Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

I need to get to Rockefeller Center as soon as possible to see Jeff Koons' inflatable ballerina, on display now through June 2nd.

I love the idea of taking the same photo every year. Our first anniversary is coming up on June 10th!

The best farm to table restaurants in every state.

21 things people under the age of 16 won't believe we used to do on the internet.

Rosa Park's Detroit home gets a second life in Berlin.

A beautiful video capturing a rare full cloud inversion inside the Grand Canyon.


L'As du Fallafel

I have had many, many cravings throughout my pregnancy ranging from homemade chocolate chip cookies to brussels sprouts with maple syrup. Luckily, most of my cravings can be satisfied very quickly in New York City. You can have just about anything delivered to your door within the hour! But, there is one craving that I need a passport to satisfy: L'As du Fallafel in the Le Marais neighborhood in Paris. Their falafel sandwich is out of this world delicious! If you are in Paris make sure to stop by once or twice for an amazing lunch on the go. The lines are always long, but move quickly and are worth waiting in. I cannot wait to return to Paris in the near future to indulge my many Parisian cravings!


Flashback Friday: Photo Date on the LES

I am back for another edition of Flashback Friday! One of my favorite things to do with friends is meet up for camera dates in the city. My friend Jen and I love picking neighborhoods throughout Manhattan to explore and photograph together. We challenge ourselves to set our cameras to manual mode and take our time capturing the perfect shots as we chat and wander. During this camera date last August we spent a couple hours in the Lower East Side. We stopped along the way for pudding at my favorite bakery, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and kept our eyes peeled for interesting street art as we walked. I am hoping that camera dates are a good activity with baby this coming summer and fall!

See mine and Jen's last camera date here.


Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

The Unicorn Frappuccino: "We as a society need to choose a narrative: are we living in a Lisa Frank catalog or a Walking Dead/House of Cards crossover?" This article in Elle made me laugh. 

Lego announced a huge change to the future of their toys. 

Sweden opened its first mall for repaired and recycled goods.

It's time to normalize infertility

Three cleaning tips for toys to prevent mold. 

Troop 6000, the first Girl Scout Troop solely for homeless girls in New York City.


Frenchie to Go

One of our favorite lunch spots in Paris is Frenchie to Go. The cafe is located off of Rue Montorgueil, a beautiful pedestrian-only street in the 2nd arrondissement that is lined with shops, restaurants, and bakeries. We have stopped by the cafe during our last two visits to Paris and plan on returning next time we are there as well! After lunch we always treat ourselves to dessert at Stohrer, the oldest bakery in Paris. Their pastries are so delicious! I highly recommend their eclairs.

Do you have any favorite restaurants in Paris that you would recommend?


Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

Nick Cave's installation at MASS MoCA is breathtaking.

Jacob is one lucky kid; his mom makes the most incredible movie-inspired food art.

The 11 best Ani DiFranco songs, according to Paste Magazine.

The fool-proof formula for packing a carry-on.

The CEO of Gap took advice from a five year old.

How to become a dance mom. If anyone needs a veteran to talk to, my mom is a pro.


Paris is always a good idea.

Last summer my mom and I booked our third trip to Paris. We planned to travel there at the peak of spring (April 10-15, 2017) and hoped to see trees blossoming throughout the city as we explored. But, soon after confirming our hotel reservations and tentative flights my sisters and I all got pregnant and plans were put on hold. I knew that being in Paris at 33 weeks would be extremely challenging- the walking, lack of public restrooms, and inability to consume mass amounts of rosé and cheese would be too much to handle! My sister-in-law was also due the week of our vacation, and my parents wanted to be home in Minnesota when she went into labor. 

My mom ended up traveling to New York City when I was 33 weeks and we were able to check off a lot of items on my baby to-do list. We also had dinner at our favorite Parisian steakhouse and treated ourselves to a box of eclairs in honor of our vacation that could have been. 

I never shared photos from our trip to Paris in July 2015, so this week I am going to reminisce about our adventures in my favorite city in the world. We are excited to plan another vacation there with my baby girl in the near future! 

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