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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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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween from Team Zissou!


We said we wanted to be Team Zissou all year, so I had to make it happen! One of my favorite things is DIY halloween costumes (see other years here, here, here and here) and this one probably took the longest of any I've made. I thrifted the actual clothing, and then made the patches with felt & puffy paint. All of the blue detailing on the shirts was painted on with fabric paint, and I DIYed the shoes with plain white sneaks.

Needless to say, we just want to wear these around town all day. TEAM ZISSOU!!

P.S. Happy Halloween! Make sure not to eat all the candy in one night! ;)
P.P.S. still pregnant!




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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pumpkin Carving // Baby Waiting + Updates


Tomorrow is my due date, and here we are still waiting. We went to the doctor on Thursday, and I was told if I was having contractions they would send me to labor & delivery (and I knew that I was having some, just was not sure if they were Braxton Hicks or the real thing). Turns out it was false labor. I had my membranes stripped again, and now we're just trying to pass the time and not think about it too much.

It feels like everything is getting closer to happening, but who knows. It's all so unpredictable! In the meantime, we're enjoying Halloween weekend together at home, carving pumpkins and drinking coffee! :)






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Friday, October 28, 2016

1 BIG tip to increase your instagram engagement


Instagram engagement is one of the biggest hot-button topics for bloggers and social media managers who are looking to run their feeds professionally. For work, we use a management platform called AgoraPulse, which allows us to keep an eye on incoming comments from Facebook, Twitter and instagram and comment back. I've been wanting to find something similar, but less expensive, to use for my blog, and I'm excited to share what I landed on with you guys (and no, this is not sponsored guys). 

One of the best ways to increase engagement, is to engage with your audience!!

That means when someone asks you a question, respond! Or even just say thanks to nice followers who took the time to leave you love. The problem with this is when you receive multiple comments, you may miss some on the instagram platform. That's where Iconosquare helps me out. 


The site costs $4.90 cents per month, but it works miracles. It lists out every comment you've received in the "Comment tracker"(see above) and lets you respond through the site, instead of manually going through every comment on instagram. As you read comments, you can mark them as read and/or respond. It helps you to never miss a comment, or miss out on writing back to people who have found your page! 

It also includes tons of analytics that you could export and use in a media kit. 

It obviously isn't for everyone, but once you hit the point when you feel like you're missing comments, or ignoring followers, something like this helps out a ton! 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Feeling


It's OFFICIALLY Halloween week! I pretty much wait for this week for the entire year, and I am so excited it's here. Who knows where I'll be (possibly in labor & delivery) but I still took a day to make a costume for Matt, baby and I and I'll be sharing it soon.

The leaves are in full swing, and I've been wearing all of my favorite "October" sweaters that I save for each year. Here's an outfit I wore around town to grab coffee and muffins. When we saw this picture perfect location, we had to stop and snap some pictures!







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Monday, October 24, 2016

A Checklist To Keep You Busy At 39-40 Weeks Pregnant


Hey all of you mama's out there who are waiting for baby & just as bored as I am... this list is for you! It took me a bit to figure out how to spend some time off without traveling (because who takes vacation and stays home, right?!) but I came up with this list, and I hope it helps you! It definitely kept me preoccupied, which is better than sitting around and twiddling thumbs!  



I'd love to hear what you did while you waited for baby! Leave more ideas in the comments! :)



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Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Walks With Kamik

Thanks to Zappos.com and Kamik for partnering on this post! 


With beautiful Fall in full swing, and Winter right around the corner, it's my favorite time of the year to step outside! The weather is BEAUTIFUL, and there's leaves everywhere. It's pure heaven, especially since i'm pretty uncomfortable and super pregnant (39 weeks!) I was definitely in the market for a stylish pair of boots that are durable this year, and I'm so glad to partner with Kamik and style these Evelyn boots. They're extremely comfortable, the perfect shape to style with jeans or overalls & the laces are mustard yellow - so they match the leaves!! :)

Luckily I was able to snatch them from Zappos.com with free shipping, making my super-tired preggo life way easier. Plus they have a 365-day return policy. Doesn't get much better than that ;) Now can we talk about these leaves...



^^ The trees were seriously unreal. I couldn't stop taking pictures.




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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

2 Podcasts I Can't Get Enough Of


Being that I'm 38 weeks pregnant, on maternity leave and just trying to get this baby out of me, I've been going on tons of walks! Walking for me can get a bit boring, but I've been passing the time by listening to podcasts. I find that they entertain me and also teach me about things I would never ever know or inquire about! Here's two that I just can't get enough of lately:

1. Reply All

This is my all-time favorite podcast. I've been listening back from the beginning, and always get a kick out of the odd ins and outs of the internet and technology that they explore. If you're looking for a new one that you'll get hooked on, give this one a go!




2. Social Pros

This podcast may not interest you if you don't work in social media or marketing, but if you do it's a gold mine. It's basically just people who work in the industry talking about best-practices!


I would love to hear what you're listening to, and your recommendations! Leave them in the comments! :)




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Monday, October 17, 2016

Nursery Gallery Wall With Framebridge


Before the baby arrives, it's tough to personalize their space. There's no pictures of them, except for ultrasound pictures, so I had a hard time adding a little bit of him to his room! Once we took our maternity photos, I knew I wanted to include a few, so he could look around and see some personalized pictures of his family in his space.

I had such a fun time filling this little wall space with framed pictures from Framebridge. We were able to order a few different frames that match the different colors of the room, and I included an ultrasound image just for kicks! I love how it warms up the space & personalizes it. The gold frame is my favorite!

Framebridge is offering you guys a discount, so if you're designing a new room, or want to gift someone a framed image for the holidays, it's a perfect time to order! Save 15% on your first order with the code STEFFYSPANDCS15




I also framed the image of the ultrasound that I used to tell my parents and my in-laws that I was pregnant. It's such a special picture of him, and it's one I wanted to remember forever.



Thank you Framebridge for partnering on this post! 
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Pumpkins at Dee's Nursery


We usually make a full-day adventure out of getting a pumpkin, but this year we didn't want to travel too far from home, but we still wanted to soak in some Halloween vibes. We went to this adorable nursery called Dee's that is local, and we were blown away by A. how fall-inspired everything looked and B. how many fun little kids things they had to do! There was a petting zoo that we'll definitely be taking the baby to next year!

We found this adorable round little pumpkin, and will be carving it in the next few days. It's one of my favorite yearly traditions. I actually am a bit behind in getting a costume this year, but I feel like I could pop at any second, and it's stressing me out a bit! My co-worker called it the "H-POCALYPSE" haha! But when he comes, my world will stop, so I am trying to do everything on my to-do list before the time comes!








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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What's in My Hospital Bag?


FOR BABY:
I tried to pack as light as possible for baby, because I've heard that the hospital provides most of the things he will need. Here's what am bringing:

- Diapers, just in case we need 
- Scratch mittens & socks
- A few hats, including one I handmade and this adorable knit bear hat
- A Milkbarn fox swaddle blanket
3 outfits, one in newborn size, one in size 0-3 months and one gown. All of the outfits have snaps/ zippers so it's easy to get him in and out. 





FOR MOM:

I'm a planner, so I put a ton of research in to what I will need for the hospital for myself, without overpacking. The only items not pictured are maxi pads (sadface), an outfit for going home in and my toiletries which I plan on packing at the last second! 

Nursing items
I know I am going to give breastfeeding a try, so I made sure to pack a few necessities for this, including lansinoh, nursing pads, and the boppy pillow with a slipcover.  

Recovery items
I've heard I will need a ton of Aleve, so I'm bringing that in case the hospital doesn't prescribe me anything. I've heard after a natural birth, this earth mama bottom spray is heaven sent, so I am giving it a try. I've also heard great things about the Belly Bandit, and plan on trying it out. 

Comfort items
I want to try to stay comfy in the hospital, so I plan on bringing this pajama set to feel a little more like myself. I'm also going to bring J.Crew slippers along to stay warm, and chapstick, because my friends keep telling me their lips were super dry. 





I always loved seeing what other moms-to-be packed, so I hope this helps you guys out!
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