Big Changes

Pittsburgh, PA

Some time has passed since my last post…a lot of things have changed in my life over the last few months, and I mean A LOT! Almost everything has changed in fact!

Let’s go back to where we last left off. Back in October, we had our first baby – Ethan! It’s hard to believe, but Ethan is 6 months old already! The time has flown so fast, and it’s true what they say that time moves so fast with babies, and suddenly they are not babies anymore! We have been loving every moment with Baby Ethan, and we love to watch him grow and learn new things each day!

After Ethan was born, we started to reevaluate things and decided that we wanted to make some big changes to better fit our new lives as parents. We decided to move to Pittsburgh to be closer to my family.

We put a plan in place and made it come to life! I got a new job in Pittsburgh, quit our jobs in New Jersey, we sold our New Jersey house, we bought a new house in Pittsburgh. I truly believe that this move was meant to be because once we made the decision, everything fell in line so perfectly that it had to be fate. We have been in our new house in Pittsburgh for almost 2 weeks and so far we are loving it! Being close to family has been amazing. I am really loving my new job. I grew up in Pittsburgh but haven’t lived here for almost 10 years, so in many ways living here seems new to me.

I am really looking forward to exploring the city with my family and discovering all of the great things that Pittsburgh has to offer! Pittsburgh is an excellent place to raise a family in many ways!

One thing that I have learned from this whole journey is that things in life can change very quickly, sometimes in ways you never expect. It is good to keep an open mind so that when new paths appear, you take advantage of them because they can lead to some really beautiful places!

I hope everyone has a great Mother’s Day!


10 Things I Love about Fall!

Fall is finally in the air!  After summer heat that never seemed to end, we finally got a cool day yesterday in the high 50’s/low 60’s and the trees are starting to really show their beautiful fall colors!  I could not be happier!  Fall is my favorite season.  I like it better than Spring, Summer, and (of course!) Winter!  There is something so refreshing to me about the cooler temperatures, the change of the colors on the trees, and all the Fall things that go along with it!  I decided to put together a list of my top 10 favorite things about Fall!

  1. Cooler temps! – As much as I enjoy summer, the hot temperatures get old after a while and I am always happy to welcome the cooler weather that Fall brings!  Especially this year since I am 9 months pregnant, this girl can’t handle the heat anymore!  There is nothing better than going for a walk outside in a light jacket when the temperatures are in the low 60’s!
  2. Beautiful trees – To me, there is something about the beauty of the trees in the Fall that just doesn’t compare to the other seasons.  Also, the fact that they don’t stay this way very long always reminds me to be in the present moment because the season is so fleeting.  If you don’t take a moment to enjoy the pretty colors, you could miss them completely!
  3. Pumpkin EVERYTHING – I love pumpkin.  Pumpkin candles, coffee, pie, PSL, and everything in between!  Not to mention pumpkin picking, painting, carving, toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin ice cream.  I could go on and on.  Yes, I’m one of those people that goes crazy over pumpkin in the Fall! 🙂
  4. Sweaters and boots! – Ahhh yes.  When I can finally get out my cozy sweaters and my fall boots, I am so happy!  It’s a great time to switch up the wardrobe and I love the cozy feeling of wearing my favorite fall classics again!
  5. Football season! – I went to Penn State and I had season tickets 5 years in a row, so Fall is always a bit nostalgic remembering some of my favorite college memories at the football games!  I still love watching the games while cuddled up on the couch with a blanket and some of my favorite tailgate foods!
  6. Back to school season – Okay, I know I haven’t been in school for almost 10 years (what?!), but there is something about “Back to School” season that gets me really excited every year.  Maybe it is the memories of anticipating a new school year with new friends and new beginnings, or going to the store to pick out some new back to school outfits, or the fact that school supplies are on major sale (which I still take advantage of!).  Something about back to school season reminds me of fresh starts!
  7. Visiting farms – One of my favorite Fall activities!  Apple cider, pumpkin picking, donuts, hay rides, apple picking!  I definitely want to make this a yearly family tradition once our baby arrives!
  8. Fall runs and races are the best! – Fall is my favorite season to run (or walk!).  The temperatures are just right, the scenery is on point.  I ran my first half marathon in the Fall.  After a long training season in the Summer, it is great to look forward to a race in the Fall!
  9. The holidays are coming soon! – So many great holidays are on the horizon – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years!  I love the anticipation, the decor, the parties and family time, and getting in the holiday spirit!
  10. My baby’s birthday will be in the Fall! – A personal favorite reason why I love Fall is because I get to meet my baby in the Fall!  He is due in less than 2 weeks!  I will always love this season because of the fact that we will get to celebrate his birthday and this will be a brand new reason to love Fall on top of all the other reasons!


What’s your favorite season?

What do you like the most about Fall?

Any fun Fall plans or ideas of fun Fall activities?