5 Reasons For A Kid-Free Mini Getaway

Kid-free Getaway-Mom-Dad-TimeoutSome of you might already know that I’m a big fan of mini getaways. These getaways are usually a couple of days (tops), a couple of hours away and certainly kid-free. Don’t get me wrong. This doesn’t mean that we don’t travel with our little ones. For us, this just means that we need to recharge our parent batteries.

Our most recent getaway was a couple of weeks ago to Palm Springs, CA.  I know what you’re thinking. Who does she leave her kids with overnight? Well, fortunately for us, we have family about 30 miles away. And we’re very grateful that they agreed to watch our 8-month-old and four-year-old for a couple of days. 42 hours to be exact! Yes, I counted. Because as much as I love our adult-time, It’s always still bitter-sweet leaving the kiddos behind. More so since I’m still nursing our infant.

So here are our top 5 reasons why we go on kid-free weekend getaways.

1. Catch up on some Zzz’s

Our 8-month-old infant still wakes up every 2-3 hours at night. Need I say more?

2. To reconnect as a couple

This one is perhaps a given. And for sure a priority for us since we now have two little ones that need our attention pretty much 24/7.

3. Enjoy a nice kid-free meal

Sometimes I wonder if going out to dinner is worth doing with little ones. You see, our oldest, Mia, is severely allergic to eggs and now also allergic to walnuts. I worry that she will come into contact with an allergen while dining and that she’ll go into anaphylactic shock. I also worry about the baby crying her little heart out the entire time. She tends to get ultra fussy the minute we arrive at a restaurant.

A simple dinner or brunch with just myself and the Mr., feels like a load is instantly lifted off our shoulders and we get to really enjoy eating out.

4. Read a book/Magazine

Say what? If you’re a parent with little ones, I know you totally get me on this one. There’s absolutely zero time to do this at home with littles unless it’s reading children’s books and/or magazines.

5. Partake in adult activities

Ok, so this one might just be a bonus. Going to a spa, comedy club, winery or even a kid-free pool (like we did recently), certainly helps us recharge our parent batteries. Takes us back to when we were newlyweds and carefree.

So there you have it. A few reasons, ahem excuses, why we go on kid-free mini getaways. What do you do to recharge your parent batteries?

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Kid-free Getaway-Mom-Dad-TimeoutAbrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

 

Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet the Boudreault-Grzeszczak’s

 

Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting JourneyI’ve teamed up with my talented mamá friend Joanna from LazyMomsBlog.com. She loves to cook, bake and craft. This mama has some pretty delicious home-made ice cream recipes up on her blog. Hurry, summer is not over yet!

Today, Joanna opens up about the wins and struggles of teaching her two sweet girls French and her mother tongue, Polish.

TMO: Tell us a little about yourself and family.

Joanna: My name is Joanna, I’m a wife to my best friend and a mom of two sweet girls, Lili and Rose. I’m a writer and content creator at LazyMomsBlog.com, and I’m passionate about interior design and mindful living. I love sharing parenting tips from my psychological perspective, yummy recipes and fun lifestyle ideas.

TMO: What made you decide to teach your children a second language or multiple languages? Describe how you feel it will benefit them down the road.

Joanna: I grew up in Poland and moved to Canada when I was 25 years old, so it was only natural for me to speak Polish to my kids. My hubby is French Canadian, and we live in Montreal, so most of our everyday life happens in French.

But I also truly believe that learning a new language stimulates general development, empathy, and creativity! As a child learns different metaphors he’s also learning different ways of thinking and looking at world in general. ( Not to mention the academic/ carrier/travel /meeting people benefits of speaking multiple languages!)Lazy Moms Blog -Bilingual Parenting Journey

TMO: Does your significant other also speak more than one language at home? If so, do you feel it has helped your child in learning another language?

Joanna: My hubby speaks French to kids, and sometimes we speak English between the two of us. So our older daughter is definitely very motivated to learn English and understand our whispers!

TMO: What are some roadblocks/struggles you’ve encountered along the way?

Joanna: At the very beginning it was a bit difficult to be the only person speaking Polish to our first baby, but then I got on track by singing, constantly talking and ended up with a very talkative little girl. With my second daughter, the story is a bit different, as it’s her older bilingual sis that speaks mostly French to her when they play. So my second one speaks more French than Polish at the moment, but I’m definitely not giving up on her!

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And how cute are these little ladies??!

TMO: What’s a tip you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult?

Joanna: I believe that kids will always try to facilitate their life, so if a parent mixes languages while speaking to a child, the kid will pick the language that is more common and won’t speak the minority language. That’s why my most important tip is : stick to one and only one language while talking to/with your kids! Don’t switch! And don’t worry that others don’t understand you. You can explain to family and friends why you’re doing this bilingual thing. But most importantly, be consistent and patient, and it will pay off!

A big thank you to Joanna for sharing a little about her bilingual parenting journey! It is so hard to teach kids multiple languages but we got this! Have you tried Joanna’s suggestion to stick with one language while speaking to your children? Particularly the minority language? Such a great idea. Way to go mama!

To find out more ways and tips on how to raise bilingual children, stop by Joanna’s blog here: LazyMomsBlog.com

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

5 Tips For Taking The Best Back-To-School Photos

Back-to-school-Photo-tipsI’ve teamed up with my sweet and super talented mamá friend, Nikki Andal. She’s a mom of two boys and the avid photographer behind Nikki Andal Photography. She loves chocolate, waffles, and nap time! She has 20+ years of photography experience and loves capturing the everyday moments that make life precious.

Nikki also loves to share her photography tips and tricks. Want to learn how to take the perfect snap for Instagram or Facebook? She’ll show you how to improve your family photos and edit your pictures like a pro. Perhaps she can open the door to photography for you, too.

And today, she’s sharing 5 of her photographer secrets for taking great back-to-school photos. So pour yourself a cup of joe, tea (or whatever you prefer), sit back and enjoy this awesome post filled with tons of great photography info!!

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Back to school season is here! The first day of school is an exciting time for both kids and parents. It’s also the perfect time to get the cameras and smart phones ready to capture this special day.  To help get your photos Facebook and Instagram ready I’ve put together my 5 best tips for taking a great back-to-school picture. Let’s get snapping!

Tip 1 Schedule time for photos.

There’s always a lot going on the morning of the first day of school.  Lunches are being made, bags are being packed and the perfect outfit is ready and waiting. To ensure you have time to capture the perfect picture, schedule 10 – 15 minutes. This will help avoid the last-minute scrambles. Taking pictures should be fun and not rushed or stressful.

Tip 2. Choose the right lighting.

I love natural lighting! If weather permits get outside and have your kids pose by the front door or even on the sidewalk. Natural light makes a huge difference and it creates a bright and cheerful photo of your little ones. If you are taking your photos indoors, try to make sure you are by a large window or sliding glass door. The more light the better. Try and have your back to the window and make sure your child is facing it.

Tip 3. Change your angle

When you’re taking photos of your kids don’t be afraid to move around! Have fun with different perspectives. Shoot from the front and capture their new outfit. Shoot from the back and get a shot of their backpack. All of the little details are part of their back-to-school story too.

Tip 4: Use the rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a basic photography technique. It’s all about positioning your subjects slightly off to one side, above, or below. If you can, try to avoid having your kids in the center of the frame. By simply using the rule of thirds your photos will be more interesting. To learn more about rule of thirds check out my post 5 tips to help you take better pictures with your smartphone

Tip 5. Don’t say cheese!

If your kids are anything like mine, the moment I tell them to say cheese they stop smiling. Or, they force a smile that isn’t natural. Instead of getting a forced smile or unnatural pose, just start talking. Ask them about school, or about their favorite activity they did this summer. Get them laughing and smiling and before you know it you’ve captured beautiful memories that you’ll look back on often!

Bonus tip:

Don’t forget to be in the pictures!

You’re also a part of their special day so don’t forget to snap some photos with you in them! From hugs to high fives, you’ve been there for all their firsts. This is another one that you don’t want to miss.

Most importantly have fun! Do you have a creative idea for your child’s back to school (or first day of school) photo? Share it in the comments! And stop by Nikki Andal’s site to download FREE back-to-school printables. NikkiAndal.com

Follow Nikki on Instagram @NikkiAndal 

Back-to-School Photo TipsAbrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

Capturing Moments with our MamaRoo Infant Seat

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Most of you might already know that Lexi, our 7-month-old, is our second and possibly our last baby. For that reason, I’m milking every baby moment and milestone. Even if it means splurging on some high-end products. Ha! Ok – No, I haven’t won the lotto yet but you get the idea. Some items I’ve just had to have. The cute overly priced holiday outfits, shoes, nursery items, etc.. But the one big ticketed item I absolutely had to have from our baby shower registry was the 4moms mamaRoo infant seat.

I mean come on. It’s an infant seat on a whole other level. Equipped with all the bells and whistles. This modern and sleek seat also doesn’t take up much room and it’s so easy to assemble and disassemble. But the coolest part of this infant seat is the 4moms app!4moms-mamaroo-infant seat

So easy to use even our 4-year-old likes to change the motion, volume and speed of the infant seat directly off of our iPhones. How neat is that? I wish I had this with our first. This seat has it all.4moms-mamaroo-infant seat

Ok, so tons of pros but here’s the con. It’s a bit on the pricey side; however, if you can splurge on one baby item, I’d vote for the mamaRoo. Why? It’s the only infant seat currently in the market that replicates parents natural motions. And with 5 different motions, this seat has been an absolute life saver to calm and soothe our little one. Not to mention, get stuff done around the house. But not for too long as she’s sitting up and wanting to crawl already. Insert emoji with tear drop. They grow so fast!

To find out all the options available and how to score the latest 4moms deals and baby tips click here. Be sure to also check out their product page here for additional info.

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Interested in seeing how the mamaRoo works? Check out our short home video below.

And don’t mind us. We’re over here just making memories and I’m that mom trying to capture every single one of them. These two just melt my heart.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet Maria

Bilingual-Parenting-Journey-Trilingual-MultilingualI’m excited and thrilled to hear that you’re all loving this new bilingual series. I really appreciate all the support and love. And I absolutely can’t wait to share with you all some neat posts that are already in the pipeline and filled with great tips.

Today, my sweet mamá friend Maria shares with us a little bit about her trilingual parenting journey and more importantly how she continues to teach her son languages not spoken at school.trilingual-bilingual-journey

Hello! I’m Maria and I live in Montreal with my son Alessandro (7 yo) and my boyfriend Jason. Both myself and Alessandro are trilingual (Spanish, English and French) with English being the primary language spoken at home.

TMO: What made you decide to teach your child a second language or multiple languages? Describe how you feel it will benefit him/her down the road. 

I grew up in a Spanish household with a Nicaraguan mom and a Greek dad so from birth I was exposed to Spanish, Greek, and English (at school). We moved to Montreal when I was 7 years old and within a year I was speaking French as well. I have always known that if and when I had kids they would speak the same languages as me. I am positive that Alessandro can only benefit from this, as I have myself – at work, with friends, through travels, etc. Even if it just means things like ordering food with ease – my dad never learned French and I’ve watched him struggle more than once at the drive-thru :)IMG_3593

TMO: Does your significant other also speak more than one language at home? If so, do you feel it has helped your child in learning another language?

Alessandro’s father is Mexican and we would speak Spanish together so of course, that helped a lot. It was his first language and almost the only thing he would hear. He only starting learning English and French at his daycare which he started at 18 months. Shortly after that his dad and I split up and by the time Alessandro started really talking, he began talking to me in English and we eventually just made the switch. I don’t worry that he would lose his Spanish since he spends a lot of time with my parents (speaking in Spanish) and of course he still speaks to his dad and his dad’s family in Spanish as well. The English and French are a given between school and his life at home.

TMO: What are some roadblocks you’ve encountered along the way? 

It has honestly all just kind of worked out. Alessandro is around all 3 languages so much that he can’t avoid knowing them :) I did try putting him into Greek school for a couple of years on Saturday afternoons and he managed to learn his alphabet, numbers, colors and some words but without the practice in between, it’s hard. That is a big part of why I never managed to be fluent in Greek either because I just wasn’t exposed to it enough. It’s so important! I think I know more Italian than Greek just from spending so much time at my BFF’s house eating dinner with her family.

TMO: What are 3 tips you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult? 

Anything and everything counts. Books, songs, movies, whatever! Be patient and trust that it will come but don’t forget you still need to put in the time. Don’t worry if you’re the only one in your household who speaks the language, one person is enough if you’re consistent. And of course, don’t forget to have fun :)

TMO: Would you mind talking about what you do to continue to teach him the languages not spoken at school? 

Throughout his years in daycare, Alessandro spoke French and would question why I would speak to him in Spanish. I never stopped switching between the 3 languages though nor did I ever pressure him into speaking whatever I was addressing him in and by the time he made it to first grade, he jumped on board with all 3. He has French at school 24/7 and he likes reading in French so I don’t worry about it too much, we speak English at home when we’re together as a family and I address him in Spanish regularly so that neither of us loses the habit. His quality time with his grandparents plays a big part in his continued learning as does our reading together. Regular exposure to people who will talk to him in Spanish is what I consider the key, more so than anything else.

TMO: Je vous remercie Maria for opening up about your multilingual parenting journey. Such a great idea to keep another language fresh in kids minds by speaking it with their grandparents. Brilliant Mamá!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

First Day of School – Free Printable

Back-to-school-Box-Tops-For-Education-General Mills-WalmartSummer is coming to an end which means the first day of school is just around the corner. Our oldest, Mia, will be attending an elementary school walking distance from our home. And although I’m excited to walk her to school every single morning, I’m not excited about her starting big girl school. Did I mention she will be a kindergartener in just a couple of weeks?!! How did this happen? Quick, someone hand me a box of tissues. My baby is not so much a baby anymore. And I’m not sure how I will handle the five days a week of morning chaos getting the 7-month-old and four-year-old out the door by 7:20am.

But more importantly, I’m ultra concerned about Mia’s food allergies and not being able to control what she ingests at school. I’m going to be that crazy mamá counting down the minutes with my cell phone in hand.  I’m sure in time she will learn to read food labels on her own and make all the right food choices, right? Definitely looking forward to that day.

Back-to-school-Box-Tops-For-Education-General Mills-WalmartToday, we’re making a promise to give back to Mia’s elementary school. Starting with the Box Tops for Education program.

Have any of you heard of this neat program? Simply look for the Box Tops labels when you shop General Mills products. Your school will receive $.10 for every box top you clip and send back. In addition to the $0.10 per Box Tops, General Mills products are now eligible for a 5-for-1 redemption exclusively at Wal-Mart! That’s $0.50 per box that goes towards your kids school.Back-to-school-Box-Tops-For-Education-General Mills-Walmart

Can’t wait to shop, clip, and earn money so that Mia’s school will be well-funded throughout the school year!

Find out which General Mills products have the 5-for-1 redemption here. And be sure to print out our first day of school chalkboard signs below. Perfect for mamás and dads to use as a first day of school prop. ;)

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Abrazos — Gladys

Bilingual Parenting Journey: Meet The Saint-Lo’s

Bilingual Parenting - The Mother OverloadThis week, I’ve teamed up with my bilingual mamá friend Kris and her family of three. Kris shares with us a little about herself, family plus a great stress-free tip on how to teach kids a second language.

TMO: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

Kris: Hi, I’m Kris! I’m a stay-at-home mom from Montreal, where I share a home with my very free-spirited 5-year-old son, Jude and my fiancé, Erich. When we aren’t outside playing like monkeys at the park or exploring our city, we are home dancing to some tunes on the record player with the floors covered in Thomas the engine and his friends. Mom life, right!?

I also have a lifestyle blog called, Motherhood in Stilettos. What was once just a platform being used as form of self-expression, it quickly turned into a place where I help busy mamas cook up vegetarian recipes without breaking a sweat and I share some candid stories about motherhood. I also sneak in a bit of my favorite beauty products here in there.

TMO: What made you decide to teach your child a second language or multiple languages?

Kris: Being Haitian and Hungarian, I was raised in a multilingual family, but English and French were the dominant languages. Living in a French-speaking province and attending French school, I always knew that I was going to raise Jude with two languages like I was. I believe that by raising our child bilingual, will set him up for success. It will be helpful for his career, as well as traveling the world…If he decides to.

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TMO: Does your significant other also speak more than one language at home? If so, do you feel it has helped your child in learning another language?

Kris: My fiancé was also raised in a multilingual home, with German, English and French. Unfortunately, he doesn’t speak German (shh! Don’t tell him I said that), but he is bilingual like myself. We have always been on the same page when it came to raising Jude bilingual, so it’s great to have to the two of us teach him and help him along.

TMO:What are some roadblocks/struggles you’ve encountered along the way?

Kris: Jude isn’t your typical dude. A little after he turned one, we knew that he was a little different from most babies his age. He wasn’t responding to his name much and by 2 years old he regressed in his speech. Around this time last year, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Having a big speech delay, proved to be very difficult to teach him a second language when he already had a hard time learning his mother tongue. I thought it was going to be impossible to teach him French, but even though he isn’t exactly bilingual, we found a way to teach him that works.

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We don’t speak to him in full sentences in French, instead, we teach him key words in both languages. For example, when we ask him to sit down, we also say it in french “assieds-toi”. We built a habit of that and now he repeats it on his own and can pick up the word when someone else uses it. This will help him greatly for when he will attend a bilingual school, where they alternate between English and French.

TMO: What’s a tip you can give parents that are currently trying to teach their children more than one language but are finding it to be too difficult?

Kris: If your child can’t pick it up now and it’s become stressful, don’t give up! Find a fun way to teach them. One of the best ways is using your child’s interests. Jude LOVES trains! We’ve taught him almost everything that he knows by using them. He’s learned his colors, numbers, alphabet and shapes.

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TMO: Je vous remercie Kris for opening up about your bilingual parenting journey. Such a great idea to get kids interested in another language through their own interests. Absolutely love that Jude has learned so much via his train toys. That’s just brilliant! Way to go mom and dad.

Stop by Kris’ beautiful blog Motherhood in Stilettos to see her latest vegetarian recipes and candid stories about motherhood.

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

For The Love Of The Journey

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Our love journey actually began 16 years ago while attending college. It was definitely love at first sight when we locked eyes. The whole butterflies in your stomach, harps playing in the background type of moment. I know, I know, cheesy right? But so memorable. I knew instantly he was ‘the one.’ And once I found out we had the same exact last name it was pretty much a done deal. No need to go through the hassle of changing my last name? Sold! I kid. Not about the last name though. And if you’re wondering, no relation whatsoever.

Fast forward to being married with two kids later; it’s certainly been quite the challenge. Because let’s be honest, it’s so hard to make time for one another post kids. For that very reason, we’ve made it a point to focus on our journey as a married couple. We love our children dearly but they too will one day grow, move out and possibly start a family of their own.

So here are our top three must-haves to keep ‘the happy’ in our marriage.

Short Weekend Getaways

Now that we have two little ones, we can’t be away for more than two days, tops. Leaving for just a couple of days every other month allows us to reconnect with each other. Not to mention, gives us some shut-eye. Our infant is still waking up every two hours on the dot at night. Help!

Do Something Nice For One Another

Whether it be cooking or picking up a favorite meal just because or watching one of his/her favorite movies for the 100th time, do it.  This will surely add happiness to your marriage cup.

Weekly Date Night

Easier said than done but it’s not impossible. If you have family nearby that can babysit your littles, consider yourself very lucky and pretty much set. Another option would be the close friend babysitting swap.  This is not only genius but also inexpensive.

Our date nights usually include trying out new local restaurants, checking out comedy acts or hanging out at our local wineries. Because you know, good food, laughter, and wine just go really well together. And we love wine so much so that we had our wedding reception on a mountain top overlooking a vineyard. Winery-wedding-temecula

So this summer, we’re celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary and our journey with Wente wine.Wente-Wine-Vineyards-Our Journey-Marriage

Wente Vineyards has been growing and producing premium California wines and along the way have influenced California viticulture through contributions such as the Wente clone of Chardonnay. It’s now estimated that over 80% of California Chardonnays are derived from this Wente clone. But all of this is simply a result of their continued pursuit of quality and excellence, and is what’s celebrated with “Love of the Journey”. As they say, “We don’t make wine because we have to, we do it because we love to.” — Wente Vineyards

Wente Vineyards produces a fine collection of Estate Grown, Small Lot, Single Vineyard, and Limited Edition wines. Click here to see the entire collection and pick one out that you’ll love.

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This guy always manages to crack me up. His facial expressions and movie quotes still get me every single time.

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Abrazos (Hugs)– Gladys

Chile-lime Watermelon Popsicles

Tajin-Watermelon-pops-disneyWhat fruit comes to mind when you think about summer? Ok – aside from pineapple and perhaps coconut. Watermelon for sure, right? It’s so refreshingly good during hot summer days.

These watermelon popsicles are by far the easiest thing I’ve ever made in our kitchen. Not to mention, they’re on the healthy side. Your kiddos will surely love them too as the seasoning is not too spicy but rather adds just a hint of chile and combines sweet, sour, and salty taste elements all in one treat. 

Mia, our 4-year-old, doesn’t eat spicy foods but loves Tajin. As you’ll notice, she likes to eat the chile seasoning part first.

Tajin-Watermelon-pops-disneyOnly two ingredients are needed to make these tasty popsicles; a seedless watermelon and Tajin. Tajin is a seasoning that contains chile peppers, sea salt, and lime. I definitely can’t get enough of this stuff. We add it to fruit salads and even sprinkle it onto grilled corn-on-the-cobb. It takes me back to my childhood years when we would visit our family in Mexico during summer break and we’d eat or rather slurped down spicy Lucas candy and mangoneadas (traditional Mexican treat that combines mango sorbet with chamoy, lime, chile, and salt).

 

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Ingredients

  • Seedless Watermelon
  • Tajin

Instructions

  1. Slice watermelon into rectangles.
  2. Place popsicle sticks into each rectangle.
  3. Sprinkle Tajin seasoning at the ends of each popsicle.
  4. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
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Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

3 End of Summer Fashion Must-Haves

 

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Skirt: Banana Republic $14.99 | Heels: Steve Madden Nude Pumps $99 | Blouse: Chambray (old) | T-Shirt: TJ Maxx $9 | Sunnies: Forever21 $5.90

End of summer brings warm days and cooler nights which makes putting outfits together tons of fun. It also means that fall is fast approaching and layering will be my new best friend. Who’s ready for fall?

Bright Skirts

Love wearing bright airy skirts during the end of summer. It’s sorta my farewell to summer and hello to fall. I paired this Banana Republic skirt with a long sleeve button down chambray blouse and heels for a quick dinner date with mi amor. Oh and the skirt was less than $15 (an additional 50% off sale price online). Best find ever!

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End-of-summer-must-haves-banana-republicGingham Prints

Gingham prints are my absolute favorite to wear during fall. Perhaps it’s because it reminds me of picnics and having that perfect weather to be outdoors all day.  The print on this dress is perfect. Plus, the style is a great transition from summer to fall. Just add a blazer or leggings with booties for cooler days. And the button up part makes it a breeze to nurse my 7-month-old. I scored this one at TJ Maxx for less than $20. I also found a similar one at Macy’s for $69.99. Love wearing this casual dress with my red Converse. Definitely, an ideal outfit to chase after my soon-to-be kindergartener (sigh! they grow so fast) or in this case, carry around my monkeys at the zoo!

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Maxi Dress

And who doesn’t love a comfortable yet flattering maxi? They’re perfect to wear out during warm sunny days and brisk nights. This one is currently on repeat because navy and white stripes, hello! TJ Maxx for the win again!

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So there you have it. Three end of summer fashion must-haves. What are some of yours? 

Abrazos — Gladys


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