Monday, October 16, 2017

Celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month with zulily

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

Running Harlem Lovebirds as well as my own small business has made me a champion of fellow entrepreneurs and when zulily reached out to me highlighting their efforts to celebrate National Women's Small Business Month I was excited to join in!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Giveaway: W.E.L.L. Summit 2017 in NYC

Did you see my Instagram post with the big news?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Presenting: Quiana at Blogalicious 2017

This past weekend in Miami was very much needed. It was so refreshing to be around my Blogalicious family, and I have to say: Kia knocked it OUT. THE. PARK. when it came to their suite and offerings. They are so thoughtful! 

Here's a little video they produced for me, and I share my thoughts on blogging conferences, attending as a newbie and why I love Blogalicious so much:

More to come...


Monday, October 2, 2017

Tone Deaf

Today I'm breaking over one month of silence in this space.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back to School with Roche Bros. and the Dinner Daily

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Roche Bros. and The Dinner Daily. All opinions expressed are my own. 

In a few weeks my family and I will celebrate the one year anniversary of home ownership and our return to Boston after a 9 year hiatus. Pre-kids, when I was a student at Wellesley College, I had fond memories of shopping at Roche Bros., a 65 year old grocery store chain, not only for myself while I was in summer housing on-campus, but also for families I babysat for. Now with kids of my own, I was thrilled to learn about Roche Bros.' partnership with the Dinner Daily and how it's making meal planning during back-to-school season so much easier. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Speak Up and Do the Work

This is getting old, however I am not surprised.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ICYMI: 2018 Day Designer Unboxing Video #PlannerAddict

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

We're barely into August and the 2018 Day Designers are here!

Crazy right?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

PSA: Day Designer 2018 is Now Available!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

Aren't they pretty?
I'm in Ohio for the week with the kids (so much fun stuff over on my Instagram Stories!), but quickly wanted to pop in with the announcement that 2018 Day Designers are now available to purchase! Do you know which one you'd want to get? 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Facebook Live Replay: Life Update

Vegas was just...
ICYMI I did a Facebook Live broadcast today over on my blog's Facebook page. It was more of a life update since things are moving too fast lately. By the time I sit down to write so much more has happened!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lovebirds Lately

The past two weeks we've been hanging out locally around New England, and while we're gearing up for more adventures, I wanted to pop in with a quick update...

The biggest news?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

5 Reasons Why I'm Glad My Husband Attended BlogHer 2017

My experience at BlogHer this year was unique in that not only did I speak at the conference for the first time, but my husband attended with me. Coming from our courtship at Wellesley that started a little over 18 years ago, Mr. Lovebird knew a bit of what to expect when it comes to the gender ratio of BlogHer and overall he confirmed he's definitely glad he came with me. 

Here are 5 reasons why I am too...

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lovebirds' Top 6 Activities for Kids Visiting Chicago

Visiting Chicago with the kids has been on my bucket list since Mr. Lovebird started going there annually for work, and a few weeks ago we got to accompany him for 4 days. Before going I crowd sourced via social media to find the top recommended things to do with kids. While there were so many suggestions to sort through, I found those from Chicago natives Natasha of Houseful of Nicholes, Ashley of Mommy Week, and Keyonda of A Real Urban Mom to be most helpful (thank you!). 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lovebirds' Summer Kick-Off

We've been traveling a lot and with family in town this past extended holiday weekend I'm finally catching up on getting organized for the rest of the summer! We have a couple weeks' break before our next adventure so I thought it'd be fun to do a pic heavy post to show what we've been up to...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Unique Birthday Gifts from UncommonGoods

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

May through September is our family's birthday season and one of my favorite companies I've been shopping from for years, UncommonGoods, invited me to pick a few items from their website. It was a hard choice, but the best part is that I was able to find something for just about everyone on my list! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My First Time at barre3 Brookline

Disclosure: I received a complimentary class from barre3 Brookline; all opinions expressed are my own.

Coming off our 8th anniversary, in just under 3 weeks Mr. Lovebird and I return to the city where we got engaged: Las Vegas. If you've followed me on the blog for some time you know it's a destination we return to time and time again, and we love how it's constantly changing, making each visit unique. 

Something else that's changed?

My body. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Our 8th Anniversary and Grayson's 3rd Birthday


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. 


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