Toddler Boy Room Decor Idea

When I was pregnant with my son, I had my heart set on a particular grey crib from the moment that I saw it. The fact that his name was Grey and the crib was in the color “cool grey” meant (in my pregnant mind) that it was meant to be. As his 2nd birthday approaches, we’re really starting to think about him having his own room. The grey crib that I loved so much has been converted into his toddler bed which is great, but at night he hops out and climbs into bed with us. I love cuddling with my baby and all, but he always makes it a point to jump and then get comfortable right in between my husband and I. He then faces me and wraps my arms around me, lol. I know they say that boys are territorial over their mothers but goodness!

It’ll be a few more months until we’re no longer sharing a room but I’ve been slowly collecting inspiration (on Pinterest of course) for his very own room. Like the rest of my house, I imagine that it will colorful and full of prints without being too matchy. I love to coordinate colors but not have everything look like I bought it together – like my outfits. Here’s what I’m thinking so far, but I’m sure it will change by the time I’m ready. Maybe even by next week.

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21 Months of Motherhood

BELLE JHEANELLBaby Center emailed me today to inform me that my baby is now 21 months and 3 weeks. Of course I already knew that, but I love the reminders and reading about his development as he grows. It’s hard to fathom that the little 6 pound something baby I brought home is now almost 2 years old. He’s really great at communicating (quite the talker), loves to run, dance and do silly things to make us laugh. He also doesn’t play about his food and is (almost) always asking for a cookie. He also makes sure to tell us “buh bye” when he hops on his toy truck and scoots himself forward. His favorite movie is “Cars” and he also enjoys watching Barney and Clifford on Netflix.

This weekend at Oprah’s Life You Want Tour, we had to make a chart about our life categories and rate each area with a happy face, so-so face or sad face. Motherhood was only one of two portions of my chart that had a smiley face. I’m not the perfect mother (I don’t think that person exists) but I feel great about my abilities and the child that I’m raising. Motherhood is a TOUGH 24 hour job that requites mental, physical and spiritual strength. It is the hardest job of my life that leaves me feeling drained at times, yet it’s what fills me up the most. I love being a mom. There’s nothing like having my son grab my face and kiss me, hug me, call me “mommy” or want to cuddle with me. It also cracks me up when he tries to repeat everything that he hears us say.

I’ve grown leaps and bounds since bringing him into this world – he’s made me such a better human being.

I’m still trying to decide what to do for his 2nd birthday. Last years party didn’t go as planned, so part of me wants to have another one to make up for it. A vacation (more so for his parents than him lol) would be nice or maybe we’ll do a simple zoo day. Whatever it is, I love to celebrate him and the joy he’s brought to our lives.

Motherhood. It’s rough but rewarding.


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Target Dream Office Decor Inspiration – Threshold and Nate Berkus

I’ve been in my new place for almost 3 months now and haven’t really started to decorate as yet. If you’ve moved, you know it takes a while to settle in and get familiar with new surroundings – as well all the mental anguish that comes with relocating, lol. While everything is together for the most part, my home office is empty except for a few of Grey’s toys. I imagine that it will actually end up as an office/play area although that may sound counter productive. But hey, that’s the balance of being a MOMtrepreneur.

I spend a lot of time in Target and have always loved their home decor. Threshold and Nate Berkus are my favorite! Now that I’m finally seeing the opportunity bring my creative space to life, I’ve been piecing my inspiration together before I actually go shopping. Here’s my dream office decor inspiration from Target:

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I’d Love To Know What Your Dream Office Looks Like! Please Leave A Comment Below.

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5 All Natural Beauty Must Haves For Every Home

As much as I love to browse of my local Sephora, I try to keep things as natural as possible around here. Truthfully, I barely wear make up these days as I’m typically home running behind my toddler or whipping up Jolie Bloom goodies. However, my skin is in the best condition it’s ever been – except during my pregnancies, the glow was real! Keeping it minimal  has done wonders for my typically greasy and acne prone skin. The following are all items that I use for various needs, and you may already have some of them in your pantry. These 5 all natural beauty must haves for every home that you won’t harm your wallet or your health:

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What Are Your Favorite All Natural Beauty Must Haves?

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Relaxed Family Style At Lake Eola

Every once in a while you have one of those days when you sit back for a moment and think to yourself, “This is a good one”. I’m slowly venturing out in Central Florida and made it to Lake Eola Park over the weekend. I drove by a little while back with Wannie (my unofficial tour guide) and knew that I had to make a day out of it with my family. The weather this past Sunday was glorious – 70′s with a light breeze – a perfect day to spend outdoors. As a former New Yorker, I definitely appreciate the higher temperatures, however they don’t lend to good outdoor family activity days. There’s free yoga on Sundays as well as the Farmers Market – both of which I plan to check out next time. But yesterday, it was so good!

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Daddy // Shirt: Mossimo | Jeans: Express | Watch: G Shock | Sneakers: Reebok

Baby // Shirt: Cherokee | Jeans: First Impressions (similar) | Sneakers: Jordan (similar)

Mommy // Chambray: Wet Seal (similar) | Scarf: Love Culture (similar) | Shirt: Hanes | Leggings: Forever 21 | Sneakers: Jordan

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My main goal with this visit was to do the Swan Boat ride. I prayed it wasn’t too expensive – it actually turned out to be extremely affordable at $15 for 30 minutes. We had such a fun and relaxing time on the water, I’d love to do this at sunset with just the hubby and I for date night. How romantic would that be?

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I’m really excited about the Fall season and seeing more of what Central Florida has to offer. It’s certainly a family friendly area which is exciting for us as parents. I’m always on the hunt for fun and cheap! Let’s see what else I can find :)

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What Did You Do This Weekend? Please tell me in the comment section below.

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Wave Of Light

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Last night I searched the house feverishly for a lighter. Of course I couldn’t find one when I really needed it. In the couple weeks of moving here, I’ve never realized that we have no matches or a lighter.

“Tonight is Wave of Light. I have to light a candle for Jolie.” I kept repeating to my husband.

“It’s ok if you can’t light the candle. You do a very good job of letting Jolie and the world know that you’re always thinking about her.” he finally said.

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Wheat Berry Cafe

wheat_berry_cafe_12345678Wheat Berry Cafe was one of the first places on my list to eat once I moved to Central Florida a couple weeks ago. I had my go-to healthy spots in Fort Lauderdale (you can read that list here) but needed to find some new places since relocating. It’s taken me a couple weeks to settle in, but I finally made it!

wheat_berry_cafe_1belle_jheanell_wheat_berry_cafeAs a native Jamaican gal always in the mood for something tropical, Cole suggested that I try the Jumping Sun. It contained a blend of mango, banana, pineapple, honey and coconut oil – it was so yummy. So much so, that Baby G took my juice away and never gave it back…and trust me I tried to take it from him, lol. But how can you yell at 1 year old that just wants to drink fresh juice? Especially when he has a face like this…

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If you’re ever in the Altamonte Springs/Longwood area, Wheat Berry Cafe needs to be in list of places to grab a healthy bite or sip on raw juice. They even have vegan and raw desserts that I intend to try during my next visit. I’m also REALLY looking forward to trying their cleasnes! Stop by and tell em’ that Belle Jhéanell sent ya!

WHEAT BERRY CAFE & RAW JUICE BAR
1150 Douglas Avenue Suite 1010
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714

Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
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Sister Style

Belle JheanellDid you catch yesterdays post about my 1st Pop Up Shop for Jolie Bloom? This post is all about what I wore, actually, what my sister and I wore. We’re 13 years apart but we often find each other looking and one another saying, “I wanna borrow that outfit from you”. Sure there are outfits she wears that I have no business in and vice versa, but for the most part our styles are very similar.

While browsing Target for something to wear to the event, we both ended up picking up pieces that were a variation of each other. Floral for me? Not a shocker. Jay tends to wear a lot of prints as well. We thought it would be cute to rock our similar outfits at the Pop Up, so we went with it. She served as photographer and did a great job! Did I ever mention that she takes most of my outfit pictures? She’s so good!

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DSC_6883DSC_6881Grey wanted to show off his new car.

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Me // Romper: Long Sleeve Romper Floral – Xhilaration® | Necklace: Walmart | Pumps: BCBG // Jay: Pants are the Easy Waist Soft Pant Floral Print – Xhilaration®

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What Do You Think About Our Sister Style?

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Jolie Bloom Pop Up Shop

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This past Saturday I hosted my very 1st Pop Up Shop for my eco-luxury beauty brand Jolie Bloom. They say the Universe rewards action, so as soon as the idea popped into my head I started making the necessary moves for the event to come to fruition. I also had a little nudge in the right direction from fellow mommy blogger and friend Melissa (thanks girl). Belly Love Maternity Spa in Coral Springs was the perfect venue to have customers and those curious about my business to stop on by. We had girl talk, the ladies enjoyed the breakfast/brunch spread that I provided and they shopped their hearts out. I had a great time getting to know all the ladies in attendance. The amount of love that I’ve received in support of Jolie Bloom has been incredible. It’s truly a labor of love – I work really hard at this – but nothing has ever felt as right as this does. It’s only been 3 months but I’ve learned quite a few lessons already that I will share in an upcoming post. For now, here are tons of photos from this weekends event:

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I brought some breakfast, brunch bites and sweet treats for my guests to enjoy during their shopping experience.

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Publicist Lindey of LL Scene, Cousin Kimi, Heather, Lindsey, Erika and Melissa …amazing ladies!

jolie_bloom_pop_up_shop_belly_love_maternity_spa_1Rhochonda is such a sweet person! Thank you for supporting my events.

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Melissa is the super mom who created Mom, Baby and Beyond where I was a vendor just a few days ago. Such a gem!

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I was so happy that my friend Deseray was able to make it out to the event. She’s having a baby next month and looks amazing! I love watching my friends become mothers. I may be equally as excited about her sons arrival as she is, lol. Also, be sure to check out her thoughts on the Jolie Bloom Caribbean Coconut Shower Bar. And don’t think she gave me a good review just because we’re friends. I can always count on her honesty, hence why I will always consider her a good friend.

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Melissa is everything, be sure to check out her clutches!

I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and making my very 1st Pop Up Shop a success. I got to catch up with friends and make some new ones.

I don’t know another way to wrap up this post except to say that I’m extremely Blessed and excited. There were about 3 times during the event that I caught myself getting emotional due to the support and amazing bonds that I share with some of the women in attendance.

There will definitely be more Pop Up Shops in the future, so be sure to visit the events page to keep up to date on where I’ll be next.


Did you know that October is Infant Loss Awareness Month? Please visit Everything E N J for a very personal post that I have shared about the loss of my daughter, my healing process and the reason why I started Jolie Bloom.


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3 Unexpected Ways To Wear A Classic White Shirt

The classic button down, it’s not just for the office.

When you typically think of a white shirt, you may limit it to just work attire. While I’ve definitely worn mine with slacks or with a suit, I can be found pairing it with unexpected elements for more casual occasions. Here’s a little inspiration if you’d like to wear yours beyond 9-5 as well:

BELLEJHEANELL-CAMOPANTSFatigue & Sneakers // The white shirt helps to bring a more crisp feel to what would otherwise be an extremely casual outfit. You can also try a great fitting pair of jeans with a classic pair of pumps if fatigue pants and sneakers aren’t your thing.

PETER-PILOTTO-FOR-TARGET-SKIRT-BELLE-JHEANELL-Pair It With A Fun Printed Skirt // This can technically work for the office as well depending on your job. A printed skirt is an easy way to bring lots of life to an otherwise classic piece.

BELLE_JHEANELL_DENIM_OVERALLS_1Dress Up Your Overalls // Overalls are a thing again (for now). By pairing it with a white button down shirt, it helps to bring a little more sophistication to what you may otherwise categorize as juvenile piece.


So there you have it – 3 simple ways to spruce up that classic white shirt you’ve only been wearing to work.

Other helpful posts you should check out //

Do You Love To Wear White Button Shirts As Much As I Do?

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