Introduction & A Confession

It may only be my second post, but I have a confession: I'm scared! This whole blog thing is fun - addicting really - when you are reading about someone else's life. It's so easy to read, and comment here and there. You don't have to expose yourself. But then, you decide to write. And you are vulnerable. It's a lot like being the new kid in school...What will everyone think?

We have a private family blog, and for now, I am keeping it private. There are family pictures, my son's birth story, his baby pictures... I'm not ready to share all of those yet. I'm fiercely protective of my family, and sharing every detail of our life is hard for me. I want to write a blog; I want to share our story. But at the same time, I don't want to share too much. I want to keep some things private.

Pictures of weddings, pictures of someone's home, pictures of someone's child ... those are the things that drew me into this world. But, I'm still working up the courage to share all those personal details of my own life. So please be patient while I figure that out ;)

Now that I've said all of that... I'd like to introduce myself! 

You already know I'm a wife and a mom, but I'm also a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I work full-time in New York City in the fashion industry. I love what I do, but working in NYC also means I have a lengthy commute each day on the train. While those 2 hours give me a chance to catch up on my blogs, those are 2 hours that I could be spending with my family. My job versus my commute is one of my biggest personal struggles, and probably something that I will end up talking about here.

I love my morning cup of coffee, goat cheese and a good book. I love antiquing, the thrill of a great deal, and the pursuit of a 'green' home. I am a slight control freak about my house being clean, and spend way too much time on Pinterest. I love a good glass of wine, and curling up to watch my shows on DVR. Oh, and I looooove being a mom. I don't hesitate to say it is the greatest joy of my life.

Three and a half years ago, my husband and I bought our house. At that time, we were engaged, and had been on the house hunt for almost 6 months. We took advantage of the buyer's market, and found a home in a short-sale that needed a little love. We saw the potential, put in an offer, and waited over 3 months before hearing anything from the bank. Once our offer was accepted, the bank wanted to close in 2 weeks or the deal was off the table. And we quickly became owners of a 1970's split level home.

Since then, we've spent a disproportionate amount of time (and money!), making our house a home. While I don't believe we'll ever be done, we have made tremendous progress. I'm looking forward to sharing all of the changes we've made - and what we'd still like to do - with you. Here's a sneak peak!

Our former guest room

The Nursery - same perspective, 2 years later