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?


Vintage Initial “C” for Me

My newest vintage jewelry find came from Clover Market. A fabulous outdoor market in Ardmore, PA that is held once a month during the Spring and Fall. I describe it as the place where Etsy comes to life! I’m always on the hunt for my next piece of jewelry, there.

This time, I came home with a vintage “C” initial for new last name, Clark. This initial will join my “r&r” pendant given to me from my MOH when Russ and I got engaged and my gold coin from our Nashville, TN trip this past Fall.

What is your favorite vintage piece and where did you find it?

My Five!  Feminine Touches every woman should have…

Ever feel like your accessories are taking over your life?  I did.  Here is my take on jewelry organization 101: take everything out of the jewelry box, all the bags, hidden drawers, you know where you stash it.  Somehow, my jewelry ends up everywhere.  Not my good stuff, but that cocktail ring I didn’t feel like wearing all day at work because my hands got so cold it was way too big on me, so it got thrown in my purse, or that bracelet and earrings you took off and threw in your suitcase and forgot to empty that little side pocket when you unpacked at home…you know what I mean.

So empty everything out, organize it by necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and watches.  My goal some day is to have a 3’ long jewelry display case that I can put on top of my dresser so I can lay all my fun pieces out and almost display them as art…but for now, all I have are hangers.  You know those velvet hangers that help keep your blouses on the hanger in your closet, wellI I took 2 out of my closet and started hanging my long chained  necklaces, my statement necklaces and those necklaces that love to get tangled no matter how you put them away.  Start in the middle of the hanger and work your way out both ways so that the hanger doesn’t tip while you are organizing.  The wonderful thing about the velvet hangers too is that they jewelry won’t slide around on them.

Once you are complete with those, hang them up in your closet.  It’s actually quiet wonderful to now have my necklaces in my closet….closer to to my clothes…making putting an outfit together even easier!  

Next-finish sorting your rings, fashion pieces and the good stuff…I seperated them by sides in the box.  I then organized the tiny unassorted earrings into the little spaces in the box and laid out the large earrings, then hoops. Small chain necklaces were laid into together in one drawer and the big chunky bracelets in the deep drawer in the bottom.  All of my watches were laid in the top of the box-they are an everyday item that I always put on-so I made them the easiest to get to.  Now if you don’t already have a jewelry box, I would suggest getting one-they are cheap-see here.  It’s worth it and for me, makes my mornings before work easier and more efficient.