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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.

Documented Workshop

August 15, 2016

Hey guys, by the time this is published Amy may have sold the final seats, but as of now there are two seats left for her documented workshop and if you can make it you should really come! The workshop will take place in Park Slope – Brooklyn, NY on Saturday August 27th. As much as I get routine tips from Amy, I’m really looking forward to sitting down and getting a full on lesson. (I might be equally excited to have a little me time, eat some delicious food and be surrounded by good company.” Here’s what you need to know:

“It will be a day full of meeting other parents in Brooklyn, a basic photography lesson, learning tips and tricks for successfully documenting your everyday moments at home with your kids, a delicious catered lunch, and one on one time with Amy Frances and Keetch Miller (of Keetch Miller Photography) to ask any of your burning questions when it comes to using your camera to its potential. We will also go over a few tips for taking better iPhone photos and specific apps/editing tools that we love.

The workshop starts at 9:30am with coffee and pastries, and will continue with a few lessons from both Amy and Keetch. We will go over things like, “what does this button do?” and “what exactly is aperture?”  We will keep it beginner friendly as this is NOT meant to teach you all to become pros. This is meant to teach you the very basics and bare bones of how to successfully and efficiently use your camera to document your everyday moments with your family.

We will break for lunch around 1pm when your families are welcome to join us. After lunch there will be time for you to ask questions, hang out, and practice taking photos with Amy and Keetch near by to help out if need be. We have the possibility of arranging childcare, so if you need to bring your child to the first half, please let me know when signing up so we can plan accordingly.

We will have some lovely goodies for all the participants, as well as some fun stuff for the kiddos as well.”

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Della & Windsor Terrace

July 22, 2016

Zack and I recently set up a schedule to give ourselves a little more time alone each week. This time is intended for whatever we want or need so long as it’s out of the house and independent from the family. This is a hard system to get used to because I value our time as a family so much, but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s essential to take in a little me time. Mondays are my evenings and this past Monday I decided I needed a little bit of a break – I’ve typically been using my “me” time to work. I met Amy at Della, a restaurant and bar we both had been dying to try after her sister recommended it in Windsor Terrace. Windsor Terrace is Amy’s neighborhood, and call me a bad friend, but I’ve only been a couple of times. She clearly gets a gold star for typically coming to us – this was true in my pregnancy and since Owen has been born, but either way we hadn’t seen each other in far too long which meant there was tons to talk about as we indulged in a couple glasses of wine and dinner.

Dinner was fantastic. You can check out their menu here, but we each had a couple glasses of the Grenache-Syrah and I had the roasted chicken and Amy had the cacciucco. Both we’re excellent. Windsor Terrace is located right off the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop if you’re taking the F or G which makes it super accessible. It’s a great little neighborhood with numerous hidden gems like Della. If you’re local and haven’t been I highly recommend checking it out, and same goes for all you summer travelers. This definitely isn’t an area filled with tourists and I can guarantee you’ll enjoy it!

Photography by Amy Frances.

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