Chanukah Home Tour 2017

I am so excited to share my Chanukah home tour of 2017 with you! Chanukah starts tonight so I wanted to get into the holiday spirit and decorate our home with festive finds. Stringing up lights, displaying our menorahs, and lighting the candles are a few of my favorite holiday things. There are few things that make me happier than the glow of the twinkling lights throughout our home….Chanukah is the festival of lights, after all! There is no time of year that I love staying home as much as I do when the Chanukah decor is out.

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Fall Family Photos

I think it’s safe to say that this past year was one of the fastest ones of my life! Once you have a child, I feel like the way you measure time changes….ever since Adina was born, I view a month or a year so differently. I often hear other people share that they wish they could freeze time or make time slow down or stand still. I feel the same way! My growing toddler was just a squishy newborn a few months ago - how has time flown by so fast?! Well sadly I can’t freeze time, but I can try to savor and capture these moments as much as I can now. I snap pictures and videos everyday on my phone, but this fall we had professional family photos taken and I love how they turned out!

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Brooklyn Real Estate Q + A with Noel Borbon

As a new mom, navigating life in the city with a 1-year-old, my family’s home is something that is on my mind all the time. I would be lying if I said I didn’t crave more space. From strollers, to car seats, to furniture, to toys, to bottles and all the other gear - the list goes on and on… it is incredible how much “stuff” you accumulate when you have a child. I think most parents can relate, right? We’re currently renting our 2-bedroom apartment and it works for our family now, but it is not our forever home. I wanted to learn more about the Brooklyn real estate market from a pro. A couple of weeks ago, I met up for coffee with native Brooklynite and real estate agent Noel Borbon to learn more.

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DIY Unicorn Costume

I absolutely love playing dress up so I knew we would have fun with Halloween and get into the holiday spirit this year. When brainstorming costumes, I wanted to come up with a matching idea for Adina and me and keep it simple. I started by taking stock of what I already owned to see if I could draw any inspiration from our existing items. Someone had gifted a rainbow tutu to Adina and I happened to have two faux flower crown headbands. From these items, our matching unicorn costumes were born!

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Dainty Cake Smash!

In case you couldn’t tell, I take birthdays pretty seriously and wanted Adina’s first birthday to be extra special. We had plans to take family photos in mid-October with Faryl Loew, who did my maternity photos and Adina’s newborn photos. Since it was just a couple of weeks before Adina’s birthday, we decided to add some birthday-inspiration to the shoot and do a cake-smash! It was so much fun!

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Adina's Up Up + Away First Birthday Party

Adina is official one year old! I still can’t believe it! We had a hot air balloon themed first birthday party for her and it was wonderful, whimsical, and so memorable. Since Adina is the first grandchild (and great-grandchild, niece etc.) on both sides, we knew that many of our friends and family members would want to celebrate this milestone with us. We were so moved to have guests join us from NJ, Boston, Western MA, and even Chicago for Adina’s special day. It was amazing to feel all the love for our sweet girl and she had the best time partying with all of her friends and family!

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Spooky Stoops: Tasteful Halloween Decor

October is one of my favorite months of the year! I love the cool chill in the air and the budding foliage as the seasons really start to change. One of the things I love most about this month is that it kicks off the holiday season, with Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays not too far away. Everyday as I stroll through the quaint streets in my charming neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, I am stopped dead in my tracks by the way my neighbors decorate for the season. Read on to see a few snapshots of my favorite exterior decorations for Halloween and fall: 

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Arizona Recap + Travel Guide

When we were thinking about where he wanted to go on vacation, we kept a few factors in mind. Our biggest priority was traveling to a place where we could escape the fast-pace of city life in a beautiful, natural setting and to a combination of adventure and relaxation. Since this was our first vacation away from Adina, we did not want to travel too far away or be away for too long. Arizona fit the bill! We packed in so much in the few days that we were there and had the best time. Keep reading to see pictures and highlights from the trip and to read my mini Arizona travel guide!

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Our Wedding!

In honor of our anniversary, I wanted to share memories from our wedding day three years ago. In some ways, it feels like just yesterday! It’s crazy how much can change in three years - new city, new jobs, new baby and more! The highlight for both of us was celebrating and starting this new chapter surrounded by friends and family who we love. I married my best friend and had the time of my life. Our parents’ heartfelt speeches, the dress, the weather, the groom… to me, it was all perfect. Right out of a fairy tale. Marrying Michael is the best decision I’ve ever made and I’d do it over a million times!

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Home Office Tour

When we were apartment hunting, we had our “must-have” list of non-negotiables. And then we had our “bonus list” of things that would be nice to have, but weren’t necessary. One of those “bonus” items was space for a home office. When we visited our apartment for the first time, it checked off most of the boxes on our must-have list (2 bedrooms, a dishwasher, space for a dining room table and chairs etc.) but it didn’t have a separate dedicated space for a home office. However, once we got settled in and things began to find their place, it looked like creating a dedicated workspace could be possible! 

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Adina's 10 Month Update!

Over the weekend, Adina turned 10 months old. In two months, she is going to be one! She is becoming such a big girl and her personality is shining through more than ever! She laughs along with conversations now, like she’s a part of them, and is just generally more of a human being! I stare at her most days, amazed that a person can physically be as cute as she is. How is she real?!! Keep reading to see some of my favorite moments and memories from the past month!

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Tips for Traveling with a Baby

In Adina’s short 9 months of life, she has done her fair share of traveling. Before each trip, I remember feeling anxious about what to pack, nervous about how she would be on the plane or in the car, and apprehensive about how she would sleep while we were away from home. While these trips definitely required more planning, to be honest, they were much easier than I expected. Babies change so much in the first year of life, so every trip was a little bit different, but here are a few tips we learned from our experiences traveling with a baby:

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Maternity Photos

While I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to have professional newborn photos taken once Adina was born. After researching different newborn photographers, I came across Faryl Loew Photography and instantly knew I wanted to work with her. Faryl specializes in newborn and family photography but she also does maternity photography. Although I hadn’t planned to have professional photos taken while I was pregnant, once I saw Faryl’s work, I thought this would be a really cool way to capture this special time!

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A Day in Dumbo

I love summer weekends - they feel like a mini vacation every week! This summer we’ve spent lots of time at the beach and traveling for birthday celebrations and weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the beach and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the week. But there is something really nice about staying home and “playing tourist” in your own city. Last weekend was the first one we spent at home in almost a month and we made the most of our Sunday Fun-day and explored one of my favorite Brooklyn neighborhoods - Dumbo.

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Babymoon Recap + Lake Como Travel Guide

It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were in Lake Como, Italy - just months before Adina was born. I was about 24 weeks pregnant, my bump was just starting to "pop" and I was full of energy and still mobile! Our "babymoon" was so incredible and I’m so happy Michael and I were able to have this special time together as a couple.  Read on to see lots of pictures from our Lake Como Travel Diary, as well as recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

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July 4th Recap + Fire Island Travel Guide

We spent the holiday weekend at the beach in Fire Island. My parents have been going to Fire Island every year since they were in their twenties. I have so many amazing memories there from my childhood, as a teen, and a young adult. It feels like a true escape from the daily grind and hustle and bustle of city life. Just a short 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland, there are no cars on the island and the tallest building can't be taller than the tallest tree. Everyone walks or bikes everywhere and you’ll see adults and children alike, heading to the beach with red wagons in tow. Though the water was a bit choppy on the ferry ride over to the island, the crisp breeze felt so nice and I was immediately transported into “vacation mode.”

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