I guess since I mentioned the ABC, I will post some pictures of how Lexi enjoyed it. The show showcases kid products and is not open to public but often attendees bring their children to the show who have lots of fun going from booth to booth trying out toys.
My Daily Mom editor Megan joined me on this trip with her son Will as well.
So this time of the year is coming by and as usual I am reflecting on two unchanging things: our annual trip to Disney and my now annual trip to ABC Expo in Vegas.
This time, however, I am trying to decide whether to go alone or to take Lexi with me. I cannot believe that we have come to a point where I can actually leave for several days to do work without the whole world collapsing. At times it felt like we would never get there. Just like when I was beginning to breastfeed, it felt like it will always be this painful. Or when Lexi would wake up for the umpteenth time a night, it would feel like I would never get to sleep. And yet here we are, life goes on, children grow and change, get to the point where they don’t need to be with mommy all the time.
Not even sure why I am getting all semi-philosophical here. It is just interesting looking back and knowing that last year there would be no way in hell Lexi would be ok without me even for a night. And now I am trying to decide if it’s worth it buying two extra plane tickets and having them come with me. What a difference a year makes.
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.
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.
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.