New Zealand: Marlborough {Part 2}

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We did it!

Today wraps up our month in New Zealand.  Only five months later, but who’s counting?

We spent three days in Marlborough and our general plan was wake up, make breakfast, get a winery or two under our belts and head back to our cottage for nap (for Adelaide and for us).  After nap we’d head back out to one or two more vineyards before they closed around 4.

Not pictured: our daily stops at McDonald’s because of that damn spicy chicken crunch wrap.  Can stateside McDonald’s please catch up??

Some standouts vineyards were Cloudy Bay, Spy Valley (dumb name but actually had a pretty cool story behind it and the winery ended up being one of our favorites), Forrest (amazing rosé), Moa (brewery), Hunters and Allen Scott.

The pictures in this post were taken at Cloudy Bay and Hunters.  Wine tasting turns out to be a pretty awesome thing to do with a toddler because you can sip wine outdoors while your tot runs around and steals grapes.  The wineries in NZ were overwhelmingly child friendly, and many of them (if not all) had baskets of toys.  We’d been to Napa when Adelaide was a baby and so many wineries didn’t allow children, so it was nice to not have to worry about that.

Also, we noticed the wines in New Zealand were significantly cheaper.  Most bottles were in the $20 range, where as California wines seemed to be $60 and up.

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the baloney bugNot pictured: another three hour ferry ride back to Wellington, a one hour plane ride, a 13 hour plane ride and a six hour plane ride.


Sweet home.

A Formal Affair

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Jon and I went to a formal wedding a few weeks ago, which means an excuse for us to get all dressed up and have a night of drinking and dancing, sans toddler.  My mom came up to spend the week with me, since Jon was leaving the next day for a business trip.  It was amazing to have her come up a day early to babysit while we got to enjoy ourselves at the wedding.  All you people who live close to family and get free babysitting are so lucky! It was seriously such a luxury.

I was trying to figure out what I wanted to wear, whether I wanted to dig through my closet and find something I already owned, or buy something new.  Then I saw an ad from Rent the Runway and started browsing their site and fell in love with this green dress.  I figured it would be cheaper to rent the dress than to buy something new, and if I bought something, how many times would I really wear it?

You get to pick 2 sizes when you rent, so you’re almost guaranteed that it will fit.  You can also browse photos and reviews from people who have worn the dress before, and search by height and weight.  That was tremendously helpful because I ended up ordering the dress in a petite size, which I would have never done without the reviews.  The petite ended up being a perfect fit.

I also rented the gold clutch, which I was obsessed with and had a hard time letting go when it was time to return it.

I was a huge fan of my first RTR experience.  I know this sounds like a paid review, but I swear it’s not.  I loved getting all glammed up and would definitely suggest renting an outfit to anyone who needs something for the upcoming holidays.

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It’s amazing what a gorgeous dress and a little hair and makeup will do for a girl.  Jon and I rarely get date nights, and it was so nice to get out together and have a good time celebrating our friends marriage.

A big congrats to our friends Edward and Ashley!  Wishing you so much happiness as husband and wife.


Easter Recap

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Jon had to travel the days leading up to Easter, so Adelaide and I took the train down to Maryland.  Jon ended up flying in on Easter and driving back up with us.  There of course was time to snap a few photos before we hit the road.  Adelaide wasn’t really interested in posing for nice pictures, so we ended up swinging her and letting her run.

I had a great time visiting my family, as always, but the ride back was less than spectacular.  The 3 hour drive ended up taking 6.5 and Adelaide didn’t sleep at all.  But we finally made it back in time to put her to bed, unpack and crash. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I absolutely love this age.  Adelaide is getting into everything, and I love seeing her mind work as she explores new places, new textures, new everything.  We’re headed to Toronto tonight (my first flight alone with her!) and I’m a little bit nervous and a lot excited.



the baloney bug Over the weekend Jon and I took a trip up to Rochester to visit some family and college friends.  We hit quite a bit of snow, which made our long travels even longer more exciting.  Adelaide generally hates the car, but was a total trooper.

We got home last night and unpacked our snow gear only to have it on standby for another impending storm.

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

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Thanks so much to everyone who reached out yesterday as I returned to work.  The morning was incredibly hard, and I shed many a tear.  But by the afternoon I was so busy with work and counting down the hours to the end of the day that I felt much better.  I literally ran out the door and onto the subway.

Adelaide barely ate while I was at work, so she wanted to nurse all night long.  And I wanted to snuggle all night long, so it worked out well.  Except of course, I’m exhausted.

In completely unrelated news, these photos are from a rehearsal dinner we went to this weekend.  Jon had his, “this is thirty” moment when we came home and paid the high school babysitter.

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Back to work for day two.  It’s supposed to get easier, right?

On the Road

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We’ve been living on the road for the last couple of weeks.  Adelaide and I have spent the majority of our time in Maryland at my parents while Jon was in California on business.  Then the three of us had a quick trip to Pennsylvania followed by a few days in DC and then back to Maryland.

It’s been quite the whirlwind and it’s almost time to pack up and head back to New York.  I sure haven’t missed having to carry a baby (and all the stuff the baby requires) up and down the stairs of my walk up apartment.  Or scraping up quarters to do laundry.

But I sure do miss that city.

How to Make the Most of Your Wardrobe While Pregnant I’m nearly at the end of this pregnancy, and for the most part have loved dressing the bump.  I had one meltdown around month 7 where “I had nothing to wear” and literally came to work crying.  It can be really hard trying to look and feel good when your belly is growing at an exponential rate.

I figured I’d put together a couple of the things that have kept me sane (and gotten me out the door in the morning at a reasonable time) to hopefully help some other mama-to-be out there:

1. Invest in some great cardigans.  And of course, shop your closet for the ones you already have!

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First of all, can I ask: what is the deal with maternity cardigans??  Seriously, how are they different than non-maternity cardigans?  At the beginning of my pregnancy I bought a couple pull over sweaters a size up, but those quickly became too short.  If you’re going to buy any type of sweater, make it a cardigan.

I have been loving throwing a bright cardigan, or this Aztec cardigan over one of my maternity tees.  They act as a great accessory to your basics.  Which brings me to number two:

2. Buy the basics.

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I basically live in these $10 maternity tees from Target.  You can dress them up with a great pair of heels, add a cardigan or jacket over them, or lounge around the house in them.  Throw on a fun necklace or scarf and you’re good to go.  My maternity tees have by far been my most worn item.

3. Get a Belly Band!

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I’m sure all of the pregnant ladies have heard of these, but it’s basically a strip of stretchy fabric that you wear over your normal pants, so that you can wear them unbuttoned.  I bought this one and really love it.

I should mention that I hated the belly band in the beginning of my pregnancy, but now at the end I wear it quite regularly.  You can’t even tell that my pants are unzipped in that photo, can you?

4. Sign up for emails, shop sales/consignment and borrow from friends.

If I’m placing an order at Gap or Old Navy, I wait until a 30% off code comes around.  I’ve gotten a ton of name brand maternity wear from Gilt at discount.  And I’m willing to bet you also have friends with a bag or two of maternity clothes collecting dust in their basement.  Ask them!

5. Buy one or two trendy pieces.

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For the most part I wore what I already owned, or bought maternity basics.  But I decided to go out on a limb with these floral jeans.  Pregnant women should get to have some fun too, right?  And I don’t feel bad buying a pair of trendy maternity jeans because trends generally last one season anyways.  So why not have fun and indulge in the trends while pregnant?

6. Shop free shipping and free returns.

It’s almost impossible to tell if something is going to look good on your pregnant belly over a computer screen.  I bought a couple maternity pieces from one national chain only to receive it and have it all look awful.  I didn’t realize that you can only return via the mail (even though they have stores in every mall!) so I had to pay return shipping.  That really made me mad, and was the last time I purchased anything from them.

Instead, I’ve bought almost all of my maternity clothes from Gap, Old Navy and Target (Target doesn’t offer free returns, but you can return to any store).  They all have $50 free shipping minimums, but that’s easy to reach.  Plus you can just return the items that don’t fit for free!

7. Invest in one good pair of maternity jeans.

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Seriously, a pair of great fitting jeans will make all the difference in the world.  I bought these (from Gilt at about half price) and have seriously lived in them.  They fit well, they’re comfortable and they make me feel good.  And who doesn’t want to feel great in their jeans?

Week 36

the baloney bug Just four weeks left to go until my due date.  My emotions go back and forth between excited and nervous, but more and more the nervousness is turning to excitement.  I can’t wait to meet this little lady who has been spending ridiculous amounts of time kicking me in the ribs. 36 weeks preggo tries not to fall Friday night Jon and I stayed inside cuddled up with some take out while the snow came down outside.  Then we spent a good chunk of Saturday outside playing in the snow with Brady.  Catching snowballs might just be his very favorite thing ever. someone wants to play snowbaby air time close up I’m so in love with my little family.  Little one, we can’t wait to meet you.

Tea Party

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At eight months pregnant, it’s become quite an adventure finding things that fit the bump.  At this point even my maternity shirts are getting too short, so that’s fun.  I was a bit smitten with the pattern on this tea cup blouse.  So many maternity things I’ve come across are just plain ugly, so to find something playful was a breath of fresh air.

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Suddenly I’ve got a craving for a spot of tea.

Week 35

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The countdown is officially on.  Just five more weeks to go.  I could say this a hundred times, but it seems like the shortest amount of time and the longest amount of time all rolled into one.

Our apartment has quickly become baby central, with a stroller, bassinet, wardrobe and bouncy chair taking up precious floor space.  And as tangible as those things are, it’s still hard to grasp that we’ll have another little human living here, needing those things, needing us in just a few short weeks.

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Can’t wait to meet our little one.