Twins for life

These photos were taken when Carlota turned 1.  She’s already almost 15 months…..I think time is on fast forward.  Carlota is advancing and changing daily, I feel like I can barely keep up.  She is signing when she’s hungry, talking up a storm, and running all over the place.  I totally get it now when moms would say it gets harder when they start walking.  When she was first born I didn’t believe it for a second.  How can it be harder than this?? My time is already 100% consumed.  Well it does!!  You will look back at that first year and think boy if only I was more relaxed.  Don’t get me wrong though we totally have so much fun together now.  We get to interact in different ways and I love the way she looks at me and runs around the house calling for her Mami!!

If I could match Carlota every day…I think I would.  I love twinning with her.  Why don’t they make adult versions of all toddler clothes?  hehe.  I know most things would probably not look as cute on me as they do her, but hey its worth a shot.   When I found this little shop on Instagram and I saw they made an adult version of this sweatsuit I knew it was my chance to match my babe.  I’m taking advantage of this now, while I’m still her most favorite person and she lets me dress her however I want.  Let’s hope she will love matching her mama for years to come.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed even though I know its a long shot.

What are some of your favorite mommy and me matching outfits or brands?  I would love to find some more!!

With Love,

Andrea

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Sweatsuits:  Lulu and Roo //

Shoes:  Here (Great first walking shoes…and on sale) //

 

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Freshly picked on Sale

I have been obsessed with these moccs even before Carlota was born.  For 24 hours only Freshly Picked is having a 25% off sale.  They rarely go on sale and this is always the time I stock up on my mocc stash…or shall I say Carlota’s mocc stash.

My favorites are the metallic and blush colors but really you can’t go wrong with any options.  Get yours quick before the ones you want are Sold out!!

Which is your favorite??

xox

Andrea

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Floral Crown: Target //

Romper: Old Navy (Similar here and on sale) //

 Moccs: Freshly Picked //

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Romper:  Tea Collection (Other styles here and here) //

Jacket:  Here //

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Dress: Gap (New version here) //

Moccs:  Freshly Picked //

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Shirt: On sale here //

Leggings: On sale here //

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Sweater:  Childhoods (Similar and on sale here) //

Pants: Similar here //

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Pants: On sale here //

Moccs:  Freshly Picked //

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Mom uniform

My colors of choice are always white, black and grey.  Are they even considered colors?  As much as I try to incorporate color into my wardrobe I always go back to the basics.  I guess you just have to stick with what you feel comfortable wearing.  With that being said…here I am in a T-shirt and jeans.  This has been my staple “mom uniform”.

Before Carlota, I envisioned myself as a mom prancing around in my heels, crop tops and whatever else was  in season.  A year later, I find myself rummaging amongst my T-shirts daily deciding if I should wear the striped one, black or white.  I’ve come to terms that this is the new me.  Wearing pumps running after a toddler in the park is just not my reality, and I’m ok with that.  Some days I’m super casual and just throw on a pair of sneakers, and others I find ways to dress up my look with my accessories.  The best part about a T-shirt and jeans is that you look cool and chic without making it seem like you’re trying to hard….because let’s face it you probably aren’t!!

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Cardigan:  On Sale Here  and here //

Tee:  On Sale here  //

Jeans:  Here (Similar non destructed here)  //

Hat:  Anthropologie old(Similar herehere and here) //

Espadrilles: Chanel (Similar here, here and here) //

Bag: Here  //

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Instagram Roundup

I hope you are having a great weekend.  We’ve been taking it easy over here taking Carlota to swim lessons, walks to the farmers market and the park.  I love these simple weekends with my little family.  Im just trying to soak in these moments as much as I can.

Here are a few of my looks this past week that didn’t make the blog.

Sorry for making this a short one….time to go play with my babe!!!

xox

Andrea

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Moto Pants:  Zara  (Similar here and here) //

Sweater: Banana Republic (Similar here) //

Sneakers: New Balance (Similar here and here) //

Sunglasses: here //

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Shirt: here (Dress version here) //

Jeans: J Brand (Similar here and here) //

Shoes: Chanel Espadrilles (Similar here, here and here) //

On Carlota

Onesie:  Old Navy (Cute pineapple shirts here, here and here) //

Pants: Gap (I really hope they come back in the fall – similar here) //

Shoes: Here (Less expensive here) //

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Dress: Here – Currently 40% off with code VROOM //

Sweatshirt: Here  //

Jacket: Here – Currently 40% off with code VROOM //

Boots: Here (Less expensive version here and here) //

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It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to!!

Carlota’s first birthday party was a pink and white paradise.  I’m so excited to finally share photos from that special day.  It’s so cliche, but that first year goes by in a blink of an eye.  My baby is now officially a toddler.  I almost feel like as soon as she hit that 12 month mark, she transitioned almost over night.  She’s a walking, talking babe and always in the fast lane.   I knew I needed to make her first birthday memorable…and it sure was!

We held the celebration at her favorite park.  She loves the outdoors, so we knew that would be a perfect location.  We filled the space with flowers and balloons to make it a pink and white wonderland.  I definitely went a little overboard with the balloons but it made our space magical. It was worth it.  The  best part was sharing the balloons with our guests and some of the kids at the park.  Seeing their faces when we gave them a huge bouquet to take home was priceless.

Carlota was very excited for her party.  She was running around playing and helping us set everything up.  When the party started, she was ready for her photoshoot and welcomed all her friends.  After about 30 minutes this baby was exhausted from all the excitement.  The group photos of all the babies was pretty comical.  Carlota was not having it at all.  The theme song “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to”  kept playing in my head because that’s exactly how Carlota felt.  It was a good try….but I was foolish to think we could place  8 babies and have them sit pretty all together for a picture.

Carlota had her own little cake for the cake smash and again she was a little camera shy.  Not really feeling it she dabbled her fingers in the icing but that was about it.  Thankfully we had some photos of a cake smash she did for her group birthday celebration with the babies from our Mommy & Me.  Nothing is ever going to run exactly how you plan it and sometimes you just have to go with the flow.  I’m slowly trying to learn that.

We were very thankful to have so many people celebrating this special day with us.  Some of our loved ones were not able to make it but were there in spirit, and on FaceTime.  You can see a few more photos of her birthday here and Carlota playing in the mud while mama is setting up here.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing these memories with our family.

With Love,

Andrea

 

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Romper:  Mint Julep Boutique //

Jacket:  Here (Select colors on sale here) //

Boots Here (Less Expensive here) //

On Carlota

Birthday Hats:  Kutie Bow Tuties //

Dress:  It was a gift  (Similar here) //

Onesie: Etsy HoneyduClothing//

Shoes: here //

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Coachella Style

Coachella this year was amazing .  I haven’t had many nights out since Carlota was born.  Having 3 nights of drinks and adult time felt like a blast from the past.  It was great having 3 date nights in a row with the hubby and friends.  I did miss the babe but we had our own #BABYCHELLA daily at home before we went to the festival.  This year Carlota was all about denim and I was all about the romper.  I’ll post her looks soon.

In festivals my number one priority is comfort.  I always want to look cute, but I also need to make sure I’m not grumpy by the end of the night because my feet hurt or my outfit is uncomfortable.  I know that Instagram photo is important, but I also don’t want to miss out on enjoying my time because I’m not dressed appropriately.  You can still look cute while being comfortable all day.  What are your festival essentials??  Here are my looks:

My Day 1 look

Black is always one of my go to colors, and I loved the scalloped details on this romper.  Adding the bandana, belt and hat, gave this look a cowboy vibe.

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Romper:  Bloomingdales  (Similar here and love this one) //

Belt: B-low the Belt  //

Bandana: Target (Also Here ) //

Hat:  Here //

Boots:  Here (Less expensive version here) //

Day 2 look

A simple tee and shorts with added bling!  I think I will be living in these shorts this summer.  They are my new favorites.

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Shirt: Chaser (Also here and similar here) //

Shorts:  One Teaspoon //

Necklace:  Mirina Collections //  Use discount code withlove20 for 20% off

Day 3 look

This was my favorite look and I couldn’t wait to wear the white romper.

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 Romper: Spell by Gypsy (Tank version here) //

Purse:  T J Maxx (Similar here and here) //

Bandana:  Target (Also here) //

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Motherhood….& what I’ve learned

It’s been just over a year since I’ve been a mother.  Time sure does fly when your having fun.  Watching Carlota change and grow right before my very eyes is such an amazing gift.  The thing I never realized was that I would be changing and growing right along with her.  Many things that used to matter to me before baby….just don’t anymore.  My outlook on life has shifted, and I would sacrifice anything to give my daughter happiness.

Those first few months when Carlota was first born all seem like a blur to me now. (You can read her birth story here).  Everything was so new and scary.  I constantly worried I was doing something wrong.  I’m the type of person who wants to do everything perfectly and lets be honest there is no such thing as a “perfect” mom.  I needed to get out of the house but then would panic when the baby started to cry in public.  I can still remember the anxiety I had when she cried on a walk, in a restaurant, in the car etc..  Would family, friends, or even strangers think I wasn’t a good mom?  That I didn’t know what I was doing?  These were constant thoughts in my head.  It doesn’t help when everyone tries to tell you what YOUR baby needs when they are crying.  “YES I know they are probably hungry”…. but as I’m paying for my groceries I can’t really stand here nursing my child!!  (I quickly figured out how to nurse and run errands using my carrier and this erased a lot of my baby crying stress.)

The first few months are hard!!  At this point I don’t know how you mothers do it with multiple children….you are superwomen for sure!!  It does get easier…and at some point you will miss those early days.  At about the 4 months mark is when I started to have my groove.  I started to be more confident in my knowledge and how I was raising my child and let all the outside advice or comments roll off my back.

There are many theories and books telling you what you need to do in that first year of life.    There is a lot of advice that can be contradictory and confusing.  This is especially true when it comes to sleep!  If there was only one right way to raise a child we would all be doing it.  The truth is that every baby and family are different.  What might work for one may not be the best option for another.   I have learned that you just have to trust your gut. Do what you believe is best for you and your baby.  Don’t worry if you’re not doing  what is written in the textbook.  There is no such thing as a perfect mom and you are bound to mess up at some point…..that’s OK!!!!  As long as you are giving love and support to your child thats what really matters.

That one piece of advice I would give is to find a mommy support group.  I was so fortunate to meet such wonderful mamas in a mommy and me group when Carlota was just 6 weeks old.  These ladies will be friends for life.  I don’t know how I would have survived the first year without them.

Looking back what advice would you give to someone starting this journey?

Today I’ve linked up with Alia from Little Mrs Priss and Sarah from Sew Sarah R.  Its fun to collaborate and support other bloggers.  To submit your post, use the button below to post a link back to this link-up, so everyone can come and visit.

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Leggings: Lululemon old (Similar and great price here and here) //

On Carlota

Sweater and Jumper:  Bonds //

Sneakers: Munich //

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