Around the Web Wednesday: August 20

Parents and little brother back in November 2008
  Did you take a look at the baby face above? God, time flies!!! Today I am Florida bound. For some much needed time with the family and visiting/attending a very special friend's baby shower. But before I leave I would like to leave you what's around the web this week:

+++Thanks to the Handmade Home, I found Iron and Twine. The cutest blog I've seen. She's expecting twins and her website has great insights on baby stuff and pregnancy. Love her pics and recipes look amazing. Can't stop browsing through it!

++ Are you still uncertain about college? Here is Hello October on her take about attending University.

+I loooove The Kitchen, from the Food network channel. I watched Marcela do a Strawberry Puff Pastry Braid, it looked easy and delicious. Can't wait to make it when I come back from visiting La Familia!

 On another note as much as I love Summer, I really can't wait for Fall to start. It's my favorite season. The weather changes along with the color on the leaves and so I feel like its a very nostalgic season. But overall I am just happy the weather goes back to 80 degrees, as opposed to the 100's we get in Houston.

 What are you up to these final days of summer?



Dare Alla Luce: To Give To the Light

sunflower sunset alberta bowden landscape photography
 Picture via Miks Media Photography

One of my favorite movie scenes is from Under the Tuscan Sun. It's when Patti gives birth and Frances takes the baby near the window offering her to the sun and tells Patti that "In Italian, the literal translation of "to give birth" — "dare alla luce" — is: "to give to the light".

We also have that phrase in Spanish. Dar a Luz. I've been blessed to have been in three births. Last one, a week ago, on Monday. It was not on my agenda, At All. But I was taken by surprise when indirectly told by a nurse, how much it helped if I stayed to help translate. The first two times I was able to experience such a miracle was with Mr.C's sister in law, with her two baby girls. This time around it was a friend of the family. But the feeling from being able to participate in the delivery room is just sublime and overwhelming.

Why overwhelming. Well, try translating from English to Spanish while someone has been in excruciating pain for six hours. There's a time when you confuse both languages! However, when the baby is finally born, you understand the miracle of life. The nurses show the placenta and how it represents the tree of life. If blood and organs don't scare you, please google it. You just realize how perfect we are and how a miracle is made and born.

About a year and a half ago, Mr.C and I started planning for our own little miracle. We have yet not been blessed, some days its hard because you don't know if it will ever happen. But it gets easier when you just leave it in God's hands to do what he knows is best. We are about to start fertility tests, which I am looking and not looking forward to. But they have to be done, we just turned 30 and we need to make a choice for the future. We have hope, but for now we are just trying to enjoy life and our company. I have been told and seen how life changes once God grants you the gift of parenthood.

Hoping everyone's prayers are answered.



Beach Apartment// Part:4 Beach Apartment Reveal

Finally!!! I got around finishing up the post on our Beach Apartment reveal. I apologize for taking so long. Something to keep in mind while reading this post is that we have done this project slowly and so it is still on the works for final touches. Especially the last layer which I believe makes a space warm and cozy. This layer includes family pics and personal items that say something about the owners of a home.

The apartment is not "cottagey". The guys work at the beach and from what I understand everyone designed their beach homes with beach colors, bead board walls and lots of sea themed decor. So they asked to bring it down I notch. I tried, but I felt some sea decor was necessary. So I went for a traditional, contemporary beachy look. Does that make sense?

Just a sweet reminder, the picture below shows the blueprint of the apartment. If you would like to see the process you can go to:

Since we had such a small space we had to be practical with the items we purchased. Specially the big ones, like the sofa and storage. For example, the decision to have a sofa bed was so that when we all slept over, apart from the bunk-beds in the ONE bedroom, we had an extra space to sleep on. 

SofaBed is from Cindy Crawford's Rooms to Go line.
Window treatment: WALMART!

The white Desk is from Ikea. The apartment is also used for Panther's meetings. So, this was a great buy to keep all office items hidden when we have friend and family over.

Brown wicker chair and accessories above are from Home Goods.

My favorite store to shop is Home Goods, so when it was time to shop for decor pieces it was the first place we went to. 

OK, so maybe I have a couple extra places I love shopping for decor pieces, these are T.JMaxx, Hobby Lobby and World Market. 

TV stand above is from TJmaxx.



 We used tile that looks like hardwood floor. We have crazy weather at the beach, so if we use real hardwood floors they would expand and contract and overtime can be damaged. We also thought that with so many people coming in and out with sand, it was just safe to go with a light color tile that was easy to clean.

 Floor tile and Hardware are from Home Depot.

Kitchen Cabinets are custom made by our local carpenter. He is just amazing. 
 Chairs above are from IKEA

Pendants above are from ET2, Frost Collection.
We focused on having great statement pieces, since we had little space to focus on doing so, we went up. The fan below is called ANGEL, from Quroum Lighting. AMAZING piece!


Pocket doors above to save space.

Storage above was inspired by pinterest.


Bathroom cabinets were also custom made and we used extra backsplash that we had from the kitchen, in the bathroom, that way we had consistency throughout the space.

The backsplash was a gift from a friend. She actually had extra from her home renovation and gave us just enough for our smalls space. It sad the pictures don't do the colors on it justice.


The bedroom armoire is from Home Goods. I will post other bedroom pics in the future with changes made. It is not yet 100% finished, so I would really like to show you a more finished space.

Let me know what you think!

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