Thursday, July 2, 2015

Currently: July Edition

The last time I shared a currently post was September and it was kind of fun to go back and see what's changed (and what hasn't)
  • Reading: I started"The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" - have you read it? I think Dr. Laura is brilliant. 
  • Reminiscing: I used to have a little baby. I'm not sure where he went but there is now a small child sleeping in his crib. 
  • Watching: I just listened to this keynote address from Alt Summit from Guy Kawasaki, the founder of Canva. If you do anything with social media or apply for jobs, its totally worth a watch. 
  • Using: I started Barre3's new online workouts two weeks ago. The first month is free and then its only $15 a month for access to all their online classes. I loved the price and the workouts are right up my alley (a mix of barre + yogas + pilates). My favorite is you can select how much tie you have and what part of your body you want to work and it searches through the workouts for you. 
  • Snacking: I experimented with our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe earlier this week and have been snacking on the leftovers ever since. We're gone through a bit more milk than usual at the moment ;) 
  • Finishing: Lincoln's nursery (finally) and the gallery wall for our office have been in the works for MONTHS. Its about time something in this home got finished. 
  • Catching Up: I love checking vine to see what Kenzie + Harris have been up to lately... plus the  youtube cover done my gorgeous friend is something else. 
  • Prepping: Right now I'm prepping things for this evening's consult (one of my favorite things to do!) and trying to get the house ready for visitors this weekend.
  • Wearing: This tee from Carrie Underwood's new athletic line is my new all-time favorite basic tee. I wish it came in more colors. 
^You can't tell, but he is grinning so very wide here :) 

^because eating fingers is more fun than taking pictures
^I should add a Listening to and it would be this little guy's giggles. I have a few of them on video and watch them regularly before we go to sleep :)

My friends at Shabby Apple sent over this fun dress for Lincoln's baby blessing two months ago (and my small victory is that when I put it on Sunday it was a bit too big <insert party emoji>). Lincoln's outfit is GAP via thredUP. My watch is from Daniel Wellington... and along with my wedding ring and a spare hair tie, it's the only accessory I wear regularly these days.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My People

from last night - 

This little family of mine is everything. I held Lincoln through his last nap today, just rocking in his nursery (with the curtains closed and the ocean noise app on) and stared at that perfect baby face. It made my heart so heavy - with grief, with fear, and with a bit of guilt.

Sometimes God's reminders that this life is temporary are painful. Sometimes they seem so unfair, almost cruel. My heart is a bit heavier, my cheeks more often wet, but I am reminded of a favorite quote from Corrie Ten Boon: "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." 

There are many good things in this life. There are some important things. And there are very few critical (eternal) things. I wonder why I bother sometimes with anything but the latter.

And so, at 8:20pm as I head off to bed I'm not complaining that I've been up since 2:45am with this baby....and as I look at these carefree pictures from Sunday evening, I'm committing to cherishing these two a bit more this week - because they are some of the few things that really matter.

^"no candids for me, mom"

Lincoln's romper: GAP via thredUP

P.S. Have you tried thredUP before? I've ordered a lot of Lincoln's clothes from there and just picked up a few summer things for me too. Its a used clothing site but the curators handpick everything so its all in "like-new" condition. Plus, they have a wide selection that are "new with tags." And free returns so there's nothing to worry about. If you haven't tried it before, here's $10 off your first order (which can get you a few baby items or a shirt). This isn't sponsored by thredUP - I just really like them. 

Chambray top: Sheinside, c/o (I've been wearing this with skirts, my joggers, and jeans lately)
denim: Lucky Brand
belt: GAP
watch: Daniel Wellington
sunglasses: J.Crew Factory 

Friday, June 26, 2015

First Father's Day

This post is sponsored by Target.

Friday again? Please and thank you. Last weekend during our marathon 'celebrate my husband' with back to back first Father's Day and birthday, I put together a few things for us to snack on that would be perfect for 4th of July entertaining. It is always fun to have little things to celebrate with my two favorite people although, I'm looking forward to the days when Lincoln actually remembers any of it ;) And after this week, there will be posts on things other than celebrating Ben, promise.

The biggest hit of the weekend was this simple strawberry lemonade. Ben has a thing for strawberry lemonade and while I like it, I'm not a fan of fresh strawberries so putting it together was a labor of love. I just picked up a bottle of organic lemonade at Target along with some fresh fruit, cut up the strawberries and some lemons (but those were mostly for show), and let it all sit for an hour so the flavor really stuck. I'm excited to try this with other fruit throughout the summer because it was so easy (maybe blueberries AND strawberries for the fourth of July??).
^I keep a stash of these striped Target straws on hand because they make any drink feel special (we have quite a few colors at this point)
^in all the lemonade making commotion this guy decided it was time to try solids for the first time! And by that I mean Dad let him try some of the lemon (not the lemonade - just the lemon) and his face was priceless.
^More of the weekend snacking - I love using toothpicks for cut-up fruit so I don't have to have silverware out (and I can just throw them away and not have to wash any more dishes). It also makes it easy to snack on over the course of an afternoon without having to keep track of which fork is yours and always needing to get a new plate.
^fruit salsa, mango lemonade, fruit leather .... I guess it's pretty obvious we were celebrating the fruit lover in the family ;) P.S. I’ve been a huge fan of the Target “Simply Balanced” and “Archer Farms” brands for a few years now so I’m not sure why this was my first time picking up their chocolate covered almonds and lemonade (the rest of the stuff we’ve had before). I’m not sure Ben got very many of those almonds this weekend….#whoops  

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