End of a Decade

The time between Christmas and New Years always seems like the strangest time of year to me. Especially, this year. We are approaching the end of a decade and entering an entirely new one. Pretty exciting stuff, but what does this mean for making New Years resolutions? Go all out and make some “decade” resolutions along side the year 2020 resolutions? I’m thinking why not? Where do I see myself in 10 years? What are my short term goals for 2020 and where do I want to be in 10 years? Ponder that.

I’m going to share with you my favorite New Years Eve tradition that my husband and I have. Each year, we both take small pieces of paper and write one resolution per piece. As many as we want! We put them in a small tin box and tuck it away for the year. Then the next time New Years Eve rolls around, we read the resolutions from the year before, discuss them, and give ourselves a pat on the back for the ones we accomplished. It’s fun to do this together. As a married couple, I also appreciate it in the way it gives us to connect on what our goals are year after year and see that we are still on a path that brings us together. Maybe indulge in a little New Years champagne in front of the fire while we’re at it.

I want to thank you for reading and most importantly wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! May all your resolutions become reality!

XO, Nico

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10 Holiday Traditions

Now that I am a mother, I find myself getting very sentimental about holiday traditions. I love the traditions my mother established for my sisters and I, and I want to do the same for my son. Here are a few of the traditions I got goin’ on right now.

  • Setting up and decorating the tree at the beginning of December while listening to Christmas music.
  • Opening pajamas on Christmas Eve with the family, accompanied by several photos of jammie time.
  • Opening an ornament on Christmas Eve.
  • My husband making a delicious beef stew on Christmas Eve.
  • Opening stockings Christmas morning while enjoying coffee and/or a mimosa, followed by the rest of them presents!
  • Having a delicious brunch after presents on Christmas Day.
  • Dressing up in our Ugly Christmas Sweaters for the remainder of Christmas Day and celebrations with extended family.
  • There are always fun holiday headbands to wear once the party starts and/or the Santa hats.
  • When visiting my mother in Philly we do a White Elephant gift exchange with the extended family which is super fun!
  • When visiting my mother in Philly there is always a dance party at some point during the festivities. Always.

I would love to add more! I grew up with all girls, so my question to you is this: What holiday traditions do boys like? What can I add for my son who is 18 months old? Please share your ideas and the traditions that you love and hold dear!

Happy Holidays everyone!

XO, Nico

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Holiday Shopping Hot Spot

This year I have done the majority of my holiday shopping online. It all started with my son getting a cough, then pink eye, then a fever, then some vomiting and a little bit of croup. Needless to say, the whole household caught a cold and we have been cooped up here since the 2nd of December. Since I have family out of state, I try to get my shopping done early because I need time to wrap and ship the presents. What I want to share with you today is a retailer that I had forgotten about until my son needed some cold weather pants a few months back and I found myself here: Macy’s.

Macy’s isn’t a place that had readily popped into my mind in years, and possibly ever. I have rediscovered Macy’s and I am down with this department store. Macy’s has awesome sales pretty regularly and literally has something for everyone. Shopping for your husband? Macy’s has men’s watches, jewelry, ties, clothes, gadgets, etc. Shopping for your toddler? Macy’s has toys and clothes for toddlers! Score! Shopping for Mom or Grandma? Macy’s has quality slippers! Haha. They carry Free People, which if you read my blog you know I LOVE Free People. All priced pretty reasonably especially with their constant sales.

Macy’s has a Gift Ideas section on their site which is incredibly useful. You can shop their stocking stuffers (so helpful), you can shop for “last minute” gifts, you can filter it by who you are shopping for, or by price, or by type. They even have a White Elephant gift option. Check it out here>>. You can have the products shipped directly to you or pick up at your local store.

If you find yourself stumped on a gift, Macy’s just might have the answer. Happy Shopping!

XO, Nico

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Hair Hacks

  • When you shower, try to put the shampoo only on the roots of your hair and give yourself a nice scalp massage while you’re at it. Leave the shampoo off the ends of your hair because it can actually dry it out!
  • Likewise, when you shower, put the conditioner only on the ends of your hair. Conditioner is like lotion for your hair and you really don’t need it on the roots as this can make your hair oily faster.
  • On the day you shower, once your hair is dry, use your dry shampoo!!! Using the dry shampoo right away as a preventative will keep your hair fresher longer. Whereas, using the dry shampoo after your hair is already greasy can only do so much…
  • Caster oil is GREAT for your hair. The benefits of caster oil include: moisturizing the scalp, easing dandruff, and leaving your hair smooth and shiny. Also, if you apply caster oil to your scalp it is said to enhance the health of the hair follicles and promote hair growth/prevent hair loss. Caster oil is thick, so how do you apply it? For me, the easiest way is mixing it in with my shampoo and conditioner once a week.

XO, Nico

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10 Must Have Beauty Products

  1. Hot Tools 1 ¼  inch curling iron.
  2. Heat Protectant Spray for Dry Hair. Aveda>> makes a great one.
  3. Scrunchies galore. I’ve been using them every night for sleeping FOR YEARS. No kinks and doesn’t rip my hair out.
  4. Shower cap. Target>> sells these enormous ones, the only shower cap I can fit all my hair into!
  5. Mini hair straightener. Doesn’t really matter which brand, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money on this. These babies are perfect for traveling, but MOSTLY they are a game changer for those hard to reach hairs around the face OR for bangs.
  6. Large round brush, paddle brush and Wet Brush. You really need all three, wouldn’t you agree, ladies?
  7. Root Boost spray for wet hair, but also one for dry hair. Kevin Murphy>> has this amazing one for dry hair. For wet hair, I feel there are so many options. My favorite is this Moroccanoil Root Boost>>.
  8. Dry shampoo. I feel like Dry shampoo is a personal preference based on your hair type and the consistency you like. I have a favorite powder and spray. Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo>> and Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Light Tone>>. NOTE: with these dry shampoos, if you have dark hair make sure you get the types for dark hair! I am linking the type I buy which is for light tones or blondes. If you click the link just change the product option to the dark hair option.
  9. Moroccan Oil>> or Redken Diamond Oil>>.
  10. Ionic Hairdryer where you can switch between negative and positive ions for smooth or voluminous hairstyles.

XO, Nico

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10 Basics You Want in Your Wardrobe This Season

I cannot live without these certain items in my closet this winter! To be perfectly honest, I have multiples of each. That’s how necessary they are to me! Check out my list with my favorite brands. Short. Sweet. To the point. ❤

  1. Black Leggings. Brands: Belly Bandit and Spanx. 
  2. Bralettes. Brands: Free People. Also Amazon has some cute ones.
  3. Faux Leather Leggings. Brands: Spanx and Commando.
  4. Bomber / Moto / faux leather Jackets. Brands: BB Dakota and Coalition LA.
  5. Skinny Jeans. Brands: Just Black Denim, Paige, Hudson.
  6. Booties with low heel. Brands: Born.
  7. Knee high or over the knee boots. Brands: Born, Sam Edelman, Goodnight Macaroon, Aldo.
  8. Puffer Jacket. Brands: Same Edelman and Bernardo. Side note: I would also check out Amazon for these. They have some cute ones!
  9. Solid colored long and short sleeved tops. Brands: Joah Brown and Free People.
  10. Cute belt. No recommendation here! Belts must speak to the individual wearing it! #youdoyou

XO, Nico

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Favorite Skincare Brands

I have tried many a product and consulted many a skincare expert when searching for the best products for my sensitive skin. The trick is finding that balance between quality and cost. My opinion is that you can’t get the good stuff for super cheap. No way. No how. There’s a lot of cost and trial an error involved with this method of elimination! I have battled skin ailments such as severe acne, skin cancer, rashes and hives. Who knows what’ll be next? Hopefully nothing, but I like to be prepared. My journey has led me to putting my faith in the following products.

  • My number one favorite skin care brand is definitely Sanitas>>. Non-toxic, biogenic, cruelty-free, dye-free, no preservatives, and more. Products are made in my home state (bonus!). I love Sanitas for facial cleansers, masks, toners, serums, lotions, and really anything they make that goes on my skin. This is a brand I trust and have used for years.
  • Obagi>>. I believe in Obagi and have used these products for years as well. However, I do find myself consistently getting one item from Obagi: Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen in the “Cool” tone for people who have a naturally rosy complexion. I like it a lot because it counteracts the redness. It also comes in a “Warm” Shade for those with the opposite skin type! This baby protects against UVB and UVA radiation and the infrared defense buffers the skin from heat-derived oxidative stress. I use this on my face every day, especially living in the Mile High City.
  • Elta MD>>.  My dermatologist and medical esthetician swear by this stuff. Elta MD protects against UVA and UVB rays and is a product recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. The two products I consistently buy from Elta MD are the Aero Sunscreen>>, which I use as my all over body sunscreen, and the Tinted Facial Suncreen>>. Bonus for the Mama’s out there: my medical esthetician assured me this was safe for babies and I have used it on my 1 year old.

XO, Nico

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