family, Love, Memories, Travel, Vacation

Mini Family Vacation.

Hello Beautifuls! How is y’alls summer going so far? Mine as been filled with family love, laughter, shopping, a lot of shopping, and creating great memories. I’ve been in Florida for about two months, I’ll be heading back to Japan Sunday morning. I can’t believe how fast these months have gone by. It’s going to be so sad to say goodbye to my family again for another year and a half. I will miss them very much and I’m sure they are going to miss us, especially Jason. But, we will be back before you know it.

Since, being back in the states I’ve gone to target so many times I have lost count. I’ve been deprived so, I needed my fix, don’t judge. We’ve done a lot of shopping, I think I’m set for a while and so is Jason. I’ll do a separate post on our big shopping hauls. We’ve gone on little vacations such as, going to North Carolina to see the in laws and going on a spontaneous two day beach trip. I was able to find us the cutest resort right on the beach with like a few hours notice, not days, hours! It turned out to be an amazing trip. I couldn’t ask for any better in laws. We’ve just came back from Orlando, it was Jason’s first time at SeaWorld. He loved all the shows, music, and little water parks. He sure came home pooped. I got the chance to really bond with my not so little brothers, we got on all the rides and just had a lot of fun. So much fun that I now have no voice. Since we couldn’t make it to Disney World and I had to get my Disney fix, we headed down to Disney Springs. I was so happy, I was like a little kid in a candy shop. It was magical. On top of these little trips, I’ve been enjoying the Florida sun, I finally have a tan! Jason has enjoyed both of his grandparents pools, he’s like a little fish. I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. I’m so grateful for my amazing husband for making all this possible.

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My Toddler, Packing List, Shopping, Travel

Florida Packing List Part 1.

DSC03792Hello Beautifuls! Oh how I’ve missed y’all! It’s been a strange few weeks for me. I have been feeling very tired and I literally almost died last week. Well, not really, but it sure felt like I was going to. Thank God I’m finally feeling tens times better. I hope you all are doing amazing as well. Now, let’s get to the fun stuff!

I’m beyond and excited to be going back to the states in just a few weeks. The only down side about it is, I will be traveling alone with a TODDLER! I promise I’m not a bad mom, but I will be bringing along some Benadryl, not for me, for Jason. I’m hoping this will make this trip a bit more bearable. I just can’t wait! I’m so ready to see my amazing parents and hang out with my friends. So, get ready for some fun stuff. Y’all this is a 24 hour trip/flight! Since buying our tickets I have been preparing and buying some stuff I will be needing to make this trip as easy as possible and some things I just felt were really cute. Below I’ll be showing somethings I will be packing for our Florida trip.

First things first, we have to travel in style and what better way to spruce up our passports than cute passport covers. Mine is a travel wallet from Ted Baker, I was eyeing this for the longest time and it finally went on sale and I had to get it. It is big enough to hold our boarding passes, passport, and some cards, making it easier to purchase snacks and such. For Jason I got him a little green passport holder, he needs to travel in style too. Lol.

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Traveling with a toddler you most definitely need to be hands free. So, it only made sense to  get a backpack. I was able to find this cute Michael Kors backpack at the store on base. It is very spacious, sturdy, and obviously really cute. I had to make sure it would be able to hold some diapers, wipes, snacks, and some other things to keep Jason entertained for the flight.

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Now on to some of the things I got to HOPEFULLY keep my toddler entertained. He loves cars, so I bought a pack so I can keep him intrigued with a new car every now and then. I also got him a fire tablet, I thought he was going love it and never let it go, well I was wrong. He could really careless about the thing. He rather play with his cars, which I love, but I’m going to need him to grow attached to it for the sake of my sanity and the flight. But here’s hoping for the best!

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Since this is a long flight, I have to make sure my phone and Jason’s tablet are always charged. So, it was important to get a good portable charger. I got this Mophie charger and it is the greatest portable charger ever and it’s pink! And to keep my charger and headphones from getting tangled and keep them organized, I bought these holders to prevent them from getting on my nerves and getting tangled.

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Finally, I’m packing my laptop, hp printer, agenda, journal and my devotional. These are pretty important.

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I hope you all enjoyed part one of my packing list. I will be posting an outfit and accessories blog in a few days. I will post a few outfits I bought for the trip and what accessories I will be taking along with me for my mini vacation.

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fashion, Food, Shopping

Girly Day With Tay.

Hello Beautifuls! Today was a very much-needed girls day. It has been quite a while since I’ve gone out and did a little shopping without a toddler running around or a nagging husband telling me “hurry up”, “why are you taking so long?”. Today we shopped in peace, it was so nice. We stopped for some coffee at Starbucks, did a little shopping at H&M, went to Louis Vuitton for a little treat for the eyes and to reserve a little something I’ve been eyeing for a while, stopped at a little Luxury thrift store, and finished with some lunch. Even though we went to a lot of places, our mission today was Starbucks. Why, you may ask? Because here in Japan, Sakura season is about to start, which is the cherry blossom season. (this honestly is my favorite season).

Starbucks in Japan came out with a Sakura season collection, about the most beautiful collection ever. I don’t know about y’all ,but I love mugs and tumblers, so I had to get my hands on this pretty collection. I mean look how gorgeous and pink everything is. This is totally my type of esthetic.

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The next stop was H&M. I just got a couple of things, it’s not like I can fit in a lot of their clothes. H&M already has sizing problems and being in Japan makes it even worse. But, I can still find some cute stuff that I can fit in. The struggle is real! Today, you will see a lot of pink. At H&M I got two shirts, a cardigan, and the cutest beret. Yes, they are in different shades of pink, I did say at the beginning of this year I wanted to add more pink in my wardrobe. The shirt is so comfy, it is supposed to be a shirt dress but my butt and hips do not allow it to be a dress shirt, so I’ll be wearing it with some leggings. The second shirt is flowy and gives me spring vibes, the sleeves are bell sleeves, which adds a little girly and dressy look to it. The cardigan can be used with anything and knowing me it’ll be worn a lot. It is very thin, so it can be worn during the spring without having a heat stroke. Lastly, the blush pink beret, this was something that I was uncertain on buying, but surprisingly was very cute on me.

The last stop was the luxury thrift store. Japan has the best thrift stores ever, especially when it come to finding luxury items. My friend Taylor is the one that opened my eyes to thrifting. I honestly never even stepped foot in a thrift store until I went with Taylor. I know that sounds snobby, but it just wasn’t my thing. Anyways, at this thrift store I got a Louis Vuitton 4 Key holder. I have been wanting this for while, but I always debated on whether I wanted to pay $200 for something my keys were going to scratch and be tossed around. But, I found one that is in great condition for $70! I mean that is a good amount of money being saved that can go towards something else. I was so happy I was able to find this. I know I will not be loosing my keys any more.

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I will be having a giveaway at the end of the month. I will be posting a separate post on the details and items for the giveaway. Make sure you follow and to keep an eye out for the giveaway. 

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Mommy and Me, Motherhood, My Toddler, School, student life

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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Favorites, Makeup, Shopping, Skincare

January Favorites.

Hello beautifuls! As the first month of the new year comes to an end I want to talk about my January favorites, from books to makeup. Most of these products I have had for a couples months, but I have fallen in love with these products in the month of January.

First, I’m going to mention my favorite book of the moment. This book brings me back to middle school/ high school days. I would read these books all the time. I was at the MCX (store on base) and I found this book and I had to buy it. The stories are full of love and lessons, they are so beautiful. They had different ones, but I chose this one because I am so grateful for my mommy and being so far from her makes miss her so much. I am no longer a two-hour airplane ride from her. I read this after I’m done with my daily devotional and praying. Favorite book this month for sure.

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Having so much do this upcoming month, my Lilly Pulitzer agenda has been my best friend. Every line is filled. I have a horrible memory and forget things in 2.5 seconds, so writing things done really help me. With school and a new job, I need to write down my due dates for assignments and write the days and hours I work. I also find it super relaxing to decorate and plan my days. I’m obsessed with stationary, whether it post its, thank you cards, stickers, stamps, you name it and I can’t get enough of it. Here in Japan, stationary and planner decorating is a big thing. Every time I go to Daiso or Seria ( I have a post about these stores, Shopping in Japan.) I always end up leaving with cute stationary. I have about a thousands post its and notebooks. My washi tape collections is growing for sure, I mean who can pass up cute stationary for a $1! I love how small it is and I’m to take it with me, which I do.

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Now on to the one piece of jewelry I wear all the time. It does not matter if I’m wearing gold or not. I am seriously obsessed with my Tiffany & Co. necklace I got for Christmas. It one piece that I never leave the house with out, besides my engagement ring.

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For makeup there hasn’t been much of a change since the my favorite beauty products. The only thing that has changed is my go-to bronzer and blush and primer. But, I also still included the products I always use and are my ride or die products. I’ve had the NARS bronzer and blush for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that I have fallen in love with it. The bronzer makes your skin glow and the blush is kind of sheen, shimmer blush, which is my favorite kind of blush. It also saves me time, its two in one. The new primer is Smashbox Primerizer, holy primer! This thing is magic, it makes my face hydrated and flawless. It does an amazing job filling in your pores and giving the face an airbrushed look. Absolute fav!

In 2017, I was starting to get into skin care. I got the Clarisonic Mia in December, and it totally changed the game on how I was my face. While it exfoliates and cleans your skin, it gives you a nice massage on your face. It helps get off every drop of make up that is on my face. The exfoliate I like to use is the Micro-delivery Exfoliating Wash, it is gentle enough to use twice a day. I use in the morning when I wake up and at night before going to sleep. After, I wash my face in the morning I have been using the origins Eye brightening cream. I have really bad dark circles and this has helped a lot in month I have been using it. I also, moisterize with the TATCHA water cream. It is so hydrating and makes my face feel like a baby’s bottom. It is worth every penny, for sure.

Last, but not least, my favorite perfume. Just like skin care I didn’t start getting into perfumes until 2017. I would only use body spray and lotion. But, this is a new love. I have three other perfumes, but the one I reach to more often is my Chanel Chance. It smells so amazing. It has a very girly and sweet scent to it. It is my absolute favorite. DSC03099

I hope you all enjoyed my January Favorites, Let me know if any of these products are your favorite too. Also, let me know what your favorites are.

 

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Motherhood, My Toddler, School, student life

Let The Procrastination Begin.

This is the last weekend I have stress free, because starting Monday I start my online classes. On top of starting classes this week, I also start a part-time job. That being said, this also means my little baby boy, whom I’ve been attached too since he was growing in my belly is going to daycare. So, my stress levels are going to be in high gear this week. I was not necessarily looking for a job out here in Japan, but I did want to start volunteering and giving back to my community. I gratefully stumbled upon this opportunity to volunteer and get back into the work place. Let me give y’all a little background to this place. I will be working at the thrift store on base, this is an non-profit organization. I have never been a thrifting gal, I know I sound snobby, but it is what it is. I am very fortunate to be able to work at this place. They are more than a thrift store, they do toy drives for the orphanages in Japan, they provide funding for the summer programs at the church on base, which is known as VBS. They do all kinds of events in order to be able to provide for these places. They are solely funded by the donations given to them. I am extremely excited to start working and volunteering at all these amazing events.

Now, on to the start of procrastination. I will be taking online classes for the second time this semester and I am having mixed feelings. Last semester, I had a breakdown a week into the semester. I’m hoping I don’t let my procrastination get the best of me this semester, but I’m sure I will a little bit. I am going to try my hardest to get as organized as possible so I don’t go crazy with being a mom, wife, student, and an employee. Doing online classes has its pros and cons. some of the pros are I am able to do my school work on my on time and the semester is only eight weeks long. The cons are since I can work on my own time, I tend to procrastinate and leave everything last-minute leading up to my mental breakdown. Another con is, I have always been a person that likes to be in a classroom, being able to ask questions and get help right there and then. Doing online classes as a couple of bumps when it comes to communicating, it also doesn’t help that I’m on a time difference and my morning is my professors night. But, I gotta work with what I got and count my blessings that I am able to go to school, not many girls in other countries can say this. Do you go on campus or online? Which one do you prefer? Do you procrastinate?

Finally, we get to the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, putting my squishy bear in daycare. I have been going back and forth with this decision for a long time. I’m so used to being with him everyday, all day. I’m so nervous but excited at the same time. This is a great way for Jason to play with kids his own age and hopefully learn a little Japanese while he is there. Also, I get to have a little adult time and have a conversation with some who can actually talk back to me with actual words. I’m pretty excited. I can’t imagine being with out my little boy for more than an hour. I know for a fact that I’m going to be a mess when I drop him off for the first time. I’m not even going to bother to do my makeup, because I know I will be bawling in the parking lot. I just hope he starts playing and doesn’t lose it when I’m trying to leave.

I will do an update about my week and how everything went at work, and how I handled Jason’s first day in daycare. And hopefully I won’t be a college dropout. HAHA.

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Basically how my life is going to be starting Monday on top of being a mom and a wife. This picture speaks to me on so many levels. Let the fun begin.

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Food, Juice Bar, Memories

Best Juice Bar, Ever!

Let me tell you about the best juice bar I have ever been to. I don’t know what I’m going to do when it is time to go back to the states. It’s so delicious, no other juice bar in the states can compare. I have yet to find another juice bar as good out here in Japan. The first time I went was with my friend that introduced me to this beautiful place. I was hooked. Jason loves this place too. Today, I took my husband for the first time. He was pretty impressed, he was surprised that the actual drink looks like the picture on the menu. This place makes all the smoothies with fresh fruit, on top of being made fresh, they also put whip cream with fresh fruit on top with powdered sugar. SO GOOD! I would’ve never thought to put powdered sugar on fruit, but it’s yummy. The other times I have been to this place, I get a green grape smoothie. This drink is a mixture of sour and sweet. Like, it’ll get you in the back of the throat when you take that first sip. Today, I got a purple grape drink and the hubby got a strawberry drink. The purple grape smoothie was sweet, unlike the green grape one. Both are delicious. The shop itself, is small, like many places in Japan. It is so cute and chic. They are really Instagram ready. They seriously have cute props to make your smoothie look cute for an Instagram picture. I wish everyone could taste these delicious treats. I mean look how amazing these drinks look. What are y’alls  favorite juice bars?

 

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This was back in October. How cute are the props?

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