Toddler Christmas Wishlist

Hi Guys! I have been so busy with the kids that I have barely had time to prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I put together a small wishlist that basically includes all that Charlee is getting for Xmas! Almost every item is on sale!

xoxo- J

Life Lately

Hi Friends! It’s been a minute. I had a baby on July 21st!!! My delicious Adeline Blake. The transition from 1-2 kids has been absolute insanity! I will say that after 6 weeks though I have finally found my footing. Adeline is on a schedule now, sleeping through the night and way more predictable. Before that, I was just flying by the seat of my pants!

I am excited to be back to blogging and will try and do a post a week. That said, today I don’t have much time but I’ve been dying to share a few things with you all that have been a part of my every day with my family and myself.

This amazing Fanny Pack: Matt got me this fanny pack for my birthday and it has become my new favorite bag. I actually wear it slung around my shoulder and I love having my phone, sanitizer, and wallet so easily accessible. I had never heard of this brand but I love their stuff!

These Momma Bear earrings: My friend Katie got me these too! Aren’t they too cute!

My arm and hand candy:

I love these bracelets from The Style Collection! I wear this mosaic bracelet and this Lexi bracelet almost every day. I love mixing silver and gold together. I also bought this custom ring with my girl’s names on it. I absolutely LOVE it and it’s under $50! I also have a small obsession with my Fitbit. I wear it every day and love tracking my sleep and my steps. I ordered this really cute band to style it up a bit. I love it.

Stoney Clover Masks: I just got a few new masks from this brand and I really like them. The fabric is high quality and they are super cute.

Sleep training book: Addie is officially sleep trained! She started sleeping through the night at 5.5 weeks. She’s doing so well! You can learn a little about how I sleep trained Charlee three years ago here. This experience sleep-training Addie has been so much easier than it was with C since I knew what I was doing way earlier on in the process. I used the same method for both girls. To be honest, my 3-year-old has been waking us up with night terrors a few times a night which is so fun…NOT!

This new blouse: I am obsessed with this brand and the quality of the top. I bought a bunch from this brand. Also, having a button-down makes it so much easier to pump!

Mary Ruth Multivitamin: I learned about this Multivitamin from my dear friend Julie of @Julethebee. I used to take melatonin on nights I had trouble sleeping. I didn’t love the way melatonin made me feel though, and then when I got pregnant I had to stop taking melatonin altogether. I had a lot of sleep problems while pregnant due to discomfort so this was particularly annoying. I decided to try the Mary Ruth nighttime multivitamin since it was highly recommended by Julie and also pregnancy safe. All I can say is WOW. This stuff works, and it makes you feel awesome when you wake up!

Kids facemasks: Ok, I have tried a bunch of different brands of face masks. The Gap ones have been awesome and the price is great. I also really liked these tie-dye masks by Little Mia Bella that I found on etsy. They are awesome and super cute. This is also a really cute one that I got from the same shop.

The Baby Bjorne Bouncer: This is my favorite baby seat! It’s so mobile and I can take Adeline from room to room. She loves to sit and watch me get ready in the mornings and she also is learning to bounce in it. So cute!

The Peloton bike: I am so excited to finally get to workout! I am hoping to get cleared by next Tuesday and finally get on our new Peloton! We have had it for two weeks and Matt has been on it almost every day.

Fiber Gourmet: Healthy and low calorie and carb kinds of pasta! OMG this pasta is AMAZING. I have always been on the lookout for a good pasta alternative that doesn’t taste like ass. This one tastes like the real thing and also keeps you full. I am a big fan of Palmini, but I am always hungry after I eat it.

There are so many more things I want to share, but that’s all for now. Hope you all have a great labor day weekend!

xoxo,

Jess

Update on our Move & direct links to the items we have purchased so far

Hi Friends! We are starting the beginning of our third week here in our new place in Hoboken, NJ. So far it’s been the best decision and we are loving it! Having more space inside and outdoors has been a welcomed change and I feel very blessed to be safe and sound in our new home. The move was stressful, but we made it through safely. It’s taken us a while to unpack and we are still not done but we are so close! Having Charlee home all day and Matt working makes it difficult to find the time to get our new home organized, so we are taking it slow! It has been such a fun project for me to work on and decorating this new space has been a blast so far. It’s a great quarantine project! I get a lot of questions asking where I have been getting a ton of items for our new place so I thought I’d just link them here. Unfortunately, due to COVID I clearly am not participating in any blog photoshoots, so I hope you don’t mind the lack of photos.

Backyard:

Outdoor Sectional: We purchased the white cushion version and so far we LOVE it! The fabric is rain resistant and it’s easy to clean with a little folex. We need to purchase a cover for the sectional so we don’t have to keep putting the cushions in storage. If anyone has a great sectional rain cover, let me know!

Outdoor table and chairs set: This has been one of our best finds! We finally had a chance to put it together yesterday and it’s amazing. It comes with 8 chairs and they have these little holes in them which is great when it rains. The rain water doesn’t sit in the seat.

Outdoor umbrella: This is a great umbrella and it’s also a great deal right now. We got the color Olefin White.

Outdoor rug: Can’t say enough about Home Depot! They have the best outdoor rugs. This one is gorge and super affordable.

Outdoor Pillows: mustard yellow pillows, striped lumbar pillow, black and white tasseled pillow, white chevron patterned pillow, Jungle print pillow

Playroom:

Toy Storage: I had been on the hunt for storage under 2 feet tall to fit under our windows. These are well priced and the bins actually store a ton of toys.

Playroom Rug: I finally tried a Ruggable rug. I really like this rug for the playroom, but I wouldn’t buy this rug for any other room. Full transparency, the rug is super thin and just doesn’t have that cozy feel you want for a rug. That being said, it’s wonderful for a room where there will be a lot of mess since you can take it apart and throw it into the wash.

Who Run the World Art Print: I am thinking about purchasing this amazing print either for Charlee’s room or the playroom. I just love it!

Bedroom Closet and Organizational items:

Over the door shoe rack: Amazing price and a great product! Holds 36 pairs! It’s also great because this shoe rack can adjust to accommodate boots as well.

Shelf organizers: These are awesome for keeping open shelving organized. The are super universal in size too.

Stacking shelves: I use these in every single closet in our home. They stack and create an instant shelf. It’s great if you have an extra room on the top shelf and need to maximize vertical space. We used these in our last apartment to maximize the space.

Family Room:

Faux Hermes Blanket: This is an awesome dupe! It takes a while to ship but I recommend it if you’re looking for an Hermes dupe!

New statement pillow

Kitchen:

Hand soap & dish soap labels: I LOVE these labels. They are so affordable and easy to apply to a soap dispenser.

Duo soap dispenser:

Girl’s Bathroom:

Hand Towels in pink stripe

Towels

Shower Curtain

Bathroom Rug

Bathroom Print: I found this print on Etsy and loved it! I got it printed for 79 cents at Staples and then ordered a frame from Target. It’s a super affordable little DIY project and I love how it turned out!

Charlee’s Room:

Rug: I have gotten really luck with rugs this move. I LOVE this and it looks so cute in her room

Bed: Bought this bed on super sale! Love it.

Pillows: How cute are these pillows?

I hope I linked all the items you guys wanted me to. If not, feel free to let me know and I’ll update this post!

xoxo-Jess

How I’m surviving Quarantine while Pregnant

Dress: Asos

Hi Everyone! I am reporting live from my sofa while Charlee plays with her baby dolls at my feet. It has been almost 4 full weeks of quarantine here in NYC and it’s an experience, unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed. Over the past 3.5 weeks, I have been focusing on just trying to be present with my family and taking it one day at a time. Last week I was furloughed from my part-time job, which was a bummer. My company has taken a big hit due to this pandemic but hope to recover and hire us back. That said, working made it so hard to care for Charlee. It was really wearing on me and in a way being furloughed has been a blessing. Now that I am not working, I have way less stress and I am really enjoying my time with Charlee. Matt has his workstation set up in our bedroom and comes out for short breaks and to eat meals with us. It’s a bit of a tight situation but it works and we are making the best of it. Some of the hard parts of this experience has been my neck pain. I’ll talk more about that below.

Quarantine Update

I have been outside a total of 4 times over the past 3.5 weeks. Two of those times were my routine pregnancy appointments and two were walks outside with Charlee. I have decided not to go for walks anymore though until we move to Hoboken. We move in 10 days! I am SO excited to get out of the city. We hired movers (movers are considered essential workers) to pack us up and also move us. This is going to be a huge help considering I am basically useless and it’s almost impossible to pack your apartment with a 2-year-old around. Our new home will have 4 bedrooms and a backyard. I can’t WAIT to have outdoor space. That has been by far the most difficult thing about quarantine for our family. We live in a 1200 square foot apartment which is big for NY standards. That said, it’s never felt smaller than it does now haha! As hard as it has been to be stuck inside, I must say that I have LOVED spending so much time with Charlee and Matt. I like to think about how rare this is and how it would most likely never happen without this pandemic. In a way, it is a blessing to be forced to be together. I try to focus on the good things and it makes it easier. I am human and have my moments where I lose my sh&% but at the end of the day I know I’ll look back at this time with my family fondly.

Here is a list of items that have saved me throughout quarantine. Some are kiddo related, some are not, but I hope this list is helpful!

  1. This kid’s trampoline was the best $6o I’ve ever spent ha! Charlee loves this thing and it’s a great way to get her energy out as we are stuck inside all day.
  2. This car tape has been a great little activity for Charlee. She loves to drive her school bus and cars down the “street.” It also comes off the floor easily so don’t worry about it sticking to the floor forever.
  3. I purchased this painting set for Charlee and it’s awesome. It comes with everything you need to set up an art station. The best part is that it’s completely washable and I only have to use water to get rid of the paint. Highly recommend!
  4. I love this self-tanning spray and I use it two days in a row and then take two days off, so I always have color on my face. I swear it makes all the difference since I am unable to get any natural sun. Having color on my skin just makes me feel prettier. Is that weird? LOL! I spray it all over my face before bed. The instructions say to rub it in but I don’t. I let it dry before my head hits the pillow and I pass out.
  5. This cleansing balm has been a game-changer for my nighttime routine. You put the balm all over your dry face and rub it into your eyes and wherever else your makeup is. Then you use a little water and a washcloth and it completely cleans your face and removes all your makeup. It basically replaced three of my previous products.
  6. Tik Tok! HAHA! I know this is terrible to admit, but this app has been a blast for me. It’s super entertaining to scroll through videos and definitely fills some of my time.
  7. I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Some of my favorites include The Skinny Confidential, Crime Junkies, and To Live and Die in LA
  8. I have been doing a ton of baking with Charlee as a great time filling activity. Charlee loves to help me cook and bake! I found this recipe and have been making these nonstop. They are such a great healthy alternative to cookies and taste delicious. Charlee loves them!
  9. We cook a lot during quarantine, but we also have been doing our best to support local businesses. Some of my favorite places for delivery are The Smith, BKK Eatery, Her name is Han and Eataly. Delivery from these places is available on seamless or Caviar. The Smith is by far the best deal I have found. They are offering a meal for two that includes a salad, two entrees, two sides and two cookies for $40!
  10. I have been using the little free time that I have to start planning out the design for the new apartment. We plan on giving baby sister Charlee’s crib and nursery items. That means we will need to design a big girl room for Charlee! I have been having so much fun planning out her room. So far I have purchased this rug, this pillow, and these cute personalized wall hooks.
  11. I discovered this company called Negative Underwear on Instagram and took a chance on a no-underwire bra. Now I rarely take it off! This bra is the only bra I have ever found that is still supportive without underwire. Highly recommend!
  12. I have always been obsessed with my Ugg Slippers but now I am obsessed more than ever. These really are the best slippers ever and I basically live in them now.

Pregnancy Update

Phew! Where to being!? I haven’t done a pregnancy update yet so this is going to be a bit long!

I will be 23 weeks pregnant in two days. Baby girl weighs a little over 1 lb and is healthy and growing on track. At my last ultrasound, it looked like I had the beginnings of placenta previa which is a little scary. Basically what that means is that the placenta is blocking the cervix. It could go away on its own but if it doesn’t, it just means that I will be delivering baby girl via c-section which I was actually planning on anyways due to my neck and spinal issues. I am on pelvic rest for this month until my next ultrasound. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it goes away, but I’ll keep you all posted. If it doesn’t go away on its own then I’ll have to be on pelvic rest for the duration of this pregnancy which stinks.

Going to my ultrasound alone was really scary I must admit. In NY they are limiting all Dr. visits to one person. The Drs and nurses all wearing PPE and it’s just a really weird and creepy experience. This ultrasound scan took FOREVER…like 2 hours and I just knew something was up. After my scan, they took me into another room to speak to the Dr. over the phone. The Drs were working remotely. It was just a very overwhelming experience hearing this information alone and my heart breaks for anyone that had worse news to hear than me without anyone there to support them. My heart also breaks for anyone who had to deliver alone. I had two friends that had to deliver all alone before they lifted that rule. It’s just horrible to even think about it.

This pregnancy has been by far way harder than my pregnancy with Charlee. My first pregnancy was definitely hard, but this pregnancy is on another level. For anyone who is confused, I have two slipped discs in my upper cervical spine. I hurt myself last August and have not recovered since. I have been dealing with chronic neck pain since then and ended up getting pregnant during my treatment. In my first trimester, I was forced to stop taking my spine medications that helped control some of the pain. I was in so much pain that I went into a very dark place. I also had horrible morning sickness on top of the neck pain. The pain got so bad, that I ended up getting approved to see a fetal medicine Dr. who thank God approved for me to get back on a few of my old medications at a lower dose. I was also approved for a cortisone shot which I got around 11 weeks. I also went to a psychiatrist who wanted to give me medication for my depression, but I decided to try the pain relievers first to see if that helped my mood. Luckily the medication and cortisone shot made a huge difference in regards to pain and my overall mental health. I went from a 10/10 to a 4/10. I have neck pain every day, but it is now manageable. I have only had two flare-ups since January and luckily I recovered from them and went back to my normal pain levels. The flare-ups are caused by my body getting bigger from the pregnancy and my neck adjusting to it. I expect to have more before the baby comes. I have an appointment in May with a top ortho surgeon to discuss a plan for after I have the baby. I clearly need surgery but obviously that has been put on pause with this pregnancy. The reason I am sharing all of this is not to make anyone feel sorry for me, but to talk about how important it is to be your own advocate. I am lucky to live in NYC along with some of the best Doctors. The problem is, these Doctors are a bit jaded and see people in pain all the time. I had to literally call every day and beg for earlier appointments. Luckily my Doctors heard me and they were able to work with me and set up a plan, but if I had not been my own advocate, I would have been in pain for much longer. I also want to talk about depression during pregnancy. I obviously was depressed because of my pain situation but my hormones were going haywire and I was having really dark thoughts. It was really scaring me and I knew that I wasn’t myself. I opened up to Matt about it one day. He was so supportive and he urged me to speak to someone ASAP. I am now speaking to a therapist every 2-3 weeks and it has made a big difference for me. Having an outlet to share my thoughts and emotions has been incredibly valuable. I have been learning how to cope with pain in a way that doesn’t affect my entire life. It’s easy for the pain to be the focus, but I have learned to allow the pain to just be something I am dealing with and not let it define my life. I have also started meditating and trying to focus on the good things in my life makes a big difference.

I know that was pretty heavy and a lot of information. I just wanted to share in case anyone is going through something similar because you are not alone!

Having said all that, my baby girl is doing great and growing every day. I feel her kick me all the time and I just love that feeling. It’s pretty nuts! I have gained around 25 lbs but other than the neck pain, I feel pretty good. I crave orange and mango juice like it’s my job but other than that I haven’t had any significant cravings in the second trimester. It hit me the other day that I am going to have two children in less than 4 months! I am so excited to meet this little angel. I already love her so much already and I know this will all be worth it.

There have been some items that have made this pregnancy easier. Take a look at the list below:

  1. Pregnancy pillow: This is like sleeping in a soft squishy boat. It’s amazing. I highly recommend!
  2. I use this oil all over my body every single night before bed. It keeps my skin super moisturized. I was lucky not to get stretch marks with Charlee and I am hoping it doesn’t happen with this baby either!
  3. I have been taking these prenatal vitamins and I love the taste. I wanted to try rituals vitamins but they are always sold out!
  4. This water bottle has helped keep me on track with hydration. I find it really helps eliminate headaches when I am properly hydrated!

Thank you for your support and sweet messages. I pray that all of you are safe and healthy. This little community I have built is so special to me and I really appreciate you all following along on my journey.

xoxo-J

Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a 2.5 Year Old

Hi Guys! How are you all holding up during this crazy time? We got home Saturday night from our family vacation in Park City, Utah. When we left the Coronavirus didn’t seem like that big of a threat…Oh, how things can change in 7 days! I heard that they are closing all of the ski parks in Park City TODAY. Literally the day after we left. The timing was absolutely on our side and I feel very blessed about that. This coming week, Charlee will be home with me while I try and work from home. I am very anxious about it all, but I know we will all get through it and everyone is basically in the same position. Matt, unfortunately, has to go into the office for the time being…that may change in the coming days.

Anyways, this trip was one of the first times we were able to really enjoy our flight with Charlee. She is great on flights now and plays with all the activities I pack and is good at watching her shows. We, of course, get up and walk the aisles every once in a while, but to be honest, this trip was awesome! I wanted to share an updated list of things that made our flight so easy. I’ve written these posts for traveling with baby and toddler if you want to read those as well!

Check out the list below:

Fun N Fly Foldable travel tray: This thing is AMAZING. I really wish I knew it existed for previous trips! This travel tray fits on top of all standard size airplane trays. It velcros together and clips around the airplane tray, keeping it from sliding. It comes with a lot of small pockets and areas to put snacks and keeps a cup stabilized. It’s great for keeping crayons from rolling off and keeps the area clean for snacks. Charlee absolutely loved having this tray and so did Momma!

Amazon Fire tablet: We always travel with a ton of activities which includes the Amazon Fire. We were debating what to get Charlee for travel and I did a ton of research before deciding on the Fire. We have downloaded a ton of Apps, including Disney + and PBS kids. It’s a great price and super durable for my kiddo.

Headphones: Charlee got these headphones as a Christmas gift from family and they have been so awesome. They are adjustable and stay put. We had originally bought Bluetooth headphones but found these chorded ones to be way less difficult to set up. Also, by the time your kiddo will wear headphones, they won’t mind the chord.

Playdough: I always bring playdough on a flight now. I usually bring a small set of three colors and some playdough accessories as well. C loves to play with it!

Sticker books: Stickers are always a hit with C so I try and bring a set of stickers for the flight. It usually gives us at least 30 minutes of activity time!

Coloring books: I always buy a few brand new coloring books off of Amazon to surprise C with on a flight. This trip I got this Frozen sticker and activity book as well as this Moana one. She was SO excited.

Skip Hop stainless steel stackable lunch kit: I made a quick trip to Buy Buy Baby before our flight and discovered this new product! These are awesome and keep food cold or hot for a long time. For the trip to Park City, I packed a PB&J and fresh strawberries. It was a hit with C!

Memory games: Charlee is obsessed with this Memory game that my friend Katie suggested of @fashionandford. C would play this for hours if I had the stamina lol!

Stasher bags: These are amazing! Matt randomly ordered these bags and I have been using them for anything and everything for Charlee. I used the smaller sized bag to store crayons and pencils for the flight. Normally I’d use a plastic baggie but those get gross and destroyed. I love being able to clean and reuse these!

I really hope this post gets you guys excited about FUTURE travel lol! And mostly, I hope you all are safe and healthy. We got this!

XOXO-J

 

The most delicious Fettuccine Alfredo with broccoli

Hi Everyone! It’s been a while since I posted but I am so happy to be back. As many of you know, I am pregnant with my second baby girl! Being pregnant, my cravings have been all over the place and carbs make this Momma and baby happy…SO…queue my craving for fettuccine Alfredo! I am such a fan of this dish because it tastes DELICIOUS and reminds me of that classic flavor we all expect when ordering at a restaurant. There is a secret ingredient and I am going to share it with you all. The secret is to add more pecorino romano cheese than Parmesan. It gives this pasta the most amazing flavor and takes it to the next level!

Also, this meal can totally be keto if you sub the noodles for any low-carb option. I am just feeling the carbs lately!

 

Ingredients: 

  • Fettuccine Alfredo noodles: You can use about 1/2-3/4 of the box of fettucini depending on the number of people you are feeding and how much sauce you like on your noodles.
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • salt and pepper
  • dash of garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup of grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • broccoli (either already steamed and chopped into small pieces, or cooked frozen broccoli and chopped into bite size pieces)

Directions:

  • Start cooking your pasta
  • In a medium size pan, start melting the stick of butter on low-ish heat
  • add the cream once the butter starts to melt a little bit
  • Salt and pepper that layer
  • Once the butter completely melts into the cream, add your cheeses and dash of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper this layer
  • stir the cheese into the milk and butter until it’s all melted and creamy
  • Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add your delicious Alfredo sauce
  • Then add your cooked broccoli and mix all together so the sauce coats all the noodles and broccoli
  • DEVOUR and thank me later 😉

Surviving the Holidays with Jetblack

^^ Charlee and I riding the bus home from school 🙂

Ok, so I know this is taboo but I am going to out my secret. Well, for those of you who have been following me for a while this isn’t really a secret! Either way, I am here to talk about my ride or die service,  Jetblack. I have been using this service since April of this year and since I began I honestly can’t imagine my life without it. You can read about how I use the app and service in this blog post on a normal basis. Having said that, we are now deep into the holiday season, and I have a new appreciation for Jetblack.

Jetblack has come to my rescue for almost every Holiday need. If you aren’t familiar with Jetblack, I’ll give you the rundown. Jetblack is a membership-only shopping service powered by expert research and personal recommendations. Simply text what you need and Jetblack will deliver it FREE with lightning speed; gift wrapping, assembly, and product expertise included always. This is the most valuable service, especially during the crazy Holiday Season. Matt and I are heading to California for Christmas which means I needed to send all of the gifts for the family to California. Instead of ordering on Amazon, Nordstrom or wherever else I wanted to order from, and having everything shipped unwrapped, I just texted Jetblack with the items I wanted to purchase as gifts. They took on the hassle of ordering the items and gift wrapping and labeling them. All I have to do is show up for Christmas and all the gifts will be there ready to be unwrapped. It’s also saved me when it comes to Xmas gifts for teachers and friends. I texted Jetblack on Monday when I realized I hadn’t gotten a gift for Charlee’s teachers. They sent over a ton of gift ideas for me to peruse, I chose what I wanted and then two days later the gifts showed up at my apartment gift-wrapped and labeled!

The best part about Jetblack is the fact that I get to spend more time with my sweet girl, rather than worrying about all the little things that tend to add up as a Mom. If you are interested in joining the Jetblack tribe, you can use the link and code below to get early access off the waitlist! We can all be super Moms together!

Code: JessUp01
I hope you all have a great rest of your week! Christmas is a week away!
xoxo-J

Family Xmas Photos 2019

Photos by: Shadi Garman

Dress: Coat: Club Monaco Boots: Stuart Weitzman Charlee’s Dress: Old Navy Coat: Gap Shoes: Mini Melissa

Hi Friends! Can you believe it’s less than two weeks until Xmas?! I can’t get over how close we are to the Holidays. We got back a few weekends ago from NC where we spent almost a week with my side of the family for Thanksgiving. It was so much fun! My sister and I hosted Thanksgiving at her house and cooked for 24 hours. It was intense but everything came out so delicious! I must say I am really proud of us.

Last year I put together a bunch of extensive Holiday Shopping lists for each member of the family. This year, I am just going to write out a few items I purchased and am looking forward to gifting the people in my life since I feel like everyone and their Mom is putting together these lists! I also am so busy with work and life in general so I hope you forgive me for the lack of shopping lists this year! Take a look at the list below on some of the items I have been coveting recently. I’m also sharing some random links and resources that I think you guys would find interesting!

  1. I just purchased this makeup remover towel and I am obsessed. I have been looking for a more eco-friendly way to remove makeup and this is amazing!
  2. I went to TJ maxx for a ton of xmas presents for Charlee. They have an incredible gift department filled with Melissa and Doug toys! What I didn’t realize was that you could buy the toys online. Look!
  3. I just bought Charlee these new snow boots and they are so cozy and cute. Under $35
  4. These pajamas are amazing. Make sure to size up though as they run super small. I bought a large and I’m usually a small on top and a medium on bottom
  5. I am trying Cranial Therapy tomorrow to help with my neck pain. I am actually feeling a bit better but I want to try something new and this came highly recommended. I’ll keep you guys posted on how it goes
  6. I love a Woodwick candle. They smell so good
  7.  Matt got me this amazing pillow for Xmas and gave it to me early. I can’t say enough about this pillow. It’s so comfortable and supposed to be great for your skin
  8.  Have you listened to the new Celine Dion album Courage? I can’s top listening! I am heading down to NC in late January to see Celine perform in Charlotte with my sister. I can’t WAIT!
  9. This month in book club we are reading Demi Moore’s new memoir, Inside Out. It’s so good and an easy read. I’m looking forward to discussing it next month!
  10. Have you listened to Celine Dion’s new CD Courage? It may be my new favorite!!!

xoxo-J

 

Cozy Morning in NYC

Thank you to Croscill for Sponsoring this post!

Photography by Shadi Garman

Hi Everyone! I am so excited to share these photos with you guys. It’s the weekend and that means Matt and I get to spend two whole days with this little monkey. Weekends are so much fun but they can also be super exhausting taking care of a toddler. We took Charlee to a really fun playground in Central Park and she threw a fit before we left because she had to wear a scarf and gloves. I will say as a team effort Matt and I were able to get her to wear her outdoor gear, but it was not without a fight! Anyone else dealing with toddler tantrums?

Anyways, our weekends when we are in town are pretty standard. We usually snuggle in bed together for a little while in the morning before we get up and start our day. Croscill reached out to partner and sent us over this absolutely beautiful bedding. I was so excited to partner because I’m a huge fan of this brand. I am also a huge fan of very neutral bedding which is why I love this set. I want to jump into bed every night! Charlee is also a big fan and keeps referring to our bed as “cosy cosy.”

This weekend has been so busy and I have wanted to share some random links and thoughts with you all below:

  1. This tanning water is a game-changer. I look like I just stepped off the beach every morning with a beautiful glow!
  2. Are you a fan of the office? Then you MUST listen to the Office Ladies podcast hosted by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey. They break down every episode of the show and share really fascinating BTS info! I am only on the second episode and I’m hooked.
  3. I bought Charlee these adorable shearling winter knee-high boots and I want a pair for myself.
  4. I rented the most incredible faux leather puffer from Rent the Runway unlimited. It can be yours for purchase here.
  5. Why do we have to change the clocks twice a year?! It really screws with Charlee’s sleep schedule.
  6. I have a new obsession with the cinnamon bread from LC foods. I made french toast with it this weekend and the whole family devoured it!
  7. Next week is crazy for me work-wise and I already have anxiety, Anyone else struggle with Sunday Scaries?!
  8. I took Charlee to Tacombi on Friday night for a little Mommy and me date night. I had no idea how kid-friendly it was. They had crayons and high chairs and everything!
  9. I got a cortisone shot on Thursday and I feel like a new person. I basically have ZERO pain. It’s so wonderful!! I have been working so hard all weekend on strength exercises for my back. I realize the cortisone is a sort of bandaid but I need to take advantage of being pain-free so I can get stronger. I start PT tomorrow morning at 9AM and I can’t wait to get better!
  10. If you are interested in what I rent using my Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription, make sure to follow my new Instagram channel: @Myrentedwardrobe !!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

xoxo,

Jess

 

Brunch Date with Shadi and Charlee and 10 random things

Photography by Shadi Garman

These photos are from a brunch date I went on with Charlee and my dear friend Shadi. If you are ever looking for a photographer in NY area, make sure to reach out. I linked her website above. I just love how low key and natural this moment is and captured!

This is a totally random list of things I wanted to share. Enjoy!

  1. I just started re-watching Sex and the City on Amazon Prime. I just love that show.
  2. I started using a period cup, and now I will never go back to tampons. This is the best invention ever!
  3. We are in the middle of terrible two’s right now and it is not easy. Anyone else have a tantrum child? Charlee is the best but she gets very emotional quickly at random times and doesn’t know how to self regulate. It can be super stressful. Any and all advice and insight is welcomed!
  4. Last weekend we celebrated Matt’s 40th birthday and I wore this dress. I am so obsessed with it. I wish I had more places to wear it.
  5. My new go-to low carb cracker is Sigdal. They taste so much better than gg crackers and I only eat one usually and feel super full with yummy toppers. My current fave topping is liver pate and cucumbers. So weird, but it’s a Swedish thing. Try it!
  6. I have finally found a water bottle I love. This munchkin one is awesome and doesn’t leak!
  7. I just downloaded Tik Tok and I have never felt older lol! It’s fun to browse but don’t look out for my tik tok videos any time soon!
  8. We are taking family photos for Holiday cards this weekend. Of course, this weekend is also the Marathon so that totally derails my plan for beautiful Central Park pics. Oh well! We will stay in the neighborhood. I rented this dress for the photoshoot which i’ll pair with a camel coat and boots. Charlee is and Charlee is going to wear this adorable dress with a faux fur bolero on top. I CAN’T handle the cuteness!
  9. Have you heard of the Recently app? It’s an app that creates little magazines out of your photos. I have used it to create a magazine of Charlee’s first and second year. Love it!
  10. I just got a Gap card AND an Old Navy card and I’m mad I waited so long to get it. I got Charlee’s whole outfit for family photos for under $50! Totally worth it!
  11. Bonus! I love this low carb keto friendly cereal. It has zero sugar and tastes like cinnamon Toast Crunch. Charlee also loves it!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!

xoxo-J