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Letter to Olive and Noah,

Everything has completely changed the day you were born…is probably the simplest words I could use to try and portray my life today.

I watch you while I write these lines and I am trying to remember my days before YOU.

I do remember the early mornings, not as early as we have now, the commute to work, the long meetings, the adult conversations and lunch breaks, the gossips over coffee…

I remember the evenings spent in your daddy’s arms, you might not know this, but I used to call him hubby…

I remember the long hours we used to spend relaxing on the sofa watching our favourite TV shows…

I remember date nights, dinner and a movie, kisses and holding hands…

I remember food shopping in the weekend without a shopping list, eating smoked salmon canapes for breakfast and enjoying a delicious coffee and a croissant after…

I remember being bored every now and then…

I remember your daddy saying we might be missing something in our lives…

You are both asleep and I smile…

I wonder if you know how you have changed our world…how, in a blink of an eye, you have become our entire reason for living?

You might ask me if I miss anything from my life before you…

Not in the way I have imagined I would…

I have to be honest and tell you that being a parent is not easy but it is the best choice we have made. No day is the same, some are harder than others but somehow every evening we go to bed happy and fulfilled…grateful for the life we now share.

Some days I miss not feeling so tired and some days I don’t remember my life before YOU!

Do you know why?

Because every time I look at your sweet faces, especially when you are asleep 😊 I don’t know why we have waited so long to bring you into this world.

One day we will remember the sleepless nights, the five second showers, the 5am eggs and crumpets breakfast, the anxiety I feel when we need to leave the house, the adventure of changing nappies, the few minutes spent with daddy on the sofa just to make sure we still remember each other…and we might miss these moments too.

I do know that every day brings a new adventure into our world and I couldn’t ask for more, because my life has only been what I have once dreamt it could be, since you two have been born.

What I am certain of is that even if some days are harder than others, much harder and I feel overwhelmed, YOU have changed my world for the better…and I am excited to celebrate every milestone and to see the world for the first time through YOUR eyes❤️

With love,

Mummy

‘All you need is Love…and Chocolate’ Day #4


A great start to the week for my Photo 101 assignment – Treasure & Close-up

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It’s hard to find only one thing you treasure…

But it’s easy to choose, when it has chocolate:)

Enjoy my journey through the Secret Cupboard filled with Temptations!


I am also posting for Day 4 in my ‘5 Day 5 Photo’ challenge, initiated by kyrosmagica!

Thank you for the nomination:)

It’s my turn to nominate…so, Amanda from Surprising lives, if you wish to take the challenge…ready, steady…snapshot:)

Your Chocolate Lover,

Julia

xxx

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‘In the mood for love’


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

Open your eyes,

Breath in the air…

Feel the warm touch

of a love affair…

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Purple heart

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Lust

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Passion

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Another week of sharing our thoughts with images…

I love so much these photo challenges and in today’s post, it’s all about strong emotions…nothing is stronger than love:)

I would like to also link this post to Photo Rehab 101…a place where you can share your passion for photography and connect with some great bloggers. One of my lovely fellow bloggers, Lucile, introduced me to the Rehab Clinic Photo 101…thanks again! Have a look at her page, there are some amazing stories and photos,  that will inspire you:)

Here is the address for the Rehab Clinic, if you share the same symptoms:)

This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.

As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab  reopened its doors.

You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”

How to join: 

Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.

Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.

Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.

Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.

Thanks for joining and enjoy it.

The Clinic – Photo Rehab 

Here is the link to  add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:

Have a blooming weekend:)

Love,

Julia

xxx

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‘Girl Power’


“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” Roman Payne

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This post is all about love…love for writing, love for reading…love for people around you and love for LOVE:)

Not so long ago one of my lovely fellow bloggers nominated me for three blogger awards…absolutely honoured and overwhelmed:) Creative and inspiring blogger are words I hold close to my heart but the third nomination took me by surprise and I couldn’t stop smiling since…The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!

What an opportunity to celebrate female writers around the world…sorry boys:)…maybe next time:)))!

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Thank you so much Kirsty for giving me the chance again to explore my creativity and hopefully leave some worthy inspiration once you’ve clicked away from my red page:)

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This is my very first nomination for this award and I feel already part of a very special club…please stand up and celebrate ‘GIRL POWER’!

Rules for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of their choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog

I will answer Kirsty’s questions but before anything I want all of you who are reading my post to take a moment and think about what is that you love the most…your family, your children, your soul-mate…the blue sky, the sun and the moon…writing, photography, reading…fashion, movies, cooking…

We are all so lucky to have in our life that someone or that something we truly love…but it takes even more courage to share that with the world..to be honest and open, be vulnerable and put all of our cards on the table!

That is one of the reasons I love Kirsty’s blog, she is open, honest and true:)

Outside the Coffee Cup is her journey that she shares with the world…from her beautiful relationship to every day challenges…from her passion to write towards discovering art and photography…her blog is about what she loves the most!

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Just click on the picture and your journey begins here…

Let’s get back to the task at hand, here are my answers to Kirsty’s questions:)

Is there something you have tried, but will never try again?

Amusement parks and roller coasters…never again:)))))
Do you have a quirky habit?

I am slightly superstitious, I wouldn’t call that quirky, but some think it is:)
What is your favourite memory as a child?

My father running after me in the garden and just laughing…it’s just something that I hold as a dear memory!
Who is your best friend? NOT lover/partner.

My mum:)
What would your dream date be?

I don’t really know…as long as I can laugh and be myself, that’s all I need to enjoy it!
What is the worst thing about dating?

The silent moments, when nothing comes to mind and you’re praying for the phone to ring:)))))
What is one movie that has influenced your life?

‘Life is beautiful’…made me appreciate every second that I am alive and never ever give up chasing my dreams:)
Would you change anything about yourself?

I stress easily…I wish I could be more chilled:))))
Who is your favourite celebrity?

Oh…favourite celebrity:) I love love love Hugh Jackman, I am a huge fan of Wolverine:)
What was your most embarrassing moment?

I am thinking and thinking…nothing comes to mind…how embarrassing:(…well I think this would be that moment:)))!

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Here are the bloggers/writers that I admire and always have something to learn from…
Ladies, you are amazing and I am honoured to have had the chance to get to know you: Lucile, Jeann, Giulia, Cindy, HumaAq, Lucy and Marquessa!
Please, don’t feel obligated to accept the award…I just love your blogs and I thought you deserve a place in the Sisterhood Circle of amazing female writers!
I’ve had a few moments to think about the questions I would like you to answer…but I’ve decided to change this challenge slightly…bend the rules a bit:)
My question to you is…WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST?…so let your imagination flow and make your writing inspirational! Always be you and let the world know!
With Love,
Julia
xxx
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Writing 101 – Day Twenty


It’s the final day of Writing 101!

I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, learned a lot, read even more:) and connected with some amazing people!

Today’s assignment: ‘The things we treasure’ – It’s the final day of the challenge already?! Let’s make sure we end it with a bang — or, in our case, with some furious collective tapping on our keyboards. For this final assignment, lead us through the history of an object that bears a special meaning to you.

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‘Hidden treasures under our feet’

Thinking about things I treasure…

Throughout our life we collect things, moments…with time they become memories, we hold on to them and turn them into treasures.

I can’t count all the objects I’ve kept and locked in the memory box…each and every piece has a sentimental value and it’s a proof of wonderful moments that I was lucky enough to be part of.

…but if I look closer, it’s not the things I treasure… it’s the memories that come with them! So, today…the last assignment for this writing challenge I will open my memory box and share with you my most-prized possession:)

“…the sun never felt so warm…it was 7 o’clock in the morning and all I could think of was him. I know we always said that today will be like any other day…we didn’t need to prove anything…we knew each others souls, we knew we belonged, but even so, today was the day we will pledge our love in front of God, our family, our amazing friends and somehow everything will become more real.

I don’t know why I’ve said that…it was real before, but it was missing something…our hearts were longing for something…the blessing.

Now, thinking back, everything it’s a blur…I have all these pictures to remind me of that day and I treasure them dearly but my soul values the vows we took…those unforgettable moments when everyone and everything is in perfect line with the Universe and the land and the sky celebrates the union of two spirits.

My heart was racing, I’ve spent the morning crying and I wondered why people say that this is the most amazing day of your life…surely I am not the only bride who feels this way on her big day?! I wasn’t crying because something was wrong…I felt flooded with all these emotions and they all came at once…happiness, love, hope, peace, relief, fear. 

…walking down the ail…it’s like being in a boat, in the middle of the sea, desperately looking for land…

…but then, I saw him and my heart was filled with love, endless love…he was my light house, guiding me towards the rest of our life…”

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Picture, courtesy of The Daily Post, Writing 101

Final note from the author:)

I was, I am and always will be in love with love…a hopeless romantic, you may say:)

The truth is that I value feelings more than anything, emotional experiences through which the world uncovers its beauty and leads us towards the unknown…the amazingly beautiful unknown, which awaits to be discovered.

The secret to uncover our destiny it’s simple…don’t walk the path alone, because together we are stronger, better and happier!

‘A walk in the clouds’


This weekend I was slightly out of ideas of what movies to watch…but going through my collection, I’ve found an interesting one! Guess what…it’s another love story:)))

This movie had all sorts of reviews, but at the end of the day, you decide if you’ve liked it or not!

I remember enjoying the story and honestly I would watch it again:)

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Director: Alfonso Arau

Writers: Robert Mark Kamen, Mark Miller, Harvey Weitzman, Piero Tellini, Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio de Benedetti

Lead actors: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon

1995, Drama Romance

The story it’s about love and the fascinating way that we can find what we need in the most unpredictable ways.

Paul is a returned soldier trying to overcome the horror of the war and a heart-break, when he meets Victoria, a beautiful traveler returning home with a secret.

Their story revolves around a selfless and quick decision that Paul takes to help Victoria by posing as her husband for her family. When both find themselves in a situation that none of them could have foreseen, their life will change in a way they couldn’t have imagined.

This movie it’s another way of telling a love story…a way that is random and surprising …a way that we realise what it means to be in the right place at the right time… a way that love teaches us how to find it…

Some believe in destiny, some…in luck and some live their life comfortable without knowing what will come…

This movie has it all…faith, surprise and a written story for two people brought together by chance.

Love it’s there when you need it the most…it’s never asking for more than you can give and it’s always your decision if you want to follow it!

Hope you enjoy your weekend and relax with a mug of hot chocolate watching a memorable movie!