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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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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