Sunday, February 17, 2019

Most Popular & Sunday Skin


Coming up for air after a few crazy, sick days. Charlie is on the mend from pneumonia (not 100% just yet but getting there) but he unfortunately spread his little germs to his sisters and they both have horrible colds and fevers. We were tested for the flu and it came back negative. Just a nasty virus. Here's to hoping it is short lived and we are feeling back to ourselves in no time!

On to my quick post for today- I have two things I want to cover. 1. Three skincare products I'm loving this winter and 2. This week's most popular picks. On to the skincare items first:


  1. So technically I bought this Indie Lee CoQ10 toner in August but haven't talked about it on the blog yet. I purchased it at the Follain store on Nantucket this summer and I haven't stopped using it since. I use it every night after I shower and it's the first step in my skincare regimen. This toner hydrates and balances your skin's pH levels. I saturate a cotton pad with this toner and rub all over my face and neck. I then follow with my serums and creams. It leaves my skin radiant and glowing. 
  2. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This mask has been around for a little over a year now. It says to leave it on for about ten minutes on the directions but I use it as an overnight mask and it's highly moisturizing. My skin feels super smooth in the morning.
  3. FARMACY Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm I'm a huge double cleanser. I use a cleansing balm/oil first and follow with a gel cleanser. This cleansing balm by Farmancy is super gentle and hydrating. It says it's a makeup removing cleanser but I also use it on days when I don't wear any makeup. 

I thought it might be interesting to share my most popular finds with you from time to time. The items that seem to generate the most clicks and sales. There are always a handful of items each week that stand out and I'm thinking you guys might love to see which items everyone else is loving:
  • This top and skirt set that I shared with you all during my resort wear roundup has been so popular. I've also heard back from a bunch of you who purchased it and so far everyone has loved it. I don't know why I haven't bought it yet! Sizes are running low just FYI. 
  • Another resort wear pick, this dress has been another popular item. It also happens to be at the tippity top of my wishlist. 
  • This Joie dress that I wore to Ellie's baptism is currently 40% off and another favorite. 
  • These Jeans. I cannot say enough about these jeans. They are hands down my new favorite pair and apparently you guys have been looking for a pair like these too. Even though they are a relaxed, straight leg fit, I feel infinitely more feminine and dare I say "sexier" in them. As a petite lady, it's very hard finding straight leg styles that work for me. This pair works, and I have tried A LOT of different styles.  


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Winter Sale Roundup

EARRINGS:: Baublebar // TOP:: Rebecca Taylor (in black here) also love this one // JEANS:: Citizens // SHOES:: Aquazzura

Sheesh! Yesterday was a very looooong snow day. It started out with a pneumonia diagnosis for Charlie and ended in total exhaustion. He wouldn't let me put him down all day which was extremely difficult considering I was home solo with the four kids. He seems a little bit better today and has some more pep in his step. We are ready for some sunshine!

I'm curious if you guys are over winter shopping? I know I am but when I find a pretty sweater on sale I can't help but to want to buy it. I've found some amazing "transitional" pieces on sale. Perfect to layer now and wear on their own come Spring. Here are some of my favorites:

1. I have had my eye on this white top the second I saw it. Perfect for spring AND summer!

2. I love this sweater and thing it would be perfect paired with high waisted jeans for spring. 

3. Do you remember this dress? I wore it to Ellie's baptism and so many of you asked where I got it. Well it's now on major sale!

4. My See by Chloe top and my Jonathan Simkhai top that I posted on stories last night got a lot of attention. 

5. Ok so this is definitely for summer only (or vacation) but do you remember when I wore it this summer when I was pregnant? Such a great coverup for a bump! And of course without one as well!

6. I know this is super random but when I was in Florida I found this lightweight cashmere cardigan on sale and I was obsessed with the length. I bought it in the grey!



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Truffle Love

CASE:: Truffle // SKIN CARE:: Drunk Elephant Moisturizer, Face Oil, Tinted SPF, Serum // Vintner's Daughter // Aerin perfume // VOYA facial spritz

I've been a little quiet on the blog and I feel badly about it because I haven't been posting as much as I should be. To be honest, it really just comes down to the fact that I would rather play dinosaurs, go for a walk, color, play a board game (you get the picture) with my kids than work on a blog post. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love creating posts and love to scour the internet for pretty clothes and cool shoes. This blog has always been and will always be that creative outlet I need to keep me sane. With that said, my children are so young and time goes by way too quickly (I cannot believe I'm one month away from having a six year old!) I need to savor these moments with them before they grow up and no longer need me/want me to play. So when Charlie looks up at me with his bright blue eyes and says, "Mom play dinosaurs with me" I'm 100% going to choose to play dinosaurs. In the future, If I'm a little quiet over here, chances are I'm busy playing! 

On to today's post : I wanted to quickly share my love for these Truffle cases. My sister in law bought me a Truffle case years ago when they first came out. They've changed a tiny bit over the years and I've since purchased a few new ones that I use all of the time. The size pictured is the small and I use it whenever I travel. It is TSA approved and holds all of my skincare essentials in place. They seriously do not budge at all which means less spillage.  I also have the large size that I use in my tote bag when I'm out and about with the kids. I love buying these cases and giving them out as gifts!



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Going Somewhere Warm?

SUIT:: Carmen Marc Valvo // PAREO:: Loveshackfancy // SANDALS:: Steve Madden 

Sorry I've been so quiet here! We were in Florida last week and flew home Monday. The first half of the trip was warm and sunny but the second chunk of the trip was cold and rainy. Regardless of the so-so weather, the change of scenery was just what we needed.  Now we are back home and my number one priority right now is figuring out how to get Ellie to sleep without waking for her pacifier all night long. You would think since she is my fourth baby that I would have it all figured out by now but honestly every baby is so different! Any tips?!

Our quick trip to Florida got me all excited for the warm weather clothing out right now. Since we had a few decent beach days, I was able to wear my new pareo by Loveshackfancy. This one piece and sarong combo is my go-to for the beach. I have had this one piece for a few years and it still looks brand new. It comes in a ton of colors, too! I've rounded up my favorite resort wear pieces below! Xo

NOTEWORTHY MENTIONS::

1. I'm not usually a two piece type of gal but really loving this top and skirt set.
2. My favorite brand has come out with the prettiest spring pieces: loving this dress, this dress and this one, too!
3. If I were a bikini, this would be it!
4. Love this sarong and this one as well. 



Friday, January 18, 2019

BLUSH LOOK & Weekend Sales


COAT:: Bernardo (on sale!) // DRESS:: Joie // BAG:: Chanel // EARRINGS:: Asha // SHOES:: Jimmy Choo (lower heel here)

Hello everyone and happy Friday! We have had a really busy week over here and I'm pretty run down. I picked up my first cold since last winter and I'm pretty bummed about it. My cold coupled with minimal sleep has me feeling quite miserable. I started taking those Elderberry supplements that you all raved about and I'm hoping they cut down my "sick time" but who knows. We are also supposed to be going to Florida on Sunday but the upcoming snowstorm has me wondering if our flight will even take off. I haven't packed a single thing...

On to today's post! I stumbled upon this pretty blush dress the day before Ellie's Baptism back in December. I had really wanted to wear a light colored dress to it but couldn't find anything online that wasn't dripping in sequins and beads (right before Christmas). I was on my way to pick up a Christmas gift and decided to pop in the Joie store on Greenwich Ave and my eyes were quickly drawn to this pretty shade of pale blush. This dress is the perfect combination of feminine and comfort and it's a dress that I know I will wear for years to come. I also had a follower message me on Instagram wondering if it would for her baby shower coming up- she ended up buying the dress and it fits her perfectly!

These Asha earrings are also my new favorites to wear. I get so many compliments every time I wear them. An added bonus is that they aren't heavy at all!


I also wanted to share a few sales happening right now. My coat that I'm wearing in these pictures is currently on sale. It has a detachable fur collar and I took mine off and like it much better that way.

VINCE:: extra 40% off all sale. My go to blanket wrap coat is on major sale as well as this sweater and this one as well. Also love these booties.

ANTHROPOLOGIE:: 20% off all clothing, shoes and accessories. I love buying my jeans from Anthro. I have my eyes on this pair.  Love this sweatshirt. And obsessed with these joggers!










Monday, January 14, 2019

For the Home


I always get home decor catalogs in the mail and I usually put them aside in hopes that I can sneak a few minutes to myself and flip through them. Most of the time they end up taking up space and collecting dust in the little nook on my kitchen counter that's reserved for all of my clutter. Eventually they end up finding their way to our recycling bin and the cycle starts all over again when the next batch of catalogs gets delivered. This morning however, I dedicated my five free minutes to looking at the new Serena and Lily catalog and decided it was the perfect time to do a home decor roundup on the blog. Here is what I'm loving right now::



Friday, January 11, 2019

FRIDAY FAVORITES :: Q&A

SWEATER:: Michelle Mason // EARRINGS :: Lizzie Fortunato

Happy Friday! Thank you so much for those of you who submitted questions on Instagram stories the other day. I was extremely shocked to see that the majority of the questions asked were kid/family related. It's the part of this whole blog that I have the hardest time with. I'll touch more on this in the questions below! Once again, thank you for asking questions and if this post is something you enjoy reading, please let me know and I will continue to do it! Xo

PS: I combined some of the questions so it wouldn't be too redundant and I couldn't get to all questions but will save some for next time and answer you directly if I didn't get to yours today! I also didn't have time to proof read- sorry for the typos!


Q: What is life like with 4 kids? Share any tips for embracing the chaos! Do you ever sleep?

A: I probably could dedicate multiple blog posts to this topic! I'm not going to pretend life with four kids is all rainbows and sunshine all the time because it's not. It's amazing of course and I feel so lucky to have my four healthy children, but it can definitely be challenging at times. Before Ellie was born, we had a pretty good routine going. We were in a good groove and when Ellie came into the picture, our routine took a massive hit (in the best way possible but took a hit nonetheless) Just like with any major life change, there's an adjustment period and we are in it right now trying to find our new normal. My best piece of advice for "embracing the chaos" would be to try your best to go with the flow. Don't be too stressed out about schedules. Celebrate the tiny victories- a victory for us is when all the kids are asleep and in bed by 8pm and my husband and I can actually watch a show together in peace and quiet. In terms of sleep...let's just say I'm not getting much these days. With four kids, chances are someone is going to wake up at night. Right now, Charlie (our two year old) is giving us the most trouble. He learned how to climb out of his crib (even in his sleep sack) and now he is getting out of his crib at all hours of the night. He has also been waking up for the day at 4:30 almost every morning. Ellie is actually a decent sleeper. She goes down anywhere between 7:30-8:30 and for the most part will sleep until 7:30. But she stirs throughout the night and I find myself camping out in her nursery, putting her pacifier back in her mouth over and over again. So yes, to sum it up life with four is exhausting but it's also really wonderful and the biggest blessing. I'm so close with my siblings and rely on them for just about everything. I know whenever I need something I can always count on them and I'm so happy my little crew will have that same support system. Watching each of their individual relationships with their siblings bud and grow is pure magic. 



Q: What is your bedtime routine for all children?

A: My husband and I divide and conquer at night. He takes the older three and will brush their teeth, get them ready for bed, and tell them/read them a story in Hunter and Lila's room. While he's with the big kids, I'm with Ellie. I give her a bath around 6:30, change her into her pajamas and give her her last feeding of the night by 7. She has a little bit of reflux going on so I have to hold her up for quite a bit before I put her down for the night. If we are lucky, all of the kids are asleep by 8. 



Q: Advice for struggling with the decision to go from 2 to 3 kids.

A: I feel like this is a tough one because it's such a personal decision. For us, we always knew we wanted more than two children. Like I said before, I'm so close with my siblings and absolutely loved growing up in a big family. I'm one of five! We thought we were done at three but deep down I always wanted a fourth and that's why Ellie was the sweetest surprise. I cannot imagine life without her. My one piece of advice for anyone who is not sure about having another child: I don't think anyone ever regrets the decision to have one more. Yes, it makes life slightly more complicated but it is also the biggest blessing. With that said, it's such a personal decision and I know there are so many factors that go into that decision other than just the desire for another child. 



Q: What is your AM and PM skincare routine?

A: I'm definitely going to dedicate an entire post for my skincare routine. But to quickly break it down. In the morning I usually just wash my face with a warm washcloth and spritz my face with this hydrating spray. I then apply my vitamin c serum, under eye cream, and finish with my moisturizer. I try not to wear any makeup during the week unless I have somewhere to go- but if I'm just running around with the kids I don't wear anything. At night: I always shower at night. After my shower, I saturate a cotton pad with this toner and smooth all over my face and neck. I then apply my favorite serum ever, Vintner's daughter, and then apply the same under eye cream, moisturizer, and if I feel like I need some extra hydration, I will also apply this facial oil over my moisturizer. 



Q: Would love to see more family content. Will you share more on your blog/stories?

A: This is where I've always struggled. I love sharing little tidbits of our life and my kids throughout my blog posts and the tiniest bit on Instagram. It's impossible not to because my family is my entire life. I'm a stay at home mom first and run this blog on the side. But for the most part, I like to keep our daily lives off Instagram. I was really struggling with this last year because my role as a mom is basically the entire chunk of my day. And by not being as active on stories and sharing my day was really impacting my blog's growth. Sharing my family is such a great way to connect with my readers and followers and to be honest I love seeing all of my blogger friends' families and kids on stories and find I can relate to them so much more when I see them as mothers. But for me personally, the thought of putting my kids out there just didn't sit well with me. So I came to the decision last month that it's just not something I'm going to change my stance on. I've had to turn down some great campaigns that wanted to include my children and while it was frustrating saying no to brands that I love, I knew it was the right call for me and my family. While I'll continue sharing little tidbits on stories and on the blog, for the most part my kids and their faces won't be showing up on the blog or Instagram too often. Maybe little bits here and there but that's about it. This is actually one of the reasons I loved seeing so many of the questions you asked on stories being directed towards my role as a mother because it allows me to share my family life with you without putting my kids out there. So when it comes to talking about general things like routines, products I'm loving, difficulties I'm having with bedtimes etc, or any other general challenges I'm facing as a mom, I would love to share! And I'm happy to share! So please ask away! In the meantime, I'm going to continue trying to figure out more ways to incorporate my "mom life" into the blog and Instagram. If you have any thoughts or ideas, send them my way! 



Q: What is your favorite purchase of 2018?

A: This is actually very difficult to answer...I would have to say my navy Golden Goose sneakers because I wear them all of the time.  



Q: What was the toughest age for you with kids? I feel in over my head!

A: This is a tough one because each one of my kids is so different. My oldest was a really tough baby and toddler. Once he turned three it was as if a switch flipped and he turned into my easiest child. He is so even tempered and a pretty go with the flow guy. My three year old daughter was a very easy baby. As soon as she hit 18 months thought she had an opinion about everything. She will not let me dress her anymore and goes from being the happiest little girl to a full blown meltdown in a matter of seconds. However, she will drop just about anything the second I ask her to help me with Ellie. She is obsessed with her and her role as big sister. And my two year old boy has the funniest personality. So far we haven't had any major difficulties with him yet...He's feisty and scrappy and cracks us up all of the time. Our only complaint is our current nighttime struggles with him! But he has the best temperament and pretty much goes along happily with whatever we are doing. Not sure if any of this answered your question! Moral of the story, every kid is different. But I've heard the odd years are supposed to be the tough ones!



Q: What are your baby must haves?



Q: How do you store outgrown baby clothes?

A: I have a really horrible system where I just throw things into plastic containers and don't label anything. It's bad. Our garage is a current nightmare. With that said, I'm starting to comb through all of them and making donation piles of any clothing that we won't need anymore. We know we are done having kids, so everything three months and under for baby girls isn't needed and will be donated. Same with all of my boys clothing 3T and under. I'm donating everything to Bundles of Joy NY


That took me way longer than I anticipated. Wish I had time for more! If this is something you liked reading will you please let me know! I'd love to hear from you! Xo
 

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