August Favorites (Home + More)

Beauty, Home, Lifestyle, Spirit & Soul

Can you believe there’s only 3 months left in 2020? I can’t wrap my head around it just yet, but hey, I am definitely here for having better days ahead.

I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites that made life a little sweeter the month of August, things I’ve loved for the home & things I’ve loved using on a day to day basis. I already have a few favs lined up for the month of September, but I’ll save those for a later post.

Home

House Slippers

Currently living in these slippers, I had to get me a backup pair because I love them that much. They’re so cozy and soft AND only $15! You can find the link to them here: Slippers

French Press

I look forward to my coffee routine every morning since learning how to use a French Press. If you don’t have a French Press yet (or anything to make authentic coffee at home), I strongly encourage you to get one. There is something so special about taking the time to make coffee from scratch, and the coffee is honestly so much better.

Find links to my French Press & Coffee essentials here: Coffee At Home

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

My husband gifted me a stand mixer for my birthday this summer, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it already. I know a lot of us have discovered a love for baking during this season in our lives, and I can really say I enjoy it and even find it therapeutic. It is an investment well worth it if you love to bake!

Stand Mixer + Hand Mixer here: Kitchen Aid Mixers

Casaluna Bedding

I’m sure that by now you’ve heard of Target’s new bedding line Casaluna, and I was able to get my hands on the comforter I had my eye on when it first launched. It is linen and neutral and just about everything I was looking for in a comforter. Loving all of their neutral and cozy bedding.

Get it here: Casaluna Neutral Comforter

Books

Dream Big by Bob Goff

I’ve really enjoyed reading this book! I mentioned it in my last blog post, and although it’s taking me quite some time to finish it (insert friendly reminder that I’m one busy mom here), it has been very inspirational to read. If you’re looking for something to motivate you to start and chase your dreams, you can’t go wrong with this book!

Get it here: Dream Big Book

New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp

I love starting my mornings with this devotional book. Paul Tripp has a way to break down the word beautifully in every page. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a devotional book.

Devotional book here: New Morning Mercies

Music

Bethel Music Revival ‘s In The Air

I can’t believe I am just now listening to Bethel Music, but I’ve really been enjoying listening to their latest album. They have many great worship songs to chose from, but my current favorite is Champion. God of Revival is also pretty great!

Taylor Swift Folklore Album

I love how different this album is from her latest releases. RED has been my favorite album of hers for years, and Folklore definitely takes runner up. If you haven’t listened to it yet, what are you waiting for? It’s such a good album!

Skin

Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser

Really loving this cleanser. It smells fresh and very spa-like and is very lightweight and gentle on the skin.

Get cleanser here: Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

The older I get, the more I love a soft natural look and the less I wear on my skin. This is a sheer, natural & dewy skin-like tinted moisturizer, and that’s what I love about it. Less really is more.

Tinted Moisturizer here: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Sunday Riley’s Auto Correct Brightening And Depuffing Eye Cream

If you’ve been with me a while then you know I’ve been through my fair share of eye creams. This is the latest I’ve tried and it truly is the most effective one. It is quite pricey for an eye cream, but after 4 kids I needed to make the investment myself. If you’re looking for effective under eye results, look no further.

Eye Cream Here: Sunday Riley’s Eye Cream

Essentials

Face Mask

Loving this reusable silk mask from this one boutique I found through Instagram. Very well made and super cute.

Linking this one and my other fav here: Face Masks

Print Mask: here

That concludes my favorites for the month of August! I know we’re a week into September already, but I really wanted to share all that I enjoyed last month. I’m hoping to share more favorites in the future! What were some of your favorites last month? I’d love to know (:

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead!

Hugs,

To a Friend, From a Friend

Spirit & Soul

The world looks a lot different today. Some of us have lost our jobs, and some of us are stuck at home filled with depression, anxiety, and fear of the unknown. Our entire lives have changed, and a lot of evil is being exposed as people become more aware of the ugly evil that has lived upon us all along.

Hi. It’s been quite some time now. More than a few months actually. Truth is, I haven’t given much thought to blogging, let alone make time for such a thing in a time like this. How have you been? How has this season treated you? It’s been one heck of a year and one whirlwind of emotions, am I right?

It really is times like these that open our eyes to what really matters in life. It’s times like these I hope make a shift in us to change and be better and DO better. Times like these have me clinging on to higher hope and His guidance.

Anyway, I hope you’ve used this time to dig deeper into who you are becoming, and I hope that you find yourself well, mentally. As for me, a lot has changed, yet some things seem.. the same. I started reading The Word a little more, and I really just want to grow my faith and build a relationship with The Lord. I can’t say it’s been an easy journey, & I’ve honestly just been in a battle with undoing and re-discovering who I am as a person and trying to become the woman God has called me to be.

I’ve been reading this one book called Dream Big by Bob Goff, and I’ve found it very inspirational and motivating. This book has been so inspiring that I find myself writing again at 11pm with no goal in mind for what I want this post to be about other than simply wanting to check in and say “hey”.

So, if you find yourself reading this, know you are not alone. Wether you finally opened up that business or you’re struggling to find your true calling and are literally just trying to survive these days, I see you and I wish nothing more for you than peace and love and light.

But if you are having a bit of a rough season, I want to encourage you to use this time to get in tune with yourself. Take baby steps if you have to, but do it. Find new hobbies and try new things. Get to know yourself again. Turn off your phone and LIVE.

There is something this season is teaching us, and I believe that something good will come from the hardships we face.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecc #:1

What is new in your life? I’d love to hear how you’re doing in the comments down below.

Hugs,

Things To Do At Home

Lifestyle

I’m sharing these checklists I made to keep my boys and I busy at home as we stay indoors for the time being. Online community is needed to motivate and empower one another in times like these as we practice social distancing. I hope you all find yourselves well and healthy, and that you’re able to find a silver lining in the midst of chaos. Here’s a friendly reminder to take a break from all media + news throughout the day as many times as needed. Stay home, stay safe, and stay calm. This too shall pass, God Bless!

Things To Do At Home Free Downloads:

Books To Read in 2020: Personal Growth| For The Soul

Lifestyle, Spirit & Soul

Welcome back to the blog friends. I’m super excited about today’s post because it’s dedicated to one of my favorite things ever: Reading!

I’ll be sharing the books I’ve wrote down on my reading list for the new year, and I’ll also be sharing some of my favorites I read in 2019 -so good!

For the Soul and Spirit:

Read More: here

Starting off the year with When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley, and wow. Seriously so amazing, I highly recommend it to all my mama friends out there!

Read More: here

You Are The Girl For The Job by Jess Connolly seems like the perfect book for me to read next. I’m in a season of life where I could use all the encouragement and empowerment.

Read More: here

Rhythms Of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons. I’ve read such great reviews about this one and I can’t wait to read it!

Read More: here

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Read More: here

I started reading It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst as I was going through a life changing experience, and it was such a good read. I’ve yet to finish reading it but I definitely plan on picking it back up to finish it off. SO good.

I don’t know why I’m so late on finding out about Sadie Robertson‘s upcoming release: Live, but I’m so excited and I can’t wait!

Personal Development:

Read More: here

Smart Women Finish Rich by David Back. I listened to a podcast last year where Author David Back was interviewed and I remember loving all the wisdom he had to offer. He is most known for his Finish Rich book series so I definitely had to put this on my reading list.

Read More: here

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Another book I’ve been seeing everywhere lately that is highly recommended.

Read More: here

Excited to read Atomic Habits by James Clear and see how this will help me undo and replace bad habits.

Read More: here

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero is known to be a great book. I picked it up last year and I didn’t get around to read it, I’m hoping to cross it off my list sometime this year.

Read More: here

How To Have Your Life Not Suck by Bianca Juarez concludes my Reading List!

You can find my favorite books of 2019 down below!

My favorite book of 2019 has to be A Love Letter Life by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff. It was so good I read it all in two days. It’s filled with so many good nuggets and I highly recommend it to anyone who is married, in a couple, and even to all who are single. Soooo good!

Other Faves:

Girl Stop Apologizing: here

Own Your Everyday: here

Anxious For Nothing: here

What are some of your favorites & what’s on your list this year?

XO,

Preventing Burnout As A Mom

Motherhood, Spirit & Soul

Hello friends! I’ve had this topic in mind for a while now, and I’m so happy to finally get the chance to sit down (lay beside my baby actually) and get to work!

Ironically enough, this topic came to mind just as I was feeling a little burnout myself, and now that I find myself in a better headspace, I can finally speak on some of the things that carried me on to better days.

-Learn to say NO:

Now that I’m a mom of four, you can only imagine how full my hands are on a day-to-day basis. Adding extra responsibilities to my to-do list is a big no no. As moms we want to make sure we’re only taking on duties that resonate with our lifestyle & the season we are currently walking. I learned to say “no” to certain events & people when I started to prioritize what was most important. Having too much on our plate can lead to burnout, so in order to stay sane we must subtract and not add to our list.

Say “no” to the unnecessary so you can say “yes” to the things that truly matter!

-Ask For Help:

You can do it all, just not all at once.

Acknowledging you need help can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes. I know this from experience when I once believed I needed to do it all myself, almost as if I had something to prove. If there’s anything I can tell you from this experience, is that it’s okay to ask for help. Shamelessly. Because as we all know it, it really does take a village. Raising tiny humans is HARD, and my gosh, I am so thankful to have a village behind me that helps out whenever they can, however they can.

When it comes to chores, simply divide or set tasks aside for your spouse & children to help you with. My oldest has a daily chore list he needs to complete before having any play or screen time. Even if it’s only one thing they help check off your list, it still helps you immensely while also instilling good habits on your child.

If you’re on the verge of feeling burnout because you’re constantly doing it all yourself, I really want to encourage you to ask for help. You won’t regret it!

-Make Time For What’s Important:

God. Family. Self-care. Relationships.

I find that I’m my best self when I make time for the people I love & when I make time for the things that are important to me. Being that I’m a mom of four boys, practicing self care is HUGE in my case, and squeezing in some “me” time allows me to refuel and recharge.

Make a list of the things that matter to you most, and MAKE time for them. Those are the little things that keep us grounded and makes us who we are.

Don’t let the tasks of your everyday life consume you. It’s important to disconnect to make room for yourself and the relationships that surround you.

-REST

I. Cant. Stress. This. Enough

We’ve all heard it a million times before and it seems so simple, but sometimes we tend to escape our reality by binging on our favorite TV show after a long day of work, and/or lose track of time scrolling as we “rest”. Make it a priority to put your rest before anything else, and go to bed early! If you’re constantly going to bed late & you wake up feeling tired every morning, you should probably take a look at your nighttime routine & make some changes. Getting enough rest will change the way you wake up in the morning.

As my friend Rachel Hollis likes to say:

“If you own your day, you own your week. And if you own your week, you own your month”

I hope that this posts is helpful to some of you & that it blesses you in one way or another!

Leave some of the things you do to prevent burnout down bellow in the comment section! ❤️

Xo,

Mateo’s First Month

Motherhood

Our littlest one recently turned one month young, and I wanted to dedicate a post to his first month of life featuring some of my favorite photos of him.

Mommy, Daddy, and your big brothers are so in love with you Mateo, we are so thankful to have you in our lives.

Keep scrolling for all the baby fever you’ll ever need

Mateo Nicholas, how we love you so. One month and you’ve been such a blessing and such a light in our lives. We are so excited to continue to watch you grow. Happy one month my little one.

Love Always and Forever,

Mama

Postpartum + Baby Must Haves

Motherhood

If you don’t follow me on Instagram you probably missed the announcement of our baby boy’s arrival. Our little one arrived July 9th, 2019, healthy as can be, and we are so over the moon with him.

Today, I will be sharing a few of my postpartum must haves that have made this beautiful season go a whole lot smoother for me.

The first on my list:

Lansinoh Laninol Cream-

Nipple Cream is my best friend the first couple of weeks entering my postpartum journey, and if you’re familiar with breast feeding then I’m sure you understand why. But, if you’re a first time mom who’s planning to breast feed, trust me when I say it’s a definite must have. This nipple cream soothes & relieves the pain of any cracked nipples. I like to apply a generous amount after every feeding.

Blanqi High Waisted Nursing Leggings-

I’ve never been one to splurge on leggings before, but I really wanted to give these a try after reading all the reviews on these and I was not disappointed! They became my favorite pair of leggings at first try, they’re extremely comfortable and they hug & hold everything nice & tight. They’re a little on the pricier side, but they are totally worth it.

Bellefit Corset-

I can’t believe it took me four pregnancies to finally get myself a girdle. I’ve always just used the binder I leave the hospital with, but this time around I wanted something more effective. This makes my third cesarean so I ended up going with a girdle that’s safe & c-section approved. It’s still too early to see any results since I’ve only used it a few times, but I have high hopes & expectations. Not only does the girdle help with my posture, but it’s also been a great support to my abdominal & incision area. I’m excited to see some progress and results in the weeks coming ahead.

Stainless Water Bottle-

Staying hydrated is key when breast feeding. Since I broke my last bottle a while back, the hubs picked up this stainless 3-1 water cup for me, and I love it. It keeps my water nice & cold for hours, I have the option of drinking from the straw or not if I’d like, and it’s perfect for when on the go (it fits in my car’s cup holder perfectly).

Boppy Pillow-

I mentioned this makes my third cesarean, this boppy pillow has been such a huge help when I’m holding my baby close & feeding him. Especially the first few days of recovery, I lacked a lot of strength & this pillow gave me all the support I needed. Boppy pillows are a great support for feeding & for propping baby for tummy time & sitting when they’re ready.

Dock A Tot-

We were gifted a Dock A Tot & it has been such a life saver during nap time. The first week we came home from the hospital, Baby was having such a hard time sleeping anywhere that weren’t my arms or my chest. Our Dock A Tot has come to our rescue most nights as it helps baby sleep comfortably for a couple of hours at a time. We love it and we couldn’t be happier with our Dock A Tot. Happy baby = happy mama.

I hope you enjoyed & found this post helpful one way or another. I’d love to hear what were/are some of your favorite postpartum must haves in the comments down below if you have any you’d like to share! (:

XO,

What’s In My Hospital Bag? (+Free Checklist)

Motherhood

My pregnancy is finally coming to an end and as I nest & continue to prep for baby boy’s arrival, I wanted to share all the things I’m packing in mine and Baby’s hospital bag.

Prepping your baby’s diaper bag is so exciting and if you’re a first time mom who’s expecting, let me just say that you are just as important. Getting your own hospital bag ready is also a must! I remember being clueless when it came to packing when I delivered my firstborn almost a decade ago, and lucky for you, this makes my fourth delivery & checklists are kinda sort of my thing. I made these lists with all mamas-to-be in mind (myself included of course), and I am so happy to be sharing them with you today. Keeping it simple and ONLY mentioning what I know is truly necessary.

I didn’t include “Chapstick” on my list since I always happen to carry one with me, but in case you’re not a Chapstick fanatic, please make sure to pack one in your bag as it will surely come in handy!

Last topic I want to touch base on while we’re here is hospital food. It’s not always the best if I’m being honest, so you may want to bring snacks along with you. Anything light & healthy is always best as your body heals & recovers, especially if you plan on nursing your baby! A special thanks to my mama who always sends me soups & “caldos” during my hospital stay, God bless her heart.

I hope these lists serve you great purpose, and that they’ve at least given you an idea on what to bring with you the day you deliver. Good luck mama, and best of wishes to you and your bundle on the way!

Xo,

Third Trimester OOTD – Summer Style

Fashion, Motherhood

I am loving and living in dresses this trimester and this season. Today, I’ll be sharing a couple of outfits I picked out over the last couple of weeks or so. I am most comfortable when wearing dresses (and leggings too of course) as the bump continues to grow overnight.

I’m currently 33 weeks along in my pregnancy which is when I tend to have a little more trouble finding clothing pieces of my liking that actually fit comfortably. Maternity clothing isn’t always my cup of tea, so I tend to look for flowy clothing pieces at my usual favorite stores, and I just go up a size or two as needed. Dresses are my favorite to shop for this time of year, especially now that I’ve entered my last trimester.

I found this beautiful striped neutral dress at H&M a couple of weeks ago, and to my surprise, I ended finding a few other dresses that fit my bump just fine, so I’ll go ahead and link those too.

LINKS TO BUMP FRIENDLY DRESSES:

1. Yellow Dress: here

2. White Patterned Dress: here

3. Neutral Striped Dress: here

I paired the dress with some tan sandals, a neutral crossbody bag, and an all neutral Gigi Pip felt hat. I love accessorizing any outfit with a hat, I think it really completes the look.

OOTD LINKS:

Similar sandals: here

Neutral Crossbody Bag: here

Neutral Felt Hat: here

Rhythms, Rituals, and Routines

Motherhood, Spirit & Soul

Over the last few months my heart has desired and craved more for this blog of mine. I’ve loved all things motherhood, beauty, and lifestyle for as long as I can remember, but I couldn’t be more excited to welcome and bring a new category to the blog. Hello Spirit & Soul. I’m already so passionate about it as I know this is where I’ll pour out what my heart & soul believe to be important, and I really hope that you enjoy it.

Rhythms, Rituals, and Routines

Are you a person who loves routine and has everything jotted down to a T when it comes to organizing your week and month? Or are you someone who likes to live spontaneously and doesn’t go through the trouble of having anything set in motion? Or maybe you’d like to get your life a bit more in order but have no idea where to start. Well my friend, if this is you, you came to the right place. I may know a thing or two about following routine, and I love it!

Following routine and creating rhythms has been key in helping me live out my day intentionally and helping me strive in all areas of my motherly role! Maybe you’re not a mom, but maybe you’re a full-time student or a full-time employee -maybe even both!- and trust me, creating your own daily rituals and applying them to your every day life does you wonders!

Yearly Planner & To-Do List Pad from https://www.horacioprinting.com

Monthly-

To start off, you’ve got to have a yearly planner or at least a calendar where you’re able to jot down all of your plans, appointments, events etc. every month. This will give you a better vision for all that each month will bring.

Weekly-

When I don’t forget, I tend to go over my planner over the weekend and I like to see if there’s anything special going on that upcoming week. Pick a day you’re able to go through your planner once a week, and if there’s anything you need to include & add to it, that’ll be the time to do it.

Setting and following a weekly routine is probably the most important one I have as a stay at home mom and wife. I’ll give you a few examples of how my week goes as planned:

Mondays: Flowers & Groceries Run + Errands

Wednesday: Story Time with my boys at a local book store

Friday: Car wash + vacuum,

tidy home & catch up on any housework before the weekend.

Weekend: Rest!! (Light housework if needed)

Side note*

I don’t have a selected day for any specific chores because I clean as I see fit, and I find that things happen and can change at any given moment when mothering 3 little boys. But, if you feel you need to and would love to implement a routine dedicated to chore days, go for it! Take what you can, add or subtract as needed!

Daily-

Now, everyone’s lifestyles are different, so feel free to accommodate some of the things I mention down below. These are things I’ve put to practice for some time now, and this is my daily routine as a Stay At Home Mom.

-Rise Early-

Oh my gosh, this. If you remember a few posts back, I stated how I wanted to implement waking up early as a part of my routine, and wow. Life changed, life made! I’ve discovered that getting an hour head start makes the world of a difference in my day. I am fully awake and in a much better head space by the time my kids are up, and I’m ready to tackle the rest of my day with a positive attitude. If you’re not a morning person, I recommend trying to wake up 15 mins before your usual wake up time for an entire week, add an extra 15 mins the following week, and repeat until you’ve hit your new desired wake up schedule! (This also means that you’ve got to hit the pillow earlier than usual to give your body the rest that it needs! Do it, it’s awesome, and you won’t regret it.)

-Practice Gratitude-

I probably sound like a broken record to those that actually read my posts, but this is essential in my daily routine, so there’s no way I’m going to leave out what actually happens at the start of my day. Journal, meditate, pray, you name it. Practice gratitude every morning by giving thanks for this new day, and for the air that you’re breathing. You are alive, and it’s the start of a new day with fresh opportunities. Meditate by simply having some quiet time, and allow yourself to focus on the importance of what this new day will bring.

-Hydrate-

I recently started doing this a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say that drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning instantly wakes me up while also hydrating my body.

-Plan Out Your Day-

I have a To-Do List pad I love that keeps me organized, and I love starting my days in my office space while I plan out my day and sip on some coffee. I split my day into three; mornings, afternoons, evenings, and I also prioritize my Top 3 tasks of the day. Having a nice little reminder to look back to helps me stay focused during the day and prevents me from being all over the place.

*Tip For Planning out your day or Quiet Time*

Create a space that inspires you and motivates you to push that start button as you envision what your day will look like!

-Quality Learning Time-

We just brought this ritual back into our household, and the kids and I love the quality time we spend by learning through play. Camilo is about to start Kinder this upcoming school year so we’ve been playing catch up on a few things to prep him before he starts! We spend about an hour working on a fun worksheet packet I put together for him that include letter/word tracing, coloring, & math.

-Laundry (if needed) –

I like to get started on laundry in the mornings as I proceed to carry on with my day. I know some people like to start with the dishwasher, and this is great too. Do whatever works best for you and your lifestyle.

After breakfast and following my morning routine, I proceed with chores, picking up Richie from school, making dinner, checking homework, and so on and so forth.

*Tip for moms who pick up their kids from school*

Leave your phone in your purse, take a book with you and get a little reading time as you wait! I like to leave my house at least half an hour before school is out so I can squeeze in a little reading in my day as I wait! This is a ritual I love incorporating in my weekdays as much as I can.

And that’s pretty much what my daily routine looks like during my weekdays! I know this post was a little long but I really wanted to entail as much detail as possible. I hope that this post inspires you to create your own routine, and that you’re able to apply a few of the things I shared to your every-day life. If you already have a routine set in motion, what are some of the things you found extremely helpful or a must-follow? Lets chat in the comment section down below!

xo,