Tag Archives: happiness

How will you describe living in NYC?

I spent some time catching up on my Google Reader earlier and came across a GREAT article on Meg’s Mumbo. Even though I’ve only been in New York for about nine months now, this post seems to capture a lot about life, and moments, in the city.

Take a look. – What People Talk about When They Talk about Life in New York

ps: a few of my favorite excerpts…

You’re close with the girl in the Lower East Side until she moves to Queens and falls off your radar. 

They talk about the moments when they felt most connected, when the city was giving them smooth handy J’s on a beautiful day and you were reciprocating by going down on it at The High Line. 

They talk about the reasons why they might leave—there are many and they all are valid—which invariably include the desire to have more space, more bang for your buck, and needing to make healthier lifestyle choices.


Creative Wedding Invite

As you know, I’m a sucker for all things weddings and proposals. And I’m also in a relationship that’s going on its third year of long-distance. So when I found this adorable wedding invite on Pinterest, I fell in love and had to share.

Pushing Ahead

Great advice from one of my favorite blogs today, Smart Pretty and Awkard

How to be Smarter: I think the happiest people continually create their own options and choices, and I think the unhappiest people are the ones that feel unable to do that and so they are stuck in their situation. You have to practice being proactive about finding ways to make your life better, and you might have to make changes, even if you are scared. By practicing these two things, when a bad moment does come around, you will already have a reservoir of confidence that you can trust yourself to find and execute a way to make it better.

Weddings: video tape or no?

Video taping weddings was a huge trend back in the 80s. I can remember the poor-quality, dusty, velvet looking church images of my parent’s own wedding tape.  It was a great way to capture every moment of that special day, but the quality didn’t seem to really do it justice.

Which is why my best friend Katie, getting married next June, was initially skepitcal of getting her ceremony on video. Until she saw this. She sent it around to her bridesmaids telling us she’s watched it at least 50 times and is now certain she wants to capture her day on video. I couldn’t agree more.

Check it out yourself. It’s gorgeous and the music and song lyrics are perfect.

Thunderstorms? Don’t they know it’s my birthday?

For the past few years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend my birthday on Martha’s Vineyard with my best friends from home. We’re heading out tomorrow night to begin a long weekend of 24 birthday candles, lobster, sunshine, Mocha Mott’s coffee and, because Rachel is both mature and demanding, several applications of sunscreen.

The forecast looks a bit grim (what’s the opposite of a rain dance?) but I am sitll beside myself with excitement. Last year we packed nearly 10 of us in what was in no way bigger than a 10×10 room. This year, we’ve booked some hotel rooms and Matt will (hopefully) not be obligated to force himself onto Rachel’s twin-sized air mattress with her.

Have you been to Martha’s Vineyard? What are your favorite things to do while you’re there?

Rain Rain go away..

Festivities of previous years..

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Peaceful Morning in Cape Cod

my favorite way to start the morning, coffee, Google Reader and sunshine on the deck.

Marry me?

I am absolutely obsessed with marriage proposals. It’s crazy how one question can be presented in so many different sweet and creative ways. Today, one of my favorite bloggers, Joanna Goddard, posted an adorable and authentic proposal. What ensued was a slew of comments with readers sharing their own engagement stories.

I can’t get enough. Here are some of my favorites…

“my husband took me to our college campus one evening, into the very classroom where we met. he had a friend go in and fill the room with tea light candles before we arrived. then he flipped on the overhead projector so that the words “will you marry me?” were projected onto the wall. it was pretty cool. then we sat down at our desks and drank a bottle of wine in the classroom. :)”

“Sweet. After ten months of dating, I found my engagement ring as I was carving a pumpkin:) So surprised. Still happily married 14 years later.”

what’s your dream proposal?

p.s. my best friend and her fiance… (how gorgeous!)

Baby Steps

Isn’t this picture precious? Sloan will be five months old next week and she already started sitting up. I love when she buries her cuddly bear into her face. Nap time was calling.

p.s., my playtime with Sloan…

… and baby Kaelyn took a quick cat nap in my arms…

Wedding Bells

Over the weekend I went to Chesterbrook, PA for my cousin Todd’s wedding. I can honestly say it was the sweetest, most romantic wedding I’ve ever been to.

It started a couple weeks before when he had a Facebook status that read “‎18 days till I marry my best friend!”. Right away I couldn’t help but think how powerful and fulfilling it must be to decide that you’re going to spend the rest of your life with someone you call, with confidence, your best friend.

When Todd told us his entire wedding would be outdoors, complete with fat pigs, whiffle ball and kegs, I was skeptical but thought nothing could be more fitting for my untraditional cousin. But when we got to the house in the country that day of the wedding, I was undeniably shocked by how gorgeous, yet simple, the landscape was. I think I said at least 10 times that day that it belonged in a movie.

They held the wedding at a family friend’s house. There was a fountain, a barn and a field with wild horses. The dinner menu was written in chalk with wild flowers in mason jars sitting beside it. There was a basket of bug spray when you walked in, since it was, after all, the country.

What really got me though was their ceremony. I’m not a very religious person and have found most church ceremonies to be stuffy, so to see this raw, self-written ceremony performed outdoors was a breath of fresh air. Their friend performed the ceremony, which added a personal element that most weddings lack. They walked down the aisle, marked by fresh flower petals, to the song “All I want is you” by Barry Louis Polisar (most of us know it from Juno). See their video on Facebook below..


 Their vows included lines such as “I promise to always tell you your hair looks good” (I may have gotten that a little wrong, but you get the idea).

Her dress was a beautiful antique-looking, floor length off-white dress that fit perfectly with the scenery.

They each walked down the aisle with both their mom and their dad standing proudly at their side.

It was perfect.

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Moments of Clarity – go for a walk!

Until last night I had forgotten how mentally refreshing a walk can be. I walk every day – to the train, to work, to get food, back to the train, to the bar… But last night I walked with no destination. I slowed my freakishly fast-paced stride down to a calm stroll and realized that alone helped me relax.

 I’m all about moments of mental clarity, whether they last or not. While I was walking everything seemed to make sense. Nothing mattered more than it should, nothing less than it was.

 I know it’s scientifically proven that exercise releases endorphins and brings you a mental high. But it’s nice to know even a slow walk has the power to do the same.

Take advantage of the summer weather and get outside!