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Tiny apple… small style

One of Lily’s favorite things to do when we go for walks around here is to stop by the apple tree and pick a “tiny apple” to eat.

It’s something we do almost daily and something I will miss doing with her.

This is our last small style post here in West Virginia, we will be leaving on saturday.

We have had a wonderful month and will miss this place madly.

The two outfits below are my favorites from last week.

Linking up to Morgan for Small Style.

top- Old Navy. shorts- babyGap. leggings- Old Navy. moccasins- Minnetonka

in case none of you have noticed, this is Lily’s “smile” pose for the camera. lol

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21 months and rockin’ her moccasins… small style

Lily turned 21 months old on sunday.

Seriously, I cannot believe she will be 2 years old in 3 months.

She is quite the busy and talkative little chick these days. (Will and I are in constant disbelief of all the words she says daily both in English and Portuguese)

Aside from all the words she knows, she is starting to put 4 and more words together in order to create sentences.

She will say things like:

“mommy. sit. book. reading” (mommy let’s read a book)

“piu piu. wings. fly” (birds fly with wings)

She has quite the Portenglish vocabulary going on. lol

She knows practically all the colors now and compares them to her favorite Sesame Street characters.

She will say:

“pink. purple. Abby”

“orange. Ernie”

“lellow. Bert”

“brown. Snuffy”

“Elmo.” (red)

“gueen. Oscas”

She continues to love books the most but also really enjoys her crayons, markers and coloring books.

We think she’s a keeper. 😉

As always linking to Morgan, the hostess of Small Style.

top- Old Navy. shorts- babyGap. sandals- Salt Water

top- Old Navy. shorts- babyGap. moccasins- Minnetonka

It’s already starting… (small style)

I always heard it from other moms and didn’t believe it could happen this early but it has already started.

What Lily wants to wear and what she doesn’t want to wear.

On a regular day basis we are ok, she will easily let me put whatever on her without any care.

And then there are the other days.

The days when I go to put a certain dress on her and she throws a mini fit because she doesn’t want that dress.

In that case, I pull two others from the closet and she says “este” (this one in Portuguese) and she will happily let me dress her in the one she picked out.

What about the day I dressed her in the pink Sesame Street shirt with yellow shorts?

She happily said “pink, shirt, lellow”…. and then I went to put on her green Salt Water sandals and she threw a fit because she wanted pink shoes.

Pointing at her pink shirt she looked at me and said “pink. shoes. mommy. pink. shoes”.

Mind you she doesn’t have pink shoes.

The closest thing to pink shoes that she has are the brown and fuschia Soft Star sandals and she wanted nothing to do with those.

When other moms would tell me “wait until she wants to pick out her own clothes”, I always thought to myself “good luck to her, she will wear what I want her to wear”.

But now here I am.

With a not even 2 year old toddler who sometimes doesn’t feel like wearing what I want to put on her.

Being a big believer that fashion is art and a huge part of self expression, I have to only think that sometimes she wants to express herself differently from what I have in mind for her.

I have to remember all the times as a child when I hated what my mom put on me but didn’t have a choice. (there was no fighting with that mama)

My baby is growing up and part of that is finding her own individuality.

I will choose to encourage it rather than to fight it. 🙂

Linking up to Morgan, the hostess of Small Style.

the day of the pink shoes. working hard on trying to jump.

shirt and shorts- Target

sandals- Salt Water

her first braids. walking around at the library courtyard.

dress- babyGap

sandals- Salt Water

playing in the rain in front of our building.

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Los ninos son un amor

On tuesday we had our first Buzzy Kids Playdate hosted by Patricia and Samantha.

It was wonderful because it was at the park by our house and everyone got to join!

This first art play date was all about the primary colors and what other colors they create when mixed together.

Even though the smaller toddlers were only interested for a bit and distracted by the playground, the bigger kids really enjoyed the art project and at the end everyone had a wonderful time.

We look forward to more Buzzy Kids Playdates! 🙂

P.S.- We are also super happy to have back our friends Sherrie and McCoy.

Linking to Morgan, the hostess of Small Style.

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Lily’s small style

This past week was filled with dresses for the most part because it is getting hot out!

Small style… you know who completely blows my mind?

Stella McCartney!!

Not only is she my favorite women’s designer but once she had her own kids, she started a design a line for kids.

Have you all checked it out?

Take a LOOK, it’s insane!!!!

I loved the line she did for Gapkids, it was a bit pricey but I did manage to grab the sweetest little dress for Lily on sale for $12.99. (the monday picture)

It’s labeled as a 3T but it’s obviously not.

It’s by far one of my favorite dresses that Lily has at the moment.

What are some of your favorite children designers? (even if you can’t afford them 😉 )

As always I am linking this small style to Mama loves Papa.

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Big girl at the playground

Our Lily, she is getting so big.

Sometimes it is only at certain places when I realize how big she is getting.

Like at the playground.

She can do almost everything all by herself now.

She can climb up the slide and slide down by herself, she is curious and not afraid of bugs such as hairy caterpillars, she is starting to be more comfortable about approaching and being approached by other kids.

I can’t believe that not even a year ago we were at the park resting on a blanket and now she is all over the place by herself.

I am constantly in awe of how fast children grow.

Slow down time, slow down….

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Small botanical style

Yesterday we spent the morning at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden with our friends Zura and Lien.

Despite all the mosquitoes that tried to eat all 4 of us up, there was still enough splendor for us to feast our eyes on and keep us there for a while.

Linking this Small Style segment to Mama loves Papa.

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Weekend fun

We had a mellow but super fun weekend.

We went for walks, out to eat, took naps, slept in.

Lily has been using her little legs and arms a lot lately.

Standing up, sitting back down, wanting us to walk with her.

She also loves to wave her arms up and down to dance. This is something Will has been practicing with her in the mornings. 😉

Here are some of our fun moments caught on camera.

sitting pretty

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Share

I usually don’t post on the weekends however, I’m so excited about these two new blogs that I have to “share” them with you.

Auntie K forwarded Megan Blandford’s blog Writing Out Loud to us because she knows how much Lily loves books.

I instantly became a fan of Megan‘s blog. Not only is she a great writer but she also has great suggestions for babies/kids books and suggestions about how to get your little ones into reading.

Then, Through her blog, I found Kids’ Book Review.

Kids’ Book Review is exactly what we have been needing!!

Lily LOVES books.

I don’t know about you but, I find it super hard trying to find the “good” books for Lily. It’s overwhelming with ALL the books that are out there!

Just the other day we bought 6 new books. Some were a success and some, not so much.

So, thank you auntie K! Now we have 2 great blogs to look to as solution to finding great books for Lily. 🙂

our little reader at the library. Lily wears a top and shorts by Old Navy.