Sep 26, 2014

Playroom Inspiration

We really wanted a dedicated playspace for the boys in our new home (even though I'm sure toys will be strewn everywhere regardless) so we are making the upstairs loft area into their special area. One of my favorite rooms to decorate was Caden's nursery so I'm really looking forward to making this a cute and functional space they'll want to spend most of their time at.

I'm loving the look of a black and white room with colorful accents. I'm still debating on a chalkboard wall. While it's cool for kids, it seems like a such a mess and pain for Mom to keep clean.








Sep 15, 2014

Weekend Recap

I'm so happy the temperatures took a little dip this weekend. I can't wait to wear leggings and big sweaters, drink pumpkin spice lattes (decaf), and basically not sweat through my clothes everyday. Being pregnant during these the Texas summer is just BRUTAL. 

We drove by our new neighborhood to see the progress they've made on our house. It doesn't look like much, but they've cleared and prepped the land to pour the foundation this past week, so hopefully the slab goes down soon! I'm really anxious about moving because the timing is awful. Baby G is due December 22nd, which in itself is sucky because he's going to be a Christmas baby, but our closing date is tentatively set for January 23rd. While the chances of our house being completed on time is pretty slim, the thought of moving and packing with a toddler and newborn terrifies me. Throw in the all the new adjustments of  being a mama to two, postpartum hormones, and adjusting a 3 year old to a new house with a new brother -- seriously, wtf were we thinking? lol.


It was cloudy and overcast, but still felt great outside so we stopped by the neighborhood playground and pond for C.




Dinner was at our friend's house where she cooked up an amazing spread of Laos food and hot spot to warm up our bellies, perfect for a fall night. Husband and I could barely move after dinner - it was that good and baby was happy, he was kicking like crazy.


Sunday was filled with the usual errands, grocery shopping, laundry, and momlife duties. I've been looking into meal prepping since we are so bad about going out to eat lunch everyday. Plus I think with the upcoming juggle with work and two kids soon, it would probably be more efficient both time wise and financially. The problem is that Dat hates eating leftovers or the same thing over and over, so I'm not sure how to go about it. Any tips or advice?




Have a great week!


Sep 12, 2014

Hive Five for Friday!

TGIF! This has been a very long week and this mama is tired and ready for some downtime. We're expecting a "cold front" in Dallas this weekend, so maybe we'll actually get to hangout outside without dripping sweat. Despite a very crazy week, I had a few highlights that made me happy:

one. the builder has started to prep the land to pour our foundation yippee! we'll probably drive by this weekend with our fingers crossed that the slab is already down. 

two. my brother finally got a new job with great opportunities for it to be a turning point in his life. so grateful and very excited for him to experience this much needed change. 

three. my amazing and generous hubby gifted my mama with a new tablet just because. again, so grateful for a man that loves her as much as i do. #besthusband

four. scored a huge 8x10 rug for our new place for a STEAL. For like a ridiculous, I feel like I'm robbing this place, should we pay more price. Pictures & review to come!

five. we've finally settled on Baby Deux's name! And by that, I mean me. haha. Husband still likes his other choices (which shall not be named, theya are that bad). 


Sep 9, 2014

Product Hits & Misses

I love watching Youtube videos of cosmetic reviews because I'm a fellow recovering product junkie. It's an expensive addiction that I've curbed over the years, so I definitely try to be an informed consumer before I make my purchases. At least that's how I justifiy it to my husband! :)

The recent hits:


Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum - I think the whole pregnancy "glow" is BS made up to make us feel a little better about the state of utter crap our skin is in. Even my beloved SK-II Facial Essense wasn't cutting it. After applying this on a clean face, I woke up with noticeabaly softer and smoother skin. I had a dry patch on my cheek that seemed completely go away overnight. I'm loving it! It's a bit pricey, but worth it IMO.


Prada Infusion d'Iris  - I'm not big on perfumes, but happened to get a sample of this heavenly scent and had to have it. SMELLS SOO GOOD PEOPLE. Such a fresh and clean summer scent, not overpowering.



TRESemme Dry Shampoo - every mom's saving grace. I've used Suave's version and it's meh. I like Tresseme's heat protectant and wanted to give this a try. It does leave a bit of a white cast if you have dark hair like me, but I think it fades after you brush it through. It smells great and leaves my hair with extra volume. Would repurchase.


Gap Maternity V Neck Tunic - I've been trying not to buy any maternity clothes since this is my last baby, but glad I picked up this preggo tee during their 40% off sale. Long enough to wear leggings and is super soft. I'll probably pick up one or two more to lounge around in. 


The recent misses:


Loreal True Match Lumi - I'm always on the search for my HG foundation since I have combination skin that's gotten especially out of hand with the pregnancy. I had high hopes for this product, but it just wasn't right for me. This left my face an oil slick after 3 hours unless I put on a primer. Ain't nobody got time for that! If your skin is on the drier side, and you are looking for light coverage, maybe give it a try. 


Caudalie Divine Oil - Am I the only woman that hates putting on lotion? It's such a beating! I figured I would give oils a try since it seemed dual purpose in that I could slather it on my body, face, and hair. Grape oil, extra virgin argan oil, hibiscus oil - it all sounds DIVINE, right? The reviews were great for this product and while I wanted to love it, I just wasn't completely sold. My skin didn't feel "extra" moisturized although the husband loved the smell. Pretty pricey for what it is and you actually need a lot for the whole body. I think I'll just stick w/ good old Cetaphil.

What are some of your recent hits & misses?!



Aug 30, 2014

C's First Day of School

Where has my little baby gone? Caden's first day back was yesterday and I had a few spare seconds to snap this picture before rushing out the door. It makes me sad to see how tall he grew in a course of a year and just how much OLDER he looks. It's true what they say. Babies don't keep! So when people give me shocked looks when I tell them we still cosleep, I just don't care anymore because pretty soon, he's going to be leaving his mama!

He only goes twice a week, but he just loves going to school so much. You'd never know it because without fail every Monday and Friday morning, he just refuses to wake up and just wants to sleep in. Any other day, he's up at 7:30 on the dot. Sigh.

Now if I could only get him to actually eat the lunch I pack....


Aug 24, 2014

Home Sweet Home

We finally pulled the trigger. We are moving! Well, early next year anyway.

In typical Ngu fashion, it was a whirlwind of events and impulsivness and before the dust really settled, the husband and I signed on the dotted line to build a new house.

While some ppl might not agree, we've been in the fortunate position to live with my parents ever since Caden was about 5 months old. Maybe it's a cultural thing, but it wasn't a strange and totally absurd idea for us to rent out our house and move back in with my parents after my maternity leave was up. We were first time parents, and I dreaded each and every passing day as it became one day closer to my return date to the office. Maybe I read one too many stories about nannies from hell, but it made me sick to think about dropping off my son to a stranger. My mom had graciously volunteered to stay with us those first few months, and the solution to childcare just naturally evolved into moving back. My parents had the room, we'd be saving a ton of money on a mortgage and daycare, and homecooked meals to boot - it was a no brainer. Oh, the things we do for our children. Afterall, we can all agree it takes a village to raise a child, right?

Despite sometimes getting shocked looks and raised eyebrows from a few people, it's worked out wonderfully for us as a two way street; we've had the luxury of grandma daycare and peace of mind, while my folks just simply love their time with Caden.

Anyway, our tenant's lease was going to be up at the end of August and we were thinking about moving back after renovating the kitchen, but estimate after estimate, those plans were quickly crushed. We started looking at a few houses in a few areas, actually made an offer on a home we LOVED, but lost it due to a higher offer in a ridiculously hot market. After a lot of talk and prayer, we decided that building a new home was the best for our growing family. It's an exciting time for us as we're ready for more space and being closer to friends. Let's not forget about the Baby Deux countdown either.

We're still trying to talk my parents into moving in with us (Grandma is C's #1 afterall) but only time will tell. They have their own lives to live, but I can't help but be selfish and want them near. The older I get, the more I realize my parents are human and even older and you want to make the most of the time you have together. My mom's been our angel and we're very blessed to have her in our lives. The old man spoils Caden absolutely rotten, but that's what grandpas are supposed to do. I hope our newest little guy is as lucky as his big brother.

claiming our little piece of home sweet home

picking out options; suprisingly not as painful as i thought it would be

an obligatory belly shot!




Aug 4, 2014

Our Summer Vacation - Destin 2014

Call me crazy and weird, but I really don't like beaches. #firstworldproblems
  1. I can't tan. I pretty much burn if I'm in the sun for more than 20 minutes even with spf 70. 
  2. I can't swim. My dad had a strange fear of us drowning (a totally normal parental concern that we all have) but rather than let us learn an important survival skill, he kept us from all large bodies of water. Makes total sense.
These two fundamental reasons are pretty much why anyone goes to a beach, but somewhere along the way, I thought it would be a wonderful idea to pack up the family and drive 14+ hours to Destin, Florida. We rounded up 3 other couples and their kiddos and rented a house for a week. 

Things I learned:
  1. Adjust your expectations. Vacation with kids (7 at that!) is not REALLY a vacation. . You will not be lounging in your beach chair with your adult beverage reading on your Kindle. You will be chasing your toddler who is about to eat a fistful of sand, reapplying sunscreen every 30 minutes, looking for a juicebox, and digging through your beachbag for snacks to avoid potential meltdowns. 
  2. Get a place right on the beach. We rented a house that was probably a 5 minute walk which seemed like a good idea, but with the number of bodies we had, it was such a pain to lug our gear. All our poor hubbies were worn out from the number of trips they had to take to get everything down to the sand and set up.
  3. Forget the sand toys. We brought soo many toys. Shovels, buckets, castle molds, sifters, you name it, we brought it. The kids played with ONE bucket. The rest of the time they spent in the water. Who would've thought?
  4. Make it a pool day. We are so glad we got a house with a private pool because the kids (and parents) loved it! The first two days, some of the little kiddos were actually pretty afraid of the ocean and sand and wanted nothing more than to just go home. Thankfully, they pool eased them into it and it gave the parents a little break to just sit in one place for more than 10 minutes at a time. 






While we were there, we took some pictures with a professional photographer, Darris Hartman, for fun. I highly recommend her. Excuse our crazy hair, it was super windy!







Of course, we had to take our first picture as a family of FOUR! Baby Deux coming in December :)