It's been quiet around this blog lately but we've been busy. What am I saying!? It's usually always busy around these parts with a full household. My best friend and her family came to visit us and they stayed for about a week. We all had a great time and it's nice to get a break from daily life. We went to Miami, West Palm Beach, and ended the fun with 2 days at Marco Island. I'll be doing a full post on Marco Island, but here are some quick pics from my phone. In other exciting news, Ava was cast for her first commercial! It shot this past Saturday for Nature's Sleep, and I was able to snap a few quick pictures. It was for their new ghost bed pillow. I was a little worried about how she would do since she's been teething and extra clingy, but she did great! It was fun and thankfully wrapped up quickly before the babies got too fussy. I can't wait to see the commercial.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
This Fourth of July was our first in Boca this year and a first for little miss Ava. Last summer we were visiting family in Texas. It was pretty low key. With no family here, we had a quiet day at home, had hamburgers for dinner and then headed to the firework show put on by the city. It was fun and Mariam had a blast dancing the whole time since there was music to go along with the fireworks. I thought Ava might be scared of the fireworks but she was fine. I nursed her when it started and she stayed in my arm's or H's arms the whole time.
Have a great Thursday! It's almost the weekend!
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Last weekend we went to go visit Vizcaya museum and gardens in Miami. Vizcaya Is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering on Biscayne Bay. The villa was built primarily between 1914 and 1922, while the construction of the elaborate italian renaissance gardens and the village continued into 1923. Deering used Vizcaya as his winter residence from 1916 until his death in 1925. After his death, Vizcaya was inherited by his two nieces, Marion Chauncey Deering McCormick and Ely Deering McCormick Danielson. Over the decades, after hurricanes and increasing maintenance costs, they began selling the estate's surrounding land parcels and outer gardens. In 1952 Miami-Dade county acquired the villa and formal Italian gardens, needing significant restoration for $1 million. The village and remaining property were acquired by the county during the mid-1950's.
The estate is now known officially as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which consists of 50 acres with the villa and the gardens, and the remaining native forest. The villa's museum contains more than seventy rooms of distinctive architectural interiors decorated with numerous antiques, with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th century European decorative art and furnishings.
To get there we decided to take the tri-rail for the first time from Deerfield Beach and then get on the metro rail transfer. We thought it would be a nice little adventure and it wasn't bad, but it ended up taking us 2 hours to get there waiting for both trains and then the ride. That day was also really hot! Before entering the grounds we slathered up on sunscreen and then headed right to the bathrooms. With several littles, bathrooms are always a must. They were clean and well maintained so that was a plus for me. We arrived hungry so the first thing we did was head to the cafe. Their cafe/gift shop is charming with outdoor and indoor seating. There was no room indoors so we ate outside which had a nice view of the bay. The girls had chicken nuggets and fries and H and I split a tapas plate and a small pitcher of sangria. Both were really good. After everyone was fed we started to explore. It was so beautiful. The grounds, the villa, just gorgeous. You're not allowed to take pictures inside the villa so I don't have any to share, but you can find some online. I definitely want to go back, but I wouldn't take the kids. They behaved (except for Mariam in the villa), but they weren't really interested in looking at gardens and architecture--especially since they had to keep their hands to themselves.
Have a great Monday.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
I love a good project and we've been on the hunt for a unique TV console, so when my husband came across a listing on Craigslist featuring an aqua blue distressed credenza that needed some love, I said yes! Originally I was going to keep the color it came in and just paint the wood parts showing white, but then decided it looked to distressed for my taste.
I asked the seller for the color paint she used but it was all sold out. Instead I went with a similar color from Glidden called "Sea spray". Before I got started painting, my husband made the front drawer flip down so it could be a media console. After he was done I got to painting and it look longer then expected, but let's face it, with 4 kids every project around the house takes a lot longer than you'd like. I absolutely love the way it came out! originally we were on the hunt for a white TV stand and I wanted a blue entry table instead, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone and change things up a bit. I'm really loving blue furniture these days.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
I've always loved strapless and cold shoulder tops and it's no secret off the shoulder tops are hot this season. I've been terrible lately about shopping for myself and I guess that's how it is when you have 4 girls. We'll go the the store and I usually end up buying them something. My vice lately has been comfort foods and drinks like chocolate, wine or Pepsi. Not healthy, but it calms me down after a stressful day with the kids. It could be in my head, but it makes me feel better.
Two weeks ago I scoured the internet for some off shoulder tops. Being the frugal mom I've been lately, I also wanted to find them at a good price. I found three tops I fell in love with at NY& Co. I hardly ever shop there but I will be shopping there more often. Here are the tops I bought which are still on sale. I've tried the other two on and the fit is great and they are adorable. I will note that the off shoulder tops do ride up if you move your arms above your head. The one shoulder top also runs big. I bought an x-small and it fits almost like a medium. I'll need to take the side in.
Have a great rest of the week!
Monday, June 6, 2016
I haven't weighed her in a while so I'm not sure, but she's probably around 17 pounds. She doesn't have another checkup till 9 months.
Her health has been really good lately as well as the rest of the family. Nobody has had a cold in awhile which I'm pretty relieved about. Layla and Mariam did get a stomach virus the first week of May, but thankfully Ava didn't get it and neither did Serena.
Sigh....Still not getting any sleep around here. Her naps are short 20 to 45 minute naps and usually on the shorter side. It's been really difficult not getting any sleep. It's bad every night, but some are worse than others. Last night was a particularly rough one and it's really starting to get to me. I've been quite emotional about it all day frequently welling up with tears. I wish she was a normal sleeper.
She currently wears 9- 12 month clothing and it's been fun using some of the girls old clothing again.
Still exclusively breastfeeding and eating solids. In my last update I was contemplating weaning her to see if it would help with her sleeping, but I wasn't ready to break the bond. She still won't take a bottle so I'll be starting to offer her a straw cup soon and she how she does. I'm going to breastfeed her at least till 12 months and switch her to cows milk if her sleep still doesn't improve. I would have liked to get to 2 years like Mariam, but we'll see.
She's still crawling up a storm and says da-da, but I haven't been able to make out any other new words. She's such a joy to be around and a happy baby. They really do grow so fast, so even though I'm feeling like I'll never get sleep again, I know it will come. I just hope it's sooner than later. Not sleeping does a number on you emotionally.
Have a great Monday!
Friday, May 27, 2016
Recently I got the opportunity to try the Emjoi micro nail polisher and it is amazing! I wasn't exactly what to expect at first wondering if the product was going to do what it said it's supposed to do, but it does! The Emjoi Micro nail electric polisher is a device that's designed to buff and shine your nails in a matter of seconds. It works really fast and is really so simple to use.
It's a battery powered roller system. You first use the micro smooth roller which buffs the nails and smooths out ridges. Then you swap and use the micro shine roller to buff the nails to a high shine. You can spend a bit more time on this part. There are also spare parts of each roller included in the pack. It's a great product that delivers fast and beautiful results.
Here is the before picture
After using the smooth roller
The final result after using the shine roller
As you can see it really does give your nails a nice shine. You can see it even better in person. It seriously looks like I applied a clear top coat. I'm very impressed with this product and would recommend it! The Emjoi Micro Nail polisher retails for $29.99 and is available here.
Have a great weekend!
I was sent these products to review but I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.