Archives for December 2018


Back in our early days I would count the hours til we would see each other again. I still do from time to time, especially when he’s traveling, because even still I just want to be around himThe anticipation and giddiness is still a strong and real thing.

I know for some (like both of our parents – happy anniversary, too btw!) 5 years may not seem like a long time. And I totally get that. But our love story didn’t begin like a fairy tale, nor was it traditional. It swept us up and knocked us off our feet and we followed our hearts. In 48,500 hours we’ve done a lot of things – countless trips, built a new home,  job changes, lost pets and babies, had a kid  – that some couples may take twice the amount of years to experience. Our journey is our own and I wouldn’t change it.


Like I said in Santa Barbara – marriage isn’t hard. If anything, being married to you is easy. Marrying you on that balcony overlooking Manhattan will forever be the best decision I have ever made. My love for you continues to grow in ways I never thought were possible. YOU, single handedly, continue to make all my dreams come true. My full heart is yours forever and always. Here’s to all the years my lifetime will muster.

Happy anniversary, my love.


Merry Merry

all I want for Christmas and then some.

Still reeling from Christmas crazy and finding little power wheel cars all over the place. Extremely thankful for this last Christmas as a family of three. Time to focus on New Year’s (aka Hudson’s birthday celebration!)

Hope you all had a lovely holiday and get some extra time off to spend with the ones you love.


Have Radiant Eyes Like Me This Holiday with Clear Eyes

this post is sponsored by Clear Eyes but the words and opinions are purely my own.

When you think of a beauty routine or even self-care this product may or may not come to mind. When Clear Eyes reached out to me though, I laughed out loud because “HOW DO THEY KNOW?!” I’m an avid Clear Eyes user. Like I literally use their drops every day.

My eyes get red super easy – from dry air, screen time, make-up – what ever the culprit, I use Clear Eyes every night to soothe my eyes and every morning to make them whiter and more radiant. No joke, I wash my face, put drops in my eyes and then finish up my beauty or bedtime routine.

With the holidays upon us – there’s travel, events, parties and countless photo ops that having red eyes just isn’t an option.

I try my best to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night – being 30 weeks pregnant has it’s perks that my husband will help if Hudson get’s up in the middle of night. It’s not super common but it happens and I’m super grateful that he’s been taking the night shift. But even those long work days mixed with #momlife and holiday festivities mean I’m bound to look tired. Que the Clear Eyes.

We’re were just on a mini vacation to celebrate our 5 year anniversary which has been a total retreat in the midst of the holiday chaos. A few days in Santa Barbara was so nice, but even with the time change a few Clear Eyes drops in the morning is a necessity.

Eyes are the first thing people notice and when I have red irritating eyes, it can totally affect my confidence and who wants that? Nobody!

You can order Clear Eyes on Amazon and get 10% off your order – so order those last minute prime gifts and put some Clear Eyes in some stockings while you’re at it. They are the #1 brand of redness relief eye drops.

A Christmas Get-Up

Pretty sure I wore this to Rifle’s holiday party back in 2014 (a Gap dress that’s not maternity when I was 8 months pregnant with Hudson.)

Between the fit and festive plaid print, I had to keep it and I’m glad I did. I rounded up a few just like this that will surely fit for any holiday occasion you might have this month but also last for years since it’s a classic.

photos: abby cox

dress gap | boots c/o kate spade ny | hat club monaco

BRB – Off to Celebrate

We typically take our anniversary trip in January, but since that’s cutting it close to baby time we’re taking our vacation early.

It’s now our anniversary/baby moon trip and we’re SO excited to have the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara host us for 5 days! This will be our first time to Santa Barbara as a couple and we’re excited to explore, relax and get some solid US time before the holidays and little G arrives.

A few things I’m packing since well, California weather is recognizing it’s also December:

Make sure to follow along on Instagram – I’ll be sharing all about our stay, accommodations and most likely the food! 🙂

image: @adelightfulgem

GIFT GUIDE: For The Guys & Serious Foodies

High quality ear pods // Natural soap // Coffee Subscription // Charging dock // Boxers 

When it comes to guys, get them something they want (like the Shinola ear buds) but also what they need (like a charging station or under wear). It truly doesn’t have to be complicated with them. Try a coffee subscription (door delivery) from a local favorite roaster!


Scooper // Eat Beautifully book // Cake Stand // Crock // Bread boards

A vintage ice cream scoop is super charming – add some Tillamook Ice Cream to seal the deal. And you can never go wrong with a beautiful crock, reclaimed wood cutting/bread boards and a beautiful cook book. Great ideas for hostess’ too!

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