Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the mother’s out there.  I’m lucky enough to have my mother in town this year.  Petra’s birthday and Mother’s Day are just days apart so that’s just how the cookie crumbled!  We’ll probably be going out to brunch but the weather isn’t being very nice this year which is a bummer.  Anyways, I wanted to thank my mom and all the mother’s out there for all that you do.  It wasn’t until I became a mother myself that I realized it’s a job that comes with many sacrifices but is also incredibly fulfilling to create a little human being and send them out into the world.  I can only hope that I can continue to be a strong woman and be a role model to my little lady and I hope to continue to surround myself with strong women so I am never without inspiration.

Xo,

Karen

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Birthday Planning

Petras birthday is a little over a month away and I’m really trying to finalize some plans that I want to get together for her first birthday! It’s sort of tricky because on the one hand, Petra won’t remember this so it seems like it’ll be mostly a party for the adults. On the other hand, you only turn ONE year old once so we’re pretty excited (and, like, a little sad) at how fast our baby girl is growing up. 

I’m really teetering between just having pizza and drinks at the park next to some swings or maybe like doing a really nice dinner someplace fun and kid friendly.  I’ve even considered brunch because it’s my favorite meal and when it comes to kid foods, there’s nothing more kid friendly than breakfast foods. Plus it’s in the afternoon so we’ll be done by the evening. But I don’t know! It’s all up in the air right now. 

One thing I do have my heart set on, though, is getting her a cake from Milk Bar. Their birthday cake is amazing. Lukasz got me one for my birthday a few years back and I’ve been dreaming of having an excuse to get another one for a while. Because I guess I can’t eat a whole one by myself…  oh well! Any other birthday ideas?

Xo,

Karen

O Christmas Tree!

This past weekend, Lukasz, Petra and I finally set out to get our little family a Christmas tree.  Ideally we wanted to visit a farm upstate but we didn’t really have the time as our days off are now spent preparing for my parents visit.  Nevertheless, walking through our neighborhood, there are plenty of cozy little Christmas tree lots to be found so we walked around until we were able to find one that also sold cute wreaths to put in the middle of our apartment.  

Even when I was little, I would always think about Christmas and the traditions I would begin with my family someday.  I feel that Lukasz and I already do things differently than my parents since we get a fresh Christmas tree every year where my parents are believers of the fake trees which also has some positives to it such as no needles on the floor.  Even so, nothing really beats that fresh tree smell. 

While we put up ornaments, it was so adorable to play Christmas music (that She & Him Christmas Album is absolute magic) and to watch Petra play with some of the ornaments we’ve stored for the last couple of years.  Her favorite happens to be a cute little reindeer Lukasz and I bought in a little store near 14th street when we first started dating.  Who knew two years later that our little girl would playing with it and hanging it on the tree? Gosh so hard to believe!  I loved watching her little face light up with happiness and curiosity when showed her the tree all lit up.  Even now, she loves crawling over and hanging out underneath the Christmas tree.  I’m so excited for her first Christmas! Later this week, I also plan to make some salt dough ornaments and paint them gold.  An easy DIY, plus I can also make an ornament out of Petra’s hand print. An easy keepsake!

Please note the drool in all of these pictures from this little teether! Too adorable for words.

Xo,

Karen

Thanksgiving

Super late Thanksgiving post alert! But better late than never. I simply had post about it and show all of our pretty pictures because it was Petra’s first Thanksgiving and I was wanted us to remember it forever.  Sometimes I can’t believe that she’s six months old and time is flying and now when we do things like celebrate Thanksgiving with a big dinner, Petra is right there, eating and celebrating with us.  This time, last year, she was still in my tummy…  HOW IS TIME MOVING SO FAST?

This Thanksgiving was a little different in that I can honestly say I prepared for it, like, the day before but, weirdly, felt extremely calm about the whole thing.  I picked out some recipes while Petra was taking a nap the day before, did some grocery shopping via Instacart, packed Petra up and went to the buy a roasting pan and that was that! 

On actual Thanksgiving Day, first things first, the parade had to go up on the screen. As in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade!  On previous Thanksgivings spent in California, I would always have the parade up the second I woke up. Who knew one day I would be living in that city…yet watching the parade in my living room on a TV? Haha, does this make me a real New Yorker yet? Crowds are definitely not my thing.  After watching the parade and getting ready, Lukasz’ took Petra and the dog to have a “Dad’s Day” while me and my other lady, Tatiana basically spent the entire day drinking wine and cooking up a feast. I don’t really know why this Thanksgiving wasn’t as stressful as precious years but it really was just fun to hang out and cook all day and then enjoy the fruits of our labor with my adorable family.  Petra even ate some of our candied yams! 

In addition to the Turkey (duh) we have a green bean casserole, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing, glazed shallots, and gravy.  For desßrt, there was two pies, pumpkin and chocolate pecan and ice cream. We also had Mai Toddianas which were Tatiana and Todd’s delicious drink recipe! 

All in all though, I don’t need a holiday to remind me to be thankful for what I have. I’m reminded every single day that I wake up and look around. I have an amazing boyfriend who is also an amazing father.  And I have one beautiful and adorably sweet daughter that I can never get enough of.  These two are my whole life and I don’t know how I got so lucky. #Thankful.

Xo,

Karen

The Birthday Post

It finally happened, my 28th birthday came and went.  I don’t feel 28, I don’t feel older than, like, 21.  Are there people out there that feel that way too? Just a perpetual child in a body that’s growing older?  I don’t mind getting older either.  They say you’re supposed to be wiser too.

I had a really good day!  Originally, Lukasz and I had planned to take Petra on her first camping trip but our plans fell through when we realized it would be raining all weekend at Lake George.  Breastfeeding a two-month old baby in a two-person tent because of thunder and rain? Pass.  Luckily, we live in the greatest city in the world so theres always something to do.  That’s actually one of the things I’m really excited to explore with Little Petra: just how much this city has to offer in terms of entertainment and food and culture and just everything.  We decided to hit up the Museum of Natural History and maybe go some place for dinner after on the Upper West Side. And Tatiana and Todd had the day off, so it was basically a party. 🙂

But here’s the thing, have you ever spent a whole day out with a 2 month old? After getting on the second train to take us uptown, Petra decided that some more milk was in order and it could not wait.  So after a pit stop in Central Park for a quick lunch for our baby girl (read: Breastfeeding in the park), we were back on track headed towards the museum.  Here’s a pro-tip:  Never do anything in NYC on the weekends.  Kidding!  But not really.  I kind of forget how crowded everything is on the weekends and the museum was no exception.  Petra slept a little bit and we wandered the exhibits.  I always forget how big that place is going in.  There was so much to see and so many floors and so little time and so many people.BirthdayBirthday6

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We attempted to get this picture a few times. It was kind of hard to get one without Lukasz attempting to grab my boobs, hahaha. What a goofball ❤

And for dinner, we hit up Jacobs Pickles.  It was our first time trying it and it was AMAZING.  Everything, their pickles and biscuits and fries, etc was super delicious.  We even got lucky and sat outside and they accommodated the stroller next to us.  I’m definitely keeping this place in mind for future dinners because it was kid-friendly and the food was great.  That’s one of the things I love about the Upper West Side, how family friendly the neighborhood is.

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I look like I’m throwing Tatiana some shade here but I promise I’m not. I’m probably wondering what lipstick she’s wearing because I love her!

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Half of these pictures were courtesy of Tatiana.  I could have sworn I got more but I guess I was too busy having fun, haha. All in all, taking Petra out for a full day was a little scary to think about but everything turned out great. When we got home, we were exhausted and sleepy and happy.  It was honestly the best low-key way to spend my birthday and I loved every second with my little family and friends.  What a great way to start Year 28!

xo,

Karen

First Father’s Day

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Of course I am one day late to this post because I am always late to everything but yesterday was Father’s Day.  I am so filled with love when I think about this being the first of many Father’s Day for Lukasz and our little family.  It was an interesting day, seeing as how our daughter is only about 6 weeks old but still capable of flashing us that adorable smile (especially when she’s about to poop.  Poops are hilarious).  So maybe “eventful” isn’t the word I can use to describe this particular Sunday.  Let’s also mix in the fact that Lukasz also had work all day.  It did give me a chance to think and really let certain things sink in, like the fact that we’re now parents.  Sometimes I watch Petra sleeping and think about how we have a daughter now.  It’s a scary thought but I take comfort in knowing that I have a solid partner by my side.  Lukasz, in the last 6 weeks, (and longer if you count the dog parent he was before) has been an amazing and caring father, always wanting to be involved in everything Petra does.  I am so excited when I think about the future and what’s to come and thankful for the person he is, always teaching me to be patient and to not worry about the small things, to constantly be looking at the bigger picture. Plus, he’s a babe 😉

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And a happy Father’s Day to my own dad who I had a chance to talk to briefly yesterday and gave him a chance to see his granddaughter through FaceTime. The man who taught me how to rollerblade and ride a bike and everything in between, thank you for everything. I love you so much.

How lucky I am to have these two great men in my life.  How lucky Petra is to have the same.  I hope everyone had an amazing Father’s Day.

xo

Karen.

Weekly Findings

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As I write this post, I am about 4 days past my due date.  I can’t even begin to express the frustration that is building up inside of me but let’s just say it feels like a baby girl that is getting bigger by the week and I need her to come out of me right now.  Not to be too much TMI but I’ve been feeling a lot of cramping and I’m hoping our baby girl will join us on the outside soon especially because tomorrow is Mother’s Day.  I’m super bummed to be skipping out on this day because our daughter isn’t here yet!  Oh well.  To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

1. The Most Popular Baby Names of 2015:  The social security administration just released the list for the top baby names of 2015 with Emma at number one for the ladies and Noah at number one for the gentlemen.  We’re still keeping ours a secret but it definitely wasn’t in the Top 10!

2. Morning Routines for Busy Women:  I came across this list this very morning and I found it inspiring.  Though at the moment, my morning routine consists of absolutely nothing, just a lot of waiting, I’ve always been the kind of person that craves routine because it makes me feel more organized and less stressed.  I can definitely say that I’m a morning person and I can’t wait to get back into something semi-consistent.

3. This SMOOTHIE: So I guess this list is mostly about mom stuff but I was so excited to stumble upon this recipe for a post-partum peanut butter and jelly smoothie.  It’s funny how over prepared you can be for pregnancy and birth but forget about the “after” part.  This cookbook from Heng Ou is brilliant on ways to nourish a new mother.  Don’t forget about YOU.

4. 8 Fun Ideas For A Girl’s Night In:  Kate Spade is definitely my vice when it comes to anything “fashion”.  Everything just always looks so put together and bright and happy.  They’re making pajamas now and released this super cute list of ideas for a girl’s night in.  Not to be cheesy but this is the kind of thing I sometimes can’t wait to share with our baby girl.

5. Mother’s Day Brunch:  I didn’t ask for anything this mother’s day because I’m still very much pregnant and also because I just hate asking for things.  Can’t people just read my mind and know what I want already?  Here’s a hint: it’s brunch.  I love breakfast, like a good full-on breakfast with all the fixings, and maybe a mimosa or sangria. And I love this little menu of a good mother’s day breakfast.  Everything looks fresh, healthy and delicious!  But also, like, french toast works too.

 

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Happy New Year!

   
   

Ringing in the New Year with a terrible sinus infection was not how I would have hoped to celebrate but here we are.  Lukasz bought me yummy belvoir lemonade to help me celebrate the New Years and when the ball dropped we kissed and called it a night.  It was honestly perfect, just us and Pierrot and baby in my belly.  ❤️

Super excited for 2016! So much to look forward to, like baby girl! But first, California in a month. I can’t wait for a mini vacation and to be back in the Golden State.  I can already taste the In N Out burger!

Friendsgiving

This past Sunday, Lukasz and I hosted our very first Friendsgiving.  Hosting Thanksgiving dinner was something I had always wanted to do ever since I was a young girl, watching my own mother make her own version of the giant feast (Which included some kind of peruvian stuffing and Russian potato salad).  Mine, however, was pretty Americanized.  I ended up making it potluck-style and Tatiana and I focused on turkey, stuffing and gravy.  Thanks to my mother’s baste recipe, I’d have to say we basically NAILED IT!  ( I literally could not be more proud of us.)

The bird was delicious and moist and perfect! Everyone’s side dishes and libations really brought our Friendsgiving dinner together.  I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect first Friendsgiving.


Having all of our friends over just made me realize how lucky and thankful I was to be surrounded by so many amazing people. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a few years since I moved to New York from California and I went from knowing absolutely nobody here to creating my own family in this big city.  With big changes coming in the future, I can’t wait for many more celebrations surrounded by all the love. 😉