Friday Afternoon Round Up

This weekend, Matt and I will be FINALLY heading to Ikea to buy a dresser for the baby. This will give us a little sanity as the baby’s things are just sprawled all over the guest room right now. Saturday night we will be glued to our tv as Notre Dame (#5) takes on Florida State (#2).  Oh, and did I mentioned Matt’s favorite person in the whole wide word, Kinsella, is visiting this weekend? So that probably means no trip to Ikea and I will be back to being the third wheel… What about you? Up to anything fun?

Here are my favorite links from the week:

I hope Matt makes this for me on Sunday ;)

Why don’t all of my closets look like this?

I don’t need more giraffes in my life, but if I did, this is pretty cute.

Do you think the baby will appreciate if I line their drawers? I do :)

Such a cute idea for a rustic wedding/rehearsal dinner.

Not going to lie, I am super excited for this movie to come out.

Pantry Purge

So yesterday I wrote about the 31 day purge that my mom, sister and I are participating in. Our first activity was to purge our pantries. While none of us have full-blown walk-in pantries, we all have a cupboard or two that we store our food in.

My mom recently renovated her kitchen and put in drawers that pull out into her pantry, something she has wanted for years! She didn’t think that she needed to do a pantry purge since she literally just did a similar activity… However, when I was home this weekend, I was disappointed that these beautiful new drawers weren’t quite as organized as I thought they could/should be. So after berating my mother on the phone for a solid 10 minutes, she decided she would tackle this challenge. I don’t know about you, but I definitely see a difference! That being said, I still think she can use a couple more bins/baskets and of course, more labels.

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Abby has the smallest kitchen of the three of us, and as a result, is very limited on her storage space. She has two small cupboards that she stores her food in. Unfortunately, she forgot to take before photos but hopefully you get a sense of her purging abilities. I told her that not knowing what is in the fabric bins is killing me – get some labels on those!

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Of course I took this activity pretty seriously. What could have been a 15 minute event turned into an hour-long ordeal. And as you will see from my before photos, I didn’t really have all that much work to do. Since Matt and I have been doing Blue Apron on a fairly regular basis, we don’t keep nearly as much good in our house as we used to. That being said, my baking supplies rival that of a small cake bakery. You can never have too much sugar, flour and chocolate chips. It really has gotten a bit out of hand…

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I didn’t take before pictures of my two other cupboards because I didn’t do a whole lot to them. Why this activity took me an hour is beyond me…

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So there you have it. Three purged pantries!

 

 

The Purge

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A few of the blogs that I read on a regular basis are currently doing a 31 Day Purge.

To help readers clear their homes of clutter, these blogs are breaking down de-cluttering into 31 steps. Every day a new task is posted, many of which take no more than 15-30 minutes to completed. The purpose of this series is to purge your home, a little at a time. It can be overwhelming to purge all at once. By allocating a few minutes to your schedule each day, you should see a huge difference by day 31.

While Matt and I keep our apartment relatively clutter-free and more organized than most, we are in the process of trying to make room for ‘baby g’ so a good purging is in the cards. Like most challenges, they are more fun to do as a group, so I recruited my mom and sister.

Starting today, for the next 31 days, we will be taking on one task at a time. I probably won’t post all 31 to this blog – mostly because not every task applies to our home (for example, anything about a garage…) but hopefully once in a while, you will get to see how it is coming along!

Tune in tomorrow to see my pantry purge (and maybe I will share Abby’s and my mom’s if they do a good job!)

A Fall Tradition

A couple of weekends ago, Matt and I made our annual trip out to the apple capital of the world, Warwick, NY (read about our other trips here and here).

This year we invited our friends Lucy and Smeets along for the adventure. Lucy grew up in Massachusetts, and as such, it is apple picking pro. I was shocked/mortified to hear that Smeets, who grew up in Westchester, NY had never been apple picking. Talk about a deprived childhood. So, we all piled into our car on Sunday morning and drove out to the country to partake in one of fall’s greatest traditions.

We decided to go to Och’s Farm again, followed up with a stop at the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. – why mess with a good thing. The weather was picture perfect and there were plenty of apples to choose from. I always love hanging out with Lucy and Smeets, not only are they fun people who are up for anything, but they have a really nice camera and get into taking pictures. So our apple picking trip turned into a mini photo session – perfect for the blog!

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The day was a success, capped off with some laughs when Smeets read this article to us on our drive home…

Friday Afternoon Round Up

Happy Weekend!

It is finally starting to feel like Fall here in NYC and Matt and I plan to take full advantage of that this weekend with our annual apple picking trip! Matt has even offered to add in a trip to Ikea to get a dresser/changing table for the baby. I don’t know if he is trying to hone his inner super dad skills or if he is just feeling guilty about the fact that I am pregnant (i.e. doing ALL the work) but I will take it.

Here are my favorite links from this week:

Listen to this 11-year-old’s take on Ferguson, Missouri. He gives me hope for our future.

This is why I now hate Halloween

Boston, You’re My Home.

Stars are just like us.

I want this sign.

I think we have approximately 5 things on this list. #totallyready

Perfect bag for fall

 

Conversations with my Husband

Preparing to bring another human into the world has really started some interesting conversations with Matt. And I can only imagine they’ll get better after the baby is born. As a result, I’m going to start posting regular conversations with my baby daddy, so you can all appreciate our incredible parenting skills.

That’s how it works, right?

#50%chanceofredheadedbaby

*many people are confused as to why we refer to the child as baby g. Basically it comes from the fact that Matt thinks I look like a giraffe (tall, spotted… very creative hunny) so he started calling me “G”. As a result, the baby has become “baby g”. Yes – we went to college to get this smart.