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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cutting Our Own Xmas Tree

Last year we cut our own tree in upstate NY, but this year we wanted to find somewhere a bit closer to bring Hudson! We stumbled upon Mike's cut your own tree farm out East, and it was perfect for a day of festive Christmas decorating!

Hudson slept through the entire thing, but we'll make sure to show him the pictures as proof that he was there! We walked around until we found a perfect tree for us, and then Matt chopped it down. It's one of my favorite yearly traditions, and now our house smells SO good!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Something Sweet for Someone Sweet ...

Dads are tough to get gifts for. My dad has pretty much everything - an entire closet full of enviable shoes, tons of Robert Graham button ups (which are his favorite, and were fool proof as a gift until he owned most of them) and every toy a guy could ever want from a boat to the vintage Chester O'chimp dolls he collects from ebay. Is your dad this hard to get gifts for?

This year I am extra thankful for him, because he and my mom rented a home down the street from us to be around after Hudson was born for an entire month. After feeling stumped over what to get him, I realized the one thing he will always love is chocolate! He's a sweets lover like me, and a nice box of chocolates could never fail!

Enter merci. merci chocolate is all about expressing heartfelt gratitude, and the adorable custom holiday inserts makes them even more fun to hand out to those you're thankful for, because you can customize them. You can also print a 'merci list' which allows you to checkoff those on your holiday gift list easily!

If you're looking to give someone sweet something sweet this holiday season, visit merci HERE.

*This post is in partnership with merci, but all opinions are my own! 
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Friday, November 25, 2016

My Top Black Friday Finds + Gift Guide

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I am not a huge fan of crowds, so i've been loving shopping all of these sales from my bed! Here's a few of my favorite promotions, and some of my top finds for less! Hope this helps you with some holiday shopping!

J.Crew: Everything is 40% off!

Boden: 30% off

Madewell: 25% off everything!

Urban Outfitters: buy 1 get 1 50% off!

Minted: 20% off Holiday Cards!

Wayfair: Up to 80% off

West Elm: Buy more, save more - up to 30% off

Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NYC Holiday Shopping With Hudson & Uber

Everything becomes more challenging to accomplish with a newborn. There's certain things I just know we'll have to skip this year, like visiting the tree in Rockefeller center because of the crowds, but I am feeling super accomplished after tackling some holiday shopping with Hudson in tow! It was his first time in NYC, and we couldn't have done it without the help of UberX.

With Hudson being so little, the subways are totally off-limits. We love how easy it is to get around thanks to Uber, and knowing that the driver is safe . It's great to be able to see exactly when the driver is pulling up, and the drivers contact info for accountability in case anything were to happen. It puts all of my 'new mom fears" to rest. 

I hated the idea of not having a car seat when entering a car in the city, and luckily Uber Family Profiles now allows us moms to select a car with a carseat inside. When booking your car, all you have to do is select the "car seat" option, and it's only a $10 surcharge. Enter the promo code CARSEATNYC10 to get your first car seat surcharge-free! If you have any questions, there's more info here

We grabbed an Uber in lower manhattan and hopped on over to Soho to pick up some holiday goodies at Madewell. The Madewell on Broadway is my favorite, and I was so excited to find some cute gifts for family (my mom is just as hooked on Madewell as I am). 

We stopped by Irving Farm coffee roasters for some latte's before heading home. Hudson napped while we fueled up on caffeine. It felt so good to bring my baby to one of my favorite places, NYC, and I am so glad that UberX made traveling to the city with a newborn so much less daunting - plus we tackled tons of holiday shopping!

Thanks to Uber for sponsoring this post!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Red Hook, Brooklyn

I've been feeling comfortable enough to whip out the boob and adventure into the world with our baby boy. We changed him in the trunk of the car, I fed him on a bench in a park looking out at the statue of liberty, and this whole parenting thing is starting to get a little easier. Red Hook is one of our favorite places in Brooklyn - there's good BBQ at hometown, delicious pastries at Baked, the best key lime pie around and the views are insane. 

It felt good to venture out into the fresh air... and to WEAR OVERALLS. :)

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Where I Found Baby Gear That Fits My Aesthetic

Back when we lived in Miami, there was a Jonathan Adler store in the Design District that we used to frequent. I always loved his quirky design style, so when I found out he was designing a capsule collection of baby gear, I knew it would fit in perfectly to our home.

One of my biggest fears about having a baby was having our space taken over by bright colored, loud plastic toys. I enjoy living in a well-curated and organized home, so it's a relief to find toys that I don't mind taking over our space! The best part is how high-tech each piece is - like this mobile has a remote, so we can turn it on in the middle of the night without getting out of bed! Lifesaver. Plus Hudson looks SO cute playing with all of his new gear, and we can't wait to watch him grow with it.

This Rock n' Play Sleeper fits in so well, we can't remember what the room looked like before it came into our lives! haha! It also connects to our iPhones, which is a huge plus, and it rocks and plays music when you plug it in. The rock n' play we looked at beforehand needed batteries, so the fact that it just plugs in was enough to get me on board. 

You can shop the new Jonathan Adler X Fisher Price collection exclusively at buybuyBABY here

Thank you to heymama + Fisher Price for partnering on this post! 

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