Baby Memories

Your baby grows up quicker than you think, and you'll want to remember every memory. These easy scrapbook and memory-making ideas will help you record every milestone.

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My favorite parties are ones that incorporate things that the guest of honor loves. When planning a party for the two and under crowd, it’s easy to get caught up in the planning or focus on all the grownups — after all, the smallest partygoers are too young to remember all those details that kept you up crafting until the wee hours of the morning. Plus, on the day of the celebration, it’s unlikely they will compliment your handmade garland or carefully curated meat and cheese platter.

But likely, one day your child will sit and revisit that special day, and get a glimpse at your labor of love by way of photographs or home videos. At that time, they may ooh and ahh over the garland, but the biggest smiles might come from the memories prompted by the turn of each page.

They were only one or two at the time, and yet so much of who they were — who they are — was interwoven through a celebration that was more than a soirée but a celebration of them and the magic they brought to the lives of their loved ones.

Savoring Summer's End

Everywhere I turn, bits of fall are around me. Many folks are back to school. Stores are now stocking fall and winter clothes and decor. Pinterest is already full of Halloween ideas and warm, comfort food recipes. But you know what? Summer is not over! Not just yet! Technically, we still have about a month of summer left, so I’m going to soak it up and enjoy every last bit.

Here’s how we’re celebrating the end of summer…

The Love of a Great Grandmother

When we first moved back to Miami two years ago, we lived with my grandmother, Bibi. I was pregnant with Isabel at the time, and I remember my grandmother being so excited that she would soon have a great-granddaughter. From the time Isabel (who Liam nicknamed “Nene”) was born, my sweet abuelita was a constant in her life. They would spend time together every day while I stole a nap or played with Liam for a little while. At one point, she was the only one who could get her to fall asleep, by patiently rocking her and singing a lullaby.

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Finding Your Silver Linings: The Bright Side of Those Challenging Moments in Motherhood

As magical as motherhood is, there are moments when I find myself knee deep in frustration. Toddlers have impeccable timing, and there are times when I struggle to see things for what they really are. Times when I am so fixated on me that I succumb to frustration or dissatisfaction. Moments when the fact that there are now Cheerios and milk all over the floor when I’m already running late, feels like the end of the world when in reality it’s not. It’s but a mere moment in the trajectory of life. A small hiccup in the collection of moments that make up our everydays. Or maybe it’s not a hiccup. Maybe it’s an opportunity for me to relearn a valuable lesson and teach it to my children at the same time.

From time to time, I surprise myself with an ability to see the silver lining in what had the potential to be perceived as something negative. And the more I do it — the more I strive to look at things differently — the more room I have in my heart for the joy that comes forth from mothering. Here are a few silver linings I’ve come to see along the way:

Magical Moments with Macks and His Sisters

One of my favorite things about the stage that Macks is in now is how much fun he is having with his sisters. He could sit and watch them all day if I let him. They love to do things to make him laugh, and he loves the entertainment. It’s always so magical watching my kids’ relationship grow. Knowing how much they love one another is enough to make my heart swell.

I love capturing special moments with Macks and his sisters so that I can cherish these moments forever. 

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