Thursday, October 30, 2014

HOLIDAY STYLE: WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY







Dress/Vestido: c/o OASAP
Bag/Cartera: c/o NineOneTwoSSI
Shoes/Zapatos: Zara
Jewelry/Joyeria: Lola Blue, the closet

Oh fall, how fab are you? I love fall. The change in colors and wardrobe really makes me happy. I wanted to wear this amazing flounced-hem dress I recently got from OASAP before I don't fit into it anymore. I love that anyone can wear this, pregnant or not. I ordered a size medium to give me extra stretch room. And it was perfect. If you have noticed, I love wearing fitted clothes during my pregnancy to enhance my pregnant bump and it also adds somewhat of a flattering curve appeal. I personally feel most comfortable in fitted clothing, bigger looser clothes makes my 5' self feel like a house and I just look even tinier and frumpy. This dress is a great alternative to wear to a holiday dinner with the family or at the office. And at just $23 you can't go wrong. It's a little flirty but still sophisticated and super feminine. I wanted to give the solid print a little oomph so I added these printed fun shoes that I love from Zara, last summer. Add some shiny pretty jewels to give this chic look a little elegance and pretty nude lip and you are ready to go!
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Ya me han escuchado comentar cuanto me gusta esta temporada de otonio. Me encanta ver el cambio de colores de arboles al igual que de mi vestuario. Me quize poner este vestido de OASAP antes de que ya no me quedara con la barriga. Como se daran cuenta a mi me gusta usar ropa al cuerpo durante el embarazo ya que me da forma al cuerpo y me siento mas comoda. En mi opinion la ropa olgada y muy suelta me quedan mal y parezco una casa... ademas por mi estatura no se me ve bien. Por eso me ven con ropa al cuerpo. Tipicamente ordeno una size mas grande como en este caso, este vestido lo ordene en medium y me quedo muy bien. Este look es una buena alternativa para las cenas de Navidad con la familia o en la oficina que se aproximan. Anadele unos zapatos divertidos y un collar de joyas y estas lista para disfrutar de tu cena o evento estas Navidades. Y no se olviden que a tan solo $23 no pueden perder con este vestido.
xo,
E.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MOMMY TIPS + A GIVEAWAY WITH DREFT

Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine.
 I hope you are enjoying these baby posts as much as I love writing them and sharing my experiences and tips with you pretty mamas. For today's story I partenered with Dreft - the amazing and popular baby detergent I am sure you all know about and have used, to share with you some tips on how I keep my son's sensitive skin smooth and his clothes smelling baby fresh. Ever since he was a baby, actually, since I was pregnant with him and had to wash all his baby clothes for the very first time, I have been using Dreft Detergent and their products. I love the amazing clean fragrance but what I love most is that is Dreft is the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby's skin. And I plan on using all their products once again with baby #2 on the way. Our new baby will be born smack in the middle of winter and with those freezing cold days I am happy to be shielding her from dry skin with Dreft. Nothing like keeping your baby warm, cozy and shielded from the harsh winter months. And just for you because who doesn't love to safe, I sure do! You can now head over to Dreft.com to receive a $2 off coupon for Dreft. Finally, Don't miss out on my amazing giveaway - all deets on the bottom of this post on how you can win everything you see on the photo below.
Giveaway Details
You can now win the following items by simply following the rules on the Rafflecopter below:
· 2 bottles of Dreft (RV $38)
· 1 set of Dreft wipes (RV $10)
· 1 laundry stain remover (RV $5)
· 1 to-go stain remover (RV $4)
· 1 odor eliminator and fabric refresher (RV $5)
· $30 gift card for Little Me clothing (RV $30)
· Little Me footie pajamas (RV $16)
Giveaway Rules
Must be 18 years old & up to enter | US entries only

Want to win more prizes? Join Dreft and Latina Mom Bloggers for a Twitter Party on October 30th from 9-10pm ET! To be eligible to win prizes, please RSVP at LatinaMomBloggers.com.

Best of luck ladies, 

Monday, October 27, 2014

FALL TREND: PLAID + STUDS









Hat/Gorro: H&M
Shirt/Camisa: c/o OASAP
Pants/Pantalon: H&M
Shoes/Zapatos: Forever 21
Sunnies/Gafas: RayBan
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It was a gorgeous weekend this past one and my husband and son enjoyed a little play at the park with crunchy fall leaves + the warm fall sun rays. It was the perfect fall day. I wanted to wear my new favorite plaid shirt, it won't be long until it doesn't button anymore! I love how much my son loves to explore with nature. He is loving all the colors of the trees and noticing so many more things this year now that he is 3. After a little play at the park, we headed out to do our weekend plans. Which included going to Sam's Club and Home Depot to finish building Baby B's closet. I can't wait to show you guys how we turned a small space into a perfect closet for our baby girl. My husband did an amazing job. I know I run out of patience quickly but I am so happy he always aims to make me happy. Thank you babe, I hope you read this.
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Tuvimos un lindo fin de semana. Y salimos a disfrutar el sabado con mi hijo y esposo en el parque cual es la actividad preferida de mi hijo. Me sorprende cada dia mas con su inteligencia y felicidad. Su inocencia y su bondad. Jugamos con las hojas caidas y salto mucho en ellas. Despues de el parque salimos a hacer nuestros recorridos cuales incluyeron Sam's Club y Home Depot. Ya que mi esposo le hizo un closet de bebe para nuestra nina que pronto estara con nosotros. Pronto les ensenare como lo hicimos. Bueno pues decidi ponerme esta camisa de cuadros ya que es mi favorita. Y pronto no me va a cerrar! Esta barriguita crece mas cada dia, pero estoy contenta de que mi nina este saludable. Espero tenga un lindo lunes.
xo,
E.

Friday, October 24, 2014

LIFE CAN BE SO UNPREDICTABLE...

I wasn't sure if I would write this post. I felt over exposed, maybe or simply just vulnerable about it. I didn't know how much I wanted to share about my life. Not just my happy moments and achievements or great days... but also my difficult ones. Until I thought... maybe I can inspire someone or help someone see the light at the end of the tunnel, maybe. Or simply maybe someone needs to know that it IS going to be ok. I have been MIA from here for a week now and the reason behind it was one I never wish to go through again. It is difficult for me to even write this because just last week at this very moment I rushed my mother to the ER because she had suffered a mild stroke. I felt like my life came crashing down on me. 
Everything had happened so fast. I won't go into detail but it was the scariest moment in my entire life. I felt as if I couldn't breath yet I stayed so strong. I felt as if I couldn't live yet I stayed so hopeful. I felt as if everything that I knew was all of a sudden so different and life had just given me the middle finger. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened last Friday. Nothing. My mom is an overall healthy woman, her stroke was due to high cholesterol. My God was with her the whole entire time. As was I, my husband and my family. I will be honest I knew nothing about strokes but I made it a point to not google it and not scare myself more. Now I've learned a lot more about it. My mom is doing great, she had no side effects and no residual damage. She just cannot remember what happened that morning. I have always been a woman of faith. I truly believe faith can move mountains. And I know God brought me to that, that day, to just warn us to be more mindful of our eating habits and for my mother to truly take care of herself and be aware of how she lives her life. The past week has been difficult but it gets better day by day. If I am being honest, I am scared, I am scared of it happening again. But there's something bigger than my mind and that is my heart, and God is in my heart and I know my mother will be ok. I have faith and I trust Him. 
I didn't want to write this because to be honest I didn't want to read any negative comments on how it is something so bad, I simply want to reach out to you my blogger friends for prayer. Any little prayer helps. 
I don't know how I would've done it this past week without my husband. There are simply no words to express how grateful I am for the man he is. The way he adores me and protects me and our son. The way he loves my mother... and has made these difficult days a tad bit easier just remind me of how blessed I am. I have a lot of great people around and I thank every single family member and friend for their prayers, calls, texts and concern. God is so good and nothing will take my faith away. Because it is so true that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. 
My mother is now with me and I am taking care of her and enjoying her - maybe I just needed to cherish the moments more, maybe I just needed to trust God more. But I am here and she is here, with us, alive and healthy. Thank you God for keeping me strong, I believe in You, I trust You. I let you take the wheel. 
This prayer held me up last Friday. If you are going through a difficult time, read this prayer. The words themselves will calm you. I am not in church every Sunday, but I talk to God every day, several times a day. Not to ask Him for anything but some times simply to thank Him for all He has given me. And not just now... I always do. My tia Martha told me about this prayer and I am so glad she did. I hope you are having a great week and have a safe and fun weekend! I hope I didn't bring you down with this post, I just wanted to explain my absence around here... but I'm back. And we will be back to regular posting next week!
xo,
E.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TIPS FOR FIRST TIME MOMS: WHAT I'VE LEARNED

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers + Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions expressed are my own.
I will be honest I didn't know where to begin when I sat down to write this post. The simple thought of thinking back to the day my son was born brings a bunch of emotions and nostalgia. Simply choosing a photo to add to this post took me back to 3+ years ago to the most beautiful day of my life (emergency cesarean and all). Like any mother I adore my son and cherish our moments, from the smallest, simplest things to the big accomplishments and new stages of his life. I am proud to wear my heart on my sleeve, it is actually something I have grown into. I used to be self concious about being so emotional for everything and anything in my life. But as I have grown I have learned to be proud of it. And if you know me, then you know that simply reminiscing of Ben's birth and his early month can totally make me shed a few tears. Heck, looking at him play as I write this makes me wonder... where did time go? But God am I blessed and lucky to have such an amazing boy in my life to call my own. He is smart and funny and beyond anything so respectful, loving and sweet. He is compassionate and quirky all these at once. And I love everything about him. The way he loves me and the way he is so attached to me. I can only hope to cherish all these memories deep inside my heart and hold them close to me forever. Because he made me a mother, the best job I've ever had. Some days get tough, challenging even. But nonetheless the love I feel for him overcomes any tantrum in a heartbeat. Being a first time mom is no easy task. I have learned and I am still learning. I make mistakes and I try to be a better mom on a daily and today I want to share a few little tips that have worked for me and for my son. I am all about taking advice so if you are like me, read on.
 Hold your baby. I remember when Ben was born so many people told me "Don't hold the baby too much because he will get spoiled and never want to be put down!". Guess what ladies, I held my baby a ton, I didn't listen... I loved those moments he fell asleep on my chest. Babies don't get spoiled from you holding them, you have a lot of other ways your kid will get spoiled by in the future. But as a newborn, hold them all you want, kiss them, carry them in your arms as much as you can. Because time will fly. I am so glad I "spoiled" Ben so much as a baby, those memories are tucked into my heart warmly. I rather hold my baby close to my heart and "spoil" that baby with all my love and warmth. Because believe me they will be out of your arms and running freely not wanting to be held very soon.
It's ok to cry. Your body goes through so much from giving birth, your hormones are all over the place. Being a first time mom is not easy. Not only are your hormones out of whack but you have a whole new human being that is entirely your responsibility. It's scary. It's nerve racking. They are so little and fragile. I remember crying for anything and everything the first few days. I cried because I didn't put the diaper on right and he would pee right through them or because y milk supply wasn't coming in fast enough and I felt like I was a horrible mom, already! I cried because I was tired. Ladies, having a baby is a beautiful, explainable experience. People will expect you to be all smiles, puppies and rainbows all day long. And yes of course I was happy, it was the happiest - it IS the happiest I've ever been. But it is also hard. So don't be afraid to cry it out a little. It is normal. Talk to your husband, tell him how you feel. Or phone a friend... a mom, someone that has been there and won't judge you. Someone who you know will make you feel better, because we have all been there. No one is perfect and though some women don't like to admit it, it isn't all glitter and gold. It takes time to adjust but you will, I promise! I am still learning every single day but I now know that it is ok and in the end you still have this precious bundle of love and it is so worth it.
All babies are different. Us moms, it is in our nature to worry. I worry hard every day. It is exhausting! But it's just part of me. And it will be part of you too. I remember when Ben turned 1. He still wasn't walking on his own. People gave their opinions (and you will get a lot of unwanted "opinions") and I started to worry. I kept thinking but he is fine and his legs look fine. And ladies he was just fine, he started to walk at 14 months. He ran... and now he won't stop running! You want them to walk and when they do you will want to them to sit still. We are crazy I tell ya;) Here's where I am trying to get at, all babies are different, some walk at 10 months and others, like Ben, at 14 months. Some eat everything and some will be picky for a few months (like Ben). Some kids, talk with words that surprise you (like Ben!) and some just take a little while longer to develop their speech and all of that is ok. Don't compare your baby. You may listen to people's opinions but in the end you will know what is best for you and your baby. Enjoy each milestone.
Ask for help. I am guilty of this one. I am one of those people who would rather pack on the duties than ask anyone for help. I have always been this way. And when my son was born I had the blessing of having my mom help me a lot. I realize not everyone is that lucky. My husband and my mom went above and beyond to help me with our newborn. They would often tell me to go take a nap and rest while they stayed with him. But you will see when you become a mom you feel like you have to do it all. I remember the days my mom would tell me "go to sleep, I will watch him" and I would lay on the bed staring at the ceiling, tired but I wouldn't sleep. If I would hear him cry just a bit I would get up and see if he was ok. I guess it's the mom instinct in us. But ladies, take the help! You need it. Ask for the help. Whether that's having your mom cook for you or watch the baby. Or a friend come help for a while, take it. You will be a happier mommy.
You ARE doing a great job, he will be a great human. From the moment they come into the world until pretty much forever, you will spend your days wondering if you are in fact raising a great human. I wonder about that everyday (I told you I am crazy) I want him to be a humble, caring, compassionate, educated, professional and loving man one day. But most importantly I want him to be HAPPY. So I strive every day to make him happy. Not by spoiling him with toys or letting him do whatever he wants but with LOVE. I have learned that love is the one thing that we all strive for - the one thing that we all want. And I want my little love to feel loved and happy every day of his life. We are all different mamas, but remember we are all doing our best. So every once in a while pat yourself on the back, raising a human is no easy task and I think sometimes we forget to take  a moment to realize that we are in fact doing the best we can.  
Use the products that works best for you + your baby. We all know how important it is to protect baby’s soft skin, which is why I love NEW! Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers. I have used Huggies with my son since he was born to the moment he was potty trained. And I plan to do the same with my baby girl.. The new GentleAbsorb* Liner provides a cushiony layer of protection with hundreds of tiny absorbent pillows to help draw mess away from my baby’s delicate skin. For a gentle clean, I use Huggies Natural Care Wipes with the simplest formula ever for my son's delicate, soft skin.  Pretty mamas, Huggies recognizes there are some things you can’t add to your baby registry – is there something you wish you could add, but simply can’t? Register your wish at Huggies.com/RegisterWish for your chance to make it a reality. If you’re selected as a winner, Huggies will do everything they can to make your wish come true. 
xo,
E.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CASUAL MATERNITY STYLE

Ladies, this week marks my 24th week... yes 6 months! Yikes! I can't believe how fast it's going. My baby bump is growing and I honestly feel like it grew 10 inches over night, I am sure you can see that too! Haha. But ladies that does not mean we have to stop dressing cute and fashionable. You all know my motto, just because you are a mom or mom to be does not mean you get to let yourself go. If anything you need to embrace the changes in your body, it is a true miracle. And I am blessed to be able to experience this amazing experience for the second time. So ladies, my advice for you prego beauties is to dress comfortably, dress like you normally would, just simply go a size up if you need to buy new items. I bought these skinny sweatpants at H&M in a medium, they fit perfect but still have a little room for the next few months. I didn't want to take them off, for $17.95, they are perfect and super versatile. You can match them with a tee like I did in this adorable Mama in Heels one... or with a cute button down top, even a crew neck knit sweater would look great. Add a chunky scarf and your favorite heels (or flats) and you are ready to go.
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Esta semana marca mi semana numero 24, si chicas 6 meses de embarazo ya! No lo puedo creer, el tiempo esta volando pero me siento tan bendecida de poder experimentar este milagro por segunda vez. La verdad es una bendicion y le agradezco a Dios todos los dias por darme este regalo. Chicas, ya saben que mi dicho es que no tienen que descuidarse porque estan embarazadas o son mamas. El truco es estar comoda, ser TU pero siempre arreglada, porque cuando uno se siente bien, se es feliz. Y una mama feliz crea una familia feliz. Asi que mi consejo es que cuando estas embarazada, compra la misma ropa que te pondrias pero una size mas grandesita. Estos pantalones los compre en medium en H&M, a tan solo $17.95 - son comodos y a la moda ademas todavia tengo un poquito de espacio para la panza que me crecera los proximo meses. Y las posibilidades de como ponertelo son muchas. Combinalo con una camisa de botones, un sueter de lana y hasta un blazer o simplemente como lo hize yo con esta camiseta. Agregale tus zapatos favoritos y lista!
Tee/Camiseta: c/o OhBabyChic
Sweatpants/Pantalon: H&M
Bag/Cartera: c/o Olivia + Joy
Shoes/Zapatos: Zara



xo,
E.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BABY GIRL HANDMADE FAVES

Baby girls are made of sugar... and I am having so much fun with my sweet baby girl already. And she's not even here yet! I am so very excited about today's post. I teamed up with some amazing and super talented vendors to bring you some of my favorite handmade items for baby girls. From headbands to booties, to bows and blankets, our baby girl is so lucky to have received all these sweet gifts. I enjoy opening packages for her and love to share the love. Below you will find a shop link as well as each vendors Instagram, so you too can have any of these adorably perfect pieces. We are already getting ready for our baby and these sweet things are just a few of our favorite things so far. I hope you mommies enjoy this post and get some inspiration for decorating and styling your baby girls, from these great handmade vendors, like I did. 
Polka Dot Rose Gold Moccassins by ShopMiniMoxie | IG: ShopMiniMoxie
Organic Copper Dipped Scalloped Tee by The Scalloped Window | IG: JeadoreBlogger

Oh Baby! Custom Onesie by PDS113 | IG: PDStudiosStore
Plaid Boots by Boots by Becca | IG: BootsByBecca
Headband Bows by Potluck Store | IG: PotLuck_Store


Flower Crown + Flower Headbands by MommysTimeOut | IG: MommysTimeOut

Baby Bib + Burp Cloth by Peek-a-Bootique Quilts
Baby Blanket with Dimple Dot Minky by Peek-a-Bootique Quilts

LOVE Diamond Headband by Arrow & Lace | IG: ArrowAndLaceDesigns
Handmade Bunny Doll by Eka Konon Dolls | IG: EkaKononDolls

Thank you so much to every single vendor who sent over a sweet gift for our baby girl. I am in love with each and everyone. You are all so amazingly talented, your handmade work is stunning and made to perfection. The details + quality of each piece are superb. I can tell how much love is put into these items. 
Mamas, if you like any of the items on here make sure to check out the variety of things each vendor makes. Each shop and Instagram links are under the photos. I hope you enjoyed this post and follow these shops.
xo,
E.