Apple Picking

posted on: Monday, October 20, 2014

Last week we packed the kids, some snacks, and took a quick road trip out of the city to New Jersey. We happened upon the sweetest and most intriguing family friendly farm. River spent last month learning all about apples in her little preschool, and came reciting apple facts almost every day. She seemed fascinated by them, and even made applesauce in class one day.

This school year in particular we are taking advantage of doing things as a family during the week. Next year River will be in "real school" or "big kid school" as she likes to call it, and I know these day dates where we are met with fairly no crowds, and can enjoy things as a family in the middle of the week are coming to an end. Our day was so beautiful and delicious, and it truly was a day of retreat.

Here are a bunch of photos we took that day.

They're mine, I can't believe it sometimes!

More pictures after the break

STYLE| Back to Basics

posted on: Friday, October 17, 2014

It wasn't until pretty recently that I realized I don't wear nearly enough jeans. On any given day I will throw on a vintage skirt or dress with espadrilles in the summer and boots in the winter. To me, it's  a simple way to feel eclectic, comfortable, and adorable without actually trying. Layering flowy and colorful skirts just seemed easier. Now with two little ones, jam packed days, and picking up a stroller up and down various subway stairs, I realize that some days the basics are just where it's at. It feels safe in many ways. 

T-shirt- Alternative Apparel (Similar here )| Jeans- Asos  (similar here)| Cuff- Vintage| Bangles- Purchased second hand| Sneakers-Nike

Life After Labor| Lifestyle Changes {Update}

posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my first lifestyle changes post with Jawbone! Oak will be four months in just a few short days, and when writing this post I really realized how fast it's going.  I've also realized that some things just happen at their own pace, but you have to be brave enough to get it going along. And isn't starting always the hardest part? Yeah, it is. 

I'm happy to say that I've started with just a few lifestyle changes and I've only become stronger, included more changes, and implemented more healthier living routines on the daily. 

Since the start of my relationship with my Up24 I've re-evaluated the relationship I want to have with my health and fitness. I've acknowledged all the road blocks and I've decided to keep pushing because I am happier when I push myself to be better. On this journey, I have come to terms with the idea that things just happen as they will. I am the owner of my goals and dreams. I have done my absolute best not to let any circumstances hold me back from being the best kind of me. 

Truth is, when I give to myself I am a better mother, wife, business partner and overall person. Giving myself the opportunity to live a healthier and more fit lifestyle dedicated to my needs and my goals is the best gift I could give to myself and my family. 

Initially, my goal was just to get moving more. Here in the city, you walk so much, and for a long time I counted all of those miles out and about as my daily workout. But when you are raised here, live here, and you're constantly active, your body gets quite used to that level of activity. It was no longer a workout for my body, but just a way to maintain. And maintaining was and is the last thing I'm looking for. 

I committed myself to three workouts a week, juggling between basic yoga, a home video, and running. I felt empowered and stronger each day. I would go into my Up app and time an activity. At the end of each one I would see how hard I worked, and just seeing it on the app pushed me to do more-challenge myself. Now, I've committed to working out everyday, yes everyday. I am on day four and feeling so great, better than ever actually.

I feel like in the last few weeks my family has been able to make a few changes that helps us be a more balanced unit. Remember when I told you that the Up24 allowed me to track my sleep? Peter and I took this portion equally as seriously. Peter stays up until an unfathomable hour almost every other night. I usually feel him crawl into bed right before the sun comes up. He was able to set a friendly reminder on his app telling him that it was time to head to bed. And somehow having the Up24 tell him to go to sleep was better than his wife, typical. ;)

This has also been great for tracking baby Oak's sleeping patterns as well. Over the past few weeks, we've seen Oak develop a true comfort in a routine and sleeping through the night. I would set my Up24 in sleep mode and and it would track my patterns every night. Peter and I noticed that Oak would wake up (because I woke up) every morning around 2 am a little. He wouldn't want to nurse, and actually was still mostly sleeping, just whining a bit with his eyes closed. I would run over to his crib and try and soothe him, and that alone took forever. After a few days and some reading I came to the conclusion that babies, just like us have sleeping patterns, and just like us they don't like to be disturbed during their quiet and noisy sleeping patterns. Every night when I went running to Oak to "soothe him" I was actually disturbing his personal sleeping rhythm. After a few nights of quietly sitting on the bed until he fully fell back asleep, he no longer had the whining patterns. Now, he usually goes down around 7:30pm, dream feeds at 10:30 pm and is peacefully sleeping until 5/5:30 am, usually a good six hours of sleep for both Peter and I! It's all kinds of awesome and Peter and I feel incredibly lucky with this little baby. So much so, that now we think he's ready to share a room with his big sister!

I am not going to say the my Up24 is the reason why I've decided to change, it isn't. But it has been a fantastic tool in keeping me in line in a easy going kind of way. There's no one throwing numbers or goal dates in my face, and there's no pressure to be someone I'm not. My pace is mine, my health and fitness routine is mine, and I really feel like my Up24 is keeping me true to myself in the best kind of way on this new journey for a better LaTonya.

Thank you guys for following me along on this journey. I will update you via Instagram sometime soon on how it's all going!

This post was in partnership with Jawbone, but all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting my partners who I believe in!

STYLE| Baby Layering

posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014

It is true, and yet ridiculously silly that I am one of the few that doesn't mind wearing an inappropriate dress when nursing. I'd love to have an entire nursing friendly wardrobe. I'd also love to not miss my dresses that weren't nursing friendly, but I miss them. So, I wear them. Wearing clothing that isn't deemed nursing appropriate is a style challenge I don't mind taking on at times. For instance, I love the dress over jeans combo that has been popping on the web pinterest for a while now. Because of nursing I was able to give it a try. I wore high waisted jeans that made the lifting of this dress easier. It left nothing to be exposed and Oak didn't mind a bit. Though, if he was the kind of baby that wasn't a predictable and timely nurser, than I guess this wouldn't work. Knowing where we will be and what time he needs to feed makes all of this dress and jeans wearing much easier.

Dress- Asos (old)| Earrings- Secondhand| Jeans- Hudson| Boots- Vintage| Wrap- Sollybaby| Bracelets- Secondhand| Head wrap- I made