Things I loved this month.
Things I loved this month.
Even though I am usually not all that sentimental, expecting a baby is such a special time. I really wanted us to have beautiful photos from that period in our life, my friend and lifestyle photographer Ksenia Koldaeva did a great job capturing moments of Derek and I enjoying the time together not too long before our baby arrived.
The more I look at the pictures, the more I am in love with them. I am so happy that we did this shoot, we will always be able to look back and remember that time, and how great that our son will be able to see us as we were when expecting him: so happy, so excited, so in love.
I would like to share these sweet photos with you, and please make sure to check out Ksenia’s website for more beauty and inspiration.
I like to take walks around our neighborhood. Without any particular goal we usually just get ready, take a camera and get out of the house. It’s nice to wander the streets, talk, take pictures that I never end up posting and just enjoy the moment… This was the Valentine’s Day, the last one with just the two of us, I thought I’d share a few pics here. Even though I got a lemonade spilled all over me at the restaurant and couple of other silly moments, it was a very sweet warm day that I want to remember.
Last weekend was so much fun, I had a baby shower! Of course, I heard about baby showers before but since there is no such thing in Russia and I’ve never attended one in the US, I had a pretty vague idea of what it is exactly and how it goes. I was thinking to get my friends together to celebrate at some point but it turned out they already have been working on it! To be honest, that’s probably one of the coolest things, as much as I would like to have one, I don’t think I would have time or energy to organize it myself.
I feel so happy and grateful to have such a great group of friends who really made sure we all have a great time! Special thanks to my friend Elina who hosted the party, Elina is also the creator of Smth Crafty, a fun service to make your party extra special, whether you will be making cozy arm-knitted scarves with your guests or mixing up some natural and delicious body scrubs, you can be sure it is going to be fun! Check out Smth Crafty website for more info!
My baby shower was decorated in a nautical theme with cute details such as origami boats, maps and really sweet messages in a bottle for future parents. Snacks also followed the marine theme (although completely vegetarian) and included “Sea Cucumber” sandwiches, “Octohummus”, Seashell Candy and so on.
The only way you still haven’t heard of green smoothies is if you live on the planet other than Earth. To be fair, they don’t always turn out bright and green but as long as it has some leafy greens in it, it counts.
Green smoothie is a great way to get your vitamins and daily serving of greens, fruit and veggies. It is delicious and oh so good for you. Blended greens and fruit are easily digested, and will satisfy your hunger because of the high fiber content. Feel free to experiment, there are millions of ways to make it, but the basic scheme is the following:
Every year I write down my resolutions and goals, plans and wishes for the upcoming year. One of my favorite things to do before moving on is to find the list from the beginning of last year and see how I did, what came true, what didn’t, and to remember all the meaningful moments. It is crazy how fast the time flies and I truly hope to make every day, week, month as happy and memorable as possible. It’s all about little moments and below I want to share some of mine.
First time I wrote down my to-do list for the year was on New Year 2007; when I found that list in the end of the year I was shocked at how much of it came true and even more shocked at how important it is to clearly articulate what you want to accomplish. For example, I remember that I put something like “Start learning German”, I did start indeed but I didn’t get any good at it because eventually I dropped it. There were a few things similar to that and it definitely teaches me to be more specific and affirmative in my formulations.
For 2014 my list was kind of vague, things I wrote down were mostly general guidelines that I wanted to follow throughout the year plus some more specific goals and plans. Overall, I can say that 2014 has been a great year, many things that I wanted happened, some didn’t, and of course, it was not without surprises.