Life, Travel, What to Bring, What to do/eat, Where to Stay

Vacationing in the Amalfi Coast with a Toddler

We just got back from a dreamy vacation in Italy. You guessed it, we toured the Amalfi Coast! Prior to booking, I was busy reading through forums and Facebook groups from experienced moms of mini globe trotters. Was this actually feasible? Are the coastal towns family friendly? Are the streets suitable for a stroller? We had a romantic getaway booked to Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano summer of 2020, but I don’t even care to go there…going into this trip, we had a new set of expectations (to say the least!) with our very active 2.5 year old in tow! Before I get into the nitty gritty, let this be your sign to take the trip. “Suck up” the long flight. The memories with your little companion will last a lifetime, and if he or she enjoys to eat, “una buona forchetta” as the Italians say, THERE IS NO BETTER DESTINATION! The Flight We took a direct flight from San Francisco to Rome. If you can avoid a layover, DO IT. I am not sure there is data to back this up, but it seems like air travel in this day and age is usually delayed. I cannot think of […]

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Life, Mommy and Baby

Emilio “Poochi” Party

Last Friday (February 4th) we celebrated Emilio’s first birthday. There were balloons, cake, and party hats. As for the theme, however, it requires some context. We had the hardest time coming up with a boy name during my pregnancy. Honoring my dad was very important to me, but he “went by” a different name from what he was assigned at birth so it wasn’t top of mind. About a month before my due date, I crowdsourced my Instagram audience for recommendations, and one of the submissions was “Emiliano.” Immediately I began researching variations as my dad’s name was actually Emil. Emilio was perfect because it would honor my dad as well as my Spanish heritage! So what does this have to do with Emilio’s birthday party you may ask?! Well, Emilio Pucci was an Italian fashion designer synonymous with colorful prints that I have always admired. As a play on words we threw Emilio a “Poochi” party! The Process Emilio Pucci, aka the “prince of prints” had impeccable taste in color. I picked some of my favorite Pucci hues and created a vision board using Canva. Regardless of the theme, this party planning practice will make your life waaaaay easier […]

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2021 Black Friday Sales and Promo Codes

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday filled with delicious food and quality time with friends and family. For your shopping convenience, I have rounded up the best online sales and accompanying promo codes Happy Friday, or should I say Happy Shopping?! Abercrombie & Fitch | 30% off everything Akira | 30% off sitewide with code BF30 Alo Yoga | Up to 70% off sale, 20% off new Amazon | Black Friday Deals all day long American Eagle | 30% off sitewide Anthropologie | 30% off everything Asos | Up to 80% off almost everything Baby Gap/ Gap | 40% Off Everything + Bonus 20% Off Banana Republic​ ​| 40% off everything Beyond Yoga | 30% off sitewide   Baublebar | 30% off sitewide with code BB30 Boll & Branch | 25% off with code CYBERWEEK BOOHOO​ | 60% off everything plus an extra 10% off with code EXTRA BuddyLove | 40% off select styles with code BLBF21 Burt’s Bees Baby | 30% off site wide and free shipping with code FESTIVE30 Buybuy Baby | Deals all week long Carbon38 | 30% off site wide Carter‘s | 50-60% off entire store Express ​| 40-50% off everything Farfetch​ ​Extra 20% […]

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Home Decor, Mommy and Baby

Your Guide to Creating a Nursery Nook in your Master Bedroom

Living space in San Francisco is SACRED! Every square inch must be used thoughtfully. When I found out I was expecting, I knew I wanted to set up a temporary space for the baby in our master bedroom (I’m not ready to covert our guest bedroom into a child’s room just yet!). I wanted the space to appear elegant and for the room to remain a comfortable oasis for our family. If you too are looking for an efficient solution for your new baby, bookmark this page and start compiling a nursery nook check list!     A Cozy Corner First things first: designate a corner of the room for the baby’s sleep space. And while you’re at it, make it on mom’s side of the bed. No disrespect to dad, but mom is baby’s world those first few days earth-side. Once you pick a spot, slap a “label” on it with some wall decor. Maybe you have a beautiful name sign to hang, or perhaps wall paper or a wall decal. Regardless, stick with the style or theme you’ve already established in your master bedroom. It is important to remember that we are designing a temporary space. Whatever additions you […]

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Mommy and Baby

New Mom Must-Haves

It’s official! We survived the very challenging newborn phase. Emilio, aka #BabyBae, “Brother,” is officially 11 weeks old today. In honor of his 11th week Earth-side, I am sharing my list of New Mom Must-Haves. Whether you are expecting and building your registry, or just figuring out the whole new parent thing, get ready to take notes, bookmark this page, or forward it to a friend! Please note the items below are listed at random. I use each and every one around the clock! Click the Pink to Shop.   Feeding My Brest Friend will become your loyal sidekick just like the name suggests. This item is the smartest nursing pillow on the market. I have tried the Boppy and the Niche Organic Cotton Feeding Pillow (love this for lounging with baby on the couch instead). My Brest Friend beats them all. To begin, it’s very dense – supportive for both you and your baby. It also features an adjustable waist…think of it as a foam strap-on shelf with a waterproof cover. You can easily wipe it down after each use with a wet wipe. Save yourself the laundry and add this item to your baby registry STAT.  The Haakaa […]

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