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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?
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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?
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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?
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Designer Looks for Less | Save vs. Splurge

I love a good deal, I especially love when I find trendier pieces that are almost as good as the designer originals for a fraction of the price. I looked back at this post I did in 2017 and it's crazy that all of those items are still in style! Here are some of my current favorite save vs. splurge pieces!  
  • If you've been on Instagram then you have definitely seen the Gucci belt, but for a fraction of the price, this INC International belt gives off the same vibe! 
  • My absolute favorite shoes to wear in the spring are slip on sneakers. The Steve Madden version come in almost as many colors as the Vince ones. These look so similar, that when I was making the info graphic, I kept putting them in the wrong section!
  • The transparent purse is the "IT" bag for Spring and Summer, but the price of the Staud "Shirley Bag" is a bit too much for such a trendy item. The Top Shop bag is a perfect save option!
  • I will be the first to admit that when I first saw these heart sunglasses I wasn't the biggest fan. My good friend Jackie convinced me that they are pretty perfect and work on just about any face shape. While I love the YSL version, I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten on my Sojos version from Amazon!
  • I'm still getting used to the belt bag trend. Gary and I were at Macy's recently and I saw the Steve Madden belt bag. I really loved the color and it reminds me so much of the pricier Gucci one that I decided to give it a try! So far I've only worn it twice but to be fair, the warmer weather is just starting so it'll be easier to wear without a bulky coat! Hands free is the way to be in my opinion! 

Have you found any great looks for less?
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Mother's Day Gift Guide

This is going to be my first official Mother's Day and I'm so looking forward to it. While I certainly don't have any gifts in mind, I do know that I want to get my mom something extra special since she's been beyond incredible since she's been here. Here are some of my ideas!
  • As a new mom, anything that can help with the new found baggage under my eyes is welcome. I love Patchology eye gels
  • For the mom that has tons of sunglasses or in the case of my mom - eye glasses, this holder would be a perfect gift!
  • With summer fast approaching, trips are going to be happening more and more frequently. A travel friendly cross body bag is always a great gift! I admit I have my eyes on this one!
  • There is nothing I love more, than sitting down on the couch and flipping through photo books. I've mentioned my love for Chat Books before (referral code linked or use code 7UG33GT7) to get $10 off your first order. I can't tell you how easy it is to make these cute little photo books in a matter of minutes. I know my mom would cherish this gift more than anything else I could get her. 
  • Cozy robe, sign me up and also perfect for anyone that wants to be cozy, even in warmer months. 
  • Of course these hair ties are a bit high priced, but I guarantee your mom would not treat herself to these, so you should!
  • This is actually the one item on my wishlist - I adore this ring and would love to wear it every day! Even though I have a name plate with Sophia's name that I wear every day, I really love the mama necklace too!
  • I have so many lipsticks and glosses, that I have actually put myself on a self imposed ban for the month of April. My mom could not be more different, she rarely buys herself a new lipstick and I love the Charlotte Tilbury collection!

Truthfully, what I'm really looking forward to for my first mother's day is sleeping in, getting a card from Sophia (of course written by daddy!) and some time in the arboretum if it's a nice day!
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6 Spring Totes for Work and Play

At this point we all know I'm a bit obsessed with purses - it's my thing and I have accepted it! I carry my Never Full every day and while I love it, for spring and summer I want something brighter to carry around every day. Here are some of the bags on my radar and I'd love to know which one your favorite is because I'm having a hard time deciding which one to buy! I also really like that my Never Full organizer will fit in most of these!
  • Minimalist and a pouch for a little something extra - the green and yellow totes definitely add a punch of color for the warmer months!
  • The most professional looking out of the bunch, this lilac Kate Spade bag would fit all the essentials and has pockets on the inside. The light and airy color really sticks out as a pretty option for spring. 
  • I have wanted a white bag for the longest time and if I wasn't sure I'd get it dirty in 30 seconds flat, this would be my first choice, especially since it's under $80! It also comes with a really interesting detachable pouch. 
  • This Tory Burch bag is probably the closest I will get to owning something similar to the Dior Book Tote. Incredibly roomy and is a bit more structured than the rest of the bags on the list!
  • This is a dupe for the Goyard tote for a fraction of the price and the light blue color is just gorgeous. It also comes with a little detachable coin purse and would definitely fit my organizer that I use in my Never Full. It also comes in 12 colors!

Which one is your favorite? Where do you like to shop for work totes?
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Recent Purchases

Happy Monday friends! We had the most beautiful weekend here and we were outside a ton! Pretty sure we have found Sophia's favorite thing - the swings! 

Since the majority of the weekend was spent either outside or sleep training...I thought this would be a great day to share a few of my recent purchases!
I just bought these ballet flats from Target and I think they are going to be perfect to wear with white denim & and also to work! 
I haven't used a primer in a while and when I saw this Physician's Formula one in a magazine and decided to give it a try! I was afraid the illumination would be too much, but it's perfect! If you like to add a highlight to your cheeks, this pretty much does it for you and still comes through if you wear a powder or foundation on top!
I've never used a cleansing balm before, so once again after seeing this one in a magazine I decided to pick it up and I'm a fan! You apply to a dry face (with makeup on) and then it it just miraculously washes the makeup away and then rinsing with warm water it takes it off. I will say it doesn't work on eye makeup, but other than that, works like a charm! 
In desperate need of white jeans, I went to Ann Taylor because I really like the fit of their denim and bought the same style that I have in a darker wash in white! They fit like a glove and aren't see through, which is pretty much the only thing that's really important with white jeans. 
I bought this dress for my trip to Charleston and really just having something to wear on the weekends with a denim jacket and some espadrilles! I have this dress is two colors now and I think it's one of the most flattering pieces of clothing that I wear. Ruched in all the right places! It's currently sold out, but I know it comes into stock pretty regularly! 

I have a few clothing pieces in my cart for an upcoming trip we have to Canada & I'm excite to share those when they come in. Hope you have the best start to the week! Also, inlinkz has changed their website and I'm trying to figure out the link up for weekending!! Hoping to have it back and running next week!

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5 Things I'm Loving

Happy Friday friends! It has been ages since I've had a post ready to go for Friday, but after coming back from Charleston I'm feeling very inspired! The week has flown by and it included a mini vacay day with my little babe on Tuesday - she had a 7 month check up and I spent the day with her, which was perfect after missing her all weekend! While our weekend is pretty open, I think we may start sleep training tonight, so send all the positive vibes my way! Thought I'd share a few things I'm loving at the moment! 
Head Scarf scrunchies || I first noticed these on Alyson Haley's blog and then immediately rushed to buy my own! I am so guilty of wearing my hair the same way more often than not, but now that hat weather is officially over, I can do more with my hair! I bought this one from Anthropologie but really like these from Free People as well! 
How I Built This Podcast || I've rediscovered my favorite Podcast on entrepreneurship recently and it's my favorite to listen to while taking Sophia on long walks while she sleeps. I can usually get through an entire episode and it's oddly therapeutic listening to people talk about building their successful companies. I just listened to the founder of Away and was blown away (pun not intended) by how the idea for the company came to her and also incredibly impressed with her career leading up to launching her own business! 
Postable || Gary just introduced me to the Postable app, where you can create beautiful cards with pictures that are sent via mail for you. The most incredible part is that these are completely customized, which make them so much more special that the usual Hallmark cards and for a fraction of the cost. While you're not able to add gift cards or anything to the card - it's still so special to see that this was made especially for you! 

Before Preset
 After Preset
Monika Hibbs Presets || I know that presets are all the rage right now on Instagram - making all the photos on your grid look the same. When Monika, who I've followed for years, came out with her own preset, I couldn't download it fast enough. Her photos are always light, crisp and airy. The integration of having lightroom on my phone and the guide was super easy to install and I use it whenever I want to give some photos a little something extra. 
I have a lot of new beauty favorites, but I'm going to be sharing those in a separate post. Hope you all have a great weekend! 
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The Best Shoes for Exploring

When going on vacation, I often struggle with what types of shoes to bring. I want to be comfortable, but still want the shoes to look cute. I want to be dressed up enough, but if there are cobblestones or long distances to be walked, I need to know that I can survive in the shoes I've picked! When I studied abroad leading into my senior year of college, I packed all the wrong shoes - heels that were completely ruined by the cobblestones, so I learned my lesson! I brought two pairs of shoes with me to Charleston, one of which I only wore for the plane. Considering I'm an overpacker by nature, this was a win for me! I do quite a bit of walking in Boston as well, so my shoes always take a beating - comfort is key for me! I've rounded up a few of my favorite types of shoes that are perfect for exploring! 
  • Wedge Booties are some of my favorite exploring shoes because they give you a little height with all the comfort and the bonus is that they look great with jeans! These come in 17 different colors and I also have this pair that I wear weekly!
  • I have used and abused my two pairs of slip on sneakers to the point that I need a new pair and I have my eyes on these perforated ones from Sperry because they let my feet breathe.
  • I think espadrilles are probably one of the best shoes to take on vacation! They're super comfortable for all the walking and exploring and then you can turn around and wear them at night for going out. I love these lace up ones with a pretty sun dress, the platform wedges have been on my wishlist for a couple years now and these flatforms are super versatile.  I have a pair of these Sam Edleman espadrilles that I always pair with my white jeans. 
  • Mules are my favorite spring shoe - I have two pairs and I will more than likely be adding these fringe ones to my closet soon! All 9 color options would go great with cropped jeans!
  • My gladiator sandals have taken me all over Dubai, Europe & everywhere in between - they are insanely comfortable even though they have a very slight heel. I always pack them on warm weather vacations and can walk miles upon miles in them! 

What do you typically pack when you know you'll be doing a lot of walking?
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Mother and Daughter Weekend in Charleston

Happy Monday friends! This weekend I had a little girls getaway to Charleston. My sister and I decided to do something big for my mom's birthday and thought a trip somewhere she's never been would be perfect! This was my third time in the Holy City and it's hands down my favorite US city to visit! So much has changed since the last time I was here, but one constant is the incredible food scene! Here's a run down of what to do, see and eat if you happen to take a trip to Charleston!

Eat & Drink ||

I think Charleston may just have some of the best restaurants in the country! There were some tried and true favorites I had to share with my sister and mom, but I was happy to check a few new places out as well.
Virginia's on King was our first stop since our room wasn't ready and the crab cake sandwich with fries was delicious. While the services left a lot to be desired, the food was really good so it made up for it.

The Skinny Dip Charleston was a nice little surprise. It's a boutique on the bottom and then upstairs is a fun little oasis rooftop wine bar. A swing, fun photo backdrop - this is a great little pit stop when you need a break from shopping!

Indaco has been on my list of restaurants to try for a few years now and it was amazing! The burrata was an explosion of unexpected flavors with sweet potatoes, hazelnuts and procuitto melting in your mouth. We also split two different types of pasta - the black spaghetti with shrimp and the triangoli. You leave feeling perfect satiated, not stuffed!
Poogan's Porch is somewhere I knew I wanted to take them to - there has not been one trip that I haven't eaten here and it's always so tasty! The three of us each ordered the shrimp and crab louie salad - so tasty and light enough that you can keep sightseeing after lunch!
Two reasons we went to Monza - we got lazy and couldn't find a reservation for three anywhere else and we were really craving pizza! So glad we went because the Volpini and Enzo pizza's were perfect for three people to split! It was casual and a great spot after a full day of sightseeing.


Hotel Bennett recently opened and inside is the most beautiful champagne bar I have ever laid my eyes on. It's pricey, but you go there for the ambiance, elegance and of course pictures! Camellia's is absolutely a must see!

Things to do ||


One must if you're visiting Charleston is a carriage ride through the city. I compare it to a duck boat experience in Boston. It helps you see different parts of the city, but one thing to note is that the carriage companies don't have the same route every time. They are assigned the route at the start of the tour and unfortunately this time we didn't get the best one, but we saw some beautiful homes which is always nice!


Rainbow Row & The Pineapple Fountain at the waterfront are close to one another and probably the first two things on your Charleston agenda!
We decided that a trip to Magnolia Plantation needed to happen. We're not big "tour" people so we took an Uber there and back (about 25 minutes) and took in the beauty of the plantation! While you could certainly spent a good portion of the day there, after about 2.5 hours we were ready to go back into the city. 


 

The gardens were our favorite and it was the perfect time of year to go since everything was in bloom.  There's a petting zoo with more peacocks than I've ever seen in my life & the tour of the house, while interesting probably could have been skipped, but interesting nonetheless. 
Tons of walking, too many selfies to share, lots of girl time and plenty of laughs - we had the best weekend and spent quality time together which we rarely get uninterrupted! These moments & memories are amazing and I'm so glad that I got to share it with my two best friends! I'm already planning my next trip back!

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