So a few years back 10 to be exact my family and I lived in Budapest, Hungary and then is when my online shopping started. We had two small kids and we live in a country where communication barriers where tremendous also, I could not find the items I like or wanted and when I found a store I like it was hard to get there. Gps was still not as effective there. Then, we move to an island the Dominican Republic and to Punta Cana to be exact. As Punta Cana was still developing and people usually went to the capital to get most of the items and for us was not that easy to do, well my online shopping continues to the point that I furnished my whole house like that. After Punta Cana we moved to Montego Bay, Jamaica and my need to buy everything online had to stop as i could not have it delivered to the island because of high taxes so I opted for sending everything to my parent's house in Panama and I pick it up when I was on holiday. At this point, I was buying clothes in bulk so it lasted the kids a few months before I needed to order them again. Last few years we have lived in a country that has everything, but traffic and convenience have ruled out always in my life so I have pretty become and experience online shopper from small items to big household items.
So as I rarely shop in stores anymore unless is a very last minute item or present I need to get. On a recent trip to the states I decided I was going to have the full shopping experience and buy a few items at the stores for my surprised I went to the counters of Sephora and Nordstrom and many of the items I wanted were sold out or out of stock or not sold directly in stores. Besides, I was looking for some designer sunglasses in an important store in NY and to my surprise, it happens that some designers limit their items to direct channels of sales and have online exclusive collections as it was this particular case. So at the end I had to order the items online. Hence, point proved at least on my personal experience I would continue to shop online as it is easy and practical and I can find anything I want.
My last post of the year has to do with my new year rituals and preparation. After a beautiful year full of projects and excitement I love to declutter at the end of the year. I find the process healing and at the same time, it helps me feel more organize and ready for new things to come. Also, I am trying to put into practice a new way of living Less is More meaning I just keep my purchases to things I need and that I like and the most important things that are going to last. Also, I believe we can contribute a bit more to reduce plastic and carbon emissions to make our planet better.
My process is very simple, I start with my three kids first the oldest one and I go over clothes, shoes, and toys that either do not fit or use anymore. Then, I check Max my 1 year old and do the same. I try to make the kids involve in the process and make them realize that his items can have better use in another home or place. We organize and then donate everything.
I also go through my house, kitchen, old papers, and documents and divide between those into categories what we recycle and what we donate and also things that need to be disposed of.
Last but not least, I go through my things, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and makeup ( very important) and do the same. Please keep in mind with makeup expiration dates are important.
After all the decluttering is done, I light sage in the house and candles and play relaxing music and give thanks for all the blessings we have.
Happy New Year
Ok, so long-haul flights have been quite normal for us as my husband is German and which usually go to see his family often. Also, we lived in Budapest for a year and a half with two small kids and as I am from Panama we had to come and visit my family. Back then, Ipads were not a standard or even super cool entertaining systems for the whole family on flights.
A few weeks ago I traveled with the family, but this time It was Max's our one-year-old baby boy first transatlantic flight. I was feeling a bit nervous this time, with no reason (probably because I am older). However, I prepared a lot for this trip and end up using half of the articles I brought alone. Below it is my feedback of what really worked for me and my family.
Max loves to eat so new snacks were essential, I bought him a snack cup holder with a lid and just opening and closing it was so much fun, organic treats mostly all new to him so he was curious, raisings, sugar-free cookies. I gave him special kids chips that I bought in Germany from Hipp and his favorite was blueberries he got entertaining with the shape and flavor for quite some time. Also, I got a silicon fruit feeder that I could put some fruits inside.
I decided I did not want to give Max airplane food or nothing I could not control so I bought a kid's Bentgo lunch box for him and fill it with some pasta, carrots, and turkey, even my big kids end up snacking from it and just to open and close the lunch box was so exciting.
Besides, I got tons of stickers that he could place everywhere and that we can easily remove if you do not have stickers post its are a great solution. Last but not least, for toys stacking cubes were popular with him.
He has zero screen time or interest for watching any Ipads or in-flight entertainment so we had touched and feel books that work great.
I am so excited to be able to have time to refresh the blog and start writing again. I feel like I had a lot to say in the last year, but from one way or another, I always kept postponing writing my articles or showing you items that have come handy the first year of Max. I feel like after the summer break and kids being back to school, and especially Max turning one I have slowly come back to be me again and to have more time. I do not know if anyone else feels this way, but in my case, it has taken me a good year to come back to my true self after each pregnancy.
It has been a fantastic year, but it has also made me realize that our bodies at forty are more tired and that we need to take care of it much more than when we were on our thirties. So after Max's pregnancy, my body and mind had taken a toll. My hair loss was worse than with the first two pregnancies and I had a mild case of adult acne. I am in the process of taking vitamins and restarting my routine that I hope help me with the hormonal imbalance you get after pregnancy.
Anyways, I just want to let you know that I have a lot to share and that this time the flow of tips and articles will keep coming.
Every year by November I start brainstorming about what to give my kids and husband for Christmas, this year was a real challenge with a baby in the family my time has been very limited. I am a researcher and an online shopper by heart so between feeds I browse for my family presents. Besides, I wanted to balance the kind of present they get something from a sustainable company with a mission and a purpose to something customize and practical. Below my favorite ones, hope it can come of great help for your.
In the last few months, We had many changes in our lives, a new baby Maximilian Casper which happened to be 6 weeks old today, soon after he was born we decided to move to a new place as life as a family of 5 plus a dog required more space than we thought.
It is amazing how time goes by so fast. I feel like it was yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with my third baby boy and guess what, I started my third trimester nearly panicking that I have not bought anything for him or the nursery. So this week I started to do some research on new products that are on the market as my kids are now 9 and 8, definitely things have changed besides, there are so many options in the market compare to back then.
In the last years, I been very focused on eating healthy and exercising so I been blessed to continue with my Pilates classes that help my back and flexibility as well as prepared me for labor (hoping for a third time natural birth), I also walk twice a week so I have full energy to keep up with 2 very active boys.
So regarding the nursery, I have invested in furniture that will last for a while and it is not theme oriented. I am using neutral colors so It can be changed to a kids room quickly when he grows. My favorite store is Restoration Hardware Baby and Child all so neutral and zen.
I am going for a full natural approach for him, natural fabrics that are eco-friendly, love Aden and Anais line for swaddles and bibs.
This time around being super practical is a must, as my experience and instinct have kicked in so I am only buying items that we really need and use. One of them is the ToteSavvy and insert for tote handbags, so I can still use all my bags and be organize.
Below a link to my favorite items so far.
This month I really had a lack of inspiration to write or post anything on the blog. I think without being aware of it, all my energy is focused on my pregnancy, my kids which, I want to give all my attention before the baby come, my husband and the dog that is so attached to me. Maybe this shift has happened in a subconscious level as I been more sensitive to the energy and vibes of the persons surrounding me from family members, exercise peeps, friends and just people on my day to day life. Most of the time I feel love and great energy, but this feeling has made me live more in a shell as I come to realize that there are people with a loss of values and awareness of what is really important in life.
I appreciate love, life, health and happiness and I am thankful for everything in my life. Nonetheless even if I I want to share all these feelings with more people, indirectly I had put a barrier that does not allow me to let my emotions out, which is not really who I am as I strongly believe that life will flow more if us as humans will give more love and show our affections than if we don't. I think it also has a lot to do with cultural differences. In conclusion, my only advice is to always express your feelings as you do not know the impact you can make in someone's life.This month I really had a lack of inspiration to write or post anything on the blog. I think without being aware of it, all my energy is focused on my pregnancy, my kids which, I want to give all my attention before the baby come, my husband and the dog that is so attached to me. Maybe this shift has happened in a subconscious level as I been more sensitive to the energy and vibes of the persons surrounding me from family members, exercise peeps, friends and just people on my day to day life. Most of the time I feel love and great energy, but this feeling has made me live more in a shell as I come to realize that there are people with a loss of values and awareness of what is really important in life.
I appreciate love, life, health and happiness and I am thankful for everything in my life. Nonetheless even if I I want to share all these feelings with more people, indirectly I had put a barrier that does not allow me to let my emotions out, which is not really who I am as I strongly believe that life will flow more if us as humans will give more love and show our affections than if we don't. I think it also has a lot to do with cultural differences. In conclusion, my only advice is to always express your feelings as you do not know the impact you can make in someone's life.