Today, I’m going to have a fun day shopping for Antonio’s fall wardrobe. I’ve been buying a shirt here and there, but tomorrow I’ll be searching for the deals and stylish toddler items. I’ll be sure to tweet my finds. Just like shopping for my clothes, I often pin an inspiration board of key items I’m looking for. Here are some of my inspiration pieces and wish list.
Now that Antonio is almost a year and a half, I’ve been trying to teach him how to color. So far he taps the paper, inspects the crayon and then, tries to eat it. Pretty soon, he’ll get it, and I’d like to get him something artistic and non-gender specific to color on.
Here’s a few of my favorites (that don’t involve princesses, talking cars or angry birds)
this is Washington Square from the NYC book
Me an my (16-month old) toddler both like to read. He “reads” in his crib at bedtime, and I read after he goes to bed. I try to update his library as much as I do mine. He gets new books, and I make good use of my library card. During the month, I’ll pick a book a week to read. My son, Antonio, usually picks his favorites each month.
Here’s what we’re reading for September
- Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood by Tracey Clarke (of Shutter Sisters, This is one of the first books I’ve come across that combines photography and motherhood. The book more of an inspirational/learning guide for the beginner photographer. Most of the chapters are camera setting tutorials then real photo demonstrating the lesson.
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, This book includes two things I love…Paris and Hemingway. The wife in the title refers to Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson and the time they spent together in France in the 1920s. I’ve seen this show up on many book club lists, so I decided to give it a try.
- Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger M.D., After reading Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life last month, I came across this book that goes a little deeper into clean eating. The book is supposed to be complete toolkit for eliminating the root cause of disease and sustaining life-long health. I figure I should learn about the subject since I make 80% of Antonio’s meals.
- Turn Around Bright Eyes, Rob Sheffield, Being a pop music junkie, I’m a huge fan of music books, reference, biographical or fiction related. Sheffield’s previous books tackle the subjects of life and love as they relate to his obsession with popular music. His new book takes that love into kareoke bars. I can’t carry a tune, but I love songs lyrics. This book should be a fun read.
- Rhyme and Discover Book by Vtech, A friend of ours handed this book down to Antonio since he is crazy about push button toys. He plays with this book every night in his crib, and it’s the first thing he picks up when he wakes up. Lots of lights and sounds…plus, the first page plays his favorite song, Twinkle, Twinkle…Little Star
- My Fold Out Words by Priddy Books, I picked this out for Antonio to practice his first words. He likes to handle the book himself while I name and point. The book is an accordion fold layout that can spread across the floor. The pictures are clear and not to cluttered or babyish.
- Peek A Who by Nina Laden, we’ve had this book for a while, but he just not got into it. When we read it, he listens the more animated I am, and he likes to turn the pages. It’s a peek a boo book that ends with a mirror for him to see himself. He loves this part!
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Even though it’s 100 degrees here in Texas, I’ve been obsessed with finding new fall fashions…particularly sweaters. It could be wishful thinking. In the retail world it’s already October, and I’m excited by what’s new and creative in sweater choices. It’s so hard to find good designs when the cold weather is actually here.
I believe dinos are the sharks of the fall. I’ve been seeing foxes everywhere, and I love the elbow pad trend. I narrowed down my favorite sweater pins here. Happy Inspiration!
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to use my library card more. I also up the ante by trying to read one book a week. To date, I’ve averaged about one book a month, which is better than I had been doing. Last year, I read three books total. It was my first year as a mom so finishing a magazine was a treat.
For my first ‘What I’m Reading…’ post, I chose to read Jessica Alba’s “The Honest Life”. I’m not a “green” team person by any means, but I want things that are clean and safe for my baby’s body. I started questioning things when I was nesting. Now that he eats table food and tries to lick everything he touches, it’s even more important to know what’s going in his mouth.
I don’t want to be the one who taints his body.
Watching my mom struggle with cancer this past year has me questioning more the every day chemicals and toxins we come in contact with. Are we killing our bodies and am i hurting my little guy by trying to disinfect for him?
The eco-products are safe for the environment but are the disinfecting chemicals safe for my toddler. Up to this point, I’ve been using baby wipes on his high chair, but am I leaving germs as his food choices start to grow.
In the book’s introduction, Alba states:
I eat (organic) meat.
I don’t have time to wash cloth diapers.
I have a total black thumb-if I had to grow our food, we’d starve.
That statement reeled me in. I’m not trying to be a super mom (Gwyneth). I just want to be a good mom.
If you’ve read the book, let me know what you think of it. Thanks for joining me in the conversation.
Last month, I experienced the most heart-breaking moment of my life…my mom died. I was with her from her last conversation to her last breath.
A post on Bluebird Kisses prompted me to finally post about it, since the topic of social media and death has started a debate on ‘sharing’ too much.
The man behind the controversy is Scott Simon, a NPR radio personality, who started tweeting from his mother’s hospital bedside. His tweets shared intimate moments of cradling his mother, holding her hand, her heart rate dropping and when she died. Just reading the few comments below you can see the tug of war between support and criticism.
During my mother’s last days, I wrestled with using the word “death” in a tweet or status update. I was feeling so many emotions that I felt were insensitive to share. I didn’t want to invite sympathy or distraction, so i stayed away from posting. That being said, I appreciated Simon’s posts.
Simon gave a voice to the experience that I didn’t want to share. I didn’t want to break people’s hearts by telling my story, especially those who have not lost a parent. Simon made me feel connected and calm, because I knew he shared my pain.
In the days following my mother’s death, my family found comfort in memorial Facebook posts friends and family put in their status updates. My mother didn’t want a funeral, and she chose to be cremated, so in a way, online posts served the purpose of a funeral and obituary. It never even occurred to us to place an obit in her hometown newspaper.
We filtered through family photos, and posted them onto her Facebook page for people to download as keepsakes. Having her life in pictures helped me grieve and relatives were grateful to have photos with her tagged to their profile.
In the next few months, we’ll have to cancel her email and Facebook account, but for now, it’s nice to see her face online everyday. It’s like a bit of her is still here. It’s not insulting or disgraceful to share if sharing helps you cope.
So I say, Simon, handle your grief for you, and let others have their opinions for themselves. Something about being able to share this experience makes it real. I’m glad that Simon’s sharing prompted me to post.
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Today’s the summer solstice, and for those of us without school children, it’s the start of summer. Parents with older kids will probably argue that summer started once school let out. Whenever your summer started, enjoy the longest day of the year. Antonio and I are confined to the house. It seems that we caught a cold together…his first and my first in a long time.
So I’ll leave you with a pic of what we’d rather be doing. This is from Antonio’s first pool experience last month. The pool was a 1st birthday gift from his aunt. Here’s to more pool days in our future. In Texas, pool days last through early Fall. Happy Summer!