A little red dress and 10 Life hacks that keep me sane!

 

Photos by Shadi Garman

Dress: Reformation Shoes: here Headband: Asos Earrings: Zara Bag: here

Hi Everyone! Wow it’s been such a busy summer for us so far. I’ve barely had time to even think about posting on the blog! We have been traveling and just so busy with life with our little toddler. My Mom actually sent me the link to this red dress and man am I glad she did. It’s the perfect summer dress. It’s so lightweight and can be dressed up or down. I also love the small slit up the leg, which gives it a little something extra.

I am constantly trying to make my life a little less stressful, and ultimately find things that make my life easier. I thought I’d put together this totally random list of things I think you all need to know about. Each items has helped relieve some of the crazy that is being a Mom of a 2 year old :).

  1. A makeup setting spray that is also a sunscreen: This setting spray by Goop has been a game changer for me this summer. It acts as a setting spray, but also allows you to reapply sunscreen on your face without messing up your makeup! It’s perfect for beach days where you want to wear a little concealer and mascara without ruining your makeup. I always like to have a little concealer on at the pool lol!
  2. Travel makeup remover wipes: These are so awesome when traveling! I love that I can throw 3-4 in my makeup bag when going away for the weekend instead of having to pack the whole thing.
  3. Packing Cubes: How have I lived without packing cubes?! I have to be honest, I originally thought that these seemed kind of silly but now I can’t travel without them. They help keep everything organized and you can fit SO much in one cube. I have three sets! One for all three of us :).
  4. A travel Steamer: Everyone needs a travel steamer in their life. I bring this with me every time I go away on vacation. Matt uses it every morning to steam his shirts before work. It’s so much more efficient than an iron and easier to bring out and put away!
  5. Uber Car Seat: If you are a city family like we are, I hope you know about Uber carseat. It’s so great when I am running around the city and need a ride home with Charlee, or if we need to get somewhere in the surrounding Burroughs and don’t want to bring our own enormous carseat. It’s a little more expensive but it’s worth every penny.
  6. Jetblack: yes I have spoken about this before, but signing up for Jetblack has been the BEST decision ever. I really can’t recommend them enough. You can read a little more about our partnership here and why you need this service!
  7. Laser hair removal: DO IT. I can not recommend getting laser hair removal any more than any self care! I have gotten laser hair removal for my bikini line, my upper lip, underarms and my legs. It’s been a game changer. I shave my legs once a week which saves me so much time! I go to Deify laser in the city. Highly recommend!
  8. Boon sippy covers: Charlee is at the age where she will drink from any kind of cup, even ones that don’t have tops. That said, sometimes it’s nice to be able to turn a plastic cup into a sippy cup in case we are somewhere where spills aren’t welcome. I am so glad I discovered Boone silicon covers. They go over and on top of virtually any cup and instantly turn it into a sippy cup! I keep one in my diaper bag when we travel. They also have tops with straws I need to check out.
  9. I just bought collapsable Laundry Baskets and my life has been changed!! In my house we are ALWAYS doing laundry. I use a few laundry baskets to keep the laundry organized before it gets put away, but I am always annoyed that the baskets take up so much room in our small apartment when they aren’t in use. That is until I found these collapsable laundry baskets!!! I can’t believe what a clutter remover this has been!
  10. I always have a wireless charger with me. My phone is always at 10% lol so I carry around the Mophy charger at all times. It’s such a great thing to have in a pinch!
  11. Ok, bonus one: It’s taken me like 6 years, but I finally bought a color cover for my keys. I swear I always pick the wrong key when I go to unlock the door lol!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and have a great rest of your week! Let me know if there are any life hacks you need to share with me that I am clearly missing out on!

xoxo-J

Miami 2019 and the 1 Hotel South Beach Review

Bathing suit: Zara (sold out) Earrings: Mango Shoes: Hermès Bag: Goyard

Hi Guys! Matt and I got back Sunday after a 5 day trip to Miami (sans baby) and a long weekend spent with family. It was so relaxing and amazing and I am thrilled we did it.  My incredible Mom and Papa watched Charlee all week while Matt and I relaxed by the pool sipping cocktails, eating out at amazing restaurants and just being present with each other. We had the absolute BEST time and it was so fun to just be together and relax! In Miami, we stayed at the 1 Hotel South Beach. We have been to the 1 in Brooklyn and fell in love with it so we knew we would be thrilled with the South Beach location.  You guys, this hotel is NO JOKE. I don’t have many photos of the hotel grounds because I was really trying to stay off my phone and just focus on Matt, but I can tell you that it was one of the most beautiful hotels I have EVER been to.  The 1 Hotel South Beach prides itself on being eco-friendly and sustainable. We had a fabulous stay there and the service was incredible. I put together some information you should find useful if you’re considering staying there.

1 Hotel South Beach Tips and Facts

  1. There are a few different pools on campus. We liked going to the rooftop pool as it does not allow children. We obviously love kids but we were going for an adult only vibe if you know what I mean ;). The rooftop pool is smaller than the 3rd floor pool, and all guests that stay in the hotel are given a lounge chair and umbrella free of charge. I recommend getting there early to get a good seat by the pool. They have a great service system there as well! You can just push a button on the side of your lounge chair and the servers are alerted that you want to order. You can have lunch delivered to your chairs as well as any cocktail. I recommend the skinny Piña Colada and I always added a rum floater ;).
  2. The 3rd floor pool is much larger than the rooftop pool and it has a fabulous view of the beach. We went to this pool the first day and really enjoyed the view. I personally like the rooftop pool better but you really can’t go wrong
  3. Both pools have complimentary SPF for all guests
  4. The 1 hotel offers free use of their bikes. Matt and I went on a bike ride in the afternoon almost everyday along the south beach walking and bike trail. It was so fun.
  5. There are a bunch of incredible restaurants at the hotel. We loved eating at the rooftop restaurant Watr for snacks and drinks. We also went to the buffet at Habitat every day. This was included in our stay as we booked with American Express travel.
  6. There is a Soulcycle leased out of the 1 Hotel South beach building. We worked out almost every day we were there as it was so convenient!
  7. We clearly didn’t use it, but there is a kids club at the resort that is open fro 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
  8. There is also a lot of cute shops that are leased out of the building as well in case you forget something or just want to shop.
  9. There is a Wallgreens across the street from the hotel. We made a run there for waters and snacks for the room
  10. Speaking of the rooms, we stayed in a two room suite. There were two large rooms but only one king bed. It was a one bedroom two bathroom suite with views of the water. There is a pull out couch and two HUGE closets. It also had laundry in the unit as well as a full kitchen. We were super impressed with the suite and thought it would be an amazing room for families. I could have put Charlee’s pack and play in the closet and given her, her own room!

Things we did in Miami worth noting!

  1. We went to dinner at Pao. It is a MUST visit. I Recommend doing the summer tasting if you go this summer and make sure you order the fried chicken with banana ketchup
  2. The hotel Faena is where Pao is located. There is an amazing variety burlesque show there called Samsara. We went to dinner at Pao, and then to the show. It was amazing!
  3. Casa Tua is a gorgeous and super romantic restaurant.
  4. Havana 1957– Best cuban sandwich I’ve ever eaten and located in the heart of Española which is a fun place to walk around. I also recommend ordering a mojito. They are SO good.
  5. We had late afternoon drinks and appetizers at Call me Gaby which is across the street from Joe’s Stone Crab. We were originally trying to grab a bite at Joe’s Stone Crab but they didn’t open until 4 so we settled on Call my Gaby. I must say what a happy accident. This place was probably my favorite stop on our trip. We ordered the cheese plate AND the meat plate which is served with homemade focaccia bread. It was the most delicious bread I have ever eaten! Highly recommend!
  6. Lastly, I wanted to mention that if you are traveling out to dinner locally from 1 hotel, they have a complimentary car service that will drop you off and pick you up! All you have to do is speak to the doorman!

I hope this was helpful! Take a look below for all the looks I wore last week!

Dress: Saloni Heels: Steven by Steve Madden Purse: Staud

Coverup: Amazon (under $20!)

Dress: Saylor (size medium…I could have gone with a small)  Shoes: Hermes Earrings: Zara Bag: Mansur Gavriel

Outfit: Superdown Flats: Hermes Hat: Zara Bag: Monsur Gavriel

Dress: Parker Heels: Steven Bag: Staud

Dress: Reformation Heels: Amazon (under $45!) Bag: Staud

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!!

xoxo-J

 

 

 

 

How I fake being supermom

 

    

Dress: Revolve

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the JETBLACK popup shop in Soho! Jetblack is an on demand service where all your life essentials are a text away. From baby proofing to beauty products (and literally everything in between), you simply text your shopping requests to Jetblack anytime day or night and consider it done. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE.  Jetblack is the easiest way for me to shop for anything! It’s 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.

Jetblack hosted an amazing and curated shopping pop-up shopping experience in Soho and invited me to check it out. It was so much fun! We drank rose, I got interviewed, and got to hang with the #momboss founder of Jetblack, Jenny Fleiss! 

Jetblack has really changed my life and I am truly not just saying that. I recently hosted a kids playdate with Charlee and 4 of her friends. I texted jetblack, and told them I wanted one gift per child and to keep it under $10 per baby. Within 5 minutes I had a text with 4 different age appropriate suggestions within my price range. I confirmed the order, and Jetblack took care of the rest. They labeled and gift wrapped every item! They also helped me pick out some cute cutlery and paper plates for the event!

If I am being perfectly honest, I have so much on my plate that I was that Mom that used to forget to bring a gift to a bday party half the time. Now with Jetblack, I am supermom. I am planning Charlee’s 2nd birthday in August and Jetblack is my go-to for ordering all the necessities. I also use Jetblack to order my basic household essentials. All I have to do is text them “diapers” and they show up at my house 24 hours later. It’s amazing.

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

xoxo,

J

My go-to mom uniform

Photography by Brandon John

Cropped sweatshirt: Joe’s Jeans Jeans: A.G. Jeans Belt: Gucci Sneakers: Golden Goose Sunglasses: From a Street fair in NYC

Hi Guys! Happy Thursday! Charlee is currently napping right now and I have a minute to write a blog post so I am taking full advantage. I must say that recently, writing posts has taken a backseat to life. I have been feeling like the older Charlee gets, the more she needs me which is weird! I never thought she could need me more than she did when she was an infant, but she does! She not only needs me physically, but she also requires a lot from me emotionally and mentally. Being a Mom is HARD and I have found that I don’t have much time to blog. It’s nice to be back and writing! I missed it 🙂

As a Mom I am CONSTANTLY running around. When I am with Charlee I try and dress comfortably but also in durable clothing as she is constantly getting dirty and then immediately touching me ha! I am always covered in stains! Any other Mommas?! I recently ordered a bunch of cropped sweatshirts to pair with high waisted jeans and jean shorts for the spring and summer. I love pairing them with a cute pair of sneakers for a casual but still cute outfit! I added some of my favorite cropped sweatshirts below:

Speaking of Motherhood, I wanted to mention that I was introduced to an amazing parenting book called 1,2,3 MAGIC by my friend Katie of the Instagram Fashion and Ford. She came over to our apartment with Ford a few weekends ago and I was shocked at how well Ford listened and would sit still for timeout if he was naughty (which was rare!). I was desperate at this point as Charlee was starting to show signs of defiance and I didn’t know how to deal! Katie told me about this book and method and it has been a game changer. I really can’t recommend it enough! Thank you Katie!!

I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend. We are heading to NJ to spend time with family and Charlee’s cousins. Can’t wait!

xoxo-J

 

 

Beverly Hills MD Skincare review and my entire skincare routine

Photography by Brandon John

Robe: Pink Blush

Hi Everyone! I am excited to share this new skincare line with you all!

I must begin this post by explaining that I have never been someone that is super into beauty or skincare. I hate to admit it, but I’d much rather spend money on clothing than a new facial oil! That said, I am 31 now and beginning to see small signs of aging. I have started investing more in my skincare and makeup and paying a little more attention to my skin. When Beverly Hills MD reached out to me to try their products, I was intrigued! I was clear that I would be happy to try their products but wouldn’t post about them unless they worked for me. WELL! Let me tell you guys something. This line of skincare is INCREDIBLE. It’s been about 6 weeks since I started using my new skincare regiment from Beverly Hills MD, and I am honestly never going back to what I used on my skin before!

Before they sent me the products, I told them about my skin and some problem areas. I am lucky to have great skin in that I have never had a problem with acne. That said, I tend to have very red skin as rosacea runs in my family as well as really dry patches on my face. The dryness gets really bad in the winter. The BHMD team recommended I try the skin elixir, the deep regenerating stem cell moisturizer and the Rose stem cell cleanser. Each of these products have really made a difference in my skin. I think my absolute favorite product is the deep regenerating stem cell moisturizer. It is incredibly moisturizing and if you have naturally dry skin like me, you need this! I also think the skin elixir is incredible as well. I use it after cleaning my skin twice (I double cleanse) and there is STILL dirt that the elixir is able to pick up.

I figured it would be fun to share my skin routine with you guys in case you’re interested. I included all the products I use below:

Daytime Skincare products:

Face Wash: Rodan and Fields facial scrub

Face Cream: Image Skincare

Makeup Musthaves:

It Cosmetics bye bye under-eye

Physician’s formula bronzer

It Cosmetics CC cream

Nighttime skincare Routine:

Step 1: Wash face with Neutrogena naturals cleanser 

Step 2: Wash face with Beverly Hills MD Rose Stem Cell Cleanser

Step 3: Remove excess makeup using a Neutrogena Makeup remover cloth

Step 4: Using a cotton pad, dab the skin elixir all over the face.

Step 5: Apply the deep regenerating stem cell moisturizer

Step 6: Apply Naturopathica eye cream on eyes and under

Step 7: Apply Korres rose facial oil

Click this link to shop discounted BHMD products! I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post! Let me know if there is any other products you want me to share!

xoxo,

J

 

Summer in the city with the kiddos

Photography by Katie Reeves

This past weekend, my dear friend Katie and her son Ford of @FashionandFord came into the city to spend the day with Charlee and I. Matt was out of town, and so was Katie’s hubby Mark so we decided to join forces and co-parent these cuties!! I am always on the lookout for fun, new things to do with kids in NYC. I thought I’d put together a list of fun activities for summer and even some rainy day activities as well.

  1. I have to start with the mini pool idea. I actually did this last summer and it was Charlee’s favorite thing. I pulled it out this past weekend and the kiddos were thrilled! They splashed and got wet all afternoon. It was so cute. I bought this kiddie pool on Amazon for under $10! It’s awesome and super easy to inflate. I store it inflated in my guest bathroom and bring it up to the roof on sunny days. We have a great rooftop and this works out really well for us! I also bought these cute pool/beach toys that come in a bag. Charlee loves to use these and play in the water. Last summer our rooftop was closed, so I would bring the baby pool to the park. I’d just deflate it overnight and bring along a gallon of water. It’s a fun activity to do with the kids. They love water!
  2. Head to a public splash pad: There are SO many free splash pads in and around the city. We love the splash pad in Madison Square Park, but our favorite is the Brooklyn Bridge Park Splash Pad. It is one of the best we have found around NYC.
  3. Speaking of Brooklyn Bridge Park, I HIGHLY recommend taking a day trip there. Matt and I did that last summer and had the most wonderful time. There is a public pool, tons of picnic areas, playgrounds, walking etc. It’s a fabulous place to take kids!
  4. Go to the zoo! The Central Park Zoo and Bronx zoo are amazing places to head for a fun outdoor summer activity. We are actually planning on getting up early and going to the Central Park Zoo first thing on Saturday. I recommend getting in early to avoid crowds. They both open at 10 A.M.
  5. Visit Queens County Farms: I have yet to go to this farm but it comes highly recommended to me by multiple Mom friends. This farm is one of the closest farms to NYC and there is even a cute petting zoo and tractor ride.
  6. Take your kiddos to the Beach: Last summer, Matt and I explored a few beaches around NYC. We went to the Rockaways and to Rye Beach. Rye Beach is super fun and I think is a better place for babies. Not as many crowds etc. Rockaways was annoying to get to, but fun once we arrived. They have a bunch of playgrounds and food etc.
  7. If you are heading to Rye, you should go to Playland! It’s a small amusement park only 1 hour by train outside of the city! Have you seen the movie Big? That’s where he is when he makes a wish to be big with the “sultan.”
  8. Go to a Puppet Show : This puppet show is supposed to be amazing and if Charlee is up for it, we may head there after the zoo on Saturday!
  9. Rainy day Activity Centers: indoor play gyms like Appleseeds and the Chelsea Tree House are a few centers we have enjoyed on rainy days in the summer. Appleseeds requires a membership, but Chelsea Tree House is drop-in only. It’s $30 a day, but if you go after 4:00 P.M. you can get in for only $20. They have so many different activity rooms for all ages. Charlee LOVES the water center at Chelsea Treehouse.
  10. New York Transit Museum: This museum is also a great rainy day activity for kids. It has buses, trains, cars etc. that kiddos can climb in and out of!
  11. Take a boat ride!: Matt and I discovered this amazing lobster cruise this past summer! We absolutely love taking this little lobster cruise. It only lasts about 1 hour, you can drink wine and order seafood AND bring your kiddos. It’s a super fun thing to do in the summertime. Charlee loved it last summer and I have a feeling she is going to be SO excited to go on a boat this year.

I hope you guys enjoyed this list! I will keep updating it as I discover more fun activities with kids!

Here’s my toddler Summer outdoor activity must-haves list:

Lightened up skillet chicken and mushrooms with a bonus side dish!

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk ( you can use half and half if you aren’t trying to cut carbs and fat)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (pounded thin-sh)
  • olive oil spray (I use this one)
  • 1.5 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms (but feel free to add more mushrooms if you love them. The more the merrier really 😉
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper for flavoring (lightly season every layer as you cook…tip from my girl Jule (www.julethebee.com)

Directions:

  • Mix the cornstarch and milk together in a bowl until the lumps disappear
  • Pound chicken with a meat mallet. It doesn’t need to be super thin, but make sure it isn’t too thick so it will cook in the sauce
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil spray over medium heat
  • Add your chicken breasts to the pan and cook until no longer pink on the outside, 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from pan.
  • In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, heat butter over medium-high heat; add your mushrooms and onions and sauté until tender (7-8 minutes).
  • Stir in chicken broth, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. This will happen quickly
  • Once boiling, stir cornstarch mixture and add to pan. Return to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Return chicken to pan; heat through.
  • If you need to add more milk and broth, do so at this point and bring back to a boil
  • Chicken should cook quickly in the sauce. I usually cover the pan (5 minutes or so)
  • Serve and enjoy!

I served this dish with a side of mashed cauliflower and roasted broccoli! For the broccoli, place your chopped broccoli pieces on a pan on top of a sheet of parchment paper. Spray the broccoli with olive oil spray so it is fully coated. Then sprinkle Nutritional yeast all over the broccoli. Roast at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. DELISH!

My go-to low carb snacks and treats

I have been super open about my postpartum weight loss journey and how the F-Factor diet helped me lose the baby weight. Since I lost the weight, I have found myself still living the f-factor lifestyle but sort of taking the tools I learned from it and creating a plan that works for me. I am no longer actively trying to lose a ton of weight. I am not against losing weight, but it is not at the forefront of my mind and I feel really good in my body right now. That said, I have learned SO MUCH about food this past year. I no longer just eat the f-factor way. I like to describe the way I eat as, low-carb, with a combination of lean proteins and high fiber but the focus being low carb. By eating low carb most of the time, I find it so easy to indulge once in a while with absolutely NO guilt or change in my body. For example, yesterday I had Shake Shack with Charlee for dinner. I ordered the shack burger no bun, and a side of french fries. I had eaten a super low carb breakfast and lunch so I was in fat burning mode all day. I ate the side of fries and enjoyed every single bite because for the other 90% of my day, I focused on choosing low carb, high fiber options! With low-carb becoming a very common way of eating, there are so many amazing new products I have found that help me stay on track. I thought I would put together a list of my go-to low-carb products in case you live that low-carb lifestyle too!

Brooklyn Bites: I must say that Brooklyn Bites is my FAVORITE brand that I have found for treats. They make this incredible cookie brittle in all kinds of flavors. My go-to is the chocolate with sea salt and Matt’s favorite is the cinnamon. All of their brittle is Kosher, non-gmo, contains no soy, no white flour, no gluten, no white sugar, no preservatives and they are dairy free. Not sure what the heck they put in it haha but it is AMAZING. I found their cookies at a random bodega in Brooklyn and contacted them immediately. They sent me the whole line of flavors and I just think their product is fantastic and can’t speak more highly of it! 3 pieces of cookie brittle have only 100 calories and 9 net carbs.

Paleo Bakehouse: I discovered this company on Instagram and I was immediately intrigued. They market themselves as low-carb, keto and paleo friendly sweets. I decided to try a few of the products and give a review for you guys. I purchased the April box and have tried every item in the box. I must say the treats are AMAZING! They are all low carb and natural and totally fill my sweet-tooth craving. I love the blueberry cake the best but you really can’t go wrong. I highly recommend!

Catalina Crunch: If you follow me on Instagram you know that I love this product! I love it so much that I accidentally ordered 8 bags of it this week ha! It’s ok though since I’ll have enough to last me for two months! I can honestly say that this is the BEST low carb cereal I have ever tasted. It tastes almost exactly like cinnamon toast crunch and is such a wonderful replacement for high sugar and carby cereals.

Wanu Water: I actually partnered with Wanu Water a few months ago and I still love this water! You can read all about why in this blog post.

Smart Sweets: I guess I was living under a rock because I only just discovered these. These amazing gummy bears have 28 grams of fiber and 33 grams of carbs and 90 calories per bag (only 5 grams net carb). Which is insane because they legit taste just like gummy bears! They also have a Swedish fish treat but I am not a huge fan of Swedish fish in general. That said, if you are you should totally get them!

Whisps: These are more savory and a great snack and low carb of course. I like to pop a few in a salad for added crunch, or use them to use as a scoop into a healthy dip.

Califlour foods no carb crackers: I am obsessed with these crackers. Everyone that comes to our house for drinks and appetizers always asks what they are and are excited when I tell them that they are zero carb crackers!

Choc Zero Chocolate bark: I use the Choc zero chocolate syrup on my F-factor pancakes and until a friend of mine mentioned that the bark was on Amazon I had no idea they made this! I LOVE this chocolate and can tell zero difference between this high fiber, low carb chocolate and your typical dark chocolate. LOVE!

Low sugar frosting: Ok this one is so weird but I have to share haha. I have this weird obsession with frosting, and I have had this obsession forever. I was getting into a weird habit of eating a small scoop of vanilla frosting every night which is super bad for you as it’s high in sugar, fat and carbs! I found this no sugar frosting and it tastes JUST as good. Now to be clear, this is sweetened with splenda so it’s not really good for you, but if you are looking for a frosting substitute that has less carb and no sugar, this is the one for you!

Raw Rev Bars: I have talked about these before, but they really are so good and a great source of fiber. I love the sea salt and peanut butter, and to be honest, so does Charlee! It’s a great breakfast on the go or afternoon snack.

I hope you guys found this list helpful. I figure I’ll keep updating this post as I find more yummy low carb options. What do you think? Anything I missed?!

xoxo-J

 

My go-to Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Hi Guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. I have been posting this recipe a ton on my instagram stories and realized I never typed it up! As all of you know, I am all about convenience when it comes to cooking. I have a small crock pot that I like to cook chicken in and one of my go-to recipes is my Mexican chicken. You can use this chicken mixture in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or over a bed of lettuce for lunch. It’s SO tasty and delicious. Not to mention EASY to prepare!

 

Ingredients:

-Chicken breast (I use about 3-4 medium chicken breasts)

-1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

-1/2 cup salsa of your choice

-Taco seasoning mix (at least half the package) The more you add, the spicier it becomes

Directions:

-Add all ingredients to the crock pot.

-Coat the chicken and flip over so it is fully coated

-Cook on low for at least 3.5 hours. You can cook on low for longer but it will be done after 3.5 hours

-Devour

Once the chicken is cooked, I love to make enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas or even a taco salad. It’s so delicious and easy!!

xoxo-J

 

Mornings with Charlee

Photography by Shadi Garman

Coat: Canada Goose Leggings: Spanx Sneakers: Golden Goose Charlee’s Coat: Amazon (Only $30 and has been our go-to all winter long! It runs a little big. She is wearing a 12-18 month size)

The last few months and I guess the toddler stage in general can be super crazy and at times have made me feel a little out of control. On one hand, I love this age because Charlee is learning new words daily, communicating more and just being the cutest thing on the planet. On the other hand, she is also going through a frustrating time because sometimes she can’t communicate what she wants and gets really frustrated herself resulting in meltdowns and tears. She also just got all of her molars AT ONE TIME which was so painful for her, poor baby. It’s all typical toddler behavior but at times I find it hard to navigate.

One thing I think I actually have down pat is our morning routine. Charlee is a dream to be with every morning, and I think it’s because of the structure and schedule I have set up for us. I thought I would share a little bit about it with you guys!

I wake up before Charlee (around 6:30ish) and get myself and the apartment ready for the day. I like to get myself ready, make the bed, unload the dishwasher from the night before and just start the day with a clean apartment.  Charlee usually wakes up around 7:30 A.M. which gives me plenty of time to prep for my day. Matt has to be at the office by 7 A.M. so I do the mornings solo. I have found that my mornings with Charlee are pretty seamless, because Charlee knows exactly what to expect. We have a routine and schedule we follow pretty much to the t every single day. As soon as Charlee wakes up, I change her diaper and get her dressed for school. Then we do her hair. I take her into the bathroom and prop her onto the toilet lid (I just bought a stool to eliminate this but for now this has worked for us.) I do Charlee’s hair and give her her toothbrush and she brushes her teeth while I do her hair. She is SO patient, it’s incredible. After that, we go to the kitchen and I pour her milk and give her a snack. I usually let her snack on berries, bananas, a smoothie pouch or yogurt (she eats her breakfast at daycare.) After snack we play in the playroom together and just hang out until it’s time to go. Around 7:55 A.M we leave the apartment and walk down to school. It’s my favorite walk :). Charlee LOVE to walk and I can tell she feels like such a big girl. When Charlee was about 18 months old, I decided to skip the stroller and start walking her to school. We are lucky enough that our daycare is leased out of the same building as our apartment so this walk doesn’t take too long. She walks almost the whole way! We stop in front of the elevator bank to look out the window and say “hi” to all the birdies. Then we try and guess which elevator is going to come, which has become Charlee’s favorite new activity. Then we walk together outside and she knows to hold my hand. It’s just so cute and I love our little walk together.

It can be a bit tough to navigate the mornings by myself with Charlee but by introducing the same schedule every single day, has really helped keep mornings predictable and enjoyable. I really love this special time with my girl and look forward to seeing her smile up at me when I go in to get her in the mornings.

What does your morning routine look like?

xoxo-J