HAPPY NEW YEAR X BUGABOO

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On the first official day of 2017 we headed out to Central Park for a family day. We also got to test drive our new Bugaboo Donkey Weekender. The weather was perfect. The sun was shining and the park was full of New Yorker’s excited to welcome the new year.

I love being part of the Bugaboo family. You can see our previous collaborations here and here. Lillie has been riding in her Bugaboo since birth and I am a life long Bugaboo mama. I was beyond excited when we received the Donkey Weekender. It is a real dream come true. The stroller comes with a detachable side luggage bag which can hold up to 20 pounds and the under seat basket is incredibly roomy. We carry a ton (A TON) of stuff when we head out for the day with both kiddos – snacks, more snacks, ninja turtles, pokemon, pacifiers, diapers, wipes, change of clothes, etc. etc. – so I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it is to have ample room to store all of our things. Often times we make additional stops at the grocery store/market/florist, and having everything fit into our stroller is essential especially since we walk everywhere (New Yorkers here!). 

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Ivan is not a stroller man by any means. In fact he is pretty indifferent as I’m the one who primarily uses our stroller on a daily basis. When he put the Weekender together (which was incredibly easy btw!) the first thing he said was “wow, this is a good looking stroller”. Then as we were strolling through the park he turned to me and said “this thing rides like a dream”. He also made a few comments on how beautifully the wheels turned! I can’t make this stuff up haha! This means a lot coming from a man who has no real opinion on baby gear as long as I like it and the kids are happy. Bugaboo, you are winning big time over here in the Vargas house!

If I’m being honest, I was a bit nervous about the size of the stroller and how it would fit in our little apartment. BUT. It’s only .4″ wider than the Bugaboo Cameleon and fits perfectly in our small hallway. I’m in love with the colors of the stroller (the handle bars are a cognac faux leather and they are absolutely beautifulllll). The side bag can also be used solo for travel which I think is awesome and perfect for quick overnight family trips. Another great perk is that eventually the stroller can be converted into a side-by-side duo or twin stroller. It’s a classic, gorgeous stroller that can be used for years and years to come. It’s incredibly important to me that my kids ride in a well made, durable stroller. It doesn’t hurt that all of bugaboo’s strollers are also aesthetically beautiful. We take out our stroller everyday and use it for daily errands, school picks ups, and adventures. It also needs to ride well in all weather conditions (rain or snow, NYC schools really ever close!) and get Lillie and I to school pick up. Bugaboo checks all these requirements for my family and I can’t imagine ever choosing another stroller.

You can check out the Weekender here for more details and purchasing info. Happy New Year!

on me: heathered overcoat and joggers from guess | on lucas: coat from bohème goods
my hair: color and cut from my lady Betsy Duggan  

#SkipAWash with Dove

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I’m so excited to have partnered with Dove Hair – one of my long time favorite beauty brands – for their #SkipAWash challenge. As a busy mama of two, their new dry shampoo has been the ultimate lifesaver. On a typical day I have about 5 minutes or less to make myself presentable and get out of the house with both kids. Most days my hair isn’t washed and I tend to throw it up in a top knot (mom bun!) or pony tail. With just a few spritzes of the dry shampoo my hair feels clean and bouncy – it’s such an amazing feeling because when my hair is done I truly feel so much better! So here ya go..3 simple steps on how to use this magic stuff:

+ shake can and apply to the roots (where your hair is most oily)
+ massage it through and make sure it is applied evenly
+ brush through and voila!

It’s perfect for the holidays, too and available at many retailers such as Target and CVS at only $3.99. Seriously this will change your entire beauty routine!

MERRY MERRY

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I hope you all had a happy and beautiful holiday with the ones you love. We did exactly as planned and although mom and dad were so very tired, our hearts were so full. Lucas woke up at 7:30 and started screaming “he came! Santa came!” so we all got up, rubbed our sleepy eyes, and started tearing through gifts. Lillie was pretty stoked about her baby dolls and carriage and Lucas’s pokemon/nintendo dreams came true. So I’d say it was a pretty perfect morning.

The holidays are just so amazing with kiddos and I’m looking forward to creating more magical memories and traditions with them. So much love to you all.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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It must be noted that Miss Sol is wearing a holiday dress that my mother (thank you mom!) saved from my childhood. There’s something so special and sweet about seeing my daughter wearing my old clothes. That generation to generation thing is really amazing.

I’m going to be really honest here. I took these photos because yes, I wanted some adorable photos of my kids but really they were for my mom. To print in Costco. Because she’s been harassing me about photos to send to family. So voila! An impromptu shoot of the kids wearing their holiday outfits. I love the photos and now my mom has prints that she can stuff into envelopes with a note bragging about her grand babies. Everybody wins. Except Lucas. Because 5 minutes into our “shoot” this is what I got:

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We will be spending Christmas Eve in Brooklyn all dressed up and drinking wine (apple cider for the kids ;), eating delicious food, and exchanging gifts with family. The letter Lucas wrote to Santa and the plate of cookies and carrots will already be left out before we leave for the evening. We’ll take a late cab home and the kids will be passed out in the pajamas I pack for them to change into and we will slide them right into bed the moment we get home. Ivan and I will finish wrapping gifts and place them under the tree. Our plans for Christmas day include breakfast, gifts, naps, nobody changing out of their pjs, and lots of snuggles. Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas weekend!

On Lucas: work shirt and trousers from arq | On Lillie: hair bow from pitchoun designs 

A LITTLE LADY

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We are in such a fun, spirited stage right now. Lillie Sol is almost 17 months and she’s a fire cracker. She attempts to repeat everything we say (she’s actually quite good!), she runs and holds her own with her brother, and we can see her personality blossoming with each passing day. She’s started randomly singing “happy birthday” and it’s prettyyyyyy cute.

Motherhood is a funny thing. Even though I am absolutely loving this stage, I find myself trying to remember her little newborn feet and that fresh out the oven smell. I feel like her newborn stage passed so much quicker than with Lucas and I’m sometimes left with a deep pang in my chest as if I somehow missed out on certain moments due to the craziness of adjusting to life with two. She was born a month before Lucas started pre-k and I didn’t have the same luxury of staying in bed all day and tending to one little persons needs. We were quickly thrown into a routine that consisted of interrupted naps, school pick up and functions, play dates, and birthday parties. I truly believe that the craziness of our first year didn’t effect Lillie at all but that “mom guilt” seems to always pop up from time to time.

So I’m rambling a bit here but I’m so thankful for our little lady and the spirit she has brought into our home. I’m so excited to do life with you my sweet baby girl. Thank you for your grace, your smile, and those slobbery kisses that make me feel like I’m doing something right.

PETITE SOUL

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My dear friend Mary is the co-founder of Petite Soul. If you haven’t put your baby in a bonnet you don’t know what you’re missing. Cuteness overload! Lillie Sol has been wearing and modeling for Petite Soul since she was born and their newest collection is amazinggg. They have also teamed up with Winter Water Factory for a few exclusive designs (my favorite is the wildflower!). Congrats PS on an amazing winter launch!

Photos by Mary Grace

TRIBE

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Lillie is thrilled 😉

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“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – John Kabat-Zinn

I love my tribe. I love that man. I love those babies. Sometimes I find myself fully immersed in a “pinch me” moment – my mind will wander and I just think to myself how damn lucky I am. We are still in the thick of a four day weekend home together and it’s been nothing short of lazy, family filled, and incredible.

On Lillie: hat and coat from anais & i, dress from baby gap, tights from june & january | on Lucas: coat and trousers from appaman, boots from cotton on kids 

OUR TRIP TO CLEVELAND

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A few of my favorite shots from our weekend in Cleveland with my best girl Lauren and her kiddos. We flew in on a Wednesday so I left Lucas home with daddy and made it a girls trip with Sol. The purpose of the trip was to attend Lauren’s very first art show in collaboration with her son Keegan. The show was pure magic and I am so happy we were able to attend. I’m so insanely proud of my best friend.

We spent the rest of the time together exploring Cleveland, thrifting, and just hanging out. And drinking wine. Lots of wine ;). I can’t wait for our next trip together – we are waiting for you in NYC!

HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY LUCAS LEÓN!

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Happy birthday to my sweet Lucas León! I can’t believe you are FIVE! I say this every year..but I’m in awe of the wonderful young man you are becoming. You are kind, so very funny, witty, spunky, and full of life. In just two months since you have started kindergarten, I am so impressed with how much you have learned and the curiosity and questions you come up with on a daily basis. You still sleep with your favorite teddy bear and I am holding on tightly to these last little bits of “babyhood”. I tuck you in each night and kiss your cheeks and thank God for blessing me with the gift of being your mami. The other night we were having a conversation about our loved ones who are now in heaven and you asked me if we could take a plane to see them. When I told you we couldn’t you responded with “please mom! I just want to check in on them and make sure they’re okay”. Even on the hardest days, you always find a way to melt my heart with your sincerity and love.

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This year you insisted on a Pokemon party – you still love your Ninja Turtles but you are currently in a major Pikachu phase. We had a Pokemon hunt, pokeball cakes, balloons galore, and you loved your themed t-shirt which you picked out yourself on a recent Target run (your favorite store EVER). We love you our fierce Lion. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you accomplish this year as a five year old!

A huge thank you to Lucas and Lillie’s auntie Chloe who created the delicious and amazing cupcakes! You can check out more of her work over on Technique (and Lillie’s first bday cake here!).  

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