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Spring Trends Made Pint Size

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This week, I attended one of my favorite trade shows, the Children’s Club. This international exhibition features every category of children’s clothing from newborn sizes up to 12. Happening four times a year here in New York City, I make sure to never miss it.
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Right now, most of the vendors were previewing their Spring Collections for 2017, which is always a treat to see styles and trends ahead of time.

First stop: I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw Luna Luna’s Collection gorgeous frocks. Luna Luna was one of my favorite brands when Siella was little, and for two years I was unable to find any of her designs. After learning the brand took a two year hiatus, I’m happy to report they are back in action and drooling in layers of tulle and sequins.

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Dolce Goccia is a luxury layette children apparel & accessories brand, featuring 100% cotton delicate knits from sizes newborn to 10 years as well as unique outfits for special occasions. The lovely Dolce Goccia collections are made from the most beautiful fabrics with the finest quality standards. The pieces are each designed with simplicity, softest knits and elegance in mind.

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Showaflops, are a must have next summer season. Do you see the holes throughout the entire shoe, well that is to improve drainage and faster drying, preventing from bacteria and mold that can happen. I immediately thought how handy these would come in for my kids’s swim classes and our long days in the spray grounds. Plus they come in tons of fun colors and prints.

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Hannah Banana, a collection by Sara Sara features fun, trendy, hip clothing for girls, tween. The theme for their collection this season was all about florals. I was loving the pastel prints mixed with deep tones.
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Accessory Alert! I nearly flipped over these American Jewel accessories. American Jewel Gummy Bags and Yummy Gummy Bags have become one of the most popular and fun accessories anywhere. Oh, and  they are scented and smell delicious. Choose from scents such as: Cotton Candy, Watermelon, Sugar Cookie, Hawaiian Ice and Pink Lemonade.

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Hudson Kids is always a staple for my kiddies. But check out these new trends for spring 1.military and 2. patches! I’m so digging their new vest, which I was told was a huge seller this season. And how cute are these patchwork cut off shorts!
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Check out this super cool suiting by Carlucci Kids. The brand offers a full range of well tailored, top quality, designs for not just boys but girls as well. Their Spring 2017 collection was unbelievable and I cannot wait for it to hit stores!

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I think every piece in the Stella Cove Spring Collection was one that I wanted for myself! Featuring beach styles from coverups to bathing suits to dresses, the girls lived in their pieces all summer.

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Spring collections are probably my most favorite time to shop the shows. It always gives us something to look forward to once the winter months hit.

Thank you Children’s Club for sponsoring this post.

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Going Under The…..

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Anyone who’s had children knows that pregnancy takes a toll on your body. From stretch marks to loose belly muscles and grey hairs, our bodies go through the ringer. Even when some women seem to bounce right back after pregnancy, they are still never quite the same. Weight fluctuation and hormones can effect your body and especially your skin. And I swear, years of sleep deprivation and stress take a toll, too!

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I recently had a little…work done with Allergan. OK don’t get crazy it was just one teeny-tiny, itty-bitty botox injection that is hardly noticeable but it makes just enough of a difference that I feel and look, rested.

It’s funny how the whole experience happened. I went into Dr. Shafer’s Plastic Surgery office, for what was going to be just for a consultation and with no intentions of getting botox right there and then. After chatting with him for a while, and showing him the one line in between my eyebrows that bothered me, he assured me the procedure would take only five minutes, and he could actually do it today. I thought about it and figured why not just get in done now. So I did.

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Allergan is a trusted leader in aesthetics and I partnered with them on their new campaign called “It’s My Turn, that encourages women to focus on themselves and gives them the opportunity to look and feel better with different treatments, procedures and products. Us moms do so much for our families and rarely consider ourselves. We are the first ones up in the morning and the last ones to go to sleep and especially with multiple children and all their activities, who has time to work out? Who has time for regular skincare? Before you know it you’re looking in the mirror and there is a different woman looking back at you.

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I do however, look at my physical changes and take pride. I have a few wrinkles, my belly has a c-section scar times three, I might have a few more curves than I used to, but I love my body for being strong enough to birth babies and carry them and feed them. I grapple with the topic of beauty because I have two daughters and I want them to focus on what is inside, not out. And I don’t want them to get caught up in their looks or feel pressure to fit into some unachievable beauty standard. But, I’m also not ashamed to admit that I’m susceptible to a little vanity just like anyone else and I would like to hold on to my youth as long as I can. I want to look and feel good.

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Sure, botox isn’t a time machine but it can give you a little refresh. I’m a hard working and exhausted mama and this was something I wanted to do for myself. I strongly encourage you to visit It’s My Turn, where you can explore all of the breast and body options available to you. Because as a mom, you focus on everyone else. Now, it’s your turn to focus on you.

Thank you Allergan for sponsoring this post! 

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Masterminding in Scottsdale

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Almost two years ago, I was in Costa Rica for the first ever ROAR conference. That trip I will remember forever, as it built lifetime friends, boosted my career goals, and was quite inspirational. I realized that little trip was just what I needed to feel refreshed and renewed, and I’ve been longing for a similar experience.
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This past weekend, I flew to Scottsdale Arizona, for another gathering. This time it was just fifteen of us. Some old friends from that actual conference, as well as some new faces that I’ve actually sort of known through our social media world.

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The huge house that served as our home for the weekend was beyond gorgeous, fully equipped with every amenity, so much so, that I would probably consider renting it in the future for a family getaway. Everything was organized by my dear friend, Nadia, founder of Child Mode, who prepped and perpared every dairy free, grain free meal. The cuisine and menu inspired me so much, that I was actually making the same recipes for my kids on Monday morning.

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Part of our agenda included sessions where we gathered discussing our businesses, what works and what doesn’t. We contributed, gave advice, solved each other’s issues. For me, it was magic. The similarities in what we all do for a living, contrasted by our nuanced differences and experiences, opened my eyes in a different light, to many things I deal with on a daily basis. These women are truly my people.

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Sure, this may have been a work retreat, but we definitely found time to relax, enjoying our Southwest surroundings. There was morning hikes and yoga too. Funny thing when I was face-timing with the kids, they saw the two floats in the pool, and were going back and forth about which one I should float on, they chose the pretzel.

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My time away wasn’t nearly as long as I wanted (or needed!) but it was just the right amount of love, motivation, and inspiration that I needed. From the minute I walked onto the plane, I absorbed everything learned, and began to implant portions of that into my work life, even home life. Feeling super blessed for this weekend, and having the opportunity to call these girls my friends. These are some bad ass bitches you guys; I mean masterminds!

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