When the fresh, crisp fall air arrives life seems to begin anew. This year, our son Reid started pre-school and I know we are officially entering the time in our lives when the year is defined by the school calendar, winter holiday breaks and long leisurely summers. Autumn feels like the right time of year to start new habits, and I am beginning a few myself – an almost daily jog through Central Park in the morning, a renewed commitment to cook at home and prepare healthy homemade meals for my family, as well as to write more often. How do you feel about this October? Any back-to-school changes or resolutions? Here’s to the start of a new year!
Our new addition, Alex, arrived almost a month ago. It is crazy how time flies! We are spending our days settling into our new life as a family of four, and enjoying our first holiday season together. Although the nights have become a little more intense around here, and I am working out how to balance the needs of a very energetic toddler with those of a very tiny baby, I am trying to enjoy this time as much as possible since I realize just how brief this super cuddly newborn phase is. I have spent a good amount of time lately snuggled up on the couch with the little one while reading Curious George for the 100th time to our 2 year old, and I must say it’s not a bad way to relax, take in the lights of the Christmas tree & soak up some holiday cheer!
I don’t know about you, but I have a fabulous Pinterest board where I have pinned all kinds of interesting DIY projects that look lovely and intriguing… that I have never actually ended up making. This morning I decided to dive in, and created three – this raw sugar & salt scrub scented with with coconut oil and orange essence, these homemade cleaning wipes made with Dr. Bronner’s citrus soap, vinegar and lemon essential oil, and these baby wipes, made with a tablespoon of baby soap, coconut oil and water.
It took about 10 minutes to make all three products, total, and I am very happy with the way they turned out! It feels kind of luxurious to use something I made, especially the orange & coconut scrub, which smells wonderful.
What about you? Have you found some great self care recipes you can share?
For quite some time, I have considered starting a blog, but always felt like I was “too busy” to get it started. Funny, now I am just two short weeks away from the due date for our second son, and am finally carving out the time to get this project underway! I am not sure what the next few months will look like, but I am excited to welcome our new arrival, as well as sharing my thoughts with you on living in NYC with a toddler & a baby, working, & enjoying life at home as well as out and about in the city. Here’s to the journey ahead!