July 29, 2015

Project Playdate: Bookworms

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So the kids were having a playdate on a Sunday and wanted to do something a little different before hitting the pool. So we thought it would be nice to visit the library for some books…
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We got to the library and it was closed. Ok woops! Should have checked that. So we window shopped our way over to the cutest little book store to browse through a few books instead.
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These kids have such a wonderful love for books and reading. It is a quality a mother dreams of for her children.
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We have a few people to thank for this (not including myself because I find it hard to find the time to read…) so I will give the credit where the credit is due here.
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For starters, our nanny Kelsey. Kelsey was apart of our family during the kids earliest years and made it part of the daily routine to read to them. The library was a weekly activity and I love how the kids took responsibility over returning them on time – always asking – when are our books due?!
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The other person in the kids lives who spend countless hours reading with them…their teachers of course. I have the utmost respect for teachers. They are a special type of person who have the most powerful influence over our children today.
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The kids each left with a book and we headed back to Mazzy and Harlow’s place. And this is there the fun really began…BTS21
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When the kids got back to Mazzy & Harlow’s house they ran away from us immediately to run wild and then sit down to read their books in private…hidden under the treehouse. How precious?!
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Happy reading friends!

Back to school clothing by Gymboree
Photos by Reyna Sara Photography
More on this playdate over on the Mommy Shorts blog.

  1. Marissa

    Most important thing ever!!

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July 9, 2015

Summer in the Hamptons 4 ways GIVEAWAY

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The sun is out, the air is warm and we are spending most of our time at the beach and in the pool. Pretty perfect if you ask me! So how are we drying off? With our favorite towels on earth.
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Our friends at Fine Linens sent us the Abstractions towels by Lulu DK. You know when you grab a towel and it cover nothing but your bottom? Well not with these towels! They are huge! And they are so cozy to wrap up in especially after you get out of the water.
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Well today we’re psyched to tell you that Fine Linens is giving away two of these awesome towels (colors of your choice!) to one lucky winner.
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We have Aunt Debi of Simply Beautiful Eating and cousin Daniella of All that Glitters spending the week in the Hamptons with us and they are showing you how to summer with these gorgeous towels 4 ways and all you need to do enter for a chance to win these towels is tell us who you want to spend your summer at the beach with in the comments below or on our Instagram feed.
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Summer by the pool = an ice cream stacked high…and topped with sprinkles!
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Summer on a raft = berry cocktails…this is a pomegranate and blueberry soda loaded with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries fresh from our local farm stand.
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Summer in the sun = sorbet in a pineapple which you can find at your local price club. We loaded ours with fruit to make for the perfect summer snack.
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Summer in the garden = sherbert float which we made by adding store bought sherbert to a glass of sprite. Add a paper umbrella and boom. Does it get better then this?
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If you haven’t already, check out Fine Linens for their incredible bedding, towels and so much more!
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All photos in this post were taken by Debi of Simply Beautiful Eating.

  1. Marissa

    Pretty!!

  2. Ali celestino

    Spend my summer at the beach with my family.

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May 26, 2015

Picnic Essentials

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The warm weather is FINALLY here! And you know what that means? Picnics!
We go on a lot of picnics around here…because there’s kinda no better way to spend our lunch time then in a park with our little ones.
Last week there was a day where the air was perfectly warm and the farmer’s market was on in Union Square. A picnic was a no brainer. I set up the picnic as a playdate with my son’s friend and the boys had a ball.
I realized as I shopped through the market there are a few essentials that you need for a perfect picnic. Here’s a little cheat sheet for you to make your next picnic a little easier…
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We found this super chill watermelon cooler from Shop Ban.do.
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We chose the brightest color fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market for this picnic. Cherries make a huge mess but they are sooo good so we couldn’t refuse em.
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The heirloom tomatoes were swarming the farm stands so we grabbed a few and made tomato, mozzarella and basil sammies along with some turkey and cheese.
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And what’s a picnic without WATERMELON! The kids couldn’t get enough.
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To drink I picked up a bottle of fresh lemonade and infused it with strawberries, lemon slices and mint.
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I brought along some BBQ Chips to snack on and put a handful into paper bags for everyone to enjoy so there were no sticky fingers reaching in and out of a large bag. When we all left the park it was a perfect little take home snack for those who didn’t finish them all.
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I’m just so excited to be eating outside on the grass again. And would love to know how YOU picnic?! Tell us! We want to know your picnic secrets….

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April 22, 2015

A Day in the Life

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Photography is not what it used to be.
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When I was a kid I used to snap the heck out of my little point and shoot camera. I would print photos monthly and document my family, friends and favorite moments. I have book cases full of photo albums with printed photos through the first 20 years of my life.

But then…things changed.
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Photos turned into blog posts, blog posts turned into Facebook photos and now we live life through Instagram. I print photos maybe twice a year now…and they are usually just to send out to my family.
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I’ve noticed that when I try to do an organized photo shoot with my children, they turn into little monsters and won’t sit still or smile no matter what I bribe them with.
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However when my friend Dave comes over…even if he’s planning to shoot them, he distracts the boys enough to snap the most beautiful, natural shots.
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Dave Robbins is a lifestyle photographer who captures people and moments when they are least expecting it.
We most recently worked with Dave on this shoot of Harlow & Luke romping around Eastern Long Island decked in outfits from Janie and Jack. A day in the life…of Harlow & Luke.
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If you’re looking to capture a day in the life of your child, children or anyone really, I highly recommend Dave. You can check out his new lifestyle blog here.

All photos above were taken by Dave Robbins Photography.

To read more on Harlow & Luke click on over to Mommy Shorts.

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November 18, 2014

These guys…

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Every September our dear friends host a big BBQ at their summer house. Food, swimming and a lot of running around is what takes place and everyone has a blast.
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Well each year this BBQ falls on the first weekend following the summer which for some reason is the busiest weekend of our year.
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I haven’t attended one of their BBQ’s in the last 4 years.
I thought this year was gonna be different. The invite came out and my calendar was clear!! I was so excited to join in on the fun.
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Until…
The forecast came. Rain and wet. They moved the BBQ out to Sunday…the day I did book for an event. What a bummer.
I moved on and kind of forgot about it all until last week when an email showed up in my inbox full of the most beautiful photos from that day.
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Viktoria, the host and my friend, had hired a photographer, Marina Vykhodtseva who captured the most precious shots of my family.
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I’m sure you can imagine just how thrilled I was when I saw these beautiful photos which I will now always treasure.
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With thanksgiving coming up next week, these pictures remind me just how lucky I am to have such a special family who I love with all my heart. These guys are my everything.
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4 comments
  1. Marissa

    Those boys are so precious!

  2. Marissa

    Those boys are so precious!

  3. Caley

    These pictures are great! Miss you all :(

  4. Caley

    These pictures are great! Miss you all :(

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