Monday, October 15, 2018

Raphael - 6 Months

I can't believe Raphael is now 6 months old! My plan was to make an update every month on the blog, but I think I'm going to make updates every couple of months.


Size: Raphael is continuing to gain weight. We were taking him every two weeks or so for weight checks. His doctor was so happy with his latest weight check. He is now 13 pounds and his length/height is 24.5 in. Raphael is wearing 3-6 months clothing and is in size 2 diapers.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is still going well and it's still Raphael's primary source of food. He still gets two bottles of fortified breastmilk. We also started solids! Raphael has tried baby cereal, applesauce, and banana (baby food).

Sleep: Raphael is still sleeping more at night, but he does wake up at least once during the night. I am also still pumping at night.

Loves: He still loves bath time. He loves playing with his toys and brothers. We bought Raphael the Fisher Price Sit Me Up Floor Seat and he likes it. It's one of my favorite baby purchases.

Dislikes: He still dislikes the car seat and not being in motion. He hates when we take too long to feed him.

Things I Want To Remember:

  • We started solids! We tried baby cereal, applesauce, and bananas.
  • The face he made when he tried baby food for the first time.
  • He is babbling and cooing even more!
  • His first Fall and Halloween event! We went to his brothers' fall festival and we had a blast. 
  • His costume is Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 12, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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



1. A busy week

2. Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

3. Fall weather

4. Rain

5. Sound Machine

6. So many opportunities

7. Fall and Halloween treats

8. Morning and afternoon walks

9. Reading blogs

10. All the fall things!!!!!

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, October 8, 2018

What I Read in September

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a great weekend! We went to a fall festival. We usually go to at least one fall festival, but we plan to go to at least two festivals this year. This festival was so much fun. The boys wore their costumes and played some games. We can't wait to go to the next festival and go on some more fall adventures.

This weekend, I read a lot of blog posts and I started reading a new book. Here's to hoping that I can reach my reading goal for this month. Last month, I didn't accomplish my reading goal, but I am happy to say that I did read one book. I also read a lot of amazing blog posts. If there are any blogs that you love, please let me know. I love finding new blogs.

Below is the book that I read as well as the blog posts that I loved.


Must Read

I read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and I loved it! I love Austin's blog. I wanted to read Steal Like An Artist, but my library didn't have that book in stock. Instead of waiting to read that book, I decided to read Show Your Work (I think it's his second book) and I'm so glad that I did. 

The book is filled with illustrations, quotes, and stories on about getting your work discovered. I love that he focuses on using the network rather than actually networking. This was such an informative read.

There were two things that Austin wrote that have stuck with me. One of those things is his idea to read obituaries. It may sound a bit morbid, but his reasoning makes a lot of sense. Austin wrote, "Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes me want to get up and do something decent with mine." If that isn't a motivator then I don't know what is.

At the end of the third chapter, Austin wrote "Don't say you don't have enough time". This is something that I have often said when I haven't been able to do something that I actually did want to do. I love that he suggested using a timer in order to work on stuff. I have been using a timer whenever I work in my journal as well as to read. Using a timer has helped and I have noticed that I have been getting closer to reaching my reading goals. He also mentioned finding time in between big tasks. I have tried this and I have found time in between various tasks to work on stuff I want to get done. Sometimes I'll read in my car while I wait for my boys to get home from school or I'll work when everyone is asleep. 

Show Your Work is such a great read and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to read Steal Like An Artist as well as his new book Keep Going.

Blog Posts I Loved

This post about showing up for your friends is so good. I always feel bad when I have to cancel or reschedule things with friends. 

Sarah's letter to her son is so sweet.

I love how Kelli used her stamps and a pattern stamping technique in her journal.

This. I think everyone should read this. 

Emelia's post on her experience and thoughts on NICU life is amazing. As you may know, my little one was born early and had to stay in the NICU. I found myself nodding in agreement as I read Emelia's story.

What did you read in September?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 5, 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. Finding Starbucks' Molten Chocolate latte in individual size bottles

2. Waffles

3. Quiet mornings

4. Cooler weather in the mornings

5. Fall and Halloween movies

6. Chick-fil-A

7. Halloween candy

8. Raphael's laughter

9. Happy Mail

10. Organizing my "work" space

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Goals

Happy Wednesday! September went by so fast! I'm so excited for October. I have so many things planned and it's going to be a really busy month. I can't wait to go to a few fall festivals and Halloween events.

Since it's a new month, it's time to share my goals for October. Before we get to my new goals, let's have a little recap on my goals from September.



Recap of September Goals
  • Read 2 books: This was a fail. I did read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and I will be sharing a review soon. I also read a lot of blogs.
  • Publish 12 blog posts: I posted exactly 12 times. I actually wanted to blog more than 12 times, but I'm glad that I was able to accomplish this goal.
  • Make 3 greeting cards: This was a fail. I didn't make any cards. Actually, I didn't really work that much on any projects.
  • Try 3 new recipes: This was a fail. I do have a list of recipes that I want to try, but I'm having a hard time deciding which ones to choose.
  • Go on a "No Spend" month: This was a fail. To be fair, I did purchase things that I meant to get in August. I did so well until the end of the month.
October Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Make 3 greeting cards
  • Try 3 new recipes
  • Work in my journal
  • Clean out the trunk of my car 

What are your goals for October?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Jess Watters on Unsplash

Monday, October 1, 2018

TBB ASKS: Fall 2.0 Q & A

Happy Monday! It's finally October and I'm so excited! October is one of my favorite months because fall is in full swing and Halloween is in October. John and the boys already have their costumes, but I'm not sure which costume I'm going to choose.

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


1. Favorite Fall Color? I love burgundy and olive green.

2. Apple Cider HOT or COLD? I haven't had apple cider in years and can barely remember what it tastes like. I'd probably try it hot. I don't remember ever drinking cold cider.

3. Caramel Apple: Yes or No? Nope. I haven't had a caramel apple in such a long time. I don't hate them, but I also don't love them.

4. Pumpkin Doughnut or Apple Cider Doughnut? Honestly, I've never had a pumpkin or apple cider doughnut. If I had to choose one to try, I'd probably choose the apple cider doughnut since there's already so many pumpkin flavored food.

5. Long or Short Cardigan? Long cardigans. I'm not a big fan of short cardigans or sweaters.

6. Favorite Football or Fall Party Food? BBQ and grape jelly meatballs. They are so good and the perfect fall party (or anytime) food.

7. Orange or White Pumpkins? Orange pumpkins...always.

8. Hayride or Bonfire? Both. Hayrides are so much fun. There's something magical about bonfires.

9. Favorite Fall Baked Good? Pumpkin pie! It's so easy to make and a classic fall dessert.

10. Most anticipated Fall activity? This is a tough one. I'm so excited to take my boys trick or treating and I'm also excited for all of the fall festivals that we plan to attend.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, September 28, 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

2. Smallcakes

3. My favorite Fall shows are back

4. Cooler weather

5. Rain

6. Fall is finally here

7. Buying Halloween costumes and candy

8. Halloween is almost here

9. All of the creative energy that I'm feeling

10. My boys

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, September 24, 2018

My Favorite Fall Things

Fall is here! Fall is here! You have no idea how excited I am that it's finally fall! Last fall was amazing! We found out we were expecting our little boy last year and made the announcement on Halloween. We made so many awesome memories and I just can't wait to make some new ones with my family.

Because I'm so excited about fall, I decided to dedicate this post to all of my favorite fall things.


Fall Colors - I love when the leaves are changing colors. I've been noticing that the leaves are changing colors and it always brings a smile to my face.

Crockpot Meals - Cooking tends to be so much easier during fall and winter. There are so many delicious crockpot recipes. My favorite food to make are BBQ and Jelly crockpot meatballs.

Carving Pumpkins - This is a family tradition. Ever since we had our oldest son, we have always carved a pumpkin.

Watching Scary Movies - I love watching scary movies. They are even better during fall. I've watched Dawn of the Dead so many times and it still scares me every single time.

Reading - I've noticed that I tend to read a lot more during fall. I tend to read horror, mystery, and supernatural stories. I recommend The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, anything by Edgar Allan Poe, and Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez.

Long Walks - During summer, it's way too hot to be outside for a long time and it's way too cold during winter. Going for walks during spring is a bit better, but then I have to deal with pollen. Going for long walks during fall is the best! The weather is cooler, the colors are changing, and it's 100x easier going for walks during this time of year with my entire family.

Cooler Weather - I am so over the heat. Summer has never been my favorite season and I am so glad that we are starting to have cooler weather. I am all for wearing comfy sweaters and leggings.

Taking My Kids Trick or Treating - I love taking my kids to trick or treat. It's one of our family traditions to trick or treat and then give out candy. My boys love seeing everyone's costumes and they love helping me pass out candy.

Fall Festivals - I love going to fall festivals. We always go to at least two fall festivals and it's always so much fun. Last year was a bit too cold, but we still enjoyed ourselves. Hopefully, it won't be too cold or too hot this year.

Apples - Oh apples. It's a fall staple. I don't really have a favorite kind of apple, but don't they just taste better in the fall?

Candles - I love candles, but rarely buy them. However, I tend to light at least one candle during fall. Bath and Body Works has so many great candles this year and I think I may buy one.

Halloween - If you know me then you know that my favorite holiday is Halloween. I love everything about Halloween. It's such a fun holiday and I always look forward to it every year.

What are your favorite things about fall?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Happy Fall



The rustling of leaves under the feet in woods and under
   hedges;
The crumpling of cat-ice and snow down wood-rides,
   narrow lanes and every street causeway;
Rustling through a wood or rather rushing, while the wind
   halloos in the oak-toop like thunder;
The rustle of birds' wings startled from their nests or flying
   unseen into the bushes;
The whizzing of larger birds overhead in a wood, such as
   crows, puddocks, buzzards;
The trample of robins and woodlarks on the brown leaves.
   and the patter of squirrels on the green moss;
The fall of an acorn on the ground, the pattering of nuts on
   the hazel branches as they fall from ripeness;
The flirt of the groundwork's wing from the stubbles -
   how sweet such pictures on dewy mornings, when the 
dew flashes from its brown feathers.



Friday, September 21, 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. Peanut Butter - I've been craving PB&J sandwiches so much! I've also been devouring peanut butter and pretzels.

2. Glenn Weiss proposing to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen

3. Bloglovin'

4. Hot chocolate with marshmallows

5. Writing blog posts in advance

6. Barnes and Noble Member Appreciation Days

7. Chick-fil-A

8. Awesome surprises

9. It's finally Friday!

10. Naps (I think I've put this down for the past two or three weeks lol)

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Summer Stories Travelers Notebook

Hello! We still have a few days left of summer and I thought it would be fun to share this project. You may have read in previous posts that I was making a Summer Stories travelers notebook and planned to document my summer stories and adventures. I finally completed this little project and I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Please be warned that this is a photo heavy post. 
















The lighting was not so great in some of my photos so I apologize for that. The majority of the supplies that I used came from Freckled Fawn. The rest of the supplies are from my scrapbooking stash.

Have you been documenting your summer? If so, please feel free to share how you document your stories and adventures.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Celebrating John's birthday

2. Ice Cream Cake

3. New book

4. Pizza

5. My boys

6. Taste of Smyrna Event

7. Spending time with my mami

8. The Matilda Challenge

9. Naps

10. Mayans M.C.

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bringing Raphael Home


If there's one thing I've learned, it's that being a mom can be so freaking scary. I guess you could say that I'm a natural worrier. Sometimes I overthink stuff and I tend to think of worst case scenarios when I have to make a decision, but isn't that "normal"?

Most people just assume that since Raphael is my third son that I know everything there is to know about being a mother and parenting. However, this time is different. My two oldest sons were full term babies and Raphael came five weeks early. He is considered a late preterm baby. Raphael had some feeding issues and jaundice so he had to stay in the NICU. When I was told that I was being discharged and he was staying in the hospital, I felt like someone just ripped my heart out. I felt light headed and out of breath. Walking out of that hospital without my baby was one of the hardest things that I ever had to do. That first night being home without Raphael was brutal. I don't talk about that night, but I can tell you that I cried so hard. A million thoughts and questions ran through my head.

"What if he bonds with one of the nurses and thinks that she's his mommy?"

"What if he doesn't remember who I am?"

"What if he gets scared?"

"What will we tell his big brothers?"

Some of those thoughts may seem a bit silly, but it's what I felt. Thankfully, we had amazing NICU nurses. They always kept me up to date and were so incredibly kind. I called almost every hour. I went multiple times a day to the NICU to visit Raphael and bring breast milk. And it was so hard to leave every time.

Raphael stayed in the NICU for about four days. When we were finally told that we could bring him home, my heart felt like it was going to burst. I was so excited and couldn't stop smiling. We watched videos, like how to do CPR on babies and we showed the nurses his carseat.

Then when it was finally time to leave, I stopped dead in my tracks. I remember just looking at Raphael and being so worried and afraid. One of the nurses noticed and asked me what was wrong. Once again a million thoughts ran through my head, but this time I blurted them out.

"He's coming home!"

"He's so tiny. Are you sure he's ready?"

"What if I mess this up?"

The nurses immediately comforted me and told me that I could take my time. They even offered us to room in for the night. We decided not to and after my nerves settled down, we finally decided that it was time to go home with Raphael.

Once we got home, we settled in before John went to pick up Michael and Gabriel from my mami's house. We had a very eventful night and I barely slept. I smiled and realized that a new adventure was beginning.

Raphael is now five months old and he is doing so well. He is gaining weight and growing. I love seeing how he is changing and developing. There were a few days where I would worry, but everything has been okay. Bringing Raphael home was quite the adventure. I'm looking forward to the days ahead and experiencing new adventures as a family of five.


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Until next time...

Monday, September 10, 2018

What I Read in August

Happy Monday! Last month, I was able to read two books. I remember when I was younger, I used to read all the time. Unfortunately, I haven't been reading as much as I'd like so I had to make some changes. I have been finding time to read in a lot of different places. I've been reading while Raphael naps and sometimes before bed. Doing this has helped me reach my reading goals and I plan to find some other ways to squeeze in time to read.

Well, here are the books that I read last month.


#NeverAgain was such a great read. The book is about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The book also describes the student's movement that began that day. 

There's not a lot of books that will make me cry and this book had me in tears. I was only 13 pages in before I started crying. I really liked that there were two different point of views in the book. I think it's important to listen to children. This book made me think about how I have to talk to my kids about school shootings and if they know what to do if there ever was one. 

I thought of this book again when a couple of weeks ago, I saw that the high school I graduated from was in a code red lockdown. My heart sank, but luckily no one was hurt. 


I really loved this book. It was a quick read, but the tales were so good! My favorite tale in the book is The Tale of the Three Brothers. I think if you love the Harry Potter series then you will love this book. I really liked that there were also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore and there are a few footnotes throughout the stories as well.

Another thing that I really love about this book is that for every sale of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Scholastic will donate to Lumos. Lumos is an international nonprofit organization founded by J.K. Rowling. The organization works to end the institutionalization of children throughout the world. I'm all for helping amazing organizations so I was happy to find out that I helped.

What did you read in August?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, September 7, 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. Sun Chips

2. Starbucks Molten Chocolate Latte

3. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

4. Working in my travelers notebook

5. Journaling

6. Hints of fall

7. This bookstore - I would love to visit one day

8. God is a Woman by Ariana Grande

9. My boys

10. H&L Writes 

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Currently List

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



Watching: I finally watched Avengers: Infinity War. I really liked this film and can't wait for the next one. Random note: I was going to watch this movie at the movie theatre since it was supposed to be released before my due date. However, as you may know, Raphael arrived earlier than expected.

I'm really excited that so many of my favorite TV shows are coming back. The second season of The Good Doctor will premiere on September 24 and Grey's Anatomy will premiere on September 27. I also plan on watching Mayans MC and The Purge. I was surprised when I found out that there will be a 10 episode series of The Purge. I have never watched Sons of Anarchy so I may have to check that out since Mayans MC is a spin off series.

Reading: I have been reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and so far I'm loving it! I have been taking notes and I can't wait to share my review of the book.

Listening: I love Love Lies by Khalid and Normani. The song is amazing. You can check out the song and the music video here.

Making: I've been working on my Summer Stories travelers notebook. I only have about two or three pages left. It feels great to finally have some time to scrapbook and craft.

Feeling: Everything has been going well. I'm making changes and I'm sensing a shift in my emotions and energy. I never knew how much I really needed to take care of myself. Self-care is amazing.

Planning: I have to finish planning for the rest of the month and I'm hoping to plan for October as well.

Loving: There are so many hints of fall and I'm loving it. We've been getting some cooler weather in the mornings (still in the 70s, but much better than being in the 80s and 90s) and there are so many leaves on the ground. It's beginning to look a lot like fall.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September Goals

Happy Tuesday! I am so excited that it is finally September! I love this time of year and am ready for all things fall and Halloween! Are you excited for the new season?

Since it is a new month, it's time to share an update on my goals from last month and set my goals for September. 



Recap of August Goals
  • Read 1 book: I met my reading goal! I read #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line and The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • Share at least 1 personal story or essay on the blog: I finally shared a personal story on the blog! I shared a story about self-care which you can check out here.
  • Start working on my Instax mini album: I did work on my Instax mini album, but not as much as I would have liked. I also worked in my Summer Stories travelers notebook. I have about two pages left and then it'll done.
  • Pitch at least 3 brands this month: This was a success! I pitched three brands and have heard back from one of them. Fingers crossed that they accept my pitch.
  • Start new workout plan: Hooray! I started my workout. I started by walking with Raphael. I am loving my baby carrier and carrying Raphael while walking has been a great workout. My neighborhood has a lot of hills which has been a bit challenging, but I have been enjoying our walks. 
September Goals
  • Read 2 books
  • Publish 12 blog posts
  • Make 3 greeting cards
  • Try 3 new recipes
  • Go on a "No Spend" month
What are you goals for September?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by IN BOSSMODE on Unsplash

Monday, September 3, 2018

TBB Asks: Cozy Q & A

Happy Monday! It's finally September and I'm so ready for fall and Halloween. I hope you all have been enjoying the long weekend. Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Slippers: YES or NO? I love slippers, but rarely wear them.

2. What is your favorite blanket? My favorite blanket is from Starbucks. I received it in a giveaway that I won. It's so big and the color is so pretty. My kids love the blanket too.

3. Thin or Thick Pillow? Thick pillow

4. Favorite warm beverage? I love hot chocolate. I could drink that year round. I also love caramel macchiatos. 

5. Robe: Yes or No? No

6. Favorite comfort snack food(s)? Pumpkin pie, chicken noodle soup, and BBQ and jam meatballs

7. Movies or TV series binge? Anything fall or Halloween related. I also love watching horror movies during this time of year. 

8. Actual PJ's or Leggings? Both. I wear PJ's all the time when I'm home. I'm usually in leggings or yoga pants when I have to go out.

9. Do you cozy up on the couch or a chair? Always on the couch

10. Hoodie, T-Shirt or Sweater? This is a tough one. I love hoodies and sweaters. I honestly can't choose. I think it just depends on my mood. 

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Until next time...

Friday, August 24, 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. Raphael smiling in his sleep

2. Michael and Gabriel's excitement when they see Raphael after coming home from school

3. My boys - they are just the cutest and are so sweet

4. Ice Cream

5. Cooler weather

6. It's finally Friday!

7. Sunshine

8. Reading blogs

9. Signing up for a new class

10. Taking care of myself

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Currently List

Happy Thursday! It's been a while since I shared a Currently List. I'm hoping to start sharing weekly Currently Lists again.


Watching: I've been watching so many movies like Baby Driver, Kong: Skull Island, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I really love Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. There's not that many movies that will make me laugh and cry...and that movie definitely made me do both.

Reading: For the past few months, I've been reading a lot of nonfiction so I decided to switch it up. I'm reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard and so far I'm loving it. It's a really short book so I'm sure I'll probably finish it by the end of the week.

Listening: I randomly heard Dynasty by Miia and immediately loved the song. You can check it out here.

Making: I've been working on some layouts in my Summer Stories travelers notebook.

Feeling: I've been seeing a lot of leaves on the ground so I'm getting even more excited for fall. I'm so ready for cooler weather and Halloween.

Planning: I have a lot of projects to work on and I have to make a list of the ones that needs to get done soon.

Loving: Oh my goodness! The soundtrack for Baby Driver is fantastic! If you haven't listened to it then you should do that right now. It's so good!

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Monday, August 20, 2018

Discovering Self-Care


This past month I came to the realization that I have not been taking care of myself. As much as I hate to admit it, I think I knew that I wasn't taking care of myself since Raphael was born. My excuse has been that I have just been too busy. I'm a stay at home mom. I have two school aged children and an infant so I have my hands full.

I knew that things needed to change...immediately. So on August 4th, I decided to make the day all about self-care. I woke up earlier than usual (Raphael is starting to sleep more at night!) and got a lot of stuff done early. I felt so much more energetic and less than the usual "mombie". I went to the mall and got some Starbucks. Just having an hour or two of me time was just what I needed. When I arrived home, we went to the library and ended our day at our city's birthday celebration. I vowed to do this again.

Fast forward to this past Thursday. I got most of the stuff on my to do list done early and went to get my hair done. You guys, my hair really needed some TLC. Postpartum hair issues are so annoying and is no joke. My hair was so long, tangled, and damaged. I have been wanting to cut my hair for a while and since I am in a phase of making changes, I thought that it was time to go for it. After getting my hair cut, I felt like a new person. It's amazing how something as simple as a haircut can make you feel so different.

I've also been standing up for myself and I'm no longer putting other people before me. My children and my husband will always come first, but I am no longer putting myself last when it comes to other people. Call me selfish or whatever, but it's important that I take care of myself. My well-being is important. I'm no longer allowing people to try and make me feel guilty for not immediately coming to their "aid". I am only one person and I cannot do everything.

Self-care is incredibly important and I highly recommend it. If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, please take some time for yourself. Read a book, take a long bath or shower, write in your journal...just please try to fit in some me time. Life can get hectic and it's important to take care of yourself too. Remember...you are important.

To all the moms (and dads), please take care of yourself. I think self-care is an important part of parenting. I think it's needed in order to be good parents to our kids. It's ok to make time for yourself. You are not a robot...you are a human being. And you deserve to have some time for yourself.

How do you practice self-care?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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Friday, August 17, 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. Beautiful sunrise

2. New haircut

3. Standing up for myself

4. Self care

5. Happy Mail

6. Newk's Q sandwich

7. Air condition

8. Reese's peanut butter cups

9. Getting stuff done early

10. Finding new-to-me songs

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, August 13, 2018

What I Read in July

Happy Monday! Last month, I finished reading Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew. I have been a big fan of Mari Andrew for a while now. Mari's instagram is amazing and I love to see her illustrations. I was so excited when I found out that she was writing a book and knew that I would purchase it.


Mari's essays and illustrations are so relatable. I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement so many times while reading this book. Mari wrote about heartbreak and loss, overcoming disappointment, creating a home, discovering and finding yourself and so much more. There were a few things that I had already figured out for myself, but it felt great to reflect on those things. There was so much that I found inspiring. This is a quick read, but I took my time. Overall, I highly recommend this book.

Have you read Am I There Yet? What did you read in July?

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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



1. Taking care of myself

2. Finishing a book early

3. Starting a new book

4. My boys

5. Dr. appointment went well

6. Great deals

7. This article about a breastfeeding mom

8. Amazing news from Starbucks!

9. Sour Patch Kids candy

10. Going to the library

What made you happy this week?

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Party 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. Favorite Birthday Party as a child? I loved all my birthday parties when I was a kid, but if I had to choose just one...I think it was my ninth or tenth birthday party. I remember I wore this big, fluffy red dress. I loved that dress so much.

2. Do you like to entertain? Yes or No? Not really, but I can't wait until we get our new house. I really want to have a little get together or house warming when we get our new home.

3. What kind of parties are your favorite? Any party or celebration is great. Kids parties are always fun. I am always amazed at how much energy kids have. I also love holiday parties.

4. Big or Small parties? Small parties

5. Favorite thing to do at parties? Eat food lol and catch up with friends.

6. Party food favorites? This is a tough one. I guess chips and dip. I don't think you can wrong with chips and dip.

7. Favorite flavor of birthday cake? I love ice cream birthday cakes. The ice cream cakes from Carvel with the chocolate crunchies are my favorite!

8. Balloons? Yes or No? Of course!

9. Best Party Song? Ta' Encendío (El Baile Del Beeper) by Oro Solido

10. Do you like to dance? Yes or No? Yes!

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Friday, August 3, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Mango lemonade

2. Häagen-Dazs vanilla milk chocolate ice cream bars

3. Finally learning how to type accented characters on my laptop and my iPod

4. Donating clothes

5. Fall displays are up in stores

6. More sleep at night

7. Chili cheese hot dogs

8. My baby carrier

9. Starting my new workout plan

10. Ice cold water

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

August Goals

How is it August already? School has already started and my boys are so excited for the new school year. Last month was very busy so I'm glad that it's a new month. I'm really looking forward to this month because I won't be so busy.

Since it's a new month, it's time to share my goals for this month. Before we get to the new goals, let's have a little recap of my goals for July. Just a heads up...I didn't do so great on my goals for July.


Recap of July Goals
  • Read 2 books: I only read one book, but I consider this a pass since I haven't been reading much. 
  • Share at least 1 personal story or essay on the blog: I didn't share a personal story or essay except for an update on Raphael. I guess you can consider that a personal story...right? I did submit an piece to Holl & Lane Magazine and I hope they love it. I poured my heart out in that piece and wrote about something very personal that I don't talk about often...not even to my family and friends.
  • Start my new workout plan: Once again, I didn't accomplish this goal. I am hoping that I am able to start my workout plan this month.
  • Make at least 3 scrapbook or craft projects: I also did not make any projects this month. I have been wanting to create something, but just haven't had the time. 
  • Pitch at least 2 brands this month: This was a success. I pitched several brands and I was even contacted by a brand which was so exciting!

August Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Share at least 1 personal story or essay on the blog
  • Start working on my Instax mini album 
  • Pitch at least 3 brands this month
  • Start new workout plan

What are your goals for August?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Crayola Take Note Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Some of you may know that I am a big fan of Crayola. My boys and I love using Crayola products. I am so excited that Crayola now has a new collection called Take Note. The collection is made up of gel pens and erasable highlighters. This collection of writing supplies is perfect for both students and parents. It's perfect for homework, taking notes, bullet journals, art journaling, planners, and more!


The gel pens are washable and have a 0.7mm Medium point. They write so smooth and you don't have to worry about streaking.

The erasable highlighters have a chisel tip on one end and the eraser is on the other end. You can use the chisel tip to make thick or thin lines. The highlighters have a snap on cap so you can prevent your highlighter from drying out. The colors are so bright and vibrant.

I am so excited about these new products and am so excited to have paired up with Crayola to offer a giveaway of Crayola's NEW Take Note products! Enter below for your chance to win!

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Winner will be notified by email.

Which Crayola product is your favorite? Are you excited about Crayola's new Take Note products?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Raphael - 3 Months

Oh my goodness! Raphael is now 15 weeks old! I can't believe that he will be 4 months old soon! I'm a bit late on giving an update on him, but better late than never.


Size: Raphael is about 10 pounds. He's still wearing size 0-3 clothes and is also wearing size 3 clothes as well. He is also still wearing size 1 diapers.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is going very well. Raphael is still eating every 2-3 hours. I'm also still pumping milk. He is still doing much better from his reflux.

Sleep: He is starting to sleep more at night and is awake for longer stretches of time during the day. It looks like he is starting to have a schedule.

Loves: He still loves bath time. He loves sleeping on me and John. He loves his brothers! He always smile when his brothers make funny faces and talk to him.

Dislikes: He still dislikes the same things as last month. He's not a fan of getting out of the bath. He really doesn't like his car seat. It seems like he hates being strapped in anything. He still likes/dislikes Tummy Time, but is definitely getting used to it.

Things I Want To Remember:

  • His first 4th of July
  • How much he is growing
  • Michael and Gabriel's excitement when they check on Raphael. 
  • All the faces that Raphael makes. 

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Friday, July 20, 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. Celebrating my 5 year wedding anniversary today!

2. Instax Mini 90 camera

3. Buying thoughtful gifts

4. Finished Back to School shopping

5. Good news!

6. My kids and John

7. New-to-me movies and TV shows

8. Ice cold water

9. Me time

10. New sunglasses

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Crayola Thank A Teacher Campaign


It may be summer, but back to school season is in full swing around here! We are already getting ready for the first day of school. The boys are so excited to meet their teachers and are also excited to see their teachers from the previous school year.

During the last month of the school year, my boys' school always asks students to write thank you letters to their teachers and staff. I think it's so great to write a handmade note or letter thanking teachers because they work so hard.

I am so happy to share that Crayola is currently running the Thank A Teacher campaign and contest. The goal is to create a handmade thank you card for a teacher. Upload your handmade card here for a chance to win grand prizes for your family, teacher, and school!

There are ten grand prize packs which include the following:

  • $10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
  • One year supply of Crayola products for the school
  • $1,000 scholarship for the student
  • $1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school
  • Free CreatEd seminar for the school

In addition to the grand prizes, one entrant will have his or her thank you note featured on a pack of Crayola crayons this holiday. There will also be a weekly sweepstakes that will run concurrently with the contest and entrants will have a chance to win $500 gift cards for themselves and their teachers. The contest and sweepstakes will run through August 25, 2018. 

There are a few rules for this contest and the sweepstakes. The contest and sweepstakes are open to legal residents of the United States and D.C. Entrants must be 13 years or older. Minors must have his or her parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter. You can find the official rules here.

If you decide to participate, you can also share your cards using the hashtag #CrayolaThanks.

Below is one of the cards that my boys made.


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Disclosure: I did receive these products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. As always, I only recommend products and services that I have personally used.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mini Letters


Dear July,

So far you have been a decent month. Please continue to be a good month for me. June was such a brutal month.

Dear Network Television,

I am so disappointed in you. Seriously...why are a ton of my favorite shows canceled? I always have the worst luck when it comes to television shows. It seems like whenever I like a new show, it gets canceled.

I can't believe that Lucifer, Here and Now, and Damnation are canceled. John and I were really annoyed that Lucifer was canceled. John doesn't watch a lot of tv so it really sucks when one of our favorite shows gets canceled.

I'm also sad that The Last Ship is ending with its upcoming fifth season. It was a really great show and I loved the storyline. I'm so glad that The Last Ship will not be ending in a cliffhanger.

It looks like we will be getting Netflix soon because we heard that Netflix picked up Lucifer.

Dear Mother Nature,

My goodness! It is unbelievably hot outside! I shouldn't complain about the weather since it was so cold during winter, but it's been so hot that I have been staying home a lot. I have been enjoying the summer thunderstorms that we have had. There's just something about summer storms that just makes me happy.

Dear Toys R Us/Babies R Us,

I am so so soooo sad that you guys went out of business. It is not that often that I get incredibly sad over a company going out of business, but I'm so upset that you guys are no longer in business. We have been buying all of our baby needs at Babies R Us since I was pregnant with Michael. You guys were our go to shop for toys as well. We loved the rewards program and baby registry perks. We were so happy to be able to shop for our youngest son, Raphael. However, we are so sad that he will not be able to experience Toys R Us like his brothers did.

Dear Old Navy,

You guys are killing it with all of these deals. That is all.

Dear Barnes and Noble,

I have bought so many books and it looks like I'm going to go on a "no spend" for the rest of this month and next month. To be fair, there were a lot of great sales and I'm a rewards member so I got a lot of great deals on books.

Dear Fall,

I'm so ready for your arrival.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July Goals

Happy Tuesday! Another month has gone by and I'm so glad that it did. June was a really rough month for me so I'm excited for July and hope that it's a better month.

Before we get to my goals for July, let's check out my recap of my June goals.


Recap of June Goals
  • Read 1 book: Unfortunately, I did not reach my reading goal, but I did read a lot of blogs and articles. 
  • Share more personal stories and/or essays on the blog: I didn't share any personal stories or essays. I've been so frustrated with myself. Almost every month, I set this goal and then I don't share anything. 
  • Start a new workout plan: I'm not sure whether to give this a pass or a fail. I didn't really start my new workout plan, but I finally found one that I think will work for me. 
  • Make at least 2 scrapbook or craft projects: This is a pass. I made a couple of cards and I also worked in my Summer Stories travelers notebook.
  • Continue to work on my meal plan: I didn't make a meal plan for the whole month, but I did cook a lot. I guess you could call this a pass. 

July Goals
  • Read 2 books
  • Share at least 1 personal story or essay on the blog
  • Start my new workout plan
  • Make at least 3 scrapbook or craft projects
  • Pitch at least 2 brands this month

What are your goals for July?

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Until next time...

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Vacation 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. Will you go on a summer vacation this year? Not this year since we just had a baby.

2. Do nothing but relax or pack it all in vacation? It depends on where we go on vacation. If it's a staycation, we usually try to relax for most of the vacation.

3. What month do you like to vacation? Late May or early June

4. Cruise: YES or NO? I've never been on a cruise and have never really been interested in going on a cruise.

5. Favorite vacation tradition? We always take a day during our vacation to just relax and lounge especially if it's not a staycation. We love collecting mugs so we always get a couple when we are on vacation.

6. Most memorable vacation? My most memorable vacation was going to Disney World with my husband and two older sons. Now that we have Raphael, we want to go again soon.

7. Pack light or Pack it all? I definitely overpack.

8. Hotel, Condo, or House? Hotel

9. Favorite thing(s) to eat on vacation? It depends on where we go.

10. Warm or Cold Destinations. Warm, but I'm not opposed to going to a cold destination. It would just depend on the destination.

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Saturday, June 30, 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. Amazing sales

2. Outshine Fruit Popsicles

3. My boys

4. New books

5. Encouraging words

6. Chilly Cow Chocolate Brownie Batter Ice Cream

7. Being almost done with school shopping

8. Listening to old songs

9. Mango Dragonfruit Refresher from Starbucks

10. Cupcakes

What made you happy this week?

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