Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NYE - Sequins Required

While I think sequins can be worn any day, I think they are an absolute must have for NYE. Here are some sequined looks I've worn during the holiday seasons:
Clearly, I've gotten a ton of wear out of these Jessica Simpson sequin shorts (even on NYE 28 weeks pregnant!). You can find similar and affordable ones here, here, & here.

If you don't feel bold enough for a sequined skirt or shorts, you can also add a little sparkle with your top like this sequin striped t-shirt I purchased at F21 last year (something similar here):

No matter your comfort level, there are plenty of options whether you want a teeny bit or a ton of sparkles. So glitter on! ;)

I'm linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express for their Holiday Style Link Up. Check them out for more NYE outfit inspiration!

Monday, December 30, 2013

I'm 30.

Now excuse me while I ugly cry into my champagne, lol.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

9 Months

Sebastian turned 9 months the day after Christmas and it's crazy to think how only 9 months ago, this little rolly polly baby was still taking up room inside of me!

I decided to put together 9 months in, 9 months out pics. I get anxiety just looking at how big my stomach was and I can't believe how long Sebastian looks in my arms!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Traditions

Growing up, my mom made Christmas a big deal at our house. We decorated the tree together, sorted and cleaned old toys we didn't play with to donate to those who were less fortunate, sat around the kitchen table to write our letters to Santa, and enjoyed an awesome Christmas Eve together.
My mother always purchased her Christmas ornament in pairs and when my sister & I moved out, we realized why. She split them up and now my sister and I have matching ornaments on our trees. My mother still big on Christmas (I counted 26 Santas decorations on year!) and I feel like it'll even get bigger with Sebastian around.

Here are our continued family holiday traditions:
- We can open 2 gifts on Christmas Eve morning. One will be a new ornament and the other will be new PJs to wear that night.
- My sister & I help my mother in the kitchen during the day. Christmas music is played loudly. We snack the entire time.
- At midnight, we open family gifts. We each take turns opening one - round robin style.
- On Christmas morning, we open "Santa" gifts and have a yummy breakfast.

The most important part for me is spending time with my family. I love laying around in our living room in our new PJs, watching movies and relaxing.

I can't wait to see what holiday traditions we'll start with Sebastian.

I'm linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express for their Holiday Style Link Up. Check them out for more Holiday Traditions!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sebastian's List for Santa

1. B. Parum Pum Pum Drum ($22.99 here)
2. DK my first First Words Touch and Feel Picture Cards ($8.99 here)
3. IKEA MULA Bead Roller Coaster ($7.99 here)
4. Melissa & Doug Wooden Animal Magnets ($10.21 here)
5. IKEA MULA Building Blocks with Wagon ($7.99 here)

Monday, December 16, 2013

(Trying to Survive) Holiday Travel

I'm an anxious person. I hate being late, I always feel like I forgot something once I get in the car, and I'm constantly making sure I have my passport.

Well, throw a baby into the mix and that anxiety will reach an all time high. We have made two long distance trips with Sebastian and lived to tell the story. Here are some tips that have made the travel somewhat seamless.

#1 - Make a list. Check it twice. Or in my case, 12938948 times.
I'm a list maker. When we're gearing up for travel, I make 3 lists - things I need to pack, things I need to buy, and things I need to do.

#2 - Start packing early.
This gives me time to do laundry, buy things I need, and edit my selections so I'm not carrying around 2938349 things I don't really need.

#3 - Keep all of your travel documents in one easy to reach, organized place.
When we went to Brazil in November, I carried around 5 passports, 3 boarding passes, and my marriage license (horray for name changing horrors!). The easiest way for me to manage it all was to keep it contained in a plastic envelope in an easy to reach inside pocket of my LO & Sons O.G. Bag (found here)

#4 - Calculate the formula & diapers you'll need - then double it.
The last thing you want to deal with is a delayed flight with a hungry or stinky baby. Even if you don't end up using it all, it's better to be on the safe side when it comes to feeding and changing. I carry these single serve powder formula packs in my diaper bag with empty bottles. Security is hard enough as it is with a baby, so I avoid carrying liquids. Once I get past security, I buy two bottles of water.

#5 - Buy a few new toys to keep your kid entertained.

My eight month old's attention span is about the same as a gnat's so I made sure to have some brand new toys to whip out of my diaper bag if he started to fuss. Please note that this $17 adorable Jungly Tails book was a giant fail. I liked it more than he did.

#6 - Pack a change of clothes for ERRBODY!
Sebastian has traveled in easy snap up sleepers and I always keep an extra in my diaper bag. And since he also barfed all over me a mere seconds before boarding for our 9.5 hour flight, I carry a change of clothes for me and an extra t-shirt for Sergio.

#7 - Gate check your stroller & car seat.
Yes, it's a pain in the ass to drag your carseat and stroller all over the terminal but it's less likely to be tossed as hard as it would if you check it with your baggage. And strollers and car seats are expensive, yo! Also, if the flight is empty, they'll let you bring your car seat on board to put on a seat. This has not happened for us yet, but I don't think it's a myth, lol.

#8 - Dress in layers.

I always travel in leggings, easy to slip on-off shoes, & a scarf. Comfy & warm.

#9 - Wear your kid, if you can.
The best way to have your arms/hands free while keeping your kid safe. Sebastian took a nice nap in the Boba while getting off the plane in Brazil, all through getting our baggage, and going through customs. It was easier for me to have him attached than making sure I had my hand on the stroller at all times.

#10 - DRINK.
I'm not suggesting you get trashed, but one glass of wine once you're safely on the plane to take the edge off is not a bad idea.

And that is how I survived traveling with an infant during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. To see more holiday travel tips and outfits, head over to More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express to check out their Holiday Style Link Up!

8 Month Must Haves

#1 - Fisher Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo - Sebastian goes crazy in this thing. He jumps so hard sometimes we worry he'll fly right out. Major downfall though - this thing is HUGE. Like doesn't fit through the doorway huge, so he can only jump in 3 places, lol.

#2 - Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack - This toy is a classic. I remember my sister got one for Christmas when she was about Sebastian's age (crazy memory, huh?) He loves to pull all of the rings off, hold two in his hands, clank them together, roll them around...

#3 - Fisher Price Baby's First Blocks - Another classic. He doesn't understand how to sort the shapes through the holes yet but he'll yank the top off, dump all the pieces out, and put the bucket on his head. Fine by me.

#4 - The First Years Stack n Count Cups - When preparing for our Brazil trip, I asked a group of moms which toys their babies enjoyed at his age. Almost all of them suggested stacking cups. I bought these reluctantly because who wants to play with cups? I also bought a $17 Jelly Cat's book. Have you noticed that the book isn't on this list? Because he REFUSED to play with it and loved this $3 toy instead. These cups are numbered on the bottom and have cut out shapes on the inside. We love filling them with water in the tub and watching the water sprinkle out.

#5 - Any ball - Sebastian will play with any ball for a long time. He laughs hysterically when you roll a ball to him and can roll it back. He also loves trying to get a hold of the ball in his little hands which just makes the ball roll more, making him laugh more too.

#6 - Isso Eu Sei! - My aunt purchased this board book for Sebastian while we were in Brazil. I love it because the pages are filled with different labeled objects so we can point and name things in Portuguese. The illustrations are very cute and some of the labeling is funny.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Another Recap & a late 8 Months

Yes, I've been terrible at posting these last couple of weeks.  I really have no excuse other than my life is fairly boring, work is busy, my outfits have sucked, and I have no time for crafting, lol.

The only thing worthy recapping is our Thanksgiving trip to Brazil which was quite a success. Sebastian slept for 7 out of the 9.5 hour flight both ways. He also handled being passed around and kissed by family members really well. I would say it turned out way better than I anticipated.
Here he is enjoying his Thanksgiving coconut on the beach.

He also turned 8 months in Brazil on November 26th. This month has been filled with new things - log rolling, zombie dragging his body across the wooden floors, clapping on command, and two brand new teeth. 

So there you have it... I bet if Sebastian could blog, he'd have a whole lot of posts ready to go. I'll try to keep up ;)


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Easy Like Sunday Morning - 30 for 30 #5

 Jacket - Hollister, Chambray - F21, Leggings - Target, Boots - Target, Scarf - F21

Last Sunday, November weather hit out of nowhere. Time to bring out the cozy scarves!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Week Late but... Our Halloween Costumes - 30 for 30 #4

Dress - F21, Shirt - NY & Co (weekly non-remix piece), Tights - Target, Shoes - Aerosoles

We're just a couple of dummies ;)