5 Things I Love About Being A Mom

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I still have to think twice when I say I’m a mother! The change is so big that sometimes it feels like I’m living a dream. I get to celebrate my first mother’s day by thinking about things that I love about this new stage in my life. Naomi’s spirit has completely changed me, making me someone more peaceful and compassionate.

1. I Never Feel Lonely: 

Ever since I became pregnant I feel like I’m at peace with being alone. When I was a little girl and until I became pregnant I was scared when sleeping alone at night, and sometimes anxious when I was by myself. But since I Naomi is here that fear went away and I feel at peace by myself.

2. Even On The Saddest Days I have A Reason To Be Happy:

As many of you know, following Naomi’s birth my father had a massive stroke, he almost left us, and his recovery has been full of challenges. As much as I felt I had to give up because I was in so much pain, I had a reason to go on everyday. Naomi gave me a responsibility: Every day I had to be consciously happy and give my best to her. Even on the saddest moments I had to smile for her.

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Todavía me toca pensar dos veces cuando digo que soy mama! El cambio es tan grande que algunas veces siento como si viviera un sueño. Este primer dia de la madre, me sente a pensar en todas las cosas que amo de ser madre  y como el espiritu de Naomi me cambio completamente haciendome un ser mas compasivo y lleno de paz.

1. Nunca me siento sola:

Desde que quede embarazada siento paz al estar sola. Cuando era pequeña y hasta quedar embarazada me sentia angustiada durmiendo sola. Desde que Naomi llego a mi vida me siento en paz conmigo misma y mis miedos desaparecieron.

2. Hasta en los días mas tristes tengo una razon para ser feliz:

Como muchos de ustedes saben, después de el nacimiento de Naomi mi papa sufrio un derrame y casi se nos va. Su recuperación ha estado llena de dificultades y realmente han sido meses difíciles. Aunque a veces he sentido que no puedo mas, tener a Naomi cambio todo,  ella ahora es mi razón para seguir adelante. Tengo una responsabilidad de ser conscientemente feliz y de dar lo mejor de mi misma cada dia. Hasta en el momento mas triste tengo que  dar  todo de mi para ella.

cloud shaped pillow, blue eyes baby naomi 3. I have a responsibility to succeed: 

Before I became pregnant I wanted to succeed as a person and as a business woman but I didn’t have pressure to be the best! Since Naomi was born, I feel that I need to make my daughter proud, and that I want to be the very best example for her to follow. I want her to look up to me. Having that responsibility makes me want to give the best of me every single day; as a wife, as a mother, as a business woman and as human being.

4. A Mini Me To Dress Up: 

The day I was told Naomi was a girl was one of the happiest day of my life. I was blessed either way. Girl or boy, it didn’t matter, but my heart strongly wanted a baby girl! Having a girl means I get to do all the things that girls love to do and that I get to have a best friend to do them with! I mean, wearing bows makes me happy, having someone to wear bows with is even better!

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3. Tengo la responsabilidad de salir adelante:

Antes de quedar embarazada quería salir adelante como ser humano y como empresaria, pero realmente no tenia mas presión que conmigo misma. Desde que Naomi nació, siento que tengo que hacer que mi hija se sienta orgullosa de mi, quiero ser el mejor ejemplo a seguir para ella. Tener a  Naomi me obliga a ser  mejor esposa, mujer, empresaria y ser humano.

4. Tengo Una Mini Me Para Vestir!

El dia que me dijeron que Naomi era niña fue uno de los mas felices de mi vida. Estaba bendecida así fuera una niña o un niño, pero dentro de mi corazón siempre quise una niña. Tener a una princesa para hacer todas las cosas que me gustan hacer. Usar moños me hace feliz, tener una mini me para compartir mi amor por los moños me hace aun mas feliz!

50s style mom carolina benoit 5. It Helped Me Slow Down: 

When Naomi was born my family was shocked at my level of energy, by day 3 I was already up on my feet and trying to work and go on with my life as if everything was the same. I have always been the kind of person that never slows down. Full of energy, I take on life as if everyday is the last. I work hard, play hard and rarely take time to rest or simply be lazy. But Naomi has taught me that it is important to enjoy the pleasure of doing nothing. I also learned that my body needed rest after that enormous change, and I had to honor it by eating right, sleeping and enjoying the new moment!

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5. Me ayudo a tomar la vida con calma:

Cuando Naomi nació mi familia estaba aterrada de mi nivel de energía, al tercer día ya estaba de arriba a abajo como si nada hubiera pasado, trabajando y haciendo todas las cosas que hacia antes de tenerla. Siempre he sido ese tipo de persona que no para, llena de energía como si cada día fuera el ultimo. Lentamente me empece a dar cuenta que era el momento de tomar mi vida con calma. Estar en la cama todo el día mirando a mi bebe dormir se convirtió para mi, en uno de los placeres simples de la vida. También aprendi que mi cuerpo necesitaba descanso después del cambio tan grande que vivi, tenia que honrarlo comiendo bien, durmiendo y disfrutando a mi bebe que estaba creciendo cada segundo.

naomi shovalWishing all the mammas a Happy Mothers Day! I admire you all! Being a mom is definitely challenging, it forces you to leave ego aside and give your all to another human being. Happy Mother’s Day! You all rock!

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Le deseo a todas las madres un feliz día de la madre! Las admiro! Ser mama definitivamente es un gran cambio, te hace dejar tu ego y dar tu todo a otro ser humano. Feliz día de la madre!

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I wore: Please Don’t Tell Skirt, Please Don’t Tell Top, Tiffany’s Bean Necklace, J.crew Shoes. Naomi wears Ralph Lauren. Photos By Vlopz

 

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Black And White Layering

Fniders Keepers Dress strapless black I’m crazy in love with the Finders Keepers collection we just received at Please Don’t Tell! The dresses look like pieces of origami and have the perfect tailoring, plus the fabrics are very luxurious! I decided to pair the LBD Strapless dress with a lace and silk top featuring a Peter Pan collar. Personally, I love this romantic twist to the classic strapless, and would love to see this dress paired with one of our cocktail necklaces !

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Estoy completamente enamorada de la colección de Finders Keepers que recibimos esta semana en Please Don’t Tell! Los piezas parecen hechas de origami, y ademas de tener el fit perfecto, las telas son de lujo! Decidí usar este vestidito negro con una blusa de seda y encaje con collar de Peter Pan. Personalmente, me gusta este look romantico que le da un twist a el strapless clásico. Sin embargo, me encantaria ver este vestido junto a uno de nuestros collares de cocktail!

carolina benoit bloggerstrapless dress black and white Photos by VLOPZ / Fotos por VLOPZ

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Friday Five: 5 Things That Made My Week

carolina benoit blonde hair1. Finally starting to feel like myself: I went blonder this week, and I also got back to my old weight! Starting to exercise and eat more healthily is making me feel like my old self!

1. Empezar a sentirme como yo misma de nuevo: Esta semana me pinte el pelo de mono, y también llegue a mi peso antes de el embarazo! Empezar a hacer ejercicio y comer mejor me hace sentir como yo misma de nuevo!

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2. The arrival of our macaroon Limoge trinket boxes! I knew they were beautiful, but seeing them in person really made my day! So delicate and cute! I plan on using them as party favors for a book tea party I want to throw! You can shop for them HERE

2. La llegada de nuestros macaroon limoge trinkets! Yo sabia que eran hermosos, pero verlos en persona fue otra cosa! Super delicados y bonitos! Ya estoy pensando en todos los usos que les voy a dar. Estoy planeando usarlos como decoración para una fiesta de libros y te. Los tenemos en Please Don’t Tell Shop, compren el suyo AQUI

stroke family recovery book3. After my father’s stroke I really wanted to find answers. I came across a TED TALK by Jill Bolte, where she describes her stroke. I was amazed at how she turned a tragic event into an opportunity to become a better person. I later came across her book, which has helped me understand what happened to my father, and how I can aid in his recovery. I also shared this as a Friday Five, because yesterday, for the first time, my father moved his paralyzed leg, and we were informed that he will walk again!

3. Después de el derrame de mi papa quería encontrar respuestas a todas mis preguntas, y encontré una charla sobre el derrame de Jill Bolte. Me impresiono como ella convirtió algo tan trágico en una oportunidad para convertirse en mejor persona. Luego descubrí que ella escribio un libro, y este me ha ayudado muchísimo a entender lo que le paso a mi papa y como puedo ayudarlo en su recuperación. También quería mencionar este como uno de mis “friday five” porque ayer mi papa por primera vez movió su pierna paralizada, los medicos nos informaron que volverá a caminar!   shop pixie market cheaper4. Lace shoes: The latest fashion trend is wearing sneakers, and although sometimes I just want to throw a pair of sweats and sporty shoes, they are not my style at all! Being a mom demands being comfortable which has become my daily dilemma. For this reason I love these shoes, they are super comfy, look like sneakers but are much more glam than a pair of New Balance.

4. Zapatos de encaje: Ahora la ultima moda son los sneakers deportivos, y aunque a veces quisiera andar en sweatpants y tenis, realmente no es mi estilo. Ser mama exige andar comoda, y para mi es un dilema. Por eso me encantan estos zapatos! Son cómodos, parecen sneakers, pero se ven mucho mas glam que unos New Balance! best chocolate in the world 5. Vosgues Chocolates: My husband truly knows the way to my heart… My favorite chocolate in the whole world!

5. Vosgues Chocolates: Mi esposo realmente conoce el camino a mi corazón! Mis chocolates preferidos desde Chicago!

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Green Skirt And Mermaid Tee

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I’m so glad I can finally fit back into my size! I still have some weight to loose, but I’m extremely happy to have my waist back and re-discover my closet! Today I wore an emerald green JOA skirt with embroidery, paired with a TLROOM T-shirt and a pair of kate spade glitter sneakers (not pictured).

Now that I spend my days between feeding Naomi and work, this outfit is comfortable without looking careless or messy! You can easily recreate the look by wearing any pencil skirt, a slightly cropped T-shirt and pair of cute sneakers! Modern mommy approved!

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Estoy feliz de que finalmente me queda mi talla! Aunque todavía tengo que perder un poco de peso, estoy demasiado feliz de tener mi cintura de vuelta y de re-descubrir mi closet! Para mi look de hoy: Una falda de JOA en verde esmeralda junto a una camiseta de TLROOM, y un par de sneakers de Kate Spade con escarcha.

Ahora que paso mis días entre alimentar a Naomi y el trabajo, este look es super cómodo, sin hacerme ver desarreglada. Tu puedes fácilmente recrear este look con cualquier falda recta, una camiseta cropped y un par de tenis lindos! Aprobado para la mama moderna!

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Please Don't Tell Shop JOA Skirt and The Laundry Room Shirt

Special thanks to VLOPZ (Photography) Gracias especiales a Vlopz (Fotos)

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{ Friday Five } Aloha!

Happy Friday Everyone! I don’t know about you guys but I really can’t wait for summer! I’m dreaming of piña coladas by the pool, sand in my toes and salt in my hair… While we wait, I prepared a little weekend inspiration! Take a look at my favorite Aloha inspired things this week:

This Aloha Bridal Shower Inspiration: 100 Layer Cake – This bridal shower has me dreaming of my next poolside party!

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#PDTSHOP Bonjour Pineapple Bomber Jacket: Please Don’t Tell Shop – This bomber needs a pair of denim shorts and sand on our butts!

Pineapple Chiffon Bomber Jacket

 

Pineapple Coconut Cocktail: Sugar and Charm A little hard to make but totally gorgeous for a small summer get together.

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Pineapple Welcome Wallpaper: Anthropologie – This pineapple wall paper is perfect for Miami! 

Pineapple Welcome PaperGlitter Pine Apple Girl’s Bag: J.CREW – I can’t wait for my girl to start wearing things like this glitter pineapple bag!

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Naomi’s 10th Day Of Life

The day I became a mom my life was changed. Everything from my soul to my body seemed different. Although it was hard to adjust, specially since I’m a person who appreciates freedom more than anything, I soon found myself enjoying the routine of motherhood!

Moon Art PhotoshootHer first 10 days were special to me because I stayed at my mom’s house, had a cook prepare healthy food, and was surrounded by all the women in my family: my mom, aunts and grandmother. They helped me learn everything I needed to learn so I could take Naomi home and feel secure when both of us were alone. These were 10 peaceful days before the storm hit; as many of you know, when Naomi was 2 weeks old, my father got very sick. Looking back to these moments makes me very emotional, I miss the bliss…

carolina benoit moon art photosHowever, I’m glad my mom had the idea to hire a professional photographer to shoot this beautiful day in our lives. Naomi and I were just getting to know each other, and although she was a little fussy that day, the photos truly captured all the feelings and moods of the moment.

new momAll photos by Moon Art Photography. Click Here to visit her Facebook page.
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Baby Naomi’s Nursery

Carolina Benoit Blog Nursery decorbaby nursery decor elephant Gold heart decal decor roompetit design pillow baby nursery decorunisex baby nursery decor I wanted to add some light to the blog by sharing with you pictures (long overdue) of Naomi’s nursery. You can see the inspiration board I worked with HERE, having that mood-board really helped to create a consistent look throughout the room. I strongly recommend doing a mood-board every time you plan to re-decorate :)

I hope you love it!  Naomi does, the amount of light and contrasts really makes a strong impact on her. I also recommend adding a little air freshener, my personal favorite is Baby Cottons room spray cologne, which is also safe for the baby!

Picture 1:

– Vintage Gold Mirror

Studio Mucci Tassel

– Pottery Barn Changing table (I changed the knobs for black and gold knobs, to add a more personal touch)

PBTEEN Clock

– Candy Bar Jars From Homegoods

Picture 2:

– Elephant Illustration By Natalia Swarz

Picture 3:

Heart Decals By Jesabi

– Pottery Barn Crib

– Restoration Hardware Bedding

Picture 4:

– Rocking Lamb From Costco

– Gold Elephant Side Table from Homegoods

– Globe from target

– Military Baby Jacket from Ralph Lauren

– Petite Design Pillow, Now available at Please Don’t Tell

 

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Love Conquers All

Stroke victim survivor storyThis photo summarizes everything now, our way of communicating, our love, forgiveness, family…

My heart is joyous because my first daughter was born a month ago, filling my days with non-stop love and feelings I can’t even describe, but at the same time my heart aches for my father. I know that for some people it might seem strange to share such personal feelings on my blog, but I have received a lot of support and encouraging stories from my followers, for this reason I feel obligated to share this part of my life as I have shared the happy moments. I also think that by telling you a little about this story I’m helping my father with your well wishes and a commitment to pray for his recovery.

20 days ago my father had a hemorrhagic stroke, and as many of you know he has been in an induced coma, and on a very slow road to recovery. His story is already a success one, he survived a stroke which only 50% of people survive, and later on, he survived a brain surgery which only 40% survive. When I got to the hospital the day of the accident, too late to see him conscious, my only way of communicating with him was by holding his hand and desperately talking, or more accurately, demanding him to open his eyes.

These days I leave Naomi with my mom, rush through the hospital, which has a strange cinnamon smell that I hate, enter the SICU, full of people between this world and the next, and sit by his side, talking about the snippets of life as I remember. I tell him about Naomi, the weather, my feelings, most days I didn’t receive a response, until one day I did. I held his hand as I usually do, and talked with a strong voice: “dad wake up, you are not dead, you are alive, there is still too much to see! I need you, my sister and brother need you, please forgive me for everything I have done. Open your eyes! YOU HAVE TO OPEN YOUR EYES! I miss you, please, I’m very sad” As I said this, my father moved his thumb in my hand, gently, the way he usually does when he is trying to console me.

Our brain, that machine we take for granted, that machine of this brilliant man, slowly telling him to recover, it must have taken all his strength to gently move his thumb in my hand, all his strength to make me happy for one second. His soul and the love we have given him during the past 20 days is slowly bringing him back.

I can tell you that life is divided in two parts, when you think everything is under your control, and when you realize it’s not. Before this, I felt everything had an explanation, everything was a result of my actions, now I know this is not true. The moment came when I had to get on my knees and beg to G’ to please let my father live fully again. No doctor can save him, not all the money in the world, not his fame… nothing, just G’ and the love we give him. I’m asking you all to give me and my family the gift of saying a small prayer for his recovery. He is only 56, and he hasn’t met his granddaughter. My siblings and I don’t feel ready to live without our father yet. I promise that I will share his recovery on my blog, forever thankful for your stories of hope, your prayers and concern for my father.

3 hours before his accident my father tweeted this: “Faith is a great gateway to spiritual peace”, I feel these last words were left for my siblings and I, since the 3 of us need all the faith in the world, and our faith is the only thing that brings us peace these days.

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DIY Succulent Planter

succulent DIY CAROLINA BENOITCarolina benoit lifestyle blog CAROLINA BENOIT DIYSucculent DIY Carolina Benoitcarolina benoit blog best lifestyle blog4. Create a nice composition. platter DIY Succulents carolina benoit blogThis super easy DIY will be perfect for those of us who love to entertain but don’t have time to go every Friday to buy flowers, or for that matter, to care for plants! This platter is super low maintenance, cheap and looks gorgeous all year.

You’ll need:

– Succulents: These love the outdoors and don’t need a lot of water, I bought mine at Home Depot. Choose variety and create a composition based on your platter.

– A platter: Since these don’t need lots of water you can use any platter.

– Soil

– Pebbles

Follow the directions above, and get creative. I chose all green succulents, but there are many colorful ones. These also make great hostess gifts, and are longer lasting than flowers.

I would love to see your platters! Leave a photo below, or send it to us via email for a chance to get featured!

 

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Life Of My Life: Naomi

Naomi – 8 days old

newborn baby photos“Vida de mi vida” or life of my life, is one of those phrases you end up using everyday, like I love you, it can easily lose its meaning. Last week when my baby was born I finally understood how deep those words are. The pain of the birth, the 9 exhausting months, my body changes, and many of the worries of life after pregnancy disappeared and life took on a whole new meaning. 2 days after my anniversary, Naomi was born in Miami at 2:33AM. A healthy baby, a new life, and a part of me and my husband who immediately stole both of our hearts.

One week ago everything was so different, one year ago even more so… this new life is also creating a new life for me and my husband… new routines, a whole new perspective… everything is changing! It can be overwhelming only if you are afraid of change. But life is about changing and evolving. I can only say that the love I have felt with the birth of Naomi brought a new meaning to my inner self. Every day is now a surprise, every moment unpredictable, every second a gift.

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