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Superwoman – Pregnancy Truths

Telling it like it is

Pregnancy makes your skin glow, your hair grow and it makes you blissfully happy – right?

In all honesty that has not been the case for me. I´ve noticed when reading on the internet or hearing anecdotes from friends about being pregnant, there is a big tabu in telling it like it is.

You should be portraying the image of a healthy and happy strong woman. Embracing the fact that your body is changing. Letting everyone know how well you are coping with all the obstacles of being pregnant.

When this is not the case, I find it really shameful and hard being completely honest about how you feel. Every pregnancy is different (yes, heard that it before..). You tend to forget this when you have morning sickness, pelvic pain, hormones are completely wild, your pregnancy brain makes you perform at about 75% and you have a full-time job and maybe even a family to take care of.

At the same time, you´re told you should make yourself your biggest priority. But managing all this can be a true challenge. I have experienced a stress response like nothing else over the fact that I can´t do any of the things I imagined myself doing being pregnant. Slowing down and admitting that you´re not capable may, in fact, be the biggest challenge of them all. You truly feel like less of a person.

I may not have been able to eat all (or any) of the healthy salads and doing the yoga classes I intended. I am also absent-minded and self-absorbed because of my severe case of pregnancy brain. And it certainly left me totally unprepared, gobsmacked even, over the fact that this pregnancy has been so exhausting and different from the last one. However, one thing I know – and that I´m certain of – when looking back on all of this (well, not right away…), I will be prepared for the challenges that come with being a mother of two. At least a little bit.

Perfect Bag – PIENZA

Introducing the Pienza Bag

I think I have been looking for that perfect bag which looks good and can fit all of my necessities. Including my laptop, snacks, phone, makeup (the list continues). I never found it until now. Well, actually I designed it to be honest. “If you can’t find the bag why not make it yourself” hehe just kidding… all jokes aside. The Pienza bag is one of the bags I designed for ATP Atelier (exclusively sold online now) and I’m so in love with the outcome. In part, because it solved some of the problems I had.

I really tried to think of us women and all the stuff we always want to carry with us. However, in a bag that looks cool and is comfortable. I think the Pienza is it. Ever since I got it I can’t live without it and I have it with me on all my travels. Having a child with this bag is such a plus I can’t even begin to describe. So I can’t live without my Pienza and it is my new favorite bag, not because I designed it but because it is just so luxurious, comfortable, effortless, the leather is beautiful and vegetable dyed. Also, I can tell you that it is handmade by some lovely people in Italy which I have had the pleasure to work closely with.

More at www.atpatelier.com

Travel bag items

My travel bag – Travel with Kids

Traveling with Kids

I tend to travel a lot with my family because my husband is a photographer so we always try to stay together. And we always have so many bags to check in( because of his profession) add to that a toddler and wifey! So we have become masters of only bringing what we really need and we really know what we really need on our travels.

So I need a handbag that can fit everything that I need to have close by me for my toddler and I. Both me and my husband tried the diaper bag thing but didn’t fall for it. We are just not that kind of folks… so I just pack everything I need for her in a leather pouch. In it, I have all the necessities I need….diapers, wet wipes, spoons and some squeezes.

So this is the content of my bag:

Passport

Laptop

Hairbrush

Wallet

Makeup

Diapers

Wet wipes

Sunglasses

Perfume

Lip balm

Baby Book

Dry shampoo

Central Park in Spring

New York – Central Park

The Perfect Central Park Afternoon One of the best things about New York is Central Park during the spring. Trees are in blossom and white flowers appear at happy snowflakes that never fall down. The blue skies are similar to a Magritte painting and the sun is sharp and beaming. Today was a perfect kind of day so we […]

Clean Advice

Since baby, I’ve never felt the need for clean, clean apartment, clean clothes, clean mother. Most necessary is clean hands, the colds are so draining, so I splurge in soaps – my favorite right now is Reverence aromatique hand wash from AESOP. Clean hands keep mums happy, bacteria away and help your babies stay healthy.

 

Dinner date spots - restaurants

Valentine Dinner Dates

This year for Valentines why don’t we try to make a fun memory by just relaxing, eating good and having some great drinks! SO instead of getting gifts, let’s make it a fun chill dinner date at one of our favorite restaurants or breakfast places? Our Restaurant Short List 1. Alla Collina Pistoiese-Milan, traditional Italian food […]

Kinley drinking green smoothie

Sneaking Greens in…

  I don’t know if every parent out there is experiencing some troubles with getting their kid to eat vegetables, but BOY am! Kinley is 2 years old now and in this weird period when she says blaaah to all green foods. I found a way to trick her into eating big loads of greens! The Green […]

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