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What I'm Packing for Canada

Packing lists are some of my favorite things to put together - mostly because that means we're about to go away on vacation! Sophia is totally packed except for a few items that I have to pick up in different sizes for her, grows like a weed that one! Since we're driving I can finally over pack to my hearts content. The weather is definitely a bit chillier than I was expecting for late May, but considering it's still pretty cold here in Boston that shouldn't really surprise me! I'm thinking it's going to be very similar to what we experienced in Ireland, so I'm planning lots of layers. We plan on doing a lot of sightseeing coupled with some baby friendly restaurant eating, which means going out for dinner at 5:00 PM, so nothing fancy needed! Along with the a two pairs of jeans and some fun layering tops - here's what I'm planning on bringing. 

  • Makeup Travel Case || Definitely bringing this makeup travel case which is perfect for trips! Everything has it's own little spot, including brushes that I normally have to carry in another bag. 
  • Packable Down Jacket || In case it gets much colder than anticipated, I am bringing my lightweight down jacket. I love the khaki color and that it doesn't really take up much space at all! 
  • Shoes || This is where I tend to over pack! I will definitely be bringing my espadrilles and slip on sneakers. As for the rain we're expected to see during the trip, definitely packing my short rain boots
  • Vest || A quilted vest is one of my more versatile pieces that will also provide that extra layer for warmth! 
  • Versatile cardigan || For those dinners at a slightly fancier restaurant, this ruffle cardigan can absolutely be dressed up. 
  • Leopard print scarf || The perfect light weight option in case there is a bit of a chill, which I'm 100% expecting. 
  • Travel Umbrella || Can't forget the umbrella that I know we'll be using a lot! I picked this one up when we went to Ireland last year - compact and came in super handy!

I'm sure for everything I listed here, I'll pack double! What else am I missing?

Mother's Day Weekend

Happy Monday friends! This was a weekend was one for the books, jam packed with so much goodness! I'll let the snaps do the talking!

The newest "member" of the family was picked up on Saturday! 
 My sister gifted me this necklace which is exactly like hers, but a different color. 
Had an early Mother's Day lunch with my sister at Sonsie! It's never just the two of us and it was such a treat!
My spring uniform including my newest espadrilles that I mentioned on Friday!
This little love is a fan of the swings!
My first Mother's Day started out with the sweetest card I've ever received! Gary made it with Post Snaps and honestly - I think I'm going to have it framed because I love it so much!

We didn't make reservations for Mother's Day lunch, so we showed up as soon as Legal Seafood opened! It was great, we pretty much had the entire restaurant to ourselves! Their bang bang cauliflower and lobster bisque are my favorite! 

Decided that since I still dress her, I'll try to match us as much as possible! 

My idea of a great weekend day is lunch & shopping - both of which I got to do on Mother's Day! Sophia's smile is proof that she also loves shopping!

We're gearing up for our first big trip with Sophia to Canada so I'm making lists and packing the entire house with us since it's a road trip. If you have any must have travel essentials with a baby, please let me know! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

5 Things I'm Loving

Happy Friday friends! It's been a while since I've been able to put together a post for Friday, but I had the chance to do it this week, so here we are! I wanted to share 5 things I'm loving at the moment! Sophia turned 9 months old yesterday! She's crawling backwards like a champ, learned how to wave and her two bottom teeth popped in the last month! Along with babbling up a storm, she has found her voice and definitely lets us know when she wants something, primarily wanting to be held by me! I'm so looking forward to celebrating my first Mother's Day this weekend and soaking up all of her snuggles!

I bought these espadrille shoes and I'm absolutely love the Chanel vibes you get from them! They come in a few different colors, but I stuck with the beige / black tone. 
I love that hair accessories are having such a moment and have slowly been adding to my collection. This headband is a great $15 dupe for the $150 from ShopBop that so many people love. 
Hair clips are also back and I'm kicking myself for not saving all of mine from when I was kid, but this set of 4 is less than $9 and has a 5% coupon as well. Perfect for anyone wanting to try the trend without spending a ton! 
I used the Isle of Paradise drops from my Sephora sale purchases and it worked wonders! I added two drops into my moisturizer at night and woke up to a very natural tan. I wasn't expecting it to have that "tanning" smell, but it wasn't overpowering.Typically hard to find them in stock, but you have a better chance of getting them in store! 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

The kitchen is one of my happy places at home. I absolutely love cooking, which wasn't always the case, especially when I didn't even know what boiling water looked like, but that's a story for another day! I'm all about gadgets that make cooking more efficient and fun! Here are a few in our kitchen! 
  • Apple Peeler || For anyone that loves making apple pies, this is the gadget for you. My sister makes the most incredible apple pies and along with her secret ingredient spices, this makes the process of peeling and cutting them so much easier! She knows how much I love apple pies and trying to bake them, so she bought me one too!
  • KitchenAid Hand Held Mixer || I would love to have the big KitchenAid mixer, but it just takes up too much real estate in the kitchen. This hand held one does everything that you'd need with the bonus of being super easy to clean and store! 
  • Foldable Kitchen Funnel || We have really pretty bottles where we store our oil & vinegar. When we buy them from the store we use these nifty funnels and don't have to worry about anything spilling. It's dishwasher safe and doesn't take up a lot of room - no brainer of a kitchen gadget for us to have! 
  • Citrus Juicer || I really love this juicer for two reasons. The first is that using the handheld squeezer I found that the juice got everywhere and I didn't get everything I could out of the lemon / lime. The other reason I love this particular juicer is that it has a measuring cup included so it makes cooking / baking a breeze in terms of measuring! 
  • Garlic Peeler & Press || I'm not that big of a fan of garlic. I don't like handling it because the smell never seems to leave my fingers and finely chopping or grating it is one of my most difficult tasks! When we started using the silicone peeler and rocker, I didn't mind adding a little garlic to almost every recipe! 
  • All Clad Slow Cooker || I can't even begin to describe my love for our slow cooker. We use it weekly and I feel like it's one of the best ones I've ever had. It's so easy to clean because it's stainless steel on the outside and ceramic on the inside. It can also hold a ton of food. I think we can all agree that slow cookers simplify our lives in the best possible way - less time cooking and more time eating!
  • Supoon || Our most recent purchase is this nifty little "supoon." It's basically a little tool that helps you scrape those hard to reach places in cans and jars to get every last little bit of food out!
  • Avocado Slicer || The one part of cutting up an avocado that always gives me a hard time is getting the pit out. I would scoop around it until I could get it out and inevitably would take half the avocado with the pit. Now there is no piece of the avocado left behind! 

What are some of your favorite gadgets for cooking?

Life Lately

Happy Monday friends! Sophia is going to be 9 months old this week, which just blows my mind.  I feel like we've been going a mile a minute this last month and I thought I'd combine some of what we've been up to, purchasing and planning lately.  We've been having lots of mommy & me time. So fun to see Sophia exploring, learning and really coming into her own very strong voice!
 Back up daycare meant I got to sneak in a lunch with my lovely!
On the move and sporting a new headband
A few years ago I would do these 30 day challenges all the time and wanted to challenge myself to this ab one in May. Anyone want to join?
Yesterday we decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these baked queso tacos that I haven' made in years! Just as delicious as I remember! 
Netflix has been releasing so many great shows recently. I started watching "Dead to Me" & "Huge in France" - both are really good, but I'd have to say Dead to Me was a surprise I didn't think I'd like. Also, if you're not watching VEEP you absolutely should be. This is the last season and you can tell the writers are just putting it all out there! 
I scooped these perforated slip on sneakers up over the weekend. I had the exact pair in blush two years ago and wore them to death, so I was happy to get another pair. I think they're going to be perfect for all the walking we're going to be doing when we go to Canada later this month. 
If you've visiting Montreal or Quebec, please send your recommendations! 
My outfits have been super causal recently all thanks to the dreary weather here in Boston. I basically wear this vest with everything! I also haven't cut my hair since right after Sophia was born and my stylist is on a medical leave! Such a stupid thing to even think about, but when you've only had one person style your hair over the last 8 years, it's hard to trust someone else to do it! Perhaps I'll keep growing it out!

Really excited for this week & the upcoming weekend! Hope the week is a great one and dry for us here!!