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In Mamas on
February 7, 2018

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dresses

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last minute valentine's dresses, valentine dresses #lastminute #valentinesdaydressesWell, Valentine’s day is here whether we are ready or not! I cannot believe we are almost mid through February! Either I’m getting older or time is really flying by, but the deal is it’s here and I’m ready to enjoy it!

Our church has an annual Valentine’s day dinner and this year again our ministry will be in charge so between the planning and our regular services I have to get a party dress and be ready to fall more in love with my better half! Today I want to take you on the ride and show you some dresses you can actually pick up at your local stores and a few Amazon dresses, because hello, Amazon PRIME!

I do have to warn you I’m very traditional and honestly, I don’t go for minis or anything where I’m showing too much skin! I love a modest dress and something that feels like me so many of these may not be your style but I would love to see it in the comments! Dont get me wrong I have short dresses and show skin but everything with limits! Every item I’m going to share are things I would wear in a heartbeat!

Velvet Dress: I’m in love with this one and is currently in my cart! I love love the color and the sleeves!

Black Tutu Dress: If you saw my closet this dress fits right in! Is there a need to explain why on this dress?

Soft Pink Dress: I love this dress! The style is perfect and the lenght looks great! It also hides the post-baby bump or the c-section pouch too!

Lace Dress: Ohh this dress speaks my language! If you have bigger hips, like me, this is the dress to go for! It highlights your smaller areas and the color is amazing!

Red Ruffle Dress: I love a good ruffle! The best dress on the list probably if you are looking for something a bit more formal and on the modest side!

Peplum Dress: I have a peplum dress in black and it’s such a staple in my closet! I love how it makes me feel and more than anything how it looks!

Others I’m Loving:

This Red Dress: This red dress is beautiful! Unfortunately for me, carry a lot of weight on my hips and this is definitely a no for my body type!

This Polka dot Dress: Is on my birthday wishlist!

Red Lace Dress: If you are going for something a little bit more revealing! You know that hot date with your partner!

 

 

 

In Lifestyle, Motherhood on
February 6, 2018

6 of My All Time Favorite Bloggers

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Happy Tuesday Guys!

A few years ago I discovered this whole blogging world and immediately fell in love! That was before Instagram was ever a thing and a blog post was all there was! So today I want to share those moms that started it all, the ones that introduced me to this world and the blogs I still stalk!

Let’s start from the beginning, from my first ever blogger!

Becky of From Mrs to Mama

Becky no longer blogs but I used to read her blog daily! Her blog was a little bit of everything and I love reading it all. You can read a few of her posts here! Every once in a while I like to go back and read a few of her post. I love the way she writes and paints a perfect picture of what she was trying to say!

Amber of The Massey Spot

Amber still blogs and I still visit her blog often! She changed the name of her blog but her blog is still the same and oh so good! She was pregnant with her twins when I started following her and now she has 2 more sweeties! Her blog is my goal!

 

Veronika of Veronika is Blushing

Veronika has been one of my favorite fashion bloggers since day one! Before I knew there was such a term as fashion bloggers! Her outfits inspired me and made me see the possibilities of new outfits within what I already had!

 

Jessica of Garvin and Co

Jessica was and still is one of my favorite bloggers! I love her blog, her style and I’m usually looking to her for inspiration, great stories and amazing clothes for my little one!

 

Kate of Small Things Blog

Kate is the sweetest person and one of the most inspiring girls ever! She blogs about makeup, hair and even fashion! I remember watching her videos over and over again as I tried to copy the hair tutorial.

Last but not least Heidi of As the Foreste Grows

Heidi no longer blogs, but her Instagram is great! Her blog was also a must read daily for me!

 

Go give them follow them and let me know your favorite bloggers! I love finding new friends to follow!

In Littles, Motherhood on
January 30, 2018

Raw Mama Moments!

Hey Gals!

Welcome to our new blog series, Raw Mama Moments!

A few months ago I found myself in the middle of the terrible twos and without a clue of what to do. After talking it over with a fellow mama friend, we decided to come up with this series where we throw the mama shame out the window. Lately, our world has been full of judgment and our goal is to stop it here! We all have bad days, and talking about them doesn’t make us bad moms, on the contrary, what we learn on the bad days can help other moms who are going through the same thing.

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Motherhood is the best gift and I’m in love with this stage of life, some parts are better than others just like some are easier or harder. So, here we are. Feel free to join us over on Instagram and share your thoughts on each month subject and what you are going through! And of course, check out all the other super mamas in this series!

I honestly want to share about our little tantrum diva, and her need to have a tantrum when we are taking pictures and then today happened!! Today, Bella had two tantrums which are 2 more than what I needed. She refused to listen and went on her way ignoring all my request!

This always leads me to raise my voice and every once in a while become the annoying mom that spanks! (sorry not sorry) I won’t go on into the spanking subject but it is one of the ways we discipline in our home.

We honestly try a few other routes before we put her in timeout or spank but girlfriend sometimes will not listen to warnings. One thing that’s very important to us, is that we never, never call her any names or put controlling words in our mouth! Controlling words to us are words that will tie her down. We believe the tongue has such great power so we refuse to tell her things like

“you never listen”

“you always misbehave”

“you are being bad”

We cut those out and it’s probably the only tip you’ll find in this post. :))

Now, as smart and witty as our kids are we have to remember they are just that, kids.

On a car ride a few days ago Bella was trying to tell us a story and all the sudden she sighs after trying several times to use a word to explain her feelings. I have kept that image in my head and I try my best to remember that when the tantrum hits. My daughter is a great girl, well behaved and smart as can be but she is a toddler. A toddler that has more words that most kids her age but none the less a pretty little girl who is not yet 3. Who sometimes cannot find the words to express her anger or the way she feels.

Is in no way or form an excuse to let her have as many tantrums as wants to have but it helps me keep it balanced and be a little more understanding and I hope it does for you too. I hope you can take a little of this and enjoy a few of the other mom blogs!

Michelle Olthuis

Amanda Cruz

Christie Bienemann 

 

 

 

In Littles, Sales on
January 25, 2018

Slightly Pink Obsessed plus a Sale!

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I have a little girl who runs my household and loves pink. Do you have one too?

Well, if you do you won’t want to miss The Children’s Place Sale going on right now! Get her some pink and make daddy proud my saving money!

Checking my New Year Resolutions off! :))

Pink Obsessed Girls

What’s your favorite item? 

In En Familia, Mamas on
January 24, 2018

TTC Tips: Second Time Around

 

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Almost a year ago I posted on our thoughts of baby # 2, and we are coming up to Bella’s 3rd, yes, her third birthday and I won’t lie, it has been tough! Not only because my sweet baby is growing up, but I imagined our family with another baby already.

 

We always knew we wanted our kids close in age but the timing has been off. Bella’s birth was not at all what we imagined, she got ear-tubes this year and lastly, we said goodbye to our first home. A full year for sure!

 

Now that we are settling into our new home, and praying constantly for our future, the baby subject is being touched more often. We think about him or her and how perfect it will be when we are blessed with another little angel. Meanwhile, there were a few things that we have to do, and if you are TTC you may want to stick around. I’m no doctor, nor nurse but these are tips that have worked for us back then and we are hoping they work for us when we start trying!

 

A little History

My monthly visitor has never been my best friend! I would even say we hate each other’s guts. I had months with two visits and months where she never came. It was plain hard. I had a condition where my eggs would rupture before ever getting to my uterus which caused me a lot of pain. I was even told that it would be very close to impossible for me to be a mom due to that. It would happen every month, and most of the time, I would end up in the doctor or even the hospital due to the pain. Once I got married things changed a bit. My visitor would come every month, and little by little the pain subsided. I still take aspirin during those days to make it a little easier on myself.

 

Trying to Conceive

Know your days!

This is very hard for all of us, women! I’m a planner type of person but most of the time, I forget to write my days and have to look back in my messages to find when I texted my husband about it. I also tend to forget how long my cycle is, as not all of us have a 28-day cycle, which is the most important number when TTC. My body seems to ovulate a lot and would let me know but it was still very hard for me to know when was my highest day or when my visitor is close by.

 

When we were trying for Bella I had a really difficult time when my monthly visitor had its shift! It would break my heart as I always thought “this month for sure”. I remember testing so much I got to a point of hating pregnancy tests. It took us 3 months which is not long at all, but as I was a first-timer I thought it would happen on our first try! Silly right!

This time around I’m more than prepared for this. I got my Clearblue® Connected Ovulation Test System and I love the fact that I have the info on me at all times. My test syncs into my phone and I get alerts as to when to test and my “peak” ovulation day. Here is an easy video!

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Take Vitamins

I start taking prenatal usually when we first touch the baby subject. It may be months before we actually agree on a time frame but my body needs it.

 

For some reason, before getting pregnant I can take gummy vitamins but when I’m actually pregnant the aftertaste kills me. I take these before and take these after.

Have fun!

This!!! When we were trying for Bella, it was my mission to get pregnant and forgot about the fun. I would then get stressed thinking if it happened or if it didn’t. Once I let go and just enjoyed spending time with my hubby things got amazing! TMI, but hey this post is about it all! Just last week we had a date and guess what we are having another one this weekend. Just the two of us!

 

On a more personal note, as I could get more personal, :). This is a tough time for many of us, so my only advice is to never take yourself too seriously. Don’t get me wrong trying for a baby is very serious but the whole trying part it’s very stressful. If you let that part get to you it will kill the joy. You know how the old saying goes, the journey is what matters!

 

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