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Do you take baths?

October 30, 2014

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Since Jack was born, I’ve started taking warm, shallow Epsom salt baths to help with the physical recovery. I take one in the morning before Brian leaves for work, and one in the evening before bed and they’ve created such wonderful recharge time for me after a full day (and full night) of caring for Jack. I light a candle (lately, this one), listen to music, read and totally check out from responsibility for a while. It’s amazing how I can feel simultaneously refreshed and relaxed afterward.

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The Search for the Perfect Christmas Card

October 29, 2014

I know it’s only October and it seems sort of crazy to already be thinking about Christmas cards, but let me tell you—time flies and now really is the time to get the ball rolling if you want your cards to ship out in time.

As far as photos go, in years past Brian and I have just used ones we already had taken, like last year’s when we used the amazing photos our friend Jessica snapped of us in Hawaii. This year, however, all of the photos of us involve me having a massive baby bump, which isn’t really relevant anymore now that Jack is in the picture. We agreed we should have a family photo taken but sort of abhor the idea of a photo shoot with such a tiny baby to handle. Thus, we decided to make a photo day with some couple friends where we all take turns taking pictures of each others’ families. Easy peasy. And it costs nothing, so that’s a plus.

Design-wise, I always end up using Minted for everything—holiday cards, business cards, and even our birth announcements. Since I’m incredibly indecisive—especially without a photo yet—these are some of the many designs I’m thinking about picking for this year’s Christmas card—any favorites?

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My Favorite Fall Salad

October 28, 2014

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Let me start by saying that I am completely obsessed with blue cheese, and this recipe specifically came together based on my need for a vehicle for that cheese. That being said, I can’t stop eating this salad. It’s become a regular lunch choice for me—mostly because Brian hates blue cheese, so it’s off limits at dinner time.

If you are like Brian and hate the tangy goodness that is blue cheese, you could always swap it out for goat cheese and I’m sure this salad would be almost equally delicious.

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$50 Target Gift Card Giveaway

October 26, 2014

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As this year comes to a close in a couple of months and I approach another year of blogging, I thought I’d get some insight from you about what you love, don’t love and hope for from the blog in the coming year. Hence, a reader survey!

Basically I want to get to know a bit more about who you are, what you like/don’t like about this blog, and the type of content that most interests you moving forward.

To motivate you, I’m offering a chance to win a $50 gift card to my favorite store…Target :) Thanks for taking the time to respond! See below for how you can win.

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The First Month of Motherhood

October 24, 2014

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First outing with Jack—shopping, of course! (Anthropologie hat / J.Crew jacket)

I honestly cannot believe a month has already gone by. Where does the time go? My pregnancy felt painstakingly long, but now that I’m in the motherhood game, the days feel shorter than ever! It’s so cliche, but I find myself wishing I could stop time and keep my little guy a newborn forever. With a full month of mama life under my belt, I figured it would be fun to do some reflection on how life has changed, as well as some of the joys and challenges that come with the territory.

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