Mod Apron

Modern homemaking for the frugal urban mama.

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Jul 11
My darlings.

[photo via Instagram]

My darlings.

[photo via Instagram]

Jul 9

Love affair

Shhh. Don’t tell my husband. I’m having a love affair.

It’s wildly passionate and makes makes me feel happier than I have ever been in my life.

I’m madly in love. I love our home. I love our neighbors. I love our neighborhood. I love this city.

I love my family. I love my friends. I love being a mama. I love my job.

Moving to San Francisco has been a game changer. Maybe it’s the blue skies. There is something so magical about this city, it’s hard not to be deliciously happy here all the time. And when we bought our townhouse in February, that’s when everything really fell into place. We found the loveliest little corner of SF to call our very own and we planted our family and our roots right here, and dug them in nice and deep.

I count myself extremely EXTREMELY lucky that I am able to stay at home with my kids. I never really had any real career aspirations, but the moment I decided I wanted to be a mama was the first time I ever felt passionate about something that I really wanted to do. And since having my kids, that passion has intensified. I take such incredible pleasure in spending my days with them. There is so much joy in the milestones and even more in quiet, ordinary moments, like tying little shoes and goodnight kisses. I am truly living my dream.

I’m already thinking about the holidays. I cannot wait to celebrate our first Christmas with my whole family in our new home, in our new community, in the most amazing city on earth. I’m thrilled that my kids will get to grow up here, with neighbors, parks, shops and bustling tree-lined sidewalks right at their front door. I’m excited for visits from dear friends and family, opening our doors wide and sharing this magical place with everyone we love. There is just so much to be happy about. Every day.

I called my mom a few days ago just to tell her how happy I am. I told her that while I miss having her and dad so close, moving to San Francisco is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I told her how Maya is thriving at school, Dennis is enjoying his work, and how life feels pretty perfect these days. She said she misses us, but knows that moving was the right thing to do.

Every morning I wake up so excited to spend another day living this life. I don’t know what I ever did to be so lucky as to end up here. I am truly grateful for every precious minute. This is the good stuff. I am head over heels in love.

<3 <3 <3

Jul 1
This was our dins tonight. Homemade vegetable bean soup, made with the soup stock I made yesterday. It was totally yumster. And lucky me, I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

This was our dins tonight. Homemade vegetable bean soup, made with the soup stock I made yesterday. It was totally yumster. And lucky me, I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

Lucky mama!

Last night was yet another decadent Date Night for my love and me. (If it seems like we are going on a lot of Date Nights lately, it’s only because my dear friend - and babysitter - Kendall was out of town for most of May, so we decided to double up our Date Nights for June.)

We decided to really live it up with dinner and a movie. We went to this restaurant, which we had never tried but is conveniently located just around the corner from our neighborhood’s 100-year old one-screen movie theater. 

The restaurant was lovely, very polished and romantic. Our only complaint was that literally NONE of the mains were suitable for us vegetarians. So instead, we decided to make a meal out of several appys and that was a good call!

We started with a fabulous mix of olives in oil. Plus some bread for soaking up all that deliciousness. Seriously, olives and bread: Is there ANYTHING BETTER? I think not.

We chose 3 items from the antipasti menu: The chickpea and feta salad, the papas bravas quebradas (kinda like french fries with sauce and onions on ‘em), and the risotto croquettes. It was all really yummy and filling but very rich.

We ordered salad for our “mains”. I got the house salad because I am a sucker for a candied pecan. It was very good!

And then, dessert. Ah, dessert. I ordered some treats from the “Petite Sweets” menu but I swear it was all just as huge as their regular deserts. I got the chocolate truffle gelato with caramel mousse and caramel popcorn, just to get me in the mood for the movie! In case you’re wondering, chocolate ice cream with caramel popcorn is a very, very yummy combo. 

Next up - the movie!

Jun 25


Mom and Dad left this afternoon. After their airport shuttle turned and disappeared around the street corner, I cried my eyes out, called my bestie and demanded that she cheer me up (which she dutifully did). 

Tomorrow it’s back to real life again. Back to diaper laundry. Back to meal planning. Back to errands. Back to cooking meals for 4. I miss my mommy and daddy. How lucky I am to have such amazing parents.


Lots to do this week. I’ve got a bucket load of organizing to do around the house and lots of budget stuff to get caught up on. Plus, I’m working on some funky fresh (that one’s for you, Alison) bloggy goodness which I hope to have ready to debut by week’s end. So yeah, my dance card is pretty full for the next few days. Which will hopefully help keep me distracted from the fact that a piece of my heart is now about 932 miles north of where I type this.

Jun 20

Wordless Wednesday. My day in 9 pictures.

[Most photos via Instagram]

Jun 3

Apron unplugged

So I sorta disappeared over these last two days. It was, as I like to refer to it, “a spontaneous unplugging”. It wasn’t planned or anything, I’ve just subconsciously kept all online activities to a minimum for the past 48 hours. I was feeling so good after the first day of unplugging, I just kept rolling with it. It was a lovely little internet vacation and I’m ready to get back in the saddle today.

And what I’ve lacked in inter webs lately, I made up for in groovy weekend fun. Here’s what I’ve been up to, lo these past 2 days:

  • The street we live on is having a sidewalk fair all weekend. Yesterday we walked for blocks and blocks in both directions, enjoying the activities. So much fun stuff to see and do!
  • We bought a cabinet for the living room! At the aforementioned sidewalk fair. We found it at this great antique store and snapped it up for a song (and needless to say, we paid cash). I’ll post some pics at some point in the future, but I want to surprise my mom with it when my parents come to visit us in a couple of weeks. And since she reads this blog (Hi, mom!), I’ll wait until after she sees it to put it on the blog. But hey - spoiler alert - it’s antique, hand-painted and GORGEOUS! Yeah, I’m pretty much in love with my new cabinet.
  • I sold a few things on Craigslist. That’s me, always trying to declutter and simplify. Feels so good.
  • Lots of tea drinking and book reading has been going on this weekend. I’d like to say the tea is because I’ve quit coffee completely but no, that hasn’t exactly happened. But I’ve certainly cut back. Baby steps, right? As for the books, I’m currently reading this and this.
  • We had tuna sandwiches for dinner last night. Ha! Sufficed to say, my trusty meal plan got a bit jumbled this weekend. It happens sometimes. Not often, but sometimes. But when it comes to meal planning, I truly believe that rigidity is a recipe for failure. Sometimes ya just gotta roll with it. The good news is that now I’ve got some unexpected meals in my arsenal for next week. And funnily enough, Dennis said the tuna sandwiches were one of the best dinners he’s had in awhile. (I’m not sure how to take that… Compliment or insult?)
  • I think I’m going to make some cherry jam today. I think it’s a touch early in the season for local cherries because some of those pretty babies I bought at the farmers’ market last week turned out to be a bit tart. But we don’t waste food around here, no sir! So I shall repurpose them.

That’s about it for now! Hope you’re having a delicious Sunday.

May 10

Even more than most

I spent last night in the emergency room with Henry. Thank God, he is perfectly fine and all is well. The whole ordeal was traumatic and awful; these are the hours of parenting that are without a doubt, the very hardest. Grateful isn’t a big enough word to describe my feelings now that we are well assured everything is just fine with my sweet boy.

Today, I’m enjoying a delicious, sunny day with my two healthy and happy kids, and I’m feeling especially lucky and blessed in this moment, even more than most.

I am functioning on less sleep than usual today, and it all feels a bit surreal. I’m unaffected by the everyday annoyances - fussy kids, messy rooms, runny noses - and in fact, I’m so happy and grateful for every one of them. I’m so happy and grateful for everything.

Mamas: Hold your babies tight tonight and thank every lucky star in the sky for them. I know I will.

May 4
This, plus about 8,954 other reasons, is why I love living in this city. 

This, plus about 8,954 other reasons, is why I love living in this city.