Sunday, April 23, 2017

48 hour getaway in South Beach, Miami

Outfit details:  White Maxi Dress (Old - Similar here and here) // Pom Pom Sandals (I made these!  You can see the tutorial here.  If you prefer to purchase I recommend here and budget friendly option here ) // Louis Vuitton Bag //  Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses (budget friendly here)

Outfit Details:  My bathing suit is from Adore Me (last year).  A review of their service and my suits are here.  Other recommendations similar to this are here and here.

Back in December Joe and I went on a quick trip without the kids to South Beach, Miami!  We do try to go away without the kids every so often.  It's a really great way to reconnect and relax (hard to do with small children :)! I guess you could kind of call this a pre-baby moon since we didn't realize we were pregnant yet, ha!  We had a lot of fun indulging in a mix of relaxation time and dining out at nice restaurants without having to constantly keep an eye on a little one.  Definitely a different experience then what we were used to!

Here's a run down of all the amazing places we visited for atmosphere and food.

Breakfast & Snacks:

  • Front Porch Cafe - This is a really popular place for breakfast so there is usually a wait.  It was well worth it.  The food was excellent and it was located in a less busy area of Ocean Ave.  Casual atmosphere and good eats.  Perfect for breakfast!
  • Sugar Factory, Miami - We happened to be hungry early evening on our first day and decided to pop in here for a late afternoon snack.  There was no shortage of sugary snacks and savory as well.  We opted for some fun drinks and fell in love with the chocolate peanut butter martini!  Yum!


  • Delano - beautiful atmosphere out back by the garden and pool.  The bar is located in the Delano Beach Club area.  Probably pretty popular during the day.
  • Casa Tua - We really wanted to have dinner here but the reservation situation was difficult.  Friends of ours raved about this place and needless to say it was crazy popular.  We opted for drinks and appetizers just to check it out.  We weren't disappointed.  If you can get reservations (do it in advance) I highly recommend Casa Tua for dinner.
  • Bar Centro - located in SLS South Beach on Collins Ave we stopped in here while waiting for our table at Bazaar by Jose Andres (more about this restaurant below).  The music was pumping and the crowd was a mix of ages.  A really fun place to people watch and have some great drinks.


  • Juvia - this great rooftop restaurant boasted amazing views and top notch food.  The atmosphere was trendy and fun.  Definitely a winner for a date night (vacation) away.
  • The Bazaar by Jose Andres - by far our favorite dinning experience during our quick getaway.  Their menu consisted of small bites combining Spanish and Latin cuisine.  If you enjoy tapas and small bites this place definitely did it right! 

Overall, we had a relaxing time, caught up on sleep & good eats and reconnected with each other!  We couldn't have asked for a better getaway!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Surprise! A Yankees Themed 40th Birthday Bash & Gender Reveal

Hello!!!!  I'm baaaaaack!  Finally feeling good enough to return to normal operations!  So, for the last few months I've been out of commission....with our 3rd bundle of joy!  Being ill has really put a damper on my days however this is all par for the course with my pregnancies.  I will say, it has been different this time having 2 little boys to keep up with so my energy level doesn't feel the same.  However, I'm happy to say about 18 weeks into pregnancy I'm starting to feel more like myself.  Yay!!

When we found out we were pregnant we wanted to do something fun to announce the gender.  With our first we waited to find out until he was born.  With the second we found out after doing genetic testing so we could talk about it with our son.  And for our 3rd (and probably last) we wanted to really celebrate!

My Husband's 40th birthday was coming up so we thought it would be fun to do a gender reveal surprise with most of our family around!  Since my hubs is a HUGE Yankees fan I settled on a Yankees theme and started collecting items and ideas with my boys.  I think they were pretty excited about the baseball theme also ;).

The centerpieces were made with wide mouth ball mason jars, ribbon, and numbers that were cut out with my cricut exlpore dye cut printer.  The jars were filled with green easter basket grass, soft baseballs, baseball bat pens, and Yankee flags.  I combined that with a picture of my hubby in his younger years and some blue, grey, and white m&m's.

The baseball Chinese lanterns were an easy DIY made from white lanterns and red fabric pen.  I hung them with Command Hooks decorating clips (love that stuff).

The utensils were held in ball mason jars covered in squares of white fabric tied on with string.  I DIY'd the red stitching using a red fabric pen.

The photo board of cute pics of my adorable hubby through the years was made with navy foam board, baseball themed ribbon, mini clothespins, and held together with a glue gun.  Pretty simple but stayed with our Yankee Baseball themed party.


The cookies and cake were made by Beascakes in Armonk, NY.  This is one of our favorite bakeries and they never disappoint!

It's a BOY!!!!  

We had so much fun and all our family and friends were totally surprised by the gender reveal!  I definitely recommend doing something fun if you want to reveal your baby's gender, especially if you have other children.  My oldest son really wanted a sister so when my husband cut the cake he said "I think the baker made a mistake"....HA!  He's gotten over the shock and is now pretty excited!

Happy birthday and reveal to my sweet hubby!!

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