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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye: My Favorite Moments of 2014

This year was going to be one tough cookie. We had to do so much and yet be so far from our loved ones. It was an adventure itself with just my two boys. Scary yet extremely exciting. My first year as a mother and I wouldn't have my mom near me! Really meant a lot of growing up to do.

Started out the year with a kidney stone! I don't think I ever want to go through this again. However I loved being able to see the amazing dad he is come out through this time. You get the good with the bad.

Valentines Day with this little one has been so much fun dressing him up in cute little outfits.
Meeting his older cousin for the first time and he fell asleep for it. I can't wait for them to grow up and be best friends just like his daddy is with his brother and cousin.

The big move finally arrived and we are on our way to a new lifestyle. Life in England.

My very first mothers day and birthday as a mom was spent in the city of London exploring with these two.

We got to go to the Harry Potter Tour which I love of course. It's still by far my favorite place to go to. I lived my childhood and got to have Jax enjoy it too.

Getting to celebrate 4th of July in England is a little surreal yet it was the most fun I've had in such a long time.

As I do every year (5th or 6th year tradition) I dyed my hair purple. For some reason I seriously love it at first, the fading is not so much fun.

Going to base events and getting to show Jax airplanes and such is what Joe's always wanted. He works on the jets so he hopes his son shares this love too.

Jays first Halloween and I made his by hand since every store was sold out and shipping would take forever. He was Captain Hook.

First Birthday! He had so many first this year but his first has to be the biggest. He got a party in Florida with family and friends along with 2 cake smashes, a bouncy house and even a cotton candy machine! Sweets galore for his Cirque Du Jaxon theme party.

Christmas is a huge deal to me and I always dreamt of making this time incredibly special for Jax. My favorite experience for him was to see Santa's Reindeer. He even got to feed them and pet them. Truly Magical.

Ending the year of 2014 with our 5th year Anniversary some flowers and some wine. 

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How was your year?
Monday, December 01, 2014

Smash Cake || Cirque Du Jaxon


My baby's first birthday is vastly approaching. One of the things I always wanted to do was his smash cake session. It was originally supposed to be done in England before our trip but due to the cake making lady I wanted not being available for the date I needed I figured I'd be better off doing it myself and with help of my best friend we pulled it off! The night before I got baking and created this beautiful giant cupcake! (thank you YouTube for the tutorials) It was funfetti of course and the bottom was chocolate. The tent was a prop I created myself because I just couldn't seem to find the right type I was looking for without it costing a fortune. Especially for a shoot, it wasn't worth it! If you're interested in buying this teepee it is up for sale on my Etsy account here. The rest of the props were thanks to ebay and the (ugly) number 1 balloon is from Party City. I say ugly because I originally had this gorgeous gold 40" number one balloon (not shaped like a penis) when I went to get it inflated as soon as I walked out it just flew away... the genius that worked at the balloon department didn't tie it right! I was furious! Anyway this one did the job I guess. I may sound so stupid to get annoyed at this but you have to understand that I'm a perfectionist to my vision. One little detail can ruin everything for me. I'll deal with it though. Guess I can't have my cake and eat it to (hehe get it?) I still loved the shoot and that Jax loved his cake. These are pictures I will forever cherish.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cirque Du Jaxon || O N E



Picture overload! Planning this birthday party took a few months and a lot of shipping! With us being in England and my family and location of the party in Florida. I did save a lot of money by creating a lot of things myself as well as baking and decorating everything from the main cake to smash cake and cupcakes! (Thank you Pinterest!)

The weather way beyond perfect today and I was so relieved! If you live in Florida you know how bipolar the weather can be. Originally it was scheduled to rain so I'm glad it didn't. We rented the carousel bouncy house and the cotton candy machine, they were a huge hit. It was perfect especially for all the little kids. I didn't want them to be bored. On the menu we had, cheddar burgers, mini corn dogs, turkey and cheese rolls, popcorn chicken, fries, papa a la huancaina (peruvian dish), popcorn with a variety of seasonings, chocolates, animal crackers, donuts, cotton candy, red velvet cupcakes, and one of my favorite things my sister and I made, Candy Apples! Jax loved everything! Of course he got to try everything, he's the birthday boy! 

Music wise I left it all up to my sister and her pandora stations of some good mix of current music. I couldn't be more than grateful to my family for doing all this for us and helping us create one of Jaxs biggest memory in his life. My sister for cooking most of the food and making such delicious cheddar burgers, my second family (my best friend) for coming early to help me decorate, clean up and even grill the burgers! I couldn't be more thankful. 

Jax got so many gifts he literally took up both my suitcases plus carry on! Good thing I didn't shop for myself on this trip, he's got toys galore! He definitely won't be getting any more toys for Christmas, maybe some more useful things instead like books. Here are a good amount of pictures taken, I didn't want to overfill it with pictures. Enjoy!



If you have any questions regarding where I got certain things please feel free to email me here!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Just wanted to share these family pictures by the amazing Meg Dreyfus!
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Unicorn Poop Sugar Cookies (Easy & Fast)

I found these cookies on Pinterest and got a horrible sweet tooth! I wanted to make them and I wanted to make them fast! So instead of going for the typical recipe which you can find here. I chose sugar cookies because well I love sugar cookies for one and I really didn't have time or money to find anything on the other recipe. I knew picking sugar cookies would run me the risk of them being too sweet and also melting too much as they cook. They did lose a little bit of shape but still looked amazingly colorful!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese

COURTESY DESTINATION MATERNITY

Let's be honest, having a new baby takes a toll on our sexiness, motherhood can be.... well not so glamourous. I know for me personally ever since having Jax it's been extremely hard to feel like my old self again. 

I used to dress up every day, I loved knowing theres somewhere to go (whether it was the grocery store or an actual dinner) I had the excuse to put something new on, do my makeup take time putting on some false lashes and extensions. Aside from the vanity as well as the under garment that of course was for my husband. Having a baby meant more comfort. I always said that I would still dress up after having a baby. Truth is I tried. But didn't go so well. Its gotten easier to just throw on a tee and jeans and walk out the door. Specially when you have to breastfeed, it's the nursing bra and easy large tee.

I haven't been able to breastfeed my baby for as long as I had hoped for so I want to get some of these pieces for future reference. Also your husbands with appreciate this more than your regular ol' nursing bras. I think that what Dita Von Teese has made is amazing for all women. 




Dita Von Teese partnered up with Destination Maternity for this amazing limited edition retro-inspired line for all mamas out there. Von Follies by Dita Von Teese aims to embrace a new sexy side for new (or more than new) moms. The very sexy designs such as the bras that are not only nursing-enables (with clip-down tabs and detachable cups for added comfort) but can be paired with a set of pin-up-inspired high-waist panties (they feature discreet built-in panels for support) also designed by Dita Von Teese herself. The most amazing part of all this (as if it could get any better?) the price ranges from $39-$55! 


So if you're a new mom, about to be a mom or plan on being a mom you need to get on this now! Don't you just love how new things come out to help us moms get back to being ourselves? It's sexy & functional. Those two words are hard to find when you're a mom. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

DIY || Hand Stamped Crib Sheets


I found similar crib sheets online that I was dying over to have for Jaxs nursery, however they were $65. That's a little ridiculous for crib sheets, that's almost as much as the actual mattress. I decided to give it a try and do them myself. I had recently made the stamps which you can find how to do them yourselves here, all that was left was the crib sheet and paint! I spent a total of $12 (not counting the stamp since it depends whether you make it or buy one) on this DIY. Easiest and cheapest project! With the $65 I would've spent on that one sheet I can make 5 different crib sheets! Any color and style I want. Hope you enjoy it!
Thursday, July 17, 2014

First Birthday || Vintage Carnival


I've been having such an obsession with carnivals lately. We've gone to a couple in the last month. I just love the brightness in the lights, the vintage, the fun and of course all the junk food! I'm about 4 months away from Jaxs 1st birthday but as other moms have recommended, not too early to start planning. So I decided to go with the 'Vintage Carnival' theme idea. I'm not doing a huge party, just family and it will be in Florida so I'm mostly concentrating in the main pieces for decor and food than to rent a huge tent. I put together some pieces that have inspired me. I'm hoping to create some of these project as DIYs so I don't break the budget. Besides his actual birthday party I'm also planning his photoshoot which if its too expensive, I'll be taking myself. I always take his pictures but I would love to have these professionally taken for memory keep sake. I will start purchasing a few things each month and have them delivered to Florida so I don't have to bring it all back with me and run the risk of having something ruined. 

I can't believe how fast time is going by and I will be having a one year old in less than half a year... I think every mom would agree that it goes by too fast. I'm excited to celebrate but so sad that my baby will be becoming a toddler soon. I want him to look back on all of his pictures and see how he had a fun childhood and that we tried to provide nothing but the best for him. 




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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fitness Favorites

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|| Sneakers | Tank | Sports Bra | Leggings | Book | Water Bottle | Yoga Mat | iPod | Headphones ||

Working out is tough, you need so much motivation to get your butt up and moving. I know the struggle and I'm sure I'm not the only one. For me my motivation is getting dressed in workout clothes and always either reading or watching something that makes me go 'thats it, I gotta get to the gym right now'. Of course the number one motivation is music! Nothing will get you up and moving like a perfect playlist. Whether is for cardio or lifting weights. Anything from 'Eye of the Tiger' to 'Rhythm of the Night'. I always try to separate my playlist, one for cardio, yoga and leg workouts (the way the beats sounds helps keep a steady pace). I decided to share some of my very favorites and hope these motivates you too!

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

DIY || Hand Carved Stamp


There's times I've come across a project I want to make but can't seem to find the right stamp for it. Even after hours of searching ETSY and seeing one personalized stamp for $20? No thank you. I came across the idea of creating my own, and after having one too many project that will require a stamp, I decided to give it a go. I can honestly say I'm obsessed and I will be making so many more! 
Here is my tutorial to make your own hand carved stamp...
Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Making of Harry Potter // Studio Tour


If you know me, you know I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Ive been addicted to the books ever since I can remember. I used to stay up late at night in my bathroom floor reading for hours and hours at a time. I had heard about this tour but never saw it as a possibility since it is here in the UK. Well not anymore, I can finally check this off my bucket list! Pictures don't do justice to this amazing magical place. Everything from the sets, props, hair and makeup, to architecture and engineering. Visual effects, and so much more! I even got to have some butterbeer. Way better than Disney World! I took way too many pictures to even fit in a blog post. I just decided to share a few of my favorites. If you're ever in the UK and you're a fan of the franchise, I can't recommend visiting here enough! You will fall in love all over again. I'm currently back to reading these amazing books! 
Monday, June 30, 2014

Bury St Edmunds Abbey

One of our trips exploring the towns near us to Bury St Edmunds. Aside from the mall-like and street of stores and boutiques, this place has so much charm, with the cathedral, beautiful park filled with people having picnics (It's what inspired my Summers Bucketlist) and over all beautiful scenery.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Life Lately

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We've been exploring cities lately, from London to Cambridge to Bury. I feel like I ahve to take in every detail. This week I decided to sit down and crunch numbers for our future trips outside the UK. We're not sure where exactly we want to go first, but Europe is filled with amazing beautiful places that we can't go wrong with what we choose.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

10 Ways To Clean Out Your Closet


With the whole move I've been dealing with I was pretty much forced to clean out my closet. There was no way I could pack up everything. These are pretty much the main things I focused on and asked myself as I cleaned out my closet. I hope this helps you and works for you as well as it did for me!

1. If you wore it in high school, let it go.
There is absolutely no need to save this. It's not your wedding dress that you want to fit into every year. Whether it's been only a few years or a decade, high school is behind you now and there's absolutely no need for this to be part of any future outfits in your wardrobe. Maybe save a pair of jeans so you can always have that as motivation but that is all that you should have.


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2. If you were shopping right this second?
If your closet were a store, would you buy any of the pieces you see hanging in your closet? If the answer is no, you know what to do. Our styles change, one day you may want to be a rocker chick and then summer comes and you're all about bohemian. It happens, but you don't want to keep it all. It will only cause really bad outfit decisions and an awful mix of the both. 

3. If it doesn't fit you anymore.
Don't save a pair of jeans or blouse with the hope that one day you will lose those 20lbs and they will fit again. If you want motivation, place a pretty small dress by your mirror every day. This will motivate you, but having it in the closet will not. Specially when we go through moments of trying everything in the closet and feeling huge. You want to be able to pull something out and know it will fit!

4. If you already wore it in a big occasion. 
Sometimes some dresses are only meant to be worn once. For example, your prom dress. Highly unlikely it will be used anywhere else. It cost you so much money you can't just throw it out or give it away? There's so many sites now a days where you can sell your dress and make some of that cash back. Invest this cash into another great outfit and let it repeat.

5. How many is too many?
Some things is unnecessary to have so many of. You don't need a closet full of tank tops or jeans in every color (guilty!). You want to have basic colors for the basic pieces such as tank tops and any under garments. With jeans I suggest the follow: Skinny jeans, distressed boyfriend jeans, boot cut jeans, white jeans, black jeans and the pattern print jeans. There you go. 

6. If you're not comfortable in that.
We all have those days in which we get home, we are so tired we just want to put on comfortable clothes on. Throw on that Led Zeppelin t-shirt and the yoga pants and finally just relax and be comfortable. Some tees have so many memories you can't let go. I have all my homecoming, prom and class of 2010 tees still sitting in my drawers. Why? Because of comfort and memories. This is something I would really wear out but rather wear in. Make sure you have some put away. You don't want to be in day clothes all the time and not feel relaxed once you're home watching Once Upon a Time.

7. Do you sleep in that?
I guilty of sometimes just coming home changing my jeans and putting on yoga pants and falling asleep in the same shirt I've been in all day. (Gross I know right?) Well when I was younger I had a set of pjs. I'm sure we all did or maybe still do (good for you), I would change in the mornings, fold them and place them under my pillow. I don't know when that changed. Maybe when I moved out who knows, but it's something I'm working on getting back to. Having a set of pjs is so important, you don't even know how much dirt and germs and all that nasty stuff in the air has is in your clothes! And you sleep right on it! Your bed should be the cleanest place in your house, having a clean set of pjs when you get ready to go to bed is the most amazing most relaxing feeling in the world. Trust me you will have the best sleep of your life!

8. Are those boots made for walking?
If you own a 100 pairs of pumps, heels and wedges but you live on flats... What's the point? Why do you need so many of something you don't even use? If you're like this you should invest in some great long lasting and comfortable flats, sneaks, short boots etc. rather than the style you're not comfortable wearing. Whether wise, if you live somewhere in which it's hot all the time (Florida only gets 2 weeks of winter) you don't need so many boots! Just as if you live somewhere cold and rainy (England for example) you don't need a million pair of flip flops. Think about it. Everything is good in moderation. Which brings me to number 9...


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9. Quality over quantity
We've all lusted over the closet on every bloggers page, or YouTube guru, even Pinterest. We all want that amazing huge walk in closet filled with gorgeous pieces. One of my favorite bloggers/YouTube guru is Carly Cristman, I'll tell you why. She has beyond amazing outfits, what I love the absolute most about her is that she invest on her pieces. Her closet isn't beyond huge and filled with a million Forever 21 shirts, but instead one beautiful shirt from Zara. Don't get me wrong, I love Forever 21. But sometimes I temp to go for the $9.99 shirt rather than that beautiful shirt I like that's $39.99. It doesn't have to be a brand, if you love it and you absolutely want it, even if you only walk out of the store with one piece, do it. It's going to be the piece you love and it will last you a lot longer than the cheaper material ones. Your closet will thank you.

10. And finally variety!
You don't want to wear the same thing every time. I've been living out of a suit case for almost 3 months... From Florida to North Carolina to Georgia to England. My stuff won't come in for another month or so! I wish I had packed better, nothing I hate more than having to wear the same outfit or same thing over and over again. Specially around the same people because for reason I feel they can tell, but that's just me. That's why I created the main closet pieces to have so I can share with everyone what would be the most versatile pieces. So if you have a go to sweater or cardigan, try to also have a go to jacket or hoodie. The same goes for jeans, shoes and shirts. Variety!


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

What's in my Make Up Bag? || Summer Edition

// Bag: Bath & Body Works (sold out) similar: here //

It's officially summer time and it's the perfect time to start tanning and changing up our look a little bit. As well as let our skin breath more after the cold weather has been through it. This is my summer make up bag! The must haves in my purse for the warm weather. I also got a new bag to put everything in so I can keep my purse more organized than just throwing it all in and making it a huge mess.

1. MAC Studio Fix || I use this mainly because my skin is a horrible mix of both dry and oily, so when my skin gets oily and shimmery I always have this to pat down and mattify my face so it's not so shiny and clearly oily. It's also perfect to set your concealer.

2. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural || I don't like to wear concealer during the hot summer because you can't help but sweat and it blocks your pores causing your skin to break out more. I just make it a priority to hydrate my skin a lot with night and day creams as well as drink plenty of water. This powder is very light and you don't need much! Apply it all over and it still provides a great coverage. 

3. Nars Blush || This is by far my favorite of all blushes. This particular color (Super Orgasm) has a nice peachy pink tone with gold shimmer. It helps add a lovely glow without it being too heavy.

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel || I have pretty thick brows, to keep them in control this gel is wonderful! It doesn't flake or anything and it also doesn't make them look wet. They keep in perfect place and that's how you want your brows, on point!

5. EcoTools Large Powder Brush || This brush is so soft! I can't even explain how perfect this is. I haven't had any problems with losing fibers either which temps to happen to a lot of least expensive brushes. It's perfect to apply the mineral finish or hold the brush down with your fingers to flatten out and it works for countering and blush.

6. Benefit They're Real Mascara || I have a mini and a full size, I always carry this with me. Without it being waterproof, it's by far one of the best mascaras I've used, it adds volume and thickness without it weighing down your lashes. 

7. Urban Decay Brow Box || Sometimes I fill in my brows with powder sometimes with pencil, this honey pot color is the best powders I've used on them, a lot of the others I've tried are too red or orangy or way too blonde. I like to use the lighter on the center and use the darker towards the ends, it's not a huge drastic difference and blends in really nicely!

8. Femme Couture Eyebrow Pencil || I own this in every color except auburn because when I go lighter for summer, I like to brighten up my brows a bit, it stays so well even with the gel, doesn't smear off until I take it off.

9. Philosophy Kiss Me lipgloss || I just want to eat this. It's so soft, not sticky (ew) and it taste so good. The color so also not dark it's very light perfect for the summer time!

10. ELF Shimmering Facia Whip || It's a perfect and the cheapest highlighter for your face or body. This color is Lilac Petal. Just dab and smooth out on the bridge of your nose and the highest part of your cheekbones even on your Cupid's bow. It brightens up your face and gives you the perfect glow!

11. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster || It's summer so we all need that wonderful tan glow, even if you're faking it. This bronzed comes in little balls in different tones with a hint of shimmer, it's not heavy! Apply it to countur your face and necklines.

12. LancĂ´me Eyelash Curler || Am I the only one that has such bad luck with eyelash curlers? All the ones I buy always break and stop working. So I decided to invest and let me tell you, it's been well over a year and a half since I bought it and still the second strip is in and the curler works just as it did when I bought it. Well worth the money! I have straight lashes so I need a curler in my life, even if I don't wear makeup. I need to curl my eyelashes.

13. Baby Lips || Everyone has to have Chapstick but everyone has to at least try the baby lips line by maybelline. It's by far along with Burt's bees and eos my favorite if chapsticks! This one is pretty clear you can use it and add gloss on top or just by itself. Highly recommend them!
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Overnight Oats Recipe


This is by far my favorite breakfast meal to make. I'm not a breakfast person, so cooking so early was always a drag. Until I found this, now I want one for every morning! It's so delicious and healthy, the fun part is you can change it around. I made mine very basic to try it for the first time but once I did, I already started imagining to make some of blueberries and cranberries. Yum! You must give this a try! Heres how I made mine...

Basics:
(For your very own recipe to start with)
- Milk of your choice
- Rolled Oats
- Greek Yogurt

My Ingredients: 
(Enough to fit in an 8oz mason jar)
- 2/3 cup almond milk (vanilla)
- 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Toppings:

-1 Sliced banana

- Agave/honey
-Pinch of brown sugar

Instructions:
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then pour in a mason jar (perfect for a seal tight container). Refrigerate the mixture overnight (or at least 4 hours). It's ready to go, you can choose to add any extras to your mixture, as well as a topping of your preference. Anything from chia seeds and raisins to strawberries and peaches! Make it your own.


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