An Easy & Affordable Brooklyn Backyard Makeover

When we moved into our Park Slope apartment a year and a half ago, our backyard was covered in snow. It looked a bit suspect—the oddly uneven terrain suggested there might be hidden surprises beneath—but ohmygoshwhocared. It was OUTDOOR SPACE, that elusive New York commodity, and it made us excited for warmer days.

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Wave Hill: The Bronx’s Other Botanical Garden

I could be wrong, but I’d hazard a guess that you don’t associate the Bronx with the great American outdoors—with desert landscapes, rugged, rocky coastlines, or wild bison, bears, or boar. But if you’ve ever marveled at any of one the U.S.’s 230 million acres of public land—terrain comprising the likes of the Grand Canyon and […]

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So, Here It Turns Out We’re Untraveled Travelers…

I generally think of Shon and myself as well-traveled. While we don’t fall into the “visited 100 countries and counting!” category, like some of the travel bloggers I follow, together we’ve explored Guatemala, Belize, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, and a handful of other Latin American countries. Individually, we’ve seen a fair bit of Europe. And we […]

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8 Reasons Why I Love Raising a Baby in New York

So much can change in a year. Ben celebrated his eight-month birthday a few days ago—a sizeable milestone—but the holidays were what really brought home how quickly time flies. Last Christmas, Shon and I were eating tamales and hanging out poolside in Panajachel. This Christmas, we toasted the holiday with a seven fishes dinner (paella, salt-cod fritters, and prosciutto-wrapped […]

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Simple Days in Nicaragua’s León

It was melting hot, but León—Nicaragua’s second-largest city and once-capital (it lost the title in 1852)—was still a good visit. Located in northwestern Nicaragua, not far from steaming volcanoes, Pacific coast mangroves, and cloud forests, León is used by most travelers as a base for active adventures.

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Nicaragua with a Newborn: 3 Travel Lessons

In hindsight, maybe we were dummies. Shon and I returned from a 10-day trip to Nicaragua with Ben about two weeks ago and have only now mostly recovered. Shon went for work. Ben and I tagged along for fun—though I’m not sure the “fun” part of the trip ever really took hold. I’d be more […]

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Meet Baby Ben!

Last year, July 16 was just another day on the calendar. This year, it’s a big event in our world, as…drum roll, please…it means this guy is now two months old! Meet Bennett Anders Morris (Ben for short), born on May 16, 2014.

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