Wednesday, May 17, 2017

instagram round-up!

If you're a mama I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day with my crew. I was even able to sleep in which is kind of unbelievable 😂 I'm writing a separate post with some pictures we snapped at the Boener Botanical Gardens and will share later this week! Today I wanted to have a quick IG round-up of posts that are exclusive only to my Instagram account. I'm sometimes asked about different items that I share on my Instastories or a photo I share and then I'll link the items on my Like to Know It app and online marketplace for easier shopping. However, I'll then forget to share them on the blog and that's why I think I'll start doing more IG round-ups for ya'll! I hope you find this helpful 😊

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

living room refresh reveal!

I have been looking forward to sharing this space with you guys for the past couple of months! If you follow me on Instagram I've shared lots of BTS of the progress. When we decided to refresh the living room it was because we were so tired of the paint color and we wanted to brighten up the space. This old house has so many charming details that we wanted to highlight them since they were totally being hidden by the decor and paint that was in here. I know I've mentioned this before but even when we lived in our tiny apartment it felt so great to make the space our home while we were there! We know this is not our forever home and we will be moving in the next 2-3 years after residency once Benjamin gets his big boy job as an attending lol. We also know this time will undoubtedly fly by but it's still a significant amount of time to live in a room that we do not love! We really wanted to create a space that was a retreat for us. This area doubles as a family room and formal living room. I also wanted to create a 'mudroom' area at the beginning of the house where we could put our shoes and hang our coats. It was a little tricky figuring out how to separate this area without making it look crowded but I LOVE how it all turned out! 

Friday, May 05, 2017

mother's day gift guide & $50 giveaway! :)

As I write this I'm also thinking about my day with my three silly little gooses. Tonight Cristian and I slow danced in the living room before bed to a rendition of 'The Way You Look Tonight" and he was giggling and kept asking me to "turn around!' which meant twirl with him. He held my face with his chubby little fingers while he squished his little nose against mine and it was the sweetest thing ever. Gabriel was acting pretty strong-willed this afternoon while we went to the park and he's getting really good at flipping what I say to him around! But then we got home and asked "Come Mami chase me and then tickle me!" How could I say no to that sweetness and his cheesy little grin?! Lucia has been teething real hard these past few weeks but she'll still smile with me and would rather have me hold her which I don't mind. I know this doesn't last forever. So much of our day is busy and demanding but as I sit here and think back all I can think about are these moments that stand out the most. As Mother's Day approaches I can't help but think how they are my biggest gifts and I feel so incredibly blessed to be their mother!
 I'm seriously still in shock that it's May and even more so that Mother's Day is just around the corner! I wanted to put a quick gift guide together for any of you that might be needing some ideas. I'm always trying to find creative gifts but also things that are useful, ya know?! There are so many amazing gift guides out there but I wanted to add things that are both fun and for just about every budget.  Although gifts are always lovely, thoughtful gestures always win me over! If I could sleep in for about 2 hours then I will be set haha! Since our three are still pretty tiny and have no idea what Mother's Day is Benjamin usually has something special planned if he has off from work. Honestly, I just want all of us to be able to head to church together and have a lowkey afternoon eating waffles and hopefully enjoying a nice walk in warm weather! I hope you all get spoiled and sleep in too haha! I also wanted to give away a little something to one you lovelies and if you scroll down to the bottom of this post you can sign-up via rafflecopter for a chance to win $50 to one of my fave stores! Bet you can't guess which one ;P


1. I'm obsessed with the blush color of this Fit Bit Alta HR !
2. I love  Jo Malone fragrances and candles. It's such simple luxury and worth the splurge!
3. I go everywhere with my s'Well water bottle! It's such a great gift that is so useful especially for mama's like me that forget stay hydrated. This keeps things cold for 24 hrs and hot drinks for up to 12 and how pretty is this bottle?!
4. How cute are these tropical pj's and they come with an eye-mask too !
5. Wireless headphones are one of those thing's that I always think about buying for the gym but never do and these are so sleek!
6. Okay, so the Clarisonic cleansing system always makes my mother's day guide because it is truly that good.
7. I love a fun twist on a classic style and these pearl earrings are so chic!
8. I love coffee table books because they're beautiful and easy way to style a living room. I have this Vogue Style one in my shopping cart. Also- Humans of New York is such a cool gift and the stories are both heartwarming and eye-opening!
9. Who doesn't love cute work-out gear?! I always feel more motivated to work-out when I have the right gear that also happens to look cute and fit well. I also love the color of these Nike Roshe two kicks!
10. Candles are always a sweet and simple gift. This pineapple candle smells so good and once the candle burns out the container can be used to style a shelf!
11. These Karen Walker sunnies are so gorgeous and will surely brighten any mama on your list day!
12. I'm convinced everyone needs a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree in their home haha! If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instastory then you know that I recently ordered my first Fiddle Leaf Fig tree online! They really are so beautiful in person. The reason I love giving plants as gifts is because if they are well taken care of then they will most likely last a lifetime. How special is that?! These trees are a bit picky and require lots of filtered sunlight (by a bright window) and they like to be dry between watering. Other than that once you receive it don't re-pot it right away until it gets used to your home and environment (give it a few months)!
13. Giving a Tiffany Key necklace is something that will be timeless and special. My Tiffany necklace is such a special piece of jewelry and I'm not a huge jewelry person!

Now for the really fun part! I wanted to give away a little something for a mama to spoil herself a bit this Mother's Day!  :)

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Good Luck and Happy FRIDAY!

Monday, May 01, 2017

spring fashion: basics

I hope you all had a great weekend! We had a good one even though we're on this long 15 day stretch of work for Ben. He has some 24 hour shifts mixed in so that always presents a different type of challenge. Do you guys ever feel a need to head to church to re-group and focus on something other than the daily grind you're facing?