baby thoughts: lessons for our little girl

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“What are some of the most important lessons you want to focus on teaching the baby?”

I was watching Ellen DeGeneres the other day (as I religiously do) and Ashton Kutcher was on talking about his new baby girl. He said something that really struck a chord with me and made me tear up a bit. He said “people are focused on making the world a better place for our children, but I want to make better children for our world. Having a baby is the greatest opportunity to do just that.”

A couple of weeks ago Justin and I casually brought up the subject of what we thought was important to teach our little girl. There are so many things right? It’s almost overwhelming to think about what to focus on to make sure our little girl is a well rounded individual. I was prepared to have a full length conversation with him on what we thought was important, but it ended up being anything but.

Growing up, my parents (especially my mom) paid extra attention to how we greeted guests, behaved at parties and acted in public. Sure we had our temper-tantrums and hissy-fits, but the things we were taught as an early age has remained with me as an adult. A friend and I were talking about how important manners were, and she made such a good point about it starting at the dinner table at home. With little ones, there are so many distractions in public, at parties, and with other people that it’s tough to teach behavior at that time. But if they learn the fundamentals at home, at the dinner table, where there are minimal distractions, the success is higher that kids will do it in public. Genius. That’s lesson #1.

My mom tells me stories about how I HATED having to speak to her in Spanish, throwing tantrums, storming upstairs and just not talking. God bless her for not giving up, as I’m so grateful to be able to speak another language with practically no hard work done on my part. I learned both English and Spanish together. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and she would only speak to us in Spanish. “este oido no entiende ingles” (“this ear doesn’t understand English” she would say, pointing to her ear), and we would have to ask her for anything in Spanish. We were forced to speak it, and made a point for all of her friends and family to talk to my sisters and I in the language. While that may be more difficult here, with my family in another state and no friends that speak the language, I’m making every effort to teach my daughter the language. That’s lesson #2.

My dad was the “Education Boss”. Making good grades, getting into a good school and choosing a career that would make us happy while making money was his priority. His mantra when it came to a career was “find something that you are good at, is in demand and can make you money”. When Justin mentioned this was something he wanted to teach our little girl, I was all over it. Both of us have masters degrees and are doing work that we are good at and love. I see us both pushing our daughter to do well in school so she’s got a fair chance in this competitive job industry. That’s lesson #3.

Justin and I are both very creative people in very different ways. Both of us can fill a blank page with something awesome whether it’s with words or code. This was his pick, and I’m so grateful he put such importance on it. Exploring creativity can open so many doors to a world that is limitless. There hasn’t been a more encouraging time to find your craft than now, and we are planning on helping our little girl test out what’s out there, whether it’s sports, dance, arts, fashion and anything else. That’s lesson #4.

For those new moms out there, did you have any lessons you wanted to instill in your little one?

friday’s fab five {12.12.14}

The fab five is posted every Friday to end the week on a happy note and features items on my radar that I’m loving right now. Who knows, you might find something that could be on your fab five list!

What are you up to this weekend? For those in the Bay Area, I hope you survived the big storm! It’s so funny seeing how different cities react to out-of-the-ordinary weather. People were freaking out here about the big storm, putting sandbags down and closing schools. In Texas, a rainstorm is nothing (we have tornadoes and hurricanes to worry about), but bring on the snow and we stock up on food and supplies in case we can never go outside again. Ahh, weather troubles.

On to this week’s fab five:

1. Jurlique Lavender Body Oil $48

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image via jurlique.com

Once upon a time I worked at a high-end spa and they sold 2 exclusive spa lines, Yonka and Jurlique, and they were both fabulous. Yonka was more aromatic, with strong notes of rosemary that I couldn’t get enough of. Jurlique, on the other hand, was all about healing herbs and fragrances like lavender and calendula. Jurlique always smells fresh, non-synthetic and beautiful. I love this body oil and it’ll leave you feeling like you just left the Four Seasons.

2. Recipe of the week: Easy Chocolate Truffles (via Martha Stewart)

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image via marthastewart.com

Who knew chocolate truffles were so easy to make? Dust cocoa powder or that fancy “lust powder” (which I’m assuming only people like Martha Stewart has) and this makes a pretty good holiday gift for those friends and co-workers.

3. Pixar’s Inside Out Trailer

You’ve got to see this trailer for Disney’s new movie coming out in June, it looks adorable! I have a feeling it’s going to be a big hit.

4. Baby Bargains Book

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image via amazon.com

This has become my baby bible when picking out strollers, cribs, car seats and everything else baby related. I like to do my research, and with so many unfamiliar brands and items I never thought I’d need to know, this book makes me feel like I’m making an informed decision. Overwhelming? Absolutely.

5. Song Pick: Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”

Bruno Mars comes out with some good stuff, and this one is no different. Love this new track and his performance on SNL was pretty sweet.

That’s it for me, have a great weekend everyone!

friday’s fab five {12.5.14}

The fab five is posted every Friday to end the week on a happy note and features items on my radar that I’m loving right now. Who knows, you might find something that could be on your fab five list!

What are you up to this weekend? We are going to Justin’s company holiday party and I actually found a dress that accommodated my growing belly! It’s usually tough to find a holiday dress, but luck was on my side this year. Aside from that, house hunting, baby gear research and work projects are all on my mind. Let the holidays begin!

Here’s this week’s fab five:

1. Recipe of the week: Cranberry Brie Stuffed Pastry Puffs

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image via purewow.com

Don’t these pastry pops look awesome? Brie and cranberry jam is all I needed to hear. Sprinkle a little coarse sea salt on top and you’re good to go. Yum.

2. “Hello, I’m New Here” Baby Onesie $19

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image via etsy

How adorable is this baby onesie? I’ve got baby on my mind, and items that I would normally skip through online are now pinned on my pinterest board. This one is not only super cute, but pretty accurate.

3. Samsung “Home for the Holidays” Commercial with Kristen Bell and Dax Shepherd

I love these two, and after seeing their first Samsung commercial together, I was so happy to see #2. So cute.

4. Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow ($19 in Silver Sands)

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image via birchbox.com

I didn’t think I’d love this cream shadow because it looks really icy metallic out of the bottle, but I love the way it applies and you can make it as pigmented as you’d like. I usually go for the minimalistic look, and this one acts as a primer and shadow in one. Highly recommend.

5. Song Pick: “Jealous” Nick Jonas

Um, ok I admit I might be too old to listen to Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, but this song is so catchy and I can’t get over how good-looking he’s become (#justsayin). Check out this a capella version from the Voice, LOVED that.

That’s it for me, have a great weekend!