Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! After a couple incredibly stressful weeks, Stephen and I are finally all unpacked and set up in our new place just in time to kick off the holiday season. All that's missing now is the new couch we plan to buy and the big glasses of wine we plan to enjoy tonight alongside our Thanksgiving dinner of peppercorn salmon, roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

What I'll be snacking on this weekend. 
After all the craziness of moving and unpacking, I’m definitely looking forward to relaxing, putting up our Christmas decorations, spending an afternoon out in wine country and going to see The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center on Sunday.

What are you and your family up to this weekend? Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great start to the holidays! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Places, New Faces: The Joys & Hassles of Moving

It’s official. Eight years after moving to my current city just outside Washington DC, and five years after moving into this very apartment, which my husband and I have both loved, we're picking up and heading a bit farther out into the suburbs in order to save more money and hopefully make our dream of buying a house come true within the next year or so.

Honestly, had it not been for our original goal of eventually moving back to California, which we’d been discussing throughout the past couple years, we probably would have made this decision a lot sooner. But now, with opportunities on the West Coast simply unable to compete with those available here, we’re excited to feel more settled and focus on buying a home, starting a family and enjoying life in our 30s.

Space Shuttle Discovery flying above our current neighborhood back in April 2012.
As I type this post, we’re right in the middle of packing, scheduling cable and Internet installations, arranging to have our mail forwarded and all of the other joys that come with moving to a new place. But, despite the hassle and the fact that we’ve loved our current location, I’m also very pleased with our soon-to-be new community. What we’re losing in terms of proximity to the city, we’re gaining in terms of a quieter and more serene wooded neighborhood, an apartment with a fireplace, outdoor space for grilling, growing plants and sitting out during the warmer months, easy access to great restaurants and shops, and more.

I certainly hope time will demonstrate that we’ve made the best decision for our future and that we’ll be as happy in our new place as we have been in the one we're leaving behind. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Favorite Fall Things Blog Swap: Caramel Apples, Pumpkin Soap, a Scented Candle & More

Being able to enjoy the fall season is definitely one of the best things about living here on the East Coast, and every year, I look forward to crisp days, changing leaves, the start of the holidays and pumpkin, well, everything.

To make the fall months even more fun this time around, I decided to link up with a group of fellow bloggers for the Favorite Fall Things Blog Swap, where I exchanged a box of goodies with my fabulous partner Morgan Elise. It was great getting to know Morgan, who also has experience with wedding coordination and thinks sweet cinnamon pumpkin is the perfect fall scent. Plus, I completely loved everything she sent me! 

As seen here, Morgan gifted me: 

-- A purple tote bag
-- A House Hunters bingo game
-- Candy corn tissues
-- A ceramic pumpkin candle set with Spun Web scented cubes
-- An air freshener satchel 
-- A mason jar drinking glass with a couple Crystal Light packets and gum 
-- Two caramel apple kits
-- Pumpkin-scented soap 

Thanks, Morgan, for this fantastic collection and for being my partner! The caramel apples were especially fun to make and tasted every bit as delicious as they looked. Happy fall, everyone!