Hoboken Ramble

Hello! I'm Erin.
I have a husband, a yorkie, and a new house that I'm currently obsessed with decorating.
I'm awesome at shopping, eating, and copying DIY projects. I don't know what I did before Pinterest.
I no longer live in Hoboken but for now, my blog still does.
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Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
Ellen Goodman (via awelltraveledwoman)

Reblogging myself. Feeling stressed.

(via hobokenramble)

I had heard Airbnb mentioned randomly on various websites and such but I honestly wasn’t quite sure what it was until we started planning our Road Trip and finally decided to check out the website. I don’t know why I waited so long.

I started looking in the LA/Venice/Santa Monica areas and was surprised at how nice and affordable all the places were that were popping up. The idea of having a full kitchen, parking, and possibly bikes to use for less than $200/night seemed too good to be true but there they were.

I particularly love that the price is all laid out there on the page with no hidden fees. (I think.) The pictures are so helpful and the reviews are really swaying my decision to stay in one. This guest house is my current favorite.


Turns out a few of my co-workers have used Airbnb and all had pleasant experiences too. Know of anything I should be weary of?

Caught a serious case of baby fever at my friend’s shower this weekend. She’s having a baby girl, so everything was just too adorable to handle and when her 14 month old niece Amelia showed up I nearly died. It’s funny how some people’s babies don’t make you want one at all (and nothing to do with appearances, all babies are adorable) but then other babies turn you into a pile of mush and you consider somehow putting them in your purse so you don’t have to deal with morning sickness or labor and can skip to all the fun parts. Just me?

And can we talk for a moment about those CUPCAKES in the picture on the right. My friends family always manages to blow me away with their creativity. Since the shower was BBQ themed, they created cupcakes to look like ears of corn and cheeseburgers. They were delicious btw. And her sister, sister in law, and mother all managed to make her a baby shower gift on top of throwing her the shower. She received knitted blankets, hats, booties, and stuffed animals. It was all so incredible and thoughtful. Overall a really, lovely shower.

So naturally, I went home and planned my own. Just kidding.

Kind of.

It’s been a quiet yet delightful week (that’s right, i said delightful) but as always, I am gladly welcoming the weekend.

  • Wednesday, the hubs and I took advantage of restaurant week in the city and went to MarkJoseph Steakhouse by my office. Solid food, great company. A mid week perk should be an every week occasion. (But it won’t - money)
  • Our new rug was just screaming for a coffee table, so we moved quickly thanks to West Elm’s 20% off coupon and snagged this baby. We’re picking it up on Sunday. Elated.
  • Found this post by meeshofalltrades really comforting. It’s nice to know I’m not alone when it comes to worrying about and dealing with finances. I’m mildly obsessed with reading about people who have downsized their homes/lives and are totally debt free. I made Jay watch Tiny with me recently and was fascinated. I don’t want to live in one of those tiny houses but their message about being able to live more freely when less bogged down with things and bills is on point. As Jay and I continue to make our house a home (ie: fill it up with shit) I’ve been really cleaning out and getting rid of the things we don’t need and working hard to use up the stuff we do. It’s been very gratifying.
  • Going to a baby shower on Saturday for a good friend. I still have not bought a gift :/
  • My desk top background was pretty pathetic looking lately so these free downloads by Julie Song on Design Love Fest’s website made my day. The iphone got a little update too #itsthelittlethings



Went to our friends bbq this weekend and spotted this house that I pretty much wanted to pick up and take home with me. This small town in NJ along the water is still working on rebuilding after damage from Hurricane Sandy. Flood insurance regulations insist that your house must be 14 feet off the ground in order to rebuild. So crazy! I loved everything about this house though - the color is a deep blue and the front porch has not one but two fans. Perfect for sipping cocktails under on hot summer days.


This place below is just so stinking cute. This is the entrance to my friend’s neighbors place and we’ve been watching over the past two years as they rebuilt this two bedroom in Avon-by-the Sea (not Sandy related). Now I want a lattice for my backyard.


Lots of print going on up in here and I LOVE it.

More Swag for the House

Although we insisted that it was not necessary for our guests to bring us anything for our housewarming/4th of July bbq, some still came bearing (very thoughtful) gift cards and we pretty much wasted no time putting them to use.

* A new light for above our garage (good-bye spotlight)

* A planter for the backyard

* A rug for the den

* Decorative wall mirror for the living room

The rug was delivered this morning and I can’t wait to get home and see it. Based on the reviews, it’s more of a gray + cream instead of black & white and I’m really hoping so. I’m taking a risk with this rug and putting it in a room that currently has chevron curtains so this is either print combining geniusness or epic decorating fail.

Cute restaurants with outdoor seating.

I just died. that RUG.


Road trippin from Vegas to LA in October with my husband.
We’ll spend 4 days in LA, Malibu, Palm Springs and Santa Monica. I’m so excited. 
Any specific things we should do/see? Any restaurants you’d recommend? Love to hear it all.

Road trippin from Vegas to LA in October with my husband.

We’ll spend 4 days in LA, Malibu, Palm Springs and Santa Monica. I’m so excited.

Any specific things we should do/see? Any restaurants you’d recommend? Love to hear it all.

My staycation has ended and I was pleasantly surprised to see a manageable amount of emails in my inbox at work today. Much better than returning to some sort of shit show.

Our 4th of July party was a hit despite some rain, and unfortunately I don’t have a single picture to show for it. I guess that’s a good thing? Some key things I learned from our first big bbq are that cleaning the floor of your home before a party is so not necessary, making large batches of food that require a lot of cutting will take twice as much time to do as you anticipate (I’m looking at you, potato salad), booze and games fixes all. Ok, I guess I already knew this last part.

The night ended with a second round of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, one too many shots and margaritas, and a small fireworks show in the backyard. My husband did not blow up the house so that is all that really matters.

I ended my staycation with a day at the beach with my girlfriends on Sunday followed by drinks and food in a cabana. Monday was for lounging around the pool with mom.

And now life resumes.

Is it possible to have too many accent walls?

Spending my vacation this week tackling some of these to dos. 

Mostly, that means a lot of painting. I’m so ready to have a few less beige walls in this house. 


I finally put together a to do list for the house filled with all the things we need to get done and buy, which has all been floating around my head for weeks. It’s not pretty. I saved you from having to scroll through it to get to the more interesting posts on your dash. You’re welcome.

But, if you’d like to see the sheer amount of crap I was hanging onto for over a month, feel free to read on. Feels so great to have it all written out.

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