Black friday shopping madness

Happy saturday everyone!

Yesterday Darren and I went to Sawgrass Mills Outlet Shops for some shopping. (his suggestion)

Have you guys ever gone shopping on the infamous Black Friday? I never had.

I knew there were going to be tons of people. And there were.

I was however not prepared for the amounts of shopping people were actually doing.

I thought we were in a recession?

It was crazy! It was madness!

People had shopping carts and big suit cases filled with shopping bags filled with stuff.

There were HUGE lines to get into certain stores and people were waiting!

At the end, Darren definitely walked away with some big bags filled with goodies. Me in the other hand, walked away with a small bag. (I was a good girl)

I bought some fun things as stocking stuffers for Lily and cousin Adelaide, a few knitted hats for myself (cause you know i love those), some much needed yoga/chill out pants, a top and a pair of black skinnies.

It was a long day of shopping but a really good day. Darren and I are great shopping partners.

What about you guys? Did you shop, did you decorate the tree or did you have a lazy day?

Here are some pics of the madness and of me trying on sunglasses. (i was tempted but again, i was good!)

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Sawgrass Mills, one of the largest. and yes, we basically did it all!

left: d&g. my faves. i almost bought them! right: ralph lauren for men


Out of practice

We are now on the beach in the outer banks of NC but, before we left WV, we went to our little friend Willa’s 2nd birthday party and let me tell you guys something…. it was cold!!

We were in WV for a month and the weather totally changed from late summer to early fall.

Even though fall is my favorite season, after living in Miami for 10 years, I am so out of practice of how to dress for colder weather.

I mean, I knew by the time we would be leaving WV the weather was going to be much cooler (30 at night) but, I totally packed WAY more summer clothes than I did fall clothes.

I did manage to pack a pair of knee socks and knee high boots and luckily enough I had something to go with them.

I always thought I was a pretty good packer but from now on I need to pay more attention and perhaps actually plan outfits. For me and for Lily. 😉

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on Lily: dress- Old Navy. leggings- Old Navy. moccasins- Minnetonka

on me: knitted beret- UO. earrings- Anthropologie. cardigan- Zara. striped shirt- Zara. tank- Gap. bag- Anthropologie. skirt- Gap. knee socks- Anthropologie. boots- Boutique9

the leaves have changed


ARTsy wednesday

Sebastian turned 1 last week.

Even though unfortunately we were not able to make it to his little birthday party, we wanted to give him a little something.

What do you give a 1 year old that has tons of toys, clothes, books….?


I decided to draw a portrait of Sebastian so he could hang it up in his room. (it was also an excuse for me to draw a bit 😉 )

The eye-hand coordination way of drawing has been a favorite of mine since art school (many, many, many ages ago).

I like the way it is unconventional and you can really have fun with it.

I drew his portrait, used color pencils to give it some color, lightly glued the drawing on a piece of construction paper, framed it and voila!

An ARTsy gift!

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the picture of Sebastian I used as a guide

drawn, colored and glued



Friday afternoon I cleaned out Lily’s armoire.

I took away most clothes 6-12mths and replaced them with clothes 12-18mths.

Does anybody else have such a hard time doing this like I do?

I mean, I seriously cry every time I clean out her clothes.

Of course I am happy that she is growing and healthy but, on the other hand, baby Lily is slowly disappearing…

It has all gone by so fast.

Ugh, I think I’m about to cry right now!

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Lily. March 2010

September 2010

Library monday!

Going to the library on mondays has been a great way to start the week.

Lily and I usually leave the house at 9:00a.m. in order to be at Claudia’s and Sofia’s by 9:15. We then walk to the bus stop together (it is way too hot to walk over a mile to the library). By the time we reach the library, it is just before 10:00.

There is story telling and singing until about 10:45 and then a basket of toys is put in the middle of the rug so all the little ones can have some play time together.

Toy time usually gets a little crazy because everyone wants each others toy but, it’s all in good fun.

Today, we met two new moms who had not been there before. Sherrie with 6 month old McCoy and Zura with 5.5 month old Lien.

It’s a wonderful way for Lily to meet other babies and for me to meet other mommies. 😉

Here is Lily today at the library wearing a dress by babyGap.

Identity crisis

Mine, not Lily’s.

Yesterday I had a total identity crisis meltdown.  Or at least I think that’s what it was.

Becoming a stay at home mom is a bit harder than I thought. Not because of the house work or having to spend my whole day with Lily (because I wouldn’t want it any other way) but, because my daily routine is no longer what it used to be. It is no longer just about me. HELLO! Wake up call.

Also, not going back to work and becoming financially dependent on Will freaks me out! Of course Will and I discussed all of this before and while I was pregnant but, it is easier said than done. Although I always budgeted and never spent more than I could afford, I always still shopped and bought myself whatever I pretty much wanted.

This is something that for a while will not happen.

And what I want to buy and wear, I can’t anyway. Breast feeding is wonderful and the best thing for babies however, it limits a wardrobe. I always have to have something that has easy breast access.

I used to take time and pride in the way I looked, even while pregnant but, now my daily uniform is a pair of jeans, a tank top (so there is no stomach showing when I breast feed) and some sort of top over that so the breast is not fully exposed while feeding.

So long are the shift dresses, pretty blouses. So long is the Claudia that used to take pride in the way she looked. Now, I take pride in the way Lily looks. It’s easier.

This makes me feel at times like my identity has been lost. Am I Claudia who is Lily’s mom or am I Lily’s mom who used to be Claudia?

All this plus a huge shift in hormones has amounted to some crying spells and like I said, to some identity crisis melt downs.

I just have to remember that she won’t be a little baby forever (i need to cherish every moment), to take it a day at a time and things will eventually get easier.

Right!!??? (sigh…)

Ugh! hair EVERYWHERE!!!!

My hair is everywhere! All over the floor, all over my clothes, all over my brush, in the car, in the bed, EVERYWHERE!

It’s falling off in hand fulls. Every time I wash it, I’m surprised I come out with hair still on my head.

When I was pregnant with Lily, my hair was at its best. Long, shiny, full and it never EVER fell off.

I know this is what happens after giving birth, your hormones change once again and even though prenatal vitamins are still being taken, there is nothing that can be done. It just needs to happen.

I wish I could get my pregnant hair back…..