Monday, May 24, 2010

His Holyness Speaks

Jason, my aunt Heidi, and I got the chance to see and hear the Dalai Lama in NYC yesterday. I had been waiting for this day to come for a long time. As I suspected he was funny, eloquent, and insightful. Richard Gere introduced him and as he walked onto the stage there was clapping then silence. His presence is like no other. Monks surrounded him on the stage as he took a seat on a chair, not on the floor. He took his shoes off, and started making jokes! Then he threw on an Indiana University visor, that matched his robes, and he welcomed the crowd.

For an 1 1/2 hours he spoke about the need for compassion. Compassion for those around the world who are different from you and I. Different looking, practice different religions, think differently, etc. We are all humans and must understand that we actually have more in common than we think.

He spoke about the need to be loved and how it was very important for women to step up and take leadership roles in the world. It is in our DNA, as women, that we can be more loving and more compassionate than our male counterparts. He spoke about the need, as a mother, to give our children the most love we can give. This was a very important message. He feels that if we love our children and give them the most out of life they will in turn be loving people. He mentioned that a reporter once called him 'the feminist Dalai Lama' and he said maybe that's true and he didn't mind it.

It was a wonderful chat and I only wish that I had time to take his personal workshops over the weekend. Hopefully there will be a next time and I can take my daughter! For now I can tell her about my experience with him while she was in utero.

AND I can check this off my list of things to do before I die :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Scent of Thailand

One of my delicious discoveries in Thailand was when I came across a Harrnn & Thann boutique. The scents wafting through the store encapsulated what Thailand smells like to me (the good smells at least!). Lemongrass, lavender, & jasmine scented candles and oils are often lit in our apartment. They rejuvenate me when I'm feeling down and are a warm reminder of my time spent there.

This month save 25% of Harnn & Thann's Jasmine and cymbopogon collections. Also receive free shipping in US on all orders over $80.

Jasmine Intensive Body Moisturizer

Oriental Herbs Shampoo

Oriental Essence Scented Candle (Hints of Lemongrass)

Lavender Shampoo!

Aromatic Wood Essential Oil

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Nursery

So, while I'm in pregnancy purgatory and can't really get around that well anymore, I thought it would be a good time to plan the nursery. I decided on a Beatrix Potter themed room with yellow walls and white furniture. My aunt Heidi is an artist and she is going to sketch to me 4 different scenes from the Peter Rabbit books! I can't wait. Here's what I have thus far:

Benjamin Moore in Butter

Land of Nod Chenille Rug in yellow

Pottery Barn's Peter Rabbit Bedding

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mommy Clothes

Well it's official (it's been for a while actually!) I am in the market for maternity clothes. Girls, there are some UGLY mommy clothes out there. Dresses that put on 10 pounds during a time when you don't need any extra poundage, shirts that 'accentuate' your belly, lots of brown polyester stretchy outfits...I can go on. I however found some cute outfits that are pretty, without making me feel like the house that I am!

Love, love this maxi dress. It comes in all sizes. They don't sell maternity so I just ordered large sizes.

This maxi jersey dress in Black hides what I need hidden!

You'll need a nice strapless bra or fitting tank to go under this cute little number.

The Moody Mama's line @ Target is in.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Miami Vice

Once again...I'm hooked! Every night @ 11 I tune into the Centric channel (or every morning @ 5am) for a nostalgic trip back to the 80s with repeats of Miami Vice. That's right, Tubbs, Crockett, Gina and Switek are back to their old tricks again. Oh how I've missed the florescent and the pastel mixed suits, all of the smoking, and the great music. And I never knew so many famous actors and actresses guest starred on the show- Jimmy Smits, Bruce Willis, Liam Neeson, Pam Grier, Kyra Sedgwick, Stanley Tucci, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent D'Onofrio just to name a few. Check out the entire list here.

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