A Fresh Start & 10 Fun Facts about Me

A Fresh Start & 10 Fun Facts about Me

Welcome to Style With Kitty!! I had to retire Binkie Bliss because with each post it was making me realize more and more how the name just wasn’t fitting for the content anymore. It was a fun start to this outlet of mine but I’m excited for this new chapter of rebranding! So here’s to the early mornings and late nights of joining me on this platform where we can connect about food, fashion, fitness, travels and mommin’! Because let’s be honest mommin ain’t easy and when you know you have a tribe of your very own in the same boat it makes it all the more survivable! So join my tribe right here at Style With Kitty! Here you will find recipe’s, budget friendly fashion, and tried and true fitness tips.

With a fresh start I wanted to share 10 Fun Facts about me!

10 Fun Facts About Me:

  1. My nickname is Kitty (probably since I was born, but only my family calls me Kitty otherwise the names, Nida)
  2. I grew up in New Jersey – No I do not have a joisey accent 
  3. I went to college in Idaho (not Ohio, and yes it exists on the map)
  4. I was born in Peshawar, Pakistan
  5. I love the mountains
  6. I’ve done a skydive
  7. I grew up with four older sisters (picture it as having four closets growing up and even to this day!)
  8. I find folding laundry very therapeutic (in fact I’m making this list as I’m folding laundry)
  9. I’m terrified of snakes (my older son was bit by a garden snake when he was two!)
  10. The coolest celebrity I’ve ever met was Denzel Washington (he was on broadway for Julius Caesar in NYC)

I’d love to learn something about you so leave a fun fact about yourself in the comments below!

Thanks for following along this journey of mine!

-Kitty

Cruising into 2019

Cruising into 2019

Hey Friends! Last week has been a week indeed!  First off, I feel like last week was one of the longest and most dragged out weeks ever. Maybe it had to do with coming back from an epic vacation to Cancun to just pure chaos!  I had all these fun posts planned for when I returned but instead got bombarded with a sick kid, potty training, a broken refrigerator, so much laundry, preschool visits, and did I mention the never ending loads of laundry?! But we survived!

We returned last Sunday only to find a brand new unopened gallon of milk had spoiled. We figured it was no big deal we tossed that gallon and bought another, two days later, same thing and more spoiled food. Finally my husband looked into it and realized the fridge wasn’t functioning right and we called for some repairs and guess what?! It wasn’t possible to repair a fridge with a broken compressor because they stopped selling the parts necessary so we ended up buying a new refrigerator this weekend and if we’re spending on one new appliance why not just update all the other appliances as well, right guys?! Which was actually pretty nice, we ended up getting a new microwave and we decided on a nice new stove too! Nothing fancy but definitely a nice change so I’m pretty excited!

Back to the good stuff, it’s Monday, a new day and a new week!  I’ve finally got myself back into a routine of a workout.  It has nothing to do with the New Year and new goals just realizing if I bring a little change in my awful eating habits and exercise I will feel better! I love my body and the fact that this body had two beautiful babies and during our vacation I noticed I just didn’t have the energy like I used to, whether it was climbing up stairs or running through the airport catching flights.  It is my stamina I am more worried about; I need to be able to keep up with my boys! I was doing so well until about Thanksgiving and then it was sporadic workouts and then no workouts until last week. But you know what I’m not going to dwell on the fact that I stopped for weeks and I’m going to keep going strong (now THAT has to do with the New Year and new goals)!!

In 2019 I’m all about staying in the moment. I’ve realized that no matter what the dishes will ultimately get done, the laundry will be folded, and everything else will fall into place.  It’s about enjoying the moment that I’m presently in whether it be stopping to cuddle with my boys for an episode of Peppa Pig or story time cozied up by the fireplace. I’m going to focus a lot more on a healthier lifestyle, which means no more late night munching on chocolate chip cookies and Oreos and doing those daily workouts even if its just 30 min on the treadmill. More so because they make me feel healthier and help me build that stamina! Also, its something I’m doing for me, not the mom in me or the sister or daughter but for just ME!

One of my motivators this week for a workout was a fresh pair of runners and workout clothes. What better way to get motivated than a shopping spree! I’ve linked some of my favorites below. (I think the Nike runners I’ve linked are now out of stock but tons of more options I can link here later)

So here’s my little farewell to 2018! 2018 tested our patience in many ways and brought us so much joy! We officially became homeowners for the very first time, we both grew as individuals, my husbands business took a tremendous positive leap (after of course A LOT of blood and sweat), we made some memorable trips, and enjoyed precious moments of watching our sweet boys grow, I’d also like to think we kind of figured out this parenting thing to a certain extent, we survived the terrible two’s with our oldest son and now we’re on round two with the younger one (all prayers will be appreciate in this department) all in all you’ve been good to us 2018 but we couldn’t be more ready and grateful to see what’s in store for us this coming year! So 2019, bring it on!

We had an epic start to this year with such a memorable trip to Cancun (And because so many of you messaged asking me for information on where we stayed and what we did I have a post coming out this week on our trip with deets on where we stayed, the activities we did, and so much more it’ll make you want to book your very own paradise getaway full of sun, sand, and the ocean!)

Happy Monday, Friends!

Joggers for Life

Joggers for Life

I jump with joy the days I can just get a few minutes to myself.  Things around here with toddler boys can sometimes get a little haywire.  I went to moms yesterday and the boys missed their naps by about 5pm my mom was having her anxiety kick in because the kids were literally running and jumping off the walls. The beauty of missing their naps was they were knocked out and asleep by 7pm sharp! I snuck in a nap once they fell asleep which was so refreshing!

We were hit with a bit of rain and some flurries yesterday but that didn’t stop us from hitting the polls! I loved seeing all the posts on everyone stepping out and getting their voice heard! As the weather gets colder we moms still have to step out for early morning school drop-offs or errands and there’s nothing like having a pair of joggers to add to your momiform to keep things warm and cozy. I just had to pop in and share the sweetest deal on the coziest Alternative joggers ever!

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(To purchase simply click on either of the images below and buy yourself a pair, there are more colors and prints you can select from once you click the image)

These joggers fit snug like a glove and to add to their comfort they are SOFT!! They have a slim fit to them and they do tend to shrink just a little after the first wash. Initially I bought these joggers in a medium because many reviews said they run small but the medium gave me a loser fit whereas the small size was more snug. I prefer to wear joggers a little more snug (I’m about 5 feet and wear a size 24 or 25).  I love these joggers so much that I have four pairs!!

My first initial find for the Alternative jogger was at Nordstrom but they were priced at $54.  Until I found them on Amazon for less than $25!!!! Sweet deals like this make me jump with joy!!! I’ve linked the Alternative joggers here.  They come in different colors and even a fun camo print (*note pricing varies on amazon based on the print/color you select).  As the weather is getting cooler all of us moms can use a cozy pair of joggers to cozy up by the fireplace or slip them on in the crisp cold mornings when we have to drop the kids off to school. Don’t miss out on this deal! To purchase simply click the image/link and buy your pair now!

As the holidays approach I’m excited to share more styles and deals with you so stay tuned with me I’ll be posting more updates on sales and discounts!

Monday Musings

Monday Musings

We survived last weeks sugar high. Halloween was a success we managed to cover just our street and it was good enough for the boys to get an idea of trick-or-treating. Ray woke up at 7 am the next day thinking it’s going to be Halloween everyday and insisting on going trick-or-treating.  That took some explaining but I think he gets that Halloween is just once a year! JJ is still obsessed with all the Halloween nursery rhymes and keeps asking me to play “Punkin Halloween” (5 Little Pumpkins).

The weekend flew right before our eyes as we had spurs of pouring rain and then some sun.  A little snow in the higher altitude regions lead to a beautiful view of snow-capped mountains this got me all excited about the holidays and I started getting ideas of holiday décor for our home I have a post coming this week of some of my favorite Amazon deals.  I am way eager to get a tree up and start decorating but I’ll wait for another couple weeks. As for now…I want to dive into some recipe books and get some delicious recipes out before Thanksgiving!

Every year for the past couple years as tradition my husband and my sister both cook a thanksgiving turkey.  My husband loves to marinate his Turkey with our traditional spices he loves to give it a very traditional Pakistani taste.  My sister on the other hand cooks her Turkey with a classic American marination she has a special recipe she hasn’t shared but she does the whole shebang with mouth watering stuffing and cranberry sauce. Both Turkeys are devoured!!

I love to get into the Thanksgiving spirit by some holiday decor, kitchen essentials, and making sure the kids enjoy the holiday as well. My little Ray loves to help in the kitchen and so I’ve linked some of my favorite items for toddlers and kitchen must-haves for the food festivities found on Amazon! And if you’re a prime member on Amazon you can get free two day delivery which is amazing! Since becoming a prime member I’ve been so spoiled standard delivery at many retail stores takes 5-7 business days which seems like a lifetime away after you’ve reaped the benefits of being a Amazon Prime member!

Here is my roundup of Amazons must-haves for Thanksgiving (you can simply click on any item and purchase)…

Here is my roundup of Amazons Thanksgiving must-haves for your toddler! These fun must-haves will keep them entertained and help them join you in the cooking fun!! (to purchase any of the items simply click on the images and purchase)

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? What are some of the items you find necessary on Thanksgiving day in the kitchen? Feel free to share in the comments below.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! How many of you have started decorating for Christmas already?

Books on Books on Books…

Books on Books on Books…

Growing up my mom always pushed all of us to read. As first generation immigrants my mom wanted to make sure we didn’t fall behind at any point in the newly adopted American education system. We made frequent trips to the library and returned home with piles of books. There was a time when she made us just pull out words from the dictionary and learn random words.  Somewhere along this journey I fell in love with reading I think it took until about freshman year of High School for me to really enjoy a good book.

Now that I’ve entered the realm of motherhood I have always had a strong desire for my children to grow a fondness of reading.  Since Ray was born I have been reading to him and since he was six months I have been taking him to our local library and of course JJ joined along the ride as well since he was born.  We read at least one book a day before bedtime usually it stretches out to more than one book, well because Ray is three now and he’ll do ANYTHING to delay bedtime!

Here are my top three books:

Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis: This was such a fun and inspirational self-growth book.  It was a solid smack and wake up call to stop letting people and circumstances in life control your life and to get up and work at your dreams!

Raising Cane – Dan Kindlon PhD and Michael Thomson PhD: I absolutely loved this read.  I am reading this book again.  This is a reference book for me as I raise my boys.  If you are a boy mom I highly recommend this book. Having been raised in a household of ONLY girls and then having boys of my own I knew there would be a learning curve. This book is a guide into how societies concept of masculinity plays such a strong role in impacting a boy’s life leading to anger, fear and sadness. This book also breaks down the years of theories behind testosterone and boy biology.

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez: This book is quite the emotional rollercoaster a love story to pull at your heartstrings.  I love the style of Gabriel Garcia’s writing his descriptive writing grasps you into the book and makes you feel like you’re actually witnessing every single scene in person.

Here are some of my favorite Activity Workbooks for the boys: (Ages 2 and up)

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1.) Kumon Workbooks Series

  • My book of Coloring
  • My book of Uppercase Letters
  • Let’s Sticker & Paste
  • Tracing Book

2.) School Zone- Big Preschool Workbook

3.) Brain Quest Workbook – Pre K

We love to buy fun activity books from all kinds of different brands for the holidays! It’s the best way to get into the holiday spirit!  Our most recent purchase for Halloween were these fun activity books from our local Fred Meyers grocery store:

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-Priddy Books- Reusable stickers used to decorate pumpkins, haunted house, etc.

-Sweets & Treats Halloween themed book (lots of stickers and coloring in this one) the boys get to decorate cupcakes and cakes with the stickers provided in the book.

-Bloomsbury Activity Books- Again LOTS of stickers

All of these activity books give the kids an opportunity to be creative and best thing of all it keeps toddlers occupied for a long time.  Any constructive activity that helps to avoid screen time is a bonus in our household.

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post? How do you motivate your toddlers for less screen time and more activities? Feel free to share in the comments below!