My “Sunday basket” started when I bought a beautiful turquoise in basket for my work office but decided it was too pretty to bring to work. I kept it at home and it became a dumping ground for all my papers. Once in a while I would go through it (when it started to overflow from the top) and see what things I needed to file, do something with (read a letter), or re-think at a later date.Read More
Recently, I heard a saying that really stuck with me: Don’t live the same year as the last. This really got me thinking about how I can have a better year than the last, do greater things, and achieve more. The only answer I came up with is to plan ahead and set goals.Read More
Sometimes it is hard for us to believe our kids love us because they often don’t listen, do the opposite as they are told, and act like turds. Every since my daughter turned four years old, she has turned into a different person. A person that is argumentative, questions authority, and questions the logic in rules. Basically, she turned into a grown up overnight.Read More
I almost forgot to do my yearly recap! In past years, I loved doing these because it gives me an opportunity to look back at the year I had and be truly grateful for all the wonderful things that happened! Here are this year’s highlights!Read More
I think the most common misconception of anti-aging products is when to start using them. Often I hear people say they don’t need anti-aging products because they don’t have wrinkles yet. I try to explain to them the best time to start using these products is before there are any signs of aging.Read More
Every mom with more experience than you will tell you "me time" is absolutely necessary.
I never really had "me time" before Grace was born because I was never really one to pamper myself. I always had a job and a side business so that didn't leave a lot of time for anything else. At the most, I would get a hair cut at the beginning of wedding season and a pedicure if I had planned in advance to wear sandals when working a wedding. (Rarely the case.)Read More
I posted my 2017 New Years Resolution because I wanted to be held accountable to them and I could reference back to what they were in the first place. My mid-year recap was a little check up on myself to see how I was doing with them (and whether some was just not going to happen.) Now that we are at the end of the year, here are my results:Read More
Holy crap. I am so surprised I made it to three years of being a mom. I wasn't sure I was going to make it which is bizarre because there isn't a return policy on kids. You just somehow muddle through it and I think that is exactly what I did.Read More
Last month, something special happened:
I listed a Kate Spade purse on Kijiji and within five minutes of listing it, I got someone interested in it. This person told me he is a stay at home dad to two kids. He lost his job and his wife has been supporting the family. He would like to get her a present as a thank you but he doesn't have money. He wanted to trade for my purse. He suggested numerous items but I didn't need any of the items. I sent him a response and the following day we made a trade - my Kate Spade purse for a small no frills coffee. He said it wasn't a fair trade. I told him it was because we both got something that brought us joy. I told him the world needs more kindness. He told me I am an example that there are still good people in the world.Read More
I am a firm believer in constantly evaluating your happiness and evolving from it. To some, it may "look" like I am constantly changing and doing something new. However, to me, I am finding myself, finding happiness, and finding my journey. (Side note, it really doesn't matter to me what my life looks like to others. It shouldn't matter to you either.)Read More
My focus has always been on skincare, not makeup. I always used some makeup but didn't really know how to apply it until I was on maternity leave and spent a lot of time on youtube while breastfeeding or pumping in the middle of the night. Two of my favorite youtube stars are (of course) Michelle Phan and Lindy of Bubzbeauty.Read More
One day, Grace came up to me and said; "Mommy, I'm a chatterbox." I responded with "Yes, you are." Then I thought, where did she learn the word chatterbox?!
At just over two years old, Grace started putting together 11-12 word sentences. I thought this was normal until everyone told me that she is really advanced for her age and she really knows a lot of words. I did some research and learned at two years old, most children know about 200 words and puts together 2-3 word sentences. Whoa. She does 11-12 word sentences and knows at least 400 words. That is when I knew Grace was really advanced with her literacy.Read More
This update is going to be a really personal one.
I used to hate the month of May. Yup, the entire month. The main reason is because Mother's Day is in this month and there are constant and tons of reminders of this day. I hated being constantly reminded that my mom passed away and I "couldn't" celebrate this day.Read More
The first quarter of the year has ended and I think it is timely to look back and see where I am at with my new years resolutions.
TAKE BETTER CARE OF MYSELF
In this category, I thought the most important thing for me is to start moving again for me. As such, I did three things:Read More
You all heard the term before "beauty sleep" but how many of you actually embrace it? I honestly would love to sleep the hours a baby or toddler does. I love sleeping and it has been one of my most guarded things that I do. I can give up on chips and bacon, internet, and even Netflix for some solid hours of sleep.Read More
I have been asked this question a couple of times now by new moms. My honest answer is: Absolutely. Having a child is essentially adding another person into an existing relationship. A threesome may sound fun but not when the third wheel is an infant needing around the clock care and don’t have any words in her vocabulary yet. You can’t split things 50/50, you now have to split things three ways. These things includes finances, space, time, and of course love.Read More
Everyone that knows me knows I love to do DIYs. After Grace was born, my DIY world got so much bigger. There are so many things I can make now:
Every special day is now an opportunity to make something for her or with her.
Every birthday is an opportunity for a new theme party.
Every piece of material has numerous opportunities for new creations.Read More
I have always been a multi-tasker but after I became a mom, I really had to kick this multi-tasking thing in high gear! I realized I now have less time in general and most of it was used on someone that needs a lot of attention and assistance with every aspect of her life. A couple of times, I ran out to run errands with Grace and she got a lot of complements on how cute she looked in her outfit. I didn’t get any because I looked like crap. I had 25 minutes to get out the door and 20 of it was used on her.Read More
I am a working mom and one of the lucky few that really like my job. I have been at this job for 9.5 years and I still enjoy coming to work every morning. The job itself and my coworkers are great.
After every long holiday or long stretch at home with my daughter, I get giddy when I start counting down to going back to work. People usually dread the first day back in the office. I drive to work with rainbows and hearts shooting out of my car. Don’t get me wrong, I love her and I love spending time with her.Read More
Although last month, I said "no" to wedding planning, it didn't mean it was the end of event planning for me! Couple of weeks ago, over at Milk+Confetti, I organized a photoshoot and event for moms to recharge, restart, and destress. (Event pics to follow.)
The photoshoot was done at Barre Body Studio - Ramsey location. The location had beautiful brick walls and lots of natural lighting. Amy from Modern Nest Photography took stunning pictures of our model moms. (You wouldn't believe how much crap was actually in this room and the amount of people. Angles. Always all about angles.)Read More