Maternity photos at 25 weeks

I am so terrible at scheduling photo sessions. When I was pregnant with my first, I booked mine so late. I took my maternity photos probably 2 weeks before Lennon was due. This time, I literally booked this 2 days before the session. The photographer, whom was also our wedding photographer, was doing mini sessions at the almond blossoms. They came out so beautiful. I loved loved loved them. I am about 25 weeks, so I had my baby bump, and not swollen yet. As for my dress, I literally asked to borrow my junior bridesmaid dress and it BARELY fit! I tried to wear my sister's bridesmaid dress from my wedding but that definitely did not fit. I tried really hard to get all my makeup glam, I went all out like with lashes and baking powder, not like cooking baking powder but makeup baking powder LOL. Did you know about baking your under eyes? Yeah it is a thing and it is the best discovery made on youtube make up tutorials because anything to cover my bags! I honestly am so happy I made th…

Gender Reveal

Our Gender Reveal was so fun, we had never done one before. At first I couldn't decide if I should find out at the ultrasound or gender reveal. At my ultrasound, my sister and son were with me since my husband couldn't make it. I decided then it just didn't feel right to me if I knew and my husband didn't. It would be so hard to keep that from him. The Sonographer gave my sister the ultrasound with the gender and put it in an envelope ;) I'm so glad I waited to find out together. We invited our families and friends nearby. Parties are hard because we have such a big family and friends but we wanted to keep it small since our house is pretty tiny. I didn't have a set theme, we just threw it all together with our small budget. We decided on our reveal a while ago so after my ultrasound appointment, my sister ordered our reveal for us and kept our secret for about a week without telling anyone. I don't know how she did that but she did a great job. We didn'…

First Trimester

Thankfully I am not in my first trimester. I mean that in the best way possible. My first trimester was a roller coaster, as I'm sure any pregnant women will feel. At first I was in shock because no matter how prepared you think you are, you are never really prepared for the mountain of emotions you'll feel. I had mostly "normal" symptoms, the one where you felt nauseous every minute of the day, fatigue at all times of the day where you'll need a nap even after you just take a shower. I felt like it was a fight between my mind and body because as much as I wanted to be productive my body just wanted me to rest. Eventually you have to surrender and take a nap. Aside from these symptoms, I had a lot of stress from work. It started to affect my health. It was the first that I had ever felt this way. To be quite honest I felt so isolated, more so than ever before. I was struggling with anxiety at work along with feeling like I was going to puke and pass out, but I wa…

I wish "Mom guilt" never existed...

"Raise your hand if you dislike Monday mornings? After such a busy weekend, there is no time to recover. Monday morning was such an emotional one. Of course I press the snooze button too many times, its 7:30am and I have 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes to get my son dressed, myself dressed, breakfast for Lennon, making sure he actually eats it, find clean clothes for him and I, then its a race to drop him off. For the first time, since he was in preschool last year, he never cried or hugged on to me. When I dropped him off he just hugged onto me, not letting me go. His eyes started to tear up and his arms wrapped around my hips. I just said "Lennon what's wrong?" In that moment, I just felt this sadness. My little four year old that has been so happy and independent, still needs me. Eventually it took two teachers to take his hand to play. I just couldn't help but leave crying all the way to work, and I couldn't stop when I was at work. I sat at my desk and coul…

Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

As you can tell we love seafood and anything in a tortilla. The recipe is so fun to put together.  My obsession for them wasn't until a few years ago. My boyfriend Mario ordered them when we were in Monterrey. I pretty much ate off his plate. It was so delicious that I re-created it a billion times since then. I've made them for dinners with my family, Mario's family, for a party with friends. It has been a hit every single time. You have to try the mango salsa because it is everything!!! 

1lb fresh tilapia 
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp pepper 
1/2 tsp cumin 
1/2 tsp garlic powder 
1/4 tsp chili powder 
1/2 tsp olive oil 
6-8 corn tortillas 
1/2 cup shredded green cabbage

Mango Salsa 
2 whole mangoes, chopped 
1/4 cup chopped red onion 
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 
1/2 chopped cilantro 
quartered sliced of fresh squeezed lemon juice 

Cilantro Jalapeno Lime sauce 
1 clove garlic 
1/4 cup cilantro 
half of jalapeno, seeded 
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoon olive oil 
1 ta…

Secret to Happiness

Exciting news that I am on my last year of college. I'm finishing an assignment for class and all of this is in my head. It has been one long journey. Sure I can dwell on some things like how long it's taken me. But that kind of thinking just makes me unhappy. This last class definitely stood out to me and there was one idea the Professor gave to us that made so much sense to me in my life. I wish I could tell him how much this helped my perspective but I want to share with you first. 

"Happiness is not a function of what you have. It results from comparing what you have to some imagined alternative." 

Honestly I have been kicking myself in the butt for those "imagined alternatives." It made me really unhappy for quite a while. I kept saying to myself and others how I feel "stuck." It wasn't until I was sitting in class, realizing I was making myself unhappy thinking this way. I haven't been appreciating what I have. Of course, I want to tra…

Getting Clearly Creative

Happy Monday! Am I the only one happy it's Monday?! I worked this weekend therefore this feels like my "Saturday morning." Today will be filled with laundry and staying my pajamas :) Over the weekend, my sister Melissa came home from college. She had this grand idea with our Clearly Creative Escential jar holders from Partylite. We love finding new ways to decorate our holders. This DIY is so simple and inexpensive, it will add so much character to your space! It only takes minutes!!!

I love this on top of my shelf! You can get these beautiful Clearly Creative Escential jar holder here or earn them for FREE through me, of course ;)