Monday, February 27, 2012

my oscar favorites

I usually don't watch the Oscar's because I seriously can't sit through the whole thing. What I do love is watching the Red Carpet pre-show so I can sit there and admire what all the actresses are wearing for the night. Unfortunately, I missed it this year so I had to catch up on all the beautiful dresses online. These are some that I would definitely wear...if only I had a lavish red carpet event to attend!

I've always been a huge fan of Angelina Jolie and her effortless style choices, but I was a little disappointed this year...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

wordless wednesday

{the first set of work/artwork brought home from preschool}

Monday, February 20, 2012

4 am wake up call

I have been potty-training my son for a year now and I must say, it has been the hardest thing I've had to deal with as a far. It's frustrating, it's time-consuming, and it's exhausting. There have been times where I felt like giving up. There have been times where I wished babies were born potty-trained. I've heard potty-training a boy takes hard work and a lot of devoted time and patience, which sometimes I run out of. 

It's been a inconsistent and a consistent challenge. 

This past weekend was surprisingly consistent. He kept his pull-up dry for long periods of time and even while we were out, he said "Mommy, I have to go potty!" This is something he hardly ever does. We're usually the ones asking him if he needs to go. Not this time. He was very vocal and in control of his "potty needs". 

At bedtime last night I put an extra blanket underneath him just in case he wet his pants, which is something he usually does during the night. 

I wake up to him nudging me on the arm and standing next to my bed. It was 4 am and I had to wake up for work in 2 hours. "Oh please don't wake me up right now", I thought. I looked at him and he said, "Mommy, I pee-peed." I got up and immediately started feeling his pants and to my surprise, he was completely dry. I said, "No you didn't." Then he said, "I did! In the potty!" 

I couldn't believe it! I was so happy and so proud of him. He has never woken up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. And I was so surprised that he didn't even bother to wake me up. 

He's growing up way too fast!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

obsessed much?

The best part of a busy day is finally being able to sit down, relax, and enjoy a good movie. After a few loads of laundry and a little bit of reorganizing/early Spring cleaning, I am sitting on my bed as we speak and watching The Bodyguard. 

I found myself having some sort of a love addiction with a few things this week. If you know me, I am obsessed with sweets! Working in the city of San Francisco, there can be many temptations around me when it comes to satisfying my sweet tooth. There is a Specialty's Cafe & Bakery right next to my work and I always heard they had the best cookies. I don't remember who I heard it from, but they were right. Currently on my food obsession list is their black & white cookie. Seriously, melt-in-your-mouth goodness!

Of course, I have a list of fashion obsessions! Right now I am really into adding more skirts and dresses into my wardrobe. I've always been such a jeans kind of girl while my current dresses have only been worn once or twice. And loafers! I never thought I would want to buy a pair, but these shoes have really grown on me. I found these via Pinterest and fell in love!

My favorite show right now is The Walking Dead. I just recently started watching the second season and finally caught up on the first season last weekend. No joke, one of the best shows ever! I anticipate Sunday nights because of this show. I even had a dream {nightmare} about zombies a few weeks ago. Hmm, if I have any more I might have to stop watching it...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

fashion forward friday

I won a giveaway several months ago on Sarah's blog, Lipstick & Ruffles. This is one of my favorite fashion blogs to read. Well, I had won a $50 gift card to La Posh Style and I finally was able to get around to using it. They have some of the cutest things and I really wish I could buy everything! Here are the two items I finally decided on...

I had been eyeing the dress for a while now, but it had been sold out for the longest time. Luckily, I checked tonight and they had my size. So excited to get it! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

wordless wednesday

{perfect Valentine's Day dinner}

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

thank you, whitney.

I was saddened to hear the new of Whitney Houston's passing.
I grew up listening to her music as a child.
And she was one of my favorites.
I loved her voice. I loved her beauty. I loved her music.
It didn't matter what was going on in her life...
To me, she was still the best at what she did.
She was a legend and amazingly talented like no other.

Thank you, Whitney.
For bringing beautiful music to our lives.

One of my favorite Whitney Houston songs. Always puts a smile to my face and makes me think of when I was a little girl dancing in my room to her music.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Get 'Em Eating Healthy

When you mention eating healthy kids may roll their eyes, make a face or groan. But turning some of their favorite foods into healthy fare isn't that hard to do.

Prevent Objections
To avoid objections enlist your child's help at the grocery store. Let him hold your grocery list. Ask would you like bananas or pears? Ask what flavor of yogurt he wants peach or strawberry and which vegetable: green peas or green beans? Make sure different nutritional foods are on hand. This practice educates your child about healthy food choices and gives him some control of what he eats, which may make them more likely to eat it.

Make It Fun
Try making mealtime a
happy event. Have a picnic in the den. Use fun plates with animals, robots or try face plates to get your toddler more excited about the healthy foods. Use cookie or cheese cutters to create fun shapes with food such as fruits, sandwiches, and healthy cookies.

Fruit and Vegetable Juices
Juices that contain all fruit are best. Avoid fruit punches. Too much processed fruit juice makes your toddler's calorie intake high, with obvious negative outcomes. Six ounces of fruit juice is the daily
maximum. Vegetable juice is also another healthy choice to be considered. Many fresh vegetable juices are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, making it the perfect juice snack for children.

Kids usually like spaghetti. It’s messy and can get on everything. An item that I had never heard of until recently is Konjaku Noodles. I tried them mainly because they’re a surprisingly healthy pasta noodle substitution. They’re low in carb, calorie free, gluten free, and are full of fiber. They don’t taste exactly like the traditional noodles we’re used to because they’re made differently, but they have certainly grown on me. Changing the type of noodle won’t help with the mess, though!

How do you stop your kids from retreating when they face vegetables? Try broccoli, carrots or celery served with a dip. Their sensitive taste buds will react better to veggies when they are flavored with a low-fat dressing. Try steaming some broccoli and stir it with two or three tablespoons of orange juice, one tablespoon olive oil, and some salt and pepper. You can arrange the veggie on the plate with some mandarin orange slices.

These fun tips should encourage and are intended to get your kids to eat healthier with a smile. They could also be great tips for some adults who may have wanted to change their eating habits, but are overwhelmed by all the possibilities. These are great starting points for branching out from. Some recipes were even pulled from cancer treatment facilities’ diet plans created by nurses. Patients enjoyed these changes and found the foods to be a better alternative to traditional food served when going through treatments for
Pericardial Mesothelioma.

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible. Kristin also contributes frequently on Curious Mind Musings.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

wordless wednesday

{someone didn't want to share his oreos with mommy.}

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

crazy for jason wu!

If you mix fashion, a top designer, a limited-edition affordable clothing line, and women, then you should expect a flurry of excitement and anticipation. 

This was my first time at attempting to snag some stylish duds from a hugely anticipated event like this. There was no way I was going to try and brave the crowds at the store so I decided to try online first. Mission failed. 

Shopping anxiety. Items quickly disappearing from my shopping cart. My XS size small option "no longer available". You get the picture.

I didn't want to miss out on this since I didn't even know about the whole Missoni launch. So after careful consideration, I thought it wouldn't hurt to try the store early in the morning. I woke up at 7 am Sunday morning and headed to Target. Believe it or not, I even dragged my son along with me since his daddy was still sleeping and I already knew he would not let me leave without him.

There was already a line waiting outside Target when I got there. I knew this was going to be interesting. There were even some women in line with their boyfriends/hubbies to help them out. I even overheard a girl behind me on the phone with her friend at another Target location. This was serious business, people. I was in a line full of fashion-crazed women and I had my toddler son with me. How was I going to do this??

They opened the doors and my son decides then and there that he doesn't want to hold my hand. What do I do? I pick him up and hoist him on my hip. As soon as most of the line was in the store, the women ran to the racks. I literally saw clothes and hangers everywhere. I didn't get exactly what I wanted but lucky for me, I was able to grab one accessory and one item just as everything was about to disappear from the racks. And I did this all while carrying my 3-year old son. 

It was a shopping experience to remember, that's for sure. Next time, I'm going to be quicker and more fully shop online!

{the craze outside the dressing rooms}

{Jason Wu clutch, Jason Wu Pleated Blouse & two Matchbox toy cars}

Monday, February 6, 2012

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Before I had my son, the word "organic" and "healthy" never even crossed my mind. I used to be someone who never really worried about healthy foods. My diet consisted of: junk food and maybe the occasional fruits and veggies. Since becoming a mommy, my outlook on food has changed drastically. Stuffing myself with pizza, cupcakes, and even more pastries has now been replaced with the necessary fruits, veggies and other healthy food products. Not only is it important for my son to have healthy eating habits, it's also important for him to see his parents doing the same just so he knows how good it really is for him. Monkey see, monkey do, right? One of the types of foods we try extremely hard to stay away from is processed foods. Stocking our fridge with more natural food products is definitely the way to go.

Our favorite organic brand is Horizon Organic. Drinking milk is an important part of our health so any time we need milk, Horizon Organic is the answer. Getting my son to drink it is sometimes a hard task, but when it comes to Horizon Organic, it's such a breeze. Not only is it healthy and natural, but they have different flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Healthy flavored milk? Yes please! They also come in handy to-go packs, which my son loves!

Knowing that my son loves this stuff is even more of an incentive when choosing Horizon Organic. Kids love it and so should we!

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Friday, February 3, 2012

fashion forward friday

I went shopping with my sister a few weeks ago and stopped by a store called Yes Style at the mall. She has always shopped on their online shop, but I'd never really checked them out until I went to their store. I was in love! Everything is super cute and reasonably priced for my mommy budget. I bought two tops for less than $40! 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

wordless wednesday

{Tina Fey to keep me entertained on my morning bart ride to work}