Thank you to all the lovely companies that worked with me on this special project. I am so blessed to have great relationships with so many talented people, and I feel honored to be apart of their collections.
C O M P A N I E S
Rubias Collective / @RubiasCollective / Videographers
THESE LADIES CONTINUE TO BLOW ME AWAY WITH THEIR NATURAL TALENT. NOT ONLY ARE THEY UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL, BUT THEY LISTEN TO EVERYTHING YOU SAY AND ARE FAST! THIS IS A HUGE PLUS WHEN WORKING WITH A THREE YEAR OLD. THEY CONTINUE TO AMAZE ME WITH THEIR AMAZING VIDEOS. GO CHECK THEM OUT IF YOU EVER NEED A VIDEO FOR PERSONAL OR BUSINESS USE. THEY WILL GET THE JOB DONE LEAVING YOU WITH A HUGE SMILE.
SPELL / @Spell_Byronbay / Kimono
THIS COMPANY IS SIMPLY STUNNING IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. FROM THE COMFORT, TO THE BEAUTIFULLY DETAILED DESIGN, TO THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT RUN THIS BRAND. SPELLS LATEST COLLECTION JUST DROPPED (ORACLE) THIS WEEK AND IS IS BEYOND DIVINE. HEAD ON OVER TO THEIR INSTAGRAM AND WEBSITE TO VIEW ALL THEIR LOVELY NEW ITEMS. THIS PARTICULAR PEICE THAT THEY SENT ME IS THE "WILD HORSE KIMONO AND INTIMATES" AND WILL BE APART OF THE LOUNGE RANGE. THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE LATE OCTOBER FOR ORDERS. EVERY GIRL DESERVES ONE OF THESE. I FEEL LIKE A MODERN DAY GYPSY PRINCESS WEARING IT.
Children Of The Tribe / @Childrenofthetribe / Sylver's Shorts
I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH CHILDREN OF THE TRIBE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW, AND I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT THIS BRAND. IF I WERE TO CLOSE MY EYES AND PICTURE WHAT I WOULD HAVE MY CHILDREN WEARING, CHILDREN OF THE TRIBE WOULD BE IT. SOME OF MY MOST MEMORABLE AND FAVORITE PHOTOSHOOTS HAVE BEEN WITH THEM, AND I FEEL VERY LUCKY TO BE APART OF THEIR BRAND. SYLVER IS WEARING THEIR, "MOVER AND SHAKER SHORTS". THESE BOTTOMS GO WELL WITH SO MANY OF THEIR ADORABLE SHIRTS AND TANKS THAT THEY HAVE ON THEIR WEBSITE RIGHT NOW. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND SPOIL YOUR KIDS WITH SOME CUTE AUSSIE LOVE.
James Michelle / @JamesMichelle / Jewelry
THIS IS ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE JEWELRY COMPANIES. I AM NOT ONE TO WEAR A TON OF JEWELRY, BUT ONCE I STARTED WORKING WITH JAMES MICHELLE, I COULDN'T HELP BUT WANT TO WEAR EVERYTHING. MOST OF HER PIECES ARE SIMPLE, BUT VERY UNIQUE. SHE IS ALWAYS COMING OUT WITH NEW STYLES, WHICH ALWAYS KEEPS ME ON MY TOES FOR WHATS TO COME. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PIECES IM WEARING IS THE "OVAL RING". GO CHECK OUT THEIR SITE FOR MORE PRETTY TREASURES.
Gathre / @Gathre / Circle mat in video above
WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS COMPANY I KNEW I NEEDED TO BE APART OF IT. I HAD NO IDEA WAHT TO EXPECT BEFORE RECEIVING THEIR "ROUGE MAXI CIRCLE MAT". ONCE IT ARRIVED, NOT ONLY WAS I EXCITED TO OPEN IT, BUT THE PACKAGING WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. EVERYTHING WAS SO CRISP AND CLEAN. ONCE I OPENED IT I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE SIZE OF THE CIRCLE MAT. IT WAS HUGE! I HAVE USED IT AT THE BEACH, TO WORKOUT ON, AND AS A PICNIC AT THE PARK. IT LITERALLY WORKS FOR EVERYTHING AND THE BEST PART IS YOU CAN SPILL ANYTHING ON IT AND IT CLEANS RIGHT UP! IM COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY THE QUALITY AND DURABILITY OF THIS MAT. MY NEW FAVORITE THING. GO CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE. THEY HAVE SO MANY COLORS, SHAPES AND SIZES. THIS IS A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR ANY HOLDAY OR OCCASION. I WANT ONE IN EVERY COLOR AND SIZE! IM EXCITED JUST THINKING ABOUT IT.
Lu Brows Studio / @lubrows_studio / MY FACE!
I ALMOST WANT TO CRY THINKING OF MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND LUGI. SHE IS A HEART OF GOLD WITH AN INCREDIBLE TALENT. SHE SPECIALIZES IN EYEBROW DESIGN (MICROBLADING) PLUS TINTING, ALONG WITH AN EXFOLIATING TREATMENT AND THREADING. I CAN HONESTLY SAY AFTER SEEING HER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER STUDIO THERE WAS NO TURNING BACK. I LITERALLY LOOKED LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON. EVERYTHING SHE DOES IS SO NATURAL INCLUDING ALL THE PRODUCTS SHE HAND MAKES. IF YOU ARE EVERY IN HAWAII PLEASE TREAT YOURSELF AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH MRS. LU. MY MOM GOT HER BROWS DONE LAST TIME SHE WAS HERE, AND HER HONEST EXUSE IN COMING BACK IS TO GET HER BROWS DONE. ME AND ALL MY SISTER IN LAWS ALL SEE LU, AND WE JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HER. THANK YOU LU FOR ALWAYS MAKING ME FEEL BEAUTIFUL.
So I am not a blogger and I'm definitely not a writer, but I wanted to jot down my personal experience with pregnancy for myself and for anyone that has or is going through the same thing. My pregnancy with Sylver was amazing: I got pregnant within two months off birth control and timing couldn't have been better as I only had one semester left of college. The only fork in the road or so I thought at the time; was getting Gestational Diabetes. And to be honest, I am so happy I got GD with Sylver, because it forced me to eat a clean, NON SUGAR, gluten free, diet. I had to go out of my comfort zone a lot. If anyone knows me they would probably define me as someone that loves CARBS and more CARBS. This wasn't an option anymore once I got GD, therefore, I started cooking a lot more and experimenting in the kitchen. Because of this, I now LOVE cooking and trying new recipes. Gestational Diabetes develops during pregnancy, and like other types of diabetes, GD effects how your cells use sugar (glucose). Gestational Diabetes causes high blood sugar that can effect your pregnancy and your baby's health. The risk factor of not properly staying on a diabetic diet while pregnant is major complications once your baby is born or a Still Birth. I learned to love eating a clean and healthier diet my last 4 months of pregnancy and couldn't be more grateful for that experience. Once I had Sylver the diabetes immediately went away, and everything was back to normal. I think the first thing I asked for in the hospital after Sylver was born was a BIG donut.
Once Sylver was about 16 months, Seek and I were ready to get pregnant again. Two months went by, three, four, five, six and still nothing. I couldn't help but feel bummed out and anxious, especially because I got pregnant so fast with Sylver. For any Moms out there that have had this feeling, I think you could agree that it brings a certain emotion to your life that has never entered your body. No matter how many people say, "just don't think about it", or "it will happen at the right time", or "six months isn't that long", It is so hard to NOT THINK ABOUT IT. Finally after Month Seven We got pregnant. Sylver was almost two years old and christmas was in one month. We flew to San Clemente for Christmas that year and couldn't wait to tell my family. Christmas was great, everyone was super excited and everything was going WONDERFUL. My husband had to fly home a little earlier than me to get back for work in Hawaii. Two days after he left as I was going to the bathroom I noticed a pool of blood in the toilet. I had no cramping at this time, and I felt completely healthy. Unfortunately the minute I saw the blood, I knew in my heart what was happening. I had this deep feeling within me that I had lost the baby. This is also an emotion I had never felt, never thought I would have to feel, and had actually never even thought this would happen to me. You hear about these things happening all the time especially within the first trimester of pregnancy, but I just never thought it would happen to me. Staying positive about all things has always been my goal, but this hit my like a ton of bricks. The worst part was Seek was already in Hawaii, therefore I had to tell him over the phone which is never something you want to hear while your away from your loved one/spouse. As Sylver and I flew home to Hawaii a couple days later, I had a doctors appointment scheduled. As we went into the doctors office I had this sparkle of hope that everything was okay with the baby, even though I knew in my heart what the outcome was. As the doctor came in, I felt like the two minutes he was searching for the heartbeat was a lifetime of waiting. And then to our dismay, "I'm sorry there is no heartbeat." These words were so powerful leaving my whole body almost cold. The next thing that came out of the doctors mouth was, "we will need to schedule a D&C." They wanted to give my body the opportunity to eject the baby on its own, so they scheduled it the next month. For some reason my body wouldn't let go, therefor I had to get my D&C surgery a day before Valentines Day.
Through this process I learned a number of things; One being that the Lord is an expert in timing and what is best for me, you and every single person on this earth. Secondly, moving forward to learn and become a stronger person is the best decision anyone can strive for when going through heartache or any type of tragedy for the matter. There will always be ups and downs in everyones life, some bigger issues than others, but it's what we do with those trials after, that will define who we will become. My mom gave me an amazing book to read called, "The Gift of Giving Life." It is an incredible book with some wonderful stories for all women; first time moms, moms that have experienced loss, and mothers that need guidance or spiritual up lifting. I highly recommend it.
We struggled for 9 months to get pregnant after my Surgery. At this point I started to feel like maybe I was just meant to have my Sylver; which in retrospect, I couldn't be more happy to have him in my life. He was my little miracle that made life so colorful and exciting. I guess there was a part of me that felt guilty that he wouldn't get to experience the joy of having a sibling. I always pictured myself having at least 3-5 kids all close in age. I had to change my mindset that maybe Seek and I were just meant to have one child. I decided to take one more approach in trying to get pregnant. My best friend Annie and my older sister Moranda had both seen to an acupuncturist that specialized in fertility. I found an amazing naturopathic lady in Haliewa that did acupuncture using old Chinese herb remedies. I was so nervous mostly because needles make me a bit nauseous. As I went in I couldn't believe how relaxed and soothing the entire process was. My session was an hour long, but when I woke up, it was as if I had been sleeping for fifteen hours. It was almost as if my body needed that time to let go and fall into a deep stage 4 of sleep and rest. I went to two sessions with her, two weeks apart. After the second session I was pregnant.
Our baby girl is due January 3rd. I am almost 25 weeks and I feel amazing. Sylver was born December 28th 2012, which will make them almost exactly 4 years apart. This pregnancy has been much different compared to Sylver's. As I mentioned earlier, other than getting GD, everything was smooth sailing with my first pregnancy. I was never sick with him, of course unless I was hungry or 'Hangry.' This current pregnancy I felt awful the first three months. I felt so worthless, lazy, nauseous (even though I never threw up), and completely incapable. After my first trimester the sickness went away and everything has been wonderful ever since. One scare in the first trimester was I had frequent 'light' bleeding off and on. Of course this worried me because of my previous miscarriage. I then went back to see the acupuncturist, and ever since that visit to her, I haven't had any bleeding. I am a huge believer in faith, moving forward in a positive way, and allowing others around you to inspire and direct you on the right path. For me, I truly believe that my body needed the acupuncture care in order to reset my body. I believe that timing is everything, and I know through patience, love, and determination, blessings will come our way. Everyone has a plan mapped out for them. It's up to us to be in tune in taking the right steps on achieving success and happiness.
Me. Seek, and Sylver couldn't be more excited about this baby girl! Thank you for everyone that has inspired and talked with me along the way. Being a friend to someone can be one of the most powerful things, and a light in more ways that you know. I am so lucky to have my husband in my life that is a constant example of faith and living in the moment. Taking a minute to sit back and be grateful for what we DO HAVE, is always something to ponder about.
On a completely different subject; I feel like raising a girl will be WAYY different than a BOY! I think I'll need HELPPPP. Any girl advice would be greatly appreciated! haha.