Birth Story // Aspen Adaline


Hi world!

It has been a long time since I’ve written here.  One thing is for sure– if before the baby I had way too much time on my hands, now I never enough and I kind of love it!

I want to write about my birth experience as I know there are many mamas out there that are preparing to bring their little ones earth side and just like me in the last trimester reading a ton of birth stories… I mean, I was like that.And let me tell you, it was nothing like I could have imagined or read. It is true when they say that each story is never the same and I want to share mine with you. 

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36 Weeks


At 36 weeks, Frederick and I went to the RMNP to shoot my maternity photos… little did we know that dogs are not allowed on trails apparently– we were politely told by the park rangers and the conversation went something like this:

Park Ranger: Oh, that’s a beautiful pup you got there!
Frederick: Thanks!
PR: Are you guys from here?
F: Yea…
PR: oh neat, and you are so excited to take your doggie on the trail and enjoy all the beautiful scenery… gorgeous weather we got today, huh?
F: Oh yes, we are pretty excited about it!
PR: well, you can’t bring dogs on trail!
F: okay… have a good day! (jerk)

(drove down, parked, and went on trail anyway…lol)

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30 Weeks


I can hardly believe that I am already at 30 weeks! The other day, I had my midwife appointment and seems like things are going well! Belly is measuring at 30cm, baby’s heart beat is at 130s, and she has already rotated herself into the right position (head down).  She has also been kicking a lot more (at my ribs mostly, haha) and more powerful. 

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I was going to post a recipe for strawberry jam tonight… the reason I bought a huge case of strawberries. BUT look at these beauties– no way I was going to mess with it by adding tons of sugar and boiling all the flavor from them!

So instead I am going to talk about my current 28 weeks pregnant food obsessions:

1. STRAWBERRIES!!! I loved them prior to pregnancy but now the juiciness and freshness of these have been intensified by like a 1000% mmmm so good.

2. Peaches or any similar fruit like apricots, plums, nectarines… I love the smell of them!

3. Cherries. I have been going through a bag in a matter of one hour…

4. Bananas… my go to snack when I do not feel like snacking on actual food.  Plus lately I have been getting intense leg cramps (mostly when I sleep) so eating these even more! Hello potassium!

I think those are the most prominent ones or haha the healthy ones (not going to really elaborate on my ice cream or cookie cravings 😉 )

Until next time!







A few days ago I made baklava for the first time ever! It looks like a lot of work but believe me, it was one of the easiest things I have ever baked!


Fillo dough package (can buy at any grocery store)
1 cup of coarsely chopped (I used a mix of raw shelled pistachios and walnuts)
2 tbs sugar
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
9 tbs butter (melted)

Honey Syrup:

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup honey
Zest from one small orange and some juice of
A splash of lemon juice

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March Favorites


I can’t believe it is already April! Whoa time flies! However, this past month I have been in love with a few things that I would like to share with you!

1. Bake From Scratch (the French issue) magazine that was filled with recipes of all my favorite French baked goodies such as palmiers, brioches… fun stuff! I also been loving making biscuits… yum!

2. Løv tea (linden+rose) that I stumbled upon in Whole Foods.  It has bits of apples, linden, and rose.  Very light and calming.

3. So last month I went blonde (again!!!) and have been loving the Blue Malva conditioner with a violet tint that refreshes the color and keeps it from going yellow! It smells really good too!

4. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is the best! It protects the skin and gives a little tint that does not look like you have a layer of foundation! Nice and light!

5. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Cayenne has been my favorite red lipstick! It stays on like a stain almost and has a citrusy taste 🙂





Urban Bohemian // Living Room


You guys, I am taking ID Professional Practices class at RMCAD that has been so inspirational to me and we always do fun activities in it like mock up interviews, working on our resumes, cover letters, visual boards, learning about different cultures and how they differ in business world… yeah and we also go to visit local design firms, museums, and see different speakers… it has been so inspiring!

Last week, the assignment was so great for quick brainstorming- so useful for quick client meetings as most of the time clients do not have time to sit and wait on you to come up with the design ideas. So we were assigned a particular room of the home and had to write up a quick client profile and then present 3 design ideas that the client can see and get inspired by as well.

I was assigned the great room/living room area. Automatically, I thought of the client that is young and creative and that would like a space that he/she could easily relax or entertain a group of people in.

I do not know why, but lately I have been gravitating towards more of the urban bohemian looks for my designs therefore, to make it quick on myself– we only had an hour to “design” and create boards– I pulled all my photos and pieces from Urban Outfitters. Yep, my favorite place.

So here are my little brainstorming ideas that each feature that same vibe of Urban Bohemian look yet showcasing a certain color palette or shape.


In this one, I really was obsessing over having some sort of life in the living area by having tons of plants and/or minty, mustard, rugged color scheme. I just love the lightness that these create– kind of makes your mind rest.

In this visual board, I really wanted to play with color and geometric shapes that the furniture or patterns create through out the space. There are triangles, circles, rectangles, textures… you name it… it is all here. I am personally in love with that round coffee table (we are purchasing this one for our own living room soon..yay)

And the very top board (Breathe Mountains) was kind of a mixture of the two other boards… I wanted to give a client some color yet keep it airy with using lots of white.  I love how blues and teals match… and that woven rug… to die for! This is exactly what mountains feel like- breathable, tons of texture and natural tones (blues, greens, grays).

Well my fellow designers, I hope this was somewhat inspiring for you as it was to me!! It totally made me want to redesign my own space!






Photos: UrbanOutfitters

An Apology Never Gotten


“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” – Robert Brault

So many of us desire to hear an apology from someone that deeply wounded us. So many of us don’t get it. Why do these two little words hold so much power? “I’m sorry”… “I’M SORRY”… and just like that a heartfelt apology lifts the pain that held you down for such a long time  and your whole being is able to rest… to see the good things that surrounded you the whole time. But how does one go about an apology that has never been received? Do you pull your hair in anger and exhaustion for waiting for one?  How long can it last?

Have you ever experienced that?

I know I have. 

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18 Weeks


Yesterday was a pleasant surprise.

We had our prenatal appointment– just the regular check-up… or so I thought.  Upon entering the room I quickly noticed the ultrasound machine and automatically husband and I were checking if it was on (it wasn’t…)

The midwife came in… greeted us and after the regular questions of how are you… have you felt the baby move… she picked up a doppler and said, “Let’s take a listen.” I looked up at the ultrasound machine and casually blurted out that it is such a tease to have it here and not be able to see the baby!! And guess what guys? She smiled and said oh then let’s take a look!!

We got to see our little one after not seeing it for almost 10 weeks! It has grown! It had tiny arms and tiny legs… moving up a storm in my belly.  It blew us a little kiss with its tiny hand.  God, I am so in love already! My midwife continued to show us- or here is the little heart and this and that… then she continued to try to move it… she was trying to see the sex of the baby! Finally, the baby moved… and we found out what we’re having!! I cannot stop smiling!

For you guys… we will announce it on April 5th!




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