• As A Creative

    Make your Birthday Invitations and Holiday Cards Stand Out

    If you know me well, you would know I’m someone who loves old-fashioned correspondences…I’m referring to snail mail. My mom instilled in me the importance in sending hand-written birthday invitations, heartfelt thank-you notes after events, sympathy cards and personalized holiday greetings.  Sure you can send a text or email in a click, but people still like receiving tangible pieces of mail. Not going to lie, I never overlook the details of a well-designed invite or greeting card and always on the look out for trends in stationery. Because this is something I invest time into every year for birthdays and holidays, I am happy to partner with Basic Invite to…

  • As a Mommy

    Gender Reveal for Baby #3

    Gender Reveal…   Oh boy x 3…you read this right! So if you calculate it to include the dogs, the ratio of males to females in our household…it will be 6:1. I am the sole carrier of estrogen…still. We are blessed to carry on the male dynasty. I’m officially like that mom from Bridesmaids. Let me be candid for a minute.I was definitely disappointed at first when I found out it was another boy. I was 10 weeks in, got the call while I was at work, and it just caught me so off-guard. Of course I dreamt of cute bows and tutus and a mini-me that I could go…

  • As a Mommy

    We Have Something To Tell You…

    Yup, here we go again!!!  We wanted to wait until after Carter’s 1st bday last week to announce that Baby #3 is on his/her way in April 2019!! When we broke the news to close friends and family has prompted many questions, and some unsolicited, but well meaning advice. Here are some answers to a few FAQ’s: (BTW my husband edited this post to include his own voice since he said “I made this baby too”…so enjoy reading) “Was this baby planned?” Of course, by a Higher power! In that Calvinist sense, every baby is planned, as is everything else in our lives. As Christians, we believe God has His…

  • As a Mommy,  As a Mrs.

    31st Birthday Lessons

    Another year, another list of lessons learned. Turning 30 last year was a huge milestone, but what made it even more significant was becoming a mother of two… a week later. What a difference a year makes!! As I embark on my 31st year of life today (or is it technically my 32nd since I’ve already lived 31 years?), I was reflecting on what I have learned over this past year. Here’s what I came up with: I’m more than just a mother. Motherhood takes up the majority of my everyday life, but it alone does not define me. I’m a wife, a daughter, an OT, a friend, a colleague,…

  • As a Mommy,  As an OT

    When Your Toddler Has Vacation Blues

    What do you do when your toddler has vacation blues or becomes homesick while on vacation? I didn’t even realize that was a thing…until we traveled with our toddler last week. Well let’s explore what it means and what you can do to help your little one who might be longing for the comforts of home. Last week we took a roadtrip up to New York to stay attend our nephew’s baby dedication, spend some time with my in-laws and then a 5-day vacation in the Hamptons with a few of our friends and their kids.  We’ve traveled with Chase numerous times since he’s been born, including Florida, NY, Philly…

  • As a Mommy

    Why I took A Month-long Break from Blogging

    Hi guys! I took a break from blogging and I’m here to say I’m sorry, but not sorry. At first it was unintentional, but then I decided to take a deliberate break. Sorry that I didn’t warn you, although I’m sure you didn’t notice I was MIA. So anyway, here’s why I decided to do it. Time – As many of you know, I’m a mom of 2 little ones (2.5 years and 10 months old). I’m also working full-time (for the most part) as an occupational therapist at a hospital. On top of that there are all the regular day-to-day duties of mom-ing, wife-ing and housekeeping that need to…

  • As a Mommy,  As an OT

    Having a Sensory Kid

    Too sticky, too wet, too loud, too bright, too mushy! Not bouncy enough, not tight enough, not soft enough, not crunchy enough! Sound like a child you have or know? Sound like an adult you know? As humans, we all have certain sensory needs or sensitivities.  Sensory processing is a way of our brains and body to understand the external stimuli through our five senses: sight, sound, taste, feel and smell.  Around the toddler age, kids start to develop an awareness for what type of sensations they prefer, tolerate or dislike. For example, they might love being tucked in tightly in a blanket, or hate the feel of grass on…

  • As a Mommy

    Diversity for Little Readers

    For 30+ years, my mother was a reading teacher for elementary school children.  Basically, she’s an expert in knowing what literary content is age appropriate at each reading level. She has always impressed upon my brother and I that books are a gateway to imagination and knowledge.  Her and my dad bought us children’s books about adoption to learn more about where we came from and why we had a different story than other children we knew.  Since my sons are mixed-race, it makes sense that my mom would ensure that her two grandsons received books with multicultural characters.  It is important for young children to not only be able…

  • As A Creative

    Toddler Room Makeover

    Back in February we decided to transition Chase from the nursery to his own big boy room…which is a better way of saying his little brother evicted him from his crib. It took me awhile to formulate a plan to make his new room enticing enough that he wouldn’t miss his nursery.  Like most toddler boys, Chase is a huge fan of anything that has wheels: cars, trains, trucks and planes. Transportation became the theme of the decor. I’ve included some of the before/after shots. First thing we did was change the color of the walls and the built-in desk to give it a brighter and fresher look. We debated…

  • As A DC Local

    Vaca in Tulum

    My two best girlfriends, Mary and Caroline, and I thought up a plan to do a girls trip to Mexico in celebration of turning 30. We have known each other since we were freshman roommates in college, so we knew this trip would be epic. Well last year we turned 30, but I was knocked up, so Mexico was put on hold. Finally we settled on June 2018, once I got the plans in place for my parents to come help hubby with the bambinos. We were going to Tulúm, Quintano Roo, MEH-HEE-CO!!!! I have to admit I barely did any planning for this trip, since both my friends got…