Mommy & Me Take Mexico | Banyan Tree Mayakoba

I never quite agreed with the whole It Takes a Village philosophy with raising children; but I wholeheartedly believe in the tribe. The bonds we form throughout different stages of our lives are so special and they don’t usually form overnight.. until now. Motherhood has been such a magic potion for practically instantaneous, incredible friendships. It truly is a sisterhood.

Nothing can prepare you for those first few months: healing from a major medical event, sleep deprivation, hormones, night sweats, frustration, worry, self-doubt, and sheer joy. Luckily, the long list before the silver lining was bearable and worth it, Iya is worth it. My local mom friends are absolutely amazing and so supportive but their babies were walking talking toddlers. I’d lay awake at night feeling like I was the only one never sleeping and spend my days talking to one little human who couldn’t respond yet, not even with a smile. The feeling of isolation was defeating (but that eventual first smile for mommy was EVERYTHING :) ).

I’ve known Saira & Zaineb via Instagram for some time but not on a personal level. Their babies are a few months older than Iya so I found myself connecting with each of them individually for advice (& just some company!), while they were doing the same with each other. We had quite the mom love-triangle goin’ on.. until one of us started a group chat and the rest is history! <3

These girls helped me through so many new trials, e-wiped my tears, sent me in fits of belly laughs, and always encouraged me to be the very best ME! We’d turn to each other on our low days and share the joys of even the tiniest of milestones. A great support system and a little bit of self-care is so so important. A good mommy needs to be a well cared for mommy! Back in September we stayed up late one night sending each other TBTs reminiscing over our pre-mom days (& bodies LOL) and began planning a girls-trip to just get away and get a break. We very quickly realized that it wasn’t our babies or our responsibilities that we needed a break from, but rather the monotony of daily life…

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Japan Lookbook | Travelgram

Happy New Year loves!

My little family & I just got back from spending Christmas & New Years in Japan!  This was one of our favorite trips & destinations to date and I can’t wait to share my travel diary soon. In the meantime I wanted to post my lookbook here on the blog – you’ve seen these on Instagram already but everything looks better when bigger on the blog! :)

I’ve always had trouble dressing my body-type so I’m definitely no fashionista but I loved how these looks came together! Japan has such cool style so I was really able to experiment and take a few risks. I knew it would be cold around the holidays so I ordered a BUNCH of sweaters and planned my outfits around them. To be more specific, I ordered a bunch of pink sweaters lol. While I was packing I was convinced that it’d look like the same outfit over and over but I think it all came together nicely as one cohesive lookbook!

Which look is your fav?!

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Cozy Brown Fall Makeup

TGIF!!! Is it just me or was this the longest week ever? I can’t believe there’s one week left until the Holidays and 2018 will be here in a blink, ahh!

As we make the official transition from fall to winter next week, I wanted to squeeze in one more cozy fall look. Y’all know I love my browns! I used the new-ish Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Palette and it’s giving me all the hot chocolate vibes. I loveee all of their neutral palettes & as always you can use coupon code IRENE for a discount on anything Morphe!

Enjoy the tutorial!

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Starting Solids | Iya’s Favorite Products

Slow down Iya!! Solids already?! *cries*

I can’t believe my tiny little baby is eating food already & boy does she love to eat! Just like her mommy ;)

Iya’s pediatrician gave her the green light to start solids during her 4 month appointment since she was able to sit supported with good head control. I personally didn’t want to start until 6 months because of AAP guidelines so I asked if it would be alright to wait until after her 6 month appointment (she said no problem!) Iya didn’t seem interested in food anyways. She never watched us eat or eyed our food – so I figured why force it when food is just for fun at this age anyways. A few weeks later I woke up one morning and just had a gut feeling that she was ready for food. All my mom friends told me that would happen, I would just know when Iya is ready. Nobody knows a baby like their mommy! I spent the day researching baby cereals, talking to mom friends, and we were off to Target to buy her first food – oatmeal!

I decided on Happy Baby Probiotic Baby Cereal, but please talk to your pediatrician because every baby is different. I hand expressed some milk (OUCH! I pumped every time since then lol) and mixed her up some oatmeal! SHE. LOVED. IT!! Man, the level of satisfaction when your kid eats lol!

I’m a work-from-home mom so as of now, I really want to make her baby food myself. I say as of now because my sentiments or situation may change, who knows? Five months in, I’m happy to say I still love exclusively breastfeeding and now that I’m beginning to ween, I enjoy making her food myself. Both may change and that is perfectly okay! Don’t let mommy blogs or forums make you feel inadequate about things like formula or pre-packaged food… fed is best and every situation is different. Mom’s well-being is just as important as baby’s. I work from home and have a singleton, who knows what my situation will allow next week or with baby #2. That was my roundabout way of saying every mom needs to be and feel supported. I know how much pressure this all is, I support you. <3

I’ve tried a few first foods with her and so far she loves apples & sweet potato; she even loves them mixed together! She didn’t love avocado or banana but I think its a texture thing since those are mashed raw not puréed, I’ll try introducing them again soon. After she successfully ate her oatmeal, I made a huge Amazon order to get all the new things she’ll need as well as supplies for me to make and store baby food. Let’s get to it…

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Silver Cross Wave Stroller

Photo: Erica Djafroodi

Strollers are not what they used to be when we were tiny tots. Baby products in general have come such a long way on every front: function, safety, convenience, and as a bonus.. style!

I’ve always been in love with the Silver Cross brand. The royal family has been loyal to them for over a century and Its been a dream of mine to own their Balmoral pram; but lets be real… I don’t have a princess’ bank account nor do I have the space in my tiny LA apartment.

In comes the Wave, Silver Cross’ new family friendly, full travel system stroller. Silver Cross introduced the Wave to the US earlier this year, Iya and I were lucky enough to be gifted one from them with a ton of accessories in tow! We own a few different strollers and I just have to say that the Wave is in a class of its own, it moves like butter and is so beautiful and luxurious. Iya is just shy of 5 months old so she is still using the bassinet or carseat attachment. The bassinet is too gorgeous not to use though so we rarely use our Wave with her carseat. We love it especially for longer outings and events because she can comfortably sleep in her cushy bassinet which is one of the only in the stroller market approved for overnight sleep — great for a weekend at grandma’s! It’s quilted, made from natural bamboo fabrics, and has tons of ventilation. For a baby that loves to be held (who doesn’t?), Iya stays very content and comfortable in her bassinet.

While the Wave might not be priced like Silver Cross’ Balmoral pram, its definitely a premium stroller and worth every penny. The biggest selling point for me is that it grows with your family. When investing in baby items, I try to always plan for the future — bigger items being able to be handed down or expanded, and always in gender neutral colors is very important for us. The Wave is future-proofed and can easily be converted into a tandem double stroller with the footprint of a single — could you even imagine navigating a store with a wide double!? A second bassinet, seat, or car seat can be attached to the chassis in 16 different configurations making the Wave absolutely perfect for siblings or twins. I honestly think I’ll enjoy this beast even more when we add on for baby #2!

Putting the Wave together was so simple, I thought there would be a lot of installation necessary but all I had to do was pop the wheels on. It came with mosquito nets and rain covers for both the seat and bassinet, as well as a cupholder. Silver Cross was so generous in including a parasol, which is so necessary in this California sun, and a stylish backpack diaper bag which my husband has already swiped lol! I’ll give you guys a look at the bag when Iya switches from the bassinet to the seat next month (where is the time going?!)

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