kate spade bedding? say no more!

i can’t get enough of this!!  especially the PILLOWS because i am #pillowobsessed

see the full collection (including matching duvet sets instead of comforters) here

1. deco dot comforter // 2. deco dot euro sham // 3. deco dot comforter // 4. deco dot euro sham // 5. harbour stripe comforter set // 6. harbour stripe euro sham // 7. bow tile comforter set // 8. bow tile euro sham // 9. bow tile comforter set // 10. bow tile euro sham
1. bow tile comforter set // 2. harbour stripe euro sham // 3. harbour stripe euro sham //4. harbour stripe comforter set // 5. harbour stripe euro sham // 6. harbour stripe comforter set // 7. grace sheeting set // 8. grace sheeting set // 9. grosgrain border duvet // 10. grossgrain border sham // 11. grosgrain border sham 
1. cotton random dot decorative pillow (multiple colors) // 2. silk cat nap decorative pillow // 3. silk rain or shine decorative pillow // 4. cotton this is the life decorative pillow // 5. silk dazzle and delight decorative pillow // 6. cotton hello decorative pillow // 7.  cotton ampersand decorative pillow // 8. cotton confetti decorative pillow // 9. silk bookshelf decorative pillow 
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hurricanes, family & pumpkins

so Joaquin may have slowed us down a bit but he sure didn’t stop us! in fact, we had the entire queens farm to ourselves this weekend. our own personal hay ride with tour guide, an empty pumpkin patch on opening day (so we clearly got the biggest & the best), and then a pony ride. pretty sure madison thought it was still the best day ever. there were even puddles for her to jump in, which is really all we needed to make her happy to begin with. if puddle jumping was an olympic sport, she’d win the gold. and i can’t help but look at these pictures and just smile. how rare & precious these moments are, that we can share moments with four generations of my family at once. that madison can know her grandmother & great grandmother and learn from them. i am grateful we are able to do the things that we do, and that madison can grow up knowing so much love. + i miss them myself!!

love you guys so much / 2 more months!

madison’s outfit: padded parka / pom pom hat / fleece leggings / rain boots

halloween pjs here, here here here (and here too) b/c they’re so cute!

halloween costumes (my faveeees) here, here, here and here

halloween accessories here, here, here & here

halloween shirts here, here & here

international coffee day ( + where you can get all your freebies!! )


Dunkin’ Donuts: Free medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot or iced dark roast coffee. The limit is one per guest, and is available at participating locations

Peet’s Coffee & Tea:  Free small cup of Peet’s Major Dickason Blend with any purchase of a baked good, oatmeal or fresh food item

Wawa: Free coffee in the size of your choice.

Krispy Kreme: Free small coffee and original glazed donut

Sheetz: Free cup of coffee.

Staples: Post a photo on social media with your coffee mug and the hashtag #OfficeMugShot for the chance to win a free coffee pack

McDonald’s: free small coffee during the chain’s breakfast hours.

Tim Hortons: will be selling $1 cup coffees, and some stores will also have hidden golden envelopes with more than $9,000 in cash and gift cards

Whole Foods: Stores nationwide are offering 12-ounce cups of coffee for $0.25 through September

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Get 50% off iced coffee, flavored iced coffee or iced Americano

Eataly (NYC): Complimentary cup of coffee with any purchase from 1 to 3 p.m.

Jacques Torres Chocolate: Complimentary coffee or Illy espresso drink (cappuccino, latte etc.) all day

Starbucks: Celebrate National Coffee Day with the launch of “Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag Commitment” which honors the families and farmers behind your cup of morning coffee. Over the next year, every time someone buys a bag of coffee in a Starbucks store, a tree will be planted in a community that needs one on their behalf. Starbucks is also planting 1 million coffee trees in farming communities that need help

Caribou Coffee: Purchase a cup of Amy’s Blend and Caribou Coffee will pay your purchase forward and donate a cup of coffee to nurses and families in cancer centers throughout the country

Stewart’s Shops: Enjoy a free hot or iced coffee – any size, any flavor – after 3 p.m.

Kangaroo Express: While not offering any free coffee deals, Kangaroo Express is selling cups of coffee for 1 cent from 6-10 a.m.


new fave coffee mugs here, here, here and here

k-cup sale / Get $2 off 2 boxes, $4 off 4 boxes, $6 off 6 boxes, and $8 off 8 select boxes use code: OCTSAVE

best coffee related clothing here, here, here and here

2 year 8 months

striped tee (several colors available) / quilted skirt – on sale now! / fur vest (similar here) / skull & bones toms / glitter purse (latest edition here)

your favorite book is dragons love tacos, we read it multiple times a day and it’s my favorite too. a close second for you is this little piggy went to prada, and for me, i wish you more. i am so happy that you love to read. even if it’s your favorite bed time stalling activity “just one more mama?” and you want to be a super hero. you asked for super hero plates & cups & you want a super hero birthday party. you tie shirts around your neck and run around in princess undies & a cape (sometimes boots too, which really adds to the cute factor). you love pizza & ice cream & chocolate chips, also zucchini (thankfully). we love to turn daddy into different things with your magic wand. you play abracadabra almost daily, and he is usually a lion or a frog. you yell open sesame at the top of your lungs in the car & he will open the windows for you. you believe in the magic, i hope that you always do. because you are magical to me. your hide and seek skills are so terrible they are adorable. we played last night and i was counting – when i opened my eyes you were curled up in a ball next to me hiding your face. you help me laugh every day. when we say our prayers, you love to talk to the “baby” Jesus and you tell me he loves you. this i know. if anybody could possibly love you more than me, it would be Him kid.

these 2 years, 8 months have taught me so much. about relationships, strength, friendships, patience and most of all, about myself. it changes you, but in the very best way i think. i wasn’t prepared for that change. and looking back there was really no way that i could have been. nothing can prepare you for motherhood. and we are shaped by whatever little person we produce. everyone’s experience is entirely different with it, although there are a few common threads. i am grateful to everyone who’s been apart of our lives for these past few years, and who have embraced all the changes that have come for us with parenthood.

being a mom is hard work. it’s good work though. worthy work. i’d trade every day before her, for more with her in it. this i know to be true in my heart.

this is a great read for all moms who are hoping/struggling/praying to be good moms & struggle sometimes with the tough stuff

and ps… we’re all doing great

pps, this is another great read for moms / and this one too

wednesday wish list

i’ve been eyeing this blender for quite sometime / with the amount of smoothies we make in this house, its’ time to upgrade

these pink sneaks / and these for fall / and these leather air max

this new tory burch watch

gold dot mommy + me scarf camera straps (seriously though, the cuteness)

this baby, to add to my arsenal

this obvi important duffle bag i need for weekends

gym & tonic shirt for the gym / thank you vs pink / i’m also obsessed with their sleep shirts, these are my crews & night shirts

currently reading / and up next

amazing beer sweater

tulle midi skirt for the holidayzz

these t-strap sneakers, in love

loving banana’s fall line / faves here, here, here & here

affordable sunnies! and a cute case too

my new go-to accessory – the pave bar pendant (and bracelet)

leather reversible tote

and the sale breakdown this week:

Gap 40% off code HAPPY

Old Navy 30% off code STYLESAVE

JCREW 25% off code SHOPNOW


you’re two kid

when you ask me to rock you to sleep sometimes, i will. when you ask me to help you with your food, i will. when you ask me to tie your shoes, i will. when you ask me to carry you, i will. because i know so very soon, you are going to stop asking me. i can’t even take how grown up you are already becoming. and you’re 2 kid. you’re only TWO. you’ve been planning your birthday party for weeks and it’s 4 months away, let’s hang out in the two zone for awhile. lets slow this down. because i’m not ready for you to not be my baby – even though you tell me daily you’re not a baby, you’re a big girl. you’re still my baby. and i’m not ready for that to go away. so keep asking me to do things for you, maybe sometimes even if you don’t really need me too

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farm to table / apple season

we spent the weekend encouraging fall to arrive by apple picking at soon’s orchard. it’s never too early to start fall activities in my mind (no matter what those summer people tell you!!!). with the 25 pounds of apple we picked, we have already made apple/strawberry/spinach juice, applesauce, apple butter & an apple pie (recipe below).

apple pie filling (you can use a ready made pie crust or make your own, my favorite crust recipe is here…)

combine about 6 medium apples (thinly sliced), 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a large bowl. add to pie crust and bake 40 minutes at 425 degrees.

fall also means it’s boot season!!!!!! some of my favorites here, here, here and here

and comfy sweaters!!!!!! here, here and here / also in love with the waffle knit tunic

with leggings!!!! here, here and here

and time for chilly mornings with a cup of coffee / favorite mugs here, here and here (and for your to-go coffee here) / and the cutest little coffee spoon

and running outside without getting heat stroke / fall fitness favorites here, here, here & here


i’m hardly someone who has any business giving advice. i don’t think of myself as expert on really anything. but i do have a few things i have picked up over the years from people more wise than myself. and from these i have held onto some, altered some & formed my own opinions on some.

my advice for marriage. take a look at the partner you’ve chosen. look closely. gather all his (or her) faults. their imperfections. the things you like & don’t like about them. and now magnify them. stop & think about that . . .

if you still find them worthy of marrying, then you’ve found a great partner. because what i can tell you is people do not change. you will not change that person looking back at you. you have to choose to love them, baggage & all. if you take them under the premise that marriage will change them, or kids will change them, you’ll be chasing something your whole life that you won’t ever quite catch up to. make sure you can live in the present, and be happy there. because no one can predict your future.

and marriages aren’t easy. families aren’t easy. but the most important thing to remember is . . . they are worth it. even if you find yourself sitting on the bathroom floor crying because you’re not sure how much more you can handle. they are worth it. and they are good. they are everything. i would re-choose this everytime. even if i knew all the struggles i would face ahead of time. i would do it all over again.

and i know someone is out there like me. who thinks everybody else just really seems to have it all together. but nobody talks about the bad stuff. nobody posts their problems to facebook. nobody tweets that they are hanging on by a thread. instagram posts don’t reflect misfortune. let me tell you though, we all struggle. everyone struggles. and it’s how you react to that struggle that defines you. how you adapt to situations you had never processed before. that you didn’t even know existed. how you learn new things everyday. how you grow. and there will be things you encouter you don’t like. there will be moments when you have to make choices. for yourself and for your family. and those choices will affect not only you anymore, but a collective us. and that us relies on you, to put it first. to nurture it. because us is so very, very fragile. our collectiveness is only tied together by strings of trust & respect. but as strings are plucked away, so is the strength of us. so i can’t stress enough, take care of your us. cradle it. love it. affirm it. every day. because as trying as the us can sometimes be, it is absolutely everything.

i would simply fall apart without us

so i choose love

i choose it over & over again

(and thank you to Sophie for our pictures in astoria park)