Traveling Tuesday: Early Inheritance

We are “traveling” back in time today…!

Now that I carry my SLR around me most everywhere I go, my shoulder bags and totes just aren’t cutting it any more. It’s literally a pain in the neck to keep it from sliding off my shoulder while trying to capture THE shot that requires the use of both hands. Thus, I decided a crossbody bag would better serve my purposes of shlepping my possessions around with me — a tan leather crossbody bag to be precise. While I really like this bag, tan leather will better round out my modest handbag collection and I like that it’s a timeless look that spans seasons as well as decades. Proof? I was admiring these at the Coach website

when I recalled that my mom carried something similar around at one time. I rang her up and hey, not only did she have a tan leather bag, she had THE ORIGINAL Original Rambler’s Legacy bag by Coach! In tan! See it up there in the top row? The best part was that she was thrilled to give it to me because it’d been neglected in the back of her closet for the past 20 years. It’d been a gift from my grandma to my mom 40-something years ago and now my mom was handing it down to me. :D


**Okay, I lied. The best part wasn’t that she was thrilled to pass it along to me and it was mine (for free!) just a week later. The best part is when it arrived… You know how they say scent is a powerful way to trigger memories? After being tucked away in her closet for years, the bag smells just how I remember my mom smelling from my childhood in a really lovely way. It particularly reminds me of all her hugs because I’d literally be enveloped in that scent, in her arms, feeling safe and loved. And that makes me happy to carry this bag around with me wherever I go now :)

{The author and her mother circa 1986.}

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5.5.11: Favorite Cinco de Mayo Foods

A very Happy Cinco de Mayo to all today, a great day to celebrate the Mexican heritage and pride! As most Americans, the best way I know how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is by eating my favorite kinds of Mexican foods – which my favorite kind of food year round too!

I took a very informal poll in the office to see what everyone loved to eat and drink for their Cinco de Mayo celebration.  And found (though not tested), some possible recipes to make your own food celebration!

Margaritas
Guacamole
(California style)
Salsa (I love salsa with fruit!)
Chips (Make your own)
Bean Dip
Cerveza (these you might just buy at the store but here is a link to brew your own…maybe for next year!)
Tacos
– these are for fish, wish I love but use whatever is your favorite meat or go veggie!
Tamales (great website that breaks it down and makes you feel like you can almost make them as good as you can get from the “Tamale Lady”)
Pozole Rojo (A bit more “gourmet”)
Taco Salads
Carnitas
Chilaquiles
Churros (Here is the recipe but if you want to go out and buy this item, I won’t tell)
Flautas

Vaya Con Dios!

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Trust Your Instinct!

When do you start listening to yourself and stop listening to everyone else around you? As a new mom, it’s a hard thing to decipher when you are feeling overwhelmed and like you haven’t got a clue. It seems everyone else has so much more knowledge know-how and everything you do is wrong and if you’re not careful you’re going to permanently damage your new baby. But then you run into one too many moms who tell you everything you should and should not do and how if you don’t do it their way then your baby isn’t going to see its first birthday – or at least that is how you feel! However, as your baby gets older you start to gain a bit more confidence and by the time you have the second you start to feel like you might have the hang of this parenting business! And if you aren’t careful, you turn into one of “those moms” that is telling everyone how to raise their child.

My eldest daughter is 3 years old and the baby is seven months (and just started crawling this weekend – we are in for it now!) and I feel like maybe I have the hang of this parenting thing! This is typically a short-lived feeling as one of them will do something that will leave me so speechless and at a loss for words that I feel like I am back three years ago when my first was a baby… the beauty of parenthood!

Over the weekend, a girlfriend who is a new mom was asking my opinion about a certain issue she was having and I started to tell her how I would do it and I looked at her and I saw myself as an earnest new parent and how all I needed was someone to believe in me and give me the confidence to make those decisions. I turned to her and said, “Just trust your instincts. You will know what is best for your baby!” She smiled at me and nodded her head and I felt like it was the best advice I could have given her!

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4.27.11: What’s for dinner Wednesday: Chicken & Steak Salad with Mango!

I happened to grab a couple of mangos at the grocery store last night (it’s a new fruit for the baby) and one of them found their way into my dinner and it was delicious! If you are someone that loves fruit, protein and greens – this might be your perfect dinner! Enjoy….

Green Butter Lettuce
Grilled Chicken and/or Steak (I used both because the hubby grilled both up)
Fresh Chopped Mango
Add veggies if you like (this was as far as I was able to get with mine)
Dressing (Olive Oil & Vinegar was good)

Sometimes it is the simple things in life that make a meal taste so good!

Buon apptetito!

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