1 holiday down, 1 more to go (before the new year that is)

i was finally able to sort through some thanksgiving pictures.

i can’t mentality prepare myself and start blogging about christmas, without posting these first. actually, i have a love/ hate relationship with christmas decorations and music bombarding me before thanksgiving. i can appreciate the love for all things merry and bright. on the other hand, i can get quite overwhelmed. maybe it’s my anxiety, slight OCD, or that fact i know about the marketing tactics to get consumers to overspend. no, i’m not a grinch, in fact i secretly fantasize about festive decorating and entertaining. just check out my pinterest.

um….can you say obsessed? yeah, pretty much.

here is a small glimpse of what our evening looked like.

i love them so much! and this family photograph isn’t too shabby either.

cheers to new beginnings and better days ahead

there was a happy baby because she was carried from one arm to the next. also because of two dogs who she chased around, hugged and kissed. they might of been the best thing since her beloved pacifier. these two furry friends were so sweet with all the licking and cuddling. thanks jack and toby for being such great companions. i know they got their end of the bargain with all the food izabella was feeding them. there was a full house filled with multicultural food and languages. the dinner consisted of traditional all-american staples, authentic italian wine and food, as well as some polish dishes. it was simply divine and there was lots of it!  * i must note that leftovers are a blessing and a curse all at the same time. i feel my jeans are a bit snug since then.

the two things lacking from our celebration was hispanic food, like pernil (a traditional and amazing roasted pork shoulder enjoyed by dominicans during the holidays). unfortunately, that along with my side of the family was missed greatly. this year was spent with my husband’s family and friends, some of which we haven’t seen in years. it’s often said a picture is worth a thousand words. sometimes that is so true. and sometimes, it just isn’t. the combination and dynamics of in-laws, blended families, and relationship histories can be quite complicated. behind every smile, (as genuine as they may be) is personal baggage. everyone has their expectations, their struggles and a story to tell. i believe this manifests itself even more so during the holidays. you can read more about my thoughts here.

despite the possibility of things turning into a big mess, it didn’t. i’m grateful for that. and these days i really need to count every bit of blessing that comes my way. like right now for example, my baby girl finally surrendered for a nap after a very long struggle. it’s a relief, when mama gets a little break to make a quick lunch and work on her blog. sometimes it’s the little things that get me by these days. If you haven’t already, check out my previous post with a random list of other goodies i’m thankful for.

Until next time,

R

p.s – let the countdown to christmas (officially) begin!

little decorating ideas for thanksgiving

Next week is Thanksgiving and I can’t quite believe it!

Here are some ideas to spruce up your home just in time for the holidays.

Thanksgiving home accents

1. Decorate with a charming garland or bunting banner 

 Fall Leaves Garland or Banner etsy.com

 AUTUMN BANNER/ fall banner garland etsy.com

2. Place stemware on a rustic wood cutting board

3. Have family and friends help themselves to classic apple cider from a pretty jar

Fall Flirt / apple cider wrapped in pretty linen towel pinterest.com

4. The hostess with mostess deserves this pretty apron

 Thanksgiving apron womens apron etsy.com

5. Create personalized place settings using seasonal produce

 Fall Tablescapes pinterest.com

6. A natural woven table runner sets the base for a rustic tablescape

 Rustic Stripe Table Runner williams-sonoma.com

7. Vintage tins and cans make the perfect container for pretty florals

8. Hurricane candles suddenly become festive when filled with corn kernels 

 Autumn pinterest.com

9. A leaf printed pillow and a rich throw adds autumnal detail to a neutral arm chair

Easy Fall Decorating Projects bhg.com

10. Jazz up your door with a beautiful wreath to great guests

Transitioning Your Home For Fall pinterest.com

11. Fall hued vases can do wonders to decorate a mantle or foyer table

 From vintage to vavoom, some fall decor trends dailyherald.com

12. Share who you’re thankful for, by displaying framed photographs of those dear to your heart.

 Pier One Family Desk Frame pier1.com

13. Use framed silk leaves to add wall decor. Great D.I.Y project!

Ideas for Fall Decorating pinterest.com

Hope this inspires you, as much as it has for me.

-R

I’ve been cyberspace M.I.A

Happy Monday!

A lot has happened before, during and after my last rant. It’s been nothing sort of eventful. Some bitter moments as you read, but also some really sweet ones too! I know I have some catching up to do.

Most recently, I become an aunt last monday for the second time! At 2:47 am, my sis Ester gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. I hope to share a picture or two on a future post.

In the meantime, here are some fall festivites we’ve been up to since Hurricane Sandy and our first snowfall. (phew…What a week!)

Sleeping baby in the ergo, while mommy bakes an apple tart.

A sprinkle of this. A dash of that. Izabella approves!

Delicious tomato soup is so much warmer when dada and baby share a special moment (à la lady & the tramp)

Izabella helps us carve some pumpkins. The start of what will be an annual family fall tradition.

The final creation. Not too shabby :)

Silly Izzie

My dear daughter’s 2nd Halloween, but 1st one walking!

There’s lots to more I want to share, so stay posted!

-R