Buckle Up, Here We Go

This Post is Sponsored!  As always, all opinions are my own!  Thank You for Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! Nothing defines the memories that can be made traveling up the California coast more than doing it with family.  Over the Christmas break, we embarked upon a road trip to explore the coastal frontier with 12 family members in…

A Dog’s Purpose

This Post is Sponsored by Universal Pictures’ new film A Dog’s Purpose, in theaters January 27.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! Every dog happens for a reason and no dog owner can define their pet with just a single word, especially after it leaves us. Saying goodbye to…

Staying On Track in 2017

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! We all know that when January rolls around, our priorities shift from gift giving, celebrating and taking care of others, to eating healthy, joining the masses in a fitness craze and looking inward to get ourselves back on track.  We convince ourselves we are are going…

Full Time Moms Cant Call In Sick

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! When I became a mom ten years ago, I hadn’t the slightest idea what real “Full-Time” status meant.  Like all moms, from the minute we open our eyes to the moment we put our head on our pillow, we are mothering, wifing and running the machinery of the…

A Brand New US In 2017

With a new year ahead, we get to refresh and restart the way we do things. Taking stock of ourselves and how we can improve is always the mindset for us when January rolls around. As the saying goes, “Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” For…

2016 A Year Of Reflection

I can’t believe we are closing our chapter on 2016.  As I look back, it certainly feels like such a whirlwind.  We started the year with our first California home purchase.  It was such an emotional experience for us as we have longed to plant some roots after 12 plus exhausting moves.  Giving our children…

Holiday Magic At The Hotel Del Coronado

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! When Bobby and I decided to plant our roots from the East Coast to the West Coast, we landed for five nights at San Diego’s crown jewel, The Hotel Del Coronado. Located on 28 oceanfront acres, we were instantly captivated by its rich history and warm welcome.…

Raising A Kind Girl

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! I often wonder how much influence a mother’s relationship with her friends, impacts that of her daughter’s.  In a world filled with so many unknowns, how do I ensure she picks up on kindness, empathy and makes room for all of her friendships? I do believe kindness starts…

Finding His Inner Super Hero

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom. As a mom of four, I have seen a lot of toys come and go.  The ones that always stood out as ‘must haves’ always had an element of growth or learning for the kids.  As most of you know, our sweet Roman fights to be heard.…

Dapper In Diapers

  This Post Is Sponsored! As always, all opinions are my own! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! As the main wardrobe style consultant to a 14-month-old, I find myself looking this Christmas season for those perfect itty-bitty holiday outfits. There is nothing more adorable than a stylish baby, especially when the outfit is infused with holiday cheer.…

Candy Confusion

This Post Is Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! Right before Bobby deployed to Afghanistan, I took our rescue dog Sam to the vet for a check up.  While there, a man came in with a big box filled with 4 week-old puppies. The puppy love was plentiful with lots of tail wagging, energetic, playful fur…

Mothering In Style

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom!   When I became a mom, I have to admit I never wore maternity clothes. I was a fashion rebel, insisting on no changes in my personal style. I would wear things that would stretch and pull over my baby bump, staying on cue with what was…

An Inspired Bathroom Renovation

When we built our first home in North Carolina back in 2009, I fell in love with the look of trimmed walls.  It’s no secret that if I could, I would have planks cover every inch of my home.  I love textured walls and the warmth trim brings as well as making the space look complete.…

Hole In One

This Post Is Sponsored!  Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom. When it comes to our family activities, we love to find opportunities that bring us outside with uninterrupted time together.  Having conversations, learning something new and simply enjoying each other is the goal.  It’s no secret I married the modern-day Clark Griswald, who has naturally rubbed off…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…