Hello friends! Happy Monday! It has been quite awhile since I have posted on here but if you follow me on Instagram I’ve been very active on there. I have had a few questions about how my anxiety and depression and have been and I wanted to give you all an update. You all are so sweet to be checking in on me and I truly love this community.
I’m currently almost 10 weeks pregnant and officially went off on my anxiety & depression medication. With the help of my doctor I slowly and safely went off of it because I felt ready for it. Now my doctor did say since I was on a low dosage it would be safe to be on it during pregnancy but I personally just wanted to be off of it. So far I have been ok. I of course still get my moments where I feel overwhelmed or depressed but it is a lot better than it has been from when I first started. I will always battle with this for the rest of my life and that is ok. I am worried after having this baby that my depression and anxiety will get worse since I did have ppd/ppa but I feel that I am aware of the signs this time around and have the resources I need to get through it.
It is officially the Holiday Season and I wanted to talk to you all about Mental Health + Holidays. Lets face it, Holidays are STRESSFUL. If you know me, then you know that we travel often to both sides of the family on each holiday and it is A LOT. Last year I was very stressed out during the holiday season like I always am, but a lot of you had messaged me on Instagram telling me to take care of myself and to take it easy. To CANCEL for my health. Well friends, we are at that time. After dealing with mental health and wanting to be the best mom & wife I can be, I have decided to say no more. I sat down one day thinking about all the things that trigger my anxiety and depression and now I try to avoid all of those triggers the best I can. What good am I if I’m purposely putting myself in a situation that will trigger myself to shut down and feel out of control. That does my husband know good or my daughter.
I am getting rid of all stressful triggers and that includes being around certain people. My family means everything to me and I want to be HAPPY during this holiday season and to do that I have to take care of myself and my mental health. Unfortunately, I have already had to tell someone that we are no longer participating in those functions and maybe I shouldn’t be writing this but the thing is with my blog and my followers I have always been open and honest. I have never been ashamed to tell anyone of my body image issues, or my mental health so I feel strongly that if someone is out there feeling how I’m feeling and this helps them, then I am happy.
You can’t please everyone. That’s something my parents always taught me. So with this holiday season we are taking it easy and doing what makes us happy. Let me tell you, my anxiety level has gone down and I couldn’t be happier.
To anyone out there that feels overwhelmed with anxiety or depression, you are not alone. It does get better. It will always be a battle but know that there are others out there going through the same thing and I’m always here with open arms. Remember to take care of yourself & your mental health in this holiday season.
Happy Tuesday sweet friends! I’m so excited to be sharing with you our current favorites that we’ve been loving! (We as in Lily & I) As I was shooting photos of some of my current favorites- Lily wanted to add in some of her favorites too! 🙂
1.) Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast: This has been one of my new favorite products! If you have been following along with me for awhile you know that I am OBSESSED with their dry shampoo! I love to use this to create volume and give my hair some texture. Especially when my hair is clean it is a little difficult to style it so I go ahead and give this a little spray! Living Proof
2.) Makeup Revolution Full Coverage Concealer: I absolutely love this! I love Tarte Shape Tape and I swear this is a dupe for it! It is affordable as well! You can’t go wrong with a good dupe! Makeup Revolution
3.) Evian Facial Spray: I use this as my setting spray to set my make up. If I need to freshen my make up I will also give this a quick spray as well! Even if I’m not wearing make up I will use this to just refresh my skin! Evian Facial Spray
4.) Blush Pink Adidas NMD R1: Can we just stop and just admire this blush pink color? Gives me all the heart eyes! Luke got this for my birthday and I am SO in love with them! Not only are they cute but they are SO comfortable! They run a half size big so I would recommend going down half a size. Women’s Adidas NMD r1
5.) London Littles Darling Pink Rain Boots: Lily is OBSESSED with her new London Littles! (Thank you London Littles for sending these to Lily!) We love London Littles because they are comfortable and so cute! Lily sometimes refuses to take them off! London Littles
6.) Stella Bella Bows: If you followed along on Instagram I talked about Stella Bella Bows. I love for every box purchased they give back bows to a child in need. I love opening up the mail and seeing what bows we receive each month! (Left- October bows Right- September Bows) They come in two styles- alligator clips (shown) and headbands as well! (Thank you Stella Bella Bows for sending us these) Stella Bella Bows
7.) Peppa Pig Mini Dolls: Lily loves her Peppa Pig dolls because they are small so she can hold them in her hands easily. It is SO cute seeing her play with her dolls and use her imagination. She even uses different voices for each character. LOL Peppa Pig dolls
I hope you all have a great week!
Happy Thursday friends! I’m having post vacation blues this week but we are already planning our next trip back to Dallas. Today I’m going to be sharing with you my top 3 places to Visit in Dallas which are all kid friendly!
1.) Reunion Tower
- 360 degree panoramic views of downtown Dallas
- Observation deck indoor & outdoor
- interactive touch screens
- photo booth
- We loved visiting Reunion Tower. I’m a little scared of heights but once we got up to the top the views were just breathtaking. Lily loved playing with the interactive touch screens. There is a cafe and restaurant at the top as well to enjoy.
2.) Perot Museum of Nature & Science
- Children’s museum
- Dinosaur exhibit
- Many different permanent exhibits
- Activity stations
- Outdoor play area
- The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is unlike any museum we have ever seen. It was absolutely amazing. You could literally spend hours there. Our favorite part of the museum was the Children’s Museum area. Lily had so much fun playing with the other children and with all of the toys. There is so much to do for all ages!
3.) North Park Center
- I prefer the NorthPark Center mall over the Galleria. We had the best experience shopping at NorthPark and I shopped until I dropped! They have every store you could ever want to shop at and I loved how nice everyone was. If you love Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, etc this place is for you!
What are your top places to visit in Dallas?
Happy Tuesday babes!
This past weekend Luke, Lily, and I went on a family getaway to Dallas, Texas. Sometimes you just need to getaway and relax and recharge! Before we had Lily, we would visit Dallas often so going back with her for the first time was so special. When we finally made it to Dallas we checked into the Omni Dallas. Let me tell you guys that from the moment we pulled up everything just kept getting better. Everything from the room, the service, the restaurants, the hotel itself was AMAZING.
After we checked in we headed up to our room with our bellhop that was so kind! When I unlocked the door, YOU GUYS I was speechless. We stayed in a 1 Bedroom Executive suite on the 14th floor and the views were absolutely spectacular. As a family traveling it is so important to find a hotel that would work with our routine. Having a separate bedroom and living room area is a must have for our family. If Lily can see us from her pack n play then she will not sleep which = parents won’t sleep either. That’s why I love that Omni Dallas has different types of rooms. The beds are so comfortable and we have never slept better. Seriously.
On Saturday we had breakfast at Omni’s Texas Spice which is located in the lobby of the hotel. The vibe of the restaurant was so inviting. I absolutely fell in love with all of the decor. Texas Spice’s breakfast was the best breakfast I have ever had hands down! They offer a variety of breakfast options or you can choose to try their breakfast buffet as well. Lily even got her very own cup with Omni Kids Club on it that she got to take home with her to reuse! After our amazing breakfast we headed out to explore Dallas.
After all of our exploring we returned to the Omni to relax and explore more of our hotel. We headed to the infinity pool to enjoy the views of downtown. The pool area is so beautiful and the views are amazing! After some relaxing time, it was time for our dinner reservation at Black Ship Little Katana which is also located on the property. You guys, Oh My Word. Dinner was SO GOOD. I’m talking about, this is what must heaven feel like type of good food. My husband ordered the Ahi Tuna and I ordered the Chilean sea bass. Oh. My. Word. AMAZING. I’m telling you guys you need to try both of our dishes. We ordered Lily a side of rice and some grilled veggies and our waiter was so kind to let us know that the veggies they usually grill wouldn’t be as kid friendly. So they whipped up Lily her own asparagus and green bean mix to go with her rice. It was SO kind and so appreciated. (Lily loved it!)
We ended our dinner with the most amazing Creme Brulee and Green tea icecream. It was so delicious! After dinner we headed on another adventure and ended up returning to the hotel a little early to relax and cuddle on the couch.
Our stay was such a DREAM. I know in my post I have repeatedly said that everything was amazing but it truly was that, amazing. Our experience was spectacular and we can’t wait to come visit again! If you are looking for a family friendly hotel for a family vacation, Omni Dallas is the perfect place for you. If you are having a girls weekend, romantic getway, etc. Omni Dallas is perfect for you as well! The next time you are in Dallas be sure to stay at Omni Dallas.
Thank you Omni Dallas for hosting us this weekend! We can’t wait to come back.
Disclosure: We were hosted however this is 100% my honest review.
Hi Babes! Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! We didn’t travel anywhere this year, but we did have some fun family time. Today we are going to be talking about diaper bags! If you have been following along with me for awhile, you would know that I have a diaper bag problem. I have owned almost every diaper bag on the market. (bad I know) But I am currently obsessing over my new Citi Navigator Diaper bag from Citi Babies.
The Citi Navigator Diaper bag has:
- 12 pockets (an organizer’s dream)
- Anti-theft pocket
- 3 Insulated bottle pockets
- made out of durable nylon
- Water resistant material
- Vegan leather accents
- Changing pad (included)
- Stroller clips (included) #winning
The Citi Navigator comes in two colors: Heather Brown & Modern Grey. I love how the colors are unisex so that my husband and I can both carry ONE diaper bag instead of having two separate ones! This diaper bag is such good quality and every mom’s dream! I absolutely love our Citi Navigator and I know you will too! Head to http://citibabies.com/citi-navigator and check them out! Citi babies also makes other diaper bags that are equally beautiful! Happy shopping friends!
Disclosure: This was in collaboration with Citi Babies. However, this is always 100% my honest review.
Happy Wednesday friends! I am so excited to be sharing with you some exciting news! Lorena Canals and Oh Joy! have collaborated together to bring 6 different designed rugs! How exciting! I love how Oh Joy! designs are so colorful and can brighten up any room.
Lorena Canals rugs are 100% made from cotton and does not include any toxic dyes! (Amazing) Another bonus is that all rugs can be washed in your washing machine at home! I never have to worry if Lily spills or stains our rug because I can just pop it into the washing machine! We are so in love with our Lorena Canals + Oh Joy rug! We chose the Happy Prism rug and it just brings so much color and goes well with our living room decor!
Head on over to https://lorenacanals.us/ and check them out!
Happy Tuesday sweet friends! I hope you all are doing well. If you have been following a long with me on Instagram you already know that I went back to work part time. I’m so blessed that I’ve been able to stay at home with L for two years. Before I stayed home, I was working in the dental field.
As a mom struggling with postpartum depression & anxiety some days are good and some days are bad. Even though I love spending my days at home with my sweet girl, I knew I needed adult interaction. We are so lucky enough to live close to my in laws so we didn’t need to put L in daycare while I was working part time. I decided to go back into retail (I’ve worked retail in HS & college). I’ve had some family & some others ask why I didn’t go back into dental. I even had some people JUDGE me for working retail. Here is the answer: I am doing this for me. My mental health. If my mental health isn’t in check then how can I take care of my daughter. This job is FUN and it helps me get the adult interaction. This part time job HELPS my anxiety/depression. So for anyone that has judged me, can just keep their thoughts to themselves.
I’ve been working for three weeks so far and I am LOVING it. I have SO much fun at work and I love meeting new people.The best part of my job is that I only work a couple of days a week so I still get to spend time with L.
As for my anxiety and depression, it is still a journey but taking this step has definitely helped. I do get mom guilt every now and then. The first couple of days were a little rough. (more me than her lol) But in the end this was the best decision for me and my family. We as moms are always taking care of others that sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. What good are we to our families if we aren’t all there?
I hope you all have a great week and remember mama, YOU are doing a great job.