Mommy + Me in the city...

One of the many reasons why Boston is an incredible city to raise your kids, is how accessible it is. You can get almost anywhere around the city on foot and the public transportation or "T" is super efficient. I find it so important to venture out with my daughter and immerse ourselves in the amazing playgroups and classes the city has to offer, so I've gathered a list of my favorites for you to check out with your little(s). 


1. Mama & Me, Jamaica Plain

Photo credit: MyMamaandme.com

Photo credit: MyMamaandme.com

Located in Jamaica Plain, this is one of our favorite spaces to frequent in Boston. They've got an amazing open playspace that includes things like: dress-up clothing, puppets, building blocks, and soft gym equipment to provide a creative and safe environment for your kids to explore. They also offer classes, including a variety of art and movement classes, many which begin this fall and I can't wait to register for one. What's better than letting your child explore + get messy outside of your home ... no clean-up is an added bonus! 


2. Little Lovage Club, South End

Photo credit: Little Lovage Club website

Photo credit: Little Lovage Club website

This upscale, boutique space offers art, music, and fitness classes and also has an event space for birthday parties. It really encompasses everything you need to give your child room to explore and discover. The "Messy Munchkins" class introduces your toddlers to sand, water, playdough, paint, and more! The Lovage Club also offers signature events for open play and all ages such as "Old MacDonald" themed playtime which will be happening next month! Check out the calendar here for more upcoming events to attend with your little one(s)!


3. ASANA, Charlestown + Coolidge Corner Yoga, Brookline

Photo credit: Sons & Daughters Photography

Photo credit: Sons & Daughters Photography

BYOB. Bring Your Baby to Barre class. This absolutely HAD to make the list because for those mama's that like to get their sweat on but don't have childcare, it's an answer to your prayers! This 45-minute class is for pre-walkers only, but strap your baby in a carrier and incorporate them into your workout! Head over to Coolidge Corner Yoga in Brookline for a Kids Yoga class with your walker! They provide a safe space for your child to explore the breath and movement of yoga and the instructors will grab their attention using storytelling, music, and games. 


Photo credit: CMCB

Photo credit: CMCB

Once considered a "hidden gem" in the city, the CMCB is now the central hub for all things music. There are so many offerings here for ages 5 months - 7 years with classes such as "Little Notes" for an introduction to music and "Music & Movement" to teach kids how to use their bodies, voices, and beginner instruments to create sound. This is a fun way for Mom + child to connect with their peers as well as each other! 


5. Charles River Aquatics, Boston University, Boston

Photo credit: Charles River Aquatics

Photo credit: Charles River Aquatics

The "Tiny Tots" class is offered to kids ages 3 and under is a great way to get your child to love the water! What makes this class so great, is that it's less about teaching your kids how to swim and more about using music, song, games, and activities to increase their comfort in and around the water. There are a variety of classes for older kiddos as well like the "Splash" class which incorporates more teaching of skills and helps your child develop a sense of independence in the water.


6.  Boston Public Library, Multiple City Locations

Photo credit: Boston Public Library website

Photo credit: Boston Public Library website

With over 24 neighborhood branches in the city, there's definitely something for everyone and every age! The central library, located in Copley Square, has newly renovated Children's Library that hosts a variety of programs for your littles. If you take a look at the calendar, you'll see something offered nearly daily for your kiddos, including "Baby Lapsit," "Baby Dance Party" and story time. Also, check out the "museum pass" section of their website ... you may even be able to score some free passes to one of your favorite Boston museums! 

 

 

Weekly Style Roundup...

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

It's been a busy week for me and for SGL ... with a few fashion posts that I definitely don't want you guys to miss out on. I've consolidated them all here for your convenience, because who has time to search for anything these days ;) I'm super into the olympics right now, which is why I'm extra tired - I CAN'T STOP WATCHING! They're on so late, and even though I tape it, I always seem to get sucked in. Anyway ... I was inspired by Team USA so I chose my favorite RED, WHITE + BLUE wardrobe pieces and you can (and should) shop them here

The color black seems to take over my closet and now I'm into pairing everything with white. I just love the contrast between the two colors. I wanted to share some of my favorite things BLACK + WHITE ... shop them here

Lastly, I've discovered that I really need some new bags in my life ... (aside from the ones that are directly below my eyes!) I am usually annoyed by having to switch purses all the time - but I do appreciate a nice bag that can pull my entire outfit together. Here are some of my favorites...

Cool Comfort...

Photo: Pinterest.com

Photo: Pinterest.com

Photo: InStyle.com

Photo: InStyle.com

I'm loving the fact that there's an unexpected shoe trend happening right now, and it just so happens to fit into my life as a mom VERY well! Perusing through any current magazines, you'll see the street style of many celebs to include athleisure-wear and in particular, slip-on sandals. Also, don't forget about those classic white sneakers we've come to love. More and more, we're seeing sneakers paired with sundresses, rompers, and just about everything else. This effortless look, is cooler (and more comfortable) than ever and I totally dig it. Below are some of my favorite slip-on sandals and those sneakers that everyone is wearing! 

xx,

Ashley

Fit Friday: TeamBurn30

BEFORE: With my workout partner for the day + fellow mama of 2, Nadia!

BEFORE: With my workout partner for the day + fellow mama of 2, Nadia!

AFTER: We did it! Dripping with sweat, and ready for a nap!

AFTER: We did it! Dripping with sweat, and ready for a nap!

This month has been CRAZY which has meant a lot of squeezing in workouts whenever I can. Between London's schedule, spending close to three weeks in Maine, and the 90+ degree weather, I was searching for some extra motivation!

I used to workout at least 1.5 hours, 5 times a week and while staying fit and healthy is still a priority, it's just not feasible to maintain that at this point in my life. Mom life is a constant balancing act + when you're working around two naps and a grazing baby who eats 5 meals a day...it leaves you little time for yourself! If I can get 30-45 minutes ... I'm happy! With that said, when I found out that Healthworks was offering Team Training and particularly, TeamBurn; a 30-minute workout that includes high-intensity cardio intervals for a total body workout, I was SOLD. I brought my headphones so I could plug into this mic-pack thingy (yes, that's the technical term) where I could here the instructor Claudia and music at the same time. It was awesome to block out everything else that was happening in the gym and just focus! 

The workout was done solely on the treadmill + it was intense! After a brief warm-up and stretch, we started right in with 9, 30- second sprints and a short rest (VERY short rest) in between. We moved on to hills, where we alternated between different inclines and kept a brisk walking pace. Claudia was super engaged with us the whole time + I felt like I totally pushed myself way harder than I would have if I had been working out on my own. I loved feeling the sort of "team" atmosphere and sweating it out together! (Trust me, you'll definitely SWEAT if you do this workout :) *If you're interested in trying a TeamBurn session...click here for more info! 

If you'd like to try a workout similar to this, here's what you can do:

Warm-up: 2 minutes, brisk walk

Stretch: 5 minutes

Sprints: 30 seconds, Rest: 15 seconds x 10

Hill Climb: Brisk Walk (whatever you feel comfortable) 

Incline: 5.0 for 2 minutes // 7.0 for 1 minute // 10.0 for 1 minute // 12.0 for 1 minute // 5.0 for 2 minutes 

Cool Down: Walk: 5 minutes 

Swimwear Sale...

Happy (almost) Friday ladies ;) ...aka. THURSDAY! I'm so excited for this weekend because my husband is with us for the first time in a month + we are doing a beach day with our friends in Maine! Naturally, the beach got me thinking swimsuits so I gathered some of my favorite styles that are on sale NOW! Everyone is talking about fall fashion, so now is the time to scoop up a few of these cute swimsuits that you can cap off the summer with (or save for next year!) 

What brand(s) do you love for swimwear??

xx,

Ashley

NSale: Activewear...

There's nothing like some fresh workout gear to jumpstart your health and fitness journey...am I right? Shop my favorite activewear from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale now! 

xx,

Ashley

#NSale Top Picks...

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now OPEN to ALL! Shop the biggest sale of the year now because prices go back up August 8th! There are SOOOO many amazing finds for women's clothing and lots of beauty exclusives! I'm pretty pumped to share some of them with you all. Don't forget about the fall boots and loungewear posts that I did too ... you can still score some sweet deals there as well! 

xx,

Ashley

Shop these handbags that will sell out quick!

Shop cute accessories (i.e. watches, scarves, jewelry, etc) BELOW!

 

 

 

#NSale: Loungewear Under $30...

Let's be honest ... stay-at-home-mom life can sometimes lead to never getting out of your PJs...like, ever. It's not usually on purpose (most of the time it is), but not always! Thank GOD for cute PJs, #amiright? Since I typically spend my days rocking a messy bun and the same tank/shorts combo that I rolled out of bed in, it's nice to "spruce up" the ole loungewear wardrobe, if you will! And who wants to spend a TON of money on freaking sweats? Not me! So I've linked my favorites for under $30 from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Woohoo! The sale is open to all starting tomorrow, but shop it early! 

xx

Ashley

Here are some more cute jammies that I love ... super cute to wear around the house!