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Cupcakes Cups

Hey guys! 

When you're looking for a clever way to brighten up a party, consider baking cupcakes & placing them into bright & colorful cupcake cups.  My husband & I made these yesterday for Valentine's Day - even though it was for a party of 3 (hubby, me & our son) I thought it might be fun to try this together! We purchased a fun cupcake cup pack with decorative hearts from Eli's Market here in NYC.  Eli's Market is a great place to get fun & unique sweets for entertaining or just to eat at home! 

How cute are these?
 



Hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day yesterday!



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FOOD: Chocolate-Dipped Smashmallows

Yes, I said Smashmallows. 

The team over at SmashMallows sent us these organic & gluten-free marshmallows & they are Mmmmm!  They are known as America's first snackable marshmallows. All of their snacks are made from the best natural ingredients along with a variety of flavors. Since Valentine's day is coming we were inspired to try one of their recipes using the Strawberries & Cream flavored marshmallows!
Recipe below.


Their current flavors include:  Toasted Coconut Pineapple, Mint Chocolate Chip, Root Beer Float, Meye Lemon Chia Seed, Cinnamon Churro, Espresso Bean & Strawberries & Cream!  The links I included are to purchase them in packs of 4 or to buy their variety pack here.

A flavor I'd LOVE to see would be.... Chocolate & Cream. Come on guys! That would be ideal to add to my hot cappuccino in the mornings!  Kids really love smashmallows as you can see below, my son ate 2 of the Chocolate Dipped Smashmallows I made!  He's got a SWEET TOOTH but for some reason he didn't like the melted chocolate as much..so I had to place his in the freezer to harden for a bit, then he ate it!   This Valentine's Day surprise a friend, your hubby or a co-worker with some smashmallows.


Recipe: CHOCOLATE-DIPPED SMASHMALLOWS -
  
 INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate cut into squares 
  • 1 4.5 oz bag Smashmallows (any flavor)
  • Edible Gold Leaf flakes (optional) This will give it a professional bakery look. You can purchase some here or here.  (Make sure it says edible).
PREP:
  • Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted. Do not overheat or you will burn the chocolate. 
  • Using a toothpick or fork, dip Smashmallows half way in melted chocolate, then place on waxed paper or aluminum foil & let harden. 
  • Felling extra adventurous? Garnish with edible gold leaf, a sprinkle of nuts or a dusting of powdered sugar. 
  • Makes 16 one-bite treats!



"Love Affair" original lip paintings available for purchase here.






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FASHION: TOP 5 FAVE TOPS

It's pretty chilly outside, being it's only February.  I've got my eye on a few tops this season & I recently ordered this one from Vici Collections.   Even though it's more for June weather...I couldn't pass up on how cute it was!

I am also loving all the ones from Lingua Franca - like the "We are all Immingrants" cashmere sweater & my personal fave,  "I Miss Barack" which is one of their biggest sellers!  I want one. However, it's currently over my price range.  Anyway, if you're into splurging or not, here are a few of my faves this month! 

Hope you enjoy your Valentines day!



XOXO: "we are all immigrants" by Lingua Franca nyc - can only be ordered by emailing here.
XX: Red sweatshirt with heart via ILY Couture



 
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Kids Clothing Available!

 Hey guys, we have been going through a lot of changes in the last day or two. It's been very tough and at times stressful. Unfortunately, I also decided to close down my Cocoa & Hearts kids shop because I was spreading myself too thin.  But we have a BIG SALE there and all tees & sweaters are now 30% off, everything must go! 

Also, many moms have asked about Noah's clothing & if I was selling the items that no longer fit him. I've been meaning to do this for a long time now! he will be 2 years old next month, and I finally got around to posting some online for sale. Finally. Please visit that sale here.


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Creative Toys for Kids: edu2toys

Hey guys! I wanted to highlight a new learning toy we got recently.

edu2toys is a company based out of Lithuania that believes in the power of creative education. They understand that each child has his or her own unique greatness. So, they developed tools & toys that nurture & empower kids to become their best self! I'm totally down with that! 

As a mom, I find myself wondering what types of activities to do with my toddler.  I've tried playing ball, coloring & even making a spider out of a craft materials, he wasn't that interested.  Throughout the 'trying'  I found myself wondering if I was doing something wrong? -   I've had better luck when he & I painted together & read books.  As a mom, I am realizing more & more that early childhood is an important stage of development where my little guy is exploring & curious about every single thing!  He's obsessed with looking into everything.

I came across edu2toys & I love that they believe that developing creativity in our children is a duty to be shared by both teachers & parents. So true! They also explain that in order to understand children we need to try & listen closely to what they say, their facial expressions, the look in their eyes & even analyze their drawings.  KIDS tend to communicate via emotions, shadow play, music, art of sculpture, storytelling, drawing, drama and a multitude of other verbal and non-verbal means of self-expression. So, my husband I wanted to bring more creativity into Noah's play area where he would be able to express himself more....so, we chose a few items from edu2toys.


The one I'll be sharing with you today is the - Sensory Play Space DividerIt's a modular space divider.  It helps develop sensory skills & also imagination! You can also use this to divide an area in their room and create activity zones & quiet reading time.  I love toys that help Noah develop skills, for example this space divider is valuable because it helps with:
  • fine motor skills
  • self-expression & imagination
  • communication skills
  • aesthetics

You can do a lot with this space divider such as folding the panels in a circle to create a house! We did that for Noahs's room & we also got the felt wool berries - which I LOVE!! I must admit, he hasn't quite mastered the creativity aspect of it, but I think the more we practice.... the more he will understand that play time is about imagining & creating! 




 Check out more cool toys and tools on edu2toys


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Home: Katie Kime

Katie Kime is an Interiors and + Fashion designer based in Texas. She has a colorful & bold preppy style that captures the eye immediately. Her prints are eye-catching & so is her home which was featured here in Lonny Mag back in 2015. You have to check it out for some amazing home inspiration! Katie Kime seems to live her life in color, from green foliage to animal prints, her patterns are a must-have in a home or wardrobe. 

Personally,  my favorite area in her home are the spotted wallpaper in the dining area + the large closet with the banana leaves wallpaper.  All which can be purchased via her online shop.

I hope to one day collaborate with Katie Kime, she's amazing! 





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ART: Ombre Hearts Available!!

Time is so precious these days. If I stay still I feel like I am either going to fall ASLEEP or die of boredom! So, I keep moving. Ever feel like that?

Anyway, with some time on my hands, I managed to paint (2) more pieces yesterday! 
The Ombre' Hearts original paintings have now been added to my online gallery! We no longer have a timer, so you can buy at your own convenience as well as choose the frame style you like, directly off the site. These watercolor+acrylic pieces are 30"x37" and are so much PRETTIER in person, I guarantee you!  

I think they would look FAB in a home office, or in a nursery. The Ombre Hearts painting represents many things, but it is mostly a happy painting - that reminds me that we do NOT have to be PERFECT......hence the imperfect details on the hearts. Hope you like them! 


You can see them both here.

If you are looking to commission a painting, please contact Jen with more details. Include measurements, colors & style you would like.
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Fashion: Golden Goose Sneaker Trend

Hey guys! Hope you all had a fantastic New Year! I have been spotting the coolest sneakers around the blogosphere called Golden Goose. They're on the top scale of prices for sneakers, so you def have to love these to splurge on them. However, if you think the price tag is a bit much for you, these are  a similar, more affordable version available at SheIn. 

They come in a wide variety of colors, I personally like all the colors but my favorite is the more neutral all white with black seen hereAs for trendy sneakers, I've seen SO MANY young girls sporting shell top Adidas...and although I had a pair when I was 15 years old, I think they're WAY TOO popular now.  Personally, I'd rather invest a bit more money & get something like golden goose. Or even get a cheaper pair that look like the real deal! They're trendy, comfy & not every single teeny bopper is wearing them.  Happy New Year!!!






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FASHION: 5 Vavoom dresses for NYE

Hey guys! I am so excited for the Holidays! BIGGEST reason is because I will get to spend time with my family. Also, I'm excited about going on more than (1) date night......thanks to my mom! With that said...anyone have plans for the New Year?? 

We hadn't been out on New Year's Eve since NYE 2015, right before Noah popped into the mix & we became a family of 3. So, this year even though we may not make it out to party, I wanted to inspire those of you who would be. I put together some dresses that are sure to draw some attention & get you noticed while ringing in 2017. 

Hope you all have a great Christmas!!

 
 
which one is your favorite?


uno.  | mesh ruffle dress via topshop
dos. | nude pink sequin dress via zara
tres. | green sequin print dress via topshop
cuatro. | metalllic camellia dress via rebacca taylor
cinco. | black sequin pleaded midi dress via topshop




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Design: Throwback of My Apartment

Earlier this year, I was featured in a popular Decor magazine called Casa e Jardim from Brazil.

I don't believe I ever shared all these photos on my blog....so I wanted to post them today.  The photos were shot earlier this year when Noah was much younger & wasn't standing or walking yet...hence, why the coffee table is styled so nicely in the pic below! Ha! These days, the apartment is not as nicely decorated because having a toddler changes everything! Simple things like a glass vase are now considered "armed & dangerous." haha 

This apartment holds so many memories but one of my favorites was decorating it.  I hope my home decor will inspire you! Please feel free to pin these pics!

area rug by madeline weinrib 
| Art by Jen Ramos  
| zig zag blk & white ceramic vase by Emilia Ceramics


small spotted rug by Caitlin Wilson


desk by west elm


blue abstract art set + gold frames via  Jen Ramos



 indian chief art by jenna snyder-phillips

pillows are old by cb2 and west elm
| velvet sofa by Jayson Home



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FASHION: 5 Comfy Holiday Sweaters

Many of us will be attending Holiday parties or just family gatherings this Season.  For me, I'll be heading to a family gathering where we will (for the first time ever) do a Christmas sweater theme. This is NOT a common thing for my family, but my brother suggested it 2 weeks ago along with some hot chocolate - & I said, "Um, YEA!!"

With that said, I spent the last week looking for the right sweater that wasn't going to have me sweating up a storm while indoors!  I finally decided on this one.

If you're thinking of the same, I pulled together 5 sweatshirts that I thought would work nicely for a family gathering or office party. In the meanwhile Happy Shopping! I will shoot a few pics for my instagram + show it on my SnapChat: CocoaAndHearts around Christmas time. Stay tuned!






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ART: Birds Painting

I recently launched another sale with 8 paintings & only 3 are left.

Today I wanted to highlight a piece I've done more than a few times for clients called "Birds".
This painting is one of my favorites & probably one of the prettiest in person. People ask me why this piece costs more than the other large ones...and the reason is because this painting takes around 3-4 days to complete. I literally have to do this piece in layers to make sure it turns out the way I want it.  I also add oils which takes longer to dry. 

Looking at this piece of art, I can picture it in a little girl's room, a home office or even a bedroom! It's versatile & seems to mix well in any space even with the pink colors! This Large BIRDS painting is currently available in my online gallery, see it here.






Hope you have a great weekend!! Happy Holidays. 



-1st pic by mia baxter (superimposed with my painting) + 3rd photo via Domino with painting superimposed.




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FASHION: Top 10 SheIn fashion picks

Hey guys, a friend recommended I visit this shop called SheIn.  

I really loved all the cute outfits they had available and the best part was they were unique & also VERY affordable! The every day gal could shop all the time on this site because they have sweaters, t-shirts, makeup brushes, shoes, gorgeous skirts (a la' Carrie Bradshaw) & more! I rounded up my top 10 pics from their site & will be purchasing a few of these faves for myself. Ladies, check them out here, you will not be disappointed. They also have amazing sales to save even more!  



happy holidays! 





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New Sweatshirt for the kids!!

Hey guys, I know many of us are anticipating Thanksgiving for some time off......but I wanted to give you a heads up & let you know we launched a new design in a sweatshirt! Check it out here in our kids shop : Cocoa & Hearts. - perfect timing as the weather is already getting chilly! - This unisex sweatshirt is only available in gray & in sizes 2T-4T for toddlers!

PLUS...you will get a FREE Hot Pink heart print with each sweater purchase! 

available at cocoa & hearts

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TOP 5 Picks from SJP Shoe Collection

Hey guys, I have been contemplating if I am going to continue blogging. Each day that goes by I think I get more 'unmotivated'.  Wonder if anyone else feels this way? - Call me crazy but today out of nowhere, I saw Sarah Jessica Parker & felt inspired to write a NEW Year's Fashion post. As many of you know...the uncertainty our country faces can seem a little daunting & often times we need to put our minds on other things to get through the day.  Normally, when I feel inspired... it allows me to create & get away for a bit.  In this case, to start planning an outfit for the New Year.

If I know I am going out on New Year's eve, I tend to put together an outfit a few days after Thanksgiving. Since shoes are a BIG deal,  SJP has a great line & although it's not SUPER affordable, it's just one option. However, there are other budget friendly options at some of my faves like Mango & Zara you might like!  Here are my top 5 picks from the SJP collection.

P.S. I will try my best to blog, if not......then feel free to join me on instagram.




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Real Life: Balance

Being a mom & running a business is HARD work. There aren't enough hours in a day to do both as well as I'd like. I admit it. There are days I wish I had my nanny even longer, but then I'd never spend time with my son. It's all about perfecting balance I guess.....& that, I am still working on. Today I looked down at my little guy & he was wearing this t-shirt I designed. Says "mom & dad are my heroes" .... It made me smile. ...that maybe he thought I was doing just great... That in his eyes, I was HIS HERO.  

It made all this hard work today...feel a little better.

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T-shirt from my shop Cocoa & Hearts
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