It’s important to start reading to your babies as early as the time they are in the womb. Through stories, children are exposed to many words which will help improve their vocabulary and their understanding. These are just a couple of reasons why it is important to start early.
Since the girls were little they have alway loved books and now that they are almost 2 they are actually starting to understand what is going on during the story. I teamed up with a unique book company that creates personalized books for children. They print the books in English, Spanish, and four other languages. What I loved is that you create the main character to resembles the child. The child’s name also becomes the name of the main character which helps your child interact and brings the story to life. Penelope and Emma love all the colors and super cute characters they laugh and point as we read the story to them. Although they don’t know how to read yet the books are great b/c they will sit down and just flip through the pages with smiles and giggles.
I am that SHY GIRL the person who doesn’t like to be noticed or even be around many ppl let alone take a pic in front of random ppl in a busy city… It really makes my nerves crazy… So why am I a blogger if I can’t gather the nerve to do things like this?? Well, let me tell you why… I have come a very long way from my shy young self. If you’ve known me you know that I used to have bad social anxiety as a teenager growing up. I was a bag of nerves for every event/party, every gathering… basically for everything… I have worked hard to make this go away to overcome my fear of being around crowds. It wasn’t just strangers that made my nerves go crazy it was being around lots of ppl even if I knew them.
This is why I chose to start blogging not only to overcome my fear of putting myself out there but so that I could interact with other like minded ladies and now like minded mamas. I work in the fashion industry as my day job and blogging is also my creative outlet my way to express what I don’t typically get to do since I work behind the scenes. I may be shy but I do love being involved and even though I get nervous when in front of a crowd the feeling after is a pretty good feeling. So when I had to do those speeches for Speech Class in college I was beyond nervous but there’s something about being in front of a crowd that is so rewarding. I am still pretty shy but I can now say that I have come out of my shell a lot more than before. Crowds still make me nervous but I have learned to calm myself down. SO lesson here is… don’t be afraid!!! If you have a fear of something overcome it as hard as it may seem you can do it.
Here in these pics I did not want to get out and take these pics, but Gio (the hubs) pushed me to do it. The whole time I was walking behind him babbling to myself haha I was so upset with him b/c we were in the city (Downtown LA) and there are so many ppl around. BUT I did it and I am glad I did. In the beginning, I was a little embarrassed, but when you’re in the moment it doesn’t matter and you just forget about everyone around. Sending lots of love and positive vibes your way. YOU can do anything you set your heart and mind on so go DO IT.
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! 😉
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 fiancé, 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