Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Weekend! Let's LINK Up




Oh thank goodness we made it to Friday! I've been battling a horrible cough, possibly strep throat since the Friday after thanksgiving. I sounded so scary in class yesterday that my students kept telling me I should have stayed home... so today is a sick day. I wish that meant someone would be catering to me as I slept in but no such luck. It does mean lots of amazing, honey & lemon soothing tea and a marathon of Pixar movies with my monster Tristan, who after every time I cough asks "You ok mommy? you ok?" with true concern. 

It seems we've been at my parents house every weekend for the last month or so, this weekend it's because we are having our floors redone. It's always great to go back to your "childhood home" especially when you're sick because your own mom is there to take care of you, there's someone there who doesn't mind entertaining the kids and you can even get an impromptu nap. For me it also means a family night viewing of the latest episode of the Walking Dead. What do you have in store for the weekend? With black Friday, small business Saturday and cyber Monday behind us have you gotten all your holiday shopping done? If not check back later for the first Holiday Gift Guide post {I've been hard at work on my secret Pinterest Board} here on the blog for some gift giving inspiration.

 In the meantime here's a few of my fave links to carry you though the weekend :

An out of the box art installation using crayons.

Three words... Ice Cream Taco... enough said!

Look no further for the perfect holiday gift! An  Etsy Pop-up shop  with fabulous curators, opened up yesterday in Soho!

A gender neutral easy bake oven is beyond overdue.

Trending Now: Collar Necklaces. I've been showing my love for them and Peter Pan Collars on Pinterest.

Small NYC apartments with a big punch of detail.

A super cute mini forest advent calendar.

This ring is on my wishlist.


Thanks for LINKing up today, I hope you live in the moment and enjoy your weekend!
Bunches of Xoxo's 
                            Dellah

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Despite our Circumstances Let's be Thankful!


I can't even express fully in words how elated I am to be writing to you all after a nearly four month hiatus from blogging... I am so thankful!

Right now I'm writing this post at 6am with "Winter Songs" a funky mix of various artists {my fave is Alice Smith's version of Silver Bells} playing on Spotify in the background and the smell of my hubby's delish Thanksgiving throw-down of marshmallow and raisin topped yams, pineapple glazed ham, three types of mac & cheese and more, filling the house as he, my brother and the monsters enjoy dreamland. I thought we'd head out to the parade but I hate to wake them, which is ok because the quiet has led me back to my comfy ottoman in front of my computer to blog!

Time flies when you are dealing with life, doesn't it? I can't believe this year is nearly over and that the holidays have snuck up on me, and I'm sure many of you once again. Yet despite my circumstance I still have so much to be thankful for and to look forward to:

1. I am thankful to live in a city filled with resilient people who manage to survive everyday life as well as the unexpected devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. I am not without WANT's but realize how unimportant those things are because I have what I NEED. With an uncle fighting for his life over the last two weeks in the hospital, the word PERSEVERANCE constantly resonates with me as he and those who lost so much in the storm continue to keep pushing forward!

2. I am thankful to have the support system I have within my family and friends that have been there for me/us through the good the bad and the ugly. My love for them is not measurable, they have been there for me just to listen to me vent, to support our dreams and cheer us on, to spend qt time with the hubby, my monsters and myself and they make it a point to never feed into my self-pity parties I may have on occasion. I will forever be grateful to have them in our lives and I hope we are for them what they are to us. I look forward to more  inspiring, conversation filled dinners, slumber parties, random phone calls and everyday celebrations.

3. I am thankful for my new jobs of passion as an assistant wedding coordinator for MyBridalBudget where I get to partake in helping my childhood friend/ Boss Fouzia create, oversee and witness beautiful unions & celebrations of love. I look forward to learning more and being apart of the company's growth while working with the fabulous MBB team! This fall I started as a first grade cooperative teacher at a public school on the Upper West Side and everyday in the classroom I feel I'm learning something new and I'm excited to be apart of these students educational foundation. I look forward to completing my Masters degree and all the little lives I can positively influence.

4. I am thankful to  have learned to give myself a little more "ME" time, especially in the form of becoming more physically fit. I've managed to join a running group, attend yoga once a week and scheduled gym sessions with a trainer and friends. I look forward to a more consistent regimen but the seed has been planted and I'm ready to nurture it!

5. Lastly, I am thankful to be writing and channeling all the creative energy I can't seem to ignore. When I reached the blogs one year anniversary Aug. 30th of this year I didn't want to celebrate because I hadn't found the voice of Dellah's Jubilation or I couldn't commit to it the way I wanted and was just putting too much pressure on myself.  I reached out to Shoko of the blog Sho and Tell because I love and admire her honest, quirky/fun and reflective posts and from reading her posts I felt like she was one of my chicas. Her response was so positive and couldn't have come at a better time {a week prior to my last post, which was the day I realized I needed to take a break}.
Hi Dellah,
.....It's a total challenge to juggle everything, and it's such a huge time commitment to post regularly. And when you feel like no one is reading, it can be such a drag. You should know, though, that your blog is lovely - your positivity and exuberance come through so clearly, and your family is beautiful. You're adventurous, approachable, and kind, and those are all things that I'm sure your readers love and appreciate. Just because you're not getting comments doesn't mean that no one's out there - people are..... If you're having fun and enjoying the process, focus on that enjoyment. On the flip side, if it's stressing you out or making you sad, maybe consider taking a break - you can always come back to it later. 
xo Shoko 

 I'm thankful she took the time to write back to a stranger. 

I hope that you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving and I wish you and your loved ones continued blessings!
Bunches of Xoxo's
                             Dellah












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