Weekend in Review: HFD

Let’s be honest. Every day is the weekend for Everly & I (sahmlife), but we look forward to Saturday all week because we get 48 uninterrupted hours with Dadda! This weekend could not have been more perfect and we spent every second spoiling him.

Friday night we treated ourselves to a family dinner at our most favorite family date night spot in Southie, Capo. Lots of wine for the parents and lots of meatballs for the babe. If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant in Southie, Capo is our #1. And trust me… we’ve tried them all. They pass out adorable baby onesies that say “Mini Meatball”, the music is loud enough to not hear any cries, and the menu is perfectly “kid-friendly”. The other reason, ok maybe the main reason, that we go to Capo is for the gelato. Peanut butter chocolate gelato…. heaven 🙌🏻

The weather on Saturday was perfect – summer is definitely here to stay. We had Everly’s besties 1st birthday party in the burbs. Lots of sunshine, splashes in the kiddie pools and cake!

Then we took off for the Cape to spend time relaxing poolside.

I grew up going to my Grandmom & Granddad’s pool, so I’m super happy that Everly is able to make similar memories at her Grampy’s pool. Actually both of her Grandpa’s have awesome pools – this kid really has the best life. 3 months of swim lessons definitely paid off 😂 – she loves the water!

We had two delicious dinners – one Saturday night in Mashpee Commons and one Sunday night at the country club. After dinner, Everly and I were sad to say bye to Dadda – he had to catch a flight to the west coast for work.

How was your Father’s Day weekend? What did you do to celebrate the dads in your life?



5 Step Daily Makeup Routine

5 Step Daily Makeup Routine

When I was working as event planner in Boston (pre-baby) I would take between 1-2 hours to get ready for work each day. I looked at it as a hobby, carefully picking out outfits and jewelry. Now it’s more of a chore to get ready for the day…

I’ve narrowed my makeup routine to five simple steps in order to look appropriate enough to leave the house. All of the beauty and skincare products that I am currently using are from Beautycounter. Let me know if you have any questions about their brand or products.

Always start with a freshly washed and moisturized face!

1. Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer: Depending on the coverage I need for the day, I use either a tinted moisturizer or a foundation. My current tinted moisturizer has an SPF 20, is lightweight, and leaves my skin with a dewy glow. The Tint Skin Foundation has better coverage and I always apply with a foundation brush!

2. Bronzer/Blush: Using palettes/duos are the most practical thing you can do to save time and space in your makeup bag. I swipe bronzer on my hairline, cheekbones and jawline to give a glow. Then apply blush to your cheeks in a sweeping motion away from your face.

3. Concealer: Dark circles are the death of me. I wear concealer every single day to cover up these bad boys. I get about 8 hours of sleep a night but my dark circles are here to stay. Apply concealer under eyes in an upside down triangle shape and use for any blemishes. I also swipe a line down the top of my nose.

4. Eyes: I have been getting eye lash extensions for the past year and a half and have loved every second of not wearing mascara. I might add a little eyeshadow depending on how much time I have, but this is when you’d add mascara or even a swipe of eyebrow gel.

5. Lips: No matter what time of year or how much water I’m drinking I have pretty dry lips. I wear a sheer lip tint that feels like chapstick. It gives a pop of color, has a light vanilla smell, and moisturizes my lips.

Enjoy your freshly dolled up face!

Top 10 Essential Baby Items

Top 10 Essential Baby Items


You’re over the moon excited with baby number one on the way and you’ve done your gender reveal party… what now? Run to BuyBuyBaby (RIP Babies’R US) and test out every  single baby product!

I’ve been asked SO many times on what to register for/what is a MUST HAVE for when your baby arrives. Here’s a list of the absolute top 10 items. Some of these items are needed immediately and some are important to have once your baby is 3+ months old. Obviously, you’ll need diapers, wipes, and swaddle blankets.. that’s a no brainer even for the newest mom to be.

The best advice is to register for everything — don’t skimp! You’ll be surprised to see what your friends/family will generously gift!

Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

rock and play

The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper comes in different patterns and prints and is the absolute most used baby item in every household with a newborn. Everly slept in this rock and play every night for the first four months of her life. Make sure you register for one with the auto rocker, music, and white noise.

Hushh Portable Sound Machine

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White noise is a necessity for getting your baby to sleep. It reminds your newborn of being safe and warm in the womb. There are plenty of white noise apps available to download on your iPhone, but this machine is worth the $30 price tag. It’s rechargeable (never buy one that takes batteries), has three types of white noise and clips easily to baby’s stroller or car seat. This machine has been EVERYWHERE with us, but lives in Everly’s room for her nighttime sleep and naps.

Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag Backpack

chelsea diaper bag

Having a backpack for a diaper bag is SO important. A baby’s diaper bag comes everywhere with you the few years of the baby’s life. This bag has the perfect amount of storage and style. I added the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station to organize everything needed for a quick diaper change. Everly’s diaper bag always diapers (duh), A&D, and Water Wipes – the best baby wipes for sensitive skin.

Aden + Anais Musy Squares

musy squares

Everly was a great eater and rarely spit up… until she was about 5 months old. Then we started going through 3-4 soaked burp cloths/day. It felt like we were taking a step backwards, but realized she needed to relax for 10-15 minutes after eating instead of going straight to playing. These are very lightweight cloths.. perfect for spit up and drool. They were also Everly’s first Lovey… awwww!! 🙂 Now that she’s a little older, she’s graduated to a new lovey, also by Aden+Anais

Babyganics Foaming Dish and Bottle Soap


Basically, the whole Babyganics line is amazing. Everything has a light scent and is great for sensitive skin. The foaming dish and bottle soap is perfect to clean pacifiers, highchairs, bottles, and dishes because it doesn’t leave a residue. We also are huge fans of the Hand Sanitizer Wipes, Moisturizing Lotion, and Toy Wipes.

FridaBaby NoseFrida

nose frida

You’ve probably heard of this weird tool for sucking snot out of babies noses and were confused like I was. It’s hard to understand how it works without trying, but trust me and just buy it. You’ll thank me when your baby has his/her first cold. Between boogie wipes, Nasal spray, and this magical tool your baby will be feeling better in no time.

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit Microfleece


$40 is VERY steep for a baby swaddle, but this thing really is *magic*. Babies get to a point where they don’t want their hands swaddled… it’s usually around the 3 month mark, but varies by baby. This is the swaddle at that point. It comes in three colors and looks like a snow suit. Everly wore a long sleeve onesie under it nightly and was never overheated. We ended up using this for about 3 months (until she was rolling over and wanted to sleep on her stomach).

Zipper Long Sleeved Onesies


The zipper is key for newborns! You will be changing 8-15 diapers per day! Don’t waste any time on snaps… they are so stupid. Carter’s makes a Sleep and Play version with zippers, but our favorites were from Target – Cloud Island. These ones had a reversible zipper so you don’t have to take the whole outfit off when you change a diaper.

Black Out Curtains/Car Seat Canopy

Keys to baby sleeping well: swaddle, white noise, and a DARK room. You will need to invest in black out curtains for the best sleep stretches and Everly sleeps 12-13 hours a night! Napping in her crib would not be possible without these curtains from Target. When we’re on the go she will nap in her car seat thanks to a car seat canopy (we have a solid black one). It’s also a great cover for breastfeeding!

UppaBaby Vista Stroller


My husband and I decided to splurge on the UppaBaby Vista stroller when we won $500 on a scratch off at Christmas Dinner. Chaaa Chingggggg! It was the best decision ever! We love that this travel system can hold three kids – yes, three! It has the smoothest ride, looks very sleek and is easy to fold/transport. We purchased the stroller set in Jake (black), but there are several colors that are on sale! It comes with the bassinet attachment and the Rumble Seat. Note that the car seat is not included in the travel system – you’ll need the UppaBaby Mesa

Top 10 RoundUp is complete! Top 10 Toddler Items TBD – send me your must haves!