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Celebrate the Holiday Season with OshKosh and $50 Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s official…it’s the most wonderful time of the y-e-a-r! As much as the holidays bring me a little more stress than usual, our family loves the holiday season. There is kindness in the air and beautiful lights and usually lots of baking in our house. Here in Boston the winter gets pretty cold pretty fast and local meteorologists are predicting a rough winter! Which inevitably means my daughter’s fashion will have to adjust to the colder more blustery days ahead. We feel fully prepared for anything this New England weather has in store thanks to the various styles at OshKosh!

Winter takes on different meaning based on where you live. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life so am unfortunately used to cold and snowy winters where we pile on layers to keep warm. I love the layered comfy look but my 11 year old daughter doesn’t love it as much – unless she is playing in the snow or tubing. She often finds the layered look uncomfortable, hot and feels unable to show her changing fashion and style during the cold and holiday season. Her winter fashion style is colorful and able to move with her whether in Girl Scouts, doing splits on the living room floor or cartwheels at the bus stop! Our favorite tops and bottoms from this year’s OshKosh Kids line are below:

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It can be hard to keep up with my daughter’s fashion style – this week her favorite colors are teal and purple however that could change. At any minute! OshKosh provides stylish, age-appropriate and FUN holiday outfits, separates and accessories perfect for any stylish kid at a price parents will love!

From now until December 16th, jump on social media and share your kids’ personal holiday style and flair as part of the #BgoshBelieve campaign! Strike a pose and share your children’s favorite winter OshKosh kids and Baby B’gosh styles based on how your family prepares for winter wherever you are. To help put together the perfect winter outfit use the coupon below to save 25% until December 31, 2016:

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Since it’s the season of giving, I’m hosting a giveaway for one $50 OshKosh Kids giftcard! Hooray to the holidays! Entering is simple, follow me on Instagram @MsAlexandra -AND- comment on one of my photos :) It’s official, giving is more fun than receiving!

Happy Shopping!!



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Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks

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I’m ready for this to be over!! I have no pregnancy glow – it’s sweat. I’m sweating. All. The. Time.

It’s hard for me to fully believe I’m pregnant again. My daughter turned 11 in September and is in full tween mode. It’s hard to keep up with a growing and active kiddo, and I love it. But, geez pregnancy is exhausting!

With 24 weeks behind me and ~15 weeks left until we meet our baby I am counting down the days, hours and minutes until I get to hold him/her. We’ve surprised many friends and family by choosing not to find out the gender of the baby. With my daughter I HAD to know, but she made that pretty difficult by constantly crossing her legs. The ultrasound tech said maybe it’s a girl, but they couldn’t be sure. As much as I was seeking their confirmation, I knew I was going to have a daughter and as soon as she made her entrance into the world I screamed is it a girl?! And she sure was. I don’t feel that same urge this time around. I would love another daughter and my boyfriend (this is his first child) would love a son. He says there is too much estrogen at home with me and my daughter, lol. But I remind him that he has Logan (the dog), though he doesn’t quite think it’s the same!

I remember feeling so panicked during my pregnancy with my daughter. The unknown can be so scary. I bought way too much that the baby didn’t need and didn’t focus on the changes I would experience mentally, physically or emotionally during and after pregnancy. While the same worries are on the table this time around – maternity leave, finances, name – they don’t feel as imminent this time around. I’m sure being sick has played a role, but I’m trying to be more calm with this pregnancy.

Baby is finally kicking strong enough for other people other than me to feel him/her. Last night before bed, baby was particularly active and both my daughter and boyfriend were able to feel baby’s quick movements. My daughter, stunned and excited, stood there and started crying. It was so so sweet and made the idea of her being a big sister that much more real. She hasn’t stopped talking about her ideas for the baby shower. She is going to be such a wonderful big sister.

I know the next few months are going to fly by and we’ll be a family of five (dog included) sooner than we think. It’s exciting but also kind of scary to think of having two kids, especially with such a big gap in age. But, all I can do is take everything one day at a time and cherish these moments.

For weekly pregnancy bump photos, follow along on Instagram :)



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Today, I Hate CoParenting (A Vlog)

There are days that test us, challenge us and strengthen us. I have used this space in the blogosphere to share my experiences coparenting as well as providing tips and support to fellow single parents and coparents. I’ll be the first person to share that I’ve made many mistakes coparenting, but one thing remains clear: I will walk through fire and protect my daughter at all costs.

Yesterday I had a shitty day in coparenting land. I feel constantly unsupported and refuse to accept my coparent’s inconsistency as acceptable. So I vlogged about it. Yep, it’s dark. Yep, I’m crying. Yep, I have snot on my face and need a tissue. But. I. Don’t. Care. I’m mad as hell and needed to vent about it.

Today, I Hate CoParenting from Alexandra Elizabeth on Vimeo.

Every day is a choice. An opportunity to right wrongs, to learn, to grow or to choose to stay the same. The choice is up to each and every one of us. By no means am I a perfect woman or mother. But I will always, always advocate for the best interests of my daughter and protect her from anyone who threatens to play with her heart. It’s a choice I make.



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