Thursday, April 17, 2014

Georgia's Easter Basket!

Peter Rabbit Easter Basket from Pottery Barn Kids (no longer available / similar)
Shark Bath Mit / similar
Music Shakers purchased here
Tulle Tutu from the Target Dollar Bin

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beauty Counter Business Venture and GIVEAWAY

So I have some exciting news friends!  While I have not been as attentive to my beloved blog here, it is for good reason!  I have decided to join the Beauty Counter team and help women and babies get safe, healthy products that actually work into their homes.  These products are amazing y'all and they are safe.  Time after time I have gone to Ulta or Sephora in search of good skincare with safe ingredients and unfortunately, I felt that most of the natural products didn't work.  They didn't clear my skin, they didn't prevent aging and they sure didn't soften my crows feet!  Then I tried Beauty Counter and honestly, I'm in love.  My skin is clearer, more even-toned and brighter.  Matt even noticed something was different!  

They even have a Kid's Collection!  Georgia loves it and I love not worrying about what is going on her precious skin.  Beauty Counter has recently launched their anti-aging line (my new obsession is the Enlightening Treatment Pads) and their face oils are to die for.  Face Oil is something I'm somewhat new to (I've been using oils for about 6 months) and I have really loved the results.  I find that I wake up with plumper, brighter and more even skin.  My personal favorite is the The Lustro Face Oil 3! Beauty Counter is also coming out with a makeup line later this year and I'm not sure how I can wait any longer!

Soooo... to kick-off my Beauty Counter eternal party I'm doing a giveaway!  Enter below to win any product of your choice from the Essentials Collection (my faves are the Rosewater Uplifting Spray and the Gentle Exfoliator Polishing Cream!).  A winner will be drawn in 1 week!  So get to entering!  You can come back each day for a twitter entry!

** If you have any questions or are interested in sampling any of the products, please email me  at denise.lopatka(at) and I would love to help!  **

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

flying with a baby

headed to NYC

A few weeks ago Matt and I headed to the Big Apple with our sweet baby girl, and while I was beyond excited for the vacay and to see some sweet friends, I was PETRIFIED of the flights.  Like horrified.  As a new parent when your baby cries in a public place, well it's kind of like nails on a chalkboard.  I've gotten better about this now, mostly thanks to the fact that anytime I took G out in public those first few months, my mama came with us.  And anytime we had a meltdown or a blowout in public, my mama was there to laugh it off with me.  So because of that, we decided that G needed to come explore NYC with us.  And I am so thankful she did.  We had a blast!  

But that didn't take away from the fact that we had two plane rides to get there and two more to get home.  Luckily Gigi did amazing.  She slept for the majority of the time on all of the flights and was a happy baby.  But that was not without preparation and of course a ton of luck.  There were a few moments when she started to get sad and it could have gone either way... So here is what I will take away from the flight experience with a baby and some tips for any mamas taking their bambino up in the air!

Read THIS POST from a beautiful mama, Lauren.  I did everything she recommended and really all of my recommendations would be just restating hers.  Like seriously.  I read it over and over - and that part she said about scheduling your baby around the flights - THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE SURVIVED.

All I would add is to take a deep breath with your hubby/partner before heading to the airport.  Go ahead and think of the worst case scenario (baby screams entire flight and everyone hates you), and laugh it off.  Matt and I did that both ways to the airport and it made light of the situation.  Also - have a plan for security.  I always get so flustered during security checks mainly because I try and carry way to many things, have too many liquids to take out and always feel like I am holding up the rest of the airport.  Luckily my husband knows my airport security fears so our plan for security was simple.  He would handle the baby and I would just get myself and all of our stuff through.  And viola!  We made it to and from with no haters... but let me just say - had G done HORRIBLE on the plans, and had we ended each flight with a handful of haters, the trip itself would still have been worth it.  Because the memories with your family are worth more than a few fussy flights :)

happy flying!  xox

Friday, April 4, 2014

Georgia turns 8 months!

 Holy Cow my baby girl is 8 months (last Sunday).  And every day gets better and better.  
A little about the tiny lady below...

Weight: G is weighing about 18 pounds!  She has actually lost a little bit of weight which her mama does NOT like!  Any tips and suggestions from other mamas would be great!  It is like pulling teeth to get her to slow down and take a bottle.  And because of that, she is waking up 2,3 and even 4 times a night to eat - but again, she only eats a little bit before getting distracted or falling asleep.  HELP!

Health: We battled a stuffy nose this month but happy to report we are free and clear!

Sleep: Yea so if you read the Weight Section then you know - we still don't sleep at our house.  Like not at all.  Again - suggestions are appreciated.  Any any other mamas - is sleep in my future ever again?

Social: G has met lots of friends this month!  She traveled to NYC and met up with some of mommy’s friends from college and daddy’s friend from college and his sweet wifey.  She made tons of friends on the plane (thank goodness because as we boarded they gave her the death stare!).  Luckily she was a perfect lady on the plane so everyone was very complimentary afterwards (a flight post coming soon!).  Now if you ask our neighbors in the hotel in NYC, they might have a different story (if you follow me on Instagram you already know that sleep really wasn’t her thing in NYC). 

Diet: We have started finger foods and introduced a sippy cup!  So fun.  She still struggles with both (we started a week ago!), but every afternoon we have a “snack” where we practice eating Puffs or peas and drinking water out of our sippy cup.  Her favorite foods are still avocados and pears, but she’s recently taking a liking to her turnip, tomato and potato mixture.  We are trying chicken this week so we will see!  Other than that, she is going strong on formula and breast milk!

Clothes: G can wear anything from 6 months to 12 months depending on the brand.  I cannot wait for her to hop into her spring bubbles and smocked dresses.  Ohhhh warm weather, please get here and stay.

Baby Gear Love: I love my baby food maker!  I know it’s such an indulgence and really not necessary but it does make baby food making so easy!  We also love anything musical.  Her Easter basket is full of shakers and tambourines found at Target and Learning Express.

Crying: Same ole same ole in this category.  She’s gets fussy when she’s way over tired, hungry or bored.  Other than that we are a giggly baby!

Likes: Oh Sevilla what would we do with you?  Georgia loves that dog more than I could have ever imagined.  We play catch with Sevilla every day twice a day for usually 30 minutes each.  Georgia squeals of delight as Sevilla races back to bring us the toy.  So cute.  She also loves with the tickle monster comes out at night time.  She still loves her bath, walks to the water with her family and anything that makes “music.”  (I put “music” in quotation marks because really anything that makes noise or that she can bang around suits her just fine).

Dislikes: Teething is harrrrrrrrrrrrd ya’ll.  Like really hard.  And sometimes staying awake until her bedtime is hard because the little lady plays so hard and get so sleepy!

Postpartum:  Feeling good, especially when I get sleep! 

Milestones: Her first flights!  Yay!  She has also started crawling!  I don’t know whether to be excited or scared ha.  She still lunges forward some and loses her balance, but this past week she started really putting one knee in front of the other to make headway.  The only way to get her to crawl is to hold something far away that she wants… aka her sissy.  Wherever her sissy is, that is where Georgia wants to be.  Like I said earlier, she is also eating finger foods and trying out a sippy cup.  She is trying to pull up now but is still a little wobbly.  Oh my word baby girl, slow down.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Making Things Happen 2014

Earlier this week I had the privilege of sharing two full days with a room full of inspiring women.  We dug deep, shared our stories, encouraged each other and truly visited what mattered most to each of us.  I'm not gonna lie.  I didn't know what to expect when I headed to MTH.  I was kind of hoping that Lara would hand out instructions on how to be successful in every aspect of your life and then we would use the two days studying up and practicing those skills.  HA!  I can dream...  
As you can imagine, that's not what happened.  Nowhere even close.

Instead, Lara and the other amazing coaches asked the hard questions.  They asked the deep questions.  And when we weren't getting deep or real enough, they dug even further.  My coaches, Gina and Rhi, pushed me like I had never been pushed before.  They encouraged me to "own it" and say with confidence what it is that matters to me.  And even more than that, they guided me through the process of creating steps to truly make what matters happen to me.  We didn't create a "To Do List."  And we didn't create a map for my life.  Instead we created tangible and manageable tasks that will bring me closer to the picture in my head.  

To those of you who have experienced MTH, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  And for everyone else, I'm sure all of this seems so vague, and even simple.  But trust me when I say those two days were anything but vague and simple.  I was vulnerable, I was inspired, I was affirmed and in many ways I was healed.  God truly opened my eyes to some key aspects of my life.  He encouraged me to fight harder for some of those, and yet for others He commanded me to release the death-like grip I had on them.    

So here I am.  Starting a long journey of truly going after to what matters in my life.  I'm excited and hopeful but most of all I am capable.  Capable of making these things happen.  Capable of creating that picture I have in my head of my family in 40 years.  So here's to #makingthingshappen

More to come next week about some specific goals and changes I'm going to be making in my life!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

busy week // mind*body*soul chart

how is it already wednesday?  i am still coming off a high from an amazing weekend spent with sweet friends.  and!  the last of my college roommates has said "i do!"  that's a wrap for the Woodrow House.  we are all married up!  


so between the laundry and cleaning duties that i have somehow drug out over the past 3 days, i am also prepping for another adventure.  this sunday i am headed to making things happen!  while it will be hard for me to leave my sweet baby lady again so soon, i know she is in the best of hands with her daddy.  and i am so excited for this time to focus on some things that i want to make happen - dreams that i have shared with so few.  


first of all this is also waaaaayyyy out of my comfort zone.  i know not a soul going.  and i'm rooming with an adorable wedding planner that i have never met from canada!  needless to say i'm pretty sure it will be a life-changing and awakening time and i cannot wait to meet, and be inspired by the others there.

so - i apologize for the scarce posts this week.  i am really trying to leave a clean, organized house and leave with a focused, and centered heart.  and each of those takes time.  luckily i have my Mind * Body * Soul Chart to keep me focused day-to-day.  if yall don't know what these are - check them out here and buy yourself one!.  i refer to mine every morning when I wake up, and every evening as I'm getting ready for bed.   andddddd sheila is pretty amazing. 

ok that's enough for today!  happy hump day!  and of course some pictures of my baby girls

a guilty fur-sissy after sneaking away when part of Georgia's egg

playtime is just the best.

sleepy head in the morning light.