June 24, 2016

PinkBlush Maternity Review and Giveaway


I had an amazing opportunity to provide a review for PinkBlush Maternity earlier this month. If you haven't heard about PinkBlush Maternity, grab your coffee (hopefully it is still hot) and let me tell you all about this awesome online maternity store that carries trendy, beautiful, maternity wear for very affordable prices.


PinkBlush asked me to select one item from their store to try out, I couldn't make up on my mind, there was just so much to chose from. 
So, after combing the site for hours, yes for hours, I finally selected the gorgeous 
(You can click the link above and check out this dress and the other colors it comes in)


If you know me, you know that I can live in Maxi dresses year round. This dress did not disappoint. The material is super soft, lightweight and the material was not clingy at all, everything I look for in a maxi dress. 
When I read I could wear this after my pregnancy and still be able to nurse my baby, I was sold! If I can't take a boob out, I can't wear it!! 

I also loved the Crochet detail, it gives this dress a more stylish look that would be a great dress to wear to your Baby Shower etc. Or you can throw on a cute little cardigan and your ready for a more causal look




I know shopping online can be very daunting for some, but PinkBlush has great customer service, affordable shipping rates and return policies that can make shopping with them a breeze. They also have a sizing chart on their page to help you out in picking the right fit. 
I decided to go with a size medium for my dress, even though it is a bit stretchy, I just wanted the dress to fall loosely around my belly and not cling so much to it. It is a bit long, but I only stand at 5'1, so I knew that was something I would have to hem myself, just like every dress I own.




In a gorgeous Poppy Field with my girl

When I read that I would have to hand wash this dress, I was a little bummed. Why give me more work to do? haha. It was very hard to wash this by hand, so I decided to wash this in my machine on the most gentle setting possible and I hung it outside to dry. Now, this was my experience, I know all machines are different. So please take caution. The dress came out just fine, no rips or tears, the crochet detail was in tack and the color was just as bright, I was so relieved. Just be careful if you do decide to do this.
I just wouldn't recommend putting their clothes in the dryer.







As a big thank you to you all for reading my review on this gorgeous dress, I am teaming up with PinkBlush Maternity to give away a $75 gift card!!!

All you have to do to enter is:

1) Follow Pinkblush Maternity on Facebook or on Instagram
There are more ways to enter over on my Instagram page @acsaharper 

2) leave me a comment below on what you would get if you won.
 You can follow this link and head right to their store HERE

Winner will be announced June/28th

You don't have to be expecting to win, PinkBlush has clothes for everyone. 


*If you have won a PinkBlush giveaway recently, winners must wait 3 months before they are eligible to enter to win again. Thank you for understanding.

*open worldwide, just double check to see about shipping rates and locations where shipping may not be applicable. 







Thank you PinkBlush Maternity for sponsoring this post. 






June 13, 2016

Romania


Our trip to Romania this last month was amazing! 

I researched as much as I could about the city of Bucharest and kept reading that it wasn't child or family friendly. I was a little bummed to read that, but then at the last minute, I decided to pack up our stuff and join my husband on his business trip and make the most of this mini 7 day vacation. At least it would be a vacation with room service and a indoor pool and no cleaning.
 Well, let me tell you, Bucharest did not disappoint and it is 100% family friendly. 
The locals were so friendly and I was impressed by how many spoke English, either fluently or enough to get by and communicate, and when I mean everyone, everyone, young and old. It was very refreshing and was a godsend when I was lost and needed help. 
Many of them thought I spoke Romanian and was just being lazy, I told them that I only knew a few words and I had the accent down pretty well.

So, here are a few highlights of our trip:



 We stayed at the gorgeous, JW Marriott in Bucharest. For being a 5 star hotel, it was surprisingly affordable. I definitely recommend it. 
The breakfast buffet made this family very happy. 


 We spent about 5 hours at Cișmigiu Gardens and park, and if it wasn't for my tired pregnant self, my toddler could have spent the whole week here. This park was less than a 10 minute drive from the hotel we were staying at.
 I even ended up walking back with the stroller, that's how close it was. 
This park and garden had swings, carousels,playgrounds, shaded walk ways, snack and ice cream stands and a cute little lake, where you could rent little paddle boats. 



 She was having so much fun, I have no idea how I got her to stop and eat lunch when she wanted to play non stop. I loved how many children were here to play on a weekday at 1pm.





We visited the Parliament building on our way to the park.
 I didn't get the chance to do the tour, so we explored the grounds instead.
Will definitely check out the tour sans children next time 

 

 This park can be found right across the street of the Parliament building,
It is insanely huge. Vida ended up falling asleep when we arrived and a part of me was happy because I could have lost her in here. So while she napped, I had a little snack at nearby cafe.





This library was so beautiful, we went inside and explored. 
Have your I.D ready to go when you enter, they had pretty tight security.

isn't it stunning?


 Our very first Cat Cafe experience, I didn't know this was a thing. 
This cafe is in a very weird, side of town, it looks sketchy at first, but once you go inside the gate, it is so adorable. The cafe had about 5 cats and all are up for adoption. You can stay, play and order some delicious food and drinks off their menu. 
We had a fruit smoothie and cuddled all the cats. Vida was in kitty heaven.

inside the cat cafe
 
 
On the Saturday, we took a trip to Old Town. We walked through Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse, it is a street covered by yellow glass. You can find cafes, bars, restaurants and hookah bars throughout.
 
 We stopped by this gorgeous Restaurant called "Hanul lui Manuc" and ate the most delicious, authentic Romanian food. It was sooooo good, Vida loved her chicken soup.
They had a live band playing and all seating is outdoors, you can sit in the courtyard, where we were, or up in the Inn terrace, it was so picturesque, I felt like I was in a fairy tale 

 
 
 My favorite Romanian soup, Ciorbă de perișoare
My husband was impressed on how I pronounced the food. My best friend growing up was Romanian and her mom cooked all this food, I can literally say, I was raised eating romanian food. 

 After lunch we set out to find Emilia Creameria, the cutest ice cream shop I have ever seen!
So many flavors to choose from.

 You cannot go to Bucharest and not visit "Cărtureşti Carusel", also called “The Carousel of Light” bookstore. This place will take your breath away. This bookstore has 6 floors and at the very top a bright and airy cafe.



my girl was in book heaven



and no trip is complete in our books until we eat some delicious pastries. 
This pastry shop was right across the street from the hotel it was called "Ana Pan"
and everything was delicious, especially the chocolate eclairs.


 Overall this trip was perfect, we had so much fun exploring the wondeful city of Bucharest. We ate so much delcious food, I really want to go back soon just to eat again. 
I wish we had more time to go exploring outside the city but being so pregnant, and with Anthony pretty much working the whole time, it wasn't doable. We hope to go back again, but as a real vacation and explore Dracula's Castle and other parts of Romania, like the countryside. My last piece of advice, don't pass up this city, you have to go visit Bucharest and take in all the beauty this place has to offer, she has her rough edges from so much turmoil from the past, but it really is family freindly, and again, the locals were just the kindest people I have met. 

Until next time, Paris of the East...


 



May 31, 2016

32 Weeks

         
         

I am having a hard time keeping up with these weekly photos. Yikes! 



How far along?   32 weeks 
Total weight gain/loss: no clue 
Maternity clothes?  I bought a skirt but it's so uncomfortable, I'm happy it's finally warm out so I can wear my maxi dresses          
Stretch marks?  None that I can see.          
Sleep: good, and the toddler is sleeping much better. 
Best moment this week? Celebrating Vida's birthday party.                   
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my belly             
Movement: so much!! He's such a wiggle worm 
Food cravings: chicken salad sandwiches with kettle chips. It was such a strong craving I decided to serve it at my daughter's party 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  no       
Have you started to show yet: oh yeah. 
                
Gender: boy 
Labor Signs:
 a few mild Braxton Hicks          
Belly Button in or out:
 out
Wedding rings on or off? On 
              
Happy or Moody most of the time: 
 happy but very impatient with everyone and everything              
Looking forward to: getting his dresser this week and getting organized. All his clothes are in his crib 
                    
Milestones: can't think of anything 
Pregnancy Weirdness: horrible foot cramps. Didn't have these with vida. :/ very painful. 



May 30, 2016

Vida's 3rd Birthday Cinderella Party


Vida has been in love with the new Cinderella movie since it came out on DVD last year. For being a live action film, she can watch the whole thing beginning to end and loves the part where Ella rides her horse, this girl loves horses.
So I decided to do a Cinderella theme party for her, but have the party be more about Ella's beautiful childhood. I love the beginning scene of her and her mom in the garden, surrounded by flowers and animals. I wanted to incorporate that into the party, and living in Germany, wildflowers are everywhere and growing right in our backyard.
food table

I rented a few vintage pieces for the party. This flower stand is just so stunning.


glitter Cinderella garland


for lunch we served chicken salad sandwiches,fresh fruit,veggies, carriage spinach dip,mac and cheese, mini Pb&J sandwiches and kettle chips

This is a free printable found here



Fresh blueberries in my vintage teacups

I totally forgot to take a photo of the bread bowl I made to look like a carriage, I cut out some bread into wheels and attached the to the sides of the round bread bowl

my first attempt at a flower wall

next time, I won't put them up so early. They wilted pretty fast

Glitter wands for the little princesses and princes


I bought some vintage Cinderella books and made her a banner from the pages

Vida's guestbook

mommy bar

This is a free printable found here


Organic juice for the kids and fresh pink lemonade. I also had lilacs in ice cubes ready to go :)



a little vintage tea cart. I'm thinking of buying it and having it painted white. Vida loves playing with it.

My sweet friend made these coloring books for me

I love watercolor she did a fantastic job

the dress!!! The dress that caught my eye, took 6 weeks to arrive but it arrived. I want her to wear this forever.

Personalized hanger made by my sweet friend, Beth you can find her on FB and Instagram @handcraftedaffairs


our dresses

Here comes the birthday girl


doing ballet moves




We picked some roses from our garden before the guests arrived. I love how gentle she is with the roses





She wanted a slice of cake right there and then lol




I love naked cakes, the filling was vanilla bean custard with fresh strawberries


she just wanted to chill there



a little nervous about meeting Ella :)

always observing first...

with my sweet friend Taylor grabbing a Mimosa




Giving Ella lots of hugs


Happy Birthday Vida, your daddy and I love you so much :)