For all the Moms

One of my favorite memories with my Mom.

Three different people wished me a “Happy Mother’s Day” today… THEN, I got a Mother’s Day card IN THE MAIL. It was from Belle, but still I almost started worrying that the universe knew something I didn’t.

Since getting engaged, numerous people have ask  when Fiance and I plan on having kids…the natural next step after marriage for most. I do not know the answer to this question. We’ve talked a lot about kids. We want kids. But, when? Well, that’s impossible to know. All I can tell you is that we do not plan on having kids while living in a 400 square foot apartment! We can barely handle raising Belle in this place.

I’ve wanted to kids for a long time. On several levels I know I am ready to be a Mom. But, there is one thing I am very scared of, well there are several things, but one I am mostly scared of is giving up my freedom. I can be honest here and say that I really enjoy being selfish. I love staying up late, going shopping, coming and going whenever I please, traveling, going out, NOT cooking, etc. And, from what I understand, these are some things you have to give up (or at least cut back on) once you have kids. I don’t know if I’m ready to be so selfless….

Lucky for me though, I have an amazing selfless Mother who gets to be celebrated today.

I’ve bragged a lot about my own Mom over the year (you can read about that here). She deserves it. I am always amazed by her, and always thankful that I have such a caring, supportive, beautiful, loving, smart, and strong mother. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Even though my Mom is more than I deserve, I’d like to dedicate this blog to all the Moms. I know SOOO many amazing Mothers, old and young alike, and I have so much respect and appreciation for everything that they do and sacrifice for their children. So to all of you Moms, Grandmothers, Moms-t0-be, Adoption Moms, Step-moms, Foster Moms, Teacher Moms, Soccer Moms, Moms-in-law, Honorary Moms, Single Moms, Dance Moms, etc. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

I am lucky enough to have had quite a few wonderful Mom’s in my life. When my own Mother was not physically with me, I had some amazing teachers, mentors, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who gladly filled her shoes, loved me, supported me, and offered their own Motherly advice.  You all deserve my thanks, you’ve all been a Mother to me in your own way, and I am so grateful.

And, to all my friends who are new Mothers. Wow. You all AMAZE me! Somehow, you have each managed to have the MOST adorable child! The cute-baby bar has been set very high! I am so glad that you are all having children before me. I plan to come to you for everything, so thank you for dealing with pregnancy, breast feeding, potty training, disciplining, and being a real grown up before me! You are very brave.

Thank you to all of you wonderful, brave, selfless Mommies out there for leading the way, making good examples, and showing us all what unconditional love is all about.

Lots and lots of wonderful Mommies!

Whenever I decide to be a Mom, or accidently become a Mom, or find out I have to adopt to be a Mom, whatever kind of Mom I am, I know I’ll be okay because I have so many great Mommy models to follow. Happy Mother’s Day!


*OMG! I just realized that I cut off the head of my friend’s beautiful baby in the collage!’s the full picture so no one misses on seeing this little cutie.

“I love you…[insert celebrity name here]!”

There are obviously tons of famous people who live in NY, or who are currently working in NY. It seems like every movie and TV show is set here, and I am always reading about how so-and-so was posted shopping in SOHO, drinking coffee in the East Village, or eating at a one-of-a-kind diner in Greenwich Village.

I find these headlines incredibly irritating. Not because they are trivial and there are so many more important things happening to report about, but because I am ALWAYS shopping in SOHO, drinking coffee, and eating at diners, and I NEVER see anyone famous!

It’s not like I am some sort of crazed fan dying to meet my favorite celebrity, and make a fool of myself in front of them, telling them how much I love them, and how talented I think they are. I just want to meet someone interesting, befriend them, become apart of their social circles, get myself in a few magazines, and end up on Dancing With The Stars. That’s all.

I did have a dream once that I met Mary-Louise Parker at Starbucks, and she was very friendly. A couple days later (in the real world), I found out that Weeds was renewed for another season. I’m pretty sure that means I’m a psychic.

Anyways, earlier this week we went with our Seattle cousin to see a play called Seminar on Broadway. The first time I ever heard of this play was a few hours before I saw it, when I received a text message at work telling me to meet them at the theatre the second I got off.

When I arrived, out of breath from running the last 3 blocks, I asked Fiance what the play was about…

Fiance: I don’t know, but Jeff Goldbloom is in it.

Me: Who?? (I am terrible with actor’s names)

Faince: The guy from Jurassic Park.

Me: ……… ?

Fiance: The guy from FRIENDS who did a commercial with Joey.

Me: Oh of course, I love that guy!

When we walked into the small theatre we discovered that Justin Long and Jerry O’Connell were also in the play. What a nice surprise!

The play was 90 minutes full of laughs, intellectual jokes, clever twists, and an amazing cast of five talented actors. When the play was over we all agreed (minus Fiance) that it would be fun to wait at the stage door and meet the actors…assuming they’d be willing to stand in the cold and meet us.

Turns out that every single one of them was more than willing to meet every single person who stayed after the show and waited. They gave autographs, took pictures, joked around, and were just so nice and friendly.

Justin Long
Christina Pumariega (She's not famous yet, but she will be)
Jerry O'Conell
Jeff Goldblum

I didn’t get invited out to drinks or anything, but it was still fun. We were on such a celebrity high that we decided to top the night off with frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity’s.

Have I mentioned that I’m lactose-intolerant? Well, I am, and it stinks. I decided to eat half of an entire Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate with Faince anyways, take that lactose!

Frozen mint hot chocolate
Two seconds before the worst brain freeze ever













…..I’ve been sick for 3 days… lactose-1, Hilarie-0

Who cares! I met the guy who was on one episode of FRIENDS that I love! I love you Jeff Goldbloom!


The Daily Bread

Le Pain Quotidien (which means “The daily bread”)is a French bakery started by Alain Coumont (who is actually from Belgium). This bakery/restaurant uses mostly organic and fresh ingredients and environmentally friendly decorations and supplies. Basically, the entire place is good for you, your community, and your world.

It is famous for it’s bread which is made from organic flour, salt, and water, and kneaded by hand, and bake fresh daily. All the yummy yummy pastries, brownies, and croissants are also made fresh every day. They also sale some of their homemade products. You can buy jams, chocolates, granola, and more.

This restaurant has it’s regular tables that sit 2 to 4 people, but they really prefer that you sit at the long communal table found in the center of each restaurant. The owner of this restaurant wants us to feel like a community, even in the big city. You are encouraged to sit next to a stranger, meet someone new, or read one of the books found int he middle of the table.

Lucky for me this restaurant can be found exactly one block away from my apartment. And MUCH too my surprise…it can also be found all over NYC, and several other big cities. I just discovered yesterday that this place is a pretty popular chain. I really thought we were SO VERY LUCKY to have this quaint little French bakery right in our neighborhood. I guess we are still lucky, but so are lots of other people!

During my future in-laws visit we ate here twice, because once is just not enough.

Iced coffee, wheat grass spritzer, and mint lemonade
The Menu's, the "bread time" stories, and the jams
Gazpacho, mini-tarts, turkey tartine, avocado and chickpea tartine
split pea soup, sweat pea hummus tartine, and an iced latte

Before I go, I should also mention that the servers here are very friendly. Our poor waitress had to put up with a repulsive woman next to us who continuously yelled at her, complained to a manager because she accidently dropped one of our tiny cups of dipping sauce, and was the most disrespectful customer I have ever seen, and the waitress still served her with a smile. I think I was more upset than the waitress.

That’s all for now, maybe we can meet one day for lunch at the communal table?