5 Closest Hotels to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)

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I gave birth in the middle of winter, so of course my concern was WHAT IF THERE IS A GIANT SNOW STORM? At that point, I wasn’t even thinking about the fact that I was planning to give birth at a Philadelphia city hospital and we live an hour away in the suburbs on a good day without traffic. In preparation for our baby’s arrival, I developed a 5-page word document for my family (yes, you read that right….5 pages) – slightly overkill you might think? Not to an extremely pregnant woman who needed to prepare for every little detail!

5 Closest Hotels to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)

My document outlined the address, where I would be in the hospital,  parking options, and public transportation options (you know in case my family couldn’t GOOGLE the information and figure it out themselves!) Then I decided to put together a list of hotels in the area – in case there was a major weather event and we needed to camp out there before the baby or if my family got stuck in the city and couldn’t get back home.  Yes, slightly irrational thinking – but I’ll tell you – this hotel list ended up saving us!!

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania HUP

Photo Credit: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/pennorl/education/residency/hospitals.html

There was no snow storm. There wasn’t even rain on the day our daughter was born. However, when I started having contractions at 2:00am on a Friday morning, then had a regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment IN THE CITY at 9:00am, and then he sent us back home to the SUBURBS – we had already had quite enough back and forth for one day.

My contractions started getting worse and we were facing a new challenge – rush hour on a Friday night. The only image going through my head was being forced to have our baby in a car because of being stuck in Philly gridlock traffic. Luckily – I had my handy dandy prepared list of hotels! It was about 3pm at this point, and we knew we still and time to beat the traffic.  My husband, Pat, suggested we go ahead and book a hotel for the night – that way if we had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night or even early the next morning, at least we would already be closer.

Homewood Suites by Hilton University City Philadelphia Hotel

Photo Credit: http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/homewood-suites-by-hilton-university-city-philadelphia-pa-PHLUPHW/index.html

We got to the hotel around 4:00pm and thank goodness we did! After having the car parked, checking in, and attempting to make our way to the room – my water broke in the hotel elevator!! We were only in the room for about 10 minutes, before we decided it was time to go to the hospital! Labor still lasted quite a while and we didn’t have our little one until 3:21 am on Saturday, but we are still glad we made the decision to head into the city early!

Here’s my list of hotels (and bed and breakfasts) closest to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), where I gave birth.  The list is organized by distance from the hospital: 

  • The Hilton Inn at Penn – 0.6 miles from hospital
  • Sheraton University City – 0.6 miles from hospital
  • Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast – 0.9 miles from hospital
  • Spruce Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast – 1 mile from hospital
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton University City – 1 mile from hospital

We booked the Homewood Suites by Hilton University City for two nights. While we didn’t get to use the room that night, we offered it up to my in-laws to use after a long night in the hospital.  The second night, my husband used it to get some sleep on a comfy bed (intend of the pull out chairs in the hospital room) – it was nice because he was still close if we needed him to come back for anything!

Hopefully this list will help you too! Whether you are planning to give birth or if you are traveling to visit someone at the The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for other reasons!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

To the Sweet Girl who Made me “Mommy”

Mother and Baby celebrating Mother's Day

To the Sweet Girl who Made me “Mommy,”

I love you to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond, for forever and a day. I dreamed of you for countless nights, and now finally you are here in my arms.  Today on Mother’s Day, and as you celebrate being 4 moths old today, I am amazed by the miracle of life and by everything you do. How is it possible 121 days have gone by so far since you have been born? I want time to stand still, but at the same time want it to keep moving forward so I can continue watching you grow.

Mother's Day Quotes

I get weepy when I realize that you may not remember all of these moments that we spend together. But I will remember them for you. I will take pictures and tell you lots of stories when you get older- like how Daddy and I were both shocked when you rolled from your tummy to your back at just 2 months old! And how I swore that you said my name “Mom” already – even though nobody else believes me! I’ll tell you how we spent our Sunday mornings doing “family snuggle time” and how Daddy and I would fall back asleep, each one of us holding one of your sweet little hands. I’ll tell you how you NEVER cried once when we put you to bed at night – a miracle in itself! And how you smiled and giggled  when we told you it was time to go to sleep (a girl after my own heart…gotta love sleep!)

Mother's Day Quote

I’ll tell you how much I loved hearing you coo and babble in your crib in the morning. And how when I had to go back to work, just seeing you smile at me as I would walk out the door would make my whole day better. I’ll tell you how much more I fell in love with your Daddy, just seeing the way he takes care of you. And I’ll tell you how much your Daddy made me laugh when he literally wore a mask to change your dirty diapers!

Mother's Day Quote

I’ll tell you how much we loved you from the very beginning (even when you were inside my stomach and we called you “Pedo,” short for “Torpedo” because that’s what my stomach looked like at one point!) I’ll tell you how much we loved you when you first arrived in this world and we found out you were a healthy little girl.  I’ll tell you how much we loved you each and every day after that and how you seemed to grow right before our eyes.

Thank you sweet girl, for making me your Mommy. I look forward to everything that the future holds for us!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers out there…especially those celebrating their first Mother’s Day, like me!  What are you doing to celebrate and remember this special day?

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Food Marriage Featured on Philly Grub!!

I am so excited to share that The Food Marriage Blog has been featured on Philly Grub!

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Philly Grub is a Philly-based food blog that covers the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey.  They cover different events, showcase restaurant reviews, and they recently started this really cool series called “Behind the Blog” where they feature other Philadelphia-based food blogs! I am LOVING this series because it is introducing me to so many new local blogs to follow! And not to mention that they featured Food Marriage on their 4th edition of the series!!

Philadelphia Food Blog - Behind the Blog- BA Haggerty of Food Marriage

A portion of Philly Grub’s Article “Behind the Blog: BA Haggerty of Food Marriage”

The article highlights some basic things, like the blog focus of Food Marriage, but they also asked me some really great questions like, “What do you like best about blogging?” “What is your favorite food blogging experience so far?” and  “What are your favorite Philly-area restaurants?” I had a fun time answering Philly Grub’s interview questions…and it really got me thinking about how I want to grow the blog and what direction I want to take it in the future!  Thanks again for featuring me, Philly Grub!

Read the full story here on Philly Grub: “Behind the Blog: BA Haggerty of Food Marriage.”

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

The “Easter Dozen” from Georgetown Cupcake

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Last summer while visiting the Washington DC area for a cousin’s wedding, my mom, sister, and I visited Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes from TLC).  It was SO much fun and I should actually dedicate a separate post just to that visit! We LOVED the cupcakes there so much that for Easter this year, I decided to send my mom a dozen cupcakes from there!

Georgetown Cupcake Easter Dozen

Since we don’t live near a Georgetown Cupcake location, I went online and found out that I could have them shipped! I will say, the shipping itself was a little pricy…$20 shipping fee PLUS a $10 Saturday delivery fee. I wanted it to be delivered as close to Easter as possible so I paid the extra $10 for the Saturday. While shipping was expensive, the package did arrive in great condition. The cupcakes were overnighted so they were fresh, they were packed well, and there was a freezer pack inside to keep them cool. And honestly, who cares about the overall price when you are giving a great gift!?

I also had the chance to include a gift message.  It said “Happy Easter! We thought you would like Georgetown Cupcakes better than flowers this year!” They came in flavors like Carrot, Cherry Blossom, Peanut Butter Fudge, and more. Oh and the best thing about sending my mom cupcakes? I got to eat some when I went to her house on Easter!!!

If you want to order the Easter Dozen assortment of cupcakes, you can still get them through April 30th! OR check out their entire collection of fun Seasonal Assortments on their menu.

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Engagement Gift Idea: Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet Books!

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After my sister got engaged, I wanted to get her a fun present to congratulate her and get her excited for wedding planning! I decided to get her a set of four books from Nora Roberts: The Bride Quartet. They are a set of books that actually came out in 2010, around the time I was planning my wedding. I read all of the books and they were great!

Nora Roberts Savor the Moment Book @FoodMarriage

Me reading “Savor the Moment” by Nora Roberts while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale back in 2010.

I love Nora Roberts, and this is by far one of my favorite series written by her! The four books in this set are: Vision in WhiteBed of RosesSavor the Moment, and Happy Ever After. The series is about a group of four friends that start a wedding business together: one is a photographer, one is a florist, one is a baker, and one is the wedding planner. They have the perfect venue…an estate left by one of the girl’s parents. Each book is written from each of the different character’s perspectives. It is fresh and fun and of course, there are love stories in store for each of the girls. Once you read them, you also won’t be able to stop thinking about getting into the wedding business yourself!!

Nora Roberts Bride Quartet Books

You can buy the entire set of books electronically, OR you can buy the “old-fashioned” way and get the real books, which I opted to do for my sister. I got her the entire sent and just tied them up with a bit of kitchen twine for a nice presentation. They were the perfect gift to get her in the mood (and give her ideas!) for wedding planning!

What do you think of this as an engagement gift idea??

 

xoxo, Food Marriage