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!