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There Goes All My Money…

Everlane-Mini

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)…

Kids Everlane

Everlane Mini

I’m eyeing that speckled cashmere sweater and pink cashmere hoodie like it’s no one’s business.

All photographs from Everlane

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“How Not To Look Half Dead When Your Baby Stops Sleeping”

Tired Mama

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….

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Coffee With Yours Truly

Me and My Girls

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 your go-to family meal recipe? Pasta Carbonara

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.

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Hilarious Parenting Comics

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Hilarious Parenting Comics

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.

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New York, New York…

Nicole Franzen

Come beginning of November I’m going to turn 30 (?!?!) and I’ve been brainstorming a good way to say farewell to my twenties and celebrate the start of a new decade. I entertained the idea of someplace warm like Palm Springs, but with a 3.5 year old and 4 month old no one’s gonna be lounging around sipping Mai Tai’s, lets be real. I’ve always, always wanted to see New York City, so when we spotted an awesome deal on plane tickets we jumped on it. We’re so excited! It seems like such a rad city, and I can’t wait to see it…Especially in the fall.

As we put our trip together, I would love to ask you: Do you have any tips for visiting NYC? Places to eat and drink, activities to do? We will be staying at an Airbnb in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Thank you SO much for any advice! xx

Photograph by Nicole Franzen

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Quoted: Yoko Ono

Maternity shoot #2

“The minute-to-minute hardships women go through to carry their babies are never discussed or reported in the media, anywhere. No one ever talks about carrying around that big tummy 24 hours a day. A staggering number of women don’t even survive the experience, and die during childbirth. But we never complain. We just remain thankful that our babies came out looking powerful and sweet at the same time. Every baby is a Revolution.”

 

-Yoko Ono, from Our Mother’s Our Beautiful, May 2014

 Photograph by Alyssa Elliott, when I was 35 weeks pregnant with my youngest daughter, June.

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A Word For The Mamas’

Mama Bird

Motherhood exposes your weaknesses but also shows you what you’re made of. -Elle Rowley

Never forget that. You’re all amazing.

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June Rose: A Birth Story

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When I was pregnant with Eleanor, I couldn’t read enough birth stories. I especially loved the stories in Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I loved how the women in that book relied on and trusted their bodies to birth their babies. I always felt so empowered after reading their stories.  I read blogs about natural birth, I listened to Hypnobirthing CDs, and I prayed every night that I would be able to manage the pain and intensity of labor.

But, like most second-time moms, this time around I was lucky if I got even a page into a birth story before falling asleep at the end of the day…

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Maternity Shoot // Becoming Four

Baby #2

A few weeks ago my sweet and crazy-talented friend, Alyssa, took pictures of my family. I wanted to have this special time as a family of three captured before we become a family of four. She, of course, delivered… and then some. I have looked through them so many times now and still can’t seem to get through them with dry eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Alyssa, for the gift of these pictures. They are priceless, and I will treasure them forever.

We started the shoot in our home and then went to Sauvie Island for the rest of the shoot—two places we love so much and where we have shared some of our happiest, hardest, most intimate and life-changing times as a family.

I’m terrible at narrowing down favorites (especially when they’re this good!) so forgive the ridiculous amount of pictures you’re about to scroll through…

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Weekend Beach Day

Canon Beach

Canon Beach

We drove to the coast over the weekend since the weather was going to be so nice and because we were in need of a break from our everyday…dishes, laundry, chores, etc. And it did just the trick. It was revitalizing for our family and Eleanor was in H.E.A.V.E.N. I haven’t seen her so content in a long time (threenager). We feel so lucky to live just an hour and half away from this gorgeous place…

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