Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lucia's nursery

Hello! It's Christmas week and I know I say this a lot but I can't believe it! I'm excited that this year Benjamin will be home and I have a few things planned like Christmas breakfast! But I'm even more excited to see the look on the boys faces when they see their presents under the tree. It's the first year that Gabriel really understands what this season is all about and it's been so incredibly sweet seeing him experience it. But for today's post I am finally sharing Lucia's room! It has definitely been a work in progress and I love this space. It's become my favorite room to hang out and watch them all play! I'm so thankful for this house that's becoming a home :)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Table decor with Steinhafels

This post was created in partnership with Steinhafels.

I'm still in shock that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away! This year flew by so quickly and we have that much more reason to savor these last few weeks before the new year is here. Last year when we first saw this house the first room I fell in love with was the kitchen. It had these gorgeous bay windows and I could already see that we would be spending most of our time in here. However, since we don't have a formal dining room I had to get creative with the space. I wanted to create an eat-in kitchen area that was both practical and spacious. 

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Cristian's second Birthday

Hi, guys! I know it's been a few weeks since I updated the blog. However, with everything going on in the country/world right now, I had to take some time away from both my social media and blog. For those of you who follow me on Instagram you know all about my feelings post-election. I made a short video about them two weeks ago on my YouTube channel and if you want to know more of where I stand click here. 

Now let's move on to what we've been up to these past few weeks! Cristian turned two years old in November and just like every other birthday we celebrate I can hardly believe that another year came and went. I feel as if he was just born and I was holding his 9.5 lb body against my chest. He was such a sweet little chunker and would sleep a good five hour stretches those first few weeks! Now he's got such a great sense of humour. He's constantly playing jokes on Gabriel and it's so hard not to laugh when he's doing them. Just today he was playing with the Christmas tree so I told him he couldn't touch it, but he could look at it with his eyes. I know that's a lot to ask a two-year-old but it doesn't hurt to try haha! Anyway, he grabbed his baby doll (his current fave toy) grabbed her little hand then touched the tree! He then proceeded to tell her, "No toques!" (don't touch!) LOL I can't make this stuff up! 
We ended up celebrating his birthday with a group of our friends and their little's. I decided to throw a "pajama/breakfast' bash and asked everyone to dress in their comfy pajamas. We had waffles with strawberries and lots of whipped cream! It was such a fun day full of lots food, friends and laughs! It was all very easy to prep as well. I was very glad I snapped most of these pictures before everyone came over because the 'donut cake' was a hit and all of the kiddos dug in right away :) We are so incredibly grateful to have Cristianito in our lives. He is such a joy and we love him so very much! This whole internet world can be such a strange place. But it can also provide a space to share our memories, ideas and hopes for the future. I hope that by me sharing little bits of our family we can share a bit of inspiration and love to you. Because even though life has its challenges it's also beautiful! 




Wishing you a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jord Wood Watches

Luxury Wood Watch
I hope you're all having a great week so far. It's been a busy one over here as B finishes up his OB rotation and I'm cheering like it's Christmas morning, haha! I partnered with Jord Wood Watches for today's post and I'm really excited to share more about this brand. When Jord Watches contacted me, I'd heard about their watches, but I never checked out their site. However, once I took the time to look at their beautiful wooden watches, mission statement and inquire more about how they are a sustainable brand I was so excited to partner with them. B had yesterday off  and I had so much fun snapping pics of him and Lucia in our kitchen with his watch that he really enjoys wearing. He's not a huge jewelry person, but he loves the functionality of this watch for his clinic days and he really loves the beauty of it too. Also, at the end of this post there's a giveaway for $75 to use towards your very own watch!

I asked my contact specifically how Jord watches are sustainable and it was so great to hear what they are doing as a brand. A great majority of the wood they use comes from furniture remnants. It takes very small pieces for them to create the cases and individual links so they are able to utilize what would otherwise end up in a waste cycle. Both Bamboo and the Maple are sustainably sourced, and as is expected in the industry. All of the Koa comes from damaged trees or trees that were brought down by a natural weather event. The watch pictured on B is made out of the Koa wood. What I also love about these watches is that they are really well-made and are affordable for being luxury timepieces.

If you're in the market for a unique and gorgeous watch I would recommend checking out Jord Watches. You can see more of their men's watches, here. Also, their women's watches, here.

 And now for the really fun part! Enter to win a $75 e-Voucher to use towards your very own Jord luxury watch. Also, anyone who enters recieves a $20 e- giftcard (excluding the winner). You can enter by following this link here.

Have a great rest of your week! 
Thank you Jord Watches for sponsoring this post.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Today, I'm not only writing this post as a mother of two sweet boys and a daughter I'm also writing this as a sexual assault survivor.

Friday, October 07, 2016

new school nook, homeschooling!

This month has been a little crazy with B's schedule. He's in OB (put in his first epidural!), and has a 24-hour shift every 3 days. He works his regular days in between, but luckily has a day off every 6 days. Which gives us all a nice break to catch up, and spend time together. The days run into each other, and more often than not I have no idea what day it is, haha! We've been keeping busy as always, and have begun homeschooling. I use that term loosely, because we tend to embrace a more unschooling philosophy. I have lots to say about this topic, and you can read on if you'd like to learn more :)

I feel that there is an unspoken pressure to enroll kids into pre-school early on. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against pre-schools, and I think families should do what is best for them. But it can all be a bit much for me. Gabriel turned three in April, and that's when I felt like I totally missed the memo that he should already be enrolled in a program. Also, that we should already know what university he's headed to. Only kidding! But not really. Here's the dealeo. Sorry for just saying dealeo?!  Both B and I feel that G is still so little. Yes, some days it seems like he's a threenager, but he's got all of his life ahead to be in school. And if he ends up wanting to be a doctor like B, well then he'll be in school for all eternity. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Owlet Care

I still can't believe that we're already at the point where we are transitioning Lucia into her crib. These past three and a half months have flown by. Whenever we get to this point, I feel an overwhelming sense of longing for time to slow down but as I've been a first-hand witness it never does. Our sweet Lucia has been such a better sleeper than her brothers and for that I am extremely thankful! Having her sleep in the co-sleeper next to our bed has always been so comforting because I know that I can reach her if she needs help. However, she has almost outgrown it and we decided it was time to have her sleep in her room. 

I always worry so much once they have to sleep in their own cribs and room! My biggest worry is whether or not I'll know if something is wrong. I always lose so much sleep over it and end up waking up multiple times a night just to make sure they're okay and sleeping. I'm sure a lot of you mama's can relate too! And believe me when I say that the worry is the same with the first little and the last. That's where Owlet Care comes in. Owlet Care is a remarkable product that uses the hospital technology called pulse oximetry to measure the heart rate and oxygen level of your baby. When we opened up the box together, B mentioned that it's the same technology he uses in the OR to measure how his patients are breathing while he's providing their anesthetic! 

What's really great about this product is that it's completely safe to use at home. It uses a Smart Sock that fits snugly on Lucia's foot that monitors her heart rate, oxygen level, and alerts our phones if anything becomes irregular. I love how easy it is to put on and it comes in three different sizes as she grows.

I have peace of mind and a better nights sleep after using the Owlet Care! It's never easy watching them grow up so quickly but it's so helpful to have a product that makes the transition more manageable. 

To learn more about Owlet Care, click here.

Thank you Owlet Care for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

#MIMmindfulliving: A project on Sustainability

I've been thinking a lot about waste and sustainability lately. How much are we wasting as a family? How sustainable are we? Where do the products that we buy come from? Who makes my clothes? Are they being given fair wages? Or are the clothes that I'm buying being made by small children? How ethical are the products that we buy?
How far did my food travel to get to me? I know these are some hard-hitting questions and if you're anything like me it can be so daunting to think about them. It can also be really hard to convey them without sounding like I'm on a soapbox or I'm on some sort of high-horse! The truth is that I've had these questions for quite some time now.  But wasn't until recently that I began to wonder if there was anything more I could do about it. Moreover, I knew that I could do more.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Peck &Bushel apple orchard

This weekend we decided it was the perfect time to squeeze in a visit to the apple orchard. Going to the apple orchard has become one of my very favorite yearly traditions. It's definitely worth all of the work to head out there now with the five of us. And it's still so wild to say, the five of us! We decided to change it up a little bit and visit a different orchard this year. I heard about  Peck and Bushel Organic Fruit Co. via Miltown Mom's. Do you guys follow/read Miltown Mom's?! If you don't you should because they're an amazing resource for local mother's and provide all sorts of info on free family-friendly events and activities in and around Milwaukee! The other day I was catching up on my Instagram and saw that the only organic apple farm in Wisconsin is only about a 30 mn drive outside of the city where we are. I thought why not head over and check it out in person. I love being able to buy local and organic as much as I can and this was the perfect time to support a local and organic orchard first-hand!
It's always so amazing to see how the boys experience apple picking every year as they grow. This year Cristian was all about finding and picking as much fruit as he could from the ground. Right where he could reach! I love that they don't care about getting dirty or messy and just have so much fun. He ate abound 2 whole apples while we picked and I don't know how many more once we got home haha! Pretty sure he'll be okay with his fiber intake for the next few days! 
You all know how much I love to babywear but I ended up forgetting my baby carrier and ended up having to hold Lucia the entire time. But it all worked out because she is such a huge fan of facing outward. She loves looking around and see what's going on. And when we talk to her we have to face her because she really likes to see our faces and know that we're close. I just love watching her grow. She's getting so strong now.
Year's from now when we look back at these pictures I know I won't remember how tired I was or how much work it was to head out here. But instead we'll see how little they were, their mouths full of apples, and be so thankful for these little moments and that we did it all anyway.
He really is the best papi and this has got to be my favorite capture of him and Lucia so far.
I think next year we'll head out here sooner in the season because I had a sample of the Riverbelle and was so sad when I found out they were all out. However, we fell in love with the taste and quality of the Honeycrisp. I say this in all honesty, you can taste the difference of these apples. They're so fresh, crisp and it's always great to know that they're not covered in chemicals.
A boy and his apples.
Gabriel was so helpful and excited about apple picking. Three can be such a challenging age so far but it can also be just as endearing. Now that he's learning how to be polite and remembers saying thank you's and you're welcome's he often goes, "thank you so much for making this for me, Mami!" Or, "I'm having so much fun-thank you!" And I'm over here like who are you?! My heart just about explodes and I often ask myself, how'd I get so lucky? He also freaked out a few times because, "the ladybugs are biting me!" Right now lady bugs are bees and any other insect hehe! We're working on that ;)
If you want an orchard with the hayrides and trains this isn't the spot for you. But if you want a more quiet experience walking, picking, and eating apples then this is the perfect spot for you and your family. We really enjoyed eating our own little lunch, and snacking on their caramel apples on their picnic tables before walking up to the orchard. It's a beautifully wooded area and I'm so bummed I forgot to snap a picture. But I guess that means you'll have to visit to experience it yourself ;)

I can't wait to visit again and can't make more time for all  the Autumn goodness before the season is over.

For those wondering you can get my sweater here, and my boots are from here.

Wishing you a great week ahead!