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The year 2016 .

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Every year I make some resolutions for the new year- some I keep (loosely) and some I don’t. Without fail each year my goal has been (like many of yours’) to stay healthy and fit and may be lose a few pounds while I am at it.Well, I still have that goal and a few others. This year my primary focus is “organization”. For the past three years I have been so preoccupied with raising kids and working full time I have let go of a lot of things and things have really “messy”. When I say messy I am not only talking about my house. My house obviously probably will never be Pinterest perfect and clean (with two kids and a dog) but I am finally going to make an effort to take time to get my life a little bit less messy and a whole lot cleaner and organized.

Organized not necessarily mean the clutter in the house but in my life too. My crazy life will stay crazy for a while I am sure but I have decided I am not going to let that control my life. I am going to start prioritizing and following some sort of schedule and pattern for things. I am going to be the me that was before kids. I was much more organized and had time to take care of myself and my hubby. But having kids have taken a toll on me so I am going to work on some of these things.

I want to  try to focus on things that really matters to me. I am not going to wait for the perfect moment instead I will create a perfect moment myself. My focus will be my home, my family and me 🙂 . So I am going to try to stay on top of things. For example: this blog! I wasn’t very active in the last year but my goal is to get back on it and try to post as much as possible. The reason why I started this blog on the first place was to write. This was going to be my escape and somehow I didn’t do that last year. But going forward I want to make an effort of be very active on it.It definitely deserves some loving. So help me achieve that.

Since I just finished talking about my goals , I want to know about yours. What are your 2016 goals?

A Super Birthday Party !!

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A Super Birthday Party !!

Say what? A Super Birthday Party?

Yes. Indeed. A Super Birthday Party for my Super Girl A who turned THREE this week! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by. Only yesterday I was pregnant with A and now she is 3 and is FULL of personality.

A is so smart and so beautiful, it melts my heart. Her affection and love towards her little sister M is so sweet! I cannot thank god for giving me the most beautiful gifts. Anyways- we just celebrated A’s third birthday party and it was a success!

A asked for a Super hero party and she got it. She wanted to wear a red cape and she did. Hubby, myself and M took part and wore super hero shirts too. I did not want to do a traditional super hero party colors so I opted for pink/fuschia, teal, royal blue and lots of white and they all worked wonderfully ! God knows how many house of pinterest did I scour to come up with the perfect party for my perfect little girl of steel. Amazon Prime and Etsy were my best friends to get the goodies for the party from the outfits to the party printables.

Here are some pics from the party, enjoy them! Oh- I may do a detail posting about the items of the party but until them stay tuned 😉 . As usual dont forget to send me a quick note for comments/ feedback.

XoXo

PJ

Good bye 2015!

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Good bye 2015!

Good bye 2015, you have been wonderful to me and my family. You blessed us with the most incredible gift , Mila Lena Kattel. She is the apple of our eyes.

2015 has been such a significant year for us. Asha started pre school, hubby switched jobs,  and many other things. We are so blessed to have all the friends and family in our lives that make our life so damn beautiful. We wish you all a Happy New Year.

We cant wait to see what 2016 has in store for us. So excited for a new year.

XoXo

PJ

November…

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Dear Readers-

Say what? Its November already? It really is November which means less that two months for this year to be over. Which also means my A will be THREE in January and my M will be ONE in Feb. Where did the time go? Wasn’t I just complaining about how hectic and busy my life is with a newborn and a toddler? Seriously, it is not fair. Time slips away from your hands as you get busy with life and start focusing on things that make your life whole.

So talking about birthdays, I have two birthday parties to plan for this year. I am still not sure how in the world I am going to find time to plan and assemble birthday parties. Also this is the holiday season so which only means I will be extra busy with the festivities. So between celebrating the everyday joys, celebrating the festivities and planning for the birthday parties while working full time and playing a full time mommy to two super active kiddos, I am in a very exciting situation 🙂 . God help me!

New things in life- hmm. So A is still going to school all five days (full time) and M is still home with me and my mommy. M has started eating solids and she is such a little piggy! She loves to eat (so far) ! So I will soon be posting some food pictures and ideas in the blog just like how I did for miss A. Also M is crawling everywhere and climbing up the stairs. She is such a fast moving little thing, just like her big sister. It amazes me how she is growing up so fast. A is now  a chatterbox – talks nonstop and catches us by surprise every time she opens up her mouth. She is learning so many things at school and just loves being a big sister (for the most part).

There are a few more exciting things coming up for us which I will share soon. So stay tuned. No not a third baby haha (just so we are clear).

I know I write every few months which is super frowned upon in the world of blogging but I don’t get much time these days to drop a few lines. BUT if you all give me some suggestions on what you would want to read about or want me to write I will try to do that and more frequently. So please suggest away 🙂 .

Have a fantastic holiday season, eat, drink and be merry 🙂

XoXo

PJ

So……….

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So……….

Is the blog still active? Is she still around? What the heck happened to her? I’m sure some of you are wondering this about me and my blog. Well, for me I am still here and around. And my blog (surprisingly) still here as well! Maybe not as active these days but definitely still here 🙂 .

So let’s jump right in to see what’s new. Hmm honestly nothing major. Hubby and I are still trying to figure things out on how to balance life with two kids. Some days are good and some days are seriously brutal. We are trying to see past the struggle of balancing our lives to a sunny bright home with happy kids running around while the parents (ahem, us) can just sit and watch them play. Someone please, tell me that is possible, someone, anyone? We are having hard time getting time to ourselves obviously with two kids being super young (2.5 year old and a 7 month old )BUT we know one day they will grow up and things will get much easier , at least that’s what we are hoping for.

Raising two kids is not easy! I can tell you that. Especially, since they are so young. They both need and want our constant attention and we full-time working parents are beat by the end of the day to give much attention to them and add to that we are a co-sleeping family which means no break day and/or night. So lord help us get through the terrible twos all while taking care of an infant in the same house at the same time.

Okay enough of this rant. As hard as it has been it also has been super rewarding. Nothing makes a parent proud than to see their babies happy and healthy and smiling and sometimes seriously trying to kill each other 🙂 .

So what is new? Miss A is a happy as a clam when it comes down to going to school. She LOVES her friends and her teachers. Also looks like her appetite is coming back. She is now back to eating her normal amount of food, thank god! Miss M has recently started solids and doing wonderful with them. She is still nursing on demand but also enjoys her solids. She is severely teething though so looking out for those chompers pretty soon. I  am still making her homemade food in my handy-dandy Cuisinart Baby Food Maker, so yep I did not treat my second child as a second class citizen and fed her Gerber food jars (which obviously I did not feed my first baby either, nothing against Gerber but I am biased to Ella’s and Plum Organics). As tired and as busy I am I might as well feed her store-bought food at all times but I am still trying to make all if not most of her food at home except of course when we are traveling.

A now talks in full sentences and quite frankly talks a LOT! I love how my baby is growing into a beautiful “big” girl. M has started to babble and crawls everywhere. She is now trying to stand up on her own. Oh how Time DOES fly!

Okay enough for today’s update. Keep an eye out for some more fun posts or rather lengthy vent posts. Either way I ain’t going nowhere so bear with me. And while you are at it wish me luck.

Hugs to you all!

XoXo

PJ

Oh hello there!

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Oh hello there!

It has been a WHILE that I have published a blog post. Please don’t be mad- I was busy taking care of my little sunshines. Little miss A is ALMOST two and a half year old and miss M is ALMOST 4 months old. Where did the time go? Oh I know! Time fleeeeeew while I was pulling my hair out, banging my head on the wall and inhaling/exhaling trying to calm my nerves down. It has been an exhausting roller coaster ride to say the least since M has born. We were almost getting into the groove of things of handling A and got on a sort of a schedule and then miss M came along and our lives have changed (again). We have been so busy just trying to survive and take care of our honey bunnies. I am not going to lie it has been So tough.

BUT you know what? I wouldn’t trade these past few months for anything. We have been busy and crazy but also have been SO much in love. We are blessed with two healthy, happy and beautiful baby girls, we couldn’t have asked for more. As exhausting and as tiring these days and weeks are- I know the months are equally shorter and the years are even shorter. So I am trying to enjoy my time amidst all the craziness.

Asha and Mila

My girls drive me crazy as they both demand 110% from hubs and I both. They are VERY demanding little girls. It is hard not to compare my girls since I had them so close to age (two years exact) but they are quite different little people. A is more hyper and M seems much more relaxed than her big sister. A was a very difficult baby (difficult in the sense she didn’t eat that a full meal until she passed that one year mark, she was a snacker nurser (is that a real term?). and  she didn’t sleep good until a loooong time). M seems to like to eat and sleep longer so that makes it relatively “easier” for us to tend to. But I know both these girls are super stubborn and determined. They want things their way. That could mean they will be awesome resilient and super determined adults when they grow up (atleast thats what I tell myself 🙂 ).

So these days I just take one day at a time and try to make it through the day.

Anyways- I have a LOT of pending posts that I have to post. I wanted to share some pics from A’s second birthday (which was in Jan lol- tardy much?) and some of their shared room pics. So stay tuned for those. Also I want to make separate posts about a few things that I learned along the way while dealing with newborns. So there is that as well.

For now please do not give up on me, I promise to post more and be more active 🙂 . Please share my blog with your friends and family and increase the readership. Thank you!

XoXo

PJ

Survival Mode!

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Hello Everyone-

I am here and as you can see from the topic of this blog, I am in a survival mode basically 🙂 . As any new moms, I too am enjoying the “perks” feeding the baby, cleaning up the baby and rocking the baby to sleep and REPEAT and then REPEAT again! So I am doing the very same thing and catering to my newborn’s demand these days. Add to that- I have a 2 year old whose energy is non-stop and is always on-the-go. Little A is now a big sister to her baby sister or “baby sista” (as she calls her) M. Miss M came into the world on Feb 15th at 11am and since then our lives have changed quite a bit. Mostly little A’s life has changed a LOT! She no longer is the only child in our household. She is now promoted to big sister and she got her BFF. It is all amazing and overwhelming at the same time. I am currently on my maternity leave taking care of myself (more like trying to survive these first few weeks), taking care of M and sort of taking care of A (thank god for my mom who is taking care of A full time). Also thanks to the hubby who lends a helping hand when he is home day and night. So you get the idea how hectic life has become.

Taking a 15 minute shower is my daily escape, apart from checking FB and Instagram and the parenting blogs all day and night while nursing the bebe. I am really hibernating in this cold weather so its a good thing I have a winter baby? Hopefully when the weather gets better I can take the babes out on a stroll and miss A will be possibly going to preschool (even just PT).

Apart from the constant feeding and waking up, M is a good baby so far. She is nursing like a champ and mostly sleeps or poops if she is not eating. Mind you she does eat ALL THE TIME though! But things are working out so far.

I am actually glad we made it this far. Little M will be a month old on Sunday (time literally flew this past few weeks). I am excited to see what her little personality is going to be like. Is she going to be stubborn and very determined like her big sister or is she the laid back kid? Only time will tell. For now I am just so crazy in love with my girls. My little A ADORES her little sister and that is a huge blessing. If she had acted out then I don’t know how I could have made it this far but I am glad our girl made us proud. No jealousy what-so-ever (Yet)! Maybe she is too young to get jealous? Maybe she is going to throw a fit right after this post, who knows!

Anyway, via this post just wanted to quickly update you all on my progress and to let you all know I am still here 🙂 .Will post more later! Until then PRAY for me lol. Oh here is a picture of my cuties 🙂 .

A and M

XoXo

PJ

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