27 Weeks – Thanksgiving Edition

by Aquila on November 28, 2014

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Did you already put up the tree or does the Christmas season officially start today for you?  Whatever you’re up to, I’m sure you have better things to do than read a lengthy bump update, so I’ve just got a quick post today with a major photo dump from our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday! This was our first time hosting, and the first time Orlando had been back in San Antonio for Thanksgiving since he was in high school.  We spent the morning and early afternoon with the Valdez side, then headed back to our house to host the Mendez side for round two.  Both sides were full of great food and tons of laughter.  And nothing beats a battle to the death in Pictionary to round out the evening!

Thanksgiving Dinner Decor Ideas

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How to Keep Your Style AFTER Kids

by Aquila on November 26, 2014

Today’s post is from my amazing cousin, April, who blogs at A Study In Contrasts.  She was actually our wedding photographer, and so even though we’re living hundreds of miles apart between Indiana and Texas now, I still think of her every time I see one of our photos from that day hung around the house.  Funny story about April: On our wedding day, she was VERY pregnant with her second son Finn (she now has three kids so that tells you we’ve been married for a while now!), and in the midst of all the commotion, she started to feel lightheaded and had to lay down for awhile.  I remember April laying in the church pews mere hours before I was supposed to be walking down the aisle and worrying if she was going to make it! It turns out she’s one tough cookie though, because she pulled it together and made it through the rest of the day.  Now that I’m pregnant with my second, I totally appreciate that she was willing to do that for me.  Besides being a talented photographer, April also has a fantastic sense of style.  She’s talking with us today about the importance of maintaining your fashion mojo, even AFTER you have kids.  Enjoy!


I’ve always loved fashion. Seriously. Even when I was three, I remember having a favorite dress that I would wear all the time. I know that to many, fashion is considered a frivolous exercise in vanity, but to so many of us, it’s a form of self-expression, almost an art form even. I’m not just talking about haute couture (a true art form), I’m talking about what we choose to dress ourselves in, day in & day out. When you’re young and you have all the time in the world to peruse your closet & get dressed in the morning, it’s so much fun. However, once you get a little older & add a kid (or 3!) to the mix, it can be hard to find the energy & creativity to exert towards fashion in the ways that you used to. I’m here to tell you that if you were a style-maven before you had kids, that it’s worth it, one thousand percent,  to put a little effort back into your fashion routine again. Not for anyone else, but for yourself.

Trust me, I know how tempting it is to stay in your cozy pajama pants all day. I mean, I live in the middle of Indiana, where it’s currently in the 20’s! But the thing that I’ve noticed is that if I put the effort into getting dressed & doing my hair & makeup each day, I’m happier. And we all know that a happier mama is a less stressed mama. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the days that I get up and either don’t change out of my pajamas or just put on yoga pants & a gross topknot are my least productive & sometimes crankiest days. I don’t know what it is, but somehow getting myself officially ready for the day just makes me more efficient. I’m not saying to pull out the sequins and tulle, but put on something that makes you feel great. Even if it’s just mascara or your favorite cute sweater! Some days I like to put on a cute (comfy) dress & some flat boots, but most days, at least in the winter, I’m in my favorite jeans, a great sweater or t-shirt, and either a cool pair of sneakers or some cute boots. The key for me is that I still have to be comfortable.

So, I’m challenging you to find your fashion mama comfort zone. Find those great outfits that you can wear while playing on the floor with a toddler, but that also put a little sparkle in your eye when you see yourself in the mirror. As the old saying goes “You’re worth it.”

This outfit is the perfect example of something very low-key, but with enough fun details to keep your my stylish instincts happy. Cute tennis shoes + great bag = win. [click to continue…]

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My Christmas Wish List

by Aquila on November 24, 2014

If you’re one of those obnoxious people who already has their gifts purchased, wrapped, and hidden away before Thanksgiving, I envy you.  I’ve barely started shopping for others, much less putting some thought in to what I might be delighted to find under the tree for myself on Christmas day.  Last year all I wanted was a KitchenAid stand mixer. The year before that I just wanted a Crock Pot.  So I feel as though it is time to venture into more exciting territory, and a little less domestic.  What makes it tough, however, is that I’m preggo and can’t enjoy things like clothes or even shoes in quite the same way right now.

Here’s what I’m thinking though: now is the time to kindly suggest gifts for myself that I wouldn’t go out and just buy on my own.  Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for women is tough, especially when we don’t feel comfortable just coming out and saying what we want.  I don’t know if it’s my slightly elevated “no BS” levels due to pregnancy, but I’m all about just saying what you’re thinking right now.  Whether it’s because it’s a little extravagant, or just not an absolute necessity, here are five things I’m dreaming of this holiday season:

1.  Jewelry Organizer

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I got this exact jewelry organizer for my mom two years ago and I’ve kind of been coveting it ever since. It takes a little bit of assembly, but I like that it’s over the door so you don’t have to drill holes in the wall or anything.  And it holds a TON of pieces.  I feel like I’ll wear more jewelry, and I’ll be able to shut the door and hide it away.  Because the cluttered mess that is taking place on my counter and hanging from my light fixtures (no seriously) is slowly driving me mad. [click to continue…]


26 Weeks – Bump Update

November 21, 2014

26 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? 176.  This week I really felt like the belly POPPED.  At one point I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and it looked as though my belly was just sticking straight out like two feet in front of me.  Cue the “it’s a wonder you don’t fall over!” […]

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My Lil Retreat at The Lil Spa Room

November 19, 2014

Don’t forget today (Wednesday) is the last day to enter the C.I. Castro giveaway for holiday dresses that will get you and your little one in the holiday spirit! And once you’ve entered to win something fun for your little one, check out today’s post for something fabulous for you! {Post-Facial with April, hence the […]

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An open letter to the lady in the bathroom.

November 17, 2014

  {My “all over the place” little one with the hair that started it all} Dear Random Lady In The Bathroom, I know you heard my kid protesting using the restroom quite loudly and I’m sure it wasn’t pleasant for you to hear either.  I’m sure you thought what a rude or poorly parented child […]

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25 Weeks – Bump Update

November 14, 2014

25 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? 174.  I officially took a look at my back side this week and realized that I am, without a doubt, growing another baby back there.   Maternity clothes? Oh buddy yes.   Stretch marks? I’m scared to look.

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Playing Dress Up With C.I. Castro – PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

November 12, 2014

Every once in awhile, an opportunity comes along through this blog that makes my heart happy.  This particular event with C.I. Castro made my wallet happy as well, but we’ll get to that in a minute.  Cora was invited, along with several of her blogger baby friends, to strut the runway in gorgeous holiday dresses […]

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I am Blogalicious.

November 10, 2014

    Who doesn’t love a good photo booth shot? This past weekend I attended the Blogalicious blogging conference, my first major conference EVER.  My lovely San Antonio blogger friends came out in full force as well, evidenced by the aforementioned photo booth shot.  From left to right we’ve got Rocio from Your Sassy Self, […]

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24 Weeks – FWSA Bump Edition

November 7, 2014

24 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? 170.  Eating out and being on the run with no time to work out because of Fashion Week probably has a lot to do with that.   Maternity clothes? Yes, and I’ve actually been able to find enough dresses to wear this week at all the events!

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