etsy, family, small business, support, Uncategorized

shopENIDcarolyne

I’m a creative at heart. There’s absolutely no doubt about that; therefore, it was only a matter of time that I ventured into Etsy. Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade items and craft supplies. Like many people who love personalized gifts, party items, crafts, and a touch of handmade products, I also have purchased a million items from Etsy. Ok, maybe not a million, I’m not rich, but you get it? I love Etsy, and I was focused on becoming a member of this community. No excuses over here.

So momma, I made it! I opened up shop. This didn’t just happen in a day, this took a lot of research, and a few hundred dollars to get started. I had to invest and it’s a no brainer, this comes with every small business, so I was ready! I’m not just talking about investing dollars, but also, time. Lots of time. Thanks to quarantine life, I was able to focus. I wanted to sell items that I would enjoy making, that people would seek and love and that I could easily make – I mean, I am a mom to a toddler and work a full-time job, so I needed something that didn’t require hours of labor (this does not mean that it impacts the quality of my work – don’t get it twisted, I’m still a perfectionist).

I have several active listings and it’s definitely trial and error, but I refuse to fail. I may have to overcome a few hurdles and adjust the way I market my products, but I am manifesting success.

A few key highlights from my shop:

  • I have a line of mom and child/ dad and child matching shirts – I love matching with my son and sometimes I found it difficult to find products that I loved, so I started making them!
  • I have a line of t-shirts – I also offer custom shirts
  • I offer personalized stemless wineglasses, tumblers, masks, bibs, bodysuits, makeup bags, and decals
  • Everything can be personalized (colors, fonts, sizing)
  • I am open to suggestions and custom work – if you ever want something that you don’t see in the shop, please send the shop a message or directly message the shop on Instagram for a quick reply! @shopenidcarolyne

Drum roll please: You can visit my Etsy shop here: shopENIDcarolyne

I have also embedded my Etsy shop within the main menu of my site! If you would like to support my shop by purchasing a product, please enjoy 10% off with a code: THANKYOU10

Thank you!

xoxo, Enid

Baby, family, Mom life, New Mom, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Writing to my Son

Being able to create and capture memories was a priority for me from the very beginning of my pregnancy. Specifically, it was important that I took lots of pictures, printed them in an actual album like my mother used to do and triple save them on a hard drive somewhere because you just never know. I wanted to do something more, I wanted to write to him and tell him about his firsts, our family, and the world, so, I thought to myself…”what better way to do that than to create an e-mail address?” and so I did just that.

There are so many things I wanted to say to my son before he was even born, but my partner and I hadn’t agreed on a name and if we had, I would have absolutely started then, but I wanted to create an e-mail address that he can take over when he gets older (firstnamelastname@gmail.com), something simple, professional and to the point. I wasn’t going to play my own son with something embarrassing like mamisbaby2019@gmail.com, or elprimerhijodeEnid@gmail.com (I thought about it tho). I opened up his gmail when he was born and wrote my first e-mail to him on his one month (February 2nd). I shared how much his dad and I loved him, I shared dates of his first bath, his first laugh, and how loving and cute he is. I also told him about this grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and how my pregnancy went. After that first e-mail, I made sure to write to him 1-2 times a month with his firsts or some of our amazing family memories. I also gave my close family and friends his e-mail address so they can also share their stories and memories with him.

At this point, he probably has enough stories to create a book, but I will continue to write to him until he’s old enough to take over. Initially, I thought about this because of the unknown. What if I die before he grows into adulthood and then I would never have the opportunity to share our memories like my parents did with me? I want to make sure he knows he was loved from the very beginning and in my own words.These are positive reminders for when he’s feeling down, needs to be uplifted or just curious about his early years – when he was an infant, toddler and small child. It’s saved safely (hopefully), where only my partner and I have access.

There are so many different ways to capture memories and this one I just had to do to “stay with the times”.

xoxo,

Enid

Baby, family, Health, Mom life, New Mom, planner, Uncategorized

Juggling Mom Life, Family, Work & School

To truly understand how I juggle my life, it’s important to first provide a quick snapshot of some of my roles, tasks and struggles:

  • I am a mom to a very active toddler
  • I am a Senior Sales Trainer for a telecommunication company – I’ve been here for 11 years and work full-time
  • I am a student working on my second Master’s degree (MBA) – I currently have a BS in Business and a MS in Project Management (I love school, I can’t help it)
  • I have a partner (father to my child)
  • I somewhat have a life outside of all of this – I guess this would be the fun part of my life
  • I blog here and there
  • I try to eat healthy

So how do I juggle my life you ask? Well, I am a huge planner. I’m here for the white board combined with a physical planner and of course the support of my family. It’s not easy and some days are stressful, but it can be done. So, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite tips to remain on track and still get enough sleep so you don’t look like Felicia from Next Friday every morning. Eeeek.

1. The support of my family, whether it’s the babysitting help, my partner taking our son to another room or just the positive words of encouragement is super helpful. I fully understand that not everyone has this kind of support and honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my parents, partner, siblings, cousins and close friends. Shout out to the moms who do everything I do and more being a single mom or not having a great relationship with your family. I look up to you.

2. Physical Planner and Calendar

I should add that I am not a virtual person in terms of having everything on my phone or laptop. This does not work for me because I get instant satisfaction when I complete a task and take a pen to check it off. Call me crazy, but I know other folks in the planner community who are the same. I should also say that many moons ago, I tried the whole phone thing, but I was less productive – so actually using a pen and planner is my absolute jam.

As you can see from my planner (every week is like this), I make sure to hit on everyday tasks like school, work, health, hair, groceries, blogging, meetings/ calls and financials. I even sprinkle key tasks for my son, like reading (I am getting in the habit of making sure I read at least every other night) and deep conditioning his dry hair. Yes, I have stickers and these are truly visually appealing, but also help me focus on specific areas of my planner. I also draw in my own little check boxes so I again, I can get the feeling of accomplishment. Actually, the more I write about this, the more crazy I’m making myself seem, but trust me this works. lol!

Planning DOES NOT start the week of! Read that again. To ensure full productivity as a planner, I look at my calendar 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure I have everything in place and can even leave room for spontaneous things or one-off situations. For example, I know that I have to deep condition every Sunday so why not add it? I know certain bills are due at a specific point in time and again, why not add it? The whole point of a planner is to plan, not just write things down for the fun of it.

3. Have a Routine

I have a pretty regular routine that not only helps me stay on track, but it also helps my son stay on track. My Monday – Friday schedule is basically the same and I’m a little more spontaneous on weekends (again, I sound like a boring, old lady, but it works).

A Typical Day (working from home schedule due to quarantine life)

  • 7:15AM – Work out if scheduled
  • 8AM – Get up when not working out (I’m getting smacked in the face by my son around this time)
  • Make breakfast
  • 9AM – Start working and look at all calendars to make sure there were no changes and that it aligns with my planner
  • 1PM – Lunch time with my son and also do some of my homework
  • 5-30PM-6PM – Stop working
  • 6PM – 1.5 hours of homework if I have any that week, if not, go play with my son
  • 7PM – Make dinner and have dinner
  • 8PM – Fun: Draft a blog for my readers (but not post until edited), read, watch crime shows, Netflix, spend time with parents or siblings, whatever comes up.
  • 9PM – Give my son a bath and put him to bed (I know this is late, but it’s what works right now) I also normally lay down at this time as well, but because I’m a slave to social media, I probably end up going to sleep around 11PM.

Note: As mentioned in my Covid-19 story, my partner is currently quarantined in another home (he got it bad and it’s been about 2 months); however, we will be reunited in a week or so, so this routine will change a bit, but not too much, because I’m crazy like that and a creature of habit. lol

Also, throughout the entire day, I participate in group texting, check in on my family, friends, coworkers, and social media. I find time.

Hope this helps!

Baby, family, New Mom, planner, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Baby Registry Essentials

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Donde comienzo? *cue the music*

There are so many unnecessary items I had on my baby registry. Items I used less than 3 times and I honestly only used them because I felt guilty I had it and was letting it dust up. But… this post isn’t about those items, this is about the stuff I really used and I would buy over and over again.

I was speaking to a few of my mom friends and we agreed that if we could go back, we would re-do our baby registries, so here goes nothing:

Must-Haves

  1. Diapers – like a lot of them (I prefer swaddlers)  – click here.
  2. Wipes – I absolutely love the Costco Kirkland brand
  3. Butt Paste – click here.
  4. NoseFrida – click here.
  5. Safety 1st Nursery Deluxe Kit – click here.
  6. Soothie Pacifiers – click here.
  7. Baby Dove kit – click here.
  8. Baby Lounger by Boppy – not the regular one – click here.
  9. Gripe Water – click here.
  10. Humidifier with Vapo pads – click here.
  11. Diaper Bag (this is the one I use because it’s spacious and goes with everything) – click here.
  12. Bottles (my son loves tommee tippee) – click here.
  13. Car Seat (my son still uses this one) – click here.
  14. Stroller – click here.
  15. Diaper Genie – click here.
  16. Bottle Brush Cleaner – click here.
  17. Onesies
  18. Infant bottoms
  19. Hats
  20. Bibs
  21. Socks (you can use these as mittens too, no need to splurge on the real thing lol)
  22. Swaddlers
  23. Baby towels and wash cloths
  24. Dreft – click here.
  25. Breast pump and accessories ( I used Medela, but I heard Spectra is also good) – click here.
  26. Sophie the Giraffe – trust me – click here.
  27. Playard – click here.

Sinceramente, everything else was a luxury, but these items should be a part of the baby bible because I used these things just about every day!

P.S. You don’t need a damn baby wipe warmer! lol All jokes aside, it dries up the wipes and that gets super annoying.

Enjoy!

Curly Hair, family, Natural Hair, planner, travel, Uncategorized

Travel – What I pack – Ultimate Checklist

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All this quarantine has me doing is reminiscing on the times I used to traveled (as if this was many, many moons ago). I know one day, we will all get the opportunity to travel again so to prepare all of us for our upcoming trips to Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico to name a few, I am sharing my travel checklist that keeps me organized and ready to jet.

To begin, I am absolutely nothing without my packing cubes. I bought mine on a sudden whim, but now I can’t travel without them. I went from horrible packing to honestly, a packing genius overnight. You can purchase some on Amazon by clicking here.

Travel checklist is for 7 days for summer weather:

Outfits:

  • 3 Rompers/ Jumpsuits (these are really life savers because they count as an entire outfit)
  • 4 dresses – 2 flowy, comfy dresses and 2 “going out” dresses – keep in mind, you may not use the “going out” dresses but you just never know
  • 10 tops – I get hella sweaty so I need additional outfits to change midday
  • 5 bottoms – rotate them
  • I’m extra and I pack 1 swimsuit per day – soooo 7 total
  • 2 cover ups
  • Cross body purse
  • Wristlet
  • Light cardigan or jacket

Shoes/ Bras/ Underwear:

  • 3 sandals – black, white and tan
  • Regular flip flops from Old Navy
  • 1 pair of high heels – make sure to choose a color that go with the dresses you packed and also consider how many hours you’re getting from your heels)
    • Never underestimate a good wedged heel – these are hard to find, but yeah.
  • A pair of sneakers – ones you don’t mind getting dirty
  • A pair of water shoes – click here.
  • 2 strapless bras
  • 2- 3 everyday bras – black, white and nude
  • Pasties – click here.
  • Underwear – about 10-14 (wash them every day)

Toiletries (embedded with Amazon links for all of my faves):

  • Body wash – I normally bring 2 of these babies (Olay travel size body wash) – click here.
  • Travel size lotion – click here.
  • Full size deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Face moisturizer
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail files
  • Travel size Mixed Chicks –  shampoo, deep conditioner and leave-in – click here.
  • Curling Cream
  • Eco travel gel (hard to find in stores) – click here.
  • Hard brush to slick them hairs back for bun days
  • Denman Brush – for the curly girls – click here.
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Tylenol
  • Benadryl
  • Q-tips
  • Chapstick
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor
  • Small Vaseline
  • Hair scrunchies
  • Mini witch hazel
  • Toiletries bag (TSA approved) – click here.
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen – click here.
  • Tanning oil – click here.
  • Tweezers
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Floss
  • Mouth wash
  • Tampons and pads if your lady friend is coming to visit

Note: Look at the country you’re traveling to and see how strict they are about toiletries in a Ziploc bag or not. TSA limit is 3.4 oz.

Makeup – I keep this to the minimum!

  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlight
  • 2-3 lipsticks: 2 different nudes and a red lipstick
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Setting spray
  • Mini eye shadow palette
  • Beauty blender
  • 2-3 brushes
  • Makeup remover

Dassit for makeup!!!

Miscellaneous Must- Haves

  • Sunglasses
  • Wired headphones (for those plane movies) – click here.
  • Wireless headphones
  • Tissues
  • Camera
  • Phone charger
  • 2 portable chargers (this goes with me everywhere) – fully charged – click here.
  • 2 pens
  • Passport
  • Cash
  • Credit cards
  • Book or e-book
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band-aids
  • Beach bag – click here
  • Gum
  • Hydro Flask (empty) – click here.
  • Snacks

It may look a lot, but a lot of this stuff is small and fits into your personal item, the toiletry bag or one of the packing cubes.

Also, before I had Lasik, I also packed:

  • Contacts – pack more than the amount of days – trust me
  • Contact solution if they are not dailies with the little contact holder
  • Actual eye glasses

This is just about everything I pack! I do try to pack of my things in a carry-on for convenience, but sometimes it’s hard when you’re also lugging around several baby items. Enjoy, and bookmark this page to use as a checklist for your next vacation.

xoxo

Baby, covid19, family, Health, travel, Uncategorized

My Covid-19 Story

This is a sensitive subject for many and I am fully aware that everyone’s story is completely different. I do however know that not everyone has been impacted by Covid-19 in some way, which is why I decided to share my family’s story.

It was all good just a week ago – just kidding (a little humor is needed during these times), this all started when my boyfriend, my son and I were traveling back from South Carolina. We took a mini vacation, but please do not judge – we were very cautious and careful and government websites and news forums still did not have direction or bans in place. This trip took place around March 6, 2020 and our diaper bag was fully packed with a mini soap and loads of hand sanitizer for our travels. It wasn’t on our way there that Covid-19 communication was prominent, it was more on our way back on March 10 when we entered the Atlanta, GA airport from our connecting flight from the Savannah, GA airport. We missed our flight due to a delay from our previous flight; therefore we had to go to the customer service line. This is where we overheard the representative tell her colleague that she was just notified that all flights from Italy have been cancelled due to Covid-19. This was a bit scary and at this point we just wanted to get home. We finally got our new flight info and made it home to Boston, MA.

Our problems had just begun…

The week we came back, Boston’s city officials were already communicating about essential workers, closings, new store hours and making recommendations to stay home. We quickly transitioned into this new norm. After a few days, my boyfriend started feeling the chills, but we really thought it was a bit of paranoia mixed it in with a tablespoon of denial. During these chills, we slept in the same bed, which was a big mistake. We took his temperature and confirmed he had a fever and he then moved to the couch, but the damage was already done. Nos jodimos big time. I then started to feel hot and you guessed right, I also had a fever.

The next day, my fever was gone, but my boyfriend’s was not and he felt worse, which prompted him to go get tested. The next day, his results came in and he tested positive for Covid-19. His doctor stated that he should self quarantine and that both my son and I probably had it as well. We went into full disinfecting mode, and my boyfriend moved to the basement since his symptoms were getting worse by the second and I felt brand new just after 1 day (this does not mean I was virus free). I felt congestion and a headache for about 4 days, but at the end of the day, I’m a mom and that means no days off. I kept on pushing, although i really just wanted to sleep. I called my son’s pediatrician and they stated that he most likely had it due to the exposure from his dad, but that children carried it differently. They are more harmful to others than themselves because they can pass it along, but don’t show symptoms. I can confirm this, my son had a runny nose for about 2 days, but other than that he’s been playful, active, happy and energetic. Super oblivious to the world crumbling around us. I used a humidifier with vapopads and he was breathing like nothing ever happened. Around the same time, I completely lost my sense of smell. I love vapor rub, I mean come on, I’m Dominican and we use that for everything and I could not smell a thing. I burned sage, nothing. My son had a poopy diaper, nothing. I smelled lotions, candles, food, soap, fresheners and nothing. It was pretty scary.

I went about my business, but of course constantly cleaning my surroundings, washing my hands and keeping my distance. I would leave food, teas, Dominican remedies and vitamins on the steps for my boyfriend just to make sure he was hydrated and good to go. It was crazy. After about 10 days of the same routine, we felt he was deteriorating. His cough was bad and he could hardly breathe. We called 911 and off we went to the hospital. The ambulance took him to a local Boston hospital and I called him to make sure he made it alright, but he didn’t pick up. I started getting paranoid and called the hospital and they told me that they had no record of him. I was terrified. I called about 5 other hospitals in the area and  no one had any record of him. Finally, about 4 hours later, he called and guess what? He was at the first damn hospital and instead of them saying that they were delayed in processing patients, they gave me the runaround. Needless to say I was highly upset.

My boyfriend was hospitalized for 4 days (about 10 days into being quarantined, but his symptoms were getting worse) – he needed to be on oxygen, he had pneumonia, he still had a high fever and was dehydrated and weak. When his fever went away and he could breathe without the oxygen he was discharged. One day later, he went back to the hospital because his heart rate was high and he was having chest pains. He was then discharged after 1 day. My anxiety was through the roof.

So far, he has been making progress, but keep in mind that he went over 2 weeks with a fever, coughing, chest pains, etc. and my son and I haven’t seen him in almost a month because after we quarantined and felt better, I left to be with my parents so I can get help while I worked from home. This has really turned our lives upside down as I am sure it has with many of you.

I do not wish this on anyone and it kills me to see people that are not practicing social distancing on different social media sites. Take it from me, this is serious and it is really important that you stay home and only leave the house for groceries and other essential items.

Things that helped my family get better (links to Amazon included):

Other items that you can find at a grocery store that helped us (please be safe)

  • Fresh ginger for ginger tea
  • Lemons
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Gatorade or Pedialyte
  • Garlic

In a snapshot:

  • We’re not exactly sure how we got it – either the airport or the grocery store would be my guess
  • It hits everyone very differently, I was better in about 7 days, while my boyfriend is still recovering after almost a month
  • There were a few things that helped us (linked above), but it’s really important to stay hydrated
  • Practice social distancing and take it seriously
  • My boyfriend took Tylenol at first because doctors were anti Ibuprofen, but then he switched to it because Tylenol was not working for him – this was then recommended by the CDC
  • Check in on your loved ones
  • Take your temperature often
  • Stay informed, BUT don’t get sucked into the media (there is a lot of negativity out there)
    • Many news outlets are reporting deaths, but not all the people who have recovered from this virus.