The Project Nursery Shop

We’ve been visiting Project Nursery, the ultimate children’s design resource ever since LP was a wee-one.  Co-Founders, Melisa and Pam, truly are children’s design gurus and their thriving blog continues to provide incredible inspiration to 5 million parents and parents-to-be.

Naturally, we’re celebrated the launch of Project Nursery The Shop!  There you will find a brilliant curating of stunning products carefully handpicked by the PN team, reflecting design trends and inspiration from daily room/party contributions from the highly-engaged PN audience.


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Through steadfast partnerships with artisans and manufacturers the Project Nursery shop is able to offer highly unique products.  We love the zero-VOC paint line to safely color baby’s walls and their beautiful lighting options including a sweet owl night lamp.  Among are favorites are the Beverly Dressers and the lovely party-selections including tassel garlands.  Have a look – I’m sure you’ll find something that you love!

Also, check out my contributions to the PN website – and if your kiddos are a bit older be sure to visit Project Junior.

Cheers to the new shop!


Lily Jade Giveaway || Sunday Swoon

Over the winter, I was introduced to an amazing designer diaper bag by Lily Jade.  I declared it my everything bag, took it with me everywhere and marveled at how it provided a pocket for every compartment of my life.  I thought that I was hooked solely on the Caroline Bag, but then the Sarah Grace made its way to me this summer.

In Gold.  Glorious Gold.

Lily Jade Designer Diaper Bag

I’m still marveling at how much I can fit into my Lily Jade bags and how organized the removable baby bag insert keeps me.

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The Sarah Grace is lovely with well structured top handles and a cross body strap.  And the pretty gold hue matches so many of my favorite things.

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I’ve yet to remove the baby bay insert with the handy zipper closure.

Lily Jade Sarah Grace Bag

Everything bag indeed!

Win It: Lily Jade is giving away one Sarah Grace bag, in gold or silver, (MSRP $159.00) to one lucky winner! To enter, visit the rafflecopter below.  U.S. only please and all entries are verified. Good Luck!

Update: Giveaway closed.

The above bag was provided for review purposes.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


City Strolling with the Joovy Groove Ultralight

Our days require a lot of walking.  And although inclement weather can be a challenge to navigate with children – I love the unexpected that comes with weaving in and out of city streets.  Block by block, from backstreets to parks – there is always an unnoticed architectural detail to take in – or a new neighborhood to explore.  And children have an innate way of making me notice things that I would otherwise overlook.

I still often depend on an umbrella stroller for long days with my preschooler, and Joovy’s new and improved Groove Ultralight has allowed me to take my son along on heavily scheduled days of traipsing all over New York City.  At just 12.78 pounds it suits our on-the-go lifestyle and the fresh new jade color is a welcomed step away from my typical black-gear color preference.

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I’ve been through several strollers over the past six years and the Joovy Groove Ultralight provides a few standout features that are worthy of noting.  The over-sized canopy provides excellent coverage from the sun and I appreciate the peak-in window to check if the boy is sleeping.  The seat is long and plush with an adjustable footrest and the multi-position recline makes for comfortable napping.  I also happen to love the seat’s storage pockets for little ones to secure their drinks and toys while feeling in charge of their own belongings.

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The underseat basket is roomy (just be mindful of the five pound limit) and the back cupholder works well with a small closed water bottle.  The zippered pocket beneath the cupholder provides a secure place to stash away a bit of cash or keys – and the shoulder carry strap is convenient for schlepping up and down subway steps.  One of my favorite features is the stroller’s auto fold lock – which makes for quick and easy transports when collapsing the stroller for taxi rides.

I had a bit of an adjustment period with the handlebars which at first felt high for my shrimpie frame, yet perfect for my tall husband.  At times, I also felt massive sidewalk bumps cumbersome to navigate – which served as a reminder to ALWAYS strap my adventurous little one in.  But I also have a tendency to use my strollers like all-terrain vehicles – and the Groove Ultralight has proven to be perfect for paved sidewalks and smooth travels.

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My son and I are both comfortable throughout our long adventures making the Joovy Groove Ultralight a convenient option for the urban parent.

The Joovy Groove Ultralight is available at for $199.99.

The above product was received for review purposes.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


Stokke Steps All-In-One Seating System {Giveaway}

In February, I shared details on Stokke’s all-in-one seating system, the Stokke Steps over at Project Nursery.  As a steadfast Tripp Trapp fan, I was eager to test out the innovative system with my darling new nephew.

There is always a lot of action going on at Granny’s house, and the Stokke Steps Bouncer, allows baby to remain close to the fun.  With a soft cradling movement, designed to mimic a parent’s arms – the four-position plush bouncer provides a comfortable, transportable and secure seat for baby.

stokke steps bouncer blue stokke steps bouncer reviewStokke Steps Bouncer in Blue ($199.99)

The Bouncer not only folds flat, but can easily be placed on the Stokke Steps Chair – with helpful color-coded safety dots, to safely bring baby to the table from birth.

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I can’t think of anything tastier than tiny, sweet feet at the breakfast table!

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One of the things that I love about Stokke, is that their functional, modern products are visually stunning in any decor. The clean, Scandinavian design of the Stokke Steps meshes beautifully into the home, in all of its modes.  And with the click of side buttons, the Stokke Steps bouncer can easily be removed to accommodate an older child in the ergonomic Stokke Steps Chair.

stokke steps highchairstokke steps chairStokke Steps Chair in Chestnut ($279.99)

Once baby is ready to sit upright, the additional Stokke Baby Set and Tray can be added to create a safe and comfortable high chair.  Additional seat cushions in an array of colors can also be purchased.  I found all of the components to fit together swiftly and smoothly.

stokke steps all in one seating system chestnutStokke Steps Baby Set ($99.99) and Baby Set Tray ($49.99)

Designed to accommodate from birth to age 10 – the Stokke Steps keeps my sweet nephews (and their mama!) happy.  To learn more and to purchase visit

WIN IT: Stokke is generously giving one MB reader a Stokke Steps Bouncer and Stokke Steps Chair, a $479.98 value!  To enter, visit the rafflecopter below and please note that entries are verified.   The giveaway will end in two weeks and the winner will be displayed on the below widget.  U.S. only please and best of luck!

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Thank you to Stokke for providing the above sample.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


A Family Getaway to Woodloch Pines Resort With Evenflo

The perfect antidote to a jam packed family schedule is a weekend away to spend valuable time together and return home with a sense of reconnection.  A jaunt to Woodloch Pines Resort in the Poconos Mountains with the Moms and Evenflo turned out to be the sort of memorable respite that my family needed.


There is something about being in the heart of nature on a picturesque lake that immediately made us all exhale – even in the rain.

Upon arrival, it took significant coaxing to get the kids to actually leave the room.  They were pretty thrilled with their new accommodations complete with two bathrooms and a lake-view balcony.

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The true charm in this all inclusive resort is definitely found in its family-focused atmosphere.  Along with friends – we took the kids on non-stopped activities including indoor kiddie vehicle rides, bumper cars, a play forest and an indoor-pool with a sprawling splash zone safely designed for little water lovers.  Those seeking a different pace can indulge in the nearby spa, workout room, and rejuvenating amenities.

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I even had a chance to meet my beloved Miss Piggy, at an 80’s themed dinner complete with an interesting array of characters.  I loved that she presented in her full-on 80’s glory –  and imagine that modernized costumes would have taken away from the true time-trip back to my early childhood.  With set family meal times – it was lovely to connect with fellow blogging friends and their sweet families.  And the Woodloch staff quickly accommodated for a larger family table to dine with friends.   As usual, the kids went bonkers for characters including a teenage mutant Ninja Turtle and Ariel.

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Our biggest little-traveler, Lucia, tested out the new Evenflo Platimum Protection Series Symphony DLX All-in-One Car Seat courtesy of Evenflo.  She’s often an ideal tester for these sorts of things because if she doesn’t like something we will all be made aware (swiftly and loudly!).  Although I stay on top of car seat safety standards, I immediately called Evenflo to speak to a product specialist.  I received exceptional personal customer service and installed the seat with my husband.  Although I don’t have a car of my own – it’s important for me to learn how to install my children’s seats properly.  At just 35 pounds, my six-year-old fits the frame of a much younger child and I believe that it will be quite some time until she meets the requirements to transition into booster mode.  Lucia loved her new chair (complete with cup-holders) and styled herself accordingly for her weekend getaway:


In addition to meetings my daughter’s rigorous comfort factor – I’m most interested in the car seats safety features.  Evenflo’s Platinum Protection series is designed with e3Side Impact Protection to significantly reduce the forces in side impact crashes through advanced energy absorption and an expanded zone-of-protection.  I’m pleased with the numerous safety features which far exceed federal crash test standards.  I like how the versatile design can accommodate baby from birth through harnessed booster mode (5-110 pounds!)  In addition, the seat boasts many specialty features including buckle pockets to tuck buckles away from getting hot and innovative temperature regulating fabric.  I can’t wait to see how the fabric performs during the hotter months.

Evenflo Platinum Protection Series Car Seats are newly available at Babies R Us and select stores nationwide. To learn more about Woodloch Pines Resorts visit and to learn more about the Moms visit

Special thanks to The Moms, Woodloch Pines Resort and Evenflo for an incredibly memorable weekend.  All accommodations and car seat were provided. Opinions, as always, are strictly my own.


The Everything Bag || Lily Jade

We had quite the busy weekend with birthday parties galore (three in one day!).  I even managed a solo evening on Friday night, to attend a P&G Beauty party in NYC’s Theater District celebrating the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.  I indulged in several “glam” stations and have been admiring my Olympic level nail designs all weekend.  Go Team USA!

I took my new Lily Jade Designer Diaper Bag along for the fun as nothing about this beautifully crafted leather bag screams “mom”.  I simply removed the “baby bag” insert for my big night on the town and added it back to schlep the kiddie accessories over the weekend.

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I keep saying that I’m going to reclaim my bag as just my own since we’ve been diaper-free for well over a year, but I still find myself vacuuming out the inside of my bags every now and then (not kidding).  Motherhood has proven that child-related gear simply shifts post-baby years (I now lug LeapPads instead of diapers), and urban adventures on trains and our feet call for just one bag. Lily Jade’s “baby bag” insert has proven to be the answer to my organizational issues with 16 sturdy pockets and secure spots for kid-sized water bottles.  I love that I can reach in and remove the washable insert when heading out sans kiddos.

The Best Diaper Bag, Lily Jade Designer Diaper Bag


Lily Jade’s luxe leather bags are an investment – but are also multi-functional, fashionable pieces that will well outlive the diaper years.

Grab my Caroline Bag in Brady for a newly reduced price and stay tuned for an exciting giveaway!

Lily Jade provided a bag for review purposes.  As always, opinions are my own and Marino Bambinos only collaborates with Companies that are of perceived interest to MB readers.