My Tea Party Baby Shower

I’m definitely one lucky gal because I’ve been blessed with TWO baby showers to celebrate the soon-to-be arrival of our little chicken nugget!  A few awesome friends in Chicago are currently busy prepping for a shin dig they’re throwing for me this weekend and I can’t wait to see what they’ve concocted.

But while Joe and I were visiting my home town in PA over the holidays, my sister and mom conspired to throw me an intimate east coast baby shower at Harmony Tea Room in Westwood, NJ.

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The place had a quaint, girly-eclectic feel to it and only added to the overall comfortable vibe and feel of the party.  I think it was really relaxing this way and clean up at the end was a breeze!

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I knew this shower would be on the smaller scale because I haven’t lived on the east coast in almost 10 years, so I didn’t invite a ton of people to begin with, but I still have some loyal girlfriends who were super excited to share in our joy in welcoming our baby boy.

What we all did not predict was that there would be a freak snowstorm out of nowhere on the morning of my shower.  It even took our caravan over 2 hours to make the trek and visibility was difficult.  All the while, I kept receiving texts and phone calls from sad and apologetic friends who said they would not be able to make it to the shower after all due to the harsh road conditions.

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My friend Talena worked hard on the beautiful banner that was to be displayed at the tea room, and she was distraught when she realized she wouldn’t be able to make it to the party. Another friend called me while on the road saying that she had been driving for 20 minutes already, but it looked like she would have to turn around and go back home.  All the guests who couldn’t make it were frazzled or in near tears, which made me feel bad that they felt so bad!

Of course I was sad at first that they wouldn’t be in the pictures and part of the memories, but at the end of the day, I just wanted everyone to stay safe so I assured them it was fine and that we could catch up some other time (which is what ended up happening anyways!)

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So it ended up being a cute and cozy shower of 7 guests in addition to us.  Joe was the co-guest of honor, as well as the photographer and videographer that day.  And even though attending a tea party is quite girly, I think he still had fun!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I feel like there’s not too much you don’t already know about me by now because I’m a pretty open book, but I realized everyone has their secrets! This is a video I thought about making some time ago, but wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested enough to watch it.  But now that we’ve received nothing but love for the announcement of our pregnancy and stopped receiving those “I don’t care about your life… just stick to cooking” comments, I think it’s time to share some extra tasty tidbits about me.

This blog and our YouTube channel has definitely gone through some growth and transformation over the years and we can’t help but to blend in our personal lives along with all the free recipes.  Hope you don’t mind and actually enjoy getting to know me as a REAL HUMAN BEING.

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Baby Food Challenge : Celebrating 25,000 Subscribers!

It’s been a while since we filmed our last food challenge video, so we’re back with a new one!  We were supposed to do one when we hit 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, and then 20,0000, but life got busy and we dropped the ball. So now that we’ve reached over 25,000 subscribers, we knew we couldn’t ignore it any longer, and had to pause to celebrate. These milestones are huge to us and we never take them for granted!

We decided to do the Baby Food Challenge because as you probably know by now, we’re having a baby! We’ve always wanted to do it anyways, and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate time than now.  You can watch our pregnancy announcement  video and baby gender reveal party video if you want to follow our journey so far.

Neither Joe nor I have ever tasted baby food before and we didn’t know what to expect. I figured it would be mushy and bland, but I did not expect some of the flavors to be so completely nauseating! In fact, there are several times in the video where it really looks like I’m about to toss my cookies, and those moments aren’t exaggerated! My first trimester was pretty bad, but eating a spoonful of some of those purees brought back all those gag reflexes.

Joe and I decided to have a friendly competition to see who would do best in a blind taste test. I was so sure that I’d beast him, being the chef in the family and all, but I guess pregnancy does weird things to my taste buds and I didn’t do as well as I expected. But then again, we purposely selected the baby foods with the weirdest flavor combinations so it would be more of a challenge.  You can see us suffer in our fun celebratory video below:
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A surprising baby gender reveal party

If you read our last post, you witnessed our raw emotions when we found out that we were becoming new parents in our pregnancy announcement video. Now we want to share with you the gender of our baby!  We waited 20 long weeks to find out, and I was completely surprised at my reaction. I seriously thought I didn’t have a preference, but turns out I did…and so did Joe!  But I can honestly say that after having some time to chew on things, we are genuinely happy about the results.

Instead of immediately finding out the gender of the baby at the Dr.’s office during our 20 week ultrasound, we decided to throw a little shin dig.  All of our family was not around, and that was a little sad, but it was definitely nice to be able to celebrate and find out the news together with a few of our good friends.  So at the Dr.’s office, we asked for 3 sealed envelopes…yes, three…haha. One was for the balloon store, the second was for the baker, and the last one was for us, just in case! Can you see we have trust issues?

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We’re having a baby!

That’s right… our Yooniverse is growing by two feet! 🙂

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been radio silent on this blog and YouTube land for the last few MONTHS, it’s because I was too busy being nauseous and hibernating like a bear.  But I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant, which means I’m well into my 2nd trimester and things are finally looking great around here.

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Why We Decided to Vlog More

Now that we’re done with Season 4 of our cooking show, we’re already getting comments like, “where are you guys??!” The thing about YouTube is that you can’t be gone for too long. But you know by now that filming an episode of our show takes a while to do.  So in order to put up more regular content in between the seasons of our show, we decided to start vlogging more.

We’ve also started doing this thing called Underground Supper Club. Actually, we were doing this WHILE we were finishing up filming Season 4, so it was a bit of a tiring time. But like Joe reminds me, “if being tired is your biggest complaint about your job, that’s a pretty good job.” I agree.

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