Mommy and me

Motherhood Mottos – Mommy & Me Giveaway

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I can’t believe I’m approaching my 3rd Mothers Day.  I remember March 26th 2015 so vividly…..as if it was yesterday.   The day my life changed, and I became a mother.

No one prepares you for motherhood.  You think you now what you’re getting yourself into…but until you experience it first hand you really have no idea.  I knew I was going to love my daughter, but I didn’t expect this kind of overwhelming love.  I knew days would be tough and tantrums would happen; but I didn’t realize how much guilt I would feel if I got upset or frustrated because of it.  I knew I wouldn’t have as much time for myself, but I didn’t foresee that it would take me an extra hour to leave the house everyday.

Motherhood is a rollercoaster of emotions.  Some days you have your ups, and others your downs.  As much as I’m teaching Carlota about the world she’s inspiring me to be the best person I can be.  Motherhood has made me re-evaluate my priorities and how I view life.    That there is no such thing as perfection, we are all human.

I have met some wonderful mamas along this journey.  Since Mother’s day is just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to share our Motherhood Mottos along with a Mommy & Me Giveaway.  What a great way to come back to the blog from my little hiatus.  What are some of your Motherhood Mottos?

With Love,

Andrea

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“Motherhood isn’t about having a picture perfect home with spotless floors & perfect little ones running around… Motherhood is about loving on your crying baby at 3am, changing the millionth dirty diaper, & enjoying the sweet and very real moments that come along with being a mama… I’m just enjoying the journey of motherhood because these babies of ours sure won’t be little like this for long.” – Kasey of Thee Girl in Yellow

“For me, being a mama is all about doing whatever it takes. Whether it’s figuring out how to survive with a baby who doesn’t sleep, or balancing work and motherhood, we all have to do what works best for our babies and our families. We are all doing the best we can, and no one is ever going to agree with everything you do (and that’s ok!). You do you mama!” – Lindsay of Middle of Somewhere

“Motherhood for me is complete selflessness. I’m not the focus, my children are. Motherhood is all about never giving up the struggle. It’s a struggle everyday but a beautiful and fulfilling one. When you tell yourself never to give up that’s when the real beauty of a mom is shown. We fight the good fight of surviving the hard days and the good days. It’s the only job in the world I never want to quit!” – Alia of Little Mrs. Priss

“Motherhood is a personal journey that looks different for everyone. It’s important for women to learn what their core beliefs are so they can incorporate them into their parenting style + daily routine. My motherhood motto is find who you are as a mom and be that, everyone else is already taken. Find your top 5 parenting values, thrive on those and don’t fret too much about the rest.” – Lindsey of Lindsey Lee & Co

“My motherhood motto is support and patience. It’s about allowing your tiny human to find their own way, while guiding them down the right path. Then to not lose your “you know what” when they don’t make the right choice.” – Megan of The Fashionista Momma

“Motherhood is a marathon not a sprint. I’ve learned to just do the best I can and to not be so hard on myself. There is no such thing as a perfect mom.” – Andrea of With Love… Andrea

“For me, motherhood is about balance, grace, and love. Raising tiny humans is so hard and not at all glamorous, but it is also beautiful, amazing, and so rewarding. At the end of the day you just have to see the beauty in it all, give yourself grace, and embrace it. Amidst all the chaos, motherhood is a joyous journey.” Jessica of Mama Essentials

“Motherhood in the last two years has taught me strengths I didn’t know I had, fears I didn’t know I could have, but most of all a love that I didn’t know existed!! Motherhood is a wild and crazy ride that I feel so blessed to experience.” – Kayla from A Darling Dream

“Motherhood is so many things, but the one word that encompasses it all for me is selfless. A mothers life is dedicated to loving and raising her children, often with little concern for herself. It is a crazy, fun, busy journey and there is nothing that has brought me more happiness in my life than my children.” – Kaycee from Cordially, Kaycee

“I’ve only been a mom now for two years, but it has been the best two years of my life so far. Everyone always tells you when you’re pregnant that your life is going to change once a baby comes, and it does, but for the better. You see this little person that you created growing each day and experiencing things for the first time and it brings you an indescribable joy to your life. Being a parent is the hardest thing I’ve done so far, but it is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I’ve had moments in my life where I wasn’t sure if I wanted a child, and now that I have one I can’t imagine not being able to experience such a crazy type of love for someone. Does becoming a parent change your life? Absolutely, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!” – Sarah from Sew Sarah R

“Motherhood to me is trying to be present in the wonderful moments + the chaotic moments. Whether you’re present or not, time will slip right through your fingers. #YouHaveMyWholeHeartForMyWholeLife” – Stefanie from What’s Up Buttarcup

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Giveaway

These lovely ladies and I are excited to be teaming up to give away the ultimate mommy and me giveaway prize pack. Be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter below. Also, remember that the more entries, the better your chance of winning is! The giveaway is open to US residents only. It will run from 12am MST on 05/10 until 05/17. One lucky winner will receive the following:

A $150 gift card to Target

A $50 gift card to Incredibundles.com

A set of 6 supersized bath bombs from Sky Organics

A Mother’s Day gift set from All in the Cards

A $50 gift card to Miss Match

A 5mL bottle of Lavender essential oil from Young Living

A diaper caddy from b.box for kids

A pair of boy or girl shoes from Pediped

A ergoPouch ergoCocoon swaddle to sleep bag

A $40 gift bag of assorted products from MAM

A $30 gift package of assorted GoSili products

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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On Trend

I definitely wouldn’t consider my style as “trendy”.  As you can see from my posts, I tend to stick with items that are classic and casual.  I have emphasized this even more since becoming a mother.  It must be something in those pregnancy hormones that changes you.  I just can’t justify spending a lot of money on something I will only wear a handful of times.  Finding the online retailer SheIn has been a game changer.  I’ve found many trendy  and classic pieces for a fraction of the cost.

This off the shoulder blouse was one of my recent finds.  I love the knot detailing on the sleeves. It will look perfect when the weather decides to cool down and I can pair it with some distressed skinny jeans.  The best part is that its currently on sale and under $20.  I’ve linked a few of my favorite pieces from their site below.

Carlota on the other hand is always on trend with the latest baby fashion….at least I like to think she is.  Finding cute outfits for her has become one of my obsessions.  I wish they made half the things I find for her in my size…..mind you it probably wouldn’t look quite as good on me.  This romper was a recent find and on major sale.  Everything I find for her is always on sale!! (At least thats what I tell my husband).

With love,

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FullSizeRender-3FullSizeRender-2Blouse:  SheIn (Similar here and here) //

Shorts: Club Monaco old (Similar here, here and here) //

Hat: Gap (Also here and here) //

Sandals: Celine (Exact duplicates here and here) //

Carlota:

Hat: Gap (in stores) (Similar here) //

Romper:  Little minis //

Sandals:  Salt Water ( Also here) //

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No longer a baby!?!

In just over a week my little angel is going to be one!!!  ONE!!  I still don’t think I can wrap my head around this.  Today was graduation day.  How have I already experienced a graduation with her.  lol.  She graduated from our Mommy & me class and it was such a bitter sweet experience.  I am proud of the little lady she’s becoming and so sad that my tiny baby isn’t so tiny any more.  This class and the mama’s I’ve met have been such a support system for me.  For any first time moms, I couldn’t recommend joining a group like this enough.  Having friends and a support system of people going through the exact same things as you is amazing.  Especially that first year of sleepless nights, new emotions and many firsts.

Lately Carlota has been keeping my hands full.  There are just not enough hours in the day and unfortunately I haven’t had as much time to focus on my blog.  I don’t know how all the mama bloggers do it out there.

Normally you will see the both of us in jeans and a T-shirt but today we got dolled up.  This  shift dress is perfect for any occasion.  I could dress it down or pair it with these boots and hat for a hip night out.  Maybe I need to start planning some more of those soon so that I can wear it more often!!  This clutch is handmade by J c & e and I just love the details. Its perfect for sprucing a simple monochromatic look.

Thanks for stopping by.

With Love,

Andrea

 

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Dress:  COS   (Similar here summer version here) //

Hat: J crew  (Similar here and here) //

Clutch: J c & e  (Similar here and here) //

Boots:  YSL (Similar herehere and here) //

On Carlota:

Dress: Gap (Similar here, here and here) //

Moccs:  Freshly picked  //

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A Spring in my step

As much as I’m missing the cooler weather, Spring is another fun season for fashion.  It’s that time of year where you can start to layer your summer clothing with your winter staples.  You get to mix and match.  Today’s post is all about that.  I’ve paired a summer silk dress with and oversized winter sweater to create a perfect spring look.

This is so simple and it’s a way to create a new dress with two pieces from your closet.  Living in LA I have a few summer dresses that are perfect for days at the beach.  Adding an oversized sweater, vest or chic jacket can transform a beach look into a stylish chic outfit.

Carlota is wearing a Rag to Raches romper.  I’m a sucker for getting Carlota clothing from small online boutiques.  This brand has the hippest rompers for your little ones.  They were recently seen on Shark Tank so I’m sure big things will be happening for this company.

I’ve been looking on Instagram and Etsy for the perfect party favors for Carlota’s first birthday.  I can’t believe she will be 1 at the end of this month.  So much to plan and not enough time.  If any of you have any recommendations please let me know.

With love,

Andrea

 

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Sweater:  COS (Similar here and here) //

Dress:  Anine Bing (Similar here, here and here) //

Purse: Henri Bendel (New Style here and here) //

Sandals: Celine (Similar herehere and here) //

On Carlota

Romper:  Rags to Raches //

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Sweater weather??

It’s still winter in most areas of the world but certainly not in LA.  It almost feels like summer is right around the corner.  I can probably pack up my oversized sweaters for next year, but I just can’t help myself.  I keep them for those off days where the weather drops below 70.  If you are on the lookout for a great oversized sweater, now is the time to purchase.  Many shops are having their end of season sales and I will link some great ones at the end of this post.

I kept todays look simple and sporty with sneakers.  I’ve been a big fan of sneakers lately.  I think it’s the combination of LA casual and mom life.  Who wants to be running after a baby in pumps?!?  Any mom that can do that daily I give major props to.  I know I can barely keep up in my sneakers.  I remember when converse and Adidas originals were the “it” shoes when I was in grade school.  I love how the cycle has come full circle and I’m re-living my childhood with both.

Carlota is wearing her…. or shall I say my favorite “Wondersuits”.  These zipper onesies  come in the cutest patterns and are super handy and easy for multiple diaper changes.  I’m slowly learning that the more convenient the better.

To you mama’s reading my blog…what are your favorite baby clothes or items that make life more convenient?

With love,

Andrea

 

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Sweater: & Other Stories (Similar and on sale here, here and here) //

Jeans:  J Brand (Also here) //

Sneakers: Stan Smiths (Also available here, here and here) //

On Carlota:

Onesie: Bonds (Similar here)

Hat: Zara (Similar here and here)

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Lifes a Beach

Its been a while since my last post.  One of my new year’s resolutions was to try and be more present.  Carlota is growing up very quickly, and I am trying to soak it all in.  Not to mention we’ve been fighting the cold and flu on and off this entire month.  Thankfully it seems like we’re starting to get all better, so fingers crossed it stays that way!

A few weeks ago I was able to bring Carlota home to Canada for a few days.  It was very special seeing her explore the place I called home for most of my life.  It was a short trip and we mostly stayed home with my parents.  Carlota doesn’t get to see her grandparents very often so we were very happy to soak up all those snuggles and kisses.

Valentines day is coming up.  I remember when the hubby and I would get dressed up and go for a romantic dinner.  This year I don’t see that happening.  I think we will spend it at home in our sweats celebrating with our little bug.  I wouldn’t even change this for anything.  If you are looking for outfit ideas this dress is one of my favorites.  I’ve worn it for my maternity photos (here), to a wedding, cocktail hour etc…  It comes in a variety of colors and that zipper in the back transforms it from simple and sophisticated to young and chic.

Thanks for reading, I’m looking forward to sharing some new looks with you soon.

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Dress: Felicity & Coco 

On Carlota:

Dress:  From spain (Similar here , here and here)

Bow:  Salt Cities

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Holiday Photoshoot

I can’t believe it’s already December.  Time really does fly when you’re having fun.  We are getting ready for our first Christmas with Carlota and there hasn’t been a dull moment.  I decided this was the year I was going to start sending Holiday cards to family and friends.  I know I’m totally late on that bandwagon but its better late than never.  We had our photoshoot on the beach….because why not when you live in LA.  No winter wonderland backdrops for us here.

This Christmas we will be heading to Spain to visit family.  I’m so excited and I can’t believe we are going in just a few short weeks.  This will be a long flight for Carlota, but thankfully our recent trip to NYC will help make us better prepared.  On our last flight there was a family with a baby sitting right in front of us.  They were baby traveling experts and had all these snacks and teething crackers and opened our eyes to that world…..we have never looked back!!

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Photos by Laura Goutcher Photography

Dress: Rachel Pally (Similar on sale here and here)

Necklace:  Mirina Collections (Use code “withlove20” to get 20% off your purchase)

On Carlota:

Dress: Carters (Similar here,I love these holiday dresses here and here)

Bow:  Salt Cities 

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