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Decorating For The Holidays With Pottery Barn

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! From Thanksgiving to Christmas and every thing in between, bringing the holidays into my home is one of my favorite things to do.  There is nothing more welcoming than feeling the season the minute you open the door.   We finally have a home where we could…

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City Girl Takes On The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! When it comes to food, New Yorkers have a palate that sets the bar quite high with a culinary experience.  As a city girl, I was predisposed to a love of great food.  I wouldn’t be breaking revolutionary ground by saying NY has some of the greatest…

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Bedtime Hooligans- A Poem

Twas The Night Before Christmas (A Fashionable Modern Twist to a Classic) Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Soho House Not a bedtime hooligan was stirring, not even a mouse. The Gucci stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that Yves Saint Laurent soon would be there. The children were nestled in…

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Happy Double Digits

It’s hard to believe ten years ago today, my sweet Jackson turned me into a mom.  He burst my heart wide open, larger than the sea and I hardly remember life without him.  He was the first to look at me with those big doe eyes and made mothering the best thing in the world. Jackson…

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A Family Great Escape

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirl Gone Mom! San Diego’s North County is not only known for its picturesque coastline, it also has some of the best surfing in the world.  With some of the hippest beach towns, it proudly carries a vibe of its own. After falling in love with its small town charm,…

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Nonstick Cookware: Safe For The Family And The Planet

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! When I think back to my childhood, so many stories were shared in the kitchen.  I come from a big Italian New York family, so naturally cooking was the highlight of our days.  It was also the highlight of my grandmother’s days when she lived with her…

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Holiday Card Giveaway With Minted

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank you For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! There are so many things to love about the holiday season.  Christmas music. Ice skating with the family. The smell of Christmas trees. The anticipation of Santa’s arrival. I could go on and on, but there is one thing I treasure during the holiday season and its opening…

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Tummy Troubles With Kids

This Post Has Been Sponsored, Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! I was always told by my Italian NYC relatives to throw out the baby’s diapers when he/she turned two.  They insisted my toddler wouldn’t like the way it feels to have an accident and it speeds up the potty training war most parents go through.  My…

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Shine Bright In NYC – Trip Giveaway

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! My daughter’s growth from little girl to big girl seems much more pronounced than it was  from baby to toddler.  She is only eight years old, but in spirit she’s already a tween-ager.  Her changes are undeniable, and even though I want her to still dress in…

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Styling Kids For The Holidays

“This Post Is Sponsored By Everywhere Agency On Behalf of Oshkosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.” Everything you think about Southern California is absolutely correct.  No matter which way you turn, the sunshine is constant, everyday is a beach day, and health conscious dwellers punctuate the landscape. Raising my kids in Southern California…

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Hassle-Free Cleaning With Dyson

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! When you have a sizeable family, cleaning is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you suffer from allergies. Being allergic to dust and dog hair is pretty common among us humans,  so for moms like me, it’s essential to have a tidy home. The minute the…

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Baby On The Grow With Britax

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! There’s no better way to celebrate being a mom than doing it alongside others who are on the same journey.  They weren’t kidding when they said, “it takes a village.”  Motherhood might be the most rewarding job on the planet, but I can tell you first…

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Sibling Dynamics: This Is All New to Me

This Post Is Sponsored, Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! I often wonder what life would have been like growing up with siblings. That dynamic is one I dreamt of as a child, and still ponder to this very day.  The closeness, the chaos and the fact that every night’s a slumber party.  It’s everything I wish…

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Detailing My Blank Canvas

When it comes to Interior Design, making the best possible use of the available space is the goal.  It took us years to plant our roots in southern California, and I am happily working with a blank canvas of a home.  Its our starting place of love, hope and dreams and I get completely amped when…

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For The Love Of Baubles

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! When it comes to fashion accessories, jewelry has always been my first go-to.  It was always a staple in grandma Lucy’s wardrobe, from her brooches to her rings to her layers of necklaces, so naturally its a staple of mine.  For me, “more is more” when…

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From Toddlers To Tweens – Keeping An Open Dialogue

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! Parenting is not something you are taught, but more so a journey reaching every milestone and persevering after every fall.   It might be the through line in my life, but there is no book, memoir, manual or script that could teach me how to get it right.  Sure,…

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Boutique is Better When It Comes To Books

This Post is Sponsored.  Thank You for Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! When Jackson and Dylan were two and three years old, they had such a light in their eyes when I told them stories, specifically storybook tales. I could see their little imaginations churning as the pages would turn. For them, I wanted it to be more…

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Making Our World Baby Safe

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom. When it comes to parenting my brood, I have to think about everything.  There is no time to let things slip through the cracks.  From the minute they wake up, to bedtime routines, a moms day is never done.  With four kids, our multi-directional household is naturally…

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KAABOO- More Than Just A Concert

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! San Diego’s entertainment and attractions have kept our family on the constant go for the past three years.  However, when it comes to making plans for Bobby and me, there are only so many things we can say yes to with four kids.  When this opportunity presented itself, it…

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The Twin I Lost

My third child was a twin. It’s taken me 4 1/2 years to say that sentence.  It’s not something I share, mostly because the loss of Roman’s sibling was so traumatic I’ve kept the experience tucked away in a drawer with the hospital blanket and memory box the nurses provided me. From the moment I…

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Greens For The Whole Family

  This Post Has Been Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom.   I swore one of best predictor of a child’s eating habits would be by looking at the parents.  Bobby and I love our vegetables, but like most parents we struggle with getting our kids to feel the same.  I can’t even count how…

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Is It A Cold or Is It Allergies?

  This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! With sports schedules starting and the new school year slowly unraveling, its been a dragging crawl finding our rhythm as a family.   September, though one of my favorite months, seems like one of my busiest due to all the new routines.  I am trying to…

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Getting Back To “ME”

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! The transition from summer to back-to-school is never an easy one.   Like most parents, sending the children off to school, giving them a big hug with a kleenex is always bitter-sweet.  Pulling in the reigns on their loosely bound summer is not just tough for…

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9/11 The Day That Never Ends

It’s really hard to imagine that 15 years have gone by.  I could still remember the chaos, terror and confusion of that day.  I could still smell the rancid air if I think about it.  We all know where we were on 9/11 and if you were from NY, you saw the carnage right before your…