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Retro Floral Swing Dress & Ankle Strap Sandals

18 August 2017

Ok, I haven't exactly been consistent with posting this week. Ugh. As it would seem, this whole momming of three + juggling a life is actually kind of time consuming. 

At least, I can say I finally got around to getting my haircut for the first time in like, 4 months. To say it needed it would be a complete understatement but I'm happy with the results thanks to JamieLynn at Rogue House Salon. Guys, if you're in the city head over to the East Village to check out this tiny little salon nestled off east 7th. I had a great time getting to know the crew. I honestly don't know what I would have done without all the TLC her and the team gave me...

For me, nothing quite goes better with a hair refresh like a new dress and this little swing dress is giving me life. How cute is this print and the swing-y shape? Eep. I finally got to take my Aerosoles "High Hopes" sandals for a spin. Truth be told, I've had them sitting in the box in my closet and completely forgot they were there (new mom brain) and found them over the weekend. Christmas in August! I can't bring myself to take them off. They're so comfy (and come in more colors AND are on sale!).  

Also, you have to check out their boots, they are amazing. I'm convinced this blue suede pair would look amazing with this dress come fall...Right? {{ Get 15% off with "FALL2017}}

New hair, new dress and we're off to the weekend....

Dress ASOS, Shoes c/o Aerosoles, Bag Kohl's, Sunnies Karen Walker, Hair c/o Rogue House Salon

Free People Fleur De Jour Dress

16 August 2017

Because flowers love flowers. 

While out and about with the boys a few weeks back we stumbled upon this park with this perfect floral backdrop that was irresistible to pass up shooting my dress against.  Initially we just wanted a place to sit and eat our pizza but after sitting across from this row of flowers while eating a couple of slices I knew I wanted to snap a few pictures before the sun set. It's a little different from my bright wall set ups but I feel like it brought enough color to the scene making it just colorful enough to match up to my brightly hued backgrounds. 

Also, how cute is this dress? Truth: I've been living in it over the last couple of weeks. So comfy and light-weight. Free People for the forever win. 

Dress Free People via Zappos, Bag Vintage, Sandals Forever21

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Donna Morgan Off-The-Shoulder Dress & The Joys of Shooting Outfits with your Husband

14 August 2017

While I can say that David's photography skills have come a long way in the last 7 and a half years on TfDiaries, I will say that sometimes our expectations on how a shot is supposed to look are completely different. This background situation for instance is definitely one of those times. I'm also not going to lie and say that our picture taking experiences are always the most fun for him especially when you're as indecisive as I am and insist that we need to take a "few more" pictures a dozen times during a shoot. {"few more" I mean another round of like 50}. But hey, at least we've evolved away from taking pictures with dumpsters in clear view...

Me: Stand over there at this angle and get the full shot of the logo and signage.

David: Back up.

Me: But that's not...

David: Back up. 

Me: Ok. {Backs Up}

David: {Takes pictures and walks over to show me}

Me: Nope. 

David: {shoots off another 50 pictures}

Me: Also, nope. 

Needless to say we didn't get the shot and we're just going to write this particular shoot off as a non-win but hey, at least my dress is cute & on sale....

Full disclosure: He's a trooper and really patient with me...

Dress Donna Morgan, Bag TJMAXX, Sunnies Karen Walker 

Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

11 August 2017

But first: coffee!  I, like many others, can't start my day without a cup of coffee. I'm a creature of habit and have a love for fresh brewed caffeine. While I love our little French press I will say that with our now 'busier' life juggling the newest addition, summer with three kids, and deadlines; waiting around for a cup to steep first thing in the morning isn't on the top of my list. Neither is manually foaming my milk for a cafe au lait. I want instant gratification. So when Delonghi asked if I wanted to try their Lattissma Pro Nespresso System I was 100% on board. Have you seen this thing? And who doesn't love Nespresso? At first glance I thought, oh cool it's an espresso machine and that it was probably going to be a little tricky to navigate. Nope, it is literally the most easy machine I've ever used. Fill up the water, add the milk to the carafe, add your pod, and boom! a fresh latte macchiato in under a minute. The touch screen is super intuitive, just one touch for ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, and my personal favorite, latte macchiato. All drinks can be easily personalized and memorized with the customizable settings by varying the quantity of milk and coffee. I can't rave enough about the one-touch system for milk based espresso drinks, no waiting for milk to warm up or adding it afterwards. Not feeling coffee or want a quick cup of tea, just push the hot water button. You can even make hot chocolate by the cup with the hot/foamed milk button!

Bye French press, bye. 

Clean up is a breeze and you don't have to worry about grounds getting all over the place. After using each capsule the machine stores them in a removable container until you're ready to recycle them (Nespresso has their own recycling system which is excellent!). The detachable milk carafe doesn't hurt the situation either, no need to dump extra milk. Just remove the carafe and store in the fridge until it's time to make your next cup. 

I honestly don't know how I went so many years without it and now have zero desire to hit up the coffee shops on the way out. I'll take my latte at home, in my robe on the couch, with no judgement. 
Over the last month I've gotten to try out the different capsule options and I'm definitely playing favorites with some of the blends, like the Fortissio Lungo and the Roma capsules. I think I've made enough trips to the Nespresso store in Bloomingdales to get capsules over the last couple of weeks they probably know me by name by now and I'm totally ok with that. 

Now with all this drinking creating, I'm starting to feel like a barista of sorts so I figured nothing quite goes better with coffee like some food. So I whipped up a recipe for a cozy little brunch at home that goes perfectly with the spicy, gingerbread notes of the Envivo Lungo. 

Meet my Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. They are heavenly and go hand in hand with my latte macchiato. If you love carrot cake like me, you're going to love this. It's basically carrot cake for breakfast with less sugar and maybe a little more carrots. Once you eat one stack of these you're never going to want anything else to start off your day again...

Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting 
(Serves 4; 12 Medium Sized Pancakes)

Dry Ingredients:
1 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
1/4 Cup chopped toasted walnuts (additional 1/4 Cup for garnish)
2 Tsp. baking powder
1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. allspice
1/8 Tsp. ground ginger
1/4 Tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients:
1/4 brown sugar
3/4 Cup Buttermilk (or 3/4 Cup whole milk with a tsp. of white vinegar)
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil (or vegetable oil of your choice)
1 1/2 Tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Cups shredded carrots

Butter or non-stick cooking spray for griddle/pan (I recommend
butter 1-2 Tbsp.)

Frosting:
1 8oz. Pkg cream cheese, softened. 
2-3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

For the pancakes:
In a large bowl combine dry ingredients and set aside. 

In a medium bowl add wet ingredients and mix by hand until smooth. 

Stir in the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold in carrots. 

With a 1/4 measuring cup, drop batter into the pan and cook pancakes on medium heat until each side is lightly browned (about 1-2 minutes each side).

For the frosting: 
Cream the softened cream cheese with a hand mixer on medium/high. 

Add maple syrup and brown sugar and whip until smooth on medium to high. Set aside. 

After your pancakes have lightly cooled, frost each layer with about a teaspoon of cream cheese frosting mixture and top with a light drizzle of maple syrup, shredded carrots and toasted walnuts. 
Enjoy with Evivo Lungo Latte Macchiato. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De'Longhi. The opinions and text are all mine.

On-The-Go Baby Essentials

10 August 2017

I was asked to participate in the #BestStarts campaign, sponsored by Well Beginnings™ at Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
This summer we've spent a good amount of time on the go. Truth be told we didn't have it in us this year to embark on traveling with a newborn so we kept it to local adventures. I mean, we live in the city; so there's no shortage of activities for the kids and the family, which is amazing. If you spend any time watching my insta-stories you'll see we're basically at an outdoor movie or outing several times a week.


Honestly, it's a great little thing we have going on. But I will say the most effort in getting us out of the house and into the fresh air starts with us planning and packing up the essentials. It's a task to say the least. We basically end up walking out of the house with a backpack, mini backpack and a tote full of things to last us through the day into night- everything from water and snacks to diapers. We end up looking like pack mules to say the least.

But sometimes, it's easy to forget a thing or two. Even important things. Like, for example, when David and I decided that we wanted to go out on an impromptu picnic in the park while the boys were at camp? Diapers and wipes. My bad! Thankfully, there's a Duane Reade on just about every corner in NYC to stock up on all-things-needed. No joke, I'm probably there at least 3 times a week picking up water, snacks, Redbox movies and/or cat food; so we're not newbies to frequenting their locations. But what was new to us (and most importantly) was their selection of Walgreens owned brand,  Well Beginnings™ baby care items. In this case, diapers and wipes! Guys, they are actually pretty amazing and come at a good price. The diapers come in all sizes, even training pants for toddlers; and real talk: the quality is up there and they're hypoallergenic. Fact: Well Beginnings™ diapers received the Good Housekeeping Seal for Drugstore Star.  We actually spent a good amount of time on our picnic blanket talking about how these were way better than a brand that we used while the boys were in diapers and recently went back to only to realize we hated them (I will spare you the gory details as to why). Needless to say I'll be stocking up on these, especially when their price tag is under $20 for a large box. The package of 50 (size 1) is an Everyday Low Price of  $6.99, which isn't too shabby. PLUS, there actually was a coupon dispenser on the aisle for $2 off so, extra bonus (it runs until 8/26). As for the baby wipes Well Beginnings™ have a TON of options in that department - everything from Shea Butter to Natural Fragrance Free. All of them are dermatologist tested and alcohol free. We grabbed the Well Beginnings™ Natural Care Baby Wipes and went on our way, now prepared.

Next, for throwing down the blanket, kicking off our shoes and finally getting to indulge in some Shake Shack and sunshine without the worry.


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.