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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!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

In En Familia, Lifestyle, Littles, Motherhood on
September 14, 2017

Welcome home baby basket

“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

“Thank you, MAM, for partnering with me on this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own

 

This past week we welcomed a new baby cousin, Lucas.  He is the most adorable little boy I have ever seen. I love babies and seeing them those first few hours changes your life forever. Holding what you once felt from the outside it’s just one more miracle from heaven, and it is also the cause of my baby fever!

I remember those first few hours of being a mom, holding my sweet and beautiful child in my hands and never wanting to let go. You can bet I was the mom that slept with the baby in the room. I just wanted to hold her and kiss her. But, those few days were not all very tranquil and beautiful. The first few days were really hard on us so I’ve come up with a welcome home baby basket to help you or all your mama friends!

 

Without further or due here are the items I put in that basket and I’ll explain along the way why I choose those items!

Welcome Home Basket:

  1. Carter’s bodysuits: One of my first lessons as a  mom was that there was going to be lots and lots of laundry along the way. These bodysuits are amazing, safe as per usual and super soft. (Carter’s is having a sweepstakes, more info at the end of this post) Click here to join the Twitter party!
  2. MAM Pacis and bottle: [Gifted] Here is the story on this one, After being home for a few days Bella was still not sleeping and losing weight, so we were told to had to supplement with formula. We tried and tried all my bottles and all my pacis and nothing worked. After thinking a bit we decided to sanitize a set we had gotten for free at the doctor’s office and Bella drank from them up until she was 4 months old. The shape of both, the paci and bottle of the MAM somehow were closer to my breast than any other and boy was I happy mommy to be able to make daddy a bottle of expressed milk and have him feed her.
  3. Bella B Naturals, butter, and body wash: [Gifted] As much as these are items for babies, I used these on myself still whenever handling a newborn. Many people still forget that they are sensitive and most shower gels are very strong. Plus they make awesome bubbles, per Bella 😉
  4.  A cute decorative cup. I got one very similar to this one to help me hold all of Bella’s pacis. It kept them out of eye and added a special touch to her room!
  5. A handmade anything. If you read a few of my posts you’ll know I’m not a good cook but I can crochet and bake, so I usually tend to pick one of those for my handmade item. Cupcakes or cookies are always welcome for new mamas. For this box, I made a crocheted bonnet! I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for some of my crochet items and adding a few to my Etsy shop for all of us who are always in a hurry!

A few extra tips:

I added a printable that was sent to me by one of my favorite companies Cozy but Etsy usually has a pretty long list of amazing printables!

Remember the basket, the items inside are important but remember the basket will also be used a lot.

Lastly, kiss those baby angels as much as you possibly can.

 

The Carter’s Sweepstake:

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In En Familia, Recipes on
July 27, 2017

Cenas con Campbells faciles y sencillas para el regreso a la escuela

 

Esta campaña ha sido compensada por Collective Bias, Inc. y sus anunciantes. Todas las opiniones expresadas aquí son mías. #CampbellsShortcutMeals #CollectiveBias

Puedes hacer click en la foto para comprar los Campbell Soup Company products que yo utilice en Walmart.com! Visita el portal Campbell’s Shortcut Meals para que puedas obtener más recetas de Campbell Soup Company products.

No es nuevo para nadie que yo no sé y no me gusta cocinar. (Pueden leer mas aqui)

Todo mi familia y amistades y mi esposo lo saben. Y fue algo que desde el momento que nos casamos he estado trabajando en eso. Ya voy por 8 años y medio y todavía no tenemos una buena relación (la cocina y yo).

 

Te pudiera dar mil y una razón por la cual no me gusta pero la más obvia es que todo se me quema…

 

He tratado todo. Poner alarmas y todavía es el dia que no lo soluciono. Que todavía si fuera posible el agua se me quemaría.

 

Pero mi pobre esposo ya esta acostumbrado. Vuelvo y repito son ocho anos pero cuando nuestra bebe, Bella, ya pudo comer tuve que intentarlo otra vez. Intentar arreglar nuestra relación porque no se puede comer en Chick-fil-A todos los días.

 

Ya ha pasado un poco más de un año pero y yo he encontrado una manera de salir adelante sin gastar tanto dinero comiendo  fuera y no pasarnos mucho tiempo en la cocina.

Especialmente ahora que los niños regresan a la escuela y el tiempo es más corto de lo normal mientras que el hambre es más de lo normal.

 

Entonces para todas ustedes que no les gusta la cocina y no les guste estar mucho tiempo en ella aquí hay dos recetas para ustedes que Walmart les ayuda a hacer. También unas recetas perfectas para el regreso a clases para aquellas madre que quieran acortar su tiempo en la cocina.

 

Estas dos recetas son muy fácil y hasta se pueden hacer, congelar y estar lista para cuando el hambre llegue.

 

Raviolis con Prego® Italian Sauce

 

Esta es una de las comidas favoritas de Bella porque al igual que a mi, les encanta el queso. La salsa Prego® Italian Sauce con su cremosidad y saber les da un toque exquisito.

 

Ingredientes:

  • Raviolis Congelados
  • Prego® Italian Sauce (Traditional)
  • Pan
  • Spray de Aceite
  • Sal de Ajo
  • Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup

 

Este platillo es una cena entera que toda la familia puede disfrutar. Es una platillo que incluye Ravioli, sopa y panecillos.

 

Es muy simple.

 

Raviolis:

  1. Hervir Agua
  2. Poner los ravioles a hervir y esperar.

 

Pan con ajo:

  1. Partir el pan a la mitad
  2. Echarle Spray de aceite
  3. Rozear sal de ajo encima del pan
  4. Poner al horno

 

Sopa de tomate:

Seguir las instrucciones de la lata y poner a calentar ( esto lo puedes hacer mientras que se cocina el pan y el ravioli)

 

Si te pasa como a mi, algo siempre se te quema.

Esta vez fue el pan.

Ese mismo pan tostado lo puedes usar como panecitos encima de tu sopa de tomate.

Por eso les digo es más que simple y a todas nos puede salir bien.

Esta receta no se toma más de 25 minutos para ejecutar y tus hijos y pareja les va a encantar.

 

Ahora todos nos gusta la comida deliciosa y si nunca has probado un ravioli frito no sabes lo que te estas perdiendo.

 

Esta receta la puedes hacer antes de tiempo, y tenerla lista para solo freír.

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Raviolis Fritos:

 

Ingredientes:

Pan molido (puedes usar el pan que te sobró de la comida)

1 huevo

Prego® Italian Sauce (Traditional)

En esta receta usamos Prego® Italian Sauce otra vez ya que su cremosidad puede ser usada como salsa para mojar los raviolis.

 

Para empanizar estos raviolis es muy fácil. Pasalos por el huevo y después por el pan molido.

y listos.

 

Poner aceite a calentar y esperar.

 

Esta parte es muy importante, el aceite tiene que estar caliente. Puedes probarlo con con unos pedacitos de pan para asegurarte que el aceite esté lo suficientemente caliente para freír.

 

Tener un plato con servilletas al lado para que absorba la grasa cuando vas sacando los raviolis

 

Otra opción para hacerlos un poco más saludables es hornearlos.

Estos mantienen su sabor y es la manera favorita de mi esposo.

 

Y ahora si estan muy cortos en tiempo una de mis cenas favoritas como niña y todavía hasta el dia de hoy es un delicioso plato de Campbell’s® SpaghettiOs® pasta. Un secretico: los niños los aman!!

 

In Bella, En Familia, Uncategorized on
June 30, 2017

Houston Zoo Fun!!

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                     I received product from Chicco, Wonder Well and Evian, which are shared in this post. 
                                   As always all thoughts and opinions shared are 100% my own.

This year, for the second year in a row, we made it our mission to buy the Zoo membership and get the most use out of it. Bella is a total animal lover.

Girl friend is afraid of frogs but elephants, tigers ad every big animal you can think she could really care less. She wants to pet them and can stare at them all day long.
So one Saturday out of the month we take our little crew to enjoy a zoo day.
We leave the house early, 7-8, and head to downtown Houston.  We get to enjoy some breakfast on the way and walk it out (lol) through the zoo.

 

Sometimes with kids trips are very unpredictable and as fun as they may be it can do downhill pretty fast.
I’ve put together a list of tips that have worked for us and we hope they work for you too.
I feel I should write the little notice you get when doing an exercises video, you know the one that reminds you to contact your doctor, well yeah I don’t know about your toddler but mine is as hard as the next INSANITY video when she is upset.
5 Tips to make a Zoo (or any park) fun and easy for the whole family.

 

1. Take it slow:  We do the zoo by sections, our zoo is so big that’s the only way to see it all comfortably. The first few times we went and attempted to do the entire zoo let’s just say we left there all grumpy and tired. Also our zoo has a splash pad so whenever we do the petting zoo we always finish at the splash pad.
2. Bring Food: I mentioned this a few post ago, but we need food AT ALL TIMES. Snacks, nothing big but have them prepared in zip lock bags. This helps calm a melt-down in 0.3 seconds.

 

3. Have Refreshments: I know as a parent we always have this on hand, but we tried Wonder Well Water and Bella slurps it down in seconds. I has a dash of fruit flavor but with no added sugars. It literaly makes them think that they are having juice with out the total sugar rush.
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4. Have a comfortable ride: We take our stroller and cannot imagine doing the zoo with out it.  We have the Chicco Viaro and use it daily whether for special trips or running around in the neighborhood. Is high enough to allow her to see the animals, comfortable enough to let her fall asleep when she is worn out and it has not one but two drink holders… And yes she uses both of them. Sometimes for her drinks and another times for her feet. #toddlerlife.
5. Have the right products: Very vague I know but I’ll list a few of the products we take and cant go without.
Evian Facial Spray: Yes, is just what you think and let me tell you your body will thank you! Special if you live in the south.
Sunscreen: I’ve told you about this before and I’ll say it again. We trust this sunscreen so much
Bug Spray: As clean as any zoo may be there is always water and that water brings mosquitoes and many many more bugs so this is very very important.
KLEENEX and Wipes: Who are we kidding.
How do you make your family trips easier for the whole family?

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In En Familia, Marriage, Uncategorized on
June 19, 2017

A letter to my husband: 8 years later

In January Lester and I celebrated 8 years of marriage.
8 wonderful years. 8 years worth of love. 8 years worth of beautiful memories. 8 years we were haven’t argued once…….. Rewind on that last one.
Who are we kidding?
In 8 years we have argued our fair share, in 8 years we have chosen to stay mad more that I would like to admit and in 8 years we have argued over the silliest of things, like forgetting to shut the trash can lid or forgetting to put the water resistant sheet on our bed. Yes all so silly but at it’s the moment it really wasn’t.
At that time we believed with all our heart we had the right to have that argument, to stay mad to ignore and I’m sorry, yet that’s marriage. Marriage is two very different people trying to become one. Trying to ignore, in our case, the cultural differences to ignore the way we were raised and become one.  To choose no matter what to love each other. To love each and every day!

And you my love, do it every single day. You choose to ignore my hard-headedness, to ignore my mistaken ways, to ignore my everyday troubles, complaints and choose to love one more time.

Just today I heard a very heartbreaking news about Lisa Terkuest. About her decision to divorce her husband, and I’m not going to make any comments about it or even give you my opinion but I will tell you what I’m reminded of one thing. The enemy is out to get us. Sadly we believe that the enemy doesn’t know us, but he does. He knows our troubles, he knows bother us and what doesn’t and more than anything he knows what we can accomplish together.

The enemy only fights you if your potential in the kingdom of God is greater than he can handle, that’s why you see people who have big gifts outside in the world, wondering and so very lost.

So to you, my wonderful husband, thank you for loving me, thank you for choosing me over and over again, thank you for letting God use you and for letting Him work through you.
I know I’m hard, but together with God on our side we can do anything, we can conquer this world and make sure we step on the enemy’s tiny head.

And you, my friend, reading this, whether you believe or not, whether Christian or not remember that God is always with you and lives anxiously to have you Him, in His glory and working for His kingdom!