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The Addy Poncho – One Top, Three Ways

I am so glad everyone is loving my Great Wolf Lodge water park video! It was so much fun to make and the boys had an absolute blast there! If you are looking to check out an indoor water park this winter, check out my video + post and let me know if you have any questions – I’m here to help!

But today I’m here to shout from the rooftops my love for this gorgeous, versatile top – the Addy Poncho!

// Sullivan Necklace – 4 in 1

// Addy Poncho!

You know I am CONSTANTLY on the lookout for fun, functional + chic pieces to add to my collection. More and more I am reaching for neutrals, especially muted ones – they just seem to work the best for my lifestyle with being able to dress up, dress down or just wear on the go.

And more recently I’ve been reaching for black. It’s never been a color I would usually wear much of, but these days it’s my go to. Maybe its the season and I’m in denial of a bit of seasonal depression! Or maybe its just that black hides stains my little boys manage to cover me in all day! Either way, it works.

And this top seriously works because it can be worn multiple ways!

Oversized + off the shoulder, as a boat neck {not shown} or as a cardigan!!!!!!

Umm…YES!

// Turquoise Earrings – you NEED these!

 // Floral Tank {similar} / raw hem denim / booties {on sale!}

Seriously, how stinkin’ cute is this top?

I LOVE it as a cardigan because its got a fun pop of interest in the back {see the below photo} which I loved wearing with a fun print, so you can see it from the back too!

The color is also amazing because its black, but its sort of a washed black/grey, so its not as sharp of a color, you can easily wear it casually with prints, which I did, and which I love.

And you know how much I love my florals + prints so this is such an great way to be able to showcase them through the back of the cardigan, even when its still a little chilly in Philly.

But I love this top so much just worn as a poncho. I knew it was going to be oversized, but I purchased this in an XL because I wanted some additional length in the front, plus I just love how cozy it is! And I think its the cutest off the shoulder with a fun little bralette popping through!

Because mine is oversized, I plan to wear it most of the time off the shoulder, it’s just the vibe I was going for – but if you get your regular size, you can wear it straight and its the sweetest little boat neck top {which is the third way to wear it!}. Also, in you’re regular size, when worn as a cardigan, its not as long and big in the back – you get a little more of a polished look!

For me, I wanted the extra length + cozy feel! But you can totally make it work for you by going up or down in sizing!

I’m a huge fan, as you can probably tell. I’ve only had this piece for a few weeks but I’ve already been reaching for it over and over again. It’s a great piece to have especially as the seasons transition. How cute will this be in the Fall with boots and a cozy scarf? I can already see myself wearing it apple picking! Ha! <- thats when you know you found a piece you love!

So now I’d love to hear what you think? Do you believe the Addy Poncho is as awesome as I do?

Do you have a versatile piece in your closet you love to wear over and over again?

Please share!

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Currently Loving: Friday Favorites

Hello + Happy Friday!

It’s been a crazy week as we have been recovering from last weekend’s fun at Great Wolf Lodge. In fact, I think we had a little bit too much fun because it’s taken all week to get back into the swing of things. Hopefully we can use this weekend where we don’t have anything on the calendar to catch up!

// V-Neck Twist Sweater  / floppy hat  / bralette

Today for Friday Favorites, I thought it would be fun to bring back the favs and share a few things I’m loving lately. You know I love to share good deals and fun styles with you. How cute is this v-neck twist sweater? It’s under $20, comes in a million colors and is so soft. I loved pairing it with a black bra {thats also so comfortable and at a great price!} and with a cool hat.

It’s a super fun piece to add to your closet for those chilly mornings – but its also not the kind of sweater that will make you overheat, which I can’t stand. It’s a great weight and I love the heathered grey {grey is my favorite color!}

What do you think about this look?

Another fun thing going on this week that I’m excited to share with you is that I am exploring the Keto diet. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. I am currently in day 3 and it’s a diet unlike any other – I’ve been eating all the bacon, butter, meats and cheese! I can’t wait to share with you the results – let me know if you have any specific questions about it!

I picked up this book: Keto Essentials and it’s been amazing at breaking the diet down as well as sharing some amazing recipes. I’ve tried a few and they are fantastic.

Going along with the Keto diet, I had the chance to try out the new Milkadamia this week. Milkadamia is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan along with non-GMO, cholesterol-free, an excellent source of vitamins D and B12 – not to mention it has 50% more calcium than 2% dairy milk. 

It’s milk from macadamia nuts and it’s DELICIOUS!

And macadamia nuts are totally Keto approved, so this was a great product to arrive on my doorstep this week! Yum! If you are looking to switch up your milk, definitely give this a try!

Another favorite thing going on this weekend is there is a HUGE SALE going on on my site! Seriously, it’s amazing! So many of my favorite tops + accessories all freshly marked 50% – so you can get some killer deals!

Like this Sophie print top – I love the floral detail and the see through bell sleeves!

And don’t even get me started on the Callie Fringe necklace. Gold + silver with the perfect amount of movement. Another 50% off piece – but only while supplies last, so if you see something you like in your size, grab it before its gone!

And be sure to shoot me a message, I’ll hook you up with free shipping!

Another little treat that arrived on my doorstep during love week – how amazing do these Sparkling Ice zero calorie waters. Along with some Santa Margherita rosè and Brooklyn crafted ginger beer! I can’t wait to have a little celebration with this over the weekend! I feel like I’ve really made it in the blogging world when cocktails + mixers arrive at my doorstep!

My final favorite are these gorgeous blooms all my boys got me for valentines day.

Love. Thanks boys!

I hope you have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend! If you are in Philly – enjoy this gorgeous weather, before it turns to snow again next week! WaH Wah!

Chat soon!

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Sharing our Weekend + All the {Kid-Friendly!} Waterslides at the Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark – Pocono Mountains, PA

This weekend we spent some time at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains, PA. If you aren’t familiar, Great Wolf is a indoor waterpark facility that has 18 locations in the United States and Canada.

Side Note: We spent a weekend at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos last year, if you want to compare, check out our Day 1 + Day 2 posts for a little flash back! 

Here in Pennsylvania, the winters are rough – especially if you have young kids. All my boys want to do is hit up a playground or a park, but its been so cold and wet the past few weeks! But even though its cold + wet, the littles still need to get their energy out!  I was so excited when we had our trip to Great Wolf on the calendar and the boys were too!

I finally had the chance to put my new goPro {thanks Santa!} to the test with some underwater fun this weekend! Check out our video below and see all the fun we had on the slides and in the waterpark and let me know what you think!

 

And here are some more snaps and details about our weekend away:

Fun Fact: All the kids get cute little wolf ears at check-in – so cute for photo ops!

I posted this photo on Instagram over the weekend and had so many questions about it, I had to share it with you here! A full-coverage crop top + high waisted two piece are both are completely necessary for indoor waterpark, waterslides and basically any sort of water activity with the littles! I can’t recommend either piece enough!

Shop them here: crop top / high waisted bottoms

Two piece action shot – the coverage is on point!

Another swimsuit I recently got and really loved having this weekend was this black ruffle one piece. So comfortable, easy to wear – I’ll be seen in this all summer long, plus it’s under $35!

Also the Boys’ cover-ups are my favorites!

Shop it here: black ruffle one piece

We had a great weekend at Great Wolf!

Let me know if you are planning an indoor water park trip this summer, I’d love to help with any questions you might have!

 

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My Floral-Inspired Stitch Fix Review

 Oh Stitch Fix – you are my favorite way to start off a new month.

This February I asked for a fun, fresh, new Fix with lots of floral inspiration! I love picking a theme or a style or a trend and having my stylist go wild, helping me find fun pieces to add to my wardrobe! She totally delivered and this whole fix has me beyond excited for Spring!

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But first – all about Stitch Fix:

If you are new to the Stitch Fix scene, let me break it down for you – Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that learns what you like and makes it their mission to send you clothes you’ll love. They carry women’s sizes 0-24W and XS-3X, maternity and petite, and men’s sizes XS-XXL. There is something for everyone! 

With Stitch Fix there is no subscription required, you can get a Fix anytime you want. Either on-demand or on a regular cadence – every few weeks, once a month or every season. You pay $20 to have your Fix curated by a personal stylist, which applies towards anything you keep. If you keep all five pieces, you get a 25% discount on your entire purchase! Shipping and returns are always free and returns are super easy- Keep what you love, send back the rest with your pre-paid shipping bag at any USPS mailbox.

Like I said, I’ve been a fan for years, I even got to visit their headquarters during our trip to San Francisco last year! And be sure to take a look back at all of my Stitch Fixes since the beginning!

If you are interested and want to #treatyoself be sure to use this link to have your FEE WAIVED and try out Stitch Fix {it’s awesome} with no risk! 

Ok – now for the reveal of my latest fix! And don’t forget -> If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up AND check out my Stitch Fix page to get caught up on all my previous Fixes! Message me with any questions you might have!

Here’s what I got in my latest Fix ->

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First Up ->  August Mist, Mayson Kimono, $46
This kimono is pure perfection. I love the floral, the pink is so sweet, the contrasting hem detail down the front + around the neck makes it so beautiful – AH!
It’s lightweight, but it has a little bit of warmth to it – I added another pink top {also in this fix – see below} underneath for a little extra layer to it. I also love the length of this kimono – great to layer over denim, black pants {also in this fix!} or would be so beautiful over a little black dress!
Do you love this kimono as much as I do?!
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1822 Denim, Demetria Grommet Skinny Jean, $48
About the pants – how cute are these skinny jeans? I am wearing them in every photo in this fix, so you can get a good look at them through the rest of this post, but I had to give them am up close look here because they are beautiful! Everyone needs a solid pair of black jeans in their closet!
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PINK CLOVER, Valencia Pullover, $42
This is the pink top underneath the kimono above. I really love the shade of pink, perfect for Valentine’s Day and going into the spring. It’s lighter than a sweatshirt but not too light – easy piece to wear everyday!
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Just USA, Tibby Denim Jacket, $68
I’ve been on the hunt for a new denim jacket for a while now. The one I wear all.the.time is a light wash and I’ve had it since high school – yikes! Time for an upgrade, am I right? So I asked my stylist to keep her eyes open for a darker wash denim jacket and I really like this one she sent me!
I love to layer my denim jacket over other fun pieces for a casual look, so I don’t like them too long – so this totally fits the bill! I might need to add this to my closet, what do you think?
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Alice Blue, Lakemont Ruffle Neckline Blouse, $44
About this blouse! I love the purple floral print and the fun ruffle neck, its a really sweet piece. Possibly a little too see through for me. Maybe next time I should try it with a nude tank under to see if that makes a difference? It’s a beautiful piece that would be easy to wear out to dinner, brunch or just out and about with a denim jacket, like above.
Too see through? What are your thoughts?
Now I have to decide what to keep!

Now I need your help! I’m going to have a hard time deciding that to keep from this Fix! As always, I love your thoughts and opinions – would love to know your favorite piece {or two} from this Fix!

Take the poll and let me know! 

What to Keep from my Floral Fix?

 
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And don’t forget to use this link to have your fee waived and try out Stitch Fix {it’s awesome} with no risk! If you liked some of the pieces in this fix – you can totally request them!

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If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page, which I just updated in reverse order so you can easily find the more current Fixes!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

Stitch Fix Details:

  • Get hand selected pieces fit for your style, shape, and budget straight from a professionally trained stylist along with expert advice on how to wear the pieces in your day-to-day.
  • Add notes for your stylist about the details and life events that matter to you so that she can get to know and better serve you over time.
  • Add a request in your note and share your Pinterest board of your favorite looks so that your stylist can find you exactly what you’re looking for.
  • When checking out of every Fix, leave detailed feedback on each item helps so that your stylist can choose even better pieces for your next Fix.
  • Once you receive your Fix, you have three days to try on your pieces – keep only what you love, send back the rest in the prepaid shipping bag. You’ll only be charged for the items you keep & love once you checkout from your Fix.
  • Stitch Fix knows that fit matters so they work with brands to ensure each piece has exceptional fit, construction, and fabrics across every category from blouses to dresses, denim to outerwear, shoes, handbags, accessories, and more.
  • No matter your style, size or budget, because Stitch Fix has 1000+ brands, including the ones you know and love, new emerging brands and their own exclusive labels, they’ll meet all of your needs. 

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Star Wars Light Saber DIY Birthday Cupcakes

So Brooks and Graham are both currently Star Wars obsessed.

Sure, neither of them have ever seen any of the movies, but they love it all the same.

Boys.

When I asked Brooks what kind of birthday party he wanted to have for the big F O U R – he immediately said -> STAR WARS!! And then started waving around pretending he was a Jedi flailing his light saber around.

Again, Boys.

Needless to say, his Star Wars 4th Birthday party is underway, happening tomorrow, but we celebrated at school this week with all his friends and of course this mama had to make Star Wars cupcakes become a reality.

I only really consider myself a crafty person when it comes to my kids birthday party festivities, I do like to have a little fun with the occasion and attempt to do something extra special.

Here’s a look back at some of our past birthday parties and crafty favors I created for the boys:

Personalized art smocks {for Brooks’ 2nd birthday} Personalized superhero capes {for Brooks’ 3rd birthday}, DIY Rubber Band Boats {for Graham’s 2nd nautical birthday party} and even personalized massive balls for Graham’s first birthday, which were just super FUN!

Stay tuned to see what’s coming everyone’s way at the party tomorrow!

Today is all about the cupcakes! I wanted to post on the blog incase anyone has a Star Wars obsessed little who needs a some extra inspiration in the treat department!

I wanted to come up with some fun Star Wars cupcakes for Brooks 1) Because he asked for them, nicely and 2) Because why not?!

I made regular cupcakes, straight from the box {aka – the BEST kind, confetti on the inside, duh} and did a little dark side / light side with the icing on top.

PLUS I Brooks asked for all chocolate on top, but I thought adding in a little white would make the “light saber pretzel sticks” pop a bit more. Ya, know – for the ‘gram (and the blog!}

Next – the light sabers!

I love a good salty + sweet combination with the cupcakes and pretzels, plus I thought they would be yummy for the kiddos – I went with green + blue because they are both on the “Good/Light” side in the Star Wars movie – I didn’t want to scar anyone for life with a red light saber, like good ol’ Darth Vader. So I kept it positive!

I took vanilla icing and added some food coloring in separate cups, gave each little pretzel a swirl and let them dry – easy peasy!

Once they were set, I crossed them on top of the cupcakes, right across the dark/light side icing options – adding some extra sprinkles, because Birthday – and we were good to go!

Let’s just say that no cupcake was left behind!

The kids ate them right up and the teachers did too – they definitely made everyone smile and Brooks loved them.

Now I’d love to hear from you – are you into making fun treats? What’s the coolest or most fun birthday treat you’ve ever come up with?! Please share!

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20 Questions with my 4 Year Old

With Brooks’ birthday being this week, I thought it would be fun to continue on with my 20 Kid Questions posts! It’s been fun to look back at my 20 questions with Brooks at 2 years old, 2.5 years old and 3 years old. All 3 interviews up to this date are so fun to look back at and compare.

And in true second child fashion, I have done NONE of this with Graham. #momfail – BUT in my defense, Brooks started talking much earlier than Graham did and Graham really just starting getting his serious way with words, so I’m not going to beat myself up over it too much. I did just add to my calendar to interview G at 2.5 years, so we shall see how that goes!

If you don’t see that post sometime in March – someone remind me! Ha!

Back to the birthday boy! My little Brooks is at such a fun age. He loves so many things and wants to go, Go, GO all day long! He can’t sit still! He’s a little TOO obsessed with his iPad, playing video games or watching his favorite shows – that’s pretty much the only things he will sit for! Brooks loves ice cream, Star Wars, Sonic, Big Hero 6 {Baymax} and LOVES playing on my old Wii – we’ve found some really fun retro games that he can’t get enough of! Brooks enjoys playing Soccer Shots every week and loves to score goals. He loves to be outside, he’s a master on his scooter and is great with numbers and letters!

He’s so stinkin’ smart but it’s so much fun to watch him grow, learn and develop – he’s a true big kid these days and loving every minute! Check out our latest interview and let me know what you think!

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1) What is something that Mommy says to you?

I love you.

Let’s get going!

 

2) What makes you happy?

You {points to me}, BB8, R2-D2

My drone, Graham, balloons

 

3. What makes you sad?

Rain. Nothing.

The dark.

 

4. What makes you laugh?

Graham. He just does. Because he says “Surprise!”

 

5. How old are you?

Four {holds up 4 fingers}

6. How old is Mommy?

33 {he’s right!}

 

7. How old is Daddy?

36 {he’s wrong!} No – he’s 34! {now he’s right!}

 

8. What is your favorite thing to do?

My robot. I like how it transforms.

I like to play Air Hockey. And my dinosaur.

 

9. Who is your best friend?

Graham + Daddy. Because I love them.

Also, Dominic.

 

10. What are you really good at?

Balancing my robot.

Soccer – because I’m practicing.

11. What did you do today?

School, Soccer + Lots of things.

 

12. What is your favorite food?

Spagetti. With Meatballs.

Hot Dogs with Ketchup.

 

13. What is your favorite song?

Gangham Style

And Moana

 

14. What is your favorite color?

Blue. Because I like it.

 

15. What is your favorite animal?

Sonic the Hedgehog.

Blaze {the monster machine} + Storm Trooper.

Elephant

 

16. What did you dream about?

Stars. Like Star Wars.

Moons.

 

17. What is your favorite toy?

My Favorite toy is Air Hockey.

Also my Storm Trooper from Build A Bear.

 

18: What is your favorite fruit?

My favorite fruit is peppers. Because they are red, and I like orange too.

 

19. What is your favorite book?

The Human Body.

How to Read

 

20. What is your favorite thing to do outside?

Lots of things. Making handprints.

Basketball.

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! 

 

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