Weekend Vibes

I’ve become a morning person, and daylight savings finally seems to be working to my advantage. 

This morning I slept until 7am (6am with daylight savings) and I went out for coffee and did my weekly grocery shopping and was home by 8am. 

I checked out the friends and family sale at the  gap, and picked up these cute pajama bottoms: 


We took Hunter to the dog park, did some cleaning, lit a fire, and cooked dinner. We roasted a turkey, which I will post about tomorrow. 

We also ordered a plated trial for this week, which I’m excited to try. We got hello fresh a few weeks ago and liked it,  but I haven’t been too inspired by the weekly recipes since. So far plated is seeming a bit more interesting/delicious so we’ll see how it goes. 

Right now I’m fining sitting down on the couch and watching a little TV.  I just opened my laptop and contemplating doing some work to get ahead on the week. I feel the most relaxed I’ve felt in weeks, so I can’t complain.

I’m sad to see another good weekend go. It’s been these quieter weekends that I’m enjoying most. Laying low near the house, spending time with Ryan and Hunter. I have a busy week ahead – the election (😬), an overnight work conference/retreat, and my birthday! 

DIY Christmas Presents 

I’ve always loved crafting, painting and drawing. Each year I try to come up with a homemade Christmas gift idea to give everyone. 

In the past I’ve done: 


Snow globes – these were really popular at anthropologie that year, and I made a copycat version.

Then I did personalized mugs one year, which I can’t find a picture of. 

Earlier this week, I saw an instagram account I follow post these hand painted Christmas ornaments:


I love love love them! These will be my DIY Christmas gift this year. I’ll post a before and after. 

Weekend Adventure

I love a mini fall getaway, even if it’s just for the day. We woke up early on Saturday morning, and I told my husband that fall was going to be over before we knew it and that I needed to get my fall fix in before it was too late. We brainstormed a few ideas (apple picking, pumpkin carving, watching scary Halloween movies), and decided on taking a drive to Cold Spring, NY to see the fall foliage and explore the cute town.

The drive didn’t disappoint.

 

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Sunday Vibes 

Today was an active lazy Sunday. Slept until 8am, which for me, is late. Stumptown coffee from my new favorite coffee shop in Ridgefield, Ross Bread Shoppe & Coffee House followed by a visit to the dog park (second time this weekend for the lucky pup). Greasy diner food to cut my post Halloween party hangover. Couch cuddles and SNL. Grocery shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.


Sudden downpour, thunder and lightning. Running from the store to our car to stay dry. Failing!!! Back home for more cuddles with the pup, who is absolutely terrified of thunderstorms.


Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. Bathroom floors, kitchen counters, vacuum, mail sorting. Nothing better than a clean house on Sunday to start the week off right. Cooked our homemade sauce and meatballs.


Started a fire in the fireplace. Lit some candles. Feeling cozy and getting ready to eat dinner.

Trader Joe’s Mini Pies

I have the biggest sweet tooth of all time, and really need dessert every night, otherwise I’m cranky! 

I got these mini pies from Trader Joe’s last year and they recently came back in stock. These lies are so cute, taste completely decadent, and are only 160 calories per pie. I know I had two, but you really only need one to get your fix. 

Even you know who needed to get involved in these little blueberry pies. 

Halloween

I wasn’t planning on celebrating this year, but got invited to a 1950s themed party, which seemed too fun to turn down.

I got a great vintage dress from Etsy, and plan to try to style my hair like the picture below. 

I actually never would’ve thought of etsy to pick out a dress had my friend not suggested it.

They really have an amazing selection of reasonable vintage clothing.

I’m going to pair the dress with black gloves, and a vintage fur jacket. I’ll post a picture of the finished look. Now I just need to start working on my husband’s costume.

Is it Friday yet? Oh yes, yes it is. 

This week has been a blur. I’ve been running around like an absolute maniac. Thankfully, my day ended at 1:00pm, when my coworker and our boss went out for a boozy lunch involving lots of pizza.

We got back to work at 4:30 pm, and by 6:00pm, we had already opened a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.

And now I’m in sweats and watching Bad Moms, which will hopefully get better? Because I’m about 10 minutes in and I haven’t laughed once.

I’ve been saving decor ideas from instagram and here’s a few pictures I’m really loving.

The GREAT house debate

Buying a house has been on my mind. It’s such an exciting but daunting activity. And, like with most things that are a big deal in my life, I obsess. We were extremely fortunate to have been able to sell our current home. We’re currently “in contract” but I have my fingers crossed that everything goes off without a hitch.

One of our biggest debates is where to buy…

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Currently, we love in Northern Westchester, but we’re very close to Connecticut. I love Connecticut, and would be happy to move there. Ryan, on the other hand, does not share my love of CT.

Ridgefield is a quintessential New England town. It has an adorable Main Street, lined with flower baskets, street lamps, shops and restaurants. The schools are great, there are plenty of parks, classic colonial style homes, and it’s so much more affordable than Westchester in terms of taxes and what sort of house you get for your money. The biggest drawback is proximity. Ridgefield is a solid 1+ hour from the city, and there’s really no way to get to the city by Metro North.

Bedford, New York

Ryan’s top pick is Bedford, New York.

Bedford definitely has it’s perks. It’s significantly closer to both of our jobs. It is commutable to the city, should either of us every take a job in the city. And it’s absolutely gorgeous. It has a quaint little Main Street area, that doesn’t have much to offer, but it boasts beautiful countryside with horse farms, trees, and stone walls.  The downsides of Bedford include a school district that’s not as good as other Westchester towns, and the cost of the homes. We both work a lot and do not have the time to spend on a fixer upper.

Katonah, New York

We currently live within minutes from Katonah. I loved Katonah the first time I saw it. It has a great Main Street with cute shops and restaurants (though, on the downside, none of these restaurants are very good). There’s a Metro North station right in town. It has really good schools. And, overall, the town has a ‘cool’ vibe.

We’ve looked at a lot of houses in Katonah, and most of them suck. The area is so popular that any house that’s halfway decent (i.e., kitchen and bathrooms that have been updated in the last 10 years) is generally in the mid-$600s-$700s. There are some houses that are more reasonable, but from the ones we have seen, they’re poorly maintained and need a lot of work, which we just don’t have time for.

As eager as I am to find a house, I need to remind myself that it needs to be the right house. I would love to buy something that we can stay in for the next 25 years, even if it needs a little work to make it our dream house. I’m not sure how Ryan feels about it, but I’ve been enjoying the process. I love looking at houses and imaging what our lives will be like there.

Dragging 

Some weeks just feel like they go on forever, and today is only Tuesday. I have so much work to do that my head has been spinning, combined with a lingering cold, self-imposed stress, house hunting, and day to day chores – I  feel completely overwhelmed. 

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to simplify life. Some goals I have are:

  • Spend less time worrying (this will always be my top goal);
  • Maintain a cleaner more organized home so time is spent with frequent upkeep and not hours of deep cleaning;
  • Enjoy our time off more;
  • Leave work before 6:30 pm;
  • Reincorporate exercise in my life;
  • Prepare simpler meals;
  • Plan more; and
  • Meditate, take yoga, do something for my spiritual/mental well being. 

On a side note – I love my Apple Watch. I was really hesitant about getting it, but I love the mini mouse watch face, the exercise/move reminders, the gps, etc. I forgot to wear it the past few days, and I swear I was feeling phantom vibrations on my wrist.