Entries Tagged as 'the good holidays'

Goodbye, 2016!

posted on: Friday, December 30, 2016

It was the best of times, it was the worst times, but here we are. We’re another year down staring into a much better one ahead of us (yes, I’m calling it early). As weird/sad of a year as 2016 was, I had so many amazing moments throughout it and, yes, also some of the hardest. Moving to my favorite city, exploring it, growing closer to Adam, settling into a chapter we’d been waiting so long for has been good, SO good. It’s no surprise that most of my top photos from Instagram were taken in New York, even though we spent more time living in Charlotte this year. I’m home here in Manhattan, I feel most like myself here, and I’ve already grown so much. This is the city where I paid for coffee behind an SNL cast member just the other day and got a pep talk from Tracy Morgan while walking the dogs. It’s the city where I work through fear often and continually push myself out of my comfort zone and will continue to do so in the coming year.

So yes, so many really, really hard days happened in 2016, but I have to focus on the good and be thankful that there was plenty of it to go around this year. All that being said, 2017 is really going to be amazing. In spite of some circumstances, it will be. More thoughts on next year to come but, right now, I need a little date with myf favorite guy in my favorite city.


Wishing you the happiest New Year. I’ll see you in 2017!

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

posted on: Monday, November 28, 2016


I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over, just like that. Goodness, you guys! Four (and a half) days off with Adam, hours and hours of cooking and baking, and the Christmas spirit filling the air in this city, much like the delicious pine scent from our Christmas tree that is currently filling the apartment. Let’s be real here and save the “motivation Monday” for another day because, truth is, I could use another week off with that guy up there.

Our holiday weekend began Wednesday, as Adam worked a half-day and then took the rest off to help me pick up the turkey and a few last-minute items. That night, we waited in line with thousands of other people to see the Thanksgiving Day Parade floats being inflated and, no, that is not an exaggeration…

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016

Every year, the night before Thanksgiving, they inflate the balloons along the Natural History Museum and you can go see them up close, for free, before the big show. I did this once before when I was in college the year my mom lived in the city. I remember just walking up along the museum and seeing the floats without waiting in a line. It was also crazy then, but not the (somewhat organized) chaos we dealt with Wednesday night. Thankfully, the lined moved fairly quickly and we really had so much fun. It was totally worth it and I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the city during the holidays!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Viewing 2016

We also enjoyed not having to get up ridiculously early to grab a spot to see the parade in person, because the itch was scratched, even though the start was just a few blocks from our apartment. Part of me wanted to see it again (I saw it the last time I was in the city for Thanksgiving), but I also really wanted to relax before I spent the day working on the food. We also had freshly baked, homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls to dig into and stretchy pants begging us not to change into real clothes any time soon. How do you say no to that? Well, okay, you say no for like twenty minutes to walk the dogs and then immediately change back into them once you get home. But then you refuse until you are absolutely ready to be presentable to the world, hold your ground!

Homemade Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun Aftermath


Homemade Apple Pie Thanksgiving 2016 // girlandthegood.com

YOU GUYS, I DID IT! My first time cooking and hosting was (mostly) a success! Also, that pie! It may not have been the prettiest one in all the land, but it was homemade pie crust or nothing. I chose to make it myself because I like a challenge and also to make my life more difficult. Why not risk making homemade pie crust for the first time on Thanksgiving? Jury’s still out on if I make it myself next year, but it was delicious (if I do say so myself).

Special thanks to Adam for cooking the turkey and our friends Krista and Nick for the pumpkin pie, rolls, and delicious salad. Honorable mention to our stainless steel island/prep table/high-top dining room table/all-around partner in meal-prep crime because without that sucker, cooking an entire feast in a tiny NYC kitchen would have been damn near impossible. Way to go, champ.

Stainless Steel Table Island


I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving! 

From fall to winter in no time flat

posted on: Monday, November 21, 2016


Okay, you guys. Thanksgiving week is here. I know I say this every year, but HOW?! It was just Halloween and before that it was the 4th of July and we had just moved to New York City and how does time seem to disappear, just like that?

The seasons are flying by as we’ve already begun to say goodbye to my absolutely favorite one. The weather went from Fall to Winter in a matter of hours this weekend. Saturday was gorgeous, sunny, and warm. Too warm, I say. I should not be sweating in November but this is just a personal rule, I suppose. It really was gorgeous, though. When we woke up Sunday morning? It was gray and freezing with gusts between 30-40 MPH. Somehow I was happier with that? (Especially when our first snow flurries of the season showed up that night.) Although, I was much happier once I bought that coat up there, thankyousoverymuch. I don’t know how you stay warm AND look cute when the wind knocks the breath right out of you and pins and needles are threatening the feeling right out of your face.

It just feels like holidays now, I guess! Lights are going up all around town. Columbus Avenue is adorned with large, bright snowflakes that light up at night giving my neighborhood some small-town charm. I’m all for that holiday feeling these days. Unapologetically listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies early because 2016, man.

On that note, I was hoping to get out of this year of loss and heartache (2016 has been one for the books) personally unscathed, but I received some tough news as I was writing this post. Prayers for my family would be greatly appreciate, my friends. Thank you!

We’ll just hire stand-ins for our Christmas Cards next year

posted on: Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Aren’t we cute? Didn’t we look a lot different five years ago? Are you buying this in the slightest? Spoiler alert: that’s not us. We’re just your all-American, hardcore, over-achieving procrastinators. Why change things up now?


Yep, I think we’ll stick with the stock photo. This, my dear friends, is why we don’t send Christmas cards.


As sad as I am to take down our Christmas tree, I’m actually really, really, really (REALLY) ready for what 2015 has to offer, so it’s actually okay that Christmas is over and out for 2014. Trust me, I never thought I’d say such things. It’s blasphemy! But, also, the truth. My word for 2015 is coming soon and the suspense is killing you, isn’t it? I KNOW.

Anywho, here are some photos my phone captured this Christmas. We’ll just start with the sass of that Penny Lane. Arms crossed and everything.

The Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls

Harses, harses, harses.

I hope you all had the most wonderful Christmas! And Hanukkah!

P.S. We DID manage to add some new Christmas traditions, mostly involving food, which is shocking to approximately no one, I believe. See those cinnamon rolls? Ohhhhh those were sent from heaven and touched by an angel of butter, I tell you what. More on our Christmas and new traditions soon. I’m off to relax and soak up more time with Adam. It’s time to gear up for a whole new year! Whoop!