Reflections

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Sharing something that touched my heart … it is long but worth taking a few minutes …
“If you think the family life that you have now, you will have it forever, maybe you should pay attention to the ordinary days, those that begin with cereal and end up watching movies.
These are the days when my children were playing with the dog, eating ice cream and playing with the hammocks. Evenings that the kids ended up in my bed for those family movie nights.
When my first child cried at the kindergarten’s gate, I thought he would always cry when he were separated from me. But everything happens in stages and in time. Then we overcome enormous problems; allergies, lost game, fish and hamsters dying one after another. But in general, considering the world that we lived in and the familiy that we build, that childhood felt solid and durable.
The nicest thing was that stage when they were rocked on my legs smelling baby perfume and freshly washed hair. The kiss and blessing before bedtime. Leaving them in their room for so little time because they always would wake up in ours.
I worried if I did not read a bedtime story, they would not be motivated to read, and I was sad when they discussed for a toy as if they were to fight for the rest of their lives.
All stages come to an end. The ball is flying in the garden. Board games are filled with dust. I gave away the plastic tub and now they spend hours in the bathtub.
The bedroom door that was always open, suddenly one day it is closed. One day across the street, you stretch your arm to reach the little hand that was always there to grab yours and your thirteen year old boy walks a couple of steps back, pretending not to know you.
You have entered a new territory called adolescence. The child you carried and took care has become a hunchback character infront of the computer. You wonder if you’re doing well, because there is no turning back. You wonder if you can cope with the day without arguing, and just spent remembering those days that seemed eternal and are gone now.
Warnings and consequences no longer work. The talks after lunch no longer exist. Do what you can, as you can: fill the freezer, permits negotiate, supervise, attend meetings of qualifications, stop going to parties, and ignore the room seems to have been bombed.
They ask for money again. Try not to ask too many questions. You try to get all the answers. You come back to fill the freezer. Shopping pizzas. You look out over the balcony to see the party. You learn to chat with them. You learn to pray for them. During the night you are alert. You become expert at reading between lines, to interpret glances, to determine odors.
You say “what’s up ma” and suddenly you are facing a truth that you know for a while and you refused to face. Now the young do not need the backpack prepared or the jacket zipped. He needs your trust.
Do you remember yourself?, you have to let them go and practice the art of living in the present. Savor every minute you have, here and now, having dinner with your family and saying goodnight in person. kissing on the cheek and forehead blessing, although it seems that they do not like.
We can not change the growth of our children, but we can change our attitude to it, instead of saying what should be corrected, think of what passed and achieved, because at any moment you’ll be hugging your little 1.80 meters tall and you’ll do on tiptoe to whisper that you’ll miss him.
The house has a new kind of silence. A liter of milk turns sour. A slice of cake is spared for you, but you are no longer hungry. Nobody asks you to take anywhere.
Then I look at my husband, sitting at the dining table, which suddenly became very big for two, and wonder how it all happened so fast. My library is full of albums with twenty years of pictures: piñatas, awards, parties and Christmas. However, what I want most is those treasured memories; those who wish to relive, those are the moments that no one thought of photographing; those times that passed daily between the kitchen and TV room. Breakfast cereal in pajamas and curl up to watch a movie at the end of the day.
I took a long time to think about it but I can definitely assure you that the greatest gift he has given me was my family, which made my greatest treasure. It is the gift of those cute and perfect ordinary days. ”

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Design fair day, Puerto de Almas

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Last Saturday, I was part of Puerto de Almas design fair in Palermo. This was my first fair of the year. I returned to the ring with my mini partner that already helps me build the stand – or messing it! haha ;) –

It was a small design fair  but filled with so many nice things. Here are some of them:

{Laura Napoli stand ready}

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{Las Carolas}

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{Tejidos Nanda}

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{Dul-C Tentación}

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{Coloreit}

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{De Juanita Lencería de Diseño}

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{La Ola Objetos}

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{with my mini partner – a super assistant -}

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Photo Diary: Salta

A few weeks ago we went to Salta for a couple of days. We enjoyed the town, food (“empanadas”, “humitas”, “tamales”), wine and spectacular views … and yes, for many reasons it is called “Salta La Linda”;)

If you want to travel with us, here are some photos. Enjoy!

We arrived on a Friday night and after checking in at The Balcony of the Plaza Hotel we went to have dinner in a traditional restaurant. A night of “tamales” :)  and “empanadas” aswell! : D

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We went to go around the city on Saturday. The hotel is very well located so we were able to walk around the main square and surrounding areas. In the afternoon, we did the city tour and ended the day eating “empanadas” and tamales, of course,… It could not be otherwise! ;)

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We went to Quebrada de Humahuaca in Jujuy on Sunday . We toured Tilcara, Purmamarca and Humahuaca. Colonial houses, artisans on the sidewalk and a unique landscape. Best of all, Violeta behaved wonderfully! :) It was a long but beautiful day!

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We left towards Cafayate on Monday. We rented a car and went out to the road without imagining that we would see a dreamed landscape. The last 80 km before reaching Cafayate are a must to go. The view is beautiful, no words to describe it. On the way back the next day, we made that journey in the late afternoon and I do not know if it was the light, the time of day or the clear sky that made the view even more beautiful.

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Before returning to Salta city, we walked around Cafayate on Tuesday. We left the car and the bags at the Vicuña Hotel and went for a walk through the quiet streets. We visited Domingo Hermanos vineyard that it is located in the city.

At lunchtime, we chose Piatelli vineyard (fools, eh!). We ate delicious and at good price. To complete the afternoon in the cellar, we did the vineyard tour that ended with a tasting of premium wines (more than fools, eh!). and yes, we had a great time! :)

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It was cloudy and rainy on Wednesday. We went to visit the Cabildo and buy some souvenirs. We finished our stay in Salta playing at the local shopping. Violeta enjoyed it very much. She behaved so so so good during the whole trip, she deserved it and more! ;)

More photos on my Instagram

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Vegetable Soup and Nuts

I do not know if it was the rainy morning or cloudy afternoon, last night I was tempted with a vegetable soup. I did not want to make the typical soup so I added a handful of nuts and it turned delicious. It is a very nutritious soup that the whole family can eat. My baby proved it ;)

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{When I thought I had served too much… no crumbs left! ha}

Ingredients for four plates:

4 cds. olive oil

2 chopped onions

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 carrots cubed

1 clove garlic

1 tsp salt

1 pinch of pepper

300 g of peas

1 liter or so of clear broth or water

70 g of ground almonds

30 g of ground peanuts

Procedure:

Saute onions, celery, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper in a saucepan with oil. Incorporate peas – I used the frozen one and the soup was delicious too! ;) -. Mix for five minutes and pour the broth to cover the vegetables. Simmer until all vegetables are tender (especially carrot). Add the ground almonds and peanuts *. Mix well. Process in a blender. If it is too thick, add a little more of liquid.

Serve hot with a piece of cheese in the middle. For those who do not consume milk, it can be served with a drizzle of olive oil on top. Enjoy it with a flavored muffin or a slice of country bread. Yummy!

* Almonds are much better if you peel them first with warm water.

Meditation. Day 3.

A little advice from Deepak Chopra on how to meditate:

Start by taking a deep breath. Feel your body and notice any tension you are holding. Take another deep breath and as you exhale, let it all go. Take a moment to reflect on the tone of your recent inner dialogue, the quality of your interactions with others, and the emotions you have been experiencing along the way. Just observe what is. This exercise can be done in one or two minutes and is one way to strengthen your alignment with your true self, or soul. Your true self is infinite love and always feels safe and connected.

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{A day in Amsterdam}

All around us are messages that lead us to believe our lives are ones of scarcity and lack and that competition with one another is the only way we can truly succeed. However, when we begin to witness the world—whether standing in the middle of a majestic forest or scanning the shelves at the grocery store—we come to understand that the entire universe presents itself to us and is ours to enjoy.

In order for us to truly experience everything the world has to offer, we must first come to appreciate all that we already have. By being truly grateful, we open the door to all the power, wisdom, and creativity of the universe, connecting ever more deeply with pure consciousness and its ability to usher anything we can envision into our lives.

Our centering thought for today is:

Abundance surrounds me.

Blessings,

 

Beauty Tip: Pedicure at home

Pedicure at home

 

When summer comes we’re pretty excited about breaking out the sandals, but if you’re not able to squeeze regular pedicures into your calendar—or your budget—don’t be afraid to try it on your own at home. Here’s how I do it:

Soak your feet in warm water and bath salts for five minutes.

Care your cuticles. Rub a drop of cuticle oil into each toenail bed and push back any thickened skin with an orangewood stick. Use a coarse-grain emery board to file your nails straight across to prevent ingrowns, and then slightly round the edges.

Soften your soles. Exfoliate both feet with a coarse foot scrub and a pumice stone. Moisturize both soles with a hydrating foot cream and add a gently massage.

Prepare your nails. Wipe the lotion off nails with a nonacetone polish remover pad before slipping in a pair of foam toe separators. Swipe a basecoat from bottom to top of each toenail.

Paint away. Apply three strips of polish, one up the center, then one on either side. After about two minutes, paint on a second coat, and follow with a topcoat after another two minutes. Let your toes dry for at least an hour. The good news is we can wear havaianas and let the nails dry without the worry of wearing a closed shoe.

Design fair day, El Sagrado

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The last design fair in which I participated was Feria del Sagrado in a school at Belgrano neighborhood. These are some of the new products that are on sale at the online store www.ln-eboutique.com.

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Beautiful creations from other exhibitors:
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Bordado Mejicano / Fee maison cuadernos

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Mermeladas artesanales

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Vulnerable a tu amor

More design fairs to come!

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Meditation. Day 2.

A little advice from Deepak Chopra on how to meditate:

Start by taking a deep breath. Feel your body and notice any tension you are holding. Take another deep breath and as you exhale, let it all go. Take a moment to reflect on the tone of your recent inner dialogue, the quality of your interactions with others, and the emotions you have been experiencing along the way. Just observe what is. This exercise can be done in one or two minutes and is one way to strengthen your alignment with your true self, or soul. Your true self is infinite love and always feels safe and connected.

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{Sunset in Montevideo, Uruguay}

The Spiritual Law of Least Effort tells us that we can do less and accomplish more, an idea that seems at odds with what many of us have been taught throughout our lives. We’ve been told that success is the result of hard work, struggle, and sacrifice. Today we will tap into the ever present flow of natural ease that is available within, as we plant the seeds to live our destiny each and every day.

The universe has infinite organizing power, and as conscious beings, we have ready access to this realm simply by spending time in stillness and silence. The same consciousness that orchestrates the myriad rhythms of the whole world dwells within each of us. As we cultivate present moment awareness and remain open to the many opportunities life offers, we open to the power within us to realize all our dreams with effortless ease.

The centering thought for today is:

Abundance flows easily and freely to me.

Blessings,

Etiquette: Important Manners for Every Day

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We use daily manners constantly without even thinking. From greeting to expressing thanks; these simple exchanges are the foundation of all interactions. Since our choices impact others, it is important to make our choices thoughtfully,  so as to communicate a considerate awareness of oneself and others.

Manners acquired by a person can be good or bad. Due to these bad manners, we can be involved in difficult situations where we have to deal with disrespect and rudeness. So, how to deal with those situations? It might be easy…

  • First thing first, stay calm. Well, these is not too easy for me but it is key to think reasonably and make right decisions.
  • Also, size up your annoyances. Is it worth it to make a fuss over something small, or is it a waste of your emotional time?
  • Other thing that I had to work hard during the past years was to think twice before answer. This can give you a new perspective.
  • Also, don’t take it personally. Perhaps the offender is having a bad day.

Meditation. Day 1

“As we meditate, we make space in our minds to connect with our body and spirit. It is from this space that we connect with our deepest truth as we invite increased peace, joy, and wellbeing into our lives”. Namaste

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Last year, I discovered the power of meditation and whenever I feel the need to put my mind blank and have positive thoughts. In silence, I try to connect with my soul. A few days ago, I was reading passages from Deepak Chopa that help me meditate. I would like to share them.

Today we will consider the one thing that is required for any relationship to flourish:  knowing who we really are. While there is a natural tendency to find an identity in our roles in life, our personality, our work, our body, our culture, our stories of the past, and our dreams for the future, in reality, these are all temporary, external aspects of ourselves. Who we really are is eternal and unbounded. Our true self is pure love and pure spirit. While our ego-mind may feel isolated and separate, our essential nature is whole and inextricably connected to the universe. Therefore, our journey towards miraculous relationships isn’t about searching for anything outside of ourselves. It’s about discovering the love that is already within us, and expressing it in all of our relationships.

A little advice from Deepak Chopra on how to meditate:

Start by taking a deep breath. Feel your body and notice any tension you are holding. Take another deep breath and as you exhale, let it all go. Take a moment to reflect on the tone of your recent inner dialogue, the quality of your interactions with others, and the emotions you have been experiencing along the way. Just observe what is. This exercise can be done in one or two minutes and is one way to strengthen your alignment with your true self, or soul. Your true self is infinite love and always feels safe and connected.

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God bless you.

Design fair day, mother´s day

On the previous Saturday of the last mother´s day (by the way, it was my first mother´s day)  I was standing behind a table lined with rows of my creations that I had made with dedication and love. It was my first design fair and I could not feel more ready and of course, my beautiful little things were ready to SELL too! :) I was recently reminded of how unpredictable life is, how the wars we prepare for are not necessarily the wars we fight.

How fun! More design fairs to come!

 

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Other beautiful things from the design fair “El Cultural”, Villa Urquiza:

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Namaste artesanías

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Happy Pumkin

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Tea Soul

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Analía Recalde, artesanías en papel y Dulces Momentos

Etiquette: Word Power

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What you say is important: how you say it can be equally important. An undercurrent of anger, an air of distraction, or an edge of sarcasm will influence how your partner hears what you’re saying. If you are truly feeling any of these emotions, you should talk about it. However, if these emotions are a carry over from a bad day, a missed appointment, an altercation with your boss, put them on the back burner.

Our Honeymoon: Easter Island

Our honeymoon in photos. Day 4: Easter Island. Simply magical!

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Our Honeymoon: Bora Bora

Our honeymoon in photos. Day 3: Nuestra luna de miel en fotos. Día 3: paradise in Bora Bora.

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Our Honeymoon: Moorea

Our honeymoon in photos. Day 2: the beautiful island of Moorea in Polinesia.

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Our Honeymoon: Huahine

Our honeymoon in photos. Day 1, the exotic island of Huahine in Polinesia.

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Fall Essentials

One of the most challenging things about the transition from warm to chilly weather clothing is to deal with the difference of temperatures during the day. The transition should be gradually. I like to make it subtle, choosing a layered outfit. This way, you can extend the wear of some of your summer pieces without immediately transitioning to your fall wardrobe.

At the beginning of the season is unthinkable speculate with sales and special offers and considering that I do not have unlimited account in the bank, it is important to decide which things are worth saving up for and those that can be purchased for less. It obviously depends on your lifestyle. For me, these are my priorities:

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Spend: handbags, shoes, jeans, sweaters, lingerie, sunglasses and coats.

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Save: scarves, blouses, accessories, jewelry, tights and trendy items.

Mother’s Day Handmade Gift

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{Instructions here}

For someone, elsewhere, Mother’s Day is coming! (Sunday, May 12th) If you prefer to make your gifts (or you’re strapped for cash!) this incredibly sweet little bowl that you could make as big or little as you want is a great present. The marbled effect is made using nail polish – grab some of your old bottles or pick up some colours that she likes.

 

Starting your own business

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I have my business in the leather industry. I design and I manufacture leather handbags and accessories. It is my dream project. It is my goal and personal satisfaction. I have to say that it was more difficult than I thought but I think that I keep on it because I simply love what I do. It is a long process that becomes more real day by day. I learnt a lot from people that I work with and also I have learnt a lot about me.

I read a couple of advices that I couldn’t be more agree with and I would like to share them:

Do what you love. If you enjoy what you’re doing, it won’t feel like work and you are inherently more likely to do well.

You need business experience. Even if it’s not formal business training, a law career or expertise in another field is necessary.

Don’t quit your day (or night) job. Having a steady income is helpful so you’re not totally dependent on the new project.

Follow your passion. Starting a company requires a million different sacrifices and painfully long hours—you won’t succeed if your heart is not in it.

Passion is essential. You need to make sure that you’re passionate about the product you’re basing your business around and that you are soulfully connected to the mission of the company. When I started, I truly felt that I had something that needed to exist and I needed it to be successful.

Have fun with the fantasy. Starting a business is really hard and it can be a marathon in terms of keeping spirits up and staying positive.

Picking a great team. People are everything and will make or break your business. Find the people you respect most and work with them – be relentless about creating an amazing team.

Failure is part of the process – In many ways, you should fail your way to success. Nobody gets it right the first time, so fail quickly and fail often and learn from each of the steps in order to create a winning strategy.

Be unexpected and give people a reason to talk about you. Whether that is including hand-written notes to customers or selling something quirky like a monocle—being creative and standing out from the crowd goes a long way.

And also, I would say:

  • Trust your instincts.
  • If it is too easy, I would be worried. Resistance is actually good to let you evaluate and rethink your approach.
  • Partner with people that are smarter than you. People that can enhance your abilities and support your weakness.

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{coral After midnight}

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Make Every Day Earth Day

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Make every day Earth Day. Personally, I am completely committed to make simple changes every day and make a better environment for my family.  I want our planet to be a healthy place for future generations. This is the way I started:

  • Planting plants and trees. I decided to make my little balcony a green space.
  • Unplugging electrical devices that do not need to be all day on.
  • Walking more (or bike, but this is not my case). It’s cheaper and you do exercise daily.
  • Taking my own Rolser or reusable bag to the grocery store.

Every little bit counts, even if it’s just not dropping paper on the street or turning off the lights when you leave a room.