Family Weekend in the Poconos

Family Weekend in the Poconos

Who enjoys getting away even if only for a weekend? I definitely do. And to be honest, it’s taken me awhile to share this wonderful home away from home that I was so excited to enjoy with my family during a weekend in the Poconos a few months ago. Life happens and as I am just jumping back into my creative spirit, I am so happy to finally share it with you. But don’t be deceived, just as much as this is the perfect place in the Poconos in the fall and winter months, it also makes a perfect home for a family gathering as you start to think about warmers days for summer getaways.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Located within a Poconos community in Pennsylvania, this Oasis Holiday Home has the most beautiful view of a lake right in the backyard (which is ideal for all the summer activities!) and only 10 minutes away from some of the most enjoyable activities for children for any season. Want to get a head start on planning for a Fall vacation? I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got a few plans in the pipeline and one of them is enjoying the transition of the fall leaves, which would make this home an ideal place to stay again! 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

I have stayed in an Oasis Holiday Home before (seen here), and the owners have such a liar for home design and style. So not only are you enjoying the location of being by a lake or a beach for a backyard, but you are also enjoying all the amenities you would need in a home without having to pack anything but your clothing and toiletries. I’ve shared  this Pocono home on my Instagram here, here, here, here, and in a blog post here and here, so be sure to check them out to see how easy it was to make this home feel like home even if only for a weekend. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

From playing with my son in the game room to just hanging out enjoying a morning together, and a little fashion photoshoot with my husband, the beauty of being surrounded by nature for a weekend really can’t be beat. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

With 2 bedrooms on the top floor, two on the main floor and one bedroom in the “basement” (with direct access to the driveway for anyone who cannot take the stairs) equipped with a crib, every single family member up to 12 people can enjoy this beautiful and spacious Poconos home.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Can you tell I was already ready for spring with our Crocs at the door? Let’s hope there aren’t any more snow days ahead for us with the strange weather pattern we’ve been experiencing. But don’t let that stop you because this would make the perfect ski home too! The slopes aren’t too far away and planning for next winter for the holidays would get you a head start on the crowds! 

weekend in the Poconos

Thank you to Oasis Holiday Homes for letting us enjoy their stunning home. We are grateful to have spent time together as a family when we needed it most.

Consider booking a stay for the weekend in the Poconos with Oasis Holiday Homes, you genuinely will not regret it! Thank you for reading and I wish you a great week ahead!

Featured look #1//  Sweater (similar)  | J.Brand denim | Baublebar for Target necklace | Boots

Feature look #2 // Sequin dress | Baublebar for Target earrings | Heels

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Cheers to 2018!

Cheers to 2018!

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best as you start another year blessed with those you love. It’s also a moment to acknowledge that if you are living a different life than you were last year – someone no longer here, a new job, on a different path – it doesn’t mean that the next steps for 2018 will be as difficult. You will rise. When I think about how I wanted to spend 2017, I know that I wanted to dedicate more time to family and friends and travel. I did my best to do that. I also wanted to indulge in some of the best of what makes my home better. From nicer and cozier bedding to enjoying my husband’s flair for cooking, I was excited to ring in  2018 in style at home! 

cheers to 2018

cheers to 2018

cheers to 2018

We hosted many holidays this season at our home, from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve and kept New Year’s Eve simple with some friends. When I found these gold tabletop accessories from the Martha Stewart home & holiday collection for our hosting duties, I fell in love. Simple design with a touch of elegance and I was able to elevate the tabletop for our dinner parties.

martha stewart

martha stewart

And there’s not special way to say cheers to 2018 if you don’t have great wine! In 2017, I was thrilled to connect with Martha Stewart this year when she launched her Martha Stewart Wine Co. subscription. The wine tasting along was incredible, so when I received my first box to my home I was impressed with the selection. My husband is big on how to pair food and wine, so we both took advantage of making a few of Martha’s recipes from her Slow Cooker book to pair with her wine selections and her year of entertaining book to have dinner party decor ideas – and they did not disappoint.

martha stewart

martha stewart

Thank you for always being such wonderful supportive readers. I wish you nothing but love and joy this year and raise my glass to you – Cheers to your best year yet!

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Things I Learned // What Busy Moms Don’t Talk About

Things I Learned // What Busy Moms Don’t Talk About

Women are busy these days. Sometimes too busy for their own good, particularly when you’re a Mom. I am one of those women. It seems that because we are so busy, we forget or ignore or just simply avoid taking the time to talk about some of the real issues we are faced with. Most importantly, I wanted to shed some light on what I believe all woman should feel comfortable sharing for the betterment of others.

We can’t do it all.

There. I said it. We really try to do it all. Partly because it feels good when we’ve accomplished something, we try our best to do just about everything. It’s not for not wanting to say ‘no’ as much as it is that our plates are full – home, kids, work, projects, meetings, after school activities, family gatherings, time with friends, planning for time away, actual time away, the unpacking and cleaning after coming back from being away – the cycle continues. I believe it’s time we feel okay with saying to someone – “We can’t do it all”, and we are still good mother’s! One way to manage what we to want to do is creating a time and task calendar. I use the Uncalendar for organizing my teaching schedule, and now also use one for my personal life! It is a true game changer! So even though we can’t do it all, we can at least have a place to manage all that we can do and want to do.

busy moms

We eat the burnt toast. (Sometime’s literally!)

That’s right, the burnt toast! How many of you make sure everything is great for everyone else before it’s great for yourself? We know we deserve better, but we seldom do it or too busy to do it. We let the coffee get cold, are too busy to indulge in the fancy and shiny things for ourselves, or don’t do date night as much as we would like (and probably need!) to. I am guilty of that more than I’d like to admit. We know we want the nice things, the good things, things that make us feel great. Moms also don’t talk about the changes in their bodies that keep them from feeling great. Not everyone tells a Mom that with a new baby also comes some things not as wonderful or precious – like bladder leaks! Exactly! I recently was invited to an event by the Always brand to discover one of their new products that help women feel their best. It had me thinking about what it meant for women who suffer from issues that they are too embarrassed to talk about, and how they let it go on without speaking to anyone about it. They feel forced to settle for the “burnt toast”.  I don’t personally suffer from incontinence, but as one of the most natural experiences a woman can have after childbirth or at an older age, no women should have to settle for uncomfortable and ugly underwear that denies her feeling good about herself.  

Did you know 1 in 3 women experience bladder leaks1? I had no idea. It’s not at all uncommon – so why aren’t more moms and women talking about it? The Always Discreet brand let us know that a common complaint from women who experience bladder leaks is there are no stylish options to help protect them. In fact, 2 in 3 women that have tried bladder leak underwear avoid wearing them all together, even when they know they need them2 (settling for that burnt toast!).  At the event, I learned that the Always Discreet brand decided to address the issue for women dealing with incontinence by creating the Always Discreet Boutique underwear, to restore their confidence and make sure woman are putting themselves first and not settling for the burnt toast when it comes to our health.  It’s time Mom’s put themselves first, feel good about doing it, and continue to do the things they love without fear of leaks!  To be able to wear pretty underwear that not only looks good, but solves all of those little problems some women never want to discuss. It’s time you put yourself first, feel feel good about doing it, and go out on date night without any worry! Hint, hint!

 This innovative new product was created after the Alway brand spoke to, and learned from, thousands of real women who experience bladder leaks and feel there shouldn’t have to be a tradeoff between maximum protection and a product that makes them feel beautiful. I also recently learned that 77% of women say the idea of wearing bladder leak underwear makes them feel older than they would like to feel. One of the Always Discreet Boutique scientist actually emptied an entire beaker’s worth of water onto the core of the product. While the core looks and felt very thin, it was able to hold to entire amount of liquid AND feel dry to the touch in seconds. The leading competitors on the market didn’t hold nearly as much liquid and certainly weren’t as dry. Check out the Always Discreet Boutique to see what I mean.

busy moms

busy moms

We deal with anxiety.

Recently, I have started to see an increase in Instagram posts from women that I admire and follow about their struggle with anxiety. I appreciate their candor, because if more of us share stories of what causes our anxiety, we’ll know there is a larger support system out there from women we admire. There are varying degrees of anxiety. And while I am no psychologist, I do know that anxiety can be triggered by stress, past experiences or other factors. For me, anxiety is something I only started to experience more after losing my daughter, just 3 years ago tomorrow. It creeps up when I am overwhelmed by too much to do and need a moment to stop myself. It’s those brief bursts of panic that many women deal with, and we don’t do enough of talking about it. We need to recognize it happens and that we are not alone. One way to deal with moments of overwhelmingness has been the Breathe app. I found it only after receiving the new Apple Watch 3 for my birthday. I love using it to help feel centered and to take a moment for myself without the rush of the day or the regret of taking a moment to pause the chaos around me!

busy moms

busy moms

busy moms

busy moms

Thank you so much for reading! And thank you to Always Discreet for partnering on this post!

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1Fem Care AI analysis – “Nielsen Homescan Panel ending March 2012 looking at Fem Care purchases in HH 50+ that have no teenagers at home.” 2The Always Discreet Boutique Online Study was conducted by MSLGROUP Research.

Adventure // 3 Ways to Stay Active with a Busy Life

Adventure // 3 Ways to Stay Active with a Busy Life

Thank you to prAna and #WeAllGrow Latina Network for partnering on this post.  

The words “I’m busy” are often an understatement in any mother’s daily life. I am sure of it. We all wish there were more hours in the day and less tasks on our to-do lists. Am I right? I know that with everything I have going on this time of year (planning trips and kid camp registrations, tests, tending to allergies, writing speeches, I could go on and on…), I rarely find a moment that I can dedicate to going to the gym. I’ve said a thousand times I’m returning to Bikram Yoga for a 6am class, but have yet to make it. (Trying!) So with my busy life, I know that I have to find different ways to motivate myself to stay active until I finally do make it to that 6am class! Here are my 3 ways to stay active while “the busy” keeps going.

ways to stay active

1. WEAR CLOTHES THAT MOTIVATE

There is something to be said for wearing clothing that motivates you to stay active. Feeling good about yourself is something I believe is important in motivating yourself to get fit and take on a new adventure, even if it means getting a new outfit to get the ball rolling. This netted top is long enough to cover my backside while light enough to wear on a cool or hot day. I also love finding a perfect pair of leggings that made with attention to detail  and feel snug in all the right places. High-waisted is a plus! These prAna pants fit the bill! Smooth, snug, high-waisted and made from sustainable material (doing good for the world!), these leggings were the perfect motivation to enjoy an active day outdoors!

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

2. TAKE THE FAMILY WITH YOU

Taking pics is one thing, but having my husband and my son to make it a day we can all enjoy outdoors is another. Going on hikes (see post here), finding ways to take on new adventures together, and modeling the importance of physical activity to my son is important. Getting to spend time with those you love by choosing activities that keep you active is the perfect way to get more stuff done!

3. DISCOVER SOMEWHERE NEW

Making the effort to find somewhere new to walk/hike/workout when you have too many things already on your plate may just feel like another task. However, it is possible to make it happen. Take a moment to think about a place you’ve always wanted to see or visit – even if only a short drive away. You’ll discover you are more inclined to spend time exploring a new place with a fresh set of eyes, and therefore stay active longer. Maybe that’s the reason I am less likely to make it to a gym to stay active (although winter may change my mind!) since I love the adventure of discovering somewhere new.

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

What do you do to stay active when you are too busy to workout? I’d love to be inspired by your ideas! Thank you for stopping by!

Shop the Feature // prAna top & prAna leggings (Use code WAGLNJL for special discount) | Tommy Hilfiger sneakers | Quay High Key sunglasses 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.

Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Happy May! Can you believe it? Summer is almost here, and I’m taking advantage of  the warm and sunny weekends to take a few day trips with my family – our most recent being to Bushkill Falls, PA. Mr. E and I got married outdoors, under a tent and near a barn with mountain views, so it’s no surprise one of our favorite ways to spend a weekend is a day trip with our son hiking up to a waterfall! If you’ve been following my Instastories, you know we’ve even been looking into purchasing an RV since we enjoy camping and the outdoors so much! We love to travel;  just look at some of our favorite places we’ve been – Greece, Montreal, Cape Cod (here, here and here), Hawaii, Walt Disney World, and Argentinaday trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkilll falls I’ve known of Bushkill Falls located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since we visited several others in the area, but last week was my first time visiting the falls. Let me just say that I’ve been to Niagra Falls, and now I know why they call Bushkill Falls the Niagra Falls of Pennsylvania! The 100foot waterfall alone is stunning to see! You can get up close and actually feel the cool mist of the water splashing down as it rapidly descends from above while you walk along a wooden path and bridge. 

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls There are different trails (green yellow, blue, red) you can hike depending on how much time you wish to spend there. The Green trail being the easiest with only a few steps but no climbing while the red trail is the most challenging at 2.5 miles long with several steps to climb and over 2 hours to hike. Overall, it’s important to remember you are hiking about 1200 feet above sea level, so before going it’s good to know what to wear and bring. I saw all people of all ages hiking, so it’s really about how you come ready for the hike. A plus? There are places to rest along the way – granted it may be on a large rock! And don’t be surprised if you see a creature or two along the way! 

Plan for a Day Trip to Bushkill Falls

Water Bottle

I forgot my water bottle in the car, which totally was not smart! But I was able to purchase one at the food store they have on site. Here are a few good ones that can keep your drink cool for the long hike!

Technology

You are not going to want to miss out on all the beautiful places to capture on camera! So be sure to have it fully charged before you head out the door! Now whether you use your heavy duty camera or just your phone, make sure to have a battery backup! With all the IG stories or snapchatting you’ll want to do, having a small backup charger will be a must! Some of my faves are lightweight and give you plenty of power to last the day!

Binoculars 

If you have kids, they’ll love to have a pair of binoculars! There is so much to see, and it’s a great way to observe some of nature through a closer lens. The little ones love to feel like explorers, so it’s exciting to make it part of the hiking experience!

Dressing in Layers

No matter the weather, I know that having options on a long hike is so important. Dress in layers, so you have the option to warm yourself up in some of the cooler parts of the hike (seasonal) and when you feel warmer because your heart rate is slowly rising! See below for outfit details in “Shop the Feature”.

Sunscreen and Shades

You can’t forget to protect your skin and your eyes! Wear sunscreen, shades and a hat! The beauty of the waterfalls only makes me more aware of how important it is to take care of what is most natural to us – and that is our skin staying hydrated and protected from the harsh sun.

Comfortable shoes (that can get wet!)

You’re going to want to wear your best version of a hiking shoe! Clearly, I could have been more prepared and worn a better pair myself, so lesson learned. A great pair with a sole that grips works. I’ve recently invested in another pair for my next visit!  

Hope you enjoyed this photo story and tips for a lovely day trip out to Bushkill Falls! We’ll be traveling again soon and can’t wait to share our next adventure! 

Shop the Feature // Nautica baseball cap & Herschel baseball on me | Chic t-shirt (seen here) | J.Crew carpenter shirt | Daniel Wellington watch (15% off with code “seasons gold”) | Nike

Where are you headed on your next vacation or even just next weekend? Let me know in the comments below. And if you want to see more of our travel adventures, let us know! Thank you so much for reading. 

Rested // Comfy & Cozy with CStudio Home

Rested // Comfy & Cozy with CStudio Home

Hello everyone! I am happy to be back! Let’s just say that the start of 2017 began much slower and stranger than expected. I think with so much happening around us in the world right now, I needed to step back a bit, put things into perspective and get a bit more focused for the sake of moving forward full force. So here I am, rested, recharged and ready more than ever to take on 2017 and make it a great year! Thank you for coming along for the ride!

comfy & cozy bedding

Earlier this January, I hosted an event with CStudio Home, whose parent company is The Company Store, that does not only offer fresh and modern bedding design, but happens to be a great place to find those perfect little details for your home. It was CStudio Home’s first pop-up shop in New Jersey, and I was happy to host the event and share some of my favorite bedding from their shop. Even though we’ve haven’t had a considerably cold winter yet in the New York City area, nothing beats a comfy & cozy blanket and soft bedding to make those cooler nights warmer. 

comfy & cozy bedding

comfy & cozy bedding

When I received my Strie blanket, I wanted nothing more than to stay in it all day – that is how comfortable and how soft the blanket feels. I just had to get another one (in this gorgeous teal color)  as I left the event, because my son had been sneaking to our bed in the middle of the night just to cuddle with us under the blanket. And even though their pop-up shop has closed for the season, you can still find them online. I’ve already got these pillowsthis comforter, and these pillow covers in Geo Denim Blue in my online cart because I couldn’t get enough of them in store! 

comfy & cozy

comfy & cozy bedding

It was such a pleasure to host so many wonderful people who stopped by to support the event and This Season’s Gold with fun giveaways and a hot chocolate bar to keep everyone feeling cozy. When I started TSG, I never thought I would be hosting these wonderful events with such great brands. But the events have become such a gift to me because I get to meet so many of you and hear your own stories about you, which is what matters to me most. I hope you get to stop by often as I plan to share more wonderful events and collaborations with brands that I love! I can’t wait to tell you! 

comfy & comzy

comfy & cozy

comfy & cozy bedding

Some other favorite finds this month that have kept me comfy & cozy has been oversized sweaters, my new favorite over-the-knee boots (50% off on sale!) and this special edition Daniel Wellington watch (15% off with code SEASONSGOLD). I’ve been loving warm brown’s quite a bit lately in my wardrobe, but as with the season’s, I’m sure that is bound to change as we move through the year.

comfy & cozy bedding

comfy & cozy bedding

Shop the Feature // Ann Taylor sweater (60% off sale!) | Stuart Weitzman boots (50% off on sale!) | Daniel Wellington watch (15% off entire purchase w/ code ‘SEASONSGOLD’) | Daniel Wellington rose gold cuff | Vajze earrings | Essie Nail polish

Thank you so much for reading and returning to This Season’s Gold. Many of you personally reached out to me to make sure I was okay and when I would return to sharing here. I promise I didn’t go far. I just wanted to be recharged for all the great content and fun coming your way! 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time // Giveaway Day 3

It’s the Most Wonderful Time // Giveaway Day 3

We’re back with another fun It’s the Most Wonderful Time Giveaway! This time our giveaway is for 2 (TWO!) winners to receive a Worry Eaters plush toy of their choice! But it isn’t just any plush toy, and it actually means so much more than meets the eye. A few months back during the summer (ah, those warm days of summer!), I attended Blogger Bash in New York and was immediately drawn to the table with this odd but adorable plush today. The name Worry Eaters totally grabbed my attention, and by the end of talking to the representative, I was sold!

holiday giveaway

A finalist as the Top Toy of the Year for 2016 and awarded the Mom’s Choice Award plus many others, this toy is truly a creative outlet for children. Check out their parents guide for how this toy can relate to all ages! 

most wonderful time

most wonderful time

Why do I genuinely love it so much? My son had been experiencing a fear of the dark at the time, and when I brought Flamm (that’s this little guy’s name) home, my son was immediately attached to the fact that he could write his worry and place it in Flamm to “eat it up”. It may sound silly, but it wasn’t to my son. He soon asked if he could write other worries for Flamm to eat, and it really let him feel less afraid of the dark. (Clearly the dentist is not a fear of his!) To me, it’s similar to writing down your worries or fears in a journal and processing through them. That’s why I made Worry Eaters one of my top toys for our Little Ones gift guide this year and if you hoping to get one now, check out the guide! 

How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account. The more choices in the Rafflecopter you chose to complete, the more entries you will have towards your win!

2) This giveaway will run for 24 hours from December 20th at 9:30am and end by December 21st at 9:30pm.

3) The winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) If for any reason the winners cannot be contacted or do not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner(s) will be chosen at random.

5) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

6) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway and a representative for Worry Eaters will be delivering the prize to our winners.

6) Each prize will be mailed to winners upon receipt of delivery name and address.

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Thank you so much for entering! Good luck! Be sure to keep checking back for more giveaways until Christmas! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

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