The Importance of Date Night

If I could offer one piece of advice to new parents (or seasoned parents for that matter), it would be to establish a date night if you do not already have one.  It is so easy to get stuck in a rut at home or to only get a sitter when there is a special event or a group of couples that are going out, but you and your significant other need one on one time.

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Pretty Paper

Hooray!  I’ve caught up on all of my thank-you notes.  Call me old-fashioned, but I still enjoy picking out stationery and writing notes.  As much as I rely on my phone nowadays, I also love having some easy notecards to grab to write a to-do list or a grocery list.  I really enjoy being able to physically cross things off.  Read on for some of my favorite pretty paper options.

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The Wolf Pack Expands & A Look at My Quarterly Costco Visit List

Please excuse my lack of posting.  We welcomed our second daughter on July 29th, so we’ve been enjoying the baby haze the last two weeks.

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Photo Credit Real Photo Kem Lee

We made one big Costco run before our daughter was born, and I realized that we buy the exact same items every time.  Read on for my go-to list.

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Our Ninth Anniversary & My Etsy Find: Annie Grotophorst

Happy August!  August is not just a hot-hot-hot time in Atlanta — it is the month of our wedding anniversary!  Read on to see the fun gift I commissioned off Etsy to celebrate nine years of wedded-bliss!

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Coffee Table Styling

I struggle to find that perfect balance between bare and cluttered for my coffee tables.  For the coffee table in our den, I generally like to keep it cleared off, with just a few recent magazines and the remote controls so that people can bring in food/drink or my daughter can do a puzzle.

For the coffee table in our living room, however, I like to layer lots of interesting coffee table books, the most recent Architectural Digest, home accessories, candles, flowers, and cocktail napkins.  I want my living room coffee table to beckon you to come, have a drink, light a candle, and grab a book.  I also want everything to mean something.  In my mind, that is what differentiates curated from cluttered.

Hate having anything on your coffee table like I know some of you do?  There is always room for these goodies on a bookcase or side table too. 

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Dining out in Atlanta – Part II

Welcome to Part II of my Atlanta restaurant guide.  Here you will find my favorite breakfast, brunch, casual lunch, coffee and sweet treat spots.

Once again, look for the * for my kid-friendly denotations and kid tips.

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Dining out in Atlanta – Part I

We’ve lived in Atlanta for eight years now, and it really feels like home.  Atlanta is where we bought our first house, where I attended and graduated law school, where we bought our second house, where our daughter was born, where we started (and for me quit) out first adult jobs, and where we found our inner foodies.

The Atlanta dining scene has come such a long way since we first moved here, and it continues to evolve.  Here is a guide to some of our favorite spots.

Visiting Atlanta?  I hope you find this guide helpful.   Living in Atlanta?  I hope you find some of your favorites on here and try out some new ones.  

Kiddos in tow?  Look for the * for my kid-friendly denotations and kid tips.

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My 5-Minute Face

I am by no means a makeup application expert, nor do I typically wear that much product, but I thought I’d share the fabulous products that give me a little lift.  I can get all of this done in under five minutes, and the only time I vary it is for date night, a black tie event, or a night out with the girls (and even then, it is just about adding a little more to my eyes or lips).  I guess you can say I have a 5-minute face and a 6.5-minute face.

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Revisiting our Wedding Registry (A Decade Later)

It’s been almost a decade since we embarked on creating our wedding registry, and looking back, we totally aced it (which is a little baffling since I was 20 and picking out items I hoped to have forever).  We still use most of the items on a weekly if not daily basis, and we haven’t had to make any major purchases to fill the gaps.  Read on if you are registering or just looking to update or add to your household goods.  I’ve only included things I was happy I registered for or later acquired and love!

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What’s for Dinner: Salmon, Veggies and Coconut Rice with Ginger Scallion Soy Sauce

This is such an easy meal as long as you get your prep done before you start cooking, but the addition of a few special ingredients elevates it beyond your average fish, veggie and rice meal.  I’m telling you, you may never look at rice the same.

This is also a great meal to make as a couple.  You can send your significant other to the grill with the salmon and a glass of white wine or Sapporo while you cook the rest inside.

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