Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye, 2015

I was beginning to think that it was never going to snow again this winter until we got hit with a snow storm on Tuesday! It was very welcome in my little corner as I've ( and Gabriel) been waiting for it since we had a few inches over a month ago. The moment that Gabriel woke up and he realized there was "nieveee" outside he had to know when we'd be playing in it! It was so sweet and he is truly a Wisconsinite through and through! 

He was pretty focused on getting these "rocks" and moving them from one place to another then taste testing everything, hahaha! I mean you can't really say you're from Wisconsin unless you've tasted the snow. It's a right of passage. 

I can't get over how beautiful it is here in Wisconsin. I know I've talked about how great it is to be able to drive a few miles and be in another state park (that are even more stunning in the winter). And believe me I know how tough it is to get all geared up, drive out and deal with snow. But I've got to say that once you're out and experiencing the joys of winter- it's so worth it. There's an old Norwegian saying that goes, "there's no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes." And that's so true! Once we got all bundled up we played out there for almost 2 hours (that's like 6 in toddler)!

This face you guys! He was so happy to be outside and experiencing it all and I was so happy to be able to watch him. It never fails to remind me to look at the world the way they do. So amazing and so good.

We're also saying goodbye to 2015 in just a few hours. I'm truly still in disbelief as I type this. The beginning of 2015 started off with some many unknowns for us. B finished his last residency interviews in December, we had no idea where or if we would be moving from Wisconsin until March, we had a fresh little newborn, Gabriel would be two in April and it was pretty much a really intense and special time for us. I was dealing with all things postpartum, the boys and their needs while also trying to stay positive that things would work out regardless of where we ended up for B's residency. 

When we found out that we matched here the tears flowed and the relief finally set in. Milwaukee was our first choice. Looking back now I would tell myself, "be gentle on you, you're doing the best you can." I can't change any of it now but I can take what I learned from how I handled certain aspects of not moving and apply it to my now. And in that way I wouldn't change a thing because how else would I have learned? 

I'm now sitting here with my 18 week bump, feeling light movements, and so much joy that we are expecting our third little one in late Spring. They are already so loved and have two big brothers anxiously waiting to play with them (and take away their toys hahaha)! I'm looking forward to a new year, our newest addition, moving to a new place, and the hope of a fresh new year. We learned so much this past year, cried, laughed, exhausted our strength at times, but through it all God's grace held us.

   And thank you for sharing in our journey and my little corner of the internet! Good Bye, 2015 and here's to the New Year! 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

mommy chats: sarah lemkus

I hope you're all enjoying the Holidays! I'm still in a sort of shock that 2015 is almost over... However, I'm really looking forward to what 2016 has in store for our growing familia and this little blog!
Today I'm excited to introduce you all to Sarah Lemkus a both inspiring mother and vegan blogger from New Zealand! If you don't already follow her blog or her on Instagram do yourself a favor and FOLLOW here and here!

Sit back, relax, grab your favorite beverage, and let's chat! 

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself! 

Well, I'm Sarah. A mum and wife from New Zealand (it's 'mum' here as opposed to 'mom'). My husband and I have a 14-month-old daughter, Bethany (Beth for short). I'm a bit of an alternative, holistic mum with a passion for health and nutrition. I've had a vegan pregnancy, home birth and I'm also an extended breastfeeder. When I'm not carrying out my housewife/ mothering duties you'll find me either making food, eating food or writing recipes for my blog. Yes, as you can tell, I love food! I am also an adventure gal and love spending time outdoors either at the beach, in my garden or hiking. I hold my faith very close to my heart and consider church a very important part of me and my family's life (even though it's a bit harder to get there on time every Sunday now!) I also graduated from university in 2013 with a Bachelor of Communications. Even though I don't work now, it helped me start my blog and Instagram

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

our final adventure is up!

Our final adventure for Family Trails went live yesterday! We have loved being part of this program sponsored by Toyota and the National Center for Families and Learning. It has been so neat to be able to explore more of our city and share it with all of you! We hope to continue to share more of our adventures here on the blog as time goes on as we've done in the past. However, in the spirit of Family Trails  I'd like to start a City Guide to give other families with little's (or those without too!) ideas of where to visit, travel and adventure together!

Thank you Family Trails for providing this amazing platform for us to share our stories and how we learn through getting out with our little guys. You can check out our last adventure via this link! I have to say that now that you all know that we are expecting our third when we went to visit the USS Cobia I was in the worst part of my first trimester! But I'm so glad it all worked out in the end. You'll have to read to to know exactly what I mean ;)

Have a great rest of your week! I'll be taking a short break to celebrate! 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

la vida currently

There's only three more sleeps till Christmas and I still can't believe it! This month has gone by so fast. This entire year has flown by. And the other day I turned 31. For some reason leading up to 31 was a lot tougher than turning 30. I think it's because of the idea (in my head) that I'm in my 30's now and it's a new era for me in various aspects. I think back at the woman I was at 25 and even 27 and it's really amazing what experience and a whole lot of life does to change, mold, and dare I say it: grow us. I'm also entering my 5th month of pregnancy and let's just add that to the list of things that are flying by! It's all so wild you guys. And I find myself closing my eyes a lot, praying and asking for lots of help and reassurance that everything will be okay. I've had a few people ask me some really unexpected questions now that we are expecting our third bebe. I suppose now that we are expecting our third I'm entering a different realm of parenting, haha! The questions range from the boys age difference (which is not a lot but hey they've never met my mami!) Or how can we handle all of it while B is in residency. For those of you not familiar with physicians in residency it's a unique time. And it's really not much like being an MD out of residency in time, finances, energy, the list goes on. It's also really rare to find families especially as "big" as ours is becoming or our age at this stage of residency. You'll usually find residents a lot younger than we are, unmarried or married without children. Or the kid part happens in the latter part of residency. And that's okay! In so many ways we knew our situation would be different. And I can't blame them for these questions nor can I expect everyone to react to our happy news like I would. We are all naturally curious beings and I think a lot of times we reflect our own fears as judgement towards others. I do it too. I love that the boys are so close in age. Sometimes, it's hard to explain things to Gabriel and expect him to understand because he is not mature enough quite yet. And that's challenging when Cristian is still learning too. The other day Gabriel somehow grabbed my red nailpolish and painted all his nails, clothes and bits of the couch! At first I thought it was blood! But once I realized that he had tried so hard to paint his toes too I realized it was only polish. I could freak out and scream but he has no idea right now. His brain is literally still forming and he just wanted to be like mami. You guys, we have stories like these for days. You know when you hear people say, I wouldn't change it for the world?! It's as cliché as they come but it's so true for me. I wouldn't change it for anything. I love our little chaos and I'm blessed beyond measure. It takes a lot of patience on my part but I love being a mother. It takes a lot of energy, time and love to raise tiny humans and I don't want to ever take it for granted. Some days I am counting down the minutes till bed time then they fall asleep and I sit on the couch thinking back on our day and all the funny things they do. Then I really miss them while they sleep. We are so thrilled to have our third on the way. For us it was never a question that we would try to have more than 2 children. When we found out we were expecting and I held up the positive pregnancy test we were both pretty surprised that it happened as fast as it did. However, that didn't change our excitement or how we've prioritized having children in this stage of our lives. The moment that B and I decided that we would start our family we took into consideration that he would be in medical school (for part of it) and residency for those intense, busy, and joyous early years of our children's lives. Our biggest concern has always been that a lot of the physical, day-to-day business will lay on me as the parent that will stay at home. It's really as simple as that for us and believe me I know that we are fortunate in that aspect. We both came into our marriage with unique world experiences and a lot of living. Our marriage is not perfect but we are perfectly committed to each other and we consider each other equals in every aspect. My staying at home with our boys is just as important as his as a physician. It can be very intense to have B work as much as he does while he's in residency. Especially on days when nothing seems to go right and I don't have any family close by to help out. But that is not the case every day. There is so much more good in our days. Eighty percent of the time I'm too busy with the boys to even think about the minutiae, haha! We've also made some pretty kick-ass friends here who also have kids and are in residency, or are parents with little's like us. Community is so so important. But above anything else, my faith anchors me and that is something that I often cannot find words for but only strive to live out day-by-day. Well my ramblings have gone on... and for those of you that have made it this far, thank you. I really appreciate you all. I sincerely hope that these days leading up to Christmas bring lots of love, laughter and family to you! It really is such a special time of year. ¡Feliz Navidad!

Sunday, December 20, 2015


I hope your Holidays have been off to a wonderful and non stressful start! You guys, I haven't purchased a pair of sequinned anything since my scantily clad days of Christmas past! But in recent days I've been eyeing so many fashionable momma's wearing them (with actual wearable outfits) that I thought, why not?! I want to be fashionable too! I've seen them paired with super cute red plaid, winter white and cute sweaters. Today, I thought I'd share a more men's wear inspired look. I love that sequins can be more feminine and the contrast with a black tuxedo top and blazer give it a fun twist! It's also been unseasonably warm over here (no snow whatsoever since about a month ago!) So I'm wearing them with these cute open-toed heels I picked up over summer. Summer. What is going on Wisconsin please get it together before Navidad! 

Sequinned joggers- these are a hot item and keep selling out so I linked similar as well! They have been re-stocked a few times so if you LOVE them keep checking back; SHOP BURU | Similar: HERE|HERE|HERE | Black Tuxedo Top old; Similar |Similar | Similar | Heels (on sale now!) : Target | Blazer old from H & M : Similar | Similar | Similar

Have an amazing week ahead!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

nausea busting & energy boosting smoothie!

I recently posted on my Instagram page that smoothies have been my go-to this pregnancy. Although I've been a huge smoothie drinker for a while now it was surprisingly also pretty much the only healthy thing I could stomach during those first very sick few weeks. Thankfully, I'm feeling a lot more relief now and if you're currently dealing with the nausea/vomiting/exhaustion I hope it goes away soon!

This recipe has been my fave! The gojiberries really give me long-lasting energy. I can never taste the spinach in this thing and the berries add enough tartness that it helped a lot. For me, sour, ginger, cold and spicy food gave me relief- go figure! If this doesn't help with the all-day sickness, it is sure to help with the exhaustion part :)


handful of spinach
1 cup organic soy milk
1 cup water
1 tbsp goji berries
1 cup frozen triple berries (raspberry, blueberry & blackberry. I get our frozen bags at Costco but I've seen them at Target too!)
1 cup frozen strawberries
I add a little bit of maple syrup or a riped banana for added sweetness! The banana also helps fight heartburn and cramping!

Sending all my get well vibes and preggo or not this smoothie is yum! 

Monday, December 14, 2015

grey, white and Joy Bound!

Hey, guys! I'm so excited to finally be feeling better and not have morning sickness! Yay! Which means I have a lot more energy to do fun stuff that I love, like blogging. This pregnancy has already been so different (from what I remember haha!). But seriously I was so drained in the beginning and had little to no energy at all. I had to start brainstorming/researching things early on to boost my levels because our two little guys don't exactly slow down because I'm pregnant! I'll be sharing what has worked in a different post and hopefully it helps some of you momma's-to-be!

For today's post I am loving pairing white and grey. I just think it's such a fresh and clean color- combo! I love this grey turtleneck sweater I picked up at Loft the other day it's non-maternity but it's roomy enough that I'll be able to wear it for a few months! 

 And these black booties/wedges are ideal for winter and they are so comfortable. I also love that they give me a bit of height and I don't feel like I'm going to tip over carrying Cristian or Gabriel for that matter, haha! 

 Also, my Joy Bound Apparel Clutch is an item that I cannot leave home without. I put my wallet in it, a lipstick and a few other 'mommy' essentials and whenever I switch purses all I have to do is move this out. It's super convenient, cute, but the best part of all is that this brand is ethically conscious. With every purchase you are helping a native Bolivian woman earn a fair wage and use her talents! How wonderful is that?! Also, if you're on Instagram and share a story using the hashtag #JoyBoundLife  (a moment where you chose joy in spite of everyday craziness) you are eligible to win a $50 shop credit! I love how the owner Mia is such a generous and kind soul that her purpose is to spread joy and inspire others to choose it as well! 

Grey Turtle neck sweater | LOFT | Black Bootie/Wedges| White Mountain Shoes| Sucre Clutch c/o Joy Bound Apparel | Joy Bound Apparel

Wishing you all an amazing week ahead! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

we're expecting!

If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that... we are expecting our third sweet bebe at the end of May! We are so thrilled and grateful to be able to have another little one on the way. It has been a kind of crazy few months and I wrote a little bit about it on my picture caption on Instagram:

"We heard our baby's heartbeat again today and nothing can beat that sweet sweet sound! We've had a challenging few months since we found out we were expecting. Early on we were told that this pregnancy 'could go either way' and to be very cautious with our optimism. When we were faced with those odds- I grieved. I was so frightened, depressed and the possibility of loss was very real. Somewhere between weeks 8 and 9 when I was still experiencing heavy symptoms I had to stop myself and TRUST that regardless of the outcome I would have peace. It's an interesting thing about fear and trust in that both are so powerful in their ability to transform our lives. And trusting God not only allows room for peace but it takes control out of our hands. That is both liberating and extremely difficult to do. The gut-wrenching reality is that with any pregnancy we do not know the outcome. But we continue to love, live and have children because we have a hope intrinsically within us that believes in the beauty, joy and possibility of life! We may not know what the future holds but today we have our now and hopeful wishes of a baby that will be in our arms. We are due at the end of May and couldn't be more grateful!"

This might explain my sporadic posts in the past few weeks! And the truth is that I was very sick and exhausted. I decided to take some time to focus on my well-being and take it as easy as I could. As much as I love blogging it requires a lot of planning, focus and time from my part. All of which I was lacking very much of! And who am I kidding the time part is something that I continue to work on.

I'm excited to be feeling much more energized in the past few days! I also have a renewed passion for why I started this little blog in the first place. I'm really looking forward to sharing it all with you guys. I've got a few new series as well as features and my goal is for all of you to come and expect these as a part of this space!

Thank you so much for your continued support- it truly means so much to me! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

adventure at Wehr

Hello, guys! I hope you're all having a great week. We've been enjoying this less busy rotation and counting down the days for Cristian's first birthday. Yes, I know it's really unbelievable and truly bittersweet! 

 Our latest adventure with Family Trails is now published here! We had such a great time at the Wehr Nature Center and it's become one of our favorite spots to visit locally. We are really fortunate to have a such a great place to hike so close to the city! I hope you check it out :)

Also, I am hosting a giveaway on my Instagram that you won't want to miss! I put together a few items that have been really helpful for us when we adventure out with our boys. And it's super easy to enter- details are under the post.

Wishing you a great rest of your week ahead! 

Friday, November 06, 2015

apple orchard

Hello, you guys! I know it's been a hot minute since I last wrote but there has been lots going on over here. In between scary high fevers and full-body rashes I think I've had my year-full of scares! Needless to say I've needed some time to breathe and take care of us. I've had this post pending for quite some time! As we do every year we visited the Elegant Farmer apple orchard and it was fantastic! It is so wild how much more Gabriel can do now and how independent he's become. Check out how little he was last year ! Also, having Cristian there for the first time was extra special.

I couldn't let a trip to the apple orchard go by without taking the obligatory pic of my feet amongst the fallen apples ;) 

Oh and Gabriel climbed on just about every tree! We just let him run around to his hearts content. We also ate a lot that day! But for some reason I didn't snap any pictures of the yummy pulled-pork sandwiches, apple cider donuts and apples smothered in caramel! I think we were really hungry and there just wasn't time, haha! 

He insisted on carrying the basket at all times!

Oh, just taste-testing. It's serious business you know.

Check out those three studs. My heart in a frame.

I hope these last few weeks have treated you all well. I've had a few serious convos over on Instagram and lots of time to meditate on blogging and why I do what I do. These past few days it's come down to grounding myself and focusing on what matters most. I had so many of you share your hearts with me and several of you mentioned perspectives that I had never thought about. And I am so incredibly thankful for that! One of you in particular told me that perhaps I should focus on how this has all been a creative outlet for me and not focus solely on impacting others. Furthermore, that my (hopefully) positive impact on those of you reading will flow naturally because I'm being authentic by definition. It's been an unexpected rollercoaster ride for me, but I'm so thankful that I've taken the leap to share bits of our journey because I've learned so much about myself and others in the process.

Wishing you all an amazing weekend ahead! You all rock!