Tuesday, August 29, 2017


This post is sponsored by Wonderbly. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. 

Jack and I have always been avid readers though now with two kids we hardly ever get a chance to actually read our own books and instead, we read to our kids a lot. Everywhere we go, if I see a good kid's book, I buy it. Oh how times have changed.

Some of our favorites are this one and also this one. Elliot also loves when I read him Little Owl's Night and especially Love You Forever. This book almost makes me cry every time I read it to him. We love books with meaning or a message!

When I received these books for Oliver and Elliot, I was floored, they're definitely bumped up to our top favorites. They're truly magical and so beautifully illustrated. I ordered The Little Boy Who Lost His Name for Oliver and The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home for Elliot. As soon as he saw his name on the book, he was hooked and so surprised. When ordering, you customize them with your kid's name, a character and in this case, your home address with a satellite printout of your area! I thought this was so creative and Elliot couldn't believe that the book knew where he lives.

Oliver's book is about a boy finding the letters of his name. I can't wait for him to be a little older to understand it but for now, he's happy to look at the pictures and trying to eat it too. ;)

There are some pretty amazing options and these make really thoughtful gifts for any little boy or girl. They also offer the option to get your book with a hard cover which makes it extra durable and extra special. It also lets you write a dedication on the first page and I get a knot in my throat thinking about them looking back on their books and reading what we wrote for them when they're older! We are so in love with ours! Order yours here!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


I will admit that I am not the girliest of girls when it comes to style and being a working and busy mom doesn't help. Give me a pair of skinny jeans and a T-shirt and let's call it a day. This is why I tell people I had boys, I probably wouldn't have the patience to match and style little girl's clothes everyday! Although there are tons of cute stuff out there for girls.

This Summer, I truly want to make more of an effort and invest in a better and more stylish wardrobe and with clothes, come accessories. Enter JORD watches. I fell in love with mine as soon as I saw it. It is gorgeous and definitely one of a kind. It's a hand crafted wood watch with a sapphire crystal glass in dark sandalwood with a smoke face, it fits my style perfectly. I cannot get enough of this watch! It complements every outfit and I have been wearing it nonstop. I get complimented on it at least once a day. It is elegant, modern and timeless. I'll always have time to put on a watch. ;)

The packaging alone is stunning, my watch comes in a beautiful wooden box with the logo engraved on it. You may or may not know this, but my husband is a watch collector. The men's watches are also just as beautiful, so unique and the most perfect gift for any special occasion. He will definitely get one!

Now I have to catch up to my husband's collection and get more of these watches. Go look at all of the women's watches, you will fall in love and have a hard time picking one, and that's a good thing!

If you would like to enter to win a $100 JORD E-gift code to use toward the purchase any of these unique and gorgeous watches, click HEREEVERYONE who enters will get a $25 e-gift code. Get yours or use it towards an awesome gift for your loved ones! It's super easy to enter! The contest will close July 2nd at 11:59pm.  

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Friday, June 16, 2017


Father's Day is upon us and I wanted to tell you guys a little bit about my baby daddy aka father of my children. Maybe even brag about him a little if you'll let me.

This guy has been rocking it at this parenting thing. He is the most patient (way more than I am), most loving daddy to our kids. The crazy thing is, he didn't have a father figure most of his life. Everything he does, he puts his whole heart in it, and I truly believe it is because he wants to be there for his kids, to be everything he didn't have and because he's really a wonderful man.

The way he talks about them, talks to them, tells them he loves them, tells them about life, it warms my heart so much. He really is an incredible man and father and sometimes I don't give him the credit he deserves. We have hectic schedules and lives and don't slow down often enough, so here I am, trying to make up a little for those times.

He texts me pictures almost everyday that he either took the day before or goes back through his phone and sends me the ones when Elliot was a baby or Oliver was born along with a row of crying emojis. He tells me he almost cries when he looks at videos of them being so little and it makes me want to cry just hearing about it.

He stays with them every other Friday he has off from work and he tells me how much he loves that time with them as hard as it is. Sometimes he loses it (as do I) but I know he's doing the best he can and I love him for it.

When both of our kids were born, he was there to do most of the work and still does, I also don't tell him how much I appreciate this very often, and I should.

Seeing him the way he loves our kids made me look at him and love him in an entirely different way. Their little eyes light up when they see him and I wish I could relive those moments over and over. I'm sure others mamas can agree with me. He says that he is this way because time is fleeting and he knows they will grow up before we know it, and we have to enjoy every second as hard as it is sometimes.

Thank you Jack for being the best daddy and role model for our kids and for being on this parenthood ride with me! There's no one else I would rather do this with. We love you so much!!

Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there!!

Friday, May 26, 2017


Today I am sharing five of my favorite products that I have been using and loving for the past couple of months. Some I have used more than others but I am so glad to have found these!

As I begin making changes to my skincare routine, I've also been on the search for better products and have been hoarding a few of them trying them on to see if they work. These do, as a busy mama, I want good easy products to work with.

I've added this Collagen Repair Night Cream to my rotation and I love how my skin feels in the morning, so plump and soft. I also put this eye cream under my eyes and on my lids and it feels so rich but goes on so nice and dries quickly. These two are also completely natural and vegan!

I've been using this face mask and I can honestly say that this is my favorite one by far out of any clay masks I've tried. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean. Jack used it as soon as I bought it and he loved it! It's just so good.

This Pearlessence Coconut Rose Hydrating Face Mist face mist is so refreshing on days when my skin feels dull and when I need some refreshing. It also smells so good! The sprayer is so fine and precise. I couldn't find the exact one, but this one is pretty close.

Lavanila Sport Luxe Deodorant. This one is not a face product but it's something I needed to share. I have been on the hunt for a natural deodorant for a while and have tried a few that failed. I was a little skeptic about it, but I read blog posts and saw YouTubers rave about it and I gave it a try. I also got the men's one for Jack and we are both obsessed. He says he's never liked a deodorant so much because they work and they work so well. His is unscented which is what he likes and mine smells amazing, like a fresh perfume! I have told my mom and sister about it because with all the chemicals that companies put in products, it's scary to think what's being absorbed by our bodies especially deodorant. I am never ever going back to another one every again! It's a little pricey but it's worth it!

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Have you ever craved shrimp, but didn't know what to make and you really didn't want shrimp cocktail or shrimp and pasta? This one is for you. It's my take on Aguachile (Google this) and it is so yummy and absolutely perfect for the Summer!

It's lemony, spicy, so yummy and healthy, you seriously cannot go wrong with this dish. Also, it would be perfect as an appetizer and paired with a good beer!

I have been making this for Jack and I pretty often as it is pretty simple with not many ingredients. Every single time I make it, Jack cannot stop talking about it. It's so good.

You'll need:

This makes about 4-5 servings, but trust me, once you make it, you'll want to eat way more than just one serving.

  • 2 bags of uncooked jumbo shrimp- try to get the ones already deveined without the shell. It makes life so much easier especially when you have kids.
  • 2 cucumbers- sliced and in quarters.
  • 2-3 tomatoes- depending on size. I used 3 Roma tomatoes.
  • 2-3 serrano chilies or jalapeƱo if that's what you prefer. We love serranos because they're spicier. Sliced thinly.
  • Cilantro bunch- we love cilantro and I put a decent amount here.
  • 3/4 of a red onion- julienned
  • The juice of 4-5 big limes, more if you like lemony things like we do.
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
Thaw raw shrimp, once thawed with the shell and tail off, I like to clean them as much as I can, I then take my paring knife and butterfly them a bit more. Cook them in boiling water until fully cooked but still a little tender.

In a casserole, combine all veggies, lime juice and spices. Add the shrimp and mix thoroughly without mushing the tomato. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. The longer the shrimp and veggies marinate in the lime juice and chilies, the better it will taste! If you make this once, I guarantee you you will make it part of your menu.

I hope you like this! Let me know if you tried it. :)

Monday, May 22, 2017


If you saw my post on Instagram, you saw this margarita that I made on Saturday. I have been using the same recipe for years with the addition of one ingredient recently that honestly takes it to the next level, for me at least.

What I like about this recipe is that on the rocks or frozen, it tastes good no matter what and it is also fool proof! Margarita's are pretty much the only mixed drink I like as I like salty an spicy over sweet any day. Enjoy!


1 shot of tequila- I like Hornitos Plata (clear tequila) but find the one you like and use that one. Makes 2 margaritas.

Triple Sec- Add this to your taste

Lime juice- I use one big lime for this and also to salt the rim of my glasses. You can use lemon but the acidity of lime is stronger, goes better with margaritas in my opinion.

Salt- just a pinch.

A splash of orange juice- I know this part sounds weird but trust me, you'll love it.

The secret ingredient is club soda or mineral water, whatever you want to call it! A splash of this makes the margarita just a tad carbonated and it is amazing. I use Topo Chico, a Mexican brand and the best when it comes to a fully carbonated club soda. The other brands truly don't compare.

Mix everything in a shaker with ice and pour in glass. I had to use a glass from Mexico which I'm in love with! And well, makes the margarita taste so good. ;)

Also, I was out of Tajin but I absolutely love this on the rim of my glass! Mix this with the salt and 
your drink will look prettier and taste better. 

Make this for a holiday, a cookout with friends, or when it's so hot outside and you need something to take you to a cooler, better place. Like the beach, or the pool! Think Summertime!

If you try this, please let me know how you liked it!! :) Have a fantastic week! 

Friday, May 12, 2017


After my pregnancy with Oliver, my skin went crazy hormonal and I started breaking out a lot more than I used to. As I mentioned in my previous skin care post, transitioning back to work made my skin go through hell and back. All the stress plus hormones were definitely not a good combination.

I was using milder drug store products, then I realized if I wanted products that worked, I had to do more research. These are my holy grail products right now, and I am so glad I found them. I've been using them for about two months and have seen a pretty good improvement on my skin.

At night, I still use the Simple Micellar makeup removing wipes. I feel that if I don't remove my makeup before cleansing my face with any sort of wash, I'm rubbing the makeup around instead of getting rid of it. I then use the Mario Bedescu Acne Facial Cleanser to get rid of any residue left that the wipes did not remove. You need just a little more than a pea sized drop which makes it last forever! I still use my Solo Mio Face Cleanser Brush with the face cleanser. I use a tiny little drop of The Body Shop Tea Tree Nigh Lotion and it smells like spa! You have to get used to the smell but once you do it smells amazing. I do this three to four times a week and the other days I cleanse with a milder cleanser and use jojoba oil as my night moisturizer.

During the week, I wash my face in the shower and exfoliate a couple of times a week using this St. Ives scrub that I have been using for years and love. Once out of the shower, I apply a pea sized amount of The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion to my face. It seriously keeps my skin matte all day with a hint of a glow! This is also drying and when using it, I add a bit of my regular moisturizer and it still works great. I alternate and a couple of days I use my moisturizer only.

Since seeking to go natural with a lot of products we use at home, I wanted a good toner without all the chemicals. I found a use for my ACV by mixing one cup of water with one tablespoon of the ACV. I used a glass spray bottle to keep some in my bathroom and I spray it on a cotton ball and use it on my face a couple of times a week after cleansing at night.

All of these changes have helped my skin tremendously! Also, these are a bit more expensive than drug store products but they still won't break your bank! I want to try more of these two brands. Do you have any favorites?

Have an amazing weekend and have a happy Mother's Day!
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