A HAIRCUT

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A few shots of my Sol taken after her first real haircut. We trimmed a tiny little bit of her hair last Winter but it wasn’t anything noticeable – more of a maintenance trim to even out her baby hair. I really wanted her to have an official cut and I think a bob on little girls is just the sweetest. I have a t least a dozen pins of this exact cut – from before Lillie was even born! Last week we jumped on the train to Brooklyn to visit our friend Rubi and she made my hair dream for Lillie come true! I am SO happy with it and I can’t believe how much of a difference a cut can make. I mean. She looks like a little señora and I’m in love!

Dress from Ladida

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018.”

Lucas: We were going through a bag of old toys and little figurines when you said “oh wow!! These are brining me memories! From when I was three mama!”. You have always been so aware of how things make you feel and when objects, a photo, etc. make you rekindle a memory. It reminds me so much of myself.

Lillie: All of a sudden you are obsessed with your bobos (pacifier). I snapped a photo the other day of you with not one but THREE bobos in your mouth at once. It makes me laugh because Lucas was the exact same way at your age and I have similar photos of him clutching several bobos at once.

 

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018.”

Lillie: You love love love to sing songs. You sometimes ask me to sing to/with you and then rudely interrupt saying “stop singinggggg mama!”. I can take the hint ;).

Lucas: Last week you slept over your Tia’s house with Lillie. You packed your backpack and inside was the following: your teddy bear, slippers, and an alarm clock. All the essentials.

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018.”

Lucas: We played Guess Who the other night and you still can’t quite catch on to the rules of the game. The more (pretend) frustrated I get with you, the harder we laugh. There’s nobody else in the world I rather laugh with till our bellies ache.

Lillie: I helped you ride Lucas’s scooter for the first time in our hallway and I hope I never forget the sound of you squealing and yelling “yay!!” Pure joy.

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018.”

Lillie: Last night you woke up at 2am. You had the biggest smile when you saw me and I opened my arms and you came running to sit in my lap. After you had fallen asleep I carried you back to your room and I stopped in front of the mirror to look at our reflection. You felt so small in my arms but seeing your long legs dangle down near my thighs was bittersweet.

Lucas: Your two bottom front teeth are loose and everyday you wiggle them to see if they’re almost ready to come out. These will be your very first baby teeth to come out and I  might be a little more excited than you for the tooth fairy to come.

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2018.”

I participated in The 52 Project in 2014 and 2015. I enjoyed it so much and really can’t say why I decided not to continue. But here we are. A new year! A fresh start! I feel like a lost a little bit of my inspiration creativity wise and with all the changes in social media, finding my groove, and not knowing exactly where I wanted to take my blog. I am feeling refreshed and ready in a way to get back to basics. I have a few new features I plan to implement and I just want to write and continue to document. I’m looking forward to a creative and wonderful 2018!

Lucas: You’re at the half way mark in first grade and I am just SO proud of you. You received a smart watch from The Three Kings and you won’t take it off. It’s not set up with internet (although you think it is 😉 and you realllyyyyyy want to start a youtube channel. Yesterday you told me that we need to start making practice videos!

Lillie: I am loving our time together. You have become my little partner in crime. I have to stop myself from thinking about the fact that in 2 years you will be in pre-k. Cue all the tears!  This week you have a new favorite song – rock a bye baby – and you crawl into my arms like a baby and want me to sing and rock you.  I love you so much baby girl.

PLAY IT FORWARD WITH ROSE & REX

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I absolutely adore Rose & Rex. If you haven’t heard of this amazing toy boutique before, their primary focus is on open – ended play. Founded by Alison Klein, a former pre-k teacher with a background in early childhood development, each toy in her shop is chosen with an intent to support the creativity and imagination of children (without the use of batteries and gadgets!). Another reason to love Rose & Rex is their Play it Forward program. Every toy purchased provides toys to children in need through Second Chance Toys – while shopping you can look for the hand icon to see how many toys each item provides and when you check out you can see the total number of toys that your purchase has donated.

Below are some of my favorite toys for the holiday season!

Rose & Rex Penelope Rabbit – This is an exclusive toy in collaboration with Hazel Village and provides 5 toys for children in need with every purchase. Lillie is in a huge lovey stage and hasn’t let her rabbit go. She undresses her, redresses her, pretends to feed to her..it’s so adorable to watch her play with her new friend.

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Maileg Little Gantosaurus – This adorable dino provides 3 toys for children in need with every purchase. It also comes in rose. A quick story on why I chose this toy for Lucas. As a child my mom used to tell me a story before bedtime about 3 puppies. We named them and it took on a life of it’s own. Every night for years she would come up with new adventures they went on and at some point I would help her tell the stories and it became such a special tradition. About a year ago I made up a story one night before bedtime about a little boy who found a dinosaur egg in the subway station – Lucas named the dino Marshmallow and ever since Lucas loves to hear about all the NYC adventures Marshmallow has been on. So when I surprised him with this toy I told him it was Marshmallow – his eyes lit up and to say he was excited is an understatement. I really feel that this toy is a perfect example of all the Rose & Rex encompasses. Making imagination come to life.

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Sunday Arch – This wooden arch is even more stunning in person and provides 5 toys for children in need. Lucas uses it when building his lego cities as a backdrop and Lillie loves to take it apart and put it back together (over and over and over ;).

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Some of my other favorites from the shop include:
+ Farm Felt Play Mat
+ Machi Building Set
+ Rainbow Building Tray
+ The Pioneer
Mini Baby Buggy

You can also check out the Rose & Rex gift guide for more holiday shopping ideas!

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MY SKIN CARE ROUTINE X BIRCHBOX

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My beauty routine is fuss free. Especially when it comes to make-up, I always keep my look very simple. On occasion I might do a bold lip but on a daily basis that about as fancy as it’s gonna get. Honestly it’s a bit overwhelming for me and I think that’s why I always stick to what I know. When I got the opportunity to work with Birchbox I felt like a kid in a candy store. It made me realize how much I actually love trying new things and mixing it up can be such an awesome pick me-up. Especially when you’re a tired mama who doesn’t have the energy to drag two kids into a store to try out samples. Every month is like a treat! And what I love most is that they tailor the box especially for you so chances are that you are really going to love everything that is sent to you. I also love that everything included is not make-up. It ranges from beauty tools to skin care and hair products which I think is amazing.

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Along with the samples and products you get to try out monthly, Birchbox also has an awesome shop where you can purchase just about any full size beauty product you can think of. I selected five products that I’ve been wanting to try and honestly really needed. My biggest beauty thing right now has been trying to take better care of my skin. I don’t want to look younger but I do want to make sure I am taking proper care of my face. And getting rid of a few fine lines wouldn’t hurt. Am I right? Below is a breakdown of how I have been using the products in my skin care routine.

Morning

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30 – I have been on the hunt for a daily moisturizer that felt light on my skin but also had SPF so I wouldn’t have to apply two different creams. I have been using this every morning and I’m in love. It feels rich when applying but dries light enough that my face doesn’t feel heavy.

Evening

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – I would say that this is a cult favorite among those in the beauty world and is a product I have wanted to try for a looong time. And well, now I know why it’s so popular. It’s a serum that when applied nightly helps with signs of aging, fine lines, dry spots, etc. I have been applying just a few drops (3-4) in the evening  before I moisturize. I wake up with a glow and it makes my skin feel so so soft.

Philosophy Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker – I really needed a new cream specifically for night time and chose this after reading amazing reviews. I apply after the night repair is fully absorbed (I wait about 5 minutes or so). It feels amazing when applying and I love that it’s working while I sleep. Wins!

Weekly

Oribe Gold Envy Mask – I’ll be honest. I wanted to try this because I wanted to incorporate masks into my routine and this looked fancy. Mama needed a pick me up and what better way than slathering your face in a gold-infused mask that promises to make you look amazing. It has ingredients like evening primrose and sweet almond oil to improve elasticity in your skin as well as caviar to get rid of any dead skin you may have. The glow is real ladies. After using for a few weeks I see a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin and I am just so happy with this product.

Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier – This is my favorite product of the bunch. Which is big since I truly love all of them. I was skeptical about it but wanted to try because I’ve been seeing dozens of videos floating around about magnetic masks and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The removal process is pretty awesome (everything comes off with a tiny magnet) but honestly the mask works. Like really, really works. Whenever I use this I have Ivan touch my face afterwards and we both can’t get over how smooth my skin feels. It’s unreal!

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetWearing the Gold Envy Mask!

I am SO impressed with Birchbox. From the service to the selection of products. It has made me enjoy experimenting with both my beauty and skin care routine so much more and that is such a huge plus for me. It makes everything so easy which I think every mama needs with the amazing bonus of feeling like you are being pampered.

THE STORY BEHIND OUR ROCKER

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When Ivan and I moved into our first apartment my mother gifted us an NyChairX rocker and ottoman that used to belong to her. It had been put away in storage for many years and she thought it would be perfect for us to rock our newborn to sleep. I have so many fond memories of early mornings and late nights, sitting in the rocker with Lucas cradled in my arms. A chair with so much history that was passed down with love from my mami.

Sadly over time the canvas cover began to tear (I think the chair was about 30 years old at the point). It got to the point we had to put it back into storage because the more it was used, the more damaged it became. Over the past year I began to research cover replacements and even if it was possible to make it ourselves. When I found Placewares had replacement covers I was beyond ecstatic. Finally!!! We received the covers (in a gorgeous camel) a few weeks ago and once everything was all set up I was all sorts of emotional. First of all the chair and cover are absolutely beautiful and feel like the missing puzzle piece to our family room. But what also touched me is all the new memories we will make – rocking our children, movie nights, reading stories all cuddled up with a blanket. Basically it’s giving me all the feels and I’m sure our rocker is going to make the long winter ahead a little more fun and cozy.

Placewares has an incredibly beautiful selection of goods for your home. You can also purchase the NYchairX here. Follow them on Instagram and Pinterest for more product selection and inspiration.

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