Monday, June 18, 2018

Raphael - 2 Months

My goodness...another month has passed by. Little man is now 10 weeks old so I thought it was time to give you all an update on how he is doing.

Size: Raphael is 8 lbs 4.5 oz and I'm so excited that he is gaining weight. He's now wearing size 0-3 clothes and is in size 1 diapers!

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is going well. He is eating every 2-3 hours, but I do think that he might be going through a growth spurt.

I'm also still pumping milk since he has to take one bottle of fortified breastmilk. I've also been pumping to store some milk for the future.

Sleep: We don't really have a schedule, but he is sleeping so much better at night. He wakes up maybe 2-3 times a night.

Loves: He loves bath time and he still loves everything else from month 1.

Dislikes: He hates being cold, being taken out of the bath, and hates getting his nose suctioned.

*I think he also likes, but dislikes his pacifier as well as tummy time.*

Places He's Been: Target, Walmart, Publix, and Babies R Us.

Things I Want to Remember:

  • He is smiling so much!
  • He is cooing a lot.
  • Michael and Gabriel love helping me with their little brother. My boys are so sweet. 
  • He is starting to become more alert.

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Until next time...

Friday, June 8, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.


1. Getting more sleep

2. Ice Cream

3. This video of a father coming to his daughter's rescue

4. Warm weather

5. Reading blogs and magazines

6. Starting a new book

7. My boys

8. Running errands by myself

9. Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry juice

10. Waffles and Nutella

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

What I Read in May

I didn't accomplish my reading goal for April and I was not sure if I'd reach my goal for May, but I am so happy to say that I did. I finished one book this month, read a couple of magazines, and I read a bunch of blog posts. There were so many amazing blog posts that I read and a few of them really made me think about a lot of things.



Must Read

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I was so excited when I found out that Elizabeth Acevedo released her new book. This is a verse novel and the poems in the book are really good. The Poet X is about a girl named Xiomara Batista from Harlem. She is the daughter of two old school and strict parents. Xiomara keeps a journal and is invited to join her school's slam poetry club. The story was great and I loved following Xiomara's journey of finding her voice. One of my favorite things about the book is how Elizabeth Acevedo mixed languages (Spanish and English) and culture (Dominican and American culture) in the story.

Light Reading

Cosmopolitan - June 2018 issue

I loved reading Cosmo's interview of Kesha. I also loved the book recommendations.

Hello Giggles

Hello Giggles released their first magazine and I finally found it at Barnes and Noble. It was a really quick read and there were not that many pages, but there was a lot of interesting articles. The essay that stood out to me was "The Day I Found Out I Wasn't White". This was a great essay on race and identity.

Blog Posts I Loved

Learning for learning's sake by Austin Kleon.

My Day Arted by Julia Cusworth

The Best Moms Are Selfish by Ashley (Atlanta Area Moms Blog)

Hey Moms, Let's Stop the Shaming by Genevieve Padalecki

The London Notes: Big Magic by Brittany (Letters to Rayelle)

What did you read in May?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May Designs Newborn Notes Journal

Happy Wednesday! A few weeks ago, I briefly mentioned that I received a May Designs Newborn Notes Journal and promised that I would post a full review. Today, I am going to share that review.


I've said it before and I will say it again- I am a huge fan of May Designs. I was so excited when I found out that they have a Newborn Notes Journal as well as a Pregnancy Journal.  This journal is amazing and I love that you can customize the cover.


The Newborn Notes Journal has a section where you can put your baby's first footprints as well as his or her height, weight, and date of birth. There is also a section where you can put information about the pediatrician and check-ups. There are several different prompts in the journal such as Hospital Memories, Baby's Homecoming, and Birth Story.

The journal contains many pages to keep track of a newborn's feeding schedule, wet/dirty diapers, and sleep schedule. Keeping track of a baby's feeding schedule is so important. When I was in the hospital, I received a few sheets of feeding and pumping logs to keep track of my son's feedings. However, I wanted a book where I could keep track of all this information as well as have a place to list any concerns or questions that I may have for his doctor. I think having this journal makes it so much easier to track all of the information and it's so much more organized. You don't have to worry about losing papers and the journal is so cute.

Check out the images below for a look at the prompts and feeding logs.








This journal has been incredibly useful. I have been taking this journal with me to Raphael's doctor appointments. Whenever his pediatrician asks about his feeding schedule, amounts of wet/dirty diapers, and sleep schedule, I just show her the journal. There's so much to keep track of when you have a newborn and I'm all for products that makes things easy. And May Designs has definitely made things just a bit easier with this journal.

I highly recommend the Newborn Notes Journal from May Designs. You can check out all of their products here.

Have you used a journal to keep track of your baby's feeding schedule? 

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Disclaimer: I received the May Designs Newborn Notes Journal complimentary for review, but all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Goals

Happy June! It's time to reflect on the previous month, look at my goals from the previous month, and set some new goals. May was such a busy and exciting month. We celebrated Michael's 8th birthday! I still can't believe that I have an 8 year old. We also celebrated Mother's Day. We went to several end of the school year events and celebrations. Now we are excited for summer vacation.


Recap of May Goals
  • Read 1 book: I finally finished reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. This was such a great book and I highly recommend it.
  • Work on meal plan: This was both a fail and a success. I didn't really make a meal plan, but I'm glad that we haven't had a lot of take out. 
  • Work on my 100 Day Project: I'm so behind on my 100 Day Project. I'm debating whether to start the challenge over or continue from where I left off. 
  • Share more personal stories and/or essays on the blog: Unfortunately, I did not share any personal stories or essays. I decided to keep this goal for June. I recently joined H & L Writes, a monthly membership that promotes writers and writing. I'm hoping that the monthly themes and prompts will inspire me to write some essays and stories.
  • Make at least 1 scrapbook/craft project: I made two scrapbook layouts this month. 
June Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Share more personal stories and/or essays on the blog
  • Start a new workout plan
  • Make at least 2 scrapbook or craft projects
  • Continue to work on my meal plan
What are your goals for June?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Lauren Mancke on Unsplash

Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer Lovin' Q & A

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Walk or Bike Ride? Walk...I think I may have forgotten how to ride a bike. Is that even possible?

2. Favorite Picnic Food? Chicken Tender Sub

3. Pool or Lake? Pool

4. Favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate chip cookie dough

5. Ice Cream Cone or in a Dish? Ice Cream Cone...preferably with soft serve ice cream

6. Flip Flops or Slides? Flip flops, but I still wear sneakers during summer.

7. Jean Shorts or Jean Capris? Shorts

8. Favorite Summer Fruit? Mango and Quenepas

9. Corn on the Cob or Cut Off the Cob? Corn on the Cob

10. Favorite summertime song? This is a tough one. I have a lot of favorite summertime songs. So I'll just list a few.


11. Favorite summertime activity? Stargazing

12. Favorite Berry? Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or Blackberry? Strawberry

13. Bikini's, tankini's, or one pieces? One pieces or a bikini with a cover up

14. Dresses or skirts? Dresses

15. One word to describe Summer? Blazing

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mini Letters

I love writing letters in my journal. Most of these letters will probably never be seen by anyone, but I think there's something therapeutic about writing letters. It's also a great way to remember events. This month was so busy, but exciting. I wrote several letters in my journal and I thought it would be fun to share a few with you all.


Dear May,

You are one of my favorite months. There are so many events and celebrations like Michael's birthday, Mother's Day, and end of the school year celebrations.

Dear Starbucks,

Thank you for making the limited edition Molten Chocolate Latte chilled espresso. This drink is amazing and it might just be my new favorite drink.

Dear man who paid for my picture frame while I was behind you at the checkout line,

Thank you again so much. That was so incredibly kind of you and it made my day. I love hearing stories about random acts of kindness and it was so cool that I experienced one. I want you to know that I paid it forward.

Dear Graduates,

This is such an exciting time! Whether you are graduating high school or college, I just want to say that I am so proud of you all. It might sound a bit weird since I don't know every single high school or college graduate, but it literally makes me so happy when I see someone wearing a cap and gown. Random fact...when I do see someone that is graduating, I make a wish that he or she accomplishes all the goals that they have set for themselves. So graduates...congrats! I hope all your hopes and dreams come true.

Dear Maroon 5 and Cardi B,

So I just saw the music video for Girls Like You and it is amazing! I love that there were so many dope women in the video.

Who would you write a letter to?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: Band of Brothers is one of the best war drama miniseries ever made. I watch this miniseries at least once a year. I read the book by Stephen Ambrose and it's such a great read.

Reading: I'm currently reading Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew. Her artwork is amazing. You can check out some of her work here.

Listening: Lana del Rey and Barrie-James O'Neill's cover of Summer Wine is amazing! I've also been listening to This is America by Childish Gambino. The music video for this song is incredible.

Making: I've been writing a lot of blog posts and lots of lists. I'm also working on some new cards for my shop.

Feeling: Today was such a great day. I felt well rested and was able to get a lot of stuff done.

Planning: School is officially over so I've been planning some fun Summer activities. I'm so excited for our summer adventures. I also need to finish making my Summer bucket list.

Loving: Naps...I could use all the sleep that I can get right now.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Monday, May 28, 2018

Cherish VoxBox

It's been a while since I received a voxbox from Influenster so I was really surprised and excited when I received one in the mail. From my experience, if you are selected to receive a voxbox then you will receive an email or a notification that let's you know that you were selected for the campaign as well as information on tracking the package. I didn't receive either so it really was a surprise.

I received the Cherish voxbox. This box had several full sized products and items for the entire family.



BarkBox Toy: I think this toy is really cute. This dog toy squeaks and is so soft. I don't have a dog so I will be passing this along to one of my friends.

Mott's Sensibles Apple Raspberry Juice: I was so excited to receive this juice. There was even a coupon included in the box. There was a discount in the Target Cartwheel app and I was able to combine the coupon with the deal. I ended up getting a six pack of Mott's Sensibles Apple Raspberry juice for just a little over a dollar. The boys and I love this juice and I will be purchasing this juice again.

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrances - French Lavender & Tuberose: This perfume smells so good. I plan on carrying this little sample in my diaper bag.

Dove Men+Care Stain Defense Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray: This came at the perfect time. John had just ran out of deodorant and I was going to make a run to the store to get him some more deodorant. John said he really likes this deodorant. He loves how easy it is to apply and he really likes the scent. He said that it went on dry and there was no wet feeling.

Pantene PRO-V Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner: I'm already a fan of Pantene so I was so happy to see this. I had no idea that Pantene made a foam conditioner. I haven't tried this yet, but I do love how it smells.

Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your favorite products?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time....

DISCLOSURE: I received the products described in this post complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.


1. Chocolate chunk cookies

2. Target Cartwheel App

3. Happy Mail

4. Hello Giggles new magazine

5. School year is almost over

6. Spring storms

7. Everything, Everything Soundtrack

8. Random ideas and thoughts during the day

9. Instagram Stories

10. My boys

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: I have always been interested in World War II and I tend to watch a lot of films about war.  I wanted to watch Dunkirk as soon as I heard about the film and I was finally able to watch it. I absolutely loved the film. I really loved that there was not a lot of dialogue in the film. I think everyone should watch this movie.

Reading: As usual, I've been reading some blog posts. I plan on starting a new book this week, but I'm not sure which book I want to read next.

Listening: Te Bote has been stuck in my head for a while.

Making: I have so much stuff to get done so I have been making a ton of lists. I'm starting to work on meal planning again so I'm working on my grocery list as well as a list of recipes.

Feeling: I'm so exhausted. Everyone says that I need to sleep when the baby sleeps, but that's easier said than done.

Planning: I still have several projects to get done. Michael and I are going to work on his school project. I have no idea why his class has a project to get done when school is almost over, but I'm glad that it's a book related project.

Loving: Holl and Lane has created a new membership, H & L Writes, that promotes writers and the love of writing. This is such an amazing community. There are monthly themes, prompts, and exercises. Members can also submit a piece to be reviewed by the Sarah (Editor in Chief) or Mia (Editorial Manager). There are so many other benefits to joining H & L Writes. If you would like to learn more about Holl and Lane and their new membership, please click here.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Raphael - 1 Month

Wow a little over a month with our sweet boy has already passed! The past month has been emotional  and we are all just feeling so lucky and blessed to have Raphael in our lives.

John was able to take 2 weeks off of work to stay with us. My mami has been amazing. She's made us  meals and has helped so much.

One of my favorite photos of him

Nicknames: Raph, Raphi, Sweet Boy, Mi Nino

Size: Raphael is slowly gaining weight. At his one month appointment, he weighed 5 lbs and 7 oz so he is now past his birth weight. I'm really happy about this because I was worried about his weight and how much he was eating. His preemie clothes are getting a bit snug and he is starting to fit in his newborn clothes. He is also still wearing newborn diapers.

Eating: Raphael is primarily breastfed, but he does take one bottle of fortified breastmilk (breastmilk and formula). He has to take a bottle of fortified breastmilk because he was born early and had some trouble with feeding. However, he is starting to eat a lot more which is great.

Sleep: He is doing so much better with sleeping at night.

Loves: He loves sleeping on John's chest and he loves laying on me. He loves looking at his brothers.

Dislikes: Raphael is not a fan of baths or being cold. He also doesn't like getting his diaper changed.

Things I Want To Remember: 

  • He's already spit up, peed, and pooped on me. 
  • His facial expressions are just so cute!
  • He is such a sweet baby. He loves cuddles from John, his brothers, and I.
  • He is strong...it runs in the familia.
  • Raphael makes the cutest sounds and noises. 
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Friday, May 11, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.


1. Klondike bars

2. More great news from the doctor

3. Grey's Anatomy

4. Early Mother's Day presents

5. Naps

6. Journaling

7. No Roots by Alice Merton

8. New books

9. Instagram

10. Iced Triple Mocha from Starbucks

What made you happy this week?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Entertainment Q & A

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Comedy or Drama? This is a tough one because I like them both. If I had to choose, I'd pick drama.

2. Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction

3. Movies in Theater or At Home? Depends on my mood. If I go to the movie theater, I prefer to watch the movie during the day. 

4. Musical or Play? Musical

5. Which meal of the day is your favorite to eat out? Lunch

6. Favorite book ever read? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is one of my favorite books. I also really loved Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez.

7. Game Night: Yes or No? Yes

8. Favorite outside game to play? I don't really have a favorite, but I love playing Tag with my sons.

9. Favorite TV series ever? This is a tough one. Prison Break and Grey's Anatomy are just two of my favorite TV series.

10. Sitcoms growing up or Sitcoms of today? Sitcoms growing up!

11. Miniature Golf or Bowling? Neither

12. Favorite movie theater candy? Sweet Tarts

13. How do you like your popcorn? With a side of nacho cheese

14. 3D movies with glasses; Yes or No? No

15. Favorite genre of books to read? Fiction, but lately I've been reading a lot of nonfiction.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.


1. More good news from the doctor

2. Raphael is gaining weight

3. May Designs Newborn Notes Journal

4. Taking a 2 hour nap

5. Hugs and cuddles from my little ones

6. Warm weather

7. Great sales and coupons

8. Finding time to read a book

9. Going for a walk

10. Chocolate Chip granola bars

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May Goals


Another month has gone by! April was a very big, exciting, and busy month for us because Raphael arrived early! We are so grateful that he is here and we have slowly been coming up with a routine.

A lot of things got pushed back due to my little one's early arrival, but I thought it would be great to remember the goals that I was able to accomplish. After reviewing my goals for April, I realized that I did so much in April even though I may not have accomplished all of my monthly goals.

Before we get to my new goals for May, let's check out my recap of my goals for April.

Recap of April Goals
  • Read 1 book: Unfortunately, I did not finish reading a book. I did read a few blogs and articles. 
  • Declutter every room and closet: We actually decluttered most of the house before Raphael was born. I think we only had one room to declutter which was done after his arrival, but at least it was completed in April.
  • Work on meal plan: I did not work on my meal plan. I barely cooked anything after I gave birth to Raphael. Luckily, my mami made us lots of meals.
  • Make at least 2 scrapbook/craft projects: I didn't make any projects. Well...I guess you can count journaling right?
  • Finish shopping for the baby: Technically we did finish shopping for Raphael. We bought all of the important stuff as well as the necessities, but we did have to buy a couple of things like some preemie clothing. The newborn clothes were too big for Raphael. 
May Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Work on meal plan
  • Work on my 100 Day Project
  • Share more personal stories and/or essays on the blog
  • Make at least 1 scrapbook/craft project

What are your goals for May?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Currently List!


Watching: This season of Lucifer is so good! Hopefully, the show gets renewed for a fourth season.

Reading: As usual, I'm reading blogs. I'm still trying to decide which book I want to read next. What are you currently reading? Any book recommendations?

Listening: I've been listening to a lot of music by Juan Luis Guerra. His songs are amazing! One of my favorite songs is A Pedir Su Mano. You can check out the song here.

Making: I've been working on a few blog posts.

Feeling: I've been so busy. We are still slowly coming up with a routine so I'm very happy about that. I've also started using my planner again and am starting to feel more organized. Even though I've been busy, my planner has definitely helped me remember a lot of stuff.

Planning: I cannot believe that Michael is turning 8 years old. Time really does fly by. I'm so excited to pick up his birthday present and cake. I think I may even make him a homemade cake as well.

Loving: I received my new May Designs Newborn Journal and I absolutely love it! It has been so useful and I highly recommend it.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A Collection of My Favorite Parenting Memes

I love memes especially the funny ones. I have found so many new parenting memes that I love. Now that I have a newborn again, I thought it'd be fun to share a few of my favorite memes. I even included a few that made me remember when my older sons were toddlers. Check out the memes below.

I love this meme so much! I think I might have to write this down in my journal or frame this near my craft/work area. 


This meme has always been one of my favorite parenting memes. 



I have done this so many times. In fact, I did this yesterday while I was talking to my mami. 


I always feel bad when I see a mom or dad with a screaming baby or toddler in the store. I definitely know how it feels. I'm also that person that will defend parents from people who has something to say about a baby or toddler screaming in the store. Seriously, no one wants to hear a kid screaming...especially the parents. Give the parents a break and understand that babies and toddlers will scream and cry...sometimes for the most random reason.


I have also done this so many times. 


I'm always exhausted after putting my boys to bed. Then I have to decide whether to go to sleep or try to catch up on a show or two. Usually, I end up choosing to go to sleep.


This is also something that I have done several times especially when Michael and Gabriel were younger...except it wasn't Frozen that I was watching...it was Jake and the Never Land Pirates.



Yes! Yes! Yes! This is so important! So many people don't realize that you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of your kids. 


This is so true. 



What are some of your favorite memes?

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Monday, April 30, 2018

My Favorite Maternity and Nursing Products

I can't believe that Raphael is 3 weeks old! Over the past few weeks (and even before Raphael was born), I have been loving several maternity and nursing products. Some of these products were recommended to us and some I found on my own through research. These products have become my favorite maternity products and I thought it'd be great to share them with you.


1. Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Nursing Seamless Bra (2 Pack)

Oh my goodness! These bras are amazing! Even if you are not nursing, these nursing bras are perfect! They fit very well and the fabric is so soft. Even though the bras are labeled as sleep bras, they are great for wearing during the day.


2. Boobease Organic Healing Nipple Balm

This balm has been a lifesaver for me. I love that it's organic and you don't have to wash the balm off when it's time to feed your baby. It's also not sticky and it works fast. It is a bit pricey, but it's so worth it.

3. Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump Starter Set

I heard great things about the Medela pumps and after doing a lot of research, I decided I wanted one. After hearing about some insurance plans that either cover (or partially cover) the cost of a breast pump, I decided to contact my insurance and find out which pumps they cover. Luckily, they did partially cover the Medela pumps and I only had to pay just a small amount of money for the pump.


4. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads

These nursing pads are really great. They are very absorbent and stay in place very well. I can't even tell that I have them on. I highly recommend these nursing pads.

5. May Designs Newborn Notes Journal

Whether you are breastfeeding or giving your baby formula, it is so important to keep track of how much your baby is eating as well as the time of day that your baby is eating. It's also important to keep track of how many wet and dirty diapers your baby has throughout the day. When I was in the hospital, I received a few sheets of pumping and feeding logs to keep track of my son's feeding. However, I wanted a book where I could keep track of my baby's feeding schedule.

I have been a fan of May Designs for a while and was so excited when I found out that they have a Newborn Notes Journal. This journal is awesome and I love that I can customize the cover. The journal includes so many useful things like different journaling prompts (i.e. Hospital Memories, Birth Story, etc.) and of course pages to keep track of a newborn's feeding schedule and wet/dirty diapers.

*I'll be posting a full review of this journal soon.*


What are some of your maternity and/or nursing must have products?

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*Disclaimer: I received the May Designs Newborn Notes Journal in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.*

Friday, April 27, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Good news from the doctor

2. My boys

3. A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness by Irene Smit and Astrid von der Hulst

4. My boys and John

5. Ice Cream

6. Naps

7. Warm blankets

8. Atlanta (seriously it's such a great show)

9. Barnes and Noble

10. Slowly making a new routine

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I have a ton of shows to catch up on. I'm currently catching up on the second season of Atlanta. I also finally caught up with Fear the Walking Dead.

Reading: I've been reading some blogs, but I really hope to start reading a new book soon.

Listening: Lights Down Low by MAX feat. Gnash is such a great song. It's been on repeat for a while. I also really like the latin mix version which you can check it out here.

Making: I've been working on some blog posts and I've also been journaling. I'm a bit behind the 100 Day Project, but I'm not stressing over missing a few days (or rather weeks).

Feeling: I've been really exhausted, but so happy. Everyone says to sleep when the baby sleeps, but it's kind of hard when you still have other children and things that you have to get done. Every time I see my boys together, my heart just feels like it's going to explode with happiness.

Planning: I'm hoping to have a new routine set up, but in the meantime I'm just going with the flow.

Loving: My family is the best. My boys are so amazing. Michael and Gabriel love their baby brother so much. It brings me so much joy when they go to Raphael and talk to him as well as give him hugs and kisses. My mami is the best! She watched the boys while I was in labor, cooked us meals, and has been checking up on us a lot. John is the best! He has been so encouraging when I am feeling stressed about breastfeeding.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Nerd Nest Challenge - Frame It

Happy Tuesday! It's been a while since I shared a project that I made for The Nerd Nest. Today I'm going to share the challenge for March which was Frame It. The challenge for March was one of my favorite Nerd Nest challenges.


There are so many ways to incorporate frames in projects. I decided to use a cardstock that I had in my stash for a while. I love that the paper has a bunch of different frames. I embellished the frames with stickers, button stickers, die cuts, journaling, and a couple of photos.


The photos were taken when I was 32 weeks pregnant. I journaled about our excitement for the baby.

Below are a couple of close ups of the layout.



Did you participate in the challenge? 

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Introducing Baby Raphael

Happy Monday! I'm back...well kind of. I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks because baby Raphael has arrived! April 9 has been added to our list of the best days of our lives.


My family and I are so very excited that Raphael is here. I still can't believe that he came 5 weeks early! I had a feeling that he would come early, but I never thought that it would be this early. The day before Raphael was born, I remember telling John that I could not wait for our little angel to arrive...and here we are.

I'm hoping to get a chance to work on his birth story soon especially since I never did write a second or third trimester update. Until then, check out my Instagram for more updates.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. 5 more weeks!

2. Sleeping in

3. Getting good news from my doctor

4. Visiting my mami

5. Rice Krispy Treats

6. Naps

7. My boys and John

8. Getting to see how the baby is doing (ultrasound)

9. Catching up on some shows

10. Getting half of the house decluttered

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What I Read in March

I have been trying to keep up with my reading goal for this year. I want to read 12 books this year (one each month) and decided that I would share some more book reviews on my blog. I also want to share my favorite blog posts, articles, etc. that I read and loved every month. Below are the books, magazines, and blog posts that I read in March.



Must Read

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

I read The Crossroads of Should and Must again. This is such a great book and really made me think about my goals. I decided to read the book again since I planned to buy Elle Luna and Susie Herrick's new book Your Story is Your Power.

Light Reading

Cosmopolitan - April 2018 issue

It has been such a long time since I read a magazine, but I'm glad that I picked up the latest Cosmopolitan issue. I loved reading Cosmo's interview of Cardi B.

Blog Posts I Loved

This article on parenting. I think everyone should read it.

A blog post on success and failure.

Love, love, love this post by Sarah Hartley! I loved how honest Sarah was when she told her story. Reading this post made me think about my feelings on being pregnant.

Did Not Finish

How to Be Married by Jo Piazza

I wouldn't say that How to Be Married is a bad book, but it just didn't really interest me. Technically, I didn't try to read this book in March, but I had to mention this book. Usually, I try to finish a book even though I may not be interested in it, but I decided not to try this time. I think I may try to read the book again...once I'm done reading all the books that I really want to read. What do you usually do when you start to get bored with reading a book? Do you just stop or try to power through?

What did you read in March?

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April Goals

Another month has gone by, but I am so excited that it's finally April! My due date is getting closer and soon my little boy will be here! This month is going to be very busy and I have a lot things that I have to get done before the baby arrives.

Since it's going to be a busy month, I decided to make some goals and I have already made a to do list in order to stay organized. Check out my recap of my goals for March as well as my new goals for April below.


Recap of March Goals
  • Read 1 book: I read The Crossroads of Should and Must again and really loved it. I'm still reading The Poet X.
  • Start meal planning: This was kind of a pass and a fail. For most of the month, I didn't meal plan. I started meal planning during the end of the month...so I guess it's kind of a pass?
  • Publish 10 blog posts: I posted 11 blog posts this month. 
  • Make at least 3 scrapbook/craft projects: I made a mini album and a scrapbook layout. I also journaled in my Moleskine sketchbook.
  • Declutter one room or closet: This was a fail. I didn't declutter an entire room or closet, but I did get started. 
April Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Declutter every room and closet
  • Work on meal plan
  • Make at least 2 scrapbook/craft projects
  • Finish shopping for the baby
What are your goals for April?

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Q & A

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful Easter. Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series. This month's theme is Spring.


1. What 3 colors remind you most of Spring? Pink, Green, and Blue

2. What is the first thing you add to your wardrobe in Spring? Rompers or a cardigan

3. What is the first wardrobe item you ditch in Spring? Sweaters and coat

4. Who mows the grass where you live? Maintenance/Landscape worker

5. What's Spring like where you live? Cool in the morning and then really hot in the afternoon

6. What's your favorite thing about Spring? Warmer weather and flowers

7. Are you a Spring cleaner? Absolutely...we have already started Spring cleaning

8. Are you a Baseball fan? Yes! I'm a Yankees fan.

9. Tulips or Daffodils? Tulips

10. Favorite Outdoor Spring Activity? Going to the Farmers Market

11. Flowers in the ground or in pots? Both

12. Favorite bird? I'm not a big fan of birds, but I do love parrots and blue birds

13. Car wash or wash vehicles at home? Car wash

14. When do you pull out your sandals? In late Spring, but I prefer to wear sneakers

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