Brooklyn

Fall with My Little Guy

October 4, 2016

Last week I swear when we went to bed it was summer and the next morning we woke up to a fall breeze. Just like that the seasons made a switch overnight. We might be going a little overboard since it’s just in the sixties, but it feels nice to turn the AC off, open the windows and add an extra layer of clothing. I’m such a sucker for this season. It’s in these moments that I think to myself, “Oh, you’re such a mom.” All I’ve wanted to do this past week is make pie, drink warm drinks, make our home extra cozy, and go for long walks with Owen to soak up this weather. Last winter I primarily wore Owen since he was just a newborn, and well, it just seemed easier.

Times have definitely changed. Now that he’s a year old (and twenty two pounds) I find myself leaning more and more on the stroller for our outings. We cycled through a few before landing on just the right one for our family, but I have to say the Cameleon3 Elements from Bugaboo kind of knocked it out of the park right away for us. The moment I brought it down the stairs and started pushing Owen I might have said to myself out loud (like a crazy person), “This is so nice.” Honestly though, it’s an incredibly smooth ride for both myself and Owen and has proven to be beneficial as we stroll through the city and the park. The park is the perfect location for a stroll with my new Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements since the designer drew inspiration from nature when designing this stroller. The Bugaboo Cameleon³ Elements features a new soft-to-the-touch herringbone fabric on the bassinet, seat and sun canopy, which has a natural-style and unrefined texture.

The small wheels swivel to help you navigate through smaller spaces (hello any NYC market or really any establishment) and the larger wheels make trekking through rougher terrain more efficient. It’s these features that allow us to move freely and allow Owen to explore the world. Bugaboo strollers are an investment and my only regret is that we didn’t make the jump to Bugaboo sooner. Bugaboo strollers are designed to carry your little one from the time they’re born through their toddler years. Bugaboo turns burdens into blessings through unexpected, yet useful features found in all of their strollers such as the option to have them face forward or out which is a feature we haven’t had with any of our previous strollers. Owen likes to see the world so I had him out this particular day. Watching the world through his eyes is just about the greatest thing. My Cameleon³ Elements is definitely the one for me and I’m ready to take it with me everywhere!

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Photography by Amy Frances.

This post was sponsored by Bugaboo

An Intentional Autumn

September 19, 2016

Guys, I’m finally doing it – I’m taking my first solo vacation since Owen was born! Now that he’s almost one I think it’s finally time I take a long weekend to relax and reconnect with myself (and get a full nights sleep – I think I’ve forgotten what that feels like). Zack and I we’re trying to figure out a way I could do this. A stay-cation? Maybe a solo trip to Chicago? It feels as though taking a weekend to myself is just what’s in order after going through pregnancy, labor and the first year of motherhood. But I know myself well enough, and if I were to stay in the city or even take a trip outside of New York alone I would most likely end up working. Which isn’t bad, but I’m type-A enough to know it might be wise to take a vacation with a little more structure so I don’t create the structure myself. Make sense? I started browsing the internet and came across Rebecca of A Daily Gathering’s retreat, An Intentional Autumn, in the heart of the Catskills. It’s November 10-14 if you’re looking for an escape yourself. Her words speak for themselves and I think I had my wallet in hand before I could finish reading.

“We’ll be gathering at the magical Foxfire Mountain House, starting our days with yoga, then moving onto family style meals, interactive workshops, beautiful tablescapes, cozy fireside downtime, and building relationships around the table. Workshops include styling and photography, baking, autumn flower arranging, visual storytelling, weaving, and more!

An Intentional Autumn is for anyone with the desire to slow down and learn about the art of intentional living, and how to share this art to a larger audience through beautiful styling and photography. The workshop & retreat is open to singles & couples of all levels that are interested in styling, photography, intentional living, creative rejuvenation, and taking the time to develop their own creative process & get inspired.

The goal is for students to learn and explore the topics they are most interested in; Rebecca & her team will be offering one-on-one times where students can learn more about social media, building a brand, styling, using a camera, intentional living…whatever it is they are most interested in! This retreat will provide for students’ needs and desires while providing a beautiful and beneficial experience for their creative journey!

Rebecca has brought together a stellar group of folks: guest instructors include William and Susan Brinson, Anna Watson Carl, Lauren and Rachel @ Sweet Root Village, Joy @ Mornings Like These, and Toni @ The Catskill Kiwi. Jewel Peach will be leading everyone in [optional] morning yoga, and Hannah and Talia Olmstead will be preparing breakfasts and lunches!

Foxfire Mountain House is a gorgeously restored inn nestled in the heart of the Catskills. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to your worldly uncle’s country estate with perfectly curated eclectic vintage decor, natural wonders and collections, a roaring fire in the hearth, pure linen bedding for restful nights, and lots of fresh mountain air. And if you feel like it, you can spend an evening or two out in the open air, stargazing by the bonfire.” – Rebecca Gallop

Needless to say, I booked my ticket and I’m counting down the days until November 10th. If you’re interested in taking part in this incredible retreat you can find more information at www.adailygathering.com and purchase your tickets at www.adailygathering.bigcartel.com. Get an extra special discount of $175 off when you use the code HOUSEHOLDMAG. Hope to see some of your faces there!

Walter’s & Fort Greene

August 26, 2016

Amy and I met on the train. This is something we’ve somehow mastered – the art of coordinating to meet on a specific car at a particular train station. I’m always impressed and always reminded of this scene in Broad City. Mostly because I’m normally like Ilana, and Amy is normally much more prepared like Abbi. I’m blaming my tendency to be late on Owen, that’s fair right?! That and farts? Haha. Anyways, we took the G a few stops into Fort Greene, walked around, snapped some photos for Ace & Jig and ate dinner at Walter’s. Fort Greene is one of those neighborhoods I never visited before I lived in New York, but have truly come to love. The streets are lined with brownstones and large trees like you see here, there are some exceptional restaurants and bars in the area and some great kid friendly parks as well. I really explored this neighborhood for the first time this summer when my parents were visiting and staying in an Airbnb in the area. It’s honestly one of the few other spots I can see us living in Brooklyn, but if you’re visiting New York, or are local and just want a change of pace I highly recommend checking it out as well.

Amy and I have made this a bit of a monthly ritual and I really love our nights out together. We typically head to a neighborhood we haven’t covered here, take some photos and check out either a new restaurant or one of our favorites in the area (and maybe a bar or two). This time we checked out a new spot, Walter’s. It was so delicious. We had boozy cocktails, Amy had the salmon, like the classy lady I am I had the steak. Haha. I don’t take these kidless nights out lightly. Give me all the meat and booze please. We reflected on the fact that as we completed this ritual last month we talked about Amy moving to full time photography and quitting her day job, and we chatted about my freelance work and how I was getting the feeling it might lead me in that direction too, and as we sat down to dinner just a month later this was already in the works for each of us. Amy’s last day of work was a week ago, and my last day at the shop was almost three weeks ago. Things happened quickly and I have to pat each of us on the back for busting our asses and making it happen. Cheers to Amy who is going to kill it this year as a full-time freelance photographer (and cheers to me cause now I have her a little more at my finger tips)! It’s a win, win all around.

Photography by Amy Frances.

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