The Joy Of Letting My Daughter Win

Potty Training

I knew from fairly early on that Eleanor and I were more alike than different. To name a few similarities: she’s unbelievably stubborn, determined, and particular. If I’ve learned anything so far as a parent, it’s that karma is no joke. Most days I feel like I have a little mirror following me around all day reminding me of those awful warts I still need to deal with. It scares me most of the time. I fear the future, hellish teenage daughter/mom fights, and all kinds of clashing. It kind of haunts me, to be honest…

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Heart & Craft / Karyn Thurston

Girl of CardiganGirl of Cardigan

Our fourth Heart & Craft interview features my friend, the ever-inspiring and mama of one, Karyn Thurston of the blog Girl of Cardigan. Karyn is a writer that will make you cry, move you, and leave you feeling anything but alone. She has put words to so many of my mama feelings, struggles, and tears, and to say I feel blessed to know her would be an understatement.

Karyn also does freelance work for sites like the Huffington Post and is a guru baby-wearer. She is an ambassador for different baby-carrier companies (like Catbird baby and, now, Lillébaby), and does some baby-wearing tutorials on YouTube as well. Go to her for all your baby-wearing questions! Well, really, all of your questions. She wouldn’t ever admit to this, but Karyn is one of the wisest, most insightful people you’ll ever meet. Everything that comes out of her mouth is pure gold. She is one of those rare souls that just knows, you know? She gets it, and you feel that when you talk to her and read her words. Karyn is a gift and I couldn’t feel more honored to share her with all of you…

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Tips For Keeping You and Your Littles Healthy During The Cold Season

Angela Vembar

After Naturopathic doctor, Angela Vembar, did a Portland city guide, I couldn’t help but ask her to come back and answer a few questions I had about staying well during the cold season. I always start to feel panicked and desperate when cold season approaches, especially as a mother of a young child. In an attempt to keep as many of those nasty colds away this season I plan on following all of Angela’s amazing advice religiously…

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The Best Plain White Tee’s

Perfect Plain White Tee Everlane and American Apparel

The plain white t-shirt—a wardrobe staple. Dress it up, dress it down, knot it, tuck it in, let it hang out, roll up the sleeves, layer it under a cardigan or blazer, or pair it with a skirt or jeans. You can literally wear this cotton classic with anything.

But strangely enough, this universal garment is one of the hardest pieces to find. It took me forever to find the one that felt and fit just right…

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Friday Treat Day: The Manhattan

 

Manhattan Cocktail

A friend and reader asked what I prefer to drink on the days when your toddler is peeing and pooping anywhere and everywhere except the toilet. Which is, in my book, a GREAT question. One in which we should all spill the beans and gift each other with our answers (which I fully expect in the comment section of this post).  Because when there’s lots of poop and the child’s “no’s” are so relentless it pierces your soul (my husband’s words) you deserve only the best liquid comfort at the end of the day.

This is my drink of choice on those days. It’s just the right amount of sweet and strong and that bourbon drenched cherry at the end – forget about it…

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Beauty Secrets 06: Margaret Jacobsen

Margaret Jacobsen

Photo by Margaret’s friend Ifanyi 

I’ve admired Margaret and her incredible photography for quite some time now. Margaret is the kind of person that puts 200% into everything she does, from photography to mothering her two beautiful children, and won’t settle for anything less than that. She has dreams and makes them happen. She inspires me, and on top of her passion and drive, she is probably one of the most effortlessly stylish and beautiful women I’ve ever seen. I’ve always been not-so-secretly jealous of her hair and wondered how she pulls off her natural, bare faced, gorgeous look. So I was so excited when she agreed to share her beauty secrets with us! Here, she talks about the magic of apple cider vinegar, how she strives to stick to beauty products she can make and find in her own kitchen, and the most moving practice she did in front of the mirror when she was pregnant….

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Friday Treat Day: The Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

Sometimes you just need a cocktail that you can sip from a tea mug. Especially once the air has turned chilly and crisp, and the days turn to night so suddenly and so early. You need a hot toddy, and this recipe will bring you the perfect one…

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Words Everyone Needs To Hear

Beauty

My friend, Chelsea, is always posting these inspiring quotes from the most amazing authors on her Instagram feed. She posted this one the other day and I thought it was too beautiful not to share…

It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are truly yourself.

It gave me pause and helped me see myself in a way I never had before. I appreciated myself more and really felt beautiful after reading it.

I hope you do too, because you are. xx

Image found on Bekah’s gorgeous tumblr.

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Last Year In My Twenties

29th birthday

I’m 29 today. 29 sounds so grown up and so young at the same time. It’s hard to believe I’m so close to the big 3-0, and then at the same time I can’t believe I’m only 29. My husband (a whopping two years older than me) keeps telling me, “You’re a baby. You have your whole life ahead of you…” What a goob. I think being married, having a 2.5 year old, owning a house, getting my first couple real-deal grey hairs (!!)—experiencing all the very “adult” things already makes me feel much older than I actually am most of the time. But as silly as it is for my husband to say that to me, it has shifted my perspective in a wonderful way.

It’s helped me realize how much age really is about perspective and what you make of it, and suddenly it feels really exciting to be 29. A day will come when I’ll look back on this time and think “those were the good old days, so young and full of adventure.” It’s always hard to recognize change as I’m living through it. I always seem to identify phases of my life after they’ve ended. Then I realize that I don’t mother a baby anymore, I’ve had a full nights sleep for well over a year now,  I no longer frequent that one bar, I’m blogging again and have been loving it so much I can’t believe I ever stopped, I have one of my dearest friends back in my life and realize now how much I missed her.

The thing is I like older women: They’re direct; they’re comfortable in their own skin; they wear whatever the hell they want and look fabulous; they take naps; they know their worth. People who embrace a well-lived life—the effects of age not hidden—are incredibly beautiful to me. I want to be like them when I grow up. 

But, in the end, not surprisingly, I more often like the idea of being old in the abstract more than the fact of it. But of course, that’s not the end; it’s the onset of a new reality, one that goes hand in hand with that soreness in the back, how it takes less to drink too much, the hips that have grown stubborn and won’t go away with just walking around town, the wrinkles and the rest. But when my hair becomes entirely gray, the irony will be that I’ll miss and laugh at the season when I found my first few, and think wistfully how young I looked back then.

All of this has made me stop worrying and soak up and enjoy this time…

Especially today. I’ve got a mani-pedi scheduled, the sweetest little person to snuggle all afternoon, and a cozy italian feast at one of my favorite restaurants with my main squeeze on the agenda.

Yes, I think I like you, 29.

29th birthday

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How To Frame Large Art: On The Cheap

Framing on the cheap

Framing is e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. Am I right, or am I right? Especially for larger pictures or pieces of art. I have quite a few big, tall walls in my home and have all these wild dreams of filling them with huge pieces of beauitful art and pictures of our family. The problem is I’ll have to sell my soul and maybe even my daughter to afford them, turns out. Needless-to-say, I am constantly trying to figure out how frame on the cheap. I’ve gathered quite a few ideas from around Pinterest, other people’s homes, blogs, and even some of my favorite shops around town. For starters, I thought I’d share one of the first cheap framing projects I did when we moved into our house…

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