WE are back! Welcome our not-so new addition!

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I’m back!

I don’t even know where to begin. It’s almost been 1 year since my last post on ABD and so much has changed.  As you can guess I had my sweet baby girl! Evelyn was born early morning on September 9th, 2013.  Since then life has been a beautiful chaos.  In the beginning I was struggling to adjust to motherhood so I had no time, energy or will to continue blogging.  But like people told me over and over again while I was in the thick of things, it got easier!  Most days I’m still pretty pooped by the time Evelyn is in bed but I have to say I really do miss blogging.  I spent months in my mom uniform (pjs/sweats, no makeup, messy ponytail) but I’m starting to feel the oh-so-familiar draw from the beautiful eyeshadows and lip glosses from the makeup counters and clothes that are actually suitable for the outside world. And I miss having my own space to share and express my thoughts.

So, what’s to come?  It only feels natural that ABD will include more family posts and my life as a mama.  I know I have so much catching up to do like Evelyn’s birth story, my breastfeeding journey, baby products that we love, etc.  Of course I’ll also continue blogging about all things beauty related as well as recipes, home organization and pretty much all aspects of my life.

If you’re reading this, then thanks so much for coming back to see what’s been going on in my little world.  If you’re new, welcome! I can’t wait to get to know you and share my life with you.

Overall, I just want to express that I’m so thankful for my little blog. And I’m also thankful for my supportive husband who has encouraged me to continue blogging and even helped revamp ABD with a new look! Thanks Hubs!

Stay tuned for Evelyn’s birth story. :)


 

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How the Owner of This Blog Changed My Life

*Note* – This is Soo Jin’s husband hi-jacking his wife’s blog to do a guest post :)

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Another decade passes by…3rd one to be exact.

I know it’s just another notch to add to my belt, but I couldn’t help but reflect on the past 10 years of my life.  First off, I can’t even remember what I did for my 20th birthday and to think how long it feels since then…this gives me incredible joy knowing how much more time I have in this world to enjoy with my family and change it.  I have learned a great deal in these past 10 years.  I’ve learned just how greedy and selfish I was.  To everybody who showed me love through my crap, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Some of you guys know this about me, but when I turned 25, my life goal was to make my first $1,000,000 before I turned 30 and buy an Audi R8.  The thought of getting married and having a beautiful little girl NEVER crossed my mind.  Working was my life and everything I talked about, posted on Facebook, tweeted…(jk, I don’t use Twitter) was about my profession and making money.  No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making a ton of money…just as long as you don’t define yourself by the size of your bank account.

God had MUCH bigger plans for me because he brought into my life the only woman who would be able to break my hard heart, fight through my bullshit and literally change my life.

Soo Jin – I sincerely hope you always know that I am forever thankful that I somehow was able to con you into marrying a loser like the 27 year-old version of me.  Over the past several years, I know I haven’t been the easiest person to deal with but as I escape my twenties and move onto my thirties, there’s nothing more I could ask for in this world than looking forward to always loving you and being loved by you.

I actually had a conversation with Soo Jin this past week and I shared with her how I feel like I wasted my twenties working 18+ hour days and that I have so many regrets.  What she said brought me a lot of comfort and made me realize that mistakes truly are a blessing in disguise as long as you extract the little bit of wisdom that each decision carries.  If I could sit down with the 25 year old version of Max and have a face to face chat, first thing I’d do is smack him as hard as I possibly can.  Actually on second thought, he was a lot stronger than the 30 year old version so maybe that wouldn’t be the best idea.  Anywhoo, here are the top 7 things I wish I could tell myself.

  1. Do NOT forget about Jesus just because things are going well
  2. Stop obsessing over money, it’s one of the most toxic ways to mess up your life
  3. Get your temper under control NOW
  4. Buy a house, not a nice car.  Having a nice car that’s parked outside your apartment is not something to be proud of
  5. You’re not ready to start and run a company, so make sure you take a little time off working and invest some of your time into building stronger relationships…it’ll be a better use of your time
  6. Floss every night you lazy bum
  7. Think about what you want in life…then think about it again without the things you first thought about.  That’s what you should work towards :)

I’m incredibly thankful today for what God has done in my life.  I’m especially thankful that money is not something I use to define myself anymore.  What excites me most is that if given the choice between an Audi R8 vs a jogging stroller that I can use to take my little Evelyn for a run…I’ll pick the stroller 7 days out of the week.

With a new perspective on life, an incredible wife, an amazing daughter, and super awesome friends…nothing can stop me (we’ll see what the 40 year old version of me says to that).


 

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LeSportsac Baby Line Featuring the Ryan Baby Bag, Jessi Baby Bag and Baby Bottle Bag

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I mentioned back in April that I was on the hunt for a stylish diaper bag that doesn’t scream “I carry diapers!”.  Some other important factors were that it’s light-weight, functional (pockets and can carry crossbody) and affordable.  Well I searched high and low and all the baby bags that I liked never met the affordable criteria.

Even though I wasn’t in love, I was pretty set on purchasing the MARC by MARC JACOBS Pretty Nylon Eliz-a-baby Diaper Bag in Black or Grey. It did take a while to justify the $298 price tag to Hubs.

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PROS

light weight material (although the cross-body strap adds weight to it)
versatile – can be used as a travel bag or gym bag later on
easy to clean
lots of pockets for organization
stylish – doesn’t scream DIAPER BAG

CONS

 PRICE! Pretty spendy at $298 per bag
weight – heavier than it looks with the cross-body strap attached
size – it’s actually VERY large and dwarfs my 5’3″ frame.  looks more appropriate on Hubs’ 6′ frame.

Hubs eventually caved and approved the purchase but before I went ahead with it I realized that I hadn’t looked into LeSportsac’s baby bag line!  I reached out to my LeSportsac friends and they were so sweet to send me a handful of baby bags and accessories to try out and review.

LeSportsac Ryan Baby Bag

Lesportsac Ryan Baby Bag

Details

13 x 13.75 x 7 inches

Zipped main closure
Front zipper pocket
Back open pocket with changing pad
Two open side pockets for bottles (not included)
Two interior open pockets
Stroller holder straps
11in (27.94cm) Handle drop
Adjustable/Detachable shoulder strap (Max 50in/127cm)

PROS

light weight – lighter than the Marc Jacobs’ bag
versatile – can be used as a travel bag or gym bag later on
easy to clean
lots of pockets for organization
stylish – for the MOST part, the designs don’t scream DIAPER BAG (although some patterns do)
price – much cheaper than the Marc Jacobs bag
size – it’s a bit smaller than the Marc Jacobs bag and doesn’t look as large on my 5’3″ body

CONS

I do still like the Marc Jacob’s quilted look in black but the solid black Ryan Baby bag is pretty dang close

Aqua Dot – $138

Front view

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Top view

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Front pocket – one large full length zip

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Back pocket – One large no zipper opening

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Inside you have two more pockets

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Also some handy clips for your stroller

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One deep pocket on each outer side of the bag for bottles/drinks or anything else

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Comes with a fairly large changing mat

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Open

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While I feel like this print is a little too “diaper bag” for me, Hubs is actually a big fan of this print. He says that he’ll use this if he ever takes Baby Girl out without me.  I think this would be cute if we had a little boy!

Aberdeen Stripe – $138

Lesportsac Ryan Baby Bag Aberdeen Stripe

Currently this bag is being used as Baby Girl’s hospital bag.  I love the colors and the stripes!  I know this is part of the Fall line but it feels more Spring/Summer to me?  Regardless, this print is super cute and I know I’ll be carrying this bag around a lot.  The same features are included in this print as the Aqua Dot.

Black Solid – $138

Lesportsac Ryan Baby Bag Black Matte

I love love love the black solid print!  It’ll look great and go with any outfit any season AND it doesn’t scream “I’m a diaper bag!”.  This is definitely my go-to diaper bag that I’m planning on using.

Jessi Baby Bag – Black Solid – $148

Lesportsac Jessi Baby bag

The Jessi Baby Bag is actually a new design created for the more on-the-go, minimalist mama.  It’s a bit smaller than the Ryan Baby Bag so it’s easier to wear crossbody and carry around as your purse AND diaper bag.

Out of my eagerness, I tried using this bag as my purse but found that it’s way too big and spacious for just everyday use for a non-mama.  All the extra space, pockets and compartments will come in handy once I have baby stuff to lug around. :)

Details

14 x 18 x 6 inches

Zipped main closure
Exterior front zipper pocket
Exterior back panel divided open pocket
Includes changing pad and matching zip closure pouch
Interior center zip divider pocket
Two interior insulated bottle pockets (bottles not included)
Two interior front wall open pockets
Two interior back wall open pockets
Exterior stroller attachement straps
Adjustable/Detachable shoulder strap (Max 50in)

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Removable cross-body strap when you want to attach the bag to the stroller

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One large zippered front pocket

 

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2 non-zippered pockets on the back

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The stroller hook – just remove and attach

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The inside has tons of compartments~

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2 pockets for bottles with insulated interior

 

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Also comes with a changing mat that is a tiny bit smaller than the one from the Ryan Baby Bag

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Baby Bottle Bag – Aqua Dot – $28

Lesportsac Baby Bottle Bag

Details

8 x 3 x 3 inches

Zipped main closure
Insulated interior
Detachable crossbody strap (Max. 48in / 121.92cm)
Converts to a short handle when shoulder strap is removed.

This cute little bottle bag will carry up to a large size bottle.  One thing I noticed though is that it’s not waterproof.  I had a ziplock bag half full of ice in there that happened to leak and the whole bag got soaked from the inside out.

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I’m super excited to try all these bags out on a day-to-day basis once Baby Girl arrives.  Seriously, the anticipation and waiting is the hardest in the last days and weeks!  Everyone keeps telling me and Hubs to enjoy our time right now but to be honest it’s so hard! We just want to meet our little girl as soon as possible. :)

After we’ve gotten some good use out of our Lesportsac Baby goodies I’ll let you know my thoughts on functionality!


 

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