I have been working on this post in my head, collecting information, knowledge and thoughts for as long as Lexi has had glasses. If you hadn’t read about HOW she got glasses and why, and why every parent should pay attention to eye health from their child’s birth, please feel free to stop by this post.
For those who just want to look at cute pictures of Lexi in different style glasses, go ahead and scroll down or bookmark it in your Pocket for the future, in case you need it. If you’re actually interested in reading about the challenge of finding cute, flexible, durable, properly sized and stylish glasses for young kids, and how I found some amazing options during my research, read on.
I would like to officially announce that I have been selected to be one of the Panorama Moms this year. What that means is that I will be learning and writing about prenatal, genetic carrier, preimplantation and other types of pregnancy related testing available by Natera. It’s an interesting learning experience and I hope that it will also help some of my readers make testing decisions that are safer and more accurate than the traditional testing.
When you are having a baby there is so much on your mind. You are always thinking about the health and safety of your baby first in almost every daily task that you take on. Then the doctors present prenatal testing to you as an option. Maybe you had higher than normal numbers, maybe your age is considered “advanced maternal age”. Whatever the case is there is a huge amount of stress and anxiety associated with the safety of your baby. There is so much to know about prenatal testing and it’s important to be well informed before you go in for testing, so in this point I am going to try to lay out some of the information available to me.
This one doesn’t really need a lot of words. The photos should speak for themselves. But I will tell you guys a bit more about Caden, another one of Lexifriends, actually the only boy in her group of friends.
It’s funny because I remember preparing for our first flight last year. I was (almost) terrified. 5 hours in one seat! Lexi had NEVER been able to sit still. Long car trips could be a nightmare, but at least you can stop. I had no idea what to expect. I was hoping she’d sleep, but that usually lasts an hour. We could read books for an hour. Then maybe iPad/iPhone for an hour. But then what on earth could you do in an airplane cabin for another 2 hours?
These two met at a Children’s Museum and became instant friends. The girls have such similar personalities. Both extroverts, both very hyper and excited, neither likes sleep and has trouble “turning off”. Watching them be together is hilarious. They jump around from excitement, hug each other and just totally vibe off off each other’s personalities. You might have seen some of their pictures in this beach post.
I’ve always wanted to write about Lexi’s friends. Or more like show her friendships in pictures. So since these are easy posts, I’ll get a few out while working on more lengthy ones in the meantime.
Alexa, aka Lexitwin, was always Lexi’s best friend. They met when they were 6 months at a music class. And upon learning that they were born on the same day and had essentially the same name ( Lexi, both short for Alexa and Alexis), we instantly became friends as families and, of course, the girls were hanging out a lot from that point on. If you follow this blog or my IG, you know very well that #Lexitwins is a hashtag we use for them, because of how much they look alike (similar heights and hair) and same birthday/name.
Unfortunately, Lexitwin family had to move back to New York, so while we lost a local friend, we still have them as our “distant/occasional visits” kind of friends. Despite being gone, Lexi talks about Alexa all the time.
Sometimes I just want to share photos. That’s all. I have let go the feeling of obligation of making every post count, every post informational or educational or based on experience. Sometimes I don’t need words. Just imagery.
It doesn’t mean I won’t write about our lives, but it means that I now put less pressure on myself to do what I think I should do and instead do what I feel like doing in the moment. I have too many “SHOULDS” right now to turn this blog , something I write for pleasure, into another SHOULD.
Also, some amazing things on the horizon that I am very excited about, that are keeping me even busier these days, but that’s the only way I’ve ever been able to live. Busy, with too many things to juggle. That’s the only way to be productive for me and driven and into what I am doing.
So about a week ago, I was contacted by Burlington to do a post about the brand. They sent me a $100 gift card and instructed to visit the store and then do a little haul video based on what I got there.
This is my first haul type of video, however instead of sitting in front the computer and showing the pieces like that, I decided to actually model them really quickly instead.
Burlington stores are similar to other discount type of stores where you can find clothing and home decor items at 65% off department store prices.
When I was shopping there, I found a pair of amazing jeans ( not allowed to mention the brand) that would normally be over $160. They weren’t in my size, but I contemplated buying them just to gift to someone who is size 2, because they were being sold for $16.99
I was going to the store with a few things in mind. I haven’t really written much about my lifestyle change, but if you follow me on IG, you have noticed that I have finally adopted a very active lifestyle which means that activewear and casualwear is what I prefer most of the times, something to throw on when running out the door. That is exactly what I focused on in the hour that I had to spend at the Burlington store before my volleyball game.
Surprisingly they had a really decent activewear section and I was able to find 3 items that will work nicely with my current fashions.
Pants are really hard for me to shop for, there are only a handful of brands that have the right length and look, so I focused on casual tops I can wear when out with Lexi and activewear.
All together I was able to buy 7 pieces using the $100 gift card which I would consider pretty good.
I shot the photos and the video literally ten minutes before having to run out the door, so I didn’t get to “style” or even match any of these, but this gives a good idea of what I bought nonetheless.
You can watch the video for the full haul or see some of the photos below that highlight a few items from it.
Of course, Lexi was helping me shoot these, the little ragamuffin :)
Top and Leggings bought at Burlington
Top purchased at Burlington
Sports Bra from Burlington
Neon Shorts from Burlington
One more thing that is worth mentioning about Burlington is that they have partnered with a national non-profit WomenHeart and are committed to education women about the importance of their heart health through their annual Red Dress Event. Customers can donate $1 or more at checkout to support women’s heart health through March 31st.
And for every dress purchased throughout the campaign, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000 to support WomenHeart whose mission is to educate and support women living with heart disease.
Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.