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:


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