple decorative updates (new bedding and wall art) to make the room feel new and fresh and special for Jack.

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