Favorite Things From December

Before we dive right into the New Year and chat all about our aspirations and goals, I wanted to reflect on favorite things from December. It’s the kind of month that goes by way too quickly and with way too many events. It started to feel  like if I didn’t take a minute to remember what we did this month it would disappear from my memory bank which wouldn’t be fair because it was a very good month. The final chapter of the most challenging and rewarding year of our lives. So, I thought I’d share at least one of my favorite moments from the month. . [Scroll down for a giveaway!]

This month started with Mauricio’s birthday. He doesn’t think so, but he is a very difficult person to surprise or buy for, mostly because he always wants the same thing, but it’s impossible for me to get it. A surfer always wants a new wetsuit, board or surf trip. And when someone doesn’t surf, they have no idea where to possibly buy those things. So, I go for the second thing he always wants, which is our time.


Mauricio travels for work, so we really come to cherish our weekends. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that baby FLO and I surprised him with this beautiful, wood watch from JORD! A new travel case, and a visit to one of his favorite breweries in San Diego. We planned to drive to LA later in the day to have lunch at one of his favorite restaurants, Fogo de Chao. We actually had our first ‘official’ date at their Philadelphia location, so it’s a special place for us. Plus they make the best caipirinha cocktail on the planet, amazing all you can eat Brazilian meat of course, and a dreamy salad bar. You seriously can’t go wrong bringing anyone there.


I’m really proud at how well we have adjusted to bringing the baby with us. A lot of this definitely has to do with the fact that baby FLO loves car rides. Usually within 10 minutes he is snoozing. I know that’s a blessing, because not every baby likes to be in the car.

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Baby FLO also loves to be around people. When we are out he is less fussy and smiles and waves at strangers, so I actually like taking him out of the house. Now that he is eating solids, he always wants to try whatever we are eating. French fries make his little brown eyes sparkle with incredible joy, but other things not so much.

We can typically get through any meal if we have these puffs on hand. As long as we have those to give him, he is pretty content. Banana flavor is the baby’s favorite, but Mau and I like sweet potato—because we end up eating them half the time too…

It was a great day, and a fun way to spend time together. At the end of the day, it isn’t really about the gift which we stress so much about, especially during the holidays. It’s really about the time we spend with each other. But, every time I look down at Mau’s wrist I’ll remember our special birthday outing.

Giveaway Alert

Since Valentine’s day is around the corner, I thought it would be nice to partner with JORD watches for a little giveway. Follow this entry form for a chance to win a free wood watch, and every entry also gains you $25 towards any watch you like.

The men’s style can be found here, but they also have women’s watches which are just gorgeous, so treat yo’ self, if you like too!

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  • Reply Stephanie January 9, 2017 at 7:08 AM

    Alina, you’re family is so beautiful!! And we love Jord over here too.

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA January 9, 2017 at 10:44 AM

      Thanks so much Stephanie! JORD seems to be a big hit with folks right now, huh?!

  • Reply Jannine Pampu January 6, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Baby is so cute!! Jord watches make for great gifts, great idea to gift it for valentines day.

    xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA January 6, 2017 at 2:32 PM

      Thanks Jannine! Can’t believe Valentine’s Day is already around the corner, but better be prepared, right!?

  • Reply Kari January 6, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    So true about December, it does go by fast and it’s so hard to be mindful! Love JORD watches so much, their men’s line is awesome! Those puffs were a staple in my girls snack time too, they’re life savers!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA January 6, 2017 at 2:31 PM

      Yes, I wanted to remember everything, and pictures help so much! Those puffs are the best!

  • Reply Meredith January 6, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    This is such a great giveaway!! I love the pic of you and your little one! Also, Puffs are our favorite now too!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA January 6, 2017 at 12:53 PM

      Puffs sure do save the day! (I think our little ones might be the same age)

  • Reply Sofia January 6, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    I remember our dinner at Fogo de Chao where we first time met Mauricio as if it was yesterday!

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA January 6, 2017 at 12:52 PM

      That was actually at the other Brazilian place, but totally feels like it was yesterday and not 6 years ago, or is it 7!?

  • Reply Belle January 6, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    I couldn’t agree more! What really matters at the end of the day is the time spent with family! Love your husband’s watch by the way!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Reply ... besos, ALINA January 6, 2017 at 12:54 PM

      I was really glad he liked it, even if that’s not what really matters! Thank you ?

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