About robincastillo

Inspired & creative graphic designer, audience captivator, research lover, analytical dreamer, and customer satisfier. Things i love and that you may read about here/there/everywhere: graphic design, adolfo castillo, my adorable daughters (both under two), writing rants and raves, coffee, art, being a new mom, seasoned mom, scared mom, friendships & laughter, concerts, love, kisses in the evening, sea salt scrubs against my skin, breastfeeding, the smell of fresh laundry, the beach, antique stores, traveling, treasure hunting - and of course being as authentic as i can be. Telling the story thus far and my forward life - mi vida adelante... My goal is being as authentic as i can be so that my girls grow up feeling empowered and strong. (Hard to imagine them any bigger then they are now).

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Today~I am sharing a few of my most recent favorites on the web.

Enjoy!!!

I recently became inspired by My Nguyen and her instagram images of delicous and healthy dishes. Check her site out here: myhealthydish.com

Additionally, I cannot get enough of the jewelry collection by Dogeared. It’s the two new fall items I am daydreaming about, oh and should I choose AZ or FL? I definitely need in gold. I lean more toward FL since I am a self-hating Floridian who loves to go there on vacation. Hence this post.

Arizona necklace

Arizona, is a State of Mind, indeed.

and the third obsession this week with Christmas approaching is the Pinterest board Christmas DIY. ASide from now eating Pringles in order to collect enough tins to house my cookies I am going to make, this thing has tons of stuff I want to make but may never, but I am going to try to pick one more craft in addition to the Pringles tin and go with it this year.

Pringles, delish before and after use.

Pringles, delish before and after use.

 

Home Remedies. Still Discovering… But here’s a few!

1. Apple cider vinegar. Apparently it’s natures healer, I had a terrible breakout and used it straight on a q-tip as a spot treatment, the acne was gone within three days! Reader’s digest did an entire list of them here.

2. Baking soda. Aside from keeping the fridge smelling good, it cleans toys, and can help relieve diaper rash when you make it as a paste.

3. Calmoseptine. so many uses and thanks to my friend  I am a believer ! Use for rashes, acne, sunburn, and skin pain (external use only).

4. Arnica Creme & Traumeel. Use to prevent big bruises on your skin, or in our case babies skin. Bruises mean healing but aren’t always pretty, when my girls fall or bump after TLC, we follow it with soothing natural Arnica. Traumeel is homeopathic and contains no aspirin which is great and it DOES work for pains.

What do you use to heal at home? Drop a comment and let’s share these great home remedies and solutions for everyday products!

Motherhood Mondays. Best teethers.

So, I have scoured the aisles of the Buy Buy Baby and Amazon marketplace to find and bring the very best teethers from our experience of two girls in the last two years, meaning two sets of teeth, to the world.

My number one favorite by far is plain ole frozen vegetables. Celery, cut washed and frozen is such a delicious treat for the little one see photo below… Carrots run a close second to favorite vegetable but they have to be frozen. Now, I will warn you that the salary once frozen and chewed on for a few minutes by baby, becomes slimy and almost like they squeeze all the water out of it. So get it away from your baby as soon as you see it shrivel up, or else they could shove it all in their small mouth.

My second favorite is the Battat keys available at Target, they are stainless steel dental grade keys with an interactive key chain for your little one to play with as well.

I’m not going to lie, we found ourselves victim to liking Sophie the giraffe. However, after losing two of these $20 teethers I really cannot remember the girls doing much with them, other than squeaking them and playing with them. So if you buy them secondhand.

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Another good favorite happens to be just straight up spoons, either plastic baby spoon or regular stainless steel spoons. Easy and basically free.

It’s sort of funny and ironic the second time around you really realize you don’t need all this stuff unique you thought you needed the first time.

Good luck on your teething adventures.

Great Infographic for Any Parent.

We have all been there, in a crowded store, in a restaurant. The infamous scene of tragic toddler meltdown. You are NOT ALONE. This helpful infographic sort of sums up the way it happens and helps shed light on how to deal. Enjoy!

Motherhood Mondays. Running a Household.

Running a Household is a lot like running a business.

I recently read an interesting article in Parents magazine about the competition between SAHM and Working Moms. No where was there a mention of a Work From Home Mom – so I thought I would tackle that topic since more and more women are choosing this venture. That is what I am now too, a WFHM. I like to say I am the CEO of the Castillo household, but that isn’t entirely true. The fact is my husband, Adolfo Castillo plays a HUGE part in how we get things done and how our girls are cared for. I truly don’t know what I would do without him. Makes me really thankful to have his love, help and support in life, like an extension of myself. Anyway I digress, this isn’t about him as much as it is about the things that we have found to be helpful in nailing down the way your life balance can be.  I have come across other resources I want to share and those are all below. This journey of learning balance is a continuation and is far from being over or completely in check.

First things first, the list of the helpers aside from my wonderful husband that help keep the household and all it’s employees running smoothly. (So far)

1. If you don’t have it already – bookmark this site. Money Saving Mom has so many awesome freebies and tips – I was so happy to find her!

2. Make a deal with each other and/or yourself that if you are stepping over a toy that is not being played with, pick it up and put it away. It’s easy to have the floor of your living room look like a sea of little people and plastic foods.
3. Get a system going in order to do a little laundry, everyday. With two adults and two girls, clothing is the biggest job of the house next to the meals. I am still perfecting it but little things help, like hanging up as I fold, and only doing full loads and only doing one at a time throughout the week. come to the realization early on that the laundry is the one job that is NEVER complete. NEVER because you wear clothes everyday.

4. Take back the family dinner. This site and story is a great start to setting the table for your family back on track. My friend gave me a copy and even though it says to do sit down dinners after kids are 2, we started and it’s great. Dinner is when we chat about running the household. We catch up and figure out where we are at for the day and week. Are we on budget for food shopping, do we need more diapers at school, how is the weekend looking? Oh and we have a HUGE whiteboard in the office that helps us write notes to each other when we think we tell each other things – it helps.

5. Plan for your plan to change. Just as it says, moms we are all mostly planners and when you are running a household, business and working out of the home, CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK, shit is going to happen, just roll and expect things to change and your plan to adjust.

Overall – Remember – Everyone is different, every household is different – find what works for your household, there is no right or wrong, just  Don’t stress about it – figure it out. If you are a WFHM like me, balance is the key to a successful business, marriage and time for self (it’s NOT selfish). I work when there is work and in between naps. I try to stick to a scheuled similar to what the baby would be on at school so I can still service everyone properly. Set a schedule for work, home and life stuff. Make appointments two weeks out if possible to meet with clients and to get your hair done. If you are lucky like me, you have a mom or mil that can help watch the baby while you sneak away. We found that most of our stressors were that we were not communicating enough and that left the other partner feeling like they were doing more or getting the shaft. When we talk at dinner, agree to pick up as a team and share in the household and kid duties there is much better balance for us both. Goodluck and keep talking.