still spring breaking

hello! I am still south of the border on spring break. Will be back with more posts on Wednesday. If you are dying for updates from me the please follow on Instagram where I have been posting more than normal!

xx Ly


Five things for a more fashionable spring

Meet my friend Pauline, she is a wardrobe stylist working across the country styling models, athletes and celebrities. I have had the pleasure of working with her and now get to call her a dear friend. Today Pauline is sharing her five must haves for a stylish Spring!

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  1. Unrefined coconut oil – I believe our skin and hair are our greatest accessory therefore that has to be on point first and foremost. Coconut oil will also help achieve gorgeous ethereal beauty.
  2. Flare jeans – Channeling 70’s chic
  3. Sachajuan Ocean Mist + Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – My can’t-live-without essentials to give my mane full bodied, tousled beach waves while giving my hair a break from a wash.
  4. Light scarf – I have my go-to spring scarves that I travel with that can be styled in multiple ways.
  5. Floor length bohemian print dress – I can take this dress from Spring straight thru to Fall with the right layering and accent pieces.

Thank you PK for sharing! I am already a fan of the Sachajuan ocean mist spray. Was introduced to it by my hair stylist last year and love how easy to use it is. Also a major fan of #5 the boho dress, I think they are flattering on EVERYONE. Might have to try to work the flare jeans into rotation, but need to find the right pair first.

xx Ly

Five Things from Boston

Today my friend Meredith is sharing the five things that are getting her through the winter, yes its still winter weather on the East coast. Take it away Mere!

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I moved to Boston on January 17th, which was exactly one day before the first big snowfall of the year. I spent the last eight winters in Portland and was aching for snow….Boston delivered! This past weekend, we broke the record for Boston’s snowiest winter ever! Here’s a picture of me next to a giant snowbank outside our apartment.
Truthfully, I’ve loved nearly every day of the storms. Snow is the perfect excuse for comfort foods, cozy blankets and puzzles. Here are my top 5 “survival” items that make snow days more enjoyable:
This was my first pair of Sorrel boots. Out of necessity, I wore them with wool socks every single day in January and February. My feet were always warm and dry. They were perfect for trekking through deep snow and deep slushy puddles on the sidewalk corners.
It must be the Boston Tea Party vibe of this city…I’ve started drinking so much tea. I can’t get enough of the David’s Tea flavors which are tasty and fun. “Glitter & Gold” tastes like a fireball and sparkles as it steeps! “Birthday Cake” and “Red Velvet Cake” are practically dessert. My all-time favorite is “Cold 911” – an amazingly strong and flavorful mint tea.
I bought this on a whim before I knew we were moving to Boston. It has come to my rescue every night! I preheat the bed and jump in. No more cold feet or wearing sweaters to bed. With dual controls, my husband doesn’t have to worry about over-heating.
“This is so freakin’ good!” my husband exclaimed last night after the 20th or so time eating this. This recipe was my go-to dinner all winter. It’s healthy, hearty and delicious. I like to switch up the ingredients every time I make it. Last night I used Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes and hot Italian sausage. This is a winner!
I could give you the run-down on lotions and balms I use for my winter skin, but it’s best to treat the problem at the source. Run a humidifier all winter long if you don’t already! Good for your skin and sinuses.

Thanks for sharing Mere! I am definitely going to be checking out those teas, they sound so interesting!

xx Ly

My baby is on facebook

I have no clue why I put so much stress on the decision of posting a pic of Mo on facebook. I think it was my first post in a year or so. But tonight after consultation and a lot of back and forth I decided to just bite the bullet and post. He hit three months today, looking cuter than ever, so I thought it was reason enough to share. I kept my pregnancy off social media for the most part so there will be a bit of a surprise factor which I admit is a little fun.

My hesitation is quite bizarre, I don’t have much issue with posting his image on this blog or even on my personal instagram. The rationale I have come up with is that I find comfort in putting our life out there under my Making La Madre accounts as we have a bit more anonymity. Most of my followers on these accounts have only been introduced to us through these accounts and I assume are following to get my perspective on what I am putting out there, not expecting anything more. Don’t know where I am going with this but was seriously having some anxiety (amusing none the less) about posting.

xx Ly


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Spring break is something I have not participated in quite a while. After eight years in the corporate world I have not had the resources, time/money/foresight, to pack up and head somewhere warm for the week. But this year, baby in tow, we will be participating! We are taking off for Mexico this week with all of Mike’s family. Keep an eye out on instagram for some photos of our trip!

I have a few guest posts lined up to keep everyone entertained. Stay tuned this week for two more Five Things posts. Another Winter Survival Post from my friend Meredith in Boston and my good friend & fashion stylist Pauline will share her Five things for Spring.

Happy Spring!

xx ly

Ali’s Positive Pregnancy Vibes

I hope you had a chance to read Ali’s first guest post this week here. She talks about how acupuncture has aided her pregnancy journey. She also shared with me four activities that as she says “have helped in giving me the optimistic tune-up I was in desperate need of” throughout her pregnancy so far. Take a read, I think they are applicable to everyone.


Increased water intake: 

I’ve never been a water drinker and I was horrified upon reading somewhere that a pregnant woman should drink up to a gallon per day. But when I heard that increased water intake can also assist with milk production during breastfeeding I decided it was finally time to take the plunge (literally). This water bottle changed my life. No joke. It keeps cold water cold for over eight hours, and supposedly hot beverages hot but I’ve never tried that. I got the 40 oz. one (which admittedly is a little insane) with the straw attachment and I’ve gone from being a two-glasses/week kind of gal to a 120 oz./day kind of gal. #lifechanging

Creating a nighttime bath time routine:

I wanted to find a way to recreate that calming environment I love so much at spas and at my acupuncturist’s office. Mine bath involves a few tea lights from IKEA, a cup of Epsom salts, this almond oil, this aromatherapy oil*, and this guided mediation (I wear headphones, make the monitor black, and just sit up in the tub and do it). * I also bought a 2 oz. spray bottle and use a diluted solution of this oil to spray on my pillows and my neck and chest before bed.

No more online garbage:

Sure, it can be wonderful to connect with other moms but for me I found that the online forums I was browsing really only increased my fears as I flew down the rabbit hole of “what ifs.” Instead, I’ve committed to filling my brain with positivity and humor, and ditching the online forums once and for all. Some books in my current rotation are Bringing Up Bebe (an American mother’s take on French parenting), Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth (loaded with positive birth stories and even goes as far as implying childbirth can be orgasmic for Mom – hey, we can all dream!), and Hypnobirthing; The Mongan Method (filled with helpful deep relaxation and visualization techniques).

Giving my face a present:

I was blessed with nice skin thanks to my mom’s Hawaiian-Chinese heritage, but all that changed when I got pregnant. Perhaps it was due to the old wives tale about little girls “stealing their mom’s beauty” but my face proceeded to break out in all sorts of funky ways during early pregnancy – not just nameless bumps and zits but darkened discoloration in large patches. “Where’s my healthy pregnancy glow?” I consistently bemoaned to anyone who would listen, and apparently enough times to my mom that she surprised me with a Clarisonic face brush. I’ve always been interested in them but had a hard time justifying the cost. Well, let me tell you, in my case there’s no going back. I love this brush. It was such a nice present to receive and while life is not all about outer appearance it sure does feel better to have a fresh face when your body is going through some many other weird and unfamiliar changes.

I’m happy to report that my good days officially outweigh my bad. Dare I say I’m really starting to enjoy this pregnancy thing. I hope that in sharing my story I can help add insight for some of the other mamas-to-be out there who might be suffering from some of the same issues.

Amen Ali!!! I especially appreciate the ‘no online garbage’ rule! So important!

xx Ly

The cliches 

Mo had a few rough nights sleeping sunday and Monday. Which meant that he was waking up more than once throughout the night. In those early morning hours I was annoyed and frustrated with my little boy and the struggle of sleep. But around 5am Monday morning, which I know is not SUPER early but still not a normal hour for me or us to be up, my boy gave me a big smile. And that smile turned my frustration, annoyance and frown upside down. In that moment I quickly saw and realized that all the cliches are coming true. I don’t think anybody else’s smile at that hour could make my heart smile and make me happy.

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Guest post: Waiting on Pins & Needles by Ali Jepson

Hi friends, today we have a guest post from Ali who is living the good life down in LA. Ali keeps busy as owner and chef of Little Branch Foods, a granola boutique catering business in LA- sounds dreamy right? And she can be found in instagram posting delicious homemade meals(seriously mouth watering!)

Ali and her husband are due with a little girl in early July and has graciously agreed to share how acupuncture has aided her pregnancy journey. Hope you enjoy, I find it really fascinating!

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I should start this post by introducing myself. Hello, my name is Ali and I am an anxious person. I wasn’t always anxious – or depressed for that matter. But it is something I’ve struggled on and off with since I was sixteen. Anxiety for me often rears its head in social situations – I get uncomfortable in large group situations and I become introverted and shy, or I can overcompensate and talk way too much which gets really awkward (pretty sure for everybody). As a result I can effortlessly talk myself out of leaving the house…like ever. My anxiety has also turned me into a planner – I do my best to anticipate what lies ahead and I’m not very good at surprises which is why finding out I was pregnant turned my world upside down. When I became pregnant my anxiety morphed into an even bigger monster – a combination of deep seeded fear regarding my ability to carry a child to term, as well as an impractical impatience regarding having to wait 40 weeks to meet our newest addition. In the voice of Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka, “I want it NOW” rings a bell.

One of the first pieces of advice one of my best friends gave me when she found out I was pregnant was “find a good acupuncturist.” And she said it just like that, “Acupuncturists are like therapists, it’s worth spending the time to find the right one.” I wasn’t entirely sure what she found so helpful about acupuncture during her own pregnancy or what “prenatal acupuncture” was all about, but it became something I logged in the back of my brain to get around to at some point. I was pretty sure I’d at least want to pursue it postpartum in case my anxiety increased tenfold with hormones. Anything can help, right?

But it wasn’t until one of the midwives at the birth center gave me a good solid reason to see an acupuncturist that I finally took action. During a routine checkup at sixteen weeks I went over what had become my all too familiar nightly routine: waking up to pee, an inability to fall back asleep, followed by reading play-by-play pregnancy woes tales on my phone, followed by more anxiety, getting up again to pee, and so on. At the time I was probably averaging 3-5 hours of sleep, broken up into fits and spurts that always left me feeling groggy and with a shorter fuse than usual. But I figured such was the life of a mama-to-be, after all, many people (including the ultrasound technician) informed me it was “nature’s way of preparing you to be a mother.” So imagine my intrigue when my midwife insisted acupuncture could address both my anxiety and sleep deprivation. I came home from the appointment and immediately began researching my health plan.

After finding a local acupuncturist within our insurance network, I described my symptoms, my hopes for addressing my anxiety about being pregnant, as well as my fears about suffering from postpartum. I was pleasantly surprised to find that attending acupuncture is more than just sticking a person with needles. My visits also involve relaxing music and heat lamps, and during our very first session my acupuncturist also prescribed me with a deep breathing exercise to practice first thing in the morning, as well as right before bed. The night after my first session I slept for 10 hours (which included, to the shock/delight of my husband, sleeping through a neighbor’s car alarm sounding off for 4 hours). Sure I still got up to pee, but I was uncharacteristically able to fall back asleep within moments of lying back down. Needless to say, I became a believer. I could not wait to report back the following week and book another appointment. Since then I’ve returned weekly for the past five weeks for 1 hour sessions. When I asked my acupuncturist what exactly he’s addressing in our sessions he breaks it down into the following goals: prolonged sleep, increased energy, and healthy kidney and liver function (which is supposedly good for the baby). We also treat acute symptoms such as the pain in my lower back, my morning congestion, or the leg cramping that happens sometimes at night.

I can now say with confidence that acupuncture has become one of the highlights of my pregnancy journey, and I will concur with my girlfriend that finding a good acupuncturist is an essential piece of the puzzle. The first thing I noticed about my acupuncturist is that he’s a really good listener. He asks a lot of questions and is invested in my general well being both physically and mentally (hey, maybe this is like therapy after all). He also encourages me when I’m taking good care of myself, and isn’t afraid to tell me when he doesn’t think something is a good idea (like the time I catered a breakfast for 150 people without any help). Since I’ve been going to acupuncture I’ve experienced better sleep, less anxiety and more and more confidence in my ability to take care of myself, and my ability to be an awesome mama one day. I understand why my girlfriend didn’t go into detail regarding her own experience – I do think it’s very personal, and needs and experiences can and will vary. But I do believe it can help every mama-to-be, even if it’s a simple as breaking up your week by seeking a relaxing sanctuary, and indulging in soothing environment and a nurturing experience for yourself and your baby. We are fortunate that our health plan fully covers 24 acupuncture sessions in a year, so long as the doctor is in network. That said, for those of you without coverage there is still hope. Try locating a community acupuncturist office in your area, they often have reasonable rates and some are willing to bill on a sliding scale.

In addition to acupuncture I’ve discovered a few more activities that have helped in giving me the optimistic tune-up I was in desperate need of.

Come back later this week to read the four activities that have helped in giving Ali the optimistic tune up she mentions above. Thanks so much for sharing Ali! Very happy to hear that acupuncture has had such a positive affect!

xx Ly

11 weeks a madre

Welcome to 11 weeks a madre! The photo above is from a walk we took last night around our neighborhood- hallelujah for daylights savings time!!! After looking at the photo I have to smirk and think that it doesn’t get much more Portland than this pic: birkenstocks, public display of nursing all while standing on a hand painted blossoming lotus in the middle of the street. What year is this!?!

We have ironed out a pretty good schedule thus far and I am quite pleased. Mo is going to bed 10/11PM and sleeping six to seven hours straight per night now and has been doing so for well over a week so, fingers crossed, it only gets better from here!

But I do have one issue. By the time my boy is stirring come 4 or 5AM my breasts are full. I know the practical answer it to wake up and pump but those hours of sleep are really helping me keep a smile on my face come daytime. So once he feeds early in the morning it goes pretty quick since the supply is so good. I figure what I am doing is not the best for my supply but it is really good for my sanity- the extra hours of sleep that is. Maybe in the coming weeks I will start to pump in the middle of the night and see how that goes.

Other updates include:

  • Mo is drooling a lot. His bibdanas are coming in really handy.
  • Eye contact is a big deal in our house. Mo loves sitting in a lap and staring at a friendly face. Smiling, mimicking and drooling.
  • The weather has been beautiful. I am really getting to marvel at the season and the changes that come with this time of year which I am feeling really grateful for.
  • I have been going to spin class At Burncycle the last few weeks and excited to continue going a couple times a week through the rest of my leave. I enjoy the dedicated time to myself and find a different challenge than my typical workouts. Major bonus being the positivity and inspiration that oozes from the class and instructors.

Finally, after 11 weeks maternity leave has me getting restless at home and anxious to get back to work. Taking any and all suggestions on how to enjoy my last few weeks and take advantage of this time with my boy.

xx Ly

retail diet

Maternity leave has left me somewhat bored. Taking care of Mo has its challenges and rewards but what is a typically busy and ambitious gal to do with so much free time? I have tackled some home projects and DIYs around the house and for the baby and been working out, but my biggest distraction and activity thus far has been retail therapy.

I have not gone crazy buying Louis luggage or other unnecessary items. I like to think that I have been making sound purchases, but just doing more than I should be.

In the early weeks of motherhood I would spend time online shopping. Dreaming about my post baby bod and getting some new items to 1) encourage the workouts and 2) to celebrate this new beginning. Now after two and a half months in I have been finding far too many excuses to buy things for me or Mo or Mike.

Most women can agree that a trip to target for let’s say- ant traps, can quickly spiral into home, beauty & apparel purchases. And who can say no to mini dress up clothes when you have Spring weddings and semi formal family events coming up quick!?! Nineteen bucks for that stunner right there!

Most recently, as in Monday night, I went a little crazy on etsy. But after my Monday night binge I have decided and am putting it here that I am on a shopping diet. March 11th- April 11th.

Don’t worry, I will share the etsy purchases once they get here, but for the next month NO MORE SHOPPING. Promise.

Anyone else have this problem on mat leave? Or have you given yourself a shopping diet? If I’m really good I can get this to last longer than the month. Wish me luck.

xx Ly