Blessed Origami Owl Locket

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I love these little living lockets and I always get tons of compliments and inquiries whenever I wear mine.   Above is a little collection of some of my favorites and the “blessed” Mama” plates are ubber sweet.   They also make great gifts and I always look forward to gifting one around holidays or birthdays!  So far I have made four Origami Owl necklaces and it all started with these two lockets here.   However this particular one was a Christmas present for my sister in law which I had been planning on doing ever since she commented on mine not long before.   The most important things to her are family and faith, so that was the theme I had in mind when building it.   And with the help of her  younger siblings we came up with something that definitely represented that, while still leaving plenty of room for her to build on it.    This was the outcome:

Blessed Locket

Mommy Locket

And of course while shopping for a necklace for her, I had a chance to order myself some new pieces also.  This time I added a silver set for a change up from my current gold necklace. You can check out this post for more lockets here.

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A tiny french twist

Amelie has been rocking her mullet for quite some time now.    It is cute and all but I am getting anxious to actually do something with it.  While playing with her hair as we were brushing our teeth one morning, I discovered I can actually pin it up into a french twist.   Huh.  Turned out to be as simple as making a pony tail and only took one bobby pin.    This is exciting to me because I was never really able to do this myself as a kid, or even adult for that matter.  You see,  I had no hair until I was like, 3.   No, really.   We were toe head babies (white hair) and  just rocked a “glow” for the first year.   After that it was sort of like a muppet thing going on.  Second…well it pretty much goes back to the first.  I didn’t have much hair so I never tried anything creative, including braids.

 The Baby French Twist

It really isn’t a superficial thing at all.  I completely enjoy all our Mother / Daughter moments, and playing with her hair is definitely one of them.   My Daycare provider likes to joke about how her hair will be destroyed by breakfast, but she is completely missing the point.   It is my time with her before work, and even though I may be rushing through everything to get myself ready,  I slow it all down when it comes to Amelie’s turn.   It is the best time to talk to her,  giggle, teach her how to do things, tickle and laugh.   It is part of our morning ritual and I never skip through it.

Cartoons.   Juice.   Dress.   Brush Teeth.   Lotion.   Hair.  And hugs.

After her hair and when we are ready to go, I pick her up off the bathroom counter top and we look in the mirror.   For that moment I am not behind a camera,  looking at her picture on my phone,  or watching someone hold her.   But actually looking right at us.   Together.  Uninterrupted.  Cheek to cheek.  And I see me.  I mean I can actually see me in her face as she has it pressed up against mine, and we are smiling at ourselves.   That moment I am reminded, she really is mine.  That I love getting her ready.   And that I am having the time of my life doing it.

It is better than a cup of coffee to get the spirit pumped.

 

The Baby Bikini Debate

How do you feel about the baby bikini?

Summer is fast approaching.  Well maybe not but when you have a little one growing like a bean stock everything is fast approaching.   Darling Daddy has even commented on how excited he is for this year, and all the new things we can do with Amelie this time around since it is our first summer with her being truly active.

So looking ahead at summertime activities and the first thing that comes to mind is swimming at Papa, Abuelos and Grandpa’s pool.  I am immediately shopping for her next bathing suit and come across the most adorable two pieces, or more specifically the Babi-kini..  Yes bikini’s for babies.  But here is the drama, there is a lot of buzz around this tiny two pieces.  I wasn’t quite sure how I felt initially, so I googled a little more, just to see what the opinions were out there and well, you either love them or hate them.  As for those who are the later they have very strong opinions about the exploitation of young children.  Now if you don’t believe me here is one of the more extreme stances I came across

“It is hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate and that they contribute to the sexualization and commercialization of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”

Images from Babikini.com also featured on Zulily.com

Yikes, that seems a little extreme, in my humble opinion.  After all we are talking about babies here.   Even still it is a bit of a gray area and I am on one side of a very fine line.    I truly don’t see the harm in a baby sporting a bikini at the beach or pool, which is so obviously exaggerated it is plain cute in its ridiculousness.   Lets be real, our babies were in diapers or naked plenty of time in their first 12 months.  Not only that but it is already completely acceptable to adorn our infants and tots in oversized headbands or strings of pears for timeless photo keepsakes.   No one seems to have a problem with that so why would a bikini be much different? After all they are all just props to play up the cuteness, and nothing more.  When I see my child or any other, nothing but adorable and sweet innocence floods my mind.   I cannot say that if I see a one or two-year old in a small two piece that I am envisioning Toddlers Gone Wild.  

But here is the other side of that fine line…once a child becomes a certain young age and even develops a sense of self-awareness then I definitely find it inappropriate and actually cringe a little.   Id say I would be comfortable up to three years old.   After that I couldn’t even fathom putting Amelie in bikinis, or popular dance or pageant competitions complete with fake eyelashes and Mac makeup.  That to me is inappropriate and where I draw the line because at that point it is no longer innocent, but has become provocative.  <insert above quote here>

So to sum it up, I think these little bikinis are totally adorable to an extent, and to me Amelie would be just as sweet as she was wearing nothing but her pink lemonade Tutu on her 1st Birthday party.  With that said, I do have some rules: 1. No slogans, icons or logos on the butt, or top.  2. Full bottom for diaper coverage  3.  She can pull it off for this summer, maaaybe next.

Here are some more conversations on this topic.

So that is my take on it for now.   I am curious as to what my friends, fellow Moms, and peers think.  Do you agree or disagree?

Origami Owl Necklace 1 & 2

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Mommy Living Locket

I just love these!  I bought two of them at my first party, one for myself and one for my oldest friend just in time for her birthday.    However, it took me a week to settle on a design!  I only wish I caught onto Origami Owl before my Pandora spree, because those suckers are pricey.   Since my bestie and I have two little ones, I decided to design Mommy lockets.  To make mine a little different and a lot personal, I added a small photo of Amelie.

 

Locket 1:

  • large gold locket
  • gold rolo chain
  • vintage flower
  • gold A initial for Amelie
  • Amelie’s and my birthstones

Locket 2:

  • medium rose gold
  • rose gold ball station chain
  • silver D initial
  • mother and son birthsones