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In the midst of Christmas Eve madness, I want to take a moment to wish you all a very happy and wonderful Holiday! May the magic of this day fill your hearts with joy, cheer and humility, and remind you of how blessed and loved you truly are.

I’ll be taking a couple of days off from the blog to rest and to spend some much needed quality time with those I love, but I will be updating my social media accounts on a regular basis.

See you soon! 

Love,

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Before announcing the winner of our Christmas Giveaway, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who participated. Reading your comments was a very profound and emotional experience for me, as it showed me just how some of my posts have inspired and touched you on a personal level. Knowing which posts were your favorite this year also helps me get an idea of what you actually like to read, and allows me to analyze and further improve the content of the blog.

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The year is fast coming to a close. So to celebrate a year of great achievements, exciting new projects and collaborations, and successful new partnerships (or as I like to call it, relationships), I decided to do a little giveaway as a token of my appreciation for all of you. Because, let’s be honest, you are our inspiration and, ultimately, what makes this blog what it is.

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This year I have so much to be thankful for. Although things haven’t always been perfect- we certainly had our own fair share of adversities to deal with- for most of it, we have been truly blessed. And most importantly, we feel privileged to have a roof over our heads, food on our table, family and friends we can rely on, very good health and, of course, to have each other.

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During a quick browse through Big Apple last week, selecting items for the shoot of a Christmas video campaign we’ll be sharing with you soon, Hans and I came across a cute little turkey stand, perfect for Thanksgiving.

Being the super creative person that he is, he quickly grabbed it and thought of an easy yet adorable DIY project that will facilitate half of your Thanksgiving dinner worries: behold the Truffled Turkey Stand!

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I may not be into dressing up in spooky costumes, but I always do get in the Halloween spirit. You've got to admit, it is fun! Plus, if you have a sweet tooth like me, this happens to be the perfect holiday.

Have a safe and wicked Halloween, everyone!

Love,

Barbara

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I was caught by surprise when Camilo Quevedo, the blog’s official videographer and soon to be official photographer, asked me if I wanted to participate in his latest project; a new take on studio portraits where everything is very laid back, natural, and nothing is ever staged or forced. He simply lets you be, comfortably, acting freely as you would, while he grabs his camera and captures the true essence behind your personality, relationship and feelings. Nervous but still wanting to seize this special opportunity, I said yes.

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Last week, I shared the first part of my “Chit Chat Sessions” with Chef Edith Paiz and Machteld Oosterbaan de Benard, my two incredible collaborators and authors of the “Kitchen Bits” and “Inspired Elements” segments of this blog. In the first part of our chat, the girls and I talked about our passions, our definitions of success and, of course, a little bit about children.

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Today I want to introduce you to two very special women who are very important to me, and the success of this blog. You already know them from their segments, Kitchen Bits and Inspired Elements, but you still don’t know them as well as I do.

So, in an attempt to show you just how incredible they truly are and to bring them closer to you, I decided to invite them for a coffee date at Clios Bistro to chit-chat and help you get to know them a little bit better.

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New jewelry dazzle, their brilliance and sparkle being one of the many reasons why us, women, find them absolutely captivating. However, once we step out of the store and actually start wearing them on a daily basis (as we should!), dirt, dust, perfumes, creams and the oil from our skin can start taking away their luster.

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