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I guess the fact that we are getting closer to Christmas is making me little bit anxious but also excited. I have been going through endless lists to Santa that mostly contain toys and crayons but for the last 2 weeks I have been shopping for me. I’m lucky to have a husband who spoils me and surprises me so I never really have to ask for anything but it’s always good to have hints on hand ;)

I love bags and have been looking for a new one for a while now. So far no luck! I need a Mom bag that doesn’t look like one. Although our family has been diaper and bottle free for a long time I still carry those random things your kids might want: zombie cards to play Go Fish, candy, DS, flashcards, book, random toy….

I have always liked bigger bags and I think I have found a couple that might work as fashionable yet big enough mom bags. My heart belongs to the A-list haircalf satchel in black and blue. I have seen it in person and it looks amazeballs! Another favorite is the black and white polkadot Carlyle haircalf satchel. I think it’s the quirky polkadots that appeal to me. My third bag obsession is the gorgeous fur clutch by Alexander McQueen. I get nostalgic looking at this bag because years ago I had a bag like this. It was one of my favorites and used it daily until it broke, it was a sad day! This bag is not a mom bag but I’m also known to carry 2 bags when needed, especially when travelling.

Talking about fur I love the Prada T-strap fur sandals.

If you have been following my blog for a while you know I love sparkles. I guess my taste is similar to my 5-year-old whol loves glitter. I just try to pull it off with glass and not look like a 30+ -year-old Tinkerbell. French Connection sequin mermaid skirt is perfect for all the upcoming holiday parties. Just add a simple top, nice heels and you are ready to go.

I always wear gloves, not just because I’m always cold but because nice pair of gloves can make your whole outfit and with these crystal stud gloves you can count on standing out.

I love fashion illustration and I’m constantly on the look out for a notebook or calendar book. I know I can add everything to my phone or Ipad but love writing it down and keeps me on track with our schedules. I usually have a big calendar on my desk that I write down all the events and schedules for everybody and that husband can add to and then another one that I carry in my bag when I’m on the go. I found the Red Carpet desk diary and pocket journal on Henri Bendel.

Everybody loves to smell good and I’m no different. Omnia Crystalline is my first Bvlgari perfume that I love. Have you tried it?

Ready for Halloween

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Yesterday was another fun day. We left after breakfast and got some shopping done to just head to lunch. We picked McDonald’s because kids love the play area and to be honest we don’t eat there often enough to feel bad about loading them up on junk food. While me and hubby were talking and eating they were climbing, jumping and coming down the slides with huge smiles on their face. Obviously there was no eating happening on their part till we got in the car and they started to snack on their apples and fries. After running more errands and getting more shopping done we stopped at Meijer to stock up on fresh veggies and fruit. Meijer is on top of my list when it comes to grocery shopping.

We got home for dinner and everybody was ready to relax on the couch but we still to carve the pumpkins that have been sitting on our porch for couple weeks now. After almost an hour of carefully carving, scooping and running around we had our scary witch pumpkins ready to go on the porch with candles.

This morning we woke up to find one of them snacked on by one of the neighborhood squirrels.

Oh well, they need to last only couple more days…

Weekend

This weekend was hectic but also tons of fun because we attended my sister-in-laws wedding. All 3 of my kids had important jobs to fill (junior bridesmaid, ring bearer, in charge of the guestbook) and they all did great even though it was a long day for them.

For our family the wedding preparations started with our niece, who is the same age as our littles, staying the night with us. They were having fun playing and watching Frozen. Bedtime was obviously later than normal because who wants to stop giggling just to go to sleep?

Next day was the rehearsal that only lasted 2 hours but felt more like forever to my 3-year-old and 5-year-old. They both did awesome and thank God for Nintendo DS for keeping the 3-year-old busy while he was waiting for his turn.

After that it was fun time with Gramma (my mother-in-law) who had arrived with her adorable pup Lulu. Lulu is so sweet and PrettyPrettyPrincess fell in love with her right away. It was mutual because the next morning Lulu climbed in her bed to wake her up with some extra wet puppy kisses. We are currently looking for a dog to add to our family after we had to give up our frenchie before we left Germany (health issues that made the flight risky) and having Lulu around just made us even more sure that we need to find a pup.

Saturday was the big day. House full of people we were getting ready for the wedding and I’m lucky to have a great mother-in-law who can pull off cool hairdos. I was going to curl and mess with my hair but last minute after doing some of my hair I decided to go with a sleek and simple ponytail instead. I love my fashion but I don’t really bother with makeup or hair. Never really have but then again I’m lucky to be able to pull off just mascara and blush.

 Once we got to the church my kids were ready to do their thing but we still had time to go to the actual beginning which meant getting bored and grumpy.

Considering everything they handled it great and I’m sure there was people who assumed my kids would be on the floor kicking and screaming to find that the ones acting up were the sweet little angels of somebody else.

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PrettyPrettyPrincess was the first one to walk into a church full of people. I’m lucky to have a little girl who is not scared. She did awesome and stood without any complaining. So proud of my sweet girl!

Little Munchkin was a ring bearer and even though we had practiced the walk the night before his walk turned into a run. He was super cute and many people came and talked with us about how great our kids did and how adorable they looked. Obviously this made me and hubby very proud.

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After the wedding and pictures it was time to get everybody in the car and head to the reception. Non of us realized how hungry we were after a long, busy but beautiful day but once we got there we were excited to see the newlyweds but also to eat. Another reason to be proud that there was no complaining and our 3 kids love their snacks and meals so that was huge for them.

They were obviously more excited to eat all the sweets (that were delish) than the actual dinner but since they were hungry they finished off their dinner first. Reception was great just like the wedding had been beautiful. Kids got to let loose, we got to catch up with people we haven’t seen in ages and all in all everybody was enjoying themselves.

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We left quite early because the kids were tired and to be honest the idea of kicking off my Badgley Mischka heels and soaking in a bubble bath sounded quite appealing.

It was a beautiful wedding with 2 amazing people joining their lives!

One Day 2014

Previous years our day has been quite busy but yesterday was quite laid back, no plans kind of day. It is nice to have days like that when you can just go with it and hang out with your kids. Morning started with hubby surprising us with doughnuts, it happens quite often because he has a crazy work schedule and this is the fastest way to kick off the morning in a good way. when he has time he will whip up some amazing breakfast but usually we have breakfast without him which means the choices are pretty limited since mommy is not too crazy about cooking.

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Our mornings are pretty routine free and the kids don’t have a set time to wake up unless we need to be somewhere. I try to wake up at 6 to spend some quiet time with hubby. Next one is usually the little man who rushes downstairs looking for daddy. They have their own little morning routine where they play a game or watch tv or just snuggle on the couch. Last one to wake up is PrettyPrettyPrincess. Since bedtime is a struggle with her it shows in the morning when she is grumpy.

Depending on the weather I usually take her out to run and jump while boys take showers and get dressed and then it’s girls time to get prettyfied.

We are attending a wedding this weekend and she is a junior bridesmaid so yesterday we were going over her clothes and shoes. I can’t wait to see her all dressed up because she will look so beautiful. She was checking if her nails really match her sparkly shoes. Yes, they do!

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Most days we do school work before lunch and they both relax with their kindle and DS when I’m cooking and yesterday was not different. She loves her kindle and it’s probably one of the best birthday presents she has got. I have read about many parents hating it and not letting their kids use them but in our family it has only helped and improved. She doesn’t go to kindergarten because it’s not mandatory were we live and unfortunately the schools around us are not the greatest. Since she is on 1st grade level I’m not too worried about sending her straight to first grade next year when we move.

kindle time

After lunch we clean up, finished putting laundry away and then looked through tons of sugar skulls. She wanted to make masks so we sat down to look at pinterest and ended up with sugar skulls that she loved. We had so much fun talking and coloring. She colored hers while I did his and he picked the colors and gave me instructions. I’m not too crafty but I love to do small projects with my kids. I’m definitely not a mom whol will save milk cartons to make something or to put together origami zoo.

sugar skulls

 

We have been blessed with beautiful fall weather lately and we are trying to take the last of it before we get hit with rain or snow. So daily walks to park or playground are on our schedule.

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My little monkeys love to climb, jump and spend time outside. So very different from my childhood. I grew up in a city and although we went to park almost daily I have never been big on getting down and dirty. I love to see them laugh and be silly.

I was lucky yesterday to steal 30 minutes to myself and lay down with magazines and chocolate. I love chocolate!

mommy time

 

When I make dinner they usually watch something or play math games on the computer. If I cook something easy they might help me but it makes me nervous when they are both running around in the kitchen while I try to cook.

Dinner, baths and then snuggles in our bed. They were tired but obviously got their energy back when daddy was heading home so they had to wait for him so they can scare him.

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Running around and being loud with daddy and then bed time. It went pretty good last night. Not all nights are good though. He goes to bed easier while she will throw a huuuuuge fit. If she goes to bed then she will run to our room 20 times and climb on us until we threaten to take away something. She has lost her kindle quite a few times and last time she had had it back for only few hours when she lost it again. Parenting is easy when you have an easy kid. We have an easy one and one that is a challenge but when she does good it makes it that much better!

lights out

 

Almost midnight and I’m finally ready to turn the lights off and go to sleep. I would love to be in bed by 10 but time just flies and some days I feel like there isn’t enough hours to get everything done. It doesn’t help I’a perfectionist.

It was fun to document our day and it will be great to look back at this day next year.

Oh Germany!

Last 6 months have been hard. It wasn’t an easy decision to come back to the states after 6+ years in Germany, it wasn’t really even a decision made by us but more of the way things “worked out”. We knew we would miss it: people, customs, food, places…

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But we really didn’t have a choice at the time, at least.

And 6 months later we are more than sure we want to go back. I’m sure the fact that we came back with an illusion of how people have changed and places have gotten better didn’t help. It was one bad experience and disappointment after another, rude awakening from our bliss.

We feel slightly out of place, not quite comfortable and I’m sure our rocky road and bad experiences in the beginning didn’t set us on the best road and only made the feelings for Germany stronger.

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There’s two kind of people who PCS (move with the army) to Germany: the first group is  the people who will try every food, visit all the exciting places in Germany and Europe and take the maximum of what these 3 years (or in our case 6+) can offer and the second group is people who absolutely hate Germany before they even get on the plane to fly there. First group will be sad to leave while the second one will never even bother to unpack.

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For our family it was always a great experience. We loved the food and enjoyed trying foods in different regions, we planned weekends like other people plan their wedding and we enjoyed the culture, nature and diversity you can find anywhere without judgement. Our kids consider Germany their home and miss it!

I can’t wait to pack up our house and family to take a flight back to Europe and at this point stay for good.

 

Oscar de la Renta

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Last night the world got the news of another great man passing. Oscar de la Renta: a real fashion legend, great talent and a wonderful gentleman, had passed away after a long fight with cancer. I had a honor to know him and he was a such a bright light. He would always take the time to catch up and ask how you were doing, compliment you. He was a gentleman in the true sense of the word, something that is very rare today. He loved color and making women look and feel beautiful. His battle with cancer was known to a smaller circle for years but looking at him you would only see the smile that would brighten up the room. Last night when I told my husband he asked me how old he was and without thinking I said “60ish?” He was so vital that age literally was just a number.

He is already missed!

RIP Oscar!

One Day 2014

 

I’m super excited to say Wednesday will be third year for me to take part of #OneDayHH hosted by Laura aka @hollywoodhwife. It’s a wonderful way to document one day in your life and share this day either on Instagram or share your blog post about it.

Here you can see the 2 previous years of One day:

One Day 2013

One Day 2012

Here’s how it works on Wednesday (all the details and more info via @hollywoodhwife):

Snap pictures throughout the day. Upload to Instagram and make sure and use the #OneDayHH hashtag so that we can all follow one another.

Photos don’t have to be particularly artsy or beautifully composed. The emphasis is on WHAT you’re capturing, not how awesome you can make it look. (So, basically the opposite of how you normally use Instagram, ha!)

Feel free to use the graphic above (I’ll be posting it and others to Instagram) in your own stream to give fair warning to your friends and followers. We’ll all be posting more than usual on Wednesday, so a little heads up courtesy and explanation might be nice for people. Remind everyone that it’s just for ONE DAY. You can also tag me @hollywoodhwife so I know you’re participating!

If you can’t commit to the whole day, that’s okay! Jump in when you can. The more the merrier.

Consider using all the same filter or border on your One Day photos. I made a photo book of my One Day shots from last year, and I loved the way it looked.

Check back here on the blog on Wednesday. I’ll be posting some of my shots, and there will also be a link up. Everyone can participate in the link up using their Instagram account, and bloggers can link to their wrap up posts if they’d rather. There will be a little incentive for those who use the link up.

Who will join in on the fun and document their day?

Funny t-shirt

 

This made me laugh. I think all moms and dads have been through the “”I’m not tired!” and not even 5 minutes later their kid is snoring on the floor” phase. Hmm, can I call it a phase if it lasts for most of their childhood and looking at my teen it might even continue into early teenage years?

I know this will go on my Christmas list ;)

You can find it here