Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekend Style: Cabi top and navy pants







Top: Cabi // Pants: Gap (in store for super clearance) // Shoes: Guess via DSW // Clutch: Stella & Dot // Necklace: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot (1, 2)

Happy Monday!
I had been on the hunt for a great pair of pencil pants. Again, being 5'1, finding the right length is always my main concern. These pants from Gap are awesome. Really slimming and on super sale (in store). 
Wore this to a small happy hour at a friend's house. I'm not a big fan of peplum tops, but I love the design on this one. 

Have a great day!

Linking up with Funday Monday, Style Me Wednesday and Manic Monday.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Closet Remix: Navy and coral skirt





Top: Forever 21 (similar) // Skirt: Eshakti (similar) // Shoes: Guess via DSW (similar) // Bag: Cole Haan // Necklace and Bracelets (1,2): Stella & Dot // Belt: Thrifted



Hurray for Friday!
It's my Eshakti skirt again. Seriously, I can't get enough of it. How many different ways can I wear it? Let me count the ways... I'll have to go back and say, I never thought I could wear "long" skirts. I'm short, and the myth (at least to me), was that shorter skirts look better. But I find longer lengths not only flattering on my short frame, but easier to move in. I'm always on the go. Whether is at work, or with the kids, I never stop. I need something that will work with my lifestyle, and this length really does. So, my reasons for finding different ways to remix this skirt : )

I'm off next week and we are taking a mini vacation with the kids. I'm looking forward to spending time with all 3 kids and my hubby. The babies are getting a bit easier to travel (so we hope!), and wanted to take them somewhere fun (Sea World) for their first birthday. I remember the traveling days when Jayden was small. I can't even imagine how our van will look after we pack up for 3 kids now!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fit Wednesday: The Flex Belt




Happy Wednesday!

I recently added Fit Wednesdays to this blog, and one of the main reasons was to keep me motivated and share my workouts with you guys. Some of you have been with me this past year after having my twins and others have recently joined me on this journey. And what a journey it has been! It was probably the hardest I had to work to get my body back to pre-pregnancy after having my twins. (Duh! Carrying two babies was no easy task). This also taught me to persevere and push through knowing I could gain muscle back after being on bed rest for so long. And I also learned that it is not an easy journey for many. So I truly do want to encourage each of you, and I know I have mentioned this in the past. No matter if it's after having children, getting healthy before conceiving, or just doing it for a healthy lifestyle.

I talked about Focus T25 here and what a great workout it is! I also wanted to share another tool I used to aid me in weight loss journey, The Flex Belt by Bmr. I used it for about 2 weeks and I noticed a complete difference in my abs. I used this along my workouts to further tone my abs. I had a c section with my twins, and boy, that completely tore my stomach muscles. (And I would do it all over again to bring my twins into this world healthy. It was the best decision we made along with my ob/gyn, and many women are faced with this decision as well).
I had a natural delivery with Jayden, my oldest, and I has an easier time with weight loss after that pregnancy. It must have been because I was still in my 20s. :)

It is a simple belt you wear which stimulates the nerves that make your muscles contract and relax. There are 3 gel pads you stick to the belt (adjustable to waist size), and then the other side of the gel pads stick to 3 different part of your abs. You can change the settings when you first start as well as the time. I started with 20 minutes and worked my way up to 30 minutes and started noticing a difference in about 2 weeks. It's great because I can wear the flex belt while cooking dinner, feeding the babies or playing with the kids. Even my husband wants to try it! I love that even if I can't get a workout in for the day, my abs were still getting a workout, even during my busiest day. It's convenient, very simple to use and it works. If you are interested in getting your own flex belt, check out their website for more great reviews!


And I debated showing this picture, and I cropped it as much as I could, lol. But I wanted to show you the results and this is the only way you can tell :) I've come a long way, but would love to keep toning up. I know with hard work and dedication, I will do it, and so can you!


I got a few messages after I posted this picture on Instagram. I wanted to bring this post back to show you guys how great The Flex Belt is in toning your abs!







* I received this product free of charge to review. As always, I only review products that I truly believe in and think my readers can benefit from it as well. All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Work Style: Print top and red pencil skirt






Top: Kohls (old) // Skirt: Forever 21 (old, similar) // Shoes: Ralph Lauren via Marshall's // Bag: Ivanka Trump via Tj Maxx // Bracelet & Necklace: Stella & Dot // Sunglasses: Maui Jim

Happy Monday!
I love pencil skirts, but the fit is so important. Too tight, and it looks terrible and uncomfortable, and too loose, looks just as bad. I have been on the hunt for a few more, but I haven't had much luck lately. This is actually a skirt from Forever 21 and it's a couple years old. It's held it's shape and color!
And I've shown you 8 different ways to wear it here. It's so versatile, so I'll be doing a few more looks with this skirt soon.
I also stopped by J Crew this weekend, but did not buy anything. A few bloggers talked about this dress, and I wanted to see in person. Beautiful dress, but I could not think of a single place I could wear it too. If I had a wedding to attend, I would have bought it in a heart beat. I'm trying to make better buying decisions, so I sadly passed it up. It was originally $148, but at 50% off sale items, it's only $50 (in store only)!

Linking up with Funday Monday, Monday Bloom, And Random Wednesday.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekend Happenings: Family time


A few pictures on Father's Day.
Ava: Dress- Carter's via Kohls Headband: Emerson Grace Boutique
Aiden's Outfit: Carter's via Kohls



                     
                                          My big boy Jayden dancing away at a Graduation party.





Jayden, Ava and I.


Family shot.


My absolute favorite picture. Aiden loved, loved, loved dancing the whole entire night. His face says it all : )




Ava: Romper- Old Navy Headband: Jameson Monroe via Groopdealz
                                                     Aiden's Outfit: Carter's via Kohls





Hi guys!
We've had a couple of busy weekends with graduations and Father's Day. The twins are getting used to our busy life style, and it's absolutely adorable to see the babies interacting. They definitely have their own personalities, and love their big brother. Now I know what people refer to when they talk about "twin talk". My sister and I did growing up, and now watching my own twins, it's incredible to see how they interact, just baby talking to each other.
As we approach the babies' first birthday, I really want to hit the stop button in life. I can't believe how fast they are growing! There are still days I get overwhelmed with the day to day activities of having a full time job, and raising 3 small children. Its not easy! I get emails asking how I do it "all". I don't. I get frustrated, lose my patience, and yell (at Jayden, usually). Then I feel guilty and sad. These are the times, that I just sit there and pray to be a better mother. These are also the times that I realize I am not perfect, and have to remind myself that I will falter and I will fail. But there is one thing I have learned through this last year of motherhood (of 3): I love my kids dearly! There is absolutely nothing I would not do for them. I have learned to apologize to Jayden and to my hubby. For losing my patience. For yelling when I'm just frustrated and tired of taking care of 3 little ones. But I would not want it any other way. These 3 are my life (along with my wonderful husband). And we have good days, and we have bad ones. I have learned to count my blessings, even when I'm up for the 3rd time in a night, which I am glad to say we are less of those now a days : )
And thank you for being patient with me when I disappear from this little blog. Thank you for your kinds words, comments and emails. They mean the world to me! I love blogging, but there are times when life gets super busy, as you can tell, but I value the time you take to read and stop by this little space of mine.

Love,




Thursday, June 12, 2014

Baby News: The twins are 11 months old!

Pool pictures from this past weekend








Stickers on their backs because they do not keep them on in the front!


This is Aiden's face telling me that he is not keeping his sticker on.



Ava:

Weight and height: She was about 17.5 lbs at 10.5 months.

Eating: She drinks 4 bottles of formula at about 6-7 oz each. She is still drinking every 4 hours, and eating 3 meals a day, snacks, and juice (mostly with water). She has become pickier with her foods. She eats yogurt or banana for breakfast, and fruit/veggies with chicken for lunch/ dinner.

Sleeping: She sleeps after her 730pm bottle until 730am or so. She was a great sleeper. Even since our trip, she had not been sleeping that great. We finally put her in the play pen in our room, and has been sleeping much better. This way if either one cries, we just let them cry it out. Yay for sleep for all of us! She takes 2 naps for about 1-1/2hrs each. Sometimes it's just one long nap.

Schedule: 730-8am Bottle
9am Fruit or yogurt and a little bit of apple juice and water
10-11am Nap
12pm Lunch (veggie/chicken and fruit)
1230 pm Bottle
1-3pm Nap
4pm Bottle
6pm Dinner (veggies or fruit)
7pm Bath
715pm Bottle
730pm-7am Sleep

Clothes: She is wearing 9 month, 9-12 month clothing and size 3 diapers.

Social: She is definitely talking more. She has said mama, tete (bottle), papa, up. Her newest word to imitate is "thank you". She heard older brother tell me thank you one morning and think it's the funniest thing ever. It sounds more like (ank u). She loves floor time and playing with her twin brother. Or taking toys away from him.
She is determined and wants her way at all cause. She is my little sassy pants, already!

Developmental: She crawls on all fours but is standing (holding on to furniture) more. She loves cruising along furniture, her crib and playpen. She gets to sitting from all fours. She tries to climb over furniture and stands on toys.

Likes: Bath time. Reading and looking at the pictures on books. She loves mommy now, and I love it! :) Loves kisses and dancing with mommy. The pool. She absolutely loves the water. Floor time and playing with Aiden. Loves Gerber Organics Puffs.

Health: She got Rosceola (virus) and had fever for about 4 days. We noticed she gets really fussy in the evenings so trying to move up her bedtime. She just get her 3rd tooth. She's got the 2 on bottom already.

Aiden:

Weight and height: Not sure. About17.5 lbs, if I had to guess.

Eating: He drinks 4 bottles of formula at about 7-8 oz each. He is drinking every 4 hours. Eats 3 meals a day, snacks and juice (mostly with water). He pretty much likes everything. Eating more textured food. He eats so well, and can eat a lot! He is doing great with drinking all his milk too.

Sleeping: He sleeps after his 730pm bottle until 7am or so. He is sleeping much better at night. Yay! Since he is sleeping in the nursery by himself, we will let him cry it out. But he has been sleeping all night for the most part. He will take about 2 naps a day between 1- 1 1/2 hrs a nap. Sometimes it's one long one.


Schedule: 730-8am Bottle
9am Fruit or yogurt, half apple juice and half water
10-11am Nap (He is a better napper but times do vary)
12pm Lunch (veggie/chicken and fruit)
1230pm Bottle
1-3pm Nap
4pm Bottle
6pm Dinner (Veggie)
7pm Bath
715pm Bottle
730pm-7am Sleep

Clothes: He is wearing 9 month clothing and size 3 diapers.

Social: Still loves to talk (babble) to everyone. Saying papa and babbling a lot. He is a screamer and will scream to get our attention. My boys are just loud!

Developmental: Army crawling every where. Is crawling on all fours for a couple steps. Pulling up to standing position and takes a couple steps while holding on to the crib or furniture. Will walk if you are holding both of his hands.


Likes: Loves to cuddle and absolutely adores my dad. Loves mommy! I think both of them know they get away with more with me than daddy! Loves bath and pool time. Loves brother's toys. All of them.

Health: He is doing much better with his acid reflux, finally. But he is still on Prevacid. I hope he gets off of it very soon! He just got his 5th tooth. He has the top 2 and bottom 2. 5th one is on top.

My sweet babies are almost 1! I am knee deep (no joke) in birthday party mode. Between their first birthday pictures, outfits, birthday party outfits, cake and decoration planning, it's all coming together. I am soaking in this last month of their first year. It has been the most challenging as a mom, but yet, the most rewarding. They mean the world to us!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sister Style: Red and a pop of neon




Dress: Forever 21 (similar) // Shoes: Life Stride via DSW // Necklace & Clutch: Stella & Dot

Happy Wednesday!
My sister is showing you a simple look with red and a pop of neon. I liked how she added this beautiful turquoise necklace to her look. That's the thing about neon, it looks great with a ton of colors, and pulls the outfit together. This is a great summer look, and she had a cardigan (not pictured) for air conditioned places.

Have a great Wednesday!

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