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We’ve been a car free family for six years now. Luckily, living just outside of Boston, it is pretty easy to get around via public transportation, walking, biking and the occasional car rental. We are a family that makes it work! With the arrival of baby number two in February I am once again the “bag lady” and carrying around 28 bags and two children is tough! Possible, but tough! I miss the convenience of having a vehicle, especially in the summer when we often want to pick up and go on adventure! Though I sure don’t miss having a car note!

I’ve been leaning heavily towards leasing or purchasing a car, especially as I forecast commuting in the winter with two kids! It’s hard to know where to start looking for suggestions on affordable, safe, family oriented cars that can take our entire family (dog included) to our destinations smooth and safe. Luckily, for non-car-savvy people like me, there is a solution –! Choosing a car takes time and research and for me it’s all about the feeling I get when I get behind the steering wheel and start driving. One of the largest automotive sites, wants to take the frustration out of the car choosing and buying process and connected consumers with local dealers all across the country. And, to make things easier, they have an easy to use mobile app so you can browse through used and new cars at your fingertips. Hooray for technology that makes our lives easier! Looking to sell your vehicle? You’re in luck, helps shoppers buy, sell and service their cars. A literal one stop automotive stop!

As much as I’d love an SUV like a Kia Sorrento (like my sister) or maybe a Highlander, I’m keeping an open mind as we slowly dip into car buying. Well, that’s not entirely true. I refuse to drive a mini-van. Nooooo, thank you!! Though with four adults, one dog and a partridge in a pear tree maybe a mini-van is in our future!!

Help – what are your tips for shopping for a family car? Tell me everything!


2017 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with PAPYRUS, Nalgene®, Solo NY and Pangea Nutrition. As always, all opinions are my own.

mother's day gift ideas

With Mother’s Day creeping right around the corner on Sunday, May 14, 2017 many (like me) are still scrambling to find the perfect gift to honor the special Mother’s in their lives. Choosing Mother’s Day gifts is no easy task (just ask my family) but I’m hear to offer some last minute gift ideas sure to please all types of Mother’s! Be sure to read to the end for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway:

Give Her Some Self-Care: Bloom Beautifully Box: Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec (featuring Amy Poehler as the amazing Leslie Knope) remind me that I need to Treat Myself. And the Bloom Beautifully Box does not disappoint. A self-care subscription box for the special mama in your life delivered every eight weeks packed with hand chosen items focused on beauty, health/wellness and personal development. Think empowering books, delicious body polishes, soaps and lotions, calming teas and positive affirmations.One of my FAVORITE items I received in my box was a quote by the dynamic Tracee Ellis Ross printed on gorgeous colorful watercolor paper:

I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.

Perfect For: The Mom who is quick to take care of everyone around her. The selfless Mom who kinda sorta forgets to prioritize her own self-care. The busy Mom who could use a little something special on her doorstep just for her. Not the kids. Or partner. Or work. Just. Her.

Retail value: a subscription for 1 box begins at $39.00. Subscribe and support my friend Tara, a small woman owned business!

Give Her A Bag! Bridgehampton Backpack from Solo NY: Since I’ve become a Mom I’ve become a bag lady. I know I’m not the only one! The Bridgehampton is pretttty and the perfect combination of utility and stylish aesthetic and a nice departure from an overfull diaper bag! Featuring timeless plaid detailing and several inner compartments to hold everything from a laptop, books, and technology. Complete with a fully padded 13.3” laptop compartment, two front pockets, gunmetal hardware and a drawstring closure. A functional choice that won’t break the bank.

Perfect For: The stylish Mom on the go who who appreciates minimalistic design.

Retail Value: the Bridgehampton Backpack is $89.99.

Give Her Something Sweet To Cherish! PAPYRUS Mother’s Day Gifts: The details count, amirite? I adore PAPYRUS products, the variety of products at their 200 locations in the US and Canada ensure you can head into your local store juuuuust in time for Sunday! Make the special Mom in your life feel extra special with their unique cards and gifts from the perfect gift, to gift wrap and ribbon and bows. Oh and did I mention PAPYRUS staff are available to wrap anything you need! Yup, go ahead and check that off the to-do list! My favorites include Mom Life Tea Towels, the Gold Mother Charm and the I Love You Mom Medium Artisan Trinket Dish.

Perfect For: Moms who appreciate special gifts and cards picked out just by you.

Retail Value: Mother’s Day gifts and accessories start at $4.95.



Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style with Fabulous Gifts

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Distinctive Assets. All opinions as always, are my own.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style with Fabulous Gifts

Thinking about what to gift the most important Mother’s in your life is no easy feat. You want something that is thoughtful, useful, meaningful and unexpected. And most of all you want to spoil the women who have help shape and support you. So why not gift them with exclusive items fit for the most fabulous of women!

Distinctive Assets, based in LA, is an entertainment based marketing firm that created celebrity swag bags two decades ago and is the brains behind the “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” gift bags! Complete with 25 innovative and useful products and services there is something for every mom packed in these bags!

Interested in what products made the final cut? Below is a preview of what’s included in the “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” gift bags:

  • Rumi X:  eco-friendly leggings, sports bra, tank top and headbands made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds.
  • Crystal Hills Organics:  Revitalize your soul and indulge the skin as you bathe in Crystal Love. Experience the healing and purifying properties of rose quartz, Dead Sea salt, Himalayan sea salt, rose petals, rooibos, hibiscus and fireweed.
  • Bangarang:  Handmade wooden box filled with 199 cards of positive actions and quotes. For every Positive Cube purchased, a donation is made to a charity or a cause.
  • beautyblender original:  foundation application sponge.
  • AlexAnne Beauty:  Cruelty free, long lasting liquid matte and cream lipsticks.

Don’t the Moms in your life deserve to celebrate Mother’s Day in style?