Taking it Back – Ballet, maybe later.

I always knew that if I had a little girl I would put her in ballet class at age 3. That day came with Averie and she was excited as much as I. Maybe I was WAY more excited. I went to Walmart one day I got her the entire outfit, even though the ladies at the ballet academy told me it was not required. I on the other hand wanted Averie to have the entire experience of a ballerina.

Here is Averie trying on the attire:

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The next day it was her great debut. I was nervous, anxious, and super excited for her.

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I went to wake her up and tell her that it was “Ballet day.”

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She was so excited and ready for it. Her grandmother and aunt also came along to root her on.

A little side note, at this age Averie hadn’t gone to daycare full time. She was only surround by family. So this experience being around other little girls is new.

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She already left my hand and met a friend. You know how mommy felt, right? All in my feelings.

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What I loved about this academy was that they had a television where parents would be able to watch the little ones in class.IMG_3241.JPG

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Averie loved it but was not used to following directions at this age. She didn’t understand “taking turns” she did at one point negotiate with another little girl during the across the floors to let her go again. Which we all laughed about because why be so serious at this age right? It’s all in good fun.

The class ended an hour later, I thought it went great. I was ready to sign her up. Until Averie came out.IMG_3246.JPGIMG_3247.JPG

Averie cried so hard. Saying that it was over, that she didn’t do well and that she hated it. “Well… that’s that then.” I said to myself.

As we left, I reassured her that she did not do bad. That we were there to learn and to have fun. That this moment should not indicate that ballet is not for her. Averie then told me, “Ballet, maybe later” would be best for now.

You best believe we got her Just Dance the next day for her to dance with me at home. I was not going to let this moment discourage her from it.

Has your little one ever felt the way Averie has? Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

-The Mominista

Taking it Back – The Girls

As a mother, have you ever just watched your kids and just studied their facial features? Yes, it may sound creepy. But I tend to look at how they have aged, in amazement. On this particular day it was just about that. I was in love watching the girls play with blocks. Then, I took the camera and took advantage in capturing their face expressions. They have plenty, just look for yourself.

-The Mominista

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Taking it Back – NYE 2018

As my previous post mentioned, it is time to pause and reflect. I have been looking at my phone and have seen the number of pictures I hadn’t post. As a mom of 2, I am either helping my oldest in her homework, while running after a toddler in the other hand. In reality, social media tends to be left in the “To do list.” In the upcoming days I will have a series called, Taking it Back. Where I will revisit all the events that occurred in 2018.

This post is about New Year’s Eve 2018. On December, 30 of every year, it has become a tradition to go and buy fireworks. We usually go to the mecca store, TNT Fireworks in Daytona Beach. But this year, we decided to stay local. Averie picks her fireworks that she likes and we help guide her to the ones that is age appropriate for her to play with. Which is usually the pop-it’s, you know the ones that you throw on the floor and it pops. With our guidance, she plays with the sparklers that change colors.

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Both the girls were mesmerized by the fireworks. This year was Arya’s first time being close to the noise. I was a bit nervous but she wasn’t afraid.

After looking at these photographs I can see how in the matter of a year the girls have grown so much. It is truly remarkable. Like the old saying goes, “Time does fly.” because we are less than a month away to ring in the new year.

-The Mominista

 

Update

Update

We are almost to the end of 2018.

Doesn’t it feel like time has flown by?

In these upcoming days, I would like to share with you the most important events of this year:

Arya turned one. Averie attended her first concert, Taylor Swift. Averie tuned four and she also started VPK. I finally went to see the Queen B, Beyonce! And there is so much more content I would love to share that I think you shouldn’t miss.

It is that time of the year to pause and reflect on these moments.

Stay tuned…

How did I know I was ready for baby # 2?

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I get this question asked a lot by friends. And the answer is, “I wasn’t ready.”

I was actually surprised. I always knew that I wanted 2 kids but it felt that it happen fast. Even though they are 3 years apart.

I believe that no one is really ready for baby number 2. Unless, you plan for it. I in the other hand, was a bit scared of us becoming a family of four but I believed that faith had blessed us with a wonderful miracle.

If you are a momma and your family is growing, its ok to be nervous or a bit scared. The fear of the unknown, is just temporary. It may be wonderful and sometimes chaotic but there’s always a better understanding at the end if the journey.

When we were a family of 3, our only attention was to Averie. As she began to socialize with other little girls her age, I became aware that she was lonely. She needed someone to have magic unicorn tea parties, extravagant dress up galas, and a friend to share all these wonderful memories with. Not only mamma, which I don’t mind at all. But seeing her one day play with a little girl in the middle of the mall changed our minds. They were playing hide and seek and singing “Let it Go”. When the little girl left, Averie became sad and so were we. We then knew right at that moment she was destined to have a sister.

Growing up for me I didn’t share those moments with a sibling. Even though I have two older sisters, our age gap is so wide that I felt like a only child growing up. My imagination did run freely but overall I know how lonely it can get. So when I became a mother, I knew I didn’t want that for my child.

Seeing my fiance’s relationship with his brother and sister made me realize what I wanted for Averie. The bond that they have is cherishable and embracing. They text and call each other everday. Sundays are meant to have dinner with the family. Where they all prepare a bbq and catch up about the week and reminisce of the old days when they were small.

Our wish for our girls is that they remain close and share a great bond. That they value the importance of having each other and that nothing can separate them because they are our ARC of this family.

If I could tell my scared pregnant self then that the journey is incredibly great, I would. Because now we all share wonderful memories and milestones. We are so blessed to have Averie and Arya in our lives. Party of 4 please.

– The Mominista

Be B.O.L.D to stand OUT.

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Have you ever tried an outfit outside of your comfort zone? If your answer is “no”, you should try it out. Fashion comes in many styles.

I like to experiment with different patterns normally others wouldn’t dare to mix. This time, I used a high waisted leopard print pleated flare skirt. I LOVE flare skirts it’s makes me feel oh so elegant! It even has handy concealed pockets, making this mommy hands free. My pockets usually carry Mr.Piggy for Averie and a pacifier for Arya. Like @Rachelzoe would say, “This is MAHJOR”.

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A taupe, gold-flakes polyester shirt is the perfect match. Pearls are already sewn in, making this mommy a fashion statement without worrying for extra accessories. Pairing it up with coach flats, makes it comfortable as I dash out the door.

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Blouse: @rossdressforless Skirt: Thrift item Shoes: Coach

📍Styling tip: An a-line silhouette and a broad waistband makes makes the mommy pouch actually flattering.

When we don’t succeed. We try again.

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The Mominista launched July 2017. One month after I had given birth to Arya. I assumed I had time on my hands but boy was I wrong. Regardless of the support of my fiance, having a newborn, a toddler, a full time job and house chores. It took a toll on me. I wasn’t prepared and needless to say I did not have the time for blogging.

When I did decide to try again, time kept running away from me. I would start planning but my mind became consumed by looking at other moms on instagram and blogs for inspiration. The sudden fear and doubt came crushing down on me. “Was my pictures ok? Did my blog post make sense?” This was eating me alive and I didn’t know how to snap out of it.

I spoke to my family, and they didn’t understand why I was feeling this way. They made me realize that blogging motivates me. I am passionate in sharing my accomplishments, fashion tips and mommy struggles. They pushed me to continue to focus on my calling and The Mominista is it.

Time management has always been a struggle but I am determined to make this a challenge and a livelihood. New content will be added over the weeks to come. So, stay tuned.

THE MOMINISTA

October Recap: Halloween

This Halloween, Rob and I decided to dress up the girls as much as possible. After all, a little Hocus Pocus never hurt nobody.

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The morning of Halloween, I asked Averie, “What would you like to dress up today?” and she replied, “A fairy, mommy.”

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So I got some items from her closet and wa-la…. Fairy Averie.

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When I came back home, I wanted them to relax and unwind before trick o treating. Perfect moment for another chance to dress them up.

Averie was Princess Belle

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and Arya was Tinkerbell

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Did you see what I did there?  Belle & Tinker-bell. The bells. I just noticed that. lol

We had them dancing to Halloween songs, just to get them in the mood.

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Let me tell you, to get them both ready within an hour is hard. Arya was fussy and Averie did not have a nap and was throwing tantrums.

After it felt like forever, we were ready. Introducing, The Peppas. Mommy pig, Daddy pig, Georg-ina, and Peppa.

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Did you notice that this was a DIY costume.

Averie’s dress is an actual t-shirt from the boys section that I cut out. I bought her a long sleeve shirt and stockings. For Rob, I got him a Polo last minute in Walmart. And for me, I bought the dress on sale on Amazon and the long sleeve was bought in Walmart. For Arya, I had a teal long sleeve onsie but after seeing her in the tinkerbell costume I fell in love and left her in that costume instead.

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This year was the best, Averie and I were singing along to, “This is Halloween, this is halloween, everyone SCREAM!” and we would scream and laugh.

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Best moment of my night, was when Averie and I got scared together. As we were going to a house it looked like a statue was holding candy with a bucket, and all of the sudden it moved! “AHHHHH” we got scared as it began to wave, to our surprise it was only a lady dressed up. She got us real good.

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This Halloween it was one to remember. Averie told us “Thank you Mommy & Daddy. Had so much fun!”

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-The Mominista

October Recap: Pumpkin Patch

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On October 29, 2017 we decided to go visit the pumpkin patch at Bedner’s Farm. It was an hour drive from where we live, as it is located in Boyton Beach. But we didn’t care about the ride, the pictures were worth the trip.

Pumpkin Patch 2014.jpgSince 2014, the Bedner’s pumpkin patch has become a tradition to us. When Averie was born (as seen above) it was the first pumpkin patch we went to and we decided to do the same with Arya for 2017.

 

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We attended the farm on closing day. Just a heads up, try to go earlier in the month and early in the day to avoid long lines. The Fall festival was opened from September 30 till October 29 . The pumpkin patch was opened every day except on Tuesday’s. It had a corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo, and a bounce house with rides. It was packed with families and kids dressed in costumes, even dogs.

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Averie decided to dress like a witch for the pumpkin patch. I let her choose her costume as she had 2 other options, which you will see later.

When we arrived, I could hear myself saying “Averie, over here. Arya, ahhh-goooo” non stop. When I zoned out of our world, I locked eyes with one middle aged mom saying, “Kevin … Kevin look at me. Over here son.” I finally realized I wasn’t alone. I turned back to the girls and continued on.

 

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Averie was having a blast looking at all the different size of pumpkins in the patch.

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But when she heard the music, she stopped and began to dance. In this particular picture she was dancing to Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off.”

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Arya was having a blast too. She is such a happy baby.

The day was beautiful for us, the sun was finally out. The day before it had rain and we were worried that it would continue for us at the pumpkin patch. But luckily, not one dark cloud was around. It was breezy and perfect.

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For the life of me, I could not capture one picture of Averie looking towards the camera. But you know what, I love that. She was in her moment at that time.

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(Arya and Mommy)

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One of my favorite pictures with both girls.

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Daddy specifically wanted a picture like this with Arya. And boy, thank god he told me because it was a great shot.

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On the last day of the Fall festival, Bedner’s holds a costume contest. They had a live DJ giving away free items. But in this picture Averie just wanted to dance.

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World Famous food truck was there and their egg rolls were FIRE! Meaning, they were delicious. The line was pretty long but it moved fast. We shared BBQ pulled pork egg rolls. If you are ever around the area check them out, they are local in Boyton Beach.

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We decided to take a break near the market area. We sat in an open field while children were playing cornhole,running, and trying to escape their parents…

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Of course my daughter joined in the fun.

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We viewed the corn maze from afar as the floor became to soggy to continue on.

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This is us. This is our life captured in action. This will be our family picture. It captured us in the moment, the truth about this picture is so pure. Perfectly imperfect.

I’m not going to sugar coat our visit, we had taken so many pictures before. I want to share with you pretty pictures but I also want you to be aware that we have a normal life.

You see the picture above? Before taking it we had over 5 tantrums while we were there. It started to get hot, the floor was soggy and wet. Fire ants bit me before entering the farm. Everything you thought could go wrong did, but we made the best of it. That’s life, parenthood at it’s finest moment.

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Arya loved to look around at people. She would look at every detail. She didn’t cry, which was one of my fears.

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But look at this face, i’m so in love with her. She was so happy which made me melt.

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Look at this picture and the one below it.

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They are truly alike. Both picture show that they are in sync with each other. It amazes us sometimes.

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This was a beautiful experience we shared as a family. Till next year, Bedner’s Farm.

 

Stay tuned for the last October Recap.

-The Mominista

 

October Recap: Office Decor & Party

 

I love to decorate and my job let me be the chosen one to do so.

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The annual Halloween Office party was a hit!

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Our department dressed up like the circus/ freak show. It was so much fun!

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I was the demented fortune teller. Having the fortunes drawn across my chest. Can you believe this whole outfit was taken out of the closet?

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The ringleader.

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We got TWISTY!

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Here we have the Siamese twins, Dee and Thot.

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The Mime.

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Our broken doll.

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Take a look at the other groups that participated.

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The Evil Torturers

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Mr. Run DMC in the house!

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Team Risky.

 

We had a totally BOO-dacious time at the party.

 

Stay tuned for more October recaps.

-The Mominista