Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 | parting thoughts

Good friends and good wine
Looking back on the year, the things I will cherish most are not things at all but moments spent with those I love the most: the hubs, our families and our friends, both near and far. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season (and year) with your loved ones as well. Here's to a fabulous 2013!

P.S. Be safe tonight and call a cab if you need to!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

project life | week 51

{Dec 16-22}
#projectlife week 51 full spread
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One thing I love about memory keeping the "project life" way is that finishing up when you get behind is super simple - just slip photos into pockets, add a little journaling and you're done! Obviously embellishing and getting more creative is fun too, but sometimes keeping things simple is the best way to go.

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I add a lot of my words directly to my photos in Photoshop, which takes more time on the front end, but makes it easy once the photos are printed. Using different digital templates also allows me to add more that one photo per pocket. Can't believe the I haven't seen the boys in almost 2 weeks now. Time flies...

#projectlife week 51 right side
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Most of the photos from this side are from our visit to Joe's family in Maine.

This year, to add consistency to my albums, I have used the same camera stamp and potty couple in each week's spread. I will probably do the same thing again next year but with different elements. I also numbered each week with different stickers but I think next year I will most likely do this digitally. My goal is to TRY to collect less physical stuff (and use up what I have instead of hoarding it) and use more digital elements.

Can't believe tomorrow is the last day of the year. 2013, here we come!

                                                      The Mom Creative

Friday, December 28, 2012

the coolest gift

One of my best friends in high school hosted our foreign exchange student our senior year.
We took KB and welcomed him with open arms into our group of friends.

Fastforward 20+ years...yesterday after coming home from a movie date (This is 40 - highly recommend, although it was long, some places I laughed so hard I was crying!), imagine my surprise to find this in a package we received:
Just received the coolest gift - a dear friend from high school recorded a mixed tape I made for him onto a cd with copies of the original tape!
a cd copy of a mixed tape I made KB, along with copies of the actual cover and writing from 1988! What touched me most was not necessarily receiving the gift in the mail, but that he kept this tape for so long. I am glad to know I am not the only sentimental one of my friends. And say all the negative things you want about Facebook, I am thankful that it has allowed me to stay in better touch and at least know what is going on in the lived of people that I don't necessarily talk to every day but am glad to know they are doing well.

The end of the year always makes me a bit nostalgic and sentimental. Here's to a fantastic last weekend of the month!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thanks, Megan!

This blog started as a way for me to document my daily ramblings. With time and inspiration, it morphed into a "fashion" blog and is still slowly morphing into what I consider more of a lifestyle blog. Along the way, I have connected with a few people whom I don't know in real life, but consider them kindred spirits. One of them is the sweet Megan of megan mae daily. She never ceases to inspire me with her eclectic style, which is mostly thrifted, which also amazes me.

She also creates cool handmade accessories, such as button flowers and obi belts made from ties. And I received a fun surprise for Christmas this year.

I really love the colors she chose, because they feature my favorite, pink, and in just the right amount!

Thanks again, my dear, and I hope Santa was good to you too!

P.S. I may need a tutorial on how to tie the obi belt!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

The hubs and I are enjoying one last breakfast at his parents before we head out to the airport and back home. Not an ideal way to spend the day but it's all good.

Merry Christmas to you! I hope Santa recognized all your goodness and gave you many gifts.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

still here

The hubs and I left on Thursday to visit his family in the northeast.

Early morning meditation
It's been a fabulous visit so far, filled with family, food, quiet, meditation and yoga.

We're glad to see that the Mayans got it wrong, and we are still alive and kicking. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

some cuteness for the day

It's no secret that my nephews are my heart. Being an aunt is one of the favorite roles of my life. J is now 3 (!!!) and talking so much and just such a sweet sweet boy.

No photo please!
DD is almost 2 (!!!), starting to talk more, as stubborn as his mama and auntie, and cute as a button. Unfortunately his stubborn streak leads to lots of photos like this, but that's ok too. I just want to bottle them up!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

project life | week 50

{Dec 9 -15}
#projectlife week 50 full spread
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Another week gone. So glad to have started this project this year and looking forward to the next.

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I dedicated one whole page to the pics we took on EJ's photo wall at his party last Thursday.

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Also love that I have a place to include party invitations.

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And more random photos from the week. I have discovered that even my everyday photos tend to include people. Documenting and celebrating the people in our life is the essence of memory keeping to me.

The Mom Creative

Monday, December 17, 2012

working wardrobe | the LBD

2012 12 me 04
dress: CK / cardi&necklace: M+O / vest: Uniqlo / tights: Hue / shoes: b.o.c.
As we near the end of the year, I am still counting my blessings and trying to remember to appreciate all the good things in my life (and not worry about the things that aren't perfect).

On days when thinking about what to wear to work it too hard, a good LBD always works in a pinch. This one is perfect for both warm and cool days.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

project life | week 49

{Dec 2-8}
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December has been flying by!

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I have been keeping things super simple lately in order to GET IT DONE. We celebrated a friend's birthday Sunday the 2nd and these are all photos from that day.

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And some random shots from the rest of the week as well as highlights from the start of our yoga weekend in San Antonio.

I have also been working on my December Daily album (and by working on I mean just taking, editing and printing a photo from each day) and hope to get some pages posted soon. Seriously, this month is flying by!

The Mom Creative

Saturday, December 15, 2012

weekday casual | holiday party no. 2

HIM blazer: Theory / shirt: Gucci / jeans: Gap / shoes: Kenneth Cole
HER dress&necklace: Loft / tights: Urban Outfitters / shoes: Tory Burch

Our friend EJ throws a big holiday party every 2nd Thursday of December. Over the last few years he incorporated a photo wall, this time with a big sparkly bow.

My tights (and booties) were a hit, although I ended up taking the shoes off before the end of the party because my legs were killing me. Note to self: always bring a back up pair of flats to parties when wearing high heels.

Having a good hair night too.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, December 14, 2012


Good morning sunshine
...for every morning. Heart goes to the families in Connecticut.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Twelve photos to round out this twelfth day of the twelfth month of 2012! Whew, trying saying that 12 times real fast.
1/#12 on 12/12/12Sweaty 2/#12 on 12/12/12Another day at the office 3/#12 on 12/12/12Blue skies 4/#12 on 12/12/12Pre-LASIKTraffic sux 6/#12 on 12/12/127/#12 on 12/12/12Untitled9/#12 on 12/12/12UntitledUntitledHappy mail 12/#12 on 12/12/12

Just a normal day - get up, sweat, work, eat, work some more, drive home, eat some more, take a selfie, watch some basketball, receive some happy mail :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

on the mat | yogis are good people

Road trip
We took a road trip this weekend to San Antonio for a yoga workshop with Kino MacGregor
Practicing mat to mat makes me happy, even if I have to concentrate more on staying on my own.

A whole group of us made it in from Houston.

We also had a lovely girls dinner on Saturday.

We clean up pretty nicely, if I do say so myself!

Us with Kino
Kino (in the middle) is a wonderful and inspiring teacher who has a beautiful practice and is so so strong. The workshop was amazing, I learned quite a few things (some of which I can hopefully remember and apply to my daily practice).

Hard at work
The hubs also attended the workshop but decided against going dinner with all the girls. Probably a good choice ;).

Friday, December 07, 2012

weekday casual | holiday party no. 1

Me and my boy
Last night the hubs and I attended the holiday party held by our apartment peeps.

I will be the first to admit our sole purpose going was to eat holiday food and desserts.

dress: Jovovich-Hawk for Target / tights: target / boots: Anthro
But you know I will take any opportunity to dress up!

We are participating in a yoga workshop with some yoga peeps this weekend. So so excited about it. Have a great one!