Don’t judge me, it’s not what I’m here for

PLAY; to engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. I posted a picture on Instagram last week of Sofia playing with makeup and guess what people, I got judged hard, was tagged as a "bad mom" and even lost some readers. I know as a blogger I open myself up to boat-loads of criticism, sharing my life online, I'll be the first to admit blogging is not for everyone and sometimes that includes me. 5 years is not enough time for me to grow thick skin apparently I was told last week that I made a very bad judgment call as a parent in letting my child play with makeup at 5 years old. I'm pushing her to "grow-up quickly", … read more...

HOLIDAY: Girls Gift Guide +GIVEAWAY

  1// Pinhole Press Custom Finger Puppets & Family Dominos   2//Maplelea Doll   3//Osmo Game System   4//Hatchimal   5//Lost My Name Book   6//Lowes 16-piece Kid's Tool Kit Sofia is very much involved in my blogging, she asks when she will be "on my internet page" next, she asks if I need any help "writing the words" and always always asks to "send them a pitch" when she see's a new toy hit the market that she want. What can I say, she is a born blogger?! Naturally when I was bringing together this years Holiday Gift Guides I knew that I needed her help in a big way... Sofia, help me, what would a girl your age want for Christmas … read more...

FAMILY: Stella Grace (month 2)

TWO WHOLE MONTHS has passed since this little person was born and oh my goodness... Today marked a big day! Besides reaching a whole 2 months in age, more importantly she wore her first real outfit (cuffed skinny jeans, the perfect white tee and a cable-knit cardigan)... Oh. Right. and it was her dad's 39th Birthday -- Happy Birthday Sammy!!! I still can't believe that 2 months has passed and this little girl graced our lives with her presence (and love). Tons of smiles, a boat load of giggles and just as many moments with the quivering bottom lip, crocodile tears and dose of "don't you dare put me down" tangents. Hey! it comes with the … read more...

THIS IS {REAL} LIFE

Real life isn't pretty, it's beautiful.  Other than our own, real life moments is something we don't often get to see online. With Instagram and Facebook playing such a heavy hand in our social lives these days, intentional or not what makes the cut onto our Instagram feeds are usually all things perfect and pretty. The freshly baked cookies that sit counter-top in your unrealistically sparkling kitchen with the hashtag #housewife, or the perfectly primped living room that's been plucked from the pages of Pottery Barn, clearly unlived in tagged #happyhome (how happy was this home getting it to this point), or my favorite yet is that calm lovely picture … read more...

STORY: My Love Hate Relationship with Breastfeeding

Motherhood has a funny way of putting you in uncomfortable positions, physically and figuratively speaking. From breastfeeding in the aisle of a grocery store, to diaper changes on a park bench, to shushing your throat dry at 3:26am. You guys... I'm actually surprised a lot more of us are not parents of just one child. #funnybuttruestory With Sofia, I was unable to breastfeed due to her early detected milk intolerance. I felt like such a failure; I wanted so badly as a first time mother to be able to provide my child with everything she needed. From love and affection, to warmth and safety and most importantly food; not being able to give her all of these things hurt … read more...

FEATURE: Spit Happens {Washable Rugs}

It's like Lorena Canals read my mind; make me a rug that's beautiful, soft and luxurious, high-quality, reasonably priced.... and heck! make sure it can be thrown into my household wash machine.  When I shop for home decor, rugs included, practicality normally takes home the win. I leave with something I'm only half happy with, it ticks off most all the boxes on my wish list and therefore makes it way into our home and we learn to love it. It was no different with Stella's Nursery, my vision for her bedroom would take shape with a few token pieces of art, a gorgeous DIY mobile and the perfect custom sheets. We were using all the furniture from when Sofia … read more...

FAMILY: Stella Grace (month 1)

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!   The time has flown, because that's exactly what happens after you have children, time seems to miraculously speed up! This little one is already 4 weeks and changing so much, some good, some... not so good.  She has decided she prefers the sound of her voice in a screaming nature versus a darling giggle or coo (seriously! why do they do this people?). She is more fussy than not and we have unofficially, I think (do you ever really know?), into the PURPLE CRYING phase. Sammy and I do our best to keep our cool and play a joy's game of pass-the-baby once it gets too much for one of the following, our patience or ears. She fights … read more...

FEATURE: Doodles By Me Shoes

I doubt this is going to come as a surprise but Sofia and I, WE LOVE A GOOD CRAFT. Clearly glitter runs through our veins and if crafting can be hereditary then it's no doubt she got it from her mama! I stumbled across this company when looking for an indoor shoe that Sofia could take and keep at school. Once the request form rolled out in it entirety (this kindergarten thing is serious business) I was left with a very specific check-list of what they wanted in an indoor shoe for these kidlets. They must be able to put them on themselves (no tie-up shoes) They had to be quiet with no obnoxious flashing lights  They had to be comfortable They had to … read more...