July 31, 2012

A darling wishlist

Darling Clementine is a lovely shop for little ones.  Here you can find all sorts of unique and darling gifts.  Here's what I'm shopping for in my little head.

A Darling Clementine Wishlist

July 30, 2012

Motherhood: On souls

Being a mother has recently opened up some moments for deep thought and reflection.  I've always been a believer of transcendental things.  My daughter will soon be 15 months old.  Like pieces of a puzzle, her personality and temperament are fully taking shape in front of our eyes.  Every new sound, gesture, disclosure is met with wonder, but also with a familiarity that is sometimes revealing.  I feel like I've known her a very long time.  As if our souls have somewhat embraced each other in another life.  Is this what they mean when they say your children choose you?  Or deeper in reflection:  Do souls congregate with other familiar souls for the purpose of closing the circle of life?

I believe in reincarnation.  In the evolution of souls. Evolution is not just for living things.  If cells have a (micro-life) purpose, and are programmed to fulfill that purpose, why couldn't souls be same?  I believe souls have a (macro-life) purpose.  And sometimes, this purpose doesn't get realized in one lifetime.  Am I making sense?  I hope I'm not scaring you.  We are human beings after all, and our intellect is given to us not just for the purpose of elevating our material yearnings. We also have the freewill need to connect and (potentially) merge with the Unknown, whether you call it god,  fate, alchemy or mother earth. And the road to this is raising questions and finding answers wherever you think they hide. Actually, our purpose in life should be to attain harmony and communion of the material and spiritual halves. To me it makes sense.  To you, something else makes sense. It's fine too.

I just like to believe that when they say that God doesn't give us more than we can't handle, or life has a way of working itself, what they really mean is that each of us is born with a lifemap that facilitates our journey. And souls are part of that lifemap, guiding us in our search for harmony.  That these souls have something to contribute.  That they've been with us for a while.  A nurturing (symbiotic) relationship similar to the one inside the body.  At a cellular level.  That these souls are with us because we have lessons to learn, love tales to weave, and more importantly, experiences that will help these souls and us, close the circle of life.
My daughter's soul has been with me for a while. And my mother's too. I know this now.

July 27, 2012

Have a happy weekend

Are you watching the Summer Olympics broadcast?  It turns out most of the world watched it live, except us.  It will be broadcasted tonight. When I was kid in the 80's we would all gather around to watch the Olympics, especially at night with dad. The idea that these games took place every four years was so unrealistic in my kid's mind, that I thought they only had one lifetime shot at the events. It was like the Halley Comet's path in '86, an event so out of this world, that all the kids at school would talk and write school essays about their experience seeing the Comet fly by.  My parents had to explain to me that most athletes had about a decade of their lives to appear in the games, and even then, I would be so caught up with the age factor and trying to figure out how many chances they had left, that it felt like schoolwork when watching the games.  I hope you have a happy relaxing weekend.  Here are some links which I have enjoyed this week.

cute candle stakes

there's no place like home, Rome!

the dumbest Summer Olympics moments

this recipe for lavender lemonade (le sigh)

these handbags from Building Block

the hollow sounds of an aching heart 

illustrations of crabs & lobsters 

the gender neutral style of Shiloh Jolie Pitt

want to eat here while in London for the Summer Olympics

July 26, 2012

Shop alert: Chewing the Cud

I recently discovered this amazing shop online.  It reminded me of  when I was pregnant with Emilu and was dreaming up what I thought were wild entrepreneurship ideas. I have always like things that you can reuse a hundred different ways and times.  So one idea was to use  plastic rental bins for moving.  I actually thought people, especially urban dwellers would be uniquely attracted to these, but I never calculated, they could become a flourishing business.  Same with these beautiful printed fabrics used as gift wraps. They are so clever, green and a lasting gift. 

It proves that some wild ideas are really good, actually.  You just have to put forward your hardest effort to make them happen. 

July 25, 2012

Kids Zone: Pretty tents

These kids' tents are so unique and creative. Kids love a tucked corner just for them, where make-believe happens. And they can be fun and even soothing, as they retreat into their own space to think, create or just play.  I know these images have been posted thousands of times all over the internet.  But, I couldn't help but feel like a kid again with these pretty tents.   I think I know where to put one. 

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July 24, 2012

Weekend outings with a friend

A couple of weeks ago, my good old friend, who lives in NYC stayed with us for the weekend.  We had so much to talk and gossip about.  It was restorative to have her around, because my days can be tiring and sometimes, overwhelmed with routine stuff.  I took her to the farmer's market, Eastern market and flea, and to long walks around our neighborhood.  It was pretty low key, but we both needed this relaxation.  Here are a few pictures of that weekend.

 I love our green market.  The produce is always fresh and tasty, seasonal and local.  This past weekend we bought some amazing plums, peaches as always, or until they run out, nectarines, and the usual:  fresh, real cage-free eggs and some artisan bread.   Thanks for visiting, dear old friend.

July 23, 2012

Anything but bedtime

Have you struggled with bedtime before? Emilu's bedtime is late. It always has been. Being a high needs baby AND a poor sleeper almost immediately left us no options, but to basically follow her lead on this one. Our own pediatrician suggested it. Not all children are 7 o'clock bedtime sleepers. It's OK to push bedtime for when she's tired. The only problem is our nights are not are own. The good side of this: Since she's taking one long afternoon nap (usually 2 hours or more) we can cajole her to go back to sleep around 6ish when most 7 o'clock bedtime sleepers are waking up for the day. She takes her bottle at that time and we usually snooze until 8ish.

July 20, 2012

Have a fun weekend

Hi everyone!  It's my husband's birthday this Saturday.  We are planning a picnic at the park/playground just outside the city.  Oh we can't wait.  I have tons of pictures I need to upload this weekend to post on the blog.  So bear with me, please.  Do you have any fun plans?  Here are a few inspired links to contribute to the fun. 

tiles to make your house beautiful

a beautiful and ravaging account of watching life passing on 

the book + the cover design = genius read

a great way to get over body issues

Dear Henry (letters from a mamma)

Rachel Zoe's picks are fabulous!

100 most creative people in business in 2012

ahhhh, moonrise kingdom inspired nursery 

aerial photographs of beach umbrellas around the world

the last standing canine heroes of 9/11

July 19, 2012

Photography: Through my lens

Some snapshots of the grounds around my parent's Miami home.