Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Print this Poster 3: Eat Slowly

Another little reminder: eat slowly. This is particularly important around this time of the year, don't you think?. 
Some benefits of eating slowly? A lot has been written about it. According to Leo Babauta and his Zen Habits, eating slower can help you lose weight, reduce stress levels, improve your digestion and more. I love reading what this guy has to say.
I would place this poster on your fridge, your car, your office or the bedroom. Wherever you find yourself eating the most. And most of all: Enjoy your food!

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

3 Actions to Take for a Smooth Bedtime

At least one thing I've learned so far from being a new parent. 
That is that change is the only constant.
Matia is an adorable sweet little baby, but lately he would love keeping you up every night... until 2 am. For some funny reason we can't explain, the little guy seems to know the time and right at 2 am he'll finally start to snooze. The first couple of nights were about to drive me a little crazy, since my bedtime is at 8 pm. But then I became more fond of the idea of hanging out in bed just playing hand games, or simply snuggling. 
Last week I decided to do something different and had a little photo shoot with the Zucchini. Pictures below.

Since a few days ago he changed back to an earlier schedule. These are the 3 key actions I took to help him go to bed somewhere around 9 pm:

1. Wake up around the same time everyday: Matia used to wake up with Mr. O. around 10-11 am. By then I had been awake for 3-4 hours, so of course my bed time was always earlier than his. Now we wake up around 7.

2. Keep up the engagement level: when he is awake during the day, I'm making sure he is engaged. I play with him, I sing, play my trumpet, drums and ukulele for him, we go for walks in the woods, or visit with someone. I make him feel like he's part of what's going on. And he is. So at night he is tired and ready to sleep.

3. Keep a bedtime routine: OK, here goes mine- we get Matia without clothes on a yoga mat and we play "jungle gym". Then a short but sweet bath, with a session in front of the mirror (smiles guaranteed), followed by nursing and snuggles in bed. Until he falls asleep. Sounds easy, right? Well, it's taken us a few days to figure it out, but now it has become a habit. Habits are easy once they are habits. 

 I'm aware now that this could change any minute now. I'll have to learn something new then. And I'm OK with that.

What are some things you've done to help your little one to have a smooth transition for bedtime? I bet you have a bunch.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Print this Poster 2: Love Your Chicks

Here's another free downloadable PDF for you to enjoy and put it on your fridge, in the bathroom, at the door, or to give to a friend. Today we realized the temprerature out here was going to get in the 20's so we are spending our lovely evening cleaning the chicken coop, and setting up some heating lamps. 
I was supposed to go to a clothes swap, but because of a car situation I had to stay in. I guess everything happens for a reason, right?

Love your chicks, and remember to grab your PDF here!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Month #3

Our little Zucchini is now 3 months old!

This month you smiled every single day, and played along with our silly faces. 
I stopped calling you my little savage, since you're picking up on our civilized ways. I'll do my best though, to help you treasure your beautiful wild side.

We discovered a new trick, and you discovered our thumbs. Your patterns of sleeping and eating are getting pretty regular, so it is easier for us to know what you need

But mostly we know you need our love, companionship and attention.

 You got a lovely photographic sesion from Katheryn Moran Photography. Very casual and fresh. We love our new pictures!

        Photo credit: Katheryn Moran Photography 

And you had your first Thanksgiving Holiday experience. That's what the video below is a little bit about. Pardon me for this kind of sense of humor, if you find it slightly "over the top", as some family members would call it. From your eyes, little Zucchini...


Matia's Thanksgiving 2013 from Claudia Bernal on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to say happy Thanks giving. Today We are spending time with Mr. O's family. We don't celebrate this day in Venezuela, but since I've lived in the Pacific Northwest I've enjoyed spending time with loved ones. 

Have a great holiday weekend!