Weekend Photo Challenge /Week 3/ – Show That Titi Outfit Of The Day

I am not going to put the word “titi” among the tags for this post -that is for sure. HAHA
I know, I know I was the one to pick this provoking title for my post to begin with…

Here is the deal. I do not want to bite off more than I can chew. All week I took notes to make sure I get everyone down who will participate in this week’s photo challenge. I am not going to check on you guys one by one (though I could not resist sending out reminders).
To start out with, I might be fast asleep by the time you will make your post because of the time difference. If you said you are in I take it you are in. I am happy to share a link to your blog!

Here are my pictures for both category:

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In our world there are only working days. My husband does not have a day off. There are no weekends in a five star hotel. So I cannot say “I only dress up nicely on the weekends” or “I only have real outfits on the weekdays”. It is up to me really. I never stay naked that is what I can tell you. HAHA

And to do it like the pro-s…
My shorts are from: lynaround (they have a funky website if you are interested).
My top is from lee (as in Lee Cooper but the little boutique that did not make it for more than a year in Budapest just had the sign “Lee” above the shop).

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This is the only way Zoárd eats. We started giving him solids BLW style which means he only played with the cooked vegetables placed in front of him. It will take him a while to understand that he can put the food in his own mouth.

More information on this method can be read here.

As for the photo challenge I have more baby topics for the next 5 weeks. And we can also do outfit of the days on these Saturdays. Leave a comment letting me know if you are in for next week so I can share the link to your blog.

Baby topics
5th of October – Love That Outfit
12th of October – Sleeping
19th of October – Unsuspecting Subject
26th of October – Posing
2nd of November – hey that is my BIRTHDAY!!! Anyways Out & About is the topic.

If you are wondering what were the previous topics and what I shared….
week 2 of the weekend photo challenge
week 1 of the weekend photo challenge

Check out what others shared for the topic of EATING or/and OUTFIT OF THE DAY

B from http://fantasyholidays.wordpress.com/
Tams from http://nakedbeautyblog.com/?p=1255
Casey from http://veggiesandglitter.com/
Tisha from http://dailyeasyrecipes.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-week-3-eating/
Vilma from  http://freebutfun.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/challenge-food-and-outfit/
Áse from  http://aspoonfulofstyle.co.uk/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-ootd-and-eating/
Fanni from  http://theblackberryboys.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-week-3-eating/
Grace from http://czechtheflip.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-eating/#comment-3691
Ena from  http://enabalista.com/2013/09/28/ootd-casual-purple-edd/
Beth from http://byrnesbeth.wordpress.com/
Sarah from http://journey2dfuture.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-week-3-eating/

Living in a Hotel and Some Random Facts About It

I am having a blogger’s crises. I feel I cannot keep up. I would need to nominate 18 bloggers if I have counted it right and I am overwhelmed by it all. 

Tomorrow I will only read blogs and take notes.

What I can do for now is thank the two lovely moms for nominating me. (One Lovely Blog Award & Liebster Award). Please check out their blogs if you haven’t done so.
http://dearcrazykids.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/dear-kids-i-got-awards/
http://runningafterale.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/leibster-award/

The random facts about me will have to be in connection with the fact that I am living in a hotel. Why?! Because this is what I came up with to make it more interesting. Ready?

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An Australian tv company was shooting at our hotel for a couple of days. Zoárd will be in the shots showing the playroom for children and I did a few minutes of yoga to show off the yoga studio. I miss yoga. 

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I stopped shopping for clothes for myself because I really have more than enough. I looked in to the mirror (the mirror of -be honest with yourself) and what I found was a question: “did I just buy this outfit for Zoárd?!!”

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Still staying at the clothes topic. I tend to wear stuff that maybe I should not wear. 
The top you see is a dress: a maternity dress I wore when I was 40 weeks pregnant with Zoárd. Would you like to see a picture of that as well? OK hold on please…
The shorts that make my husband blush (because I am still wearing it) was given to me by my mother as a PJ set when I was 13 years old. I will be 34 years old in 37 days. Start counting! HAHA

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See?!

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Many times this is what happens once we finally leave the hotel to grab something from the supermarket…

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I end up sitting in the car in a lovely parking lot… Yes, this IS irony…

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Respectful parenting asks the parents to kindly prepare a space that is suitable for the little one to play in peacefully without interruptions.  Zoárd was peaceful on the hard floor next to the carefully arranged safe place… HAHA

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My wrist hurts and my cloth diaper duties are not helping. But it is something that is part of my every day life and the staffs of this hotel are being super nice about the whole process of washing them. I hand wash them but that is the pre-part of it…
My husband or I take the dirty ones down to an office that has a washing machine which we can use after five pm. We used to go back two hours later to put the diapers in the dryer. The housekeeping staff understands this part now and they also bring them up to our room the next day. I have to stuff them since we are using pocket diapers. 

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It is really hard for me to write without using pictures but I will give it a try… I need to answer 11 specific questions. I will give you the answers you can guess what the questions were. Fair enough, isn’t it?

I can’t drive slow nor fast. My talent is being supportive. I know it is a lame answer but I do not have talent talents! There. I said it. Last night I ate a bowl of potato cream soup with scrambled eggs. (Yes, I can order anything from the hotel’s kitchen… Why you ask?!)
I have no idea where our next vacation will be and I haven’t traveled without Zoárd. I prefer the summer. Easy: vanilla ice cream. I am allergic to chocolate. I like to sing I Have A Dog His Name is Ben… A book by Tim Lott. I started blogging in July. MY favorite post of mine is….
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/how-to-dress-boys-men-of-the-future/

I have a question for YOU!
How do you feel about this whole award sharing business? Anyone have mixed feelings about it?

 

Shrink Me Monday – I Hate The Way I Look

I haven’t done a Shrink Me Monday for a while now. The last one was a month ago…
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/shrink-me-monday-my-husband-has-a-problem-with-me/

Today I received an email from someone who feels very unhappy about the way she looks. 

As I psychologist I would always have the option to say to my patients or to anyone: “inner beauty is all that matters”. This is something you might expect from a shrink. 

I am not this type. A couple of days ago someone was telling me that “looks are not important”. She was talking about her boyfriend. Well… I am sure glad I am not her boyfriend…

I believe you can be more satisfied with yourself if you are in good terms with your body. And this to me does not equal with “accept what you look like and sit back”.  

My original plan was not to hand out simple advice. I also promised to talk about myself, staying within the topic. So here it goes: 

I find my hair horrible.
After giving birth my weak, fine hair became even weaker. Broke in to hundreds of pieces and these broken hairs stick out of my head. Enough said. Let the pictures do the talking…

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This is me after I washed my hair this morning. Not a pretty sight I think we can all agree.
Additional information: I do not have a hair brush. = I do not brush my hair.

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I do not have a lovely collection of hair bands but I thought maybe some of you do and this could be a nice idea… Well… It is not the look I would go for… Let’s try something else…

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Braiding some of your hair on the top can look cute. I still look like a cocker spaniel but maybe from a different angle…

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The point is: I did something. And even a little effort can help (though a big effort is so much more effective – in my case: I am taking the focus OFF my hair with my make-up… sneaky, huh?!)

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I used to wear my hair like this after a major break-up. I used different colors that matched my outfits. I like being matchy-matchy. Anyways, this was symbolic for me at the time. At the time I was so sad that I felt that this was my way of trying to squeeze out some color from what was left of me.

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This is the braided version. Less hippy like or so I think. HAHA

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The unicorn hairdo. My signature hair style. The bobby pin can be more hidden…

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Similar but my hair is pulled up.

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This is from the side. If you were wondering… HAHA

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If you are still awake. Let me tell you this is a big favorite of mine but I need to ask for more bobby pins for my birthday because with the 3 I have this is not always as nice as I would like it to look…

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As you can see my hair did not become healthier but at least I tried to do something to make me feel better…

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I could not resist sharing this picture… Zoárd is 4 days old here! See my hair? If this were a quiz: which picture shows me with the same kind of hairdo?
Just kidding….

Any thoughts on the topic?

Weekend Photo Challenge /Week 2/ Favorite Toy and Outfit of My Day

It would be nice if others would join in…hint hint… This week’s photo challenge is to show your little one with his/her favorite toy.

Sarah already posted her photo:
http://journey2dfuture.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/weekend-photo-challenge-week-2-with-current-favourite-toy/#comment-2259

And Fanni will join in a few hours from now. Her blog is:
http://theblackberryboys.wordpress.com/

If You are interested to join in leave a comment. If you would love to join in but with a more adult like topic. How about sharing your outfit of the day every Saturday for 6 weeks? I am very liberal. Anyone can be part of the FUN! HAHA

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This is my outfit for today. And I welcome any suggestions on how to make pictures as such where you are actually in the picture head to toe without an assistant. My poor toes are missing from this one… HAHA

As for Zoárd it all began when he was 3 months old… He enjoyed BOOKS:

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I wasn’t kidding! Look at his face!

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Even if you tempt him with other toys… many times he will pick up a book.

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Soft books are easy to handle.

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But he doesn’t always go for “easy”…

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Books can really make him joyful.

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Really, really joyful!

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I took this picture today to prove my point: Zoárd LOVES books.

Next Saturday the photo challenge is on EATING. I think if you are brave enough you can even take a picture of yourself in your outfit of the day while eating…

Back From Bangkok

We left the island and our current home (a five star hotel my husband runs) to spend two nights in Bangkok. 

I love business trips that Zoárd and I can tag along. This particular one was superb! So many things happened to Zoárd for the very first time. It was exciting to witness it all!

My husband and I had to come up with a plan to change our diets after this trip ended. I will share some details on that as well.

We have been to Bangkok at least 15 times. Bangkok is huge, lively and you can see many interesting things. Sadly, the air pollution is so horrible it is wise to stay indoors. 

It is not a baby friendly city. My husband had to carry our strollers up stairs a dozens of times each day. We tried to use our baby carrier as an alternative but everything is only a success story for a while. At least with Zoárd.

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This was taken at a mall after Zoárd’s nap. He was satisfied with his situation at the time. We were trying to find an HTC case for my husband. People spend so much money on gadgets here. You would think: “who doesn’t?!” Fair enough but Thai-s do not earn as much as Westerners and they take a bank loan so it is not surprising to see staff with similarly good cell phones as my husband’s. Which is just something that I find interesting. 

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What I  noticed in Asia (Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia) is that you do not have to blush to have your picture taken with large stuffed animals. Which is good news for me!

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I was explaining to my husband that someone we know was complaining about small things in relation with a hotel room. And there was a period when I did the same. Reflecting on it I would say it is the syndrome of “being wealthy for five minutes already and you think nothing is good enough for you”. I am glad I can see this now and I started to appreciate again the hotels we stay in. 

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I placed the duvet on top of the carpet and Zoárd loved it. These two pictures really happened at the same time. I was sitting on the sofa looking at my boys reading. I felt great!

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Zoárd had a nice time in the hotel for sure!

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We took him for a swim which we never do at our hotel.

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My husband was very confident about our pool adventure and after a few minutes I stopped thinking about pigeons bathing in this city pool.

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Zoárd also had his first shower!

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And he sat up! So Baby Led Weaning is around the corner. 
http://www.babyledweaning.com/

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We were having lunch at Hyatt Erawan and a waitress asked us if we wanted a high chair for Zoárd. Our answer used to be no thank you, he cannot sit with self-control. This time we said yes so Zoárd sat in a chair for the very first time! It was awesome to watch him!

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We do not mind spending money on food but with clothes it is a different matter. Especially since I told myself I will not shop clothes for a good while. I am already passed a quarter of a year so I am taking it seriously! However, I could not resist trying on this beanie even if it was for men. I liked it but it was over a 100 dollars! Hm. No thank you!

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Mos Burger. It’s Japanese, it’s fast food. I became a vegetarian because of fast food! I used to flip burgers. But when you are at a shopping mall hungry as a beast sometimes you go for the easiest lunch option. A lettuce fish burger! I ate it without cheese, without onions, without mayo. Like I said: lettuce fish burger!

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After you see my other Japanese inspired lunch you will think I have an Angel and a Devil inside my head when it comes to picking out my meals. And you are right.

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I would love to explain to you what a pig I am (when the devil inside my head wins) but I want this story to be short. I can eat lots of desserts. And it is not cool anymore! This is a cheddar cheese and honey toast with ice cream.

Resolution: no more desserts in Thailand. My husband is joining me on this.  

Do you feel you have to be radical with some things in order to stop yourself from doing an act that you would be ashamed of later?

What It’s Like To Live in a Hotel IV – Would You Like To Beat The Boss?

If you just started reading my blog, let me welcome you! Welcome!

As you can see the title of this post this is not the first time I write about our adventures on this Thai island we live on.
Here is my first post on the matter:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/what-its-like-to-live-in-a-hotel-i/

This is even shorter:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/what-its-like-to-live-in-a-hotel-ii/

If you are curious about the island outside the hotel than you might be disappointed because we do not get out much except for the time when we went to…
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/we-left-the-hotel-for-an-hour-or-more-i-20-pictures/

This last one has a sad tone in the beginning…
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/what-its-like-living-in-a-hotel-iii-dream-a-little/

Oops. I found another post. 
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/what-its-like-living-in-a-hotel-iii-2/

As for today’s post. I will share with you a little secret. This hotel my husband runs is like a gigantic family. You need to initiate some time for laughter to make all members of the family happy.

My husband organized a running competition two years ago and now was the right time to repeat it. I was surprised to see that only a few boys dared to compete against him. The price was very high for the winner: all you had to do is run up to the very top of the hotel. Oh and out-run my husband.
But he is old! I can joke with this, he is younger than me by a year and a half… HAHA

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Zoárd and I were ready to watch the big race.

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They were super fast. 

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This is only the “easy part” of the mountain… 

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You can see the winner on the left and Zoárd’s grand uncle on the right. 

We are flying to Bangkok tomorrow early in the morning. If you are still in the mood to read more of my past posts. You can see some pictures of our last trip to the capital:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/would-you-like-more-exciting-pictures/

This will explain our trip to Bangkok:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/we-left-the-island/

xoxo, Eszter

 

Weekend Photo Challenge : /Week 1/ Cuddly And More…

I am trying to do this the right way.  Sarah even sent me a print screen of how this should look like. Sarah’s blog is http://journey2dfuture.wordpress.com/ and that is where I read about the photo challenge which will go on for 8 weeks. 

I am not so good at following rules but at the same time I like to take it seriously when others initiate a game. Playfulness is important for me. And though I never really belonged to a community or a group of people it is something I desire.

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I was very happy to read the themes for this project. Cuddling is the title for this Saturday. I am in LOVE with my boys and moments as such are very precious to me.

OK. Where is the twist?

I am not sure whether I am supposed to stop at this point or not… I would like to share other things I did this morning…

I researched on a couple of things.
One was a question I had about a facial expression that Zoárd picked up a couple of days ago. Now I know that it is called scrunching.

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We found this cute and funny but as a psychologist I tend to be analytical at times: I started to think what if something is bothering him.  It was hard to find info on this because I thought sniffing might be a good keyword…

Next. 
If you want to see very cool people who tried to copy childhood pictures and poses you will love this collection: http://imgur.com/a/e0iIj

What else did I do? We are a bit indecisive on how to create a free space for Zoárd in our hotel room where we live in.

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The floor might be an excellent quality but it rubs your skin off if you happen to be a commando type of crawler. (I just looked up the term! Babies who drag themselves forward with their arms while their belly is on the floor. This was my side note. HAHA)

I am trying to put our few soft belongings on the floor to protect Zoárd but this is the second day we are experimenting with this because I know that it is not ideal.

If you are wondering why there is a hug bag bundle next to Zoárd on the picture… Housekeeping does our laundry (except for our beloved cloth diapers) and I let Zoárd play with it supervised. Is it dumb to let his little fingers get used to touching bags which are a source of hazard? 

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Next topic! 
We live in a five star hotel but I haven’t used its spa since we came back to the island. I only leave Zoárd with his daddy after 5 for an hour when I use the gym. So my only chance would be to ask for someone to come up to our room from the spa at nap time… I tried twice now but the spa was always busy and we do not believe in flashing the wild card: “I am your boss’s wife!”.

I am really bad at doing things that involve being good with your hands but I managed to paint my nails after a year of not having nail polish on. This calls for a celebration! Right?!

PS: many times I order thin noodles with scrambled eggs and tomatoes. That is what you can see on my plate. What?! What would You order from the kitchen if you were a picky vegetarian?!

Before I finish this post. Since I think this turned out to be a baby related post… I have a question. 

Is it OK to let a baby play with your tennis shoes? No, not a brand new pair…