23 October 2014

My bucket list

When you're not thinking about saving the world or any other grand gestures, what are the silly little things you dream about doing in this lifetime?

Here is my current list:
  • a place to read by the window and a nice view to go with it. I temporarily had one at Arsenal Park overlooking the woods and I enjoyed it a lot (the picture above was taken there). This is something I've been dreaming about for a long time now;
  • a hot air balloon short trip;
  • see the fireworks on New Year's Eve in Sidney, or wherever the biggest fireworks show is;
  • a high quality bag (to be read designer's bag, but I didn't want it to sound as snobbish as it is);
  • a tandem sky gliding adventure ( I already had the tandem parachute experience and it was some of the best 5 minutes of my life). 
A dream a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. the nicest compliment from Cristian and 5 tips to feel better every day

20 October 2014

If I could wear anything today - makeup

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There's a time when you get out of the bed and leave home without even combing your hair. It's that time when effortlessly chic really is effortlessly. Going on 35, I feel I need a little bit of makeup in my life. The look above is really great and I would certainly wear it to a party. Now I need to figure out what to wear everyday to look effortlessly pretty. It's a work in progress but at least I started it with a blush and switched from gloss to lipstick...

So you, makeup savvy girls, do you have any advice for me?

P.S. a nice hair do and a spectacular skirt

18 October 2014

Amidst the trees in Herastrau Park

Fortunately, I didn't let a few rain drops intimidate me this morning so we spent a lovely day in Herastrau Park today. While Tudor adorned himself with a lot of stickers before we left home, nature was all dressed up with its spectacular fall costume. The boys picked acorns and chestnuts, chased squirrels, climbed the trees, ate and played some more...

It was the best autumn day of this year so far, still we have plenty more weekends to enjoy. And that we will certainly do.

A park a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. the best place for people watching and another perfect day at Carol Park

10 October 2014

It's OK - to have a crappy day

Today, at 9 p.m. I was so full of guilt I could explode. Of course I should spare you the details but "it's my blog and I cry if I want to". In no particular order here are some of the things I was feeling guilty about:
  • not anticipating some technical problems at work;
  • the fact that I was still working when I should have put the kids to bed;
  • my boys not listening when I told them to start their bedtime routine;
  • my weight, or my lack of ambition when it comes to loosing weight;
  • the tantrums Tudor keeps throwing, because I know he just tries to tell me something, and it's not good;
  • not getting enough sleep;
  • being on the run all day;
  • not getting enough time to read lots of bedtime stories to my kids;

At first I gave up, put myself to bed for one minute, telling kids they are on their own and they should just manage. Little by little things were getting better:
  • kids said sorry;
  • my hubby hugged me and helped with the kids;
  • I hold both Tudor and Cristian in my arms when reading the stories;
  • I put them to sleep while running my fingers through their hair. Tudor told me I should never stop.
  • I received a nice thank you note, work related.
  • I took the time to write a little (this post).
Days like these 2 things may help:

1. A checklist to see how lucky you are
  • Are you dying, to your knowledge, in the near future? This article is so touching and definitely worth reading.
  • Is your close family fairly healthy?
  • Do you live on the streets?
  • Do you have food to put on the table?
If your answers are: no, yes, no, yes, you should feel lucky.

2. Reaching out for love. Get ( free ) hugs, caress somebody to sleep, or whatever form of giving and receiving love you prefer.

I do realize this post is not "pink". Life can feel less "pink" sometime, even when you have more than you ever wished for. Tomorrow is another day, and chances are it will get better.

Forgive yourself ! I almost did it, too :)

A forgiveness a day keeps the psychiatrist away! :)

P.S. 12 things I need to be happy and It's about the gap

9 October 2014

Nailed it - every month is Oktoberfest

This week I gave myself a professional manicure. It was long, as opposed to the 5 minutes it takes me to do it at home, but it was worth it. My hubby likes it a lot and I really like the shade, too. The name is a perfect match to the season: OPI Every month is Oktoberfest. In the bottle, it looks more brown but in fact it has purple reflections. The color is nice and it makes me feel nice.

How are you pampering yourself this fall?

Have a stupendous October!

P.S. remember the bag? and 2 color manicure and a funny story to go with

Coucou love

- Mom, I would tell you something but you'd feel ashamed.
- No, I won't feel ashamed!
- I'm telling you you'd feel ashamed.
- Come on, tell me.
- I'm in love...
- Is it with the girl you told me about the first days of school?
- No, I'm in love with Sara.
- I am happy for you!
- One day I wanted  to hold her hand, in the sports class, and she said "Coucou". It meant No... Maybe I should go tell her, that I am in love with her. One boy from "after-school" went to the girl he liked and told her.
- And what did she say?
- I don't know, he didn't tell me. Maybe I should send her a paper plane with a message, signed Cristian.

The day after:

- Cristian, are you still in love?
- Yes... I should make a paper plane with a message and send it to her. Or maybe a boat, or a heart. Mom, do you know how to make a paper heart?
- Yes, I do. But you can do it yourself and I will help you.
- I can make a heart and write on it and sign it, Cristian.

So, we already have a plan for this weekend. I'll help my big boy with a big heart make love notes.
Love is grand, even when you're six, or better said, especially when you're six.

A love note a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. other nice conversations we are having in the dark, before boys go to sleep: Doctor or hospital , The patient and the scientist

4 October 2014

Style crush: Amal Clooney

Going on 35 with no style icon feels incomplete. You almost feel sorry for me, don't you? As if this wasn't enough I also feel like I've been living under a rock, because I don't watch TV or read the news. This is why I was the last person in the world to find out that Clooney got married. To a fabulous, smart, successful woman. As if all these weren't enough her style is to die for.

Since last Sunday I've been constantly googeling Amal and I love everything I could find. She looks cool in jeans with a short top and also stunning in her white pant-suit she wore for the civil wedding ceremony.

The outfit that really made her my new style icon is this one:

I especially like the fact that her bag doesn't match her shoes and even her shoes don't match each other. All the shoes I've seen on her are really great.

First, I didn't like her wedding dress, thinking it didn't have a twist. But I immediately realized it was so elegant that any twist would make it less perfectly elegant. Here you can find full media coverage for the big wedding.

Source: here

I will be following her from a googling distance for more style inspiration.

Who is your style inspiration these days?

P.S. the veil of the century and 12 ways to style a white shirt

30 September 2014

A nice little gift

A nice little gift goes a long way. Even for the giver.

I enjoyed offering the bouquet above even more than if I would have received it myself. And with this after picture I got, I liked the flowers even more seeing how good they look at their destination.

Here is another little gift idea if you are in for a nice surprise.

A gift a day keeps the doctor away!

29 September 2014

Harvest Fest

Before this weekend, even though October is knocking at the door, I was still thinking about summer. Going to the Harvest Fest this Saturday finally made me realise that fall is here.

The kids loved it. They spent one week of their summer vacation at the countryside, but other then this, they are city boys. This fair was the closest they will get to harvest, to what autumn is really about. Everybody had their own favourites: A. liked the lamb pastrami smell, Cristian enjoyed the pumpkins with all their interesting forms. I named all the vegetables we passed by for Tudor and he liked it a lot. We all took the time to look at how stum (grapes juice) was made right in front of us and we bought one bottle home to enjoy it in the days to come. The scarecrow was also a favorite for Tudor.

Autumn is here! Make the best of it!

A fair a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. In the steam train and The National Village Museum visit

27 September 2014

Nailed it- glittery dots

As much as I enjoy my work and my life in general, time away from work is just perfect. As soon as we returned home from our 2 week vacation at Arsenal Park and at the Bulgarian seaside, I thought of ways to make the transition to the day-to-day routines easier. I couldn't find much, cause it's kind of impossible to measure up to quality time with your loved ones.

There was just one thing that put a smile on my face and brought me a little bit of the summer vacation feeling:  my glittery dotted pedicure, Polka.com by OPI.

It was the only way I could still have summer at my feet. And I still do, to keep that warm happy feeling of vacation with me.

A pedi a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. code pink for blue Monday and brownies