Thursday, April 27, 2017

#TBT Easter egg dying and interview with Benjamin!

I was going through some photos this past weekend and I realized that I never shared some of our Easter pictures with you guys! We had such a great Easter weekend and it was so nice having Benjamin home to celebrate too. We spent time with family a few days prior and decided to keep the weekend more lowkey. Every year we dye eggs and this year was the most fun yet! The boys were so into all of the details and it was such a fun way to share stories and a little bit of history behind why eggs are used as a symbolism of life. These pictures also got me thinking about how awesome it is to have such a hands-on husband and how truly blessed we are. I know so very mushy but I honestly don't think I say it enough and I know that words of affirmation is something Benjamin appreciates and so I am working on that daily! I've also been asked more recently about how Benjamin learned Spanish and his experience with raising our children bilingual. It's been really helpful having Benjamin speak Spanish at home too. He's so much better at it than me some days haha! I decided the best way to share his experience as a non-native speaker raising our children bilingual was to interview him! If you scroll to the bottom of this post you can read the full interview. As always, I think my biggest tip for learning a second language is to practice. Also, if you can surround yourself with people that speak it then that is so effective!

Monday, April 24, 2017

chicago weekend!

This past weekend Benjamin had a conference in Chicago and we decided that it would be a good idea to tag along so that we could have some fun family time in the city! We knew we wouldn't have a ton of time but we really wanted to make the most of it while we were there.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

dock-a-tot review

We received the Dock-A-Tot to review. All opinions are my own.

spring fashion: cold-shoulder

Monday, April 17, 2017

DIY desk & shelves

I hope you all had an amazing Holiday weekend! We are wrapping up a week of 'staycation' and Benjamin being home. It's been such a great week and we've really been able to enjoy it to the fullest! It's always so nice to have free time together as a family and slow down during Benjamin's crazy residency schedule. Of course, it felt like it flew by but at least we had the time and now we're all feeling relaxed and replenished to move forward. If you have been following our living room refresh on Instagram then you know that last weekend we had our living room painted and you guys I am obsessed! The color is Distant Star by Behr paint. I love how it immediately brightened up our living room and now the crown molding and white accents pop beautifully throughout. You can see the before paint color here. Also, our living room looks so much bigger now and not as dark! It really is about twice as bright in here and we are loving the change.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

potty training in a weekend

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If you follow me on Instagram and watch my instastories then you know that we recently potty trained Cristian! We are all doing the happy dance over here! I had so many messages from you guys asking how we did it and I figured writing out a post would be much easier to refer to vs. a video. It felt like it took a little longer than Gabriel because he was trained at a few weeks shy of turning two. Cristian is two years four months old. But we had to keep reminding ourselves that every child is different and he would start using the bathroom on his own when he was ready. I feel like I should start this post with a disclaimer ha! The reason is because we're big believers in allowing our little's to let us know when they're ready. I think that's the biggest challenge! I also don't want this post to come off as some sort of rule set that you need to follow and if you follow everything to the letter then: boom! You're child will be potty-trained. When we all know that's probably not going to be the case. However, I hope that within these tips you can glean some information that might help you in the process.