November 30, 2011

Christmas Series: The Long Wait...

The holidays can be really stressful for some kids, who all they think about is whether they'll get what they asked for. However, once in a blue moon, there's that special kid, whose only want is to see his parents open the gift he has carefully selected for them. Truly inspirational. Who doesn't want a kid like this one!
John Lewis - The Long Wait from Blink on Vimeo.
How adorable is this British TV commercial about a kid's angst awaiting Christmas Day. As a new parent this melts my heart.

November 29, 2011

Crazy about stripes

Stripes are that fashion staple that never ceases to be boring. It gives our wardrobes and our homes that crisp, versatile lift, and they never fall out of fashion. Plus they are turning up everywhere. I'm swooning over these:



November 28, 2011


I used to think Angelina Jolie was showing extremism when she kept increasing the size of her family.  Now, I quietly understand. Being a mom is the most wonderful feeling in the world.

Eating solids and more

Our baby daughter started eating solids finally! She loves eating scrumptious sweet potatoes, green beans, avocados, pears and apples, bananas and carrots. But the other day she became constipated. I read it's sometimes common for babies to pass hard stools when making the transition to solids.  I hope this doesn't become habit. Poor Emilu was so uncomfortable, I saw her struggling. When it was all over she laughed and wanted to play with the remote control (her favorite toy).
Her new thing is to drag herself with her tummy to reach for toys.  I guess this is the precursor to crawling.  Yay, so excited.  I, sometimes, cannot believe she's my daughter.

She's also doing the following:

  • Understands the word "no"
  • Imitates some of the sounds we make
  • Rolls over from tummy to back, and vice-versa
  • Looks down when we call Piki, our dog
  • Opens her mouth when she sees me chewing something
  • {Now this one took us by surprise} Grabs the remote with one hand and attempts to point it to the TV 
  • Responds to sounds by turning her head in the direction where they're coming from, such as the mail getting dropped through the mail-hole in the door.
  • {This one makes me soft inside}Throws her arms at me when she wants me.

November 26, 2011

The Holiday Inspiration Roundup

The holiday season is {officially} here! And there's a ton of cheery ideas out there for decorating, gift wrapping, party hosting and delicious cooking to get you in the mood, if you haven't yet felt the itch.  There is plenty of inspiration to go around.

Source: via Patricia on Pinterest

Speaking of inspiration, I'd love to hear or see what ideas are tickling your holiday cheer this year. How about  rounding up things you will try or just feel completely smitten with this holiday season? Let those mood boards speak for themselves!

November 24, 2011

A Thanksgiving Tale

I confess I'm kind of excited about celebrating Thanksgiving. For the first time, I actually look forward to it. Maybe because it will be our first with our new baby daughter, Emilu. My husband is a second generation American, so his parents adopted this holiday. For me Thanksgiving was as abstract as a Picasso' s painting.  Now it will be a holiday my daughter will celebrate and I better start creating memories for her. 

While many of you celebrate this holiday in style with all the stops and whistles, for my family (mom and pops and brother) this holiday has a more quiet meaning. One Thanksgiving Day morning, 30 years ago, back in the DR my mom was feeding my newborn baby brother, who suffered from choking syndrome, when he suddenly stopped breathing.  She ran out the door with the baby in arms, and rushed to my grandmother's house (who lived across the street) screaming and in panic.  The baby was turning blue, my grandmother took him and ran to get a doctor, a neighbor who lived a block from my grandmother's.  He was the owner of the local baseball team, and was having a Thanksgiving luncheon in honor of the American baseball players playing the winter league that year. 
Source: via Shae on Pinterest

My mother's OBGYN was there too. He had delivered my baby brother, and together they took the baby to his clinic. They drove like maniacs across town. When they arrived at the clinic, they gave him oxygen and other things, and he started breathing again. The joke was he had never delivered the same baby twice, until that moment. The whole ordeal lasted about 20 min. enough to cause brain injury. Everyday she prayed and watched him closely. But he turned out fine.  We give thanks for that. Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate our blessings. What are you thankful for?

November 23, 2011

National Espresso Day

Did you know today is National Espresso Day? Enjoy your sweet and velvety cup of espresso today. I will be sipping mine with extra care and joy! And for the coffee lovers among your friends, checkout these cool gifts that will have them joyfully caffeinated throughout the holidays!

November 22, 2011

Etsy Find: Upcycled Vintage Art Prints

Are you looking for that special, hard-to-find, quirky holiday gift for that hipster friend who loves art, recycling and vintage?  This Etsy shop will seal the deal. Their prints are made from dictionary pages using vintage art. Believe me, your friend will love this gift. And the prices are unbelievable!  For $6.99; they are a bargain! (Frame is no included)

Or buy them for yourself! You can frame them, and place them on shelves, bar carts, bathroom vanities, or living room walls and you will be bringing that vintage touch that will certainly transform your abode.  I love this Mustache art print and this Cool DJ Headphones.

Source: via Patricia on Pinterest
Source: via Patricia on Pinterest
Source: via Patricia on Pinterest
Source: via Patricia on Pinterest

And the winner is...

I won a giveaway over at The Embellished Life. A set of Paul Labrecque Luxury Hair Care Volume collection, which included a shampoo, leave-in conditioner and a hold spray.  I was happy to learn it was not tested on animals, which is huge on my list, and then when I tried it, oh I was so pleasantly surprised.  I get volume without feeling like I have a lot of product in my hair.  And it's got that chic salon smell.  Thanks Jessica for this great giveaway, I feel totally spoiled now.

November 21, 2011

The Thanksgiving table

 My husband and I are staying put this year.  It will be our first holiday with Emilu.  By then, she will be well established with eating mashed food and it will be tons of fun to see her at the table. I will be preparing a Thanksgiving dinner this year and these tables are so inspiring. There's one for every taste from modern sleek to very traditional.  For more inspiration,  25 Thanksgiving table to gaze upon.

Are you a guest or a host this Thanksgiving? What are your holiday ideas for this Thanksgiving?   I'd love to hear about them.

November 20, 2011

Pumpkin Hazelnut Pie

Care for some pie? I just watched Food Network's Sunny Anderson prepare the easiest and yummiest Thanksgiving pie ever: Pumpkin Hazelnut Pie. I can't wait to prepare this for our Thanksgiving dinner, and staying up late the day before so that I can bake it to perfection.

November 18, 2011

Have a Lovely Weekend

It's been raining here in DC.  Hopefully it will quit this weekend. Today, my husband gets back from a business trip to Santo Domingo. A job with the U.S. Embassy down there.  So, I know he ate and slept well, and even had some pool time.  Having him back means I get to resume some of the things I haven't been able to finish. I also need some rest. Only two weeks until Thanksgiving! I {maybe}want to cook a Thanksgiving dinner.  As a vegetarian I grieve the fate of the meat that ends up in people's holiday plates.  To each their own is my philosophy; but this year, I find myself wanting to cook a bird.  Principle aside, I love the idea of serving my husband a true Thanksgiving dinner, especially when we won't be able to share in this holiday with his family (they are big on Thanksgiving; my family, on the contrary, is big on Christmas- so it works out fine) So let's see what happens...

Emilu started eating solids a couple of days ago.  I will be snapping a few pictures of her soon. I want to say thank you for stopping by this week.  It makes my day to see my blog getting attention.  I love to visit other people's blogs and know the heart and time that goes into each post.  I hope you readers have a lovely weekend.  Here are some fabulous links I hope you like.  Have a safe and happy weekend. See you back on Monday!

If I lived in Brooklyn, Park Slope is where I like to be. This amazing Park Slope townhouse  is for sale there.

I dare you to fill your heart bag with love.

This cute dress with elbow patches has me at hello!

What an amazing home  (taking notes...)

Gearing up for some glittery holiday days ahead.

Crazy about capes and these chocolate cupcakes

For the grammar nerd in you, plus lovely gifts for book lovers.

Don't have the space for a Christmas tree?  Your answer in these small and festive Christmas trees 

A picture tale of adopting love 

For kids: A totally fun way to learn and carry your books

Don't be a turkey:  Gift ideas for the Thanksgiving host 

Images via Flickr and Decorology

12 Days of Eames Holiday Giveaway

Have you heard about the Herman Miller furniture giveaway? Smart Furniture is giving away 12 classic Eames-inspired furniture prizes and you can enter everyday until Dec. 1st. to maximize your chances of winning.  The grand prize is the awesome Eames Lounge and Ottoman set, which has me giggling with excitement.  So go on and hop over to Smart Furniture to enter this awesome giveaway!

November 16, 2011

Sweet Finds: Big Cookies in a Small World

Have you been looking for a fun and sweet holiday gift? How about baking these cookies. Aren't they fabulous? They're not your average cookies. They are BIG Cookies in a small world, and they are available, plus tons of other unique sweet ideas, in the Winter 2011 edition of Sweet Paul Magazine.

Don't they look yummy?Find the recipe here:{Big Cookies in a small world } Enjoy!
Images via Sweet Paul Magazine, Winter 2011

November 15, 2011

Tantrums: A Dialogue

My daughter is only 6 months old and she's already having tantrums. Many of them. For no reason. When I sit her in the play pen. When I put her in the stroller. When I lean her back a little for her bottle feeding. You know that moment, when you are dressing them and you are putting their arms through the sleeve, that moment she hates. She throws a fit. Is there any reason to feel this could be a game changer? Can I be raising an impertinent child who has tantrums just to test me? Maybe I'm putting too much into this. But, I can't help but wonder...

Here she is right at the beginning of a tantrum wave.  I just happened to be using the phone.  If you've been reading this blog, you know by now that Emilu has been a high needs baby since her newborn days.  Maybe it's time for me to surrender, and stop over-analyzing her moods. I shall have to embrace that my daughter is special.  In her own little world, I'm special too.  It's the reason why she's so honest and open about her feelings. She wants me to accept that. 

And I'm slowly learning .  I'm discovering her intensity, her resolute ways.  And one day she'll discover mine.. We are beginning to understand each other, hear each other out.  This is the beginning of a lifelong dialogue. This is ground zero for us both.

Autumn around the neighborhood

Today the temperature was in the 60s. Can you believe this? It was so pleasant, with Autumn in full display, it was the perfect afternoon. So, just because, I decided to shoot some pictures with my camera phone. Autumn is a truly magnificent season in textures and colors. And let's not even get into the aromas and tastes. That is another post.

November 11, 2011

25 Ways to a Scarf

How brilliant is this! Have you ever passed a woman on the street and wonder/admire the way she wears her scarf?  Well, now you got the answers.  This video shows you 25 creative ways to wear that scarf. And you can click on each version to see the tutorial closer.  So get cracking on that scarf and cease being intimidated by a piece of fabric!

Via Design Mom

November 10, 2011

Have a Blissful Weekend

Hello my lovely readers. The weekend is here and with it a new opportunity to try the things we have been planning the whole week.  You know, it's the little things that make us happy, right?  A cup of hot chocolate when you're craving something warm and sweet, the way the sunlight illuminates an area of the house that usually remains dull, and a comment, that goes a long way. This week has been like this for me and I'm thankful for it.  What are your plans this weekend?  Someone pointed out that Christmas is less than two months away.  Are you hopeful for the holidays?  This is the most special time of the year for me.  It means family, family and family. These are the links that have made an impression on me this week. Enjoy!

Amazing paper gift wrap ideas great for upcoming holiday gift giving.

The tantrum solution?

I love this comedian's sense of self. Can't wait to read her book.

How to wear navy and black together.

There's something about mirrored vanities.

Vintage bracelets that add pizzazz to any outfit.

What to do with crafty kids during the Thanksgiving holiday?  Checkout  these 25 amazing crafts for kids!

A tempting life list. (Now I want to make one).

DIY Autumn Head Crown

This decadent chocolate buttercream frosting would go perfect with this Depression Era chocolate cake. Yummy!

The perfect necklace, I finally found it!

Source: via Patricia on Pinterest