Blush...

In LOVE with this color always ... but especially in the new Fall pieces for this season. A few of my faves are below ... like this mock-neck sweater with the perfect bell sleeves (which is under $40!) and this STUNNING trench coat, under $150! You can also rock this coat in the spring as well! My little "splurge" of the season, may have to be this embellished crossbody ... isn't it gorgeous? Seriously. It's under $200, which I feel is a pretty great price from a statement piece like this!

Check out my captions below each photo and click to shop directly! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

  

Kokadjo, Maine Getaway...

A few weeks ago we snuck away to spend time at my parents camp in Kokadjo, Maine. It's such a peaceful setting and since there isn't any cell service where we are, we have no choice but to unplug and just enjoy each other's company :) As soon as we start the drive, it's like I instantly relax and take a breath. I love going through each sleepy town on our way there, sometimes stopping at our favorite spot in Monson, Spring Creek BBQ. Passing through Greenville my anticipation begins to mount as I know it's not long until we are to our destination. "Camp" (which is more like a house now since my parents have expanded it and added electricity, running water, etc) instantly makes me want to change into sweats, put on a trucker hat and "rough it" without a care in the world. We love to pile into the back of my dad's pick up and ride around to see if we can spot a moose. Of course, we're guaranteed to see lots of wildlife, but catching a moose is the real treat :) My sweet mother always has LOTS of candy and treats waiting, plus everything needed to make s'mores (which we always do). This time, we brought the Sound of Music by London's request so we could have a movie night. So fun! Now that she's getting older, she loves to explore all that nature has to offer - and there's  A LOT up there! My parents also had a swing built for her with the best view of the lake and the mountains. She's the luckiest girl in the world - so spoiled! 

I took a few photos and wanted to share them with you all! Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Fall Basics...

Happy Monday! 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! My parents were here visiting so we had fun exploring the city with them. We brought them to the Public Market on Saturday morning and ate WAY too much...London was in donut heaven and I was in coffee heaven (they have my new favorite, George Howell!) 

Yesterday I worked on this post for you guys with Fall basics/staples in each category. All of the items are reasonably priced - so happy shopping! 

Tops

Bottoms

Jackets

Slides

Boots

Accessories 

Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Fall Date Night Outfit Ideas...

 
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My Outfit: Poncho: BP (Under $40!)| Leggings: BP | Booties: BP (Under $90 + so comfy!)

One thing I love about Fall and the cooler weather is NOT BEING SWEATY. Just kidding. I mean, I DO love that - but I also love LAYERING. It's so fun to dress up an outfit with items like cropped jackets, cardigans, tall boots, etc. 

My husband got this poncho for me last year and I love it! It's perfect for Fall when you don't quite yet need a jacket! The best part ... it's under $40 and perfect to layer over a long sleeve (here is one under $20!) tucked in! The booties I'm wearing from BP were $99, and they've been marked down $10 since I purchased them last month! They are super comfortable but I would go a half size up (or full size if you like to wear thicker socks)! I'm normally a size 8, and I ordered an 8.5M, and they were perfect! 

Below I've linked more items that would be perfect for any Fall date, casual and dressy! Check them out and read my captions :)

Thank you for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

Fun In The Sun...

 

We had so much fun on our vacation that I have the serious blues! We were away from home for almost 2 weeks - and just had such a wonderful time. The weather has been beautiful here - last week we had a few 80 degree days and today is going to be 85! I'll take all the warmth we can get before Fall/Winter kicks into high gear! Even though chilly weather is just around the corner, this swim cover-up is inexpensive enough to buy now for your winter vacation or even next summer's beach trips! It's just $17, and I love it so much. When London saw me wearing it she said "Mumma, you're getting married!" Too cute! 

I hope you all have a great Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by! 

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xx, Ashley 

Fall Sweaters Under $50...

Happy Monday! 

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! We made it through week one of potty training in our house (which I'll save for a whole other post), but so far so good! We seem to be out of diapers for good - and no turning back now :) Yay! 

Today is all about sweaters because it feels like FALL officially! The chilly mornings have me pretty excited! There are some great sales on Nordstrom right now - so I wanted to share some of my favorites under $50! A lot of them are even under $40! Amazing, right?! Enjoy shopping below! I'm having a hard time not scooping them all up! Thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

"Fall-Approved" Athleisure Wear...

Last week we spent time in Maine and discovered the cutest bakery with the yummiest bagels and muffins I've ever had! They also had pretty amazing cookies that were about the size of my face! If you plan to visit the Portland area in the coming weeks, make sure Scratch Bakery Co. is on your list of "must-visits!" Thank goodness I wore my stretchy pants too - I needed all the extra room I could get :) You can shop my $12 joggers here (they run small, so size up! I'm wearing a medium!) I also shared some more "Fall-approved" athleisure wear below! Enjoy!

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My Outfit: Pants: Shein (only $12!) | Jacket: Topshop | Shirt: Lush | Sandals: Dolce Vita, similar here | Sunglasses: RayBan

 

xx, Ashley 

Cape Elizabeth, Maine...

 
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My family and I decided to spend our vacation in the place we love so much...MAINE. Chris and I have vacationed in Maine the past 7 years (could be more? Too lazy to do the math) ...but the moral of the story is, we just can't get enough of it. We typically go to Kennebunkport and stay at a hotel or bed & breakfast, but we decided to rent a house this year!

We have never used Airbnb but have always heard great things about it from friends and family who have! I started sifting through properties throughout Southern Maine everywhere from Kennebunkport to Ogunquit to York, Wells, etc. I happened upon a Cape Elizabeth beach house and immediately fell in love. The reviews showed that guests absolutely loved the home (which has been recently renovated) and that it was a perfect location in reference to the beach. It was also 3-bedrooms which was the perfect size for our little family! We were so excited it was available to book! 

When we arrived there were fresh flowers on the table, a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge and ground coffee from C Salt ready to be brewed. Such a warm welcome! The decor was very "beachy" and modern, with a big farmhouse-style sink, floating shelves, and the prettiest shade of green cabinets in the kitchen that caught my eye! We simply loved every little touch! Of course, London immediately wanted to check out the beach - which was just a short walk. Thankfully, the home owners provided us with the cutest wagon to cart everything down! It was really such a perfect set-up. I had never been to Crescent Beach so I was excited to check it out! It's pretty perfect for little ones because it's so calm, being that it's a cove. There are tons of rocks, which could have kept Lo busy for hours - she loved to throw them and also collect them in her bucket. Kettle Cove is another small beach area where we took Lo to search the seaweed for crabs! 

Not only was the location of the home so close to the beach, but it was also close to Portland, where we had planned to take the 15-minute ferry ride to Peaks Island. We rented a golf cart and were able to get around the whole island in just an hour - even making a few stops to see where my husband attended elementary school and the home that he grew up in! It was so much fun to share it with London, and she absolutely loved bombing around on the golf cart! 

We were able to have a few friends and family members over to check out our little beach home and spend quality time with us which was really special. It's definitely a place we can't wait to return to and build more memories together! I wanted to share some photos with you - and if you're interested in checking out the home further, you can click here!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Peaks Island...

xx, Ashley 

Instagram Round-up...

 

Happy Thursday! 

Here is a round-up of my outfits from the past month - easy to shop from this one post! Enjoy!

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Top: Tobi (love the open back!), also love this one!| Shorts: Zara, similar here and love these too! | Sandals: Forever 21 | Bag: Sage & Harper, sold out | Sunglasses: RayBan


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Striped Shirt: BP ($19!) | Denim Jacket: Topshop (OBSESSED!) | Booties: BP (under $100!) | Leggings: BP (under $40!)


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Denim Jacket: Topshop | Top: Lush | Necklace: Made by Mary with Love | Lip color: Laura Mercier "Devotion"


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Top: BP (similar swing tank here for $22) | Jeans: old, similar here and here | Wedges: Kenneth Cole, similar here and here | Bag: BP ($17, and comes in nude) | Sweater: BCBG, old but similar here 


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Denim dress: Shein ($18!)| Crop Tops: Forever21, similar here and here | Sneakers: Converse | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Lip Color: MAC "Ladybug"


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Top: Nike | Shorts: Zara, same as above | Sneakers: Nike Huarache and here| Sunglasses: RayBan


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Dress: Tobi | Bag: Old Navy, sold out but LOVE THIS | Sandals: Nine West, similar here and here | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters


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Top: Soprano | Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch (old :)...but they fit amazing and only $44!


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Dress: Shein ($15!) | Denim Jacket: Abercrombie & Fitch | Sandals: Gap, sold out - similar here | Hat: Gap, similar here

xx, Ashley 

Fall Favorites Under $100...

I hope you all had a great weekend! We are gearing up for a trip to Maine...where we'll be for 12 days! Lo and I are going to spend time with my parents and Chris is heading to Canada for a work trip. He'll meet us in Maine next week and we rented a house on the beach - so we are excited to have family time! It's a little hectic packing for 12 days (for myself + London) but we'll manage! ;) 

Since Fall is right around the corner, I'm sharing some favorites that are under $100 right now so you can jazz up your wardrobe! Below the first graphic, I'm sharing five of my favorite shoes for Fall! Click on any item to shop! Thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley

Boot Season...

I am SUCH a fan of Fall and am so excited to layer my outfits and wear my new boots I purchased from the Nordstrom Sale! Speaking of boots - I wanted to share some of my faves because we are entering "boot season" and now's the time to buy before Fall hits! I included booties, tall boots, flat boots, and even Hunter boots (because everyone needs a pair!) so you can shop a variety of styles! 

Hope you all enjoy + thanks for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

This Is Two...

 

I've been meaning to give you guys an update on Lolo - but LIFE happened, or better yet the Nordstrom Sale happened...and that threw me for a loop! After doing lots of monthly updates on London - I cannot believe I'm finally typing her 2-year update! Eeek! Exciting and SURREAL that we have entered the "terrific two's" :) 

I'll just start by saying that two is FUN. Challenging of course, but isn't every stage in its own way? I have days when I'm exhausted, mentally because it's so NON-STOP but I will say, the number of amazing days totally outnumber the days when I feel drained. We have so much fun exploring and discovering together and I'm cherishing this time when it's just the two of us because I know one day it will come to an end (no, I'm not pregnant...just thinking ahead!)

So, let's talk about London currently, two years and (almost) 2 months old... 

Favorite Food: SNACKS. Kidding (kind of). Let me explain...Lo has always been a great eater, and she still is; loves salmon, haddock, salad (what 2 year old likes salad?), asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, all fruit, etc. She just requests snacks from the moment she wakes up (literally, when I go in to get her in the morning she says "I need a snack") to the time she goes to bed. This kid will ask for a snack AS I'm putting her in her crib for the night. I swear, I feed her ;) But man, it's exhausting. I don't want to give her food ALL the time and also don't want it to effect how she's eating at meal times so I have to distract and re-direct many times throughout the day. When we do have snacks - our favorites are: grapes, graham crackers, apple sauce, gold fish, raisins, yogurt, and pretzel thins. Any other snack ideas I can add to the mix? 

Favorite Things To Do: Being outside is totally her jam! She loves to push her baby doll down the sidewalk in the play stroller and take her bucket to collect leaves or sticks. Lolo also loves to EAT and get a "treat." Ice cream, popsicles, and frozen yogurt sticks are some of our "go-to's" :) ...It is summer after all! Lately she's been into her basketball hoop - which obviously makes us very excited! 

Favorite Toys: She loves to play with her kitchen and "cook dinner" for us. She also got crafts like colored popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and finger paints for her birthday so she loves all of that too! The pom-poms are a great way to learn colors - we do a game where we separate them by colors and she's super into it. Another toy she really enjoys is her shopping cart! She likes to pretend that she's doing groceries like mommy...also goes really well with the kitchen :) 

Most Exciting Thing She's Doing: I've been showing her the letter "L" for a week now, and she finally identified it two days ago! I am super excited. I also tried an "A" to which she replied "house" and a "T" which she confidently said was a "cross" ... I mean, she's not wrong! :) She has mastered her colors so I'm moving on to letters ... just a few at a time! 

Biggest Challenges: There are a lot of things to navigate when you enter the two's. The tantrums get a bit more intense, their emotions are so erratic, and they have LOTS of opinions. Thank goodness, I am able to reason with London (to an extent) and her tantrums don't last longer than a minute or so, but they're still exhausting. I'm trying my best to remain patient.

What I've Learned / What I'm Learning: I think consistency has been something that I've always tried to maintain - which is super difficult at times, especially when you ARE tired and just want to let something go - don't. I think the reason why Lo can be talked off a ledge (a.k.a. we avoid a tantrum) is because I'm consistent with my expectations of her. I also try to think a few steps ahead. If she's tired or hungry, I won't put her in situations that may set her off. 

Really, it's different from day to day so I'm learning as I go! I don't know if it will get even more intense the older she gets...it might -but I KNOW it will keep getting better because watching her learn and discover is the best thing ever! 

I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by!

xx, Ashley 

 

 

Easing Into The Morning...

 

(My top is from Tobi and under $30... shop it here)

I'm just gonna be honest, mornings aren't my favorite but London has made it clear that she LOVES them. In fact, she miraculously has the most energy in (what seems like) the wee hours of the morning. Funny how that works, huh?! :) Thankfully, I've got the world's sweetest husband (and smartest) because he usually gets Lo up and brings her downstairs to start breakfast a.k.a. allows me time to wake up and slowly start my day.

I would say the past month I've developed a morning routine that has helped me wake up a little easier! I thought I'd share it with you in case, like me, you need an extra nudge in the AM! 

1. Wash your face. I am consistent about washing my face and applying moisturizer every morning, but I recently have added a serum and eye cream to the mix because my wrinkles are just getting a little crazy. The Puristry products that I use are organic, loaded with antioxidants, and hydrating oils. (You can find the Vine Therapy Serum here, and this is the brightening and de-puffing eye cream that I use currently) I love them both! If you want to shop the entire line, the products can be found at Anthropologie

2. Grab a coffee. Set the timer on your coffee machine so it's ready to pour OR (this is what I've been doing lately) brew a cup the night before and put it in the fridge so all you have to do is add ice! I look forward to this every morning - especially an iced coffee on a warm summer day! 

(My top is from Tobi and under $30... shop it here)

3. Don't skip breakfast. I need all the energy I can get so I usually start my day with a big bowl of oatmeal and fruit. I feel like it fills me up and keeps my hunger at bay so I can get through our morning activities! I always bring a snack with me on the go like a banana or a granola bar! 

3. Get outside. Trust me, it helps. I always have a morning activity or play date planned because it gets us out of the house! Sometimes, that's half the battle and if we are stuck inside I tend to have less energy and be less motivated. Getting out and about instantly gives me an energy boost - plus we love to explore together! 

How do you start your morning?! 

xx, Ashley 

10 Mom Truths...

 

Who knows "Cat and Nat?" They're an amazing mommy duo - and if you don't know them, you need too, STAT! They do a little special called "Mom Truth Fridays" so it inspired me to write out my own list of truths because it's always more fun to laugh at yourself than cry - which I'm sure a lot of us could do on some occasions, #amiright? Needless to say, I hope you chuckle at a few of these and maybe even relate to some of them too! Let me know your faves below! :) 

 

1. When another mom, say at the playground, tries to "mom date" me ... I feel like just saying "I'm taken." I'm already balancing three mom-friend relationships and that's enough for me! (P.S. They're my actual friends now, not just my "mom friends" ...but you get what I'm saying!)

2. When London throws herself on the ground because I put peanut butter on her toast instead of butter I have to try REALLY hard not to laugh out loud. I cannot handle the absurdity of these meltdowns. Here's another one: I wouldn't let her stick her hands in the toilet bowl and swirl the water around. I know, I'm such a bad mom. 

3. I LOVE SCREEN TIME. There, I said it! Can't we both just sit in one spot and zone out for 20(ish) minutes? What is so wrong with that? I even got the 'ok' from my pediatrician so THERE to any of you judge-y moms reading this and thinking badly of me! ;)  

4. Coffee is LIFE. There were many times in my life when I spoke the words "I will never drink coffee regularly" ... BLASPHEMY! WHAT in the WORLD was I thinking? Oh - that's right...I was making crazy statements like that pre-baby, as you do! What I MEANT to say was "I will definitely drink coffee every day, sometimes two and three times a day, when I have a kid." Boom!

5. You wanna know another thing I said pre-Lolo? "I will never have a schedule. I'm gonna take my baby everywhere with me - they'll just sleep when they're tired!" Fast Forward to present day....I'm a schedule F-R-E-A-K. My life revolves around my 2-year old's nap time and bed time and I'm not even upset about it. This may not work for some people (which is totally cool), but knowing that I get 2+ solid hours of "me" time every day is enough to make me want to stick to this schedule like flies on .... you catch my drift. 

6. Nope. No way. I've never farted in front of my husband and blamed it on my daughter! (I have) Did he call me on it? He sure did. Sad to say I was only a little bit embarrassed. And here lies my dignity. 

7. I would rather pick London's nose for her and wipe it on my own shirtsleeve, then let her walk around being THAT kid with the booger hanging out and visible to the public. 

8. No matter how much time I spend with Lo (which is all day every day because, STAY AT HOME MOM) I never ACTUALLY feel like it's enough. Translation: Mom guilt always, forever, and no matter what. 

9. I'm not above a good bribe. Target almost always = a scone from Starbucks, grocery shopping = a cookie from the bakery and potty training will = M&M's. (Sorry, not sorry)

10. Here's a final "mom truth" for you...When I say "I'm tired" to a mom that has multiple kids and she looks at me like I have three heads and says "wait until you have two" I want to give major eye roll. I GET IT...I have one kid. Yes, my kid sleeps through the night but does that mean that I am not allowed to be tired? I am dealing with 2-year-old tantrums, nights when my baby is up sick all night, a husband who travels a lot and works long hours, etc. I'm sure when I have another I'll be a whole new level of tired than I am now - but THIS is my reality today...so let me just be + say I'm tired too, ok? Phew. I'm glad that's out :) 

Ok ... what are some of your "truths?!" I need to laugh some more today ... leave them below!

xx, Ashley 

Our Weekend...

 

My Outfit: Dress: Tobi (Under $100 and SO comfortable!)| Sandals: Nine West, similar here

London's Outfit: Top: Gap, similar here | Shorts: Gap, similar here | Sandals: Target (Cat & Jacket)

We had Chris home with us for a full weekend so we took advantage and did more "touristy" things in our city! 

Saturday morning we were out of the house early to catch the train to the North End. London constantly asks to go on the bus, train, trolley, airplane, tractor, and any other form of transportation you can think of - so we just had to do at least one of those! (Trolley is next!) We went to the Public Market for coffee + breakfast. Outside they've got loads of fresh produce but inside is where it's really at ;) ...You can find a few of my favorite places in one spot - Union Square Donuts, George Howell coffee, Levend Bagels, and sooo much more! I feel like George Howell coffee is liquid gold ... it gave me energy for the WHOLE day haha! Maybe it's a mental thing, but seriously, you have to try it. 

There's a beautiful green space that separates the Faneuil Hall area and the North End called Rose Kennedy Greenway. So adorable. There are rose gardens, fountains, usually food trucks, and always really fun events going on! We didn't plan on walking from the North End all the way to the Prudential Center, but we did! We went through the Public Garden to show London the little duck statues in honor of "Make Way For Ducklings," one of her favorite books! She loved it!

I'm so happy to have Chris home for a few weeks - it makes SUCH a difference! Sunday we took the bus to Cambridge and strolled around Harvard Square! I didn't take many photos (I try to be "phone-free" on Sundays) but we had so much fun. You can see photos from our morning adventure below. 

NSale: Fave Sleepwear + Comfies...

Let's be honest - this stuff is all I wanna wear ... like ALWAYS :) 

It's tough for me to spend a fortune on sleepwear when no one (besides my hubby) will ever see it SO that's what makes this sale so great! Everything is marked down to a price that's more in my range! Check out some faves below - before they all sell out! Only a few more days left to shop the sale!

xx, Ashley 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Best of Activewear...

Happy Monday!

We spent five days in southern Maine staying at my sister's house while the hubby was gone for work. We had so much fun but I must say it's nice to be home and back in our normal schedule! Chris has been gone for over half of the month - and WOW have we missed him! We are looking forward to staying put for the next few weeks, without any travel :) 

I put together "Best of ACTIVEWEAR from the Nordstrom Sale! There's only a week left to shop - so it's now or never! I tried to include a little bit of everything and they're mostly all my faves. I love all of the Adidas Originals stuff, like this sweatshirt (which is under $40!) So adorable. I also love the mesh detailing on these $32 leggings! Can't go wrong with black (or leggings for that matter!) 

I hope you all have a great Monday and enjoy shopping below!

xx, Ashley 

Best Playgrounds In The Boston Area For Toddlers...

Hey Boston Mamas! 

I recently wrote an article for Mommy Nearest about the best playgrounds to take your littles too! We live in Watertown, so I included some in the city but also in the Greater Boston area as well :) Enjoy! 

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The playground is the perfect place to let your child burn off some energy, explore, meet up for play dates and get some fresh air. As a new mom, I was so excited when my daughter learned to sit up so she could finally enjoy the bucket swings. And once she started walking I couldn’t wait to watch her toddle around and play on the equipment. I quickly realized that those once relaxing trips to the playground were becoming stressful. I turned into my daughters shadow, trying desperately to keep her away from the dangerous climbing structures and giant slides!

Thankfully, I've been able to find the spaces meant just for little ones who are learning to walk. Think soft surfaces, bucket swings, small slides, tunnels to crawl through and lots more. Here are eight of the city's best playgrounds perfect for your toddler! 

1. Alexander W. Kemp Playground, Cambridge

Why it’s good for toddlers: I’ve nicknamed this one “natures playground” thanks to the design landscape of hills, sand, wooden structures and water features. There’s something for everyone here, including a water table which is always a crowd favorite. Little ones can't get enough of the sand (there’s A LOT of it) and the adults will enjoy that the playground is mostly shaded. It’s the perfect place to let your kids explore their surroundings safely.

Insider tip: There isn’t a parking lot, just metered street parking so make sure to bring some quarters!

2. Victory Field Playground, Watertown

Why it’s good for toddlers: I absolutely love this playground for its soft rubber surface, tunnels to crawl through, and the mini playhouses where little ones can sit and eat their snacks. There are also bucket swings and small slides for even the smallest babes. Not to mention, it’s all fenced in! If you go on a hot day, half of the playground is shaded by trees, which is nice.

Insider tip: Although this is about 15 minutes outside of the city, it's worth the drive. Make a morning of it by hitting the Starbucks just down the road or grabbing breakfast at North 11 Beacon—our favorite diner!

3. Winthrop Square/Minot Playground, Brookline

Why it’s good for toddlers: This park is fully fenced in and offers a large play area for kids, plus a splash pad. There is grass for your little ones to explore and “no dogs allowed” so you won’t have to worry about any unpleasant surprises (if you know what I mean!). There's lots of shade to be found, provided by the surrounding maples, and plenty of benches to catch a break if needed while still keeping a watchful eye on your little one(s).

Insider tip: Pack a picnic or enjoy a snack near the beautiful rose gardens at this park.

4. Ringgold Park, South End

Why it’s good for toddlers: The main attraction of this playground is the park fountain, which cascades water from top to bottom for one hour, three times a day (9-10am, noon-1pm and 6-7pm). Another “perk” of this playground are the walkers and “ride-on” toys that local families have dropped off for other kids to enjoy. Your little one will enjoy pushing or riding them around the fenced in rubber surface and/or the basketball courts next door.

Insider tip: There are always events going on at this park, so check the website for more info! Just recently they hosted a “garden tour” and a musical event for kids.

5. Billy Ward Playground, Brookline

Why it’s good for toddlers: This playground has been recently renovated and now includes a splash pad and sand box area. A wooden toy train structure will be a favorite with your little one, and they’ll love watching the older kids climb up the rock wall! I love that the “tot lot” is separated and on a lower level than the “big kids” area; it lessens the chance of any accidental run-ins.

Insider tip: There are picnic tables on site so pack a meal and enjoy a whole morning or afternoon outdoors.

6. LoPresti Park, East Boston

Why it’s good for toddlers: Let your little ones play while you take in the incredible views and the epic Boston skyline! The playground has the basic equipment (swings, slides, climbing structures, etc.), but the real win is the four acres of green space for kids to run through. It’s such a hidden gem!

Insider tip: The park offers “Family Zumba” every Wednesday at 6pm during the summer months.

7. Charlesbank Esplanade Playground

Why it’s good for toddlers: Located right off Storrow Drive, this playground is large and fenced in which makes it an extra safe place for your little one. The soft rubber surface helps, too! There are two short slides and six infant bucket swings, so it’s likely your kiddo will never have to wait on one. On hot summer days, you’ll be happy to hear there is a splash pad as well.

Insider tip: Parking can be a bit tough due to the location of the playground, so plan ahead time wise (the walk is worth it!).

8. Peters Park, South End

Why it’s good for toddlers: Most playgrounds cater to certain age groups but neglect others—not Peter’s Park! Not only is it great for toddlers with the infant swings and low-to-the-ground structures, but if you’re a parent of multiples, there are larger structures for kids’ ages 5-12 here too. The rubber surface will limit the inevitable bumps and scrapes that come when you’ve got a curious toddler in tow.

Insider tip: Limited shade on hot sunny days so bring sunscreen! Also got a puppy? There’s a dog park right next door!

Do you have a favorite playground that didn't make the list? Please share! We are always looking to try new ones :) 

xx, Ashley 

Fall Staples On Sale...

I've been SO into the Fall pieces in this years Nordstrom Sale! Most of the items I've purchased are perfect for Fall (you can see them here) and it's making me so excited for apple picking, warm cider, football, and crockpot meals :) 

Since I can't possibly purchase every single thing that I want, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Fall staples currently ON MAJOR SALE - so you can stock up! 

xx, Ashley 

Denim Dress...

 
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My Outfit: Dress: Shein | Top: Forever21, similar here and also love this one | Shoes: Converse | Sunglasses: RayBan

Happy Monday! 

I'm so excited to share this denim dress with you ... and it's only $18! Another Shein steal! The quality is great and I love how comfortable it is...not too tight and not difficult to sit down in (you know how denim can be!) I also love the little pocket in the front!

I wanted to mention that this dress runs SMALL! I suggest ordering a size or two up! I ordered a medium and like how it fits, but I think I would have even been happy with a large....so it had a very loose fit. It's a teeny bit tight in the hips, although it ends up giving the dress some sort of shape which also looks cute too. If I had ordered a small, it definitely would have been too snug to wear! 

Here are a few other jumpers that I love ... and the great thing about these is that you can wear them in the Fall too! 

xx, Ashley