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Easter Planning With a Toddler 💜🌷🐥

Despite the dark cloud looming over all of us, I’ve finished putting together Greyson’s Easter basket and his Easter outfit arrived the other day. It’s adorable and I can’t wait to take photos with my family. Along with Easter basket planning, I bought enough plastic, pastel eggs to do an Easter egg hunt that morning. I will always think of Easter as a fresh, beautiful start to Spring. I vividly remember waking up to warmer weather Easter Day and putting on a pretty, pastel-colored dress, eagerly awaiting Spring adventures. This time of the year reminds me of forsythia bushes, tulips, and the start of something new. As a little girl, we spent the holiday at my grandma’s house in North Jersey. My grandma made the absolute best deviled eggs and colorful treats. She always had her bunny decorations and springtime decor set up. Rest easy Connie; I miss you and I wish you could’ve met Andrew and Greyson because I know you’d love them!

If you don’t have fond, holiday memories it’s never too late to create your own with your children. Every day can be special and filled with beauty.

What’s Inside Greyson’s Easter Basket?

I bought a pretty, decorative, storage basket to use as Greyson’s Easter basket this year from Marshall’s so that I can repurpose it after the holiday is over. I love using storage baskets around my home. Mamas, try finding Easter baskets for your kids that you can repurpose this year and make the most out of what you buy. If you haven’t done your Easter basket shopping just yet, be sure to do your shopping online (Amazon, Target, Pottery Barn Kids, Barnes and Noble, Michael’s, etc.).

Greyson’s Easter basket is colorful and filled with presents from the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny brought him several Spring-themed outfits, a book called How to Catch the Easter Bunny 🐰, a couple of containers of toddler puffs, a stuffed animal porcupine (he loved from Target), toddler approved candy/chocolate, and a card signed by the Easter Bunny. Greyson has so many wonderful toys (he’s a very lucky boy) and I didn’t want to make Easter all about new toys and presents, which is why I created a simpler Easter basket. If your child is on the younger side, like Greyson, Easter should be more about the experience than the basket. The basket filled with things is only entertaining for a few minutes when you’re a toddler. They’re always ready for what’s next!

I’m setting up an Easter egg hunt outside (as long as the weather is nice) in our huge, wooded field, which is right next to our farm. Greyson and I actually walk to the farm and the field from our house several times a week. The field is one of Greyson’s favorite places to roam and play. There are trails that lead through the trees and it’s a special, quiet place to enjoy and explore. He could spend hours out there!

If it winds up raining on Easter, I’ll set up an Easter egg hunt inside, but my fingers are crossed for beautiful weather.

What are we Cooking?

I’m making Easter lunch for my little family and I know it’ll be a good day with lots of laughs, love, and fun. What’s on the menu?

  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet treats

Spring is a time of renewal, transformation, and hope. The flowers and trees say hello once again, brightening our days with color and beauty. Birds chirp louder and baby animals open their eyes for the first time, looking around at a new, unknown world. As we emerge from a very strange and stressful winter, it’s a good time to focus on new projects, create memories with our family, and wave goodbye to the past.

Happy Spring 💗

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Hi loves. I know that many teachers and parents are struggling with the thought of school being home-based and anxiety from not knowing when kids will return to school. There’s an underlying fear that we will never return to a normal lifestyle and for parents and teachers that fear has become quite overwhelming. Writing has saved my life more times than I can count and has been a therapeutic outlet during times of stress, fear, and sadness. I also recommend reading every day and diving into a good story, which will take your mind elsewhere. You can swim with dolphins, fly with the birds, and be transported to a different era, simply by reading.

Please share my creative writing prompts with anyone who needs a little imaginative boost at this time, especially students who are at home and trying to remain engaged.

Creative Writing Prompts to Keep you Sane

  • Describe the weather outside your window in a beautiful way.
  • Write about an adventure you could embark on that would take you far away from the stress of today.
  • Be a dream catcher and write about a dream and how it relates to waking hours, or reveals the future.
  • Relive a favorite childhood memory on paper.
  • Write a short love story that would inspire anyone to open their hearts and let down their walls.
  • Create a story about friendship, the good and the bad.
  • What are the things you cannot live without? Write about what you love most.
  • Do a gratitude post and take a moment to soak up what you’re truly grateful for.
  • Compose a story about ”What could’ve been” and rewrite a piece of your past.
  • Focus on numbers that are special to you for any reason and put together a story, or poem about those numbers.
  • Create a story based off of your zodiac sign.
  • What scares you? Write about it.
  • Embrace good vibes. What makes you happy? What brings peace to your life? Create peace through your writing.
  • Choose a photograph (a person, place, or thing) and describe the photo.
  • If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
  • Make a list…about anything!
  • Describe your dream home and location.
  • Become an investigator and solve a mystery.

Allow words to heal your wounds and inspire your mind. Writing and reading keeps you sharp, wise, and calm. Take this time at home to grow, learn, and create. Even little moments can be filled with immense growth. I wish everyone the best this week ❤️

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Cozy Buys While You’re Stuck at Home 🤍

If you’re like me and find comfort in strolling through a favorite store, it’s nice to be able to find some great finds online during this time and have them shipped to you. I bought a couple of things this week from Amazon and Target, just because. But, it’s also important to save your money and be smart the next couple of months. Please, remember that. There are so many suffering from a lack of stable income and at the end of the day less is more.

If you’re unable to make purchases as you were prior to the pandemic, that’s okay. Take extra good care of what you do have by cleaning every day and staying organized ♥️

What are my favorite, cozy purchases for sheltering at home?

  • Fluffy, cozy slippers for lounging around the house
  • Loungewear (sweaters, oversized cardigans, tank tops, lounge pants, and jumpsuits)
  • Makeup (take care of yourself even if you’re home)
  • Candles
  • Aromatherapy mists for yourself and your home
  • New towels (treat your bathroom and yourself to a new, warm towel)
  • Battery-operated LED candles
  • A new doormat
  • Succulents
  • Decor floor baskets for pillows, decoration, or blankets
  • Throw blankets and throw pillows
  • Books

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To Stockpile or Not to Stockpile

As a mama and a wife I wanted to make sure we had enough of everything for the next month, but I didn’t hoard toilet paper (in case anyone was wondering). I was not one of those people! I always have enough rolls in our pantry closet along with paper towels. I went shopping Friday morning, when everything broke and people began to panic buy. I also went shopping yesterday, once again to grab some more food and essentials just to be safe. I bought my normal Love Beauty and Planet shampoo and conditioner from Target, along with a few of my other routine purchases over the weekend. Andrew and I bought Greyson a new hoodie from Target and a couple of toys, shopping like we usually do. We were calm in the middle of mayhem.

Acme was fairly well stocked on every item, except for toilet paper yesterday. It depends on where you shop, but as someone who worked in fashion retail and marketing from age sixteen until twenty-four (last year), I know that shipments and restocking will occur shortly if they haven’t already occurred. Remember, anyone who is currently working in any retail environment is dealing with high levels of stress and chaos. Please, be kind to others during this time and don’t take your fear and frustration out on others.

Here’s my list of items I’ve decided to stock up on during the pandemic…

  • Toddler meals by Gerber and Happy Tot (these are great to have in your home, along with other meal options for a toddler and Greyson loves them)
  • Toddler puffs
  • Tampons
  • Dish liquid
  • Dove bar soap
  • Batteries
  • Canned goods (fruit, veggies, soup, beans)
  • Rice
  • Pasta (including alphabet pasta for Greyson)
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Razors
  • Advil
  • Make up wipes
  • Water
  • Wine

Baby and toddler products and essentials continue to be well stocked in most stores, along with many food products, which is comforting. I cannot understand why so many felt the need to hoard all of the toilet paper, leaving the calm customers with no options, but there will be more for anyone becoming increasingly worried. If you cannot find meat or bread, get creative! Eat more salads and buy some fresh produce. I love a good salad. Wraps are wonderful, too if you can’t purchase bread. It’s a time that requires a deep breath and patience. This weekend should be easier for grocery shopping and the panic should fade away, with time. I want to thank Shoprite, Acme, Target, Wares Feed Supply, my local liquor store, and Amazon for keeping me well stocked during this crisis and for being kind despite the negativity surrounding us.

There are great delivery services for wine, pet food and supplies, and more! Amazon is still busy delivering packages door to door, so take a moment to thank anyone who works in customer service!

I wish everyone the absolute best 🤍

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Every Day is an Adventure

In the midst of all of the craziness surrounding the Coronavirus and the added stress the media has put on households, it’s the perfect time to create beautiful memories and unlimited adventures at home and outdoors. Nature is pure and filled with opportunities and it’s much better to be outside than in an environment crammed with people and germs. My son is too young to know what’s going on in the world around him and I find comfort in knowing he’s happy, calm, and healthy. He finds such joy in little moments and I wish everyone could be as happy as my fifteen-month-old in a time filled with such negativity and panic, but we can learn from children. It’s the perfect time to relax with your family, enjoy a good book, and organize your house. Fall in love with new ideas and projects and dedicate this time to a zen, positive way of thinking. My new blog series Coming Home is here to inspire you during this unfortunate time.

Every day is an adventure and filled with opportunities to learn, create, and laugh. If you’re on a mission to get in shape and remain as healthy as possible during this duration, do yoga, go for long walks or a run, and meditate. Find a few minutes here and there, quiet your mind, and center yourself. In a time like this, mental health is just as important as physical health. Writing and reading are also great ways to quiet the noise around you and to calm your nerves. The past week has been difficult and people are overwhelmed with emotions, stockpiling food, toiletries, and random items. Retailers are experiencing numerous concerns as people begin to panic buy and crowd the aisles. Events are cancelled and schools are closing. New York City entered into a state of emergency, and yet some don’t feel the need to change their routine at all. It’s a scary, uncertain time in a world accustomed to immediate gratification and unlimited options. As a mom and wife my top priority is keeping my family happy and healthy. I’ve always suffered from high functioning anxiety and moments like these test me. I remind myself that I’m in control of my own emotions and there are so many ways to avoid being sucked into the negative, downward spiral.

When the world turns to the chaos you need to be strong enough and content enough to make an adventure out of an ordinary day at home. I’ve been a proud and happy stay at home mom for awhile now, but my pet sitting and dog walking business has been put on pause, eliminating my need to leave the house if I don’t want to. My clients are working from home for the time being, cancelling trips and travel, and are feeling the weight of the current situation. As of Friday, everything changed. Plans changed overnight and despite the panic I’ve remained as calm as possible. I feel as though New Jersey will enter into a state of emergency shortly, closing nonessential stores and businesses. My husband is still working and his company is doing what they need to do in order to keep employees and customers safe and healthy. Who knows when and how things will change over the next week. The only thing we can do is stand tall and strong, pushing forward despite doubt and fear.

If you’re a mama to a toddler or a baby, reading stories aloud is a great escape, hearing beautiful words come to life. It’s therapeutic and a learning tool for young kids. Greyson is fifteen months old and is incredibly smart, funny, and independent, but he’s still too young to enjoy certain games and experiences. I love letting him explore and play in his nursery while I watch him, and sometimes I’ll even read while sitting there with him, which gifts me with a moment of relaxation. Andrew bought Greyson a ball pit a few weeks ago and it’s stimulating and fun for our boy. Order some new toys and books online, and have them shipped to you if you don’t feel comfortable shopping at the moment. Kids love discovering something new and engaging. If your children are older and at home with you, get them involved in cleaning and organizing. Cleaning has always been therapeutic for me and I know that although it can be a pain, it’s also a good way to keep busy. Make it fun and enjoyable for your children and they’ll be happy to help.

Do yourself and your family a favor during this trying period and stay off of social media as much as possible. Social media can instantly put you in a bad mood and cause you to worry. The media has created a monster and it’s only going to get worse over the next few weeks. It’s crazy, how one post on Facebook can lead to thousands of people running to the grocery store, leaving the shelves sad and empty. Escape from the madness by walking beneath the trees, listening to the sounds of nature, and tending to your yard. Fill your bird feeder, clean out your garage or shed, and plant a tree. If you need to drive in order to be close to nature drive to a trail, the beach, or a pretty field. I walk Greyson every day, as long as it isn’t raining and we’re fortunate enough to have a farm and a field that he can enjoy. Every weekend Andrew and I work on projects at the farm and it reminds us of what’s truly important. I want Greyson to soak up nature and the beauty around him as much as possible and we compose our own adventures.

Mamas, I know this isn’t what we wanted as the warm weather arrives and I know we didn’t think the world would be dealing with a pandemic as spring approaches, but we’ve got this. We won’t allow the world to stop us from taking care of our little ones or having fun at home with them. It doesn’t take much for a good day, just a good attitude. This too shall pass.

I’m sending healthy and happy vibes to everyone and wishing for better days ahead.

🤍

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Planning

There are three key points I always approach first when establishing a desired space, Organization, Neutrals & Natural Elements, and Personal Details.

Organization is Everything

Before you take on a home project, it’s important to make sure your space is organized and clutter-free. You can coat your walls with a fresh coat of paint, but if your space is a mess you won’t even notice the new paint color. Every item in my home was handpicked for a reason and each decor piece represents me and my family. I look around our home and I smile, feeling content and inspired. Some pieces hold so many memories and when I look at them I see a part of myself. I feel proud knowing we’ve brought our space to life. It may feel overwhelming at first, reorganizing, but once you cleanse one room it will become an obsession. You’ll feel motivated to clean another room, and then another. You will find yourself thinking before you purchase an item because not every find fits your lifestyle. Any time I’m shopping I ask myself, ”Does this purchase support the lifestyle I’ve worked so hard to create?” Spend some time today making a bag (or two) of donations and let go of whatever it is that you no longer need or want around you. Search for unique, functional storage solutions and have fun with organizing and finding balance. The storage you choose doesn’t need to be plastic containers. For example, my home is a farmhouse and a lot of my storage consists of wicker baskets, galvanized tubs, and wooden crates. I believe that storage should be functional and purposeful, meaning that your storage solutions were chosen for a reason and they reflect who you are.

Fall for Neutrals and Natural Elements

Color is a beautiful thing but I believe neutrals are essential to any space. The power of neutrals is their ability to create a fresh, clean canvas. Neutrals allow furniture and details to shine and don’t take away from the personality and story of your home. You can use neutrals on your walls in the form of paint, as your flooring, furniture, or accents. I feel that neutrals and natural elements connect you to the earth and keep you centered. Natural elements are my favorite part of home design and decorating. Having a space filled with elements that enhance your mood make a home more inviting and lively. Wood, cotton, stone, branches, and anything that can be found in nature are natural elements. With natural design aspects, you’re able to create the true mood that you desire, such as a tranquil cabin, or a rustic escape. Play with decor pieces that you enjoy when you’re outdoors like the feeling of water, towering trees, and pretty rocks when designing a room. If you love water you can incorporate a tabletop fountain, wall art of the ocean, or beach accents. You can even make your room resemble the movement of waves by selecting interesting furniture and the perfect wall color. For a lover of trees and forests, wood, rustic tables, and branches can be incorporated. If you’re spiritual, add some rocks and crystals to your sanctuary. There’s a lot of wood, earth tones, plants, faux greenery, cotton, and some metal in my space connecting me to the outdoors and the farm lifestyle.

It’s in the Details

Once you’ve finished creating a beautiful, strong, functional space it’s time for the best part…its time to add the finishing touches that make a home a home. Framed photographs, vases, throw pillows, books, and statues are all considered decor pieces and there’s something for every personality and theme. As you walk the aisles of Marshall’s, Target, or even an antique store, what speaks to you? What makes you smile? What would bring a little piece of you to the room you’re decorating. Don’t buy something just to buy it. Buy what resonates with your soul and heart.

I love candles, farmhouse accents, photographs, and plants (faux and real). I have farmhouse vases with cotton, forsythia branches, and real plants throughout my home. When I was a little girl I fell in love with the color and look of blooming forsythia branches. The bright, lively yellow reminds me of springtime, the countryside, and my childhood.

I love making tea in the morning and looking at my real plants, taking care of them, and feeling as though I’m creating a healthy environment. In the spring, summer, and fall my deck/patio and yard are blooming with flowers and plants. I have two bird feeders and a hummingbird feeder that become a hub of activity in the summer. There’s something calming about watching hummingbirds dance around the feeder. The little things make a home special and tie into the story you’re telling.

Finding what you love and filling your space with special details shouldn’t be stressful or a challenge. If you’re feeling stressed, then you’re putting too much pressure on yourself and have taken a step off of the right, unwinding path that leads to a finished space. Sit down for a moment and write down a few of your favorite things and what makes you happiest. Incorporate some of your favorite things and your strongest feelings into your home. Your space is you and you’re in control of the vibes you create. In a world filled with chaos and doubt, you want your space to be an escape. Dream on it and see what comes to you.

If you’re sitting on the couch, or you’re cuddled up in your favorite chair, looking around at a space that you’re proud of, and you can see yourself in your furniture, decor, the floorboards, and the walls, then pat yourself on the back. Take a moment to congratulate yourself on creating your sanctuary and for listening to your heart. Grab a drink, kick off your shoes, and take a deep breath. You’re home 🤍

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Creating Beauty Out of Spaces

Welcome to my new blog series, Coming Home

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been creating beauty out of spaces and falling in love with organization and home projects. I remember staying up until three in the morning when I was barely seven years old and reviving my bedroom, designing a space I wanted to dream in. I loved falling asleep to the sounds of HGTV and searching the aisles of Marshall’s for pretty decor finds. My friends and family have always been amazed at my level of committment to cleaning and organzing. I’m often called a perfectionist, but that’s not the truth. I don’t believe perfection ever exists and true beauty comes from imperfections, but I do have high standards for where I live and spend my days, because that’s my sanctuary.

I’ve created countless spaces that inspire me from my small, childhood bedroom to our beautiful apartment and I’ve experienced big wins and small failures. Not every plan unfolds perfectly and sometimes what you write down on a piece of paper, or envision in your head doesn’t work in real life, or your space. Some people don’t have room for a formal dining room or a mud room and that’s okay. Your space is there for you and you should always appreciate your home. It’s where you shelter yourself from the cold and the rain. It’s where you laugh the most and speak honest, true words. It’s often where you fall in love and become the person you’re meant to be. Homes aren’t supposed to be perfect…they’re supposed to be lived in, comfortable, and a representation of who you are. Wherever you feel most relaxed and yourself is where you draw inspiration for your home.

I want every person who reads this blog series to feel happy and excited about coming home, regardless of where they’re living. Any space can feel cozy and beautiful. I’ve learned that it truly doesn’t matter the size of your home, whether you’re renting an apartment, or you’re buying your third house. It doesn’t matter if you’re living in suburbia, in an oceanfront escape, or in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by rollings hills. What matters is how you feel when you’re walking barefoot through the kitchen and cuddling up on the couch with a glass of wine. It’s the way you feel when you’re stuck inside on a rainy day or watching the birds at their bird feeder outside your window. It’s the little things and the personal feelings that make a home a home.

I found my true lifestyle and our home’s story when I fell in love with my husband and became a mama. Before I met Andrew I was in the process of recreating my space and expanding. I was newly single and was recovering from a very destructive, emotionally abusive relationship and unfortunately my home experienced a lot of tears and fights. My ex-boyfriend even punched a hole through my wall, leaving a fist shaped hole above my antique desk. The place I worked so hard to design went from a creative haven to a place I no longer felt safe and peaceful. My space needed some work but my personal touch was everywhere. My space was very bohemian and beachy, just like my fashion style, but over time my home’s story evolved and I changed along with it. Andrew, my husband helped me create a gorgeous, airy, and relaxing apartment and I couldn’t have done it without him. I look around and I see us in every piece of furniture and every little detail. A lot of hardwork and love went into our home and I’ll never forget the memories we’ve shared here, regardless of where we are in the future. You will find your home’s theme throughout your journey and I hope your ideas represent you at the end of the day. But, your theme doesn’t have to be straightforward or a single word description. You don’t even need to have a theme, but I find it helps to define your style and priorities. It’s easier to shop for your home if you know what story you’re trying to tell.

Our home is a farmhouse and no matter where we live in the future that will always be the central theme we choose, because at the end of the day that’s who we are. We’re connected to animals, nature, and a simpler time. We’ve combined modern touches with farmhouse pieces and sometimes I really love an industrial element. You can incorporate anything and everything that makes you happy into your space. We use a lot of neutrals and natural elements, such as wood. We also love galvanized metal, simple accents, and rustic details that tie into our story. Pops of color make life fun and I think they’re crucial in any space. Color also adds balance and symbiosis. Go on a walk somewhere wonderful or embark on an adventure and write down five things that inspire you, whether that be a glamorous city skyline or a tranquil river. Before you redesign your space or transform a blank canvas, it’s important to take a look at what inspires you to be your most amazing self. Would you feel more at peace and creative in a bohemian, colorful cottage, or a contemporary apartment? Maybe you’re like me and feel most at home in a farmhouse…

I find my highest level of insight when I’m surrounded by nature. I love farmland, beaches, and mountains, but farm style and country living have always spoken to me in a language I understand. There’s something poetic about rustic accents mixed with clean linens and antique furniture. I find true peace in caring for animals and enjoying a quiet, country evening. Remember, there are no rules to designing a space you love and anywhere can be a dream. If anything, I hope my new blog series gets you motivated to organize your closet and makes you want to buy a new rug, or a gorgeous vase.

After years of creating beauty out of spaces I’m finally coming home and I’ve never felt better about the story I’m telling.

Xo

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A Walk Beneath the Trees 🌲

Batsto is a well-known historical village in Burlington County, New Jersey filled with ghosts from the past and a beautiful landscape. There are many historical structures still standing and trees that could tell you stories from a different, much simpler time. The Batsto Iron Works along the Batsto River was built in 1766 and since Batsto had the natural resources readily available to make iron, it became a hot spot during the Revolutionary War Years. Batsto manufactured supplies for the Continental Army, as well. Iron creation suffered a huge decline though in the 1800s, which lead to the birth of Batsto’s glassmaking community. Sadly, the glassmaking business deteriorated also, and the once busy Batsto Village began to fade from what it used to be.

Joseph Wharton, a Philadelphia businessman bought Batsto in 1876 and also purchased surrounding land. Wharton repaired and enhanced the beautiful mansion that still stands tall in the center of Batsto, and he did work on some of the other buildings on the massive property. Wharton passed away in 1909 and until 1954 the property and surrounding Pine Barrens land was managed by a Trust. The state of New Jersey purchased all that Wharton owned in the 1950s, naming the forest we love so much, Wharton State Forest. Those who resided in the actual village of Batsto remained there until they no longer wished to live in the area, or they died. The last house to be vacated was in 1989, which honestly wasn’t that long ago. To think, what’s now abandoned was someone’s home not that long ago makes you think of the historical site differently. Those dusty dirt trails once felt the pounding of wheels from horse-drawn carriages and the trees shaded children from the sun.

I love walking in the footsteps of those who used to care for and live on our now, historical and sometimes, abandoned land. I’ve been coming to Batsto and enjoying it’s quiet, natural atmosphere since I was a little girl and now I take Greyson there to walk beneath the pine trees.

When I was in high school and shortly after I graduated, Batsto Village and the cemetery next to the vast property became a popular ghost hunting area for me and my friends, and in case you were wondering, our experiences were haunting and chilling, to say the least. I even broke down in someone’s SUV in the woods behind Batsto Village, on a dark, narrow trail in the middle of the night and we swear until this day that we saw The Jersey Devil. I have so many unforgettable nights and days spent in Batsto and in Wharton State Forest. Regardless of what you believe in when it comes to legends and old tales, The Pine Barrens has an incredible history and we often forget to care about those who once existed there when we’re going for a stroll, or doing a photo shoot, using historical sites as a backdrop.

Wherever you go on your daily adventures, go with positivity and purpose, and take a moment to remember that many others have walked where you walk and the earth was once a natural place. I wish for my son and future generations that our main focus going forward is on the earth and all of it’s inhabitants.

Have fun exploring the world around you and be sure to follow me on more of my adventures 💗

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Winter vibes are alive and well but we’ve experienced warmer weather conditions in New Jersey the past month, which means I have to be even more creative with my outfit choices. Instead of an overly snuggly sweater, I will wear a light sweater to avoid getting too hot.

I love a rustic, natural environment for a photoshoot. To achieve a winter, cowgirl inspired look all you need are pretty jeans and boots. Add a little fringe (my necklace) and allow your curls to be loose and messy, not pristine and tight. In my opinion, messier is always better.

I’m always asked how I keep my skin looking glowy and fresh, especially during the colder months. I only use BB Cream on my face (no foundation, primer, concealer, etc.). I use CoverGirl CG Smoothers with moisturizer and SPF. I also use a dusty, shimmer powder by Urban Decay that can be used on your face, neck, and body. It gives your body a summer, glistening quality. I’ve been enjoying a lighter lipstick shade lately and minimal makeup. I love a deep nude lipstick shade.

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