Spanish Harlem Living

There is something to be said for living in a hotel. Outside the sea of bodega’s, laughter and honking, inside a clean and magical space. Water pressure, outlets on every wall, etc. We are definitely not roughing it living in Spanish Harlem. We have a beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath apartment to end our Spring… Continue reading Spanish Harlem Living

At Home in Harlem

We are finally where we think we want to be. 🙂 You just simply never know with us, but for now we are really happy in Harlem. The commute is killer for me – just about 20 minutes on the train (door to door). We are close to Emily, Iza’s Nanny, and the streets are… Continue reading At Home in Harlem

These are the Bin Years

I suppose it goes without saying that we are complicated, probably the most complicated friends or family that most people have in their address books. One of the benefits of being a creative is an open door to inhibition and the start of fearlessness. We don’t know where we will be tomorrow, but hey, we… Continue reading These are the Bin Years

Airbnb’ing it!

So, we have taken on a challenge! We decided on renting out our house through Airbnb.com to make a little extra cash and to meet some totally cool people. We had a chance to already rent out a room to Nanna Kold and her family from Copenhagen. Great experience! Well, very quickly our landlord decided he didn’t… Continue reading Airbnb’ing it!

We are Moving!

Welcome to 25 Henry Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Our new address, y’all! Before baby, when our landlord asked us what we thought we were going to be doing when our lease came up, we said, “We definitely are thinking to stay here. We love this place.” Within minutes of coming home from the hospital, we… Continue reading We are Moving!

Our First Week with Iza

For pictures, please scroll down! or check out her site: www.izabrand.com Well, we tried to get these up sooner, but I guess having a new baby is going to extend all our personal goals and timing a little! Right now in the early morning light with the rain falling buckets from the sky, Kurt is… Continue reading Our First Week with Iza

What We Have Learned…

We have really gone to the ends of earth to make sure that we were prepared for Iza’s arrival… although, it might be impossible to plan, we wanted to be as prepared as possible. I still got Bell’s Palsy at my 7th month mark, but that was an indication of the stress that my body… Continue reading What We Have Learned…

Glamour Shots in the City

It has certainly been the ride of a lifetime together over this past year. It is hard to imagine that this time last year we were merely friends and working towards our first cooking show together called “Cook it Raw” (we adjusted the name to what we have now, Racolife.com due to copyright reasons). We… Continue reading Glamour Shots in the City

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32 Weeks… WOW!

What a day! Iza and I are totally and completely tuckered out. 5 appointments strong… there were moments when we thought it was going to last forever, but somehow we ALL managed. Our imaging specialist, Dr. Lascale said that we have a healthy, happy baby. The average size is roughly 3.75lbs right now, we are… Continue reading 32 Weeks… WOW!

What a Friday…

What a miraculous day and evening yesterday. We woke with the excitement and opportunistic intrigue of small children on the first day of school and ended the day laughing at the unbelievable course that the day presented to us. Truly a comical error of a day. It was if our lives were temporarily transformed into… Continue reading What a Friday…

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The Man of My Dreams

  I am so lucky to have this guy on my side. Serenading me with music, keeping my desk always with flowers and just generally being the best husband, friend and partner I could imagine. I sometimes have to stop myself for a second and think back to every other relationship I have witnessed along… Continue reading The Man of My Dreams

The Act of Letting Go

It has been a hard couple of weeks for me. The above is a testament to my sleepless night and my shear frustration over all the physical changes. If I lay on my back the baby kicks as though she is suffocating, on my left side she appears to be getting squashed and becomes a… Continue reading The Act of Letting Go

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A Visit from Mom!

Such a nice treat to have a visit from my mom! We haven’t seen each other in a while and I think it was fun for her to see me so massive! In the pictures you can see Iza moving all around. She has been crazy active and it is cool that we caught it… Continue reading A Visit from Mom!

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Week 27 Measurements

We are cookin’ now! Can’t believe it, but I have grown 4″ around the waste in just a few weeks time. I have gained another 1lb (yay) from where I was last week during my 26 week apt. and Iza is alive and kicking all the time. Mother and baby are certainly thrilled and happy… Continue reading Week 27 Measurements

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26 Week Ultrasound

Yay! We are well on our way and happily growing. The doctor is super pleased with progress and I have gained a total of 12lbs to date. AWESOME news. If I can maintain growing 1lb per week I will be at a healthy weight for delivery 10-14 weeks from now. She is roughly 1lb 14oz… Continue reading 26 Week Ultrasound

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Magic at Chez Baird

My dad is by far one of the most talented carpenters. I have been blessed to be the recipient of a dozen or so closets over the years and an endless supply of repair work, but nothing could have prepared me for the glory of his current home whom he shares with his wife Cindy… Continue reading Magic at Chez Baird

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A Southern Road Trip

What a great week away! Desperately needed, of course… and we got a chance to see so many familiar faces. Truly a wonderful experience. We started in PA at my Dad and Cyn’s brand spankin’ new house with a lovely family dinner. Cindy had made everything that I could eat, including gluten-free Pita Bread! I… Continue reading A Southern Road Trip

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Happy Birthday to Us!

We had the absolute best birthdays this year. Just us… relaxing both days. While we were not amongst family or doing any of the traditional fun things, we had a great time together. More and more often we are finding out just how much we enjoy space and time… which is unusual for both of… Continue reading Happy Birthday to Us!

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Whiter, Brighter, Smiles!

After agreeing to cease and desist drinking coffee and red wine, Kurt had a two hour sit with ZOOM whitening. I had gone out of town on business and Kurt had it in his calendar to be at the dentist at 9am for this treatment. He doesn’t ask a lot of questions generally, so I… Continue reading Whiter, Brighter, Smiles!

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First Shows on the Books!

Kurt’s been accepted to his first shows… AMAZING! Yesterday he received news from BAU (Beacon Artists Union) that they have accepted him for a solo show in April. In addition he will also be in the Beacon Centennial Show in May. Today he met with Theo Ganz Gallery on the other side of Beacon and… Continue reading First Shows on the Books!

Kurt’s 1st Open Studio

What a success! Kurt’s first opening in our studio had no shortage of great neighbors, new friends and randoms. Some characters and some creatives… definitely an interesting group. With the help of Derek, our buddy visiting us from Cortland, NY we had a constant stream of excitement. The day after we went for a lovely… Continue reading Kurt’s 1st Open Studio

A Golden Moment for Kurt

Well, well, well… if only the world were to stop and stand still for a few minutes, Kurt would relish in the entire experience of sitting and looking at his Golden Paint… just looking. Since receiving his precious paints he has been so prolific, developing new ideas, creating, etc. Also, in buying bulk we got… Continue reading A Golden Moment for Kurt

And So We Did!

Out of request of Grammy (Rache’s beloved, vibrant Grandmother in Florida), we decided to make it official. The best part: We honeymooned in NYC (oh, and we think we will save a ridiculous amount on taxes)! Way better than the legalization element and definitely worth the hour or two dealing with paperwork. We have gotten… Continue reading And So We Did!

It’s a Girl!

Z!BE is always going to be our baby name… and we still will use it occasionally, but Z!BE is officially Iza Ruby Brand. We are so thrilled to introduce her to you…. Today we measured the little lady at 4.5″. All is super healthy with the testing and we have very low probabilities for all… Continue reading It’s a Girl!

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16 Week Measurement…

Kurt got this great idea to start a painting that would go throughout our pregnancy. So, we have a dedicated place in the studio to measure the belly against. You can’t see it in this pic, but he has traced my body from the ground to the top of my pony tail. The lighting was… Continue reading 16 Week Measurement…

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Z!BE’s 15 Week Heartbeat

This goes out to Karl… Kurt’s bro. He is responsible for making this into a song. Totally cool! Listen to the baby’s heartbeat here.

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