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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!!


My Sephora Spring Sale Picks

Happy Wednesday and Happy May, friends! How we're into the 5th month of the year and I'm already planning Sophia's first birthday (not until August) is beyond me! Sephora's Spring Sale is going to be live for VIB members tomorrow & I'm excited to stock up on some of my favorites. I have purposely not purchased some of my holy grail items because I knew the sale was coming. Here's a roundup of things in my cart! 

  • Summer Friday's Jet Lag Mask || I have gone through three tubes of this incredible mask / moisturizer! I reviewed it here, but I'm so excited that they came out with a travel size version for half the price. Definitely getting this again!
  • Precise Brow Pencil || My eyebrows are pretty full, so filling them in is reserved for when I remember, when I have time or when I have something important going on. I picked up this brow pencil and you get the most natural looking finish for your brows with a light application. I use the "warm deep brown" color. 
  • Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops || Every time I try to order these drops they are out of stock, so I plan on going into the store and hoping that they have the light sun kissed glow in stock! A pretty bronze look for the days you don't feel like wearing makeup!
  • Smashbox Eye Palette || I'm almost done with my current eye shadow palette and I love the smaller ones that I can travel with and that don't take up too much space on my dresser. This Smashbox one comes in 9 different combinations, but I'm leaning towards the minimalist or matte. 
  • Too Faced Concealer || My current concealer is almost done so I want to try a new one. I liked the coverage I've gotten with the IT cosmetics undereye concealer, but I like being able to test out new products. This concealer has been compared to shape tape which is holy grail for so many people. Comes in 20 shades to get the perfect coverage under your eyes. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick || For the month of April I gave myself the challenge of not buying any lip glosses or lipsticks and wouldn't you know I actually finished 3 that I have had for the longest time. One of the lipsticks I finished was the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim K W and I really want to try the Liv It Up Pale pink. 
  • IT Cosmetics CC Cream || This is a repurchase for me for about the 20th time! I absolutely love this and I've reviewed it endless times so let's just say when there's a sale, I always purchase it.
  • First Aid Beauty Sleeping Cream || I have been using this sleeping cream for a little over two months now and absolutely love how light weight it is. My skin soaks it up instantly and it isn't weighed down and clogging my pores at night. If you have dry skin, this is definitely a product to try. 
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick || My sister introduced me to my first shimmer brick in high school and it was always such a coveted item for me. I haven't used it in years, but it now comes in a mini size and I love that it can be used as a highlighter, bronzer and eye shadow palette. 3 in 1 is a great deal! 
  • Becca Under eye Corrector || This little product has been on my wish list for quite some time because of the reviews and the fact that it's a product that will last a long time. It comes in two finishes and I have the natural finish in my cart. 

Are you shopping the sale? What are you stocking up on?

My Favorite Phone Apps | Vol. 3

Phone Apps are a little like Amazon Purchases - always fun to see what other's are enjoying and utilizing to perhaps make their lives a little easier and/or productive. A couple years ago I shared my favorite apps and then last year I shared my favorite photo editing apps. Now I'm sharing some newer apps that I've just discovered.  

Baby Connect || We have been using this app since Sophia was born. It tracks her sleep, mood, eating & medical - just to name a few. Gary and I are the "admins" on the account and we have added my mom on to track everything since she's with Sophia every day. It's nice that we're all on the same page and we can also add babysitter's when the time comes for that. It's really helpful when I have an errand to run and Gary is with Sophia, he'll know that she's due to eat based on when I last fed her. Perfect for those of us that like routine! 
The WonderWeeks || Another one that we've had since Sophia was born. This tracks her "leaps" based on her age. When I feel like she's a little more fussy than normal or isn't sleeping as well, I check the app to see if she's going through a leap. 9/10 times, it's definitely the leap! I love that it explains everything with her development, activities that help her flourish and learn new things as well as when she's going to be in a sunny period with her leap!
Daily Kiddo || For the photos & videos that we want to share with just family of Sophia, we use Daily Kiddo.  We have complete control over who gets to see these because it's by email invitation only. People can comment, like & save the photos to their own phones if they like. Rather than having to group text everyone, this is a great way for us to share with family. 
Lightroom CC || I mentioned that I ordered the Monika Hibbs presents and had to download Lightroom for my phone. With this free photo app  you can edit all your photos just as you would in the desktop version of Lightroom. Use it with presets or create your own presets for photos - this is a great way to get all your photos to look the same if you're going for that aesthetic. 
Receipt Pal || Basically using the receipts you get to your advantage and getting rewards for it. You snap photos of your receipts, earn points which translate to gift cards to retailers like Amazon & Starbucks. Obviously this is tracking people's spending patterns, but in the grand scheme of things we're being tracked with everything we do anyway, why not get a free coffee or $5 off to Amazon for it! 
Measure || This is an already pre-downloaded app on your iPhone and is perfect for anyone that has ever hung anything up and not known if it was leveled. There are two features - measure & level. I mostly use the level and it could not be easier! 
Kindle || One of my most used apps! I would bring my iPad to work with me daily, but we use it as a baby monitor now, so I downloaded the Kindle app on my phone and use it every single day! 
LiketoKnow.it || I follow a lot of bloggers on Instagram and often times see something on their post that I really want to know more about. Through the app, I search for them or in some cases I'm already following them in the app to see where they linked certain products or clothes from. I sometimes find myself scrolling through that app more than Instagram when I'm in a shopping mood! 
Unfold || Great app if you have multiple photos that you want to share from the day or even if you want to tell a cohesive story within your Instagram Stories. It's a free app that has premium templates, but you can certainly get by with all the included features. 

What are some of your favorite apps of the moment?

Recent Amazon Purchases

It's that time again, random items purchased from Amazon recently. As always, this is a hodge podge of random items. I did include some baby favorites that we've been using and loving instead of doing a separate post on that! 
  • Electronics Organizer || Oh man, we have a ton of cables and while they were all contained to one drawer, they were hardly organized. When Natalie mentioned this Electronics Organizer, I bought it right away. Even Gary commented on how nice it was to see everything in one spot! Comes in 9 colors!
  • Food Chopper || We had a food chopper that bit the dust a while ago and I decided to replace it with this relatively inexpensive one from Hamilton Beach. It's makes perfect portions out of everything. We've made our own salsa and guacamole recently and it couldn't have been easier. The cleaning was the best part - dishwasher safe!
  • Hot / Cold Bag || When I was traveling to Charleston last month, I needed something to transport my frozen milk back to Boston and this was the perfect bag. It kept everything cool and frozen for the 4 hours that it took to get back from Charleston to Boston. It'll be really great for the road trip to Canada we have coming up and all the beach trips I'm hoping to make this summer!
  • Corner Protector || Slowly, but surely we have started to baby proof the house and I purchased these corner protectors for everything with sharp edges. Since they're clear, they don't really stand out with our furniture and they couldn't have been easier to put on - at least that's what Gary said! 
  • Silicone Cover for AirPod Case || Not much needed to explain this purchase, but the cover makes it easy to spot my airpods in my purse. Comes in 8 colors!
  • Stick On Placemats || Since we've been taking Sophia to more and more restaurants with us, I wanted something that we could place her food on and not have to worry about if it was clean or not. These placemats are fantastic, easy to stick on and then remove when we're done. Plus, all the colors really fascinate / occupy her!
  • Bath Toy Organizer || Full disclosure, this doesn't stick to the tub like I had hoped, but the handle hangs perfectly on a shelf so it works for us. Keeps the bath organized with all the toys in one place.
  • Baby Food Feeder || We've been using this for the last few months and Sophia absolutely loves to eat fruit from it. Works really well with apples, bananas and strawberries. Since she's teething, I think she likes having something cold on her gums, but she's also getting something nutritious, so it's a win/win!
  • Foam Baby Play Mat ||  Sophia is trying so hard to get the crawling thing down and I wanted to make sure she had a nice area that provided a little cushion of her when she falls and also to play. There are so many pieces to this foam mat, that you can really make it as big or as little as you want. While it does tout a "fence" it does little to keep them in, so it's more of an area for her to play alone, while we're in the same room doing other things. 
  • Herb Scissors || This is one of those nice to have kitchen things that doesn't always get used, but when you need it, it's really nice knowing you have it! When we start getting into the warmer months, I start wanting salads more and more. These scissors make cutting herbs breezy! 
Any fun Amazon purchases you've made recently?

Snaps from the Weekend and Recently Read

Happy Monday friends! We had a wonderful, albeit wet, weekend here in Boston. Celebrating Sophia's first Passover and Easter was such a treat. I had an extra day with Sophia on Friday. I also forget how much I can get done with having an extra day to the weekend! Before I get into my post, I wanted to let all my Boston friends know that I'm hosting an event at the Loft in Prudential Center this Thursday from 5:30-7:30 PM. If you're local, hope you'll stop by! I went there on Friday to pick out my outfit for the event and also took advantage of the sale - I picked up this fun spring top, my go to work pants & these perfect shorts for summer!
 Blouse // Jeans // Block Heels are old (almost identical pair)
Here's what I've been reading lately!
One in a Million || One word to describe this book - delightful! In our social media obsessed world, it's hard to think of someone that could care less about everything that goes along with being online - this in a nutshell is Sam! Annie could not be more different if she tried, in fact she owns her own social media company. She makes a bet that she can make anyone #InstaFamous in 30 days and that's how Sam and Annie meet. Everyone learns a little something through the experience. It's truly a feel good read!
Nowhere But Here || I'm a fan of Renee Carlino books, but I will say this one was a bit heavy on the cheesy factor! As much as I really enjoyed the journey that Kate was on - it felt a little too Hallmark Movie for me, which I just wasn't expecting. Kate feels alone and when she's sent on assignment to interview the elusive RJ Lawson, tech-boy genius, in Napa, she meets him and Jamie - the jack of all trades at the winery. Kate and Jamie fall pretty hard for one another, but each of them holding something back. 
Hopeless (Kindle Unlimited) || Colleen Hoover does it again! Oh my goodness did this book absolutely shatter me! There were two major twists that I just didn't see coming and not in a thriller sort of way, just in the my mind didn't even go to that place, how is that possible?! Sky is drawn to Holder in a way she's never been to another person, but when she finds out why her entire life will change! While this book is about two high school kids, it's got so much depth that you forget that point quickly! One of my favorite books that I've read in a long time! 
One Plus One || Absolutely LOVED this book! Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer and you can really feel what each character is going through. Jess's life pretty much sucks - her husband isn't in the picture leaving her to fend for their daughter and her step son on her own. Trying to hold down two jobs and find enough time to be there for her kids as well. Ed is a millionaire that made a not so smart choice and is forced to reevaluate his life. Ed decides to do a good deed and drive Jess along with her two kids and ginormous dog to a Math Olympiad. He first rescues them and then they rescue him. I honestly didn't want the book to end - it was such a fantastic read! 
Marriage Vacation || If you're a fan of the show Younger then you know that this book was written into the show and then they actually wrote the book. Kate needs a break and after attending a friends wedding in California sans kids and husband, she decides to get away for a little bit. When that turns into a full fledged marriage vacation, it causes her to really reevaluate where the old Kate went! I will be honest and say that I had the hardest time reading the first few chapters and even stopped for a couple months and then picked it back up. I wish I had powered through the first time because this was a really fun read. If you've never seen the show, then I think you'll still enjoy the book, but having an image in my mind of the characters really helped! 

How was your holiday weekend? Read any good books lately?