Peanut Butter Chip Cookies.

 Ever since I ate an amazing peanut butter cookie at Alcove I have been obsessed with trying to recreate it at home. I've finally done it. These are such delicious, soft, sweet cookies. They are really easy to make and don't take much time either.

Here is the recipe:

3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
16oz of peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350°F

Cream butter and sugars.

Mix in eggs and vanilla.

Combine flour, salt and baking soda. 

Add dry ingredients to the batter and mix well.

Stir in peanut butter chips. 

Scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet with a teaspoon. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes.



Wren's Birth Story.

It all started on Tuesday morning, September 16th. My mom came up to go to my doctor's appointment with me. She was there in case it was time to head to the hospital or to help brighten my spirits if I still hadn't dilated any further. It turns out I was still only at 2cm, but I was significantly more effaced. It was a blazing hot day somewhere in the 90s. I was bummed. We decided to head to Beverly Center to walk around in the air conditioning. I think we walked around for a good two hours. I was in Bloomingdales looking at Free People stuff when the first contraction hit. We walked around a bit more but I didn't have another for about an hour until we were in the car driving home. They kept coming closer and closer, that by Tuesday night when Daniel got home from work, they were already 5 minutes apart, lasting for a minute each. We decided to head to the hospital. It turns out I still wasn't dilated any more. We walked the halls of the hospital for a while and it wasn't helping me progress. Since I said I was hoping for a natural birth they sent me home and told me to labor at home as long as I could. Wednesday I continued having contractions all day long. They were painful but manageable. We were anxious, but I wanted to hold out before going to the hospital again because I could not handle being sent home once more. 
Thursday, around 3am I woke to the most painful contraction. I got up and took a shower without waking Daniel or my mom. The contractions were bad, I decided it was time to go to the hospital again. The whole drive there I was literally screaming through the pain. They admitted me just before 5am. I was still only dilated somewhere around 3-4cm. I was not making much progress. Around 9-10am my doctor waltzes in and says she is going to break my water. All the while I am still having intensely painful contractions every five minutes. At some point they put me on Pitocin to help me along. Around 2pm, I was exhausted and had enough, I caved and opted for the epidural. It was the best decision I have ever made. I hadn't been able to relax or sleep much in the last 48 hours and I knew I was going to need my strength to push the baby out. They kept saying 'Oh the baby will probably be here by 6pm', then it was 8pm then it was 9pm. I was starting to wonder if I was ever going to have her. I was stuck at 9cm for what seemed like an eternity. Around a quarter to 10pm the nurse wanted to do some practice pushes. By 10pm my doctor was there and it was time. It took an hour and half to finally push her out. 
She was born at 11:19pm on September 18th, 2014, just 41 minutes before her due date. 
It was the most intense, traumatic, most horrible pain I have ever experienced. Fifty-Six hours from my first contraction to our little angel being born. 
I would be happy to endure it all over again for her. She is now 6 weeks old and is just the sweetest. 
She's a really good baby and soothes so easily. It's so amazing how quickly they grow. I am absolutely in love with her and enjoying being her mother more than could ever possibly be expressed in words. I literally stare at her in wonder every day. I can't believe Daniel and I created her. She exists out of our love for one another and is the most miraculous, magical, beautiful thing. 
It is such a privilege to be on this journey.

We love you so much Wren!!!!!!


Pumpkin Patch.

 Since Wren is much too young for trick or treating we opted to do a trip to the pumpkin patch to commemorate her first Halloween. We listened to my Sp o o ky Playlist I made last year on the drive there to get into the spirit. It was so fun putting Wren in her Hartsting's Halloween sweater and posing with the pumpkins, which were mostly bigger than her, haha. It's my favorite holiday, and I look forward to when she is big enough for us all to dress up together. I can't wait until next year when she will be one years old!!!!! I am already starting to plan our costumes haha. This year we will sip on my Shrunken Head Cider, a tradition in this house, and carve pumpkins. I also want to bake something, maybe Pumpkin Molasses Cookies.
I love this time of year!

I'm Wearing:
// Dress - Sam & Lavi Cima Maxi Dress via Anthropologie // Hat - Reiss // 
// Boots - ModernVice Frankie in Oxblood // Sunnies - Tom's Lobamba // 
Daniel's Wearing:
// Pants - Levi's 511 Slim Fit Corduroy Pants // Tee - Calvin Klein // Slip-Ons - Ben Sherman // Sunnies - Toms Navigator //
Wren's Wearing:
// Onesie & Pants - babyGAP // Halloween Sweater - Hartstring's //



It took 36 hours of pre-labor, 20 hours of active labor and an hour and half of pushing to bring her into the world. Daniel and I were blessed with this sweet little angel. Welcome to the world 
Wren Ramona Zofia Zimman!
She was born September 18, 2014 at 11:19pm 
20.5 inches and 8lbs 11oz

Sorry it took nearly two weeks to get around to posting about our little peanut. I've been in newborn heaven. She is the sweetest, little munchkin. I love gazing at her face. She changes every day. I can't believe I'm a mom. It's the most amazing thing ever.

Life is a magical, wild ride.


You Made My Day.

It's raining here today! It's so lovely, I just love the rain! Now I understand why I had a migraine yesterday. Waking up to the smell of the rain and the sound of the drizzle was nearly worth all the suffering. Too bad the rest of the week is supposed to be in the 90s. At least we have this wonderful break in the heat this morning. Daniel snapped these photos of me last weekend while it was blazing hot. This dress has been a life saver for me in this hot weather. I found it back in the spring at Pea in the Pod and it was love at first sight. It has just gotten cuter the bigger my belly gets. It actually makes me feel pretty and feminine, even in this heat and at this massive size. I love the way it falls and moves. I get a lot of compliments on it. I'm over 38 weeks and ready to get this baby out. It will be any day, I'm hoping sooner rather than later. I can't wait to get back into shape and have my body back. Being pregnant gets so exhausting at the end. I'm hoping my next post will be all about our sweet newborn baby girl, but time will tell. I have 11 days to my due date, but my doctor and everyone who sees me seems to think she is going to come early. She has dropped super low and is full size in there. So we will see. I can't wait to go to the doctor tomorrow and see how things are progressing. Cross your fingers. 
Hope everyone has a gorgeous week! 

// Bag - Alexander Wang //


White Lace Flower.

Daniel and I have been getting everything ready for the baby's arrival. We are finally all set! Now just anxiously awaiting for her to decide it's time for her Earthside debut! I'm just two days away from being 38 weeks and doctor says it could be anytime now. Had a couple contractions so far and baby is in position! I'm so ready to do this. Pregnancy gets pretty rough at the end, especially in this miserable heat. Everything is swollen, everything hurts, there's no being comfortable, there's not much sleep....I'm just ready for the next chapter, being a Mama to this sweet little girl in my belly. I have been doing my best to feel put together and pretty. Thank god for lipstick, it really does the trick for me without really having to deal with makeup. I haven't really felt like putting much on between being this big and all the sweating in this heat. I'm wearing MAC's Russian Red. 

Daniel has been spoiling me the last few months. He surprised me back in July with these funky clogs. I am betting they will look even better when my ankles aren't the size of an elephant's. HAHA. A couple days ago he busted out this great Marc Jacobs Crossbody bag. I have been wanting a small black bag with gold hardwear ever since Alexander Wang lost my Pelican Sling Bag. He sure does know how to make a girl feel special. It also gives me some stuff to look forward to wearing to leave the house. I don't want to become a total hermit after the baby gets here. 

I can't believe I am so close to meeting this little one! I cannot express how badly I want to see her precious face and hold her tiny hand. She is measuring in the 50th percentile so she's perfectly average, not too big, not too small. And the doctor says she has long legs like her Daddy. I hope she comes out soon! 

// White Lace Tunic - Anthropologie // Bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs //


Mad for Plaid.

Today I'm officially one month from my due date. Only 4 weeks to go. I am getting so insanely anxious to welcome this little one into the world. It's getting a little rough at this point, being this pregnant and it being so hot. Airy dresses have become my go to. This dress is great, I just throw it on and it's so comfortable. I love the black and white ensemble with a red lip and some edgy accessories. My puffy feet only fit into a handful of my shoes. It's been so humid for LA and is making my hands and feet swell. I can't wear my wedding ring anymore. But my nails have never been so long and so strong. I did this nail design myself, I was inspired by one I saw on Refinery 29

I am looking forward to fall. I can't wait to have my baby girl, a waist, to wear jeans and sweaters, Halloween (my fave)...I've been trying to decide what our sweet baby girl should be for her first Halloween, maybe get her a little hat with kitty ears! I can't wait to experience life through her eyes. 
It's funny that now I'm looking forward to labor. At the beginning I was dreading this part and even in denial, but now I'm just ready. She's 6 lbs and 20 inches in there and I'm dying to see her little face, hold her and kiss her. She will be here so soon!!!!!! I'm counting down the days...

// Dress - ASOS Maternity // Bag - Alexander Wang Marion Bag // Sunnies - Tom's Lomamba //
// Sandals - Dolce Vita X Vanessa Mooney Atara  // Bracelets and Rings - Vintage //