Happy Birthday blog

So, I just celebrated a birthday this week. A big one.

A few months ago I came across a {insert my age here}th birthday bucket list that was written well over a decade ago. It was interesting to see all of the items I've accomplished, as well as the still yet to dos. Here's a look at a few of the highlights.

Things to do before I turn blank:

Become completely fluent at a 2nd and/or 3rd language.
Get over my phobia of childbirth.
Become a mom.
Volunteer more.
Kick a bad habit.
Go to Europe.
Master 3 amazing dinner party recipes.
Host the perfect dinner party.
Visit Napa Valley.
Be in as good or better shape than my college self.
Eat more cupcakes.

How was I supposed to get in better shape while consuming more cupcakes?

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Happy weekend*

xoxo,
sammy

Recycle Your Wand

Since I had a baby, I've not only become an expert at performing daily one-handed tasks, but i've also become pretty adept at discovering muli-uses for almost any item I pick up with that aforementioned free hand.

For instance, mascara. Before you toss out your expired tube of Great Lash, hold onto the wand. Clean it and repurpose it as...

A brow brush
Lip exfoliator
Jewelry cleaner
Root retoucher
Sink unclogger
To clean bathroom tiles/other hard to reach areas in your home

...or as a replacement wand for your next tube of mascara*

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week

Want a quick fix to get rid of a few specks of splattered eyeshadow? Use a strip of Scotch tape.

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Happy Father's Day

Last Christmas my husband surprised me with the nicest, coolest, most professional camera I've ever owned. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. I've become quite the shutterbug, using it on a daily basis to capture those mundane to magical minute to minute moments spent with my baby.

While looking through the lens I've found that there is something I enjoy even more than capturing the cutest of coos and sleepy smiles of my newborn. It's those tender photos of him with his daddy that make my heart melt the most. Those moments when I catch a glimpse of the beginnings of a beautiful friendship, that oh so special bond between a father and his son.

Happy Father's Day to my son's father, and to all of the picture perfect daddies out there who deserve a big pancake breakfast of champions in bed on Sunday morning.

We couldn't do it without you.

xoxo,
sammy

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We've all heard about the grapefruit diet working wonders on your waistline and how the smell of citrus has been clinically proven to make your man melt, but I have yet another cool and quick tip reserved for your ripest ruby reds.

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Back in the 1930's silent film star Thelma Todd was known to dip her elbows in a pair of grapefruit halves in order to whiten and soften those rough and often neglected patches of skin.

I'm not doubting it. The citric acid works as a great and sweet smelling exfoliator. Just rest them in that pulpy grapefruit goodness for 5 minutes, dry and follow up up with a light rub of extra virgin olive oil that is rich in skin repairing vitamin E for a complete beauty treatment guaranteed to brighten up dem 'bows.

Empty Weekend

I may sound like a complete introvert here, but does anyone else just love it when you have a completely clear and open weekend in front of you? Zero places to go/people to see, no outstanding chores that must get done, or else... It leaves a mountain of possibilities, and/or the freedom to just veg out and do, dare I say, nothing.

This weekend I'm looking forward to sharing coos and cuddles with my ever growing boy and catching up on some one on one time with his papa. Hope your weekend is filled with lots of sweet nothings that turn out to be special somethings.

xoxo,
sammy

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Post Baby Bras Post

Aside from the actual delivery of my now almost 2 month old baby boy, I knew that breastfeeding was going to be my next big challenge. Once me and Milkmouth McGee got our latch groove on, I was relieved yet anxious to tackle my next mammary based obstacle - finding attractive nursing bras that didn't:

a - give me the appearance of the dreaded unaboob
b - looked sexy enough to pass for one of my former vicky secret styles

My bosom has never been this bountiful after all (and probably never will be again). Why wouldn't I want to flaunt it?

Luckily, BiggerBras.com has an ample selection of beautiful breastfeeding-friendly brassieres that make me feel like one hot mama rather than one leaky, shirt-stained and miserable hot mess.

Topping my list is the Marie Jo Avero Nursing Bra that is almost too pretty to waste on a 5am feeding. It has easy cup access and sweet embellished straps that will look cute even when randomly peeking out from your tank top straps. It's a posh purchase at $124, but just think of all that money you're saving on formula.

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If you feel like slipping into something out of your nursing comfort zone, let's say something lacy during your next date night with the babydaddy, BiggerBras has a sexy Lace Cup Underwire Bra from Leading Lady for under $30. They also have attractive everyday options including Seamless and Wirefree cotton styles that are nothing to spit up and/or look down on.

p.s. They also have a pretty amazing collection of lingerie for all you non lactating ladies.

*Use coupon code - Catalog1 for 10% off any purchase.

Less Snot, Softer Skin

Although I haven't been brushing up on my beauty tips since becoming a new mommy, here's a quickie tip I just learned by accident.

Sleeping with my baby's humidifier in my room does double duty, soothing nasal congestion, dry cough and sinus irritation for him while providing silky spa-like skin for me. So I end up reaching for the Snotsucker and my body butter less and less.

I have an unbearably cute Crane Elephant model, but if you want something a little less kid-friendly, Crane also has an adult line of Cool Mist Humidifiers that are art sculpture chic and available in a series of cool colors for $45.99.

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Happy Weekend

For most of you, this short 4 day work week probably flew by. Mine was a haze of diaper changes, growth spurts and spit up...Yet I'm loving every minute of it.

My little guy is outgrowing his newborn onesies faster than last year's giant hair bow trend came and went, which gives me a chance to indulge in my 2nd favorite pastime next to cuddling Mr. Cutie - shopping.

Although this isn't a 3 day weekend coming up, I hope you all enjoy exploring new things, tasting new foods/drinks, embarking on new experiences and buying new clothes - whether you've outgrown your old ones or not.

xoxo,
sammy

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Image via: Just Another Fashion Blog
Photo by Marcel: OneDapperStreet.com

Lush Lips Seal Kiss

One post partum beauty grievance that no one warned me about is super dry, cracked peeling lips.

To remedy this and ensure that my pucker is in pristine condition I've been downing plenty of h20 and following this quick tip -

Exfoliate your lips by applying lip balm followed by lightly scrubbing your lips with a toothbrush. Tissue away excess flakes and voila! You'll have a perfect pout in no time.

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And/or you can take a shortcut with Lush's yummy Bubblegum Lip Scrub. For $9.95 this tiny jar of sweetness scrubs lips smooth with a tasty blend of moisturizing jojoba oil and exfoliating Fair Trade sugar that will make your lips a clean canvas.

Added bonus? You don't have to tissue the excess off, just lick it off for a tasty all natural treat.

Happy Memorial Day weekend friends and followers.

I hope you use that extra day off to do something new, amazing and well deserved...in my case it will hopefully involve sleeping.

Enjoy!

xoxo,
sammy

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DIY Sandals Redux

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I celebrated the nuptials as Matron of Honor at my big brother's wedding, enjoyed endless cuddles with my son and got all arts and craftsy making baby handprint/footprint ornaments for Grandma. I'm still on an artsy kick, so here's a fun summer project for DIY pinners, hipsters, crafters and other mommies on maternity leave.

Want to spruce up your old sandals? For a quick and easy revamp, hit up your favorite crafts store and check out the spools of cool ribbon for a chic under $5 footwear fix.

Fold a few 5 inch long strands of ribbon (tribal and stripes are my faves) over the top of your favorite t strap thong sandals. Secure with a thin matching cord where the t strap meets the ankle band for a brand spanking new pair of high fashion flippy floppies.

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p.s. This also serves as a great guise if your leather is all scratched and beaten up.

Bamboo Steno Sandals- Shiekh Shoes, $16.99
Ribbons - tambocollection & TheRibbonRetreat via etsy

Spring Style Plus

Do you have any good general style tips for a plus size girl like me (size 12)?

Jennie

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Hi Jennie,

True story - Some weekends ago I showed my husband a photo spread in the March issue of Glamour featuring the gorgeous plus size model, Crystal Renn. His eyebrows raised and he agreed she was ultra-hot. To make a long story short, he couldn't believe that she was considered a "plus sized" model.

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So my first style tip, Jennie, is to get in tune with your inner confidence/divaliciousness and know that your body is hot, at any size. It pains me when timid girls who are anything over a size 8 shy away from fun, trendy clothes. You can still embrace all of the trends while showing off your best and biggest assets. Tip #2 is to accent your waist. Even while stuck in maternity land, I always tried to highlight the smallest area of my frame. Trust me, it works.

At this time of year I'm a sucker for a good empire waist maxi dress, no matter what size you are. They are a go to staple for steamy weather, easy to slip on, dress up or dress down.

If you love showing off your arms, a feminine halter dress will show off your cleavage, shoulders and that waist I previously mentioned. As for tops, a proper fitting peplum goes a long way.

Hope this helps Jennie, and remember - the best accessory/staple for a girl of any size is confidence. Best part? - it's free.

xoxo,
sammy

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Happy Mother's Day

The most overused phrase that I heard while pregnant was "Your life will completely change."

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I thought. Obviously it will change. We'll have a little person to take home, feed and care for, duh... but I don't think I ever fully comprehended the magnitude of the statement.

Now I get it.

My life now (at least for the past 3 and a half weeks) has mainly revolved around the basics of feeding, burping, changing and keeping our new arrival clean and outfitted in cute onesies, but that's just the tip of the new infant iceberg. Hours slip by while I watch my little guy sleep. Days dwindle as I try to decipher new facial expressions. 3am night feedings are shared cross referencing babycenter stats to make sure I'm doing everything right.

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I finally get it - the way I'll do anything in my power to make him smile/take the pain away, even if it's just a self-inflicted scratch from a super sharp baby nail, a gas bubble, or a frustrating car ride stuck in Miami traffic. From now until he's 18 and/or old and gray, I will do anything for him, because I'm his Mom... and that deserves a Hallmark card more than any other holiday in my book.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mommies, grandmas, nanas, great grandmas and beautiful bump baring mommy-to-bes out there who well, just get it.

xoxo,
sammy

All American Apparel

Even though the 4th of July holiday is weeks and weeks away, I'm longing for it. The hot dogs, the fireworks, and the clothes... there isn't anything that screams summer to me more than a red, white and blue color story.

Taking some inspiration from my son and his never ending stash of onesies, I am loving this carefree onepiece t shirt romper that can be worn solo, over a swimsuit or layered with denim cutoffs and jeans. A star spangled clutch, retro red and white sunglasses and denim Kedlike kicks round out my loves, American style, with all items available at American Apparel.

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Stripe T-Shirt Romper, $54
Amanda Sunglasses, $55
Unisex Denim Tennis Shoe, $42

Samara Sanchez

About Sammy

Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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