How was your weekend?

How was it? I want to know. I love long weekends, specially because my husband is home an extra day. Dylan gets super excited and I get to rest a little bit more. We didn’t do much on Labor Day, just hang out around here.  Here are a few pics of the weekend if’d like to see:

On Saturday we went to have lunch at Berimbau (Carmine St.) I was dying to eat some Brazilian food and have a yummy caipirinha. If you go there, ask for the passion fruit one. I had two of those, haha. My husband prefers the tradicional one. Dylan loves the food and always eats a lot. So it’s a win win!!

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Sunday we walked to TriBeCa to have lunch at Shake Shack. I LOVE it! Dylan was sleeping so he missed that, haha. After, we walked around the Brookfield Mall, 9/11 Memorial, and finally went to see the Oculos. It’s pretty cool. On the way back home I stopped at Whole food to get a couple things and Dada took D to the playground.

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This was pretty much our weekend. Monday we just hang around here and took Dylan to the playground one more time. Nothing too exciting, but at the same time super exciting.😀

Date night at Lupa

This past weekend my husband and I went on a date night. We try to do it at least once a month… sometimes we can do more and sometimes we got over a month without it, but we always look forward to a date night. It’s nice to be able to go out without kids, have drinks, eat good food, and of course, talk!

We can do this at home? Yes, and we do it a lot. Dylan goes to bed super early, so we’ve been having dinner “as adults” since he was about two months old. But the going out is fun.. you get to dress up, to put some high heels and have that amazing dress and lipstick on, so nothing beats a good date night with your favorite guy.

Last weekend we went to Lupa, on Greenwich Village. It’s a Roman style restaurant and the food is just AMAZING! I love Italian food, so that’s a plus. Their selection of wines is gigantic, but staff is really helpful with it. We always pretend we know wine, but we actually don’t know really well hahaha. Also, their desserts are so so tasty! We had the olive oil cake with sesame ice cream, it’s like going to heaven and back!

The restaurant is usually crowded on weekends, so it’s good to get a reservation for dinner if you want a normal time to eat! It’s on our “best food” list now!

Have you ever been there? What did you think? And also, do you usually go on date nights? I’d love to know. Xx

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photo: my phone, haha.

lesson learned

This Summer we have been to at least 10 one year old birthday parties. It basically became part of our weekends. Part of me is done with it and part of me loves it. Specially because its always fun to get together with friends and celebrate their babies turning one. It’s special, very special, and we’re happy to be part of that.

This past weekend we went to celebrate Sam’s birthday. Samuel is about three weeks younger than D and his mama and I are really good friends since we had no babies. So of course we had to be there despite of this ridiculous humid and crazy weather that is happening lately. It’s SO hot guys, I basically refuse to be outside. Luckily, Sam’s birthday party was inside. Yay!

I dressed D with this cute outfit by True Religion. This brand has the cutest things for the little ones and I’m obsessed with this jeans and t-shirt. I got all excited to have Dylan wearing this for his friend’s birthday party. The age he is now is so much fun and we have so many cute options that are not “babyish” anymore, even though he is still my baby.

Little I knew that this guy is so active and you should never feed your kid with messy food before leaving the house, haha. So, an accident happened right before we left and I had to change him. It was totally my fault! Sometimes, as a mom, we make some silly decisions. Dylan has been eating by himself pouches so well and I couldn’t be prouder, but I forget that he is only one year old and has no control of his hands.

Every time we go somewhere, I like to feed him something before we leave the house. I learned this with my mom, haha. You never know what is going to have at a birthday party and you don’t want your kid cranky and hungry, because that’s the worse. So I usually give him some healthy snack or even a whole meal (depending the time of day) before we head out.

I had snapped some cute photos before to show his outfit. The plan was to snap a few photos of him playing at the birthday party, too, but that didn’t happen. Shame on Mama!!

Our birthday season, believe or not, is still not done, so D will have plenty of opportunities to wear this again. I can’t wait!

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(thank you, true religion for the outfit and thank for supporting my blog. Xx)

D’s Bday Party!

We have a love relationship with Citibabes, so D’s first birthday party had to be there. We’ve been going there to classes and to play since he was only 2 months old and he just loved that place. Actually, he pretty much feels home over there, haha. Also, his birthday is end of July, and to us is impossible to make something at the park because is either hot or too hot!

At home was not an option, too, because we live in a small apartment and wouldn’t fit everyone. We wanted kids and grown ups to have fun, and we didn’t want to make anything big. So Citibabes was perfect.

Here is what we did. We ordered some delicious food from Murray’s Cheese. They have amazing sandwiches, cheeses, and sides. Everyone loved it!! I got some food for the kiddos (lots of Happy Family Organic pouches and snacks) and string cheese. We had some grown up drinks, of course. And, for sweets we ordered the amazing cake from Brigadeiro Bakery that became tradition in our family and my awesome friend, Cintia (@maedehoje) made some Brazilian sweet treats. She is the best baker EVER!

Citibabes has great space for the kids to play and we had an appearance of Mr. Corbitt, too. He is Dylan’s music teacher and he just the best. He played music for the kids and they loved it.

The party was so fun and we just had to leave because the kiddos were pretty tired and it was time to close the facility haha. Otherwise, I think we’d be there all day long. Ar conditioning also makes any party better, right? It was SO crazy hot outside.

Thank you for everyone that came celebrate D’s first year. It was so special. Xx

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One is fun!

It’s real, guys, I have a one year old now! D turned one last week and we’re so thankful to have him in our lives. This last year has been a blast and I cannot wait for many many more years next to this little guy.

As I said on the post before, he is walking (basically running) everywhere, he says a few words (cat is his favorite, of course,) he is really funny, loves music, his cats, books, and Dada. Being a stay at home mom is the best job ever and I’m so lucky to have a husband that supports me and works very hard every day to make this possible.

On the day of his birthday we just did things he loves doing it, like going to the Citibabes to play, going to the Vesuvio playground, watching Mickey Mouse and Curious George at home, and I let him try some of my favorite cake ever. The chocolate cake from Brigadeiro Bakery. The best!!! We had a little party for him over the weekend and I’ll share some photos on another post. Xx

Happy First Birthday, Dylan. We love you so so much.

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Comfy on the go

I have a toddler now and I cannot believe. Dylan is so active and a very happy baby and I’m thankful every single day for my little boy. We love going on adventures around the city and we get to travel quite a bit and show him a little of the world.

One thing that is important to me is to dress my son comfortable, but cute. Not sure who said that boys are “boring” to dress. That was probably me before having a boy, actually, haha. I’m having so much fun shopping for him. He is walking, but still like a drunken duck and he is climbing everywhere. It’s so so funny. By far, this is my favorite stage.

I struggled, though, finding comfy jeans for my baby. All the denim I got for him before wasn’t comfy and didn’t fit well. Actually, D didn’t wear any jeans on his first year. When I learned Hudson Jeans was making kids clothing I was excited and yet curious. I’m a huge fan of their brand and have been using their jeans for years now. I love it because it fits well, it’s versatile, and super comfortable.

Needless to say, their kids line, Hudson Kids, is the same. I just love the fabric, the style, and you guys, Dylan looks adorable, haha. That’s his mama’s opinion, of course! I love love those jogger pants and I kinda wish I had one like for myself, too.

Here are some photos I tried to take of Dylan wearing my favorite pants ever. It’s basically impossible to take a still and decent picture of my big boy, haha. Does anyone has the same problem? I guess “toddlerhood” means to be on the go all the time!

Also, I’m DYING to be fall soon so he can wear this awesome jacket. Xx

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(This post is sponsored, but the thoughts and opinion are mine. Thank you.)

Central Park Zoo

Last weekend we made a trip to the Central Park Zoo. I’ve been living in NYC for about six years now and had never been there. And my husband has been in NYC since like forever and never did go, too. Crazy how you forget (or don’t want) to be a tourist in your own city and crazy how kids change you and makes you want to do things, haha.

Anyway, we decided to take D there. He is into animals now and just started imitating a few. Monkey is his favorite noise, but his first word is actually CAT. It couldn’t be different, right? We have two kitties and we are all obsessed about them. Needless to say, every animal he pointed out at the Zoo he would scream “cat, cat, cat.”

The Central Park Zoo is not big, but is great for kids. They have a “normal” area with the animals and they have the Children’s Zoo, more like a petting zoo. This was D’s favorite part. He loved the goats and tried to eat their food, of course. It looks like a big cheerios that smells bad.

We got the tickets online so we could avoid waiting in line, and that actually ended up being cheaper! Great thing to know if you’re thinking about going.  Here are a few (not so good) pics I took with my phone.😀

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Happy 4th!

Happy Birthday, USA. This is not only Dylan’s first time celebrating the Independence Day, but it’s my first time celebrating as an American Citizen. I love this country and I’m so happy be able to raise my son here.

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First haircut

Seriously, time, STOP! I cannot believe my baby is going to be one this Summer. It’s bittersweet. Last week I took him for his first haircut and there is something about that… they don’t look like babies anymore after the first haircut!

Dylan’s hair was driving me nuts. The front of his hair was OK, but the back was so long. I thought for a second trying to cut at home with my zero experience. My husband though, who had been traumatized by his mom trying to cut his hair, told me no! And I was glad he did.

I decided to take D to Doodle Doo’s, a children hair salon in the Greenwich Village (11 Christopher St.) They are very sweet and well prepared to cut the little ones hair and, of course, distract them. Dylan stayed very serious during his hair cut, but once it was over he was all smiles and was so proud of his “new” look.

The cut costs $40 and it’s the price going in Manhattan for kids. So I hope Dylan’s hair doesn’t grow too fast now, haha. Anyway, it was the cutest experience ever.🙂

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Bedtime routine + favorite pjs!

Since Dylan was two months old we have a little bedtime routine for him. We think is very important for babies and kids have this since the beginning and it’s great for the parents sanity, haha. D goes to bed around 6:30pm – 7pm and, after that, I can have a nice dinner with my husband, watch some TV, catch up on emails or read a book. It works well for us!

He has his dinner around 5pm, then it’s shower time, then slowing things down for bedtime soon. We read books and I breastfeed him.Unless he is extremely tired, he won’t sleep during the feeding. I like to put him totally awake in his crib where he hugs his Mr. Bunny and goes to sleep by himself.

Another thing that we like is comfy pijamas! Besides that, Dylan is growing so so fast and loses so many clothes I want to cry sometimes. That’s why we like Hanna Andersson pijamas. The pieces basically grow with the child and the quality is so amazing. So we choose to invest on a few pieces that will last and Dylan will sleep comfortable (and cute, haha.)😉

I think having a routine to sleep is extremely important for the whole family! What’s your routine with your little one? Xx

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