Motherhood Monday: Tackling Challenging Mommy Moments

October 24, 2016   

The other day I was going through my photos on my iPhone and came across several pictures of Andy as a baby. It seems so hard to believe he was ever that small (or chubby or squishy or so, so yummy). I started thinking of how far I’ve come along in my motherhood journey, especially tackling those challenging mommy moments.

Here are a few of them I thought I’d share, along with tips that might help overcome them:

Getting Things Done: As a new mom, this one can be a bit challenging. One thing I wish I would have done more, looking back, is baby wearing. At first I was a bit overwhelmed with baby carriers. To be honest, I feared that he would fall out. But once I found the perfect baby carrier, it was life changing. I was able to get work done and even do some chores around the house. Andy was also less fussy throughout the day.

Teething: Teething was another one of those challenging mommy moments. So finding a teething toy like Sophie the Giraffe helped a ton! Once the teeth finally came in, it was important to take care of those little teeth. Babies, believe it or not, can also develop plaque on their teeth. I loved using Baby Orajel™ Elmo Tooth and Gum Cleanser. The best part is that it comes with a finger brush, which made brushing so much easier. It’s also fluoride-free and does not contain any artificial colors or dyes.

Sleeping: Speaking of sleeping, one of the best things I ever did was to sleep train Andy. By 6 months he was sleeping throughout the night and till this day (he’s three now) he actually puts himself to sleep. No need to rock him to sleep, sing lullabies, or quietly creep out of the room with the fear of waking him up. This book and DVD also helped a ton “The Happiest Baby on the Block.” 

What are some of the most challenging mommy moments you’ve tackled? I’d love to know.

This post has been sponsored by Baby Orajel™, however all opinions are my own.

My Favorite Organic Restaurants in Miami

October 20, 2016   

I'm all about organic restaurants these days. The bad news? There are only less than a handful of restaurants in Miami that are COMPLETELY organic. The good news? There are several that do offer organic ingredients and healthy options.

Here are a few of my favorite restaurants you'll want to check out for yourself:

Organic Bites:  
I absolutely love everything about this European style bistro, including their slogan "Once Upon A Time, All Food Was Organic" (sad, but true). They are committed to making a difference and it shows in their food. They have everything from organic cold-pressed juices (made fresh to order), wild-caught salmon, organic chicken and even organic grass-fed meat (to please every food lover). The restaurant itself is Instagram-worthy.
What I Order: I love their butternut squash soup with a hint of ginger and their veggie burger.
Location: 7010 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

KC's Healthy Cooking
This place is a little hole in the wall and it's nothing fancy schmancy, but it tops my list as one of my favorites! It's a family-run business (which I'm all for) and you can really tell they put so much heart and soul in their food. The food is super flavorful and they have everything from organic fresh juices, organic eggs and organic veggies.
What I Order: I come here so much, that the waiter Matt already knows my order haha. I always get the grilled veggie wrap with a Green Goddess Juice (made fresh with organic apple, celery, cilantro, cucumber, kale, lettuce, lime and parsley). But be sure to also try their Kocoyeh Organic Quinoa (made with mixed herbs, avocado, sautéed veggies in coconut oil) or their Buckwheat Soba Noodles.
Location: 11900 Biscayne Blvd, #103 (it's inside a business building) North Miami

Smart Bites
Another healthy food option in Miami is SmartBites. I never knew this place existed until my late husband took me there one day. They offer everything from smoothies,  juices (which are already bottled, but made fresh that day), wheatgrass and Tumeric shots, salads, bowls, sprouted homemade buckwheat cereal, Wild-Alaskan Salmon, soups and much more. The best part is they grow most of their own veggies right outside the restaurant!
What I Order: I always keep an eye out for their daily specials, but for the most part I order the Tex Mex Bowl (the Paleo version) made with butternut squash, lettuce, spinach, corn, sautéed peppers, onions, fresh cilantro and a spicy tomato sauce.
Location: 791 NW 20th Street, Miami  (near Jackson Memorial Hospital)

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Steal her Look: Chloë Grace Moretz

October 19, 2016   

Chloë Grace Moretz looks cool and chic in this Rolling Stones concert tee paired with black skinny jeans and a shearling jacket. We love how she dressed up her tee with metallic heels for an effortless nighttime look we might just have to recreate ourselves. Here's where you can steal her look for less:

Rolling Stones Tee, Sears, $9
Ankle Strap Heels, Aldo, $80
Shearling Jacket, H&M, $59

Halloween Costume Ideas

October 18, 2016   

Halloween is right around the corner and I finally decided on this year's costume idea. We're going for a superhero theme, so Catwoman and Batman it is. In case you're still undecided, here are a few ideas from years past. 

What will you be dressing up as this year?

4 Activities to do this fall with kids

October 14, 2016   

As the weather begins to cool down (or at least becomes more bearable in Miami) I’m looking forward to doing more outdoor activities with my little guy. Some of my favorite things to do doesn’t even cost a dime. If you’re looking for some toddler-friendly activities that won’t break the bank this fall, here are a few of my favorites:

Pumpkin Patches: Pumpkin patches are tons of fun, and for the most part, you can find several that offer free admission. Best of all, many of the pumpkin patches also set up kid-friendly activities. 

Halloween Party: Each year our neighborhood throws a Halloween block party for the little ones.  You can find out if your neighborhood is throwing a Halloween party, or check your local listings for any free Halloween events.

Petting Zoo: Our son absolutely loves animals, and there are several petting zoos in Miami that don’t cost a thing. It’s the perfect place to also teach them about animals. My toddler also gets a kick out of pet stores as well—another free option.

Fly a Kite: We live a few blocks from a kite park, and I can’t wait for it to start getting windy in Miami so I can take our toddler to fly a kite. Although he can’t actually fly it himself (obviously) he loves seeing them up in the sky. You can also plan to bring a blanket and food and have yourself a little picnic.

What are some of your favorite free activities you’re looking forward to?

VF Travel: 72 Hours in Mexico City

October 12, 2016   
View from my hotel room

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to visit Mexico City. I've been to other more "touristy" places in Mexico such as Cabo, Cancun, Cozumel and Tulum, but I must say I was really impressed with Mexico City. There was so much to do from checking out amazing restaurants to their nightlife and not to mention the weather was also delicious (in the 70s and 60s). It's basically like the New York of Latin America. There's no doubt that Mexico City is having its moment right now. I was only there for 72 hours, but managed to pack in so much in such little time.

In case you're planning your own little getaway to this magical city, here are a few things you might want to check out:

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