Julie Blackmon’s photos

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photo by Julie Blackmon

Stumbled across this collection of photos by the photographer Julie Blackmon on the NYTimes website today and thought it might prompt a blog post. They serve as an ode to modern day Americana ala ‘eye spy’. Amongst the collection you can find little quirks and hidden messages in the props and styling. I personally love how the knife ends up in so many of the photographs, including my favorite of the series, above. Read More

19 months a madre

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Here I am, over a year and a half into what has arguably been the most defining part of my adulthood. The emotional growth and adjustment that I have made has been appropriately organic and slow. Just recently I have properly accepted the fact that I am a M-O-M. I sleep less, have finally determined a proper makeup routine and take care (in some shape or form) of a little human man everyday.

I know I am not alone in this surprise acceptance of motherhood and collect little quotes and anecdotes from the collection of blogs and people I follow online. I continue to This one that I found yesterday from Joanna Goddard’s website (more on that later) comes from new madre and writer Alyssa Shelasky.

“The greatest thing I learned is that I don’t have to be so tough – that a “never let ’em see ya sweat” ethos is a lost cause in this sappy love song called motherhood.” Read More

Five things from an MBA Madre


Back this week with a guest post from my longtime friend Sarah J. Sarah and I went to elementary school and were neighbors growing up, we were a few years apart in school and had fun making the teachers believe we were sisters. We pulled it off pretty well until the fifth grade or so.

Today Sarah lives in NYC with her husband and seven month old son Sol. Soon after she became a madre I told Sarah that whenever she was ready I would love to have her share her experiences on the blog. I left the brief open and am so happy to report that the post she pulled together is all about the five things she wants new moms to know. What she isn’t telling you though, is that this could also easily be ‘five things that got me through the last six months of my MBA and the first six months of being a madre‘. Sarah has just graduated, in May, with an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. TOTAL MOM GOALS. Read More

Working madre update

Today’s post is all about the ‘work work work work work’. As a working madre I like taking the time every so often to share some of the work I get to participate in at the office. When we are not too busy twinning (see below) our team gets to inspire women around the world through sport and fitness. As you can likely tell by the smiles on our faces below, its a job we love!

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twinning & on trend with some of my work wives 

About this time last summer I shared some work that had just launched by my team. Today I am back, in a new role, with more fun work to share. My current team focuses on storytelling and activation across the vast digital landscape. We look after .com, social media, email and influence all digital touch-points for our consumer. Read More


Today I am in a mood. I cannot stop thinking about the tragedies that continue to take place in this country. July is my favorite month and while I would typically share more photos from the Fourth of July or rattle off a list of favorite baby shoes. This week I can’t. I don’t want to, so I won’t. What I can do is try my best to express how I am feeling inside and the million heavy thoughts that are floating around in my head and weighing down a heavy heart.

These three posts from the past couple of days have resonated with me and I wanted to share them in the event you have not had the chance to see them. Read More

5 things for the backyard

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Momo & cousin Annabella enjoying the park cause our backyard ain’t up to snuff.

Sometimes, when you are an adult you buy a house. And most of the time you go back and forth with your partner on whether or not you should remodel said house. Ever since moving into our house in December of 2013 I have been dreaming about how and when we properly update few key areas of the house. Don’t get me wrong, before we moved in we did very minimal updates to the kitchen. I had seen a tutorial on how to get concrete countertops by basically layering on thin layers of concrete onto your existing countertops. I did this along painting the existing backsplash with tile paint so that we could have a cleaner look in our navy and maroon kitchen. But that was almost three years ago.

At the top of my list these days are the kitchen and backyard. Additional desires include the unfinished basement, our bedroom, upstairs sunporch and maybe even the unfinished, yet inaccessible, attic. Read More

photo diary: momo & me

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Pine Street Market 6/6/2016

A post heavy on photos instead of words today. Cause I am really loving all of the ‘mommy & me’ photos I have from the past couple weeks. Some I have asked people to take & others are random captures. Click through for more. Read More

loves from the zara sale

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My cousin tipped me off this morning to a SALE over on ZARA’s website. Initially I didn’t think I had time nor did I even want to have a peek at the selection, for fear of falling in love. But here I am, at the Mini dealership waiting for my car to finish being serviced, with idle time and wifi. Read More

Anti Father’s Day?

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Happy dad’s day dude, this is it.

I had an epiphany this week while racking my brain about a gift for Mike for Father’s Day. Then I thought, “what did I get for Mother’s day?” Asking that question put it all into perspective for me. Why did it matter what I ‘got’? Read More

notes on happiness by Ayca

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Happy Monday! Today I am here with a guest post from my friend and NYC based coworker Ayca. A few things you should know about Ayca before reading her post. She is a Turkish princess. I say this because she is one of the most beautiful people you will ever meet with effortless style and grace, she has to be royal, right? Read More