Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Playing Tourist in Boston



While we were in Chicago last week, the weekend before that we got to play tourist here in Boston when my BFF Julie and her family visited us all the way from Ohio. We try to see each other once a year usually when we return to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio each August as it coincides with Nia and her great-grandmother's birthdays and the Ohio State Fair. This was our first time having all members of both of our families altogether in years, so it was extra special! 

The best part? After chilly, rainy weeks here in Boston we lucked out with perfect weather during their visit!

Here's a photo recap of our Beantown adventures...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Philando and the Missing Pussy Hats


Philando Castile. 

His murderer's acquittal makes anything I've attempted to write seem inadequate, but I refuse to let it keep me from saying nothing. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Best Bits


In the throes of springtime and everything blooming I find that I get nostalgic for days past. I'm a low-key hoarder when it comes to saving mementos and especially with my journals that I've kept since I was 7 years old, I generally think I've been reflective from a young age. This doesn't keep me from looking forward, but it helps me cherish and appreciate where I've been. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Ballerina Edition



Monday, June 5, 2017

My 15th Wellesley College Reunion


I have an eye twitch. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Green Up Your Linen Closet with Coyuchi for Life

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



What if I told you there was a Netlfix but for linens? Yes, it now exists thanks to Coyuchi. I was first introduced to Coyuchi at my first W.E.L.L. Summit where I attended a session led by CEO Eileen Mockus on creating an ethical and sustainable home. Now more than ever with climate change being a worldwide topic, this is critical so I was thrilled to learn about Coyuchi's efforts to continue this initiative. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hey June! (And HUGE BlogHer Savings)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Hooray for everyone cracking open their Mid-Year Day Designers!
I can't remember a drearier spring, but for the first day of June I'm thankful to be blessed with sunshine and blue skies here in Boston!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

At Home Spa Party with Zoey Koko

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



As a little girl some of my earliest memories are of watching my mother do her makeup. She'd let me play in it from time to time and I'd top it off with my own bit of flair - anyone else remember peel off nail polish and stick-on earrings? Now with my own daughter, I see these same memories being replayed in how Nia loves dabbling in my beauty products so I was excited to learn about Zoey Koko, a spa party experience created by Boston-based entrepreneurs Sara and Dahlia


Thursday, May 25, 2017

3 Reasons Why You Need to Try Trillfit

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Trillfit class; all opinions expressed are my own.



The workout struggle is real ya'll and I'm determined to find a way to get back on track since we moved. When I first learned about the local Boston craze called Trillfit I was curious if it'd be good fit for me. Easy answer? 

It was!

Here are 3 reasons why I think you need to try Trillfit ASAP...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer Safety Tips from Boston's Floating Hospital for Children

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



One of the highlights of living in Boston is our access to some of the best medical care in the world including access to the Floating Hospital for Children. Today I'm partnering with them to share summer safety tips, a topic important to me especially as I have discoid lupus. Thankfully my children do not have it, but making sure they're sun safe is still top priority. 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Managing Summer Screen Time with Comcast Xfinity

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


A lot has changed in Boston since I lived here almost 10 years ago and as I approach the 1 year anniversary of my return it was fitting to be down on the Boston Waterfront last week as a guest of Comcast. I was there to learn about their latest Xfinity developments for helping customers manage screen time and online security, something I'm concerned about now that both of my children have devices and the transforming waterfront was the perfect metaphor for all the changes coming to Xfinity. 

Here's what's on deck...

Monday, May 22, 2017

How We Create a Patchwork Summer

One of my favorite summer pics of the kids
Around the time of spring break *the* question started rolling around my parenting circles: "What are your kids doing for the summer?" This is often followed by panicking, but I've found that between our travel plans and hosting guests rather than pick a camp for the whole summer, finding a few weekly programs interspersed with weeks of rest have worked great for us. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why I Stopped Side-Eyeing Mom 2.0 Summit: A Newbie's Recap



As an avid attendee of blogging conferences Mom 2.0 Summit has been on my radar for years, and I'll admit it: I side-eyed it as a "clique-ish," ultra-niche conference. When thinking up my blog's name I was very self-conscious about putting "mom," "mommy," "mama" or anything similar in my title and I feared going to a conference with the name "Mom" in the title would root me too deeply into the "mommy blogging" trenches I always knew I didn't want to stay in long-term

Boy was I wrong. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

What Is Mom 2.0 Summit?


How was your Mother's Day? Our original plans were rain-checked so I spent yesterday resting indoors. It was the perfect time to reflect on my first Mom 2.0 experience and starting with it I'd like to work backwards here on the blog recapping the incredible events and places I've gone this year. Let's jump right in with a quick video recap as pt. 1 then I'll come back for the rest (ya'll know I love me some Magisto!)...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Today's the Day: I'm Speaking at Mom 2.0!

I can't wait to share the experimental full details of my travel logistics once this jaunt is over, but I just arrived in Orlando to speak at Mom 2.0 Summit this afternoon. It seems like it was so long ago that I first won a ticket to attend then was selected to speak. I'm honored to be on the panel "Pivoting: Redefining Your Popular Blog as an Entry Point to a Multifaceted Career" with a few of my favorite bloggers who I feel have "grown up" with me over the years:

Starting top right clockwise: Jenn of Cherish 365//Nellie of Brooklyn Active Mama//Dani of OK Dani
I'll be here in Orlando until Saturday so make sure to check out the full schedule of Mom 2.0 here and follow Mom 2.0 on social media Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as well as the hashtag #mom2summit. (I'll have lots more to share over on my Instagram Stories!)

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

NYC Pick-Me-Up Weekend (& a Winner!)

I always love a good NYC-view
Happy Monday! We've had so many consecutive gray days here in Boston that I was shocked to see the sun peeking in this morning through my bedroom window. Yesterday, was Mr. Lovebird's 36th birthday and we hightailed it back from NYC so he could make his basketball team's championship game last night. It's a co-ed team and a few of the teammates' spouses show up with the kids to support each week. Yesterday the kids even made signs - it was too cute! Sadly Uka's team lost, but it's all in fun. 


Friday, May 5, 2017

Personalize It with Always Southern Co.



With a name like Quiana comes great sacrifices including never being able to find my name on personalized items at the store! In the rare instances I find a "Q" item I snatch it up with a quickness. I'm so jealous of the kids nowadays with unique names since the advent of custom online shops including my friend Mary Baker Reconnu's shop Always Southern Co. 

Winner: EasyKicks

Nia loves her EasyKicks! Although this pic was a few weeks ago, sadly we still haven't put our winter coats away yet...
Seems like a lot of people are experiencing rainy weather today and we're prepping to drive down to NYC for the weekend (I'm attending Create & Cultivate tomorrow!). 

I have another mompreneur feature coming up shortly (did you see the adorable "Moo Cow" teaser on my Instagram Stories???), but for now here's the winner of my EasyKicks giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Dana! I'll be in touch shortly so you can receive your prize.

Stay dry my friends and have a good weekend!


 


P.S. With tons of Cinco De Mayo posts going around today please take a moment and read this (thank you my friend Abby for posting). 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mother's Day LipSense Giveaway!

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




I'm an admitted low-maintenance mama when it comes to all things beauty and wellness so when LipSense popped up in my feed, as I often do I gave it a quick glance and kept scrolling. Yet people kept raving about it. 

Enter my childhood friend and fellow mompreneur, Kara McElree. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

5 Perfect Lawn Games for an Urban Yard


While we await consistent, warm sunny days here in Boston, one of the main topics of household discussion is our backyard. This is the first time after years of apartment living that we finally have our own private yard and the kids are thrilled! With Grayson turning 3 next month I'm considering a backyard birthday party and reminiscing over my own epic backyard party my parents threw when I turned 6 - it was a pretty big deal. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Welcome May (& a Winner!)


We are still holding out for consistent sunny days here in Boston, but excited that summer break starts in a few short weeks. This weekend kept us busy locally with Grayson experiencing his first eye appointment. He was in a separate exam room from his big sister, but had gone with me a few times so was very confident in the experience. Mr. Lovebird captured this shot that keeps cracking me up:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Win It!: Looking Good with EasyKicks

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



We've had a bit of a dilemma in our household: teaching my 6 year old Nia to tie her shoes. We've been working on it since Kindergarten, and I've troubleshooted showing her different methods (I still remember my mom showing me how to "make two bunny ears!"). When EasyKicks reached out to me about their subscription service for kids' growing feet, I looked at their stylish options and thought that it might just be the motivation for Nia to finally figure out how to tie her shoes. 


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 Watchathon

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. 

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