Two Outfits, One Set of Jewelry

I just created my second look on Polyvore!

Tonight I am hoping to go out on an impromptu date with the hubby to watch Snow White and the Huntsman. I felt inspired to create these two date night looks (one dressy and one casual), featuring some pieces from my new biz as a Jewelry Enthusiast and Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot.

Don’t you just LOVE the versatility of these jewelry pieces? I am obsessed with the Mischa Necklace at the moment, and cannot wait to wear it tonight + on future impromptu dates with the hubby.

What do you think of the looks I created?

In case you’re wondering, here are the pieces I featured in the looks above.

Mischa Necklace (Limited Edition Design Studio Piece)

Nahla Earrings (Limited Edition Design Studio Piece)

Jules Ring

Devi Bangles in Gold

DO bop on over to my site at to learn more about Stella & Dot and to browse and shop their fabulous line of accessories and jewelry if you like. I hope to feature more posts about it in the future, including writing about the awesome business opportunity of being a STYLIST (for all you Mammas out there who are curious or are looking for ways to earn extra income while staying at home).

And…date night or not, I wish you all a stylish evening.

–Kaye (a.k.a. NewMamma)


One CRAZY Month!

I’m back from more than a month of (unintentional) hiatus.

May has been one heck of a month for this Mamma. Well, April into May, actually, but I still managed to blog in April whereas this month has just been bananas…resulting in no blog post at all, save for this one =)

Let me start off by saying in April I finally took a dive from being a full-time at-home Mom to an official work-at-home Mom (!!) In April, I started not one, but TWO independent contractor work (more details on those in future blog posts).

Mid-May has been a busy travel month for us as we visited the East Coast once again. Our travels (with Miggz of course!) took us into Washington, D.C./Virginia for a dear couple friends’ wedding, and then New Jersey with some quick stops in NYC and Philadelphia in between (again…more details on these–and PICS–in future blog posts).

Memorial weekend has been eventful, with Miguel’s first ER visit. Thank God it was just a visit and not a stay…

Miggz had a sudden spike in fever the Friday before Memorial Day, which lasted until Sunday. The poor guy had steady 103 fever the whole time!! It only dropped one or two degrees for a little bit Saturday with some intense sponge bathing and acetaminophen, but when Sunday morning came and his fever went up to 104, we decided it was time for the ER.

They gave Miggz IV fluids there and also took some tests. All came out normal, and we were sent home same day. Sunday afternoon, his fever was gone, but Monday into Tuesday was just all out crankiness. We just knew he still wasn’t himself. Only when we took him to his doc for a follow-up visit on Tuesday that we found out he has roseola. He is fine now (except for some irritability, which gives us a sense he’s still not completely better). There is no specific treatment for roseola. It usually gets better on its own without complications and medication (thank GOD–because Miggz is one tough kid to give medication to!). For more information on roseola, in case your child exhibits similar symptoms, click here.

So this has been my April-into-May adventure. It’s so far been exciting (EXCEPT for the ER part). Lots of changes and adjustments, and lots of new lessons too.

It’s kinda been like that thing called MOTHERHOOD.

I guess once you become one, it just keeps on building up from there.

So raise your heads up high, Mammas! New Mammas. Veteran Mammas. You all deserve a break for all the hard work, whether it’s at home, outside of the home, or in the home as a full-time Mom.

Motherhood does not stop when you clock in to work. It does not pause, even when you are at your busiest.

Motherhood is for life.

Welcoming Changes: My TOP Three Goals for the Second Half of 2011

It’s been almost a year now since I left my job and embraced full-time motherhood. The past year had its ups and downs for both my husband and myself, with the ups in being just having ALL the time in our hands to enjoy our little boy. We did things we simply would not be able to do had we not left our jobs back in New Jersey (move to Arizona, travel to the Philippines and stay for two-and-a-half months, have mini getaways in between).

The downside of our super extended vacation, or now more aptly, staycation, is that we’ve had to put one of our biggest (if not THE biggest) dreams on hold, and that is buying our own home. For the past year we’ve been living at my parents‘, enjoying the comforts of having Miguel’s grandparents in the same house, uncles and aunties nearby (if not also in the same house), and re-strengthening family bonds that got weakened by the distance of living in two different (and VERY FAR from each other) states. On the plus side, we’ve managed to live comfortably by having one-third less finances than we used to have back in Jersey, with no rent and utilities to pay for aside from what we are contributing to my parents now monthly to help with the upkeep of the house.

But Terrence and I are slowly but surely wanting our lives back. Not necessarily the life before parenthood and Miguel. It’s more the life of having one’s own place…the life where you get to buy practical goods and unnecessary stuff for your home, decorate every room to your liking, and have a place for everything you own. The life where you get to be free to move about–no holds barred–and dictate the rules (and non-rules) of your own castle. The life of being grown-ups.

My parents have been more than welcoming and supportive to the three of us the past year. In many ways our move came at the right time, as we were able to help each other out in the brutal economy of 2010. But now that (almost) a year has passed since our move, it’s time to think about that dream again.

Here are my goals on how to achieve IT…

GOAL #1: Get my real estate license. As cook-y as it sounds, with the housing market being the way it is (or WAS), this has been in the back of my mind ever since BEFORE we moved to Arizona. My dad is a real estate agent, and he has the ability to work from home AND make as little or as much money as he wants. As a Mom, those two factors alone are motivating enough for me. I like the idea of being able to stay at home and be near Miguel while I work, and also not have to work for anyone else but my clients.

GOAL #2: Get driving. Close family and friends know this: I am terrified of driving. I’ve blamed it for many years on my parents’ lack of motivation to push me to drive when I got my driving permit back in high school, their over-protectiveness winning over encouraging me to be a master of this life skill (because think about it really…you can’t do anything if you don’t drive). And then there was this accident I was in eons ago. With an ex. It wasn’t terrible in the larger scheme of things. The car that hit us got the bulk of the damage. But it could have been a LOT worse…with the vehicle we were in ending up on the other side of the road, facing on-coming traffic. In my young(er) years I got lucky enough having my Dad (and a total of three boyfriends…lucky #3 of whom became my husband) willing to drive me around wherever I needed to go. Having always lived near where there was public transportation also helped–because knowing how to get around using public transportation is also a life skill, and would I be doomed if I didn’t know how to ride the trains, buses and subways in the NYC metro area? Yup, probably.

Goal #3: Get us our first home! This would only be possible, of course, once I achieve Goals #1 and #2. Obviously I have to work hard at being either a real estate agent or a property manager (or both). And obviously I would need to drive. Because what’s the sense in getting a real estate license if I can’t even drive myself and my clients around?? (For the record, I have a driver’s license. I DO know how to drive. I just don’t like to.)

Goal #3 would also not be possible, of course, without Terrence’s help. Our plan for the immediate six months is for him to be the full-time stay-at-home parent, while I work on getting my foot in the real estate door. He would continue to look for possible full-time/part-time jobs out there whenever he can, but our priority for him would be taking care of little Miggz while I become (oh yeah!) the breadwinner (which I’m sure they would just be both thrilled about).

So there…my THREE goals for the rest of the year. Sounds easy-peazy-lemon-squeazy, doesn’t it? (Yeah right.)

Meanwhile, I’ve been curbing my cravings for interior decorating for quite a while. So I instead started a scrapbook with plans for our future home.

Our New Home Vision Book. I created it to help keep us on track with what we'd like to have in our future dream home. I can NOT wait to have an actual photo in that blank frame...

I know it will be a challenge (even a long shot) to get there, especially achieving Goal #3. But I have FAITH (and a whole lot of secret super skills) that I know will get us there.

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