Monthly Archives: January 2016

One of the areas that I want to focus on this year is making our home work better for us. Right now, we have an empty room that we have meant to have as Billy’s big boy room in a few years. That room, however, has become kind of a catch all storage room. Having a small living room with a fair amount of toys is starting to make it a bit claustrophobic. Having an area that Billy can have as much fun as he wants and keeps the living room adultish is a win win for all. I’m also thinking that getting used to the area he will sleep in at night will make it less scary once we do make that transition.

I’m thinking of doing Jetstream Blue as a wall color, and doing an accent wall in a temporary wallpaper will make the playroom youthful and fun without being juvenile . I came across the transportation artwork on Easy, and I like bringing a bit of an international influence into the room that can perhaps inspire him about all the places he can go. We got the Kallax bookshelf at our last IKEA visit, which we are hoping to use for toy and book storage. I’ve found on Pinterest the idea of using the bookshelf as a reading bench that would add additional seating. The teepee is currently in our living room and loved by Bo, but we are hoping that as Billy gets older, he will enjoy using it with friends as much as our dog loves it.

What do you guys think? I’m so excited to get started on this and will keep you updated as this progresses.

Billy's Preppy Toddler Playroom Bedroom


I consider myself so fortunate to be able to have been raised to be bilingual. Being able to understand Spanish has given me the ability to be able to interact with family that I wouldn’t have been otherwise been able to. I’ve also been able to enjoy Spanish music in a way that perhaps I wouldn’t have been able to had I not had a grasp on the language. Not only are there great cultural reasons to speak another language, there have been studies showing that being bilingual can help with multitasking, as well as possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Baby Billy

Before I had my little guy, I always thought it would be a no brainer that I would be teaching my kids Spanish. I received lots of baby books in Spanish to help me with my goals. After Billy came into the world, and the months after, I found myself speaking mostly English to him. I felt so awkward speaking to my baby in the language that I knew, but wasn’t the most comfortable with. I did not realize how difficult it would be to take on this goal without the family support and the environment that I had growing up with plenty of native Spanish speakers.

I’m thrilled that the local schools are doing dual language programs, so that once he is ready for kindergarten, there will be the kind of support and reinforcement that hopefully will help him gain a mastery of the language. I do want to come up with ways that I can start doing things now. He does love music, so I know that would be a no brainer. Reading in Spanish he’s already showing resistance to.

What are your favorite Spanish children’s songs? Any suggestions for me?


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This week has had it’s ups and downs, but I always feel like there are more ups than down. Billy has learned to jump off the floor, which is a huge deal since he is probably the most cautious little boy out there. Potty training accidents are fewer this week, but there have been two AM baths required.

I’ve started doing barre3 online, which I’m loving! Unfortunately, this cold Billy and I have gotten has put a bit of a damper on my will to exercise. I will get back on it, after a few days of  Tylenol Cold Extra Strength and some much needed rest.

On the plus side, we’ve started calling contractors to come in for kitchen quotes. I also won $100 in the Powerball yesterday! I’m thinking a nice dinner out with our extra winnings.


My Wintertime Essentials

Little luxuries to help get you through the winter

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We have been officially New Englanders for the past three years, which is crazy that time has flown so much. For pretty much the entire time, January and February have been the least enjoyable months here for me. Short of doing a getaway like we did last February, here are a few of my favorite things that help make the next few months a bit more bearable.

  1. I just got this robe for Christmas, and I love that I get to have a mini hotel experience getting out of the shower or out of bed. The Turkish cotton makes it so darn soft, and I love the monogram detail.
  2. We currently don’t have a fireplace in our living room, but with this sweet little candle, you get to experience all the wonderful smells of one. I’ve tried other less expensive fireplace candles, and it just doesn’t hold a candle (ha!) to this smell.
  3. I love a good throw for cuddling while watching movies. While what we have on our sofa is a lovely chenille one from Pottery Barn, my dream is to one day get a throw made with alpaca wool.
  4. Silly Cow Farms Hot Chocolate is one of the best hot chocolates I’ve tried out. I have to admit too that I’m a sucker for the cute packaging.
  5. I bought these socks on Block Island a couple of years ago, and they started my love affair with all things alpaca. Warm and toast indoors or with your Bean boots on, it brings a bit of luxe to your tootsies.
  6. It took me a bit of time to really find a tea that I look forward to brewing. It’s a black tea with lavender and bergamot that I like with just a bit of milk. If you like an Earl Grey or a Lady Grey, it’s worth checking out.
  7. I’ve found that a hot mustard bath to relax in and it has really helped with any achy muscles I might have from lugging around a toddler. Bonus is the incredibly soft skin that I get after sitting in the bath for thirty minutes.

What helps you get through the winter?

 


While the last year seemed to be a year full of travels and wedding activities, this year we are hoping to focus on a bit more on our little Cape Cod. The big ticket item that we are super excited to start with is our kitchen. While it’s not the worst kitchen, the cabinets have seen better days, and we could certainly use some more storage. Plus, would love a beautiful workplace for cooking and crafting with Billy.

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Our current kitchen

We knew that since we consider this our starter home, we wanted to get as much bang for our buck that we can get. And who does that better than anyone else but IKEA? But just going an hour on their home planner is enough to knock some of the excitement out of you. After some Google searching, I came across Inspired Kitchen Design and immediately got excited. Virtual kitchen designers that help optimize our space and putting to paper what we have in mind, I could not be more excited. Bill was a good sport being pulled away from the Eagles and helped get all the measurements that were needed to start the process. I have some ideas for the overall look, so I’ll keep you guys posted as the kitchen progresses.

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The last time I really posted, I was pregnant with this little guy. I have to admit, I did not like being pregnant and felt like I was falling apart for months. But ever the planner, I kept myself occupied for motherhood and my new reality as a SAHM. I did throughly enjoy researching every baby registry item, learning about the five Ses and practicing hypo birthing techniques every day.

The day came where I went into labor, right in the early morning. I was doing pretty well throughout, even though thanks to a certain 98 percentile head, I ended up pushing for four hours. I don’t think I could really describe what it was like to have Billy placed on me after all was said and done. What I didn’t prepare myself for being told that there was something wrong. The hospital transfers after the news, and then getting told that his heart needed surgery, and rather quickly.

I am so grateful that he is heathy after going through that initial bump in the road. We have since been spending our days learning and growing from each other. I did not imagine that I would have been staying at home, but I have found it to be so much more rewarding than I had anticipated. The last few years have inspired me, in a few words, to lead a more meaningful life. I hope that you follow me along trying to work on that goal.


IMG_2815Hello There! I know there’s a few people out there who have stopped in since two years ago. Thanks so much for checking in when I really was neglecting this space the past couple of years. But I believe that for now, I am back to writing and sharing what my whereabouts and thoughts are. There’s a whole lot that is happened in the last two years, so I’ll give little updates on that as well. I hope that you all have had a great holiday season, and join me in starting 2016 with just a bit of spark.