Etsy’s Home for the Holidays!

I had the privilege of attending Etsy’s Home for the Holidays celebration tonight for the Baltimore sellers…and it was a blast!!

What a great idea, Etsy. I got to mingle and meet some great artists and sellers in the Baltimore area. More impressive, Etsy even took time to send two of their fabulous employees all of the way from NY to answer any of our questions about their services. What a great perk to an already awesome company!

To be honest, I was hesitant to go to The Windup Space on a snowy evening to talk about my very, very part-time Etsy shop. I was inspired to hear the stories of so many different people who have dedicated themselves to making art. It was not at all intimidating and everyone was very open to helping troubleshoot issues and build business…I am truly inspired!

Thanks Etsy for being so open and accepting of the full-time teachers, full-time mothers and full-time wives who are trying to also follow their dream of becoming full-time artists!

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Havana Road in Towson, MD

New restaurant alert! Havana Road in Towson is authentic, delicious and has sparkly twinkle lights wrapped in the rafters. Plus, everything there feels very like “home”.

In college I was able to study in Cuba for a couple of weeks and the trip to Havana Road brought back memories of dining in Havana’s popular “paladares”: restaurants literally run out of people’s homes where you dine in their kitchen on the best croquetas, ropa vieja, picadillo, and mojo that you will ever eat!

See more about Towson’s new “tesoro” here

Oh and another awesome thing about Havana Road….they have great recipes on their website for traditional Cuban dishes! Mi esposo cubano seria un hombre feliz :)
croquetas de jamón

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Moms to the Rescue…

Anyone who has a little one knows that they often need someone to ask those “questions” to. From the very beginning of first finding out that I was pregnant to now having a happy little 4 month old, I have had two people in my life who have literally SAVED me when things were uber awkward, insane and frustrating. Today’s post goes out to Helen and Katie for your Mom-“Expertise” when I most needed it.

Katie is the “BFF-friend” that I call on my lonnnnnnng commutes home to grill about things that the “experts” in “What to Expect When You Are Expecting” say but which, turns out, are not at all a litmus test of what is “normal”. Also, you need someone to ask all of the really awkward, paranoid questions when things are just straight up crazy with your own body or that of the new little creature that you have been tasked to care for. Also, she has two little ones who are turning out nicely, so I consider her my Mom-Cliff notes to raising happy bilingual munchkins. And she sends me hand me downs in the mail!

Helen is the work-wife / friend that is always there to listen to my woes (or silliness, usually) when it comes to my “matapasiones” (mom-uniform: the outfit that one puts on IMMEDIATELY upon returning home from work), dinner ideas (“What can I make with the following ingredients that will be edible?”), baby advice, tricks of the trade (“wait, I can feed her cereal already, thank god!”), those “is this normal” questions, and the daily paranoia / spaz attacks that come with trying to keep it all together and make it to work on time with some sort of plan for the adolescent super-stars at our job (aka “Super Mom” syndrome). Plus, she buys me chocolate.

Thank you both for every little bit of advice that you have given me in this past year. I am sending you these blog flowers :)

It has been an adventure that I could not have survived without you both.

M

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Excellent Documentary – A must see!

As part of an assignment for my Spanish class next week, they will be watching “Which Way Home”, an award winning documentary about child migrants who take the risk of traveling north to the United States from various parts of Central America and Mexico.

The film was done in a beautiful way so as not to place judgment or political theory on the situation, and only to illustrate the lives of those who travel seeking better opportunities for their families and futures.

I highly recommend the film – a plus for teachers, there are relatively no “bad words” in the entire film, making it “school-appropriate”!

http://www.whichwayhome.net/

A great summary from their website:

“As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States.

The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” Director Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen) tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.

They are the ones you never hear about – the invisible ones.”

 

A few fave blogs to check out…

Somedays there is nothing better than a little web surfing to find cute ideas for crafts, fashion, cooking, and life.  So I turn to the ever trusty blog world to get a good idea now and then.

Today, I would like to share some of my favorites with you:

Dinner A Love Story – www.dinneralovestory.com/ (cooking, family and life)

Cup of Jo – http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/ (life, travels, art, crafts, and family)

Cosmo Cookie – http://cosmocookie.blogspot.com/ (baking, art, amazing cake decorations)

Young House Love – www.younghouselove.com/ (home design, babies, renovations)

Travels with Clara – www.travelswithclara.com/ (travels and great photos)

Oh dee Doh (Apartment Therapy) – www.ohdeedoh.com/ (babies, home design)

Nutrishes Dishes – http://nutrishesdishes.blogspot.com/ (my friend from college’s new cooking blog)

Genines Art Blog – http://blogdelanine.blogspot.com/ (a fun craft, art blog)

Design Sponge – www.designsponeonline.com (all things design, NYC, good travel guides)