The Baked Bear

On Saturday we went to the Baked Bear, which was on my summer bucket list, and it was a fun and yummy trip! For those who live in the Montgomery County area in Maryland, this one is located in Rockville/Bethesda on Rose Ave. The whole center where it’s located is really nice, and new- ish, if I’m not mistaking. The Baked Bear is a custom ice cream sandwich shop, and I looooove ice cream sandwiches lol I didn’t go crazy because I shared mine with Gio, but next time I go I’m definitely going all out!! That child eats anything sweet, so I don’t really know why I shied away from yummy options.

My order was a sprinkle cookie, a m&m cookie, vanilla ice cream, and sprinkles! I’m not huge on sprinkles but I felt like I had to get them lol I forgot to ask to get the cookies warmed up which I’m really upset about because that would have made my sandwich 100x more delicious!

I get overwhelmed sometimes ordering food but this was like a Chipotle type of setup so seeing everything laid out was nice .

Everything in the shop is freshly made and homemade, and you can definitely tell! The shop isn’t big, but there really isn’t a need for it to be. There’s a “beach” (really just a decent size sand area) right outside and tons of seating! Plus, with this summer weather, it’s perfect to have your ice cream outdoors!

Below I’ll insert and image of their site where they shared images of what people have gotten, and you’ll see what I mean about crazy and creative! This is definitely a fun stop to make in the summer. Even if it’s just once! My total was $6.30 which wasn’t too bad- I really thought I’d spend a minimum of $10. Of course the more you add to your ice cream, the more expensive.

If you have one near by, definitely try and make the trip! You won’t regret it! Thanks for reading! -Aura xoxo

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It’s A Block Party!

Today Gio and I went to a Block Party in the plaza by Erwin’s job. It wasn’t anything huge, but it was so much fun!

They had a Bingo game- you’d get your bingo cards and go to the different merchants on your card and get a stamp. Then once it’s all filled up, you’d go back to the Bingo table and spin a wheel for a prize. I regret not doing it, lol.

There was also a moon bounce, an arts and craft table, and best of all, train rides! Gio LOVES trains so when he saw the train going around the parking lot he was ecstatic. We went on it about three times. We probably could have gone on more times, but we wanted to make sure that all the other kids got to go on too.

After our last ride we walked around the plaza stopping by different merchants. We went to Hallmarks table, which is where Gio got his Dory and Nemo clippers. He’s obsessed with them. He was so happy and wouldn’t stop saying thank you after I paid (they were $1!!). We walked by other stores where he collected lollipops, tattoos, and got a cupcake and popcorn.

It was a great way to spend the afternoon. The best part? Everything was FREE, unless you decided to purchase some items from the stores. I’m always in the hunt for different events in the area or areas near by. At the start of every month I search my Facebook or type in my county’s name and family events in the Google search bar. I almost always find something for each month, and right now that it’s summer there’s so much going on!

Thank you for reading! – Aura xoxo

It’s a struggle but not impossible

Today started out great until I went to check my school status- I was no longer registered for one out of my two summer courses and I was put on restrictions. For those who follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I mentioned that I didn’t do like I would have liked in one of my courses, and well, here’s the consequence for it. Instead of taking a new class this summer, I will be repeating that class- thankfully everything is fresh in my mind and I have tons of notes that I’ll be reviewing starting tomorrow before class starts next week.

I cried, I’m a cryer lol. Not doing well in school is something I’m not really used to. For the longest time I was always an honors student and/or a top student in school, I was always advanced but I took a huge dip.

My life is different now. My life isn’t just about me now. My first priority isn’t school, it’s my family and I’m not going to change that BUT I am going to school to offer my family a good life, one they deserve. So, with that said, I am going to work 100x harder.

It was difficult for me because in class I would think about Gio, at home I’d push all studies aside and do a ton of other things, even during Gio’s naps I didn’t study. I didn’t really pick up a rhythm until it was unfortunately too late. Now I know, and lesson learned.

Erwin always offered me this and that, but I would always say no that I wanted to do this and that instead (such as give Gio dinner and a bath, take him to the park so I can study, etc.). Erwin is amazing. He helps me so much, and I need to take advantage of the help that I have.

It’s not impossible for me to succeed, for a spare moment today I was just so overwhelmed because it just felt like I failed not only myself but my family as well, and that feeling sucks. It felt like so because I’m trying to finish all my courses in a specific time period so I can officially apply to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program on a particular date, and for a moment it looked like I couldn’t and that I’d have to wait longer- but it looks like with extra work and study time I might be able to still do so.

BUT, even if I can’t I already came up with a plan. I still plan to finish all my study plans next spring semester, and if it’s too late to apply to the DMS program THATS OK. I can work during my break time, help my household, focus on Gio, and then apply and kick some serious ass in the program because I know that I can do it. I know that I will be great. There’s no doubt about it in my mind.

I’m really tough on myself, I’ve always been, but I’m working hard on teaching myself that things happen. Everyday is a new learning experience for me, for anyone. I finally have my balance. I finally have a peace of mind. I have the best family and every reason to be happy, so now that I’m well focused I’m only going to push forward, work harder, and show myself that it’s not impossible to be greater and better.

Big boy haircut! 

In case you guys haven’t checked out my social medias, which you should ;), Gio finally got his first real haircut. I mean real as in professional, not by me.

I’m not sure if I’ve shared it on here yet, but I am a licensed Cosmetologist so I guess you could consider me a professional, but I was never so successful cutting Gio’s hair, haha. 

I LOVE the end result of his haircut. My baby looks so handsome, I can’t even 🤦🏻‍♀️ I thought the process of getting the haircut done was going to be difficult but he did so well. He definitely surprised me because he never really liked it when I cut his hair,so of course there were some mistakes in his hair pretty often. So taking him to get a professionally done cut had me nervous since machines would be involved too, not only scissors, but he was good. He was very curious about what was on his head and would want to look so I kept his face in my hand until he realized he had to stay still.

Of course I had my tricks to help him stay still. On my phone I have the Nick Jr. app so that helped distract him throughout the cut. I kept switching up the episodes he was watching to keep him distracted. The lady cutting his hair, Lucy, was also so good and so patient- she even had a drawer with little toys to help distract kids as small, probably even smaller, than Gio.

I’m so proud of how good he did! Hopefully I’ll be taking good pictures soon for you guys 🙂

D.C. Fun! 

Hi everyone! I hope everyone has an amazing Easter weekend, and got to enjoy the nice weather! We definitely enjoyed ours.

Erwin and I had been wanting to go to D.C. for a while, and we finally did! The main reason why we wanted to was because of the cherry blossoms, but we were too late for them this year :/ but it was still beautiful and the weather was so, so nice- so it was a fun time anyway.


We had a chance to take pictures, finally! We’ve been so busy with Erwin working, me going to school, getting stuff packed to move and finding a new place to go- it’s just been crazy! So it was really refreshing to be able to enjoy the day. It brought back some nice memories from last year when I was still pregnant with Gio.


As some of you may know already, Erwin loves taking pictures so we tried to find spots to take pictures, and he got some really nice shots!


Gio did really well the whole trip despite it being warm and sunny. I packed him plenty of snacks and a purée, cold water, and milk (we carry a thermostat to keep drinks either warm or cool- comes so in handy! I got it at WalMart). I also took and put on him, his Aveeno sunscreen. Like I’ve mentioned, Gio has mild eczema so we’re picky on what we use for him, but either way, I highly recommend Aveeno for ANYONE. It’s such a great brand. That day Gio also wore a very light blue shirt, also light in material, and denim shorts to keep him comfy and refreshed. 

We walked around D.C. for two hours maybe? We really didn’t feel the time since we were just truly enjoying each other’s company and being out. We went to the Washington Monument, Tidal Basin, World War ll memorial, and the Floral Library.



After D.C. we head home and stayed there for the rest of the day. We had Jeremy with us and we were able to give him his Easter basket. We collected a bunch a small things that we figured he would like and enjoy. It consisted of: chalk/bean bags, a gumball machine, emoji bubbles, candy, and a few of those little surprise toy bags. He was very happy with it which was great! 

For the rest of the day we all played and simply hung out together! It was a really nice day 🙂

Bye guys! Xoxo

A Baby at 22

 As far as I know, age doesn’t make you a good mother or father, but what does make you a good one is doing what it takes to make sure your child feels loved, happy, and making sure your child is well taken care of.
I’ve gotten the whole don’t you think you’re too young to have a baby?, ugh, poor you!, you’re expecting?!, you’re how old having a baby?. I get the constant stares, finger pointing, and whispers that I can very much hear- thanks to my blessed hearing! And yes, some of it comes from children which is fine, but a lot of it comes from adults.
I might be 22, look 17, but what does that matter? Personally, I’m very comfortable with myself, except for my moments when I feel huge haha, and I’ve never been happier. Besides all the dreams and goals I have lined up, my ultimate dream has always been to have a baby with the person I love, and I’m living that dream right now and I feel so lucky. To some of you it might be too soon, but to me it’s at a perfect time and I’m enjoying every single moment of it.
Not everyone is as lucky as me, not everyone is as comfortable, in some cases ‘stuff happens’ but those of us having our baby know how much of a blessing our angel baby is to us, so don’t try and ruin this for us.
You say, We’re too young? We’re not ready? We have a lot more to live for? Ok. Things happen, so we’re having a baby younger than you! We might not necessarily be as financially ready as you are, but when it comes to everything else, you’re just as ready as we are. And yes, we have a lot more to live for and a lot more to accomplish, but now I have an even bigger reason to work harder and fight harder. I get to wake up to this baby everyday, feel that motivation, and study and work harder than ever thanks to him.
You see, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 15, 19, 22, 27, 30, 45, a baby is a baby and will always be a blessing. We’re all going to be lost at first. We’re all learning and experiencing the most beautiful job in the world at a different age, but that age isn’t going to determine whether some of us are better than the others.
As far as I’ve learned and seen there are a lot of moms and dads who can’t handle it, saying it’s too much and too crazy and that they just find ways to runaway from home and this is them talking about their ‘planned’ baby they had at 30. But then they turn around and point a finger at a 20 year old parent – simply pointing because they’re young and in their mind they were crazy, while in some cases they’re probably holding it down a whole lot better than they are. They might be going crazy too, but aren’t finding ways to runway. Instead they’re finding ways to constantly make their child proud, constantly finding ways to provide more and better to their baby, constantly finding ways to improve on themselves for their baby, constantly studying harder to offer more to their baby, but here are adults who think otherwise because in their books these parents are too young, too naïve, too inexperienced to understand what it’s like to have a child because that’s not how life is supposed to work, apparently. Because what do we know about having kids? Well, I’m pretty sure you didn’t know much either once you had one.
My family is pretty much all young moms and dads, and I couldn’t be prouder of all of them. I am who I am today because of them. I couldn’t be prouder of how hardworking, dedicated, committed, but most importantly, loving they are. I wish and dream to be as good of a parent as they are.
Congratulations if your moving up high in life, getting a great career, a huge promotion. I’m genuinely happy for you, but don’t stand there judging me or pitying me because I can do the same exact thing as you, just with a baby now. I’m not here saying to you, you’re kind of old to have a baby, right?
At the end of the day, all moms and dads should have one goal and that is to love our child endlessly and unconditionally, and to face everything that is thrown our way with the best poise.
Do I wonder what it’d be like if I waited? Rarely, and at those rare moments it just doesn’t feel right. I can’t imagine not expecting my baby and anticipating his arrival. I’m more than prepared to spoil my baby boy with love. I already love my sweet angel unconditionally and my age and someone’s judgment isn’t going to determine, ever, how good of a mother I am to my baby or how much I love my baby.
Thanks.