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in honor of 4th of july, a special etsy finds edition:

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White mulberry paper Stars Lanterns for wedding party decoration (20 bulbs)

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AMERICAN Flag – Reclaimed, painted and distressed metal sign- Industrial, Rustic, Home Decor, Wall Art, Patriotic

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Red margarita salt – colored salt – rim salt for margarita drinks glasses – margarita recipes included

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White Flowy Maxi Dress

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Red and White cotton ball string lights for Patio,Wedding,Party and Decoration (20 bulbs)

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Fourth of July-Baby Headbands.Stars and Stripes Headband..Baby Headband..Newborn Headband..Patriotic Headband

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Decorative Pillow 16×16” with Iman Home Blue ikat Pillow ethnic throw pillow

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inspired by my upcoming trip to NYC – this is the first time I’m going home in over ONE YEAR! – this is a special edition of etsy finds/ NYC:

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New York City SKYLINE OUTLINE Necklace – Yellow Brass NYC Unisex Design

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New York print

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Brooklyn New York Baby Bodysuit

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New York City Cookies, New York Cookies, – 1 Dozen

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New York City Pillow Bundle – 2 Pillow Set – Gifts for Men – Man cave – Decorative Pillow

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AHeirloom’s Brooklyn Cutting Board

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Taxi Cab Custom LEGO Kit

I’m heading to NYC early on Saturday to get a lot of things done! One of them is a very special baby shower we are putting together for my oldest friend in the US: Lily! Her little girl will have a unforgettable party – it’s good to start now, while the baby is still in the belly, so she will get used to all the fun!

So, I decided to start a new series: colorful life, colorful baby, featuring a lot of baby stuff! I hope you guys like it! In honor of Lily’s baby shower, we will start this edition with an all white feature:

 

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 8.01.46 PMcrib sheet

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Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 8.06.28 PMConverse First Star Crib Shoe

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 8.07.47 PMCarter’s Sherpa Jacket 

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Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 8.15.11 PMBABYBJORN High Chair

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 8.16.49 PMsheepskin rug

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 8.17.41 PMBaxton Studio Letterio White Cradle Chair

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 8.21.56 PMbig miffy lamp

 

IMG_6338I’m going to narrate a little bit of my experience at the Louvre, during our vacation in France! I absolutely love museums! It’s always part of my vacation, specially after moving to Denver! Denver is a fantastic place to live, but we don’t have access to culture here and our Denver Art Museum is a little bit of a joke! so, every time I travel, I make sure I include museums, and theater and a little bit of culture as part of my vacation, to make up for what I don’t have access at home!

and, I have to say, I’m a bit of a museum snob! after visiting the best museums in São Paulo and NYC, and around the country, it’s hard to impress me! I also covered arts and culture for Brazilian magazines and local newspapers in the East Coast, so I’ve been to a lot of museums, way too many times! that’s how to Louvre comes into play! of course visiting The Louvre was a must in my Parisian itinerary! however, due to the size of the museum, I really didn’t want to focus on the Louvre during this trip! – did you know, it would take someone nine months to visit the entire museum? the Louvre is the largest museum in the world!

I wanted to visit the Rodin Museum and the Museo D’Orsay in this trip and leave the Louvre for a time where I could come back to Paris with more time, so I could go back to The Louvre twice, at least! see it with more time and patience! however, things changed along the way! I ended up not going to the Rodin or D’Orsay, due to poor planning? I don’t know… and The Louvre was open on a Monday when everything else was closed!

I made a list of what was more important for me, with the location of each piece of art, so I wouldn’t waist my time looking for everything and prepared myself the best that I could to brave the crowds! but nothing could have prepared me for what I saw!

IMG_6340IMG_6341The Louvre is, without a doubt, impressive! the day before, when we were biking home long the Seine, we biked past the Louvre and I couldn’t believe the size of the building. it might be the longest building I’ve ever seen in my life! we biked for blocks and blocks and the building continued going! I could really not believe the size of that place! people are not kidding!

also, I follow a Brazilian blog in Paris, Conexão Paris, and they posted a secret entrance, that nobody really knows about, where you can scape the long lines and just buy your ticket and get in! I was so glad I had this tip and would love to share here with you: when you go to the Louvre, instead of following the crowds and try to enter through the main entrance, the pyramids, walk past them, continue walking a look for the entrance called Porte de Lions!

it’s a little hidden, so you need to pay attention! if you enter the entire complex through the main entrance, you are going to walk past the pyramids, continue walking, and the Porte de Lions will be on your left!

porte-lionimage from conexão paris!

so, that’s was a win! I absolutely love museums, but I hate crowds, and I can’t deal with them! I get nervous and anxious and then I need to leave before I have a panic attack. but, that did not solve all our problems! the Louvre, as was everything else in Paris, was packed! full with people and tourists everywhere!

IMG_6343 IMG_6342 IMG_6348IMG_6347it was great to know what I wanted to see and have my itinerary ready, with all the room numbers, so I would not waist time! The Louvre has 35,000 permanent pieces of art! also, the museum has 4 floors, 60,600m2 and 3 wings: Denon, Richelieu and Sully!

we saw the monalisa, of course, not impressive at all and super small! the monalisa is on Denon, room 206 (the numbers might change), on room 277 there were so many french painters, we saw a few Delacroix, oh, my heart! we saw the Venus de Milo, in the ground floor!

IMG_6349^^ the silly monalisa!

we made a quick stop to have some coffee and hot chocolate at Angelina, the famous Parisian café inside the Louvre and then continued to explore. the Louvre was built in 1190 – maybe the oldest building I’ve ever been inside! but it was only converted into a museum in 1793, after Luis XIV moved to Versailles! we passed through the pyramids, and tried for minutes to find the Napoleon Quarters! B. always talks about how impressed he was with the Napoleon quarters!

IMG_6350^^ i had some fantastic cappuccinos and lattes in france! their coffee is exquisite!

by then I’d had enough and needed o leave! there was so many people, you are always bumping into people and that drove me insane! if you do well with crowds, make sure to visit the wonderful Egyptian area!

IMG_6346^^ the arch that leads to the Jardim das Tuileries – I was dying to visit this place. somehow, we turned the other way and went home…?

 

…more to come!

let’s talk about our periods? weird right? not really! i know some lucky girls that do not feel anything different when they get their period! I also know girls that feel a little discomfort and some cramps, no big deal, right? and then there is the group I’m part of: girls that suffer miserably during their period!

unfortunately I’m one of those cases!

when I get my period I get incredible cramps. it feels like there is monster crawling inside of me! I also, every single month, get mind blowing, blinding migraines! the kind of migraine that I need to lock myself in a bedroom, lay in the bed, close all the shades, be completely in the dark, not move, not open my eyes. and it still hurts and there is no position that feels good. sometimes it lasts all night, and I can’t sleep! it’s absolutely awful! and then, after I get my period, the horror show starts. that first awful day: I know I’ll vomit, sometimes I have diarrhea! my body hates me!

after the second of third day I feel better and then I’m back to normal!

when I learned about the Period Store, it was such a nice surprise! how about a treat for myself when I’m going through all of this?

IMG_6332I signed up online, gave them information about my cycle – so they can calculate when yo send you the box – and my preferences, what kind of pad I liked, etc…

IMG_6333the box showed up the morning before I got my period! I was super impressed! even I didn’t know I’d get my period that afternoon!

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the box comes with your choice of pad or tampons, cramps medication (thank you!), tea bags, sweets or chocolates, intimate wipes and a piece of art – woman’s art!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6335 IMG_6336 IMG_6337I truly enjoyed it! it was a nice distraction that day! I had the tea and ate the sweets (of course!) and did not bother to go to the pharmacy this month! which is great! the art could be more interesting! I’d appreciate a piece of art more focused on the woman, I find it interesting and can be a nice gift for a fellow girlfriend! and the medication is very welcome!

I really enjoyed a treat in a day that’s usually miserable for me!

this is part of a series of subscription services reviews!

here is my review of the Nature Box.

see the review of birchbox home here!

 

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photo(3)“a portrait of B., once a week, every week, in 2013.”

this weekend B. participated in the Denver Century Ride – it was his first metric century! that’s 100km people! It’s impressive!

he has been training for about a year! at first I really wanted to do it with him! but, then I went to Brazil  and did not train for months, and then there was winter and vacation, which means, I could never accompany him this time! maybe, next time?

it was a very emotional day, to say the least! we could not sleep the night before! him: anxiety, me: he was tossing and turning in bed! by 3:30am we were already having breakfast and an hour later we had left the house!

photo(4)photo(5)he left from The Shops at Northfield around 6am and I kissed him good luck and headed back home, to take a nice nap!

DSC07999 DSC08001 DSC08002 DSC08004B. started getting ready for the ride! the atmosphere was great, the weather was perfect!

DSC08020 DSC08017 DSC08014 DSC08013and there he went!

I followed his ride through twits, an awesome app, and when we was 45 minutes from the finish line, I headed back to Northfield to great him!

DSC08041 DSC08039 DSC08042when B. was arriving – the fourth person to cross the finish line, btw, the children’s parade was happening! so, that was a let down, as he did not get to cross the finish line on his bike!

DSC08044 DSC08047 DSC08050 DSC08048he did it! and was super exhausted! so exhausted he picked a fight with me and we didn’t get to enjoy the post ride party! but, happy, super happy to have accomplished this!

congratulations on your first century, B.! you are amazing!

the entire 52 project is here.

click here to check out Che & Fidel 52 project

the lovely Rebekka Seale created the “52″ button for Che & Fidel.

our engagement party planning is on full speed, so in honor of this special day, here is a special edition of etsy finds / engagement party:

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Je t’aime Banner

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OMBRE Feather Boutonniere in Ivory, Blush, Grey and Coral with Brass Feather

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Hand Painted Flower Garland Cake Topper

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Lollipop Fringe Lantern in Pink Ombre and Gold Sparkle

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Wine Country, Custom Wedding Invitation

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Pink Flowers Collar, Peach, Wedding Flower Collar Necklace, Blush, Wedding Collar Necklace, Wedding Accessories, Bridesmaid , Flower Girl

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pink flower bridal wreath, bridal headpiece, blush pink hair circlet – EVER AFTER – flower girl, head wreath, garden wedding

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4.5′ Fabric Party Garland: Sherbet

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