• 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…

  • As a Mommy

    Raised Real- Baby food solutions

    I bet I’m not the only mom that struggles to get their kids to eat vegetables.  Yes, my little ones are only 8 months and 2 years, but I was told the earlier you start introducing new and unique foods, the easier it will be to work it into their regular diet. I was a very picky eater as a child, so I hoped that we could start early with our boys to develop a diverse palate. Well, karma is something because I now have a toddler that won’t eat much more than chicken, spaghetti, rice&beans and PBJ. When Chase first started on solids at 4 months old, I was…

  • As a Mrs.

    Fatherhood Reflections

    My husband’s birthday always falls near Father’s Day. Last year, he turned forty and I asked him to guest post about Forty and Fatherhood. Since it was such a popular post among readers, I asked if he wanted to do another guest post for his birthday today. For many of our friends and family, they get to see a different side of my husband through his writing voice. So this year, he decided to reflect on new life as a dad of two and what is making his heart heavy. I was about 15 years old and at what I thought was the peak of my physical strength when I…

  • As a Mommy

    Long Hair Don’t Care: Boy Mom’s Perspective

    “Oh my god, look at that hair!” “Your son’s hair is beautiful, he could pass as a girl!” “Can I touch his hair?” Yup. These are the main things we hear from strangers when we go out in public. My son’s curly fro is definitely his main feature, and attracts a lot of attention wherever we go. I get a lot of questions and comments about his hair (the good and the bad), so I decided it was a topic worth diving into. I’ve collaborated on this post with another boy mommy blogger friend, Mazel, who also has two boys with unique, long hair. I’m so happy to have her…

  • As a Mommy

    Mama and Baby Workout

    I was talking with a soon-to-be mommy, and she asked me what gym I belonged to. I almost spit out my drink laughing since I haven’t set foot into a gym in God knows how long. The biggest reason/excuse for not going to the gym is never having the time, especially when balancing the responsibilities of work and home life. However, I have to remind myself that just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you need to rule out exercise all together! It’s important for mamas to exercise, no matter what form it may be…jogging, weightlifting, zumba, kazaxe, kickboxing etc. Exercise after having a baby has so many benefits, including boosting energy…

  • As a Mrs.

    The Best Anniversary Gift

    I like to be corny and follow the traditional anniversary gift for each designated year. First year is paper, so I got my husband a world map with pins of where we’ve traveled together and I where we plan to go. Second year is cotton, so I got him some clothes…and Cottonelle toilet paper ?. Third year was leather so I got a leather keychain engraved with our wedding date. This year is linen/flowers, so the first thing that came to mind was a hotel bed and luxury sheets. Why? Well like most parents of little ones, uninterrupted sleep is an incredibly rare occurrence.  A typical night usually includes at…

  • As a Mrs.

    Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married

    Since our 4 year anniversary is tomorrow (wow time has flown), I felt it would be appropriate to revisit a book that I read before we got married. Well, to be completely honest, I started reading it before we got married. I actually finished it while on our honeymoon, on a train from San Sebastian to Barcelona. This book was written by Gary Chapman, the author of The 5 Love Languages. If you haven’t read that one, it’s highly recommended for anyone who is single, in a relationship, married, or divorced…because knowing what love language you speak can help you understand others’, and not just in a romantic sense. Here’s a quick…

  • As A Creative

    Mudroom Reno Project

    The mudroom is one of the most overlooked places in most people’s homes. Our mudroom functions as the passageway between the garage and the kitchen, and also is our laundry room. Naturally, we collect everything you could think of in there: beach towels, vacuums, cleaning agents, sneakers, shoes, boots, tote bags, cold weather accessories, etc.  It’s the center of our chaos on the way out in the morning, and welcomes the aftermath of our day on the way in. Above are photos from before the renovation. I’m not sure what the original builder’s intention was with the design of the mudroom closet, but it’s quite peculiar. There was both horizontal…

  • As a Mommy,  As an OT

    Rainy Days with Toddlers

    Ever plan out a fun day outdoors and then here comes the rain to ruin everything? Especially when you have toddler, inclement weather can be a terrible start to the day. However, did you know that rainy days can be an awesome sensory adventure for your little one? Here I go throwing some occupational therapy jargon in there…”sensory”? Sensory meaning some or all of the 5 senses are being stimulated by an activity. Babies and toddlers learn SOOOO much through sensory play,  by way of touch, smell, sight, hearing and taste. As an occupational therapist, we’re always looking at different play activities as a opportunities for a child to explore…