A Birth Story: Theodore Wayne

In light of Theodore’s 1st birthday, I’ve decided to share one of the most precious (and nerve wracking) experiences of my life. Please feel free to read on, and know that I’ve chosen to give you all the PG version of this story… You’re welcome (wink). After gaining over 60 pounds in my pregnancy and…

Blogger Life – The Challenges of Sharing Our World

Hi all, It’s been a little bit since we’ve seen each other, I know. I’ve been really wrestling with the blog these past two weeks are so, and I’d like to share with you why. I’m a pretty private person. Our family is very introverted, and we tend not to share too much because a…

I Look Forward to Wrinkles and (more) Gray Hair, and Why You Should Too

“Women don’t allow other women to age gracefully. And we don’t give ourselves permission to age gracefully.” – Cameron Diaz Preach, Cam. Preach. I’m 24, I’ll be 25 this November. I know some may stop reading after that sentence, so I just want to put it out there right off the bat. I’m young. Fresh. Green….

Cool and Sweet Summer Style

Summer was never my favorite season to dress for. I feel like it’s difficult for me to look stylish with so few pieces of clothing to work with, whereas in the winter and fall, I can layer and add more elements of interest with every piece. I’ve recently found that dressing for the Summer can be…

20 Questions

I’m quickly realizing that those who read this blog may know little about me and our family. So we’ll play a little game: 20 questions. This is to help you get some information as to where the things written on this blog are coming from (ie. our perspective, location, culture…). I hope it’s helpful!  …

A Visitor’s Guide to Los Angeles: 10 Essential Eateries

Alright, well I have bragged enough about LA, so I suppose it is time to give you all some tangible “to-do’s” to back it all up. But first, know that this is all my opinion, and only my opinion. There are countless things to do, eat and see in Los Angeles; my perspective is only one…

A Letter to My Infant Son: Love, Decency and the Treatment of Women

In light of recent events pertaining to the treatment (and mistreatment) of women, I realize this letter is necessary to share. Please read on, and join me in encouraging the young men in your life to live with great respect for women, too. My sweet Theodore, One day you will inevitably come to me telling me you…

A Visitor’s Guide to Los Angeles: An Introduction

So why do I think you should come to Los Angeles? You already know about the amazing weather, Hollywood, the beaches, celebrities, etc. But I’m going to suggest that those are not the reasons to come to Los Angeles. OK, everyone (even people who live here) loves seeing a celebrity casually having dinner a few seats…

My Philosophy on Gifting

My beautiful friend, Esther (pictured) had her bridal shower this weekend. It’s always such fun to celebrate someone you love with a little party. And, I got to bum around looking for a gift of pretty, delicate pieces in Nordstrom and Victoria’s Secret, which I have to admit, I did not hate. I’m a huge…

3 Essential Foods You Should Be Making from Scratch

Our family began looking for simple ways to enhance the quality of our meals without spending more money. Making these 3 items (that we pretty much use every day) from scratch not only made the dishes we used them in SO much more delicious, but we actually ended up saving money every month by doing it ourselves. These recipes…

What We’ve Learned After 4 Years of Marriage

…not much. Just kidding! Christopher and I were married four years ago today in Treviso, Italy. I was a fresh, sweet 20 year old in college and he was a handsome, driven 24 year old beginning his graduate school training. We were young, naive and full of so much love. We’ve grown an incredible amount…