P & E Turn ONE

Hi, Everyone! SO if you follow me on Insta you all know that my girls turned the BIG O-N-E back in September and this mama is just getting around to blogging about it. It wasn’t something we decided to do until literally the last min (better late than never, right?) we didn’t actually start planning until 2 weeks before it was super last min. BUT I am BEYOND grateful that my lil super creative sister (who just started an Etsy¬†shop and Insta) came in and made the party oh so beautiful. Take a look at the pics I am sure you’ll feel the same. We stayed up all night had 3 hours of sleep and then BAM it was time to start preparing for the party. Let me tell you I am no party planner and planning this party just super confirmed that I cannot handle party planning well at all. So I just gave my sister the job of planning their birthday’s from now on… Thank you, Val! ūüėČ

Ok, so here is what I decided on at the last min… We happened to already have unicorn costumes, so it was perfect they were going to dress up in those costumes take a pic and use it for the invites. Then use them again on Oct 31st… perfect, right? I get 2 uses out of them… and I say this b/c come on let’s be real here we all know babies grow out of things quickly so getting two uses out of their costumes was a win win. After the invites I knew I needed to jot down all that I wanted to do… but my brain went blank. Where do I start, what do I do… I had no idea. I’ve never planned a party before. Then my sister came to my rescue she sketched out how she imagined the party should look and it was perfect… from there I was able to gather all of the party supplies, decor, cake, sweets, party favors, pinata (it’s not a party without a pinata, right?), jumper (yes we had one) and the hubby was in charge of the food, drinks, and tables, which he did an awesome job on. It really is much easier when you have a vision or in my case a sketch of what the party will look like.

Crowns – (here) // High chair sign – (here) // Cakes (yes, 3 different cakes) – Unicorn cake (here), Smash cakes (here), Tiered Cake (here) //¬†Baby Unicorn cookies – (here) // Unicorn pic – (here) this is my sister’s Esty page just send her a request. //¬†Photo booth backdrop – (here)¬†this is my sister’s Esty page just send her a request. //¬†Photo booth sign – (here)¬†this is my sister’s Esty page just send her a request. // Welcome to our 1st birthday – (here)¬†this is my sister’s Esty page just send her a request. //¬†Pink shaggy # 1 – (here)¬†this is my sister’s Esty page just send her a request.

The party came together quite nicely and it was so nice to see family from up north and down south be here for their 1st birthday. It was also nice to have family come over early to help setup. My mom, sister, sister’s fianc√©, Tia (Aunt) and lil cousin came to our rescue. The Tiered cake was a gift from the twins Tia and cousin and it was really cute. Thank you to all my family who made it out. It meant so much to us!

These girls are my heart, make me smile and make every not so good day a good day. So grateful to have been blessed with these two lil munchkins who are now ONE (well 14 months now). Happy 1st Birthday to our beautiful girls Penelope and Emma. Here are some pics from their 12-month photo shoot and their party I hope you enjoy them #PandEturnONE






Bye Bye, says Penelope.



This past weekend it rained here in Cali and it happened to rain right when we were about to shoot. I was determined to get the pics b/c it’s hard enough to get out and shoot. Not sure that it was the best idea to be shooting in alleys on a rainy day, but my photographer AKA the hubs went along with it. I know he wasn’t too thrilled about it either, but we still did it. So thank you hubby for being a trooper and making me happy.

Being able to get out and shoot isn’t easy anymore I am a momma to 1-year-old twin girls, I work full-time from home and I’m a wife and yes I included this b/c it does require work. However, when your mind is set on something and you have a passion for it…you do it, right? If it makes you happy… you do it, right? It’s so important to make sure you do things that make you happy and to not let anyone get in the way of that.

I started this Instagram¬†journey almost 3 years ago and it isn’t something I did or do full-time but it has grown to a point that I make sure to invest the time needed b/c it means a lot to me. When I do something I give it my all. This Instagram journey of mine has turned out to be my creative outlet and I do not regret one bit of it. I only wish I would’ve started sooner and wouldn’t have been so shy and so scared.

Is there anything you have always wanted to do and you finally did it? It’s a great feeling, right? So don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you want to do it… DO IT! If they don’t support you it’s ok as it only makes you stronger. Surround yourself with others that have the same goals and encourage and lift you up. Keep your head high, keep pushing and don’t EVER give up.

Handbag: Prada Double Zip Lux Tote – Trendlee












There are 3 accessories I don’t like leaving home without¬†and they are: my wedding ring, earrings, and watch. Of course, I never take the wedding ring off or my earrings, but if I leave without my watch on I feel naked. So having a timeless piece I can wear season after season and year after year is pretty important to me. I do however like pieces that are simple yet have personality. JORD¬†Wood Watches do just that. They’re wood (so cool, right?), simple yet chic, easily adjustable, easy to take on and off, NO batteries it’s automatic (awesome, right?) and pretty cool watch I¬†must add. Who hates going to the watch store? Raise your hands (insert hand up emoji here). When the battery dies it just makes me not want to wear the watch anymore. I am guessing this girl needs to invest in more automatic watches… JORD I’m coming for more ūüôā

I can go on and on but another reason I fell in love with JORD was b/c they customize them to fit your wrist. Whether you have a petite wrist or a larger wrist your watch arrives to fit you just right so you can just pull it out of the box and wear it. Oh and I cannot forget the packaging the watch arrives in a super cute wood box with a little drawer. I am so big on presentation and JORD hit it on the nail. Not only is the watch packaged nicely, but you get to keep the little wood box to store your watch or anything else.

Check JORD out for yourself they have watches for men and women and their designs are sleek and so chic. I happen to love the Frankie series and as can see below I selected the Koa and Ash watch. ¬†You can get your watch for $20 off or if you’re the lucky winner of my giveaway you will receive a $75 e-gift card towards your purchase. Enter to win below! Good Luck!!! <3


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I have partnered with JORD for a giveaway…

  • One lucky winner will win an e-gift code to their online shop for $75.
  • All entrants will receive a $20 e-gift code automatically emailed to them just for entering.
  • Click on the link to enter the giveaway:¬†https://www.woodwatches.com/g/thesimplechicbrunette


Watch: JORD (here) // Sweater: Forever 21 (here) // Heels: Loefer Randall (Here) // Jeans: Zara – similar (here) // Hat: Janessa Leone (here)










**This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches


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