August 10, 2018

BABY ESSENTIALS

Lucky for us, having both boys so close in age reduced the amount of things I put on my registry. We have tons of Axel’s clothes that will be used as hand-me-downs for Ander and all the funky gizmos and gadgets we got, too. But there were a few essentials I put on my registry this time around, that I hadn’t before.

HALO BASSINET 

Why a bassinet? When we first had Axel we were living in a smaller 1 BD apartment and had his crib right next to our bed in our room. There was no need for one and we had him sleeping in the crib from day one. It was honestly the best thing ever, there was no hard times transitioning him into his crib – he didn’t know any different.

This time around, we live in a larger apartment and Axel has his own room. But, in order to ease everyone into a smooth transition we put the Halo Bassinet on our list to have Ander close by the first few months. Especially if I will be breast feeding again – it’s the easiest thing. We just recently built it and can’t wait to use it! love the swivel factor of it.

MONICA & ANDY CUDDLE BOX SET

Even though I’ve packed an outfit that Axel first wore in the hospital (for photo comparison purposes down the road) – I wanted Ander to have his very own take home outfit. This set from Monica & Andy is the absolute cutest, too! They are available in a bunch of different prints, but this tropical one was my absolute favorite. They are so soft and so tiny. It comes with 2 Grey tops with a matching pant, a printed onesie – with a matching swaddle blanket + beanie, plus a striped burp cloth. The absolute works. No need to pack anything else in my hospital bag.

FRESHLY PICKED BACKPACK

Game changer. We purchased this one ourselves actually, before our summer vacation to Italy and it’s the absolute best. The pockets inside keep everything organized and in it’s place + the leather textured look is perfect enough for Adrian to rock it, too.

HAAKAA BREAST PUMP

I’ve been seeing a lot about this cord-free silicone breast pump. I wish I would’ve had this when I was breast feeding Axel. Looking forward to having this on hand when I’m on the go or in the middle of the night when I really need to “let down” for comfort. Sorry guys, I know – TMI. Whatever. #Motherhood

SKIP HOP LIGHT UP DIAPER CADDY

Like I mentioned above, We’ll be having Ander in our room for the first few months in the bassinet. In order to not annoy either baby or dad during those late night feedings/changing sessions I thought this caddy was absolutely perfect. It has a small, dim light that would be perfect enough to light up the area and be quick ‘n easy change. Winning!

COMOTOMO BOTTLES

Now, I can’t say anything good or bad about these bottles because I’ve never used them. But they come highly recommended and I’m hoping that Ander will like them (when we need to use them). I plan on breast feeding for as long as I can – but there will be those days/nights where I’d rather switch him to stored breast milk for a little bit of a break….. or date night with Adrian.

What are some of your Baby Essentials? Would love to know!

we’re almost there.

there are so many things I could knit-pick (is that how you spell that?) about this photo like:

there are toys everywhere
my dining table is a mess
my feet are swollen
not wearing much of a fashionable outfit
etc etc etc

or, I can take it for what it is. three people. a mother and her sons. happiness. joy. excitement. and so so so much love.

we’re almost there and Ander, you’re almost here.

August 1, 2018

august: a few things

it’s a new month. no time to look back on the “what ifs” and “should’ve dones” because that’s already passed and over. there is a new month ahead filled with new opportunities that could be even BIGGER and BETTER than what you imagined.

the start of the month can be one of two things: stressful or great. but it’s really all up to your perspective and which mindset you decide to move forward with.

now I’d like to start a mini series either at the end or beginning of each month to discuss “a few things” and they don’t always have to be so serious or so drab – I will write about certain trends, things i’ve experienced, etc. you catch the drift.

there are a few things i’ve learned in the last couple of weeks have really taken me to a new level of being still and being real. I wanted to come on here and share a few of these “lessons” because i’m sure there is someone out there who needs to hear about them too. so, here we go:

1 – Everything is going to be ok. Even when things seem like they are definitely not ok.

When you’re in the heat of the moment or with your head so far into the situation, there’s no way to see the bigger picture of things. Now, I don’t know what you’ve gone through lately – but this month really tested my patience and overall sense of stability. I’ve had to really just let go and let God do the work for me.

I’m going into this month with a fresh mindset, more positive. more optimistic. because I know, that everything is going to be ok.

I read the other day on a friends instagram page “water and wait” and it really struck home for me. here’s a snippet of it, because the readers digest version won’t give it the credit it deserves:

“…isn’t this life? Isn’t this at the core of what we do across all the pieces of our days and nights? As a designer, we design and edit and design again. And we wait. Wait on approvals. Permits. Contractors. As wives, we try to pour into our husbands. We pray for them. We love them. And we wait. As daughters of Christ, we water and wait. We digest the word. We pray big prayers. We wait. We wait for whispers, signs, loud voices, answered prayers. As leaders of people. We invest and train and educate and help our team. And we wait. For breakthroughs, for successful meetings, for growth. We water. And we wait. And perhaps we get tired in the waiting. We grow frustrated. We lose hope. Maybe a weed grows where the tomato plant was supposed to. Maybe. But when that first sprig of lush green delicious vine makes its appearance above the dirty soil, is there a better feeling? Perhaps living in the waiting is what we must get better at, knowing one day we will eat the most delicious caprese salad in all the land.”

So here I am at the beginning of August, in the “waiting” season – and being active and aware that it is something I must get better at and will get better at.

2 – Five years ago, Adrian asked me to marry him.

this morning I received a notification on my phone from Facebook Memories reminding me of this really happy moment. wow, five years. a lot has happened since that moment. really good things and really bad things – but at the end of the day, we’ve done those five years together. we’re about to bring in our second blessing to this world and it’s the fruit of all that sacrifice, love and perseverance to love each other each day.

marriage is hard people. and I’m not a life coach, marriage counselor or therapist for that matter – but one thing I know that has helped us each get through each day is to actively decide “i’m going to love you today, no matter what.” …no.matter.what.

3 – Double strollers are a very scary thing to me.

I don’t know why, they have literally never done anything to me. I have been doing so much research on which double stroller to buy with the family growing and haven’t found the right one yet. I have test driven a few options – and I think that’s it. In my mind, picturing now moving and grooving with two babies and being on the go. That picture in my head, is what’s scaring me. Can I do it? How will I make it work? *Smacks self in face* Of course I can. Of course I will. “Ashley, please refer to number one above.”

4 – Closet sales can be really exhilarating and fun.

I’m definitely “nesting” and cleaning out so much of my apartment – but it’s nice to clear out and start fresh. Highly recommend it.

5 – Life with a Nespresso machine is so much easier.

Ran out of coffee pods the other day and I have been so lazy in getting new ones, so I’ve been making cuban coffee the manual way the last couple of weeks. And even though my arm definition has gotten quite “better” and there is nothing like fresh “espumita” i’m very much over it and need my Nespresso alive and well again.

You don’t have one? Get one. Like, yesterday and then thank me later.

July 30, 2018

I’ve got a thing for shoes.

as summer will be coming to a close soon and fall quickly approaches, I’ve put together a round up of some the styles that have my eye for the upcoming season transition. which are your favorites?

whites:

 

boots:

 

sneakers:

 

fiesta ready:

 

animal instincts:

 

feminine touch:

 

let’s slide:

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July 26, 2018

Not a beauty expert, but I love a good face cream.

The title speaks for itself. I’ve always been a pretty low-maintenance kind of gal when it comes to skin care and makeup. SPF has always been my best friend and so has a round up of moisturizers due to my Rosacea (which has gotten better throughout the years).

I wear little to no makeup on the daily, except for maybe tinted moisturizer with SPF + mascara. I let my freckles do the power work for me…..and….I love a good monthly facial. That’s about it for my skin care regimen, but here are the products that I’ve been sticking to the last couple of months and *loving*.

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme (Day) & Nightwear Plus (Night, Obviously) – My daily go-tos.

Clinique Moisture Surge (Daytime) – I use this when my skin is feeling a little dry or blah when I wake up in the morning. I also love to use this after a day in the sun.

Valjean Labs GLOW Serum – I’ve been using this serum a lot this summer right after washing my face + before applying moisturizer for a little pep in my glow.

Murad AHA/BHA Cleanser – I’m almost out of this stuff, definitely need to restock. It’s an exfoliating cleanser that my facialist recommended and it really feels great on my skin, not intense.

Murad Acne Clearing Solution – for those rough days of mini breakouts, thanks hormones! This helps relieve the blemishes and I usually see results within 1-3 days. This stuff is awesome.

Murad Perfecting Day Cream – I don’t leave home without it. I actually pack it up in my bag to make sure I always have my dose of SPF with me.