We have two rosemary bushes in our yard that I swear are as big as I am. In an effort to keep them from taking over my yard I’ve been scouring the internets and cookbooks for ways to use the stuff. I definitely use it in my cooking but these bushes are so big I need to be using it like everyday in like everything for awhile.
This past week we’ve made rosemary chicken noodle soup, the most divine rosemary shortbread cookies, and then just a couple nights ago we made this rosemary, red onion pizza with italian sausage: aka, the BEST PIZZA OF MY LIFE. It was so, so good you guys. We used this recipe from Food 52 as our base recipe and then adapted it. How we adapted…
And we did a white sauce instead of a red sauce. I’m normally a hard-core red sauce person, but this white sauce my husband made turned me into a believer. He used this recipe, but substituted two cloves of minced garlic instead of onion (since the main topping for this pizza is red onions) and added freshly ground pepper and half cup Parmesan after all the milk…Yeah, it’s definitely a recipe that will meet all your New Years Resolution goals.
Now go, treat yourself this weekend to a bottle of wine and this delicious pizza. It will change your life. You’re welcome.
We’ve sloooowly been getting rugs for our house. We finally got one for the living room (this one) and it feels like pure luxury (I waited so long for a good sale to get it). I swear Eleanor is much more content playing by herself all of a sudden because of it. She has a place to sit and play with her toys and June to lay and roll around comfortably. It’s amazing how one seemingly small addition to a room can make all the difference. I also recently got a few rugs for Eleanor’s room too, fingers crossed it makes her room a more inviting place to play in now too. Her room was a little harder for me to figure out the right rug for because it has a lot of weird angles and walls. In the end, a lovely soft flokati round rug was the way to go and a darling handmade, wool rug like this one, only a badger, for right by her bed.
Now I’m on the hunt for a colorful kilim rug for our spare room. It’s a small-ish room, at least for all that we use it for. It’s our workhorse room. It’s an office, where our projector is for movie/tv show watching/wii playing, and a guest bedroom (our couch in there turns into a bed). The walls are all painted white, the desk in there is mostly white and some light-stained wood, and the sofa-bed is a charcoal grey color. There are a few colorful pillows on the couch, and some green plants in there as well, but mostly it’s a neutral room. This is why I was thinking a colorful kilim rug might be nice. The key is big enough, soft enough, and not having to sell a limb to afford it…
As a mother of two girls, this woman and the work she’s doing for women (and men for that matter) means everything to me. I have many worries for my girls as a mother, but one of the biggest is that they will be devalued, excluded, disrespected, denied, made dispensable…because of their gender. Because they are female. More than anything, I want them to grow up in a world where it would never even occur to them to apologize for their femininity. I want them to be respected in all their femaleness, just as men are respected in all their maleness. Because they deserve to be.
And if you are a mother of boys, this video is for you too. I will simply quote her, because she nails it,
“We do a great disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way….We teach boys to be afraid of fear, of weakness, of vulnerability. We teach them to mask their true selves, because they have to be, in Nigerian-speak–a hard man…But by far the worst thing we do to males–by making them feel they have to be hard–is that we leave them with very fragile egos. The harder a man feels compelled to be, the weaker his ego is. And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males…We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.”
Yeah, watch it. And, lets all buy each other her book for Christmas. Probably the best $6 we’ll spend this Christmas.
One of my all-time favorite brands, Everlane, just came out with a “Mini” collection for kids yesterday and now my world is complete.
The company designs and produces all of its own goods and then sell them solely online so you get to save a good chunk of money on buying high quality basics. They cut out the middlemen so they can take smaller margins without sacrificing on quality at all. They are the reason I will ever get to own a piece of cashmere.
And now they’ve gone and created a beautiful collection of basics for kids! (insert heart eyes emoji here)…
I’m eyeing that speckled cashmere sweater and pink cashmere hoodie like it’s no one’s business.
I posted this picture on Instagram a few days ago after a horrible night with my 4 month old. There were a few fellow mama’s who commented, interested to know what I use to hide the bags that I assure you are there lurking under the makeup. One clever commenter is responsible for the title of this post because, it was perfect and because this post is dedicated to her and all the other tired mama’s out there.
Babies, man, they don’t sleep (at least never when they’re supposed to) and it’s R-O-U-G-H. Not only on our minds and souls….but on our bodies and skin too. All I want right now is to look as good as I can without devoting very much time to it. I not only have a 4 month old who doesn’t sleep, but I also have a three-and-a-half-year-old who is raring to go by 6:30am. Sometimes I realize I have gone an hour without actually breathing properly, or it’s noon and I haven’t eaten anything other than my kids half eaten yogurt cup. So everything “beauty” has to deliver the goods, fast. I still want to look good – I mean, hello, I’m not an animal – but the days of doing my eyeliner for 5 minutes are over. So, if you’re a tired mama and the bags are big and dark like mine you might find these products and techniques helpful….
I’m obsessed with Aesop products. Aesop’s objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality. They investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy. Every product I’ve used of theirs makes my skin feel incredibly soft, rejuvenated, and alive. Everything smells wonderful too. And even though most of the products carry a hefty price tag they last forever so you really don’t have to buy them that often.
I just tried their parsley seed facial cleansing oil and looooove it. It removes makeup and overall grim from the day and leaves my skin feeling so clean and soft. It is made with a bunch of amazing, natural oils too so it’s highly moisturizing and nourishing to your skin.
A few of my other favorite Aesop products: A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser (smells divine and leaves your skin feeling so soft!), and Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (I don’t know what the deal is with all this parsley seed but it must be magic because I use this masque like twice a week and my skin couldn’t feel more clean and soft after I use it!)
So I don’t know about you but I’ve been missing all the interviews I did before adding kid #2 to the mix. So I thought I’d slowly start bringing them back, just on a smaller scale to start. I’ll be featuring lovely women I admire “over coffee,” if you will, and asking them some fun get-to-know-you questions.
I thought I’d get the ball rolling by being the first in the limelight…
How do you take your coffee (or tea)? I love my husband’s pour over coffee. I’m worthless in the morning so he makes the breakfast and coffee and he makes a mighty fine cup. I also love all the tea from Tea Bar, a lovely little place conveniently located within walking distance from my house. It has become my place. The place where I take my daughter for lavender boba tea treats after school and also the place where I go to treat myself to some alone time and, during the fall season especially, a good London fog.
How do you treat yourself? A tasty beverage, like my previous answer, tea from Tea Bar, or a good cocktail from Expatriate or a new favorite, Victoria bar. A mani-pedi…though I have yet to find the perfect spot. And fresh flowers from my favorite, Hilary Horvath at the beautiful shop Alder & Co.
Top 3-5 favorite spots in your hood?P’s & Q’s Market for fresh, local grocery staples and tomato gravy and biscuits for brunch on the weekend, Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry for coffee when we’re out or I want espresso, and a freshly baked in-house almond croissant, Firehouse restaurant for wood-fired, thin-crust pizza and arancini, and, as mentioned a million times over, Tea Bar.
Flats or heels? Flats.
Early bird or night owl? Night owl. Though less of either these days.
What time do you wake up each morning? Officially? Like 7:30 thanks to my stellar husband.
Favorite book or current book you’re reading?Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. It has taken me way too long to get through this book. Not because it’s not good, but because I’m so tired these days and also because it’s kinda scary and I get freaked out and have to take a break. I know, it’s sad.
Currently listening too…? Asgeir, In the Silence.
If you were an emoji which one would you be and why? The sleepy face one. Because…#threenager and 3 month old that wakes me up all night.
What’s the best piece of motherhood advice you’ve received? “The days are long, but the years are short.” It feels like I’m in the thick of it all now–the trenches if you will—and some days go on way too long and you couldn’t get me that glass of wine and my pillow fast enough. But then I remember I almost have a FOUR YEAR OLD already and the reality that they’ll never be as they are today—right now—is unbearable.
What excites you most about motherhood? My favorite thing in the world these days is to watch my 3.5 year old sleep because she looks like a baby again and cuddle and get all the smiles from my 3 month old while we’re still waking up in bed in the morning.
What makes you most nervous about motherhood? All the mistakes I’ve made already and how it is affecting/will affect them later. Not having a close relationship with them when they grow up or them not being close with each other.
What’s one of your best childhood memories? Looking for agates and beach glass with my best friend on the beaches of Whidbey Island, where I grew up.
What won’t we find in your closet? Anything with logos.
What’s your biggest flaw? I have too many to count. The one that springs to mind at the moment is that I’m a perfectionist and kind of a control freak. Though my two babies are slowly working on that for me.
These comics makes sense of my whole life right now and are cathartic in a way I can’t even begin to describe to you. If you are a parent, you can find more of these hilarious, on point comics here. You’re welcome.
I love a good skinny jean, but when the light and airy cropped-leg culottes started trending this past summer I was stoked. The 1940’s “split skirt” style has become such a staple in my everyday attire. I find them so easy to wear! They can easily be paired with most tops and shoes. Not to mention, the wide-leg pant is extremely comfortable, wearable, and I think flattering on most figures. By adding just one pair to my wardrobe, I’ve been able to create a library of looks. From daytime to nighttime, and casual to dressy, I’ve found the culotte to be one of the most versatile pieces around. I couldn’t be happier it’s stuck around for fall too! Below are some links to a few of my favorites I’ve been spotting around the web…