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happy (almost) halloween!

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October 22nd, 2015 · Print Print


I love holidays — pretty much any holiday. 

This comes as a surprise to exactly no one, because my favorite things in the world are parties, great food, and spending time with friends and family.  So holidays?  On the list of things that I love, they fall somewhere between Bear and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is to say: very high on that list.

But there’s a special spot in my heart for Halloween.  When I was a kid, I really believed that there was something magical about the night of Halloween.  I’d pretend to go to bed and then stay up in my room, in the dark, until it was finally midnight, waiting for ghosts or trying my hand at magic spells. 

Bear was too little to go trick-or-treating last year, but we might give it a try next week!  Either way, I couldn’t let the moment go by without some snaps of his Halloween costume.  Last year, he was a baby dinosaur, and this year he’s a panda bear!  I know that pretty soon he’ll be telling me what he wants to be for Halloween, so I’m enjoying my last chance to pick out his costume myself. 

And, if I do say so: that is one cute Panda!

Photo credit: Rachel Sutherland







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the city that never sleeps

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October 12th, 2015 · Print Print


The stars aligned this month for a quick trip to NYC for me — a quiet week at work coincided with an invitation to two events that I didn’t want to miss in the city, so before I could second-guess the decision, I booked a flight. 

{Side note: I’m still trying to figure out when my idea of a “Can’t Miss” event became a fundraising dinner with the dean of my law school…  When did I become such a grown-up?!}

But I was overdue for a trip and this was a great excuse, so I kissed Bear and Chad good-bye for a couple of days and hopped on a plane. 

And oh my gosh, you guys.  New York.  Sometimes I still miss it so much

Every time I go back, it takes me a little bit of time to adjust.  For the first day or so, you have to get used to all the buildings, all the people, all the rushing and hustling and nonstop motion of the city.  It’s a little overwhelming.  It’s also completely amazing.

A while back, I wrote about our decision to leave New York — it was a really hard one for me, because I knew that I wanted the life that we could only have outside the city, but I wasn’t sure I wanted it just yet.  I kept wanting “one ore year” of our life the way it was, our cozy one-bedroom in Greenwich Village where I could walk to my favorite gelato shop or all the way to my office in midtown on a sunny day.  I loved the diversity and the culture and the food and all the amazing things that only emerge when you pack about a million people into a few square miles. 

Yes, it was expensive and exhausting and challenging every day.  No, I didn’t mind one bit. 

But if there’s one thing that’s almost as good as living in New York, it’s this: visiting New York as a former New Yorker. 

It’s amazing because you can experience the city any way you want.  You can see friends and visit favorite spots and remember exactly what your life was like.  You can walk by your old apartment door or the place you met your husband (ahem, ahem).  New York changes every day, but no matter how long you’re gone, there’s always somewhere to come home to.

But on the flip side, you can also do something else.  You can experience it as a tourist.  And in the four years since we left, that’s the part I’d been missing.  I’ve gone back frequently, but I’ve always had an insane schedule that left me running around from morning till night. 

This time?  I had a whole afternoon off.  A very rare luxury for me, so I wanted to make the most of it.

So I experienced New York as a visitor.  I shopped at Saks and spent too much on sunglasses.  I went to a museum, just to look around.  And then I took myself out for a glass of champagne at the Rainbow Room, which is a bar on the top of Rockefeller Center that’s been around since the 30’s.  It probably the most touristy, vacation-er, guidebook-hyped spot in the entire city. 

No native New Yorker would ever show their face there. 

But, you know what?  Although sometimes it makes me a little sad to admit it, I’m not a New Yorker anymore.  And as a visitor, sometimes those tourist-y, guidebook-hyped spots are exactly what you’re craving. 

Sometimes you just want to sit back, and enjoy the view. 

And so I did.

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healthy snacks for busy families!

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October 5th, 2015 · Print Print


More often than not, I beat Chad home from work. Because I’m always starving the minute I walk in the door, I’ve come up with the following snacks that enable me to wait to eat until a normal, non-toddler dinner-time. They’re light enough that they don’t kill my appetite but take the edge off enough that I don’t kill my husband. (Hanger is real!)

Try Balanced Carbs!
Bread gets a bad “wrap” (yes, I went there!) but whole-grain bread is a terrific option for healthy snacking. I love to buy fresh bread from the grocery store and toast it, then spread some Alouette Le Petite Fromage on it, and top with a sliced cucumber. (Le Petite Fromage cheese come in four different flavors but I like the Cucumber & Dill version for this. All spreads are just 40 calories per serving!)

Portable and Nutrient-Packed
When I’m craving gummy bears in the afternoon, dried fruit can often get me my fix. Dried mango or apricots, for example, are equally sweet and chewy but without the sugar. (Assuming you buy the right brands – always check the label!) Fellow Texans, HEB’s in-house dried mango is my favorite!

Homemade Veggie Trays
Veggie trays in the pre-made food section always look good — but most of the time, they’re not as healthy as they appear! Ranch dip is totally delicious, but there are healthy swaps that taste just as good — I love adding hummus or a spreadable cheese! Instead of a pre-made tray, I pick up some baby carrots, bell peppers, or even celery. I love to pair cut veggies with Le Petite Fromage cheeses, and bon appetit!

Do you guys have a go-to snack that I need to add to my repertoire? Let me know in the comments!

This post was created in partnership with Alouette Cheese. As always, all opinions are my own!

Photo Credit: Kate Robinson



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