Type Keyword and Press Enter to Search
×

Currently Crushing On

While these two are the cutest things on planet earth to us, they are also the biggest tornadoes. I feel like so much time was spent on prepping us for having a newborn that I wasn't ready for Mila or Noah to enter into toddler-hood. There are so many things I wish more moms would share, but that's what I'm here for right? To share things I wish other people would have shared with me! 


1. There is SO much attitude. 

When they say threenager they really mean toddlernager because once they learn to talk the attitude, and sass just comes rollin off their tongue. I had some sense that Mila was going to give me a run for my money, but was not fully prepared for her to try and parent me. One day I was getting mad at her for something I really can't remember what it was, but most likely for Mila to clean her room, she told me "Mom, remember, I told you not to get mad at me. I just need a break." I was so in shock and wanted to laugh that I just walked out of the room. They also repeat everything you say, so watch what you say! 


2. Do Not, I repeat, DO NOT leave them alone. 

There is no such thing as a quiet toddler if they are quiet 9/10 they're doing something bad or making a huge mess. My apartment isn't huge, and I am usually in the living room but Mila has a restroom that connects to her door. I cannot tell you how many times I've made the mistake of noticing how quiet they were a little too late, and how many rolls of toilet paper and toys have gone into that poor toilet. Even when I take Mila to my mom's house, her and Noah sneak their way up the stairs and always end up in my sister's paints. 



My poor mom has it a little worse than I do. My brother, Noah, has dumped out all of her makeup remover, gone upstairs and dumped a bottle of Tobasco sauce on my sister's bed, repainted the carpet with paints, cut up 2 chairs, and the list goes on. 


3. It's Hard To Get Mad At Them

Don't get me wrong I've doled out my fair share of punishments, but they're just so cute that it's hard to for me to stay mad at them. I think that's their saving grace, they're so darn cute. They get really good at apologizing too, in fact, I think Mila has mastered it. They just get so curious about everything, I forget that it's so new to them. 



That's the thing, the world is so new to them, they're just trying to figure it out. Toddlers are a lot smarter than we give them credit for, and since there is still not a lot of fear of the world around them they run into everything head first. I always try to go into things with the same amount of confidence Mila in a lot of things that I do. Toddler-hood doesn't last very long, and it's not long before they're off to school, so enjoy it. All of it. All of the sass, the mess, and the tantrums. They really have a way of teaching you new things, and showing you how to sit back and wonder about the world around you. While it's not as sleep depriving as baby-hood was, it has it's own up's & downs! 








Mila & Noah's matching bows are from Johnny & Tate!

This post is sponsored by Walmart, however, all the opinions expressed below are my own true and honest opinions. This post also contains affiliate links so I may make a commission! Thank you for supporting my blog. 

Spring-time is literally my favorite time of the year, not only because it's my birthday season, but because of all of the fresh new fashion trends that are birthed in spring! The weather, however, can be a little unpredictable, especially here in Texas! As a mom, I look for items that are functional, multi-purposeful, and give me a good value for the price. One of my favorite places to shop for things like this is Walmart.com. I found out Ellen DeGeneres just released her new spring line at Walmart and couldn't help but buy myself a couple of pieces to try for myself.  


I loved a lot of pieces from her line but settled on trying these wide leg cropped jeans. I tend to stay away from wide leg pants only because I'm afraid they'll make me look shorter than I actually am. I made a resolution to try things that I normally stay away from this year, so I went for it. I pair them with a pair of comfortable heeled sandals to give me some height, but I've also worn these with slip-on sneakers and they look good both ways! I love how comfortable and stretchy these pants are, so it's easy to wear these while chasing my kiddos around. I also decided on grabbing this cute canvas bag, because honestly, you can never have enough bags. 





Ellen's EV1 line at Walmart is full of athleisure gear so the material of the clothes is all very breathable and comfortable to wear! Here are some of my other favorites: 





You can shop all of these and more at Walmart.com! Which piece is your favorite? 


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and NicePak, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NicenCleanatHEB  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

As a mom of two, I feel like I finally have my list of must-haves down. This is the question I get asked the most! With Mila, it definitely was a lot of trial and error, and even now some things that worked for Mila don't work for Bella. As a mom, you always have to remember that every baby is different, so take all the advice you get with an open mind. At the end of the day, you are that precious little baby's momma so you know what's best for them!  Motherhood is the hardest most rewarding job out there, especially when it's your first time around. I'm happy to be here to help you through it, with the help of Nice 'n CLEAN wipes



I've divided my list into the 3 most important parts of a baby's life in the first few months, feeding, diapering, and sleep. 

Feeding

Bottle feeding - for the first 3 months I would advise 4 oz bottles and a variety of nipple types. Some babies are extremely picky when it comes to their bottles. 

Breastfeeding- I couldn't live without nursing bras, a nursing cover, washable breast pads, and a few nursing shirts. I didn't know this until after I had already started breastfeeding though! I struggled because I tried to save a few bucks but ultimately ended up buying everything.

Pumping- a good electric pump (that can be portable as well) and breast milk storage bags are definitely must-haves on my list. Make sure that the breast pump flanges are the correct size, if not it can cause a world of problems. Also, remember that you should be prepared to pump anywhere! 


Diapering

When it came to diapering, we knew we didn't want to do cloth diapers. What we did do was stock up on different sizes of diapers. Do not buy too many newborn diapers (one box should be fine) you'd be surprised on how fast they grow out of them! I do suggest having storage for diapers to be readily available to anyone in the house. That way when you're not around everything is together in one place. We have a changing station in our house, but don't always change the baby there!

Wipes were huge must have to have around the house even when Mila entered toddlerhood. You can use them for just about anything. However, the kind of wipe matters a lot to us. I knew that since Mila had such sensitive skin, it was highly likely that Bella would too. So I stuck with a brand that was familiar to us, and stocked up!

Not only does the wipe have to be sensitive but also sturdy enough to power through a blow out without it ripping up. We loved Nice 'n CLEAN baby wipes. Not only are they strong but they are 100% plant-based fibers. Making them gently enough for hands, faces & bottoms. I love that they're hypoallergenic so I don't have to worry about my wipes causing a breakout. The best part about these wipes is that the packaging is material is quieter, that way you don't startle your sweet little newborn awake when you're changing them in the middle of the night! They come in a variety of package sizing options and are available for purchase at your local H-E-B.


Sleep

While I love receiving blankets I replaced these with easy to use Swaddlers instead! They make it easy and fast to get your bundle of joy to sleep. Since newborns are getting used to the outside world being swaddled is the most comfortable for them. I also always used a sound machine with both of the girls because it lulls them to sleep a lot faster than me singing to them. On tough nights I wouldn't have survived without our swing! This was one item I didn't mind spending good money on because it would rock our baby to sleep when mama's arms were just too exhausted. 


I hope all of these items help you on your journey through motherhood! 





As Valentine's day quickly approaches, I'm usually scrambling to pick out an outfit. Instead of buying a whole new outfit, I thought maybe I'd mix & match something I already had in my closet. I ended up just getting a cute pair of heels from JustFab (JustFab provided me with the shoes for this outfit, thank you!) for something casual for our usual lunch date! While we might not do anything too extravagant, we do our best to have some us time, and then make the day special for Mila. πŸ’–

We start out the morning by making heart shaped pancakes, then make Valentine's day cards & cookies for Mila's grandparents. I let her decorate the cookies anyway she wants and she has the best time. Last year we announced that I was pregnant with a couple of valentine's day themed pictures & cupcakes. This year I get to take pictures of Mila & Bella together! I'm so excited.

I never really cared too much about Valentine's day until I had Mila, now that she's older I love how excited she gets about all of the holiday's because they love to celebrate and have parties. I can't wait until she has little class parties. (Will I regret saying that later on? lol) 


Can you tell I was totally feeling myself here? πŸ”₯This is probably one of the first time's since I had Bella that I felt like myself. I loved everything about this look, and it made me decide that I probably need to wear red lipstick more often! My red lipstick is from Vive Cosmetics, in the shade Amor Eterno, a latina owned cosmetics company I love supporting. Their makeup products are honestly amazing, and the Que Matte liquid lipstick is beso proof 😘







Get the look!

My shoes are from JustFab, a cool monthly subscription with access to the cutest shoes! I love it because you can skip the months you don't feel like getting shoes. It makes it super easy to spice up your wardrobe. I have personally used the service for about 1 year & love it! I stopped it when I got pregnant and decided to put that money aside for the baby, but now I'm excited to start it back up again. 







What are some of your family's Valentine's day traditions? 

Shop some of my fav's for V-Day! πŸ’‹
This trip was such a complete surprise for us, we knew we were going to go on a trip but honestly we couldn't decide where to go. We knew Mila wanted to see snow but weren't sure where to take her. Jeff and his brother brainstormed and came up with Amarillo Texas, to go to Palo Duro Canyon. I knew Palo Duro has always been on  Jeff's list of road trips, so it was a no brainer for me. 



We constantly checked the weather but all we were seeing was lots of rain, not really any snow. We reached out to GMC and they graciously loaned us the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali to take the 9-hour trek up to Amarillo, we booked the hotel and we were off. This would be Isabella second road trip in her 3 months of life, and the longest road trip Mila has ever taken. I honestly thought we were a little crazy to road trip with the both of them but I said YOLO & off we went. As we got closer and closer we saw the temperature dip from the almost 80-degree weather in Houston to 19 degrees in Amarillo. We didn't actually see snow until we got to our Hotel after the 9-hour drive and were unpacking our things.



Mila was asleep but I couldn't let her go to sleep without seeing the snowfall! It was hard to get her to go to sleep after that because all she wanted to do was make a snowman. When we did wake up it was like we were in a whole other world. There was more snow than I had ever seen in my life. Everything was white and Mila was in heaven.



I was so nervous for Jeff to drive in the snow because it's obviously something we're not used to. Jeff told me not to worry since the Sierra was 4WD and had added traction control. I felt safe knowing that we had all the added safety features that we needed to navigate this new climate.



All of that said I wasn't expecting to actually hike, it was snowing for crying out loud! I was grateful that I had brought my baby carrier but honestly didn't know how long the hike was going to be. Thankfully my mother in law thought we were crazy and said no you can leave the baby with me, she also didn't think we should have taken Mila. I probably should have listened to her because a mile into the 2.7-mile hike to the lighthouse rock she got tired and we all had to take turns carrying her. LOL. Jeff, his dad & his brother decided they were going to hike up to the top of the rock, so guess who had to carry Mila the 2.7 miles back?? ME 😭 Jeff said I could wait for them to come back down but once you stopped moving it started to get cold so I convinced myself I could do it. I mean I did a 12-mile ruck in the military I could carry this 30 lb toddler back to the car right? RIGHT! I plopped her on my shoulders after 5 minutes of trying to convince her to walk but I understood it was a lot to ask of a 3-year-old. I freak'n did it and only stopped 2 times. I was so proud of myself and honestly drained at the end. In the end, I was happy we took Mila because we have such amazing memories, and it gave us a lot of time alone together that we needed!




 We also stopped at Cadillac Ranch, Fredricksburg Texas & one last stop in Austin before finally heading home! All in all, this trip goes on the list of trips we're never going to forget. Palo Duro was so beautiful and gigantic we feel like we need to revisit it, this time a little more prepared, and enjoy it in a little bit warmer weather.