Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Saturday


Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?! A lot of my friends and family go crazy over Black Friday shopping. Me on the other hand, would rather stay in my PJs, relax, and recoup from my turkey coma!

Lately, I’ve been living on Etsy finding the cutest gifts for my family. So I wanted to share some of the small businesses, local and online, that are my current favorites for holiday shopping before Small Business Saturday. Here we go!

  1. Mulberry Press Co.: I randomly found Mulberry Press Co. on Instagram while aimlessly scrolling. I am so glad I did! This company works to get positive messages out into the world through clothing and home goods. If you know me, you know I love positive messages/inspiration because there just isn’t enough of that in the world today. I personally love their tees (so soft and cozy!) and their mugs.
    Photo Property of Mulberry Press Co.

    2. Sweet and Spark: This one is for vintage lovers. I stumbled upon Sweet and Spark after seeing Julia from Gal Meets Glam wearing a few pieces. I love this company because it brings together a father and daughter and there is nothing more important than family! Check out their story here. It will warm your heart!

    Photo Property of Sweet and Spark
    3. Salt Shop and Press: This shop is local here in Connecticut in my favorite town of Mystic. They have a lot of prints and home goods that are so adorable. And the best part, to me, is the costal theme. I have yet to visit (it’s on my list!) but you can follow them along on their Instagram to keep up with all of their events and arrivals.

    Photo Property of Salt Shop and Press
    4. Made Au Gold: This Etsy shop is currently one of my favorites. Lea, the shop owner, is from France and is probably the sweetest. I recently got a print from her to complete my gallery wall above my desk and was so pleased with it. The best part? She makes prints for kids, kitchens, and everything in between. Definitely check out her Etsy shop and follow her here!

    Photo Property of Made Au Gold

    I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday this week! Don’t forget to shop small on the 26th. After all, the holidays are about giving back, being grateful, and supporting one another. We could definitely use a lot of that lately!


xo, Janine

“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.”
Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

* Disclaimer: This post was NOT sponsored by any company. All opinions are my own.

A Day in Brooklyn

A Day in Brooklyn

Yesterday was a MUCH needed time away from Connecticut. There is something about a city that just makes me feel so happy. Maybe it’s all of the different people your are surrounded by. The energy is unreal so when my Dad asked me to go see my sister in Brooklyn, I said yes. Even if he wanted to get up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday…

I snapped a few photos with my phone including a peek of my sister’s adorable apartment. It was such a gorgeous day! Spending time with my Dad + sister was a plus too! 😉 

Have a good week, friends! 

Xo, Janine

Photo Diary: Salem & Boston, MA

Photo Diary: Salem & Boston, MA
House of Seven Gables
Ropes Mansion as seen in the movie Hocus Pocus. Almost every generation of the Ropes family passed away in this home.
Grounds of the House of Seven Gables/Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.
Boston Harbor
Boston Harbor
Old South Meeting House
My rock, soulmate, best friend.


xo, Janine

Hopeful Soul


Do you ever fixate on something you want SO badly to change, but you just simply don’t have means to make a change? This has been me for the better part of the past few months and I needed an outlet to just get my thoughts down. I wanted this blog to be space where I/we can celebrate the small things in life that make us truly happy. Well, the reality is that life has its ups and its downs and currently I’m in a down moment. Hopefully me getting my thoughts out of my own head will encourage others to do so as well. So….

The past few months I’ve felt stuck. Like I’ve been in the same position for years. When my brain gets like this, I forget all of the things I have accomplished, people who have come (and out) of my life, the goals I still have for myself, and more importantly… Everything will work out when it is supposed to. For example, I graduated with degree in Public Health. I went into this profession knowing jobs are scarce and thankless and wouldn’t make me a millionaire. But I LOVE teaching others about healthy environments, how to keep their nasty colds away, and when to NEVER eat lettuce. It’s what I enjoy doing the most. I currently do not work in the field it’s pretty much killing me. I don’t work out or have the motivation to, I couldn’t tell you the last time I put makeup on, I have shitty hours at work (sorry, but they do), never have a moment to myself all week which in turns takes a toll on all of my relationships….

Is your head spinning yet? Yeah, this has been me for the past few months just add daily crying fits because of my frustrations.

While I’m eternally grateful for all the wonderful people in my life, this part has always fallen short. But, for myself, I need to just keep working and trust that there is a reason why I am currently “stuck” where I am. If I don’t, I’m literally letting life pass my by. I’m wallowing in my self pity basically instead of making the most of what free time I currently do have. 

So, why am I telling you all of this? I want it to help other people realize that when life has it ups and downs, there’s a reason for it. You didn’t get that job you were praying every night for? There must be something better coming along. You get your dream house… savor every single moment about the process, decorating, and the memories to come. For myself personally, whenever I leave my current job for one that “sets my soul on fire” it will all be worth it. I’ll take anything I’ve learned or encountered there with me. When I finally get to move in with my love…let’s just say I have a Homegoods and Target fund ready to make it our own. 

One last thing… I used to have this ridiculous timeline in my head about life. You know, be married by 28, buy a house at 30… (no kids for this girl, so I’m good!) I realized as I’ve grown up, timelines are so irrelevant to life. You have to live in the NOW. Focus on TODAY while keeping those milestones in mind. If we could all snap our fingers and get what we wanted, when do we learn and grow? 

Everything will work out in life. Trust that it will and let all of the worries and anxiety go and enjoy your life as it is right now in this moment.

“In all this chaos we found safety.”- Brighten



Crabs, Colds, and Chardonnay: Virginia Beach Recap

Just about every summer, my family and I take a summer trip. This year we went back to one of our favorite spots: Virignia Beach. We were missing a whole bunch of people this year, but we made the best of it! 

Since we didn’t do much of anything (that’s what you’re supposed to do on vacation!) here are a few photos I took throughout the week:

It rained the first couple of days, and my uncle and I ended up sick, but me and my sidekick for the week took a nice morning walk on the beach.

The sun finally came out! 

David and I took a walk on the beach one night and saw the most beautiful dolphins. When I was little I always wanted to be a dolphin trainer, so for them to be 25ft off the coast, it was miracle I didn’t jump in the ocean. 

Our little friend for the week… Yeah, that’s a big crab. 

Most of the week was spent by the pool enjoying the HOT weather with some nice cold beverages. But on our last day, we took a boat ride through the Virginia Aquarium to do some dolphin sightseeing…again I wanted to jump off the boat…

The cousins 

My love! 

The ladies 

The crew! So grateful for them! 

“Because everyday should be a day at the beach.”-Unknown 

Xo, Janine 

Father’s Day Over the Hudson 

This weekend I celebrated my Dad with something I did not even knew existed- a walk over the Hudson River. He’s a very outdoorsy type so I knew it was something he really wanted to do. 

Here are just a few pictures I snapped with my phone: 

I was most interested in learning about what The Walkway Over the Hudson was about. Formerly the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, it used to be used as a railroad as well as carried troops that were being shipped overseas during World War II. Kind of fitting since my day is currently a First Class Sargent in the Army National Guard. 

The walkway is now a cool 212 feet above the Hudson and 1.28 miles long. So, in the 90 degree heat we experienced yesterday, I’d say I got my workout in for the day. And, as always, I wanted to take home every pup I saw walking. (It’s a problem really.) 

 Props to my Dad for picking out a new spot to explore and enjoy the beautiful summer weather here in New England. 

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads, Stepdads, and Grandfathers out there! 

                                   Xo, Janine 

Niagara Falls


Finally! A trip out of New England to explore a new (at least for me) place. I wanted a place to share all of the photos I took with my camera and a place to tell friends and family about the trip in general. So, through my tired eyes, here’s a quick recap of the trip! (All photos are my own!)

I’ve never been to Niagara Falls and being the nature lover that I am, I was so excited to see something so natural and beautiful. 


In front of the American Falls our first day there. 


The bridge from Canada to the U.S. (and vice versa)


The American Falls and the Canadian Falls


The weather was pretty perfect. Sunny both days we wanted to explore.


Our hotel had beautiful grounds and this small courtyard. (Hi David!)


On our first full day there, David and I decided to do the Journey Behind the Falls since I was too chicken to go on the Maid of the Mist. Instead, I took a photo from above with my feet on the ground.




On the Journey Behind the Falls you get to stand at the base of the Canadian Falls which was pretty insane. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls erodes 1 foot every 10 years and the drop is 170ft high, and is a major source of hydraulic power in the area. We got to walk literally behind the falls (bottom picture) and see tunnels that were made specifically to maintain them. The Niagara River flows at 35 mph so I can only imagine how fast it was falling right in front of us. So freaking cool.



The second day David and I decided to try the sky tower to see the falls from above then have lunch from one of the many falls view restaurant. How crazy is this view?!? 


The view from our last dinner of the trip. So beautiful!


750ft above the falls! A nice husband and wife snapped this for us and then the wife and I closed our eyes all the way back down. Guess I wasn’t the only one trying not to have a panic attack being in teeny elevator so high! (Sidebar: this is one of 4 jumpsuits I’ll be living in this summer.)

And now the countdown begins to Virginia Beach with my family. That’s always a party!


“Travel brings power and love back to your life.”- Rumi