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Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.

 

I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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The Best Things I've Read Lately

September 21, 2017

Books

 

The Invisible Bridge

This is the novel I am currently reading when I have even five spare minutes. It was recommended to me by my cousin Nick and I am loving the story of this young Hungarian architecture student trying to navigate a complicated but beautiful love in a Paris on the brink of World War Two. The author paints stunning mental pictures to fall asleep to - and it's so much more satisfying than economical statistics! 

 

 

 

So Sad Today

This book is not for everyone. It might be for you if you sometimes (or often) struggle with depression or anxiety or want a window into the minds of those of us who do. This review says it best: "These essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now." --Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist


How to Murder Your Life

This book is also not for everyone, but, I enjoyed it immensely. Memoirs from a fashion and beauty editor living in NYC working at all the best publications (Elle, xoJane, Lucky) while trying to balance her increasingly destructive addictions.  As a writer who once dreamed of climbing the ranks at Hearst but felt my own demons might get in the way, this book was like reading what my own diary might've looked like had I chosen a different fork in the road way back when.

 

Articles & Blogs

 

The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant to Begin the Project That Became BRCA1
from the Huffington Post

Ever heard of the BRCA gene? The scientific revolution that helped identify risks for breast cancer and is saving literally hundreds of thousands of women's lives every year? Well, the woman who is responsible for all of that had a rocky start to her life's work. This story serves as a poignant reminder of the old adage: when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

 

How I Learned to Stop Being a 'Chill Girl' and Start Being Me

from Vogue.

This article is everything! I feel a constant conflict between wanting to be liked and thus wanting to appear "chill" and wanting to fiercely stand up for what I believe in and argue with ignorance. This inspires me to cast off my desire to fit in in favor of being un-apologetically my passionate self.

 

Say Cheese

from the Boston Globe - written by my cousin Lucy!

Lucy Casale is the oldest daughter of my Dad's younger sister and she is living her dream following sustainable agriculture and tourism and writing about both from her sweet little house in Burlington, Vermont. I love the way she writes about the food business and the people who make it extra delicious!

 

Mother Untitled

Blog

I've linked to this blog, written by my friend and fellow Skidmore alum, Neha Ruch, before and it continues to be one of my favorites. I love her weekly "Another Mother Her Way" series, her curated lists of things worth reading and her takes on kid products, maintaining style while mothering, and the changing dynamic of marriage with a child.

 

A Cup of Jo 

Blog

You guys probably already know about this blog but I just discovered it and it's everything. Motherhood, style, food, friendship, family, current events - a little bit of everything with a lot of intelligence and humor. 

 

Do Couples That Cook Together, Stay Together?

from the Guardian

I am always looking for new takes on marriage and making relationships last and certainly, when there is any crossover with cooking or the consumption of food, my ears perk. Plus, I love absolutely anything published in the Guardian (disclaimer: I am biased after interning there in college).

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