Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Gavin's Playroom Reveal

Before Gavin, we had the "fun" room connected to our living room which was where all the adults gathered at family parties mixing cocktails and sitting at the bar.  Needless to say, once Gavin came along, the bar became more of a hazard than anything so I really wanted to create a space that Gavin can have fun and Mom and Dad could have their living room back! 

       My vision with Gavin's playroom was to keep the cost down so I looked around the house for items that I could use in his playroom.  I decided to keep the original color in the room the same to save labor and cost as well.  Since the color was a golden tan, I chose décor that was rustic and would work with the paint color.
      As I was going through some things in the basement, I found an old coffee table that was just collecting dust and thought, this could be the perfect chalkboard table. It was so easy to do and basically cost nothing.  I found some black chalkboard paint at Walmart, painted two coats and let it try for a few days before Gavin went to town on it.  He absolutely loves it!
    For storage, I made a trip to Target and picked up two of these 6-cube organizers in white. They were a lifesaver for all the scattered toys that we did not have a home for.  I mixed and matched the fabric bins with solid and print and decided on these solid tan bins along with some fun prints to add some texture to the room.
    Gavin's play kitchen is his absolute favorite.  I found it on sale on Amazon and there were a few color options from KidKraft.  I stocked him up with play food and he loves playing kitchen.  Who says men can't cook?!

Ever After,

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Floral T-shirt Dress

    It is so refreshing to finally have a consistent temperature in CT.  It's been beautiful weather, which means my wardrobe is slowly evolving to summer fashion.  I have to be honest, now that I am a mom, I find myself in flats more than ever, especially because I need to constantly run after what seems to be the fastest toddler on earth.  I have always adored the comfort of t-shirt dresses but am seriously in love with Lularoe's Carly dress because it is so soft and the prints are so adorable.  One of my friends has an amazing inventory of LuLaroe (you can shop here) so I was lucky enough to go through her insane amount of inventory to choose the perfect floral print for spring.
    I am pretty basic when it comes to prints and tend to favor florals, stripes, aztec prints without being too daring when it comes to bold prints.  However, I'd like to get a little more daring this season with prints... what's your favorite bold print?

Ever After,

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why I Feed my Kid McDonald’s and Organic Quinoa in the Same Day

When I browse the aisles of the grocery store, my intent is so pure for feeding my almost two-year-old son the most fresh, organic, and healthy foods I can stock up on.  I literally feel like Supermom as I toss some grass-fed, hormone-free organic chicken in my grocery cart alongside a plethora of peas, carrots, and broccoli.  For snack, I think to myself, Gavin will have fresh apple slices and bananas.  Nothing frozen.  Nothing processed. Nothing store-bought.  Only the best for my little boy because I am a modern-day Mom that knows better than to feed my child junk.
Fast-forward to 5:30pm.  I get stuck in New Haven traffic on my way home from work.  I pull into daycare as I fumble for the third copy of the door code they gave me (I got seriously side-eyed because I lost it twice) to get into the building.  Paint-covered Gavin is ecstatic to see Mommy and I quickly check his folder to take home any precious artwork he did for the day.  As I buckle him up in his car seat, I get a text from my husband that he is working late and needs me to pick up dog food because we ran out.  Gavin is excited about this trip as he pets (harasses) the furry creatures in the aisles of Petco as I try to keep him from taking every last item off the shelf.
  Its 6:15 now and I know Gavin must be starving.  I think to myself, I can cook that hormone-free chicken.  After working 9 hours and commuting two, the not-so-Supermom finds herself at the drive-through at good ol’ Mickey D’s.  “I’ll take a kid’s happy meal with apple slices.”  Hey, at least he will get the apple slices I think to myself and feel slightly less guilty.  Organic quinoa tomorrow.
I am constantly in the pursuit of putting my son’s health and well-being first and sometimes find myself taking shortcuts that leave me ashamed as if I’d ruined all the months of healthy eating with one happy meal.  Kind of like that feeling when you ate healthy all day and then just stuff a cupcake down after the gym.  Ohhh, the guilt. But then I take a step back and know that life gets in the way of your “perfect plan” and sometimes, you just gotta have a Happy Meal (or that cupcake).  
The truth is, it’s okay to use McDonald’s french fries as your rescue when you can’t be Supermom every day.  It’s okay to use your iPhone as a way to distract your child on an airplane or in a restaurant every once in a while.  It’s okay to let them watch more TV than Dr. Sears recommends for childhood development.  It’s okay, gasp, for your 2 year old to eat goldfish off the floor.  It’s okay.  They will be okay. It’s okay to be a part-time Supermom. 

Ever After,

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Velvet Dreams + Date Nights

Could not be a more perfect day to share this gorgeous velvet dress on a SNOW DAY!  I am dreaming of being back at Fort Lauderdale Beach wearing wedges and flip flops on the beach.  One of my favorite things about our vacation last week, was that me and Ryan were able to have some time for date nights since my Mom and stepdad were traveling with us.  It made me realize how important it is to make time for each other and take advantage of people who say, "I'll babysit anytime."  It also felt nice to take get dressed up and dolled up.  Oh and I am so excited to tell you this dress in on sale for $34 at Tobi.com!

{Velvet Midi Body-con dress c/o Tobi | Wedges: Steve Madden}

Ever After,

Saturday, March 4, 2017

DIY Shamrock Shake Recipe ☘

    I remember even before McDonald's had these amazingly festive treats, my mom would make green milkshakes with my brother and I on St. Patrick's day. Every sip of a Shamrock Shake tastes like a bit of my childhood and brings back such sweet memories.
    Gavin is at the age where he loves bright colored things (especially if they are messy)  so I figured it would be a fun project to make some of these festive milkshakes to enjoy with the family.  It only calls for four ingredients and it's so easy so perfect to do with kids!

What You'll Need:

  • 2 cups vanilla icecream
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (can use whole or low-fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring
Directions:  Combine all ingredients into a blender on low.  Serve immediately in a glass and top with whipped cream.  

Ever After,

Monday, February 27, 2017

Boho Beach + Update on Motherhood

 I channeled my inner Marilyn Monroe on this outfit outtake outside of my beautiful balcony in Fort Lauderdale at the Hilton beach Resort.  The weather, the hotel, and the beach was perfect, however our trip had a scary start.
   If you saw my Instagram post, we took what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation that took an unexpected turn.  Gavin got really sick while traveling and ended up in the hospital for dehydration and a virus called RSV.  I never knew what worry truly was until I had a child.  Seeing Gavin in the hospital, hooked up to IV's was truly my personal hell.  I pray for his health and happiness every single day and to know he was suffering so much was extremely terrifying for me and my husband.  It made me realize how precious life is and how much our babies need their Mommies.  We spent two nights at Broward Hospital's children unit and I felt so lucky that great healthcare was just an Uber drive away while we were on vacation.
   I never thought that I'd be sharing a hospital bed with Gavin as a patient (especially on a family vacation) but our little family got through this.  Gavin is a fighter and came out stronger.  Mama, on the other hand, is an over-protective mess but maybe needs a few more weeks to recuperate! ;)

{ Cold shoulder dress: T.J. Maxx |  Wedges: Lucky Brand | Delicate Choker: Target}

Ever After,

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day | Pink Party Popcorn Mix

 I absolutely love popcorn, especially when it's mixed with other goodies.  This adorable popcorn mix is not only perfect for a Valentine's day treat, but great for girly functions such as baby showers, bachelorette parties, and birthdays.  I found some recipes on Pinterest and did my own variation based on ingredients I had.  I also thought it might be cute to package in little treat bags and hand out as Valentines. You can also switch up the colors for other themes.  To go over-the-top pink, I enjoyed with some old-fashioned strawberry milk.

What You'll Need:
  • A package of your favorite popcorn (or you can pop your own).  I love Boom Chicka Pop.
  • 5-6 drops red food coloring (or color of choice)
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup Candy- I used Pink candy corn and M + Ms
Heat oven to 200 degrees.  Boil the sugar, butter, water and food coloring for about 4 minutes.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Pour popcorn onto a cookie sheet and then evenly pour the sugar mix over the popcorn and toss.   Let the popcorn bake for 7-10 minutes.  After popcorn cools, mix in the candy and serve. 

Ever After,

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Winter Weekends

   The last few weekend have been full of errand-running, kid's birthday parties, and relaxing.  I'm not complaining about the low key weekends for now because I know this will be short-lived.  I have been taking full advanatge of dressing downin comfy sweaters, sneakers, and denim.
     I am in love with sweaters that have detailed backs such as the one pictured above, and one of my all-time faves from last year from Free People.  There is something about a fun cut-out or lace on the back that is just the right amount of sexy yet not too revealing.
{Grey V-neck Sweater c/o Romwe | Layered chokers: Target | Cropped Juicy Couture skinny jeans: Kohl's | Gold-toned tennis shoes: Forever 21}

Ever After,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wearing Many Hats

One of my fashion goals for 2017 is to wear more hats.  When I look at other fashion blogs or notice an awesome hat, I always get a tad bit jealous that someone is pulling off an amazing hat to put together an outfit.  I find myself a little serf-conscious with some hats yet I love them on other people. I finally feel comfortable with a winter beanie but would like to expand my hat selection and try a cool panama hat this summer or a bold floppy hat.

Here are some hats I'm totally crushing on.  Where are you with your hat game?

1.  Rag + Bone Fedora
2. H+M Coachella Hat
3. Pink Metallic Baseball cap
4. Coal Frena Beanie

5. Forever 21 Ribbon Trim Hat
6. White Woven Panama Hat

Ever After,