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MAY AMAZON FINDS

This installment of monthly Amazon finds is a good one!  And it couldn’t wait until the very end of the month, so here it is!  Lots of finds this month were practical items, but a few pretty summer picks made the cut.

1.   I originally ordered this (under $25!) dress in my usual size, small, and then decided to exchange it for a medium, due to the length.  Other than wanting it a little longer in the length, it was perfect!  So, if you’re on the tall side or just like your dresses a little longer, I would say to size up.  Such an easy dress to throw on for any occassion and I feel like it will be on repeat all summer.

2.   This is another awesome dress find at an amazing price point (under $20!).  And I absolutely love the color.  The different shades of green are flattering on so many skin tones and I love the floral pattern, too.  So far, I’ve only paired it with white tennis shoes, but can’t wait to style this with brown wedges, or nude heels, too.  I prefer it belted, so it creates a bit of a waist, but you can leave it as is, which is loose and flowy.

3.   If this product doesn’t scream mom life then I don’t know what does.  But since I’m currently in the thick of it, this item is pure everyday perfection.

4.   Speaking of kids, my youngest loves to have her jelly sandwiches cut into hearts, so this is such a cute alternative.  She loves the penguin the best!

5.  Being a girl mom (times 3!), we see our fair share of adorable dresses, and in the summer, coverups serve as both a cute outfit and such a functional piece to keep in our pool and beach bag.  I love the pretty crochet detail on this one.

6.   I’m a sucker for pretty containers all over the house and in the bath and shower is no exception.  I love how these bottles can store your shampoo, conditioner and body wash, without all of the unattrative plastic that tends to look messy and cluttered.

7.   I feel like I can’t get enough of Amazon’s bathing suit selection and continue to find such cute options here each month!  This one is off-the-shoulder, which I always gravitate towards, under $20, has the perfect front knot detail, and comes in so many great colors.

8.   This 3-pack of undershirts has become one of my most-used purchases to date!, and it is under $10.  I use white tanks almost every single day.  Especially in the summer, but I am always looking to throw them on under cardigans and lightweight sweaters, too, all-year-round.

 

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Happy shopping!  And hope everyone has a great, safe, long holiday weekend 🙂

xo gina 

APRIL AMAZON FINDS

Last month was the first time I shared some of my favorite Amazon finds as of late and I got a lot of emails about the products mentioned and a lot of positive feedback about them, so I thought I would start sharing these finds monthly.  I love how you can get absolutely anything on Amazon, whether it’s home decor, new kicks for your closet, a gift for someone you love, or a common household cleaner.  And as a mom of three young girls, the convenience of one stop shopping, plus the fact that they ship, is a solid homerun.  Today may be the second to last day of April, but it’s better late than never!  Here are some of my favorite Amazon picks right now.


1.  These shoes are a favorite of just about everyone in my family…well, all of the girls at least, and that is four out of five of us.  😉  Whenever the girls have them on, we constantly get questions on where we got them, and for good reason!  They are the best dupes out there of the wildly popular and equally as expensive, Golden Goose sneaker.  And given that the kids grow like weeds and play outside every single day, I hate overspending on their footwear.  They come in the cutest colors and we love the glitter version.  I will say, all three of my girls found them to run big, so I would size down at least one size, but refer to their sizing chart to be sure.

2.  I still love a good two-piece bathing suit, but since my days at the pool now consist of less sun-bathing and more chasing kids, the one-piece is more my jam.  This one has a cute bow tie on the shoulder and such fun colors for warm weather.  It would look great with the tan I hope to get soon if the weather here ever warms up.

3.  This one is made by the same company and has almost the same exact style, but the material is much different.  The blue and white version is a lot thicker and it sucks you in more, if that makes sense.  Overall, I really love both.

4.  I may have a sneaker addiction, but they are the kind of shoe I wear the most, so it only makes sense, right?  These foam running shoes are super comfortable and go with just about everything.

5.  We may or may not drink a healthy amount of red wine in our house and in the unfortunate event of a spill, this spot remover is a lifesaver.

If there are any Amazon favorites of your own that you want to share, leave a comment below.

Happy shopping!

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xo gina 

MARCH AMAZON FINDS

Amazon is pretty amazing after all. And their site makes it incredibly easy to find so many amazing finds for the whole family and entire home. Since there have been so many products I’ve found and loved through Amazon, I thought I would share five of my most recent finds with you here.



Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner: AMAZON 
Food Storage Containers: AMAZON 
Wine Opener: AMAZON

THIS 6-month supply of washing machine cleaning tablets is probably at the tippy top of my list of favorites and I have been looking for something this easy and effective for so long now.

THESE blue light blocking glasses are perfect for hours spent working in front of the computer and my headaches have diminished.

Now that spring has sprung, I am awaiting those little indoor pests that tend to find their way in this time of year. I love THIS for home and patio that is organic and safe to use on carpets, furniture and bedding.

THIS is the best space-saving, color-coded food storage container set ever. The lids snap together easily and I no longer have floating tupperware with mismatched lids taking up my cabinets. And they are freezer, microwave and top-rack dishwasher safe, too!

Over the holidays, THIS was my go-to hostess gift and in my own house, it has been our most-used stocking stuffer since. So, even though we are well into March, based on how often we use it and how easy it is to use, I figured it is still pretty current around here.

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Happy shopping!

xo gina

QUICK LAUNDRY ROOM ORGANIZATION


Storage Cubes with Handles: The Container Store


Clip Labels: The Container Store


Vinyl Decal Pantry Labels: Etsy / VinylEdgeDesign

On my wishlist of things I would really want in a forever home, is a designated laundry room. Right now, our washer and dryer are tucked behind white doors in our main floor bathroom located at the back of the house. While it’s pretty convenient for me to be able to fold clothes on the first floor where the girls spend so much of their time doing homework, having a snack and relaxing on the couch, I really miss not having a separate room with a little more space to get all of that done and more importantly, extra space to store said laundry, and all that comes with it. Although I do have plans to spruce up this small spot a bit with some hooks and either a coat of paint or a solid, textured wallpaper behind the current shelves, for now, I was able to maximize the limited space we do have by adding baskets and labeling each one for easy access. We actually store a lot of miscellaneous items in this room, from cleaning solutions to first aid supplies, to laundry detergent and stain removers, to vacuum parts, to vases. And just as in every other room of the house, it is so helpful to make sure everything has its place and there’s a place for everything :).

I got a lot of questions on which baskets I used and where to get the labels, so I thought I would share more details about the sources here. I originally used a chalkboard pen to handwrite the labels, but each time I grabbed something out of one of the bins, the words would get smudged and I was constantly re-writing them. These vinyl pantry labels were perfect and so easy to use. Now, the writing is clear and crisp and never smudges. And as unexciting as laundry rooms can be, I don’t mind going in there to grab something or start the wash anymore because everything is neatly labeled and in plain sight.

Farmhouse Storage Baskets with Navy Stripe: The Container Store

Storage Cubes with Handles: The Container Store

Clip Labels: The Container Store

Vinyl Decal Pantry Labels: Etsy / VinylEdgeDesign

xo gina

FIVE WAYS TO REFRESH FOR THE NEW YEAR, FOR FREE

I don’t know about you, but I started off this new year sluggish. The mad rush of the holiday season always propels me and despite the trays of cookies to bake, hundreds of tiny construction paper pieces to cut for school crafts and gifts to be wrapped, I seem to run on this Christmas adrenaline for a while. Well, that surge of energy is definitely gone. I woke up to a new year and a really tired body and mind. If you, too, need a little reboot, here are some tips for refreshing and resetting yourself and your home in 2019, and they are all free (or can be)!

1. Lace up a pair of sneakers and get outside. Whether it’s a walk, a jog or a run, slow or fast, get your body moving and your brain will thank you, too. I always find that a little fresh air combined with exercise does so much good for my whole self.

2. Clean out your closets. This task always seems daunting to me, but it also always feels rewarding. Suddenly, there is less clutter, more space, and a seemingly brand new wardrobe for me and my kids.

3. Rearrange furniture or re-style shelves. For us, our home’s floorplan doesn’t really allow us to play around with furniture much, so when I need to switch things up, I head to our built-ins, our bookshelves, the mantel. I love to repurpose decor pieces from different rooms in the house and make them feel new again. For example, a set of blue and white ginger jars sat in a row on top of a bookcase for years and finally I plucked three of them from the group and arranged them in the middle of our dining room table. Every time I walk by the dining room now, it looks updated and I feel good knowing I didn’t have to shell out any money to have it look that way. One of the other blue and white vases from that group moved to a built-in and adds just the right amount of color to the otherwise pretty neutral shelves.

4. Create and stick to a skincare regimen. While this one may require you to purchase products, you might just have a lot of stuff already in your linen closets or bathroom drawers, like me, but haven’t necessarily stuck to anything. I actually did this shortly before the new year, but it has helped my skin so much already. And being a creature of habit, I love the routine. Instead of letting myself be lazy and just use a makeup removing wipe at the end of the night, I am now strict about cleansing (with two cleansers at night) and using just two simple products, which takes all of three minutes. I feel super clean and notice a healthy difference when I wake up in the morning, too. The texture of my skin has already improved and I am breakout-free. Here are my favorite products for morning and night:

Morning:

Night:

5. Volunteer. While it’s great to contribute financially to charities that are meaningful to us when we can, our time is also so valuable and can make the largest difference to the people who really need it. I think my oldest daughter is finally at a good age now to come along with me and volunteer her time, too. I really want to get my kids involved so they can learn the importance of doing good for families in need and for our community. And sometimes, carving out time to help others is the perfect way to put things into perspective, and clear the way for exactly the kind of positive mindset needed to head into the next year.

If you are local to us in NJ, here are some great places to volunteer your services:

Saint John’s Soup Kitchen, Newark, NJ

22 Mulberry Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102

973-623-0822

Bridges Outreach
908-273-0176
    Volunteers deliver bagged lunches, breakfast bags, clothing, toiletries and other necessities weekly to the homeless in New York City, Newark and Irvington and Summit.

Color-A-Smile Program
P.O. Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516, 973-540-9222
    Organization collects & distributes children’s drawings to nursing homes, hospitals & meals-on-wheels programs. Volunteers needed to supply drawings. 

Community FoodBank of New Jersey
31 Evans Terminal Rd., Hillside, 908-355-3663, x221
         Open for volunteers to help sort food or work on bulk mailings. Kids Closet distributes new children’s clothing and Kids in Need Resource Center provides free school supplies to teachers and children in low-income school districts. Call for information on volunteer opportunities or to schedule a group tour. 

The Connection
79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242
    Volunteers, ages 15 and up, needed to help run special needs classes or tutor newcomers to the U.S. in English as a second language.

Essex and West Hudson United Way
60 Park Place, Suite 1400, Newark, 973-624-8300
    The United Way of Essex and West Hudson Counties posts volunteer opportunities online.

Fresh Air Fund
800-367-0003
    Become a host family to a New York City youngster ages 6-12 for a 2-week summer vacation. 

Idealist Volunteer Resource Center
Action Without Borders, 646-786-6886
    Search database for jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities around the globe for youth, students, families and adults. 

Jersey Cares
290 West Mount Pleasant Ave. Suite 1320, Livingston, 973-533-1993
         Partners with non-profit agencies to provide volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and corporate and community groups. Search website for volunteer opportunities by zipcode, age and interest.

Kids to Kids
Email: kidstokids.us@gmail.com
    Mentoring program for special needs kids was developed and is run by Morris County high school students. Donations and volunteers welcome. Programs include swimming, art, drama and sports. 

Moms Helping Moms Foundation
Warehouse: 22 Howard St., North Plainfield
    Community-based not-for-profit organization that distributes diapers to babies living in low-wage families in the New Jersey area holds “Volunteer Saturdays” on the second Saturday of every month.

Have a happy, healthy new year!

xo gina

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