Monday, January 26, 2015

Gray and blues






Top: WHBM (similar) // Skirt: Piperlime (similar) // Blazer: Piperlime (in black) // Shoes: Jessica Simpson via DSW (similar) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Necklace: Stella & Dot (similar)

Happy Monday!
We had an awesome weekend and hoping the joy extends into Monday. Ha! (Which does not go with the title at all but I went with it : )) I went to a Girl's Night Out event on Friday night with my sister and few girl friends. We listened to Kari Jobe sing amazing music, laughed our tails off with comedian Nazareth and Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty shared her testimony. What a powerful night of worship and love and that carried me through the weekend. We went to a Wedding on Saturday with the family and the kids had a blast. Sunday we went to the Outlet mall and did a little bit of shopping. All in all, it was a pretty amazing weekend : )

I bought this blazer during a promo sale right after Christmas. And I have probably worn in 10 times already. No kidding. Why didn't I own a gray blazer before? It literally goes with everything! My favorite would probably be a pair of distressed jeans and colorful heels to go with this blazer. This skirt is a bit shorter than I would like for work, but it works great for a date night. And love the print. I also bought this bag during a promo right after Christmas. I paid $97.50 which is a great deal for a great bag. Love Rebecca Minkoff bags! This gray one is my second from her. And would buy more if I could : )

Have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stella & Dot 2015 Spring Favorites


Sharing some favorites from the new Stella & Dot 2015 Spring collection. I'm definitely dreaming of Spring, pretty colors and warmer weather now! I ordered the Trellis and the Tropicana necklaces and can't wait to style them in the next few days. And the best part, they are less than $100.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Katherine

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pink and tulle






Top: Forever 21 (old) // Skirt: LC Lauren Conrad via Kohls // Shoes: Jessica Simpson via Marshalls (similar) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Marshalls (similar) // Necklace: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot 1, 2

Hi guys,
This week went by super fast and glad it's Thursday! Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I have a couple of looks for a date night or a girl's night out. This first look will even look great for work by throwing on a blazer or a cardi. Love the pop of color with this hot pink blouse, and kept the look minimal with a black skirt and heels. I like classic pieces, like pencil skirts, but I decided to add this tulle skirt because of it's versatility. Most of the pins I had pinned on Pinterest for a while were different tulle skirt outfits. Even thought it is more on the trendy side than a classic piece, the price is great, and I can wear out or for work.

We have another busy weekend coming up. I am going to a Christian Girl's Night Out event on Friday night and looking forward to a wonderful night. We also have a wedding to attend on Saturday, and plan to hang out at home on Sunday.
What are you up to this weekend?
Have a great Thursday!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Peruvian Beef Stir Fry (Lomo Saltado)

One of my goals for this year is to learn to cook Peruvian food. I was born and raised in the northern part of Peru until almost 9 years old. If you ask me to this day which food is my favorite, it is definitely Peruvian. Could be because it brings me back to my childhood, but really, the food is that delicious. I'm not biased, I promise :) 

Anyways, one of my favorite cooking blogs, Skinny Taste, has a great recipe. It is approved by a native (me!) and even the smell of all the flavored while it was cooking reminded me of just how my mom cooks it. And the recipe is just like if by the way. 

Peruvian Beef Stir Fry (Lomo Saltado)

Recipe via SkinnyTaste
For the baked fries:

canola cooking spray
1 medium (5.3 oz) potato, russet or yukon gold, washed and dried
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Beef:

1/2 lb lean sirloin, cut into small, thin strips
salt, to taste
1/4 tsp cumin
black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium red onion, sliced into thick strips
2 mini yellow or green bell peppers or 1 large
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium tomato, sliced into wedges
1 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Cut the potato lengthwise into 1/3-inch thick slices; cut each slice into 1/3-inch fries. Place on the baking sheet and toss with oil to evenly coat. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place on a single layer onto the greased baking sheet. Bake uncovered on the lower third of the oven for about 25 minutes or until tender crisp and golden.
Meanwhile, season meat with salt, pepper and cumin.

Heat a large pan over high heat. When hot add the oil and the steak, cook about 2 minutes, until browned on both sides. Add the onions, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic and cook 2 minutes.
Add the tomato, soy sauce and vinegar and cook 1 more minute. Season with more salt as needed, remove from heat and finish with cilantro. Serve immediately with french fries and divide evenly between 2 plates.









It was absolutely delicious! My hubby came back for seconds in no time :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pajamas to work







Top: Target (similar) // Sweater: Old Navy // Pants: BB Dakota via Piperlime (similar on sale) // Bag: Ivanka Trump via TJ Maxx (similar) (Similar for less) // Heels: Bandolino (similar) // Necklace: Stella & Dot // Bracelet: Stella & Dot

The casual pant, the one that looks like jogging pants to me, turned into dressy for work pants right here for you. Ha. This was one trend I was not sure about but decided to try it out during a Piperlime promo sale. And they are at it again, by the way. All sale items are an extra 60% off! This was my first time to order from them and I was impressed! I will definitely be buying from them again. I got a lot of good deals before the new year, and you can't beat great customer service. Anyways, back to the pants. My 5 year old was wondering why I was wearing pajamas to work : ) They are as comfy as they look. And anything paired with a statement necklace and black pumps looks a little more dressy, at least in my book.

Some tips for pulling off jogger pants for work:
Add a blazer or dressy sweater (not a sweatshirt)
Add heels
Add statement jewelry
Add a statement bag

And you got an outfit for work :)

Hoping for beautiful weather this weekend because we need it. I'm never one to wish for Spring, really I live in Houston so I can't complain, but longing for some sun around here. We have a couple birthday parties on Saturday so it will be a busy one.



Have a great Thursday!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Guest Post: Double Stroller

Hi guys,
I have Stella from Double Stroller to discuss buying the right jogging stroller. We had a single jogging stroller with Jayden and are on the hunt for a double jogging stroller to fit the twins. It's an awesome workout and it doubles up as your main stroller to use daily.


Points To Be Taken Into Account When Buying The Right Jogging Stroller.

If you were a new parent then you have quite a few things in hand to make a life easy and comfortable for the little child. Amongst the various things that you would need to buy there is no doubt you might also be considering buying a good stroller for your baby. However, for first timers it is quite likely that they would have not have much idea as to what exactly to look for when buying these strollers. Many of them may not also have the idea as to how they work. Therefore, it could not be a bad idea to try and detail some important points that could act as the right jogging stroller guide for those who are buying it for the first time. These Jogging Strollers are available in different prices, specifications, shapes, sizes and designs and therefore you may have to do some research before you actually buy one. They are available both in online stores and also in the brick and mortar stores and you could choose the one which you feel comfortable with.


(This is my cousin's jogging stroller that we used as we try to find the best one for our family. This is one is Schwinn).

However, we will be spending a lot of time trying to find out some important points that should be taken into account while buying a good stroller. First and foremost you have to pay a lot of attention to the wheels. You should be very sure that the wheels are properly assembled that they are able to run straight and run smoothly. If one of the wheels even gets stuck when you are pushing the stroller at a reasonably good pace you might end up with unwanted and avoidable accidents. The wheels should be not only smooth and easily movable but also be made from tough material which can handle stress and strain. The next point that needs to be taken into account is to going for strollers that have a five-point harness which helps the little baby to stay firmly in place even when you are pushing the stroller at reasonably good pace. Further the buckles which make up the Horner’s should be easy they should be easily removable failing which you could have some problems at a later point in time.

There are a few more points that need to be taken into account when you are choosing a stroller for your little one. Breaks are extremely important and you should choose strollers that automatically lock the wheels when break is applied. It would always be better to test the stroller with a sample run and ensure that the breaking system is not only efficient but is also free of sudden jerks which might cause pain and discomfort to the little one. The seat in which the babies and toddlers will be sitting while you push the stroller should also be made of comfortable material and should be durable in nature. You have to keep in mind that seats attract lot of heat and dust and therefore they should be made from material that can withstand stress and strain over long periods of time.

Last but not the least the fabric that goes behind the making of these should also be taken into account and should be looked into very closely. There are different fabrics available and the decision at the end of the day should lie with the parents. You should always look for the fabric that is not only good looking and stylish but it should also be comfortable on the little one. During summer, you should be careful about the fabric because, synthetic fabrics could cause burns and other unwanted injuries to the child which you must avoid under all circumstances.



Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter whites with a pop of pink






Top: Jennifer Lopez via Kohls // Pants: WHBM (in blue) // Shoes: Steve Madden via Marshalls (similar) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Marshalls (similar for less) // Necklace: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot 1,2

Happy Monday!
A simple outfit with a little pop of color. I have a winter white coat I threw on for a warmer winter day. We've had miserable rain mix with lows in the 30s these last couple days. So for us here in Houston, you know it's cold! I like wearing one color from head to toe, and throwing on a simple, but bold necklace.

We had a relaxing weekend after the twins' 18 months appointment on Friday. Luckily, they did not get any shots, but will make up for it at their 2 year old appointment. We went to a birthday party on Saturday morning and then hung around the house all weekend. We don't mind the cold as much, but the rain has made it miserable. Here is to hoping we all have a wonderful week with beautiful weather.



Sunday, January 11, 2015

The twins are 18 months old





13 months




Ava:

Weight and height: She weighs 21 lbs and 6 oz (30% percentile) and 32 in long (50% percentile)

Eating: She still drinks 4 sippy cups of whole milk at about 7-8 oz each. She gulps them down! She is still drinking every 4 hours, and eating 3 meals a day, snacks, and juice (mostly with water). She usually eats yogurt or banana for breakfast (or eggs, homemade whole wheat waffles or pancakes), and fruit/veggies with chicken for lunch/ dinner. She is little miss independent and only chooses to feed herself now. She makes a big mess, but she tries (and we try hard to feed her, but it will not happen). She will pretty much eat anything we give her! Does not prefer chicken nuggets, but home cooked meals. Anything with rice or spaghetti are her favorites.

Sleeping: She sleeps after from 730pm until 7am or so. She sleeps with Aiden, as their cribs are back to back in their room. We finally transitioned them to sleeping together at about 13 months. Both of them also nap together from 930-11am and 2-4pm. She usually is first to wake up, and we'll bring her out of the room to get Aiden sleep more. They are starting to play a lot more during the second nap so we might transition them to one nap soon.

Schedule: 730-8am 7-8 oz of whole milk
9am Fruit or yogurt and a little bit of apple juice and water
930-11am Nap
12pm Lunch (veggie, rice and chicken with fruit)
1230 pm 7-8 oz of whole milk
2-4pm Nap
4pm 7-8 oz of whole milk
6pm Dinner (anything we cook)
7pm Bath
715pm 7-8 oz of whole milk
730pm-7am Sleep

Clothes: She is wearing 18 month clothing and size 3 diapers. She wears a size 4.5 shoes.

Social: Loves to interact with others, but still cautious with strangers. Loves to play kitchen and cook, play baby and take her around in her stroller, cars, trains, and reading books. Can say about 60-70 words and puts 2-3 words together. (Daddy's hat, Daddy's agua (water, which is really his coffee), mama's shoes. Her favorite, "Aiden where are u?". We talk to her in Spanish but picks up on English from big brother, myself and B. She will imitate any word we tell her, but it takes her a few tries before adding it to her vocabulary.

Developmental: She walked at about 13 months, and is running now. And usually away from us! Can take off socks, shoes, pants. Feeds herself, scribbles, sings, dances. Can go up and down the stairs with assistance. Will have a conversation with us and we can make out most words. Can kick a ball. Tries to climb into chairs. Can sort shapes and works on puzzles.

Likes: Loves to play with girl toys (kitche, baby) and the boy ones too (balls, trains, cars). Loves to read, and will sit still to read books.

Health: Doing great. Had a little virus during Christmas break, but doing great.




15 months


Aiden:

Weight and height: He weighs 20 lbs and 30.5 in long. He's my little guy, but he's on the charts : ) at about 5% percentile for weight and height.

Eating: He still drinks 4 bottles (the only way he will drink milk and as little as he is, we go with it) of whole milk at about 7-8 oz each. He usually gulps them down! He is still drinking every 4 hours, and eating 3 meals a day, snacks, and juice (mostly with water). He usually eats yogurt or banana for breakfast (0r eggs, homemade whole wheat waffles or pancakes), and fruit/veggies with chicken for lunch/ dinner. He tries to feed himself but will let you help him. Does not prefer chicken nuggets, but home cooked meals. Anything with rice, bread or spaghetti are his favorites.

Sleeping: He sleeps after from 730pm until 7am or so. He sleeps with Ava, as their cribs are back to back in their room. We finally transitioned them to sleeping together at about 13 months. Both of them also nap together from 930-11am and 2-4pm. He usually is my little sleeper and will let him sleep more by himself. They are starting to play a lot more during the second nap so we might transition them to one nap soon.


Schedule:
730-8am 7-8 oz of whole milk
9am Fruit or yogurt and a little bit of apple juice and water
930-11am Nap
12pm Lunch (veggie, rice and chicken with fruit)
1230 pm 7-8 oz of whole milk
2-4pm Nap
4pm 7-8 oz of whole milk
6pm Dinner (anything we cook)
7pm Bath
715pm 7-8 oz of whole milk
730pm-7am Sleep

Clothes: He is wearing 12-18 month clothing and size 3 diapers. He wears size 4.5 to 5 size shoes.

Social: He will go with anyone. Loves to be free and roam around and not as cautious as Ava. He is my little clown! He says about 20 words, and is starting to imitate any new word we tell him. He is starting to have a conversation.

Developmental: Started walking at about 13.5 months and is running now. He is learning to write on paper with a pencil. I keep crayons and markers away as they both try to eat them! He throws balls (and kick), or anything in his hand, really. He can go up and down the stairs but we have to watch him because he will leap. He can sort shapes and fill containers with toys. And loves to put the top back on everything.


Likes: Music and dancing. Hanging out with Abuelito (my dad). Reading. Singing.

Health: He is my healthy one. We call little, but mighty.





On NYE, a few days before 18 months