When My 2.5 Year Old Stopped Napping

So Graham, my 2.5 year old sweet little babe no longer naps.

Yes, you read that right.

No more naps {and he JUST turned 2.5 – like this week}

R.I.P. #NapLife

Seriously, it’s like I’m mourning the loss of the 1-3 hours I had to myself each afternoon. But then I remember Brooks hasn’t napped in a year, so I never really had any time to myself anyways.

But I digress.

I have been posting on my Instagram a little bit about our nap struggles + bedtime drama and I’ve had a bunch of questions about how it all went down, so I thought it might be helpful to put together a little post sharing our experience of loosing the nap, at what I believe to be a young age.

We’ve had bedtime issues for a little while now – it’s a whole other beast of a post for another day that when I eventually {fingers crossed} figure it out, I’ll let you know! But getting Graham to bed + to stay in bed was getting harder and harder each night. He has been climbing out of his crib for a few months now – like a monkey, no worries there – but just fighting sleep. He would be up until 8, 9, 10pm {!!!} some nights and then miserable the next day. He and Brooks share a room and Brooks would be sleeping away while Graham was just trolling the hallway.

It wasn’t great.

And then, to add to the fun, at least one – usually both – boys would end up in our bed or our room at some point in the night.

Because everyone was already sleeping so little, why not sleep a little less.

This basically resulting in all the coffee and me feeling like a zombie all day, erry day.

No bueno.

I finally decided that Graham wasn’t going to sleep at night because he was napping too much during the day. I did a few days of cutting the nap + powering through the day, and he was passed out in my arms, mid-story at 7:05pm, no drama.

Got to love that.

So after a few days of peaceful put-downs, it was clear that Graham no longer needed a nap, unless we wanted him partying all night with us until 10pm.

Which I don’t.

The problem now is that he was going down at 7 – 7:30pm easily {the magic hour!} but he’s still waking up either in the middle of the night, freaking out or super early in the morning – usually 4:45am, on the dot.

At least he’s consistent.

And then he would be miserable all day, without a nap.

Which has resulted in more car naps, stroller naps and even passing out in the Target shopping cart.


To add to the fun of not sleeping, we took Grahams pacifier away from him a few weeks ago – figured we needed to do it sometime soon, Brooks stopped with his around this same time and no one was sleeping anyways, so might as well just do it.

Rip the bandaid!

The actual loss of the pacifier wasn’t so bad at all, except I think he’s replaced ME with his “bubba,” as we called the pacifier. So now he’s been very clingy, attached and wanting me to always be in sight, along with suddenly needed me to rock him to sleep at night. It’s not something I mind doing, and I’m certain it’s a phase with the loss of the nap, the loss of his pacifier and just growing up a little.

In other news – when we said goodbye to the pacifier, we took him to Build a Bear and he got to put his pacifier into his new bear’s chest with the heart you add in before they sew the toy up. He did it all on his own, so that was pretty neat.

Highly recommend.

Back to the nap!

So we had our 2.5 year doctors appointment this week and I was telling our doctor how Graham no longer naps. She said thats great, but he needs to go to bed earlier – which again, made so much sense.

I had thought about putting him down sooner, because at the end of a busy day he’s just SPENT – and keeping him up until 7-7:30 was getting a little crazy. But he and Brooks share a room – so putting them down at different times seemed crazy. And my husband doesn’t get home until 6:30ish and the boys like to see dad a bit before bed. But them doing bedtime at the same time, gets them both rowdy and they feed off each others energy – separating it a bit for more chill time before bed might make sense.

I decided to try it out this week and wouldn’t you know it, doctors orders WORKED!

I’ve been doing dinner a bit earlier for Graham, sometimes Brooks waits and eats with my husband and I when he gets home, bath time + into PJs around 5:30. Then I send Brooks downstairs to watch a show quietly, while I read a few books to Graham and get him ready for bed.

The past few nights, Graham has been passed out, snoring by 6:15pm.


And I feel so good about that because he clearly needs it.

The first day or two he woke up at his regular time – around 5am – but I didn’t feel so bad about it because he got an extra 1.5 hours of sleep going to bed early the night before.

And last night he slept in until 6:45am – SO I’m crossing my fingers we are onto something, folks!

Without a nap, the days seem to go by so much faster! We can jam pack so much fun + so many things to do into each day now that they are so tired at the end, happily ready for bed. And I sort of like having to not stop my day and plan around a huge chunk of the afternoon where he may or may not nap.

Now we go full steam ahead into the day, and if the boys catch some Zzz’s in the car for 15 minutes or so, that’s cool and that hasn’t affected anything {so far!} But I don’t let them sleep much longer than that, because its way more worth it to me to have a comfortable + quiet bedtime than an hour to myself during the day. I’d rather them get the rest they need, so we can have all the fun during the day.

And of course, I’d love to hear from you:

When did your child give up the nap? How did it go?

Please share!



Style Favorite: V-neck Eyelet Crochet Top {under $15}

I don’t know about you, but I am DREAMING of Spring!

And this v-neck eyelet crochet top is the reason why!

outfit details:   v-neck eyelet crochet top /  denim /

3 in 1 necklacebooties / lipstick

How fun is this top? I am loving the crochet detail and the fun pop of yellow. It also comes in a white, which looks absolutely gorgeous – just wouldn’t stay white long with my boys. Plus, yellow is such a fun color for spring + summer.

It’s actually my happy color, so I couldn’t say no.

This is a One Size on the website, and it’s described as a cover up, but I’m too tall for that – its a perfect spring or summer top over a fun bralette, some ripped jeans or even a easy look with leggings + a jean jacket. It’s a nice length with the hemming + crochet detail at the bottom.

I think it’s going to be so cute with shorts in the summer, or over a bathing suit on the way to the pool {I’d wear it with shorts then too}.

Basically I’m over here dreaming about summer, wearing spring clothes, while there is still snow on the ground.

I need a vacation, somewhere warm ASAP.

In other news – only 37 days until I’m laying on a beach in Mexico – but who’s counting.

Oh wait me – I’m totally counting.

And I’ll definitely be packing this top with me when we head South in search of warmer weather.

Can’t you just picture this top looking extra amazing next to some palm trees, against a backdrop of a beautiful blue ocean, with the sun shining down…

Possibly a Piña Colada in my hand. Or something along those lines..

Can you see it?

I totally can.

And the best part – it’s under $15! Can’t love that price point any more for such a beautiful piece with great detail.

Do you love it as much as I do?

What do you like better – yellow or white?



On Not Gambling in Atlantic City – Things to Do at The Water Club at The Borgata on a 24 Hour Weekend Getaway

Last week, the husband and I snuck away to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the night.

It was 24+ hours of kid-free bliss. 

Pure magic – I tell ya. Sure, we love our kids, but it’s nice to have an actual break from them to relax for a bit. And it’s important to have actual time with your spouse every now and then too.

The night away was actually Charles’ birthday present from his parents. His birthday was back in October and they were asking me for ideas as to what he would like. That was when we were in the throws of serious sleep issues with Brooks and we were both dying for a night away to catch up on our sleep. With the holidays and all, the scheduling of our AC weekend was pushed back to March – which was totally fine with us, because it was something to look forward too!

A.C. is the perfect getaway for us – takes us an hour or so to get there and there’s so much to do. I’m not much of a gambler – I would MUCH rather shop, because I win every time, but there is always so much going on in AC, its easy to enjoy it all without playing any card games or slots.

We stayed in the Borgata hotel, but the newer tower which is named The Water Club.

It’s beautiful, bright and filled with all sorts of beautiful water displays and art pieces, not to mention it has a beautiful indoor pool as well, only for Water Club guests.

Obviously, I needed to get into that pool IMMEDIATELY.

outfit details:  leather jacket {similar} / floral top /

earrings denim / booties

After checking in, it was clearly time for me to hit up the pool. Sitting poolside, sipping prosecco, catching up on some magazines was exactly what I needed in my life.

It’s so nice to sit, take a break and not do anything for a while. Wouldn’t you agree?

// swimsuit {similar + under $25}

After some time in the pool I decided to head over to the Tanger Outlets, which are right around the corner in AC. I needed to pick the boys up some new spring clothes + some new shirts for Easter, so it was the perfect excuse to do a little shopping without the kiddos, but also for the kiddos – ha.

Again, I’d much rather shop than gamble, but the hubs enjoys playing blackjack for fun every now and then – so he hit up the casino while I shopped. It was perfect.

After a little shopping + a little gambling, we got ready to go out for drinks before dinner. I was recommended to check out Gypsy Bar in the Borgata by a few friends, as it was supposed to be a great place for drinks + live music and they were totally right. Such a cool vibe on the casino floor, I would for sure go back.

Also, I love a good Old Fashioned {my favorite} and the bartender there had a secret stash of infused cherries for an amazing cocktail. It was heaven.

Elevator Selfie, because #parentsgonewild

For fun, I put up a Insta Story poll to help us decide where to go to dinner – it was between Bobby Flay Steakhouse + Izayaka – and Bobby Flay won, so we went there.

We had heard amazing things about this place, plus the hubs wanted a steak, so it worked out perfect.

We both had steaks, which were incredible. All the food was delicious, especially these Gorgonzola Ricotta Fonduta, with grilled toast. It was amazing – I’m totally going to have to find a way to recreate this at home, because it totally knocked my socks off.

If you go to Bobby Flay in AC – order this!

outfit details:  jumpsuit {similar} / necklace / shoes 

After a fun night out with a great dinner, drinks + fun in the casino. You’d think I would enjoy a long nights rest and sleep in a bit. But nope.

Up at 5:30 am with the sun.

It’s annoying when I can’t sleep in, but I was able to get up early, get some work done and then hit the spa bright and early at 8:00 am – I had the whole place to myself before my facial!

Since I was staying at The Water Club, I was able to enjoy my spa day at Immersion Spa – which is the two-story spa located on the 32nd floor. This spa features floor to ceiling water views, which was beyond beautiful in the morning sun.

Seriously, if you are an early riser – make a spa morning day! I was able to enjoy the sauna, hot tub and more which is only available for people using the spa facilities – so its never overcrowded. There is also another lap pool + large hot tub for men + woman to enjoy {I was in the women’s only lock room spa area with the hot tub} But you can use either if you are booking a spa day with a partner.

I treated myself to a Total Radiance Facial and it was so amazing. I usually get a massage during any spa trip, but my face needed a little extra love – and I’m glad I did! I’m already planning my next spa visit when I will be back in July.

After my morning in the Immersion Spa, I met Charles for Brunch in the Sun Room – its a beautiful, light-filled room between both pools in the hotel. A bright a sunny spot to enjoy a drink or a meal for sure with gorgeous palm trees and more to relax and unwind with.

I started off with a Bloody Mary – because #vacation

And then enjoyed the Huevos Rancheros – sunny side up eggs, with tomatillo, corn tortillas + queso blanco.

It was just as it looked – incredible. I want this again right now.

After brunch we headed back to pick up the kiddos. Our weekend away was short but sweet.

 We arrived at The Borgata around noon on Sunday and left around noon on Monday so it was a nice, quick but relaxing 24 hours away. The kids, as you can tell – were completely worn out from their two days with Mimi + PopPop – just as we like it!

It was great to have some time to ourselves, to celebrate Charles’ birthday {5 months later} and for the kids to have a fun weekend with the grandparents. Everyone wins!

I’m crossing my fingers for birthday weekends away every year! It’s the gift that keeps on giving for the parents!






VIDEO: The Philadelphia Flower Show 2018 – Wonders of Water

This week I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Philadelphia Flower Show before the snow hit the city. I’m so glad I was able to see it this year because it was so different from any other Flower Show I’d been too. Every March the flower show comes to town, I never miss it {or I try not too!} and it’s only here for a week, so you got to get there quick! This year the theme was Wonders of Water, so everything was water-related, but in all sorts of different ways, shapes + forms. It was very unique and so beautiful.

For a little fun, check out my recaps from previous Flower show visits: 2017 Flower Show – Holland, Flowering the World / 2016 Flower Show – Explore National Parks / 2013 Flower Show  – Brilliant! / 2012 Flower Show – Hawaii

I went with my mom + Graham while Brooks was in school one day, so we got there right as it opened and it was a great time to go because it was pretty empty right off the bat, which was great with a two year old who got to run around and explore a bit. I took a goPro video of our fun at the show including some of my favorite displays + exhibits – just incase you aren’t able to get there this year, its a nice way to see it, in a quick 10 minute video!

Check out the video and let me know what you think:

Thanks to my friends at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for the tickets!

And here are a few snaps from our fun at the show, obviously the pictures and videos don’t do it justice, you have to see it all in person!

outfit details: earrings / floral crop top /

high waisted distressed denim / boots {similar}



All About My 10 Day Detox {With My Little Dog Too}

This post was sponsored by Supreme Source® as part of an Ambassador Porgram for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Even though its now March, it still feels like the beginning of the New Year with lots of time to make lifestyle + health changes before its time to hit the beach. I took the beginning of 2018 to have a little fun {hello – Disney trip!} and but since then I’ve been focusing on my diet + health more than ever. Before then its been a rough 6 months – Brooks and Graham have gone from sleeping perfectly to having major sleep issues that we just can’t crack – and to add to our crazy sleep drama, we took away Graham’s pacifier last week, because no one was sleeping anyway – so why not? Seemed like as good of time as any.

Along with the sleep issues, I’ve been feeling like I needed a bit of a change. Not sleeping had me not working out, not eating right and I was starting to feel all that catch up with me. As each year goes by I find it a bit harder to maintain my ideal weight, without a little extra work. And extra work in the working out and eating right department can be tough when you are home all day with two kids – it just is! But it’s true that you have to work it to make it work – which for me means clean eating + working out. Sometimes you just have to find the time and go for it.

I have been back in the gym more than ever and have been experimenting with the Keto diet to give my body a little jump-start. It feels so good to make some time and effort for a little self-care – and a little goes a long way for sure.

I will be sure to keep you posted on my progress and my Keto experience, we have some fun trips coming up in the next few months, so I’m totally inspired to get back into beach body shape! Stay tuned for my updates!

While I’m in the process of a little spring cleaning for my diet, I’ve been keeping Brooks, Graham + my husband eating right too, but  it’s so important to remember my fur-baby! I’m pretty picky about the food I put into my body, but I have to say, I don’t always think about Jackson’s diet at the same time, and I totally should, because he deserves the best!

So how cool is it that I decided to have a little fun with my first little man, Jackson – we I have been doing a 10-Day cleanse together – going along with my new diet + exercise regime, I’ve cut out sugar and carbs to give my body a little reboot and Jackson has been enjoying some fresh new food – which is premium grain-free (no corn, no wheat, no soy) with no artificial flavors or colors and it’s packed with healthy enzymes & prebiotics to rejuvenate him inside and out! It’s a healthy blend of fruits and veggies, which are natural sources of potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals – perfect for my little dog too!

Jackson has been loving the switch so far – we are a few days in, and he’s been easing into his program with a little bit of the Supreme Source® into his meals each day. It’s a great way to keep it easy on his stomach + digestion, but I can already see him enjoying his new food so much every day. As a little treat for both of us, we’ve been enjoying extra time at the park and taking longer walks – its good for both of us!

I’ve loved partnering with Supreme Source Pet Food because they’ve been an amazing reminder to tidy up the toxins that may have snuck in our diets and overstayed their welcome. Jackson is loving his new eats, filled with healthy ingredients and the website has tons of informational tools which made it easy to switch his food to something more nutritious! Whenever I try a new kind of food for Jackson, its sort of a gamble because I don’t know if he will really like it, but this made is so easy. I can’t wait to keep you updated on his progress!

If you are a pet owner {its for cat’s too!} you totally need to check out Supreme Source Pet Food and join Jackson + I with our detox this spring! I picked mine up at Albertson’s, and it’s the perfect way to improve your pet’s mind, body and soul in just 10 days – Start now and visit www.superfoodswitch.com for a free bag of Supreme Source® pet food (up to $9.99 value, while supplies last) and to sign up for daily emails with tips and instructions to a better relationship with your pet.



A Day in Magic Kingdom with Two Kids {4 and Under}

We’ve been home from Disney a whiiiiile now and I just realized that I never shared with you all the fun we had in Magic Kingdom! It’s been sitting in my draft folder but crazy #momlife got in the way of sharing this. But it’s DISNEY so it’s way too much fun not to share!

I’ve been seeing lots of friends + readers share they are going to Disney in upcoming trips, so hopefully our days in the parks give you an idea of things to do, especially if you’ve got kids 4 and under!

To get caught up with my previous posts from this trip:

 Traveling with Two Kids {as the Solo Parent!} to Walt Disney World / A Day at Walt Disney World’s Epcot with Two Kids  / A Day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Two Kids

// rose gold Minnie ears 

// Mickey Mouse Hoodies {for the boys}

We decided to do Magic Kingdom on our last day, sort of save the best for last if you will. Because we knew there would be SO MANY rides for the boys to enjoy. We got there first thing in the morning and were able to walk on three rides back to back, before using our first Fast Pass.

First up was Peter Pan’s Flight, which I had never been on before and it was super cool, followed by It’s a Small World {because #classic} and then we saw Mickey’s Philhar Magic, another show I’d never seen before.

Then we made our way over to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which had no wait either. We did more the first hour in Magic Kingdom than we did most of the other days! We used our first Fast Pass to go on Under the Sea – the Journey of the Little Mermaid, followed by Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin {always a fan favorite}

By then, the littles were exhausted and Graham went down for a nap {back in the days when he napped – more on that later} So Brooks and I got to have a little mama + babe date. We didn’t have reservations anywhere but were seated quickly at Tony’s Town Square restaurant, which was right on Main Street.

Chocolate Milk for B + Prosecco for Mama – everyone wins!

Side Note: the food here was really good, and it was great to get out of the hustle bustle of the park and enjoy a meal with table service.

Also worth noting, the Mickey Sprinkles – how cute!

To continue our date, while Graham napped – Brooks and I used our FastPass to go on BarnStormer – another first for me! To watch the fun of this ride, you HAVE to check out this video – Brooks had a blast, super cute for littles who want to start out with roller coasters!

 Graham woke up in time to go on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and then we made our way over to check out the Move It! Shake It! Dance It! Play It! Street Parade – which is a must see in Disney!

It gets super crowded, so get there early to get a good spot!

After the parade we got in to see Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, which is always fun. Plus it was nice to sit down for a few minutes! We used our final Fast Pass to go on Pirates of the Caribbean – always one of my favorites in MK, and the boys LOVED IT.

Then we made our way back to Cinderella’s Castle to check out Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.

The boys were totally into it, and it was great because it ended with fireworks!

Magic Kingdom is always so much fun, and even though it was pretty busy when we were there {Marathon Weekend in January} we were able to do SO MUCH – which was super important, especially traveling with three small kids!

I was there as the solo parent for my boys, which was tough, but so worth it. I wasn’t able to take as many photos as I would have liked, but everyone had an absolute blast plus we made some amazing memories. We travelled with my neighbor, Kelly and her son Noah – and we met her mom there too. It was so much fun to do Disney with a fellow mama – made everything so much more manageable too.

Let me know if you have any other questions for me about Disney with Kids. I am already dreaming about when we can go back – maybe this summer! Fingers Crossed!



Friday Style Favorites

Hello + Happy {almost} Weekend! We’ve had a busy and slightly crazy week over here – we booked a Mexican Vacation coming up in a few week {woohoo!!}, are currently dealing with the loss of both my boys napping {RIP – more on that later!} and are also starting the house hunting process! We love our little home in the city, but with the boys getting bigger, we are starting to find ourselves wanting more space. I will keep you posted on all that for sure – especially the nap drama, in a post next week!

outfit details: crochet top / jeans  {on sale!} /

booties {on SUPER sale!}

sunglasses / earrings

In the meantime with all the house hunting, lack of sleep and vacation planning – I’m here to share this fun outfit with you! Because even if I feel completely crazy, it always makes me feel better to dress up! It’s amazing what a cute, crochet top can do for the mood, amiright?

A very large pair of sunglasses never hurts either.

So about the top. I was just sent it to try out and I had to share my love for it here on the blog. It’s a crochet top, with bell sleeves and ruffles. Basically all of my favorite things. I love that its in black because you can see the detail, but its not overwhelming, because there’s a lot going on with it, but in a good way.

Did I mention it’s under $16?

Also, these jeans are part of a great sale going on right now. This is basically my go-to denim brand – I love them and can’t get enough. And when they are sale, you got to grab them quick.

The. Best.

Same goes for these amazing booties – on super sale and basically my favorite shoe brand ever. They are magic for my feet,I can wear them all day long and they feel fantastic. I might need to scoop them up in another color.

I hope you have a great start to your weekend! If there are any awesome sales + styles you are scooping up, I’d love to hear about it! Please share!

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