Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

This split-view shot of the milky way is so beautiful. Read more about how the photographer captured the image here

Emily and I met Henry Chalfant last weekend while viewing his subway photos at the Eric Firestone loft space. His work from 1980 was amazing! 

I am loving the mama wear from this shop. Plus, 5% of all sales goes to little arrows in need locally and around the world.

I can't wait for Ryan Monbleau's new album. Here is a little sneak peak


My Top Ten Pregnancy Products (so far)

We are officially over halfway through our pregnancy! It is hard to believe I have already been pregnant for 22 weeks with our baby girl. Over my first and second trimesters I tried out a lot of pregnancy products to alleviate my symptoms. After hours of online research, reading, and trial, here are my top ten pregnancy products so far... 
  1. Honest Company Organic Belly Balm: My mom sent this balm in a care package right after I told her I was expecting and I have been using it ever since. I love how it smells and absorbs into my skin. I use it every night after my shower and before bed- it is one of my favorite pregnancy rituals! 
  2. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula: I couldn't stand the smell of this lotion during my first trimester (anything sweet made me feel nauseous), but I am liking it now that my morning sickness has past. I use this every morning on my belly after showing; it is more absorbent than the balm and perfect to use before getting dressed for work. 
  3. Snoogle Total Body Pillow: Emily gave me this pillow for my birthday and I love it! It helps me stay on my side while sleeping and is super supportive. I think I might continue using it postpartum because I like it so much. 
  4. Blanqi Maternity Belly Support Leggings: My mom bought me a pair of these leggings on Black Friday and I immediately got a second pair! They are comfortable, supportive, and opaque. A lot of my friends had complained about their maternity leggings being see through, so I was so excited to be gifted these right away. I have been recommending them to all of my pregnant friends- they are worth the investment! 
  5. Kiss My Face Break Out Botanical Acne Gel: My skin has been an absolute nightmare since getting pregnant. People say that girls tend to make you break out more, and I would have to agree 100%! This gel has been helping, along with a few other treatments including this cream
  6. Mama Mio Gorgeous Glow 3-Step Set: I purchased this set as a safe alternative for some of the products I used before conceiving. I really like how the lotion and face wash smells, despite what some of the reviews online said. I also love the eye cream and use it daily! 
  7. Gin Gins Original Chewy Ginger Candy: During my first trimester I was most nervous about getting sick on my hour long subway commutes to and from work. I always had ice cold water and dry cereal with me to cure my nausea. I also loved having ginger chews and Preggie Pops at all times. They really helped! I am happy to report that I made it through my entire first trimester without throwing up (even though I often felt like I needed to!). 
  8. Designs for Health Prenatal Pro Essential Packets: I take one or two of these vitamin packs every day. Brian is a health educator for Designs for Health, so I feel very confident about this product! So many vitamins are packed with unhealthy ingredients; it is nice to know that these are natural and high quality. 
  9. Glow Nurture- Pregnancy Tracker: I have used this app throughout my entire pregnancy. It allows you to track a ton of symptoms, along with your daily weight and vitamin intake. It helps me remember to take my vitamins every day and provides a lot of information about how I am feeling based on what I log. 
  10. Apple TV: Okay, I admit this is not be a pregnancy product. But we got two Apple TVs soon after I got pregnant and they have made my weeknights and weekends so enjoyable! It is amazing being able to stream HBO Go, Netflix, and YouTube at 1080p. I love watching concerts on YouTube while I lesson plan and catch up on work at home! 
Moms, what are some of your favorite pregnancy products? I still have 18 weeks to go! 

*This is not a sponsored post. These are all products I use and love. 


Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend our baby girl took her first trip to Peter Pan Bakery. I had some serious cravings for their bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on Saturday morning! We also stopped at DevociĆ³n, one of our favorite Brooklyn coffee shops. It is such a beautiful space and I can't help but take the same photos of their greenery wall every time I visit. On Sunday I spent most of the day prepping lessons for the week before watching the Patriots win the AFC Championship game. How was your weekend?


Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend I celebrated my 32nd birthday with Brian and Emily. Brian cooked two of my all-time favorite meals on Saturday and Sunday evenings- filet mignon with vegetables and pasta with bolognese. We also had brunch on Sunday morning at Norma's. I had been craving their cheesy french toast for over a month and it lived up to all of my expectations! Between the amazing meals and delicious desserts all of my pregnancy cravings were more than satisfied by Sunday night!

On Monday we had our 20 week appointment and got to hear our baby girl's heartbeat, which was my favorite birthday gift of the weekend! How was your weekend?


What a year!

Although many are referring to 2016 as the worst year ever, it was actually my best year yet. 2016 was an incredibly joyful time for my family and I will cherish the memories made over the past year forever! Here are some of my favorite moments and photos from the year, including our New York City elopement, our Minnesota wedding reception, our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, and our pregnancy announcement from November. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings!
Happy New Year! Thank you for following along on New York State of Mind!
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