I'm back.


It's been months since I've posted! And, FOREVER, since I've posted semi-regularly. I love writing about our lives and documenting all the small bits and pieces that make up the story of our lives. But, for a long while now, instead of feeling inspired by blogs and Instagram and Pinterest, I've been feeling overwhelmed and weighed down by it all. 



L performed in her fifth year of The Nutcracker last week! It's always so much fun and (usually!) brings me to tears to see her progress through each different role. She grows so much in a year and it never hits me until I watch her dance every December. 


My love of mason jars and adding new holiday decor every year pair up in this fun + easy DIY!



Did you know there's a Christmas tree shortage happening around the country? It's a pretty bah humbug way to start December. But, I'm on a mission this year to keep the merry happening. This holiday train is going to keep on chugging through stress and drama and overfilled plates. So, in efforts to keep the merry-ness merry, we decided to support another small local roadside stand when our usual "cut your own" farm closed down for the season early. And, we found another great local spot to snap our yearly family photograph.



We drove to the mountains of Georgia a couple weekends ago and went apple picking. The picking is still nothing like our old spot in New York but we did come home with a bag overflowing with apples and the farm was the perfect place to spend a cool Sunday afternoon with the kids. 

There's more apples here than the kids can munch on so, we decided to make some caramel apples! I came up with this kid-friendly version because really, who wants to pair kids + hot, sticky caramel together?



Happy Sunday! It's been a busy week for us. Between settling back in after our hurricane-induced vacation, getting back in the swing of life and school and our routine, and me jumping right back into work with a party to style, I feel like we haven't stopped and breathed much this week.

But, it's finally Fall! September-November are a sweet little break for us before the craze of the holidays and I always feel so much better when September rolls around again. I'm dreaming of quiet Sunday afternoons at home, raking up piles of crunchy leaves, and babes dressed warmly in sweaters and flannel. 

For right now though, I'm looking forward to a few calm days and the chance to sit down with a magazine or two and just be.



We're back in our sweet, little town. And we missed it! Do you guys realize how much you love your town every time you leave it too? We left town for a week to dodge Hurricane Irma and ended up back in my hometown. M spent a few days with us but mostly, it was just me, the kids, and the dog hanging with the grandparents.