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I'm Steffy, and I live in my favorite place on earth, Long Beach NY with my two loves & our dachshund. In this space we share our adventures around NY, cozy days at home and tons of outfits! Grab a cup of coffee and lets get to know each other!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Renting a VW Westfalia Van / Photo Diary Part 1



I've received tons of questions during our trip to California about how we rented this beautiful 1979 VW Westfalia van! It's a dream that a lot of us little free-spirited hippies have had, and I am going to share with you how to make it your reality (even if only for a week!)

... Then I'll be back to share some of our favorite spots from our trip, as well as some outfits along the way!

We rented this beauty, also known as Honu Liu or "slow turtle" from Vintage Surfari Wagons. (No, this isn't sponsored, we found the company years ago and used them once before, and loved the trip!). Bill, the owner, is just a really nice guy who bought some VW vans to rent out years back, and now he has about a dozen of them. His garage is my HEAVEN.

How much did the trip cost? It cost us $1220 for the entire week + our flights to California. We lived in the van for the week, so we didn't have any other fees other than gas, the cost of some campgrounds that charge a nightly rate and food, but we cooked most meals in the VW! It's of course not as cheap as a roadtrip with an Airbnb near home, but it's also not as expensive as a trip abroad with different hotel fees each night.




What did we pack for the trip? We tried to back suuuper light this time around - we brought 2 sleeping bags (30 degree weather for cold desert nights), a flashlight, some camera gear, gear to charge our equipment and phones in the car and some easy to throw on outfits. Bill provided pillows, a heater, blankets, a cooler and some other necessities.)

What did we pack for Hudson? Traveling with a baby definitely adds more things to the list, and I will go into way more detail about this in a separate post, but for Hudson we brought his carseat + base, stroller (the carseat hooks into the base), ergobaby 360 carrier, Wildbird carrier, sunscreen, portable sound machine, 2 bottles and pronto changing pad. When we arrived, we stopped by a Babies R' Us and picked up a sunhat, formula, diaper and wipes (it was way easier to not bring all of these on the plane, and to just buy them when we arrived).

Sleeping in a van isn't for everyone, but if it is something you've dreamed about doing, than do it!!! This trip is SO worth every cent, and while it comes with it's annoyances, like having to shift things around in the van each night to sleep or cook, or not showering quite as much as you'd like, it's SO worth the experience of seeing and doing as much as you can all trip! More to come soon!










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Monday, March 13, 2017

My 3 Favorite Baby Carriers + A VIDEO!


pros:
- I felt extremely comfortable and secure carrying Hudson around in this when he was a newborn, because it has incredible head support
- He won't outgrow it for a while
- It never hurts my back / good back support
- Stylish!!
- Easy to toss into a bag or the stroller basket because of how light it is!

cons: 
- Even after you know how to wrap it, it's still time consuming and complicated to throw on on-the-go
- He can't face out in it
- Sometimes I think I still look pregnant wearing it, especially if it's with a coat, because his body is entirely in front of mine

when i use it most: 
- This wrap was my favorite when Hudson was 0-3 months, and I used it mostly to calm him on colicky evenings around the house, or on long walks right out the door, when I didn't need to take the wrap on and off. 


pros:
- SO easy to thread the sling, and so easy to put on and take off
- Fits easily into any bag, and great to take along for the ride
- He can sit facing inward or on my hip, which is amazing for use while I am cooking dinner and need to see in front of me
- The fabric is beautiful, and looks cute/ almost seems like part of my outfits!

cons:
- The only con is I find the ring sometimes sits too close to his face and he sucks on it. I know I can probably re-adjust so this won't happen, but once he is in, it makes him upset to start readjusting. 

when i use it most: 
- This wrap is my absolute favorite wrap. I wish I found it earlier! I use it for everything - while I cook, if I don't feel like getting the stroller out when I am running into a store, on road trips, etc. It easily pops on and off, and is really great!!


pros:
- The inward facing is perfect for him to get cozy and take a nap, while the outward facing is great for when he wants to see the world!
- It is so easy to take on and off, and my go-to in a time crunch
- It's ergonomic
- My husband uses it as well (he thinks the other 2 are a bit feminine)

cons: 
- It's bulky, and doesn't fit in my bag. It's hard to get a winter coat over it.
- Not as stylish as the other two
- Needs an infant insert when they're younger

when i use it most:
- This is my go-to carrier for quick convenience, like taking the dog for a walk. It's also great for hikes, since it is sturdier. If we are out at night, and we know Hudson is going to fall asleep, we use this carrier as well, because it offers great support while he naps. 

A Video tutorial of how to put them on & how they look on:



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Friday, March 10, 2017

SNOW-VERALLS


We woke up to this short-lived but magical snow, and I had to capture it, of course! I've been a bit quiet on the blog front, because we've had some visitors (our best friends from college) here meeting Hudson, and then my in-laws and my dad came this weekend! Aside from that, I've felt a little bit creatively stunted in the fashion department. I'm a mom now, so of course my wardrobe has to reflect that, but I am stilling figuring out how to dress more laid back, but still stay stylish!

We're also getting ready to head to Palm Springs & Joshua Tree in a VW Van next week! We rented the van for the week to stay in, and we are SO excited!! We're of course going to share the journey here! Have a great weekend guys!








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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hudson's 4 Month Update + Unpublished Pictures From the Month!


Guys, I'm starting to get really sad. My maternity leave is ending in 3 weeks, and this may be the last time ever that I am at home with my baby, just the two of us, without a care in the world. I know that work + having a sense of self is important, I know that in the long-run I will be happy with my decision to go back to my (awesome) job, but right now it just feels so hard and so wrong. 

This past month was incredible. Even though Hudson and I were so bonded when he was teeny tiny and sleeping 1 foot from my head, I feel like now we're connected on an even deeper level. He understands me, and trusts me, and he knows that if he cries or needs anything I will always be there. It was hard to get to this point, and it took a lot of him crying and me showing up by his cribside, but I finally feel like he doesn't feel alone in the world, even if he is alone in his big giant blanket-less crib in the dark, and that is beautiful because my baby should never ever feel alone. He'll always have me to count on. If you were wondering, yes I broke down crying while writing this and yes I am a softy. 

BABY UPDATE: This month, I feel like physically Hudson changed less than from month 2-3, but mentally he changed way more. He flipped over for the first time from tummy to back, but only once and then he hasn't been too intent on making it happen again. He can hold his head up strong enough to face out in a carrier, and he seems like any day he will be sitting up. He still isn't a fan of tummy time, but he LOVES bath time, and I make sure to bathe him every night because it is his absolute favorite. 

He also started to coo SO much, and he laughs which is the cutest thing in the entire world. I work so hard to try to make him laugh, and if I can't do it some days I get really sad, like does this guy already not think I'm funny - geez. I also sleep trained him this month using this book/method, and weened him. He was naturally eating in larger stretches, like every 4 hours, so it started to make it really complicated to breastfeed & my supply was dropping. He actually didn't even notice that he was weaned, because I pumped and offered him the bottle a lot prior to weening him. It's made life a ton easier ever since. He sleeps from 7:30PM - 7AM now, and only wakes some nights to eat a little around 4-5AM. 




MAMA UPDATE: Like I mentioned above, I am just savoring every single second with this guy. He is my favorite, and now that he cries less and plays more, I just cannot get enough of him. I watch videos of him from that day after he goes to bed - the obsession is real. After I weened him, I started to truly feel like myself again. My boobs are TINY, like a -A, and they are much flatter/lower than before, but I honestly don't really care. I never minded having a small chest.

I just feel much less pressure now, not having to wonder if I'll make enough milk for him to fall asleep full. I've been working out about 4 times per week, and doing my best to eat as healthy as I can (but of course that includes way too many sweets). I feel like me, but with way more emotions and a heart that was totally opened up in an entirely new way.



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Friday, March 3, 2017

Cozy Winter Outfit


Not going to lie, mom life has me in jeans and tees most days! You never know when you're going to have to bend over to grab something, or squat on a floor to change your baby in a bathroom that doesn't have a changing table (you feel me moms?!) I've actually been selling and donating a ton of things, and trying to have a more simplistic wardrobe, so it takes me less time to choose what to wear each morning.

Here's an outfit from a super windy day walk! It's been SO warm here, but also always windy in Long Beach. All of the links to everything in the look are below!






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Monday, February 27, 2017

Sweet Moments From our 3rd Wedding Anniversary in NYC + A Video!


Three years just flew by, huh?! It feels like just yesterday when I was blogging about planning our wedding on here. We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary parading around NYC with Hudson crashing our party, sharing some coffees, tacos & Werther's along the way, soaking in all of the sweet moments that days off together as the three of us have to offer. We walked along the highline (it sure is beautiful when it's covered in snow), wandered around the West Village and grabbed coffees at La Colombe in Chelsea.

Some favorite moments from the day that I want to hold close and hang on to until year four include:

 ♥ Watching Matt feed Hudson on the LIRR as Hudson looked out the window with big eyes, sparkling at the world whizzing by.

 ♥ Filming this little video together as a team, and laughingly bickering about how grumpy Matt looks being on camera (lol!! convince him how cute he looks, guys!)

♥ Splitting tacos and drinks while Hudson napped peacefully + guilt-free dessert, Werther's caramel goodness that's totally sugar-free!

It's the small moments that stand out, of course. To encourage everyone to hold onto these little sweet moments, Werther's Original Sugar Free is hosting a Real Moments of Sweetness challenge, with weekly prize packs. There's also an awesome grand prize - a getaway for two with Pack Up + Goa travel service that plans a three-day vacation in the U.S. customized based on the winner’s location, personality, interests and favorite activities, but keeps the destination a surprise! Plus, the grand prize winner will get a year's supply of Werther's Original Sugar Free! To enter, simply post your own sweet moments to Instagram and use the hashtags #WerthersMoments and #SugarFree!

For more information about the Real Moments of Sweetness challenge and giveaways, visit sugarfreemoments.wertherscaramel.com!

P.S. We made a YOUTUBE!! Make sure to subscribe here for tons more fun videos!










Thanks to Werther's for partnering on this post!
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