goodbye 2012

i hope you haven’t forgotten me. i apologize for the lack of presence on my little corner of the internet.

i’ve been pretty good updating my instagram though. the mister and our favorite blond decided to escape the cold northeastern winter for the sun and sand of south florida. it was a lovely (yet unusual) christmas for us. no coats, scarfs, sweaters or snow. it literally felt like july–christmas in july! (but none the less, we experienced the snowstorm the day after we came home). it was beautiful, but we must admit we do miss the vitamin D.

here are some family christmas snapshots (and outtakes). i promise to share more pictures as soon as i sort through all of them.

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on the eve of new year, i’m reflecting on 2012. it was a whirlwind. it made me cry and laugh. it’s brought me both blessings and struggles. it’s given me valuable life lessons about love, truth, loss, triumph and faith.

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i pray 2013 will bring health, peace and prosperity.

this is my wish for our family and yours.

happy new year friends!

cheers,

raquel

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