December 23, 2013

Life through INSTAGRAM : Christmas Edition

^^ this letter to Santa melted my heart. I bet this "I love you. Love, Nadya" is the sweetest end of the note Santa ever received in his mail ^^

With Christmas around the corner, life is full of magic around here. Old bones and all, but we - and particularly i - are enjoying this "no-snow" Christmas, probably, more then we ever did before. There is time for everything, there is a place for all things. 10 years ago we couldn't imagine our winters without snow boots, fluffy coats and snowy streets, but today we are saying prayers of gratitude for the blessing to live in the place with a climate of SF. Gets plenty cold to need a jacket, a hat at times and boots, which is just about the type of a climate that my dancing bones  ( and Nadya's preemie lungs) appreciate greatly.
Christmas spirit in all over the streets of San Francisco and here is to what it makes it "ours":
{ps : it seemed to long of the post to load all 50+ pics in, so i broke it two. here is part one}

^^ old bookstores. we were a little sad to see no Barnes & Noble in SF at first, but it was not long until we realized that the streets are filled with private bookshops and we love them even more. this Green Apple Bookstore is our favorite - the collection of books is fantastic and huge, the kids have an entire floor to themselves filled with rare books and i have so much to say about it, that it will need to be an entirely separate post ^^

^^ finding things to put on a letter to santa got to be the favorite tradition ^^

^^ we thought we'd brave the crowds for the tree lighting at union square, and crazy as it was, it might just have been one of the best things we've done so far ^^

^^ and we even made it ALL the way to the tree. and even though you can't see 1000 people that are around us, hearing those "aaah! wow!" and seeing those little eyes light up was all my mama's heart needed ^^

^^...  and some hot tea, coffee and cocoa for warming up. that night was rather chilly ^^

^^ we found ourselves wondering into the tree lot on one of the weekends. those little urban forests that appear all over the city fill the streets with christmas spirit regardless of whether the temps are in negatives or mid 60s ^^

^^ walked on this beauty on the way from little italy one sunday afternoon. gorgeous. even if not christmas related ^^

^^ embarcadero center had some beautiful displays - another post to follow as soon as i sort through all the pictures - but i'd give much to be a child again. after a day full of walking all over, when 8 pm hits, i am DONE. but not those little people. it's like their day is just started at 7:59 ^^

^^ our little insta-mood booster. this face reads:
" merry christmas and a happy new EAR" ^^

^^ we hit CA Academies a few times again. some days for learning... ^^

^^... and others for things like real SNOW exhibit INSIDE the museum. So, SF Christmas is a white  Christmas after all ^^

^^ and we ran into some pretty cool Santa's reindeer. if you combine that with the fact that we also ran into Santa at the tree lighting who asked the kids if they saw his reindeer, because they ran away, the level of child happiness was blew the top off any measuring device ^^ 

^^ hot chocolate is what a dr ordered ( or mama in this case) on any chilly after-the-play-ground night. a christmas tree at boudine's in fisherman's wharf made it even extra special ^^
^^ another night, another magic. a SF Ballet Nutcracker show on the Dome at Westfield. no words needed - just look at the little faces ^^

^^ an evening trip to see the REAL Santa. by their declaration, Macy's had the one they liked this year, so Macy's it was ^^

^^ everyone needs a little Santa Land in their lives ^^

^^ the moment of waiting for their turn ^^

^^ and the sweetest Santa we've ever met, with some very clever answers. for example, to a request " please, i would like to have an invisibility cloak", the answer was " well, you see, the problem is, because it is invisible, you won't be able to find it, or even if you do, it will most likely to get lost again... i'd be very sad to see you sad... is there anything else i may get you to make you happy? ". To see the understanding in the child's eyes, and realization that , yes, indeed, the invisibility cloak may not be the best option, and STILL have the belief and magic of Chrismas... I love you, Santa for ever for keeping it one more year for my oldest one. It is just about that time when in just a little bit he will join the "santa's helpers" club, making it one step into the adulthood and one step out of childhood. I give much to let him still be a child, even if for just one more day. (ps: the helicopter in red settled the request list ) ^^

Wishing light, joy and happiness in your home during this magical season!
PS: we also gave in to IG videos, and you can take a glimpse into our little Fisherman's Wharf "warm up night" here and here, and our typical Sunday night "Starbucks run" here and here.

December 20, 2013


City Dad Gilfs

Last minute gifts for him? No problem! Here are a few things your city guy would appreciate:

Extremely light and packable down jacket for those chillier then desired days ( or nights) , a walkable and cool shoe  ( he'll love you for those! ) , a fancy watch to keep him on track, a modern and very functional bag and a few accessories to keep things organized, and a top of the line, stylish and ultra comfortable baby carrier that he will LOVE to carry your little one in. and in all honestly, could there be anything more dear to a woman's heart then a man with a baby?

December 18, 2013


city mom gift ideas

Just in case you are looking for that one more thing for your someone special, here is a quick guide for a city mom ( or any mom for that matter ) :

5. a stylish and easy gliding stroller 
 that will allow her little one to nap on the go that will fold with one hand, because that will be her public transport best friend for years to come. ( note the special limited time price! when if not now?!)
and a perfect baby carrier  
 for those old city places that do not have a stroller access or simply for the times when the little one wants to be held. Stokke MyCarrier is suitable from birth and the variety of positions make is a universally simply awesome carrier ( read more here why i personally love it best)

4. throw in some baby toys 
 into the stroller or clip on to the carrier and the most important person on the planet will be happiest of all. my preference is with haba here because of environmentally friendly materials, extensive testing, and simply said : absolute explosion of colors! my little guy LOVES them ( and santa may have cleared all the racks in the store, because, you know, santa's sanity is very important too)

3. hands free stylish bag or sporty stylish backpack
 that goes with the theme of her favorite stroller.
need I say more?

2. a pair of stylish but walkable boots and fun but extremely comfortable flats.
when you put on 7+ miles a day just getting to and from ( and can't forget those mandatory morning and evening walks to the park) , taking care of one's feet is a top priority. but style does not have to suffer!

1. a fun book and a unique notebook.
Let's be honest - she hardly ever has time to herself, so for those moments, let her mind simply rest on something interesting and not baby related ( trust me. she has a NYC library size supply of baby books already. and she most likely read them all at least twice too) and treat her to a nice set of notebooks that she most likely won't buy for herself, because that mommy brain effect does exist , you know...

Last minute gifts are always necessary, and we've got you covered! Check in for complete list of his, hers, little ones' and our favorite stocking stuffers tomorrow! 

December 09, 2013


As always there is nothing bad without some good in it too. All the political social media can get pretty funny at times. A link to the map above " The World According to Americans" was sent to me by one of the haters, but I couldn't contain a laugh when I looked over it - tell me, my US friends, doesn't this look about right though?! My very American husband and I had some good laughs looking over this, and then I had to dig for more. I think this is genius and something to think about. And pretty funny too. Enjoy!

^^ my personal favorite above. probably, because we are orthodox ^^

Wishing you a great Monday and a peaceful and happy week! 

November 25, 2013


Our week report according to the instagram. The little trip by the Pier ( just above) . We are still trying to make it all the way down to pier 39 - too many interesting things to see. But it is on the agenda for the day ( fingers crossed!) .

 This week we also :  

^^ learned a lot of things in CA Academy of Sciences. that particular one is about fish ^^

^^ and made new friends there too. soulmates. ^^

^^ those two little blue eyes wanted to see it all. i also answered about 100 000 "wasis?!"s in two hours ^^

^^ when we visited De Young, the older children were so happy to recognize the art they have learned about in school just a few week prior. it i were their teacher, i should have been very proud. it warmed by heart ^^

^^ while we were admiring a beautiful winter painting  ( pictures to come soon!), "someone" went for snacks ( and got caught in action. on camera ^^

^^ we made a few evening trips ^^

^^ ... because these sunsets are surreal ^^

^^ and a few trips to the bakery in the rain. i learned ( and loved the fact!) that we have 6 bakeries that supply warm fresh bread daily just around the corner ^^

^^ kindred spirits. or at least in this situation. she shares his love for cars ( but he does not share her love for dolls, somehow ...) ^^ 

^^ and this is the "side-effect" of having three little "mommies" fighting over as to who loves him more ^^

^^ and if mentioning toys ... the Land of Nod event we went to was simply fab! (watch this space for a report soon!) i also may or may not have won something in this ruffle! 

^^ the land of nod toys. i have a soft part in my heart for wooden toys. they make childhood so much more colorful! ^^

^^ the iconic teepee - the upper part of it. it's even cooler in person then i thought ^^

^^ and to make everyone's spirits bright, decor and chalk art do just that  ^^

^^ San Francisco is beautiful at night ^^

^^ a very happy friday night delivery made up for a very colorful ( even if foggy ) saturday morning ^^

^^Wishing you a great day , as always, 
                                                             with love, from San Francisco  


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