Month: December 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Inspiring Style In Even The Littlest Girls with BanaBean

I am so excited to share with you that I have teamed up with BanaBean, a company founded by moms, that will officially launch in early 2016, to give you a sneak peek of their curated monthly delivery of amazing hair accessories that will inspire style in even the littlest girls.

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Here is a first look at a new arrival, just in time for the holidays, that includes beautiful, stylish headbands, clips, bows and hair ties sourced from highly coveted, top-quality brands.  BanaBean is a monthly membership you can subscribe to, to get a dozen or so different products sent to you each month.  Being a mom of two little girls under three, this monthly delivery service is absolutely perfect.  Both of my daughters are constantly misplacing bows and headbands, and they are at the age where it can be difficult to drag them in and out of stores to track down new ones.  The convenience alone is the biggest draw for me, but this company does an amazing job of picking the prettiest pieces and including a generous amount of products, so you can easily rotate them all month.

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Stayed tuned for a closer look at the rest of the pieces and how I styled this collection of accessories all week long!

xo gina

Holiday Gift Guide For Him: 2015

Maybe you were over-ambitious and have already finished all of your holiday shopping, maybe you are still tackling the list you made for family and friends, and maybe you haven’t even begun to think about it.  To help you out in the guy department, here are my top picks for what to get the men in your life, whether shopping for your boyfriend, brother, father or husband, there is a little something for everyone.

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{Top Row, from left to right}:

1.  Heated outerwear perfect for everything this winter from skiing, to December golf, to football games.  Call 973.226.5800 ext. 302 to order!

2.  A weathered leather-bound planner to help keep the guy in your life organized at work and at home.

3.  Cozy socks for rain boots, work boots and lounging around on weekends.

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4.  The simple everyday street shoe.

5.  Keep them warm with this marled beanie, currently on sale!

6.  A retro and timeless pair of shades for the guy that can really use new sunglasses.

7.  An eco-friendly raglan baseball zip front hoodie.

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8.  Slim-fitting, soft button-down crafted in America.

Happy Shopping!

xo gina

 

 

 

xo gina

Happy Ten Months, Reese Evelyn

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Happy ten months, Reese Evelyn.

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I feel like I just had a baby, but here you are…double-digits.

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Three (and a half) teeny tiny teeth.

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Constantly on the move.

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More loveable every day.

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One happy girl.  Which makes me one happy mama.

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xo

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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The Christmas season is special for so many reasons, and just one of the magical qualities it possesses is the ability to bring families and people closer together.  There is no other time that we are more cognizant of giving to others, and that includes our friends, our loved ones, those less fortunate and complete strangers.  It retains this spirit that would do so much good for the world if it just carried over throughout the rest of the year.  And one of my favorite ways the holidays help bring my own little family closer together are the traditions that we continue to come back to every year, some of the same traditions I remember fondly from my childhood, some that I hope my children pass down to theirs one day and are happy to have been a part of.

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Here are the ten traditions that top my list and some great ones that you can get your family involved in this winter.

1.  A Trip to The Christmas Tree Farm:  This is always one of the most fun days of the year for us.  We’ve gotten lucky with beautiful sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures when we have chosen to cut down our tree.  And the kids get to run around the maze of evergreens just long enough to absorb that fresh pine-needle scent.  Go on the weekends and you can tailgate alongside other families that make an entire day out of selecting the perfect Christmas tree.

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2.   Use an Advent Calendar:  Celebrate the anticipation of Christmas each day leading up to it by counting down with a fun calendar.  We like to hang one up in the kids’ room that is at their eye-level, so they can be interactive.  It is so much fun to watch Emma wake up each morning and run over to her calendar to move the wooden star to the current day.  It also helps her countdown to when she gets to see family of ours that lives far away when we are traveling for Christmas.

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3.  Get a Separate Small Tree For The Kids:  Getting the kids a tree that is all their own and one that they can decorate without having mom hover over them, giving constant reminders about which ornaments are made of glass and which of them are heirlooms, is priceless.

4.  Drive Around and Look for The Best and Brightest Holiday Decor:  When we were little there was a street in town that had the best Christmas displays around.  They had the life-size nutcrackers and mechanical figure skaters, towers of faux presents and a huge nativity set.  They drew crowds from all over and we would get out and walk around their lawn in amazement.  While I haven’t seen anything quite like that with my own kids, we do drive around and look from the car at the brightest and flashiest lights and decorations we can find.  Emma is a big fan of the inflatable Santa and the colorful flickering string lights, and makes sure we stop at every house has that has either.

5.  Get Matching Pajamas:  Each Christmas, we get matching Christmas pajamas for the kids in the family to wear on Christmas Eve.  We may get more excited than the kids about watching them open up something early and seeing them lined up in coordinating jammies, but it never gets old.

6.  Carve Out a Long Night In:  Choose a night that you get home early from work or there is nothing on the calendar and make hot chocolate, bake cookies, listen to Christmas music, turn on a favorite Christmas movie.  Do all things holiday in one night without leaving the house and it will be a feel-good night for everyone.

7.  Bake Cookies for Santa:  Last year, Emma helped me cut out sugar cookie dough in shapes like snowflakes and snowmen and angel wings and candy canes.  Then, we iced them in red, green and white icing and topped them with the messiest handful of sprinkles we could find.  And it was awesome.  She was so excited to be a part of something for someone else that she didn’t care as much as she usually would about eating them herself.  And the anticipation of seeing the half-eaten plate the next morning was the best.

8.  Get or Make a New Ornament for Milestones:  We purchased this great personalized ornament online for our first Christmas as a married couple and that glass bulb with our wedding date and two hand-painted pairs of cowboy boots still makes it onto the tree each year.  For Emma’s first Christmas, we hung a clay imprint of her teeny tiny hand and intend to do the same with her sister in the next few weeks.

9.  Take a Photo With Santa:  No matter how awkward or funny or sweet, the yearly photo with Santa is always a favorite.

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10.  Hang Christmas Stockings:  Make sure that each member of the family has a personalized stocking and fill it with one or a few of their favorite little things come Christmas morning, like their favorite candy or a cozy pair of socks.

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Merry Christmas Season!

xo gina

 

Tips For Transitioning a Nursery to a Toddler Room

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Even though Emma has been in her big girl bed for about a year now, we have still continued to slowly add more grown-up touches to her room ever since, in the process of transitioning her nursery into a toddler-appropriate and toddler-approved bedroom.  Here are some tips on how to ease your child into his or her new space and some of my favorite ways to add personality to their new environment along the way.

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1.  Focus on the bed:  While their bed doesn’t have to be big in size or super expensive in taste, make sure that you select something that they will be excited about.  Make the bed a comfortable place for your child to sleep, with ample blankets and soft sheets and pillows.  And choose a color scheme, print or pattern that they will be happy to see come bedtime.

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2.  Showcase Their Artwork:  The toddler years are filled with art experimentation, whether it’s finger painting, attempting to scribble their own name, or creating drawings for loved ones, toddlers always seem to be happy creating.  Make it a point to highlight some of their favorite work by framing a few pieces and including them in a wall gallery or simply hanging a new creation up in a certain section of their room each week.

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3.  Create a Special Space for Play:  Set up a tent or tee-pee in their room where they can retreat to and read books, imagine and pretend.  Or paint an old desk where they can sit and color or draw, or read stories.  It is important that they have a special space where they can be creative.

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4.  Reflect their Personality:  Consider their current interests and hobbies and make sure the room reflects their personality.  This can be as simple as creating a space for them to hang their jewelry if they are into collecting bracelets and necklaces, and it will give them a sense of responsibility when they are learning to clean up after themselves and put things away in a designated spot where they belong.

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5.  Make Storage Accessible:  By making storage accessible to kids, it allows them to be proactive in the clean-up process after playing and gives them to opportunity to play without needing to ask for help.  Small storage boxes and bins are also great for collecting little treasures, like stubs from their first movie or class photos.

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xo gina

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