Feeling Blue

   

Photography by Shadi Garman

Dress: Max Studio Shoes: Gucci Earrings: Nordstrom Rack Purse: Chanel

Hi Friends! Happy Friday! How was your week?! Mine was SOOOO long. I kept thinking it was a day after than it was, meaning I thought it was Tuesday on Monday ha! Anyways, I have a ton of new posts coming to the blog and have been inspired to share a ton of outfits and mommy content with you guys! First up, is this adorable Max Studio wrap dress that is currently on sale! I am such a dress lover, especially in the summer. It’s easier to get dressed and a dress like this can be styled a million different ways! I love to pair it with sandals, or for a night out with a heel like I did here.

What are your plans for the weekend? This is the last weekend we are in town before the crazy month of August comes. Charlee is turning 1 in less than two weeks and we have a few trips planned. I am so excited to get out of the city and spend time with family. This weekend though, we are going to take advantage of the great weather and go to the Bronx zoo! We have heard it’s amazing but have never been. Hope Charlee loves it!

xoxo-J

 

NYC HACKS FOR MOMS

 Photography by Shadi Garman

Me: Dress: ASTR the Label Sandals: Nordstrom

Charlee: Dress: Gap Shoes: Amazon (only $10!!)


Hi Friends! I have been wanting to write this post for a while and I am super excited to share it with you all. Now that Charlee is almost 1 year old (OMG!!!) I feel like I have a decent handle on how to navigate the city with a baby. It’s a very different experience having a baby in suburbia vs. a city. Neither one is better or worse, just different! I wanted to share some tips and life hacks and random thoughts for parents of an NYC urban dwelling! Hope you enjoy!

  1. Best stroller for a city baby:
    • First and foremost…when you live in a big city, your stroller is essentially your car which means you will need to invest a little more than those living in suburbia. I have three strollers I am going to talk about. The first is the Bugaboo Cameleon which is the everyday stroller that we have. To be honest, I don’t love it. It is a great stroller in that it moves well and I like some of the features, but the problem is that the basket underneath is small and almost impossible to access!! It’s even harder to access with the bassinet. I had a few meltdowns early on in Charlee’s life because of this ha! That said, now that she is out of the bassinet it’s better. I keep a backpack hanging on the handles and this helps with space underneath. I really wish I had gotten the Uppababy Vista. I have a few friends that have it and say it’s great. It’s also great for taller people because the baby sits up higher than the Bugaboo. The basket is large underneath and the features are exactly the same as the bugaboo.
    • I also want to talk about travel strollers. We travel a lot with Charlee and knew we would need something a bit more compact, lightweight and easy to break down than the Bugaboo. We have the Mountain Buggy Nano and we LOVE it. It’s compatible with every type of infant car seat. It also breaks down so small that you can fit it in the overhead compartment on an airplane!
  2. Navigating the city via car:
    • This is a tricky one and to be honest, I had to do a lot of trips around the city, and back and forth to the airport to be able to share this info. A few things about traveling in and around the city in a taxi: It is surprising, but it’s actually legal to hold your child in your lap when riding in a taxi around the city. I am not advocating for this option, but if you are ever in a bind, you are allowed legally to hold your child in a yellow cab. That said, I think the best way to navigate NYC is in a cab or uber using a carseat that can be installed using just a seatbelt! We have the Cybex Anton infant carseat. It’s great because it can be installed into any car using the seatbelt and you don’t have to have the base in the car to use it. Uber and Lyft also offer cars that have carseats in them. They are harder to find though so I always bring my infant carseat when I know I need to travel in a cab.
  3. Kidpass: MOMS! This has been an incredible find! Kidpass is essentially Classpass for kids classes. You pay a monthly fee and can sign your baby up for kids classes all over the city. I have taken Charlee to swim lessons, music classes and play gym! It’s the most cost efficient way to take your baby to class! They even have bike rentals! It’s a great option! Message me if you want a referral link ;)!
  4. Local Library Offerings: The local library in our neighborhood has a free tummy time class for babies! You can check on this website to see what your local library offers for kids. All their classes are free and I love the idea of supporting local libraries.
  5. Best places to eat in NYC with baby:
    1. Almond :They even make their own organic baby food)
    2. The Smith : Loud atmosphere and great for kids brunch. They have high chairs! We took Charlee here last weekend and she cried a little but no one could really hear her since it was so loud hah!
    3. Alice’s Tea Cup: I can’t WAIT to take Charlee here! I actually have gone a bunch of times as an adult. This place is incredibly kid friendly and is adorable as they serve tea and delicious food and baked goods. It’s incredibly adorable and delicious.
    4. American Girl Cafe: Need I say more?!
    5. North River Lobster Company: This is the BEST place to take your baby if you want to enjoy yourself but also have an experience during the summer! It only costs $10 to board, and you can order delicious seafood and drinks on the boat! We bring our lobster high chair  (they do offer high chairs but I have found it easier to bring my own) and order a bunch of yummy seafood and rose while sailing along the Hudson. We just discovered it and have done it twice in the last two weeks!
    6. Maman: Filled with kids on a Sat. and Sun. morning. Delicious food and great atmosphere. French bakery but also has delicious food!
  6. Madison Square Park: I’m biased but I LOVE Madison Square Park. Matt and I had our first date there, got engaged there and our daughter’s middle name is Madison! There are so many babies in the park at all times and it serves as entertainment when Charlee is stir crazy and needs to get out of the house. There is an awesome playground and they have started to open the greens so we go on picnics all the time. They also have shows throughout the summer. You can check that out here.
  7. Amazon Prime: Just needed to include a shout out here haha! If you are an adult in the 21st century you understand the value of Amazon prime ha! I buy EVERYTHING on Amazon and if you aren’t doing it on prime you’re doing it wrong hah! Here are some of my most recent purchases I made on Amazon Prime:
  8. Where to Register in NYC: babylist.com & Buy Buy Baby in FlatironI had an incredible experience registering at Buy Buy Baby. I booked a registry appointment and they walked me through the entire store. It was lovely. We also just did the same thing with my sister when she visited and that was also awesome. In addition to Buy Buy Baby, I would also register at BabyList, which allows you to register from any website! It’s a great way to get those items on your list that a larger store like Buy Buy Baby won’t have!
  9. Workouts with baby in NYC: Ok so if you have been following me for a while now, you know I love BBG and do that about 3 times per week. That said, I have learned of a few mommy and me workouts around the city that I thought I’d share. This blog post has them all listed!!
  10. Best on the go noisemaker: NYC can be SUPER loud and there are times when I need Charlee to nap when I’m on the go and she is in the stroller. I swear by this Baby Shusher.   It drowns out the noise of the city on the go and also sounds like an actual person is saying “shhhhh.” It kind of freaked me out in the beginning but now I am obsessed because it works SO WELL!

Ok, so I know that’s a random group of information but I thought I’d share. Leave some of your Mom hacks in the comments!

xoxo-J

FAB FIT FUN REVIEW AND DISCOUNT CODE!

Photography by Brandon John

*In Partnership with Fab Fit Fun; All opinions are my own*

Hi Friends! Thanks for stopping by. I am excited to share this blog post with you guys! I have never been a girly girl when it comes to beauty and products. My husband makes fun of me sometimes because I take about 10 minutes to get ready and most of the time let my hair air dry and wear limited makeup. He doesn’t do it in a mean way, he just says that I probably should learn a thing or two about beauty since I have a girl ha! That said, this past year I have noticed I’m getting older (hello grey hair and crowsfeet creeping!) and I realized it may be time to up my beauty game! I was so excited when Fab Fit Fun reached out to me because to be honest, I didn’t even know where to start when it came to shopping for beauty products. Fab Fit Fun is a beauty subscription box that is sent to your door 4x a year. It includes Full-size, premium products delivered to you at the retail price of $200, but costing only $49.99! I am so excited to offer all of my followers a coupon code of $10.00 off of your first box at fabfitfun.com ! The code is JESSQ10

In my box, I received a ton of products! I love the magazine that comes with the box and the description of all the products :). I have to be honest and say I have tried a few different subscription boxes, and this one feels very worth it. The products are full sized and you really can’t beat the value. You can also customize your box too which is awesome! My favorite product was the Tarte Eyeshadow palate. I have become obsessed with this brand now because of being sent this palate! They also sent me the Tarte winged liquid eyeliner, which is AMAZING! I am still getting the hang of applying it but getting better :). See below for a photo of me wearing the palate and eyeliner ;)!

I am still working on my makeup skills, hence the lip line HA!! Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this review. Make sure to take advantage of the discount code!!

xoxo-J

 

 

MY GO-TO EASY SALMON RECIPE & A BONUS SIDE DISH

Hi Friends! I hope you all are having a fabulous start to your week. I have recently gotten into cooking now that Charlee has begun to eat what we eat for her meals. I have never been very good at cooking, and continue to get better by a lot of trial and error. Some of the recipes I have tried have now become part of our weekly rotation, and I am excited to share the salmon recipe that both myself, my hubby and sweet baby girl LOVE!

I found this salmon recipe online here from The Lemon Bowl blog! I loved the recipe, but decided I needed to change just a few things and add a side to make it easier for me. I decided to serve this salmon with a side of rainbow carrots! You can bake both the salmon and carrots in the same baking dish which is super awesome and convenient. I’ll separate the recipes below, but note that the cooking degree and time is the same 🙂

Salmon:

Ingredients:

  • 4 mid-sized salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard or dijon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic – minced (I use a spoonful of minced garlic from a jar)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • minced parsley (optional garnish)

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. I use this olive oil cooking spray from Trader Joe’s
  • Place each salmon filet in the baking dish, skin side down.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, mustard, lemon, garlic and salt/pepper. Use a small spoon to coat each filet evenly with the honey mustard sauce. I make sure to cover all the sides (except the skin) with the sauce.
  • Roast salmon 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges to serve.

Rainbow Carrots (side dish)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of rainbow carrots
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs of rosemary

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. (The carrots can bake in the same pan as the salmon!)
  • Peel the carrots and slice off the top. If there are larger carrots, slice them in half length wise so they lay flat.
  • drizzle olive oil on the carrots and then top with the rosemary flakes
  • pop in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes along with the salmon!

This is one of the most delicious, healthy and EASY recipes on my rolodex. I always give Charlee the leftovers for her lunch at daycare the next day. She loves it! Let me know if you guys try this out!

xoxo-J