Category Archives: Décor
Country Victorian Baby Shower
Looking to plan a baby shower party? Here’s one stylish yet classic idea to get inspired from for a refined and sweet baby shower. It’s a Victorian-era themed Tea with a country feel. For such an impeccable setting both the location and the decoration are equally important. Look for a venue with a classic, historic and elegant style to start with. Add delicate decorations: Flowers are a must; candles, kerosene lamps or lanterns can also add a romantic, vintage feel. For the table décor, use a flower centerpiece with soft colors (roses are particularly great to emulate an old english country ambiance) and an old-fashioned lace or crochet tablecloth. Fine china and antique or vintage inspired tea cups can also add a great effect if available. Use soft colors (white and pastel) in cake, cupcakes, cookies and party favors’ decoration. For party favors, marmalade jars and softly scented baby soap bars are chosen here for an old country touch.
Featured baby shower by Art-Monit event and wedding planning (www.art-monit.com)
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…
….everywhere I go…
UPDATE (11/12/13): It’s snowing today in New York City… Christmas season has officially begun!
Play the Baby Gender Games
Upon learning the big news, most expecting parents intuitively start marveling about the tints that will be added to their family pallet (and come to define their nursery). The imagination here often lends itself to stereotypes and extremes are envisioned: is it going to be a dive into a pink-ish princess world or will blue, trucks, cars and dinosaurs take over?
The wait is usually over between the 16th to the 20th week of pregnancy, when you’re baby’s genital will be developed enough for your gyno (or sonogram technician) to be able to confirm the gender – of course provided baby decides to cooperate (be in the right position) and isn’t too shy to permit a peak!
There is also a growing group of parents that choose to keep the gender a mystery until delivery but I’m certainly not one of those and my mind has been busy pondering whether my daughter will have a younger brother or sister from day one… In addition, I’m the planner and dreamer type and therefore before yellow starts taking over my house and mind I need to know what directions things are heading. For the impatient-types like me, gender games are a fun (and non-invasive) way to cater to our curiosity.
- Chinese Gender Chart
It predicts your baby’s gender based on your Chinese lunar age at the time you got pregnant and the Chinese lunar month in which you conceived. Here’s the one I used:
- Gender Prediction Test
A gender prediction test that you can buy at some local pharmacies. Those tests have been on the market for a couple of years now but their accuracy is actually quite controversial and for the most part medical professionals have not endorsed them concluding that they are a waste of money. Nevertheless, some brands affirm around 80% accuracy (so 4 out of 5 tests according to them is correct). The test I used (see image above) claims to examine the chemicals produced by the pregnant mother’s urine and so should give a “dark, smoky green” reaction to the urine of a mother carrying a male baby and an “orange tinted” reaction to the urine of a mother pregnant with a girl.
Of course neither the Chinese chart nor the prediction test kit have conclusive scientific backing and therefore shouldn’t replace a sonogram test result to prove or contradict their prediction. So if you learn you have a girl don’t go all Marie-Antoinette in your baby’s nursery just yet!
For my part, I’ll wait for the sonogram before I break the news to my daughter that she should be expecting a sister!
A friend once told me “you’re very seasonal!”. Initially perplexed by the note, I soon became captivated by its accurate portrayal. While I think that in the grand scheme of things I look for a well-crafted routine in life, which gives me a sense of security, stability and structure; every now and then, I pursue renewal and stimulation. Mother Nature gives me a helping hand by providing the ultimate rejuvenation: Seasons!
So Yes! I am very seasonal in the sense that I love living every season to the fullest: I wear the season, eat the season, and connect with nature through each season’s unique richness. Back in my hometown, autumn was the joy of petrichor after the first rain, the smell of my new schoolbooks, the sight of wheat harvest and bulgur production and the savor of green mandarin. Since I moved to North America, with every fall I look forward to my yearly apple picking, getting lost in picturesque foliage sceneries and savoring the season’s richest tastes. Eating local in-season produce is the best way to really benefit from the freshness, deliciousness and nutritional content of vegetables and fruits while supporting sustainable agriculture. Here are my autumn superfood picks from around the world. Choose a variety from this list to get your daily intake of vegetables and fruits. The best way to get what’s in season in your local area from the following list is to head to your local farmer market and see what treasures you can fill your basket with.
In light of Downton Abbey’s season 4 premiere in the UK last month, here are my aristocratic picks for the return!