Holiday Gift Guide For Her 2015

  So, I saved the best Gift Guide for last! Are you looking for something fabulous for the women in your life? I have some fun ideas that are sure to put a smile on all their pretty faces! Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2015 1.What could make her season brighter than this Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Maise Satchel? I think nothing! How fun for her to start her New Year off with this sparkly new accessory that absolutely goes with everything she owns?! It's a coveted gift item for all women this season. (Zappos, $298) 2. For all the beauty addicts in your life, there is no way you can go wrong with this Urban Decay Vice4 Palette! It comes in an array of the season's hottest eye shadow hues in one place - she may never need another eye shadow palette again!(Urban Decay, $66) 3. Don't mess with a girl and her sunglasses! These Ray-Ban 'Original Aviator' Sunglasses  are the perfect accessory - rain, shine, or snow! They are totally appropriate to wear year round and will add just the touch she needs to rock every outfit she puts on. (Nordstrom, $170) 4. The Humans of New York: Stories first became popular in 2010 whenever photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project —to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. It grew into a blog, an impressive Instagram feed, and now this wonderful book that depicts the life of New Yorkers. The struggle is real, and you will get a peak into the emotional lives of people from all over the … [Read more...]

A Day At The Met With Lime and Vine {Giveaway}

  I absolutely relish the moments whenever we can do something as a family that immerses us in the culture of the world. Thankfully, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is basically in our backyard, so we venture there quite frequently. Being a mom living in New York City means that I get to indulge in the fashion all around me as well, but the mom part of me often springs for something that says "style meets comfort" - which is why I love Lime & Vine pieces. On Sunday, we ventured to this museum that we adore, and I knew I wanted to wear a chic look to see the Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style exhibit (if you will want to check it out, it will be there until February 21st, 2016) - so I opted for all black! This Lime and Vine Luna Tee was the perfect shirt to be wearing while I was walking among Dior and YSL (not pictured above)! My favorite funky flats are from Target and you can buy them here (on sale for $20!). Here you can see the great details, as this isn't just your regular tee - it's a mixed medium design, bringing together a solid blend with mesh accents. This is one of my absolute favorite embellishments that always pulls me in when I'm shopping. You can see here how it has a zipper that goes down about half way, making it easy to have as a layering piece in your wardrobe. And can I just add that details like this are great if you are a breastfeeding Mama, too?! Here I am, in proper NYC style - in all black among the paintings in my … [Read more...]

Pumpkin and Chia Seed Overnight Oats

  I know that you are probably thinking that I am overnight oats crazy, and you just may be right - but I told you on Facebook last weekend that I was coming at ya with my pumpkin version, so here it is! After all, my Chia Seed and Banana Overnight Oats recipe was a big hit with readers, so why not give it another twist?   This recipe is especially great if you have visitors coming in for Thanksgiving or Christmas and want something super healthy and nutrient packed that you can make ahead of time and have plenty for a group of people ready to go. It is self serve and a fantastic way to start your day! Now, don't expect this to be a sweet breakfast, because it's totally not. If you need a hint of sweetness, I suggest adding in a sprinkle of organic coconut sugar, raw organic honey, or real maple syrup to the mixture - but just a wee bit! Save Print Pumpkin and Chia Seed Overnight Oats Recipe type: Breakfast Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  2 mins Total time:  12 mins Serves: 4 servings   This nutrient packed pumpkin and chia see overnight oats is a healthy way to start your day! Ingredients 4 tbsp pumpkin puree 5 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 2 cups rolled oats 2¾ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk Instructions Mix everything into a large bowl (or the container you plan to store it in), making sure that all the chia seeds are separated and not clumped together. Place a … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide For The Men 2015 {Giveaway}

  Why does it always seem like the men in our life are so difficult to shop for? Whether it is our dad, husband, teenage son - they can be difficult. So I have got some cool brands today that cater to what the men in your life really want (and a chance to win some, too!). I promise, I've got something for everyone in our Holiday Gift Guide For The Men 2015. Holiday Gift Guide For The Men 2015 1. Gentlemen's Tonic is an awesome company with men's grooming products that are fit for a king! This year for gifts, I am recommending their Moisturizing Hand Balm to battle harsh winter weather, amazing Fragrance options (there are 3 wonderful ones to choose from!), and their flawless Razors and Brushes - truly the trifecta of of must-have products that will make your man feel as good as he looks. Gentlemen's Tonic devouts themselves exclusively to catering to the needs of men, and each of their tonics are restorative and a true luxury experience that the special men in your life can enjoy everyday. ( 2. I'm sure the Amazon Echo is on EVERY man's wish list this year! I was first introduced to this whenever I got a sneak peak at Oprah's Favorite things and this is a true winner no matter what your man's passions in life are, as music, news, audio books - everything, flow through this crisp and clear. What makes this different than other speakers? It uses voice recognition, so you can actually talk to it, and it's connected to the cloud - technology … [Read more...]

Travel Savvy This Holiday With the Crane Cool Mist Humidifier

  **Thanks Crane for sponsoring this conversation.** We are truly a road trip savvy family. With me being from Pittsburgh, Chris from the City, and living in Virginia in between, we traveled a lot. Now for us, most of these trips weren't glamorous ones, but road trips to see friends and families in cities we were missing - especially around the holidays. Because of this, little Branden knew how to occupy himself while in the car for long stretches of time. Since that time, we have been loyal customers of Crane because of how great their products work and last through the years (and hello - how cute are their animal nursery humidifiers?). But this year they are introducing their new Crane Cool Mist Humidifier for travel, and wow! This holiday season, we will be in NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then having dinner with my mother-in-law; then for Christmas we will be road tripping it to Pittsburgh and bringing this Crane Cool Mist Humidifier with us! Since this is the time of year for the sniffles and congestion, it will provide natural relief for my little guy or any member of our family that needs a humidifier close by. After all, having a good night's sleep whenever you are traveling is key to having a fun time. I also have to add that (since I have baby on the brain), I'm thinking a lot more about shopping smarter and taking our NYC (tiny apartment) lifestyle into consideration when choosing products whenever we do have a second child. This … [Read more...]

Putting the Thanks Back in Thanksgiving

  As I sit here, days before the Thanksgiving feast has even been served, I’ve noticed that somehow all my Christmas decorations that have been neatly tucked away since 2014 are starting to seep out of their storage and grace my tiny apartment once more. My current décor could be called something like "Christmas-Thanksgivingish." I turn to my husband and make a comment about the funny mixture of pumpkins and my red and green wreath on the door, and we quickly come to the conclusion that Thanksgiving gets NO respect! (I must add that we proclaimed these words as we were surfing the Internet, picking out a new Christmas tree!) Even if we make a conscious decision to honor Thanksgiving and all that it symbolizes, society just continues telling us to rush it along. I’m expected to have most of my holiday shopping completed before Thanksgiving and Christmas tree erect, all the while my son is already coming home from school with holiday trip permission slips that must be signed! It’s almost impossible to give this lovely holiday of Thanksgiving the respect that it deserves. How do we put the “thanks” back into “Thanksgiving?” It can be hard not to get ahead of ourselves; after all, even the star of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is Santa Claus! But, we must do more than just “try” or make a conscious effort, but make a physical effort too. It’s important that the kiddos know that there is an actual holiday that exists in between Halloween and Christmas! (Or … [Read more...]

Give Thanks and Give Back

**Thanks to SoCozy for sponsoring this conversation.** Give thanks. Celebrate. Give back. Such powerful words at this time of year that serve as little reminders for a big concept - telling us that we need to slow down, think about what really matters, and help those in need. Just yesterday, I was out with B picking out holiday pajamas and asked him which ones he wanted. "Mom, I want Thanksgiving ones," was his response - not a one in sight. It's so overwhelming to me how this holiday with a message that has such an impact gets so overshadowed with green and red. But, it's up to us as parents to make sure the message gets carried through. I've been working with SoCozy this year and both Branden and I love their products and always look forward to trying out new ones. (HINT: Their hair care products for kids make excellent stocking stuffers!) I'm so excited to share their partnership with WIN this season, a charity that transforms the lives of New York City homeless women and their children by providing a holistic solution of safe housing, critical services and ground-breaking programs they need to succeed on their own — so the women can regain their independence and their children can look forward to a brighter future. This season, while we are all being social, think of Thanksgiving and what it really means. Take a few minutes and gather up your children, your friend's children, nieces, nephews - everyone - and get your hands busy by making turkey hands! You know that … [Read more...]

Pajamas Make The Season Bright #LoveCarters

  **“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”** Pajamas are a MAJOR deal in our family, especially around the holidays. There is nothing cozier and more relaxing midst the holiday chaos and dropping temperatures than cuddling up in your favorite pajamas - it's pure bliss! Whenever we are going, going, going - everyday - we often will have a pajama day, cozying up for endless hours, giving us pajama fever. Season after season, the Carter's PJ shop is where I turn for the most comfortable and cutest pajamas for our son (even at 7 years old since they go up to size 12 online!). Our family pajama traditions include a ton of reading, as I feel like putting on pajamas and crawling into bed with a great book is a combination that goes hand in hand. This is a tradition and daily activity that I have worked hard to instill in our little man, too. Every year, I make it my mission to find the custest pajamas for B to wear for the season, but Christmas Eve especially. After Christmas Eve celebrations, we sit as a family and read "Twas The Night Before Christmas" together - the same way that we did whenever I was growing up. This year, I suspect that my sweet Branden will be able to read it to us. The holiday season takes our pajama fever to a whole new level, as I am always on the quest for the most precious, most cuddle worth, and most fun pajamas. Did you know that Carter's is America's favorite pajama brand? Their … [Read more...]

Sleek Ponytail Tutorial

  Do you make time for your hair in the morning? I know that I don't always. Whenever I'm pulling myself together and trying to look presentable for wherever it is I'm going, my first focus is to put my outfit together and ready to put on, and then to make sure I have at least followed my bare face makeup tutorial to look refreshed. (Check out my "How to Fake a Good Night's Sleep" for those nights when sleep isn't much of an option.) But my hair? It gets put on the back burner many mornings, as I do the old "scrunch and go" - until now. Today's super easy sleek ponytail tutorial, a look that we saw all over the runways at this past Fashion Week, will be your new favorite for great hair in a hurry! If the top designers in the world are doing it, then so can we - after all, we conquered potty training! Throwing our hair up in a messy bun is only acceptable for the gym or running to the bus stop in the morning- moments when we just cannot help but to quickly throw it up. What's in now is the sleek ponytail that truly takes the same amount of time, but with much more beautiful results! Check out my sleek ponytail tutorial video! And don't forget to give yourself a little spritz of your favorite finishing spray, I forgot to mention that in the video! A little spray goes a long way, so don't get finger heavy. Curious about the products I was talking about? Check them all out here: JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide For The Kids 2015

  Gift giving time is upon us - whether you are ready for it or not! I know that it can be hard not to feel anxious, as there are so many people to buy for and tons of details to think about. I just ordered our Christmas cards this week while they were on sale and have been doing little bits of shopping here and there so that I'm not completely bombarded as soon as December 1st comes around with a feeling of doom. So, without further rambling on and on about the holiday, here is our ultimate Kid's Gift Guide for 2015! 1. For the creative child, Chalkola is the perfect gift! These markers and pens take kids' artwork to a whole other level as they look like markers but write like chalk, and work on any non-porous surface while wiping off easily with a wet cloth. They are vibrant, bold, and - because they are liquid filled - give you more bang for your buck! As an added bonus, they are truly kid-safe and will keep your kids engaged for hours! Great for teachers, too! (Chalkola, $13, 2. I think it's always important to do one gift for kids that is a mixture of education and fun, and this Sick Science Fizz Pop Boom Science Kit is just that! They have a whole line of fun experiments, but I personally think this one is the coolest. (Sick Science Kit, $22, 3. Branden saw this Candy Craft Chocolate Pen on a YouTube video and has been talking about it ever since! It's not as messy as it sounds and is a great way to ease kids into the … [Read more...]