the kiss

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With one night left before our girls come home from their amazing two week vacation, my newly shaven hubs and I took our little man out for dinner. Garden burgers with pesto and grilled mushrooms for the grown ups and a corn dog with a side of broccoli for the little guy. I have a really great husband and he loves his children so much… watching him spend time with our son is always amazing.

I really have appreciated these last few days with my two favorite guys, but I have to say that I am overflowing with excitement to have my two little girls come home! I know this is just the beginning of their travels and that I will have to learn how to let them go and explore the world, but I’m just not ready for all this growing up.

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believing you can do it is half the battle

Sometimes you have to believe in yourself and you have to dream big! Design students Anna and Terese set out to do the impossible and seven years later their dreams have become a reality. This reminds me to never give up on my dreams and you should never stop dreaming… doing… believing in yourself!

a little shopping

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The little man and I decided to take a little shopping trip over the weekend to IKEA (or as my kids pronounce it “icky”) and we had a blast! It was my first opportunity to see their new collection up close and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed by the there new designs, but my absolute favorite was their new range of fabrics and their new sewing machine, which does 13 cool stitch pattern (great for beginners)s and is very reasonably priced.

Mav had the best time pretending to live in the displayed kids rooms and he picked out this super cool pop art for his room. He also got his very first wall rack to hang up his new backpack and coat (my little man is starting school this fall)! All in all, it was a very successful trip that resulted in not too much money spent, purchasing some much needed essentials for the house and spending the afternoon playing pretend with my son.

silence

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I never realized how much I miss silence. I’m one of those people who loves alone time, but that rarely happens anymore. So, after the initial shock of my daughters leaving home for the first time wore off, I finally got into the groove of things. I have been spending a lot of time with Maverick, playing, going for walks, cuddling and exploring our town together. The flip side, is that I have had a lot of alone, uninterrupted me time, which has been so nice and fulfilling on multiple levels. Just the ability to eat a meal by myself, read a book from cover to cover or work at my desk without having to stop and take care of someone else… has been a true delight!

I have one more week left before my girls get home and long list of to-dos which I know I will finally accomplish. I’m looking forward to a wonderful week with my little man!

Today’s Favorites:

  • finished my book Toujours Provence
  • afternoon naps
  • lunch in the park
  • walking with Maverick
  • picking flowers
  • experimenting with bento box recipes
  • playing bows and arrows
  • building a fort and sleeping in it (my absolute favorite:)

it’s hard to say goodbye

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I woke up at 5:00am to bring my mom and my two girls to the airport. My little man had to come along for the ride since the hubs is out of town. I knew that I would be sad to see my little girls (two pieces of my heart) leave for 12 days, but what I wasn’t prepared for was their little brother’s reaction when he realized they were leaving without him. He sobbed in a way I had never experienced before. The kind of crying someone does when they have a broken heart. Do you know what I mean? He was inconsolable… tears running down his face, repeating their names and crying till his little body shook.

He cried all the way home and what was left of my heart started breaking for him, because no matter how much I held him and reassured him that they were coming back soon… he wouldn’t stop crying until he cried his little broken heart to sleep. As sad as he is, it brings a smile to my face to know that he loves his big sisters so much. There really is nothing better than the love between a little brother and his big sisters.

Let’s hope these 12 days go by really fast!

keepin’ it local… Brooklyn

Brooklyn Candle Company

On any given day you will find a candle burning in this house. If it were up to me I would only live by natural light during the day and candle light at night! There is nothing more soothing than candlelight and more relaxing to the senses than a subtly fragrant candle… that being said, we love the 100% soy candles by the local candlers at Brooklyn Candle Company! A collaboration between a perfumer and two designers, that produce a line of candles that are carefully designed to infuse clean, natural materials with complex scents that are easy to enjoy. (no cinnamon or lily fragrances up in this hood:)

This week, while I relax my chakras, I will be lighting my new favorite Ritual No.002 Candle, with waves of sandalwood, earth, and citrus scents evoke a ceremonial calm and let’s face it, it’s 3 weeks before back to school and I need all calmness I can evoke!

Brooklyn Candle Company is on Sale @Fab this week! If you need an invite here it is!

leaving the nest

My incredibly funny, cake baking extraordinaire, heavy accented, beautiful mother has decided to take my two daughters to Miami for 12 days. At first, I was really excited by the thought of 12 days alone (just me and the little man), but now that their flight is a little more than 12 hours away, I’m starting to have second thoughts. I know that they will have the time of their life with my mom. Eating fabulous food, swimming every day, the ocean, botanical gardens, museums, shopping and spending quality time with their “Moni,” but this will be the first time they have ever left home without me and even though I am in need of a break before the school year kicks back into gear… I don’t want them to go. I don’t want to miss a single moment, a giggle, a smile, a first anything.

I guess growing up is always harder for the parents. They even started packing all on their own (see above). I will miss my little angles, miss evening story time, our ritual morning cuddles and the gazillion other little moments we have together everyday and I think their little brother will miss them even more.

a new week to make you smile and today’s favorites

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  • My little man is doing much better and flying towards recovery like a superhero.
  • My mom is coming to town tonight to take my two girls on vacation (for 12 days)! Hands down she’s the coolest lady in the world.
  • I had an amazing day with the kids, got some pretty cute school supplies and some really fun back-to-school outfits!
  • Had a chocolate croissant for breakfast. Possibly the best thing ever invented and I swear it makes you thinner.
  • Maverick is using the potty like a pro and I see a diaper-free future on the horizon!
  • Snagged myself a pretty cute new shirt and skirt for the upcoming school year.

Not bad for a Monday! Hope you’re having a great day!

and that’s all i have to say…

After a very busy beginning of the week filled with projects, trips, dinner parties and a broken foot… my son decided to severely injure himself again and we were back in the ER within 48 hours of breaking his foot. The cast on his leg caused him to lose his balance and fall while playing/holding his Lincoln Logs, thus stabbing himself in the eye and severing his tear ducts. So tomorrow my little man has an emergency eye surgery. I guess things could always be worse.

Here’s to sending good vibes for our little guy to have a quick and easy recovery!