The party madness is over.

Our big boy is 1, and we threw him the cutest little party. I’m so so happy with the way everything turned out. The decorations I made, my sister in law got so many cute things for the party, the piΓ±ata, the cutest, tastiest caramel apples, my aunt made the cutest cake and cupcakes, and just all the help we had from family setting it all up. I got more pictures than usual, so here they come. πŸ˜‰

I didn’t get any pictures of the banners hung, the center pieces on the table, or the food table but I’m just so happy that I even got any. Now that the party and Jake’s birthday is all said and done hopefully I’ll be posting more. ✌🏼


I’ve come on a few times and started up a post and didn’t get to finishing it, so let’s see what I get done tonight lol Clearly, I’ve been lagging, so let’s see what I can catch up on.

The first thing that comes to mind is Jakes birthday party. I’m not nearly as far along with decorations as I’d like to be, but I’m almost done. Everything was on hold for the past week and a half when the boys got sick, and I do mean EVERYTHING. I missed out on my “me” time at the gym for 10 days straight, not much house work got done, no laundry, no decorations, nothing. Nathan had an upper respiratory infection and Jake had a pretty serious case of croup, serious enough for a dose of steroids and a breathing treatment in the ER. It was scary, but we got through it and they’re both doing so much better. 

Mando’s work schedule has been crazy, but work is work and we definitely need it. 

Friday was our 11 year anniversary. We didn’t get to have a date night like we had wanted to due to the boys still recovering and his work schedule but he did have the weekend off so it was nice to have him home. 

We had another little scare this past week, and as much as Mando would say differently, I know for a fact we were both freaking out. I was 2 days late on my period, and I’ve always been super regular, so when I realized I hadn’t started I went into panic mode. I actually took a pregnancy test, I don’t know what went wrong, I don’t know if I peed on it too much, or not enough, but I got a “test error” message so, no answers there. My period eventually came, with a fury. And I do have to say as much as I was freakin terrified, I was also a little sad. I know we need to wait, Jake’s still a baby, diapers and formula for 2 would cost way too much , and I feel like Jake just needs his time to be a baby and not be rushed to be big brother. But I REALLY like being pregnant. Summer 2018 is sounding like a good time to start trying for number 3. 

That’s all I can really think of to update on, I’ll probably remember more later on so I’ll save that for another post, but here’s some pictures from the last month to catch up on.



Look at me being on top of updating! I’m on a rollllllll πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Another weekend has flown bye, and it was a pretty fun one. Friday night Mando’s sisters came over, the boys got in some play time with their cousin Nova, which left the house nice and messy lol but they had a good time though so πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Saturday morning we also spent some time with them, we met up at Home Depot so Nathan and Nova could do the kids workshop, they made a Penske truck.

Sunday I attempted to have a yard sale, but we got a super late start and ended up only getting 1 customer and made $7. But hey, it’s $7 more than we had before lol goodwill is gonna get a good drop off soon! 

I made a little progress with birthday decorations, I painted clothes pins for the monthly pictures and finished cutting out the last of the Mickey heads. I went to target twice (2 different stores) and neither of them had the favors bags or Mickey straws I’m looking for so I’m annoyed. (Yes, I’m very easily annoyed.) I found them online on targets website but after tax and shipping it’s just not worth it. I’ll wait til I find them in store.

I’m super happy because the picture ledges that I ordered from ikea came in! Mando actually hung them when I asked and I’m in love! 

Please excuse Nathan in his undies, he wouldn’t move. πŸ™„


I’m super excited cause I’ve gotten a lot done for the party in the last day and a half.


Top right: the bigger Mickey head with the red “1” will be the center with the smaller red, yellow and black heads around it.

Bottom right: I’ve been taking pictures of Jake every month and these will be hung with the numbers.

Top left: happy birthday banner

Bottom left: this “one” banner will either go on his high chair when he eats his cake, or at the actual cake table, I haven’t made up my mind yet. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ 

I still have a lot to make but I feel good about what I’ve gotten done so far. It doesn’t seem like a ton, but that was a buttload of cutting and my fingers felt like they were gonna fall off. 

Yesterday was also a really good day because the boys finally got to meet their grandma.(Mando’s mom.)  The boys didn’t seem shy at all when they met her, so I’m happy that that side of the family is starting to feel a little more complete. 

I really want to go to Michael’s and buy everything else I need for the party, but I’m gonna practice some self control lol hopefully I can go sometime this weekend though so I can start making the center pieces and goodie bags. Look out for a post on Sunday or Monday! 


I gotta get better at posting. This twice a month stuff just isn’t cutting it.

It’s been a fun month so far. I guess I can catch up by posting all the pictures I’ve taken 😝 

We had a super fun 4th with family.

Jake turned 9 months old.

Free slurpees. 

Karate classes.

Park trips.

That, + the usual cooking, cleaning, and organizing. Ive been Pinteresting A LOT. So that’s led to this:

The sign on the ledge (above) is super special to me because we had it in front of our sweetheart table at our wedding. I love that we can work it into our home where we can see it every day. (I’m sappy like that, who cares.) 

The middle and the bottom are going above the couch in the living room, I just have to go back to IKEA and get another picture ledge…or 2. And a few other things 😬

And of course lots of Pinteresting for a certain first birthday coming up. 

I’ll be sure to start posting more regularly so I can post what I’m making for Jake’s party. So far I only have a few garlands and banners outlined but I’m kinda in love already. 

Look out for more posts! 


The birthday party madness is over. Finally. As usual, I got zero pictures of everything set up. But we got a lot of compliments and I think everyone had a really good time. Goooo us! 

Now to start on a Mickey Mouse first birthday party…😭

I feel like I’m finally starting to get our life back in order after the birthday madness. The house was out of control messy. I haven’t been to the gym since Saturday but I’m more than happy to trade it in for time to clean and organize and I’m happy to say as of today, besides laundry, the house is cleannnnnn. πŸ™‹πŸΌ 

I’ll update tomorrow but right now I’ve got Jake out and I’m gonna get him in his crib and then it’s time to pick up toys and then bedtime for Nathan. ✌🏼


Here’s the one photo we did manage to get. 

-The Velasco’s❀️


It’s been a few days since I’ve posted. We haven’t been too busy doing any one thing in particular, I just get caught up in the day and forget to post. Mando didn’t work all week til today, (he still ubered at night) but it was nice to get some extra time with him. 

The weather has gotten cooler for us thank the heavens. For one, I’m really REALLY starting to dislike the heat. It just makes me feel so gross. And last week when it was warm I really realized that I’m not comfortable enough to get into a bathing suit yet. 

I’m fully aware that it hasn’t even been 6 months since I gave birth. My stretched belly skin and stretch marks are the least of my worries. I haven’t been as committed to working out or eating well as I should be. I found these in my phone and it really motivated me. 

The left was August 2012, I was (unknowingly) 5 weeks pregnant with Nathan. I was 115 pounds and looking back now, a little too skinny. The right is 16 months postpartum (after Nathan). Neither of these pictures are what I’m trying to get back to, they’re just examples of what I can accomplish when I’m actually dedicated. 

I started a new workout routine on Sunday and I’ve stuck to eating better since Sunday as I well, so I’m really excited and proud of myself. 

This newest routine is gonna be 6 weeks, and I’m really hoping to lose fat and build a little more muscle.

Monday dojo cardio

Tuesday gym weight workout A

Wednesday dojo cardio

Thursday gym weight workout B

Friday dojo cardio

Saturday gym weight workout C


I didn’t have much planned for today besides giving the boys a bath and hopefully getting to the gym. Target was definitely not on my list of places to go today (stupid budgeting) but a valve on my pump broke and that’s something I just couldn’t do without. 

So, we get to target, I’m over here preaching to Nathan that we’re only there for ONE thing. I get my new valves(a 2 pack! Whooo!) and I notice teething rings are on the same aisle, and Jake is in desperate need of one. So, I grabbed one. Thennnn, I’ve been thinking of a St. Patrick’s day goodie to make for Nathan so…there went my “one thing” promise. BUT, he didn’t get a toy. AND, another plus; I only spent $22 which is a record and should be celebrated. Maybe with some St. Patrick’s day rice crispie treats. 😬 (Nathan approved.)

That’s all I’ve got for now, maybe I’ll update with more later on tonight. ✌🏼

Update: so it’s bed time. I could’ve gone to the gym. Mando got home from the gym at a good time and I was dressed and left, BUT….I wanted to get Nathan a little something for St. Patrick’s day. I think it’s super cute. 

And btw; who the heck knew finding gold chocolate coins the night before st Patrick’s day would be so damn hard?!


I went to Michael’s.

I pinned two things that I’ve been dying to do.

Here’s the first: 

Every day leading up to Valentine’s Day we put a new heart on Nathan’s door with a reason why we love him. I almost bought his Valentine’s goodie basket while I was there but I think he was on to me so I had to abandon that mission. He did pick out a Valentine’s Day craft.

I think I pinned this next one while I was still pregnant with Jake, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m so freakin excited to actually be starting on it. I can’t wait to get the boys’ little feet prints on it tomorrow. 


Today was a really productive day. 

I got my sink full of dishes washed and the kitchen clean before 10am. Took the boys to the park, got in a good hour there and then went grocery shopping. We all took really good naps(yes, naps are an important part of productive days. You can’t pour from an empty cup. πŸ˜‰) I got 2 loads of Mando’s laundry done, picked up the house, cleaned my room, went through Jake’s clothes(I have a serious hoarding issue with the boys clothes, but more on that later.) and got Mando’s breakfast and lunch ready for work tomorrow. I swear; when I’m productive I get shit done. But when I’m lazy…oh man. I have to give some credit to the boys because they were both actually in pretty good moods today which allowed me to get so much done. Way to go little guys. 😘 

So. About my hoarding issue. In most situations I’m more of a “if we don’t need it, toss it.” Type of person. We’ll give things away to family members or friends, sell it if we can, or take it to good will. But when it comes to the boys clothes, I have a really hard time parting ways. I kept a BUNCH of Nathan’s old clothes, and I know what you’re thinking…hand-me-downs! Yes, in some cases. Before Jake was born I went through what baby clothes I kept from Nathan and I’d say 75% I couldn’t bring myself to hang up and use for Jake. I wanted to keep it for Nathan somehow. Like, I wanted it to be exclusively his. I have no idea what this was all about. But I just could not bring myself to put them in the closet for Jake. I try to go through Nathan’s clothes every month to weed out what is just destroyed (throw away), what is still in good shape but too small(hand-me-downs), and what I really just want to keep. And I didn’t notice until tonight, when I went to put some of Jake’s stuff away, but I’m running out of room. Im gonna need a new box in about another month. I look at the box, and I feel a tad ashamed. It’s a pretty big box and it’s filled almost to the top with clothes, a few of Nathan’s favorite baby toys and a few pairs of shoes from Nathan’s first year. I’d say a good 80% of the box is from Nathan’s first 3 years, there’s a small corner of Jake’s clothes. But just…like…can I really keep this up?! I mean I kinda have to. I can’t bring myself to part with ANY of it. But I don’t really have room for multiples of these boxes just to hoard the boys clothes! I mean…

It’s a lot of stuff guys. Our apartment is not that big and when we get a house I don’t want to take up that much space in the garage with this. Who am I kidding? I have to. I’m in it this deep, there’s no turning back now. Just tell me I’m not the only one…please?

This weekend was pretty busy but fun. Mando and I had our first time away from the boys since we had Jake. We played footgolf. Basically golf with soccer balls. I sucked. Then Sunday we went to one of Mando’s 7 aunts birthday party. Im not exaggerating, he literally has 7 aunts, and after 10 years I’m finally starting to get the names down. So like I said, the weekend was crazy, the house was a mess last night but I got it all sorted out today. 

I guess you’re all caught up. 

Oh, the boys are all better, no more sickies and I’m hoping to keep it that way.