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Transitioning My Toddler to His Big Boy Bed.

Hello beautifuls! I hope y’all are doing amazing this week. I’m doing amazing and super excited for my birthday coming up in a couple days, but I’m also bugging out that I’m turning 25, in 5 more years I’ll be 30! WOW! But, let’s move on to another little person who keeps growing and breaking my heart, my squishy, my toddler Jason. We recently transitioned him from his crib, since he would escape from every morning. This was a sign that he was ready for a big boy bed. A huge thanks to grandma and grandpa for buying him his toddler bed, y’all are the best.

I had so much fun making his room a big boy room. He really didn’t have a lot of decor for his nursery since we moved to Japan. So, I went into diy mode and made some of his room decor. Thanks to the yen store here in Japan I was able to make his decor for cheap. It was easy to pick what his room was going to be since he is obsessed with cars and loves the movies from Disney Cars. I first started with these box displays, I painted them to look like roads, I have been collecting mini cars and I thought it would be a perfect way to display them in his room. I think they are the cutest things ever!

The next thing I made was a sign with his name on it. Now, this took a while to make, but it turned out sooo awesome! This took three 8×11 canvas boards, a printer to print out the letters, mod podge, and a lot of patience. I was able to find free fonts to create the font of the movie Cars. I then started to trace out every square to make a race car flag. I painted the square black and white, once it was dry I mod podged the letters onto the canvas. This helps it lay the letters flat and seem like they are painted on. To make the 95’s that are on each side of his name sign, I used smaller canvas and painted them red, printed the number 95 and mod podged it on the canvases. I felt like this really brought the name sign together.

I was able to find these hooks at the yen store and painted it red, I thought it would be great to hang his backpack and jackets. This was the one thing that wasn’t as time consuming. But, it looks great.

I found the carpet at a store called nafco, it’s so soft and fluffy, I have the exact same one in my beauty room in pink. They are high quality carpets and were super affordable, can y’all believe they were only $40! I had to snatch them up. His little table I bought on amazon for $35 and the little bar stools I bought at daiso for $4 each. The bed set I bought from target on sale. And lastly the wall art I got on Etsy, it was $3 for the digital copy of the cars. I then printed them out on photo paper.

Jason loves his new bed and room. I think it turned out amazing! What do y’all think?

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Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day beautiful! I hope you all have an amazing day and are spoiled on this special day. May you get beautiful flowers, an extra 30 minutes of sleep, or maybe not changing some diapers for one day. I don’t know about you but, not changing a few diapers is a great gift to me. As, my Mother’s Day comes to end here in Japan, most of you mommy’s are now getting up to breakfast in bed (I’m hoping) or sleeping in. But, I was giving the best Mother’s Day gift ever! No it wasn’t anything materialistic, we didn’t even go out to a nice brunch or dinner. We stayed home, I got to sleep in a bit, got my house cleaned (to my standards), got a break from wrestling a toddler in order to change a diaper, I got a back massage without complaining and whining, and finally got to eat some yummy food from the comfort of my own home in my sweats. It was a great Mother’s Day for this mommy. I am truly blessed to have such a great husband and such sweet babies. My baby boy makes me feel like the luckiest mommy in the world, if I knew I was going to get lucky with such a great baby the second time I would get on it in a heartbeat, but for now I’m happy with my sweet squishy bear and fur baby. Jason seriously makes being a mommy a piece of cake, with the occasional meltdown but, hey he’s a toddler. He is the most amazing little human ever, we had a bit of struggle the first few weeks after we was born, but after that he was smooth sailing. He is such a great sleeper since he was an infant, he didn’t turn into a little butthole when he was teething. I thought for sure he was going to struggle when transitioning from sleeping with me to his crib at nine months, but no, he was a pro, since the first night we put him in his crib he has not want to sleep with us. Which makes me a little sad, cause I just want to cuddle him at night, he’s just Mr. Independent now. Then, came taking away the binky and bottle and transition to a sippy cup a little after he turned one. I thought for sure that was going to be tough, and yet again he was unphased. We really got lucky with this little guy and not to mention with our fluffikins Lucas. He’s the best dog we could have ever asked for. Like I said he makes being a mommy a piece of cake. I’m truly blessed to be a mom and a fur mom.

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We Survived Our First Week.

AE37358D-8014-485E-B64F-065CC7E1BF96Hello Beautifuls! Today is a little update from my last post about starting school, a new job, and Jason going to daycare for the first time. Well, we survived it. I am still a student, I didn’t drop out. HAHA. I have been really good about not procrastinating and waiting until last-minute. But, it’s only been a week. This week hasn’t been a walk in the park either. Since starting school, a new job, and Jason going to daycare, I’ve started to wake up early to wake up early. Like, 6am early! I haven’t woken up this early since high school, so its been tough.

This whole week I’ve been waking up early to work out ( I’ll do a post about my workout routine in the future.) I’m able to clean up the house a bit and have a little time to work on school work before my squishy bear wakes up. But, Oh My Gosh! Those were some tough days. I usually never take a nap, but my eyes were barely staying opened. I eventually got use to it. Waking up early is a great thing. Friday was definitely a crazy day. I was running errands before dropping Jason off at daycare and going into works. And all the momma’s know how hard it is to run errands with a toddler. It makes it double the work, getting a toddler in and out of the car is a sport itself. By 10 am I have so much, I was in dire need of Starbucks. Thank God it was Friday!

My new job is awesome, I love it. It feels so good to be working again. I’m so blessed to always have great co-workers and managers. At every job I’ve had, the managers and co-workers are amazing and friendly. Not many people can say that. I honestly have never had a problem at any of my jobs. I’m so happy to be working with such amazing people and organization.

Jason is loving daycareso far. The first day was the hardest for me. Literally, not even 2.5 seconds went by that I dropped him off and I busted out into tears. I started questioning my parenting, “Was I a bad mom for leaving my baby?”, “Will he be okay?” I was a mess. But, he had a great time. The ladies there love him and say he’s a good boy, which makes me really happy and gives me peace of mind.

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Styling My Toddler.

Hello Beautiful! I hope you all are having an amazing week so far. Today I want to talk about my addiction to buying baby clothes. HAHA! It really is an addiction. I can’t stop buying my squishy bear clothes. I love dressing him up in cute clothes, whether it be preppy to sporty. Not to toot my own horn, but he can rock everything he wears. Every time I dress him, I get all giddy and start laughing because he looks so flipping adorable and looks like a little man. I thought having a boy was going to be boring to dress up, granted girls do have a lot more stuff to work with, but I find is so much fun shopping and picking outfits for my son. Since the day he was born I would always dress him up in cute outfits. Except the first two weeks we both stayed in pajamas all day, but I mean I was exhausted and it was my first time being a mommy. But, once I got the hang of it and I was able to peel myself off the bed, it was time to get cute. (For the both of us, I was looking rough). He has always had little baby shoes, I know some people think is stupid to buy baby shoes, I don’t care. Shoes made his whole outfit. Granted he has more shoes than me and my husband, but I can’t help it. I seriously get so much joy making my toddler look stylish. My favorite stores when was a baby was Jack & Janie, Gymboree, Carters, & OshGoshBgosh. His clothes now are mainly from Old Navy and Baby Gap, there is no beating their prices on cute and stylish clothes. I never pay full price for his clothes. They are always having amazing sales. I get so much for so little. I love those places. It also helps that his grandma constantly send him cute clothes. He honestly has more clothes and shoes than us. Who else has so much fun dressing their babies? Are there other stores you like shopping from?

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I mean come on! Look how handsome he is. 83D59385-4A2A-48C0-A1F9-6750ACA0AF0C

Look how he can rock a kimono. Love it. I am obsessed with my child. What parent isn’t?

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Sunday Funday

Hello Beautifuls! I hope you all are having an amazing weekend so far. We had a lazy Saturday, but we had a pretty fun Sunday. We took Jason bowling for the first time, needless to say, he beat us. He sure is a natural. (who wouldn’t be with bumpers, right?) Our little professional bowler was still full of energy, so we took him to the park for a few. He loves swinging and going up and down the slides. It kills me how much he is growing and is capable of doing all these things on his own. I remember when I would have to hold him to go down the slides and swings. Where did my baby go? Stay little forever!

We came home and took our fur baby on a walk and watch the sunset. I swear Japan is so beautiful. I do not go on long walks, but this view was so amazing, it sure encouraged me to start going on long walks. Lucas sure didn’t mind the long walk. As I walked, I couldn’t believe how blessed I was. Above all, it was a great and fun day. What do you all do for fun? Well it is not like we will be able to do it for another two years. Maybe we can find something close to it here in Japan. Let me know down below! XOXO.

 

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Set Goals & Crush them!

Hello Beautifuls! I am writing on here today to talk about goals. I know we are in the second week of January, but it’s never to late to set some goals. It does not matter if you want to set them in the middle of the year, month, or week. Goals are goals. Set them whenever you feel like you want to. This is the first year I have ever made a “dream/goals board”. I wanted to visualize my goals and dreams and put out good vibes out in the world. I pray everyday and declare my goals will come true in the name of Jesus Christ. Staying positive, keeping faith, and never giving up are key in making your goals happen. The two main goals I have set for this year are to travel with my little family and reach 500 followers on my blog. The other goals are to revamp my style and wardrobe, start a healthier lifestyle, and going back home to visit my family and friends. I am very excited for this year. This is going to be our year! I hope you all accomplish all your goals this year. XOXO.

 

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Capture Life’s Moments.

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When I was growing up, I always had a camera in my face. Whether it be taking a picture or recording a family gathering. My parents were very good at capturing my childhood. One of my uncles took it to the extreme. He truly captured every moment in life. I am sure he has pictures and a video of my first time getting highlights in my hair. This being the reason I take pictures all the time. My camera is full of pictures of Jason and places we go to. My phone is out of memory from pictures of Jason. I take my camera everywhere, I barely use My IPhone camera. ( ironically, I took the picture above with my IPhone camera.) No, the reason I do not use my IPhone is not because I am out memory, I just prefer the picture quality of my camera.

Since, I love taking pictures and I want to capture any adorable moment of my son or our little outings in Japan. I use the Sony a5000, I could not live without it. It takes amazing pictures and it is so compact. It can easily fit in a small cross body and still have room for my wallet and phone. I get compliments on my pictures all the time and it is all thanks to the Sony a5000. I have been wanting to buy this camera for a long time and luckily one of my friends, who is an amazing photographer, was selling hers. It was practically brand new, it came with a brand new lens and with other accessories, it was a great deal. Not long after she sold it, she bought another one. That’s how good it is. So, if you are on the hunt for a good camera, get the Sony a5000. It is about the same DSLR and it is half the size. I just love it. My polaroid camera is everything. It gives me such 90’s vibes. It captures the moment  and prints it out instantly. I use it to take pictures I really want to keep and have instantly. This means I have hundreds of polaroid’s of my squishy bear. It is just so cute. I will always love to take pictures. One day I will look back and see all the memories of my life.