Banana Bread

By popular demand, here is my new favorite banana bread recipe that I have been posting about in my insta stories a lot lately!  I wish I could say that I perfected the recipe myself after years of baking and fine-tuning, but really I stumbled across this after googling “best banana bread” or something equally original and nuanced.  But I have to say, this one really was as advertised and I have found myself making it almost every single weekend since as it is such a crowd pleaser

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Big News!

We are so thrilled to announce that Baby Melling #3 is on its way . . . and (as the pictures above announce) we’re having another boy!  I still can’t believe that we are going to have 3 kids.  🙂

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Holiday Train Show

This past weekend, we took the kids to see the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens and it was awesome.  It’s basically a ton of model trains zipping around replicas of 150 NYC landmarks, all created using natural materials like bark and leaves.  The details were unreal, and I can’t believe how much work must have gone into creating it all.   People are awesome.

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Pumpkin Patch

We found the cutest place near our house in Bucks County called Hellerick’s Family Farm and went back 4 times between mid-September and Halloween!  The pumpkins were what initially attracted us, but they had so many other fun things for the kids – farm animals, playgrounds, rubber ducky races, a potato slingshot, pumpkin rolls, a corn maze, U-Pick flowers, etc.…

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Beauty Favorites – Skin & Hair

Confession: I have always loved beauty products, to the point of it being a borderline problem (at least for my bank account and bathroom storage space).  I think the solo CVS pharmacy in my college town must have experienced a dramatic decline in revenue upon my graduation.  I’m the girl who never gets a basket when I walk into Sephora…

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Rhodie Round Up

Yesterday was the first day that really felt like fall in NYC, and I loved pulling out one of my cozy coats (and not being sweaty by the time I arrived at the office).  But before I officially bid farewell to this Indian summer, I wanted to reflect back on some of my favorite memories from the beach.  We had…

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Last Night in Rome

Writing this from the New Orleans airport and I swear this is my last Italy post!  We left the villa in Tuscany and had one more night in Rome before flying back to New York the following morning.   We stayed in this really cool-looking boutique hotel called Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte, located right at the intersection of Via Del Corso…

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