My First Mother’s Day

One year ago, I found out I was going to be a mama. I was a little excited but mostly terrified. And as I expected, motherhood has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. A steep learning curve, long days spent in a haze of boredom and exhaustion, some nights in an overwhelming dark…

Nursery Tour

During my second week of maternity leave I was in full nesting mode. We just put the finishing touches on the nursery after about six months of very slow progress, and I had to share the results with you. Presenting our Disney/fairy tale/woodland themed nursery! I was inspired by this Eyvind Earle concept painting for…

Intercontinental New York Barclay Review

This year we used our IHG Free Night at the Intercontinental New York Barclay. It’s an older hotel rich in history. The location is convenient, in Midtown East Manhattan just a few blocks from Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center. The decor is classic and traditional, fixtures and carpet in need of updating, but the…

Honolulu, Hawaii: Part 2

Continued from Part 1… Day 3: Waikiki For my birthday, we went to Duke’s for the lunch buffet. For about $20 per person, you get healthy, high quality dishes with plenty of seafood options (including poke) and fresh fruit. The kalua pork was too salty but I loved the salad bar. Also it’s right on…

Honolulu, Hawaii: Part 1

It’s been ten years since I first visited Oahu. People told me a lot has changed since then, particularly with the commercialization, but I love eating and shopping, so I didn’t mind much. And now Southwest flies to the islands, making a Hawaiian vacation a little more affordable. We stayed all 5 nights at the…