30A Family Vacay

With my family being in Orlando and Jake’s in Massachusetts we alternate Christmas and Thanksgiving. Instead of going to Orlando we decided to make a full blown family vacation in Rosemary Beach, FL. None of us had been, but it was a place I always wanted to go, so I got my whole family on board. They were immediately sold when they saw the house I picked.

We stayed in a rental house I found on Airbnb – I’ll link the exact house at the end. It was five bedrooms and seven bathrooms – a huge outdoor kitchen, tv/patio area. We were all in love with it’s beachy charm. Our house ended up being perfect – central to everything, with a tram that drove us to the beach, four bikes to get around the town, and smack dab in the middle of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach. Each morning we were able to walk to coffee and bike to shops. It was perfect! The roof of our house had a great view with the ocean and perfect sunsets in the distance.

Rosemary Beach is very family friendly! There are lots of open lawns to play on, live music and family friendly restaurants. The first day we arrived we had our thanksgiving dinner – ordered from Whole Foods and picked up on the way.

Day #2 was our first full day with lots of exploring to do. We had lunch at the Mexican restaurant, La Cocina. The food was great and the margaritas were strong – my kind of place! We walked around the town and popped into the shops. We also checked out The Pearl hotel and relaxed on the lawn that overlooks the beach. img_3524


On Day #3 we took the tram in our neighborhood over to the beach. It ran every 15 minutes or so and held 8 people plus our beach stuff. The rental house had beach chairs, an umbrella, beach toys and a bottle of sunscreen which was nice to have! The water was kind of chilly but it was very sunny and the beach was full! The beach was huge – lots of white sand and a shower to rinse at the top. img_3298img_3816img_3291img_3289img_3293

Day #4 was full of bike riding and shopping. We checked out the Seaside Neighborhood and spent a lot of time in Alys Beach. The weather started to get a bit chilly and we noticed that everyone that was there for Thanksgiving was leaving. This part of town is VERY seasonal. By the Monday everyone was gone and Tuesday the place was a ghost town – a lot of the restaurants also shut down for the season. img_3617img_3587img_3573img_3613img_3581img_3533img_3527img_7545img_7473img_3455img_3420

If we were to go back we would definitely want to go for a spring break or the summertime. Thanksgiving was great weather-wise but because it’s a seasonal destination the stores and restaurants were either closed or packed. I know summer is the busiest time, so keep that in mind if you’re interested!

Here’s the listing for the house I found on Airbnb. It was a 10/10 in our book!



Have you been to 30A? Let me know your favorite spots!


Clean Friday Sale Roundup!

Hello! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – HOLIDAY SALES!

I have been looking forward to this sale for quite a while now and am so excited to share the details. Beautycounter is offering 15% off sitewide with free shipping on orders over $50. Some items are excluded from the sale (regimens, collections, flawless in five), but the holiday sets and the NEW Countertime line is included!

I’ve rounded up my five favorite products to purchase at the sale –

Counter+ Skin Care Favorites


This is my favorite way to try the top products in clean skincare. It includes four travel size products that are great for all skin types. First is the Lotus Glow Cleansing Stick – it is the new version of our top selling Cleansing Balm and it comes in a stick. When it meets water it turns into a creamy makeup remover, but it doesn’t strip away the good oils on our skin. Also included is our Overnight Resurfacing Peel, #1 Brightening Oil, and the Balancing Charcoal Mask. With the 15% off this set becomes $75!

Body Butter Trio + Hand Cream Trio


These two sets are great gifts – I usually like to gift a hand cream and a body butter in a cute little gift bag for teachers, friends, or mother in laws. Each set comes with three in different scents. The best part is that these are clean products safe for all. No need to worry about any toxic chemicals in your lotions.

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion


Our top selling moisturizer has to be on this list! It’s one of the founder, Gregg Renfrew’s, favorite products. The Countermatch line is great for anyone with sensitive, combination skin. It adapts to your skins needs at the time of application and feels lightweight all day. With the sale this moisturizer is $42 and a tube should last around 3 months! When clients are looking to make the switch to safer – this is the first product I recommend. It’s EWG Verified as well!

Counterman Carry-On


We can’t forget about the men in our lives! They deserve clean, safe skincare too! This set comes with four of the products from the Counterman line in travel size. Jake has all four in his travel bag for his overnight trips and loves them. This set comes with the purifying shampoo, energizing charcoal body wash, oil free face lotion, and the daily exfoliating cleanser.

Mini Lip Gloss Vault


This set is the best value! You get ten mini lip glosses for $75. When I get sets like this I like to break them up and gift individually. This is such a sweet gift for teachers, babysitters, friends. I’m planning to gift a lip gloss and Starbucks gift card to each of Everly’s teachers this year! Nine of the ten colors are brand new to Beautycounter — hoping that they keep amber shimmer around because that’s my favorite!


The other great way to save this time of year is to sign up for the Band of Beauty rewards program for $29 – it gives you lots of great perks with no order requirements, autoship, auto renew, etc. – you earn 10% product credit on every order, free shipping on orders $100+ and you get the Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa (as a free gift) if your product total is $50+ when you join.

I hope this round up was helpful! Happy Shopping!



Holiday Outfit Planning with LIT Boutique Part Two

Good Morning! Last week I showed the first outfit from LIT Boutique in the North End. Today I’m sharing another fabulous look that they styled me with perfect for an upcoming holiday event. TBH, I was a little hesitant to pull a look this bold off, but it was awesome. The key to any outfit is feeling comfortable and these pants are exactly that.

Pants: Greylin Sequin // Blazer Top: Carbon Leather Black Blazer // Clutch: Electra Metallic Silver // Earrings: Quinn Large Hoops // Heels: Lima Suede Sandal Black

These pants have a zipper enclosure and were true to size. They hit right under the ankle which is perfect to wear with a strappy heel. They also have pockets – win!



The blazer runs true to size and can be worn with a bodysuit underneath and buttons undone. We kept it buttoned and wore it as a “top”. It has plenty of structure, but is also soft enough to wear all day.




The clutch is so versatile and has a removable silver strap – it also comes in a few colors!





This outfit would be great for a holiday party, but could also be multi-functional. I absolutely love how bold it is for a special occasion. As I mentioned before LIT Boutique has the best staff available for styling – they are informative without being pushy and they really know their stuff!



Gifting Ideas: Husband’s

I put up a question box on Instagram and asked “Who is the hardest person to shop for?”

The number one answer from my followers was husbands and dads! I can totally relate – Jake has everything and he never asks for anything! With his help, I came up with a men’s gift guide. Perfect for any man in your life – interested in sports, tech, lounging, etc.

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Glion Dolly Scooter – this is Jake’s way to get to and from work every day! It was his Father’s Day gift and he loves it. It would be perfect for someone to use for short errands, a commute or just riding around the neighborhood. This model goes 15mph for 15 miles on one single charge! It weighs 28 pounds and has a handle to travel easy when you’re walking through crowded areas.

Lululemon City Sweat Pants – Jake has these in two different colors and loves the softness and look. He wears these to lounge around the house on the weekends when playing with E. I am a huge fan of Lululemon and love their Align leggings. You can’t really go wrong with anything from this store as a gift.

Patagonia Fleece Pullover – This pullover is perfect for cooler temps in Boston. Jake got this as a gift for Christmas last year and it’s held up so well. Patagonia is also a B Corp and practices sustainable business practices which is so cool!

Bose Home Speaker 300 with Alexa – We have an older version of this speaker, but I’ve had my eye on this new one! It has Amazon Alexa built in and 360 sound. Bose has incredible customer service as well – we’ve never had any issues with any of their products. AND they are based in Framingham, MA.

Honest Beef – I am a huge fan of this Nebraska based company. It is run by one of my Boston mom friends who recently moved back to NE. I have ordered from them lots of times and I love sending their packs to my dad for Father’s Day or Christmas. This is the perfect gift for someone when you have no idea what to get them. They are a sustainable, family owned ranch with the highest quality cuts and the best customer service. The Ribeye Share is my favorite!

Beautycounter Counterman Carry-On – Couldn’t make a men’s gift guide without including the Counterman collection. This gift set includes four travel size products from the Counterman line. The products are the purifying shampoo, the charcoal body wash, the exfoliating cleanser, and the oil-free moisturizer. Perfect for any guy that travels a lot for work!

Apple Airpods Pro – These are a brand new release from Apple. They include wireless charging and free engraving. They also sell a carrying case that can easily clip into a laptop bag or backpack.

UGG Ascot Slipper – Thank you Tom Brady for making Ugg’s cool for men haha! Another perfect gift for your guy that likes to lounge! These make a great gift for Father’s or Father-in-laws too!

Belkin Wireless Charging Pad – I’ve been searching for a new wireless charging pad for my iPhone and Apple Watch and this one has REALLY good reviews. There are so many different brand that make these, but this one has a two year warranty. It can charge a phone from 0 to 80% in 35 minutes!

Hope you guys enjoy these options for the men in your life! If you have any recommendations, leave them below in the comments!




Gifting Ideas: Mama’s

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1. slipsilk pillowcase // 2. Vince Camuto Gigietta Bootie // 3. Counter+ Skincare Favorites // 4. T3 Singlepass Curling Iron 1.25 inch Barrel // 5. Orolay Down Jacket // 6. Lemongrass Body Set // 7. Quinn Weighted Blanket // 8. Kreafunk bGEM Wireless Headphones

It’s time to get gifting! The holidays will be here before you know it. I’ve put together eight items that any mom would love to receive.

The first gift is a silk pillowcase – I’ve tried other brands off of amazon and this is by far the best one. It keeps your skin from wrinkling and your hair neat while sleeping.

Number 2 – the best booties! They are so comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Every time I wear them I get so many compliments.

The third on the list is the Counter+ Skincare Favorites Set. This set was a favorite of mine last year and it’s quickly becoming a top seller. It’s still in stock for now, so don’t miss out on this one!

If I’m not curling my hair with my straightening iron – this T3 curling iron is my go to. It it so easy to use and gives the perfect beach wave curl that I’m always going for.

#5, This might only be for my mama’s in cold weather temps but it is GOOD! The coat runs true to size and for the price it is SOO warm. I ordered the beige color and have been loving it. Temps are dropping very quickly in Boston as of late!

The sixth on the list is the Lemongrass Body Set. The scrub has been one of my go-to’s in the shower for a while now. Having the body butter in the set has been sooo nice. The scent is perfect and it feels so luxurious.

Number 7 is a weighted blanket that I’ve had my eyes on for a while! Weighted blankets are used to reduce anxiety, calm and relax. Sign me up! The color is beautiful and I’m excited to try one to see if it lives up to the hype.

For the last and final item on the gift guide I chose a new pair of headphones. These were actually sent to me on accident, but they are so good! If you’re looking for something better than AirPods these are the ones. Put in the ears and tune out the toddler whining hahah!

Hope you enjoyed this gift guide! I’ll have a bunch more coming in the next few weeks. Happy Shopping!



Holiday Party Outfit featuring LIT Boutique

I absolutely love shopping small in Boston. There are so many boutiques in the area with the cutest clothes and accessories. I have been loving LIT Boutique in the North End. They have several locations in New England and the best outfits for going out, holiday parties, or everyday wear. The best part about LIT is their staff. They are amazing at styling and helping you find the perfect pieces to complete your look.

I had the pleasure of shooting with LIT last week. They styled me in three outfits and today I’m featuring the first look. It’s perfect for a night out, a holiday party, or can be dressed down for brunch with friends.

Coat: Turner Faux Fur Jacket Sweater: Show Me Your Mumu Sweater Leggings: Vegan Leather Leggings Necklace: Alexei Layered Coin Purse: Ella Pebble Crossbody Shoes: Steve Madden Jillian Bootie Belt: Margaux Chain Belt


I have been obsessed with Show Me Your Mumu and was so excited to try on this fringe sweater from them. It fits true to size and covers enough of your back end to wear with leggings… win! We paired the sweater with a faux fur coat – it was so soft and cozy. It would also look beautiful with a fun cocktail dress and over the knee boots.


The best part of the outfit were the vegan leather leggings! They suck everything in and have a seam down the front that helps elongate your legs. They were a little long, so they’d be perfect for any tall girls.


My booties were an #nsale find from July! I wear them all the time – they are sooo comfortable and give an outfit the perfect amount of edginess.


We finished off the look with a gold statement belt to help cinch my waist. It is adjustable and can give any outfit the perfect amount of bling. The gold belt helped tie in the coin layered necklace and handbag. LIT has so many cute accessories from belts, bags, bracelets, to underwear, shapewear, and fashion tape! This purse also had an over the shoulder strap – love a bag that converts like that!


Hope you guys love this look as much as I did!



Family Photos with a Toddler

Family Photos with a Toddler

HELLO! We’re planning family photos and I could not be more excited. We did two shoots in 2018 and haven’t done anything as a family since, so it’s time! We’ll be able to get a picture for our Christmas card – I am determined to send them out this year! Scheduling a shoot like this can be super stressful. There are tons of questions going through my head as we book it.

Is my child going to cooperate? Will they be cranky? Tired? Is it going to rain? Will our outfits look okay?

My favorite photographer, Kate Lemmon, inspired me to write this post. She recently did a series on Instagram Stories following her and her work for seven days. It’s really incredible to see all of the energy that photographers put into their work. Kate shot our family twice last year and we were SOO happy with the outcome. The shoots were an investment, but well worth it and the prints are hanging all over our house. Here’s a blog post she wrote about Everly’s first birthday shoot.

We are working with a new photographer on our upcoming shoot, so I’m excited to see how she will capture us!


The first thing that I think about when I book a family photo shoot is LOCATION. Our date is booked and now we need a great spot to get the pictures. There are so many awesome places to shoot in and around Boston. My maternity photos were taken at the Arnold Arborteum in Jamaica Plain — GORGEOUS in the springtime and perfect for families or maternity. We did our first family shoot in Seaport on the Boston Waterfront. You get the water and the city skyline in the background. There is a lot of green space over there – something we didn’t realize before this! Our last shoot for Everly’s 1st birthday was in the Boston Public Garden. If you live in Boston – you have to do one family session there. It’s always a recommended place from photographers. Our next shoot will be at Castle Island! This is special to us because it’s in our neighborhood – we take Everly here to play at the beach/park all the time. We can get shots on the beach, over looking the water, and in the grass.


Outfit planning for photos can be really stressful. I can get sucked down a rabbit hole on Pinterest and Google searching and searching for the perfect outfits. The best tip I have is to start with one outfit and plan everything around it. Do you have an idea for your kids or yourself? Start there with one. I found a Free People dress I was obsessed with – perfect for fall with a pair of booties – and I knew I wanted to plan everything around that. I then picked a solid dress for Everly and a solid sweater for Jake. I didn’t want to mix too many prints/colors and my dress is going to make a big statement.

My favorite stores to shop at for family outfits are Nordstrom, OldNavy, and JCrew.


When scheduling a shoot with kids it’s important to think about nap times, bedtimes, and sunrise/sunset. The best shoots are done in the golden hours (earlier morning and right before sunset). We have always done shoots later in the day before sunset, but I think the best time would be in the morning. You have fresh kiddos that aren’t spent from a day of activities, etc. I’ve also noticed that pricing on the weekends can be higher than during the week – if you have a day you can take off mid-week I’d recommend doing it! Locations will also be less busy mid-week so you won’t have to worry about people in the background of your photos.


Don’t shoot for too long. Everly has been a champ at our last shoots. We plan to shoot for only 30-45 minutes, so that she doesn’t get too cranky. Planning this out with the photographer ahead of time has been so helpful. She won’t last longer than 45 minutes, so any walking, setting up time has to be accounted for.

Don’t force it. Kids are silly and want to laugh and run around. Don’t force them to stay still for too long. It’s important to let them run around and get the sillies out. This is why it’s key to have an awesome, hands on photographer that can get it in a few shots.

Reward. I’m all for bribing my child! We like to plan ice cream after a shoot as a reward. By the time we’re done and can go get ice cream, Everly has usually forgotten about it, but you can bring toys or coloring books to keep your kiddos happy too.

Have a backup. On the day of our first photo shoot it was expected to be very rainy and windy. Jake and I were very nervous and talked with our photographer about rescheduling. We had a great plan in place in case we had to reschedule, but everything ended up working out. The rain kept people away from the Seaport and we had the Harborwalk to ourselves. It was windy, but never actually rained.

It’s amazing to look back at shoots and see how little Everly was. I love having these memories. Don’t stress too much and get it booked! You won’t regret it!

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites – so tough to choose!