Nothing like time outside (…and near water, it’s HOT in Austin!) to help revive my soul during the monotony of quarantine life. The days seem to blend together when we are doing the same thing day in and day out, which is why a morning at the lake was exactly what we needed this week. Plus, it felt SO good to throw on a bikini (this one is seriously amazing) and just let my belly soak up some much needed sunshine…and probably the rest of my body, too, ha! Anyone notice that shorts tan? 😉
First off, a big slow clap to all the amazing dads out there! Father’s Day is around the corner and in our family, Blake sure is deserving of a day dedicated to celebrating HIM! To help prep for this special day, I’ve asked our favorite guy to share 10 “Blake-approved” gift ideas! These range in price from $25 to $200, but most are on the more affordable end. We hope you find something extra special for the dads in your life! read more
Anyone else loving the tie dye trend lately? From cozy oversized sweatshirts, to cute little crop tops (I ordered this one for post-pregnancy, it’s adorable + the reviews are awesome) and comfy lounge pants and accessories (those bandanas!), tie dye is having a moment and I am here for it. Urban Outfitters has a killer selection of tie dye options, so I wanted to share some of my favorites for y’all to scope out and enjoy…
Ohh these precious moments at home! We have LIVED on our back patio since the quarantine began. If Jude could stay outside aaaall day, I’m pretty sure he would, ha. We’ve been lucky to have mild summer weather lately, which means it’s the perfect time to throw on a breezy linen dress and do a little gardening. Blake finished up the vegetable planters at the very edge of our backyard, and I’ve had fun keeping the plants on our patio hydrated and thriving. Also…I never knew just how entertaining a watering pale is to a 15 month old…Jude is in HEAVEN! That big gummy smile was killing us! Though we’ve got our ups and downs like everyone else during our stay-at-home time, we sure are soaking up this time with our little man…and making memories like these sure fills my heart!
How would I describe my first year as a mother? Transformative. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I have changed more in one year than in my 29 years before. No book, TV show, blog post or anything in between could have prepared me for what this first year has taught me. A piece of my heart now lives outside of my body. My capacity to love has deepened to a level I didn’t know existed…and that makes me feel both completely exposed and vulnerable, and yet confident and fearless. This new love is fragile because it’s so pure, and yet it has provided a new sense of purpose that feels solid and sound. It’s as if I’d been floating before but now I’m grounded, running full force ahead, living for someone and something other than myself. In one year, my mind, soul and body have transformed into another self that existed within me…that self being, “mom.” Learning who you are as a mother is a completely new side that doesn’t exist until you become one. It’s something to be felt, learned and grown into…with lots of unexpected hills and valleys along the way.
Hello friends, how are you holding up these days? We’re into week four of shelter in place here in Austin, and I’ll admit, some days I am happy and positive, and other days (…er, other hours!), I am down in the dumps and feeling the weight of our current reality. I hope no matter what your circumstances, you’re able to find some sort of relief with self-care during this uncertain time…
While we’re all practicing safe social distancing at home, some of us are turning to favorite movies and mind-numbing reality TV. Some of us are stress baking (and stress eating), or taking up knitting, or, possibly, scrolling through Twitter trying to catch up with the absolute worst news just to feel in control. (Some of us are doing all of these.) We are all dealing in different ways. I’m here to encourage you to read.
Sometimes a book finds you at the perfect time. It really feels that way, like it finds you.
Hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve done just a good ‘ol outfit post…no baby on my hip, wearing something that makes me feel wonderful and that I am excited to share with y’all, too. I am 95% mom and 5% blogger these days, and I’m not sure what my work/mom life will look like once baby number two is here, but for now I am embracing that 5% of time to jump on my computer and answer emails or just have some time to myself (…likely doing laundry…let’s be honest, ha!). About a month ago (before the quarantine and before so much in the world was uncertain and heavy), I met up with my friend and photographerAnna Szczekutowicz to grab coffee and catch up on life and shoot a few looks I’ve been loving lately. I felt pretty nervous and rusty getting back in front of a camera in the way I used to. I forgot how vulnerable it can feel…it’s been so long! Anna is so great though and helps direct and find flattering angles…I know when she sends me the photos I don’t need to be nervous to click “open.” Plus, there are a handful of new pieces I’ve been wearing so much lately that I’ve really wanting to share with y’all. (This tee shirt dress is one of them!).
For basically four years of my life, I will have been pregnant or nursing…counting this pregnancy and upcoming postpartum life, too. That is a lot of time nourishing a baby – whether inside or outside of my body! I remember when I found out I was pregnant with baby number two and I was in the full swing of nursing Jude (he was nine months old at the time – we ended up switching to formula when he was 10.5 months). Suddenly, my body needed to sustain keeping two babies thriving…while also keeping myself healthy!
I say it time and time again, women truly are real life superheroes…just look at what our bodies can do! But while eating my greens and keeping up with my water intake is great (and sleeping well…and getting daily exercise…the list goes on and on), right now it’s essential for me to take a prenatal vitamin with key nutrients for both baby and me.
Our current routine: wake up, hang at home, take Jude on a walk outside, come back home, eat dinner, bath time, bedtime, repeat. We’re taking this social distancing thing very seriously, with small outings here and there to pick up the necessities (our toilet paper search finally ended today, thankfully! Phew, that stuff was tough to find!). In the midst of the caution and stillness, we’re all itching for some fresh air. Whether that be in the form of sitting on our back porch and sipping morning coffee, going for a stroll around the block or hiking through the local greenbelt. Now more than ever, we are cherishing those short bouts of time outside. (And of course, making sure we’re not in close contact with others while doing so).