Oh lovely decor8 readers, what a busy month September was! It’s Rincy again and I’m back with another Simple Times column for you. It’s so nice to see October start at a bit more calmer pace (hope the same for you too!). With Holly’s joyous news of having a baby boy fresh on my mind and no doubt millions of pieces of advice at the ready for her, I thought to sway away from the world of the internet and go straight to the little experts themselves to see what they love and what’s important. I asked a few friends and fellow bloggers to share in responses to some simple questions posed to their little ones about life, love and laughter. Here are their very dear responses which remind us all that the simple things are what we enjoyed as children – why not focus on being content as adults too?
A. Imen’s son Geoffrey
On what makes a good mommy/daddy: Being fun + funny
On what makes him laugh: (his dog) Teddy’s funny face and Mom’s scooby-doo laugh
On the obvious: “Why is it called “shampoo” mommy? Clearly there is no poo in it”
B. Holly Marder’s little Lola, age 2
Bilingual and learning but still making her mama melt with appreciative compliments: Oh, mama so pretty
C. Nathalie’s nephew Ethan, age 5
On what makes a good mommy/daddy: Being fit and exercising (!)
On what makes him laugh: tickles
D. Geraldine’s son Michael, age 7
On the best thing in the world right now: My family
On what makes a good mommy: A mommy that loves you, plays with you and is generous to you.
E. Bridgee’s children Nick and Charlie
On parenting style: They should always be funny and nice and when their kids are doing something wrong they should only be a little mad but still love them. Also, sometimes they need to say no!
Nick, on why people look at him when being silly in public places: Well mom, maybe because I am so handsome!
F. Lucy and Jessie (twins), age 6
On the important stuff: You can’t tell Santa or McDonalds what toy to give us!
G. Tadgh, age two.
On the best thing in the world right now: Yellow car
On what makes a good mommy and daddy: Mommy and daddy going out
If I could bottle up all the things I overhear at work on a daily basis as a pediatric registrar, I would. Children are undeniably astute and creatively inspiring– how do you all document your children/nephews/cousins/little ones moment’s of glory? I’d love if you’d share some quotes and stories here below! There really is nothing better or sweeter than a point of view from a little one’s mouth.
A huge and warm thank you to Pauline, Ruth, Nathalie, Bridgee, Imen, Holly M. and Geraldine for allowing me to share this with the world! And to sweet Holly Becker, we are so excited for your little muffin to enter this world– who undoubtedly will be gorgeously sweet, inspiring and talented with an unparalleled sense of design.
See you again in November with some Simple Times advice for Fall! – Rincy
Hello sweet decor8 readers, it’s Rincy again with my monthly Simple Times post and I am so excited to be writing to you from my travels here in Hungary. In my column last month, I encouraged you to explore more in your local area. This month, with many taking summer vacation, perhaps you can travel where your friends live and tap into their local expertise. I’ve only been in Hungary for a few days and already I am completely and utterly enchanted with this sweet country because I am with friends who know this region and somehow they make it seem like nothing is off limits! Suddenly statutes and bridges have stories, the hidden nooks and crannies of roads lead to the most beautiful surroundings and when the night lights turn on- it really feels like the most special place in the world. This is a simple pleasure that a travel book cannot provide – locals who happen to be friends that want to share the magic with you. I feel so lucky!
It may be one of the smallest states in Europe but right now it seems so big and full of inspiration. The land of castles, vineyards, thermal spas and gulyás is every bit as magical as I hoped it to be. I look forward to seeing what each day brings and would love to share it with you soon.
Have you ever been to Budapest or a place that instantly seemed like a fairy tale to you? Will you be visiting somewhere soon to explore with local friends or family? I’m so curious to know, so please share. A girl can certainly dream.
With lots of love and light, always – Rincy, your little bird (whose wings are just starting to fly!)
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Hello sweet readers! It’s Rincy again, and I am so happy to be back to share in a few images and thoughts for my Simple Times column on decor8. In less than a month, a few of my close (and sweetest) friends are off to start a new adventure in a different country. Yes, they are relocating. While trying to lengthen out minutes is proving to be an impossible feat, making the most of exploring the Irish countryside before their departure is faring a little easier.
Between the floral trimmed greenery paths, the quiet still that comes near large bodies of water and the conversations that only come with spending too much time in such an environment- it is those aimless walks that are always our most favorite memories.
I’m not sure why it takes a friend/visitor to get me exploring my own city but I’m thankful for the push at times. I’ve found that sometimes it’s the most aimless walks that lead to the most wonderful discoveries. We have to explore a little more, don’t you think?
I’m curious now, when was the last time you explored your city/countryside/village like a visitor? What did you do? Can you tell us some of your favorite things about where you live in case someone reading may want to explore where you live? – Rincy
(images/text: rincy koshy)
If you’ve met Holly or know her words, she is a fearless cheerleader of using whatever means you have to create a memorable, inspiring life for yourself. Thirty seconds of courage allowed me to sign up to one of her workshops last year and now here I am, lucky (excited!) and so very happy to be sharing with you in a new monthly column called Simple Times. But I should first introduce myself, my name is Rincy and I was born in India, brought up in Michigan and am currently living in Dublin, Ireland. I work as a training pediatrician and I have a blog called a little bird where I share small pleasures that make me happy. The world of blogging can be overwhelming at the best of times, but I’ve found there is a truth in simplicity, in the little things of every day and sometimes a whole lot of little can be pretty magical. Don’t you agree?
In April, I was lucky enough to attend a Kinfolk Flower Potluck with a few others in London. It was the most sweetly inspiring way to welcome a new season- surrounded by florals, open conversation and a shared meal around a table.
Truth is, I don’t have matching napkins and decorative flatware. I worry about things going just right. I usually end up forgetting something important at the store. But I do have what I need: food, a table, friends to gather and sometimes even a tealight or two. And more often than not, the best memories are the ones where we forget about perfection and embrace those imperfectly endearing moments of togetherness.
I’ve grown to become quite fond of them. Maybe this is something that you can think about if you are holding back from inviting over friends because you want everything to be ‘just right’. Simply gather together those you love, grab some fresh bread and yummy things to put on it, a bottle of wine and let the magic begin.
I’ll be back again next month with another thought about Simple Times. See you in June! – Rincy.
(images/text: rincy koshy)