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lately on my commute..

April 19, 2017

i’m really thankful for my subway commute… sounds strange to say, but it is the only reason i read books anymore. it is the only time i have to myself without distraction. i read paperbacks, on my kindle and even on my phone. i am proud and embarrassed to have read all five “game of thrones” novels on my phone!!

i read to the kids every night of the week normally… or they read to me. my mom read to me every night for more ost my adolescent, so reading is an important bonding moment for me and the kids.

below are some books i have been reading to the kids, as well as some that i have been reading on my morning commute.

good night stories for rebel girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. the stories are short and easy to comprehend. i’ve loved introducing this book into alexa and hayden’s life. i love sharing the lives of these amazing women who have changed the face of this world by simple and astounding acts.

downward mule
i have been doing yoga for the past 15 years… and i am still not very good at it, but i love it and hope that some day i will nail the crow pose and a headstand. this book, downward mule, was written by the sister of one of my best girl friends. downward mule stars sam mule, a barnyard outcast whose secret talent – yoga – ultimately saves the farm. while the book has poses built in, including cow, horse stance, crow and relaxation.

you are a badass
his book is maybe my favourite “self-help” book… ever. the truth is, i am not much of a self-help book kind of gal. i need to be fully entertained to read, which is why i often read books like the hunger games or game of thrones. the truth is that when i was reading this book i could not stop highlighting every page. it is exceptional and the perfect pick me up if you are in a work–or life–rut.

the book of the unnamed midwife
i LOVED this book. the book is about a post-apocalyptic world where women are in danger of extinction. if you like the handmaiden’s tale, or appreciate dystopic fiction in general, you will love this book.



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balloons & flower crowns: a baby shower

October 4, 2015

last weekend a couple of my girlfriends threw nate and i a baby shower–it was absolutely perfect. katie and her husband john were graciously hosted the party in their charming little backyard in carroll gardens–which definitely made us start considering a move further into brooklyn to have a little backyard for the kids! it was an idyllic afternoon with our closest friends. Continue Reading…


a greek salad you will dream about…

May 27, 2015

ok, so dreaming about a greek salad seems silly, but i do. growing up in atlanta we went to mellow mushroom pizza a lot. after 9 years of living in nyc i don’t crave the pizza as much as i used too (sorry mellow mushroom, nyc wins), but i do crave their greek salad and their esperanza dressing. after some digging around online and slight tweaking, the below recipe is about as close to perfect as it gets (and i am pretty sure my version is a bit healthier!). enjoy!

LP Greek Salad


entertaining fun with rachel blumenthal

May 22, 2015

rachel is one of those moms that make being a mom, wife, friend and entrepreneur seem effortless. she is impossibly chic (especially while sporting her beautiful baby bump!) and is the founder of cricket’s circle–possibly the best mom site on the internet… period. cricket’s circle is a simpler, easier, more honest way to shop for baby, but also an amazing content destination for inspiring and inspired moms.

i recently spent a creative and yummy morning at her home with a couple other inspiring mamas and their kids. we decorated pretzel sticks–it was a blast and made for adorable and colorful photos. not sure who had more fun, the kids or us moms. Continue Reading…

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a hip hop princess dance party

May 2, 2015

alexa’s 5th birthday was one of our favorite’s yet. this was the first year that we didn’t do it at home with friends… which was kind of a reason for us to have an adult party too. this year, we decided she needed a proper party in a theme of her choice. she said she wanted a rapunzel themed party–i had been hoping we had passed the princess stage, but alas not. since she loves to dance, a dance party seemed appropriate. on recommendation from a friend we hosted a party at the downtown dance factory in tribeca–a hip hop princess and superheroes dance party–and it was a blast. Continue Reading…

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batiking babes!

March 1, 2015

i’ve been meaning to share this post for awhile now… life has been a bit crazy and my to do seems to only grow in length. a couple weeks back i hosted a small gathering, with some of my favorite mamas and their kids, at hiho batik, a super cool little art space in park slope.
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