5 Years | The Butternut Farms B&B

Sunday marked 5 years with P, and that is something worth celebrating! A lot of people have speculated that you can’t or shouldn’t celebrate your dating anniversary once you are married, but I say the more time you dedicate to your partner and the more reasons you have to celebrate you should!! Of course quality time is key, so we decided to plan a little overnight away for just the two of us.

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It was so necessary to have time one on one together. We had a wonderful dinner at the Chelsea in Fairfield, CT., and then made our way up to the Butternut Farms Bed & Breakfast in Glastonbury. Oh my was it just the most charming place we have ever stayed!

Because life is so hectic we only got to stay for one night, but we are now determined to go back again when we can! We stayed in part of the barn which has been converted to a guest suite complete with a kitchen and loft bedroom. There is enough room in this space to even bring kids someday–who would get a kick out of the farm animals on the other side of the wall. Not to worry, when you are in the suite, you can’t hear a peep and the gardens surrounding the barn are filled with mature trees for privacy and seasonal blooms (which we hope to experience next time around), it really is a private space. I really love all of the original barn wood that has been incorporated throughout the home too–on the stairs, the moldings and trims, beams, and even left exposed in the corners of the main room. It made for a special touch.

The inn-keeper, Don, was as charming as ever, and so accommodating! He went out of his way to find a gluten free English muffin to accompany my breakfast for Sunday morning. The food was delicious on top of the whole charm of the space and it’s host, I don’t know that I’ve tasted eggs better than the ones we had that morning.

After breakfast we took a little tour of the main house, being built in 1720, still with much of the existing charm, it was quite the treat to see all of the fireplaces and wood work throughout the home. I didn’t get any images of the interior of the main house, but I tried to take a decent few of the guest suite in the barn… as you can tell I was quite taken with the space.

The farm animals were a fabulous extra benefit if you ask me. I’m sort of like a 5 year old when it comes to things like this, but I must’ve run back to the goats three times after we loaded up the car to pet them just one more time before actually heading out.

We slowly made our way home, first driving out to the ocean in Old Saybrook to soak up the scenery and have a seafood lunch. Also, as part of our wedding cake arrangement, Dee’s One Smart Cookie makes you a fresh cake on your anniversary, we hadn’t had time to get back up around the fall, so we ordered our cake for this special getaway and Dee delivered it to the B&B for us. We took it with us and got extra forks with our lunch, then parked up at the leaf dump and had some cake by the ocean to celebrate.

All in all, my heart is so full of love for P and our little life together. I cherish these special weekends that we get to spend in each others company, they are the perfect way to not just celebrate the time we have spent together, but really reconnect and dream about our future.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too and would highly recommend the Butternut Farms B&B if you are ever in need of a place to stay in Connecticut. We really did love it and we really do plan to go back! What places have you been to that you were just enamored with? Any good b&b’s or vacation spots we need to add to our list? We are always looking for a good recommendation for a getaway!!

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Anniversary Love | i carry your heart

If you follow the blog, then you saw this post, and if you follow DBK on Instagram or Facebook, then you know as well. Yesterday was our first anniversary! In keeping with a typical Monday post for the blog, I wanted to share a quote, this one, not so motivational or inspirational, but sentimental.

I Carry Your Heart by ee cummings Wedding Reading

These words are from an E. E. Cummings poem that P’s sister read as part of our ceremony, and I love every single line of the poem, though this is just an excerpt. (The graphic background color is Benjamin Moore’s Summer Plum–our wedding colors were plum and sunflower yellow!)

We had planned on going camping this weekend and taking Brantley with us to go hiking and soak up the foliage and scenic views, but Joaquin was supposedly coming and we decided that we better not take the chance of having a muddy camping experience. Instead, we stayed home!

I think it was a great decision, we got a few things done around the house that have been on the list for far too long, had brunch with some good friends, and went out for an amazing dinner last night in downtown Jersey City at VU with amazing service that celebrated our anniversary and really made it a special night, soaking up stunning skyline views of Manhattan. Then today, I made a delicious breakfast and then we found a great park with a hiking loop and still got to take Brantley for a good long hike–I think he will sleep for days.

All in all, it was so much fun reminiscing about our wedding day and all of the amazing memories that we have made in the year since. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for us!

And, for those of you who are wondering what we ended up exchanging for the traditional first anniversary gifts? P got me the Kate Spade, Little Gold Book notebook, and I got him a personalized leather bound writers journal with a little note inscribed for motivation every time he opens it.

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you all stay dry from whatever storm was passing and get to enjoy this crisp fall air? I think later this week I’m going to make a fall bucket list, there’s a tag for this that has been floating around Instagram, and I think I’ve gotta join in on the fun! What things should I be sure to add to the list for this season?

First Anniversary Gift Guide | Paper

Hmmm… The first year of your marriage, one of the most bliss-filled, starry-eyed years of your life and all you get to celebrate is paper… okay…

I have a few theories on this; No. 1- There is a good chance that after a year, you just dug yourself out from paying for your wedding and honeymoon, so all you have money for is a card (or some other paper gift). 2., You are still so googly eyed and mushy in love with each other that you could write a book of love poems. So go ahead, break out that pen and get to writing; your anniversary is coming up!!

Okay so actually my anniversary is coming up! In 10 days, P and I will celebrate one year of marriage. I do think that we are pretty deep in love, and we can be pretty mushy with our expressions towards each other, but if this is the most bliss-filled year we have, I will be disappointed. There are many milestones to go that I think will just continue to expand our love for each other. (Go ahead and puke if you need to.)

Although we finished paying for our wedding and honeymoon a while back, it never hurts to save a few bucks. But we also thought it would be sweet to follow the traditional annual gifts for the wedding anniversaries and then do something to celebrate. That said, I am having the hardest time figuring out what to get for P, I have plenty of suggestions for you myself, but he seems to have that figured out.

Here’s my brainstorm for the best gift options for your love on your first anniversary:

first anniversary gift guide for him

For Him: (Clockwise from top right) Frame a ticket stub from a memorable event (This one is from P’s personal collection, find something similar for your guy on eBay); If you can’t afford a ticket to fly away on an adventure, this fun airline ticket tray is a great way to keep your wanderlust dreams in flight while holding your mans keys, wallet, etc., at the end of a long day; P is a writer, so a customizable leather-bound notebook seems like a good option as a sophisticated book to carry around and jot down interview notes or keep track of characters;  A custom coordinates print is a great way to commemorate the place where you tied the knot or the address of your first home together; and a Kindle Paperwhite serves as a great way to keep your reading on hand at all times.

1st anniversary gift guide for her

For Her: (Clockwise from top left) If the Kindle Paperwhite is good enough for him, it’s good enough for her, I know I would enjoy this gift just as much, if not more than my hubby, so put it on the list; This brass cuff is molded after the look of folded paper, and every time it adorns her wrist she will remember your wedding day and anniversary; I am a big fan of the handwritten note and I love gold foil details right now. This Etsy shop does custom stationary in addition to their standards, so why not treat your wife to a little custom gold-foil stationary with her new last name; this paper airplane necklace is simple and light, the perfect complement for every ensemble your wife puts together, and like the cuff, each time she wears it she will remember the sweet details of your first year.

Last but not least, I love a good notebook. I jot down all my notes from client meetings in notebooks along with blog ideas and daily sketches and I keep them cateloged for reference, this Little Gold Book by Kate Spade is sweet little way to honor the wife that loves to put pen to paper.

What do you think? What would you do if it were your anniversary? Would you stick with something that is actually paper, or do you think my modern interpretation works out okay? I’ll let you all in on what we end up exchanging for our anniversary in 11 days!

Love More

A lot has happened in our country in the last few weeks, and overwhelmingly now more than ever, I really thing the message should be to love more.

Love More

We can get wrapped up in the violence, become afraid of what it means for our future children and our nation’s youth, but at the end of the day, the only thing we can really do is teach love. If we love each other more, respect each other more, teach each other better, be more accepting, at the end of the day, we can worry less.

The same goes for the rulings of the Supreme Court. Personally, I think it is great that no matter who you love, you can get the same rights afforded to you that any married couple gets. Again, it’s all about loving more so that at the end of the day we all can sleep a little easier and worry a bit less.

This past weekend, P & I went to go see The Jersey Boys on Broadway, we had a really nice dinner, and despite the drenched state of our clothing by the time we got home, we had a good time just spending time together. Even building in a little date night once in a while is about loving more. After the last few weeks, and such a great weekend, my heart is full and I hope yours is too.

Motivation Monday {All Love}

Today’s MM is all about remembering your intentions. Why are you doing what you are? Is it for personal growth, are you building better relationships or growing your business? Are you strengthening bonds with friends, family or in your marriage?

Love in your Heart

Whatever you are doing, remember that your intentions need to be filled with so much love. Why else would you want to keep on going with something? Even if you don’t love your current position in work or in life, if you can fill your heart with love, and keep your goals and intentions in mind, then you can keep moving in the right direction. Sometimes it is so much easier said than done, but it is so important nonetheless.

This blog is such a labor of love for me, along with all the work that I do with my clients, that I feel so blessed to be doing something I am so passionate about. But it is still a job, there is still stress involved and there will always be time for hardship and doubt to creep in, so try to stay positive and try to fill your actions with love. That’s really all any of us can do.

Dreaming of a Valentine’s Day Soiree

It’s February, and I’m noticing all things lovey dovey. Maybe it is because this is our first married Valentine’s Day… maybe I’m just happier than I’ve been or less cynical.. I’m not sure why, but whatever the reason, love is most definitely in the air over here.

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Whatever it is that has me feeling the love has got me thinking. My valentines have been my good friends for years. I’ve always celebrated with the girls, or ignored the holiday altogether. Even when I was dating someone, we’ve never really celebrated it. This year I’ve been thinking, why? Why all the negativity and cynicism surrounding this day? Honestly, isn’t there enough bad in the world? Couldn’t we all use a little love?

So, for all of you anti-V-Day folks, here is a list of things you can celebrate on Valentine’s Day.

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 9.04.00 PM  1. Celebrate yourselfYou are amazing, and I shouldn’t have to tell you why. Take a minute to celebrate all the great things about you. Treat yourself to a little pampering; get your nails done, have a little spa day. Whatever it is, take a minute to appreciate the things that you do.

2. Celebrate your family. If you have little ones, whip up a special at-home dinner that feels fancier than your norm. Set the table with candles and flowers and don’t leave out the dessert! If you don’t have kids, celebrate with a siblings dinner, or by going to visit your parents. Take it upon yourself to fix up something for them as a sign of your appreciation and love for them.

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3. Celebrate your friends. Let’s face it. We all have those friends that are there for us through it all, and we love them for it. So why not whip up some cocktails and host a night in with the girls. Have everyone bring their favorite chick flick and laugh and cry the night away with your favorite ladies.

4. Celebrate a hobby. I’m a knitter and I used to have a fantastic knitting group in Connecticut before we moved to New Jersey, and I haven’t found a new group yet, but our knitting group was the type of group that knows how to have a good time. Have some of your fellow hobby-sharers over and spend some time progressing on your projects. It’s a great time to focus on something you love with a good group of people, whether your hobby is knitting, photography, scrapbooking, etc., invite a group of friends over that enjoy the same thing to hang out and work on your skills.

5. Celebrate your fur baby. We love our puppy and it is so much fun to spoil him! Take a trip with your fur baby to the pet store and buy him/her some special treats, a new toy, etc., or treat him/her to an extra trip to the dog park or a long walk or play session.

At the end of the day, it’s all about the love. So celebrate the love in your life this Valentine’s. Don’t let it bog you down, have fun with it, call some friends and get your soiree planned!