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In partnership with Athleta. Active. Healthy. Confident.

Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day, and to celebrate Lilly and I are partnering with our favorite activewear brand, Athleta, to share some of our favorite ways we stay active together! As a mother, it’s important to me to set a healthy, active example for my kids. I want to encourage them to be strong, both inside and out.

Lilly is using these pink toning weight balls

My kids love to try out a lot of different sports and activities, which I encourage! There are so many more options today than there were when I was growing up. Staying active not only builds a healthy lifestyle, it builds confidence, too! 

Having a small gym space in our home has definitely boosted our activity level. It’s fun to turn on some music and exercise together. Lilly loves practicing yoga, doing pilates, dancing, tumbling, cycling, lifting (light) weights, jumping rope… a wide variety of exercise keeps it interesting! And you don’t need a room dedicated solely as a gym, a small open space anywhere in your home will work.

Our pilates reformer is pretty popular in my house (we have the Balanced Body Allegro 2 Reformer). It’s my favorite way to exercise! It’s great for strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, and is really fun to use. 

vintage style fan here

Taking a cool break, which rather nicely shows off Lilly’s Athleta sweatband! I love how it coordinates with her leggings.

Speaking of, Athleta’s leggings and tops are soft and stretchy – important features for kids! They’re great for all activities – both indoors and outdoors!

And I love my white crisscross hoodie! It’s thin and lightweight, but still keeps me warm.

Today, February 6th, marks the 33rd Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day! This celebration has empowered women and girls to get moving, reap the benefits of physical activity, and push past their limits both in sports and in life. Lilly & I hope you’ll join us in celebrating! 



Photography by Abby Murphy. Sponsored by Athleta.


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Furbish’s most successful pop up artist ever is back with a new collection of original collages and it goes live TODAY!

Renee excels in color. Don’t miss the sale today at noon. And because Furbish is one of my all time favorites, I couldn’t resist scouring the site for more cool finds. And there were plenty!

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By now y’all know I love a round woven rug.


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Date: Jan 31 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Family, Fashion

I mean, how have I gone so long without sharing an Etsy favorites round up??! It’s one of my favorite sites to browse and be inspired by. From everything to home finds to kids clothes to women’s fashion to crafts! Here are my latest favorites!

plastic woven tote – this whole shop is incredible!

porcelain tumbler – my latest obsession, favorite for coffee!

mounted paper roller – so useful, great for kids or adults & comes in different sizes!

old whaling co gift set – made in charleston, and a great valentine’s gift!

scratch off valentines – how cute are these for class parties?!

raffia sandals – so chic, don’t you think? remind me of carrie forbes.

paper storage bags – you know, to spark joy.

blue floral dress – i love the shape and print of this cute dress.

cotton knotted rug – fell in love with these in portugal.

Shop all of Etsy right here!


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Date: Jan 30 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining

By now you’ve heard of Marie Kondo’s hit show and movement about decluttering your life, getting organized, and sparking joy. Goodness knows I need some serious organizing to happen over here. I’ve been looking at my home in a new way, focusing on items that I don’t love. Where did they come from? Why are they still here? There are some things around here that do NOT spark joy. Maybe you know the feeling? Worn out toasters? Art that is no longer your style? Dingy ceiling fans that make you cringe? Tired bedding? 

So today’s home favorites post is a round up of home swap outs! Beautiful every day pieces that will make you happy to be around. Joy sparkers!

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A classic outdoor rug to bring new life to your front door or mudroom. A cute mirror to replace the morning one in your hall or powder room. It doesn’t have to be a big change.


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Date: Jan 24 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Family, Fashion

I’m loving all of these new finds on Amazon, you guys. So many cute things for the house!

patagonia fleece jacket – cozy & practical! cute too :)

moroccan ottoman – extra seating or a perch for your feet.

mock neck sweater – comfy and easy to throw on!

toothbrush holder – minimal & cute! And check out these really cute ones for kids, too!

cozy headphones headband – we got these for Lilly & Fletch for Christmas and they LOVE them – they work really well and are just so cute. So many different animal and character designs!

pom pom hamper – cute storage for laundry, toys, sports equipment!

wicker side chair – because it’s so gorgeous

wooden ladder – great for storage and organization!

wooden hangers – because it’s the perfect time to organize your closet!

Shop all of Amazon right here. And if you’re looking for some Valentine’s Day gifts, check out their Valentine’s Day Gift Shop! You can shop by recipient – him, her, kids, and pets! 


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Date: Jan 23 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Fashion

Earlier this month Josh and I traveled to Portugal with some friends, 2 other couples – our friends Marshall and Haskell and Molly and Ted. I’ve been so excited to recap our trip. First and foremost it was incredible. We chose Portugal because we really wanted to explore a great place that no one in our group had been to, the climate was comfortable for the time of year we could go, and it’s fairly easy to get to. It ended up blowing away our expectations! 

Despite the trip starting off a little rocky thanks to the airline losing our luggage for the first 36 hours, it didn’t dampen our spirits. Our first half of the trip was spent in the countryside near Evora, about an hour and 15 minutes east of Lisbon. This was my most favorite part of trip. We stayed in the most amazing boutique hotel called Villa Extramuros, located in Arraiolos-Alentejo. It has only 5 hotel rooms, plus 2 small cottages, and is situated on 5 acres of olive fields surrounded by sheep.

The photos of our hotel really speak for themselves, but you guys, if you go to this area of Portugal you MUST stay here. It was like magic. So peaceful, well designed, and the service was incredible.

navy trench coat, gingham tote, white sneakers

It was too chilly for the pool but that just means I’ll have to come back.

Breakfast was my favorite. Locally focused, and exquisite. The room was so peaceful, and I loved how they poured our coffee into bowls.

The rooms have private porches attached with the most amazing views.

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My favorite day was our guided bike tour with Cycling Lisbon (our guide Vitor was amazing). We used electric bikes (so fun) and went roughly 30 miles over 6 hours exploring the historic city Evora, riding country trails, and a tasting at a winery!

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We stopped in the Chapel of Bones. The walls are literally decorated with skulls and bones. It definitely gave me a creepy feeling, but it was interesting to see.

patagonia sweater fleece jacket, rag & bone jeans

There are two restaurants that we had dinner at that 100% need to be on your list if you go to this area of Portugal. Gadanha Mercearia in Estremoz was So Freaking Good. The chef helped us order all of the right dishes (but I highly doubt there was a bad one on the menu), and we loved her so much that by the end of the meal we were sharing photos of each other’s kids and taking photos with her.

The other restaurant that we all loved so much was O Alpendre in Arraiolos. Described as farmer’s food, we ordered family style and everything was incredible. They’re well known for pork in this area, and it was all awesome. 

The second half of our trip was spent in Lisbon, and truth be told it was just okay for me. We spent two nights here but I probably could have been satisfied with an afternoon. There were some highlights though, and we definitely had a great time. I loved walking around the city, climbing hills, exploring. We stayed at Memmo Alfama, which had a beautiful rooftop and was nicely located.

black swingy sweater, black crop pants, leather bag, white sneakers, similar sunglasses
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navy trench coat, gingham tote, white sneakers

If you’re visiting Lisbon I recommend just walking as much as you can and seeing the sites. It’s a beautiful place. Tuk-tuks (pictured above) are a fun way to see the city as well! We had a nice meal at Prado, which came highly recommended to us. If you can’t get a reservation then definitely stop into their connected smaller cafe at the top of the hill for coffee. We visited the National Tile Museum and it was, surprise surprise, gorgeous! I want to tile everything in my house now.

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navy trench coat, gingham tote, gucci sneakers

So the moral of this story/trip recap post is to encourage anyone considering  traveling to Portugal to DO IT. Is was truly so special. I really want to go back and explore the Azores as well as Algarve. The more laid back areas and smaller towns are what draw me in and make the trip worth it to me. In case you’re wondering, direct flights from NYC to Lisbon are under 7 hours! Feel free to reach out to me with any specific questions!


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