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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Just. Leave. Me. Behind.

Last Wednesday was Global Running Day, a day for runners like me to knock out a couple of miles and for everyone else to say, uh, no thanks. And that’s okay. Maybe you don’t get running. I don’t get bowling. Or karaoke. So, let’s just agree to make fun of each other’s pastimes, and then […]

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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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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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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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Goodbye, Guate! Hello, New York… & baby : )

I don’t follow bloggers who post inconsistently. I hate finding writers I like, coming back for more, and discovering the same old post I read one week ago, two weeks ago, then two months ago. Confronting an absence of new words over and over again leaves me feeling in the dark and a little stupid, […]

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A Tourist At Home: New York City & New Jersey

When you live in New York City, it’s near mandatory to complain about tourists and their antics: the stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to take photos, the holding up of the line for the subway, the perpetual sneaker-wearing. But who are the real chumps? The New Yorkers who scoff at out-of-towners while on […]

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