Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This year I really want my husband and I to get a jump start on preparing for Advent especially with this being our first Christmas as parents. We want our daughter to know, from an early age, the true meaning of Christmas. Luckily we were recently gifted with a gorgeous fabric advent calendar from our Realtor at our housewarming party. Talk about a fitting and timely gift! This calendar should help keep us on our toes as we count down the days till Christmas.
I also recently ordered a kids book for Advent, Little Star by Anthony DeStefano, which was recommended by Faith & Family. I can’t wait to start reading this book to my daughter, even if she’s only 11 weeks old and not really paying attention. ;)
We have our Advent Wreath which is such a beautiful Catholic tradition done at Mass and in many homes. If you don't have one buy one for the holidays. We bought one a couple of years ago which depicts the journey to Bethlehem and reminds us of our trip to the Holy Land.
And then there are Advent reflections which fortunately many churches are offering. If you live in Dallas Saint Monica's is offering one led by Father Jason Cargo on Sunday, December 5th at 3:30 PM. If you don't live in Dallas check your local church to see what they are offering. And if you are not able to make an Advent reflection in person there are some great online resources such as One Bread One Body (my favorite since high school) which offers daily reflections and The Crossroads Initiative by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio.
Going to daily mass and/ or confession during Advent is also a great way to prepare for Christmas.
May you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Good Advent!
Friday, October 29, 2010
It’s been 8.5 weeks since my last blog posting. Now that my precious baby girl, Sofia Grace, is a day shy from being 8 weeks old I finally have a little bit of time to write. In honor of my new role as a full-time Mom I figured I would share with you my five favorite Mommy buys.
If you are a Mom-to-be register for these items! I wish I had, I would have saved myself time and money.
If you are invited to a baby shower and want to go off the registry please don’t just resort to buying cute clothes pick up these items and your gift is sure to be a hit with the Mom-to-be once baby has made his or her debut.
- The Miracle Blanket: by far the best way to swaddle a baby. Shortly after our daughter was born we ordered this blanket in neutral beige online since it was sold out in our local Babies“R”Us. To see all the benefits of this amazing blanket check out The Miracle Blanket’s Web site: http://www.miracleblanket.com/.
- Fisher Price’s Ocean Wonders Cradle ‘n Swing: this one came recommended to us by my husband’s coworker. Although this swing is blue and therefore thought of as more boy than girl it’s a huge hit with
and in my opinion the best Fisher Price cradle swing on the market. Our favorite feature is the water globe with changing lights. Check it out: http://www.fisherprice.com/fp.aspx?st=2002&e=product&pid=51911&ncat=thumbnail&pcat=bgsw_cs Sofia
- All Natursutten Rubber Pacifiers: I am not a fan of pacifiers; it probably has something to do with the Ecological Breastfeeding class we took at the
… and Catholic guilt… ;) I actually didn’t buy one until Universityof Dallas was five weeks old and I only bought one because I was worried about her screaming during her Baptism if she got hungry or uncomfortable. And well sure enough she did get cranky and thank God we had this “paci” on hand. We try to use it sparingly and mainly when Sofia is in the car or at church. If you are looking for a green eco-friendly product that resembles the breast this pacifier is for you. http://www.wellnessbabystore.com/product_details.php?pid=593&cid=38&sub_id=103&subsub_cid= Sofia
- Wrapped Body Suits, Cross Tees, Kimono Tops, Side Snap Tees: My Mother-In-Law was the first to mention these double breasted type tops to me when I was pregnant and at the time I was like what is she talking about because all I knew about was the “onesie.” But then after receiving a kimono top from Rick’s coworker I am a huge fan of these body suits/ tops. They are ten times easier to put on and off a newborn than the traditional pull over onesies. Unfortunately they are a little hard to come by in stores and more expensive but so worth the price! Here’s one of
’s modern threads: Sofia
- Lug’s Tuck Tuck Carry All Diaper Bag in Chocolate Brown: this is my Uptown bag and I love it! It’s got everything including a ventilated compartment for dirty diapers/ soiled baby clothes, a wipeable bottom, water bottle pockets for Mom, removable changing pad and more... http://www.luglife.com/Tuk-Tuk-Carry-All-Bag?sc=18&category=3612
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my fav five. To all the Mommies out there what are yours? Please do share! J
Monday, August 30, 2010
In light of the Young Catholic Professionals upcoming Executive Speaker Night with Mr. Dan Hennessy to be held this Tuesday, August 31st this blog entry is about Business Casual and Smart Casual Attire.
According to Wikipedia Business Casual Attire is what 43% of non-self employed workers wear to work (or should be wearing to work because we all know people who don’t really follow the “dress code”). But to make matters a bit confusing every company appears to have their own take on Business Casual wear.
Jeans are typically not considered business casual (jeans are generally thought of as casual). So, to play it safe when you are invited to an event that lists the attire as being Business Casual leave your jeans at home. ;)
I recently came across the term "Smart Casual" and absolutely love it. It supports a concept I was taught by Susan Sommers, a fashion consultant,
(http://dresszing.com/) who did several workshops at the public accounting firm I use to work for in Uptown Dallas. Susan taught us the power of “three pieces.” Business Casual is typically thought of as being two pieces of clothing i.e. dress shirt and slacks or blouse and skirt but when you throw in a third piece you really turn your look up a notch to what in essence is Smart Casual. For men this means adding a blazer/ jacket or tie and for ladies this means adding a blazer/ jacket/ cardigan or scarf (note this does not mean wearing suits, suits are formal business attire). One need not be afraid to use color, prints and/ or accessories when dressing up their typical two piece Business Casual outfit into a three piece Smart Casual look.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
- 15.1% of children are in day care
- 8% of children are in-home day care
- 2.4% of children are with nannies
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
In anticipation of the Young Catholic Professionals kickoff event to be held next Monday night, August 2nd at Trinity Hall Irish Pub in
Seven Tips for Networking
1. First research the event you are going to, find out what the host organization is all about, who is on their board and who are the likely guests to be in attendance... Knowing the purpose of the event, board members names, and who might be in attendance beforehand will help you sound more knowledgeable when speaking to others at the event and perhaps make you feel more comfortable when networking.
2. Look your best, dress up but dress conservatively for the most part one or two eye catching accessories are fine i.e. for men a bright tie or shirt, for women a bright necklace, scarf, handbag, or shoes. Be sure to check the invitation details to see if there is a dress code for the event. And as an old family friend use to say you are never fully dressed without a smile. J She may have gotten this expression from Harry Connick, Jr.’s “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile.”
3. Bring your business cards, have lots of crisp, clean cards on hand and keep them in an easily accessible location, i.e. jacket pocket, pant/ skirt pocket or outside purse pocket. And be sure to ask for cards, don’t just hand out yours, collect others. If time allows and you can discretely do so jot down notes on the back of the card about the individual you just met.
4. Place your name tag on the right side of your chest so that when you shake hands with others your name tag is in their line of sight. (lots of people get this one wrong)
5. Keep your right hand free… Keep your right hand free of drinks, papers, pens, cards, etc. so that you are ready to shake someone’s hand.
6. Greet everyone because you never know who they might be and what conversation may spark. After greeting people follow-up with open ended questions (people generally love to talk about themselves) and have your two minute introduction ready as well. Once you’ve gotten to know someone for a few minutes, say goodbye/ great meeting you/ hope to see you at the next event and then move on to someone new, your goal should be to circulate around the room don’t monopolize anyone’s time.
7. Follow-up… Quickly touch base with those you met after the event, email them, add them to your LinkedIn and invite them out for coffee or lunch.
Food for thought: The best time to build your network might be when you don’t really need something from someone, when you are simply trying to meet, get to know and build relationships with others. If you do this by the time you do need something from someone in regards to employment or business you’ll be in a better position to ask them since you’ve already established a relationship with them.