RECIPE: Coconut Oil- Fried Tostones


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I’m so excited to add some new content here on Lucky Penny for you guys. I asked my friend Gabi, who makes the most delicious food, if she’d be interested in sharing some of her favorite healthy and family friendly recipes here for all of you! Her Instagram account is full of food that makes my stomach growl and makes me wish I was eating something she cooked up, rather than my toddler’s leftovers.

The first recipe we are sharing is a super healthy snack alternative to your normal potato or corn chips. Even my pickiest eater, Edith, was a huge fan of these salty but sweet tostones chips served up witha side of Green Goddess chimichurri.

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Design & Style / Travel

Easy & Chic Airport Outfit


Today, the girls and I are off to Mexico! This trip is so needed. It’s always around February when the weather in NYC is freezing and its dark at 4pm and we start to question why we ever moved here. And, since the girls have this week off from school, I knew it was the perfect time to get away.

Since I’m traveling alone with the girls this time, I like to make sure I’m comfortable but still look decent enough to walk into a hotel or head straight to a restaurant after we get off of the plane. A leather jacket is lightweight enough to be comfortable in most temperatures and it keeps me from storing a huge down puffer coat in my suitcase. These sneakers are my new favorite addition. They’re under $100 and kind of go with everything!

I’m also completely in love with my Away carry-on bag. I was honestly amazed the first time I packed it and realized how much it could actually hold. For this trip it fits a weeks worth of my clothes and swimsuits plus my toiletries. I also love having this bag for international flights because it can charge my cell phone or the girls’ iPads!

I hope you guys all have a great weekend! Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see more of our Mexico vacation photos!

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# Together We Mother | Self Love


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#TogetherWeMother is a series meant to bring up an honest discussion about several topics and moments we collectively have experienced as mothers. I’m honored to be a part of this group and to read the moving and beautiful responses by the other women joining me. I hope you’ll take the time to read their stories as well and join us by sharing your own honest moments.

This week we are talking about how we balance the love we have for our children with the love we have for ourselves. Or maybe, how we take the time to love ourselves as mothers. Click through to read more….

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Happy Valentine’s Day + A Few Tips To Make Date Night Sexier


Valentine’s Day after you’ve had kids is a totally different ballgame. Usually I’m too tired to even bother and end up just telling my husband, “Let’s just skip it this year” rather than try and figure out some gift that he may not even use and I get some piece of jewelry I won’t end up wearing.

Rather than focusing on our relationship for just one day, we’ve made the decision to go on a date once a week. Having no family around means this can get pretty expensive but we made cuts to other categories in our budget to make this happen. It’s what we need to be the best partner we can be to each other. So rather than put together a  gift guide this Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share 5 ways we make “Date Night” feel a little sexier than the typical dinner and a movie.

1. Dress Up. I know it sounds obvious, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rushed out of the door the second the babysitter arrives wearing the same thing I have been in all day. I mean, between getting dinner ready and prepping the kids for bed, who has time to get dressed? Lately though, I have been slowing down and taking advantage of having the babysitter there to entertain the kids while I throw on a simple black dress, a splash of red lipstick, a pair of heels, and voila! Suddenly I feel less like “Mommy” and more like “Ana.”
2. Try Something New. It is really easy to fall into the routine of grabbing dinner, especially somewhere we have already been. Think outside of the “dinner rut”. Check out your favorite band in concert, go to the museum, pick a new neighborhood to walk around and explore, pick up your food “to go” and have a picnic in the park, or go bowling. We recently went on a double date to a new shuffleboard club and had the best time!
3. Wear something “special”. My husband and I reserve a single perfume and cologne that we used to wear when we were first dating solely for date night. The smell brings back floods of memories of our kid-free days and I’m reminded of all the ways we fell in love.
4. Plan Ahead. Nothing is less sexy than having to figure out what kind of food I’m in the mood for, what restaurant we can get a seat at, what train delays are happening tonight, etc… I try and make sure we have reservations, know how we are getting there, and what is nearby in case we feel like keeping the date going after dinner.
5. But also, be spontaneous. Some of our best nights have been entirely planned but it doesn’t work out. For example, that adorable al fresco restaurant we had been dying to try wasn’t going to cut it when it was pouring rain outside. So, we improvised and quickly dipped into the closest movie theater, snuggled up and enjoyed popcorn and candy for dinner.

I hope that you each feel a little special today! What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you have any traditions?

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Design & Style

Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is my number one favorite manufactured holiday of all time. Who doesn’t love a good excuse to eat candy and let the people in your life know how much you mean to them? Edith and I have been making the simplest homemade Valentine’s since she was one year old and we continued the tradition this year.

All you need is an old toilet paper roll, some paint, and colored construction paper. You simply fold the toilet paper roll in half and it makes a little heart stamper.  And grandparents also love getting these in the mail if you want to do something else for their classmates.

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And if you’re in the mood to pick up a few goodies for your littlest Valentine’s, I put together some of my favorite outfits and decorations to sweeten up your holiday. This heart garland would look so precious over their bed and I’m wishing this dress came in my size!

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ONE: You + Me Banner  //  TWO: Jelly Shoes // THREE: Love Shirt // FOUR: Heart Dress // FIVE: Heart Garland // SIX: Headband // SEVEN: Heart Sweater // EIGHT: Tulle Dress // NINE: Raincoat // TEN: Tassel Garland // ELEVEN: Heart Headband // TWELVE: Overalls