Monday, April 30, 2012

REMEMBERING NOW, APRIL 26TH


the remembering now project, 2012.

catch up on the rest of the series here.

In light of her top two teeth starting to make their appearance, Sofia has been more drooly than ever.
This is also the first week we accidentally left our amber teething necklace at Grandma's house :/

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Friday, April 27, 2012

IMPERFECTLY PERFECT


(Photos originally from this shoot Jusina)

I almost never posted these photos.  When I got them back from being processed, my negatives were ruined- it was partially my own fault, I had taken them to a little shop where the quality wasn't good but I knew I would get them back faster.  Initially the streaks from the way they were scanned really bothered me, but for some reason today I just can't bear to let them sit in a folder on my hard drive.  There is something to be said by learning from mistakes, not always following the rules, and admiring the things that do go right.

More to come!

Have a great Friday, friends.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A NEVER ENDING LOVE STORY


Today Sofia and I went to a park, and she enjoyed her favorite pastime -- swinging.  We try to travel to as many different parks as we can to keep it interesting.  I am positive she's loving every minute of it.

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A QUIET MORNING



Being able to take my time in the mornings was something I always treasured.  It would often be later in the afternoon - sometimes around eleven or twelve.  I would slowly crawl out of bed and head out to brunch with my husband.  Never too early, and never too rushed.  Now at the strike of half-past seven, I am greeted at a (much) earlier time.  A tiny person who hears the tiniest beginnings of birdsongs and first glimpses of sunlight makes sure that I too, am up to greet the day.

I mentioned in an earlier post how routine is so important to me, this is especially so for the start of my day.  I will tip-toe while half asleep to Sofia's room and sing her the song I made for her to wake to.  We groggily dance in the early morning sun and put on a fresh pair of pajamas.  If I'm lucky, we can make it back to our room where I'll try to catch a few extra minutes of sleep before my hair is being tugged, eyes are playfully poked, or drool has dripped on my cheek from a mouth other than my own.  I'll put on a teapot of water, grind up fresh coffee beans, and begin to create the single cup of lasting energy I use to get through the day.  As I'm beginning to see more of my daughter's personality, I am thankful I see some of "me" in her.  She quietly tends to her toys in the morning, crawling over to the container holding them and picking her favorites: usually Minnie Mouse or her crinkle-flashcards.  It's almost strange how she knows I need that twenty minutes of time to myself where I enjoy my coffee, make a simple breakfast, and curl up with a blanket for a few minutes watching her play.

She has a routine, as do I.

Yet still amongst these traditions, we spend our quiet mornings...  together.


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Monday, April 23, 2012

HAPPY MONDAY! - AND OUTTAKES


(thanks to hubby for capturing this face!)

I thought it might be funny to show you one of our "outtakes" from the Bertie shoot this Monday.  As you can see, teething (and nap time) started getting to our little model toward the end. ;)

This was most definitely one of our busier weeks, and after I return from work today, I'll be happy for a bit more breathing room for a few days.

Chat soon!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

REMEMBERING NOW, APRIL 18TH.


the remembering now project, 2012.

catch up with the rest of the series right here.

a portrait of each other, only a month away from being married a full year.
i'm so in love with this man.  it's definitely hard to believe how time has been flying.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY FAMILY DAY - ON TRADITION


On Wednesdays, and almost certainly every Wednesday, we have kept a high standing tradition of spending the day together as a family.  When Erick and I were newly dating years ago, we coordinated our days off so we could spend one day a week together to lay around lazily and if we were lucky, grab a bite to eat.  Once married and with children, things have happily stayed the same-- something I'm eternally grateful for.  This week, we were off to Oak Park again for a delightful vegetarian lunch at Munch, which is a fantastic and eclectic little joint off of Marion St.  This little town is quickly becoming a regular favorite of ours, mainly because getting there is easy and walking around on nice days is even more enjoyable.

I'll admit, some days it really feels like our time together ends too quickly no matter how hard we try and fight it.  Erick has been working steadily on multiple filming projects and I couldn't be more proud.  I'm excited to see where all of the hard work will take him, and where after this year we end up as a family.  We've put what little free time we have into major efforts toward building both of our creative careers and are beginning to wonder when we'll finally be able to make that frightful jump into freelance.  But I digress, the day was altogether wonderful as it usually is, and Erick and I were fortunate enough to even sneak away to a movie later that night (for the SECOND week in a row!)  I know, I can't believe it either!  I'm so smitten. :)

Do any of you feel more comfortable when you have some form of a routine or tradition?

I'm curious as to what other families and/or couples do to make sure they stick together and strengthen their bonds.  Tradition is something grounding and immensely important to me.  I feel quite listless without a regular activity that is truly my own or one that I share with my family.  What are your thoughts?

(And if you haven't had a chance to already, you can enter for a chance to win some canvas kicks for your little one!  We're so excited to share this opportunity with you.  DASJ's first giveaway can be found here.)

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FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY! - JONAH AND THE GIRL


Real talk.  I have a serious crush on Australia.

That's right.  The whooole thing.

To us in the states, they live in the future.  They have some of the nicest people you will ever meet.  They are swarming with talented creatives.  They have among some of my favorite blogs on the internet... ahem, that's you Jodi, Tim, Kellie, TamaraTricia... (to name just a few!)  And now, made possible from one amazing children's company, I am giving away some seriously can't-miss gear.

It would be impossible for me to name just one thing I loved about Jonah and the Girl and the lovely people behind this project.  Using the words "beautiful simplicity" as their catch cry, this little sister company is the labor of love of husband and wife team Scott and Amy Hawkes.  A story of putting kisses on the feet of little ones, Jonah and the Girl has released its first collection of canvas shoes called 'Bertie', a simple unisex style available in six colors.  Though they've just started taking their first steps, be sure to check back often as they begin expanding to be the first to see when new styles and colors are being offered!

Amy and Scott have been so kind to give away their inaugural and beautifully made product, the Bertie shoe, to two lucky Diapers and Skinny Jeans readers!  I am so thrilled to not only be able to giveaway such a great product and support this stellar group of creatives, but really truly give you all something Sofia loves and I wholeheartedly endorse as a mama.  These shoe are the perfect companion! :)

* *   To enter is simple - all you have to do is be a follower of Diapers and Skinny Jeans, and head on over to Jonah and the Girl and tell me which size and color you would like for your little one!  Please leave me a comment below and don't forget to include your email address and check back to see if you've won!  * *

Want extra entries?  Better your chances by liking Jonah and the Girl on Facebook and/or sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog.  Winners will be announced in two weeks on Thursday, May 3rd! (entries will be closed 5/3 at 10am CST)

Best of luck!

Sofia wears her Jonah and the Girl 'Bertie' shoe in peach.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

REMEMBERING NOW: APRIL 17TH.


the remembering now project, 2012.

catch the rest of the series here.

Sofia, the baby of many faces.
A teething, booger-y, drooler...  (sure to make the boys come running).

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Monday, April 16, 2012

UH-OH.


Sofia figured out she can take everything out of my filing cabinets.  You are so busted, little girl.

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REMEMBERING NOW: APRIL 15TH


the remembering now project, 2012.

catch up on the rest of the series here.

Is this laundry pile real life?
So much love always, for Papa.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

LET'S CATCH UP, SHALL WE?


(silly photo of me saying, "whaaat?"  by the husband)

Hi friends. I wanted to take a minute to catch up together and fill you in on a few new things! To anyone new to our space, thank you for visiting and I'm glad you're here. You may have noticed the look around the blog has been much simpler and clean. It's something I'm trying to do not only in just the blog, but with my life itself... a bit of a spring-cleaning, if you will. My Facebook feed filled with "friends" I haven't talked to in ages, a twitter name that no one could pronounce or understand, blog columns and categories I couldn't keep up with, even pressure to post when I know I should just be enjoying my time with my family. The list is seeming never-ending for a lot of us out there, and I just wanted to be honest and say that I too have gotten "stuck" one time or another, and here's a few things I did to streamline my way out of it:

• Keep as many things consistent as you can
My twitter handle was previously queguerita (that white girl) which was funny to me at the time, but now that I'll be launching my website and really diving into freelance soon, i needed to switch back to my name: katedelarosj (I threw my middle initial at the end because I created katedelarosa back in the day and don't remember the login information! doh!)  Consistency is key when you're launching a business.  Try a more uniformed approach for your clients to find you instead of making it a wild goose chase through nicknames and goofy-handles. ;)

• Keep it simple
Trying to remember which day of the week it was to do some silly "column" on the blog was getting to be more of a bother than I had originally hoped.  Now, I'm still keeping up to date with recipes, outings, daily photos, or things I find interesting, but the difference is, there is no set-schedule.  I post as I'm inspired.  I write when it flows.  Not restraining myself has made it much easier to post content that is genuine and enjoyable.

• Narrow it down
There are a few great reads about this lately, and two that really resonated with me were Ryan's and Becka's.  To really avoid falling in what Becka calls the "comparison trap" we need to toss out everyone's updates that we (honestly) don't care about. it takes for-EV-er to weed through a Facebook stream of everyone's happenings and frankly I don't care about a lot of them. Customize your feed. pick your close friends and business colleagues only. And- if it's really getting to your head, do what Ryan did and just eliminate all of the "stats" out of your life altogether. This isn't a popularity contest. We're in it for our own personal reasons, and mine is for my family.


And that's it!  Hope this may have been helpful to some of you, and I hope you all have a very lucky Friday the 13th.  Here's to a great start to our weekends.  Cheers!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

REMEMBERING NOW, APRIL 11TH.


the remembering now project, 2012.

catch up on the rest of the series here.

"This, by far, is the most unenthused eating experience ever."

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MUST VISIT CHICAGO: KINGSBURY STREET CAFE


Kingsbury Street Cafe

1523 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60462
Near North Side

After meeting with my health coach, I was hungry for brunch and craving something that wasn't too over-the-top indulgent.  I had heard great things about this new cafe (that happens to be on the most torn up street in Chicago), so after my session we headed over to this lovely new jem.  I have to say, just after walking in I could already tell we were in for a great experience.  The interior is light, airy, modern and roomy.  Perfect for anyone with a stroller so you don't feel like an asshole walking in with your kid.  The food was delicious -- even some vegan options!  We will definitely be back, and if you're in the area I wholeheartedly give my recommendation.

Why You Should Visit
• Absolutely kid friendly
• Zen-like interior
• Fantastic brunch
• Eco-friendly water and compostable cups

Good To Know
• No lot, street parking only
• Make reservations on a weekend

What To Order
• Vietnamese drip-coffee with sweetened condensed milk
• Tofu Scramble
• Carrot Pancakes


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REMEMBERING NOW, APRIL 10TH.


the remembering now project, 2012.

An examination of the simplicity of day-to-day moments from our (quickly moving) lives.

Curiosity for a plant-based diet is never ending.
"Look, mom!  Paper!"

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Monday, April 09, 2012

EASTER SUNDAY


Friends, we had such a great Easter with the De La Rosa side of the family.  I hope all of you enjoyed your holiday and aren't in too much of a sugar-induced coma.  ;)  We actually took it easy on the sweets this year, and are feeling quite well!

Yesterday was such a wonderful day.  It's been a while since we've had a Sunday all together as a family, and I can say we are all feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to conquer the week!  I'll be back with some new and healthy recipes and an update from my time with my holistic health coach.

Things have truly been on an upswing around here, and we are thankful and much appreciative.  Life is good.

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