A Trip for the Perfect Tree

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Okay, so we didn’t get the perfect tree, I’m sure.  There were lots of them.  But when your four-year-old and two-year-old somehow both agree on a tree and declare it the absolute best one out there, the one we simply couldn’t go home without, well, that’s pretty perfect to me.  This year, we maintained our streak of flawless December weather at the farm, the ideal winter day: super cold, but abundant in sunshine.  And since this will be little Liv’s first Christmas, all of our favorite traditions this time of year are that much more special.  Here are a handful of photos from the other day.

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Hope you are enjoying the holiday season, too!

xo gina

Rib Knit Dress x SkyBrunch

 

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Sunday is arguably the best day of the week for brunch.  It is the morning after a (hopefully) great Friday and Saturday night, even if those nights were just spent catching up on your favorite TV shows with your favorite, littlest members of your family.  It is the morning that sets the tone for the very last day of the week before the always-dreaded Monday.  And a late morning catch-up with friends over an amazing breakfast and lunch spread is exactly what is in order.  Top that with an unbelievable view of one of my most beloved cities, Philadelphia, and there is nothing better.  SkyBrunch and Punch Media PR hosted myself and a handful of other local bloggers, who happen to be the most gorgeous group of ladies around, to brunch this past weekend and we got to experience the expansive views that the 50th floor of the venue has to offer, the delicious buffet, and so much more.  I personally loved the blood orange mimosas.  And they also have a build-your-own hot chocolate bar where you can customize a mug of the quintessential holiday drink with any of your favorite liquor concoctions, cookies and whipped cream.  We got to try one and it was so, so good!  I will definitely be back for that alone next time and will be adding the idea to my bar cart this holiday season.  Before we left, we headed up to the SkyGarten on the 51st floor of the building and were able to experience panoramic views that would be the perfect backdrop for a wedding, cocktail reception, corporate outing, or a night out with friends.  If you are in the area or if you plan on traveling to Philly, make sure to stop by SkyBrunch Top of the Tower and check out all they have to offer.

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This rib-knit dress from H&M was the perfect pick for brunch.  It was one of my most-worn dresses during the end of my pregnancy and I have worn it post-pregnancy, in colder temps, too.  It is super comfortable and the color block detail really stands out.  I love the long length, side-slits and the fact that you can make it as casual or dressy as you want.  I can wear it with sneaks to drop off my daughter at preschool, then pair it with ankle boots and a moto jacket for an afternoon meeting and change into over-the-knee suede boots and a favorite clutch for date night.  This exact dress has sold out online, but check local stores!  And I have linked similar options as well as other items I would pair it with.

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{H&M dress, sold out, similar HERE, HERE and HERE / REBECCA MINKOFF love crossbody / SAM EDELMAN black and wood stacked boots, old, similar HERE and HERE / MACKAGE kenya jacket}

Also love this dress with the following items:

{ADIDAS originals superstar / LEVI’S classic denim jacket / STEVE MADDEN quilted slip on sneakers / CATHERINE MALANDRINO sorcha over-the-knee boot}

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*Thanks again to SkyBrunch and Punch Media PR for having us!

xo gina 

 

Five Tips For Finding Time to Exercise

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Finding time (let alone the will-power) to exercise can be tough.  Throw three kids into the mix and sometimes it feels downright impossible.  But then on my way to drop off my oldest daughter at pre-school, I see another mom pushing two toddlers in a jogging stroller and a middle-aged man running the same incline I catch him running up each day at that same time.  And I’m suddenly reminded how important it is to find the time for exercise in my own life.  I go through really long stretches where I workout daily, and then, when chaos takes over and we close on a house the same week our third daughter is born, the same week our first daughter turns four, the same week the first big holiday in the long string of holidays kicks off, I get completely sidetracked.  And yes, for the record, all of those things truly occurred simultaneously, and some days I am shocked I still manage to find two matching shoes as we walk out the door.  But others do it, and more, every single day, so in honor of a brand new month, I wanted to share five quick tips that help me find time to incorporate exercise into my routine and I hope that these tips might help you, too!

1.  Walk it out. 

A long walk gives me more than a breath of fresh air, it clears my head.  And it allows me to go at a pace where my kids can come along and collect colored leaves or take their naps while in the stroller, or read a book or even share the iPad to catch a Disney movie together on our route.  I try and incorporate hills to intensify the workout and agree to go as long or as far as my kids’ attention spans will allow.

2.  Join In The Fun.

My two older girls love to go to our local soccer field and kick around the ball for hours.  I used to sit on the hill and watch them play and now I try to join in when I can and am surprised at how much of a workout it really is.  Besides catching an afternoon of laughs with my kids, I spend the whole time on the move and don’t feel guilty when we didn’t have time to fit in a walk earlier that morning.

3.  Leave The Car At Home.

When my oldest started gymnastics class as an infant, the location was only a mile away from our house and when weather permitted, we would walk there and back.  A mile there and back might not seem like much, but it added up, and more often than not, she would fall asleep on our way back down the hill and I would be able to extend the walk even longer.

4.  Take The Stairs.

Much like the tip mentioned above, the same goes for indoor locations.  Maximize your movement whenever possible.  When I take the kids to the doctor or go to any appointments in office buildings myself, I always opt for the stairs.  Avoiding the elevator when you can keeps your muscles moving and allows you to achieve the health benefits of aerobic exercise without ever setting foot in a gym.

5.  Go Easy On Yourself.

There are days, that sometimes stretch out into a week, that I don’t make it out for that 2-hour walk as planned.  Because there is school drop-off and pick-up, and sometimes those things interfere with nap time and feeding time, and appointments and schedules and playdates.  And then there’s always the essential errands that need to be run, like making sure there is food in the house and that the toys are cleaned up, at least enough so we can walk in the door.  But you can’t beat yourself up because I always feel like that sets me even further back.  Don’t add more stress to your already -full plate.  Just do what you can, when you can.  And make sure it’s what works best for you.

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Happy December!

xo gina

Holiday Gift Guide for Mom

Here are just a few of my favorite picks for mom’s this year.  From the new mommy to the veteran, for your own mother or your mother-in-law, these are some great options that should cover just about every mom on your list.

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1.  I generally add this amazing wrap to any list that is for moms, moms-to-be, or anyone who plans to spend a lot of time caring for and carrying babies.

2.  This feminine bracelet watch in the most timeless rose gold finish.

3.  A super chic, open sweater vest to throw on over every outfit.

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4.  A stylish, coated canvas and leather backpack to go from the gym to the office.

5.  This olive  field jacket is universally flattering.

6.  The perfect wool scarf in oversized plaid.

7.  An heirloom locket that you can add charms to over time to include every new and old member of your family.

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8.  Who doesn’t love comfy, classic pajamas?

Happy holiday shopping!

xo gina

Personal Holiday Shopping Picks

Although I watched deals and steals buzzing around social media this long Thanksgiving weekend, I chose to spend the time catching up with family and old friends from out of town, and then lots more time snugging my newborn baby girl.  That being said, there are still a lot of great finds out there for loved ones and for yourselves.  And this is why, after almost fully coming out of the fog of a handful of wonderful, well-spent days, I chose to start with a few of my personal favorite shopping picks, some of which are still on major discount.  Grab something just for you or leave this list up on your browser for your husband, boyfriend, sister or mom to conveniently take a peek at.

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1.  It might just be the mom in me, but what multi-tasker wouldn’t love a chic looking bag that makes things hands-free?

2.  I have been eyeing a washed out gray pair of jeans since I tragically tore a gaping hole in my favorite pair last fall.  I love anything this shade of gray.

3.  Speaking of jeans, this pair is a classic and I can’t get enough of a little distressed denim.  (under $90!)

4.  I have been on the hunt for a few great dresses to wear this holiday party season and this emerald color and pretty details have me hooked.

5.  You can never have too many ankle boots for fall and winter and this cognac color is my favorite.

6.  A statement coat that can easily be dressed up or down and promises to be as comfortable as it looks.

7.  I came across this bag on social media and love that is a duffle, a shoulder bag and a chic diaper bag all in one.

8.  A beautiful necklace that can be worn on pretty much any occasion and with everything from a favorite flannel shirt to a delicate blouse.

Happy shopping!

xo gina

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