i discovered the cutest etsy shop called little pretties. the owner is a mom who makes a colorful array of gorgeous beaded bracelets right here in the US, and they come in baby, toddler, kids, and adult sizes, with adjustable clasps. did i go nuts and order four pairs – two for me and two for my girl? yes, and we’re in love! [read more]
i’ve been on a neverending mission to find the perfect comfortable, funky, colorful leggings i can wear to lounge around in, for yoga, power walking, and working out. my sister in law told me about Lineage, a mom-owned small designer legging business based in NYC that claims to make the #bestleggingsever. so i contacted them and got to test drive a pair of Kaleidoscope leggings. [read more]
planning my baby’s first birthday was so fun! her birthday theme was a winter wonderland Russian tea party, because i’m half Russian, and she was born in the winter. so yes, she is a snow princess, but luckily still unaware of Frozen, so i could keep it Disney-free, albeit the color scheme was very much Frozen, with an abundance of cream, teal, and blue, amidst pops of color. [read more]
i hate to say i had a flat stomach before i had a baby, but i did, i really did. and i didn’t even do sit-ups. i had a strong core from doing yoga, eating healthy, running, and trying on lots of useless, uncomfortable shoes, but then i had a very large baby, and my stomach muscles separated from being so far stretched. i didn’t even know this could happen. [read more]
i wanted to have a smash cake photoshoot while we were visiting with my sister in law over Thanksgiving, so she could take pictures, because she’s a fabulous photographer and i wanted her to be a part of it, because she wasn’t going to be here for her niece’s 1st Birthday. at the same time, i wanted to keep it simple, without cheesy props, and i wanted the cake and icing to be organic, and without artificial dyes. i’m super pleased with how it turned out! [read more]
NY winters are cold, really cold. And I was VERY pregnant last winter. After trying to improvise, and wear my husband’s down vest over my bump in late fall, I decided to investigate whether I could find a maternity coat that I could use once I had the baby.
I love my lattes, so before I even got pregnant, I decided to do some thorough research about what is safe, and what is old wives’ tales hogwash. I’m not a doctor, I’m sharing what I learned after having done copious amounts of research on nutrition and health, and what worked for me. [read more]
when i started researching baby carriers, i was so overwhelmed. i didn’t want so much baby STUFF. the plethora of choices is mind blowing, and everybody you ask recommends something different. i logged hundreds of hours doing research on the best baby products… [read more]