Our friends over at Exquisite Experience offered us a private chef dine in experience at our home and it was marvelous! They were able to cater to not only our vegetarian lifestyle but also catered to our household's many food allergies. The food was incredibly delicious and the presentation as well as the service was impeccable. Thank you Patrice and Chef Kevin! xo
When we manage to get a great selfie or shall I say, "usies" lol.
I still can't believe how fast he is growing! I am still breastfeeding exclusively. At 4 months, sleep has changed tremendously. He doesn't always sleep consistently during the day. I think it's time to revisit sleep training techniques. I'll keep you posted on our method!
Gregory and I hosted our baby shower, we decorated ourselves and had all of the catering done by Whole Foods Market, vegetarian dishes and sustainable plant based utensils.
It was a glorious ending to the summer. We went to Rockaway Beach, we indulged in the sand, surfers, did some yoga and we got to meet Calvin Seibert, the man known by the New York Times as "King of the Sandcastle" because of his incredible dedication to intricate sand castle designs. Enjoy the tender moments with those you love.
I hope you had a glorious summer :-D
As the weeks progress, the reality is really starting to kick in. We have a great deal to do to prepare for the baby! The biggest preparation will be transforming Lucas' room into a shared space. Lucas is way past the toddler stage and has long been independent with his space. So now we have to come up with a creative way to preserve his space while also creating a warm nursery for "L" (baby number 2).
Below are some images that I came across during my search online. I think these pictures are lovely! Ideally we want to do a loft bed with a baby crib underneath. That way we can really maximize the space. Lucas has the bigger bedroom but we want to be sure to maintain the book reading and play area.
The bedroom remodel will definitely begin in September!
This recipe is super easy and basically adapted from a recipe I found on Food.com which was eggless.
Vegan treats are ideal for us because our son Lucas has a variety of food allergies (egg being one of them). So this recipe was ideal.
1 cup organic flour (for gluten free, use buckwheat flour)
3/4 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt (sea salt is fine as well)
4 tablespoons of water
1/4 cup of coconut oil (equivalent to the margarine indicated in the original recipe)
1/3 cup of organic raw cocoa powder
Honestly, all I did was mix all the ingredients together, starting with the dry ingredients. I preset the oven for 400 degrees. I rolled them into quarter size balls (or maybe a little bigger). They cooked for about 10 minutes and then I let them cool down. This batch yielded about 15 cookies. I think if you let the mix sit in the refrigerator for an hour it may make it puff up a bit more. I didn't do that and I was fine with my decision, lol.
The cookies were very tender and chewy. This recipe is fully vegan, organic, and can be made to adjust to a variety of food allergies.
Enjoy and happy baking!
I try every morning to make time to connect with baby by doing a brief meditation and follow after with a prenatal yoga routine. Try to make time to just connect with your baby. This is especially important when you are overwhelmed and may feel a bit rattled. Place your hand over your heart and the other on your lower abdomen. Take full slow breaths and just be in the moment. This can help to calm your energy, purge negative energy and may help to soothe baby as well. Your body is doing tremendous work, be sure to limit stress as much as possible. Stress is the last thing your body needs during these critical stages. May you feel the love growing inside of you. Namaste.
Happy healthy living!
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I guess that confirms it... Slightly unexpected but I am 100% open to what the Universe has to offer us. Though its still early and usually people like to wait before announcing, I prefer to not live in fear. If this is meant to be it will. I said this year, I intend to Honor My Truth... And so I will do so. I will still be committed and amazing at all I do! Especially because I have an incredibly supportive husband Gregory Guerrier who helped me complete my master's degree in a year! Doctoral program will still be done in 2018! And So it is. :-D
This post is from my old Cultureshocking blog. I posted this back in 2014 but thought it fit perfectly on here.. I will bring some of my old posts back soon!
Parenting is not the easiest job in the world, but it's definitely one of the most beautiful for me...
We have had our share of ups and downs, however, it all has been a blessing. We continue to grow, learn, and love.
Happy healthy living!
This was a nice view of the One World Trade Center. I had to capture it.
I think this piece speaks for itself.
Last week I welcomed a new age. Some may cringe at the idea of aging. I love and cherish the idea of aging. Age is experience, age is beauty. When my mother passed away when I was a little girl, she was barely 39. Every year on this earth is a gift. As a matter of fact, every day is a magnificent bundle of joy. This age represents so much to me. It is an age of innovation, an age of higher achievement, an age of growth, an age of evolution. I cherish these moments to blog and communicate with all of you.
Take all of these gifts and life offerings and use them to empower your own life. We all impact each other. Cherish every birthday; cherish your life. Let's enjoy and build together.
I survived Las Vegas! I mean, it wasn't difficult. My cousins and I attended the ASD Market Week, an event where over thousands of market vendors from all over the world come to the Las Vegas Convention Center to showcase their products. I wanted to attend because I am interested in expanding Loving Culture and I wanted to get new ideas. It was a great experience. Las Vegas is pretty cool. It is easy to get caught up in the party scene but I found myself enjoying alone time in our hotel room and at this one casino penny machine lol. I loved Hakkasan night club. I got to see Axwell spin! Overall, I met some really nice people, had great conversations with Uber drivers, sat pool side, rode in the back of a convertible, and made new friends in many different places.
Today Greg and I decided to go to Brooklyn to try matcha lattes from the Matcha Bar in Brooklyn. They make custom drinks with unique matcha blends. The shop is very aesthetically pleasing. The one gentleman who greeted us gave us a nice summary of their currently list of drinks. There are yummy sweets too! Check them out!