Real Men Wear Pink

9 04 2012

Yesterday could not have been a more perfect Easter Sunday! Ben was so happy all day, the sun was shining and the weather was gorgeous. The day started with an Easter egg “hunt” with strategically placed eggs all over our apartment (basically, just a bunch of eggs in plain view). We filled them with yogurt melts and he was so excited to open each one with a snack inside! The rest of the day was spent with family and Ben got to run around outside and even tried kielbasa for the first time!

Gimme my Easter basket!

Ben’s Easter outfit: Pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt, Gap jeans, Gap blazer, H&M sneakers, Pottery Barn personalized bib

Find the egg, Ben

Ben & Frisco enjoying the weather

Shirtless Easter dinner

Mini Don Johnson

Dan and I did not realize we were channeling Don Johnson when we put him in this outfit in the morning, but just look at the resemblance. He even has a similar hair-do. I’m so proud.

Ben's Easter fashion idol

Ben actually wore the same blazer last Easter….it’s a size 6-12 months but if you just roll up the sleeves it still fits, just a little differently! I figured why not get some more use out of these things that he only wears once. And he looked so adorable (both years).

Easter 2011 - 8 months old

Hope everyone had as nice an Easter as we all did. And that you are enjoying as many leftovers as we are! Happy Easter!

***Linking up to Steppin’ Out Saturdays over at Harper’s Happenings, even though these were from Sunday!***

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Thrifting Adventures & Hunger Games

22 03 2012

Poor Ben. This post has almost nothing to do with him! It is more of a “What Dan Found Thrifting and Wore” post. We went back to the thrift stores my sister and I found in Westfield. This time, Dan really made out. He found tons of gorgeous dress shirts – PINK, Barney’s, BCBG, Express. Unfortunately, most of them were too big. But we will definitely be back and see what pops up over there. Finding designer dress shirts for $3? Yes, please.

Dan ended up going home with 2 shirts – a Polo golf shirt for $4.50 and a Thomas Pink dress shirt for $3. That Pink shirt probably cost around $150. It even had a dry cleaning tag on it. I am hoping whoever donated this shirt is a regular and we can snag his entire work wardrobe!

Another steal was this CAT dump truck for Ben off craigslist for $8. Amazing deal. Yes, that is my slipper going for a ride around the apartment. Thanks, Ben!

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Polo shirt, $4.50 / PINK dress shirt, $3 / CAT dump truck, $8

****Linking up to Harper’s Happenings for more thrifting fun!***

Last night we had the pleasure of attending a HUNGER GAMES PREMIERE in NYC! We were at a Scholastic employee screening in Union Square at the Regal Cinemas (and even saw the movie in IMAX!) If you haven’t read the books, you are really missing out. They are probably some of the best books I have ever read…and I read A LOT. It’s also opened me up to the young adult book category which I have been loving! Even Sci-Fi. I never knew I had it in me.

Team Peeta

The movie really did the book justice. I was impressed. There were of course a few discrepancies and differences. She got her famous Mockinjay pin in a totally different manner than the book. It was much less gory. It didn’t delve much into relationships such as Gale/Katniss or Rue/Katniss. And I think the movie made you think Katniss was falling in love with Peeta instead of really faking it for the camera. But it was still great. I LOVED Peeta’s character, the casting was superb. Everyone was pretty much exactly as I imagined they would look while reading the book.

Katniss was so kick-ass, I loved her. But they also did a really good job of showing how scared she was to be put into the games. The scene with her and Cinna right before was intense and emotional. Cannot wait to see more of Cinna in Catching Fire.

Right before the movie started the director of Hunger Games, Gary Ross, came out for a little Q&A session. What a surprise! It was great to hear him speak and hear him chatting about him & Suzanne Collins casting Peeta, who his favorite character was, etc. Very cool. It was a perfect evening. I laughed, I cried. Good times!

If you are into this type of book, here are a few other books I have read lately that could definitely be in the “Hunger Games category” (especially for a Super Fan like me!)

And in Adult books, I just recently finished a few good reads the past few months:

  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (funny and adorable, as usual)
  • Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close (fun girly read)
  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney (read it in 1 day)
  • ROOM by Emma Donoghue (depressing, disturbing, amazing)

Wow, this blog post took a weird turn. I obviously need to join a book club because I have a lot of book info pent up inside me.

Heading to Boston with the family this weekend. Very excited. I will post pictures of Ben’s outfits, of course. Here is Ben at the park on this gorgeous day today. Not exactly an outfit for the books. Last year’s beach hat, Rutgers shirt, Gap jeans, and new play shoes from Target. But at least Ben wears it well!

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Fun at the Maplewood park!

Happy Thursday! And Happy Thrifting!

Support my sister and help save her favorite NYC bar! Yes, this is a problem. Plus the whole place is VEGAN!!! It’s a good cause! SAVE KATE’S JOINT!

I think someone wants to go outside again!

The End. Of my longest, least Ben-filled blog post ever.





Monkeying Around. And…Spring has officially sprung!

20 03 2012

Spring is here. It’s REALLY HERE! Not only is it officially the first day of Spring, but it actually seems like Spring too! Last week I spent most days outside. Either walking to Maplewood or taking Ben to the park. It’s just been wonderful. I wake up happier, my days are happier, everyone is happier.

Ben got a pair of new kicks last week. They are SO CUTE. H&M really has the best stuff for kids.

Tommy Hilfiger button-down, Children's Place T-shirt, Gap jeans, H&M sneakers

This past weekend we went to LBI for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. It was great! So happy to be back. We all went to our favorite happy hour to celebrate Mom & Dad’s 35th anniversary. THIRTY FIVE YEARS! So impressive. Here are pictures of Ben in his new hoodie from H&M looking adorable.

Blankie stroll / Bay / Backyard fun / Tuckers - H&M hoodie, Gap orange shirt, Gap jeans, H&M shoes.

This weekend we head to Boston, then to Baltimore a few weekends later, then Amsterdam/Paris. I am thinking I should not unpack my suitcase this entire month! Ben’s passport came in the mail today…I guess it means we’re really going!!








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