Some News for our Family

July 17, 2017


some news for our family is now up on M Loves M!- M Loves M @marmar

It’s been awhile since I announced big news with you all. The last time was when I was pregnant with Augustine {or would we say his arrival?!} I’ve been keeping a little secret from you all though, that I’m excited to finally share!

some news for our family is now up on M Loves M!- M Loves M @marmar

We’re Moving!

Ah I still can’t believe it! We’ve been in our house for 3 1/2 years and while we love it, we’re ready for a little more space, especially with Augustine. While we love our house now, as new parents, we can’t help but think of school districts, proximity to parks, and overall neighborhood feel. At the end of last year, Matthew and I talked about moving. Probably as we were sitting around wishing for a fireplace to hang our Christmas stockings! While we loved the idea of a house with a little more room, we didn’t really have a timeframe. Still, we kept our eyes and ears open. We saw a few houses and got really lucky when our real estate agent called about a house coming on the market right across the street from her. We were able to get in and place an offer before anyone else. {How does that even happen?!} The reality didn’t really set in at first, but now that we’re out of escrow, it’s official!

We won’t be too far away, but it’s going to be nice to make a new home for ourselves. I’m looking forward to decorating Augustine’s room {his nursery was gender neutral since we didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl}, and I can’t wait for some big design projects, like the kitchen and bathrooms. It’s going to be so fun to share the process with you all too!

Here’s to hoping our move is as stress-free as possible! Moving is never a fun process and now we have a cute little baby in the mix too. It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure!


P.S. Are you following along on Pinterest? I LOVE pinning home content {and kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and nurseries!}

P.P.S. Augustine’s onesie is from nununu and here are his moccasins!

  • Michelle Joseph

    Awww congrats Mara! That must be so exciting!! I hope that everything runs smoothly. It’ll be so much fun.

    Mich x

    • Thanks Mich!! We can’t wait!! Hoping the move is as stress-free as possible though!

  • Congrats! Awesome news 🙂

    JaynieShannonx | Lifestyle & Beauty


    • Thanks Jaynie!! We are really excited!! It’s going to be a fun new adventure for us!

  • Rach

    Congrats Mara!! This is so exciting! Once everything is settled, hopefully you’ll do a house tour!

    • Thank you Rach!! I can’t wait to do a house tour! I’ll probably give you all a sneak peek on InstaStories before we move in too!

  • Allegra Liu

    Congrats Mara! Very exciting news for your family. And how amazing things came together and you were able to put in the offer before anyone else, house hunting can be so grueling. Great real estate agent.

    • ah we feel SO lucky!! I can’t wait to move in and make the house our home!!

  • That’s incredible new, M! Congratuations!

    • Thank you Julie!! I’m going to be looking at all the home inspo of yours!!

  • Oh yay, Mara!! That’s so exciting! Can’t wait to follow along with your reno projects, such a dream of mine, we bought new so I had to shelf my reno dreams… but fingers crossed for next time! And aw, Augustine, what a heart melter. Love these pics of him!! xo

    • isn’t he so cute?! I’m excited for some of the bigger projects but luckily most of the house is in good shape. I think a full reno would make me go crazy!!

  • So exciting, congrats! Augustine is too cute!


    • aw thanks Sam!! He’s getting so big I can’t believe it!!

  • Angel Swanson

    SO happy for you guys!! Can’t wait to see the new place; I know you’ll make so many special memories there. xox

  • Natali

    These are such a great news Mara!! Congratulations to you and your little family on the move, can’t wait to see your new place and how you’ll decorate it!

  • Congrats, Mara! Such an exciting time. We recently just bought our first place in Brooklyn and are starting on the renovations. It’s been a bit stressful but knowing we are making a home for our family makes it all worth it. Can’t wait to see your tips and pics along the way!

    • aw congrats !! That is SO exciting! I love Brooklyn! It feels so nice and family-friendly, but you’re still so close to the city! I’m a little nervous about some of the bigger projects but I think they’ll be a lot of fun! Can’t wait to share more with you all!

  • Caro_S

    That’s so exiting – congrats on finding the new house. Hoping the move goes smoothly for you guys and I personally would love some interior related posts from you and how you decorate your new place.

    • thank you so much!! I can’t wait to share home decor posts on here! It’s going to be a fun process!! Do you have any favorite home bloggers? I need to check them out!!

      • Caro_S

        I actually don’t follow and specific home bloggers but I’ve really enjoyed watching the Home Series from Jacey Duprie (Damsel in Dior) and at the moment also Aimee Song. Also really looking forward to seeing how Julia Engels (Gal Meets Glam) house is looking once they are done renovating. So I guess I just really enjoy seeing the house renovations of my favourite fashion bloggers 🙂

        • ooh yes I need to watch their renovations! We aren’t doing anything that extreme right now but eventually we’d love to fix up the bathrooms and kitchen!

  • How exciting, Mara!!! I seriously hope to see home decor posts from you! I have a major addiction to those kind of posts! Congratulations to you and Matthew! I can’t wait to see pics of Augustine crawling around (or walking soon!) in your new home! xo

    She Sweats Diamonds

    • yes!! I can’t wait to share home decor posts!! It’s going to be a fun process!! And Augustine will be walking before we know it! Hopefully after the move. It seems a little daunting right now to think of packing with him!

      • Yay! Can’t wait! I know, I can’t believe he was standing in front of that step ladder already! It’s so fun watching him grow up even from afar! Haha, I’ll be praying for a smooth and hassle-free move for you! xo

  • BSM

    Ah, congrats, Mara! I’m from Palos Verdes originally (now live up in the Bay Area), so I love seeing your Instastories and posts around some of my old neighborhoods! I hope you three are staying in the South Bay; it was such a great place to grow up.

    We moved to sort of our dream house in December, and, when I found out I was pregnant with our first in February, the first thought I had was, “I’m so glad we’re in our house!” I hope you have a similar feeling once you get settled in your new place 🙂

    • aw thank you so much!! I LOVE PV! I wish we were moving there. I will feel so happy once we’re in and settled. Moving with a baby seems a little hectic. Congrats on your sort of dream house. That sounds perfect and amazing!! I love the Bay Area so much. If we could move there I totally would!

  • Oh my gosh! How exciting! Congratulations! Can’t wait to see how you decorate your new home!

    • thank you Krystal!! I love our house now so I almost want to do everything the same but it’s fun to mix it up 🙂

  • Amanda Mercado

    Awwww! How exciting! Looking forward to seeing all the decorating!

    xo, Amanda

  • So exciting and he is just so adorable! Best of luck with the move!

    xo, Jennifer

    • thank you so much Jennifer!! Hoping it goes smoothly! So hard to find time to pack!

  • Allie Kay

    How exciting! Congrats on the new home and best of luck for a smooth move 🙂

    Allie |

    • aw thank you so much Allie!! We are so excited!! It’s going to be fun 🙂

  • Relocity

    Hi Mara! Congratulations!! We’d love to offer our service for you to try out! We’re a full-service relocation concierge. How it works is after an initial consult, you get matched with a Personal host that will project manage your move from start to finish. The service is a la carte so you can pick and choose too. We can help with all the things you’re worried about – finding the right schools, doctors, nanny, whatever – you name it! Please email me if you’re interested and we can set up a call!

    • Thanks for letting me know Christine!! Will check it out!

  • Federica

    Dear Mara,
    I can’t believe I’m typing… I feel so stupid, but I thought you gave me a lot of positive feelings through these years, so I’m trying to give you something back. I discovered your blog in 2009, I’m from Italy and in 2009 everyone got crazy about blogs in Italy (that’s for Chiara Ferragni, I suppose). I started following some, then I discovered yours and it was love at first sight. First of all, basically you were my Pinterest before Pinterest 🙂 Then I started reading about your life and found out we have a lot in common. In 2009 I started going out with my boyfriend, and felt so blessed I found him, and everytime I read your words about Matthew it was exactly what I was thinking about Andrea (yes, he’s name is Andrea and I swear he’s a man… in Italy Andrea is for men and we don’t have a corresponding name for female). Plus, you’re active in your church and God is important for you and a strong presence in your life, and for me it’s the same. It’s not easy to read about religion and prayers and things like that on the internet, so I’m glad you talk about that topic too. I was there when you got married, and when you chose Italy for your honeymoon I was so proud like, don’t know, like I was Italy’s Prime Minister. I remember I wrote you only one time before, when Matthew had surgery just to let you know I was praying for him. But I never stop following you and, even if I’m always super busy, I’m trying to keep me updated with your life. I’m excited you found a new house and looking forward to see all your ideas. We moved last year right after we got married (yes we did! Last September), and I still have neither paintings on the wall nor curtains on the windows (my neighbors are pretty lucky, aren’t they?), so I can’t wait to see what you will do and “steal” some ideas. Hope you will be glad to know your positive vibes and your kindness crossed the ocean and reach me in Milan. I just want to say thank you for being such an inspiring person.
    Best luck with the move!
    Ps. Augustine is the cutest boy ever.

    • What a sweet comment, Federica! I agree and can say the same! She’s one of my favorite bloggers because of her genuineness (is that even a word? lol) and keeps it real!

      She Sweats Diamonds

      • Huong you make me tear up!! You’re so sweet and I’m so glad to have gotten to know you through blogging!! <3

    • Che Liza

      This is just the sweetest thing.

      • Che Liza

        And congrats Mara and Mathew!

    • Federica! This comment is so sweet and kind! THANK YOU! Thank you so much for supporting me throughout the years and coming back here. Things have been so different (amazing and wonderful but also overhwleming and stressful) with a new baby. I constantly feel like I’m not able to keep up like I used to be able to. Please forgive the delay in getting back to you. I feel terrible this comment skipped my radar but I want you to know how much it means to me. I feel so lucky to have a follower in Italy, one of my favorite places too. Thank you for coming here and supporting me and also keep us in your prayers. It means so much to me to have such an incredible team of cheerleaders all over the world. I definitely don’t feel like I deserve it. Sending you an email now too!! Thank you so much Federica!! xox

  • I’m super late but Congratulation lovely Mara! I cannot wait to see your next adventures in your new home and what you’ll do with it! Sending you much love from Paris! :*

    • Thank you so much Melodie!! You’re so sweet!! I really appreciate that. We can’t wait to move in and get settled!!

  • Good luck with the move! 🙂

    • Thank you!! AH this weekend was all about boxes boxes boxes! Still feel like there’s a ton to do but I know we’ll get through it. Thanks for your support!!

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