Dress Like A Mom

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All photography by Sharom Rosas.

I talk a lot about my transition into fashion since I became a mom. Nursing tanks is what I lived in for what seemed like the first 6 months of my baby’s life. I could barely sneak in a shower, let alone do my hair. That woman who wore four-inch stilettos on a daily basis and accessorizes her wardrobe according to color and pattern I lost. I love dressing up, so much that one of my mottos is “I’d rather be over dressed than under dressed.” I was known as the fashionista around the office. I wore tall platform heels until I was 9 months pregnant peeps! That’s a whole lot of love for shoes! I also have to be honest. Becoming a mom I thought I needed to dress more conservatively. A little more bland. Okay a lot more bland. Moms weren’t necessarily known to be fashion forward I’m afraid to say. Fast forward to a year later and I saw many stylish mamas on social medias! Rocking the stroller and the not so obvious diaper bag in this seasons fabric and heels! My beloved heels! That’s when I knew I have to find myself again. This mama was still fashionable folks, I just needed to feel confident again. Six months after that realization and I have gravitated toward fabulous brands to help me into my journey in fashion…as a mom! I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a store that gets this essential piece of who I am. A store that believes in breaking the stereotype. Moms ARE the most fashionable people we know! That store my friends in Evereve.

My Experience at Evereve

What a beauty! My first impression of the store was what a trendy boutique! “This has my name all over it.” I thought to myself. Elegant displays throughout. Large, wide isles that allowed me to navigate my stroller with ease. A children’s play area in front of the fitting rooms! Not to mention over sized fitting rooms to accommodate my son and I effortlessly. I was impressed y’all. Shortly after I arrived I was greeted warmly by an in store stylist that offered her assistance in my shopping experience. I of course, happily accepted. She swiftly and eloquently guided me through the clothes asking me questions along the way to pull items that fit my body and lifestyle. She was efficient and styled my fitting room so well that provided me with many beautiful options!

The Clothes

I must say this caught me a little off guard. You know when you try on clothes, half you rule out because it doesn’t fit so well? Well that did not happen here! I kid you not. Everything fit like a glove! The jeans…wow. they hugged my curves, lifted my mom butt and the high-rise smoothed my belly. The tops were perfectly long and soft, my gosh so soft. How was I going to select when I loved everything? I wanted a more casual feel so I had my stylist select accordingly. These outfits I can feel fabulous in and still chase around my toddler comfortably. No need to worry about pulling my pants up and tugging my blouse down. They were casual enough for the movies but gorgeous enough for brunch with my best friends. It was absolutely remarkable how perfect they were.

The Final Fashion Selections

I chose a lighter colored jean as my primarily focus was day wear. I have a feeling I am going to live in them for a while. The most soft, blush 3/4 sleeve sweater style blouse. You would have thought it was cashmere! I also chose a burnt orange sleeveless blouse with a looser, bell-shaped. Y’all know how much I love my copper, burnt orange and leather colors for fall. This one is so perfect because it’s still so warm in Arizona. It makes me feel like I can still enjoy autumn attire without roasting. Last but not least, and possibly my favorite; the ruffle sleeve blouse. Though it’s a more editorial look, it’s feminine, romantic and it’s cropped style actually elongated my physique. Now while I did not take home with me, I did fall in love with the most gorgeous velvet, olive blouse. I am still kicking myself for not getting it. I seriously contemplate on going back for it, ha ha. Velvet desperately needs to be more in my life.

So there you have it! I would love to know your thoughts. Which was your favorite? Visit your nearest Evereve store for your own exclusive shopping experience. Remember it was founded by a mom for moms! Follow them on social media and post a photo of your favorite outfit for a chance to win a $500 gift card! You can enter here and in their Facebook page.

Also stay tuned for more photos of these beautiful outfits!

Love,

 

Angelica

Just Mommy n Me

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Guess who has a new Just Mommy N Me Box? Yup us! Okay so you know since I started this blogging journey, I have been posting matching mommy and me outfits with our little guy right? No, it was not a coincidence. Ha ha. So when I heard there is a subscription box (you also know I love subscription boxes 😄) that provides you monthly matching mommy and me fashion I jumped on board!

Just Mommy n Me

This wonderful subscription company includes different boutique items as well as personally designs in each box. On the 20th of every month, a box is shipped to your home! I LOVE delivery day! Upon subscribing, you select your mommy size and whether your child is a boy or a girl along with their size.  That way it is as personalized as possible to you and your little one.

June’s box was 4th of July themed so I received a headband and baby boy an adorable scarf and shorts (not pictured) from the features company Pickled and Peach Co! We absolutely loved them and cannot wait to wear them this independence day. 🤗 Take a look! You can subscribe to Just Mommy n Me here.

You seriously will not be disappointed! You can also follow them on Instagram here. Of course, make sure you share with me your mommy and me fashion!

Love,

 

Angelica

*This post was sponsored by Just Mommy n Me. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

Potty Training as a First Time Mom

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*This post is sponsored by Pampers. My thoughts and opinions are always 100% honest and my own.

I can’t believe we’re here y’all! We are celebrating a huge milestone that is transitioning from diapers to potty training our toddler! I often heard boys take longer. Heck, my little brother was in diapers until past 3! So it was a big surprise to see our son giving us signs he is ready!

I will be honest and tell you I am nervous as a first time mom trying to figure it all out. Many people will give you their advice on what worked for them but each child is different and I am  big believer on allowing my children to gently get there when they are ready on their own terms. We also have a huge hurdle! Majority of our house has laminate wood floors! That means one accident can ruin several wood planks causing hundredths of dollars to replace! That means going naked will not be an option for us. 😄 Instead this is my plan to successfully potty train.

Transitioning out of diapers

Since letting our son run around in underwear only isn’t an option, we went for the next fabulous choice; Pamper’s Easy Ups!

They look and feel like regular underwear with the absorbent leak protection we need. They were awarded the 2017 New Product Award and have an outstanding record! We love how nicely you can pull these up and down. It’s important for little hands with new motors skills to be able to do this on their own without difficulty.

Choosing a potty

Using an adult toilet or getting a small, toddler version that sits on the ground. We chose the ground one for the following reason: we want our son to be as independent as possible. He cannot get to an adult toilet on his own yet. And even with a stool, he will require my hand for safe stability. Furthermore chose one that interests him or her. We chose one of his favorite characters to further encourage usage. Think of it like a toy. Children gravitate to sounds and it is why most toys have them. We should one that you can pull the handle and it will say “hip hop hurray!”

Getting Acquainted

We put a Pampers Easy Up on and left him in it for a little bit. Then I took out the potty. I chose to place it near my toilet. That way he can associate the two. Children are very visual and you mom are his best model. I showed him how to pull the easy up down and sat him in his potty. He was mesmerized he must have faux flushed like 10 times. I verbalized that it is for poop and pee. Use words you already state to him to be consistent. After a few minutes I stood him up and demonstrated again how he could pull up his easy ups.

The Plan

With any strategy you want to have a plan of success. It’s okay if you don’t necessary have all the details. But have a general idea of what you want to do and how to proceed. Our plan is to take it slow. He is only 18 months and have begun early because he has demonstrated to us he’s ready. After he soils his diapers he immediately comes to us and pats his diaper while verbally signaling as well for example. I intend on starting by placing him on his potty as soon as I see him about to soil his diaper as it is the most evident. I will repeat with the intent that he will tell me before it happens eventually. Next, I plan on spending some time without his Easy Ups in the bathroom after consuming much water so that when he urinates I will guide him to his potty to have him correlate the two as well.

Patience & Encouragement

We are all about positive reinforcement. I intend on making a BIG deal of using the potty and rewarding him accordingly. Be prepared with stickers, cars, dolls, pretzels, cereal. What motivates and drives  your child gravitates towards. Never scold or punish as accidents will happen. Think of it as an exciting milestone and have fun with it as much as you can.

I will update you as we progress in this journey. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or send me a message if you have any questions!

Boys: https://www.pampers.com/en-us/diapers-wipes/pampers-easy-ups-trainers-for-boys

Girls: https://www.pampers.com/en-us/diapers-wipes/pampers-easy-ups-trainers-for-girls

Love,

 

Angelica

5 Ways Your Toddlers can Get the Nutrition they Need

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I remember before I became I parent I had all these ideas of what kind of mom I was going to be. To my surprise, many I followed through and many were completely new to me. For example, I knew I wanted our son to not just eat nutritious but organic. Since I was staying at home, I was going to make his puree during the baby years. Sure enough I did! And while now that he is a toddler, he still mainly eats home cooked meals, I let him indulge in snacks mommy has not made. Now it wasn’t always so easy. The temptation to snack on empty food choices is real. Specially if mommies initiates 🙈. So with time I discovered these 5 ways to ensure my toddler can get the nutrition he needs.

1. Strategic food placement.

There’s a reason grocery stores do this y’all! Think about it, aside from meals, do you want your child mindlessly eating while watching cartoons? We know we pack snacks to go to prevent cranky kids outside of the house. However try to think outside of the box. Where are your kids most active? Where are they burning the most calories where they need to re-fuel? Here’s an idea. I keep snacks in the playroom. Often my son is so distracted with his Legos or running around his basketball hoop that he doesn’t think about whether he’s hungry or not. So when he sees his favorite snack he’ll stop for quick bites. Mom of course is also ready with some water in a sippy cup. Which leads me to my next way.

2. Offer water with every meal, snack, occasion.

Yes I give my son chocolate milk or orange juice or lemonade but right next to is a sippy cup filled with water. And yes, my son will always choose it second but he always ends with drinking water. Even if it’s because mommy snuck the other one out-of-the-way half way through the meal. Lol Seriously everywhere we go I ask for a cup of water for him. He’s now used to it and will actually crave and ask for water when he sees it.

3. Be smart about your snack options

 

Finding our Gerber Veggie Snacks at Wal-Mart.

We lean on organic for many reasons. I do read labels a lot and while I am not super strict, I gravitate towards nutritious snacks like Gerber Organic Veggie Crips. The are made with whole grains and real veggies! They contain only 35 mg of sodium per serving. Did you known the leading veggie/chip snack contains 105 mg? The Gerber Organic Veggie Crisps come in 2 variety packs; Orange Harvest and Farmer greens. Get $1 off to try them here.

4. Persistence is key!

My son, I’m afraid will be/is a picky eater. At first he rejects many foods. I come to find out, when offered a second time, he accepts them! I can’t tell you how many times this has happened. So bust out with those veggies mama’s!

5. Appropriate timing

Specially as a nursing mama, I also have to be strategic on when to offer meals and snacks. So my son gets the most nutrition of every meal and snack, he has to be hungry! I try and wait 2 hours after be has nursed to give and offer  food to him. Same with naps. My son isn’t very hungry after naps. Some kids are! Accommodate to their appetites and get the most out of that window of opportunity.

What works for your toddler?

Love,

 

Angelica

 

El día de los niños as a first time mom

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I have vivid memories of my dear childhood in Mexico. From the walks on the malecon on beach to the raspados by the theater of arts. They are so vivid, it astonishes me and nostalgia hits me. Mexico has such rich culture that I intend on passing on to my son. One of those special days is El día de los niños on April 30th.

Dia de los ninos, my childhood

El día de los niños is a day to celebrate children and shower them with treats and special festivales (festivals.) It goes as far as the early 20s. Schools prepare in advance, the food, the candy, treats, pinatas, music, concerts and contests. Children are sent to school often in brand new clothes to be made feel special. Many often also organize a toy drive to give to the less fortunate to that they can be made special as well. I loved this day not only because it had a new dress and had a blast in school but because afterwards my mother treated my sister and I. She would take us out to eat ice cream. Yum!

How I plan to pass it down to my son

While, I no longer live in Mexico, it ks important that I pass down these sweet traditions. Last year, my son was 5 months old and I was too overwhelmed. I plan on making it up this year! I am going to have a new outfit ready. And while he doesn’t go to school yet, I intend on making the entire day special! We will start by making his favorite, banana-cheerios mini pancakes (see recipe below.) Then just like my mama used to when I was a child, treat baby to ice cream or frozen yogurt after dinner. I am really looking forward to it!

Super easy and delicious banana and cheerios pancakes for kids.

Cheerios-Banana mini Pancakes! Super easy!

Ingredients

2 eggs

1 ripe banana

1/4 cup of Cheerios (original or honey nut) I use honey nut

Step by step instructions

1. In a bowl, whisk the egg and banana with a fork until fully blended.

2. Heat up a non stick pan to medium heat. Add butter.

3. Crush the Cheerios in a zip bag.

4.  Pour the egg and banana mixture into the pan.

5. Add immediately after, your main ingredient, the crushed Cheerios!

6. Flip over with a spatula after a minute. Wait another minute and remove.

7. Repeat until all mixture is gone!

8. You can also watch how to make it below.

 

Once they are done, I sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar and fresh strawberries (my sons favorite) on top. Not only does he love the sweetness but the texture of the delicious Cheerios! Give it a try and tell me what you think! F.Y.I you can absolutely also make this with your favorite pancake batter as long as you had the main ingredients, our beloved Cheerios. Enjoy! You can find more ideas and recipes HERE.

Love,

 

Angelica Castaneda