Sisterhood

When I first learned that I was pregnant with my third child, I was secretly hoping for a girl. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have been upset with a boy, because a child is a blessing in itself. But, there is something to be said for same sex siblings, especially close in age, which I can relate to from my own childhood, having a sister 22 months younger. I have a brother as well, and my siblings and I have always been super close, but my sister and I share a bond that sometimes is indescribable. I have been watching Siella and Gemma connect over the last few months, as their relationship grows stronger, and I understand, because I share that same bond with my sister.

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My sister and I definitely have our differences like most siblings, but we always rebound from whatever we are going through. I know she is always there for me and can always rely on her, no matter what. She is an incredible Aunt to all three of my children, as well as a godmother to Ryder. She loves my kids more than anything in the world, and they share the same feelings about their “Auntie”. Our mom lost her sister at very a very early age, and she has always instilled in my sister and I how important it is that we have each other, and that we should never take it for granted. It is my intent to do the same for my children, and when they are older, I hope they realize how incredibly lucky they are to have each other.

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Siella has been a great big sister to Gemma. At the tender age of 3, she already exudes maternal instinct in the way that she has been watching out for her little sis since the day she was born. She always makes sure to share whatever she has with Gem, and she has always taken an interest when I am changing a diaper, giving her a bath or a bottle. She’s such a big helper, and almost acts as an advocate for Gemma. They are definitely connected in some sisterly way.

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Gemma wakes up every morning and looks for Siella. Usually waking her big sister up, and it’s funny, because Siella doesn’t seem to mind. They spend the mornings playing together, peacefully and quietly. Gemma calls Siella “Lala” or “Sissy” and it melts my heart every single time I hear it. She’s the most affectionate with Siella, giving her kisses and hugs throughout the day. I know when Siella is off at school or camp, Gemma definitely walks around our apartment wondering where her sister went, but when she comes home, she runs across the room to her, screaming her name!

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It is a beautiful thing to see when Siella patiently sits down and starts playing with Gemma, teaching her how to color, build, even say new words. She has little nicknames for her like “Bubbah Baby, Gemmi-lish, and Chumpa (where these came from I don’t know). I am so blessed and lucky they have each other, and sometimes it makes me sad that Ryder doesn’t have a brother. A few close friends have boys with similar age difference, and I’ve noticed the brotherhood bonds, which makes me wonder sometimes, maybe a fourth is in our future.

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I hope they grow up as close as they are now and will always love and support one another. And be around for each other to talk or share their stories. Sisterhood is about being there to encourage one another through good times and bad. It is more than friendship, it is a bond that will last forever.

Simplifying Our Mornings

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In just under a week, our carefree laid back summer mornings will soon be a fading memory. School will be back in session, and mornings for me are probably the hardest to tackle. I need to make sure the kids are fed, dressed, lunches made, teeth brushed and out the door by 8am. Ryder has to be in his school by 8:15, and Siella by 8:30, so you may see me running through the streets of Battery Park. I am baffled every morning, because no matter how early I wake up, there never seems to be enough time to get everyone ready. With Siella now having to be in school 30 minutes earlier, there’s now more work, in less time. Last year, I was able to just quickly put Siella and Gemma in their jammies in the stroller, and get Ryder off, before coming back to get Siella ready. Since having children, I’ve relied heavily on my morning dose of coffee to get me through the day. With my youngest Gemma now waking multiple times throughout the night, and up for the day before 5:30am, I definitely need that kick-start.

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I have been a huge fan of the Keurig for sometime now. With three children in tow, there’s no time to wait on the long coffee shop lines, especially during our crazy morning rush. While I am packing the children’s lunches, I pop one of my favorite coffee brands into my Keurig, push brew, and grab it already brewed in my to-go cup as I’m getting the kids out the door. Ready in just under two minutes, it’s perfect for us busy mamas, who usually have zero time for ourselves.

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Jason and I first became interested with Keurig because he only drinks decaffeinated coffee, and each morning I would find myself making two different pots of coffee. With only one coffee pot, it made our mornings so much more time consuming, Keurig changed all that. I am also a huge iced coffee fan, and I love having the option to make a cup in the afternoon, without brewing an entire pot of coffee. And during the evening hours, once the children are asleep I enjoy a calming herbal tea. The kids love the Keurig too, with their hot cocoa pods on a chilly winter days.

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I just recently tested out the Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System, which is the perfect space saver for apartment living. Simply add water for each cup of coffee you desire and it can brew up to three cup sizes. The Mini Plus is so compact, we even toted it to a house we were renting out in Long Island this summer. All Keurig models are available in an array of colors, and will surely match any kitchen décor. With more than 250 varieties of coffee, tea and other hot beverage pods to choose from, you can always find the perfect cup you are looking for.

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This picture above was shot last year during one of our crazy morning sprints out the door. I look forward to getting our schedules back and I think the kids do too. Although they are crazy, at least I’ll be ready to conquer the day with Keurig. Thanks for making my morning rush easier and more enjoyable!

Thank you Keurig for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Sunday Swoon: Lands’ End

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Lands’ End is a brand that has been around for as long as I could remember. It was a staple when I was a child, and could remember my mom ordering my high school uniforms through the Lands’ End catalog. I have since turned to the brand for my own children, especially during this back… Read more »

Saturday Style || Urban Playground

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Summer is not over just yet, and I couldn’t get over Vanessa’s dress up and down looks this week! Skirt – Vintage // Bracelet  // Clutch // Shoes last year Plaid shirt  // Cutoffs  // Booties  // Necklace Hat  // Shorts // Shoes Be sure to visit DressMeUp&Down and for your daily dose of fashion be sure to check out her Instagram and… Read more »

Pre K & 1st Grade Here We Come

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Big things are happening in our home over the next two weeks. For starters, Ryder turned 6 yesterday, and pretty soon, he will be entering 1st grade. First grade to me is such a huge deal. He’s not a baby anymore, and now, this is real school. I thought the start of kindergarden made me… Read more »

Back To School Giveaway

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So excited to share with you all this major Back To School giveaway I am hosting with my good friend Nina from According To Nina.   Win $100 to shop Ruum Clothing, Planet Box lunchbox, Skip Hop Zoo Backpack, $50 to Little Pim, & 3 Book Set and necklace from Star Sisters! Follow the rafflecopter below,… Read more »

Sunday Swoon: FabKids

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Just in time for back to school shopping, Ryder and Siella received their August shipment from FabKids. I’ve been a huge fan of brand for about a year now, and love that every month the kids receive a new outfit in the mail. FabKids was started by a team of parents one being actress and… Read more »

Giving Back during Back To School

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As we prepare for back to school in a few weeks, I am cherishing the last of our lazy days of summer with the kids. Although the big kids might be going back to school, us as parents, are too. I try to be present in my childrens’ schools in the most possible way. It’s so… Read more »