Category Archives: Lifestyle

06.09.17Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! Rob and I are headed to a friend’s wedding in DC, which we’re turning into a little anniversary getaway (we’re celebrating four years of marriage on June 15!). I don’t think we’ve had a weekend away for just the two of us since last summer, so I’m very excited for a change of scenery and some fun celebrations with my husband. I’ve always loved DC, so I’m glad we have a great excuse to head that way!  Hope your weekend is full of fun.

A summer treat on my ‘must make’ list.

I’m eager to check out Amazon’s new NYC brick & mortar book store.

This week’s nail polish: a lovely light pink.

The New York Public Library brings a ‘Subway Library’ underground.

This sounds like a fabulous way to spend a Thursday evening in NYC this summer.

A Tar Heel was selected for NASA’s new astronaut class!

On my reading list: “One Day meets Me Before You meets your weekender bag.”

A dreamy outdoor dining space.

06.05.17On Dating My Husband

Carnegie Hall performance

We scored student discount tickets to a Pops concert at Carnegie Hall.

After our first two years of marriage, which coincided with Rob’s two years of all-consuming business school, we settled into a new routine in our new city. Life had been a bit of a whirlwind, and so we decided to prioritize weekly dates to ensure we had regular, quality, dedicated time with each other and to ensure we experienced our city (and life in general) to the fullest.

After jointly coming up with an ongoing bucket list for things we wanted to see and do in New York, we decided that each week one of us would plan a surprise date for the other. It could be something as simple as renting a movie and popping popcorn at home, to hitting up free-admission hours at a museum, to trying a restaurant that’s been on our list for ages, to a performance at Lincoln Center. The best part of this system is that planning dates for my husband is just as fun as receiving a date that he has planned for me. It’s a great way for us to focus on the other person, check things off our bucket list, and have something special to look forward to every week.

Jazz club cocktails

Many jazz clubs don’t charge a cover until later in the night. Go early and get a cocktail instead of paying a cover.

If you’re hesitant, I will add that Rob was, too, in the beginning. He was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to keep coming up with date ideas week after week. I admit that it’s helpful that we live in a city with more than a few things to see and do. But I assured him that the point of the dates is more about spending time together than “topping” each week’s dates. Because it’s true — it never matters what we’re doing. Devoted time together is what keeps us deeply connected. Now, two years since we started this tradition, both Rob and I believe this has been one of the best things we’ve ever done for our relationship.

(Note: I understand that everyone has vastly different schedules, obligations, resources, and commitments. As a couple without children and with weekends free, this system works really well for us. Overall, I think it’s important to prioritize quality time together when it comes to any relationship.)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Trees

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has free admission on Saturdays before noon.

05.31.17What’s Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m back with an installment of What’s Up Wednesday. I’m linking up with ShaySheaffer, and Mel! Leave me a note if you’ve shared what’s up in your life.

What we’re eating this week:
On Monday we made bow-tie pasta with an olive oil/lemon sauce mixed with seasonings, bacon crumbles, and diced avocado. On Tuesday we had tortilla pizza. Tonight is chicken Tikka Masala. Thursday night will be something we can easily take to a picnic in the park with our Community Group. And Friday we’re grabbing Cava (favorite fast casual) on our way to a movie in the park!

What I’m reminiscing about:
I’m already missing a long weekend with some of our dearest friends. The Payne family moved from NYC to Nashville last summer, and we’ve been trading visits. We packed four adults and their two precious kids into our little apartment — and it was the most fun slumber party ever :).

What I’m loving:
I got a free sample of the Origins charcoal face mask from work. I’ve only tried it once, but so far it’s pretty great! It left my skin feeling so fresh and clear.

What we’ve been up to:
We hosted lots of visitors in the month of May! It’s so fun sharing our home, neighborhood, and city with the people we love.

What I’m dreading:
It’s only in the 60s today, but I’m dreading the 90-degree days that are going to sneak up on us quickly.

What I’m working on:
I’m in the midst of planning a special getaway for Rob and me to celebrate his 30th birthday later this year! Do you have any Portland or Bar Harbor, Maine, recommendations?

What I’m excited about:
I’m excited about our roof deck opening for the season. Nothing better than taking a cocktail up to the roof to kick off the weekend!

What I’m watching/reading:
I’m in the middle of a few books right now: The Last Days of Night, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, and The Screwtape Letters. Also watching the new season of the Bachelorette, of course!

What I’m listening to:
I’m loving the New York Times’ podcast, The Daily.

What I’m wearing:
White jeans and navy tops, my favorite color combo :).

What I’m doing this weekend:
We will be watching Moana in a park in Brooklyn on Friday night, heading to our friends’ apartment in Battery Park City for brunch on Saturday, and then I’m taking Rob on a surprise date that afternoon. On Sunday we’re volunteering in the kids’ ministry at our church and then relaxing with books and FaceTime calls in the afternoon!

What I’m looking forward to next month:
While May was full of hosting, June brings our first travels of summer. I’m super excited to attend a friend’s wedding in DC, which we’re turning into a little anniversary getaway for ourselves. Then we’re also headed to White Lake, NC for a weekend in the sun and in the water with Rob’s family.

What else is new:
I’m on a bit of a summer break from school right now before my summer term starts up on July 3. Having my weeknights back is heavenly!

Bonus question this month: – Favorite vacation spot:
Such a tough question! For a relaxing vacation, it’d have to be our honeymoon destination. We stayed at Hermitage Bay in Antigua and it was a week of pure bliss. For a sight-seeing vacation, I’d visit London in a heart beat. It’s my favorite city in the world; I just can’t get enough.

What’s up with you?!