Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summertime Fly: Mini Style

Having a boy is kind of weird for me. I'm not a super girly girl type of mom requiring Sweet Pea to wear frilly dresses and bows in her hair but we had our fair share of pink for 9 years.
Then Baby Ninja blew onto the scene and my whole world was rocked. What do boys wear? How far can I go when it comes to style and trends?





And let me just tell you, boys clothes have come a LONG way trend wise even in just the last 4years. I was adamant about not having any cheesy characters or too many cartoonish type ensembles and for the most part we've done pretty well. Baby Ninja dresses like - well most 4 yr. olds that I've known. But lately, I've sort of felt like he could step his game up a bit ya know? I see other kids that are just #instagramkid fly and being that I'm a fashion loving mama it only seems right my kid looks cute.




However, he is still Baby Ninja and will always and forever be about that busy body guaranteed to get dirty and destroy all the 'cute' stuff faster than I can wash it. So I tend to wait until they are at the point of no return before purchasing 




The other day I finally had the opportunity to run into Carter's and check out what they had this season. Lucky for me, there was also a killer 4th of July sale happening and I scored big time in the clearance section. Mainly because most of the stuff I liked in Baby Ninja's size was sold out on the main racks. Not that I minded, y'all know how I feel about paying full price, particularly when it comes to clothing for my little ninja, who is not quite a baby anymore.  








Not to brag but I scored big time. Everything I purchased was on super sale and worked with what we already had at home. I just had to get the hubs on board with my "wild card" picks. The dinosaur shorts and the palm print polo were both well received and once I showed him the different ways Baby Nina can show off his summer time fly, he was thoroughly impressed. I felt like I won. A good day of shopping has that effect on me. Even when the haul isn't for me.  I'm pretty excited about the boy's new clothes and so is he. Now, we just have to find someplace to go and hope he doesn't destroy them before we get there!


Where do y'all like to shop for kids clothes?













Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Let's Get Absolutely Fabulous!!

“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own."



Shopping and playing dress up are one of my many forms of self care and there is nothing more fun  than a dressing room montage so of course I jumped at the chance to do so with my friends at Macy's in Los Angeles for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie! Who doesn't like a shopping party?






If your schedule (and timeline) has been anything like mine you could probably use a break from the day to day so I happily invite you to come hang out with me at Macy's in the Beverly Center for a makeover by the always awesome crew at M.A.C , hair by H and of course an AbFab swag bag! 
Did I mention this event is F-R-E-E?  I mean! Yes, please! 

I discovered Absolutely Fabulous a few years back and fell hard for the Pats and Eddy and their over the top ensembles and personalities.  Go big or go home right darling? The movie looks hilarious and I can't wait to see how it all ends and what happens to Kate Moss???? 





I am here for it all! Sort of because I feel like my friends and I could legit be them were it not for the lack of British accents and whatnot. But yeah. I'm excited to see what fun styles are showcased based on looks from the movie and get inspiration for future looks. That's part of the fun of it all for me. I am always looking for inspiration , when I was younger all I wanted to do was be the one to put outfits on manikins; to me it was like a real life Barbie. The thought of being able to dress someone other than myself as a profession was nuts (didn't know stylist was a thing) but I knew it was something I wanted to do in some capacity.  Yet another reason I love events like these.  It's like my dreams are now my reality! 

So come channel your Eddy and Patsy and get Absolutely Fabulous with me at Macy's in the Beverly Center!




What else are you doing with your Saturday afternoon?  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer In Full Swing

* I was compensated by the CHPA's Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, but all opinions are my own.  



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It's already July y'all. I'm not real clear on how that happened, because I swear the year just started. But whatever, we're in full blown summer and that's awesome. Because that means impromptu barbecue's, lazy afternoons spent in the back yard, pool hangs and beach days.




That also means, I have to up my 'mom game' during the summer months. I'm already super prepared for whatever most of the time. Having kids will do that to you. As a side affect of being a young mother and daughter of medical professionals, I was/ am ORGANIZED and about that first aid life. I'm also hella accident prone so I carry ish for myself as well. But having a boy has added a whole new element to my arsenal. He is.....well....Baby Ninja, so I spend a lot of time cleaning up scrapes and discovering new owies. Summer just ups the ante. We're outside more and more and exposed to the elements in a ridiculous amount of ways. In some ways I'm opposed to it all but in others, I kind of love it. Tons of kids running around my backyard, giggling, splashing and getting dirty aaannnnd garnering the occasional war wound from a collision with a cousin or two. 






So I make sure I have my first aid kit handy and a variety of ointments and creams at the ready for whatever we may encounter. Call me crazy, but I actually take the time to find out what remedy I should use for each incident. Or just call me the daughter of a nurse. Whatever, it's in my blood. I just like to know that I'm using the right thing. I don't want to put just any cream on a rash, or abrasion and risk any kind of allergic reaction or irritation. But one reason I don't mind having a backyard full of boys is that I know I can handle pretty much anything. 



One thing I don't play about, is sunblock. I am pretty hardcore about making everyone apply a layer and have been known to just go up to adults (homies) and spray them. Because I care about everyone's skin. You might have seen my PSA on SnapChat  (@Carp2Cocktail) about how EVERYONE needs to protect their skin no matter how much melanin they possess. Check out this short video by Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson of Seattle Mama Do for more information on the difference between UVA/UVB rays and how to protect your family's skin. 






How are y'all protecting yourselves this summer? What are your go-to mom safety tips? Tell me in the comments!!


















Friday, July 8, 2016

#Momlifehumor Dear Husband Who Never Cooks

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by Amber Dorsey at Mode

Look Back At It: Bootylicious Goals



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Last week was my first time in a bathing suit as we had a bit of a family vacation and there were lots of pools so it was kind of required.
I admit I haven't done any type of "formal" excercise in quite some time. And by formal I mean, not even a DVD since we moved in April. Well, that's not totally true. For my birthday my girlfriend treated me to a bikram yoga class and that was awesome but intense and I haven't done a thing since. 



And I'm totally fine with how I look as I don't generally give it a second thought until I'm trying to squeeze in some jeans. So basically, I've been lazy and it hadn't really hit me just how lazy until I slipped into my new bottoms and had to do a cheek check. 


It wasn't bad but I could do better. I'd like to do better. And I miss my calves. I used to have really awesome calf muscles and lately they are only showing up when I've got on heels of some kind. Last year I had a whole fitness group and we were all doing monthly challenges (mostly squats and lunges cuz I got negative ass) but I totally fell off when I started back working full-time and then never went back because lazy. 
So yeah. I'm about to be about that #fitmom life and get back on my Bootylicious Buns and squats tip. It helps that I have a getaway planned with the husband next month so I'd like to see some kind of improvement by then.





I've got some routines that are tried and true but I want to know: What do y'all recommend? 








Monday, July 4, 2016

To Network Or Not?


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Fresh off the energy of  We All Grow and Mom 2.0 summit I'm taking a good long hard look at my social imprint and the communities I'm involved in. For a time in the early (dark) ages of blogging there was a rush to be in as many networks and groups as possible. Everyone was talking about 'find your niche' and stick to it. Fashion bloggers were all in for all the style influencer networks and mommy bloggers stuck to theirs as well. And that was all fine and well.
But then the landscape of the industry began to change in a rapid way. Writers/ bloggers getting better at their craft and thusly creating more of a demand. Networks were formed and bloggers wanted in.





Eager to get in on this opportunity of getting paid for my time spent online and also getting to work with brands I loved, I signed up for several. One of my first was the Everywhere Agency, and that was simply because at my very first blogging conference, Blissdom 2013,  I met the founder and had the courage to say something to her as we were getting off the shuttle. She invited me to join her at the opening party as well as her network and it's been a match made in heaven ever since.  While at that conference I learned they were just one of SEVERAL networks to be joined depending on your niche. You had RewardStyle, CleverGirls, Collective Bias, Network Niche and the list goes on. 

There is legit, a network for every type of blogger out there which is great. But that doesn't mean that every network is for every blogger. Some require a certain amount of page views, followers on social platforms, even having kids within a certain age range. It wasn't always like this. In the beginning your social currency wasn't as important as it is now. But content is fire and social media is gasoline so if you have the personal influence online, joining an influencer network is just the next steps.





For me the first major benefit was being able to apply for campaigns for pay! Say what! Some weren't for major brands (that came later... and are still coming) but it was great exposure and preparation for where I'm at currently. 
And I have to say, because of these networks and conferences I've been able to meet colleagues (some local, some not) and develop relationships outside of "work" that have led to more networking. Funny how that works huh? 

So whenever any bloggers ask which networks they should be looking at I always share my list of faves and mention why Everywhere is at the top of my list every single time. 






* this is NOT a sponsored post, I've been getting asked about networks so I thought I'd share some of my experience. 


Friday, July 1, 2016

7 Reasons I Think Rompers Rule

Okay, so look, I know rompers and jumpsuits get a bad rap. A lot, a LOT, of y'all have told me in various forms that they are not for you and go on to list reason as such, but, I beg to differ. Rompers are rad. Seriously, there is a case to be made! They are dope on so many levels.  So okay, sure, at the end of the day you're naked on a toilet buuut you'll look SO fabulous on your way there! On that note; here are just a few reasons I think rompers rock.


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  • Dress it up or down: The fact that my rompers double as date night ensembles no matter the occasion is an all around win in my book. Strappy heels, wedges, ankle boots and block heels all stand up against a romper for a sexy yet fun night out look. Paired with sandals and sneakers when you're feeling playful and even flip flops for more casual beachy vibes. 
  • Less is more: Because rompers are an all in one deal Sometimes all you need are a dope pair of shoes and a bold lip. Playing the jewelry game can be a lot of fun thanks to varying necklines.  
  • Variety of styles: Long , short sleeve, no sleeve, strapless , off-the-shoulder, rompers cover all lengths for all people. I personally have one in every sleeve length and feel like my closet is better because of it.  



 


  • POCKETS - most rompers are equipped with pockets and comparable to dresses with pockets this is always a selling point for me. 
  • Versatile closet staple or wild card- because there are so many ways to style a romper and they come in a myriad of styles, prints, cuts and colors it becomes a great way to try something 
  • Instant outfit: Hey there effortless outfit. Similar to a dress cousins or sister jumpsuits; a romper is one stop shopping when it comes to outfit planning thusly making your life immensely easier. 
  • They look good on everyone. Seriously, people don't believe me but I guarantee you there is a romper for everyone in whatever shape, print and style you can dream of. They can be incredibly forgiving (or revealing) 

















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