Christmas Card 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

This year we opted out of the whole physical Christmas Card thing to "Go Green" so I decided to do a virtual Christmas Card and you can see that below :) 

We are in Atlanta celebrating Christmas with my family and relaxing. It has been so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The little ones have had such a fun time being spoiled by family which they normally don't see and it doesn't help the situation that they are the only grandchildren on this side of the family. But they are loving every bit of it. And let me tell you my family is too. I am so glad we were able to come up and bring some joy and laughter to my parents through the little ones!

I will definitely post a little recap and pictures when I get back home. This is all I have time for today!


Holiday Gift Guide for HER

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Both of my babies are napping right now, at the same time...HOORAY!! Just a little FYI, this never and i mean NEVER happens! You've got one happy momma right now! And I have piles of dirty laundry to sort through upstairs but working on this post was so much better hehe! Laundry never ends with babies...seriously. Procrastination at it's finest. Here is the last and best Holiday Gift Guide for the extra special women in your life! These are just a few fab ideas for all of those wives, mothers, mother-in-laws, sisters, girlfriends, sister-in laws, nieces, daughters, etc. that you just have NO idea what to get them. Hope this helps! 

2. Bloomingdale's // UGG Glitter Flats
3. Sephora // Clinique Chubby Treats
7. Target // Flannel Pj's
8. J.Crew factory // Bow Sweater


DIY: Polka-Dot Holiday Wrapping Paper

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hello there!! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their family and friends! We sure did! This is the first year that Little Gus is starting to understand a little bit more what is going on  and he has become quite the little helper! So Friday he helped me put up our Christmas tree. We had Christmas music playing all day, it was so nice! He loved taking out all of our ornaments, of course he thought they were balls so he threw them everywhere. Thank God I have yet to invest in  some nice ornaments and mine are nice, cheap, and plastic so no harm can be done...hehe. Nevertheless, it was so nice to have him be a part of the Christmas tree this year.

This weekend I made some pretty fabulous wrapping paper (budget-friendly, of course) and wanted to share on how to make it! It's oh so very simple and will need just a few materials! The very best part is that I already had everything I needed so I only spent $1 !! The hubs was so excited hahah! 

- Craft paint in color(s) of your choice
- Wine corks
(I have been saving the corks off the bottles of wine we open ;))
-Brown Mailing paper 
($1 at the Dollar Tree or you can get it at the Post Office)
-Ribbon for wrapping the gift afterwards
(Had some left-over from my son's birthday party)

All you have to do it unravel the mailing paper on the floor or on a long table and dip one end of the cork into the paint and stamp away! I used different corks for each color. The corks make the most perfect circles on the paper. I left mine to dry overnight because I didn't want to risk any smudges. 

This is a cute project that you could even do with your little ones, obviously with kids paint and not permanent craft paint. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask! 



Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

These beautiful wallets are 100% hand crafted and are real leather.

2. Jack Spade// Ashby Plaid Tie

3. The Sharper Image// Electric Wine Opener

4. Sharper Image// Motorized Tie Rack
This is a pretty nifty gadget for a professional who wears a tie everyday to work!

You can never go wrong with a good cologne!

6. Bloomingdale's// Ugg Slippers 
I have the women's version of these...Best. Gift. Ever. Especially for those of you that live up North!

Happy Birthday Little Gus!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

 Happy 2nd Birthday to my little Guy!!!

This post was supposed to be on the blog on Friday, which was the day of his actual birthday but between one thing and the other that didn't happen. I will do a re-cap of his birthday party on another post. Here is the post:

Two years ago, today, we were blessed with the life of a precious baby boy. This little or not so little bundle of joy was born at 8 lbs, 14 oz and 21 inches long. Little did I know my life would change forever. 

He has brought nothing but joy and laughter to us and our families. My sweet boy is growing up!! It's amazing how time flies and fast they grow and I'm sitting here thinking how I wish he was a baby again, who depended on you for everything but at the same time I am thrilled that he becoming more independent day by day.

I love watching him grow and develop. He says please and thank you. Yesterday, I sneezed and he said "Bless you" (I almost melted). He can climb up and down our stairs successfully, without falling. 

The day I became a big brother!

Little Gus is loving trains these days. Actually, mostly anything that has to do with transportation. He loves Elmo, loves the park and most of all loves going to play with his cousins. He is still a great hes's always been haha. He has become pretty good at sharing with Olivia--(this was not an easy thing to accomplish). He has such a big heart and helps his sister up when she falls.

Below is a little picture re-cap of the first two years of my little guy's life!
On his baptism day at 2 months old
6 months old

Our first family photo...minutes after he was born!

My first birthday cake!

My first trip to Atlanta --December 2012
The first time I wore a bowtie!
Easter 2013

My first horse-ride

Today, we will be relaxing with the birthday boy, waiting for "Abu" (my mom) to arrive,,,which im so excited about! I can't wait to see her! And of course doing a couple last minute things for his Elmo Birthday Bash tomorrow!


Holiday Gift Guide for your Littles

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

1. Land of Nod//Candy Bow Sleeping Bag
I am in love with this sleeping bag for a little girl. I really wish Olivia was old enough for it!

I am a huge fan of wooden toys and this guy is perfect for babies say 6 months+ up to young toddlers.

3. Pottery Barn Kids// Airplane Ride-On
Oh. my. Gosh. It can't any cuter than this! They have these vintage transportation vehicles that can be personalized! 

4. Pottery Barn Kids// Anywhere Chair
Little Gus is definitely getting one of these for Christmas! They have the cutest prints for girls and boys!

5. Thomas Rain Boots
We're going through a huge Thomas stage right now so these are going to be very appropriate!

This is really cute for your little princesses who may not be old enough to play with princess Barbies. I think Olivia may be finding this under the tree. 

Perfect for a new baby in your life. They have boy prints too!

8. Coconut Robot// Custom Leather Pacifer Clip

9. Melissa and Doug Jumbo Stacking Train Set
Another wooden toy!

I love the girly twist they gave the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe!


Baby Files// Olivia is 8 Months Old!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Our little Livey is 8 months old already! I'm thinking time just needs to slow down a little bit. This has a been a month of a lot of firsts for Olivia.

oopsss someone got stuck underneath her bouncer.
She has become quite the little firecracker, haha. She started crawling this month, which means she is getting into EVERYTHING! She claps now and can eat a cracker on her own :) ! She can also hold her bottle on her own. Her favorite thing to do these days is to empty out all of the baby books from the entertainment center, making a beautiful mess! But hey, I will take whatever will keep her entertained for a few minutes. She also started sitting up by herself from laying down so we lowered her crib completely. (We don't want any accidents)

Her teeth-less smile just lights up the room. Yes. Still no teeth. Should I be concerned? She may not have teeth but she can eat cooked carrots and small pieces of chicken. She is starting to boycott baby food and wants what the rest of the family is eating.

I have been so blessed to marry into a wonderful and very supportive family. As many of you may know my family is in Atlanta. However, when we got married and I moved down here, my husband's family welcomed me with open arms and have taken me in as if I were a daughter of their own. The other day my Mother-in-Law called me because she was at IKEA and she picked these fabulous bibs up for the babies. (I just wish they came in girly colors.)

Ikea KLADD Bib

Ummm let me just say they one of the best things ever invented. I'm in love with them. They are great for eating (at any age) or crafts and save a lot of time from trying to get stains out of kids clothes.

Olivia eating/modeling her new KLADD Bib

90 Calories and 3 Ingredients. Can you guess what it is?!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Friday! Well it's been a rough 48 hours for us lately. We've got one baby with a cold and another with an ear infection, high fevers and the whole nine yards. So yes, I've been running on very little sleep. I hate having sick babies. They're just so sad. Yesterday, I was at the pediatrician for about 3 hours with them. I literally almost cried because the wait was so long. But that's alright, as mothers we do what we have to, to make our little ones feel better.

Anyways, Yay for still being in pumpkin season! We've got about 2 more weeks of  it before the Christmas season officially starts! I LOVE pumpkin flavored anything and for some reason pumpkin seasonal foods are limited in grocery stores here. Don't ask me why. Such a bummer. So the minute I saw canned pumpkin at the grocery store the other day I didn't hesitate to grab it, whatsoever.

I love to bake as you may already know and always prefer to make baked goods from scratch instead of  using pre-made mixes from the grocery store but this little recipe you just can't resist. It requires only 3 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. The best part its only 90 Calories!!!! wooohoooo!!! This is the Weight Watchers Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe! (This time I couldn't find my cupcake pan so I just made it in a 9x9 baking pan and cut it into squares.)

-1 box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
-1 15oz. can of Pumpkin (not pumpkin filling mix)
-1 cup of water

THATS IT!!! It really can't get any easier ladies!!

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix all 3 ingredients in a bowl
3. Let bake from 20-25 min.

This is the most perfect recipe for when you don't have much time to spend on making a little something sweet and festive!!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
Happy Friday!


Fashion Fever// 20x20 Style Challenge Week 1 Recap

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy Tuesday! Well I made it through week one of the Style Challenge and I know I am a day late with this post but I figured it's better late than never! I'm not going to lie and say it was easy. With two little ones, I typically stay home all the time so it's hard for me to acctually put real clothes on.  And half the time I'm changing diapers and have baby spit up all over my shirt. I was tempted to just throw on a tee and some leggings half the week, last week but I pulled through :) Anyways, here are the outfits I pulled together, that I wore last week.

Week 1, Day 1: Loft Coral and Tan Striped sweater//Jcrew Navy Shorts//Ivanka Trump Bow Flats

Week 1, Day 2: Tan Cardigan//Loft Coral Tank//Dry Aged Jeans//Ivanka Trump Flats

Week 1, Day 3: Jcrew Neon Yellow V-neck sweater//Jcrew Navy Chino Shorts// Jcrew Leopard print belt//Ivanka Trump Bow flats

Week 1, Day 4: (picture on the left)Sleeveless Chambray blouse//Express Nude tank//Black Leggings//Black flats

Week 1, Day 5: (picture on the right) Sleeveless Chambray top//Target leopard print cardigan// Banana republic shorts//Jcrew Neon pink belt//Jcrew Necklace//Ivanka Trump Bow Flats

My favorite outfits from this week are the third and the last one from this week :) 

Fashion Fever// Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale: My favorite picks

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale is in full swing!! Another reason to love the holidays hehe. Here are a few of my faves from the sale. Oh, and for those of you who aren't aware they are having a fabulous mascara sale today and ONLY today! Buy two mascaras and get one free!!! Any brand, Any Type, Any Color! Great for stocking suffers or stocking up!

Jack Rodgers Sandals-Navy and Gold
Can you tell I live in Miami? It is sandal season year-round. 

Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish Boat Shoe
You can never go wrong when you mix leopard print and a boat shoe :). 

Kate Spade Cluster Drop Earrings
These are fabulous for a holiday! Pink is ALWAYS appropriate!

Kate Spade New York "Glow Stick" Bib Necklace
A statement necklace with a pop of color can change your outfit from night to day!


Can you believe its November already?! & Halloween Re-Cap

Monday, November 4, 2013

First, I want to give everyone a little Halloween re-cap of my precious Mickey and Minnie last week. I know I'm a little behind but I just can't not share these pictures :) Yes, I'm a proud momma!

This was Olivia's first Halloween and Little Gus' first Halloween that he knew what was going on. Although, we are not big fans of "celebrating" Halloween with scary decorations and spooky costumes I really don't see any harm in dressing the kids up and letting them go trick-or-treating. Our little guy LOVED the idea that they put candy in his little candy bag if he said "trick-or-treat". The first store (we went trick-or-treating at the mall) we went to he immediately stuck his hand into his bag, whipped out the candy and asked for help to open it so he could eat it. He was so cute!

As you may be able to tell Mickey wasn't in the best of moods (hence the lack of mickey ears and nose) so I was not able to snap very good pictures of him so what you see is the best I got. 

You can see Mickey running around in the background haha...He wouldn't sit next to his sister so we could get a picture of them together. What are we going to do? We are well into his terrible twos. We have just have to make the best of it. 

Second, Can you believe it's November already? That means the holidays are officially HERE!! first born turns TWO at the end of the month! Time flies my friends...I'm cooking up an Elmo themed birthday party for my little guy. I've got so much to do so little time. We're going to be little busy bees on the blog this month! I've got several DIY's up my sleeve you don't want to miss out on that I'm really excited about!


Fashion Fever // 20x20 Style Challenge: My 20 pieces

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Monday Lovely Ladies! 
Today is the first day of the 20x20 Style Challenge and the big reveal of the 20 chosen pieces! Wooohooo! I'm so excited/ scared for this but I think it will be good for me...considering I am the queen of over packing haha. If we are going on a weekend trip I will certainly be packing clothes for about a week. This is going to be great practice for packing for Atlanta this Christmas...we are flying and will be bringing back our suitcases have to go half empty and we are traveling with two babies. Jesus help me. 

Anyways,  below are the 20 pieces of clothing I have chosen to mix and match for the 20 weekdays in November...

1. Target Girls section leopard cardigan
2. Jcrew neon yellow v-neck sweater
3. Chambray 1/4 button up
4. Loft Coral and tan  striped sweater
5. Tan cardigan 

6. & 7. Juicy Couture Black velour Tracksuit

8. Dry Aged Jeans
9. Paper Cloth & Denim Skinny Jeans
10. My favorite pair of black leggings (Nordstrom Rack)

11. Loft coral tank
12. Mint Express racer-back tank
13. Tan Express racer-back tank

14. Sleeveless Chambray button down

15. Banana Republic Black Shorts
16. Jcrew Tan linen Boyfriend shorts
17. Jcrew Navy Chino shorts

18. Adrienne Vittani Black  Pointed flats
19. Boutique 9 Sandals
20. Ivanka Trump nude pointed bow flats

Every Monday in November look for how I combined and styled these pieces to make different outfits!


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