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January 2018

That Perfect Everyday Lace-Up Hooded Sweatshirt

I’m having a bit of a hard time finding my motivation for style in these cold, winter months. I’m typing this and it’s currently snowing in Philadelphia so you know I’m not joking when I say it’s chilly in Philly!

Not to mention the fact that I’m getting back into the gym more and more each week – Yes, I admit – I’m a bit of a January Joiner – but it’s only because I want to get a head start on getting back in shape for the summer! So most days I wake up and I put on gym clothes and then it’s hard to find time to get changed AGAIN for the day – I barely have time to get dressed each day, don’t even ask about time for a shower!

I have a point and I promise I’m going to make it soon – I’m working on a way to streamline my wardrobe a bit more, making it easier to go from workout to out and about WITHOUT wearing leggings all day. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some black leggings. They are comfortable, you can totally make them look amazing – just for me, I like to challenge myself to actually get dressed and wear all the amazing clothes I have in my closet. Not just the casual workout wear over and over and over again {which I am super tempted to do most days!} I feel better when I am actually dressed – even if it is in just a pair of jeans and a cute sweatshirt.

Eden Sweatshirt / Maika Earrings  / Denim

Did someone say ‘cute sweatshirt‘ because this is it!

I’m COMPLETELY a fan of a piece of clothing like this – especially when it’s casual, comfortable, simple, interesting and pretty much the most perfect wardrobe basic.

This sweatshirt is so effortless and easy to wear. Sure, you can toss it on over a pair of leggings after a workout and look put together – because its a hooded sweatshirt, so it totally makes sense. But it’s also the perfect addition to anyone’s closet. I love it in my #momlife because its easy to wear around town, chasing after the boys – but it’s also a super cute top you can wear out to brunch on the weekend while being cozy and cute at the same time.

And did I mention how soft it is? Because its amazing.

I love adding a piece of clothing like this to my closet – because its a neutral and a basic that can go with so many different pieces for various occasions, but it has the beautiful lace up detail down the side, making it interesting and a unique piece to wear.

I love neutrals like this because it’s fun to add additional color or pattern pops elsewhere in the look – like on a fun Apple Watch strap or a cool pair of floral high tops!

Floral Apple Watch Band {under $12!} /  arm party 

// floral high tops {under $25!}

Floral is my love language, and I’m not mad about it.

So there you have it – I just HAD to share with you my love for this cozy piece. It’s seriously a fun top you can add to your closet and wear for each season!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this sweatshirt! Let me know if you love it as much as I do! 

 

Friday Favorites: Black + Blush Workout Wear {Getting Back to the Gym}

So like the rest of the world, I have decided to get back into my workout routine in the New Year – but I didn’t really decide on it until mid-January, so this is totally still my free trial month!
After the craziness of the holidays, sleep issues with the boys {which are “fingers crossed” starting to get better}, our trip to Disney  – things were just starting to get all sorts of crazy. My health and fitness regimen was non-existent. But it’s one of those things that when you really start to miss it, you know you need it and then you make time for it. That’s what happened to me this time.
I’m not doing any sort of group, or plan {even though I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Tone It Up series I participated in last year. I’ve just been changing my eating habits, going to the gym and getting it done. I know what to do, it’s just a matter of doing it.
Completely easier said than done. But it feels really good.
 
Today I wanted to do a little round-up of the cool workout wear I’m totally inspired by at the moment. I am feeling my gym clothes need a little refresh, so I am keeping my eye on a few of these pieces for when I feel the need to treat myself. As you can see from the photo above, I’m a huge fan of tops with fun backs – the ones below are totally my style.
And I am DYING for those blush pink kicks. Seriously.
Not to mention, everyone needs a good gym tote + wet bag. I love gym bags that don’t scream that it’s a gym bag, ya know?
And I’m sure you can see my very serious #allblackeverything color palate, with pops of blush pink because, blush pink. I love wearing all black with some heathering or fun textures, like the beautiful mesh details – I’m into it.

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine 

So I hope you enjoy my bringing back the Friday Favorites to the blog, and my workout wear post! I’d love to hear if you have a favorite place to shop for gym clothes – I’m always on the lookout for cool spots to shop!
Happy Friday + I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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A Day at Walt Disney World’s Epcot with Two Kids {3 and under!} – Our Favorite Rides, Shows + Experiences

So far I’ve shared with you how I traveled as the solo parent to Disney with my boys, all the fun we had at Animal Kingdom and our next stop brings us to Epcot!

We planned this to be our second park day because there were Extra Magic Hours in the morning which we wanted to take advantage of since we would be up anyways! We had a little bump in the road when we learned that the Monorail was broken down in the morning due to ice on the tracks {yes, THATS how cold it was the week we visited!} So we didn’t get there as early as we would have liked, and we had to take the bus instead of the ease of the monorail – BUT we made it and everyone was pumped.

First stop for us – after posing for photos by Spaceship Earth: The Seas with Nemo and Friends. The boys loved this ride even more after seeing Finding Nemo the Musical the day before at Animal Kingdom. It’s a cute ride for sure and you get off and you get to explore a mini aquarium inside the building – which I totally never noticed before – but it’s got some big fish + mammals inside – like dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, porpoise {I believe!} and more! Was really cool to see after the ride.

Next up we made our way over to Living with the Land – which we had a Fast Pass for and hopped right on. It’s a classic you can’t miss, plus its nice just to sit in a slow moving boat and enjoy the ride.

Next we decided to make our way over to The World Showcase {my favorite!} and our first stop was Mexico for the Gran Fiesta Tour ride. This is another one of those that I always have to go on – its a classic. The World Showcase opens up an hour after the actual park, so we were first in line to get on the ride just as it opened. The boys really liked this.

Next we continued down to Norway and because we had some Fast Pass issues because of the delayed monorail, we were able to score tickets to Frozen Ever After – which is a really cool ride, the boys LOVED it, and I did too. The characters were so real and well done, plus if you have ever ridden the Norway boat ride before it was Frozen, you might remember a fun little twist in the ride.

Next on the agenda – Naptime! Our goal was to get the boys to sleep and then sneak away for some chill mama time – with Prosecco of course!

// rose gold Minnie ears 

We win!

The one good thing about the crazy sleep schedule at night is you can usually time it so the littles all nap in-sync during lunch time.

So we stopped in Italy and enjoyed 45 minutes of quiet – Another Disney miracle!

We made lunchtime reservations in Germany at the Biergarten Restaurant – because we knew they put on a really cool musical show that we thought the boys would like. BUT all 3 boys ended up napping for almost the entire meal, which worked out great for the mamas who got to eat in peace!

Brooks woke up about halfway through to enjoy the meal and the two 2 years olds slept until the very end. You can see in the photo below, Graham just stretching and waking up with his feet on the table {#rude} – it’s crazy the music didn’t wake them up, but THAT’S how tired everyone was!

But either way, a quiet, enjoyable lunch – I’ll take it!

Once everyone was finally up, we continued our walk around the world.

This is one of my favorite parts of Disney because they do such a wonderful job in each country and it’s so much fun to stop and explore – but that’s not something I was able to really do on this trip with young kids – next time!

Our next Fast Pass was a special mama + Brooks date for Soarin’ {since the littles were too little!} – we watched a YouTube video of this ride before our trip and Brooks was pumped to go on it. It’s one of my favorite rides, so different, fun and beautifully done {like everything else in Disney} but add this to your list for sure, its guaranteed to make you smile.

Side Note: The Littles saw the Circle of Life show in the same building while we went on this and enjoyed it!

We had Fast Passes for SpaceShip Earth all day long, but they kept on having maintenance issues with it for whatever reason – they literally opened it up as we were heading home on the monorail, which was a bummer, but we will have to check it out again next time!

Our final ride of the day was Journey into Imagination with Figment – which I had never been on before, but figured – why not? It was a cute slow moving ride that everyone enjoyed – the coolest part was at the end, a really big play area for kids to explore + play, which I would definitely recommend if you need a break from any weather and just need a little area for the kids to run around in!

Can’t leave Disney without a Mickey pretzel, so we got some of those for our ride back to the hotel.

Another amazing Disney Day in the books. What’s your favorite Epcot experience?! Next time I want to take Brooks on Test Track for sure!

Epcot, you are a special one. I can’t wait to come back!

Our Kid-Free Weekend + That Free People Tunic

Hello and Happy Monday! I had a FANTASTIC {kid-free} weekend the past few days. My parents do “Family Dinner” once a month where my brother and sister-in-law and us all get together for a Sunday Dinner – and each month that weekend my parents take the boys Saturday morning until dinner on Sunday.

OH MY GOODNESS I FEEL REFRESHED!

I love my boys and loves spending time with them and doing all the things, but HOT DAMN it feels good to have some time “off” – if ya know what I mean. I hit up a class at the gym early on Saturday morning, went out for Brunch with Charles, did some things around the house to be productive, watched the Villanova Basketball game with the hubs in peace and quiet, met some friends at the new Yards Brewery in Philadelphia and then Charles and I had a nice date night dinner out.

It was amazing. Seriously.

// top /  vest  / layered necklace {a 3 in 1 look!} / sunglasses  / denim / boots {similar}/  lipstick 

Sunday we slept in and then went out to brunch again {because we could!}, went out to a movie -> we saw The Greatest Showman and the soundtrack has been on repeat ever since, so good! Then we met my family for a early Sunday dinner, took the boys home and watched the Eagles win {!!!}

Basically the best Saturday + Sunday of all time ever.

It’s so nice for Charles and I to have a bit of a break from the boys, to get some things done that we need to do, but also just to be able to spend time together kid-free. Like we used to 4+ years ago, pre-babies! Ha!

It’s also so good for the boys to be able to spend a night away. It’s nice for them to be flexible, be away from mom + dad and spend some quality time with Gaga + Pops. They spent the weekend in this beautiful weather {for January!} enjoying a few parks, going out for burgers – basically having the best time ever.

Because the weather was so nice in Philly this weekend, I was able to bust out this fabulous Free People tunic I’ve had in my closet. It’s a really beautiful “grapevine” color which I believe to be perfect for all seasons! It has a versatile neckline which you can wear off the shoulder if you want, and a long slit up the side with a longer piece of fabric in the back – I always get so many compliments on this when I wear it – plus it’s so comfortable and flattering!

I wore it a few months ago and posted on Instagram where you can see it paired with a fun scarf {that’s reversible!} – you can see the neckline and longer layers better in this photo!

I love this top!

// top / scarf {on sale + reversible} / denim / booties  / sunglasses

I hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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