REAL TALK REAL MOMS :: FAMILY MORNING ROUTINE

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To be honest, I feel like our routine (or lack there of) is pretty basic and by the book most mornings. We have so many possible scenarios in our family depending on if one of us is traveling, who is going to an office for the day or who is working from home or does Parker have school or a class… and so on. It’s hard to really tell you exactly what our mornings are like [outside of general chaos], but let’s assume this is a weekday morning where I’m going into the office and Eric is going to be heading out to his studio...

I’ll wake at around 7am and nurse Sidney Sloane for around 20-30min. This may be the most serene time of my day and there’s nothing like starting your morning with some serious baby snuggles… I cherish them. Once she’s fed and happy, I’ll usually bring her into the bathroom with me while I put on makeup and she’ll play and babble. Once I’m done attempting to make it look like I’m not an exhausted human being, I’ll check in to see if our nanny has arrived and will take SS down to hang with her and eat some breakfast so I can get some clothes on. By this time, Eric is usually ready and downstairs making breakfast. He is always on breakfast duty as it’s his specialty. We gotta stick to our strengths! Coffee usually waits until I'm at the office already and I'll take a mid-morning break to run out and grab my necessary cup of decaf. Since Parker is basically a teenager, we’re lucky to see her before we both have to leave the house since she sleeps until like 8:30/8:45am most mornings. God bless her.

If Eric isn’t in town… we could remove breakfast at home from the scenario and assume I’m running 20 minutes behind.


Parker is starting in a two-day summer pre-k program in a couple of months and that will be our first venture into learning to juggle getting her to a designated place in the morning before we head to work. Not quite sure how that will all shake out, but I think having both of the girls at home makes our mornings pretty uneventful and full of the normal mornings stuff with kids! 

Be sure to check out and follow along with the other amazing mamas who are sharing their stories as part of this series. Also be sure to check out our previous topics: Travel, Feeding, Sleep, Relationships, Self Care, Working, Co-Parenting, Comparison Trap, Diaper Bag Essentials and Play. Links below! #realmomseries

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A SPRING BRUNCH WITH NYDJ

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If you can believe it, there were about a good four years of my life where I never wore jeans. My style steered more towards dresses and tights and boots and skirts. It was around the time when skinny jeans were making their way to the states and I just couldn’t get into the look. It was also probably that I couldn’t find a pair that fit like I wanted them too. That’s the thing with jeans… fit is everything. Across the board, whether they are expensive or inexpensive, it doesn’t matter if they don’t fit and flatter in all the ways you want. When the fit is just right, you feel like a million dollars when you put them on.

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Now that jeans are one of my closet staples, it’s exciting when a brand comes along that offers the perfect fit in every style that you can’t help but brag about them to anyone who will listen. That’s how I’ve felt about NYDJ, so when they asked if I’d host a brunch to help introduce my girlfriends to their jeans, it was an easy ‘yes’! While their jeans obviously fit all ladies, I wanted to share them with my mom squad specifically since these were the only jeans I felt amazing in (and that fit!) just weeks after giving birth. They stretch and hug and hold in all of your wobbly bits. Everyone was obviously skeptical the minute I told them to “size down” as you are instructed to with all NYDJ pieces. Funny how we are so conditioned to stick to certain numbers for ourselves. Literally as each gal emerged from the dressing room, they were in disbelief that a) the smaller size fit and b) how comfortable and moveable the jeans were and c) that the smaller size fit! Most admitted they hadn’t worn jeans since prior to being pregnant and now these were the first pair they actually felt good wearing. Every woman found a pair and style that they loved, which made me so happy!

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nydj fit is everything

While it’s definitely a blast to host a brunch with friends - the event was actually about something much more important than just food and conversation. First, during the month of March, NYDJ is celebrating its first National Fit Month: a month dedicated to bringing NYDJ’s perfect fit to women everywhere. Second, National Fit Month is the kick-off to NYDJ’s year-long partnership with Clothes4Souls on a one-for-one donation program with the mission of helping women in need. Clothes4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of clothing around the world to people in poverty and victims of natural disasters. In addition, donations are a key component to the company’s micro-enterprise programs, providing the means for entrepreneurs in developing nations to step out of poverty.

To help promote the month of celebrations, this Try-On event was a perfect way to support the partnership since they are donating an item of clothing to benefit women in need every time a customer simply tries on a pair of NYDJ jeans. Additionally, throughout the month, NYDJ will donate an item of clothing to Clothes4Souls every time a customer purchases a pair of jeans on NYDJ.com. That’s pretty incredible! If you’ve been thinking you need a new pair of jeans, now is the time to try them out! Scroll below to see my current favorites from NYDJ!

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nydj jeans 

Photography by :: Ashtin Paige

This post is sponsored by NYDJ

CREATING KITCHEN ZEN WITH METHOD

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I’ve never been one of those people that feels ‘at home’ in the kitchen. No pretending here, I can’t cook very well, haven’t baked in years and once used my oven to store sweaters back when I had no closet space in my first NYC shoebox apartment. The best you’ll get out of me these days is some vegetable roasting [because it’s basically fool proof] and some eggs [which was a step up from the days I used to cook them in the microwave]. I owe most of my home cooked meals to Eric. Without him, well, I’d still be trying to think of what I want for dinner!

All this to say, the kitchen usually is my most stressful room. With two kids and two adults always on the move, the dishes pile up so fast and after trying to make Parker dinner [that she insists on helping with], puree some foods for Sidney Sloane and then whip something up for myself… it’s utter chaos all over the counters. And if there’s one thing I can’t handle, it’s cluttered countertops.

Recently I partnered with method to bring this plan of calm and simplicity to my very own kitchen along with some of their spring limited edition collection soaps. There’s enough clutter in other areas of our home with kids toys, shoes and mail that I just need one sane and minimal space that I can count on to be clean and tidy. I really want it to feel like a sanctuary that *may* inspire me to cook and not make me want to flee the area in an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ kind of manner.

The idea of creating a zen space was really appealing because it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to own zero items in your kitchen and aren’t allowed a dish towel in sight. An empty kitchen would be quite sad. It translates more as giving everything a proper home and place to live and visually aligning things. Full disclosure, our kitchen is currently undergoing renovations, so this was a bit easier to implement!

  • Keep colors neutral: This helps everything feel more streamlined and not too loud. Maybe a louder dish towel or something, but overall, keep it neutral.

  • Calm drawer handles/knobs: Currently, we don’t have any. I’ve been on the hunt and haven’t felt rushed frankly because the sleek look of no hardware is also appealing.

  • Equal distribution: Don’t heavily populate countertop items such as toasters, coffee makers and knife sets to one corner. Create balance by dispersing them in appropriate places.

  • Plants and flowers: I absolutely love fresh flowers and little potted plants in the kitchen. Give them all to me!

  • Mix finishes, not patterns when decorating: Marble, gold, matte black, stainless steel can all live cohesively. If you’re craving a statement, go with a bolder rug or piece of art! When one loud pattern meets another loud pattern, things get a little crazy.

Those are some of my tips for creating your zen kitchen space! I'm sure ours will continue to get hectic as renovations finish and the battle against clutter and mess is never-ending, but it's great to have some basics in place that will help keep things at least appearing cleaner than they may actually be! 


*This post is in partnership with method home, a brand we regularly use around our home. All content and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this little blog and my family*