Time flies. 

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted and so much has happened. We’ve moved back to California (brought the London rain with us)!  

A few thoughts:

  • Insane beehive in our home. There was about 180 pounds of bees and honeycomb in our walls to get rid of! 

  • Addison is now 6 months old and is staying strong to not sleeping through the night. 😢

  • Abigail is in a Chinese school and could potentially read/write more than me. 

  • I’m now a soccer mom with my minivan. I must say I love all the space inside and the blind spot camera is awesome!! 
  • Getting new decor and furniture for our home is what I love to do especially from small shops (more to come on future posts).
  • We’re back in southern California and haven’t been to the beach, but have been to the snow (we’re less than 2 hours away from snow and 20 minutes from the beach)

  • Poke and seafood in general is so fresh and tasty here. You just can’t beat $1 oysters. 

  • I’ve cleared out a lot of my inventory of alphabet books (big thanks for those who’ve purchased my books on my website) and have been inspired to finish working on my “I is for Impala” book to send to print. Don’t forget to use CODE: Angsley to get $3 off your order when you purchase on my website: www.ajangsley.com 


Anyhow, I’ve definitely been going through London withdrawals and missing all the European travels we did. I still can’t believe Abigail visited 22 countries while we lived in London. 

One thing I clearly miss is walking more to get places and using that as my exercise for the day. Now, I have to set aside time to exercise which is incredibly hard as a sleep deprived mama of two. Any pointers? #please

Cheers for now and thanks for jumping back onto my blog. xx

London Love.

I can’t believe in 15 days we will be moving out of London. It’s been a whirlwind of fun here. I call it my 2 year holiday (hubs doesn’t as he was working both U.K. and U.S. hours) with all the memories we created here. 

We’re soaking in (and getting soaked) some of our favorite spots and checking out the plethora of things to do with kids that make London so special – this weekend was ice skating. 

Since our little toddler has been sick, we decided to let her sit in the Uppababy stroller for the day (Age – 3 years and 7 months old). 

📷: There are lifts for your buggy at a lot of the stations but if there isn’t, there is always someone nice that will stop and help you out – I swear!

📷: Am I going to continue to look right when I move back? 🇬🇧 ➡️ 🇺🇸

📷: Shoreditch is probably one of my favorite areas with the street art, street food, Indian food, cool coffee shops, and shopping. It’s a very up and coming area with lots of hipsters. Definitely worth going to. 

💟: Uppababy Gluxe gets a parents approved from us. Folds up nicely and so easy to navigate. It has a light narrow build for help going through an urban lifestyle. Perfect for day to day with your baby as there is plenty of storage space and you can hang stuff quickly on the handles. They recommend baby being at least 3 months in age to use. To note, this pram isn’t car seat adaptable. 

📷: Can’t leave London without a proper Sunday Roast. We love it at the Pig and Butcher (btw – It’s been in tons of articles as a delicious place to eat in London) 

💟: Addison with her @twistshakebaby (how cool that the little container next to it fits inside the bottle to put a snack or another round of formula – so travel friendly. Plus, there is a mixer for baby colic!). AND guess what, use CODE: FANNY30 for 30% off! 

📷: Ice skating at Tower of London. Doesn’t get any better with the view. If you’re planning on going, make reservations and pay online. Sessions to skate are 45 minutes. 

📷: Twinning poses. 😂 View of the Shard – currently the tallest building in the U.K.  

📷: London skyline (it’s actually barely 4:30pm). 

Cheers for now and thanks for reading. xx

OMG, 22. 

Abigail (3.5 years old) has now been to 22 European countries in the span of 2 years since moving to London. She’ll have some stories to tell but definitely iPhone pictures to share. Isn’t it crazy how tech savvy kids are?

This trip to Cyprus was a little painful since she was sick with a cough and probably a sore throat, but she toughed it out for the most part and only made it apparent she was just a toddler 30% of the day and wanted tons of cuddles from us.

We stayed at The Royal Apollonia for this holiday and we would definitely recommend it. It’s been renovated nicely and the hotel room floors are tile which makes it feel so much cleaner (plus, they provide hotel slippers!). We had a spectacular balcony view of the pool and Mediterranean Sea.

📷: Outside our balcony 💟 Already drooling at 13 weeks but this Frecklebaby bib makes my list as absorbent, soft, bamboo, and the cutest prints on both sides. But wait, imagine nothing dropping on the floor with the unique snap on leash for a teething toy or paci.

P.S. Use CODE: GIVE for $4 off any of my sets of books. Free shipping. Visit www.ajangsley.com 

 

Breakfast is included and there is a pretty yummy range of food to choose from so get there before 10:30am. Oh and parking is free!

📷: 💟 cutest organic panda bear outfits from Turtle Dove London. Super soft material, monochrome patterns, modern, and a new shop. Love!

📷: one down, one more to go.  

The pool. We went when the pools were not heated (indoor is) so it was pretty cold water. I think the ocean was warmer! They have their own beach which is great because there is also a jetty so the waves are not so big. Perfect for swimming in the sea.

📷: the kiddie pool (this is sectioned off and the adult pool with pool bar is next to it).

What was really sweet as I think we were also one of the few families with kids on the property was when the staff came at night for turn down service (they usually just give us chocolate) and gave us a jar of honey for Abigail’s cough. So thoughtful – thank you Royal Apollonia 

Visiting the capital, Narcosia, was pretty neat. We got to see more locals, have a typical Greek lunch, and do some shopping (no, we didn’t bring home a bird!).

 


📷: We had to get another Bebeaulait muslin infinity nursing scarf as she is constantly seeing Addison in it and wants to be just like mommy.

Travel tip: bring a scarf (muslin would be ideal since it folds up so compact in your bag) as it comes in handy in so many ways for you and your little.

📷: See you later Mediterranean Sea. 💟: Thrilled to wear my Bellaha flip flops to see the world. This shop gives back to support infant and maternal health around the world. Win, win ladies – pretty and comfy sandals that give back!

Cheers for now and thanks for reading. xx

Time Flies. 

In exactly one month, we will be leaving London. My hubs and I both love to travel so when there was a rotation to work abroad, he jumped on it. It was somewhat of a quick decision to leave our California home behind but we knew it was a good time to go on this adventure across the pond. 

We came here to see the world and mission accomplished for the 2 years here. Abigail has been to 21 European countries while out here (22 after our upcoming trip to Cyprus!). She won’t remember more than half of them since she started remembering just under 3 years old. Some highlights she recalls are pooping in the snow in Finland, riding the camels in Morocco, and biking in Prague. 

Anyhow, getting misty eyed about leaving London so cheers for now and leaving you with a picture of Abigail at the now gone – love lock bridge in Paris. We had a lock placed for my Dad to watch over/join us on our adventures that he didn’t get a chance to do. xoxo 

P.S. It was also to get on one of my favorite shows House Hunters International on HGTV. If you didn’t get a chance to see and have a good laugh (acting is tough!), check it out on my website under sprinkles

The Big 3. 

Wow, it’s finally 3 months and I’ve noticed one big thing.

I’m losing so much hair I’ve even clogged the shower drain. Does anyone have any remedies for hair loss? I don’t even recall with my first little to have lost this much hair so early on.

P.S. if you’re wondering how to unclog a shower drain “naturally” – baking soda and white vinegar with boiling water.

Snuggle Muslin blanket from Bebeaulait

Anyhow, happy 3 months my little panda bear. A little note to you:
Dear Addison, 

You’re 3 months now. You are full of smiles to us, laughter with daddy as he tickles you, and staring inquisitively at your big sister since she is always up in your face. 

You are a handful but still manage to let us get some rest. Your first time flying was to Spain and you were wonderful. 

Current loves. 

  • bath time
  • feeding time
  • “bicycle” time
  • Out and about 
  • Sound of the ocean 
  • Ewan the dream sheep 

Current dislikes. 

  • being in a room by yourself 
  • loud noises
  • pooping

Love, 

Mum

Wondering about Ewan on Addison’s loves? Well, this is one stuffed animal to get.

Ewan will play for 20 minutes soothing noises to calm and hopefully settle the babe to sleep. There are 4 sounds to choose from easily on his legs along with a pink glow to make it like mummy’s womb.

Ewan the Dream Sheep

I can say with certainty my little loves it and my first little loves hugging and making sure baby sister always has it.

Wait, maybe she watches Shaun the sheep and remembers seeing them spread out around town last year.

We also got the mini Ewan (just as soft) with satin legs and velcro tail to attach a dummy or teether to. Perfect size to bring out and about as it’s machine washable and dryer safe. P.S. classy diaper bag is from Fawn Design. Love how functional yet so gorgeous it doesn’t even look like a diaper bag.

To note, the heartbeat and womb sounds are actual recordings, not computer generated (paediatric research suggests that these sounds have been proven to have an extremely calming effect and can help settle babies with COLIC induced pain).

Cheers for now and thanks for reading. xx

Heart Spain. 

At 10 weeks old and half term for the kids, we decided our first flying trip as a family of 4 would be to Spain.

📷: Basilica de Santa Maria la real de Covadonga – situated up in the mountains.

But first, some travel tips. 

In no particular order for a new family of 4. Abigail (toddler is almost 3.5 years old) and Addison is 10 weeks old.

  • Ask if it’s a full flight so always gate check your pram and infant car seat. It could be an empty flight so you may be able to use the car seat on the flight free of charge.
  • Bring baby bottle cleaning supplies. To keep it compact, I brought a new toothbrush, sponge, and baby cleanser (we bought 3 bottles to use for this trip)
  • Muslin blankets since they are super compact, quick to dry, and much more easier to pack than fleece. Also, good to line bedding or other surfaces you want baby on.  My current favorite shop because of their adorable prints and super soft material are from Bebeaulait. They’re coming out with a new line mid November with Unikiki 2.0 Tokidoki.
  • Babywear! This made things so much easier especially in small restaurants, crowded places, or just historic places with no lifts. We used the ergo with our first but converted to the Miamily hipster carrier and are head over heels in love. The back support is amazing to walking around all day and our little falls asleep so quickly in it!  Plus, I love how they’re sitting on a seat and there is a zippered pouch to put some goodies in as well.  A definite must have if your babe likes to be held (who doesn’t right?)

📷: Miamily-ing it while hiking to the super blue waterfall in the Amescoa Baja Navarre

  • Resealable bags – so handy for snacks, small items, and for liquids not to spill everywhere.
  • Comfortable, quick to dry nursing bras. You just don’t know when it needs to be washed. My current favorite is the Bravado body silk nursing bra. It’s wire free and easy to mold to your changing body.  The material is great, comfortable to sleep in, and easy to snap the latch with one hand.  I wish I had known I can use this when I had the bump.
  • Bathing the littlest is probably the hardest when you’re traveling so we gave more so sponge baths on top of a hotel towel. Yes, bring a sponge! Btw – the sponges (inexpensive) I’m in love with are from Trader Joe and come compact until you stick them in water the first time. They’re orange colored and perfect for washing the face and body. We also love using our Momme 2 in 1 wash gel. I think it has really helped in clearing her cradle cap!

  • Most importantly, relax and have fun. You’re not visiting a 3rd world country just quite yet with your kids so you will be able to find something if you forget or need it.  

Below are some more pictures from our adventures in Spain.

📷: San Sebastian

📷: OMG – the pinxtos (similar to what we call tapas) are AH-MAZING! If you’re ever in this town, definitely visit this place. Pictured is foie gras and pork shoulder.

📷: Taking in the sights of Santa Clara island while watching Addison sleep with her Nuby soothie and dummy clip by MadebyJay.

📷: Picture perfect stay at the Eguren Ugarte in the Rioja Alavesa. Going on the lift you see the cave with wine barrels. WOW!

📷: Checking out the architecture of the Marqués de Riscal Vineyard Hotel in this region by Frank Gehry (Yes, he designed the Walt Disney concert hall among many others). 

📷: Visited the Cune Vina Real winery designed by French architect Philippe Mazieres. It was made to look like a wine barrel and also functional with the gravity installation to make wine. 

📷: Visited the coolest town ever – POO

📷: Bilbao was wonderful and everyone kept saying how it’s a very safe city. There are parks everywhere for the kids and of course tasty food! 

 

📷: Even Abigail enjoyed this place as much as we did!

📷: Guggenheim Bilbao (designed by Frank Gehry)


📷: our first selfie as a family of 4.

Cheers for now and thanks for reading! xx

Milkaholic. 

I think about you all day, everyday. How much will you make today?  When will you be replenished?  What should I wear for easy access?  Where will you be consumed? Anything I should eat or drink? Mamas – do you get me? Boys – see what we go through? 

Soo, here is what I discovered on what we can eat & drink to up our supply. Disclaimer: this is what worked for me, but we all know everybody is different. 

I have the 3 things I ate/drank that I believe did the trick. 

    Boobbix lactation cookies – I found a delicious company called Boobbix and they ship worldwide!  Katie started making these delicious cookies because she saw that USA made these but here in the U.K. It was harder to come by. So true since I didn’t discover I could eat cookies to produce more milk until my 5th week. 

    These cookies are tasty (4 flavors) and now I don’t feel bad with this dessert I have daily. Oatmeal chocolate is my personal favorite out of the 4. They’re so tasty my little wants a bite too. 

    Panda bear having some milk dreams while mum has a crazy sweet tooth. 

    Seaweed – this can be made as a soup (popular for Koreans) or salad. I prefer the Japanese style wakame salad. I made the sauce with the following ingredients: 

      Malt beer – of course the one I’m consuming is an U.K. Brand but any malt beer will do. These are non-alcoholic, caffeine free with a high content of Vitamin B. Tasty without the alcohol in it sadly. 

      And since seaweed salad and malt beer aren’t easy to pack for travels, these Boobbix cookies worked its magic on our recent holiday to Spain. I barely supplemented and nursed with my bebeaulait infinity muslin scarf. #thankyou for minimizing my cleaning of bottles!

      Cheers for now and thanks for reading about #momlife in this post. xx