Monday, July 28, 2014

Work Style: Nude and teal

Dress: J Lo via Kohls (on major sale in store) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Marshall's // Necklace: My Stella & Dot // Bracelets: My Stella & Dot (1, 2) // Shoes: Target (old)

Happy Monday!
We had a busy weekend with the family but Ava was sick most of the weekend :( I took her to the doctor Friday and she had a virus. Her heart rate was elevated so pediatrician recommended EKG (I noticed the fast heart rate too and that scared me). Needless to say, the EKG was no fun and couldn't do it. She was terrified and obviously, that messes with the reading of EKG. Sunday I took her to a Pediatric Urgent care and she had a ear infection at this point. I feel like my boys are tougher but when it comes to Ava being sick, it's miserable. So here is to medicine and lots of prayers to help her feel better! And my 5 year old shared with me that he is so glad he is not a grown up. Because taking care of sick babies is hard work. Smart boy.

About the outfit today: I wanted to keep a nude palette going with a bit of color. I love, love this teal necklace and decided to add that just for a bit of color. And this dress was only a whopping $2.88 with tax and all. (I had $10 Kohls cash and coupon). I wish I could tell you all I shop the sales rack all the time. I should! And you should too. Ha! But I never have the patience. But it payed off this time.

Have a wonderful Monday!

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More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, StillBeingMolly and Sequins and Style.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Work Style: Coral and gray

Dress: Elle via Kohls // Jacket: Kenar // Shoes: Guess via DSW // Clutch: My Stella & Dot // Necklace: My Stella & Dot

Happy Friday!
A bright coral and stripes dress today for you guys. When I saw this dress at Kohls a few weeks, I absolutely fell in love with the color. And then the stripes.
I have worn in a couple of times, but this is the first time on the blog. It seems like a brand new dress :)

Have a wonderful weekend! We are hanging out at the pool on Saturday with the kids and relaxing the rest of the time.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Twin Talk Blog

We are featured on TwinTalkBlog today where I share my story on my 86 day hospital stay and our miracle twins.

Name: Katherine

Where do you currently live? Houston, Texas

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins? 6 weeks

Any issues during your pregnancy? I was having contractions around 16 weeks. At almost 20 weeks I went in to see my perinatalogist and I was dilated and my cervix was really short. I was sent immediately to the hospital next door to get an emergency rescue cerclage. I was then put on home bed rest for three weeks. I continued to have contractions and was hospitalized at 23 weeks. I spent 86 days at the hospital, most of it on complete bed rest. By the Grace of God, I carried my twins to 35 weeks 2 days.

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: I have an identical twin sister and always wanted twins. My sister and I both knew one of us would have them. My cousin had her twins in July 2012, and I found out I was expecting twins in December 2012. We felt so blessed that God did bless us with two little miracles.

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self? Everything is going to be ok. It was a very hard pregnancy but God was good through it all. He is the reason, along with my family and friends, that I was able to stay in bed for so long.

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 35 weeks, 2 days

Baby A's Information: Ava Elizabeth
July 9, 2013
5 lbs 9 oz
18 3/4 in

Baby B's Information: Aiden Michael
July 9th, 2013
4 lbs
16 1/2 in

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery? I had a c-section. My perinatalogist gave my OB the ok to take out my cerclage at 34 weeks, 5 days. I was dilated to 7 cm just 3 days later. My twins were born at 35 weeks 2 days.

Any NICU time? If yes, for what reason and how long? Ava -10 days, apnea episode and hanging out with brother. Aiden - IUGR (Intrauterine growth restriction), which is why he was only 4 lbs. He was there for 11 days for feeding and growing.

Did you have any complications after delivery? No complications.

How long did you (the parents) stay in the hospital? 3 days postpartum, 86 days prepartum.

Did your twins stay with you or in the hospital nursery at night? NICU

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital?
My faith
My family
My friends
They were my rock during my long hospital stay. I can't say it enough. Hospital bed rest is one of the hardest things I've been through. My faith is stronger because of it!

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital: The day they were both born, small but healthy. There were many times we never thought we would get to that point. We had many neonatologists speak to us about the risks of having micro-preemies at 23 weeks, then 28 weeks. After 32 weeks, they stopped coming in because we had beat the odds. It truly is a miracle!

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? Relax, take it easy, and listen to your body. Enjoy every single minute. You are growing two miracles in there. :)

I had to post at least one picture :)

The twins are 2 months old here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Work Style: Sheinside skirt and mint top



Top: Macy's (similar) // Skirt: Sheinside // Shoes: Guess via DSW // Bag: Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot (1, 2), Gift from my dad, Macy's

One of the great things about being in the blogging world and reading so many blogs is finding out about so many different stores and shops. Not only for myself, but for my kids as well. We all want that one of kind piece that no one else is wearing, in your daily life that is. I have been wanting to try out since seeing a few outfits on other bloggers. And I've been on the midi skirt kick lately. I decided to order 2 skirts from them. I fell in love with this skirt as soon as I took it out of the box. The color and pattern is great, the length is perfect and fit just right. I find them to be true to size even though some comments said they run a bit small. The material is thin, and I do have to wear a slip underneath. Overall, I am pleased with this skirt!

Have you heard of Sheinside? Would you recommend them to others if you have bought from them?

Have a great Wednesday!

* This is not a sponsored post. I like trying out new brands and like to discuss them on my blog for others to try.

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Style Me Wednesday
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recipe Tuesday: Healthy toddler meals

Ground turkey and avocado.
Cook lean ground turkey in a little bit of olive oil. Add spices of your choice. We like to use salt, pepper and some garlic.

Grilled chicken and broccoli and cheese

          Ava loving it! This was also the same day she drank whole milk from her straw sippy cup and never looked back. Good bye pink bottles. Yay!

We are trying different cups with Aiden until we find the perfect one for him.

Hard boiled egg and green beans
I just added a little bit of light salt to both.

Aiden was not to sure about this.

Ava on the other hand, loves every finger food we give her!

These are a couple of healthy and simple toddler meals. There are a ton out there, especially on Pinterest. Ava loves to eat and feed herself. Aiden prefers pureed food and we make it a bit chunkier for him.

Other easy to make and easy to grasp for small fingers foods:

Rice and mashed potatoes
Pasta and ground turkey
Homemade cheese pizza
Angel hair pasta with a little bit of butter
Chicken and peas
Ground turkey and black beans
Cheese Quesadillas

Any other items you are feeding your one year olds? Please share in the comments. I would love to try new things for the twins.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Work Style: Pink polka dots

Top: Old Navy // Jacket: Loft (old, similar) // Skirt: Eshakti // Shoes: Steve Madden via Marshalls // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Marshalls // Necklace: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot

Happy Monday!
I'm back with a polka dot look for you today. Pink and polka dots are definitely my new favorite combination! And I'm also back with another Eshakti midi skirt. It flatters, and it's long enough for my busy lifestyle. I wore it to work here, and I have also worn it to church, styled a little differently.

It has been a busy couple weeks, but now that the summer is winding down, I'm hoping to blog a bit more.

I hope you guys have a great Monday!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baby news: Letter to Aiden

Dear Aiden,
My sweet baby boy. We can't believe you are ONE! You were our smallest baby, and you are our youngest one too. You have come a long way this past year. Mommy's instinct has always been to protect you. And now we are watching you grow into a little boy and not a baby anymore. You are not afraid of much. You are so confident, and love having fun. Everything makes you giggle. And we love to hear your sweet little laugh. You love to yell to get attention and starting to talk so you can express your joy for things. You do not like to sit still, so we always have to find ways to entertain you. You love giving wet kisses and even bed time can turn into a burst of giggles with you.

Our hope, like your sister and brother, is that you love The Lord with all your heart. We will raise you to know Him, and know the Truth. We know that God will use your love for life for greatness. Watching you grow reminds me so much of your older brother. Both of you have such a joy for life with such great confidence! We are so grateful that God blessed us with another little miracle in you.

We love you Aiden. Our little prince, our baby boy, our total joy. You make our family complete and we thank God each day for you!

Mommy and Daddy