3 Things Thursday {Week 17}

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Happy Thursday! Just some current things going on in my life right now on this weeks 3 Things Thursday.

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Currently eating…

Tomatoes! I just love fresh & juicy Summer tomatoes. Lately after a hot summers day we want something light and fresh for dinner. Some of our go to dinners of late have been bruschetta, grilled chicken with tomato salad or French bread pizzas topped with fresh tomatoes followed by fruit for dessert

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Currently feeling…

Last night I found myself watching all of Little Mirchi’s videos from birth til date. When she became this rambunctious little toddler I have no idea, all I know is that I cherish every moment with her.

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Currently enrolled in…

Mommy & Me swim classes! Little Mirchi just loves the water so I’m excited for her to start swim classes this weekend. According to my parents I was a fish in the water when they first took me swimming and HD loves swimming too, hoping she takes after us!

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3 Things Thursday {Week 16}

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Some of my favorites on this weeks 3 Things Thursday.

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Jersey Maxi Skirts

OMG where have I been? I love these skirts and have been living in them this summer. They are soft, effortless, forgiving and OH SO comfy!

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How cultures around the world think about parenting

I found this article so interesting. It compares parental thinking in America to other ways of parenting around the world. It’s interesting to see how other cultures prioritize their values and teachings differently.

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Statement Headboards

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3 Things Thursday {Week 15}

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More pictures less words on this weeks 3 Things Thursday.

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Marble Bathrooms

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Navy Walls

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Modern Staircases

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3 Things Thursday {Week 14}

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Motherhood stories and more on this weeks 3 Things Thursday.

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Meal planning

Do you guys meal plan? I used to be so good about planning our meals but recently I’ve fallen off the wagon. I think it’s also the change of season. Summer leaves me craving meals that are light but fresh and quick. This weekend I’m forcing myself to sit down and menu plan so that I’ll be better prepared for the days ahead.

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Yum

This week I made Little Mirchi a new soup. Chicken & potato soup to be exact. She was a bit hesitant at first (as she is with all new foods) but a few sips in she looked up at me, smiled and squealed “yum!” My heart just swelled. Yum?! Oh my, when did my little girl get so big? Now I know how my mom feels when I sit down to enjoy a meal she has cooked with love for me.

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Puzzles

Before entering motherhood I thought puzzles were the perfect gift for kids. My thinking: they are educational, promote critical thinking and motor skills, what’s not to like? Uhm. All I can say is I’m sorry. I’m sorry for ever mistaking these painstaking, foot stabbing, pain inducing pieces of wood for such wonderful toys. Lately I feel like I’m cleaning up and stepping up np puzzle pieces ALL DAY. Oh and for the past two days her music puzzle was missing the boat piece. At 2am in the morning it would sound off as if a cruise ship was entering our home. Karma I tell you. ;)

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3 Things Thursday {Week 13}

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Sometimes you come across reads or videos that are too good not to share. This week I will be sharing some of my favorite recent finds via the internet.

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B F F

http://hellogiggles.com/bff-thirties-30s I loved this read because it was bang on. As you get older, being best friends doesn’t necessarily mean talking every day. I have some girlfriends that I don’t talk to for weeks or don’t see for months – not because I don’t want to but just because circumstances are such and life gets in the way. When we reunite it’s as if no time has passed. I treasure my girlfriend time. I recently came across the hash tag #womenneedwomen and could not agree more. We need each other for support, for venting, for the laughs, to teach us lessons and everything else in between.

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Sorry, not sorry.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/18/pantene-not-sorry-shine-strong_n_5507461.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000046 Have you guys seen this video? If not, first stop to think about how many times in the day you say “sorry” for things that you really aren’t sorry for. After watching this video I realized I use sorry sometimes as a filler but not because I am truly apologizing. I’m not sorry for trying to get the cashier’s attention who is yapping away on the phone, or for needing someone to move over on the sidewalk while taking my daughter to the park in her stroller or for needing help with something while ordering construction materials for the house. It really got to me that we say sorry for things that we should really just be speaking up for not feeling bad for. Sorry, not sorry.

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So, when’s your next?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/8-things-never-to-say-to-_b_2768143.html Although this article was written a little over a year ago I can SO relate. Right now we are enjoying our time with Little Mirchi and haven’t planned the whens or ifs of expanding our family. It always seem’s to get me when people are pushing to find out when you are having your next kid. Last time i checked only you and your significant other were the ones in charge of your family planning. Or this great except directly from the post that people seem to think they have the right to say: “Oh, you ‘don’t know’ cause you haven’t had your second one yet.” Don’t know? Don’t know what? I know exactly what it’s like to be a mother. Last time I checked, one kid is all you need. HA. Yes this. I have heard this or “oh you only have one kid wait til you have more”. What? Why? Read, share, repeat and next time someone wants to know when your next kid is coming, invite them to your family planning meeting. ;) lol

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3 Things Thursday {Week 12}

3thingsfinal-1 Is there such thing as needing a holiday after your holiday? That’s how I feel lately… holiday hangover ;) Here are my 3 Things Thursday for this week.

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Romper Room

I’ve been searching for the perfect opaque pale pink nail polish and I finally found it! I usually stick to hot pinks in the Summer and burgundy shades in the colder months but this season I’m digging the pastels and golds. Essie’s Romper room is my new favorite summer shade. It gives full coverage with two coats and is oh so feminine!

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Like like dislike

Did you know this is the most liked picture on Instagram… ever?  http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5413498 I will admit… few years back my guilty pleasure was dvr-ing KUWK every Sunday night. I just don’t get how so many people are obsessed with each second of their lives. Maybe it’s just that I find the show a bit fake at this point which is why it irritates me more.

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Watermelon mania

Besides pink nail polish I’m loving another pink thing off late… watermelon! Omg seriously why can’t Summer stay forever? Mangoes, watermelon, lychees – all favorite fruits… all Summer fruits. I’ve complied a list of my favorite watermelon recipes from around the blogosphere. watermelon

Watermelon Pico de Gallo

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/06/watermelon-pico-de-gallo/

Watermelon & Goat Cheese

http://afoodcentriclife.com/watermelon-and-goat-cheese-appetizer/

Watermelon Spritzer

http://bevcooks.com/2012/05/watermelon-spritzers-with-lemon-and-honey/

Watermelon Sorbet

http://www.dixiecrystals.com/recipes/desserts/frozen-desserts/Watermelon-Sorbet

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3 Things Thursday {Week 10}

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Annnnd I’m back! Although I tried, I was just too exhausted from traveling to think, let alone post anything.

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Spr-ummer Cleaning

Since I didn’t get a chance to properly do spring cleaning this year as I was busy with Little Mirchis birthday and planning for our trip, I’ve finally started to clean and organize now! It feels like every few weeks I’m redoing our closets, especially our little ones. Usually I shift her smaller clothes on the lower shelf and add her new size to the top shelf. Well the lower shelf is now overflowing so I’ll be redoing her entire closet in the next few days. It’s bitter sweet to pack away all her little bitty baby clothes.

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Auto pilot

Hello jet lag. Goodbye normal sleep. I’ve been on auto pilot since I’ve got back, trying not to sleep in the day when I’m really feeling sleepy and awake during the night when in reality I should be passed out. Just call me zombie. Oh and it doesn’t help when your tot is sleeping in two hour increments because she has no idea what’s happening with the time.

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Lap infant

Ever since we got back from India, Little Mirchi can’t stand sitting in her car seat for too long. At first I couldn’t figure out why, she used to love going for car rides. Then it dawned on me, for the past three weeks she was riding around in our laps. She’s gotten so used to sitting wherever she pleases that being confined is just not fun anymore. We switched her car seat to front facing now (her feet were touching the seat anyways so it was only a matter of time). So far it’s been better but she still has her moments where she wants to jump out, into my lap.

Looking forward to reading your 3 things this week!

 


Nautical First Birthday Party

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I love nautical themed things! With the fresh whites and blues, I think they are great for Spring and Summer events. Hubby Darling went to Navel School growing up and was a sea cadet so by default he is a sailor at heart (swears like one too at times :x) While I was pregnant and still unsure about the gender, I was sure I would do a nautical theme baby shower if it was a boy. When we found out we were having a girl a High Tea Babyshower only made sense and I saved the nautical theme for later. Fast forward to a few months ago while planning Little Mirchi’s 1st birthday party, I couldn’t think of anything that I really loved. My mom and hubby reminded me of the nautical theme and I decided to add pink to give it a girly touch.

Here are a few of my favorites from Little Mirchi’s Nautical themed first birthday party. Thank you to our friends and family who made her party extra special!

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3 Things Thursday {Week 8}

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Changing up my 3 things this week to share three pictures from Little Mirchi’s birthday that pretty much summarize my first year of being a mother. I’ll be sharing more pictures from her birthday party tomorrow so stay tuned!

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Traditional birthday picture

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I think every Mom has the look back picture from one of their kids birthday parties. This girl is the best hip accessory I could have ever wished for. I haven’t just given birth to her, but she’s given birth to a new me. I still can’t believe that one year flew by so quickly and the round little rolly polly we took home has grown into our naughty smiled, always laughing, brand new toddler. < Toddler – wow [gulp] yeah no, still baby please.

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Don’t stress the small things

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This picture perfectly describes everything about my first year of motherhood. Mom’s make mistakes – and that’s OK! This past year has taught me so much, but one of the most important lessons I learned was not to worry about small hiccups along the way. Us moms have so much going on and we need to cut ourselves some slack when things don’t go perfectly as planned. From sending the wrong date on her invites, to misspelling the venue’s name, to FORGETTING her ’1′ candle the day of the party – I really made some boo-boo’s when it came to Little Mirchi’s first birthday party. Looking at the big picture that stuff really didn’t matter, what mattered was her and that our closest friends and family were there to celebrate her big day.

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Nani {Maternal grandmother in HIndi}

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3 Things Thursday {Week 7}

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Paper Boat Drinks

While shopping for spices & such while in Bombay, I spotted traditional Indian summer drinks in cute little packages. Seeing the variety of flavors we picked up a few to try at home. Oh my delicious. The first flavor we tried, ‘golguppe ka pani’ left us wishing we had picked up more! It tasted just like the real thing. Best part: no preservatives, no added color, or artificial flavors. I really hope Paper Boat Drinks sail over to the USA soon!

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India

hot, hot, HOT. We left London early this week and are now in Bombay. While I’m excited about visiting family, I’m not excited about breaking a sweat even before we get in the car. It’s been in the high 90′s F, sticky & hot. Surprisingly, Little Mirchi did wonderful on the flight over and is doing quite well despite the humidity.image (2)

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Mango fever.

It’s mango season here in India and we are in mango heaven! Markets & restaurants are selling everything from fresh mangos to mango sundaes, mango shakes, mango juice, mango candies, mango desserts + more. We’ve been indulging in the best (in my opinion at least!) fruit during it’s perfectly ripe time. I suppose they compensate for the ridiculously hot weather.