But First, Coffee

sleeplessssss.001So part of me feels like people don't want to hear about how effing tired I am, but there's this other part of me who A. doesn't care and B. feels like it's complete bullshit if I pretend to have a perfect baby who sleeps perfectly and shits perfectly… I don't even know what that means, but I've seen bloggers with beautiful family pics of their amazing baby who not only brings joy and perfect piles of perfect poo, they sleep through the night and even started working a part time job to pay for diapers… It makes me mad, like, rullll mad. I know a ton of moms read these blogs and think, Shit, what am I doing wrong?! Nothing, you're doing nothing wrong!! Around 4.5 months MohawkRoc completely forgot how to sleep. So for the past month or so we have gone back to the basics of getting him sleeping through the night. We are dealing with "the rolling over" phase and he's yet to master rolling back so he wakes up on his tummy very angry-like… but enough of that, here's what has been sustaining us during our sleep fast. [1] Fuel. There are a variety of must have beverages: h2o, coffee, and beer… not necessarily in that order. Hydrating is super important and La Croix coconut sparkling water is my favorite thing in the world. I toss back these things like a boss. Donut Shop's Coconut Mocha coffee is INSANE delicious, I mean so good. I've never needed coffee before, but that is not the case any more. I don't do cream and sugar, but lately I haven't been digging my usual super bitter black coffee. Enter this coffee. It's so crisp and yummy you don't need to add anything. Then there's the booze. Banquet Beer. Cheap and tasty. Perfect when you just need a light beer with dinner to relax your brain from thinking about how you probably aren't going to sleep tonight either… le sigh… Oh and let us not forget to eat. We live off of Chipotle. Brown Rice. Beans. Veggies. Gauc. Lettuce. Relatively healthy, cheap, and fast. Boom. Enjoy with cold Banquet beer.

[2] Wardrobe. It's imperative you have stretchy lounge pants acceptable to be worn in public and a good hat… Boom. Pair with a cute tee or tank and you look like you give a damn, but we all know the truth... Not only do you not remember when you last gave a damn, you also put your underwear on inside out this morning and can't be bothered to fix them… not that I'm speaking from experience...

[3] Beauty. So eye cream is my new best friend. I've actually been using the whole line of Renée Rouleau products and I'm really impressed with the results, but this eye cream is brilliant. Total Eye Repair. Because, DAMN, we need to repair those eyes. And forget wearing your hair down, your kid is gonna pull all that shit out, like giant chunks of hair, and then they are going to try and eat it… Weirdos. I love these Emi Jay hair ties, they help you avoid hair headache!

[4] Entertainment. Our attention spans are pretty pathetic these days, but once the monster nugget is asleep we like to snuggle and laugh our asses off. Currently, we are obsessed with Blackish and The Mindy Project. We also love Modern Family, New Girl, About a Boy, and Brooklyn 99.  All VERY funny and while we might not know much, we know funny. We also watch The Walking Dead, but we right now we are a few episodes behind. CARRLLLLLLLLLLL.

[5] New Challenge. Journaling. I opened up to a wonderful friend about how the exhaustion was really weighing on me. I feel tired to my core. It's so hard to do anything well when you are that worn out and that can really start to affect your mood. I had been praying for rest for Mohawk and for The Captain and I and was just really feeling unheard, my friend suggested journaling and just keeping all those thoughts fresh in my mind and having an open and honest connection to my feelings and to God.

Hope this helps in some small way!! It helped me just to right it out!! So ladies, I want to know what are your must haves when you are utterly exhausted!?!

Happy Presidents Day!

Enjoying a day with the fam!! But you should definitely check out some P-day sales!! 40% off at Gap [code: WINTER] and Banana Republic [code:BRLOVEYOU]. I did some Gap damage and picked up this cute pair o pants for me and a few things for the mister and some super cute stuff for Rocco, obsessed with these lil' pants. JCrew [code: WEEKENDMUST] is offering 40-50% off final sale. Loft is offer 50% off of select styles. Oh and don't forget to enter our Freshly Picked Giveaway!

Peace out!

Kendra's Night Out!

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Does anybody else have Will Smith stuck in their head?! No? Just me? Okay… Recently I was approached by the lovely Kendra Thornton to be apart of her Kendra's Night Out Miami Vacation Challenge, that's a mouthful. And because when it comes to shopping I just can't help myself, I whipped up some inspiration for her to rock on a beautiful trip to Miami, land of ArtDeco, Cuban sandwiches, and first rate nightlife.

Challenge Extended: I have always loved the 1920s period in fashion. There were so many amazing outfits. The beaded dresses, feather headdresses and perfect makeup looks just always give me ideas for what to wear. I feel like I am headed to the 1920s again with my trip to Miami. My husband and I decided to go for a really lavish hotel that we found on gogobot. It's called the Biltmore Estate, and it's one of the oldest historical sites in Miami. I feel so lucky to stay here, but I am in desperate need of some fashion advice. My wardrobe is too mommy for Miami! I want to go to a few different romantic spots with my husband and just enjoy myself on our break, but I don't even know where to look for a new outfit. I definitely need a new look for a special date that my husband and I have planned. It would be amazing to have a day look that was comfortable enough to wear around the hotel and another evening look to go out in. We are going to spend some time exploring the historical and cultural areas of Miami like Little Havana and even do a little shopping at the Lincoln Road Mall. I can't wait to just relax and take a break from life in Miami. Any ideas that you have would make it easier to pack some gorgeous new digs for the trip.

Challenge Accepted.

miami day .001 [tank dress] Splendid [maxi dress] Loft [eyelet shirt] Loft [patterned shorts] JCrew [headband] Anthro [sandals] Latigo [sunglasses] Warby Parker x Karlie Kloss [bracelet] Gorjana [satchel] Rebecca Minkoff

I wanted to give Kendra a fresh and modern look for her trip! Glamourous, yet casual and functional. I like to travel light, if I can use the same accessories for most of my looks I am a happy camper traveler. Seriously, I'd never go camping, do you know me at all!?! So I found some genius pieces to rock with all of her day options and a few even transition perfectly for night!!! Hooray! I loved the idea of this brilliant eyelet top paired with a chic pair of shorts for exploring the grounds of the absolutely stunning hotel! I'm obsessed with both dresses and thought they would be perfect for exploring little Havana or doing some serious shopping at Lincoln Road mall! Add the beautiful crystal headband and you are ready for a night out in full 20's glamour!!

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[jumpsuit] Eighty Sixty [sandals] Steve Madden [clutch] DVF [bracelet] Gorjana [Ring] House of Harlow [necklace] House of Harlow

Hello Hot Stuff!!! This jumpsuit is just magical and so unbelievably chic! Light and perfect for Miami's sweltering heat. I loved the idea of pairing it with a brilliant pair of floral heels, a bold clutch, a dainty bracelet, and two statement pieces. I am a big fan of House of Harlow and both of these pieces have a lil' Art Deco something-something that just completes the Miami look completely.

Where are you vacationing this summer? What's your best packing tip?? Happy Traveling!

My Besties

Blissful Happenings  2 - 08 Blissful Happenings  2 - 09 Blissful Happenings  2 - 10I'm a dog person, like way more than a people person and I, mostly, like people. My boys, Hammond and Franklin, are sort of the best dudes on the planet. They bark at everything, leave their toys everywhere, Ham is a food thief, and Frank is a seat stealer. Alas, I love them more than life itself. The Captain and I are concerned that if we ever decide to procreate that we won't love the kid as much as the dogs. I hope that doesn't make you judge us… Any who, this outfit has become my uniform as of late, easy and stylish. I never thought I'd fall prey to the baseball cap trend, but damn if it's not so freaking cute and a great way to hide dirty hair. Speaking of hair, mine is growing!! Hooray. Okay, back to dogs. How cute are they!?!? Yes, I love them! Happy Wednesday!!!!!

Blissful Happenings  2 - 11Blissful Happenings  2 - 14 Blissful Happenings  2 - 13photos via Kelsey Erin Photography | [cap] Madewell it's on sale!!! [jacket] old H&M, but I have my eye on this one [shirt] aka MY FAVORITE!!! Loft [denim] aka MY FAVORITE!!! Mother [booties] Possibly my most comfy booties Sam Edelman

I'm with the band.

Blissful Happenings  2 - 73Blissful Happenings  2 - 78I love music. Real music… not this carly ray call me-gaga-levato-gomez pop nonsense crap. I have two pop guilty pleasures vintage Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson(who is actually a musical genius). Other than those two, I am completely ignorant of any popular music… ask my friends Emily and Shirley. Who, against my will, force me to listen to terrible music including gum gum style!?!? I don't even know. I'm old. I like real music. Luckily, we know some people who still play real music and when they visited SoCal The Captain and I had a weekend of fun! I'm just gonna say it, I'd make a terrific groupie-- minus all the pervy stuff. Get your head outta the gutta! This was my chilly night concert look! I love dressing for outdoor concerts here in San Diego because you know you are going to be a little cold, but get all amped up and jump and sing, etc. Unless you are boring, then you sit the whole time and would be better off listening to the cd in the comfort of your home. Now about my Target booties, I never wear nice shoes to a concert!! There is booze and questionable sticky stuff everywhere! Ew. Gross. So I decided that I would have a designated pair of concert boots and these 35 dollar Target booties fit the bill perfectly!!! This particular pair is currently not available, but check out the cute pair I found below. Blissful Happenings  2 - 77 Blissful Happenings  2 - 74photos via Kelsey Erin Photography | Gotta love my photo bombing dogs. Silly boys. | [chambray] Banana Republic [vest] old Loft [coated jeans] old 7 for all Mankind, these are fab! [booties] Target, sold out, but these are so cute!! [headband] old Loft [lipstick] Nars in Mascate

photo 3[look at all those people!!!! i still get so excited!!!!!] photo 2[mean mugging with the captain before the show starts. your welcome for this]

Christmas Party Time!

Blissful Happenings  2 - 61 Blissful Happenings  2 - 62 Blissful Happenings  2 - 63 Blissful Happenings  2 - 65 Blissful Happenings  2 - 68 Blissful Happenings  2 - 70Photos via Kelsey Erin Photography  | [pants] old Loft, but these are amazing!! [top] old Loft [shoes] ancient Steve Madden [ring] Nordies Rack  [lips]  Ombre with Mac Morange all over and Russian Red painted around the lip line then blended in. It's the holidays and that means Christmas parties, oh so many Christmas parties. This year I was determined to wear this outfit! I purchased the look for NYE 2013 which ended up being a total drunkfest in the privacy of my own home, which I like to tell myself is responsible and not super lame. I was determined to wear these pants somewhere!!! This is might be the only outfit I've ever purchased straight from the mannequin and it literally shocks people when I tell them it's from Loft! That store is toats one of my secret affordable weapons. I purchase one of these shirts once a year, it's a staple and looks so expensive!! That's the beauty of Loft, it's great to mix with higher end pieces to create a super unique style of your own! These are my favorite shoes which are total knockoffs of the Dior Addict gladiators that prance around in my dreams. Yep, I'm still crushing hard on those Diors. These are Steve Madden and they are cray comfortable, I wish they still made them. They are blatant copies, but dude this girl doesn't have 800 bucks to spend on shoes and I definitely didn't have it 4 years ago. I hate the lack of artistry in copying a designer piece, but I think that the prices of designer fashion have only gotten more and more insane!! Conundrum of the heart. Anywho, we had a blast at our Christmas party, ugly sweaters, engraved toilet seats, apple pie moonshine, olives!!!! I could go on and on. We love our West Coast military family!! So blessed to have such wonderful friends in our lives!!!!