Monday, April 23, 2018

When Your Baby Grows Too Fast | PatPat Baby Clothing



One of the most bittersweet experiences of a mom's life is probably seeing how quickly your baby grows up. It's probably very cliche and I know every mom says this about her baby, but I honestly CANNOT believe how much little Victor has changed since birth. Now that he is 6 months old, I feel like there's a lot of new things he can do that he was not able to before: he can sit up on his own, he eats solids, he babbles like crazy, he rolls around and crawls backwards and I have to keep my eye on him constantly while he's playing on the floor, cause if I turn my back even for a second while I'm cooking in the kitchen, I'll find him next to the fridge in the other side of the room. Haha! :) He's so mobile now! I love his newfound independence through all of these milestones, but at the same time I want to soak up all these moments and appreciate them while they last. 

I also wanted to share with you some adorable baby clothes that I got sent recently. I'm sure you've heard about PatPat or at least seen their ads going around. Well, they contacted me and allowed me to choose a few items that I would like to share with you. So I chose these three cute baby onesies. When I first got them I thought "Wow, these will be huge on my tiny baby" (they are 6-9 months in size)...well, come to find out that they actually fit him pretty well. They're a tiny bit baggy on him, but I know he'll fit in these in no time. If you're interested in more details about these items, you can also watch my youtube video below:


Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Checked Leggings Outfit | What I Wore Wednesday


Leggings: Zara | Shirt: New Yorker | Watch: Reserved | Necklace & earrings: Meli Melo | Boots: Deichmann


Don't let this outfit fool you! It may look a bit fancier, but in fact it was really comfy to wear since I'm really wearing leggings, not actual trousers. I paired them with a simple white shirt tucked in the front and some jewelry to make myself look more put together. I did end up taking the necklace off as the day progressed, because baby Victor was way too intrigued by the sharp shapes of it. Haha! 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

5 TIPS FOR AN AT-HOME NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT


Having a newborn baby is quite chaotic and you can barely remember that last time you ate without rushing or the last time you managed to sleep 2-3 hours in a row. It's a crazy period and all the hormones don't make it any easier. You may not feel like taking pictures of yourself or getting ready at all during that time, but I'm honestly really glad that we took the time to make this little photo shoot happen with our newborn baby. I really didn't feel like going out of the house much (especially when dealing with breastfeeding issues, c-section pain etc.), so my husband and I decided to just do this quick at-home photo session. And I'm so happy that we have these pictures from when baby Victor was so tiny! We're obviously not experts, we even used a tripod for those pictures with the three of us, we were all heavily sleep deprived - but all I see when I look at these photos is how happy we were. So I thought I would share with you some simple tips in case you don't want to pay for a photo shoot or don't feel like doing a professional one, but still want to have some nice memories of that time.

#1 Take the photos soon after birth
We took these when the baby was 10 days old. I've read that doing them early on is easier, because they sleep a lot in between feeds and they don't really move a lot, so it's easier to do a photo shoot then.

#2 Take the photos right after a feed
so that the baby is calm and sleepy. If he is hungry, unsettled or needs a diaper change, it's obviously not going to work out well. 

#3 Use simple props
We used one of my scarves and it worked perfectly. We actually left the diaper on, so that we wouldn't end up with one of those hilarious poop-in-the-middle-of-the-photo shoot situations. I also placed a fluffy blanket that we had on a sofa, so the photos have a nice cozy background. You can obviously choose more props, use flowers etc. But we decided to keep it hassle-free and simple, so that it wasn't too stressful to organize.

#4 Use a plain/white background.
Now this is your choice, but I feel like a white background really helps bring the attention to the little baby, without being too distracting. You can obviously use any color background - or any bare wall you have in your home. The main point is to have something plain, so that it doesn't take the focus away from the little babe.

#5 Play with the angles
Take shots of their tiny details, like fingers, little toes, hair etc. We also did some photos upside down, from above, just any random angle we could think of. 

That's about it. It's not really that difficult to take your own photos of your precious newborn. And you will definitely cherish those pictures for the rest of your life!

Hope you found this useful!

Friday, April 13, 2018

The 5 Products I Use (Almost) Everyday


Being a mom means I have very limited time to do most things for myself, like put on makeup. However, I try to do this almost every single day (although I don't always succeed), not necessarily because we're doing anything special that day, but because it makes me feel normal and better about myself. I always find that I feel a lot more awake and productive if I've gotten ready that morning (even a tiny bit), rather than just sit around in my pj's all day. Therefore, I have a few trusty products that I use almost every morning. Sometimes I'l put more effort into it and apply eyeshadow and everything, other days it's just this. So I wanted to share those products with you:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation: This is my second bottle of this foundation and I absolutely love it. It's not super high coverage, but it's just enough to make my skin look more even and to hide a few flaws/spots. It's the perfect everyday foundation if you ask me.

L'Oreal Paradise Mascara: Aside from the fact that the packaging of this mascara is perfect for taking an eye-catching Instagram picture, it's also a really good product. It separates my lashes nicely and gives quite a bit of volume. Love it! I'm actually almost out of this, so I'll have to go and repurchase this too.

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer: Ok, I love the names that The Balm products have. They're so catchy and fun! And the product itself is really great too. This bronzer is one of the best shades I have found - or at least the best match for me, I think. It's not orange at all, it just looks like you're a bit bronzed. It also lasts really well on the skin.

The Balm Mary Lou-manizer: I honestly think I'm going to use these two products from The Balm for a really long time from now on. The glow that this highlighter gives is amazing. And you definitely don't need to apply a lot for it to show on the skin. My face looks really nicely contoured when I use these two combined (the bronzer and the highlighter).

Rimmel Insta Fix & Go Spray: I bought this setting spray on a whim, not really knowing if it's any good or not, but I was pleasantly surprised. I apply it after I finish doing my makeup and it sets it really well. I do feel like me makeup lasts a lot longer when I apply this, compared to the days when I don't. 

Those are the 5 products that I use the most at the moment. I hope you enjoyed this and found it useful!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A MOM #2 | 4 Month Old Baby


I'm a bit behind on posting these "Week in the life" posts, but I'm trying to catch up with my Instagram feed, so bear with me here. I'm really loving blogging again, so I try to take as many opportunities as I can to write and take photos - naptime is definitely my best friend here! 


This is what my mornings usually look like: sipping a cup of coffee during baby's first nap of the day, while trying to quickly get ready, so I don't look like a mess the whole day. Since I stay at home a lot, it's obvious that I don't do this every single day, but I feel a looot better about myself when I take the time to make myself look more presentable. I will soon post about some of the beauty products I've been using a lot lately, although you can kinda see them in this picture.


I received these donuts from my hubby during the Valentine's Day week (you can tell how behind I am on these posts now). We actually shared them and I didn't really have a lot, because I'm currently trying to lose the baby weight. I think cutting back on sugar is one of the things that has helped me the most in this journey. I will probably make a separate post one day all about that.


This was baby Victor's outfit for his baptism. It was a really lovely day and he looked so cute in this outfit. I plan on making a post all about that as well, sharing some bits from that day with you.


I think during February was the time I started doing workouts more frequently, so I incorporated some "mommy and baby" workouts in my routine as well. Victor clearly loved this, as he fell asleep in the middle of our workouts a few times. Not the greatest motivational workout partner - but he is definitely the most adorable! 


This was one of our dinners from that week, basically just a mix of vegetables (carrots, sweet potato, mushrooms, beans, zucchini) and a side of rice. 


Here is what we do on most days...just sit on the floor with the baby and play. I also get to read a bit or do some chores while he sits and plays with his toys.


This one was from when he had just woken up from a nap - those eyes get me every time. So proud to be his mommy!


Hope you enjoyed catching up with me! Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Classic Stripes | What I Wore Wednesday


I've always been drawn to clothing items with stripes. Not entirely sure why, but if you go through my closet you will find quite a lot of striped things. It's probably because they're so easy to pair with a lot of things, but they're not completely plain. This top is an off-the-shoulder one that I got from the Basic range from H&M. The necklace and the watch are both from H&M as well. My high-waisted jeans were from New Yorker, but I got them a while ago. Now that I've lost a bit of baby weight, these jeans finally fit me again. Hooray! Still have quite a bit to go with weight loss, but I feel like I'm on the right track now. I got the cardigan from H&M not too long ago and I love how cosy it feels. Finally, the brown ankle boots are from Deichmann. Super simple outfit of the day this week, but I hope you enjoyed this either way. Don't forget to link your own outfits below!


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Thinking of Spring | What I Wore Wednesday





Happy Wednesday! I feel like spring is finally settling in, after having a few snowy days in the middle of March. I'm so excited for warmer weather, since that means I can spend more time outside with baby Victor. Hopefully, spring is here to stay, cause I'm really looking forward to bringing out all my flowy blouses and dresses. 

This outfit is sort of my attempt to wear this flowy blouse from Zara, which I wore A LOT last summer when I was pregnant. It's not a maternity top, but it fit perfectly for that purpose. I adore the embroidery on the front and the breezy fabric. It's one of my favourite clothing items from my wardrobe. On top of that I wore with this thick cardigan that I actually got from Lidl. My jeans are from New Yorker from a long time ago. The ankle boots are a burgundy shade and I got them from Stradivarius. Finally, I'm wearing a watch that I recently purchased from H&M.


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