A Mother's Concern

Monday, May 21, 2018

" My wish for you is that you continue to be who and how you are, 
to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness." 
- Maya Angelou

This morning I woke up with a heavy heart, with thoughts of the recent high school shooting that occurred a few days ago on May 18th.  I remember coming home right after dropping of the kids at school and the local news revealed that there was a potential shooting situation just 30 miles away from Houston. I immediately felt ill to my stomach and my children's well-being popped right into my head. I couldn't help but to wish that my kids were at home with me at that very moment, giving me piece of mind that nothing in the world had or would harm them. 

Even as I type this, I can't help but to get emotional with tears filled in my eyes. In a place of learning and growth, with exciting activities as the school year is coming to an end, why should the feeling of fear be on our minds. Fear that our schools may not be safe enough, even after the many precautions made to increase safety. The kids take part in not only fire drills, but also drills for escape routes if a violent situation were to unfold on campus. Will this stay the norm? Where I have to hug and kiss my children even closer, even tighter every morning, hoping I will see their sweet faces again when I pick them up from school. They are the sweetest and most loving children without a pinch of hate in their bodies, and they, as well as all children shouldn't have to worry about violence in a place of learning.

I teach Austin & Madison everyday to treat everyone with kindness and respect, to do something helpful daily for someone else.  I want them to spread love and kindness to their peers and educators ... to be a positive example for this world. I think it's amazing that they both want to be scientists when they grow up, for the simple fact of wanting to help others. Their journey should be rich of learning, growth, and support, surrounded by a healthy and safe environment.   

I wasn't sure whether to express my thoughts in today's post, but it's been heavy on my heart and I felt the need to share my concerns. Especially in this new week, where things just didn't feel and look the same in Houston. I really didn't want to let my kids out of the car this morning. I concentrated so deeply into Austin and Madison's faces as they waved and smiled before sending them off to their classes. That image has been embedded in my head all day.  

What can really be done, without turning our school into a complete fortress?! More programs, continued efforts to end bullying, more parent involvement, no backpacks, a strict dress code, what needs to happen? What can we as parents and the community do to make sure that school violence comes to an end?!

My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by the Santa Fe High School shootings and I hope they will regain some normalcy in life, trying to enjoy whatever's left of the school year. 

I will continue to be a positive voice in my children's lives and I hope that together as a community, we can promote positivity, love and kindness back into our school systems, so our children can concentrate on being the best they can be, for their future! 

Warmly ~


My Favorite Fragrances for Summer

Thursday, May 17, 2018

With Summer weather already making a well known presence this week, all I can think about is spending my weekends vacationing on beautiful beaches with my family! We haven't quite committed to a vacation spot to visit this Summer, but San Diego and Destin, FL are top on our list!

Since Summer is all about relaxation and effortless beauty, I tend to go more natural with my look, wearing my favorite SPF and bronzer mostly, with a pop of coral on the cheeks. There's also something about wearing a fresh and playful scent against a bare neckline or in your hair that ties your entire Summer look together.  

There are two scents I particularly love all year long for both day and night, that really shine through during the Summer months.  The first is a bright and lively fragrance, with a name that fits it well: Nectarine Blossom & Honey from Jo Malone. It's the perfect transitional scent from Spring to Summer, with hints of peach sorbet and warm honey. It's deliciously fruit & floral, light and especially playful, that has you drawn in the moment you try it on! I also love adding a spritz of Jo Malone's complimentary fragrance in Wood Sage & Sea Salt that reveals a yummy Summery scent that reminds me of my trip to Hawaii years ago.  You have to try it for yourself, you're sure to love it! 

Speaking of the beach, my husband purchased a gorgeous white bottle of fragrance for me when it first launched, as part of a sultry Summer makeup collection. Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford took me immediately by surprise by its unique floral notes, with the softness of amber and sandalwood. Every time I wear this fragrance, I literally feel like a bohemian goddess on an exotic island! It's silly to say, but it's very true! It's a seductive scent that evolves as the day goes on and I continuously get compliments ever time I wear it to an event. It's my signature fragrance, so there's definitely something to say about that!

Runner-ups:  A romantic fragrance: Love Story by Chloe that's reminiscent of my times in Paris and Gypsy Water by Byredo that has a unique beautiful earthy scent, gorgeous for Summer and Fall. 

Fragrances can be very personal from one person to another and we enjoy linking them to something special or significant in our lives. It almost takes us back to that very moment of a trip, wedding, graduation or what have you. This is probably why I love Summer scents the most. For me, it's a time of gathering with family, relaxation, and making joyful memories with my kids as we enjoy our time in the water, poolside or on the beach. 

So, what plans are you looking forward to this Summer?! Have you tried any of these scents?! Take a peek below and I hope you give these a try!

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Warmly ~



Mother's Day Gift Guide {Pretty Picks for Celebrating Moms}

Thursday, May 3, 2018

This year is flying by at lightening speed and here we are in May, getting ready to celebrate Mother's Day next Sunday, May 13th.  This happens to be one of my favorite days of the year because I love receiving loads of love (handmade pictures with plenty of hugs and I love you's) from my kids and the hubby! I see bits of my personality and funny habits in each of my kids and it's surreal sometimes knowing that I'm in this stage in my life ... a mom, all grown up, raising a family of my own. They are my everything and I couldn't have imagined a better blessing! 

For Mother's Day, I always enjoy putting together a basket of thoughtful goodies for the special Moms in my life. With three cute themes in mind, gift giving for Mother's Day is can suddenly be easy and carefree! There is something for everyone; items from all price points ... mostly affordable and oh so lovely!

The Glamorous Baker:

As a mediocre cook and baker in the kitchen, I always find it exciting to experiment with different recipes when I have beautiful accessories to work with! A darling apron with a few pretty essentials make cooking in the kitchen a treat for any mom!  Opt out for gold this year and choose copper, the new trending color of the year! Plus, cooking together makes for family time well spent! 

The Flower Enthusiast:

Flower arranging and gardening are known to be wonderfully therapeutic for the soul. Create a basket of floral supplies that will encourage any mom to start or continue a new hobby she is sure to love! This vase from Terrain includes pre-punched holes to make flower arranging easy peasy and this woven basket is the prettiest for carrying favorite blooms from the market. My favorite cutting shears are also included, that are both durable and of great quality!  Top it off with a small bunch of fresh flowers to start, and she is good to go!

The Minimal Beauty:

These are all gifts any mom would enjoy from their dearest fan, you! This necklace by Junghwa has been a favorite of mine for years and can be customized to the quantity of rings that you need. It's a heart-felt gift that puts loved ones close to a mama's heart. I also love Madewell's collection of leather totes that are perfect for everyday - a universal classic! Consider a gorgeous copper tea holder paired with an assortment of flavored teas. It's absolutely brilliant as a gift and will be well loved, guaranteed! 

Below are a few other goodies & books that I had to mention! Have fun creating a special gift for yourself or for your special someone - Mother, Aunt, Grandma or friend!  They will surely love the thought and care you put into making this day extra special for them!  

Warmly ~


by mlekoshi