Weekend Recap & My New Year's Resolutions!

I'm sorry I haven't blogged in a bit but we had a busy weekend with my brother & his girlfriend visiting so here is a little recap of what we got up to! 

Emilia wore my favourite outfit when we drove to the airport to collect my brother - this faded pink & grey tutu from Next, complete with little ballet "shoes" on the tights!  So cute!  I will be so sad when she grows out of it!

Me waiting at the airport drinking some Cork Coffee Roasters coffee - our favourite!  I was so excited for Emilia to meet her zio (uncle) Stefano for the first time and I think he actually really liked her even though he is not a babies person ;)

I received this beautiful gift from my brother & his girlfriend - it has Emilia engraved on one side of the heart and her birth date on the other.  I love it so much!  I will treasure it forever!  (And maybe add another heart soon too ;)

Emilia napping in mommy & daddy's bed...I love her cupcake pj's and how small she looks in our bed, ha ha ha!  She was pretty zonked after the whole weekend...I think she's still recovering!  

Emilia with her zio Stefano.  I was actually really sad I didn't get a better picture of this outfit...it was so cute!  She was all dressed in Zara but we had this total star theme going on!  She wore her red Christmas cardigan with little gold star buttons, grey leggings with a tiny star on the side, a grey star shirt & light grey socks with stars on them...ha ha ha!  We bought everything separately but it all worked so well together :)  And to top it off she wore her red hair bow from Layniebug Designs.

On Saturday we had lunch in Kinsale and I couldn't resist snapping this picture of her in her stroller...she looked soooo cute!  Her grey owl hat is from my mom (Baby Gap) and she is obsessed with the Lamaze princess doll that's lying in front of her.  She has a crinkly skirt...that's her favourite bit!

Onto my New Year's Resolutions - I know I'm kind of behind with this post but I wanted to get it out there anyway.  So here goes: 

1. Learn to drive
Ughhhhh...now that I've said it out loud I will have to make it happen, right?!  I hate everything about driving and it's always been a thing I've known I should do but I never really committed to it till now.  Actually it's becoming a mom that has changed my perspective on this and I realise it's an important skill I want to have.  Mostly because I am no longer responsible just for myself, but for Emilia as well and I don't want to rely on anybody else because you never know what might happen!  So step one is to pass my theory test, which I failed 5 years ago and just gave up on...ahh!  This is going to be a long journey but I know I can do it!

2. Eat healthy 5 days a week
It really annoys me that I made a verrrry similar goal to this last year, ha ha ha!  Clearly I didn't stick to it well enough!!  Okay, I'll admit that when I was pregnant I ate very healthy.  But once I had given birth to Emilia I found myself becoming lazy and eating fewer fruits/veggies, more junk and things like that.  Once again I think this has to do with me feeling responsible for the health of my baby when she was inside me = eat healthy, versus being responsible for the health of myself = eat whatever.  Does that make sense?!  Anyway, the reality is I'm not going to eat perfectly healthy every single day but five out of seven days a week is manageable!  

3. Upload videos 3-5 days a week/Blog 5 days a week
I want to get back into regular uploading/blogging and I feel like last year I was pretty good at it until around the time I had Emilia and my whole life changed!  But now that we've gotten into more of a schedule it seems easier to get back on track.  So I am going to endeavour to upload 3-5 days a week on TheStyleDiet which will consist of the following: Mommy Mondays - a mom/baby related video.  These have taken the place of my pregnancy vlogs and are basically where I talk about anything to do with Emilia (like monthly updates, favourites etc.) and being a mommy.  What I Ate Wednesdays - I am bringing these back by popular demand!  If you don't already know about these it's just where I vlog what I eat in a day...if it's not WIAW one Wednesday, it will probably be another diet/cooking related video but you all know how my cooking skills are so I expect those will be few & far between!  Fridays will be Ask Anna, a video series I'm also bringing back from last year.  These are where I either answer your guys' questions or talk about a particular topic you have asked me for my opinions/advice on.  You can ask me questions either in comments on my blog/YouTube channel or on Twitter with the hashtag #AskAnna.  I will try to answer as many questions as I can! :)  Tuesdays & Thursdays will most likely be beauty/fashion related videos because I have NOT forgotten about those.  I am not promising that there will always be a video up on these days but I will do my best and at least you guys can always rely on Mon-Wed-Fri for some kind of content anyway ;)  

With regards my blog, I am going to try my very hardest to get posts up 5 days a week (Mon-Fri).  Some days they will go along with whatever video I post and other days they will be more personal...it just depends on the day.  

4. Get pregnant (again!)
Okay so last year my resolution was to have a baby in 2012 and while I would love to do the same in 2013 I have to be realistic...Jonathan and I have always wanted our babies to be close together in age (as close as possible, actually) but I am exclusively breast feeding Emilia and plan on doing so until she is 12 months old which means I have no idea when it will happen.  I don't think I have ovulated yet and I certainly haven't had a period so it's difficult to tell :(  My mom and her brother (my uncle) were 10 months apart and the close relationship they had was wonderful...I would love the same thing for my kids.  We shall see what 2013 will bring for our little family!  

Well, I hope you enjoyed this very personal & honest post...sorry it was so long!  Please feel free to post your New Year's Resolutions below - it's not too late, promise! ;)

Stay Stylish!


  1. Nice resolutions!! Very excited for a brother or sister for Emilia! But it is a lot of work, 2 baby's! :)
    And about your blogging.. I love to see more of you and Emilia! Could you do OOTD too? Xxx

  2. So happy you've been really honest with your resolutions Anna, hope you get everything you want in 2013! Can't wait for your vlogs! Xx

  3. Good luck with you resolutions, Anna! You can do it! In regards to getting pregnant, my doctor said just because you are breastfeeding and not having a period doesn't mean you can't get pregnant. At my hospital, they even ask you what you want to do for birth control right before you leave the hospital. I guess it's a common thing for women to get pregnant right away when they don't expect to? I'm not sure. Either way, I hope it happens for you and hubby.

  4. I have that outfit for my little one I bought it in two sizes because I loved it so much! I hope you get your wish to become pregnant again when the time is rite it will happen, your a great mum and you carried well and make beautiful babies so good luck Hun x

  5. i know this is weird but i dont have a youtube account so i comment on your blog
    but for ask anna could u help me with some older girls in my classroom i feel like im in a box and i cant do anything silly or they will make fun of me
    please help me!:(

  6. Nice resolution. I just had a daughter Zoey in november, she is seven weeks old and already 12lbs! Her baby weight is cute but mine not so much! I gained 40lbs with my pregnancy so losing that weight is #1 on my list! Don't you think that eating healthy seems harder when you have little time to prepare food? Also, I used to be a runner and work out 3 - 4 days a week, but being prego and now a sleep deprived mom I haven't worked out for good long time. Working out for me is more of a health choice not a vanity choice because I want to be in great shape when my Zoey has kids of her own and I want to be that active grandma with a healthy heart. #3 is always being the best mom that I can be :)
    Best wishes to you in this new year!

  7. Good luck with your resolutions,Anna! Love your mommy & baby related videos, but I love all the fashion and make up stuff too! My resolutions for 2013 are 1. Getting rid of the baby weight (10 kg....) 2. a healthy lifestyle (same problem as you...I was a very healthy eater only during my pregnancy), getting organised again...I feel my life and my brain are completely out of control since becoming a mum!
    All the best!
    Alexandra (austria)

  8. Does anyone know what the title of the vlog is called where Anna's brother comes to visit?


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