Friday, August 22, 2014

fall picks for a baby boy

I've been working on a wardrobe for baby boy since before Birdie was born. Since we didn't find out the sex during my first pregnancy I stocked up mainly on neutrals but bought a few things for a boy and a girl. Good thing I kept the boy things because well... here we are! However, now that we know when he will be joining our family I've started to slowly compile a seasonally appropriate wardrobe for him. I've been stocking up on cozy soft sweaters and tiny little hats. Of course for the first week he's going to be wearing nothing but white onsies (I learned that lesson with Birdie) but in the weeks and months after, as he starts to plump up, I've been finding cute things for him to sport (for the two minutes when he won't be swaddled or covered in spit up). 
I know I'm always looking for unique things (read - boy clothes that aren't covered in footballs, baseballs, or just a variation of blue) so I thought I would share some really adorable things I've come across. The price ranges are varied as are the stores (everything from Etsy to a British children's clothing store, which ships quite fast I might add!). 

P.S. If you've come across any unique shops or Etsy sellers please do share! I'm always looking for more! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

my go to lunch + favorite sandwich

I've probably been making a variation of this sandwich for years but just recently decided to give it a little makeover by switching out some ingredients in favor of healthier ones. I use sprouted bread instead of regular white bread (I recently discovered the brand you see below and it is incredibly delicious!), something like arugula or baby kale instead of lettuce, vegenaise instead of mayo and lastly I'm pretty much a slave to Applegate products at this point.
So it's pretty simple really (I know you're thinking DUH it's a sandwich!!) but just in case here is what I do:

Spread vegenaise on bread, add some cracked pepper, layer red onion and tomatoes, sprinkle a little salt on the tomatoes, put a slice of cheese on one side and the meat on the other and pop in the oven for five to ten minutes (temperatures between 375 and 400 work well). Take out the slices and put the arugula on top, slice and devour! 
If you're in a pinch you can always just toast the bread and follow all the same steps. It's just extra yummy if you can give the cheese a chance to melt.
I hate "cooking" for myself so this sandwich ensures that I still eat a good lunch (read - not a handful of chips and m&m's) and it doesn't take too long and doesn't create too big of a mess. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

parachute pants + genies in bottles

sunnies - warby parker, top & pants - anthro, clutch & shoes - target, bracelet - juicy

Let's be real - it's hard to feel pretty while pregnant and sexy? Well that is right out. But sometimes, for once, you want to pick aesthetics over comfort and for me that was our anniversary date this past weekend. Just this time I didn't want to wear a tent on top of my trusty maternity leggings. And wouldn't you know Anthro delivered and from the sale section!! Double score! I put the top on and instantly felt all princessy and like like just maybe I should get even curl my hair?!! And god bless non-maternity pants with stretchy waistbands! 
This outfit was a little different from my usual standby of stripes and black and white and it may verge a little bit on Christina Aguilera circa the "Genie in a Bottle" video (not gonna lie I totally made my mum buy me a pair of orange parachute pants thanks to that video) but it was SO fun! Now I'm trying to find a way to make every top in my closet work with these pants. 
And can I just say how nice it feels to have something new to wear for once?? I've been wearing the same three dresses and tops for months now. Obviously there's no point in buying maternity clothes now so that just translates into me not buying clothes period. Saves money but it's kind of boring at times. In case this isn't clear - I spend every waking minute daydreaming of all my NON- maternity outfits that I can wear come October. Oh to wear something with a waist...

Monday, August 18, 2014

six years

It goes by so fast. That's all we could think of this year as we celebrated six years of marriage. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were still in college and passing each other notes. It seems like it was just yesterday that I entered papa bear's phone number in my flip phone for the first time. It seems like it was just yesterday that my maid of honor zipped me into my white dress... And yet it wasn't. There is a toddler still wearing her pajamas running around with her yellow taxi cab car around the house to prove it and a strong little boy in my belly kicking away as usual. There's papa bear's wedding suit we came across during the move that no longer fits and gray hairs and fine lines that underscore the fact that no, it really wasn't just yesterday. 
There are memories good and bad (I like to call the bad ones "lessons") that will forever be seared into our minds that make up the puzzle that is our life together. We've seen a lot and done a lot over the course of six years together. We've moved four times, made two babies, had numerous jobs, grown a portly little dog, learned how to wield a drill (hooray! and thank you daddy for finally buying one for us and teaching us how to use it), dug each other out of snow banks during many a brutal winter at the cabin, learned patience and forgiveness, never forgotten how to laugh even when it seems like life isn't funny at all and accepted the facts that I will never finish what's in my glass whether it be diet coke or coffee and that papa bear will never make the bed properly. 
Last year was the really "significant" anniversary - five years. But I think this year feels more significant to both of us. This spring really tested us in ways that we've never experienced before and we cleaved to each other more than ever before. When everything else falls apart and you only have each other it bonds you in a way that feels... well, sublime. No one will truly understand what we went through other than papa bear and the resilience, courage and wisdom that he showed during that time made me love and respect him on an even deeper level. And so looking back I only feel gratitude for that time. 
I was having a conversation with a newly engaged loved one of mine and thinking back to those first years. They were tough, no doubt about it, but what made them tougher was that we had not yet formed the impenetrable team that we have now. When life tested us we suffered through it separately, often lashing out at each other in the process. We were on the windy and thorny path towards unity but we hadn't arrived yet and life frequently felt lonely and terrifying. And though life hasn't gotten any easier, in fact I would argue it's more stressful than it was back then, our bond and our deep understanding of each other's personalities and faults makes it easier to navigate those valleys. 
We certainly don't have it all figured out and life is a never ending journey full of unexpected joy and sorrow but we are a little more patient, a little kinder, a bit wiser and a lot more understanding. And for that I am thankful. My hope is only that we continue growing learning and making wonderful memories together. Everything else is just irrelevant.