Behind the Name: Aveline Grace

To preface this, naming a kid is hard ya’ll. Between associating names to people from the past, to potential horrible nicknames, to just plain disdain, it’s a miracle any of us have names! Like any rationally minded person, I’ve been collecting baby names since I was probably 20 years old. Anytime, I stumbled upon one I loved I would save it to a notepad list on my phone to ensure it wouldn’t be something I’d forget. Over the years I had collected well over 40+ names, going back every once and awhile and removing ones that had gotten too popular (RIP Harper and Liam :( ). I still had my favorites but when I got pregnant and Tim and I sat down to go through them, the list started to dwindle and quickly.  Luckily we did agree on ...

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Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Over the weekend, we celebrated Timothy's first Father's Day! Since it was going to be one of those 'once in a lifetime' milestones, I wanted to make sure it was really special. His mom and I sat down to strategize a menu and came up with the perfect plan. Originally, we were going to have an all out food extravaganza on Saturday but once we looked at everything we had, decided to split it out over the course of two days. On Saturday, we made an array of sausages (brats, kielbasas, chorizos), with sauerkraut, beer onions, my roasted summer corn salad, and a homemade key lime pie for dessert. Then on Sunday, we planned for scallops in a brown butter sauce with parmesan crisps. It would be the best of both worlds and I knew Tim ...

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Personalized Gifts from Etsy for Any New Mom

This post was not sponsored (all items were gifted by family or friends) but does include affiliate links to Etsy, a brand that I believe in, work for, and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here. It's hard to believe that just three short months ago, we were bringing our little Aveline home for the very first time. So much has happened over the past twelve weeks and looking back, it all feels a bit surreal. Living in Brooklyn, pre-baby and pre-pandemic, Tim and I opted not to have a baby shower. We were one of the last of our friends to have a child and graciously received a number of beautiful hand-me-downs and loaners. When we glanced over the typical baby gift registry we felt we were pretty well prepared and ...

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Our Birth Story

In the last few weeks of my pregnancy I started experiencing intense itchiness in the palms of my hands. Naturally, I Googled ‘itchy hands during pregnancy’ but the results all seemed to point to a rather rare and serious liver condition known as Cholestasis. Since I didn’t have all of the symptoms associated with this condition and the itchiness seemed to come and go, I figured it must be attributed to something else and didn’t think much more of it. I was going to my doctor on a weekly basis by this point, and it wasn’t until the third week in a row of this happening (week 39) that I finally mentioned it to my OB.  She immediately called out Cholestasis as a possible culprit and ordered my blood be drawn that day. Cholestasis ...

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Whole30 BLT’s

Some of my favorite Whole30 meals are the simplest to make, and Whole30 BLT's are about as simple as it gets. Literally, in the time it takes to cook the bacon, these bad boys are done and with a newborn around, I'll take it! I love making these with Applegate Organics No Sugar Bacon but if you don't eat pork or just want a tasty alternative, their Uncured Turkey Bacon works great too. Both are made with high-quality, humanely raised protein and don't have any added sugars, hormones, grains or dairy that you might find in other brands. Even if you're not on Whole30, but just looking for a 'cleaner' bacon option, Applegate has you covered! Whole30 BLTs 4 pieces Applegate Organic No Sugar Bacon1 tbsp Whole30 ...

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Our Brooklyn Apartment

As I mentioned in this post, self-care comes in many different forms. It may be a spa day or a run through the park, or it could be maintaining an organized and clean living space. The latter of which is definitely true for Tim and me. Having lived in New York for over 10 years now (crazy, I know), we've become accustomed to small(er) dwellings. We have learned the value of less is more and know the importance of staying decluttered. It makes such a big difference coming home to and living in an organized space, especially given that our one bedroom apartment is only 750 sq ft. We've lived in 4 different apartments throughout our time here, with our current place feeling the most like 'home'. When we first moved in together our ...

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