Because my mom and I are both southern gals at heart, we decided a long time ago to live in the suburbs of New Jersey instead of somewhere like New York City. We live together in a single-family, three-story home that sits on a quiet tree-lined street with other older homes. Our home is a mixture of my mother's creativity (she is a retired pharmacist who loves to paint) and my desire for things to be matchy-matchy.
A typical day for us starts with coffee and conversation in our eat-in kitchen. The kitchen area has tons of pictures of our family because our ancestry and family history are important to us. We have traced our family origins back to the 1700s and it is incredibly fascinating to learn more about our family members.
So surrounded by pictures of our ancestors, my mom and I have the funniest conversations early in the morning - what we dreamed about the night before, what the day looks like, and what are we eating for our next meal! In my family, we bond over food and my mom and I have a deal - if she if she cooks, then I clean and vice versa. Mom was raised on a farm in North Carolina, so she is always making food that she calls "country-food" and she taught me everything she knows about cooking. The heart of our home is definitely in the kitchen. We worked hard to make sure our home was as welcoming as possible and all of our friends and family love gathering here for casual get-togethers and many celebrations.
Living in NJ means we are also close enough to easily get to New York City which is a great place to take in a show or concert. We also live less than 2 hours away from the shore if we want to go to the beach. Although our town is small, we are lucky to live right around the corner from a park where kids can play, people ride bikes, jog, exercise, and have picnics. It is a diverse neighborhood where many of the homes are around 100 years old and are considered historic. It is nice to see people around here taking care of their homes and modernizing them but still keeping the history. It is a safe neighborhood, and there is a community spirit that you see when we have block parties or music festivals in the park. Most importantly, the schools here are top rated and this is another reason why we chose to live here.