so we moved…

there’s that. to add to the other list of things that have been going on around here lately. between work with all-star weekend, moving, a sick baby, overtime and court schedules for brian & just general every day hiccups. things have not been getting done in our new household. however, i love it. we love it. we have so much more space & madison can run around & be a crazy lady. she’s is still learning her way around the new place and asking things like “where’s my room?” when she gets lost and saying “i love my new castle” (we live in a castle, in case you didn’t know). we want to really make this space a home for us & we are taking more time and care into molding a space that really works for us a family. in the old apartment that was hard, it was cram as much stuff into a little space as possible. now we have the ability to be creative & really make this house a home. and first things first, we finished the bathroom – it is by far the smallest room so therefore it was the easiest to accomplish. thank you H&M for your amazing home decor

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mini haute mess tee
mini haute mess tee
bathroom decor

1.) bathroom printables 2.) shower curtain 3.) hand towels 4.) soap dispenser 5.) canister with lid 6.) step stool 7.) bath mat 8.) mr. and mrs. toothbrush mugs

toddler smOOOOthies

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Piccoliny Hot Dog Pretzel Hot Pink Tee
Piccoliny Hot Dog Pretzel Hot Pink Tee

the smOOOOOthie (aka the roflecopter)

bananas, strawberries, raspberries & blueberries

1 cup fage 0% greek yogurt

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 teaspoon honey

3/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon honest kids immunity boost

madison goes bonkers for smoothies so after hearing a friend rave over her special smoothies (and how great chia seeds are), we made some adaptations & created one for ourself! it has been a big hit in our household the past few days, not to mention it’s good for her!!! HOORAY!! she’s also been quite obsessed lately with our new re-play recycled dish ware & cups.

the struggle is real

to avoid buying more sneakers… but i just can’t make myself STOP!!!! it is apparent i have a problem at this point, but for us mombies out there who don’t end up getting dressed up on the weekends anymore… yoga pants & sneakers are our fashion statements? am i right? so instead of that amazing dress that hugged my ‘used to be great’ figure, now i like to draw attention to my feet. and we look. we check out each others footwear & athletic gear (when we know we haven’t just come from the gym). women are still women after they become moms and instead of judging each other’s outfits now, it’s sneakers & leggings (“are those lulu?”) and strollers & designer diaper bags. your casual game has to be on point these days. not like last week when i stopped in starbucks in my pajama pants, uggs & sweatshirt. so mom’s make sure your feet look good for all that chasing you’ll be doing everyday for the rest of your life. and OOOH these are on their way to me right now & on sale!

the following are on my “watch list” and you can check out all my currently coveted shoes on my pinterest page 

sneaky obsession

1. Jcrew 696 sneakers 2. Jcrew 620 sneakers 3. adidas extaball sneakers 4. NB for anthropologie 574 sneakers 5. kate spade saturday NB sneakers 6. nike women’s air max thea sneakers 7. NB for anthropologe 530 sneakers 8. NB for anthropologie 515 sneakers

mug obsession

favorite coffee mugs

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven / twelve / thirteen / fourteen

i am slightly obsessed with coffee mugs. okay lets be honest, i am very obsessed. i love to find the perfect mug to match my mood & then fill myself with bitter crystalline compounds. the caffeineeeee, my body craves it. i’m not sure i am an addict so much as a devotee. the smell, the taste, the dark beauty. although when i skip a day i do get raging headaches that turn me into a monster. i know i should ease off, but it’s like knowing you should give up cheese & sugar & well, everything GOOD & WONDERFUL IN THIS WORLD! i don’t want to stop. i can’t stop won’t stop. i want to try new flavors & combinations. including adding soy milk & almond milk which are my new jams. and sugar free vanilla & caramel syrups. terms like macchiato, demitasse & venti really get me going. & while i love to have a hot cup at home in my pajamas, i love a good espresso bar as well. some of my faves in the area are

60 beans (in astoria) and they have cold brew coffee on tap you can take home in growlers (along with beers too, best of both worlds)

blue bottle coffee (in rockefeller) it’s too tight to sit & enjoy your coffee there but man is it delicious

pomme palais (inside the Palace Hotel) try their signature caramel latte (plus lots of yummy sweets & pastries)

the queens kickshaw (in astoria) specialty coffees & fancy grilled cheese. enough said

where are you favorite coffee spots? near & far? share with me!!

personal finance robot

so here’s the thing… mint.com you’re great, you really are, and so are REAL life financial planners (i just can’t afford to pay you to tell me i should be saving all my money, it seems counterproductive) but the thing is. just because you budget my money on the screen and you tell me where it should go and how much and that weekly i really should only end up with about $2.78 of “fun money” because 50% should go to rent/bills, 50% should go to savings for retirement, 50% should go to college savings for madison & 50% should go towards making smart investments. sometimes, and don’t take this personally, i don’t actually listen to you. you have no real control over my money or where it goes. even when you send me warning emails. i won’t actually be punished if i completely ignore you (which i all to often do.) SOOO i have come up with a new idea for a financial planning software/app. basically this product will work very similar to mint. it will allow me to plan & budget & say i am going to do big things with my money & savings. however, the difference will be. it will in fact NOT allow me to go over my budgets. it will be my debit / credit card robot monster. it will force my cards to decline when i go into saks immediately. if it’s jcrew it will immediately send over security because there is no chance i leave that store empty handed. if i set my coffee budget at $40/month and i walk into a starbucks the counter ladies will tell me to get the hell out, and that madison won’t be able to afford books at school in 16 years b/c i have a caffeine addiction. they will guilt me. and they will decline me. THIS IS WHAT I REALLY NEED. a personal trainer for my finances! someone who kicks my ass into shape, and my wallet to the curb. financially speaking.  because no matter how hard i try to put our money in all the right spots, i also have very little will power when i see a snake skin falabella mini fold over tote. or a pair of really fun, brightly colored (yet functional) sneakers. or if there is a lululemon within 100 miles of my current location. the struggle is real you guys!

so i am currently taking applications for programmers & other insane people like myself to craft this monster. i need the worst of you out there, so we can make sure this thing handles any problems we send it’s way.

this was madison’s direct response to hearing about the finance robot 

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“say what?”

crows feet, wrinkles & carry on eye baggage (OH MY!)

my makeup routine

1.) mary kay time wise age-fighting moisturizer 2.) mary kay time wise firming eye cream 3.) bareMinerals pure brightening serum foundation 4.) perfecting face brush (for foundation) 5.) benefit boi-ing concealer 6.) bareMinerals touch up veil 7.) bareMinerals blush 8.) nars due eyeshadow (rose gold) 9.) bareMinerals long-wearing eyeliner 10.)  benefit they’re real mascara 11.) fresh sugar lip treatment (in every color)

i’ve never been someone who’s super into makeup. i can’t for the life of me figure out how to use liquid eye liner without looking like a monster. eyelash curlers frighten me. i prefer un-sticky lips that don’t get pink & red all over everything i drink. i usually only wear chapstick. sephora gives me major anxiety. as does passing through the beauty counters in department stores. and although i like the idea of a smoky eye, again… monster. so i guess what it comes down to is i am very unskilled when it comes to makeup application so i keep it very simple. my makeup routine takes about 10 minutes in total, quite possibly less. and also, now that i in my 30’s i have crows feet & wrinkles & too much baggage under my eyes & other unattractive qualities about my face (like a starting to slowly sag neck… WTF i’m 30 not 60!). but i have always thought simple is better as we age. and the mary kay timewise products have made my skin feel great! especially the eye cream. although i truly wish mr. clean magic eraser would come out with a wrinkle eraser i could rub all over my face (i mean seriously you can get ANYTHING off with those things)… until then i guess i have to age as gracefully as possibly & ‘just keep moisturizing’ (sung like dorrie from finding nemo)

his/hers valentine’s day gifts

valentines' day for HER

HERS

1.) hello gorgeous pillow 2.) take heart drop earrings 3.) hanky panky bralette & cheeky hipster 4.) tom ford beauty / cooper 5.) joe malone red roses 6.) alex & ani cupid’s heart bangle 7.) MK jet set small crossbody bag 8.) only hearts blanche petal robe 9.) good morning dollface mug 10.) kate spade clear hearts iphone case 11.) XOXO catchall

valentine's day for HIM

HIS

1.) outdoor tech turtle wireless speaker 2.) calloway golf silicon wrist bands 3.) photojojo iphone lenses 4.) mr. handsome mug 5.) Kiehl’s starter kit 6.) luckiest guy in the world mug 7.) custom treat house order 8.) hey handsome pillow 9.) junk food clothing (sports apparel) 10.) portable ping pong set 11.) slim universal charger 12.) copper mug

Valentine’s Day micro fashion

valentine's day
1.) heart sweater 2.) metallic gold lips leggings 3.) fabric flower headband 4.) heart strips pajama set 5.) giant heart skirt 6.) heart patch tights 7.) cutie tee 8.) bow jersey dress 9.) how do i love thee tee 10.) pink high tops 11.) printed hearts tee 12.) heart leggings 13.) floral pinafore 14.) heart print shirt 15.) glitter graphic fleece dress 16.) love knit sweater 17.) let’s be happy tee 18.) stripe love dress 19.) pink glitter boat shoe 20.) pom pom hat

TWO

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i am two raglan / funfetti birthday pancakes recipe 

happy 2nd birthday to our baby girl. who is no longer a baby. i guess she’s just our little girl now. i get sad just thinking that one day the little will drop off that phrase. but i also love watching her grow & discovering new things. just last night she peeled a sticker off her book by herself and she started laughing and clapping and yelled “mommy i did it! all by myself!!” there is something about that kind of joy that is so infectious and that i just know i am going to miss so much some day. it’s bittersweet, i love to see her accomplish things but i also don’t want her to stop asking me to do things for her. for her to need me.

but today, i am so tickled to just celebrate her. all of the craziness that is madison

she loves to fly around the apartment in my heels & butterfly wings. she loves to be tickled and tells us “arms up” so she can tickle us as well. she is obsesssed with her gussy-poo and makes kissing noises and pats her leg so he will run to her. she mimics almost everything we do now. her favorite food is a french fry with ketchup. always with ketchup. the runners up being popcorn & edamame. she also thinks lollis are a long lost food group that needs to be incorporated into daily life. she’s learning to ride her scooter through the city but can’t get enough momentum yet on her own so she prefers i push while she steers (usually into people & storefronts). she is a total daddy’s girl. she says he is her best friend, which makes me smile. she has zero concept of danger & is a complete dare devil. this is hilarious & frightening. she’s going to be able to hold her own out there. her hair is starting to grow more and we can finally put it in ‘piggy tails’ which she loves to say. she points to absolutely everything now and says ‘who dat guy?’ while wanting us to not answer so she can tell us.

“mommy who dat guy?” “idk baby” “a CAR mommy!”

it looks something like that for 24 hours a day. she is obsessed with stickers, princesses (especially ariel), ponies and books! her favorites currently are giraffes can’t danceGod loves you & i do too (read by her family). she loves to hear their voices. we also read a lot of winnie the pooh and press here (which if you have a toddler & don’t own this book by now, go get it immediately.) she also wants to do absolutely everything by herself now. “no i do it” is a phrase heard several times a day, until frustration sets in, then usually we hear “no YOU do it.” she is very affectionate and will grab our face to turn us in for kisses. it is the the most heartwarming thing imaginable. and hearing her say she misses me when i pick her up is the best part of my day. she loves bath time & never wants to get out. she also loves to splash me as many times as possible and do bubble farts (thanks to her pappy, who encourages this on the phone often). she calls me out at the wine store telling the cashiers that i need “mommy juice” every single time. she asks if i need my coffee when we pass starbucks. and she knows how to use a metro card on the train (while screaming OPEN SESAME to the doors every time we stop at a new station). i know i am her mother but i think she is incredibly smart and she surprises me everyday still with what she has learned. sometimes i can’t process how fast it’s all going and how she has changed our life so quickly. i try to be that mother and friend she deserves every day. she tells me i am super pretty, she stops strangers on the street to tell them “that’s my mommy”, and when i ask her “where’s my baby” she points to herself and laughs – i don’t deserve this kind of unconditional love but i am beyond grateful for it. 

happy birthday my little bear. my sweet girl. i love you with my whole heart