Best of Fall: Boozy Party Treats

Tomorrow is September. Wait, what? Where did summer go?

I live in Washington, DC so it will actually probably stay hot outside for another month or longer (boo) but I’ve got cooler weather, sweater and boots and pumpkin spice latte fever.

Since I am in the mood, I thought I would throw together some of my most popular boozy treats for fall weather. Bring on the crunchy leaves.


1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Pudding Shots – Because they are freaking delicious.


2. Pumpkin Pie Sangria – Because c’mon PUMPKIN PIE in a drink. Real pumpkin pie.


5 Fun (and Easy) Toddler Pancakes

If you follow me on instagram you may have seen my weekend pancake creations. I really love making these for Austin. He gets so excited. I think what I love most about making fun pancakes for him is that he thinks they are awesome no matter what they look like.

So my bunny pancake looked more like a cow? Who cares? He doesn’t. He loves it just the same, maybe even more.  I’ve done so many of them that I thought I should put together a quick and easy post.

Get down with your inner pancake artists momma. Here are 5 easy pancakes to start with:

1. Dinosaur (brachiosaurus) Pancakes

This one was pretty easy. Make one large round pancake, cut it in half for the body. Make a tiny pancake (literally a half teaspoon of batter) for the head. Make a teaspoon sized batter drop for the feet and then cut it in half. The neck and tail … Use a spoon and make some long drizzles. Pick the best one! (Sing this while you make it, it’s Austin’s favorite)


Life Lately: NYC, Outer Banks and Back to NYC

A quick post to catch up…. Things have picked up speed since I went back to work. It’s a delicate balance with a newborn and a toddler but Nick and I are a great team and it can be done (and done well).

There has been a lot of travel, not a lot a sleep (it’s getting better though) but a lot of fun.

I traveled to New York twice this month already and will likely head back soon.


Quick flights, long cab drives and delicious lobster rolls with crunchy tobiko and yuzu pickles sums up the first trip. The second trip I made sure to hit up this place, which I’ve wanted to go to for almost a decade now. Check off that bucket list!

Maternity Leave Monday and a Peeps-a-Licious Giveaway


1. I already gave away a copy of Peeps-a-Licious on Instagram! Let’s giveaway another copy. Comment below on how you like to eat your peeps for a chance to win. This give away will wrap up fast so you have time to make one of the recipes for Easter. Enter by Wednesday March 16. (Make sure I have a way to contact you if you win) 

Lilly’s Birth Story

After I had Austin I posted his birth story here. I don’t know how many people have read it but I know that I re-read it all the time. Usually after a glass of moscato when I am feeling nostalgic about my little man and how big he’s gotten.

I definitely want to keep Lilly’s story here too. It was just as beautiful and special, maybe even a little bit more because I think she will be our last baby.


Lilly, like Austin, was induced. I was exactly 40 weeks.

We went to the hospital at 7am on Wednesday February 10th (her due date!). With Austin I had to go in the night before so I was really happy to be able to sleep in my own bed this time. We signed the nessesary paper work and then got set up in our labor and delivery room.