2015 in Review

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A lot has happened in this past year…

I embarked on a new career as a health & fitness coach last January and I have since been able to help over 120 challengers to reach their goals and 8 coaches to build a business of their own. I am continuing to help those who want to make changes in this brand new year.

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I found out I was pregnant with our second child in January, and we did a fun little photo shoot in Prospect Park to find out we were expecting a BOY!

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I felt a little bit tougher this time around during my pregnancy and made my health and fitness a big priority for both myself and my family.

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We took a trip to Tulum, Mexico as a family and it was a crazy fun adventure.

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I rocked a two piece dress during my pregnancy which Lord knows I never thought would happen! I also rocked a bikini.

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I came up with a post all about exercises during pregnancy which many of you read and loved…I call them pregercises.

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I had some fun collaborations with both Stella & Dot and Irresistible Me…I have to say I am obsessed with Stella & Dot jewelry, and I can now FINALLY use a curling iron without butchering my hair!

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Before & After

I surprised my husband with a trip to the NOLA for our 4 year wedding anniversary.

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We had an adorable family maternity photo shoot with my phenomenal cousin and professional photographer Misa Me.

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We took our annual lake trip over the summer…this time we landed in Seneca Lake in the Finger Lake region of Upstate New York.

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I also traveled 8 months pregnant to Nashville for the annual Beachbody Summit, and met my fabulous team of coaches in person to share a phenomenal life-changing experience. I also broke it down on the CIZE dance floor. (yes I was the awkward dancing pregnant lady)

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My beautiful baby Luca was brought into the world and our world was forever changed for the better. This kid is the smiliest, happiest baby I have ever met and we are so in love.

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My Nico Bonzo turned TWO this year with a TMNT b-day party. He started preschool, has become so independent, is making friends, and having full conversations these days. He astonishes me daily with how much memory he can retain in that little brain of his. I know he is destined for great things.

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I started my own 21 Day Fix journey to get back to my pre-baby, healthy, active self again, and so far things are going really well. I told myself I would not wait so long like I did with my first babe to get back into shape, and I have stuck to my word.

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We have celebrated many beautiful friends getting married this past year and wonderful holidays together with family. We are so very lucky and I am thankful for my blessings each and every day.

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I look forward to what 2016 has to offer, and I am wishing you all a happy, healthy New Year!

XO,

Gina

Family Maternity Shoot With Misa*Me

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I am absolutely incredibly lucky and grateful to have a first cousin and bestie who is an impeccable photographer! Marisa Crider of Misa*Me Photography snapped these photos of my little growing family during our larger family reunion back in the month of June when I was 30 weeks pregnant. It was a hot summer day, and somehow she was able to capture some great shots even with a cranky toddler. It started to rain a bit during the shoot, and then all of the sudden, the sun peeked out. I’m telling you, she is a miracle worker! I love the way she is able to capture the light. She took so many more fabulous photos for us, and it’s going to be a tough decision as to which ones end up on the walls of our home! These were some of my favorites that captured all (almost) four of us. Now, here, at 38 weeks, I cannot even believe that we are about to meet our little guy here soon!

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Wearing – Dress: Betsey Johnson (borrowed from a friend – found a Size 4 for sale on Etsy!) / Heels: Cynthia Vincent / Necklace: Vintage via Etsy / Watch: Betsey Johnson / Bracelet: Stella & Dot

On Nico – Dress Shirt: Carters Just One You / Shorts: Old Navy (similar)

On Zack – Dress Shirt: H&M / Pants: GAP

Thanks again to Marisa for taking these wonderful photos! We will cherish them forever in our home. If you missed our last maternity shoot with Misa*Me, or want to take a trip back down memory lane from two years ago, you can view those photos here.

Heading to the doc as we speak for two appointments today. A little nervous about what they are going to say! Bags are packed just in case we don’t come back, but hoping they let baby come on his own when he is ready ūüėČ

Hope you all have a great day!

XO,

Gina

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Lately I’ve been…

reading¬† Just finished The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year¬†by Dawn Dais. ¬†I’m not sure whether or not it was a good idea or a bad idea to read this book. ¬†It was quite terrifying, although I suppose I am grateful for the dose of reality and preparations. ¬†Just started reading Maine¬†by J. Courtney Sullivan. ¬†Stumbled across it last week while browsing at Barnes and Noble and figured I would read it since I went to Maine this summer. ¬†It’s more of a beach read about family summer drama.

writing¬† Well technically, I haven’t started yet, because my apartment has been a disaster zone since the baby shower, and I haven’t even been able to sit on the couch. ¬†HOWEVER, I plan on starting to write out some thank you notes this weekend for all of the lovely gifts we received from our family and friends.

listening¬† I think I am late on this song, but I heard it a few weeks ago, and honestly it reminds me of my grandfather who always used to say, “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” ¬†Ain’t that the truth, Grandpa. ¬†The song is Cups¬†by Anna Kendrick from the movie Pitch Perfect.

thinking ¬†That every time I think my belly can’t possibly get any bigger…I wake up, and it’s bigger.

smelling¬† The Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly that I put on this morning.

watching¬† The Challenge: Rivals II. ¬†I know it’s ridiculous that I still follow these shows, but I just can’t get enough of the drama that unfolds with every new season of a challenge. ¬†I also constantly wonder how I would measure up in these challenges. ¬†Something tells me I would give those girls a run for their money.

wishing¬† That I could fly out to Missouri to celebrate my friend’s Cris and Kate’s big day this weekend! ¬†This is the second big wedding we have missed this year, and it’s definitely a bummer to not be there, even though I know it’s for a good reason. ¬†Wishing Cris and Kate a magical day and lots of love!

hoping ¬†To make a lot of progress on our little boy’s room this weekend. ¬†I’m really excited for my vision of how it will look when it’s finished, but it’s a long process to get there! ¬†I’m hoping we can get a good chunk done this weekend. ¬†Am I in nesting mode perhaps?

wearing  Mint green shorts and a gray and orange striped top (different color here), both from Motherhood Maternity.

loving  The maternity session photos that Misa*Me Photography took for us!  She gave us a little sneak peek, and I am so excited to share them with you all in the next couple of weeks.  She did a wonderful job, as always.  Stay tuned!

laughing  At this rendition of Ice Ice Baby that my co-worker shared with me earlier this week.  Props to the editor for stringing together 280 movies worth of clips to create this.

wanting  To swing by the Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side this weekend.  My friends, Nicole and Maria, have a booth this summer for their handcrafted jewelry company, Guilty Jean, who you may remember from these previous posts. (Spring Has Sprung, Preppy With a Twist, Spiked & Studded, and Boho Spring).  Looking forward to checking out their latest line!

needing  Water, water, water.  Hydration is key for this prego mama.

feeling ¬†Alien-like movements coming from my belly. ¬†He’s kicking and squirming more and more every day. ¬†I swear, it’s the weirdest feeling ever that something is alive and moving inside of you! ¬†But it’s also pretty cool.

craving  Watermelon.  Nothing like this delicious fresh fruit on a hot summer day.

clicking ¬†Through resume after resume. ¬†Trying to find someone to fill in for me at work while I’m away. ¬†I think we are getting close to making a decision!

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What have you been up to lately?

Happy Friday!  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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Lately I’ve been…

reading¬† Just finished What Remains by Carole Radziwill. ¬†She is one of the more recent additions to the New York City Housewife cast, although she wrote this book long before. ¬†Carole was a reporter for many years, a princess, and related to the Kennedy’s. ¬†This memoir is about friendship, love, and loss. ¬†It’s extremely sad, but very real, and Radziwill is an excellent writer. ¬†I just started Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks as I heard it was decent and was looking for a light summer beach read (even though I’m not at the beach).

writing¬† Contracts. ¬†I’m no lawyer, and I can’t exactly say much yet, but it’s exciting, and I’m drafting, drafting.

listening¬† I’ve always been an Avicii fan, but I’m really loving his new single Wake Me Up. ¬†It starts out with a folk/country guitar style, and breaks into the typical dance/house style of Avicii that we know and love.

thinking ¬†That all I wanted was summertime, and now I got my wish…but it’s so hot, I don’t know how this prego body is going to make it through August.

smelling¬† Breakfast food…my favorite!

watching¬† Holy Bachelorette! ¬†Some intense home visits and a sad goodbye. ¬†Go figure they are all in love with her, except the one she is in love with. ¬†I still can’t believe I got into this show this season…those to blame, you know who you are…

wishing¬† That I could fly out to San Fran to celebrate my friend’s Trey and Suzette’s big day this weekend! ¬†I know it will be amazing, and I’m sad to miss it. ¬†But excited instead to celebrate my bestie Teri’s bridal shower and a baby shower for my Little Monkey.

hoping ¬†For good weather this weekend. ¬†We have a maternity photo session scheduled with Misa*Me Photography, and I’m hoping the weather will cooperate!

wearing  Gray and blue striped cotton jersey dress that was handed down to me by Danielle, my college roomie and cutest little mama!

loving ¬†The new Up the Amp MAC lipstick that I got for free by turning in my 6 empties to recycle. ¬†Also loving the new Benefit They’re Real Mascara I got for my birthday from Sephora.

laughing ¬†At this awesome maid of honor speech I discovered on Zigi’s blog. ¬†I died laughing, and it totally made me think of my bestie Teri. ¬†Let’s just say this girl does a sick Eminem.

wanting ¬†To jump in a pool for my birthday (next weekend)…anyone know a place in the city that could throw a good pool party?

needing ¬†Air conditioning. ¬†Been blasting it lately! ¬†I’m dreading the electric bill.

feeling ¬†Incredibly lucky for my amazing family and friends. ¬†Everyone has been so generous, and we have already started getting lots of packages and gifts to the house for our little man, and I haven’t even had my shower yet! ¬†I cannot wait to get everything in order! ¬†Thank you everyone, I really appreciate it.

craving  Chocolate and fruit.  I have been wanting a little bit almost every day lately.

clicking  Photography inspiration ideas for our shoot this Saturday.

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What have you been up to lately?

Happy Tuesday!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

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It’s A………….!!!!!

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I interrupt the Guilty Jean jewelry series for a very special announcement!!! ¬†The hubby and I went to the doctor on Friday for our anatomy ultrasound for Little Monkey. ¬†We opted not to find out the sex of the baby that day. ¬†However, we decided to plan a little surprise reveal for ourselves. ¬†We had the nurse write down the sex and place it in a sealed envelope along with the ultrasound photograph of “the goods.” ¬†We then took the envelope along with a large empty box to Hallmark and asked them to fill the box with either pink or blue balloons depending on whether Little Monkey was a girl or boy. ¬†Yes…the Hallmark employees knew before we did! ¬†They wrapped the box up beautifully, and when we opened it…SURPRISE!!! ¬†Our friend, Justin, was gracious enough to spend the day with us and document this special moment. ¬†We are so thankful for the many photographs he took and time he spent working on them. ¬†I think they turned out fantastic. ¬†Scroll down to see the big reveal for yourselves!

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Boy…or Girl???

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It’s a BOY!!!

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Opening the card with ultrasound from the doc

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Proof of “the goods”

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So excited for our Baby Boy!

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So in love and so excited for the newest addition of the Notes Family to arrive!

Photography by Justin Goldberg of Eudora Video Solutions

Were you surprised? ¬†Or did you “know” already?

As you can see by the photos above, Zack and I were clearly shocked! ¬†It was such a magical day, and I’m glad we decided to do something fun and a little different to reveal the sex of Little Monkey. ¬†We are so excited for our little bundle of joy, and cannot wait for our Baby Boy to get here in September. ¬†I already ended up buying him his first onesie today at Brooklyn Flea. ¬†I mean, come on. ¬†There was a panda on it. ¬†You can’t blame me.

We had such an amazing weekend, and it is definitely one we will remember.  We are so glad we have these photos to capture our surprise and excitement of this day, and I look forward to showing them to our Little Boy one day.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

XO,

Gina

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