5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with your Toddler

Valentine’s day is almost here! Although it’s never been a major holiday in our home, I will take any opportunity to celebrate the loved ones in my life. When I was growing up, my parents would surprise my brother, sister, and me with little treats to celebrate. I remember I could find a box of chocolates under my pillow, a plush teddy bear in my backpack, or a heart-shaped Valentine’s card in my lunch box. Now that I’m a mom, I have been thinking about the traditions that I want to start with Adina for Valentine’s Day. Keep reading for inspiration for some activities to do with your kids on Valentine’s Day:

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Pretty In Pink

Happy Friday! Who else is getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit, now that it’s February? I don’t know about anyone else, but between layering up for the cold weather and dressing extra cozy this time of year, it seems like I’ve been exclusively wearing muted colors like grey and black for months. I don’t need a special reason to wear warmer tones, but the month of love is the perfect excuse to bring some color back into my wardrobe! Since the 14th is less than one week away, I thought I’d share some casual Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration.

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3 Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Changes I'm Making in 2018

Yesterday was Tu B'Shvat, a Jewish holiday that is also known as the "New Year for Trees." In anticipation of the holiday this year, I began thinking about what it means to me now as an adult. I'd like to think of myself as a pretty environmentally conscious person - after all, I bring my own canvas bags to the grocery store and carry around a reusable water bottle. But there is so much room for me to grow and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I'm sharing three easy, eco-friendly lifestyle changes I am resolving to do this year in the spirit of Tu B'shvat:

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How I Met Michael

This week marks my mine and Michael’s 8 year anniversary of being together. 8 whole years! So much has happened in that time. We met when we were just a couple of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 21-year-olds. Even though we’re now “grown ups,” I still see him as the cute guy who asked me to coffee on campus. In honor of our anniversary, I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane to see where it all began...

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How To Survive a NY Winter with a Toddler

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent like me or you’re at home with your child on a snow day and weekends, New York winters can be very challenging with a toddler! Between below freezing temps and epic blizzards like the bomb cyclone, finding ways to keep your little one stimulated (and let’s be honest - ways to keep yourself sane) are not so easy. We still have 2.5 more months left of the season and I have a feeling we haven’t seen the worst of it! The other day, I asked for suggestions on Instagram and I was blown away by the number of comments and messages with incredible recommendations. They were so great that I thought I’d share some of my favorites today! Here are my top 3 tips for surviving winter with your toddler.

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Winter Stoops: Festive Holiday Homes

There is something really special about this season that makes it one of my favorite times of year here in Brooklyn.... the festive stoops! Despite the freezing cold weather, everyday as I stroll through the streets where I live, I stop dead in my tracks and am in awe of the gorgeous wreaths and lights. Read on to see some snapshots of my favorite exterior decorations for the winter holidays!

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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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