a glimmer into the life of a mum who loves fashion, decor and prosecco

my days are filled with . . .

girlie-ness and I like it . . . a lot! 

Happy Friday everyone!  I have to THANK my mum and stepdad for letting me and the girls stay the week with them (i.e. invade their home) . . . it has been the best therapy for me, although we did miss Daddy tons.  Here are some pics from this week . . . . Enjoy your weekend

my sweetpea in her jammies at granma's with her BFF Miss "Bella"

so small yet so LOUD and demanding . . . : ) (3wks)

oh yes, you see correctly . . . that is hot pink toes and orange fingernails!! 

thanks for being patient . . .

Sorry I have not been keeping up with my daily blog posts but I promise to resume my regular schedule as soon as we get a handle on new babe and her little tummy problems. 

I have always promised myself that I would be "honest & real" on this blog and that if I had anything worth sharing with others that could help them in any way, I would; so here goes.  I am not having the easiest of times right now . . . I have postpartum depression and it is not easy, fun, or anything I thought I would ever have to battle.  I had similar problems after Emerson but I never really sought help or dealt with them, other than cry in my bedroom all the time.  I was embarrassed and thought that there was something wrong with me; that I was a horrible person that had no right being a mummy. 

This time I was scared that I may have them again so I found a postpartum therapist and actually started seeing her the week before babe arrived, and I actually started a low dose of medication this week.  I really thought I was better prepared this time around, and while that was right in the sense of taking care of a baby, I was still not prepared to handle the postpartums . . . . I don't think you can prepare yourself and you certainly can't control any of it.  It is so very very hard to describe and so much harder to deal with.  I knew that I couldn't suffer in silence this time because I still had to be "mum" to my little Emerson.    

I found solace in another bloggers own story, please if you have the time take a quick read . . . it may help you understand a little more and show you that it can happen to anyone; if you know anyone who has them or suffers in the future try and be there for them in as much a capacity as you can and remember this . . .

I am so lucky to be surrounded by my amazing loving family, friends and my Mr. Hotpants husband.  They have all been nothing but unconditionally supportive and free of judgement.  I am doing everything I can do get out of this quickly and safely.  Please be patient and loving while I bond with this little munchkin and love on my Emerson . . .

just fun . . .

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but we are still trying to wrap our heads around organizing and wrangling 2 kiddos now . . . I hear (and pray) it gets easier as you get into a routine so here's to taking it one day (one hour!!) at a time (I will be doing a Mummy Monday post with more on this) . . . .

but to add a little sunshine and color to this day I saw these bracelets over on Sheridan French's blog and instantly fell in love with the colors, the playfulness, the flood of memories that came back to me surrounding BFF's and junior high, and the sheer youthful FUN times that these make me think of.

My fav's . . . the solid black and white ones would be awesome for a night out! and the other colors are just so much fun for the summer - worn with a maxi dress, a bikini and caftan, or denim cutoffs and a little white tank!  Bet you want to rock one now as badly as I do!!! Fun, right?

my heart is full . . .

with love for my 2 beautiful bouncing baby girls and my amazing Mr. Hotpants . . . We got to meet our new bundle of joy on July 5th at 3:31pm.
Please welcome, at 6lbs 12oz & 19.5 inches, the sweetest little nougat,
"Harper Bluebell"

Our new little garden gnome!

Little Miss Harper all cozy in daddies lap

 My girls; sisters!!! . . . . . le sigh....... we could not be happier!

swept off my feet . . .

by Fendi's new shoes . . . . like seriously, I would marry any of these . . . . well I wouldn't leave Mr. Hotpants for them so maybe just a little secret love affair on the side with one pair of them . . .

and Talenti Gelato is absolutely the most amazing gelato I've ever had (with the exception of the real stuff in Italy!) . . . I found mine at Whole Foods but it seems like they sell to a ton of other stores.  It is incredibly creamy, made with all natural ingredients and just looks so chic . . . 

It is gluten free, vegetarian, high fructose corn syrup free, hormone free and is simply too good to not finish the entire thing in one sitting - the Mediterranean Mint is divine!!! and now empty in my house!

Oh and still no baby yet . . . to be continued

Mummy Circle Monday - My "shortcuts"

I like routine, I like knowing what to expect although I also LOVE a great surprise if it's a fun one!!!  Like everyone I know and everyone who blogs, our family is busy!  Mr. Hotpants and I both work full-time, we own and run 2 private practices (this is almost all Mr. Hotpants; I work for a different company), we have a sassy 2yr old, a loyal but attention-seeking pup, and beautiful babe #2 due TODAY!!!  So I am ALWAYS interested in hearing how other people streamline their busy lives; how they multi-task, how they group things together to save time, how they carve out time to be a mum, wife, friend and human being.

I thought I would share some of our shortcuts!!!

1.  Mr. Hotpants and I watch our favorite shows (Daily Show, John Stewart, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, The Office, Modern Family) in bed on our laptop via either Hulu, ComedyCentral.com or Netflix.  We are always a day behind but that never bothers us and we don't have to stay up late to watch any of our favorites!

2. I blog either in front on the TV or in bed after Emerson is asleep; but I keep ideas and notes written down all over the place (my purse, my iPhone, on receipts, etc)

3. I help Mr. Hotpants out with the offices by writing out and doing the deposit slips for the 2 offices - I do this as I am watching TV right after Emerson is in bed.

4. If I really need some free time to cook dinner during the week, after I get home from work, I choose two routes - Emerson gets in the kitchen and helps me make Dada's dinner (I sit her on the counter and she mixes things and puts things in bowls) or I put on one of her favorite shows for 30 mins and quickly make dinner.  This time of night is always a time I try to choose my battles wisely.

5. If I am doing laundry I have Emerson help me - she loves to put the dirty clothes in the washer and put in the detergent and softeners and she loves pulling everything out the dryer for me!

6. I get up with Emerson every morning and we get to spend about 1.5 - 2hrs together before I head into work.  I love eating breakfast with this munchkin but to make the process run a little smoother I try to plan some things out.  Mr. Hotpants usually sets up the coffee maker the night before (automatically brews at 6am) so there is usually always a hot pot of coffee waiting for me (it is the first thing I go for) .........

7.  Mr. Hotpants and I are organizers at heart, both work 5 days a week and like to eat healthy so we have found that to make this possible it takes some prep time on the weekends.  Mr. Hotpants will do the weekly grocery shopping either on Friday night (after work or after sweetpea is in bed) or Saturday morning.  We then split it up like this:
  • Mr Hotpants chooses a hearty, easy, healthy lunch choice that can be made in a large batch and stores well for 4-5 days - usually a whole-wheat pasta dish, a vegi-chili, a lentil or barley dish, etc . . . . . he makes enough (alot) for us both to take a serving a day to work for lunch for the week (GREAT way to eat healthy and save $$) and then proportions it into tupperware for each of us -- he does this on a Saturday morning usually
  • We usually discuss 4-5 dinner ideas for the week starting on Thursday/Friday through emails at work!! This way we already know what stuff to buy at the grocery store and what has to be made what night . . . usually like this:
    • Monday - Greek pita pizzas with beet salad
    • Tuesday - Tomato basil soup and grilled goat cheese sandwich
    • Wednesday - Vegi-burger and homemade sweet potatoe fries
    • Thursday - Mexican (black bean tacos & fish tacos)
    • Friday - Either order out, pick-up, or BBQ

  • I plan out what sweetpea is going to have for the week and then prepare it on Sunday.  This way meals can be easy, fast and accesible.  Just pull out 3-4 tupperwares and mix and match a meal for her!  Of coarse there are days she eats totally differently and tries what we are having but this is a typical menu:
    • Oatmeal or cereal for breakfast - I make a big batch of original organic oatmeal (made with lactaid whole milk), then I add some organic agave nectar and store in a tupperware container.  Just scoop some out each morning, heat, add milk and some raisins, cinnamon, or fruit!!! Viola
    • Organic mac 'n' cheese made with real organic butter, lactaid whole milk (sweetpea is a little on the lean side - she is too healthy of an eater!! - so the Doc wants her to beef up her protein and good fats)
    • I steam a bunch of baby carrots, corn & broccoli florets and store them all in tupperware.
    • I wash and cut up any fruit for her for the week - she eats a TON of fresh fruit  & avocados (great but expensive!!) and proportion out some pinto beans & firm tofu

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

Happy Long Weekend . . .

Hope you have a great 4th of July Weekend! 

This holiday ties for "favorite" holiday along with Thanksgiving for my Mr. Hotpants!!  Is it a back east thing? where he would be eating blue crabs and drinking a cold beer at a table covered with newspapers??   I know he is secretly hoping for a "July 4th Surprise Delivery" BUT I am holding out for the 6th or 7th so that babe #2 gets a birthday that is "independent" from a National holiday : )

We are just enjoying our time with Ms. Emerson, who has taken to asking to go to the beach everyday when she wakes up . . . oh that and for a "green lollipop" for being good!  Sweetpea has also taken to dressing herself and I might just say, I am loving her fashion choices . . . wife-beater tank, high-top converse and Ernie Sesame street undies!!

She was making daddy surprise birthday cake sandcastles

I think I want to make something like these this weekend and eat almost all of it myself . . . ha ha ha

And how about this artist, Samantha French?!! She paints these amazing oil on canvas that look like real water  . . . I keep wanting to reach out and touch them they look so dimensional.  They completely fit my thoughts of July 4th celebrations . . . . can you imagine what the original large canvases would look like hanging in a living room!  * swoon * 

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