6 years later. 

I can’t believe it’s already been 6 years. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life. I won’t lie – it’s hard and we are constantly growing and sometimes not for the better. I sometimes forget that we need to also work on each other and not just keep our kids the first priority. Isn’t that nearly impossible? 

At least we started doing a monthly date night to focus on our relationship, try to keep our side comments to ourselves, and take a breath before really putting our thoughts out there. Easier said than done. #workinprogress. 

Anyhow, just a couple snaps from our engagement and my girls hanging out in the Big Apple. 






Have we changed? 

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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

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

Dear Littles. 

Isn’t it crazy to think as parents we will help in molding them to be grown ups? We will show them our habits (the crazy ones), skills (the daily ones), and our life experiences (the ones where they’re included). I’m astonished how intuitive Abigail is to our day to day and listening to me interact and portray myself. She is almost 3 year 5 months old and tells me things I would never expect to come out of her mouth.

Top 3 in the past 24 hours:

  • I have nipples, mum and dad have nipples. Mum’s has milk to feed Addison but dad doesn’t. Why don’t I have any milk?
  • I want to be superman for Halloween. I am a girl. Can I still be superman?
  • I like you a lot mum. I like daddy and baby Addison too (me: who else?). No one else as much. Not even Grandma.

These little things she says really makes me want to write/record to show her later but is there enough time in the day to do that?  I think I would opt to sleep since my #bellabeatleaf is telling me I need more sleep than the 3 hour average I’m getting which by the way is a gorgeous health tracker.

Anyhow, I’m inspired by a mama I met on Instagram to write letters to my littles. She writes daily letters to baby M. They’re so sweet and I know her little is going to love reading them when she can.  So, I’m going to try real hard to include some of these notes in my blog posts.

First one to my dear littles:

Dear A squared,

Abigail – I’m so sorry it has taken 3 years and 5 months to write you a note but better late than never right. You are my first and I love you so much. I may not show it as much with how sleep deprived I’ve been but you’re a shining star. You’re independent, strong willed, caring, and so loving to just name a few traits of you. I thought you would be jealous of the attention Addison is currently getting but you’ve been an amazing big sister and so helpful. I am so lucky to have a daughter like you. Just the other day you melted my heart when you said, “Mummy, I want to sit closer to you because I like you very much.” I pray you say this to me when you’re in high school or junior high. 

Addison – oh my, you are currently 54 days old and I can honestly say it has not flown by. You are keeping us on our toes from being a light sleeper to cradle cap, but I’m forever in love with you when you smile at me with your happy eyes and mouth. It has been a crazy experience having you literally pop out and I am happy with the push present you got me as I really didn’t push much for you to come into this world. You also came early and didn’t want to share your birthday with me! 

📷: Push present happy picture in the store.

My littles – for now, I hope you two will share with each other and please don’t fight. Don’t ever go to sleep upset with each other. 

Love, mama A  

Product LOVE: Mochi KidsWest Coast Beads Shop

Mama owner Amanda is too sweet just like her designs. Mochi Kids clothing is printed with 100% solvent free inks on American Apparel garments made in the USA. So, yes, they are super soft and toddler approved!

Mama owner Laura from Canada is amazing! She specializes in functional and baby friendly teething necklaces. Yay! My toddler loves wearing them and I know they are safe on her with the safety clasp. I found her because I originally thought West Coast meant California not Canada.

#shopsmall

📷: clearly sisters. Do they look like me?

📷: omg baby acne & cradle cap. 😢😓 Any remedy recommendations PLEASE?

Cheers for now and thanks for reading. Maybe you will have some noodles now! xx

36 Weeks Pregnant. 

My hubs always says it is only 9 months and I always have to correct him and say it’s actually 40 weeks which is 10 months of sacrifices. 🙄

Pregnancy the second time around has been a little bit more relaxing as I’m not stressing about everything and I feel I know what to expect when baby girl #2 comes. One thing I’ve been really focused on is making sure I’m showering lots of love and attention to my first – Abigail. 😘  We talk about baby sister a lot and what she will share and help me with to what she cannot eat or play with yet. It’s crazy at 3 years and 3 months what she remembers from these “deep” conversations we have. Love it.

We’ve been getting happy mail post for both her and baby so I always want her to feel extra special when mail is for her and she gets to wear it first.  She loves when I tell her baby sister gets it as a “hand me down.”

She loved happy mail post from Hatley since she adores wearing dresses and twirling like a ballerina or just busting a groove with finally good London weather (well one day at least). So, we have been going around town and just spending mummy and daughter time. ♥️

I fell in love with Hatley for the bright colors and adorable prints and even more in love when I read their about us page. They support an orphanage in India called Open Door Mercy Home Trust – home to 22 boy and girls. How amazing to know they are doing this as giving back to the community is high on my agenda with my children books as well.

📷: Oh, Hatley you can even make my little dance in a smock dress.

📷: How cute is this blouse? She loves the horses and silver stripes on it. #toddlerapproved #hatley

📷: Superstar status

📷: This dress was hands down her favorite as she loves strawberries and pink. We’re on the Millennium bridge heading back home from Tate Modern.



📷: Fall collection is coming soon so be sure to keep an eye out for Hatley that also gives back – my kind of shop. ♥️♥️

Mamas & Papas – what else do you do in preparation for the soon to be expired only child status? I would love to hear! xx

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I just couldn’t resist taking more pictures with these adorable prints from Hatley. They have women’s clothing as well and some are perfect for twinning with your little!  LOVE.


Cheers for now and don’t forget to stop and enjoy life’s little things (like lavender). 😎