Tuesday, October 13, 2015



You know that feeling of satisfaction when your house is clean and neat, you finally sit down to write those thank you notes,  you bought upcoming gifts ahead of time (and even wrapped them!), and your to-do list is checked off? Yeah, neither do I. But seriously, who is that person because I want to be them. These days, I feel like I'm being swallowed by toys, chores and tasks and am always scrambling to get things done right as they are about to approach. For instance, I buy a present on the way to a party and tell the guest of honor I forgot the card even though I just didn't have time to get one OR leave a clean load of laundry in the basket for days so it gets all nice and wrinkled because  I told myself I would do it after the kids go to bed everyday and I'm zonked. It's hard enough to get my coffee in while its hot let alone set an hour aside to exercise to lose these last 10. As I write this blog post, Grace is in my arms and I'm pausing about every 30 seconds to shush her to sleep. This is my morning without Brian (he's in daycare two mornings a week - woohoo!)

THE ABSOLUTE WORST happened last weekend and this was really my awakening. You are going to think less of me but here it goes, I missed my best friend's son's christening. Yep. I literally was in tears that night when I realized. I mean how bad is that??? Luckily, I keep nice friends who understand and forgive but I'll never forget what an asshole I was to forget that. I got an email with an invitation, thought how nice, replied yes, looked forward to it, and kept scrolling through my emails. I never wrote it down and the day passed until I realized what day it was at 4 PM.

SO I'm turning over a new leaf on scheduling and organizing my life. A lot for me is visual so I need to see my day and write down what's going on as well as my goals for the week, month, etc...

There are two planners that are HOT right now, one is the Day Designer by Whitney English and the other is the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. People swear by them and I'm trying to decide on which to get as they are a little pricey, around $60.

Here is Whitney's 

And here is Emily's

And I'd love to buy you one, too! 

I'll be giving away the planner of your choice to one lucky reader :)

Here is how to enter (open to US residents only)

1) Leave a comment below with your name and email
3) Share the image below on your instagram feed tagging @purejoyhome. Simply click on the picture below, save it to your smart phone or computer and share it with your following with the caption "My Entry for the Pure Joy Home Planner Giveaway #purejoyhomegiveaway cc: @purejoyhome"

Here is the image to save and share: 

Giveaway ends Thursday 10/15 at 8 PM EST.

Hopefully this planner will change how we live our lives (in an organizational and intentional way)


Saturday, October 10, 2015


I like any piece I can put OVER my plain jane clothes to make my outfit pop, and this gingham number from JCrew is certainly that. I love the navy and ivory check and gold zipper. You can literally put this over a white t-shirt and skinny jeans and you will stand out as a fall fashionista. Perfect for running errands on the weekends and a trip to Starbucks :)

The jacket is $138 but all weekend JCrew is having a 30% off sale, and %40 off for cardholders.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

What's In My Diaper Bag - It's Easy Baby

I'm so excited to introduce to you all a diaper bag revolution created by fellow momtrepreneur and and local to Stamford, Connecticut pal, Dani Cohen. If you're like me, you're diaper bag is an unorganized disaster (sort of like my daily life) which really doesn't bode well when the toddler is running out of reach and the baby is screaming for something you have deep in that black hole you carry on your shoulder. I'm not one for "diaper bags" because I don't want to be restricted to the few cute options available, so I use normal tote bags like this classic monogrammed Lands End's one (now available in gold!) and my new coral Longchamp and hope for the best when it comes to finding what's inside.

This is where Easy Baby comes in. For $49.95 you get these adorable zippered seersucker pouches for the essentials, diapers, food, and clothes.

The pouches arrive in adorable packaging, so this really is the perfect new baby or shower gift

with a description on how to use each bag:

I mean how cute is this??

I especially love the Feed Me bag insulated to keep bottles fresh and ready for go time. 

Check them out on the web, and bonus, your first purchase is 20% off for sharing on your networks.

You can also find Easy Baby on facebooktwitter, and instagram :) 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Wardrobe - My First Outfit Post!

I'm excited to share with you my first ever outfit post! I hope to be doing lots more as the weeks continue and share my budget-friendly finds :) I had some errands and appointments today so instead of my usual slapped on workout clothes, I decided to wear something civilized, and cool.

How awesome is the poncho?? It's by Hat Attack and the other pieces you can find by clicking the links below! 

Also, yes I wore sunglasses inside and hair on top because who has time for make-up and a blowdryer?

Monday, October 5, 2015


I know, I know, it's Monday so we should be getting our sh** together, detoxing, and starting the week off on a healthy foot, i.e. not drinking cocktails, but I had to post about my new specialty and I liked the way "Monday Mixology" sounded so I'm going with it. I had this delicious martini a couple weekends ago on a date night with my husband and thought it was the best drink I'd ever been served. I finally got around to buying the ingredients this weekend and we had some friends over who verified that it is indeed an awesome drink.

To be honest, I never been much into cocktails...wait that's a total lie, I lived on "vodka sodas" in college and in my early twenties in NYC. Anyhow, in my adult years I should say, I'm not much of a cocktail girl unless we're at a special function or a girls night out...or I'm having a fun night out with my hubby...OKAY so maybe I am a cocktail girl after all?? I guess I should say I've never appreciated the flavor and what goes into mixing a delicious drink, until this one. I'm calling it the "Elderflower Martini" and I want you to make it and let me know what you think as soon as you can.

The martini is made of: 

3 parts vodka
1 part St-Germain
1 part fresh grapefruit juice
a splash of club soda

You shake everything up with ice in that cocktail shaker you got for your wedding and never use, and pour the mix into your prettiest glasses and  finally splash with soda. Your friends will love it and appreciate the effort of making them something different and special, I promise. 

PS If you've never had it, St-Germain is a liqueur is made from elderflower, a small, white starry flower that blooms through the spring and summer. In Europe, the flower is used in many foods and drinks, but in the U.S. it's gaining popularity in the form of this liqueur (obvi) and magical things are happening. 

Friday, October 2, 2015


This week's follow friday is the California Chic, Amber Interiors. I LOVE following them on instagram and get so much inspiration for my own home decor from their images. Their portfolio reflects the perfect balance of young and sophisticated, eclectic and modern, and bold and bright.

After seeing this house, don't you want to hang out with this family? It's funny how from getting a tour of their home, you can just tell they're uber cool and have lots of fun :) 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


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