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Cold Weather Must Haves

Well wouldn't you know, we had the first snow of the season last Thursday and as exciting as it is, there's always a bit of panic that sets in when that happens! It's about to get cold and for a long time! This is going to be my ninth winter here in Boston, while certain aspects of living in the North I'm quite comfortable with, the bitter cold is something I don't think I'll ever get accustomed to! I wanted to share a few cold weather must haves and added in a few items that I picked up for Sophia as we endure our first winter with a baby in tow! 
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I'm so thankful that I registered for the insulated cover for our stroller! It's really not easy bundling up a baby with so many layers to go outside, but having this extra cover on the stroller will keep Sophia warm without needing to bring out an extra blanket! I also have the gloves that attach to the stroller, which to be honest I thought were completely unnecessary, but after hearing all my friends that have them rave about the gloves, I ordered them immediately! 

The one coat missing from my collection the last nine years has been the long puffer coat. It's not the sexiest of coats, but my aim in the winter is to be really nice and warm. I'm hoping that there's going to be a great Black Friday sale on North Face coats. With all the puffy coats that I have, the one that I really want to add is the cozy teddy coat

Regardless of if we have the heat turned on, I still want to be cozied up like a burrito in a blanket and the heated one we have is my favorite! I didn't use it at all last winter because I was worried to put heat on myself while pregnant (strange things I googled) but I've already been using it this year!

I stumbled upon the Revlon Kiss balms at CVS and have since purchased every color, but my favorite is "juicy peach." It gives you just a hint of color, but most importantly keeps your lips hydrated and safe from getting chapped. 

I definitely gravitate towards pom pom hats in the winter & even though I'd love to be bold and have a colorful one, I stick to more neutral colors so that I could wear it with pretty much anything! 

So I don't technically have these yet, but I let Santa know that I was really hoping to get a pair of airpods. I really don't want to have to fumble with cords this winter (and in general) so I've decided that I'm okay with looking like I have q-tips hanging from my ears for the ease of listening, talking and using my phone during the winter! 

Of course I couldn't survive winter without my sorel boots and great gloves, but these are some of my newer essentials! 

Also, thank you to everyone for entering the giveaway for my 5 year blog anniversary! I sent the winner, Tanya and she's been notified! 

What are some of your must have winter items?!

A Gift Guide for Everyone on your List

When I was trying to figure out a name for this gift guide, nothing really flowed off the tongue. The best way to describe these items are things I've purchased that I think are great gifts for people! There's definitely something for everyone - from a beauty lover, to your mom to a friend! 
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I purchased this Lashstash from Sephora during the VIB sale and the value for what you get is incredible. Not only do you get two full size mascaras, you get one lash primer and 7 mini mascaras! Each one does something different for your lashes and I've loved experimenting with all of them. 
These Jade Rollers would make a great stocking stuffer not only because of their price, but their a little fun gift to get for the beauty lover in your life. I use mine every day because life with a baby is no joke. I pop it in the fridge every day so that when I use it in the mornings it also has the same effect as an ice roller! 
Slippers are one of the best gifts for the holidays because nothing says cozy like fuzzy slippers! I have a similar pair and there are few things as great as slipping them on as soon as I get home! 
When Sophia was born, a friend of mine sent us the "my very own name book" and it is so special to know that there is no one else out there with this same book! It's perfect for anyone that has recently had a baby or for a child that's learning to read!
These live in leggings were probably my favorite purchase from the Nordstrom Sale this year. I wore them practically every day of my maternity leave and haven't stopped! I ordered them in a couple of colors and they're a great gift for literally any woman on your list!

Both of my nieces love pens as much as I do and I recently discovered the BIC ultra fine point pens permanent markers - that I just had to have in every single color! I think anyone that loves to draw, color or write would love these pens! 
I went to a cashmere pop up a few weeks ago and picked up a lot of gifts for people, including myself! I've always wanted a pair of cashmere gloves and I've already worn them a few times because the weather dipped here - they seriously kept my hands so warm! I also think of them as a very luxe gift! 
If you have a bag lover on your list then this Top Shop hobo bag is a must! I wear mine every day to work and it's so roomy! It's a beautiful cognac color and has a great side zipper pocket that I keep my phone in so I'm never fishing for it! 
One of the best tech purchases I made this year was a wireless charging pad. I have mine at work, but Gary keeps his on the nightstand. It's so nice to not have to worry about having to mess with any cords and it charges my phone crazy fast! 

Are there any purchases you made this year that would make great gifts for someone on your list?

2-3 Month Favorites and a 5 Year Giveaway!

Happy Monday friends! Sophia turned 3 months old this past Friday and I can't even tell you how quickly it feels like this time has gone by! She's been doing so many fun new things, figuring out her hands, giggling and cooing more! She's so full of wonder with the world around her which is just the coolest thing to experience and see! It actually makes me see things in a completely different light and I can only imagine that as she gets older, teaching her things will be bring the same joy to me! 
A few months ago I shared our one month favorites and I wanted to keep that going every few months! If this isn't your thing, no worries because there is a giveaway for my 5 year anniversary of starting the blog at the bottom of the post! 
  • As a parent I think you'll buy just about anything marketed as giving your little one a great night's sleep. Whoever does the targeted ads for Nested Bean wins because after reading the reviews I couldn't buy this fast enough! It's lightly weighted to mimic the weight of your hand on your baby so that they can potentially rouse less during the night since they feel like you're still touching / holding them. While this hasn't completely given us wonderful nights, it has helped reduce wakings unrelated to needing to eat in the middle of the night and for that it's a winner in my book!
  • Sophia had a bit of cradle cap and after trying a variety of things, the Musetla Cradle Cap helped clear up the flakes! Along the same lines, we've been battling some dry skin and slather Aquaphor all over a few times a day which has helped so much! 
  • As she's started to see colors more vividly, this Baby Einstein's primary colors book has been a big hit! There are crunch pages which make it fun for her to hold and play with and the bright colors really engage Sophia. Her favorite is the yellow page, she get's this wide eyed look and you can just tell she's taking it all in! 
  • We would not have been able to live without our yoga ball! We usually park it in the kitchen so we can run the fan to calm her during some fussier moments and also if she's having trouble falling asleep, we bounce with her on the ball while she's swaddled and the movement helps her fall asleep. The bonus is that you're also getting a bit of a workout in!!
  • I absolutely love the Carter's fleece footie PJ's! Not only are they warm, I use them as another layer as it's gotten a bit colder here. I'll put a onesie on underneath and then layer with the fleece jammies followed by her bigger coat. The bonus is that there are no buttons and it zips right up!
  • One of the best things I registered for what this SkipHop activity playmat. The colors are a bit more muted, but still catch her eye enough. The different shapes make noises, play sounds and is great for tummy time because it's very plush and soft. I also love that she's started to grab at things so the rattles that it has are perfect for that. 
  • After registering for what I thought was a great "tub" I quickly realized the PUJ was only good for a few weeks at most. It wasn't comfortable in our kitchen or bathroom sinks so I ordered the first years tub for $20 on Amazon and with almost 3,500 reviews and almost 5 stars it's probably one of the best purchases for Sophia I've made! It goes from a newborn tub with sling, to an infant tub where you remove the sling to a perfect tub for toddlers. We use it every single night for her bath time and have had zero issues with it! Highly recommend this tub! 
  • Finally our biggest favorite this last month was the Lansinoh bottles! After trying what felt like every single bottle out there to have Sophia take one, this finally worked. We had a bottle consultant come by - yes this is a thing and something I would gladly pay for again because she gave me and Gary the tools necessary to get Sophia comfortable with a bottle. We had tried introducing bottles starting at 4 weeks, but she just wasn't having any of it. At around the 8 week mark I started to get nervous and finally at 10 weeks I hit the panic button and was praying that when I went back to work she'd figure it out. We practiced with the tips that our consultant gave us and it felt like the first thing we were teaching her which was pretty cool. I'll never be able to convey my relief when Gary called me on my first day back to work and told me how well she ate from the bottle. We haven't tried any others and probably wont for another month or so, but these were a life saver! 
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Now onto the giveaway!! This coming Saturday marks my 5 year anniversary in this little space of mine! I honestly can't believe that I've kept up with this blog consistently since 2013! To look back when I first started, I was a newlywed looking for a creative outlet and today I'm so incredibly fulfilled in both my personal and professional life! I am grateful that I have this blog to go back to trips we've taken, weekends we've spent in the city and every holiday in between. Having this blog has afforded me some really fun and interesting opportunities, introduced me to some incredible women who are some of my very best friends & pushed me out of my comfort zone - so much so that I started my own business! All of those words to simply say - I'm so thankful that I have kept up with my blog, I'm thankful that I've created so many meaningful relationships and I really look forward to the new content that I will be creating. Whether you've been a friend and reader since the beginning or are a newer follower, as a thank you for following along on this journey of mine, I'm going to be giving away a $50 gift card to Amazon. A few simple entries below and I'll generate the winner over the weekend - announcing on Monday, November 19th. 

Thank you again for coming back regularly!! Hope you have a wonderful start to the week!

Currently Crushing | Animal Print

Back when I first started blogging, there was a linkup called "currently crushing" and it was always fun to roundup some of my favorite items in one category. I've been eyeing a lot of animal print pieces recently and decided it was time to revive that idea!
This long cardigan looks like it would be so cozy for being around the house or running errands! Could even pair it with leggings since it's longer and would cover the bum!
I really like that this sweater still has the animal print motif, but is in a pretty lavender color!
I could see this blouse paired with pixie pants for work or something fun like the bright skirt it's paired with in the photo!


Shoes, scarves & belts are the easiest way for me to add animal print into my wardrobe! I recently picked up a fun belt that will definitely punch up my work wardrobe! I can definitely see an all black outfit with pops of red and these pumps! I've mentioned this scarf a couple of times now and that's because it's under $20 and perfect with a trench coat this time of year!

You guys know I love a good pom pom hat and this one can be worn as a beret or more slouchy! I also have the Harper satchel on my wish list and don't have any bag like this in my closet!
Should we revive the Currently Crushing on link up again?! What's your favorite way to add animal print into your wardrobe?

5 Things I loved in October

Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I wanted to thank you for all the kind words and well wishes on my first day back to work! I was thankfully a lot less emotional than I expected to be and coming home to her smiles and cuddles was just the best, not to mention starting back at work on a Thursday made for a much easier transition! Similar to my post last month with 5 things I loved in September, I wanted to share a few of the things that I just couldn't get enough of in October!
Whiskey in a Teacup || My sister surprised me with this book early on in the month and I couldn't get enough of every single chapter. What I loved is that you could actually here Reese talking as you're reading the book. It was great to have her ins and outs to style, entertaining & the recipes!
Summer Friday's Jet Lag Mask || I have used this every single day since I purchased it at the beginning of the month and it's one of the best products that has left my skin feeling so hydrated. I use it right after the shower and then in the mornings as a moisturizer. It's so lightweight and free of pretty much every single toxin so you can feel confident putting it on your skin. I already know I'll be repurchasing it this Friday during the VIB sale! 
Sophia's first Halloween || We celebrated Sophia's first official holiday with Halloween! She was a little too tired to go out and enjoy the festivities, but we did manage to have a little pre-party fun at our neighbors house with all the kids. I felt a little bad that we didn't dress up like the other parents, but next year we'll be better! 

Wedge Booties || My wedge booties that I first mentioned in this post, finally came in at the tail end of October and I have been wearing them non-stop! They are so comfortable and the exact type of shoe I was looking for to give the jeans and sweater look a little more pop! As far as sizing goes, they run true to size.
Maybelline Lipgloss || I've become somewhat obsessed with these lipglosses. I currently mix "charmer" and "too cute" & really want to get a few more. I will say a little goes a long way and you do have to be careful since it can transfer to your teeth! 

I looked at the calendar and realized that I'm coming up on my 5 year blogging anniversary which is just nuts!! I'll be doing a really fun giveaway in the next couple of weeks to celebrate! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!