Sunday morning bike ride to Central Park

ihyt-2014 central park 3Last Sunday before Tim left for yet another business trip to Mexico we “quickly” rode the bikes up to Central Park. Here are a few snaps from the 10 minutes we spent in the Park, just enough time to have a snack and drink of water before heading back downtown so that Tim wouldn’t miss his flight.

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{^Currently obsessed by fire engines, ambulances, buses, cement mixes and motorbikes^}

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{^If anyone has any tips for taking pictures of toddlers we’d love to hear them, George is constantly moving and most pictures end up like this one^}

ihyt-2014 central park 5{^My favorite picture of my two boys^}

 

Daily Reads

DailyReads

I am always finding new fashion/lifestyle blogs that I love and my daily reads change all the time. I shared my daily reads a few months ago here and since then I’ve dropped a couple and added some more.  As with last time this is in no particular order.

Damsel in Dior - I love Jacey and I think I have to confess that she is my favorite style blogger of the moment (followed closely by Sincerely Jules) she consistently comes up with great everyday outfits that provide excellent inspiration. And she hangs out with Catt Sadler and Giuliana Rancic, you can’t get much cooler than that.

Could I Have That? -  She lives in Santa Barbara which looks like such a dreamy place to live and she’s recently pregnant and I can’t wait to see what she has for us.

My Daily Style – Mireia Oller has been my style icon since I can remember. I loved her during her last pregnancy and if you are pregnant its worth looking through her archives to check out how chick she is. She resonates with my hippy i’m going to live in a teepee side.

Starstyle – to indulge my celebrity fashion addiction.

Pink Peonies - Rach Parcell has the whole preppy clean-cut down to an art.

Please feel free to send me your favorites, I’m always on the look out for new inspiration.

 

Fire Island, New York

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Earlier this year when some friends suggested we share a house for a week on Fire Island, NY we jumped at the chance. The past couple of summers we had hired a house in the Hampton’s for a week but this year we were really looking for a new destination to explore (you can see our previous trips to the Hampton’s here, here, here, here and here) and Fire Island sounded perfect.

Part of the beauty about Fire Island is that it’s so close to NY. It is a short (1 1/2  hour) drive out of NY city on Long Island plus a 30 minute ferry ride and there you are, on this beautiful island which is less than a mile wide (about 1.5kms) with the beach on one side and the bay on the other. The hamlet we stayed in was Kismet, it basically has a pub, a general store and pizza/ice cream shop. Living in NY we are spoilt for choice, we have everything at our fingertips, so the simplicity of Kismet was perfect and a much-needed escape (I really don’t need a latte every morning)!

Although the weather was amazing the weekend we arrived, it turned pretty overcast and wet for the remainder of the week. It was slightly disappointing but it was the perfect time to unplug and spend quality time with our friends and their new baby. There were endless games of Jenga and Trivial Pursuit, lots of good food, good conversation and wine.

ihyt-2014 fire island 4{^The house we stayed in was a bit kitsch – it had this whole beach vibe going on^}

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{^These little trolleys are used to take your luggage from the ferry to your house. Owners just leave the trolleys by the ferry dock permanently^}
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{^We didn’t take a stroller/pram with us since the only cars on the island require a permit and we wanted to let George have the freedom to walk everywhere but we realized that he was super slow and would stop to look and touch EVERYTHING (kids will be kids…we are still learning) so sometimes we’d put him in one of these Radio Wagon that was stored under the house to wheel him around. I don’t think he was too impressed^}

ihyt-2014 fire island 11{^On our last day the weather was decent so we walked up to the lighthouse^}

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{^The boys climbed to the top – you can see how skinny the island is from the bay side and the beach side^}

ihyt-2014 fire island 14 ihyt-2014 fire island 13{^George wasn’t allowed to climb to the top of the lighthouse so we  stayed outside to explore^}

ihyt-2014 fire island 15{^This was the beach on the weekend when the weather was perfect^}

ihyt-2014 fire island 2{^This was one of the not so perfect days^}

ihyt-2014 fire island 1{^This guy really didn’t care whether it was sunshine or rain, as long as he got to play in the sand he was happy^}

 

 

 

Atelophobia

atelophobia

Now here is a word you don’t hear often, Atelophobia. I would feel this to some extent more than I’d like to admit. That little voice in my head that whispers to me that I’m not a good enough wife, mother, daughter, friend. Always chasing perfection but feeling like you never quiet getting there, not chasing my dreams because of my fear of failure. Although I recognize that taking a leap of faith and going outside my comfort zone will make me a better person sometimes I am stifled by the fear of being good enough. I would have thought that at my age this would have gone away but maybe it is an inherent personality trait. Do you ever feel like this? And if so, how do you get rid of that voice in your head?