Happy Friday, friends! The last two weeks have been really busy around here, and we are all fighting colds, but I have so many awesome things to share with you all and I can't wait!
But a quick baby update: I hit 20 weeks this last Monday, and I am feeling great (aside from the stuffy nose). The doctor says everything looks perfect, and our princess is growing exactly as she should be. We got to hear her heartbeat yesterday, and let me tell you, there is no greater sound than that! She is pretty active in there. I started feeling her a few weeks ago and she is constantly moving around - especially when I'm ready to go to sleep (but isn't that how it always goes?)!
Foe me, my pregnancy wardrobe is always a fun challenge in that I like to purchase basic items that I know I will use often, but also in that I don't want to look like I'm always wearing the same thing. So I use non-maternity items to make the looks different.
Two items I would definitely invest in while pregnant are a great pair of seamless leggings and a chambray shirt. I try to use as many non-maternity tops as possible, but when buttons don't close or the shirts start to get too short, it's time to switch over to maternity stuff. The leggings can be dressed up or dressed down, and the chambray shirt can be used year round.
For a day of drop off, pick up, a 20 week checkup (yes! 20 weeks already, can you believe it?!), and a couple of errands, I paired these basics with a pair of tan ankle boots and my daily bag. Sunglasses help hide the fact that I'm not wearing much makeup. If it was a little cooler out, I may have added a scarf or sweater, but it's still pretty stifling out.
The leggings are actually the only thing I have purchased recently. The top is from my first pregnancy, and the boots I purchased over two years ago. Also, I'm trying something new, and linking items from my looks at the end of my outfit posts. If the same item isn't available, I'm linking something similar. Let me know if you like this new feature!
The leggings I linked are the exact ones I have, and let me tell you - seamless leggings are a game changer. When you are pregnant and everything that digs in even just a little bit bothers you, not having seams digging into you is a godsend.
The booties with a 1.5 inch heel are the perfect height. Sometimes when I wear completely flat shoes too many days in a row, I get lower back pain. Adding a tiny bit of height to my heels gives my low back a break by taking some pressure off my heels. I actually bought these heels before we went to Paris a few years ago and I wore them at least 3 of the 10 days we were there!
Hope you enjoyed this look! Have a fabulous weekend, friends!
P.S. Kudos to my hubs for the awesome photo skills. ;)
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A special thank you to Mixto Food & Drink for hosting us! And thank you to Jessica Marinello for most of these photos since I was a scatterbrain and didn't take any photos with my camera!
A few weeks ago I hosted my first brunch for local mom bloggers at Mixto Food & Drink in Miami Springs. It was an intimate affair where we got to chat about motherhood, family life, and balancing real life with being a blogger. It was a nice change of pace to be able to chat with other moms who are going through the same things as I am in multiple ways.
The brunch was an idea Gina, who owns the restaurant along with her husband Ernie, brought to me a few months ago, and after a postponement due to Hurricane Irma, we finally made it happen. I was excited to host brunch in a new spot with great meals, and Mixto did not disappoint!
First, can we talk about their decor? I love the black and gold decor and the amazing chandelier that you see when you walk in. The second floor is set up like a mini library with a few tables as well. I also love the communal table in the center of the restaurant. One of my favorite things however? The tables, which are decoupaged with pages from some of Gina's favorite books! She and her daughters did those all themselves. Such a cool idea!
But I know what you really want to know about is the food, right? They kicked off their brunch just a few weeks before we went, and the brunch menu made me want to try one of everything. I was between the Croquette Benedict and the Tater Tot Waffle, but I settled on the Croquette Benedict because, well, Eggs Benedict. Honestly, it was so good that I would have licked my plate had it not been for the fact that I was in the company of really wonderful ladies whom I did not want to gross out!
I followed up my breakfast with a cup of decaf hibiscus tea, which was delicious. And we decided to split a slice of guava cheesecake, which was spectacular.
And the amazing ladies who joined me, you should definitely go check them out! They are all amazing mommas and have some incredible talents and focuses that they show off on their blogs!
Angie at The Real Food Mama
Jessica at A Mother Adventure
Saray at Saray & Co.
Yarlenis at Her Inspired Guide
Nicole at Nico the Adventurista
We got to chat about blogging goals, motherhood goals, and shared tips and tricks for everything under the sun.
So go check out these mommas, and if you're in the area, go check out MiXto - I promise they won't disappoint!
P.S. If you're in the area on October 28th, MiXto is participating in a community trick-or-treat party, which is free to the community. It will take place from 5:30 - 8:30, so go check them out!
I was provided with this romper free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anyone who tells you pregnancy sucks because you have to look frumpy never met this Fiesta jumpsuit from Meet Me in Miami. I felt nothing but fierce and fabulous while wearing this jumpsuit. To boot, it will fit me until nearly the end of my pregnancy, I'm sure.
It is honestly the softest jumpsuit I've every worn - made of a soft rayon blend jersey, and trimmed with bright and beautiful pom poms, it's a festive look for any occasion, and comfortable enough to keep you and your ever-changing pregnancy bod comfy. I wore this for a night out to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday and we went to happy hour, had dinner, and danced, and I was comfortable the whole night. Even trips to the bathroom (and let's face it - they're pretty frequent these days!), which are usually semi-nightmarish in jumpsuits like this, were a breeze. One of my favorite things about Meet Me in Miami is that all their items are handmade in the USA. At just under $100, it's a great piece to wear for nights out and more special events. I know I'll be wearing this at least a few more times during this pregnancy!
I paired this romper with a pretty gold necklace, this embellished clutch that my mom brought me from Barcelona, simple black peep toe heels, and a bright pink lipstick to complement the bright colors on the pom poms.
Stay sassy, ladies!
Jumpsuit: Meet Me in Miami
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bag: Souvenir from Barcelona
Bracelet: Fringe Boutique Miami
Lipstick: MAC Girl About Town
I was provided with the kimono for my honest review. All opinions are mine.
Last week I talked about Meet Me in Miami, a local brand geared towards expectant mothers. When I picked out this kimono, I immediately pictured it being used in exactly this way. I had just picked up this plain black jersey dress at Target, and the booties were a recent purchase as well. In Miami, it never gets cool enough to really dress for fall, so I knew that this long chiffon kimono with it's velvet trim and grommets was perfect for fall. I added a suede choker and a black leather bow bracelet to give it even more texture.
I also had this cute floppy wool hat that I bought a few years back and have always wanted to wear in the fall, but honestly, this was the first time I got to use it (and I ended up sweating like crazy lol). The Kiss Me in Miami Kimono is perfect because it's breathable and it's light. But it has the most gorgeous movement while you walk. This is a super versatile piece that can go from date night, to the beach as a cover up, and anything in between!
I love a good black base outfit because you can change the look up in a multitude of ways. By throwing the kimono on with some red lipstick and a hat, I made this look into something totally different. Can't wait to rock this fall look again!
Photos: Nicole Gonzalez
Kimono: Meet Me In Miami
Shoes: Marc Fisher
Sunnies: Tom Ford
Handbag: Louis Vuitton
Hat, Necklace, and Bracelet: New York & Company
We are having a little girl!
Since this is all anyone has wanted to know, basically since the day we announced we were expecting, I figured I'd say it here too.
I honestly had no idea what I was having. Eddie was convinced from the day I told him I was pregnant that I was having a girl - but I really had no inkling of what was coming. I have always wanted a little girl, but I knew that God would send us whatever was right for us. So much so, that I even told Eddie I didn't want to find out until the birth! He vetoed that idea very quickly, and we decided we would find out. But I was totally thrilled with either a boy or a girl.
Girls have always scared me a little bit only because my mom and I had such a contentious relationship while I was a teenager. I was a good kid, but our personalities were so alike that we butted heads all the time. But to be completely truthful, I wanted nothing more than a daughter with whom I could share a relationship like the one I NOW have with my mom.
Now that I know I am having a girl, I am so excited. I know, I know, there's a possibility she might not like all things pink and girly, but let me have my moment. I'm thinking about wearing matching outfits with a little girl, and putting her in dance class - if she likes soccer, that's okay, too! I'm dreaming of trips to Disney and dining in Cinderella's castle, and of all the things that moms of little girls dream about.
But I'm also excited to teach her about being a strong woman, and about how she can do anything she sets her mind to, and how she can achieve really great things because of all the amazing women who have paved the way before her. She has a lot of strong women in the family to look up to, and I can't wait to see this little girl grow and accomplish great things!
But what I really can't wait for is to see our two babies together, loving each other and playing together. The fruits of mine and Eddie's love, right before us. Caleb and Chloe. This is a whole new chapter coming for us, and I can't wait to see the pages unfold!
Keep checking this space to keep updated!
*All items in the photo above were purchased at Target.
I received clothing for this post in exchange from my honest review. All opinions are mine.
Photos: Nicole Gonzalez
Before I start, I need to ask your forgiveness for being a little absent lately! Between a rough first trimester, Caleb starting school, my volunteering at school, and then Hurricane Irma rolling through town, the blog has taken a backseat. But I'm hoping to have some great new material for you in the coming weeks!
A quick update: my first trimester was rough. I tried to keep a really positive mindset the whole time. The fact that my nausea was so persistent was really difficult, but I tried to bear in mind that it meant that this baby was growing and that it was a perfectly normal side effect of pregnancy. I actually ended up on a medication called Diclegis, and that was really the only thing that helped with the nausea. I had tried anything and everything that I had read online or that had been suggested to take away nausea, and while it helped, it never completely took it away. The Diclegis was what finally got me feeling like a normal human being. I was also totally and completely exhausted. Add Caleb running around and needing a whole lot of attention, and I ended every day completely wiped.
But now that I am in the second trimester, the nausea has subsided, and my energy is back up quite a bit. I still fall into bed every night and sleep like a baby, but I can make it through most of the day without needing a nap to survive. My belly is definitely growing - at 17 weeks my uterus is now the size of a melon and the baby is the size of a navel orange. I haven't gained a pound yet - which is good considering I started with a little extra weight on me. We still don't know the sex, so the blue shirt in this post says absolutely nothing about that (stop reading into things so much, guys - I promise, when I have news, I'll share it!). What else do you want to know? Ask me in the comments below!
Right before I announced my pregnancy, I discovered a brand that was just launching called Meet Me in Miami. I am a sucker for cute maternity clothes, and I was immediately drawn to their very "Miami" vibe. I also loved that their garments are made to be work before, during, and after pregnancy. So I reached out to them, and they had me come in to their workshop and try on some pieces, several of which I took home with me! In visiting their workshop, I learned that each and every item is handmade right there, locally. What a plus to be buying into our own economy and supporting locals.
This Salsa Mambo top could not be any more fun. I mean, just look a these sleeves! They just beg to have you swing around and let them move. The off-the shoulder is on trend, and I don't think it's going anywhere for a while. It features a raw trim edge with layered sleeves and is made of the softest material. I had so much fun shooting this top, and I can't wait to wear it again!
I paired this top with maternity jeans - I picked these skinny jeans up at Motherhood Maternity during my pregnancy with Caleb, and they are from the Jessica Simpson brand. You know I love me some pointy-toed flats, and these lace-up gold ones from Old Navy fit the bill perfectly. And this Kate Spade bag, which was a gift from my friend and fellow blogger Kathy over at Freshly Squeezed Fashionista, matched the top so perfectly. A turquoise tassel necklace rounded out the look, which is perfect for anything from running errands to a casual date night. This top can easily be dressed up - a pair of nude heels would have very easily taken this look straight to the dance floor.
This first trimester was a rough one for me. It's been totally different from my pregnancy with Caleb in basically every way possible - from finding out we were expecting to telling family to some of my symptoms. I had pregnancy nausea ALL DAY LONG for basically the entirety of the first trimester. I also had this exhaustion that was unimaginable. Some days I couldn't seem to get myself out of bed. These two symptoms are finally just starting to subside, but the first trimester is no joke.
For me, there were a few items that really helped to make the first trimester just a little easier, and I'll share them here because they might help you out a little, too!
Food/Grocery Delivery Services
Because I was feeling so crappy, I was having a hard time getting myself to do anything in the kitchen. Eddie took over a lot of the stuff that really gave me a hard time, like laundry (the bending over would cause me to feel more nausea), and he took over some of the cooking for me, too. But some nights neither of us felt like cooking, so we utilized UberEats (if you want $5 off your first order use the code eats-jenises35ue) and Postmates a lot. I was also too exhausted to brave the grocery store alone with Caleb, so I used my Shipt subscription often to have my groceries brought to me! I also took advantage of Babe Appetite's services and ordered food for Caleb so he had some nice home cooked meals for lunch and dinner. Basically, I did whatever it took to feed us except get in the kitchen myself!
I know it sounds crazy, but my belly was fuller and more bloated at 6 or 7 weeks than it was at nearly 13. My pants were tight right away so I pulled out my maternity pants and started using them. But I also put to good use a lot of swing dresses and maxi dresses. Loose, flowy tops that hid the waistband of any pants I was wearing were also great. But dresses are the best, because anything on my actual belly bothered me. This top is from Knox Rose for Target.
I find that the more water I drink, the better I feel. I'm not usually very good about drinking water, but having an insulated tumbler that keeps my water cold for a long time has definitely been helpful in getting all the water I need for the day. My adorable personalized one is from Creative Sparkles.
Root Touch-Up Spray
I have a lot of gray hair. I'm not exaggerating, I have more than the average 32 year old. It's hereditary, and I have come to terms with it, but I try to keep up with dying my roots because I feel like it makes me look disheveled when I don't have them done. Since it's not advised to dye your hair so close to the scalp in your first trimester, I was suffering with loads of uncovered gray hair. I found this root spray - L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Spray. I use the Dark Brown color. For days when I'm not wearing my hair down and want to cover those gray hairs up, this does the trick in a pinch, and it washes right out when you shampoo!
Especially in the first trimester, to keep nausea at bay, I always have snacks in my bag. Even throughout the rest of pregnancy, I try to always have something in my bag, because you never know when hunger will strike when you're pregnant! Some of my favorite snacks to keep on hand are peanut butter crackers, a banana, goldfish, or a cheese stick. When I was home, these popsicles were a great way to help keep cool and hydrated.
Let's face it - your body starts preparing you for having children from the day you get pregnant. Between increasing my water intake and having to use the bathroom 3 times a night and feeling restless and uncomfortable, the need for a good concealer is REAL. I love Laura Mercier Secret Concealer for Undereye. It's light and does a great job at covering up the unsightly dark circles. I usually dust a little Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder over it so it sets and stays put all day.
Again, pregnancy nausea did a number on me. I actually ended up on Diclegis and then later on Unisom (ask your OB before taking anything), but even with the medication I still felt gross half the time. Anything with ginger truly helped. I would steep some ginger in boiling water and squeeze some lemon into it and drink that. I would drink Ginger Ale. I had some Lemon Ginger candies. I also kept Ginger Essential Oil in my purse at all times and would take a big whiff whenever I felt really queasy. I even made my Carrot Ginger Soup in the middle of summer because I figured it would help (and it did!). But all of those things truly helped to keep the nausea more manageable.
I tried Wine Country Soda for the first time when we were in Napa, and I was so impressed with it that I went home and ordered a couple of bottles to have at home. It's not alcoholic, but it tastes better than grape juice. It's sparkling, and it's made of the same grapes as wine, it's just not fermented, so it makes me feel like I'm drinking some bubbly. Definitely a great stand in if you don't want to feel left out on girls night or any night!
Pregnancy Safe Face Wash
I've written before about my routine for my acne-prone skin, but being pregnant, I can't use my BP wash as it's a high concentration of Benzoyl Peroxide. I tried a few drugstore face washes and they weren't doing the trick - I was breaking out like crazy. I met a rep from Sunday Riley at Sephora, and she totally sold me on their Ceramic Slip face wash. I have been using it for a few weeks and I've seen an improvement in my skin - not as drastic as my medicated face wash, but I'll take it!
And there you have it - all the things that got me through my first trimester!
So someone you know tells you she is pregnant. Yay! Congratulations! Woohoo there's another human coming into the world! While it can be very exciting and you want to ask ALL THE QUESTIONS and give all your advice and say all the things - there are some things you just shouldn't say to a pregnant woman.
Pregnancy hormones are no joke. You don't feel like yourself, it's possible you're feeling nauseated most of the day, and you're feeling a little like a beached whale. Your organs are being pushed out of place, you can't control your bladder, and you're feeling extra protective of the little life inside of you. So even if said comment or question isn't really meant to be offensive, pregnant women are on edge all the time, and any one or all of the above factors can contribute to her getting upset over a comment that is made. But these?
These are typically the worst offenders. They come from friends, family, and strangers alike, and they can ruffle the feathers of even the most chill pregnant women. So next time someone tells you they are pregnant, avoid these actions/statements.
You're welcome in advance for helping you avoid a sty in your eye - you know, one of those old wives tales. ;)
On Friday, we made a big announcement on social media. We are joyously awaiting our second little blessing! Finding out was a surprise, to say the least, and to tell you the truth, I didn't really believe I was pregnant until I had been to more than one ultrasound. I guess because we had struggled so much to get pregnant with Caleb, it was just surreal.
Last summer, we went to see our reproductive endocrinologist (aka fertility doctor) in the hopes of getting the process started for baby #2. Since Zika was a huge concern last summer and we had a trip to the Dominican Republic, he told us to come back in January. So in January, we went to see him. After going back and forth for a little bit, I told Eddie I didn't think it was the right time. He was in the middle of a transition with his job, and I felt like the added stress of having a baby wasn't something we needed at the moment. So we decided to hold off.
We went about our lives and figured we would come back to the doctor sometime in the fall after Caleb had started preschool. In June, my husband's work situation got resolved, we spent nearly 3 weeks at the beach, and then I went to BlogHer. We also booked a trip to Napa for the first weekend of August. A couple of weeks later, I realized my period was 4 days late. I didn't think much of it since I don't have totally regular cycles. But four days after that, I figured I should probably take a test, especially since we had weekend plans that involved drinking.
I nearly jumped out of my skin when I saw that there were two blue lines less than ten seconds after I peed on that little stick. I took two more tests just to be sure, then ran and got some bloodwork to confirm that I was, in fact, pregnant. Eddie was as shocked and as thrilled as I was.
My parents were out of town for three weeks in the month of July. I found out the Friday after they left, and we decided to hold off on telling anyone until they were back. We told my in-laws the night before my parents returned, and we surprised my parents at the airport with the news. Nobody was expecting it, and everyone is as surprised and ecstatic as we are!
I'll have a "bumpdate" for you in the next week or so and I'll let you know all about how I've been feeling, but for now, I'm feeling immeasurable joy at the fact that we are growing our little family!
Caleb is excited about his baby brother or sister, too!
To all my teacher friends - don't hate me for the reminder that summer is almost over. I remember being in your shoes.
In two short weeks, Caleb will be starting preschool for the first time ever! It's a half day program, but it's at a school that goes from preschool through 8th grade, which means it functions similarly to a regular school.
I like to be prepared early, so back in early July I made sure to take care of all his supplies so that I wasn't running around in the mad rush during the few weeks before school. Here's a list of what I picked up for him. Items may vary depending on your child's age and what their school requires, but I think across the board you'll find that most kids need similar items.
I think that's everything! Are you ready to start the school year with your little ones?
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A Miami wife and mom documenting her days with her toddler and all that comes along with it.