Tag: PHILADELPHIA

All The Holiday Wrappings

All The Holiday Wrappings

Let’s talk about wrapping paper. I mean if you think about it, wrapping paper is a product that is manufactured solely to be thrown away. But if that doesn’t stop you from buying it lets talk about how expensive it is. A box of tags […]

Yums The Word

Yums The Word

I am definitely not that from the garden, food-processing kinda mama. As you all know I’ve tirelessly tried to be that mama but alas I’m not. With such a heavy work load it just isn’t happening. For those reading that are I think you’re amazing! (send me your tips). […]

Not Your Mama’s Loafers

Not Your Mama’s Loafers

I don’t know about the rest of you but I grew up with penny loafers. My mom and aunts all wore them and even my brother wore them when he went to Catholic school. The shoe itself is versatile and wearable for both men and women. As I got older I would see a few of my favorite bloggers rock loafers, even before they came back in style. I always felt like I couldn’t pull them off until recently. I’m trying to adopt a new mentality. “This is simple, this is easy, this is fun.” My mother-in-law showed me this video of a man named, Kerwin Rae (awesome name) talking about how we as people let our brains tell us what to do when it should really be the other way around. This statement and the meaning behind it, are meant for things on a grander scale then my shoe problem. But I’m using it in every aspect of my life. For the full video click the quote above!

So by this mentality I decided I’d try a pair. You don’t know how something will look on you till you actually try. And if it was a total fail I knew I’d have a few friends I could hand them over to. Results? I love them! They are so comfortable and to my surprise go with everything. It’s a fun way to add a little something extra to a look. I feel like loafers are surprisingly a flirty chic meets masculine flare kinda style and it adds something totally new to my wardrobe. Today I paired them with cut off shorts and a chartreuse knit I’ve recently become obsessed with from J.Crew. Below I’ve supplied a few styles to turn your own wardrobe into flirty chic.

 

Happily In Style Does Snacktime!

Happily In Style Does Snacktime!

Oh wow hey there September, where did you come from? I must admit I enjoyed my month off. I dubbed August as the month of self love. If you hadn’t guessed I turned my month of self love into a vacation from writing. Even though […]

Toddler Survival Kit : The Fourth Of July

Toddler Survival Kit : The Fourth Of July

Let’s be real, those summer time holidays aren’t as fun with little ones. Of course they have their moments and everything is special because maybe it’s their first Independence Day or they’re big fans of fireworks.  But it gets to a point where all you […]

Saved By The Bell

Saved By The Bell

If you follow my Instagram account for the blog than you know, I’m taking a much-needed break from social media aka Instagram and Facebook. The break is truly for my sanity, and to be perfectly honest I’m really battling with my postpartum anxiety again. To be even more honest, for a while now I’ve felt it was creeping towards depression. I got very scared. And in feeling this way I felt that the best way to deal with it was by completely and utterly ignoring the problem.

“Coffee, outfit, snap, post, hashtag,  repeat.”

“Coffee, outfit, snap, post, hashtag,  repeat.”

“Coffee, outfit, snap, post, hashtag,  repeat.”

This was my life, I was pulling a Jessie Spano only instead of diet pills it was coffee and Instagram. I could feel the walls closing in on me and it wasn’t good. At the same time I hadn’t told anyone what I was going through or how I was feeling. Although I’m sure at times my friends and family could feel my energy. But they know me if I want to talk about it I’ll talk about it. So mum would be the word until I finally cracked and shared with the group what was going on.

And then something happened it was almost like an alarm going off in my head. Yesterday was my best friend Stacey’s baby shower and it was an amazing day I got to see so many friends and celebrate my beautiful best friend and my little nephew to be. It was truly something I needed. As the day wound down a group of us decided to head back to her house and hang out a little longer. As we were reminiscing on our past adventures and talking about life in general, Stacey mentioned that she had taken the Facebook app off her phone. This is something she does regularly, her way of stepping away from it all and just finding her center.

Then I started to think about it, I’ve literally never done this. It was as if a loud alarm went off in my head. I’ve never actually stayed away from Instagram or Facebook for a long period of time. Now I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “What does social media have to do with your postpartum issues Meg?” Nothing, it doesn’t spark anything or create any stress for me. I wasn’t overwhelmed by jealous or sadden because of looking at other accounts. I’ve got enough going on I don’t need or want someone else’s life. I was simply using it as a mask for problems I didn’t want to face. So now for the realization part of this little rant.

-REMINDERS-

  1. I do deserve my amazing husband and beautiful little boys.
  2. I am worthy of having love.
  3. I’m allowed to laugh, and laugh hard.
  4. It is okay if the old me is dead and gone. (We don’t really want her back anyway, she was a little too crazy for our blood.)
  5. There is a new me and I have to get to know her.
  6. I’m not always going to be happy, life is filled with moments, they may be good or bad but they are moments so I have to learn to appreciate them all.
  7. Stop dwelling on things I can’t change.
  8. I am perfectly imperfect and that is beautiful.
  9. It is okay to need a break I’m not wonder woman but I am wonderful.
  10. Save your sanity, eat a f**king donut now and then.
Hello Monday…Ooops I mean Wednesday!

Hello Monday…Ooops I mean Wednesday!

Oops! I’m not going to lie I forgot what day it was. I took some time out this weekend and stepped away from the blog/social media. I really just needed some space to reflect and center my thoughts. Even though I love Happily In Style and […]

It’s All About the Investment

It’s All About the Investment

I’m thinking it’s time we all started investing a little more time and energy into OURSELVES. Of course I’ve been outspoken about skin care, especially as we embark into the spring leaving winter in the dust!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in […]

Monthly Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 4 Months

Monthly Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 4 Months

What a month its been for our little Bodhi Bear, he’s accomplished many firsts recently and we couldn’t be prouder. We’ve even been lucky enough to witness a lot of his firsts together on our trip to Hawaii. A lot of Gunnar’s first were at work with me which meant that Sam didn’t really get to experience them first hand. So you can image how excited he was to witness the wonder and excitement in Bodhi’s eyes when first trying each new experience.

Thus far he is pretty excited about most experiences. He has rolled over and is determined to go on to the next task of sitting up and staying up. I must say Bodhi is a big fan of the ocean and Hawaii seems to suit him well. Only time will tell if he’s as into the ocean and all its beauty as his mama. One thing we can say is this boy loves the sand just as much as his older brother.

A Few Of Bodhi’s Firsts


1. His first food: Green beans: Really this one happened at 2 months olds. We kept quiet about it because neither of us felt like hearing grief from others. Everyone has their own opinion on when you should start introducing food and I’ll cover our personal experience in a post a little bit later but yea we started early and it was the best thing we could have done!

2. First plane trip: Well we did it at almost 4 months old our little bear went on his first
plane ride. Gunnies was almost a year old for his first so we really didn’t know what to expected when it came to taking a 4 month old on a plane. I mean really we didn’t know what to expect with taken him plus Gunnie ( 3 years old). I’ll admit it wasn’t as bad as we had thought.

3. Sleeping in his crib: CRAZY!!! I wasn’t sure if this would ever happen but we got there. I don’t know how many nights it will happen now that we are home but I’m hopeful. We finally were able to get Bodhi to sleep on his own in a crib and yes, through the night. I know, I know, I’ll be over here accepting high fives from all my fellow mamas all week! We all know these moments should always be celebrated. I don’t know if it was the heat, or the type of crib maybe even the natural sounds of the Maui beaches, insects and birds but something about Maui got him to be a little more independent and this mama is lovin’ it! I may even have to go buy a CD of Maui sounds just to test it out! ?

4. His first sandy beach extrusion: So far all signs point to a little beach lover just like his big brother. The awe and wonder in Bodhi’s eye matches that of Gunnie’s the very first time he saw that big beautiful blue “puddle” as he has deemed it. I’m from a family of beach lovers, we grew up summering in Hilton Head and later once we got a little older, we moved the summers to Sea Isle City. So having my boys love beach days and time in the water as much as I, is amazing.

5. Perfecting the roll: I wrote about Bodhi’s need to move last time and how he was already rolling over. Well he has since perfected that and moved on to sitting up. He truly doesn’t want to stop for anything. I have a feeling we will have an earlier walker with this one. The entire flight home I had to stand him in certain positions because he didn’t want to sit or be held. Nope our little i bear wanted to standing and watching everything that was going on around him.

Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 2 Month

Motherhood Update: Bodhi at 2 Month

Wow, two months with my little Bodhi blue. I can’t believe it honestly. It feels like ever since he arrived things have moved at a very rapid pace. Maybe its been all the running around that fall can bring or maybe its just that with […]