Lonely Mom? (there is hope)

Dallas, Texas, Everything else, Family, Lifestyle, Thoughts

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On September 21, 2011, I came to a new country, to a new city just after 2 months of losing my cousin whom I loved (and still do) so dearly, I flew 20 hours to Dallas heartbroken but excited to be reunited with my husband whom I didn’t see for 6 months. Of course, I was sad to leave my family and my friends behind, but I thought I’d be fine, I have a husband, who is my best friend, and I could talk with my family and friends over the phone, technology is so amazing after all… Well, I was so naive… We were doing good for 6 months, he was enough for me, being alone the whole day didn’t really bother me  (being an introvert definitely helped).. but then, everything started to get to me: being stuck in the apartment while Daniel was working, no car (in Texas it’s a problem), no job (my documents for green card were in the process), no friends, no family, no one really to talk to, and even though technology worked, time zones were still different…
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It was always hard for me to make friends, I prefer quality over quantity, and I’m so blessed to have friends in different countries, people who I’ve been friends with for 10+ years, people who I care about and who care about me, and even though being in different time zones changed the way we communicate, it hasn’t changed the status of our friendship. But how do you make friends when you’re in a new city, when you don’t really go anywhere, when English is your second language, and you’re always self-conscious about your accent and pronunciation, and because of it you talk even less, plus, everyone has their own circle of people they hang out with?

I was kind of miserable but didn’t want to seem needy, I felt like I got it, that I could do everything on my own, and that I didn’t really need friends. Rule #1 Never underestimate the power of having a real girlfriend (even if it’s just one) by your side.

I was staying busy, blogging, learning new skills, got a puppy… still no friends, though. Then I got pregnant. Christian was born in October 2013, and when he was about 5 months old I realized that I really wanted him to have friends who he could grow up with, have play dates, birthday parties. I knew then that I had to make the first step to change the situation.. if not for me then for him.. I knew that when he goes to school, of course, he would have friends, but I didn’t want to wait till then and I also wanted to know the parents of his friends, not just on a first name basis, but to really know them, be friends with them. So I started to search different groups for moms around the city. The first group I went to was a group for nursing moms, and I met Marycarmen there, we talked briefly, and it wasn’t like we connected and hit it off right away, but I thought she was nice and our sons are practically the same age, so I asked for her phone number to meet up some time after. We didn’t return to that group again, but we became long-lasting friends. I never thought that something like this was possible, that you could go to a class full of unknown to you people just once, and find a friend :-). I’ve joined other groups as well, met a lot of moms, with the majority of women that I met I couldn’t connect, maybe because of cultural differences, maybe because they already had their group of friends and not necessarily wanted or needed a new friend, it doesn’t matter why, it’s life I can’t be friends with everyone, right? BUT to my surprise, there were also a lot of moms that were in a similar situation like mine who just wanted a friend for their child and a friend for themselves… When I saw that, I realized that I needed to make the first step not only for me and my child but for them too. I don’t want anyone to feel lost or lonely. That was one of the reasons I became a Mombassador for Dallas Moms Blog group in my area… I want to connect people and connect with people, I want to see new moms make friends, make real friends who they can share their life events with. 

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I’m blessed to have a group of girlfriends that I can spend time with, do monthly moms outings (because we all know moms need that), have playdates with kids, and attend family events. 

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Rule # 2 Don’t be afraid to make the first step, or say “hi” or ask for a phone number to connect, maybe a mom on a playground running around after her little threenager is your friend for life, maybe not, but if she is, don’t lose her and all the moments you can create together.

xo JANE xo

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David Turned One

Family, Happy Birthday!!!, Lifestyle, Maternity/Baby

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I am 3 months late with this post, but it’s better late than never, right?! My life has been very hectic lately (but again, when is it not?), I got my real estate license, Christian turned 3, my parents are visiting and I’m trying to spend all my time with them and the kids. But even though David turned one 3 months ago I still wanted to upload this post along with the video that I edited for him. 

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He’s grown so much and is already starting to talk. He knows what he wants, he is kinda stubborn, and he loves to eat! 

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David started to walk independently at 14.5 weeks, he swims for 8 seconds, and he loves food!!

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This little boy (well, maybe not so little) loves to pet and hug Bonnie Boo, he loves watching squirrels run in our backyard, and he will never refuse food (oh, I already mentioned it LOL).

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We just absolutely love and adore him <3

xo JANE xo

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Save Money When Buying Furniture Online

Everything else, Lifestyle

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Ordering furniture from an online catalogue lets you spread the cost of your order so you can pay in instalments. There are other ways you can save money, too. Here are some tips on how to make bigger savings when shopping for furniture online.

1. Buy clearance items

If you don’t mind buying an item of furniture with a defect or imperfection, buying clearance items might be for you. You will be able to save money on furniture items like tables and chairs and still have your product delivered to the address of your choice. Some clearance items might be reduced in price because they have a slight scratch or mark, but are otherwise still usable. Check clearance sections of your favourite furniture websites to find out more and discover the latest deals.

2. Check out second-hand sites

Second-hand websites can be a great way to save money when shopping online. These sites list previously-owned products, such as sofas and beds, and you could make a significant saving on household furniture. It’s important to check out photos of furniture on second-hand sites before you part with your cash, and search for any defects. If the item doesn’t have photos, contact the seller for more information. Another benefit of buying furniture from these sites is that you could save money on delivery by picking up an item of furniture in person.

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  1. Use a voucher code

    Voucher codes are another fantastic way to save money on furniture. Vouchers run the gamut from money off your order to free delivery, so you could secure a huge saving. Don’t forget to read the terms and conditions of a promotion before you use a voucher code, though, and check whether the discount is still valid. Usually, you will be asked to enter your code when paying for your items. You’ll receive a receipt via email once you’ve completed your transaction.

  2. Spreading the cost

Good quality furniture can be very expensive and sometimes it you just don’t have that sort of money to hand. But there is great news because more and more companies are offer different payment options on furniture, from buy now pay later to pay weekly or monthly, the choice is yours. When looking at different payment options you will need to make sure you are picking the right option for you. If you would like to know some catalogues which offer furniture on finance then Latest Home is a good place to browse.

How To Make The Most Of Your Garden This Fall

Everything else

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Yes, it’s getting colder out; no, this doesn’t mean sit inside and avoid going outside. When it comes to your garden and outdoor space you can enjoy it year round. These are ways to make the most out of the space, even with a cold weather.

Switch over to winter/autumn plants. Even if it is not too cool yet, get rid of the summer pots, pans, and plants. Instead, purchase those which are meant for colder temperatures, are designed for winter gardening, and can withstand the weather changes. You can find color and variety, and you can enjoy planting, even if the weather seems to be colder than usual.

You can also enjoy the outdoor space with family and friends. Fire pits are a nice addition. They are warm, inviting, and can help maintain the warmth if you want to sit outside around with a few chairs and talk for a while. Roast marshmallows, sit with family, enjoy the company of a good book, all while keeping warm. If you are interested in purchasing a fire pit then it is a good place to look to find the best ones. Along the same lines, there are heaters/warmers you can use outside. You simply plug them in and they help radiate heat (like an indoor heater, only for outdoor use). Not only will they help keep you warm on cooler nights, but they can also help your garden and plants which can’t withstand the sub-zero temperatures as well. So they are going to serve a dual purpose for your outdoor enjoyment, even though the weather is changing and it is starting to get a bit chilly outdoors.

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Sure, the weather is cooler, leaves are changing, and many people will call it quits for their garden, but this year you do not have to. There are many ways to beat the cold, enjoy the outdoors, and make the most out of the outdoor space.

Top 10 picnic parks in DFW

Dallas, Texas, Family, Food/Recipes, Lifestyle

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If you know me you know that I LOVE picnics! What can be better than sitting outside, eating good food, having a conversation with great friends while your kids are running around? Today my amazing friend and awesome blogger Roselle from in_DFW blog (which is the best guide to family fun) and I decided to team up and create a list of TEN parks in DFW that are perfect for a picnic. So here they are:

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  1. Haggard Park 

Located in the heart of Plano and is also a home of Interurban Railway museum. We especially like going there for movie nights in the park. They are free and family-friendly, you can’t beat it.

2. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

It’s probably number 1 park for playdates for those who live in Plano area. It has everything: a playground for kids, several pavilions, hike and bike trails, plus it’s pet-friendly.

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3. Hope park

The best family park hands down. Huge playground for kids different age, spray park, stocked pond, a walking trail, BBQ grill, picnic tables – pretty much everything you need for a fun family time outdoors. If you’ve never been there, you have to check it out!

4. Bob Woodruff Park

This park is located near the lake, great place for those who love fishing. It also features sand volleyball court, hike and bike trails, therapeutic swing and a playground.

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5. Mary Head Carter’s Park

It was updated in 2014. Play features include climbing areas of simulated rock, cables, ladders, interactive panels, slides, decks, swings, shade and a three-level tower.

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These are my top 5 parks that we like to go to, don’t forget to check out Roselle’s favorite parks on her blog and tell her I said Hi! <3

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xo JANE xo

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Family Day In The Life

Dallas, Texas, Everything else, Family, Lifestyle, Photography

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This is how our typical family day looks like (if you ever wondered :-))  Here I’m posting the photos that I really like, but if you want to see the full DITL (day in the life) photo shoot click this link.

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Usually, we all wake up when one of the kids wake up (around 7 am), and then we have a little party in our bed: playing, reading books, hugging, kissing and laughing a lot.

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When Daniel has a day off he cooks breakfast. And no matter who makes breakfast Christian likes to watch and help.

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While Daniel is cooking breakfast, I’m nursing David. And Christian just runs back and forth to make sure that everyone is doing what they’re supposed to do LOL 🙂

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Fashion Haul For Fall

Dallas, Texas, Fashion, Fashion Inspiration, Lifestyle

You guys know how much I love summer!!! <3 I am so sad it came to an end 🙁 The only thing that gets me excited about the fall…no, it’s not pumpkin spice latte…it’s Fall Fashion!! I like to play with different textures and layers, mix and match clothes, and I’m also obsessed with hats, scarves and other fall appropriate accessories 🙂 So I have recently got a couple of things for fall from Octer, Nordstrom, American Eagle and Topshop (which became my favorite brand after I purchased this dress).

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I’m in love with this sweatshirt that I got from Octer.com . It’s cropped, it’s fun and it 100% represents me because 75% of the time I am HANGRY!! :-).

This ripped hi-rise jeggings are from American Eagle. (I think they don’t sell them anymore, but here’s something similar).

The hat is also from Topshop. It’s simple, and it goes with pretty much anything.

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I also love these jeggings (from American Eagle), they are super soft, stretchy, and so comfortable.

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I already mentioned how obsessed I am with olive color lately, so when I saw this olive bomber jacket I just had to have it! And if you like a little shine, they do have a shiny version.

I couldn’t help myself and I got 2 tops from Topshop (I told you it was my favorite brand :-)). And I’m aware that summer is gone (sad, sad), but I thought that I could pair them with jeans, booties and wear a cardigan on top and it will look fall appropriate (thank God weather in Texas permits).

Are you excited about the fall? What’s your favorite piece you bought for fall so far?

xo JANE xo

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4 Healthy Snacks Kids Can Make

DIY/How to, Family, Food/Recipes, Lifestyle

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I’m always trying to find creative ideas on how to feed my kids healthy and incorporate foods that they don’t normally eat. So here are 4 healthy snacks ideas that kids can actually make themselves. Have you noticed that when you cook something it tastes better than if someone else cooked it (only if that someone else is not Gordon Ramsey)? The same with kids, when they help to make something they will mostly likely enjoy eating it more.

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You will need:

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