Saturday, January 24, 2015

39 WEEKS | MATERNITY PICTURES

 
 
 
 


PHOTOGRAPHY BY MY HUSBAND
HELLO! 
I miss you all so much around here. 
I am officially just 4 days away from giving birth to my baby girl... 
... and I have to say I am so excited and just patiently waiting for Wednesday to arrive. 
I have been doing so much around the house and with B. Just enjoying our last few days as a family of 4.
I can't believe soon we will be 5! (Lola included).
We had a snow storm over night here in New Jersey and it was such a nice relaxing Saturday. While B slept I got into the mood of shooting my very last maternity pics. As you can see I am ready to pop and meet my daughter. Yikes! MY DAUGHTER. Sounds weird. I can't believe in just a few short days I will have two kids, like they are plural now. T W O. 
I am so grateful to God for giving me this blessing of being a mother. 
There truly isn't a better love or fulfillment in the world and I hope my kids know that one day. That I live for them. I cannot wait to see how this new journey goes. I know it won't be easy but I am simply grateful to even have this chance to be a mommy for the second time around. My goal in life is to make my kids happy. 
And I hope one day B reads this and knows that we gift him this sibling with so much love and pray that we are the best parents we can be to him and his little sister. 
Thank you so much to each one of you for keeping up with me on my Insta. I promise to post a photo of our baby girl whenever I get a chance this coming week so you can all meet her. 
Cheers to a new baby! And I hope you all have a great week, I will have a pretty busy one;)
xo, 
E.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?

 
Hello my sweet sweet chicas! I am so sorry I have been MIA here for the passed 2 weeks. I am 37 weeks now and all I have been doing is prepping for the arrival of our baby girl. And to be honest it really has felt amazing to focus on my kids and family during this little hiatus from the blog. Sometime we just need to step back and enjoy all these little moments in life and I am so happy to be able to do what I love and take the time for me but still connect with you all. I have been very active on Instagram, so if you don't follow me on there I hope you will now as that will be my connection to you all for the next several weeks, since it will be easier to do that then do a full post during my maternity leave. But please know that I will be posting as soon as I can and have some time. That is why for now, I decided I will make Insta my main source and this the second, just until I get a good routine with the baby and all the new life changes coming our way. 
I wanted to share some of my Insta pics from the past couple of weeks, so that you too can see what I have been up to. everything from comfy prego outfits for my seriously insane nesting stage to my weird but delicious breakfast... my sweet girl's crib decor and my latest... sharing my son's school outfits! I just wanted to switch it up a little and give you guys a little variety on there. I love dressing up my son and can't wait to do the same with the new baby. As you can see my bump is loud and proud and I've been hanging out in super comfortable clothes. Especially the maternity jeans you see above! I was so excited when Motherhood Maternity contacted me wanting to send me some things. I chose a few pieces for me and the baby. But my favorite maternity piece has to be these perfect Jessica Simpson maternity jeans. They are so fabulous, they are skinny, ripped and perfect for a fashionable preggo mommy, I totally recommend them ladies. 
I can't wait to post pics of the rest of my amazing gifts from Motherhood Maternity, including the most adorable and cozy coat for the baby and a super fab and chic diaper bag, you are going to love it!
So this is it for now my lovelies, I truly hope you will stick with me during these next few weeks and get a little glimpse into my life as a mommy of 2 all through Instagram. I am feeling so blessed and excited and I wanted to take the time to thank you for all the kind words, amazing support and sweet love you share with me on all my social channels. Just 14 days to go until we meet our baby girl... 
With tons of love, 
Erika

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

CASUAL SATURDAY LOOK

 
 
 
  
Sunnies: Rayban
Cardigan: c/o SheInside
Leggings: via Target
Booties: Forever 21
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I've been a little MIA around and we can blame that on the holidays! I've been enjoying my time with my family and getting all things ready for my little lady due in just 4 weeks. So things have been pretty busy around here. But I am not complaining, I love it! I am both excited and nervous. Back to the outfit... I wore this for errands this past Saturday. I love love love this poncho style cardi from SheInside - I love the print. It's chic and casual and you can style it a few different ways. You can purchase it HERE for under $35! Add a red lip (which I've been doing almost daily) and voila! You are all ready to go even for a casual weekend look. I hope you all enjoy the last couple of days of 2014. I hope to get one last post up tomorrow but if I don't I am sending you all my best positive vibes and love and wishing you a happy and healthy 2015! Thank you for everything in this year, it has been an amazing blogging year for me and it's all because of you.
T H A N K  Y O U + C H E E R S !
xo, 
E.

Monday, December 22, 2014

RED LIPS BRIGHTEN UP ANY OUTFIT




  

Sunnies/Gafas: Chanel
Lipstick/Labial: Russian Red by MAC
Cardigan/Sueter: H&M
Tunic/Camiseta: H&M
Leggings/Pantalones: Burlington 
Boots/Botas: Forever 21
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Nothing like a great red lipstick to brighten up a gloomy winter day. 
Yesterday we had a few places to run to so I made sure I was extra comfortable and warm. It actually wasn't too cold so I was able to leave my bubble coat in the car. I love it anytime I don't have to wear my coat, being pregnant it actually makes me feel so much more uncomfortable when I have to put it on. Something about being five feet tall, 33 1/2 weeks prego and layering that makes me feel like a stuffed polar bear. I wore my all time favorite boots. I got these as a Christmas gift a couple of years back and wear them a lot and they are still in amazing condition, pretty shocking for Forever 21 faux leather boots! I love them! And of course I added a long cardi for an effortless chic look. Just 5 more weeks until we meet our baby doll! We cannot wait... 
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No hay nada como un lapiz labial rojo para alumbrar un dia super de invierno nublado. 
Ayer tuvimos varias cosas que hacer, por eso me asegure de vestirme super comoda y calientita. Pero me sorprendi al ver que no hacia tanto frio como lo creia. Pude dejar mi abrigo en el carro. No se ustedes, pero estando embarazo, con coat y varias capaz de ropa me hace sentir super incomoda. Puede ser tambien por lo que ya solo me quedan 5 semanas! No puede creer lo rapido que han pasado los meses. Tambien me puse mis botas favoritas, fueron un regalo de Navidad hace algunos anios. Siempre me las pongo y estan en excelente condicion. Super buena calidad para ser de Forever 21. Me encantan! Que tengan una semana feliz!
xo,
E.

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOW TO WEAR LEOPARD PRINT



  
 
Beanie: Zara
Sunnies: Chanel
Sweater: H&M
Cardigan: Forever 21
Jeans: H&M Maternity
Shoes: ASOS
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Happy Friday! Last week I told you guys via my Insta how all I wear lately is black. For me it's easy and comfortable. I have been able to find some super comfy pants in several stores, from thick and soft leggings to amazing cotton pants to velvet chic styles. For this look I went for a simple black and jeans look and added the leopard shoes for a little bit of sass. I got these shoes at ASOS last month and I loved them from the minute I saw them. At less than $50 they were a must have! They are super comfortable and look amazing in person. These jeans are actually maternity jeans from H&M, I got them for $34.95 and they are really comfortable, I just wish they were a bit more of a skinny jean and they would be perfect!
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Feliz viernes a todos! Si me siguen en Instagram, la semana pasada les conte que ultimamente el color que mas uso es el negro. Para mi es facil y comodo. Combina con todo y se ve super chic la mayoria del tiempo. He podido encotrar pantalones super comodos, desde pantalones de gamuza y de algodon hasta leggings super comodas de maternidad. Para este look, aunque sea super basico, quise anadirle algo de pop! Por eso me puse estos zapatos de ASOS, cuales me encantaron desde que los vi. Y a menos de $50 los tuve que comprar! Son comodos y bellos. Por cierto, estos jeans son de maternidad, de H&M y pague $34.95 por ellos - lo unico que no me gusta es que no son muy como "skinny". Serian perfectos si lo fueran!
xo,
E.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | GIFT IDEAS FOR BABIES + TODDLERS

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always all opinions are my own. 
Just 7 days until Christmas you guys! Yikes, did that fly! Thank God I got all my shopping done nice and early and guess what it was all done online. It is actually my first year shopping entirely online and I have to say I loved it. And I saved a ton of money because typical me I always have to have what I buy for someone else if it's already in my hands. Though I love shopping, the stores for me get overwhelming and I cannot focus on what it is that I need or want to get so this year was definitely easier and I was a lot more organized. I usually end up getting things I don't need and end up spending more money than I should. That is why I loved shopping online and using some amazing coupon codes and found great online deals! Have you guys finished your Christmas list? Well for today's post I have a super sweet and cool gift idea for the kids! 

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for that precious baby or toddler this year, I've got you covered! We were lucky enough to receive the new super cool and amazing Evenflo World Explorer ExerSaucer and I am so happy we did. It is the perfect Christmas gift for your little one. It can be used from as little as the newborn phase to 2 years old and up. It has a 3 in 1 feature for the three stages of your baby's infant to toddler life. It even has a "BabyPad" which teaches your child four different languages including English, Spanish, French and Mandarin. Talk about fancy! This is definitely a gift that will last for years to come. I definitely recommend it, it is a great investment in your pocket and your little ones education and knowledge.
The price is amazing at just $129 and for a limited time I am sharing this 20% off Babies R' Us coupon with you. The coupon code expires on December 24 so be sure to take advantage of this great discount now!
I shared my thoughts and reviewed this product a few days ago, so if you want to know why this ExerSaucer is different and better than the rest head over to my post and read my official review with details and all. I cannot wait for our baby to be born and start using this super cool and interactive learning toy. I am sure Ben will be first in line teaching her all the ins and outs. 
xo,
E.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PREPARING MY SON TO BE A GREAT BIG BROTHER

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always all opinions are my own.  
 So for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a really big family. I say it's because I am an only child. And to this very day, at 30 years old, I still long for a sibling. I truly believe that there is no best friend or cousin that can amount to that of a sister or a brother. I find that the bond between siblings is simply unbreakable and no matter how mad you may or may not get with each other, you will still have each other. Forever. And that's what I want to give to my son. I remember the days when my husband (then boyfriend) and I would talk about what our ideal family would be and I always said I want FIVE kids. I am surprised he didn't run away... but realistically today, I settle at three. And we both agree that's a good number for us all. God willing, of course. So the day we found out we were expecting, we were thrilled and over the moon, ecstatic and just so grateful to God for this blessing. With all the joys and happiness also came my worries on how I would make sure to prepare my son for what was to come. 
Now at 33 weeks pregnant, I am beginning to see the fruits of our labor. I say our, because I am not alone on this journey. My husband plays an amazing and very important role in all our lives. For the past 30+ weeks we have made sure to include B in every important event of this pregnancy and explain to him daily all about his growing baby sister. And looking back, I am so happy I did. Once we were all in the clear and new our pregnancy was a great healthy one, we told B he was going to be a big brother. And the boy couldn't be happier! At the time I wasn't too sure whether he truly understood or not. But today, I know he does. He understands so much more than I even know.
For me, this journey has not been easy, in terms of emotions and overwhelming feelings of happiness but so much bittersweet thoughts. As any mother pregnant with a second child, I began to feel nervous. Would I be able to love my second baby enough? How would I share my love with my two children? Would I have enough time to for the two of them equally? Will B resent me? All these crazy questions, kept popping into my mind. But I knew I had to take over those emotions and tell myself "Erika, you are doing the best job that you can. And nothing is perfect and your kids will love you no matter what".
So as the weeks passed we began to prep B for what will be his biggest role yet. The best BIG BROTHER in the world. He truly has been amazing. The amount of love he has for his sister is mind blowing. I never knew how much he would truly understand at 3 years old that this little human growing inside of me is his unconditional love. His unconditional baby sister.
So I wanted to share some tips that worked for us and hope that work for you too. I know being a mom is not easy. We have the biggest most important role in the world. And if I can help you just a little bit with a small tip or idea to make your days easier I am happy to do so.
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Here's a list of little things we did to make this "big brother"transition fun and comprehensive to B:
Include your child in everything
Take them to an ultrasound and tell them "Look, that's your baby brother/sister".
 Be sure to make them feel special too.
Anytime you can, remind them about the growing baby. 
Tell them how great they are doing in their new role as an older sibling.
Let them help you register for baby items.  
We did this with B and he had a blast and felt so helpful. It took longer than it should have but this is part of helping them prepare for their new role. And I truly enjoyed him picking things out for his baby sister.
Don't exclude them from the baby plans and errands. 
My husband and I made sure that B was included in everything... even building the baby's new dresser. It was the cutest thing. He truly believes he built his sister's dresser all on his own.
Pay attention to the little things.  
It melts my heart every time B is eating, he hands me a piece of whatever he is having and says "Here mama this is for our baby" - some times I really don't want to eat it but I do just so his generous gestures don't go unnoticed. He shares his toys and is always giving her kisses. It fills my heart with joy!
Now-a-days, my belly is full of hugs, kisses... and stickers! 
Let them be active towards their new sibling. First, it is adorable and second, they are really making a connection and growing their love for the arrival of the new baby. 
For our baby shower, we made sure to have B attend for a majority of the event.  
He was so excited for the "Baby's Party" as he called it and the next day said it was the baby's best "birthday" ever! He was included in everything, in all the photos. And of course opening all the gifts and even folding her new clothes. This made him feel so happy and though he made the biggest mess I didn't mind. Some times, we tend to get crazy (I know I do) with messes and keeping the house tidy. But there are just some moments when you have to sit back and take it all in. And this day was one of them for me.
Give them a gift too! 
My mom had special present for B the day of the baby shower. She filled his bag with stuff he loved. Little things like stickers, cars and Christmas shirts and cups and all little things we knew would make him feel special too. She gave it to him as we opened all of the baby's gifts and he was so happy. We plan to do this on the day he meets the baby too. The baby will have a gift for him and he will have a gift for her. 
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I can't say I am doing a perfect job as a mom. Most days, I wonder if I am even just OK. But I know I am trying my best. I hope B knows that. And one day when he and his sister are older they truly hold that special bond I have always longed for. There is no better feeling than love. And the love from a mother to a child is the biggest love I have ever known. Today, I know I will  have enough love for them both. And I will make time for them both. And I know it won't be easy but I think that as long as I try and I cherish the little moments, I believe my children will feel the love I have for them and in turn love each other and be there for each other for always.
This is my last post in collaboration with Huggies and it has been an amazing project to be a part of. With every post I wrote I felt closer to every one of your mommies and mommies to be. I hope you enjoyed this 6-part campaign as much as I did and that my tips and ideas were of some help to at least one of you. I am just 6 weeks away from giving birth to my baby girl. And time is sure not staying still. I am so excited and happy but nervous and emotional. Mostly for B. For his new life as a big brother. I pray I have the patience and the knowledge to be the best mom I can be to the both of them.
Thank you so much for reading this emotional and intimate post. I hope it is a little help to some of you.
xo,
E.

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