Do you have a favorite charity?

17 Dec

Every year around the holidays MJD and I try to give back and donate to different charities. MJD almost always gives to the same place, but I tend to vary every year, and lately try to give to our community in DC. But this year, with babies on the mind, I really wanted to give to other families that needed a little help to care for their babies.

As I was starting to look around, a friend in Chicago reached out to ask for help supporting a local organization, Bundle of Joy Diaper Bank, in her community. The organization is collecting 100,000 diapers for low-income families.

Did you know diapers are on the “no buy” list for food stamps because they are considered a paper product? So families can’t get access to diapers for their babies.

At this time in my life, as I buy fancy leg warmers and embroidered newborn caps for our impending arrival, the thought of families struggling to afford such a basic product is so scary. I mean we are blessed to be able to afford diapers, wipes, organic baby wash, etc…and I am in a near panic that I won’t get everything in time or I won’t get the right thing, I can’t imagine the stress of not being able to afford it.

Anyway, I just want to share an article about the organization in case anyone else is on the look out for a group like this. If nothing else, it’s made me remember how lucky I am – even amidst the lists, the nervousness, and the unknown!



Kale, Fried Artichokes, Top Chef

14 Dec

While in Miami we ate at Michelle Bernstein’s restaurant Sra. Martinez, and boy was it good. If you’re heading to Miami I would add it to the list of spots to try. First of all, it’s in the design district, so it’ll get you out of South Beach for a night. Secondly, do the chef tasting menu, you’ll get a mix of everything. The staff was great. The food delicious. We didn’t really eat one seafood dish and the chef sent a replacement…not everyplace does that.

MJD’s fave was the kale..who knew. Another vegetable I can try at home though to spice up the rotation. My faves ranged from the obvious – the bacon wrapped fig (why is that always so good?) to the large prawn to the oxtail pasta…delicious. Of course, I couldn’t sleep that night as I am an enormous pregnant lady who ate her weight in tapas, but it was worth it.

We also spent a lot of time in Miami talking baby names…it’s such a tough decision. I mean you are giving this little person a name to live with forever…and don’t we all remember having issue with our names at some point? So you just want to pick something that will have the least negatives…nothing too common, nothing too out there, nothing with too crazy a nickname, and nothing too long that you need a nickname. The list could go on and on and on.

Anyway, the discussion continues. It might go on right up until we meet the little one. I am such a planner though…it stresses me out not to have a decision. But maybe she wants a say in the decision!! ha! We tried saying names at my tummy but didn’t get much reaction. Maybe she’ll be more invested once she’s out here and has to use the name! I wonder how many parents say a variety of names to there little three hour old baby and hope the baby decides!

Birthday in a Fog

13 Dec

So, we’re having a baby. It’s been incredible, unreal, amazing and scary of course. I’m actually writing from Miami where we are ending our “babymoon” or our last trip pre-baby. It looks like we’ll be in DC from now until we are a family of four (Artie the doodle, of course).

Tomorrow is my birthday and we plan to celebrate by getting a Christmas tree…or at least that’s how I want to celebrate and the hubbie has agreed to assist me! Next year, we’ll have a little baby to decorate for and buy gifts for — so crazy! We don’t know too many other interfaith families, but I hope we meet them through the baby. It would be nice to have friends who also want to celebrate all the holidays! It’s an odd feeling how all of a sudden my birthday has taken a back seat to focusing on this little girl that we haven’t even met yet. Don’t get me wrong, I still want a few cards and a suprise, but I keep forgetting the day is even approaching. It’s as if December and I’m sure January are covered in fog. The only day on my mind is Feb 1.

I am going to go convince MJD to take a bet on when she will actually be born. But what are the terms of the bet – I can’t think of anything else that I want!

What I’ve been doing

12 Dec

It’s been a crazy year, but I have much to share.

Countdown to February 1…

Who knew Ramen noodles could be so good?!

7 Jul

I love holiday weekends!!! A longer weekend, bbq, time away, yay!

And when there is bbq (or a cook-out as MJD would call it), there has to be delicious side dishes! This weekend I made a coleslaw with crunchy ramen noodles. I don’t know why it’s so good – maybe because it is NOT healthy! But it’s so good.

Even more fun than that, we decided last minute to go out to Virginia, to the Hopkins Ordinary B&B, and it was such a great idea! All we did was read on the porch, eat dinner, take walks, and drive on Skyline Drive.

Can’t wait for the next three day weekend!

Team Vienna

6 Jul

Sorry for this annoying mid-day update. Especially if you hate/don’t watch the Bachelorette. But after last night’s interview, I am totally Team Vienna. There. I said it. Judge away.


6 Jul

I’m sorry for loving it, but I do. Between the show and the Jake and Vienna special…what is there not to love.

Who is she going to pick?! The last episode, I had no idea who she was going to send home. I felt so bad for…..SPOILER ALERT…

Ty. He was so nice. I mean he did seem a little too southern and traditional, but so sweet! I kind of like all the guys better than Ali, yet I can’t stop watching! Her pouty face at the end is super annoying. I mean she made the decision, she needs to stop crying about it in front of the guy she is sending home.

And get out of the rain, woman!

Hot city, cool dinner

2 Jul

This looks amazing. It’s part of my relax and cool down plan. H/t to Queenie Takes Manhattan (what an awesome name for a blog!).

What a cute idea?!

30 Jun

Facebook is a place, in my opinion, to check out pictures. It is not a place to stay in touch, per se. I hate writing on people’s walls and I hate the private message option – it just means another thing I have to check and respond to. Keeping up with email is hard enough!

But I love the pictures. Recently, all my friends with babies have started taking monthly pictures of the babies with homemade signs that say “one month” or “two month” etc.. So sweet, right?

Well now look at this adorable idea on Dear Baby.You just stick these colorful and adorable stickers on a onesie and voila!! Look at the variety on Sticky Bellies.

Btw, check out Stay Forever Sunday also – I love that sentiment!

Sticky bellies


29 Jun

My parents are currently traveling through the south of France, ending in Paris, and torturing me with daily texts from places like Nice and I think they were in Monaco! Their trip has me craving a vacation anywhere, but certainly to Paris.

If I could fly off tomorrow to the city of lights, here is how I would spend my days. Click on each photo to find more amazing Paris shots from these Flick sets!

Walking through the market

Sitting at a cafe

Eating lots of pastry

Wine and there anything better?

Walking everywhere (not running, but I liked the pic!)

Buying tons of these to take home

Yes, all those things were food and drink related, but isn’t that what Paris is all about?!