18 Months Old Toddler Update

It’s been a while since my last update on Luca and I swear I turn around and he’s like a whole different child each week, leaning so many new things in such little time! I can’t believe he’s officially 1 1/2 years old and will be a big brother and not our baby boy anymore in just 3 short months! We’ve been trying to prepare him for the arrival of his new baby sister, which honestly I’m not sure how much he’s realizing it. We keep asking him “where’s the baby?” and then point to my belly which he gets more less and then every time we’re out and about and see an actual baby we point it out to him as well.

Latest tricks: If you’re following us on Instagram I’m sure you’ve witnessed his obsession with his scooter and in my professional mom opinion (which might be slightly biased) he’s doing an amazing job and has gotten so comfortable that he’s even trying to stand on it with no hands. He goes so fast when we’re out on the sidewalk but knows to stop before we cross the street. Other than the scooter he loves to dance, wrestle with his daddy, feed his pup Henry, go to our mommy and me gymnastics class, play with and stack up blocks, read books and play any game associated with balls (golf, soccer, ping pong, or just throwing them).

He’s become so crazy active it’s like a full time job running after him these days so we’ve been enjoying spending a lot of time outside now that it’s cooled down, again with the scooter, going to the park, the zoo, or the botanical garden. We went on a short weekend trip to visit my sister in law in Miami and went to a science museum there which he actually enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to exploring our local children museum here in Dallas soon.

The word count keeps on growing with some German and English words (I primarily speak German with him when it’s just the two of us but we live in the states). Another fun thing he’s started is to recognize my husband and I on pictures and of course his dog Henry and says all of our names.

Oh and almost forgot his ability to say cheese when taking pictures, it’s the cutest!!!

Daily routine: Wake up call is usually between 7 and 7.30 am and unfortunately Luca strongly dislikes hanging out in bed with us in the morning and is ready to go right when he wakes up. So we’ll do breakfast, go on a walk with the dog and then I usually try to get ready while he plays or I will put on a short 20 minute recorded show (yes, I’ve officially caved to the strict no TV rule but for sure try to keep it to a minimum of an hour a day).. then we will usually be busy in the morning with running errands, playing outside, go to the library for story time or meeting up for playdates until lunch time around 11.30 am. I will put him for his nap by 12.30- 1 pm which is where I try to get my cleaning, resting and also napping in while I still have only have one little one. The transition from two to one naps took him quite he while but he’s now napping pretty consistently for 1 1/2-2 hours in the afternoon. We’ll do more outings in the afternoon or just play in the house, take Henry on a walk again and then have dinner by 6.30 pm and then bed time by 7.30 pm.

Foods: Breakfast is for sure our best meal where he’ll eat like a champ things like cereal, oatmeal, egg and banana pancakes, bread with cream cheese and jam and fruit and yoghurt. The problem with lunch and dinner are the snacks in between. He’s always so hungry before the actual meal that it’s sometimes hard to feed him a full meal for those times and on top of that he’s become a little picky with his foods and just thinks it’s such a fun game to start throwing food once he decides he’s done eating. We’re still sticking to a strictly vegetarian diet which has worked out well for us and I’m thankful my husband is on board with it since I value this way of living so much for myself and my children (preferably for my husband as well but he’ll still get his meats in outside of my cooked meals).

Another update will be that Luca is starting two days of pre-school this January, which will be a huge relief once our baby girl arrives in late February. I’ve magically found a German school (called German International School of Dallas) less than 15 minutes away from our home and I couldn’t be happier with their ways of teaching and keeping up with my language and traditions away from my home country. I’m a little nervous to actually see him go and him being a big boy that goes to school but I know I’ll be thankful to have more time to myself and then to spend with the new baby. I will definitely keep you guys updated once he’s started in the beginning of January.

Here are some pictures from the Miami family trip. Luca definitely enjoyed having both of mommy and daddy’s full attention not to mention his aunt’s.

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For now we’re trying to enjoy all the fun end of year activities with family and friends and snap some pictures along the way to share with you guys!

Let me know if you have any question to add here or to include in our next post!

Happy early thanksgiving and holidays from our growing family to yours!

xoxo, Lisa

Memorial Day Weekend Outfit

As I’m trying to get my life together post vaca (it always takes me days to finish laundry, putting things back and emptying the suitcases with the little one jumping around – not easy) I wanted to share one look I wore in Italy that’s just perfect for this upcoming Memorial Day weekend! I’m looking forward to some much needed family time as my husband couldn’t join us for our trip to Europe.

This dress is super comfy and perfect for barbecuing, sipping drinks, and chasing after your kids! It’s labeled as a ‘mini’ dress but being 5’4 ft it’s the perfect length for me. The dress has a round neck, tiers and the cutest frilled elbow-length sleeves. I’m wearing the white and red, but it’s also available in white and blue!

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The most beautiful pine tree lined road to the Tuscan city Bolgheri

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One of my favorite statement necklaces!

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My go-to comfy white sneakers from Superga, an Italian shoe company

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Still dreaming about this heavenly gelato!

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Outfit details:

Dress: Zara

Sunnies: Betsy Johnson

Sneakers: Superga available at Target

Necklace: old Forever 21 necklace but similar Sugarfix one available at Target

Shoulder purse Louis Vuitton

Hope you guys will have an amazing long weekend!

xoxo, Lisa

 

Summer Lace Romper

Happy Monday, everyone!! Hope you guys had a great weekend and have been enjoying these gorgeous sunny days. I’m always on the hunt for cute but also functional outfits, and rompers are honestly sometimes tricky with their fit. But I have found an amazing one and wanted to share with you a new brand I’ve discovered and I am absolutely in love with! It’s a great quality, an amazing price and the romper has intricate details like the lace up top and on the bottom trim. The texture and material are so soft!  Tanapama has the cutest Spring and Summer pieces that will elevate your style guaranteed. Go and check them and enjoy 20% off with my exclusive code “lisaschober”. I’d love to hear what your favorite item is!

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Romper: Tanapama

Sandals: Target

Necklace: Amazon

Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson found at Nordstrom Rack

Here’s to a great start in this new week!

xoxo, Lisa

12 Month Update

The day of Luca’s 1st birthday has come and went by so quickly and now it has already been a week that we have a one-year-old! I’m still a little in denial but he’s proving me every day that instead of my little baby boy I am a mom to a sweet toddler now! It’s so crazy to me how fast this year went by.

Luca’s actual birthday was last Thursday which we ended up at the doctor’s office with his second ear infection 😦 Luckily we got rid of it just in time for his birthday party on Sunday which I will put a blog post together hopefully this weekend. The hubby has officially left the house for a bachelor weekend and I’m hoping to get all things crossed off my to-do list – we will see how much I can actually accomplish. Stay tuned!

Latest tricks: Walking like a champ but still need a finger or something/ someone to hold onto for security (I’m blaming it on being sick twice in the last month which somewhat caused a setback); he does really well when he is unaware that he is actually walking and has done 8 steps all by himself so far, not that I’m counting and have my camera in my hand at all times… He also manages to feed himself with a fork when food is on it.

Daily routine: For just two days last week got a major scare thinking he was done with his morning nap but thankfully he is back on track with his sleeping schedule. waking up around 7 am, morning nap around 9-9.30 am, afternoon nap between 1 and 2 pm and bedtime at 7.30 pm. We still love going to our Mommy and me class, run errands, take Henry to the park or to the lake.

Foods: We have started giving him probiotics to build up his immune system again after getting sick twice and having to take antibiotics for 10 whole days and I just mike it in his pancakes or eggs for breakfast. It has only been a week though so I am not quite sure there has been a difference. For lunch and dinner, we always try to give him fruit first like cut grapes (current favorite!), strawberries, bananas, pear, or kiwi. then usually follow with bread with cream cheese, noodles, veggies, soy in form of vegan hot dogs, sausage or tofurky (all available at trader joes), and sometimes add apple sauce or yogurt at the end.

Favorites: Along with his birthday he was showered with new toys and the ones he’s been playing with the most are his Lego Duplo sets, a little tikes guitar (similar one here), a school bus, and still Mr. Bear (his giant stuffed teddy bear).

We’ve been enjoying having my mom in town from Germany, but we will take her back to the airport tomorrow. And then in just less than a week, we will start Luca and I will start our journey back to the homeland as well. I’ve been really nervous about this flight for several reasons. For one I am once again flying by myself and have Luca on my lap during the whole 10-hour flight, and additionally, he has become so active, he can never sit still or will fall asleep on my without being extremely tired or nursed. Planning on writing a post about our flight experience no matter the outcome.

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Day at the Zoo with Omi (German Grandma)

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Loved watching the chimps

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New Hippo compound

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Such a happy boy!

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Up close with the Giraffs
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So mermerized by the cheetah!

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Hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend and happy Cinco de Mayo!

xoxo, Lisa

Luca’s outfit: -shoes: Converse, jeans: Old Navy, t-shirt: Zara, striped long sleeve: GAP, fedora: Target

My outfit: jeans: Current & Elliot, tassel t-shirt: SheIn, sunnies: Betsey Johnson

Spring Fashion Favorites

So excited to share two of my favorite outfits for this season with you! I had the pleasure to team up with a local DFW photographer and it was so much fun to shoot these. Unfortunately, we picked the windiest day to take pictures and a lot of them looked all crazy with all my hair in my face. But take a look! I’ll try my best to include links for my outfit details!

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My blouse was from Zara but is already sold out, but here are some similar ones from SheIn  and Zara’s, and another one from SheIn.

Mid-rise pink skinny jeans also from Zara.

My heels are from the Target and Altuzarra from a few years back, they are so comfy and I always get compliments on them! Here are some similar ones from Target and Nordstrom.

My 2nd outfit is a little more summery with the cutest navy gingham (yes, again!) and eyelet detailed skort perfect for running after your little 1 year old lol!

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Cutest lace-up faux suede sandals from Target.

And here the navy skort from Zara’s but is once again already sold out so here’s something similar I found and it’s on sale!

Hope you enjoyed this post and are enjoying the rest of your weekend!!

xoxo, Lisa

11 Month Update

It feels like I just sat down to write last month’s update on Luca and once again I’m asking myself where time has gone!? We’re officially in his birthday month (April 1st) and I’m silently freaking out because I have like not even started with the party planning besides pinning a million unrelated things on Pinterest – oops.

Latest tricks: now only wants to walk everywhere either being held with one or two hands and my husband is convinced he’s taking steps with him (I’m more thinking he’s just stumbled and fell forward because I wasn’t present). He is finally showing interest in books and will pull them out of his shelf and just sit there and try to flip through it its adorable! Luca also has mastered feeding himself more less and does not want to have anything to do with mommy’s homemade purees anymore, pouches are ok though lol.

Daily routine: He still wakes up at around 7.30ish and I immediately nurse him and follow up with breakfast (see at foods). Afterwards we usually play until around 9 am and I will put him down for his nap (usually about 1 hour). The time before lunch we spend by going to the park, going on walks, playing with Henry or running errands. Lunch time is usually around 12.30 and then he goes down for another nap between 1 and 2 pm, even though we have been struggling the past few days to stay down and been all cranky and tired in the afternoon (another growth spurt?), who knows. About three times a week we go to a mommy and me class at the Little Gym which he loves going to and play with other kiddos. We nurse again around 4 pm and after more play time or errand running we put dinner on the high chair tray by 6.30 pm. Bath, story time and bed by 7.30 pm.

Foods: As mentioned we’re done with the purees, even though he still loves pouches and little organic apple sauce cups from Trader Joe’s. In the morning, we almost always do little pancakes (1 banana 2 eggs fried in coconut oil), and I’ll give him some blueberries until they are done. Blueberries are his favorite for sure! Also, loves blackberries, kiwi, bread wither lightly buttered or vegan cream cheese spread, tofu, pear, zucchini, rice, carrots, peas, butternut squash, yoghurt with fruit puree, eggs, bananas.

Favorites: His new obsession is this same sized stuffed bear that as always been in his nursery but just now caught his attention and he LOVES throwing himself on him and hugging the bear it seriously is the cutest thing! Still loves petting Henry and Lilly (our dog and cat), playing with blocks, enjoys Lego Duplo, books (especially the ones where you and open things and are interactive), looking out the window and playing hide-and-seek/ peek-a-boo under his crib.

We had my sister visit from Germany last week and he had such a great time with her and we’re so excited to be seeing her again the beginning of May! First my mom will come for his birthday the end of the month and we can’t wait for her to be here! It’s hard for me to have them so far away but the makes the reunions so much sweeter.

Thank you for stopping by and checking in on the blog!

xoxo, Lisa

Spring At The Silos in Waco

Road Trip to Spring at the Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco

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So much to discover in the garden on the market grounds!
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Dress is Nordstrom Rack brand Abound and shoes are Superga
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Best Crepes! 
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Entry into the market
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Everything is Pinterest perfect!

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Luca had so much fun exploring!

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Its already been one and a half weeks now that my friend Caitlin and I took Luca to a super spontaneous, in our definition “crazy” day trip to Waco to join in on the fun at the Spring Festival at Magnolia Market. On a weekend. With an almost one year old. Yes, fun! But knowing the obsession people (us included) have with the Gaines family and the Fixer Upper show on HGTV we thought we’d come prepared – without any too concrete ideas or expectations just wanting to have fun.

We left Dallas around 10.30 after a morning nap and without any traffic we made it to Waco around noon. First setting eyes on the Silos we couldn’t believe our eyes already seeing special enforcement by the police directing people for parking. We parked a few streets away from the market and after glancing over the crowd decided to start off with street market and vendors before trying our luck inside the actual market area and shop. There was no entry fee and the vendor fair featured artisans from all across the country with jewelry, leather goods, flowers, pottery, baby goods and much more. The most amazing part about it all was supporting all either local or ‘brick-and-mortar” type of shops highlighting craftsmanship and work with people in less fortunate circumstances. After shopping the stands, we went to grab our favorite treat – Crepes from a food truck called Co-Town who has a permanent spot inside the market. After talking to our table neighbors, we were encouraged to get in line to go into the magnolia store. The line moved quick and in 25 minutes we had made it inside and staff was incredibly friendly and made it a great experience with a tired little baby boy. After another round through the vendor fair and deciding not even try get anything from the bakery (line was supposed to take 45 min to an hour!) we headed back to our car and after a quick stop at Taco Bell we were on the road back to D-town.

Here are a few of my favorite vendors who all have a website or an etsy shop. Go check them out! (The full vendor list is on the Magnolia Market website:

Paper goods:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FoxHollowDesignCo

http://heartswellco.com/

http://www.wildfieldpaperco.com/

Clothing and accessories:

https://www.allthewire.com/pages/shop-our-gram

http://www.emjewelrydesign.com/

https://www.livefashionable.com/

http://gorings.us/

https://www.ravenandlily.com/

https://www.instagram.com/rootsboutique/

Home goods:

http://www.blackoakart.com/

https://www.letterfolk.com/

https://www.littlekorboose.com/

http://www.wild-arrow.com/

Little ones:

https://bannortoys.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/goodnaturedchild

https://www.littleadi.com/

https://littleunicorn.com/

http://thisandthatetc.bigcartel.com/

So overall it was worth it for us going since we’re only a short 1 ½ hours away from Waco and we didn’t come with any expectations. We timed it really great so Luca napped most of the car ride back and forth which made the whole trip so much better! We’ve told us next time we do want to go during the week, no extra event and NO Spring Break lol.

Hope everyone who went had a great time as well and my post will give you some insight if you couldn’t make it. Have a great day!

xoxo, Lisa

5 Tips on Being Confident in Your Skin Post Baby

I cannot believe Luca’s 1st birthday is creeping up so much faster than I can handle it and with that it’s been almost a year for my body to recover from carrying an 8lbs 2oz baby plus placenta, extra water etc etc… I had gained a total 34 lbs. before giving birth and even though I’m still young I knew it would take some work to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy. First and foremost, I have to say I am blessed with my momma’s great genes and basically didn’t get any stretchmarks during pregnancy. I also rubbed a lot of oil all over my belly trying to trick my skin into thinking massaging it will help. Additionally, I tried to stay active throughout even if it was just walks with my dog, anything that got my heart going. SO, with all that said here are a few of my tips on how to get back where you can feel like yourself again no matter if it’s your old self or a new and improved self, anything where you are comfortable AND confident!

  1. “The weight takes 9 months to go on, it’s OK if it takes 9 months to lose it” this amazing advice was of course given by my mother and when she told me that, I was thinking oh mother I will be back in shape in a hot second… right. You get really excited in the first week losing about half of your weight because, duh the baby is out, together with all the blood and water weight but then there’s still the uterus trying to go back to its original size and you remember the weekly ice cream runs to your neighborhood super market. And after a while I was coming around thinking it might be a while longer to get to where I wanted to be. So, give yourself TIME!
  2. Supportive partner: I am one of the lucky individuals that married a guy who continually told me that I looked great even when I really felt otherwise. It helped me so much knowing my spouse loves me no matter what and appreciates my body for hosting and growing a tiny human. Even though no partner would hopefully body shame you, but not hearing anything positive can hurt just the same. So, to all the baby daddies out there show your spouse/ baby mama how much you respect and love her for giving you the best gift in life.
  3. Fashion: fake it ‘til you make it! Wearing the right clothes for your postpartum body will do wonders! Everyone knows there are different styles for different bodies when it comes to fashion but you may not know it when you’re left with what feels like a stranger’s body after birth. My usual somewhat smaller self didn’t know how to dress a 20 lbs. heavier body and it took quite some trial and error to figure out what looked flattering and what didn’t. I felt really stressed out when I couldn’t fit back into my old clothes anymore. But until you do choose some loose fitted tops, re-wear some of your maternity items in the beginning and above all be patient with yourself.
  4. Active lifestyle: Just the way it helps to stay active during pregnancy, it obviously helps when you’re trying to lose your baby weight. And I’m not saying go run 5 miles and spent an hour a day in the gym, because who has the time and the energy? But for me it helped tremendously to go on walks. Even just 30 minutes every day made me feel refreshed and brightened up my mood and my spirits. I was never much of a jogger but incorporating some light jogging and ab training at home (YouTube to the rescue) worked wonders. Having a fellow mom-friend or girlfriend is a bonus (dogs count too 😉)
  5. Breastfeeding: I can’t stress this last and most important point enough. I hear about so many women who either are unaware of all the amazing benefits, not just for baby but also for you, or choose not to breastfeed because of aesthetic reasons (according to Dallas Child magazine only 6% of Texas moms report to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months). But let’s be honest: I too would like for my boobs to be small and perky again but that is just a small sacrifice for me to give the best nature can offer for my baby. I know it is a hot topic but which mother wouldn’t want the best for her child? And I am not talking about women who can’t produce enough milk. And I know there have been so many times in particular in the beginning where it felt incredibly weird and stressful, after all it’s something you’ve never done before. But despite a clogged duct, and returning to work part-time after 8 weeks, there was never a moment where I didn’t think it wasn’t worth it (I am still nursing now at 10 ½ months and working three times a week). Besides the advantages for the baby, it’s been the most helpful to losing those last stubborn pounds. I even have to be careful now to eat enough to not go under my original weight. And again, it is not all about the weight but about how you feel, but the closeness, the special bond to my son and my body confidence wouldn’t be the same without breastfeeding.

I hope after reading this some soon-to be moms and new moms will at least inform themselves about the incredibly positive things nursing does and I hope no matter what size you are post baby you are able to love the body that has brought new life to this world!

xoxo, Lisa

This is Us

It is finally nap time and no housework to do for once so I’m giving it my best shot to finally write our first blog post after creating my blog almost 2 months ago. I thought it’d be good to introduce ourselves first before I write more about everyday topics; so here we go:

Pictured above is my beautiful little family (minus the fur babies) last December. But let’s go all the way back. My name is Lisa and I was born and raised in a small town in Germany (as in 8,000 residents small). When I was a teenager my dream was always to come and visit the USA and after graduating high school it was finally my time to go. As an Au Pair ( aka foreign exchange nanny) I arrived together with 30 other European girls in New York City and I knew I was about to have the best year of my life. After a week exploring Central Park, Times Square and many visits to Starbucks it was already time to say goodbye to the Big Apple and head to the great state of Texas to meet my host family and my three kids I was going to take care of. Arriving at the airport in Dallas, I was welcomed with hot summer temperatures and felt at home right away (Germans typically like it hot and sunny since we don’t get enough in our area). The former Au Pair of my host family picked me up and showed me the house and my tasks. The family was still on vacation and was going to arrive a day later. That was in July 2011.

Fast forwarding to October the same year when I met my now husband Tommy. In my first few months in Texas I had been living the life and it felt like every day I experienced so many new things, ate Tex-Mex for the first time, meet so many new people, and spent every weekend by the pool (because that’s about all you can do in the summer) and spend every paycheck on clothes and food. One night my friend Tanja, who was also a German Au Pair in her second year in Dallas invited me to watch the 5th game of the Baseball World Series with two guys, one of them being Tommy. We got to his apartment and had a few beers, watched the Rangers loose and had a great time talking and laughing. On the way back home I remember thinking that Tommy was funny and pretty cute. After that night I didn’t see him again until a few weeks later at a soccer game and we again had a great time at a bar we went to after and it was then he declared he was going to be my “American boyfriend”.  In the next months we got to see each other a lot and in February on Valentines Day five years ago now, he finally asked me to be his girlfriend (Justin Timberlake and Nelly may or may not have been played that night ;)).

July 2012 came way too fast and my year in the States was about to end when Tommy started asking me all these life questions, me not knowing what it was all about. We had been trying to figure out ways we could be together but knowing that long term and long distance relationships hadn’t worked out for either of us before, wasn’t an option. I still remember that moment we were driving in his car when he told me about his family doing immigration work and about a certain visa that would allow me to come back a so-called “fiancee-visa”. I looked at him wondering if he was serious. He then told me he had thought about us a lot and didn’t want to live without me and eventually wanted to get married and spend his life with me that’s why he had been asking me all the questions.

This post is getting so much longer than I intended it to be when I sat down (it is now the next day and nap time once again…), I hope you’re equipped with a beverage of some sort and snacks, but to sum up the next few years: I returned home to Germany, told my parents basically the night I arrived I was going to go back to Texas to get married and live there happily ever after. Of course, that’s not what they wanted to hear from their 20-year old youngest daughter, but over the next months while my paperwork was processed they somewhat came to terms with my decisions. In September 2013 I finally packed up my life in Germany in three big bags, said goodbye to friends and family and my home of 19 years. Back in Dallas, I started school, work, we had a beautiful wedding the following April and thought we had life figured out. The ‘original’ plan was for me to finish school, find a great job in the fashion industry and then eventually add a human baby to our two fur babies. But you all know how plans sometimes work out and sooner than we thought I had a missed period and a positive pregnancy test 16 months in our marriage. And then just a few months later we became first-time parents to baby Luca, born in April 2016. I want to include more detailed posts to certain parts between then and now but that gives you a little overview about our family. To add a few words about my husband, he his born and raised in Dallas, growing up with a diverse family environment with a Peruvian mom and dad with roots in Germany, Sicily, and Ireland. As I mentioned before he is funny (sometimes too funny for his own good), caring, and incredibly hard working partner and dad and I couldn’t do this motherhood thing without him.

I want to thank everyone who has made it this far into our post and hope you are having a great week. I am very excited to start planning and writing more posts about fashion, motherhood, diy projects, and some travel.

xoxo, Lisa