This year, back to school is looking SO different for everyone. We just found out that we will be doing online classes until October, so we have decided to stay on the West Coast where we will have more outdoor space, fresh air and be near extended family.
The kids and I are ready for the challenge and have decided to make the best out of our current situation. When we found out that school was going to be online, the first thing both of my kids said was “will we still be able to go back to school shopping“? With so many unknowns, I couldn’t believe that this is what they were asking me about! I guess, if I think about it from their perspective, one of the most exciting aspects about going back to school is shopping for new clothes and supplies. It’s all about keeping the most “normal” routine, whether you will be going back to school virtually or in person.
This is the summer of the ROAD TRIP! It seems as if every conversation I’ve had this month is about major changes in summer plans. European vacations and Caribbean cruises have turned into a good old fashioned American road trip.
I happen to be a huge fan of road trips! I have such fond childhood memories of my family traveling across the country, from CT to CA and back. Road tripping is just an amazing and easy way to see the country. You can curate your travel to fit your families needs and even add in spontaneous stops. How about our beautiful national parks? Any road trip is fun but also an educational experience.
My family and I have been out of NYC for some time now and staying with my family in CT. We will be leaving from Farmington, CT and driving all the way to Los Angeles, CA. We had thought about renting an RV but decided to take our car and stay at fab places along the way! Glamping anyone?!?When we leave CT we will hit Gettysburg, Chicago area, up to Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon! I can’t wait!
The big question is what to pack on a 2-week road trip with limited laundry services…yup…you heard me…2 weeks!
Ok, so I decided to start with the bags. Each family member is allowed a Lands End duffle bag. I decided a duffel would be easier to carry and soft/moldable and easy to fit in the car. I told everyone that they can bring whatever they can fit in their bag, nothing else!
I, myself, have decided to to pack simple and comfortable. I have to say I have officially lived in NYC too long because packing like this is actually really hard for me!
Father’s Day is right around the corner! This year, more than ever, will be so much more about spending quality time with dad and showering him with sentimental gifts. I personally think self care kits are going to be a huge hit this Father’s Day. Grooming kits, bar sets and home drink mixers are going to be a guaranteed hit and extra useful for dad. Check out some of my favorite Father’s Day gift ideas below. This Father’s Day, it’s all about staying home and spending time with your loved ones while celebrating the father figures in your life!
Who else is obsessed with tie-dye? I know I am! I had to share these amazing finds from Bloomingdales with you before they sell out. All of these sets are on sale plus an additional 25% off! You can’t beat the quality or price so make sure to check them out before they are gone!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if I learned anything from being in quarantine for Easter, it’s that if you want to send gifts to a loved one, you need to ship early! So this year, I am getting a head start on my Mothers day gifts. Since we are most likely still going to be social distancing, I would like for my mom and mother in law to get a little treat in the mail just in time for Mother’s Day. You know what that means? I need to start shopping now! Below I have put together a bunch of my favorite Mother’s Day finds that are ready to ship and will make it to the mom in your life just in time!
Our new normal…business on the top, party on the bottom! Lol. It seems to be all about the waist up these days Ha! Have you all heard the story of the little boy who was having problems with his morning Zoom class meeting on his iPad? His poor mom took the ONLY 20 minutes of alone time she had that day to take a shower. Sure enough, while showering, her son comes walking into the bathroom, clutched to his iPad, asking his mom for help while exposing her to the whole class. OMG! lol
I am not even sure what to say…What is there to say? This too shall pass…I hope that you all are staying safe and healthy during this very scary time.
It’s so hard to believe that just a week ago we were living our normal lives, our full-scheduled, busy hectic lives and now here we…it all came to a screeching halt.
As a New Yorker, having been through all the disasters, (911, the blackout, Hurricane Sandy) I know that we can get through just about anything. Our city is strong and resilient. But this…this is a whole new level. Knowing that this virus us affecting EVERYONE in the WORLD is almost too much to bare.
I have had quite a few moments lately…moments of shock, deep sadness and uncertainty. It’s a horrible feeling that is consuming my mind and body. What will happen to my children and schooling? What will happen to my husband and his work? What will happen to my work? Will any of us get sick? It’s all just too much but I keep coming back to one thought…there is a higher power that is calling for us all to stop, take control and pull back on our crazy lives. We are being forced to stop for a reason, whatever it may be, so it is time for us to listen and put life into perspective. Instead of overwhelming ourselves with “what if” questions, why don’t we try to replace those by staying in the moment and enjoying the time we have to ourselves and with our loved ones.
My family and I are fortunate enough to have friends that offered us their home outside the city and I am beyond grateful. NYC is the epicenter of this pandemic and I was scared to have my kids in the middle of the city. So for the next few weeks, my family and I are hunkered down in the country. We are going to take this time to go on walks, get plenty of fresh air and settle into our homeschooling routine. Hopefully all of this will give us some sense of “normalcy”.
With that being said, work is part of my everyday normal and after taking last week off to adjust, I feel ready to get back to work and know that it will help me stay busy and take my mind off of things. So between homeschooling and cooking more than I have ever cooked in my life, I will continue to post about fun fashion trends and makeup finds. (All of this content was shot a week or so before the horrible pandemic).
So take this time for YOU! Rest, relax, reboot and recharge. Think about why you needed to slow down and think about all of the things that really matter to you as well as what you might want to change in your life.
I am thinking about you all during this horrible time. Please stay safe and healthy!
Ever been on a cruise!? If not, give it some serious thought. Cruising is a magical, captivating and thrilling way to travel while still relaxing, yet experiencing culinary delicacies and enjoying professional entertainment.