love talk: who calls the shots?

In preparation for our wedding, we’ve had several meetings with our Rabbi. We not only discuss the logistics of our ceremony, but also the deeper issues that exist in married life. When we first met him, he asked us if we’d talked about power, sex and money. We kind of looked around and laughed and were like “uhhh…. yes? No? Idk?” 

the weekend cast

Coming to you live from Boca Raton, Florida is the weekend cast. On tap for us: bloody Marys by the pool and a chance of thunderstorms. We’re here for the weekend relaxing with Brandon’s family, ringing in the new year right. Shana Tova to those of you celebrating! What do you have planned for the next few days? Share anything exciting in the comments below!

My Bridal Shower!

I am still floating on a happy cloud of pink candy, ocean views, and strawberries fizzing in champagne. This past Sunday was my bridal shower and the women who planned it absolutely killed the game. I wanted to share some photos with you guys, as well as some of my favorite highlights. 

Did You Write Your Wedding Vows?

Brandon and I are both Jewish, and decided have a traditional Jewish ceremony. Usually, this ceremony doesn't include personal vows, but in the modern world, it's not uncommon to see couples integrate them. I love the idea, but unfortunately, I've got one issue: I'm a huge crybaby.

The Best Lobster Roll In Cape Cod

Sometimes you stumble upon something so delicious and so perfect in it's simplicity that you don't want to risk letting go of that. I get it...why try something else when it won't be as good? This is exactly how Brandon and I felt when we discovered Sesuit Harbor Cafe on Cape Cod last week. 

the weekend cast

I'm writing to you from cloudy Cape Cod, where Brandon and I have spent a few days doing absolutely nothing. If you follow me on instagram, you'll know that was exactly what we were looking for: peace, quiet, and lobster rolls. The photo above was taken amidst the marshes at Fort Hill, which are a great pit stop if you're driving to Provincetown. Tomorrow morning, we're up at the crack of dawn and driving all the way to Toronto for..... you guessed it! Another wedding :D I've got a super fun, silky black dress that I'm really excited to wear. Do you have any recommendations for food stops along the way? Audio books we should listen to? We're thinking of starting the (33-hour!) first book of GOT, now that the season is over and we already miss it. 

How To Be A Great Wedding Guest

This year, I attended seven weddings all before my own. It was actually a wonderful experience for me because 1) I love dressing up; see evidence below and 2) I was able to learn a lot in preparation for my own wedding, which is right around the corner! In going to these parties, I paid attention to so many little details, including food, decor, preferred dance moves, etc. I also noticed the behavior of many guests, both in a positive and negative light. Some things made me pause and try to avoid a major eye roll, other things made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I've made a list below of do's and don't's at a wedding that I personally live by. As always, the opinions are only my own, and you can choose to take them or leave them. I hope that if nothing else, they spark your curiosity about what kind of guest you are, and what kind of guest you want to be! 

Where to Eat, Shop & Hangout in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

I live in a quaint, historic Brooklyn neighborhood called Boerum Hill, which is south of Brooklyn Heights, and north of the more popular Cobble Hill! It's quiet, beautiful, and has some fantastic shops and restaurants. Boerum Hill has a very old-world feel, with tree-lined streets, and dreamy brownstone-lined blocks. It's a perfect place to come eat, shop, explore, and get a taste of Brooklyn. Boerum Hill is much more toned-down than say Williamsburg, but I find the curation of stores to be a bit fresher than those further south in Park Slope, so you should come give it a try! Here are my go-tos for eating, drinking, shopping and chilling in the neighborhood!

Moving Into A New Kitchen? Here's What You'll Need!

How the heck do you stock a new kitchen? What are the essentials, the non-negotiable, the things that can wait. Where do you buy this stuff and where can you find some great deals? Be Like Family is at your service with a handy-dandy checklist for the things you need when moving. Please keep in mind this list is aimed at a beginner cook (no sous-vides tools here) who is either living alone or as a couple. 

love talk: how 30-minutes, 1x a week can benefit your relationship

Because our weekdays are so jam-packed with activities, Brandon and I started to think about a way to spend time together outside of dinner/in front of the tv/ in bed falling asleep. I am a morning person, and I also love walking, so I recommended morning walks. Brandon was on board with the idea, and so we gave it a shot. We scheduled one day a week on the calendar to wake up early and go for a walk together.

the weekend cast

Good morning ladies + gents! I'm up early this morning to write the weekend cast. Procrastination: it happens to the best of us. I'm sipping on a luxurious latté and looking forward to a quiet morning in the office *fingers crossed*. Also, dreaming about the fluffy milk bread sandwiches we ate in Tokyo. The breakfast pictured above was on our first day out and about. Oh how I miss it!

7 Ways To Relieve Menstrual Cramps Naturally

I've done a bit of reading to figure out what actually helps me feel better when aunt Flo comes for a visit, and I'd love to share my recommendations with you. In cases of extreme back pain, I do take advil liquid gels to help me get back on my feet quickly. Otherwise, I try my best to utilize as many of the suggestions below to relieve stiffness and pain without popping a pill.