My Pregnancy Skincare Favorites

With each of my pregnancies, I have tried to always “detox” my skincare routine, and each time around have found new products that I have loved and kept using after the pregnancy is over.  I am so excited by how many natural-focused product lines there are today, even compared to 5-6 years ago when I was pregnant with Declan.

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Balboa Island

Knowing it was going to be one of the warmest days of our week in CA, we decided to head to Balboa Island for some fun time at the “beach” with the kids.   It’s not exactly an ocean beach as it is just a small island in Newport Harbor, but Declan & Arabella love this spot so much because the sand is really soft, the water calm, and we always find a bunch of clam shells to take home and paint with watercolors (one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid).

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Hearts & Rain & Rainbows & Love

This past weekend we had a brunch playdate with one of Declan’s friends who lives in DUMBO, and we parked right next to the coolest mural that’s painted along the side of the BQE (also pictured here).  As we left the playdate to head back to our car it started raining like crazy!

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Winter Walks

This winter has been one of the coldest in recent memory, and for the month of January it was mostly too cold to spend much time outdoors with the kids.  We were all getting a bit stir crazy a couple weekends ago and needed to get out of the house so we decided to head to Frenchtown for lunch.

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The Brooklyn Museum

As I was thinking of fun activities for us to do this weekend in the city, I started looking up exhibitions at a bunch of museums to see if there was anything interesting.  Going to a museum with the kids is such a great cold weather activity, and something we haven’t done at all this year as we have been…

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Our First Farmhouse Christmas

This year was our first Christmas at the farmhouse and was also the first time we’ve ever hosted family for the holidays (which is something I had long dreamed of doing but never had the space to do).  Aside from the insanely cold temperatures, and the fact that it took me 9 hours to cook the turkey (more on that later),…

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New(-ish) Parent Health

Back in 2016 I got sick over Labor Day weekend, and then proceeded to be sick fairly consistently until the end of April 2017.  I was sick more in that 8 month time frame than I had been for the last decade combined.  I lost track, but I think I had something like 3 severe upper respiratory infections, which all…

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