The Littlest Funk blog: 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Washington D.C Travel | Best Coffee Spots

Cappuccino at Dolcezzo

Coffee: (n) survival juice

Happy Friday! It's going to be a brew-tiful day! (Sorry-I couldn't help myself)

I've had a terrible cough this week and have not slept more than an hour at a time for the last four days.  The combination of lack of sleep and two toddlers has resulted in a massive amount of coffee drinking.  Seriously, give me all the coffee.  I'm pretty sure it's seeping out of my pores at this point, but then again, what's new.  

I knew when my husband and I traveled to Washington D.C. last month, that finding the best coffee places was on the top of our list.  Not only because we each have a love affair with coffee, but also because we needed all the caffeine to keep us going if we wanted to check everything else off of our list.

I thought it would be fitting to share a few of our favorite coffee spots that we found while visiting (again, because of the ridiculous amount I've had this week) and a few others that we didn't make it to, but were local faves and had great reviews.

Dolcezza

This coffee and gelato shop was amazing, y'all.  My husband almost always get a Cafe Americano and he loved it so much here, that we bought a bag of whole beans to bring home with us.   The gelato did not disappoint and anytime I can have dessert with coffee, is a win in my book.  They have several locations that are all worth going to.  There was a line almost out the door, if that tells you anything.

Baked and Wired

I tried several times to make it to this coffee spot, but it just wasn't in the cards for us.  I'll be honest, not only did I want to go to Baked and Wired for the coffee, but apparently the cupcakes are to die for.  It will be a must when we decide to go back.

La Colombe

Another we didn't make it to, but a lot of people raved about, including our friend from Philly who met up with us over the weekend.  They are known for their latte drafts, which look delicious! 

Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar 

It took us over 10 minutes to find this place as it is tucked away and when we finally did, I was excited.  Mainly because I was hot and tired of walking, but also because of the inviting atmosphere and friendly baristas. I wanted something iced and went with the Iced Mocha.  I don't normally like overly sweet coffee, but it tasted just like chocolate milk and hit the spot.  We also tried their rhubarb pie and my husband wasn't complaining.  What I loved about this place, is their simple menu.  It was nothing crazy or fancy, just good coffee.

Compass Coffee

A local favorite that was started by two marines.  They have multiple locations, each one as busy as the other.  It's a great place to get a cup of coffee or a handcrafted espresso, hang out with friends and enjoy the wifi.


I could really go on and on about all the amazing coffee shops in D.C., but I hope this helps get you started if you are ever visiting the area.

Have you been to D.C. or are you from the area?  Comment below if you've tried any of these places or have a favorite that I didn't mention.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How My Miscarriage Made Me A Better Mom

I haven't shared my miscarriage story on the blog yet, but if you follow me on social media, then you know I experienced this almost a month ago.  My emotions currently have me feeling like I'm on a roller-coaster, but it's getting better each day.  I still don't understand why these things happen, but what I do know is that it has made me a better mom.

This has been the first week that I haven't cried before going to bed.  I woke up Monday morning feeling great.  It could have been that I finally opened up to my husband for the first time about how I've been feeling, it could have been all the prayers and asking for peace that I have been doing or both.

Honestly, I really couldn't tell you why (other than the fact that God is good).  All I know is that I felt more at peace than I have been and I went with it.

Through my miscarriage, I've come to realize how blessed I am that I was able to have two healthy pregnancies.  Having a miscarriage was not something I ever thought possible.  It wasn't even in the back of my mind, so although I've always been grateful for my girls, I now have a different understanding of the word.  

This loss has made me appreciate my two little girls and love them more.  They don't know what happened to me, they just know that they need me.  I give them extra kisses throughout the day and hug them a little tighter before bedtime.  I'm careful about the way I speak to them, making sure I don't lose my temper or yell at them.  I choose my words and I try to show them the unconditional love that they deserve.  

Being a full-time stay at home mom, I can easily lose sight of this.  It's easy to get into a routine or get easily frustrated when we haven't been out of the house in days.  I sometimes forget that my girls still haven't learned to control their emotions and that is something I can do.  Like I said before, I don't understand why these things happen, but it happened and it has been eye opening.
 
This week has been packed full of fun and adventures with my girls.  We have literally gone out of the house every single day this week and I have loved every minute of it.  From toddler classes to play dates to the beach and even ice cream for breakfast yesterday.  It has been incredible and my heart is so full. I've played with them more and I've focused more on them. I've been less present on social media and more present during pretend tea parties and checkups from "Doc Emma".

Now, I still give time outs when necessary and I still drink a lot of coffee in the morning to keep up and I still have to take an occasional deep breath when they act, well, like toddlers.  I mean, I'm still their mom ...just a better one.

Our loss has been heartbreaking and something I'm not sure will ever fully go away, but for now, I will focus on being the best mom to the two girls I have here with me.

 



Monday, July 17, 2017

D.C. Travel | Carry-On Checklist + My Favorite Weekend Bag

When I travel, I used to be the person that would pack everything.  I mean, multiple pairs of shoes, 3 different outfits for each day that I would be gone and more.  It was ridiculous and a pain to carry it all.

For this trip, I knew I wanted to pack light.  I didn't want to waste any time (or money) checking a bag.  My husband didn't think it was possible, but I had a great weekender bag that fit everything I needed and was the perfect size for carry-on.


I'll be honest, I didn't think I would be able to fit everything either, but this leather bag really is amazing.  It's much roomier than it looks and it's stylish, which is definitely important.  My husband has already claimed it for his work trips.


I've included a printable check-list (of what I took on our trip) for the minimalist and for those who only want to take a carry-on with them for a long weekend trip. 

Is there anything I missed or something that is a must-have when you travel?


 The Littlest Funk was gifted the weekender bag in exchange for my review.  As always, all opinions are honest and 100% my  own.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

30th Birthday Makeover + the Perfect Party Dress

I am officially 30 y'all!  I can honestly say that this milestone is something that I have been looking forward to for a while.  My 20s were great, but now I get to spend my 30s watching my girls grow and now that they aren't so little anymore, going on adventures as a family and spending more quality time with my husband.

Since I knew turning 30 was going to be a big one, I wanted to go into it with new hair and of course, you can't celebrate without an amazing birthday outfit!


I seriously scored in both of those areas last weekend.

I told my friend, Callie, who specializes in hair color, that I wanted something different and just to do "whatever" she wanted to my hair.  I absolutely love the way it turned out.  The golden tones and the overall lighter brown is perfect.  It was just enough change to be noticeable, but not so drastic that I would go into shock ;)  I can't wait to go see her again for the possibility of something even brighter!  I also cut around 10 inches off, which felt so liberating.  I loved my long hair, so I was hesitant to cut so much, but I'm so glad I did.  I actually think I could go even shorter now!



Now, let's talk about this PinkBlush dress, which I wore three times last week.  It was just that comfortable and perfect for every birthday dinner I went to.  The material is light-weight, the color made me look tan and I love that it flows.  I think my favorite part about this dress is the scalloped edges on both the arms and the skirt.  It is simple, yet I still felt beautiful.


Since I love PinkBlush clothing so much, I've teamed up with them to give away $75 to shop!  You can enter by heading over to my Instagram page.  For an extra 5 entries, leave a comment below!  Good Luck!


Shop the look:
Pink Blush Scalloped Hem Dress
Steve Madden Heels
Kendra Scott Necklace
Kendra Scott Earrings

This post is sponsored by PinkBlush Maternity Clothing and also contains affiliate links.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Turning 30 with a Whiter + Brighter Smile | Custom Teeth Whitening System

This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant.  All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

As I approach 30, I made a few resolutions that I wanted to stick to for the year.  I've started eating healthier, going on walks with my girls and taking better care of myself in general.

One thing that has been bothering me and something I wanted to change as I turn 30, are my teeth.  I drink a lot of coffee and love an occasional glass of wine just as much as the next mom out there.  However, my love for those things has caused my teeth to turn a little yellow, which is embarrassing.  I've always loved bold lipstick colors and it's hard to wear them as much as I would love because I'm afraid people would just be staring at my teeth.


After trying Smile Brilliant's Teeth Whitening Kit at home, I want people to stare!

Related Post: Coffee is my Love Language

I was a little nervous (and excited) to try Smile Brilliant because I do have some tooth sensitivity.  Luckily, the kit comes with everything you need, including desensitizing gel and thorough instructions.  I was surprised to find that it didn't bother my teeth too much the first time and only got better with each whitening session.   


I love how easy Smile Brilliant is to use.  It was fun getting to mold the clay to make my teeth impressions.  It was even more fun when they arrived back in the mail and I was able to start whitening my teeth.


I chose to whiten my teeth in the evenings after putting my girls to bed.  It is actually recommended before bed so you're not tempted to eat or drink anything for a while.  I literally laid in bed, watched Netflix and let Smile Brilliant do all the work. 


I saw an immediate difference after just one session and so did my husband who was very impressed with how it was working. I chose to skip days in between my sessions, so I wouldn't increase any sensitivity that I did have and I was pleased that I didn't notice any at all.


If you are looking to whiten your teeth at home, I would definitely recommend Smile Brilliant.  As a busy mom of two toddlers, this fit perfectly into my lifestyle.

Here are my results!


 
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Girls Weekend Guide to Dallas, Texas

I had the chance last month to getaway for a weekend with a girlfriend.  It was my first weekend away without my husband or kids in three years.  I was so excited to be heading to Dallas, Texas!

There are so many incredible things to do in Dallas that it was really hard to decide what we should do while visiting.  Of course, we knew brunch and shopping were at the top of our list.  Here is exactly how we spent our weekend; where we ate, shopped, drank and what we wore!

BRUNCH

You can't have a girls weekend without brunch.  Prior to my visit to Dallas, I had the chance to go to Top Golf in Tampa, FL.  It was a lot of fun and we decided we wanted to do that since we had never tried their brunch menu.  Golf, Bloody Mary's and the most amazing brunch. You can't go wrong.  I highly recommend going there if you are looking for something fun to do while brunching.


Related Post: Top Golf Brunch + The Comfiest Floral Top

SHOPPING

We had a lot of fun shopping at North Park Mall and walking off all the food we ate at Top Golf.  This mall has everything you would ever want and need.  We made out with some new makeup and my newest obsession, Lush bath bombs. 

We also made a trip to Trader Joe's so my friend could grab some goodies before heading back to Louisiana.  I love Trader Joe's!

COFFEE AND MIDDAY DESSERT 

Y'all.  The Bird Bakery is where it's at.  I wish there something like it near me.  I would want to go there every day.  It was the perfect midday coffee and dessert stop and the most adorable atmosphere.  Girly, cozy and delicious.  If you go anywhere in Dallas, it has to be here.  We tried the chewy pecan square, fudgy walnut brownie and the lemon bar...none of them disappointed.  It's also surrounded by some amazing shops like Draper James, so you can grab your coffee and do some more shopping!



PEDICURES 

We ended up at Venetian Nail Spa to relax, have a glass of wine and get pedicures.  It was located close to our hotel and had great reviews.  As soon as we walked in, we knew why.  This place is beautiful and the service was more than expected.  Everyone was friendly and it was extremely clean.  I recommend the Pearl Pedicure!

BLOW DRY BAR 

Probably one of our favorite parts of our girls weekend was getting to go to Blo Blow Dry Bar to have our hair washed and styled before going out for dinner and drinks.  It was definitely a treat and something every girl should do for herself every once in a while (or more).  Champagne while getting pampered? Yes, please!  Everyone at Blo was amazing and so nice!




DINNER

Javier's Gourmet Mexicano wasn't far from the salon and recommended to us.  One thing I love about visiting Texas is the Mexican food.  This place was unlike any place I've been to before.  It had a cozy atmosphere (not much lighting) and the food was really good.  They served butter with their chips and salsa, which I had never seen before and I'm hooked!  I sounds weird, but tastes amazing.  It's the perfect place for dinner and yummy drinks for any girls night or even date night in Dallas.

Now, if it's a really late night and your needing dinner, you should definitely go to In-N-Out Burger.  My flight was delayed my first night in Dallas, so that called for delicious and quick burgers and gas station wine at 11pm!  Seriously, that happened and it was amazing.  We drove all over the place trying to find somewhere to get wine. LOL! 7 Eleven for the win!

NIGHTLIFE

After our dinner at Javier's, we went back to our hotel, called an Uber driver and headed to Pete's Dueling Piano Bar.  So. Much. Fun.  Maybe a little too much fun for this momma.  Ha!  We sang, had some cocktails, made fools of ourselves (or maybe that was just me) and had the best time.  This place is full of life, great music and a wonderful way to unwind.  It was the perfect way to end our evening. 




What is your favorite thing to do in Dallas?

Floral Top c/0 // White Shorts // Sandals // Necklace // Tassel Necklace // Jumpsuit (similar) // Lipstick


Thank you to Blo Blow Dry Bar for hosting us!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Nap Time Struggles

A few days ago I put my youngest down for her morning nap (she still takes two), I got my oldest one situated with a coloring book and finally sat down for a little quiet time for myself and to get some work done.  Not even five minutes later, I heard little footsteps heading my way and right in front of me, with her baby doll and blanket in hand, stood the same little girl I had just put down for a nap.

I couldn't help but chuckle and in my head think, "Oh, no.  She has learned to climb out of her crib".  How was that even possible?  She's so little.  I picked her up, put her back in her crib and stood by the door for a few minutes to see if she would do it again.  She tried, unsuccessful, and went to sleep without a fuss.

It had to be a fluke.  She got lucky and I didn't think she would do it again. Naive much?  

Fast forward to this morning at 630am, when I hear those same little footsteps from across our house on their way to our room.  I was greeted with the sweetest smile and a little girl who knew exactly what she had done and was so proud of herself for doing so.  I was in for trouble.

Nap time today was a struggle and she desperately needed one.  She climbed out.  Twice.   Unsure of what to do, I googled ways to keep your toddler from "escaping" their crib.  I decided to turn her crib around and it worked!  However, there should have been a disclaimer when suggesting this method that reads, "If you do this, your toddler will scream like they are being murdered."  Seriously y'all, it was torture.  I tried to let her cry it out, something she has never really done before because she's always been a pretty good sleeper...and I couldn't.  

I caved. 

I grabbed my girl, held her close and rocked her in my arms as she tried to catch her breath from all the crying and slowly drifted off.

To be honest with you, it was the last thing I wanted to be doing.  As awful as that sounds, I had a house to clean, a grocery list to make and I needed to squeeze in a shower.

What I realized today though, is that I need to slow down and that being a mom means having patience and taking things in as they come.  I need to be enjoying the little moments like snuggling and the accomplishments like learning something new. Even if it isn't what I want at that moment. 

Nap time struggles today meant extra cuddles and rocking my baby to sleep.  A little girl who has never needed me to rock her to sleep.  There won't always be days like this, so today I will be grateful.  Grateful, that my baby learned something new and still needed me. 

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rainy Day Baking | Lemon Blueberry Bread


It's been raining here in Florida the last few days and as much as I love the rain, my girls haven't enjoyed being stuck inside.  Emma loves to help me bake, so I thought we would whip up some Lemon Blueberry bread to help pass the time indoors.

Nothing says Summer to me like lemons and blueberries; and this easy recipe isn't short on either of those things.  It's got just enough lemon to balance out the sweetness and it's packed full of blueberries!  I can't wait to have this for breakfast!

What is your favorite Summer recipe?





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Lemon Blueberry Bread
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Salt
1/3 cup Unsalted Butter; melted
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1-2 Tablespoons Fresh Grated Lemon Zest
1 Large Lemon Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Fresh Blueberries (can use frozen)
1 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350*F and line a 9"x 5" loaf pan with parchment paper (or lightly grease with butter).In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.With an electric mixer, blend together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.On low speed, add flour mixture and milk, alternating (some flour, then some milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk). Stop mixing as soon as it's just combined.In a small bowl toss the blueberries and 1 tbsp of flour. This will help prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of your loaf while baking.Add the flour coated berries to the batter and gently but quickly stir, by hand, to combine.Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in the pan for about 30 minutes, then move to a wire cooling rack with a baking sheet below.For the Lemon Glaze: 2 Tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extractPrepare glaze by whisking together melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla, then pour glaze over the loaf. Give it a few minutes to set.Enjoy with a refreshing homemade lemonade :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

How I'm Protecting my Kids from the Sun this Summer


Growing up, I don't really remember learning about the importance of protecting my skin.  I was someone who tanned easily coming from a Hispanic background and never thought much about sunscreen.  As a teen, I was actually one who would put tanning oil on to enhance my already naturally tan skin.  Looking back, I wish I had realized how much damage I was causing and the unnecessary exposure to risks like skin cancer.

Honestly, it wasn't until I moved to Florida in my early 20s and going to the beach more that I realized I needed to throw the oil away and slather on the highest SPF I could find.  Now that I am a mother of two girls, I do my best to make sure they are protected daily from all harm, including sun exposure.

Here are some ways that I am protecting my girls' skin this Summer (and really, all year long).

 1. Sun Protective Clothing

Finding the right clothing when heading out is important.  I am obsessed with our Swimzip Swimsuits and Rash Guards.  I highly recommend looking into these if you go swimming a lot or if you're heading to the beach this Summer.  I want them in every print and color for the girls!  These swimsuits are an extra layer of protection that my girls need when being outside all day and they love being outside.  The material is made of UPF 50+ and I feel good about my girls swimming in them.  You can read more about Betsy (the creator behind Swimzip) here and why she started her company.   Swimzip offers a range of sun protective clothing from women to men and even sunhats.  

2. Sunscreen

My favorite kind of days are overcast.  I love being outdoors on days like that, but I still make sure my girls are covered.  Just because you can't see the sun, doesn't mean that it isn't causing harm.  Putting sunscreen on my girls is one of the first things we do before stepping outdoors.   Did you know that kids receive 3 times more UV exposure than adults?  That's insane and even more of a reason to protect them.  The sunscreen we currently use is Babyganics.  It is paraben free, gentle on sensitive skin (like my littlest one's) and easy to use.  You can also get it in a stick version, which makes it easier to apply to their face.  

3. Sunglasses

I'm personally partial to Babiators.  Not only do my girls look ridiculously cute in them, but they are comfortable and durable.  Not to mention, 100% UV protection.  It's so important to protect their little eyes as they are more susceptible to sun damage  Babiators have a lost and found guarantee and will replace any registered sunglasses that have been lost or broken within a year.  This is great if you have kids! 

4. Hydration

I make sure that I am constantly giving my girls water.  I want to keep them and their skin hydrated to reduce the chance of any burning and overheating.  This sounds like it would be the obvious thing to do, but it can easily be forgotten when you are running around and splashing in water all day. 

5. Outdoor Umbrellas and Tents 

When my girls aren't in the water or running around, I like to make sure they are covered in other ways.  We love outdoor tents and umbrellas.  I have talked about this beach umbrella before and still think it's great to have in your backyard or heading to the beach.  We also just added a large patio umbrella to cover the girls when they are playing with their water table.  You can never have too much protection from the sun. 


Related Post: Beach Bag Essentials | Toddler Edition    

6. Plan Ahead - Limit Outdoor activity to Morning and Evening

The best times to go outside and play are before 10am and after 4pm.  This is when the Sun's rays are at their harshest.  For us, it's always easier to go out first thing in the morning anyhow and then I know my girls will take a good afternoon nap.  Then, if it's not too hot, letting them go back outside and play before bath time means an easier bed time!  


How do you keep your little babes protected?  Anything I missed?


Thank you to Swimzip for partnering with us!  This post contains affiliate links.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.