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Three Things Making Me Happy

Happy 2021! Of course, 2020 was no one’s favorite year and while 2021 didn’t have a magical start to it, I have so much hope for this year. We are hunkering down to stay safe and get through the next few months, and then I think and hope this spring will start to feel better and brighter.

In the meantime, I have been relying on some tried and true ways to stay cozy and feel good in this groundhog-day style winter. It’s the little things!

Hill House Home Hotel Bathrobe // I didn’t need a new bathrobe but couldn’t resist this one. It arrived a little stiff but after washing and drying, it fluffed up into the coziest, softest hotel-style bathrobe. And the rainbow piping is such a fun detail. Every night, I take a hot shower then throw this on while I watch a few episodes of Friends. A dream.

Honest Healing Balm & NĂ©cessaire Body Lotion // ‘Tis the season for extreme dry skin. Add to that the constant hand washing and it’s essential to lotion up multiple times a day. I have long loved the Honest Healing Balm – it’s the thickest thing I’ve tried that really coats and protects dry winter skin. It only requires a tiny amount and takes awhile to dry, so use sparingly! I stick to the driest spots for this one, like my over-washed hands, elbows, and the heels of my feet. The Nececssaire Body Lotion has become my go-to all over body lotion. It’s a holy grail – perfect consistency, goes on smooth, dries fast, completely moisturizes skin and is fragrance free.

Madewell Socks // We have reached the point of winter in New York where socks on all day everyday is a complete necessity. On a whim, I purchased this pair from Madewell, and have since purchased four more. They are technically ankle socks, but they come up to the perfect leg length where they keep your ankles and lower leg warm but don’t go so high that they cut off the circulation of your calves. You can wear them under jeans or over leggings – they look equally adorable both ways. I have my eyes on this cozy pair next.

Photo above of the cake we made for New Years Eve, decorated by Georgie.

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How Are You Today? (Plus A Few Fun Things)

Hello! Life has been upended in the past few months, and I hope everyone is staying as safe and sane as possible. We are doing ok. It’s such a nutty time for just about everyone around the globe, but I also can’t help but feel grateful for many things. We have our health, we have a backyard to run around in, we have access to fresh food that can be delivered to us, Tom can work from home, and our kids are too young to require home schooling! We are very lucky.

Some days are easier than others, but on the hard days I acknowledge the suck and try my best to shift perspective. On this particular rainy day, I am balancing all of the feelings: it’s 2pm and we are all still in pajamas, Rex is napping and Georgie is watching Ice Age, I made a to-do list for the first time in weeks which made me feel shockingly happy and excited and motivated, and a banana bread loaded with chocolate chips just came out of the oven. Because this.

And now a few fun things:

Play Doh Kits: My kids have long loved play doh, so I got them a bunch of these kits from Etsy. They’re so cute and they play with them for a long time. As in, long enough for me to drink coffee and make breakfast. (I have a few of these on the way too.)

Goop x GreenPan Pans: I have never bought a nonstick pan because of the chemicals they contain, but recently I have been getting tired of having to triple-clean the pan every time I make scrambled eggs. Randomly perusing online, I found this ceramic frying pan set that is not stick and chemical-free. They work like an absolute dream, and as an added bonus they’re beautiful – an icy blue outside with white inside. So far I have kept them on the stove because they look so lovely.

Weekend Bag: Of course I have no plans to go anywhere for the foreseeable future, but one day vacations will happen again! And when they do I will be prepared with this beautiful weekend bag that I treated myself to as a Mother’s Day gift. It’s the sort of bag that I would have loved as a little girl, and still love today.

Stay safe! xx