Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Win It! Paint by Sticker: Travel

Disclosure: I received samples to facilitate this review and giveaway; all opinions expressed are my own. 



I love all things vintage and crafty so when I was approached by Workman Publishing to give their new Paint by Sticker series a try I was intrigued. At first glance, it brought to mind the coloring craze that started a few years ago which I tried and grew bored as my mind wandered. When the Travel and Kids editions arrived I decided to let Nia give it a try first. In the past while our color by number projects have gone unfinished I was thrilled to see Nia's enthusiasm when I introduced her to Paint by Sticker. 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lovebirds' Picture Heavy Post-Spring Break Catch-Up


How are we nearly into May??? Since we've moved to our new house it's been quite the whirlwind, and I realize while I haven't been posting nearly as frequently as in years past, I've appreciated how Instagram Stories has been able to give my loyal followers a snapshot into all that we've been up to. 


Monday, April 24, 2017

Now at Target: SoCozy HUSH Collection for Sensitive Scalps

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor. 


If you've been tracking us Lovebirds on our Instagram Stories the past couple weeks you've been seeing all of our spring break adventures and with the sun coming out slowly but surely here in Boston we're excited for it to warm up! This definitely means more frequent baths are in order and just like his big sister while Grayson absolutely loves bath time, getting his hair washed can be hit or miss. 

Enter SoCozy

Monday, April 3, 2017

This Week: Bingewatch With Us During Comcast's Watchaton

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Comcast; all opinions expressed are my own. 


A lot has changed here in Boston since I lived here nearly 10 years ago. I remember many date nights in my studio with Mr. Lovebird watching my 19" TV - we were especially fond of the music video stations on Comcast and when they introduced DVR it was a game changer! Now back in Boston but with children, we've learned there's a lot more offerings from Comcast including this week's Watchathon

Haven't heard of it? 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pursuing Wellness with Nature Made

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Nature Made as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.



One of the things I noticed when I became a mom is that my own health has taken a backseat to my children's. I've shared a bit here on the blog about some of my health challenges and throwing in a lot of life changes the past year, I'm working at getting better at pursuing wellness. Before becoming a mom I was an avid exerciser even getting up at 5a.m. for years Monday through Friday to make it to the gym. No excuses! Quickly those routines changed, but I've learned to now focus on those little things that I can control (I'm all about Kaizen).

Here are 3 of those "little" things:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Grayson's Superfoods Snacktime with The First Years

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The First Years; all opinions expressed are my own. 



Ahhh the struggles of getting kids to eat! I've gone to educational sessions, read books and commiserated with fellow parents over the challenges that have plagued parenthood for eons. With Nia we found that seeing her peers eat various foods at preschool helped her try new foods, but with Grayson starting school this fall I've been trying to jumpstart the situation. When The First Years reached out to me to try their array of products now available at Walmart to help make snack time easier it was perfect timing!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Today's the Day: Get Your Day Designer Midyear 2017 Edition

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

This year is whirling by and if you still feel like you're just now getting your bearings you're not alone! In case you missed getting a January 2017 Day Designer today the Midyear edition is available for purchase at last. Check out these beautiful designs:

The "Jungle Out There" (lower  left) is my favorite! {Images via Day Designer} 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Introducing zulily's 4th Trimester Closet Concierge

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of zulily; all opinions expressed are my own.


Lately I've been having thoughts about my pre-baby body and while I'm extremely thankful for my two little people, I'm in awe that my body's gone through in the past 7 years! I've learned how to dress in a way that covers up my "most changed" areas and I've become pretty good at it but when zulily reached out to me about their new 4th Trimester Closet Concierge service I was excited to learn more. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Flash Giveaway: Join Me at MommyCon in NYC This Saturday!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary ticket to Mommy Con to facilitate this post; all opinions expressed are my own. 


Happy spring! Tis the time for conferences (did you follow along on my Instagram Stories while I was at the Day of WELLness on Saturday?) and today I'm excited to share I'll be at MommyCon this Saturday, March 25 in NYC

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dressing Up on My Caribbean Cruise with eShakti

Disclosure: I received a complimentary eShakti dress to facilitate this review; all opinions expressed are my own.


Remember my eShakti dress from my last cruise? I still get so many compliments on it and am already counting down to summer when I can break it out again here around Boston. We're currently buried under so much snow that keeps coming down, but today I'm reflecting on our recent cruise. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Join Me at Day of W.E.L.L.ness Boston on March 18

Disclosure: I received a complimentary ticket to Day of W.E.L.L.ness Boston; all opinions expressed are my own.


I'm sitting here about to trek out with the kids into recent snow after a whirlwind week despite still not being fully unpacked from our cruise, and I'm realizing something: mama needs a break!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Announcing Boston's Shake Shack Newbury Street Function Room

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shake Shack; all opinions expressed are my own. 


Do you remember the first time you went to Shake Shack? I do. When I was living in NYC a friend mentioned to me she had recently gone to the original location in Madison Square Park for the first time and that it was so good that she had returned for subsequent visits - like 3x in 1 week! I was alarmed and had to go for myself. 

I did, and I was HOOKED!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Reflecting on International Women's Day & A Day Without Women


Today I spent most of the afternoon back at Wellesley College and with the sunny weather nearing 60 degrees it was perfection. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Giveaway Alert: It's Not Too Late to Join Day of No Clutter!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Year of No Clutter to facilitate this post; all opinions expressed are my own. 


It's fitting that today is (was!) the Day of No Clutter as I'm buried under so much of it since returning from our trip! As I work to get my act together, I'm inspired by author Eve Schaub who first wrote about her Year With No Sugar and now her Year with No Clutter. Yes, it's true!

Are you intrigued as well? 

March: I See You, Lion!

My new tablet case from Ballard Designs (more on that below!)
My sister Ariane was in town for a long weekend, and it was such a whirlwind of fun that I totally missed properly welcoming March! 

The month has really has bowled me over already, and I'll admit I haven't fully unpacked from our Disney cruise. I'm basking in some good news I shared recently, and it appears that blog conference season is officially in full swing so I have lots to prep for in that regard

Here's what's going on...

::cue the list post::

Monday, February 27, 2017

Save the Date: Polarn O. Pyret's March 2nd Sample Sale

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post on behalf of Polarn O. Pyret. All opinions expressed are my own. 

If there's one thing that makes me excited about preparing for the seasons changing it's the chance to snag amazing deals on kids' clothing and this Thursday, March 2 Polarn O. Pyret is having their sample sale in my old stomping grounds of New Hampshire:



Polarn O. Pyret's clothing is a great fit for our family because it's durable, gender neutral and has such whimsy patterns that I don't have to fight with my kids to get into! It's a win-win all around. 

And of course I couldn't sign-off without a throwback of Grayson in Polarn O. Pyret (and me too!):


Be sure to follow Polarn O. Pyret on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more fashion fun and the latest news on their sales and special offers.

 

 

We're Back From Our First Disney Cruise! (Recap Video)


I'm writing this from Florida still in a blissful daze since disembarking the Disney Wonder yesterday. This was the first time I made frequent use of Instagram Stories too - did you catch any of them? I like how they evaporate and capture quick cute moments, but I have to remember to save the best ones!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Win It: Rockin' Refuel's Rockin' the Slopes Sweepstakes

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Rockin' Refuel. All opinions expressed are my own. 


  
Although we're heading to sunnier climate next week, we're still very much in snow mode here and one of the winter activities I'm excited to get the kids started on is skiing. Grayson was a bit too small to start skiing when we lived in Portsmouth, but this season is perfect timing to introduce him as we still have plenty of winter left here in Boston. While Mr. Lovebird and I love taking our little ones out into the snow, we're also antsy to get away just us two! That's why I was thrilled to try my luck at entering Rockin' Refuels amazing Rockin' the Slopes sweepstakes.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love's in Need of Love

A day to celebrate love in this current climate is much needed! (And thank you Stevie for the blog post title inspiration.)



Monday, February 13, 2017

My Ode to Portsmouth, New Hampshire


It's hard to believe we're fast approaching the 6 month mark of when we left Portsmouth, but this past weekend when we were back in the area visiting friends in the beauty of the snow I had a bit of nostalgia for our 2 years experience there.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Win Big with Folgers' Jingle Contest!

This post was sponsored by Folgers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsement and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my 
review.




I'm a proud 80s baby and if there's one part of my childhood that's stuck with me it's my obsession with 80s TV - I even remember the commercials vividly. Who can forget the classic jingle, "The best part of wakin' up is Folgers in your cup?" As a kid seeing how snuggly and warm the coffee drinkers appeared made me want to cozy up with my own cup and while it wasn't until I had my own kids that I became an avid coffee drinker, it's no wonder that I now drink Folgers. Mr. Lovebird and I wake up to it every morning (we're huge fans of the Black Silk blend!) so when I heard about their jingle contest I was intrigued.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Resuming Winter with Kungs Premium Car Care Products

Disclosure: I received samples to facilitate this review; all opinions expressed are my own.


This week was an exciting one for the kids because we were blessed with snow! I know this doesn't seem worthy of excitement, but we're in the middle of winter and it's only snowed a handful of times here in Boston. The epic winter of 2014 is quite recent in my memory so any time I hear it's going to possibly snow I scramble to make sure everything is in order. This includes my car emergency kit, replenishing snacks and water in the car as well as my snow scraper/brush. My old one is cumbersome and super long, which is great for reach, but not very practical with all the stuff we keep in our car, so when Kungs reached out to me I was curious to see how their smaller scrapers and brushes would stack up.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Standing Together


I stood in solidarity with thousands in downtown Boston yesterday protesting the immigration ban which unfairly targets Muslims. It was a powerful experience and as one sign I saw mentioned, if we have to do this every weekend, so be it.

Friday, January 27, 2017

How Are You?


If there's one thing this week has made evident it's that this weekend especially *must* be a time for self-care. As I watched Grayson enjoy his two grapefruits today (he's obsessed!) I thought about how beautiful it was that he was so carefree and in the moment. I kinda felt jealous! While I know my professional and domestic responsibilities will only afford so much carefree-ness, I'm glad I purposely left my calendar pretty light lately so I can just enjoy being with my family.

That's what self-care means to me. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

I Attended the Women's March, Now What?




Unpacking my experience at the Boston Women's March has been complicated.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Reflecting on My 2009 Inauguration Experience

Today I felt compelled to revisit my photos from the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. I am truly thankful to have been alive to experience his presidency and I will never take it for granted.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Top 5 Moments at the 2017 New England Auto Show

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with SheBuysCars and Toyota Boston; all opinions expressed are my own.


2016 was a year of firsts for me and one of my favorites was getting a new car. For my 36th birthday Mr. Lovebird surprised me with a new Mazda CX9 and while I had an inkling we'd be in the market for a new car when I went to the New England Auto Show for the first time last year, I didn't realize how soon it would happen!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Let's Read


Coming off Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend I've been reflecting on actions I can take to move towards becoming the American citizen I want to be as President Obama challenged us in his recent farewell address. One of these areas I want to improve upon is reading, and today I revisited the talk that Lisa Bloom, the author of Think, gave at S.H.E. Summit in 2014 about the importance of women being informed in our currently dumbed-down world. Sure quick snippet articles here and there help to keep one informed, but what about deep dives into a particular topic or learning from someone's life story? I'm a self-help junkie who reads 99.9% non-fiction, and I recently reconnected with someone who laid down a list of recommended books for me to read. Some of them I had read years ago, but it's been good to revisit them

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Tasty Tropical (Toddler-Approved) Green Smoothie


Growing up in Ohio my parents always made sure my siblings and I ate a warm hearty breakfast (I think I was the only kid in my class who ate Cream of Wheat!). Breakfast is still my most important meal, but now as a parent I stand in awe of my parents who were able to get all four of their kids on board with breakfast since my two kids are definitely not breakfast fans. 

Just chillin' with his smoothie

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Welch's Fruit Snacks Christmas Challenge

Disclosure: I was provided with samples to facilitate this post; all opinions expressed are my own. 


One of the Christmas traditions I was finally excited to be a part of now that we're in our first home is putting stockings up for each of us on our fireplace mantle. I have fond memories of this as a kid and would get excited to for the surprises my parents would put in them, mostly beauty products! When I asked my Facebook friends about their stocking memories as I sought to create ours, many responded with treats such as candy and fruit. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

10 Things I'm Looking Forward to in 2017


Tomorrow we officially return to normalcy when Nia will be back at school and today I'm sharing my annual list of what I'm looking forward to this year...

Monday, January 2, 2017

Our (Picture Heavy!) Patchwork Christmas Break

Happy New Year! We still have a couple more days of official Christmas break over here so I thought it'd be fun to recap what we've been up to during the past couple weeks in mostly pics.

The day before Nia's break her school had their annual Christmas concert - Nia was the sweetest angel





Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year from the Lovebirds!




 



P.S. Check out our past New Year's cards here!

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