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Fall Uniform: Poncho Outfit


Confession: I've never been particularly drawn to ponchos. But during the past weeks they've grown on me (this post had a lot to do with that!).

I'm all about effortless, throw-on-and-go pieces, and a good poncho meets my comfort standards without compromising a tad of style. During the last seasons almost every major retailer or brand has come up with their own version of the pre-Inca-culture garment . As a result, the range of styles available now out there is nearly overwhelming. Here you have a round-up of my favorite options:

Top row (left to right): 1, 2, 3
Bottom row (left to right): 1, 2, 3

How do you guys like ponchos? Thanks for reading! 

Celebrating All Things Fall At Gertrudenhof

Our daugher Lucía definitely makes our lifes much richer in endless ways. At almost 23 months (next week Friday), she is an active, curious kid. We love to go on outings as a small family of three, and explore new-to-us places where she can discover the world at her own pace.

Last Sunday, we drove up to Erlebnisbauernhof-Gertrudenhof: a big farm in the middle of the German country side with entertainment options for everybody: from a massive playground, to a farmers' market, animals, live music or a farm-to-table restaurant.  It was equally exciting and exhausting. We cannot wait to come back soon. Here you have a few pics if you'd like to see. 

Thanks for reading! 

Have A Great Weekend (Ten Links Friday)


Hey amigos! Any plans for the weekend? We'll be taking it easy around here, as next Friday we'll be flying to Spain to celebrate Lucía's christening. So exciting! Here you have a few links from around the Internet that caught my attention this week. Have a great one!

- Deconstructing the art of respectful disagreement (Inc.)
- Bob Dylan 101 (NY Times)
- Roasted squash seeds for the win (Reading My Tea Leaves)
- Michelle Obama's speeches are just perfection (Mashable)
- Okay, so this is the color of the season, and OP knows it (Who What Wear)
- I couldn't agree more (my daughter loves it!) (The Coveteur)
- How to succeed like Diane (Elle)
- How to optimize our blog photos  (Flying The Nest)
- Unusual beaches...really cool! (When On Earth)
- Fall traditions around the world  (Mental Floss)

Life Lessons Learned From Breastfeeding

Lu at 7,5 months and I having a moment at home in Spain 

When it comes to maternity topics, breastfeeding is one of the most written-about subjects. And it is no wonder: the first weeks of a baby's life bring a whirwind of emotions and, especially as a first time parents, we are so clueless...:) 

I was blessed with an uncomplicated pregnancy. The labor was also easy as pie.

As for the breastfeeding part, I'm afraid it didn't come so natural to me. I struggled with low milk supply and even suffered mastitis. Throw some sleep deprivation into the mix, too. You get the picture. I was a total mess. :) 

The nursing days are way behind us, but the realizations I had during these long, challenging months still help me to keep my priorities straight on a daily basis. 

# 1 Nutrition & hydration 

I'm not reinventing the wheel with this one, but when you are caught up in a hectic routine -or lack thereof- it is so easy to forget about eating well and drinking water. These months made me more aware of the importance of eating every two or three hours and drinking water throughout the day. I'd make weekly meal plans to ensure I was consuming the right nutrients and incorporated new-to-me super foods such as quinoa or fenchel on my meals. 

# 2 Take a step back and contemplate the big picture. 

As a mother, it is also easy to get lost on your kids' needs to the detriment of our own's. My big reality check came three weeks after Lucia's birth in the form of mild mastitis. My doctor told me in most cases it was caused by stress. No antibiotics were needed: just try to relax and keep breastfeeding and pumping. I guess I needed to hear that in order to take a step back in the middle of the turmoil, breathe and reconnect to myself. This has been, is and probably will be a recurrent routine for the sake of my inner peace, confidence and happiness. :) 

#3 Take advice (from the Internet, friends, acquaintances and beyond) with a pinch of salt

One night I could make it to bed at around 4am, only to wake up an hour later with a really sharp pain in the right breast. First thing I did, I grabbed my phone sitting on my bedstand and googled 'sharp pain breast.' First result that came out was 'heart attack.' I was like...okay...I cannot be having a heart attack. Luckily I kept scrolling down. Mastitis. It sounded more realistic. (see point #2)

It is very important to have a handful of valid, trusted professionals on speed-dial (pediatric, lactancy consultant, gynecologists...) to assist us on making educated decisions. It is also important to listen to other mothers' experience with love and respect, but knowing that we all have different needs and circumstances. 

At the end of the day, every mother is the ultimate decision-maker throughout this fascinating, unique, miraculous path of parenthood. We are all learning as we go and trying our very best.

One day at a time!

So, how do you like my takeaways? Did you guys learn something new from your experience? 


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