Beauty & Style

Three Flats You Need for Spring

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It could be a great coincidence or just incredible luck, but just as I became a mom to a toddler, flats are all the rage for spring. If you noticed, most of the models during Fashion Week wore either sneakers or flats. So, it’s safe to assume that comfort is finally making its fashion debut. I say, this spring we should all wear flats, and let our feet rest for a change! Here are the three flats you need for spring.

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Love & Relationships

Baby FLO’s First Birthday Bash

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Everyone asked what would be the theme of baby FLO’s first birthday. His baby shower was a tequila and taco fueled fiesta, so folks expected us to come up with something memorable and fun for this very first birthday, and we did. Our theme was, “we made it!” Ha! At least that’s what it felt like. We have kept this precious, tiny thing alive and well for an entire year, someone pop the champagne! And we did that too. Here are a few highlights from baby FLO’s first birthday bash! Continue Reading…

Love & Relationships

Into Motherhood Part II // What I learned in my first year of being a mama

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I feel incredibly fortunate to 1). have a healthy baby boy.  2). be able to stay home with him. Now that he is approaching 1, I’ve been reflecting on how incredibly amazing this year has been. How much I have grown and learned. Also how much happiness this tiny human has brought to two families. With that being said, I’m also the girl that googled “what to do with baby all day,” at this very time last year. Because I’ve never been around babies, or spent all day and night with them. There are not enough baby books and googling to prepare anyone for this journey. Nonetheless, I thought I’d share what I learned in my first year of being a mama. Really, this as a manifesto to myself—because some of this advice I still need to hear, read and take. Continue Reading…

Cooking & Recipes

Coconut Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

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Over the last year most of my cooking has been less about distressing while meticulously preparing a sophisticated meal and more about what can I throw in a pan that’s on the healthier side, delicious and done in about 20 minutes or the amount of time baby FLO can occupy himself (on most days). To get back into more of the enjoyment of cooking,  I’ve been dutifully finding short cuts and these little tricks have been making all the difference when I need to get dinner done in a pinch, and spend more time relaxing and sipping wine. I’ve started to make this coconut cauliflower fried “rice” recipe  almost on a bi-weekly basis. It’s good. Real good. Here is to a tasty dinner you can get on the table in under 20 minutes.  Continue Reading…

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Peplum Tops Are the New Basic Tee

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It may have seemed like a trend just a few short years ago, but it looks like peplum tops are here to stay. And that’s a good thing, because I’ve been loving them. I have a few dressy peplum style tops in the closet, but lately I’ve been finding peplum details on more casual tops. Now, I’m stocking up on them, and you should too. Read on for why peplum tops are the new basic tee.

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Beauty & Style

Galentine’s Day in a Little Red Dress

To keep with my resolution to be more brave and confident in my skin, I accepted an invitation to attend a Galentine’s day event for bloggers. Despite sharing so much online, blogging can be an isolating activity. Add to that the fact that I spend most of my days talking to an 11 month old, who does make up for being a poor conversationalist by being extra cute, it can get pretty lonely. So as scary as it was, I put on a little red dress. Declared last Saturday a #mombreak day, and headed out. Read on for more about my Galentine’s Day in a little red dress. Continue Reading…

Cooking & Recipes

Adventures with Blue Apron

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I had a few people send me Blue Apron invites over the last year or so. I let them sit in my mailbox for a while. Once, I even went so far as to sign up, but didn’t follow through. It didn’t make sense. If I wanted to order dinner, I would order food that was already cooked. If I wanted to cook, I would then shop for what I needed and make it. Duh! But then, it was one of those Sundays. It had rained all week. I needed to go grocery shopping, and  figure out what we were going to eat. Nothing in my usual rotation sounded good. That’s how I ended up finally pulling the trigger, and my two-week adventures with Blue Apron began. Continue Reading…

Love & Relationships, Make & Do

5 things to do on Valentine’s day

For the most part, I subscribe to the idea that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, so Mau and I don’t typically exchange gifts. Usually, we also don’t go out. Maybe it’s all those years of working at restaurants, and knowing that behind the scenes the chef put together the easiest prix fixe menu, so that the restaurant can turn over as many tables as possible while serving petite filet over heart shaped beets and other cliché Valentine’s day menu items. That’s not to say that we also sit at home with the curtains down pretending that it isn’t Valentine’s day. Even in my single days, I sent cards to my girlfriends, called my grandma and went to a few Love Sucks parties. It’s just that I don’t want to do the typical Valentine’s Day thing.  If you want to skip the traditional Valentine’s dinner date option, here are 5 things to do on Valentine’s Day that are all about spending time together and even a little romance.

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Love & Relationships

Into Motherhood

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As we quickly approach baby FLO’s first birthday (!)  I can’t help but to reflect on this journey into motherhood. The sleepless nights, the constant googling, the incredible highs and the scary lows. The most challenging yet satisfying road. So to celebrate my transition into motherhood, I thought I’d share a few things that now looking back, I would have done differently, and a few things I got right! Continue Reading…

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How to Shop Sample Sales and Seasonal Sales

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Over the last year I’ve been slowly purging my closet. Letting go of items that no longer fit, have been in my closet forever, or simply clothes that I am no longer excited to wear. And while I’ve been editing my closet almost monthly, I’ve also have been working to consciously replace these items with comfortable, evergreen clothes that fit my lifestyle. In a nutshell, my goal is to build a capsule wardrobe, ( I previously wrote about this process here). Because part of this puzzle includes shopping, and I am the type of person that heads straight to the  clearance rack, I had to set some rules for myself to keep on the path. Here is my philosophy on how to shop sample sales and seasonal sales, and stock your closet with functional, affordable and timeless pieces without breaking the bank.

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