Spring Neutrals

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It’s finally spring!  We are so happy around here that the weather is warm and the sun has been shining this week after a slow start to the season.  And I recently picked up a few pieces that are easy and light, and perfect for this time of year.  Gray officially took over my closet this past winter and I was able to find some tops and accessories in the same shade that didn’t seem dreary or heavy.  Instead, the color is a great new neutral and pairs perfectly with a crisp white.  And I’m a sucker for pretty details like the tassels on both my blouse and cross-body bag.  They add an expensive-looking element without breaking the bank.

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{VANILLA SKY STORES LIVINGSTON LOCATION blouse ($40) and cross-body bag (under $70)! / old J.CREW white denim, similar HERE and HERE / old GAP wedges, similar HERE and HERE}

Happy spring shopping!

xo gina 

Dinner Made Easy with HelloFresh

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I am someone who loves to cook.  Not someone who can throw in a pinch of this and a dash of that and have it come out amazing, but someone that can follow a recipe down to the last precise measurement and be happy about the result.  Happy that I made something from scratch for myself and my family, that I knew where the ingredients came from and what I put into each of our meals.  And with kids and a busy schedule, that is easier said than done.  The hardest part for me (besides doing the dishes afterwards), is going to the supermarket with two girls, ages three and under, and trying to round up a cart-full of produce and spices and some sort of protein or grain, all stemming from opposite ends of the store.  So, when I stumbled upon HelloFresh via Pinterest and saw a coupon for first-time users, I was super excited, and relieved.  It seemed like a great, healthy, convenient and affordable way to cook for my family the way I would love to, but without so much of the hassle.  After a few weeks of using the service, I can honestly say it was the best decision.  We get two meals a week for our family of four and that has worked out to be a perfect formula for us.  It leaves us the other days of the week to go out to dinner as a family or grab that Friday night pizza, but with the balance of a couple of days of guaranteed home-cooked, good-for-you meals.  And all of the ingredients arrive fresh and are pre-measured, so there is no need to get a whole jar of chipotle mayo that would sit in our cabinet for months without use, when the meal only calls for two tablespoons.  Not having to pay for what you don’t use seriously adds up and has saved us so much money compared to shopping on our own for those few recipes per week.  And so far, we have loved each of the dinners we have prepared.  All of them have taken 35 minutes or less to prepare and cook, and all of them have been delicious.  Here are some of the meals we have made with HelloFresh and we can’t wait to see what arrives in today’s delivery.

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These roasted vegetable quesadillas with a layer of homemade chipotle mayo were my favorite recipe so far!

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We loved this chicken and chorizo paella, pictured above!  We also made penne arrabiata one night and sizzling beef stir-fry another that were also delicious, but I may have been too hungry to remember to take photos.

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xo gina 

Another Day, Another Pair of Leggings

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It’s true: I (mostly) live in leggings.  And I do so without working out half the time either.  They are just so comfortable.  And easy.  And I don’t mind nearly as much when a toddler draws on my leg with navy blue marker as I do when I’m wearing a coveted, chic pair of light-colored ripped denim.  Or when the kids decide to use my shin to wipe their noses, a wet wipe will do the job.  Not so much with some other items in my closet.  And the added bonus is, although I don’t usually wear them with the intention of working out these days, I end up going out for a long walk at some point during the day because I know I am already wearing the right gear.  So, my drawers are stocked with all sorts of tights, a bulk of them being crops, but I was looking for a new, plain, solid pair that was full-length.  Seems simple enough, but I had tried them all and was looking for something different.  One of my favorite blogging mamas, Melissa of Ella Brooks Blog, had posted a photo of the exact thing I was looking for on her Instagram feed the other day and mentioned that they were from Lululemon.  So, I did what any legging-loving mama would do, I packed up the kids the next day and headed to our local store to try on their align pant.  I was sold.  They have quickly become a favorite of mine.  No zippers, but they do boast a small side pocket on the inside, and they are buttery soft.  To all of you fellow legging-lovers out there, this is one to try.

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{MICHAEL STARS scoop neck hi low top / LULULEMON align pant / old LULULEMON jacket, similar HERE / NIKE air zoom pegasus 32}

Happy Friday!

xo gina 

Roundup: Favorite Floral For Spring

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I have loved a floral print since I was a kid and the trend keeps on coming back year after year, and always most in the spring.  While this spring has been a cold one thus far here in the northeast, this print can help us dream of warmer weather ahead.  There are tons that I have been swooning over, in the form of swing dresses, tunics, rompers and maxi skirts, so here are just a few of my favorite floral pieces for spring right now.

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{Top Row, Left to Right}: LOVE THREADS hamptons dress / CHICWISH daisy kind of love shift, on sale now! / LUSH floral print surplice maxi dress

{Bottom Row, Left to Right}: FREE PEOPLE ’emma’s’ embroidered swing dress, on sale now! / HINGE floral print romper / FREE PEOPLE ‘shake it’ printed tunic, on sale now!

Happy spring!

xo gina 

{Easter} Sunday Best

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I love holidays for so many reasons.  And besides the fact that, for me, this past one was the most significant one there is, there is also the extra time with family and loved ones over great food and plenty of sweets to make it even better.  This floral maxi skirt has become a new favorite of mine and I saw it in black, too, so hopefully that makes its way into my closet shortly.  And Easter was the perfect time to break it in.  I paired it with a romantic blouse and pastel pink bag.  Both, so feminine and spot-on for this season.

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My girls wore pretty pink dresses that I found at T.J. Maxx for $10 each.  I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of T.J. Maxx without having purchased something I loved and got at a really great price.  They each wore the dresses with white leggings since it was a little cool and when it really got chilly out, I pulled on their cable-knit sweaters from Christmas.  Since Reese usually just wears all of Emma’s hand-me-downs, it is so much fun to dress them for holidays and special occasions when I try to get matching outfits for them if I can.  I found these gold, sparkly mary-jane shoes for the girls at a little boutique nearby and have since been hooked on the brand.  They have so many other adorable shoes for kids, like these pineapple shoes that I got Emma for the summer.

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{On Me}: DVF boho blouse, currently in stores only, but similar HERE and HERE / FREE PEOPLE floral crepe maxi skirt / REBECCA MINKOFF 5 zip cross body bag in primrose, sold out, similar HERE and HERE/ old GAP wedges, similar HERE and HERE}

{On The Littles}: last season’s GAP cable-knit sweater, sold out, similar HERE / T.J. MAXX dresses / CARTER’S leggings / MINI MELISSA ultrasweet girl mary-janes via LE WILLOW 83}

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Happy spring!

xo gina