Friday, July 21, 2017

Pool party with the crew and an ad

Pool season is here and we are loving every minute of it. Summer is my most favorite time of the year. Since we spend so much time outside, I love to put my kids in long sleeve rashguard. A few years ago I discovered Cabana Life and totally fell in love with their product. They sell awesome and stylish rashguards for the entire family with built in SPF 50. The best part of it all is that they even have mommy and me styles.

I bought a few pieces and completely fell in love and bought an entire wardrobe at this point. I paid for all my outfit myself and they contacted me to see if I would be interested in sharing my experience with their outfit to my blog readers for a discount on future purchases. I was totally sold because I love their product and will surely buy more in the future

Their clothes are a bit pricey when you look at the regular price but frankly they always have some sort of sale going on and I bought all my outfit on sale (50% or more). They have a 70% flash sale that started today, go check it out to see what they have (and they always have some sort of sale). Cabana life is also offering 20% to all my readers by using the code TALLACK20. If you use my code, I will get a discount on future purchases. I love their product and I am super excited to share this with you guys.

A few months ago we kicked off the Summer season with a pool party at a friend's house. Their backyard is a little oasis I tell you. We were all rocking our favorite Cabana Life suit. I only had to reapply sunscreen to the face and leg and that is so much easier.

Chilling with my babies and my mommy rocking our Cabana Life gear. Emilia and I are wearing matching shirts ;)
My friends have a pond in their backyard and the boys just loved watching all the fish wiggling around

My mom and my daughter looking cute
My baby girl is so stylish.
My boys were in heaven here

Chilling with my mini me, I love having a girl so much

I love the long sleeve rashguards particularly when we are out in the sun all day

Love these boys of mine
How cute are these two, seriously
My baby tried crab for the first time, just kidding, she just sat there with me
Hubby and his baby girl
This is a blurry picture but I love my boys in action
We always try to get a family picture and we nailed it, though it's blurry
We love Summer around here and we are trying to make the most of it by staying outside and enjoying the pool. Our Cabana Life gear keep us protected and stylish. Do you guys like these kinds of bathing suits like I do? How do you protect your family from the sun? Share your experience.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Emilia

Our baby girl turned 1 on 9 July. Seriously you guys, this year just flew by. This time last year I was flooded with emotion as we welcomed this sweet little girl into the world and our lives. This has been  such a hectic and trying year for our family. Despite the trials and tribulations, this year was one of the most amazing year yet.

My sweet happy girl on her first birthday. She is such a dream baby, so happy and calm all the time
She makes the sweetest happy faces. She is looking at me like did you get your picture mama :)
Ok, I am done posing now but I still look super cool
She started walking a little over a month ago and hasn't stopped since. She now runs all over the house chasing after her big brothers. It's so funny that when I asked her to come to me she just started running :)
 She was just so proud of herself
 and she does everything with the biggest smile on her face
It's been an amazing and beautiful year with this little girl in our lives. She is just an awesome baby. She eats and sleeps well (for a baby). She is so easygoing and just adjust to whatever situation we put in front of her. I love her so much
My happy little girl who is always on the move with a smile plastered on her face. She is so my mini me. The apple definitely didn't fall far from this tree :)
She has the most beautiful brown eyes. This little girl is absolute perfection, better than anything I had ever imagined in my wildest dreams
We celebrated Emilia with our family and friends on her actual birthday and it was epic. Once I sort the pictures, I will tell you all about the amazing celebration. How insanely cute is this little girl, I just can't with her.
Happy 1st birthday sweet girl, our lives have been so enriched by your presence. We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you. We love you more than you will ever know. Thank you for completing our family so perfectly.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I got my girl

From the day we found out Emilia was going to be a girl, most people kept telling me "I am so glad you got your girl". It used to annoy me so much because I felt like it came with the implication that my life as a mom wouldn't be fulfilled if I did not birth a girl child. I used to resent that comment so much. Now that Emilia is here and we've spend almost a year together, I get what they were saying. They weren't discounting the fact that the boys were important and a great blessing, they were expressing the joy of getting to raise children of both sex: a boy and a girl. I get it now and I am not annoyed anymore. I just want to shout on every rooftop: "I got my girl".

I mean look at this side by side of me on the left around 1 year and my daughter on the right at 10 months. Are we not twins, from the lack of hair, the forehead, the eyes, the ears, the nose, the lips, the cheeks, the legs and even the stance. She is my complete twin. I really got my girl you guys :).
Being a mom has been a dream come true for me. I always wanted to have a lot of kids running around. I met and married someone that shared that idea and we were blessed with 4 beautiful kids. We all have so much fun together and even though it's totally chaotic, we are having the time of our lives.

Pool side with my babies last March.
Chilling with my girl who looks just like my boys at this age by the way
Having a girl has been so sweet because there are things that I could just never do with the boys that I get to do with her. I mean, isn't it so awesome that we can wear matching bows? I would never be able to do that with my boys
I love this little mini me of mine so much
Chilling with my baby girl at the doctor's office
That sweet face, those beautiful eyes, my girl.
My baby girl looks just like my boys at this age, which is so funny. If she is not wearing a bow, she is just like the boys.
Matching bathing suits, don't mind if we do. I am so loving having a little girl to do these kinds of fun things with.
I mean, seriously, this is a total dream come true
She truly is our little princess and every time I look at her, I see myself in her and I get excited for all the girl things I will teach her about life. I adore this little girl of mine, more than I could have ever imagine in my wildest dream
I also love that she is my total mini me
The matching will never get old. I plan to do it until she is so fed up with me that she just runs away embarrassed. Ok, maybe not for that long.
My sweet little girl and I, rocking our matching suits in the pool
I am so happy that I got my girl but I am also happy that I had 3 awesome boys before her. I mean, we wore yellow bows to coordinate with the boys' yellow shirts. I am so that mom and I am totally loving it.
I adore my handsome boys and I am so happy that I get to be their momma everyday. I am so in love with this picture with my big boys, Tman (6, turning 7 in July) and Jbird (4, turning 5 in August). Those happy smiles just melt my heart everyday
Loving on my baby boy Bean (3), the sweetest little boy. Bean will forever be my baby boy
These 4 kids of mine have all been such a blessing and each and every one of them made me one proud and happy mama. Bean (3), Tman (6), Emilia (11months), and Jbird (4). I wouldn't have it any other way. I would have been happy with 4 boys but I am absolutely ecstatic with my perfect combination of 3 boys and 1 girl. I got my girl :) :) :) :).
I am so thankful that I got my girl and I am also thankful that have my 3 boys. Everyday, I thank God for giving me the most amazing 4 babies. 3 boys and a girl, the most perfect combination that I never would have imagined but absolutely love. I am not ashamed or annoyed to say to anyone that wants to hear that after 3 amazing boys, I got my baby girl and our family is complete.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A magical unicorn first birthday prep

You guys, my baby girl is turning 1 in less than 2 weeks. Is that insane or what? I can't even wrap my head around that. This year seriously flew by. We planned to celebrate her 1st birthday at home like we usually do but as we watched the guest list grow everyday, we decided that renting a spot would be a better idea.

I am so glad that we did because it allowed us to invite everyone that we really wanted to invite. I was scouring pinterest for some ideas and the idea of the unicorn first birthday popped in my feed. At first I thought it was too elaborate then I realized it was actually the most perfect theme. It's our 1st daughter, 1st birthday and our last 1st birthday celebration ever. I mean, all those 1st just screamed unicorn. Add that to the fact that she is our only daughter after 3 boys and we've literally been living on cloud nine since her arrival. I mean, the theme picked itself :).

Emilia started walking a few days before she turned 11 months and has not looked back. How stylish is my little girl with her pink outfit. Those beautiful brown eyes and cheeks for days.
Totally ignoring me but oh so cute. We had such good lighting at the door, she looks like a porcelain doll. Can you peep her brothers in the background eating dinner :)
When I saw this cake, I fell in love with the rainbow unicorn theme. How amazing is this. Our cake won't look quite this elegant because it was going to cost an arm and a leg but I think we'll get something pretty nice in our budget.
How cool is this for a centerpiece. I can't find a unicorn head like that at a reasonable price so I'll probably just go with a backdrop or something like that.
I just love this idea. I got all the balloons and I hope it looks this good
How awesome is this? my friend is going to make these for us. Can't wait to see the final result. These are going to be the centerpieces for the table
How super fun is this? I got some boxes, now to figure out how to do those handles
And this my friends, is what really sold me on the whole unicorn thing. Pink, pink and more pink. I got a pink tulle skirt for the table, some pink candy for decoration. We are also doing rainbow cupcakes and some cookies for desert. I hope it comes together nicely.
And you know how much I love dressing my babies for birthdays. I of course got the boys in on the action. I got the kids matching shirts to go with the theme. How seriously adorable is this. My four are going to look amazing.
When I saw these Toms, I was instantaneously in love. I mean, how perfect is this. I had a different pair for Emilia but I think these pink Toms are just perfect for the occasion. I also got a pair for myself :).
This is the room that we rented. The pink table is going to be the focus and will go where the mirror is right now. We'll have white linens but pink plates to add some colors. I also plan to have balloons everywhere and let the kids take them home at the end of the day. We also booked a magician/balloon maker to entertain the kids during the party and I love that there is plenty of space for the kids to run around.
You guys, pinterest is going to be the death of me. I loved all the ideas I gathered from there but man, it felt like such hard work trying to get everything to come together. I only have to buy a few things to complete the look of the party. I can't wait to see it all come together. I know my baby girl will never remember this birthday party but we will. I also hope this celebration is magical for her as this year with her has been for us.