On Holiday Joy

Christmas Tree Shopping Kids

I had my heart set on our annual trip to the tree farm. Deep rooted in my own childhood, this holiday tradition of years past is one that we all look forward to.  This year, we were too late; the farms were already stripped of their Christmas trees available to cut down, and it seemed silly to drive so far for a pre-cut tree. My post-phone-call frustration had the potential to sour the day, but when I told the kids we were headed to Brooklyn instead,  they threw their joy around faster than my disappointment could surface. Kids are resilient.  They are natural joy spreaders, and their glimmering perspective is what holiday merriment is all about.

I’ve learned that holiday happiness is not determined by the flurry of activities and events that we do to keep the magic alive. It is built upon the pockets of meaningful time spent together.  And the letting go of an idealized vision of Christmas allowed me to see the everyday miracles around me.

Tree Shopping

Inside the little Brooklyn tree stand, the children weaved in and out of the Christmas trees, holding hands, begging to take home all the Charlie-Brownish trees because “what if no one wants them”?  The shape of that Sunday was slow and subtle, much like the rhythm of our holiday season this year.  We agreed on a tree, stopped for hot cocoa and enjoyed the glorious imperfections in decorating.

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We’ve had beautiful weekends doing no more than simply being together as a family.  It’s just what we need right now, and we’ve been taking advantage of being outdoors as much as possible in this unusually mild NYC December.  We’ve always believed in investing in solid winter gear to conquer the cold as it’s settling in.  The kids need warm coats and boots, as do the parents – to keep us all happy during the winter months.

Over the past few years, we’ve found a family favorite in UGG Australia.  We all crave the feeling of toasty toes cocooned in comfy sheepskin warmth. And I happen to find parenting MUCH easier when not having to deal with children’s socks.


The new UGG Classic Slim collection fits my style perfectly. The boots are incredibly chic and versatile, with a moderate wedge and sleeker shape – without sacrificing the iconic comfort that UGG is famous for.

The boys went for a matchy-matchy father and son look from the Pendelton collection, with a Classic Mini from the men’s collection and the Kids’ Classic Short for little boys.  I wasn’t surprised when my daughter chose the Kids’ Classic Short Sparkle for girls.  They couldn’t be more perfect for an almost 8-year-old with her own unique fashion sense.

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We’ll be wearing our boots all season long – and if you’re pressed for a last-minute amazing gift – take advantage or their free 2-day shipping.

Cheers to merry making and comfort too.

Boots c/o Ugg Australia.  Opinions as always, are my own.


A Day at Lyndhurst With UGG Australia

Autumn with children holds the promise of farm trips, pumpkin carving and ample time for outdoor explorations. Watching the simple pleasures of childhood is what I love most. We have been enjoying our full weekend fall days and the cooler temperatures. I imagine that I’ll still be discovering acorn collections and removing leaf art from the corners of our home for many weeks to come.

Last weekend we ventured out to Lyndhurst, an architecturally stunning Gothic Revival mansion overlooking the Hudson River. We were invited to attend the special “Scarecrow Invasion” event from the kind team at UGG Australia and began our day at their store located in the Westchester Mall. We’ve previous declared our UGG Australia love – and this year they celebrated 35 years of pairing sheepskin heaven with stand-out style. We carefully looked through their chic, sophisticated selections of distressed leather and unique embellishments with exquisite feel. We decided on boots for the whole family – the ultimate form of luxurious comfort to carry us through the colder months.

UGG Australia Family #UGG StyleBob is wearing The Classic Short Leather (but ultimately selected the Stoneman). Monica is wearing the Bailey Button Triplet. Lucia is wearing the Bailey Bow, and Adrian is wearing the Classic.

Naturally, Lucia was thrilled when asked to test out UGG Australia’s new in-store custom Swarovski Crystal Customization. Sunny and Gillian from UGG Australia hooked LP up with a unique design, and the in-store application drew quite the crowd of window watchers. Someone clearly loved her combination of pink, bows and unique sparkle.

Ugg Australia Swarovski Crystals

Outfitted for crisp weather in our coveted UGG Australia staples we drove a short distance to Lyndhurst to spend a full day at the expansive estate. We loved checking out the plethora of full-size scarecrows, designed and decorated by local students.

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Lucia and Adrian even had the chance to create their own scarecrows with the help of the UGG Australia team. We searched through clothing (which will be donated to charity) and a bin of beautifully Mod Podged masks created by local middle-schoolers. Lucia had a knack for discovering the most elaborately adorned clothes and Adrian was thrilled with his “man”. As we were about to move on to the next activity, Adrian spotted a lone pint-sized scarecrow stand. With the help of his sister, he proudly assembled the littlest scarecrow on the Lyndhurst lawn.

Lyndhurst Scarecrow Invasion #UGGstyle

We had plenty of time to explore the grounds and take in the stunning landscape surrounding the Lyndhurst mansion. We even enjoyed hot chocolate with the UGG Australia team while viewing their new home collection. I especially love the sheepskin area rug, an accessory often found in designer nurseries.

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There is nothing quite like watching the sheer joy in my children as they explore on their own terms. With plenty of open space to run, tumble and rest – we enjoyed a full family day together.

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For more information on UGG Australia visit their website and follow along on their Facebook page. The application of Swarovski Crystal elements (Bling It On) is being offered in select UGG Australia stores including the store at the Westchester Mall, located at 125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY, 10601.

This post is in collaboration with UGG Australia, and my family was provided with the above footwear. As always, all opinions are strictly my own.

Swarovski Crystal Elements will be applied in stores to select UGG Australia – See more at: http://impressions.issshows.com/industry-news/UGG-Launches-In-Stor-7056.shtml#sthash.01MW2rJg.dpuf
warovski Crystal Elements will be applied in stores to select UGG Australia – See more at: http://impressions.issshows.com/industry-news/UGG-Launches-In-Stor-7056.shtml#sthash.01MW2rJg.dpuf

Transition Wear

The change in temperatures can be a bit of challenge for little ones accustomed to wearing dresses and skirts for the duration of Spring and Summer. The little girl has a preference for “clothes that twirl” and I’ve helped to transition her wardrobe with functional pieces that are unique, stylish and ideal for fall temperatures.

Funky Legs, a brand well-know for their amazing children’s legwear, was kind enough to send a few pairs of their cool tights to help L enter the fall months with warmth and style.  I love the standout unique designs that complement so many of her existing outfits.  The addition of a funky legs tutu or skirt (not pictured) truly makes the outfit complete.

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 Last year out little girl rocked her Ugg boots from Fall through Spring.  She has been wearing her UGG Kids Classic Tassels (last season) for the past few weeks, and they are the perfect cold weather everyday footwear.

My girl loves to dress up, but is big on comfort.  And I believe we’ve found the perfect transition wear.