Friday, May 29, 2015

Mommy Travel Wardrobe

This week I've had to take Sage with me to work every day (babysitter's spring vacation). This has forced some very specific stipulations on my wardrobe.

Shirts can't be sleeveless.

I wear her in a Tula through our journey that includes a train, a subway, a bus, and a walk. I don't want my armpits sweating directly onto the Tula lol, so I must have sleeves.

Shirts with tank tops underneath.

Since I'm still nursing I need to be able to use the two shirt method when I feed her, since I don't use covers.

Shirts with smooth fabric, no embellishments up front.

During the day or during our commute she'll fall asleep on my chest, so I don't want any rhinestones or beading  sticking her in her face.

Nursing necklace.

My Vintage Honey Shop nursing necklace comes in handy. She has something to chew on/play with while we ride.

We're about to take a three hour Amtrak journey shortly. Wish us luck (and send prayers for an open wheelchair accessible seat, and a happy baby) !

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vacay Every Day with Palm Breeze

Technically summer doesn't start until June 21st, but we all know Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Winter was cold, and long, but the thoughts have long since faded away as we move about in much warmer temperatures. This past weekend, not only were we celebrating the unofficial start of summer, but also my Mom's husband's birthday. A barbecue was certainly in order. A tropical birthday BBQ!

I sent my husband out BBQ supply shopping while I cleaned up the deck for our first gathering of the season and one of the things on the list were the new Palm Breeze Sparkling Alcohol Spritz. 

Once the cleaning was done and the fellas were manning the grill I finally got to sit down and taste the Palm Breeze Sparkling Alcohol Spritz. We picked up the Pineapple Mandarin Orange flavor. It is very tasty and refreshing. For the first time in a while I was able to sit back and relax, soaking up the sun. The three day weekend provided a well needed mini vacay. 

I definitely want to try out the other flavor Palm Breeze has, Ruby Red Citrus. Palm Breeze is a flavored malt beverage (FMB), which basically means it’s an alcoholic drink made with a malt base, like beer. They were a great choice to have on hand while entertaining. Everyone liked the Pineapple Mandarin Orange flavor, even those who usually stick to less fruity beverages.

Definitely try a pack for your next party or gathering, and if you happen to be in Austin RSVP HERE for a cool Palm Breeze/Blo Bar event. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mother's Day Wishlist 2015

I'm a mother! That means I have inherited another holiday lol. Last mother's day I was still pregnant, so I counted as a mother, but not really. The Mother's Day before that I had actually just lost a pregnancy, so that was no fun. This is my first REAL Mother's Day. Hoooray. 

My Mother's Day Wish List for 2015 (clockwise)

Precious Henshaw African Mother Breastfeeding Print $18 - I really love nursing Sage. I'd love to have this print to commemorate my first Mother's Day and something that is very special to me. If you recall, Precious' Capricorn Print was on my Birthday Wishlist from 2014. 

Q-Redew $69.95 - Q-Redew is a handheld steamer for your hair. It's a great tool to restore moisture to your hair for re-styling between washes without having to actually saturate your hair with water.

Target Gift Card - I mean, this needs no explanation. Who doesn't love a Target shopping spree?

Vintage Honey Shop Nursing Necklace $20 - It feels like Sage is teething ALL. THE. TIME lol. She currently has 3.5 teeth, and I swear I see the nubs of two others behind those! This necklace will be great for her to chew on/play with while I nurse or wear her. 

Fitbit Accessory Bands $29.95 - I shared with you all before that I love my Fitbit. Since I wear it every day it would be nice to have a selection of bands to choose from, perhaps match it to my outfit on occasion lol. 

What are you hoping for or giving this Mother's Day?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Philly Natural Hair Show 2015 + Ticket Giveaway

It is that time of year naturals... time for the Philly Natural Hair Show! I am very excited. This will be my third year being one of the hosts in the Blogger's Workshop. Every year I know I am guaranteed to meet cool area naturals, learn something, and buy at least one pair of fly earrings. 

Coming up on Saturday, May 2nd some highlights include: 

  • Blogger's Workshop with me, hosted by Juboolee and also featuring Organix Locs and The Social Arena  (starts at 4:45)
  • Natural Hair 101 with Naptural Nicole who I LOVE. I got to meet and host a session with her last year and she is just such a wonderful person. I can't wait to see her again. 
  • Live performance from Vivian Green. 

Tickets are $20 and you can buy them [HERE] or try your luck in my giveaway below! Giveaway ends midnight on Wednesday, April 29th. 

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Parent's Lounge Tour

I mentioned the Parent's Lounge in my post about keeping marriage alive post-baby. Here's a little tour of our Parent's Lounge set-up: 

Vlog number 2! I am halfway there to allowing myself to actually seriously thing about vlogging

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Keeping Marriage Alive Post-baby

Many couples grow apart after having a baby. Being new parents is a very stressful time. Lucky for us BabyCakes has only brought us closer together. The hard times and the sleepless times only made us rely on each other more.I love seeing Hubs with BabyCakes. Seeing him interact with her as a father makes me love him even more.

None of this negates the simple fact that having a baby gives us much less time with just each other. Most of both of our families are states away. I'd love for one of Sage's grandparents to be close by but that just isn't our reality. Our alone time is limited by our logistics. His sister has been kind enough to give us a couple movie dates and even a whole night alone!

Because we're a party of three more often than not we've had to work on staying connected as a couple. We send each other emails, texts and videos during the day. We also have what we call "Parent's Lounge." Which is our basement after the baby is sleep until we go to bed. We're two floors down from her so we don't have to worry about waking her up. We can watch TV, have a drink, play games and just chill together.

I love our little family, but we can't neglect how it all started, me and him. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015


I've been having this crazy notion that I could be a Vlogger. I've been having the even crazier inclination to buy a GoPro for the purpose of being a Vlogger. I've been *this* close to pressing purchase on my Amazon Cart stocked with a GoPro and tripod. I've decided if I can do one vlog a week for a month, using just my cell phone, and prove to myself that I actually have the time and desire to vlog, then I'll more seriously consider spending the money. 

Here we go, my first vlog!