Personalized Ring Giveaway

I’m so excited to team up with Robin of Bittersweets New York to give away a famous personalized ring to one lucky reader. There are three ways to enter; check out the Rafflecopter details below! Every time I look down at my Rocco and Giada rings, my kids immediately pop into my mind. It may sound silly, but… [Read More]

6 Things Parenting Taught Me About Myself

My baby girl just turned two (more on that next week!) and Rocco is already three. I can’t believe I’ve been a parent for three years already! There are times when I miss my life before kids, but most times, I can’t imagine my life without them. Parenting taught me many things, and I’ve learned… [Read More]

Easy Valentine’s Day Manicure

February 14th is right around the corner so I came up with this quick and easy Valentine’s Day manicure I could do at home. I am not a big manicure person. I hardly ever paint my nails because I just don’t have the time to keep them up. The only free-time I have to paint… [Read More]

12 Game Day Party Appetizers

The Super Bowl is less than a week away. We aren’t going to a party this year, since it’s a school night, but I plan to create a few fun recipes to celebrate the big game.  For inspiration, I pulled together 12 party appetizers that are bite-size and perfect to bring to or serve at… [Read More]

Red Asymmetrical Jacket

I’ve owned this red asymmetrical jacket for several years. It rotates in and out of my closet every few months. I literally move it into a storage closet when I get tired of it, and then a few seasons later, I’ll grab it to add to my current wardrobe. I only get tired of it because… [Read More]

Toddler Growing Pains

“Mommy, my legs hurt,” Rocco whined. It was a Monday evening after the long holiday break away from school. I didn’t think much of it, until he continued to complain throughout the evening, and woke up crying, complaining of leg pain, several times in the middle of the night. Since I was awake anyway, I… [Read More]

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Hearts

Today is National Peanut Butter Day! To celebrate, I adapted a peanut butter balls recipe to create chocolate covered peanut butter hearts. Peanut butter and chocolate is probably my favorite food combination. I love the mix of the salty peanut butter with the sweet and rich chocolate. I haven’t made peanut butter balls in years,… [Read More]

Wool Fedora

Wide brimmed wool hats are the must-wear fashion accessory for winter. Even the Wall Street Journal says they have replaces scarves as the accessory of the moment. I like wearing fedoras in the warmer months, so this winter I decided to try out my first wool fedora. I personally like the wide-brimmed, wool fedora look… [Read More]

Puff Pastry and Mascarpone Cheese Danish

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day! I love cheese, so I felt compelled to create a cheese-based recipe. So, I had left-over puff pastry from this baked brie recipe and mascarpone from the holidays. After a quick Googling, I came up with this puff pastry and mascarpone cheese danish recipe.This Wisconsin girl literally grew up gnawing… [Read More]

2016 Pantone Color of The Year – Rose Quartz

I try to keep an eye on fashion trends, and one easy way I stay updated is knowing the new 2016 Pantone color of the year. For 2016, there are two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. The blush pink and the periwinkle blue are quite a departure from the 2015 Marsala color. I personally love… [Read More]

10 Girl Birthday Party Ideas

I can’t believe my baby girl is turning two next month! Time really does fly by. I’m still deciding what theme to try for her second birthday, so I’ve been searching all over for girl birthday party ideas. For Gigi’s first birthday, we had a simple party with a funfetti smash cake and rag-tie banner… [Read More]

Pink Car Coat and Velvet Heels

In live in Phoenix, which means there are few days each year when I actually need a winter coat. The mornings can be a bit chilly though, so I opt to wear leather jackets or lighter-weight fall coats. I was pretty excited to find this pink car coat at a great price.{Stacey’s Look: Cupcakes and… [Read More]

No Bake Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips and Cranberries

I’m always on the hunt for snack ideas for my kids, especially ones that aren’t overly processed. I’ve only made homemade granola bars one other time (these pumpkin spice ones) and they turned out pretty well. For the second time around, I searched for recipes for no bake granola bars to keep it even simpler…. [Read More]

Lace Up Neckline Trend

The lace up neckline has been popping up all over my social media lately. It seems like every fashion blogger and model is rocking a lace up neckline. To be honest, I’ve been on the fence about this trend. I really don’t like when the neckline is too low and other times, the look skews… [Read More]

My 2016 Goals

I’m really looking forward to 2016 and my 36th year on this planet (my birthday is this week). The next 360-ish days will definitely include a lot of travel, thanks to my awesome day job. I also look forward to the end of diapers! Rocco learned to potty train in 2015, and I am sure… [Read More]

Baked Brie With Fig Jam

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BowlTimeSnacks #CollectiveBiasAre you ready for some football, or at least, some football tailgating or homegating? I’m from Green Bay, Wisconsin, so let’s just say I’m very familiar with football and cheese. I figured out that this Baked Brie with… [Read More]

10 Favorite Fashion and Beauty Blog Posts of 2015

This is the second full year of Posh In Progress, which I started as a way of documenting my favorite things while maintaining my sense of self in the midst of being a new mom. This year, I’ve had a lot of fun sharing some of my favorite fashion and beauty trends. I’ve also had… [Read More]

10 Favorite Food and Family Blog Posts of 2015

I started Posh In Progress about 8 months after my first child, Rocco, was born. I told my husband I wanted to maintain my sense of self, and blogging was a way for me to express myself outside of the daily tasks of motherhood. Although there are times when my blog does allow me to… [Read More]

My 2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on 2015, I realize it has been a year of a lot of transitions. We moved back to Phoenix and slowly settled back into our lives here. I reconnected with friends and former colleagues. We explored some of the fun things to do around the valley with toddlers and visited some of the… [Read More]

DIY Baking Soda Clay Ornaments

My mom posted this cute DIY handprint Christmas ornament on her Facebook page and I thought it seemed like a really fun activity to do with the kids. So last weekend, we set out to try this DIY baking soda clay to create handprint ornaments the kids could hang on our tree. I used this recipe… [Read More]

Not So Ugly Christmas Sweaters

If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever own a Christmas sweater, I’m pretty sure my answer would have been no. But all of a sudden, these not so ugly Christmas sweaters are everywhere, and I like them! I’m thinking the ugly sweater parties have infiltrated the fashion industry so much… [Read More]

DIY Gallery Wall Tutorial: Living Room Makeover

Our living room was in desperate need of a redo. When Minted contacted me to see if I wanted to select some of their original artwork, I was pretty excited to see what they had to offer. I also immediately thought it seemed like the perfect time to create a DIY gallery wall tutorial.I spent several… [Read More]

Five-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

I’ve had these mini marshmallows in my pantry for at least 6 months. For some reason, anytime I have a bunch of random ingredients like that, I feel compelled to create something. Mostly, because it seems wasteful not to use them before they get all stale. I had some extra chocolate chips from the biscotti… [Read More]

Gifts for Men Under $50

Finding cool gifts for my husband is usually my biggest Christmas shopping challenge. I tend to give him sweaters or other clothes, which is just so boring. To find some inspiration, I searched all over to find unique gifts for men under $50. The list I developed has a wide range of options including things… [Read More]

Black Lace Party Dress

I love wearing dresses, especially cocktail dresses. Unfortunately, my busy work and family life very rarely call for dressing up. When I saw this black lace party dress, I instantly knew it was something I needed in my closet.{Stacey’s Look: LOFT Dress, Banana Republic Coat (similar), Banana Republic Cardigan (similar), Paul Andrew Heels (similar), Chanel… [Read More]

10 Festive Christmas Cookie Recipes

I love the holidays for many reasons — spending time with family, decorating our tree, finding the perfect gifts for my loved-ones — but one of my absolutely favorite parts is finding and trying new Christmas cookie recipes. This past week at work, they hosted our annual holiday coffee event.  They set out trays and… [Read More]

Holiday Party Dresses Under $100

I love December—full of holiday baking, parties and decorating. I also love the opportunity to buy a flirty and feminine holiday dress for Christmas parties or New Years Eve. At the same time, I try to find reasonably priced party dresses because I hate spending a ton on something I’ll probably only wear once or… [Read More]

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

During the holidays, I always search for Italian-inspired recipes to try, as a way to connect to my heritage. Last year, it was Italian wedding cookies and Florentine lace cookies. This year, it’s homemade chocolate peppermint biscotti.I’ve never made biscotti before, and honestly, I was intimidated. It seems like it must be difficult to make,… [Read More]

Jewel Tone Lace Mock Neck Top

I love wearing gem tones because they work really well on my olivey complexion. When I saw this top, I was excited to try it on because I really love lace, and I liked how the lack mock neck top had the scalloped detail around the neckline. Once I got it on, I was even… [Read More]

Over-the-Knee Boots Under $200

Over-the-knee boots—trashy or trendy? Honestly, my first thought when I saw these were on trend for fall was, pretty woman. I started reconsidering after my husband commented on a pair he saw and thought they’d look great with my quilted black dress. It’s not quite a mini dress, but also on the shorter side than… [Read More]

Making Sock It To Me Cake From Scratch

How this Green Bay, Wisconsin girl came to make Sock It To Me Cake from scratch is a bit of an interesting story. Jade and I were chatting about recipes that remind us of the holidays. He mentioned how Sock It To Me cake became a holiday tradition for his family because his mother loved… [Read More]

Scuba Biker Jacket

Have you noticed neoprene and scuba clothes everywhere the past few seasons? I personally love these pieces because of  the architectural nature of the stiffer fabric. I recently found this scuba biker jacket (on sale!) and chose it for a couple reasons. First, it is super comfortable – like wearing a sweatshirt, but still has the… [Read More]

Spiced Donut Muffins

Whenever I’m looking for interesting recipes, I always turn to Pinterest for inspiration. The other day, I pinned these pumpkin donut muffins and got pretty excited — the taste of a donut without the grease of frying and not having to buy a special pan to bake donuts. Awesome.I considered making the pumpkin version I pinned,… [Read More]

What to Wear on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. I can’t believe it. As most of us are planning what we’re going to cook or bring to your family’s dinner, it’s about time you think about what to wear on Thanksgiving. If you’re meeting your in-laws for the first time, or doing a less-traditional ‘Friendsgiving’ or hosting… [Read More]

Let’s Discuss: Social Media vs Reality

How many of you purposely leave the house with deodorant stains on your shirt…with your dress tucked into your tights…with toilet paper stuck to your shoes? I mean, who purposely airs their dirty laundry (not named Kardashian)? Even reality TV shows are not reality. My point is, social media is no different. Of COURSE people… [Read More]

10 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

For me, Thanksgiving dinner is really about the sides. The turkey gets all the hype, but I could not care less about the bird (even though my hubby has a magical ability to make it really tasty). I’m a side dish gal all the way. As a kid, I would fill my plate with mashed… [Read More]

Green Military Vest

Vests have remained one of my favorite trends since last fall, when I first featured them. I love vests because they make great transition pieces for cooler weather, without the bulk of a winter coat. In Phoenix, I rarely need to wear anything heavier than a fall jacket. Throwing a vest over a sweater is a… [Read More]

Phoenix Toddler Activities with Gram

My mom came to visit last week so she could spend Halloween with my kiddos. Just two weeks before she came, our friends at Toyota asked if we wanted to try out the 2016 4Runner. It couldn’t have been better timing, as it is pretty tough to fit five people comfortably in our Camry, with… [Read More]

Fall Booties Under $50

I generally don’t advocate for buying inexpensive footwear because I believe shoes (and purses) should be quality investment pieces that will last you for years. But there are exceptions to my rule. The exceptions are 1) you can’t afford the quality pair you are eyeing, but you still want a cute new item for fall;… [Read More]

8 Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy

My husband and I don’t eat very much candy. Our kids don’t eat much candy either — not just because we limit it, but mostly because they don’t like it. Crazy, right? This lack of candy-eating means that trick-or-treating yields a ton of leftover Halloween candy that we don’t really want around the house. Are… [Read More]

Spa Body Treatments

Every girl deserves to indulge in spa body treatments, massages or facials every now and then. If you’re a busy mom like me, you totally understand how precious (and difficult) it is to get some alone time. A spa day is probably my favorite way to relax. There is just something so tranquil about the… [Read More]

Homemade Lion Costume + Dorothy

Mid-September, my hubby and I started brainstorming ideas of what the kids should be for Halloween this year. Since Gigi is old enough to walk on her own this year (I carried her in the Bjorn last year), we immediately began thinking about ‘couples’ costume ideas — in the sense of having two children, close… [Read More]

12 Pumpkin Spice Recipes

When October rolls around, I’m so ready for fall and all the flavors fall brings — especially all the pumpkin spice recipes I can find. I like me some pumpkin. I’ve shared my favorite pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin nutella bars, pumpkin scones and pumpkin pancakes before, but I’m always on the hunt for different pumpkin… [Read More]

Working Mom Blaze Birthday Party

I feel bad. I feel like the worst mommy in the world because I wasn’t in town for my son’s third birthday. I wasn’t there to wake him up, give him a giant hug, or wish him a happy birthday. I feel worse that we had to celebrate it on a day that fit better into… [Read More]

Two Must-Do Things in Montreal

I feel very lucky that I get to travel to some pretty cool places for my job (Dublin, London, Paris, San Francisco, New York…). This week took me to Montreal. I haven’t been to Canada in a couple years; my last trip was to Vancouver back in 2012. I didn’t have much time to actually… [Read More]

Practical or Posh: Black Embellished Top

I love an embellished top. I wasn’t even looking for this gorgeous Elie Saab top, but it popped up during one of my online window (browser) shopping trips. When I saw the black embellished top, I think my jaw actually dropped. No, I could never fathom spending THAT much on any one piece of clothing,… [Read More]

Quilted Drop Waist Dress

When I saw this quilted drop waist dress, I initially wasn’t going to bother trying it on because the 1920s silhouette doesn’t usually look very good on my figure. I have a much smaller waist and very wide hips, which doesn’t usually jive with a drop waist dress. But I grabbed it anyway and proceeded to the… [Read More]

All Natural Homemade Peppermint Patties

After researching homemade candy recipes, I couldn’t help but try making some myself. I haven’t met that many candies I didn’t like, but one of my favorites is junior mints — especially at movies.Junior Mints and Peppermint Patties are one of my favorite sweet treats – something about the dark chocolate and mint are satisfying, without… [Read More]

How Cool is the Fendi Monster?

The Fendi Monster is iconic. Whether you like their furry monsters and bag bugs or not, they are a status symbol for the ultra cool and stylish. There has literally been a Fendi frenzy, with Kendall and Kylie out in front as Fendi’s informal (and formal!) models, regularly toting the little fur balls. The Fendi Monsters and… [Read More]

Fall 2015 Makeup Trend: Berry Color

One fall 2015 makeup trend that I can’t help but notice is the resurgence of berry colored lips and nails. It takes me back to the 90s, but I do like the trend every now and then. I’m currently obsessed with the Essie “In The Lobby” color because it feels so appropriate for fall. It is really… [Read More]

12 Homemade Candy Recipes

I can’t believe it’s October already. But I’m happy it’s October because, in Phoenix, that means fall is here — the nights are the perfect temperature and days are a lot more bearable. Fall is also my favorite time of the year because it means Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner! Halloween… [Read More]