Life with Luna: Hot Dog!


Before we headed off to Disney to celebrate Luna’s big first birthday, we had a very small party at our place with close family and friends. Although Luna got a little overwhelmed with all the faces and ruckus, it was a good time. Funny to say that she handled the trip to Disney way better stimulation-wise, but it’s true! I think it is different when new people invade your own space.


Since we were going on this big trip, we decided to keep the theme with Disney and made it a Mickey + Minnie party. Again, the whole point was not to shell out a bunch of cash for a party, but rather for a trip that we could all enjoy, so I kept things minimal. Sure, you may think this isn’t very minimal, but for a party planning obsessed nut, I assure you it is. Almost all the details were DIY’ed by yours truly, including the favor bags, mason jar vases, and glitter one. However, some of my favorite decor were the prints I got from ChatBooks. They now not only offer photo books, but also these beautiful prints. You get to choose which 5 you would like printed from each of your albums. I totally love them, and strung them off the large “ONE” balloon, as well as scattered them on the table. Now that the party is over, I have no idea what to do with them, so any ideas would be great! They are so beautiful and such amazing reminders of how much she has grown up already and all the moments we have shared.

Thank you so much to everyone for your feedback on my last very heartfelt and emotional post. These little ones really know how to do a number on your feels.


**This post was not sponsored by Chatbooks at all, I just love the service and wanted to share it with all of you.




I remember an old friend commenting on my gender reveal, “it’s like she’s always existed and is only just now showing up to the party.” I couldn’t have stated it better. I named my future daughter in high school, and since then, I have dreamed of Luna. Little did I know the heartache that would lead me to her. Just like I knew when her older sibling came into my world and soon after left it, the moment Luna showed up, my entire being perked. It was almost like the black and white world I was living in became awash with color. I find absolutely no coincidences in life. None. Luna was no different.

When I was at my lowest (about 4 months before becoming pregnant), I visited The Wizarding World. After spending about an hour in the wand shop looking at which wand spoke to me, then, in the depths of despair, loneliness and confusion, I chose Luna Lovegood’s wand. Because at that moment, I desperately wanted to be more like Luna: loyal, brave, honest, confident and unabashedly herself. Four months later, I returned to Wizarding World with my husband as a sort of do over to make new, better memories together. It was there, while riding on the Hogwarts Express, that I knew Luna was with me. No coincidence. And then, the color came back into my world.

And its never left.


The term for babies conceived after a loss is “rainbow baby.” No coincidence. And funny enough, instead of the child learning from their parents, I feel like I’ve been the one learning this past year. Even funnier? Luna has taught me to be loyal, brave, honest, confident and unabashedly myself. No coincidence. She has made me both extremely vulnerable and strong. She has also taught me to be selfless and to appreciate every little moment, because every single one that makes you laugh, cry or in between, matters. Life truly is magical and she has opened up that world to me. And I am forever thankful that she chose me. That she waited for the perfect time to come to us. That she was always mine and I, hers.

Happy first, my lion.


What I Wore: Murder Boyfriend


One thing is for certain in this crazy world: there will never be a shortage of fun at Geek Girl Brunch Miami. Getting to plan geeky events all over Miami with my best friend is really the best stress relief possible, and this month’s brunch was a blast! Since it was October, we decided to make the theme Murder Boyfriends, a term coined from the depths of Tumblr to describe Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham’s relationship on Fuller’s Hannibal. Naturally, I had to casually cosplay as my favorite cannibal.

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Nerdy Must Haves


Sailor Moon choker; like every good 90’s kid, I am obsessed with chokers returning to the fashion scene. I have a bunch in my arsenal already, but I haven’t yet added some of the fandom variety. Cue amazing Sailor Moon choker. I love that it’s bright pink and has hardware, making it look a little pastel goth-y. Add the moon wand and we have hit perfection. Snag yours on Amazon for less than $15.

Always tee; if you don’t know about La Barbuda, then let me introduce you. She has such amazing geeky designs that make my heart swell and my wallet weep. Some of my favorites are her tee shirts, like this Always print. But she has stickers, prints and pins a plenty. If you are currently budgeting like I am, I am so terribly sorry for introducing you to this site. But misery loves company, you know.

Cylon raider necklace; Auburg Designs has always been a favorite of mine, and I am currently obsessed with their patina Cylon Raider necklace. I was late on the BattleStar Galactica train, and so sad I was. I even attended a BSG concert during SDCC one year and the entire cast was there mingling. I had only watched a few episodes here and there, but the hubs and friends were obsessed. They were beyond themselves hanging out with cast members, and I was all…erm, ok. How I wish I could rewind time! Anyways, this frakkin’ necklace would make up for it.

Dragon necklace; you have to remember the total lust and excitement all us Game of Thrones fangirls experienced over Dany’s amazing dragon necklace in Season 5. We were all left wanting it immediately after we saw it wrapped around her neck, and the time is now. Seems like we can get something pretty similar over at Art by Aelia. They are referred to as “Dragon Drapers,” and a lot are currently available for preorder. You can even get one custom made! Don’t get too excited, mothers of dragons!

What I Wore: Smells Like Mommy Stress


Man, life has been crazy lately. I thought things were difficult at the beginning of mommyhood, but now that Luna is about to be one (!!!), I feel like I don’t have any time for anything! My organization skills have been pushed to the max, and I have no idea how I’ve been able to cross things off my list. There are a lot of transitions coming up as well, which has me kind of in a state, so to speak. I even got a muscle spasm in my neck from the stress. My work schedule is completely changing (so thankful to have work, seriously), I’m planning an intimate party for Luna and her first trip to Disney World (!!), the hubby’s birthday shortly after and then I’m headed to MegaCon Tampa Bay to return just in time for Halloween. Oh, and have I mentioned Luna is starting day care in November? It’s a lot. Almost too much. But I’m rolling on this wave, and trying my best to not lose my mind. Having it all takes your all, it seems.

In between the madness, I try to appreciate the little moments that really mean so much. After taking these photos, we were driving back home and I put my head on Luna’s lap while she was in her car seat. She found this hilarious and started giggling uncontrollably. I took in her laughter, breathed her in, and cried (with love + happiness, of course). When things get to be too much, I find just looking at this little thing I made to make it all right again.

Tee; Geek Girl Gang {now available in shop!}
Jeans; Forever 21
Hat; Forever 21 {similar}
Lips; Colourpop’s Kapow



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