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Boston Maternity Photoshoot

I'm so excited for today's post and getting to share some of our maternity photos by the super talented Valerie from VS Photography! When I first started thinking about maternity photos, I was focused on the beach or somewhere by water, but after really thinking about who Gary and I are and what we like - we realized the city is definitely the backdrop we wanted for our photos. We met and fell in love in Boston, we love living here and we had a few spots that we wanted to take photos at that were the same location for our engagement photos - full circle! I was 31 weeks when we took these and I'm currently in the middle of my 33rd week, so the belly has gotten a bit bigger. Trying my best not to overload this post with photos! 
Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography
Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography

Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography
Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography

Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography
We started with photos in the Public Garden. Even though it wasn't too early in the morning, it was a bit cooler than we had hoped for and that may have worked in our benefit because there weren't as many people around. Somehow Valerie managed to capture it as if we were the only two people in the park. From the swan boats to the iconic smallest suspension bridge - these are quintessential Boston to me! 
Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography
Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography

Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography

Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography

Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography

Boston Maternity Photos, Maternity Photos Around Boston, VS Photography
Making our way to my favorite area of the city, Beacon Hill we somehow managed to catch Acorn Street at the perfect time with not one person around and had the most photographed street in America to ourselves! 

I can't thank Valerie enough for capturing these images for us - we've already printed so many of them! I'm also working on my baby shower post from a few weekends ago that I was lucky enough to get Valerie to take photo's of as well - will be sharing those soon!

What I'm wearing:
Leith Dress (non-maternity) under $80 || Short Wedge 
Used the KissInstaWave 

Father's Day Weekending

Happy Monday friends!! Coming off a full weekend and excited for the week ahead!! We had an absolutely perfect weather weekend and spent the majority of the time outside! 

Jackie and I had a huge wedding on Friday that we coordinated and it was so much fun! 235 people under one tent and having the best time with a live Irish band from Boston! The florals were by Floristika Studio, cake and cupcakes from Just Desserts and the fun hedges and all the rentals were from Peak Rentals

Saturday we celebrated my niece's Bat Mitzvah! Time certainly does fly because I remember when she was just born and now she's practically in high school! Beyond the weather being amazing, it was a beautiful day and whether it's the hormones or just being emotional I was a mess! 
My dad arranged for a fishing trip for all the guys on Sunday morning, so while they were enjoying their Father's Day morning - the ladies were enjoying the pool, relaxing and may have snuck in a little shopping!

I could definitely use another day to recover from the weekend, but I'm hoping for a quick and easy week ahead!! How was your weekend? Link up below to share it with us!! 

Best Lobster Rolls Around Boston

I get a few emails a week from people that are going to be visiting Boston and one of their number questions is always - where should I get a lobster roll?! It's my absolutely favorite summer food and I'd like to say I'm some what of a lobster connoisseur- in that I have yet to meet a lobster I don't like! I wanted to round up some of my favorite lobster roll's in the city and have this be my go to guide for anyone that's coming to the city and really wants to try one! Not a fan of lobster rolls, not to worry - these restaurants also specialize in other delicious food! 
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James Hook Lobster || 

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Hands down my favorite lobster roll in the city! Located in a little shack in the financial district, this isn't going to be the fanciest presentation, but I guarantee that it will be the best tasting! Family run since 1925, you will consistently get an amazing lobster roll from James Hook! I go here at least once during the summer to have my annual roll and I always take guests here when they visit! 

Luke's Lobster ||

A simple roll of lobster with melted butter, a dash of mayo and their secret seasoning and you've got yourself a no fuss roll! There are a few Luke's locations in the city, but my favorite is the one in Back Bay and it's a fast casual environment where you go up to order and if you can find a seat to enjoy it, then grab it because there always seems to be a line - even in the winter! 

Row34 ||

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Row34 is known for their fresh seafood! They have two variations of lobster rolls - one is a bit more plain with just butter and the other is more creamy with mayo and fixings! I've only ever tried the just butter one, but I also don't like a ton of mayo and other stuff on my lobster roll - just give me the lobster meat and Row34 does just that! 

Cultivar ||

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Gary and I randomly stumbled upon this restaurant in the Ames Hotel, but as soon as I saw they had lobster rolls on the menu, I knew we had to eat there! You can see this is a bit more "loaded" than other rolls, but it's not overdone with mayo, having just enough creaminess. It also has a hint of something pickled which is a really interesting touch! 

Joe's on the Waterfront ||

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You can see they do not scrimp on the lobster meat with their lobster rolls. These are really hearty and even with splitting half the roll with Gary we were still full from our halves! 
I have three lobster roll places on my list to try this summer and those include:
  1. NoName Restaurant
  2. Neptune Oyster
  3. Eventide @ Fenway
  4. Cafeteria Boston
Is trying a lobster roll on your Boston bucket list? What's your favorite summer food?

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas

Another Father's Day quickly sneaking up on us and this year my dad is taking my husband and my brother-in-law on a fishing trip during the day - so all the ladies will be spending the day together!! A little different than years before, but fun nonetheless! Once again, I was scrambling last minute to figure out what to get for someone that really doesn't want for much, but I want to show appreciation for everything he does!! Here's a few things that I added to my list of possible gift options!
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    1. Top Chef Wood Cutting Board || My dad is always looking for fun gadgets that are functional for the kitchen and this cutting board fits the bill. 
    2. Minispresso Espresso Maker || If you have someone in your life that lives for good coffee and loves to make it on their own, this espresso maker is the perfect gift! It's super fresh because you're able to grind your own beans and you don't even need electricity for it to work! 
    3. Harry's Shaving Razors and Post Shave Balm || Both my dad and Gary agree that this is their favorite brand of razors! It's all they use and the Post Shave Balm is so soothing on the skin and doesn't cause irritation after the shave. It's not the most fun gift, but it is practical and something I know they'll use! 
    4. Charging Cable Key Chain || Can't tell you how many times my dad has needed a charger while we've been out. For anyone that uses their phone a ton, this is a great gift for under $30! 
    5. What do you Meme || This might be for the "cool" dad, but aren't they all?! We have this and play it all the time when friends come over, we've even been asked to bring this to people's houses because it's so fun! 
    6. Trunk Club || Gary has been a member of Trunk Club for a little over a year and he loves getting personalized shopping delivered to our house where he tries everything on and looks through his closet to see what clothes he has that can work with the new stuff! Definitely a fun gift that is unexpected and they could get whatever they want. It's owned by Nordstrom, so the brands are all one's you'd find in store as well. 
    7. HUSK Slim Wallet || I actually got this for my dad last year or the year before and he absolutely loves this wallet. It's slim, so there aren't any bulky lines in their pockets and best part is that it's real leather, but when you see the price you wont believe your eyes! 
    8. Automatic Tape Measure || With how much Gary has been building and hanging recently, it would not have been possible without this tape measure. Your able to change the display to be whatever measure you need - feet, inches, centimeters, etc. Perfect for a handy man that's in need of a little upgrade! 
    What do you like to gift your dad's and husbands? 
    P.S. I'm still having issues with my blogger comments coming through my email - so if anyone has a workaround - I'd love to hear it! 

    Putting Together My Baby Registry

    I'm so excited for the post today because of how much research goes into a registry! It can be pretty daunting and there are so many items to consider, reviews to be read and making sure everything has a high level of safety measures performed! With all those things in mind - I relied heavily on friends and Pinterest! 
    Before I get into what items I was told would be the most necessary, I wanted to talk about BabyList! This is in no way sponsored by them, but the ease of adding items to my registry without ever having to step foot in a store was amazing! You are able to add items to your registry from big box retailers like Buy Buy Baby all the way to smaller more obscure Etsy stores all from your computer! It's the best of both worlds if you ask me! Everyone is able to reserve and choose their gifts online - pick the retailer you want to purchase from because BabyList gives you options and then you can have it shipped directly to the person who registered or shipped to yourself for the shower! Like other registries, for any items that aren't purchased you get a percentage off after the shower to buy the rest of the items! 
    I  know that newborns don't need a lot, but there are items that will make life a bit easier, or so I'm told. So now onto some of the registry items I was advised needed to be on my list!  
    Boppy Pillow || This is on every single registry post that I looked at and I love the fun design with the baby animals. I've heard that it's great for when friends and family visit so that they are comfortable holding the baby as well. 
    DockATot Deluxe + Dock || More than once I was told that the DockATot needed to be on my registry because of how portable and perfect for newborns it is. The DockATot co-sleeper is made in Europe & designed in Sweden offering some of the prettiest patterns.  It's is especially tested for breathability is all natural and 100% cotton. Thankful to the DockATot folks for providing Baby P with a set of her own and I can't wait to share our experience once we get to try it for ourselves! If this item is on your wish list or a friend's list - here's a $10 coupon link for your purchase
    LILLIEbaby Complete Carrier || My cousin's husband is a chiropractor and did a lot of research into baby carriers before their own daughter was born, so when she suggested that I add this carrier onto my registry I didn't ask any questions and based on the reviews it's perfect as baby grows.
    Skiphop Silver Cloud Activity Gym || I really liked the soft color palette of the activity gym, but loved that it still had stimulating colors for a baby's eyesight. It's plush enough for tummy time & has enough sounds and lights to keep the baby occupied as they get older!
    Fisher Price Rock 'N Play || I don't think I hesitated for one moment to add this to my registry. I've seen it in action with all my friends who have children and they all sing Rock 'N Play praises! This one was a no brainer for me!
    Halo SleepSack || I know that not all sleep sacks are created equal, but this one seems to take the guess work out of swaddling! For some reason it seems so daunting for me to figure out how to swaddle, but thankfully I have a pro-swaddler in the family - my mama to help me learn!
    Aden & Anais Swaddles || Keeping on the swaddle train, these are some of the softest swaddles that we've recieved. I know I'll be using them for so much more including car seat cover, light blanket or even as burp cloth, but I will be trying them as swaddles as well!
    Kekaroo Peanut Changer || Not your average changer - this bad boy doesn't require changing pads or liners and wipes clean of any messes in a flash! Anything to keep something out of the laundry! 
    Ubbi Diaper Pail || I'm not sure many people would be excited about a diaper pail, but I love the sleek design of the Ubbi. The main reason I immediately added this to our registry was because it doesn't require any special trash bags, you can just reload it with regular standard trash bags! A little bit of a money saver there! 
    Baby Nail Trimmer || Long fingernails are something that will not be inherited from me, that's for sure! However, I do know that newborns nails grow like weeds and it can be pretty traumatizing trying to cut their fingers nails - I remember seeing my sister battling my nieces fingers to trim them and there were tears on both sides! We'll see how I make out with this nail trimmer that promises to make it easy! 
    If I was to add everything from my registry this would probably be one of my longest posts, so I'll stop here with ten of the items that I was told were musts! As someone who loves to gift an item or two from the registry and then a cute outfit for the baby, I thought many people might do the same, so I didn't register for any outfits! 
    Would love to know some of your must have items for newborns!