Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May flowers

Where did the time go? My last post was taken in snow. Spring is now in full bloom and this is my absolute favorite time of the year. We have an apple blossom tree in our backyard that only blooms for a week at a time before all the flowers are blown away. Luckily with these lovely Hayband floral headbands, we are able to experience a piece of spring all year round :) Little miss Grace, who is now 3 1/2 (and totally talking a lot more now) usually hates things on her head, but we had a hard time taking this head piece off! She ran around with it all day. When I asked her if she feels cool... she says.. "Yep!"

Outfit details:
Grace: Top from Baby Gap  |   Haybands head piece 
Me: Top from (old)   |   Floral headband: Thanks to Haybands 

Of course we can't forget this little guy- who is now 10 months!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Outfits from Jollychic

Okay you guys, I have to share this fashion website with all of you (this is totally not a sponsored post) because I have had such a fun experience with it over the past few months. I discovered JollyChic sometime in December and they give you an opportunity every week to win free clothes. I applied for it a few times.... and wow, I won something! Heck, I usually never win anything. Initially a sweater, but then they also started giving away free entire OUTFITS (sweaters + jackets + purses + shoes). So what does a girl who loves free stuff do.... I just kept applying, and I kept winning! There was also a cash prize competition they were giving away during Christmas, and I also won $70 from that woohoo! The packages arrived pretty quickly (within a few weeks) and I was surprised at how decent the quality of the items were. I've had some awful experiences in the past ordering from other asian websites so imagine my surprise when the clothes didn't fall apart immediately after opening them from the package. I assumed the sizes ran smaller, so I was ordering medium and larges since I haven't lost all the baby weight yet. However, the sizes are actually pretty true to size. So anyway, now I've just been doing all my fashion scoping through Jollychic free trial center :) Will definitely share some of the other items I've been fortunate enough to try!

Scarf: Asos

Floral embroidery sweater: Here at Jollychic

Chinese New Year/Valentines dress: Here at Jollychic

Holiday Sweater: Here at JollyChic

Purse: Here at Jollychic

Try it! I hope you guys all win something, or at least have fun exploring this neat new fashion site :)

PS I've been more active on instagram lately, hope to follow you there too!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Last bits of Autumn + A Video Shoot

This beautiful weather was actually a few weeks ago. Minnesota is now frosted in light snow and 20 degree temperatures. Now with two kids, I'm running out of ideas of what to do with them while trapped indoors. Experienced mid-western parents, what do you guys do with your little ones during the wintertime when playgrounds and other outdoor activities are limited?

Jacket: Forever 21
Camera Shirt: Urban outfitters
Jeans: JBrand
Outfit feature: Instagram @youroutfittoday

A few weeks ago, Aaron and I had agreed to shoot a Mayo Experience Video highlighting Grace's journey through epilepsy, brain surgery and the excellent care that she had received through Mayo Clinic. We thought it was just going to be a camera guy who will come to our house, but it turned out to be this entire elaborate video crew with a director, producer, fancy cameras, lights, grips, hair-makeup crew and everything!! We spent the morning talking about our experience through Grace's health issues and how well she is doing now from the comprehensive, collaborative care. Grace of course, was the star of the video and she did so well! She's a natural actress :) I'll make sure to share the video when it's up!

Hi Nathan!! (4 1/2 Months)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hello again! Back to Blogging...

Hi friends! Hello again after being absent for almost a year. I am so sorry! What happened? A lot, actually... but the biggest news is that we had another baby! (See below for pics). Although I didn't talk about it much, this pregnancy was pretty rough on my body- the first 6 months were filled with constant nausea. Once that finally subsided, I broke out into a widespread nasty itchy rash known as PUPPP (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) that lasted for the remainder of the pregnancy, not to mention almost 60 pounds of weight gain. I also had to deal with gestational diabetes and check my blood sugars a couple times a day. 

Baby Nathan was born on July 5th, at 8lbs 4oz and he seriously ripped my pelvis open. I walked around for the next few weeks with quite a bit of pelvic pain and instability, was battling ongoing swelling, shortness of breath and then... just when I thought the worst was over, the rash came back with a vengeance! Despite all this, I am just so happy to know that we have a healthy baby boy. I would go through all the torture in the world just so that he is healthy. I feel well enough for the first time in a long time to finally get back to enjoying blogging again. Hope you all have been well! I can't wait to catch up with everyone.

I love dark clothing. Everyone always keeps encouraging me to try some brighter and fancier colors, but at the end, I'm the most comfortable in a monochromatic, dark look. I suppose it's my signature style, and I think it has a nice contrast to the autumn colors. This sweater dress is from Theory.

Enough of outfit pics, ready to meet the kiddos? Here's Nathan at 3 months and 14 lbs!

And remember big sister Grace? Look how big she is now, almost 3 years old.

I hope you have all been well!