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new home, new me


Dave and I finally moved out of our tiny apartment and into a house almost twice the size! Yay! We have been talking about doing it for years. The place we rented when we moved from NY back to MA was “temporary,” but we ended up staying there for 8 years!

We are still renting (the housing prices around here are insane), but it feels good to have a dining room, more than 1 bathroom, a porch…and a porch swing!


The front of the house is definitely my favorite, with the red swing, red chairs, and red door. It’s like the owners KNEW I was coming to rent it!

Although we moved to a better location and have more space, unfortunately the stress of the move really triggered my anxiety. It was AWFUL. I didn’t feel like myself for weeks over the summer, and my parents had to come up twice to help me through.

Starting with my first move to college in 2001, I have moved 6 times (this most recent is #7), so I really wasn’t anticipating any issues.


This week we had professional development at school, and it felt really good to be back to my normal routine. Next week is when the kids start, so I’m excited for that too! I think the routine will help me with some of the anxiety.

These photos were taken right before heading to Sara’s bridal shower. The theme was “Sara’s Favorites,” so we had all of her favorite food and desserts, including my (now famous) mac and cheese! Additionally, all of the guests were instructed to dress like Sara.

Well, considering I typically dress like Sara on a day-to-day basis, I felt like I had to step things up a bit.



Sara has this Bernie Dexter print in a different dress, so obviously it was the right choice. I also wore a petticoat (though not as full as I would have wanted) and LIPSTICK! I rarely wear it other than for costumes, but I must admit I like the look.

To up the ante I went for a 1950s-inspired hairstyle, which I kind of botched…lol! I had the foam rollers in my hair all night, I woke up to curls (just like in the tutorial videos I watched), but could not tame it for the life of me once I started brushing it out. I resorted to LOTS of hairspray, so if parts look a little crispy…they are.

I had to bust out my most “Sara-like” pose, so here’s what I managed:


Wowza! I didn’t know I could pull that off! I’m sure if the sunglasses weren’t there my eyeballs would be doing something weird (they usually do), but the whole look really works.

I feel conservative and saucy all at once. Who knew it was possible?!


The belt was a last-minute Amazon purchase, since I wanted one that was wider than the red belt the dress came with.

And if you look verrrry carefully, you may spot the little pin I have on the left side of my dress. (It’s a negroni pin that I borrowed from Dave – but I am not a fan of negronis! I just liked that the colors matched, hehe)


Thanks for stopping by!



DressBernie Dexter Kelly Technicolor Honeycomb via Modern Millie Shop
PetticoatHearts & Roses via Zulily
BeltSunny Belt Unisex Kids 1 1/2″ Wide Faux Leather Belt via Amazon
Pin: Love & Victory Negroni Pin
ShoesPayless Comfort Plus Karmen Pump
Sunglasses: Target A New Day Round Red Sunglasses


give me some space



While going through old photos that needed to get blogged, I couldn’t resist these from our trip to Florida this past winter!

Dave and I drove down in February, which was exciting – every time we stopped for food or to go to the bathroom, it was a bit warmer! Of course the opposite was true too…the drive home got more and more bitterly cold as we approached MA :/

(You may also remember my post from our brief stop in Savannah, GA)



I have always had an interest in our galaxy/planets/universe, and I adore sci-fi movies which take place in outer space. (It’s also hilarious to note that it is quite scary to me too, and I can’t look up at the stars for too long before pondering the infinite vastness of space and questioning our place in it all. But I digress…)

My family lives in Florida, and my older brother is right in Orlando. Every time we would visit I’d beg the family to go to the Kennedy Space Center, but we’d always end up at Disney. (and I love Disney so it’s not anything that I would complain about!)



When we went down in February, my niece had to go to school – kids down there don’t get a week off in the winter like I do up north – so it was the perfect chance to ditch Disney and head over to the Space Center! (She’s in kindergarten and likely wouldn’t get much out of this trip anyway, so I didn’t feel bad going without her!)


I was a little self-conscious going out since the hemline of this dress is so short, but my sister-in-law assured me that I didn’t look like I was trying to dress younger than my age. Thanks Melissa! 🙂

I wanted to accessorize to fit the theme as well, so I threw on my NASA pin and moon phase barrette.



**Additional space-themed photos are coming up after the outfit details, so keep scrolling to see more from the Kennedy Space Center! 




Dress: Retrolicious via Hot Topic
Barrette: The Science Boutique, purchased at SOWA Open Market (they also have a shop on Etsy)
Sunglasses: Newbury Comics
Belt: made by me 🙂
ShoesJessica Simpson Mandayss Ballet Flat via Amazon
Pin: Hoy’s 5 and 10 in Ocean City, NJ


Like I said, I had been wanting to go here for quite some time…which meant my family had to put up with things like taking my photo with an astronaut, and waiting for me while I took photos of everything else.

Here’s Dave and my dad:


I knew I wanted to take one of their tours, so we hopped on an awesome bus tour around the facility. This allowed us to get nice and close to various launch sites.

Our bus driver was super friendly and very informative, but he also had a very heavy southern accent! I was sad since there were some things I missed because I couldn’t quite understand him!



There was a stop along the tour that brought us to another building. There, we went into a launch simulator, and saw the actual control panel for the Apollo 8 mission! So cool!


One room was massive and filled with rockets and modules:



I believe this was the Apollo 14 crew capsule:


Now, here is the best part of our visit!

We went to the Kennedy Space Center soon after SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launched. Lucky for us, they were displaying one of its reusable boosters during the week we were there! (click here for more info)

Dave and I closely followed the Falcon Heavy rocket, watching live streams of Starman in his Tesla. Haha! Such a bizarre thing! So we were thrilled to see this booster that fell back to earth only 2 weeks prior.


I can’t get over how awesome this visit was, and hope to go back again soon. I could have spent days there!


christmas in orlando


Every year, we alternate between spending Christmas with my family and with my in-laws (we do the same for Thanksgiving).

Last month we celebrated Thanksgiving in New Jersey, which would usually mean Christmas in New York with my family.  However, my parents also have a house in Florida and that’s where they were going to be this year.  My brothers both live in FL full time, and the older one kindly offered to host.

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