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Latest Vlog – Hersheypark in the Dark + a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World

Last Friday {Friday the 13th, specifically}, Brooks and I took a little road trip up to Hershey, PA. I’ve been having an absolute blast working with my friends at Hersheypark this year – check out my 3 day weekend in Hershey to get caught up! I was so excited when I was invited to check out Hersheypark in the Dark this Halloween season. I first told Brooks about it and we watched the promo video for it everyday for two weeks – he was pumped!

It worked out perfect that I was able to invite my college roommate, Ashley and her daughter, Esmè {who is a little younger than Brooks} to join in on the fun – since they live right around the corner from the sweetest place on earth! We all stayed out way past bedtime, had way too much chocolate and had the most fun. The kids love going on the rides as it got dark out and we enjoyed the fun trick or treat trail at Treatville! It was misting rain a little, which I think kept some people away at night, but it worked out perfectly for us because there were no waits for any of the kids rides. It was an absolute blast – and did I mention Brooks asks everyday to go back!

I’m pretty sure he’s already counting down until next year.

I hope you enjoy my little video of our fun time at Hersheypark in the Dark and a quick little visit to the Hershey’s Chocolate Tour ride! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

 

And here are a few snaps of the day:

outfit details: sweatshirt / denim / sneakers {on sale!}

// sonic

And Her Little VLOG Too + A Visit to Bullock Farms

So I’ve been dabbling in a new hobby that I’m finally excited to share with you today – VIDEO! I was sent a GoPro Hero3 when they first came out YEARS ago as a part of a blog partnership. I never really did anything with the GoPro even though I knew how cool it was. This was pre-kids, so I’m guessing I never really had any inspiration to take videos of anything – but I recently became obsessed with the Bucket List Family and they have inspired me to get in the video/YouTube scene!

I figure I do lots of fun things {with and without the kids} that I love to share here on the blog, it will be fun to add a new form of media into the mix. And I’m so glad I did because I’ve been playing around with the GoPro for a little bit and it’s so much fun – now I’m wishing I took videos of my kids from the very beginning!  But today’s the day – I finally made something I was excited to share with you!

We went to Bullock Farms last year and LOVED it so much {seriously, if you are in the Philly/South Jersey area – its a bit of a drive {about 45-60 minutes} but totally worth it! Here’s a video I had a ton of fun putting together, sharing our day and all the fun the boys had! Check it out and let me know what you think!

And I am going to continue to blog here and share my story through photos as well, so here are a few snaps from the day too!

outfit details: overalls / top / choker / reversible scarf / sneakers 


Floral, Stripes, Burnout & Velvet {all in one fabulous top – under $25}

If you’ve been doing any shopping this Fall, you will definitely have seen VELVET. It’s a new trend this season that I believe will easily transition well into the winter months.

When it first made its way onto the racks and I started seeing all my blogger friend rocking the velvet, I really wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Some of it seemed a little dressy for my day to day #momlife but I kept my eyes peeled incase I found a velvet option I could love.

Outfit Details: Burnout Velvet Top {under $25} / Distressed Denim {similar} /

Sneaker Booties {on sale!} / Necklace {a 3 in 1 piece}

And I stumbled upon this beauty.

Floral, a touch of black and white stripes, burnout AND velvet! Pretty much all of my favorite things rolled up into one glorious top. And it was the perfect way for me to try out the velvet trend.

I love how the floral and stripes around the collar and arms make the velvet a little more casual. And I added somedistressed denim {similar}, because I’m addicted to it. Along with some sneaker booties this was a cute little outfit put together to enjoy a day in the city with the boys. Easy to wear, comfortable and on trend!

Are you a fan of the velvet trend this season?!

Let me know what you think!

a little love for my little dog { and how the blog got it’s name!}

This post was sponsored by Milk-Bone® as part of a Two-Post Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Taking a moment today to give a little love to the namesake of this little blog.

Jackson was the whole reason I started to blog. I got him after graduating college. I had my first real job, a great apartment, new roommates and I wanted a little sidekick to join me on my journey.

I had grown up with a dog – our family dog, Biscuit {a cocker spaniel} had been a part of our life since my brother and I were kids. We begged our parents for a dog and when a family friends pup had puppies, my parents surprised us with Biscuit when they picked us up from my grandma’s house one summer.

I still remember waiting on my grandmas porch up for my parents to pick us up after a weeks vacation at grandma’s house. We were waiting and waiting and then my mom came around the corner, not in the car, but walking a little puppy!

It was the best surprise ever.

So needless to say, I’ve always been a dog lover. When I got myself settled after college into “real life” my first mission was to find the perfect pup.

And I totally did in Jackson.

Soon after getting Jackson, I started blogging – when I was deciding on a blog name, I was super into Wicked {and Wizard of Oz} so it only made sense that the famous line “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too” was part of the beginning of my blog. It was a suggestion by my roommate at the time {Hi Jill!} and it was totally perfect. I still love is so much to this day, because the blog totally started as a way to document my new beginnings with a pup. And then evolved into marathon training, loosing weight  & healthy living, recipe sharing, documenting our engagement, wedding, travels, pregnancy, babies and everything in between.

And I love that and her little dog too is all encompassing all of my life the past 10+ years I’ve had my little dog and been blogging away!

Back to the little dog – If you’ve ever met Jackson in real life, you will totally get it when I say that he is more like a cat than a dog. Likely because he grew up with my roommates cat, Mojito,  when he was a pup. Jackson doesn’t bark, or make any noise really. He’s a little puppy ninja that happily chills and watches the world around him go by.

Seriously, best dog ever.

And I love that my boys are now growing up with a little dog too. I think its amazing to have a dog in their lives, they both have a special love for animals and I’ve been starting to give Brooks and Graham each responsibilities with Jackson – like feeding Jackson {which they LOVE} and helping me walk him {which they are obsessed with}. It’s fun to go on daily walks, with my three boys, and explore our neighborhood together.

I think kids that grow up with a pet have a special bond and create lasting memories with the furry friend of the family. Jackson is amazing at calming the boys down if they are upset with a cuddle and a kiss and I’m pretty sure when the boys have a meal, it’s Jacksons favorite time of the day {because my kids drop a TON of food!} And Jackson loves to help clean-up! The boys love giving him treats and teaching him tricks { sit, high five}

// throwback to halloween last year – me and my dragons

I’m obviously a dog lover and I’m happy to instill that love in my boys too. I want them to grow up loving animals and respecting them along with treating them with kindness and care. That’s why I’m excited to team up with Milk-Bone and Canine Assistants.  This year, Milk-Bone is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to children and adults with physical disabilities and special needs. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Milk-Bone has created a heartwarming video to showcase some of the dogs and pet parents who have been helped over the years to show just how dogs are more.

Be sure to take a minute to watch this amazing Canine Assistants video:

Thanks for following along with my life, my boys and my little dog too over the years! I’ll be sure to include more Jackson updates in upcoming posts, since it’s nice to share his story too.

 

  • What makes your dog part of the family and why is he/she so important to you?
  • Why did you decide to own a dog?  How has your life changed in a positive way since?
  • What did you think of the Milk-Bone Canine Assistants video? Did it change your opinion about dogs and their role(s) in a family?

 

 

 

About that Crop Top.

So I know I’ve been posting a ton about Fall, and wishing it was Fall and wanting to dress for Fall and cooler temps and blah blah blah blah.

BUT yesterday this crop top arrived on my doorstep and I might be changing my tune a little bit.

Because, seriously -> this crop top.

Did I mention its under $15!?

Outfit Details: 

Print Crop Top {under $15!} / High Waisted Shorts /

Strap Sandals {50% off! + also similar} / Ocean Quartz Locket

Sparkle Studs {under $20} / Mushroom CrossbodyDark Pink LipSense 

It isn’t often I wear crop tops, even though I do have a few in my closet. Although I am 30 something with 2 kids – if you are going to do a crop top at my age, in my opinion, you pair it with a high waisted bottoms.

Done and done.

With the 80* temps at the end of September and a cute pair of high waisted shorts – this is one of my favorite looks. I can’t wait to pair this top with a fun skirt too, now on the mission for that. I’ll show you the look when I find it – stay tuned!

But back to the top – the colors are amazing, I love the scalloped detail on the bottom of the top plus the material feels really nice. Definitely doesn’t feel like a $15 top – and it certainly doesn’t look like one either!

The print is warm and fun, definitely a lot you can work with to transition it through the seasons. I’m excited to see what I can do with this beauty.

Now its your turn to share – are you a 30 something crop top lover too?

What do you think about this one?

Let me know!

Philly Kids: Fall Happenings at NEST Center City

As a Philly mom, my love for NEST {Center City} is real.
I attended their Hatchlings Class when Brooks was a new little babe, have been to a few Baby Music Classes as well as Drop in Art sessions and don’t even make me count the amount of times we’ve gone to NEST just to hit up the play space {which is amazing – if you haven’t been, you need to check it out!}
Fun Fact: For my Main Line friends, there’s a location in Chestnut Hill too!

Going to NEST has been a right of passage for my boys. It’s been an awesome spot to take both of them at different ages, with different abilities + skills and everyone is happy and having a blast. That can be hard to do when you have a 19 month age gap, but NEST rocks it!
The Toddler in Training and Climbing Cubs classes have been amazing for my boys to run, clim, jump and play – especially on days when the weather isn’t so great. It’s nice to have a warm + dry {and fun!} place to come in and enjoy!

Today I’m working with my friends at NEST to spread the love about their awesome space and telling you some fun things happening there this Fall.
This weekend {9/30 + 10/1} there is going to be a really cool FREE Open House at NEST! Stop by, check out some mini classes, pop-up activities, make & take DIY art, snacks, giveaways and more. I’ll be there so come by and say ‘Hi!’
See – I told you the play space was amazing. And this is only part of it! 
After you come by the Open House this weekend and fall in love {which you totally will!} you definitely have to check out the 30 Day FREE Membership Trial – which is a really amazing deal. This includes unlimited access to NEST’s Playspace, $9 discounted parking, and Free wi-fi & Starbucks coffee! Going into the winter months, this is a MUST for little ones! They will LOVE it – and you will love having a place to go to!
Baby Brooks in music class – 2 years ago #wheredoesthetimego
As previously mentioned, we’ve done a TON of classes over the years at NEST – with both boys. I’m actually about to sign Graham up for one of the Session 2 Classes at NEST, which are now open for enrollment!  Session 2 runs 10/20-12/23 and it’s an awesome way to get out of the house and have the kids experience something new. I love introducing my kids to the whole classroom setting experience with a teacher and other students at a young age as much as possible – so its less of a shock when they go to pre-school! If you want to join us for a class, be sure to check it out soon because spaces are limited and many NEST classes sell out.
Another Fun Fact: If you are new to NEST, your child’s very first development class is FREE! Sign up a week ahead of time for one of the varied classes to check it out, then get signed up for the full session!

NEST is also a great spot to have a party – especially for Fall/Winter birthdays! We’ve been to a few there and they are always super fun, organized, clean and EASY! The NEST staff takes care of everything from creating the invite to cleaning up the cake crumbs! Winning!

Baby Brooks at Hatchlings Class

And if you are in the Philadelphia area – be sure to Save the date for NEST’s 7th annual Halloween NESTIVALI on Sunday, Oct 29th!

So excited for all the fun things happening at NEST this Fall! We will be there to check it out and look forward to seeing you there too!

What’s For Dinner: Authentic Bolognese Sauce

I’ve been cooking up a storm this past week. Meal prepping, menu planning – the works! And it feels {and tastes} fabulous. One of my favorite meals ever is pappardelle bolognese:

{which is combination of ground beef, ground pork and pancetta in a classic Italian sauce, tossed with wide pasta noodles known as pappardelle.}

One of the restaurants here in Fairmount makes an amazing version, with a glorious sunny side up egg on top. I always want it because it tastes amazing, but with this #momlife we can’t just pick up and head out to dinner anytime we like! So I decided to attempt to make a version of one of my favorite meals at home {and it turned out amazing!}

Don’t get me wrong, this sauce is delicious but it does take time – 4 hours to simmer – so it’s not something you can just whip up in a hurry, but it’s made with love {and lots of finely dicing veggies} which makes the sauce so yummy.

Here’s how it all went down, add it to your menu this week and let me know what you think!

How To:

1- Hear 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When melted add in 1 large yellow onion, finely and evenly diced, 4 small carrots finely diced, 4 stalks celery heart finely diced and 4 garlic cloves, very finely diced along with a pinch of salt. Sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

2 – Add in 4.5 oz. diced pancetta, stir in and cook for another 10 minutes until pancetta is golden.

3- In a separate pan cook 2 lb. lean ground meat { I did a mix of beef and Italian sausage} After meat is fully cooked, continue to caramelize meat evenly so it becomes crispy in spots {will deglaze later} – watch over pan for 10-15 minutes, as you don’t want to burn the meat. Add in 1 cup dry white wine to deglaze and stir to combine until the wine evaporates – then add in vegetable mixture and stir.

4- Next add in 2 cups of milk, an entire can of diced San Marzano tomatoes {include the liquid} and 1 cup of beef stock. Top it off with a little salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then put on the lowest heat possible to simmer, slowly, half-covered for 4 hours. Stir once in a while and adjust the salt seasoning as you like.
Fun Fact: This made the house smell SO GOOD!
5- When you are ready to serve the sauce, mix in a little butter and some freshly grated parmigiano {this makes the sauce creamy!}
6 -Serve over cooked pasta, spoon enough sauce to coat the pasta. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano on top to taste. Enjoy!!

 

What’s the best Italian meal recreation you’ve ever made?

Please share!

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