the best and easiest gift

nana photoshoot nana photoshoot Over the weekend we celebrated my mom's birthday. My mom is just the best, I honestly can't say enough wonderful things about her. She is my best friend but she wasn't always my best friend. From 0-16 she was mom, she didn't let me get away with everything but she had an ability to teach me and parent and also be the funniest person I know. She is someone I aspire to be one day. I hope my boys will tell there friends, my mom is like my Nana. Last year when my mom had a big birthday I was on bedrest. She came to see me in the hospital (well she did everyday) but of course on her birthday. I hated we couldn't all celebrate somewhere fun. So this year we went to her favorite restaurant and got her favorite cake. I was hesitant on what to buy her for her birthday. Marcy always has my moms gift ideas on her mind months in advance. I always want to buy mom something for her, like make up or scrubs. She doesn't always want those things tho. This year I guess I was so focused on Mariah's birthday my mom's birthday gift took a backseat. The week of her birthday came and I started to scramble. My brother had his gift and Marcy had her gift and crap! I didn't! Then, I had a bright idea. A picture. You can never, ever, ever go wrong with a picture for my mom. EVER. Pictures are her most cherished possessions. I blame her (and thank her) for my picture obsession. Ardo and James are at the perfect size right now where they can wear matching clothes. I love it so much and Ardo loves it too. He actually gets excited when he knows he going to match with James. I bought them matching red striped shirts from Target my mom loves red. I originally was just going to the picture with just them, but then I remembered I had these chalk boards from my wedding. So I decided holding signs to personalize the picture would really tug at my moms heart strings. The boys were so awesome during these pictures. I think because we just had fun at the park and I kept telling Ardo it was for Nana. My mom opened her gift on her birthday and she was so happy, and I was happy too. Maybe I'll still get her a scrub and then if she doesn't use it, I can. Mom's are great for that too! Happy Birthday Mom! :) nana photoshoot nana photoshoot nana photoshoot nana photoshoot


in case you're wondering

I failed you guys. I didn't complete my 21 day challenge. Okay here's what happened. I had every intention on completing my challenge eventho I knew it might be harder on Mother's Day. As Mother's Day gets closer and closer I started thinking "oh maybe I'll have a cheat day." I thought it was perfectly fine to have one cheat day cause the last 10 days had gone so well. I was struggling, should I - shouldn't I. The morning of Mother's Day came and I decided it would be fine to have one cheat day. I had a couple mini donuts and Starbucks in the morning and I kept thinking "it's just one day and I wasn't going crazy." I told my sister, I decided to have a cheat day and she says "okay so you didn't complete the challenge?" I kept assuring her no I was still gonna complete it, I was just having a cheat day. She said very seriously "Sonya if you didn't complete the challenge and you're eat this food, YOU DIDN'T COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE!!" ............. "Whaaat? Wait so, wait, you can't have a cheat day?" The answer to that is NO. I swear I felt really stupid. I seriously thought a cheat day was fine and I had convinced myself a cheat day was fine. Um no. So needless to say I failed you, I didn't complete my challenge. I feel bad about it too cause the first 10 days were okay, they weren't that hard, I just didn't eat bad food. The 10 days I actually completed really brought to light how much junk food I eat. EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Something I'm not proud of. So I'm going to do the challenge again. I'm going to make my own list tho and include alcohol. I don't drink very much but that's something else I could do without. So I failed you! I was thinking of having a link up when I do start the challenge again for anyone who wants to join me! I'm thinking I'll start June 8. Who's with me!


dressing jamesy

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I love dressing my boys cute but I also have to be practical. I remember the days when I used to buy Ardo things and never wait for sales. Then because little ones grow so quickly within a few months he had outgrown whatever outfit I bought and there it went in the giveaway pile. When Ardo started preschool that stopped really quick. He goes through clothes like crazy. I've never really been that way with James. I try my best with James to find him adorable clothes but its gotta be at the right price. Anyway the other day I was perusing H&M like I do when I want to window/online shop and they just got in some new stock! They have the cutest SHIZZ right now! I saw the bear sandals and omg I want them for James, so freakin cute! So I decided to make this little board of all the cute shizz cause for me H&M does something right time and time again. They get boys clothes. Not every single thing for a boy needs to be basketball or future football player. Oh lord I HATE future anything on a 3 month old onesie! Babies are fresh out of the womb this is their future: a wet diaper and milk...that's it! Whoops, sorry tiny rant. You get it tho, not all girls are princesses and not all boys are baseballs players. Sometimes baby boys want to wear bears on their feet and neon sunglasses, and that it okay with me! Mothers of baby boys this one is for you. Next week I think I'll do a board for bigger boys. Summer is right around the corner, actually I'm in California, that means summer is next week.


21 fiesta

mexican fiesta Over the weekend we had a little Mexican Fiesta for my baby sister. "Baby" eventho we celebrated her turning 21! We wanted to throw my sister a nice little party but on a budget. WEDDING DECORATIONS TO THE RESCUE! My wedding decorations have really come in handy. I can't believe how many times myself and others have been able to use them. Honestly it warms my heart to see them used over and over again. My sister Marcy and I decided to add a few little decorations to Mariah's birthday, to make hers special. Just because we were using my decorations doesn't mean she couldn't have her own little touches. If can you believe it, we had Mariah's party at my tiny apartment. My apartment has a common grass area that is really nice, so we just had it there. The weather was perfectly overcast with a cool breeze....it was a great Saturday. You know it's crazy to me that my little sister turned 21. I can still remember the day she was born. I remember my grandpa came to pick us up from school. I remember asking him where my mom was and he said she went to the hospital. I remember giving him the biggest hug ever because I was so excited my baby sister was here. I remember when we went to the hospital, she was much more red than I anticipated...but she was adorable. I'm proud of the woman she has become. So what does a proud sister do? Throws a bomb fiesta! mexican fiesta The birthday girl and Jamesy boy. mexican fiesta We set up the tables simple but vibrant. mexican fiesta I love jarritos sodas so much. We tried getting as many flavors as we could. I love it when you can even keep your drinks in a theme. mexican fiesta This is the dessert table. Marcy and I made that 21 pinata. We didn't really have any instructions so we just kind of winged it. We cut out two pieces of the each number and lined them with cardboard, then measured tissue paper to wrap around and cut those to make little streamers. We just did that all the around. I'm really proud of how they came out. The papel picado is from my wedding. mexican fiesta Of course we had to order some Auntie Apple's cookies again. Jennifer (she's Auntie Apple) she posted these cookies for Cinco de Mayo. I had to order some for our dessert table. How cute is Frida? mexican fiesta mexican fiesta These Mariachi Men we're my favorite! My sister found the tutorial here on good ole pinterest. I love them so much! They were super easy to recreate. The tutorial takes you step by step and as soon as we made one, the others were easy! Aren't they just adorable? mexican fiesta mexican fiesta matching mustaches mexican fiesta My sister Marcy and I love, I sure love her. mexican fiesta mexican fiesta

and now on to the next one...James turns 1 in two months if you need me I'll be planning...and crying. :)


around this blog

Hello all and welcome to any new readers. My name is Sonya and this is my blog
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for those of you who have been here for awhile (you guys are awesome by the way) thank you so much for sticking around and allowing me to share little things about my life. I just wanted to say HI. You have probably noticed a few reviews the last few weeks for Nuby. I am so proud to say that I am a Nuby Parent Blogger. We really love and have used Nuby in our house for 4 years now. When Ardo was just a baby. I'm excited to continue to use their products with James and give you all reviews of what I think.
I link many things in this blog but as of right now there is no affiliate linking. That might change later but right now there is none. I don't have a policy on affiliate linking, I just don't do it. I've decided to designate Wednesdays to review items. Not every item I've reviewed or will review is gifted. Sometimes I review something because I've been wanting to try it out and let you know what I think. Sometimes I review items because they are sent to me to review but it's always going to be something I use, can use or my family uses. I want to keep this blog honest in the sense that I let you (my readers) know what's up. I'll never review or be gifted something that doesn't fit perfectly well with my family and I'll always let you know. I am excited to keep venturing on with my blog and go wherever it may take me.
Thanks for following along and Happy Friday!


baby food storage - one stop shop

Description of Photo I've mentioned before that I make James' baby food. Actually I've probably mentioned it like a billion times! A couple weeks ago I did this post reviewing Nuby Squeeze Spoon. When you make baby food, you can store it a billion different ways. I think the Squeeze Spoon is perfect for on the go. Today I want to share with you a one stop shop in baby food storage. These are Nuby's Storage Pots. I've been using them for a few weeks now. Here's the absolute best thing about these storage pots...convenience!! This is what I normally do when I'm making baby food. I make a big batch and I store some in food jars for the week and freeze the rest. When Nuby offered me these storage pots for a review I figured they were going to be great because they have a non skid bottom which you probably know from the ages 6months to 4 years old, non skid is a god send and if you drop them, they won't break. Then as I was looking them over I realized they can be refrigerated and frozen and if need be microwaved all in the same pot!

That is sweet potato-broccoli-pasta. James loves it. Description of Photo These storage pots are 2oz and BPA free of course. Don't you love that little tray they come in? Keeps your pots nice and organized in the freezer or refrigerator. As I mentioned they are also microwave safe. I don't normally use the microwave to heat up James' food because microwaves can create hot spots in food. If you are going to use a microwave make sure you mix the food well and let it stand for a good few minutes before feeding it to your baby. Testing it yourself is a good idea too. Cause in a pinch we all do what we need to do to get our little monsters fed. Description of Photo

Nuby sent me this product to review but all opinion are my own. :)


mama's day

Description of Photo I had the best Mother's Day ever yesterday. I don't play games with Jerry on what I want or what to get me or anything like that. I remind him of our anniversary, and he could never forget my birthday because I start planning it in August (it's September 25). For Mother's Day this year I asked Jerry to plan everything. I didn't want to be asked what I wanted to do I just wanted him to plan it for me. He did just that and it was great! We started with breakfast in bed. Jerry made me blueberry waffles and bacon. Ardo was dying to give me my Mother's Day gift. I emailed Jerry a few weeks ago and said "I want this for Mother's Day" I swear when I got it tho I was still kinda surprised. And I think I'm my mom now cause I seriously wanted that food processor. Majestic yellow because that matches my Kitchen Aid Mixer and hopefully for Christmas I get the blender??
Ardo kept wishing me a Happy Birthday Mother's Day. It was so sweet! James kept drooling on me and giving me slobbery, boogery kisses. They love me! We celebrated Mother's Day with Jerry's mom on Saturday, we didn't originally plan to do that but Jerry's mom arranged everything and actually it was really nice because we weren't jumping from house to house. We stayed at Jerrys mom's house pretty late Saturday then Sunday we made a stop at my moms house then back home and dinner at night for me. It was such a nice day. Description of Photo My mama and me. I owe so much to this lady. We surprised my mom with cookies from Jennifer the amazing baker behind Auntie Apple. She recreated these I Love Lucy cookies and my mom was so surprised! We aren't huge fans of fondant and Jennifer doesn't use fondant so you can enjoy the cookies so much more. Description of Photo I am so grateful for my boys. Description of Photo Description of Photo Hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating your mama's!



This: In the car, seatbelt selfie. It was a must tho because, I got a haircut!!!!!! I haven't had a haircut since September, it was my birthday gift from my mom. Just a short 8 months later and I've gotten another one! haha Yay! Jerry bought me a promotion for a hair salon for Valentine's Day, so yesterday I took advantage. I'm purposely making that picture small because I don't need a huge one. :)

This: I love this song right now.

This: Wholesome baby food website I'm trying to change up James' baby food and introduce different food to him. I've been considering cheese next but Jerry is actually the one wanting me to hold out a little longer. Either way I need to remember James is almost 10 months old and different foods are a must!  

This: Mommy blog if you aren't already reading Pig & Dac, you need to be. Jessica is such a great writer and I love her tips.

This: Twitter account, it's mine! haha. I decided it was probably time to have a twitter just so I can share everything and be connected. Follow me, k.


a big boy bottle

Description of Photo James is such a different baby than Ardo was and I am doing just about everything different too. I remember with Ardo we bought 1 type of bottle and exclusively used that bottle for the first 6 months and then used another bottle til he was a year and then about 14 months he off the bottle and only using sippy and straw cups. I remember being adamant that he wouldn't use the bottle to fall asleep and I didn't want to have a 5 year old on a bottle either. Sheesh mean mom alert!
James is so different. First he mostly breastfeeds, straight from the tap. I usually work 4 days a week so when I'm at work I pump for him and my mom gives him pumped milk in a bottle. James isn't always crazy about the bottle tho and now that he's got some teeth in sometimes he just chews on it. That is why these 3 stage Nuby grow with me bottles are the best! We skipped right over stage one, which is the bottle no handle form and went straight to stage 2, bottle with handles, similar to a sippy cup just with a no-spill nipple. James is doing so well with his stage two bottle. The handles are so easy to grip and he absolutely love the nipple!! The little ridges are nice and soothing on his poor teething gums. Description of Photo Anyone with a teething baby knows how itchy their gums can get. Cold milk with a ridgy nipple makes for a happy baby. Description of Photo Description of Photo This 3 stage bottle also comes with a no-spill spout. We've tried the spout a couple of times and James is just starting to get the hang of it. We normally do a trade off. I favor the ridgy nipple just because last week 2 more teeth broke through...or was it three? Yeah, he's a shark. Description of Photo Look at my big boy with his sippy/bottle. I've already bought 2 more in blue and orange. Ardo wanted to try the blue, it's so funny how Ardo wants to try baby items to then just tell me "I'm not a baby Mom!" Description of Photo
Nuby sent me this item to review but all opinions are my own...of course! I also linked these bottles to just a few stores where they can be found but guys, you can find them everywhere - Sears, Baby Depot at Burlington and JcPenney just to name a few. And of course the stores I linked above.


happy cinco de mayo!

Description of Photo Description of Photo These are two year old wedding decorations getting the most use ever. Yes it's true I love dressing up my boys for a theme picture. I can't help it. I never in a million years thought I would get this much use out of my wedding decorations. Two years later and I have lent them out and have used them a few times and I'll use them again later this month. Whoever said decorations were a waste of money, weren't my Mexican Fiesta! Cinco De Mayo on Taco Tuesday, done and done! Description of Photo Description of Photo Description of Photo


at the park (again)

Description of Photo Description of Photo This weekend we went to the park...again. We go to the park a lot. I like to try and seek out different parks so Ardo doesn't get bored with the old thing. This time at the park something happened and it was a little annoying, so this might sound like a rant and I guess it is but I hope I'm not alone here. We've been to Polliwog Park a couple of times before and have never fed the ducks. Ardo asked if we could please feed the ducks the next we went and unfortunately we had stale bread at home so this time I said yes. We fed the ducks for a few minutes a few pieces of bread then I encouraged Ardo to play.
They have 3 play areas at this park and the one near the ducks was almost empty. We went into the play area and Ardo started playing, I took pictures and James sat comfortably. My sister was there too so she was probably telling me a story, she tells the best and funniest stories. After a few minutes a little girl came up to Ardo and wanted to play. She was cute and just started talking to him. I thought it was so sweet. He played with her for a few minutes then did his own thing then back to her. At this point James wanted out of his stroller and in on the park action. James is a master at crawling and is already STANDING (at 9 months) on his own. That was a not so humblebrag from me cause I can't believe this little guy. I wanted to take pictures of James and Ardo together because

1. this blog
2. I love having pictures of my boys together.

Then I had a problem, that cute little girl in the beginning of this story became a cute little girl that I didn't necessarily want in my pictures. I didn't want to ask her to move tho because I felt bad. Then she desperately wanted to hold James, I asked her her age and she was 3. She was 3 going on 10 tho, I couldn't get over her vocabulary. She asked me why Ardo was able to hold James but not her. I started to explain that they are brothers and Ardo was also my son and wait this is a 3 year old stranger. I kinda felt like, uh I don't really want to explain. I didn't want to hurt her feelings. So instead I started to have an internal conversation with myself. Should I keep explaining things to her? I love kids but I kinda just want to hang out with my kids? I wish there were other kids in the play area right now? Ugh. Ardo was playing with her but she kept correcting the way he said her name, which the mama bear in me came out cause I didn't like that very much. By this time it's been awhile and I could hear her parents yelling at her from a long ways away to leave the baby alone but they were really far and James was right there, so she did what any 3 year old would do. She did what she wanted. Now Ardo wanted to play on the swings so we went to the swings and I put Ardo in one and James in the other and the little girl wanted in one as well. There were only 2 baby swings and for some reason Ardo wanted to get on the baby swings. I politely told the little girl she had to wait cause the boys were in the swings. When James was done she asked me to help her get in, she said "lady can you help me please" I reluctantly said yes. I was reluctant because at this point I was annoyed, I didn't want to help or watch this little girl I didn't know and I was getting frustrated that her parents could see me and they could see I had a baby and they could have gotten up and helped their daughter but instead they just sat there on the blanket...and watched. I just felt like, if it would have been me, well first Jerry and I never go to the park and sit far away where we can't see Ardo all the time and let him play. Let's just say we did do that, for sure if I saw a stranger helping him do something that I could do, I would do it, because he's my child. It was a really weird feeling because it's the first time I ever felt like not being super generous. But I just didn't. Maybe I'm tired, maybe I was having an off day. Afterwards we went to Islands and had a nice little lunch. Oh and I missed the fight, I guess that wasn't a bad thing tho right? Description of Photo Description of Photo Description of Photo Description of Photo


no junk food challenge

Have I mentioned I still have 15 pounds to go to get to my prepregnancy weight? 15 pounds and I only gained like 28-30. No more than 30 for sure. James was 6 pounds and then all the extra fluids oh and don't forget I'm still breastfeeding round the clock and yes I still have 15 pounds to go. I want to try and make a better effort to eat better. Something that works really well for me is a challenge. I was on Pinterest of course and came across this No Junk Food Challenge. You know what? I eat almost everything on that list EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Durrrh I wonder why I can't lose weight. I figured May 1st would be perfect because Ardo and Jerry's birthday just passed and that means I've had cake for two weeks. I also added on my list No Starbucks. I'm addicted to Starbucks right now. ADDICTED! I get one just about every day. It's an expensive habit. So I added Starbucks to my list. I figured I should also put away about $30 a week because I spent about that much on my Starbuck habit. Friday I started my challenge and so far I'm DYYYYYING. Just kidding I'm fine. I mean it's only been two days and these foods I'm giving up are terrible anyway. I'm going to drink carbonated water tho. I've decided it's not soda unless it has syrup and 39 grams of sugar like Coke. :) I will be checking in next week for an update. I'm trying to decide if I should post a before and after picture....jury's still out on that one. Description of Photo (original image from Dreams Turned to Plans)


the easiest thing in the world

Description of Photo See that right there. ^^ This is a little something called a Squeeze Feeder and it's just made my life a thousand times easier. James is has been doing well with food. I've been adding different veggies and food and have just started to add pasta. I've mentioned before I normally make James' food, I'm not trying to be a know it all mom but I made Ardo's food too when he started eating solids so for me it's easy. The only problem with making your own food is it isn't always the most convenient thing to take with you and feed on the go. Description of Photo Enter my new Nuby Squeeze Feeder. For Disneyland I didn't want to worry about keeping the food cold so I bought two squeeze pouches and just filled up my squeeze feeder. I know the pouches are supposed to be easy for baby's to suck on but James wants no part of those spouts, he likes spoons! He's classy. The spoon is nice and soft too. :) Description of Photo My Squeeze Feeder kept everything clean. I squeezed out a little bit of food at a time and as soon as James was done I just wiped the spoon off with a wipey put the cap on and put it in our stroller organizer until he wanted a little more. Yup that's his food, spinach-chickpeas-pumpkin...right next to our Jelly Bellys! Description of Photo When James was all finished I took it into the bathroom with me and just rinsed it out, dried it up really quickly and we were on our way. The Squeeze Feeder is made of silicone so its really easy to clean and soft when James wanted to hold it and then attempted to feed himself. Description of Photo Squeeze Feeder in Toon Town!
For my final thoughts, super easy to use, to clean and James loved it. Description of Photo

I received this product for a review, but all opinions are my own.

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