First night away from the Baby!

She’s five months old this Tuesday. That’s old enough to leave for my first night away, right? Is it harder on them or us? Seems to be us. I literally wrote a 12 page PowerPoint Ella guide/manual for my parents who watched her. I know my parents know what they are doing and I trust them completely with her… But I just don’t want her to be unhappy for one silly second. But she’s a baby…she needs to adjust…and I need to adjust.  We all grew in this experience.

My husband and I headed to NYC city for the day and our first overnight away from her this past weekend. We met up with all of his cousins and aunt and uncle.  His uncle treated us to a day in the city as our Christmas Gifts.

Leaving your baby is not something you can prepare for, mentally or emotionally. Leading up to the weekend, friends at work asked what I was up to this weekend and I would respond with my eyes slightly tearing up, with, “headed to the city for our first night away from the baby.”

We ended up walking around Central Park, getting lunch at a small cafe, saw the Blue Man Group and ate dinner at Cuba!  I had a Cuban Colada…basically dessert with liquor 🙂    Ended the night at a bar with a champagne toast!  It was much needed, because apparently we had walked 7 miles!


 {Ashley, Me and Lauren}



{central park skating rink}


{i’m obsessed with my pink hat}


{hubby stealing kisses}


{poncho seats at the blue man group}


{met a blue man!}


{dinner at Cuba}


{champagne toast}

I was looking forward to sleeping though the night for the first time in 5 months-but that didn’t happen- we got back to his uncles house in CT at about 1:00am and my head hit the pillow by 1:30am….only slept till 7am…

I definitely missed holding her at night, rocking and feeding her and then walking into her nursery that next morning and saying “good morning peanut!”  I am grateful for every day I have with my baby and husband and as exhausted as I feel every morning, her smile in the morning is one of the best things on the planet!  I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

We came home to a wonderful report card about Ella.  My Dad was not excited going into this and thought it was going to be a nightmare watching her.  He took those words back.  He admitted that everything went so well and that she was so delightful.  Meaning, Russ and I can get away again!  AND, my Dad went shopping by himself and bought Ella PJ’s, because she is growing like a weed!  I died, it was cute.


{ella and her new pajamas!}

How did you do on your first night away from your baby?


Mini Vacation to Westport, CT

Mini Westport Vacation

{Dinner with Uncle Rick, the views, cocktails, studious photos with your husband, Hemingway swimming in the sound, private beaches and adirondack chairs}


sweet summer dresses

I have a thing with white.  An obsession really.  White t-shirts (I think I own about 15), white linens, white pants, white cars, and especially little white dresses.  Summer is the only time out of the year that we get 3 months to be carefree and live as we please.  

Whether your budget is tight or you can shop at any store you please, there is that perfect sweet little white dress out for you this summer.  Slip one on, throw a little black lace bra on underneath, take a deep breath and live summer!  

Join my obsession 


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My Favorite Red Carpet Looks

I’m going to chime in after everyone else has-my top 3 favorite looks of the red carpet at the Golden Globes were:

~Kate Hudson-Black is always classic and her hair was simple.  Just a stunning look. 

~Nicole Richie-looking glamorous in that all beaded baby blue dress.  I adore the long sleeves too.  Perfect for the unexpected cold weather they had!

~Jennifer Garner- The strapless deep red dress was a perfect fit.  Love how she can go from mom to glam in no time!

All these ladies are inspiration to fashion.  Can’t wait for their next looks.  

I came across this Coconut Vanilla Bellini cocktail from How Sweet It Is

What you need:

– 1 bottle of prosecco
– 16 ounces of a coconut juice blend or coconut pureed nectar

For the sugared rims:
– 1/4 cup white sanding sugar 
– 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
– 1 vanilla bean

What you do:
– To prepare the sugared rims, combine sanding sugar, granulated sugar, the scraped seeds of the vanilla bean and the vanilla bean pod in a large bowl and mix. You can do this a few days ahead of time if desired.

– Coat the rims of 8 champagne flutes in something sticky and sweet, such as leftover frosting or marshmallow fluff.
– To make the cocktails, pour 2 ounces of the coconut juice blend or puree into the bottom of the flute. Fill the remaining space with prosecco and stir with a long spoon to mix.
– Serve immediately!

Cheers to this glamourous drink!

Happy New Year to all my friends out there and stay safe 🙂