Happy Memorial Day Weekend

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Dreaming :: Of going back to NYC. The picture above is from Mulberry & Vine, a favorite spot from my trip earlier this month. I love finding restaurants that are great with food allergies. They had so many clearly labeled nut free, gluten free, and vegan choices. I seriously can’t wait to bring the monkeys.
Watching :: The Bachelorette! This group of crazy guys is going to make this an entertaining season for JoJo. Dying to see what happens…
Celebrating :: 15 years of marriage tomorrow! It feels like Don and I have been together forever, but now I know we definitely have. Both of us had birthdays this month too so it’s always a fun month to celebrate!
Reading :: Just finished The The Nightingale. My favorite line is at the end: “Wounds heal. Love lasts. We remain.” It’s about living in France during the Natzi invasion from a women’s perspective. If you haven’t read it, you definitely should.
Walking :: With Don. YES!! He got the all clear to take off his brace and start walking earlier this week. I’m beyond proud of his progress and can’t wait to take a little walk together this weekend.
Planning :: The monkeys birthday parties. I can’t believe they are going to be 8 and 11!
Making :: Vegan chickpea salad. Kind of obsessed actually. Bean loves it too so we’ve been making a double batch on the weekends. Check out my Instagram for a picture.
Resting :: Not enough. Lyme has been kicking my butt lately.
Shopping :: For Birkenstocks. Of course the monkeys love theirs but I’ve never splurged on a pair for myself. If you have them, what style do you like best? Totally overwhelmed by all of the options! Thinking maybe these sandals?

Have such a great Memorial Day weekend guys! XO

Home Sweet Home

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We’ve never been happier to see our purple front door! It’s so great to be home in Newburyport.

Reading :: The Little Paris Bookshop. Finally finished The Flood Girls; I didn’t love it or hate it.
Exercising :: Gaiam’s Yoga Studio app in my living room. Can’t wait to get back to the studio!
Reveling :: In Don’s accomplishments. He started PT last week and is moving around much better.
Finishing :: Sweet Pea’s 2nd grade ancestry project on Germany
Watching :: Parenthood on Netflix until the new Life In Pieces on Thursday night
Cheering :: For our Villanova Wildcats in the national championship tonight! #NovaNation
Digging :: Out from a mountain of laundry
Missing :: The majestic mountains in Stowe
Making :: Oh She Glows Cream of Tomato Soup with chickpea croutons for a Meatless Monday dinner
Remembering :: The 28 days we spent in Vermont…all the laughs, scary moments, and the exhaustion. We’re in recovery mode at home in Newburyport, pretending that it hasn’t been snowing all day. What happened to Spring?

Home Sweet Home. XO

Merry Christmas!

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Playing :: With my monkeys…so great to be home together
Listening:: To A Very She & Him Christmas
Reading :: The Engagements now, Twas The Night Before Christmas tonight!
Drinking :: Green smoothies with my new favorite ingredient: eggnog almond milk
Walking :: On the beach (in denial that it’s 65 degrees today)
Wishing :: For this sweater coat
Making :: Oh She Glows Coconut Whipped Cream for tomorrow’s pumpkin and apple pies
Watching :: Google Santa Tracker
Eating :: Christmas Eve dinner at Ceia Kitchen + Bar in Newburyport
Packing :: For winter vacation. Looking forward to lots of family time, skiing, and relaxation. See you back here in 2016! Until then, find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Have a magical Christmas with your families and loved ones! XO