Monday, February 27, 2012

IT'S NOT THE SAME



Things have been very quiet around here the past day and a half -- Sofia has been spending her Sunday and Monday over at my parents' house and I haven't been doing too well with her "sleepovers" yet.  It really makes me realize how things just aren't the same without her around.  I don't even know what Erick and I did before we had her, she just brings so much joy and life into this apartment and I wouldn't ever-- not even for a second-- change the way we live.  Here's to a quick work day.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

RECENTLY ENJOYED STAYCATION MOMENTS











Hi everyone!  Lately, we've just been hanging out at home the past few days- and let me say that it has been a much needed break from all our working lately.  We managed to tackle a few projects around the house, and if I'm lucky, I'll be able to compile some kind of virtual "home tour" so we can share how we live as a family with some pretty tight living quarters.

Right now, Erick and the baby are taking a nap together while I finish up some dishes, straighten up a bit and hopefully get a quick pilates session in.  Life around here has been lazy, great, and so very relaxing.  It's going to be hard to get back in the groove of our regular workweek!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

PAINTING THE PLACE







Lordy! What a wonder a fresh coat of bright, white paint can do for a large space.  Erick, Sofia and I have some extra special vacation time, so we are spending it together as a family and really fixing up this space we're blessed to live in.  I'll be sure to post lots of pictures as soon as it's finished up!  I hope you all are having a wonderful week.  We definitely are.

Monday, February 20, 2012

REALITY / 1


For anyone that's been around since the very beginning, and I mean the very beginning (YIKES!) you can clearly see what a long way we've come since we started back in February last year.  I've learned a lot from blog veterans that have been around the block, so for DASJ being a year old now, being able to share what I've learned through the course of a year of consistent blogging is really enlightening. What I want to talk about today is how you can make blogging work for you and not get sucked into the toxic abyss that is self-doubt, comparing yourself, and jealousy:

  BUT YOU WOULDN'T DRINK POISON, RIGHT?   
I'm pretty big into yoga, zen, and a lot of what goes into the Buddhist culture- no surprise there.  But I remember specifically an article about greed. Oof.  I know I've found myself stuck in a pile of greed before through blogging before, and guess what?  It sucks.  I want to be able to open up honestly and share a little bit of what helped me through those times, and so the story goes:

     A guru asked, "Are you greedy?"
The young man said, "No not really.  Just a little, but that does not count."
     With that, the guru put out a small vial of powder and said, "Take this".
The young man asked, "What is it?"
     The guru replied, "It's poison"
Shocked, the young man retorted, "I'm not going to take that, it will kill me!"
     To which the guru responded, "It's just a little poison- and a little does not count".

So the point I'm trying to make is that if we all realize that even a little poison will hurt your body, why do we not think that a little "mental poison" will not hurt our minds?  To blog for you, you need to try as hard as you can to not give in to the greed, jealousy, and countless comparing of your own blog that is so hurtful to our hearts.

I found I finally broke free of that nonsense when I started focusing on the things I cared about most, and the things I knew I was good at.  So what if I don't travel all over the world or get to spend a ton of money or have a fabulous life.  I have more an amazing life that I can document from my cozy home in the city.  The crafts that make me happy.  My daughter that makes my soul sing.

  PICK OUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU   
What is it that you're great at?  Is it cooking?  Is it taking amazing photos?  What about your hobbies, your interests, your passions?  That's what you need to blog about.  Who cares whether or not you think it's cool or interesting, the point is, someone out there in the vast entanglement of the interwebs thinks what you do is pretty cool.

pick some topics that are important to you
• stick with it, then persevere some more.
• realize that all great things take time
• be consistent

  IF YOU'RE HAPPY, IT SHOWS   
Finally, if you're blogging for yourself and doing what you love, it becomes something so therapeutic and amazing.  Too often we let it become just a catch up game of trying to do something as "cool" as the blog next door.  But competitive blogging is exhausting.  You don't WANT to sit down at the computer anymore because, frankly, you don't feel like it and you're out of good ideas anyway.  When you make the switch to consistently blogging about the things that really get your blood pumping, you can't wait for the next opportunity to share a piece of that knowledge with the world.



Saturday, February 18, 2012

GOAL SETTING: KATHERINE ROSS


Hey there, Kate here!  I'm finally getting around to wrapping up the last of our Goal Setting series!  I'm glad to hear your feedback that you enjoyed it, and I hope to follow up with these fine folks toward the end of 2012 (if we're all still here.. har har) and give you all a recap!  Up today, we have the talented and strikingly beautiful Katherine Ross of Gathered Heart.  I've been following Katherine's blog since I first starting blogging a year ago, all thanks from a helpful tip from my friend Abby.  Working as a graphic designer, you can tell even from the blog she's mastered the simple, clean and layed out perfectly look, she has a knack for curating amazing finds from around the web, and really has a knack for typography.  I'm so happy to have "met" her through the interwebs, and hopefully sometime in real life too! ;)  Take it away, Katherine:

"To be honest, 2011 was a such fantastic year and I'm a little nervous that 2012 won't be so great (I seem to have a cycle of "bad" years and '12 just happens to fit the pattern.) Regardless, I'm going to do my best to make this year awesome... which means spending lots of time with loved ones, eating tasty and healthy food, enjoying the outdoors as much as I can, creating, and lots of other things that make me happy. As long as I stick to those goals and remember what is important to me, I know 2012 will be great."


THIS YEAR'S GOALS:
/ finish up some of my goals from 2011
/ try to have as many meatless mondays as possible
/ gather with friends more often
/ make the most out of summertime weather
/ post original content on my blog more often
/ try new hairstyles
/ make something I'm proud of once a week 

*thanks again to all that participated! dasj is putting in some extra hours to get some new original content your way!  let us know if there is something you'd especially like to see! xx

HER FIRST VALENTINE




Papa is always going to hold an extra special place in Sof's heart.  Really, because he's the best one ever.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU


Here at the De La Rosa household we celebrate our love all year round, but today is an extra special opportunity for hearts, cookies, and a nice filet mignon for dinner! :)  Noms!

How are you celebrating your loved ones today?

HAPPY 8 MONTHS, SOFIA!






Well, we're a tad bit late on the monthly photos, forgive me!  The beginning of February really got the best of me, but now with my birthday over and Valentine's upon us, I've had a second to snap a few photos of my growing daughter:

HIGHLIGHTS
This month, Sofia has been starting to string her constants together, ("ta-ta, phl-phl," and what Erick is sure was "da-da.")  I'm not so sure, though! ;)
She also has been eating thicker textures, army crawling all over the house, clapping her hands to the english and spanish versions of "patty-cake" and waking up a little earlier in the morning.

STATS
Weight: 23 lbs. 99% percentile
Height: 71 cms. 90% percentile
Head: 44 cms. 84% percentile
*right on track for everything, we're super happy.


Honestly, I'm almost in shock that it's already been eight months.  This entire first year of hers has flown by even though I've been holding on to it so tightly. Before I blink, she will be turning a year old already, we'll be helping her destroy her first piƱata, and she will be face-first in birthday cake.  What a whirlwind these months have been, full of happiness, tears, struggle and accomplishment.  Erick and I are so proud of everything Sofia is becoming, and everyday are reminded of how blessed we are to have such a happy and healthy baby.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

TWENTY FOUR.




( Thanks to Erick for all the help with these photos )

Yesterday, I turned twenty four.  TWENTY FOUR.  I can't even believe it sometimes.

I'm not even a quarter way through with my life and I've already knocked out the hard stuff- marriage, babies, jumping in the air, cooking a proper Indian meal... you know!  But really, I just wanted to stop in and let you all know that even through all of this, I still feel so young and it's amazing.  I was talking with a friend over drinks about reaching that "scary age" that we all freak out about, but I kind of laughed to myself thinking, "growing up doesn't have to be scary".  In fact, I think growing up is kind of fun!

I hope to do a lot of great things this year, but also remember to take the time to be silly, shoot people in the face with confetti, or sit and watch a giant cloud of balloons rise up into the infinite blue sky.  To stay crazy.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

TASTEFUL BOUDOIR: TREATS FOR VDAY

Holly is someone very dear to me.

She is one of the few girls in this world I consider soul-sisters.  In fact, there are a few of these girls I miss with every fiber of my being; we understand each other on a deeper, spiritual level.  Friendships like these that have kept us together even states, miles, and oceans apart.  

When Holly approached me about a tasteful, pinup-esque boudoir shoot for a surprise birthday present for her guy, I couldn't say no.  She had this amazing idea of how to package and present the prints, and I cant wait to see what her finished product is.  I hope that through time, we will all be somewhere not too far from each other, but these girls I know will be in my heart forever.

xx