Happy Valentine’s Day


I’m sure during my teenage-angst years, any boyfriend I may have had probably felt the typical pressures associated with Valentine’s Day; thankfully now that I’m older, I’m happy to consider today a day to simply celebrate any love in your life just a tad bit more than usual. (Read: no pressure).

For the years we’ve been together, Zach and I elevate our typical date night by adding a small gift exchange ($20 or less!) and a bottle of champagne. We avoid the restaurants by making a picnic on the living room floor after retiring baby boy to his nursery, and put away our phones to ensure our attention is focused on one another (or the movie that we’ve commited ourselves to).


C’s Valentine’s Day class party added to today’s festivities by way of themed mini muffins and treats for his teachers.


I hope you spent today with someone, anyone that you love!



Friday Postscript

outdoor wine

{ gadgets for serious wine picnicking }

Despite an unanticipated sick day making my short workweek a day shorter, I’m still looking forward to the weekend. Since I’m not feeling 100 percent, I can’t say that there’s a lot of activity on the books other than a “farewell dinner” for Zach’s colleague at one of our favorite local restaurants. Continue reading

Friday Postscript


{ a guide to the perfect martini }

I made the most out of this workweek by sandwiching it with two trips to our local coffee shop for [what felt like] an indulgent latte. My morning routine typically involves getting up earlier than I really have to just to brew a fresh pot and sit at the computer catching up on my newsfeed. By foregoing the coffee and computer time, I got much needed extra snoozing and started the workdays with a fresh attitude.

This weekend, Z and I have plans to go to our first Orioles game of the season. Until now, weekends had either threatening forecasts or prior engagements that didn’t make well for trip up to Camden Yards. While, I won’t be sipping on some of my favorite ballpark brews, I’m sure I can find, as Zach says, a nice coney hawtdawg that’s nearly as satisfying.

Have a great weekend!


{ some of the world’s best food markets }


{ beer goggles apparently have a utilitarian side effect  }

x Natasha

Friday Postscript


{ a beer pairing calendar found while browsing local shops }

This morning Zach and I are wrapping up our short trip to Maine. Driving from Belfast down the coast, we’re going to spend the time we have before our flight to explore Portland. Continue reading

Friday Postscript


{ dining etiquette around the world }

Friday is finally here! We’ll be spending our weekend preparing for an upcoming trip to Maine with some of Zach’s side of the family. From what I hear, we have a full agenda, including a stop at Allagash, and later, a hike to or around Atlantic Brewing Company. I’m looking forward to exploring an unfamiliar state, relaxing for long stretches on a porch with a book, and taking an afternoon to go watch Me Before You (undoubtedly blubbering throughout). Continue reading