mom-mode post #154 – on making things

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you haven’t figured this out by now, I like making things. Pretty things. Anything. I have a lifelong dream of learning how to sew. Really sew. Like making clothes and stuff. I have the sewing machine but just haven’t had the time to dedicate towards learning it.
Meanwhile I make do with the skills I do have. I saw a clear necklace like this on one of the designers from HGTV’s Design Star ( I know I have a problem, but I can stop it anytime. I swear!). Hers didn’t have a ribbon closure. I really like the look of a bow peaking from behind the neck. So I just went with the ribbon. I wanted a more vibrant color for the ribbon however black was all I had on hand.
I tell ya, two months without making anything was hard on my sleep. I just kept having creative ideas right as my head hit the pillow, and there was nothing I could do about it! But now that all of my creative energy is being spent towards something creative, I can sleep better!
So what have you been making these days?

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mom-mode post #153 – on what I’m into this month

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

On what I’m into this month – August 2011

on my nightstand – Well, I am reading this book, it’s a great read. But if I’m being honest, I really am catching up on my Lucky Magazine reading. Subscribing internationally means that sometimes you get two issues at about the same time, so I had lots of catching up to do.

in my Bible – Psalm 62. Over and out.

on my television – I’m still going through my annual summer marathon of Gilmore Girls. But I’ve also sadly been catching up with Food Network’s Star, Project Runway and HGTV Design Star. Cursed be hulu.com. Now I just can’t cook without having one these shows rolling in the background.

in my kitchen – I’ve talked about the granola, we’ve also eaten several batches of homemade granola bars and some delicious whole wheat pizza!

in my ears – Beach Boys’ “Be true to your school” has such a fun summer beat to it.

in my closet – Have you guys seen Larry Crowne? I was seating at the theater as scene after scene Julia Roberts showed up wearing something that came straight out of my summer closet. I’m serious, it was little creepy. The movie was very charming though.

Shirt dress by Mango

Julia Robert’s character is a community college professor who wears shirt dress after shirt dress after shirt dress. Just like my closet.

This has been my go-to piece all summer. It’s easy and cool, just perfect to dress up or down. I have two others in slightly different styles and colors.

They are so comfortable! And stylish. Cause it’s crucial to stay stylish. Regardless if your son just gave you a hug with peanut butter hands.

mom-mode post #152 – on a mommy identity

August 22, 2011 § 7 Comments

I apologize for the brutally honest post, but what is the point of writing if it doesn’t come from the most truest, deepest place within you?

This month it will be eighteen months since I’ve become a mommy. Eighteen months of getting to know and raise this plump, energetic, most handsome, funny little boy. O is a blessing, a true gift in our lives.

In the past eighteen months, I have been rather isolated from other mommies like me. My friends that have babies are all either in Brazil or America. Aside from the occasional Facebook status update or email, I don’t really get to see first hand how they are raising their babies. I don’t know what type of discipline method they use, I don’t get to see what they choose to feed their babies, I have no idea how they handle or have handled a toddler’s tantrum. Most of my friends here in Eskisehir don’t have babies yet, so I don’t even get a first glance at how they would handle a certain bout of picky eating or get tips on where is the best way potty-train.

I don’t share these things so you would feel sorry for my lonely mommy self. I share them however, so you can understand how little ‘outside influence’ I’ve had on this mommy journey of mine. So you can know where I was about two months ago when I went to spend some time in another city nearby where a few other families with the same beliefs as us live. It was my first time — since I’ve become a mom — I got to spend a considerable amount of time with other mommies that live by similar values as  I do. It was the first time I got exposed to what I’ll call ‘mommy low-self esteem’.

I don’t want to brag, but up to this point I had been pretty satisfied with my parenting style. Oliver was growing healthily, meeting all the right milestones and just overall being a happy little boy. I had no reason to doubt my true mommy identity. But I did. As I saw those moms, they seemed to be doing everything right. everything I wasn’t doing. Their kids behaved perfectly, their house looked spotless and I, my friends, I just crumbled under all that pressure.

I longed to be back home with my friends that knew me and accept me for who I am, even if it meant that my kid was ‘that kid’ that won’t listen, or won’t hold my hand when I tell him to or eats pizza for lunch, and industrialized peanut butter. I felt like the size of a grain of rice as I looked at my baby, thinking he didn’t deserve the mommy he got.

That night I cried myself to sleep, praying God would make me into the best parent I could be for O. That’s when He brought to mind something someone wrote to me at my baby shower so many months ago: “God chose you to be Oliver’s mommy, no one else.” Little old me, so full of flaws and weak spots. Little old me, Oliver’s mommy.

As I laid there in bed with my mascara tears, I decided to never let any other mommy put doubt on who I am as a parent again. I decided to fully embrace my mommy identity.

Priscila, the fun mommy — the one who loves to roll around the pillows on our living room floor as her toddler laughs the most spontaneous laugh. Priscila, the teacher mommy– the one who finds absolute pleasure in sitting and reading fun books with her son. Priscila, the music mommy — the one who loves to sing and dance as she cooks dinner for her family. Priscila, the fashion mommy — the one who would rather wear a dress over sweats any day of the week. Priscila, the-trying-to-be-healthy mommy — the one who struggles to eat healthy herself, but prays  her child will make better eating choices than her. Priscila, the amateur mommy — the one who is learning to discipline and set limits as she goes along. Priscila, the daddy-loving-mommy — the one who is madly, crazily in love with the husband. Finally, Priscila, the God-loving mommy. Because I want my kid to know that life without Him isn’t life at all. Little old me, Oliver’s mommy.

How about you? Have you found your mommy identity?

mom-mode post #151- on remaking furniture

August 20, 2011 § 3 Comments

I have a problem. I love the DIY section of Design Sponge. Well, it’s a little more than love. I’m slightly addicted. Only slightly though.

It really isn’t that bad. It’s not like when I’m walking pass a used furniture shop I don’t mentally come up with ideas of what I’d do if I got my hands on that purple velvety victorian-ish chair.

Good thing the husband encourages me in my crazy furniture remaking endeavors. He has carried many a couch up the stairs. We live on the third floor. He’s that awesome.

My latest DIY project? It used to be a very beat up vanity that only cost about 12 bucks, including delivery. It had sat neglected in our guest bedroom for over a year, until I finally got my hands on it last week. I don’t have a sanding machine (yet), so it took me two days to sand all of it. I wish I had a before picture, but I was too excited to get started and forgot.

After much sanding and much dust, I just stained with a light cedar stain. Now I have a beautiful new console table for my dining room. I still want to find some nicer knobs, but for now the old ones will do. I just love how old and beat up it looks, but in a nice, organized, clean way.

Ain't it pretty?

I have to say this is one of the most relaxing, stress-releasing, therapeutic things I could ever do.

mom-mode post #150 – on making granola

August 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hey there! Anybody there?

Sorry it’s been a while. I’ve meant to write but… I could go on to bore you with some lame excuse about lack of time, homework and moving boxes, but I won’t. Instead, this week I’ll be sharing a serious of posts of what I’ve been on working. Hope it will inspire you some!

Today I’m making granola. From scratch. You can find some type of granola here but it usually has some kind of dried fruit that just ruins the whole experience for me. I like my granola nutty and vanilla-y.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was making some granola. I immediately asked for the recipe and much to my delight, it involved no dried fruit. It is delicious I tell you! Especially when you can get a hold of some blueberries — a rare but most joyous occasion around these parts of the world!

Here’s the recipe:

Vanilla—Scented Granola

INGREDIENTS

    • 12 cups old fashioned oats
    • 3 cup sliced almonds
    • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 cup oil
    • 3/4 cup honey
    • 6 Tbls sugar
    • 4 Tbls vanilla

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INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Preheat to 300 degrees F.
    2. Line oven trays with parchment paper
    3. Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl
    4. Combine oil, honey and sugar in small saucepan; simmer over medium heat.
    5. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
    6. Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well.
    7. Using hands, toss mixture until thoroughly mixed.
    8. Spread granola on prepared baking sheet.
    9. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

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The smell of vanilla baking will fill up the entire house! And it makes a lot. I only had enough oats for half a recipe and it still made tons.

While on the subject of food and recipes, have you heard of www.pepperplate.com? It is ewonderful, I tell you! If you’ve looked for a way to organize your recipes but haven’t found it, this is it! I am in the process of putting all of my recipes on there. They’re app is really great too, I would change a few things, but mostly I like it.

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