Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Mint Julep + My New Favorite Cardigan.

Last week, the sweet ladies over at The Mint Julep Boutique reached out and asked me to review one of their pieces. I fell in love with a lot of their clothes-like this maxi skirt, this cardigan, and this scarf-but finally I decided on this red cardigan because I never have enough cardigans and loved this red color.

When I got it in the mail, I fell in love with it. It's comfy, long, and super easy to throw in my bag. I've worn it twice already-once to the zoo and the other time to a cookout-and I can definitely see it becoming my go-to for the fall. If you haven't checked out their site, do. They have a lot of great options and the prices are really reasonable. Perfect for a Mama on a budget. 

And PS-I'm not a fashion blogger at all and these pictures were hilarious to take because I felt so incredibly awkward the whole time, so don't judge. Or do. I don't mind.  I don't know how fashion bloggers look so effortless in their photos, but major props to you, ladies and to my son who can strike a pose better than his Mama. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fact: Some Weeks Are Hard.

Last week was hard. At 22-months, Sawyer started going through the terrible twos, so there was a lot of tantrums, time-outs, and crying. I also wasn't feeling that great and to top it all off, Z was out of town. I hit a really low point and was at my wits end by Tuesday. By Thursday, there wasn't one day where I hadn't felt frustrated with Sawyer, exhausted beyond belief, or felt anger towards Z's job. It was only one week--not even that--that'd been hard, but it just seemed like I couldn't get a break.

This week-and even last weekend--have been so much better. We started last weekend off with a thing called, Supper Club. Last fall, I read a book called, Bread and Wine and it quickly became a favorite within my circle of girlfriends.  If you haven't read it, do. It's a great look at how we can form community in our own homes and how to share life with the ones we love. This is one of my favorite quotes from the book and actually sums it up better than I can:

People aren't longing to be impressed; they are longing to feel like they're home. If you create a space full of love and character and creativity and soul, they'll take off their shoes and curl up with gratitude."

After reading the book, a few of us had an idea for a supper club. Something the author also does. Ours involves 3 other couples and we all meet once a month for supper. We usually all bring a dish and spend the night laughing and hanging out around the table. Last Friday was supper club and it was the perfect way to unwind from our hectic week. I love forming community with these people and having friends that I can count on and grow with during this chapter of our lives.

To make the week more sweet, my Mom came up on Sunday night. She'll be here until tomorrow and its been so nice to have someone else here so I can get things done or take little sanity breaks like getting my haircut or going out with girlfriends for DC's Restaurant Week.

Last night after grabbing dinner with my friends, I went up the stairs and mentally started thanking God for things. The list came pouring out. I thanked him for my health, Z's health, our son, our house, our friends, the ability to go to dinner with friends, and on and on it seemed to go as I continued to get ready for bed. I-and everyone else- have so many things to be thankful for and the trick-I think- is to not let those bad weeks, days, months or moments bog as down for longer than they should. I'm trying for this and hopefully at the next tantrum, I can start this list all over again.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kindness of a Stranger

Quick story that I want to remember. Today, Sawyer and I were walking around Faneuil Hall-or really he was running around trying to catch the pigeons-when he tripped and fell on one of the uprooted bricks. He started crying and I quickly went over to pick him up for a kiss and a cuddle. A sweet couple came over with a stuffed bubble bee and started "buzzing" it around him to distract him from crying. He stopped, smiled and then the couple gave us the bee. Since then, he's been carrying it nonstop and "buzzing" it around our hotel room. This is the second time in 2 weeks a stranger has been so good to us. Its been such a reminder for me to pass it on in the upcoming weeks because both of these small acts really brightened up both of our days.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Attract What You Expect.

Loved this thought for today. Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, July 28, 2014


Happy Monday! We're in Boston this week and it's a trip that I didn't know how much I needed until this weekend. Z will be busy working these next few days, but my days will be free and open. I'll be out exploring with Sawyer and there won't be any agendas` or no rushing or errands or  obligations. Things that I seem to get caught up in whenever we're at home. So this week, I'll be reading during his nap-time and enjoying playing with him when he's awake.

I've noticed this summer just how fast time flies. Sawyer is now talking and has opinions on what he likes, what he doesn't, and what he wants. He likes to jump and he is pointing at every park or bus he can find. This whole time, I can't help but think about last summer-just a short 12 months ago-when he was being carried around in Spain and his only trick was being able to give high fives or waving. Seeing how fast he's grown and how quickly he's learned, now all I want him to do is to stay here in this moment because I think we all are enjoying it so much.

It feels good to be so content in this period of life. To feel so okay in what I have, what Z and I's goals are, and how much we enjoying this time with Sawyer. I really like how we've settled into our roles and how there isn't any more rushing or trying to figure it all out. This is in stark contrast to when I just became a Mom and learning how to adjust to a self-less life could be so frustrating and hard at times.

So to celebrate this summer-or really the end of this summer-I'll be coloring our driveway with chalk, swimming with Sawyer in the pool, and being just as excited whenever Sawyer points out a bus, taxi, or boat. This is my blessing and where I'm supposed to be.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

112 Weddings.

I loved watching this marriage documentary on this weekend. I thought the film was a real, honest and refreshing look on marriage and how bittersweet and challenging it can sometimes be. For me, I was so glad that I watched it with Z because it brought up a lot of questions and comments about the couples and how they related to our own experiences and ideas on marriage. I thought it was greatand a must see.

Z and I watched it on HBO, but I'm sure you can find it other places as well.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Quick Trip To NYC

This Tuesday, Sawyer and I flew up to New York to spend time with a few friends and also to hang out with Z. Its been such a great trip with Sawyer. He's enthusiastically pointed out every taxi, bus, and truck, so he's been nonstop yelling, "Mom! Bus! Beep beep! Truck!". Aside from Sawyer's obvious enjoyment, the trip's been great--it's been sunny and having all 3 meals with Z has been amazing. Plus, getting to catch up with friends from California has been such a breath of fresh air. 

Since we've been here, I haven't looked at my phone all that much. We've just been too busy, so I don't have a lot of pictures of our NYC adventures, but some of fun things that we've done so far are:

Dylan's Candy Bar: We went yesterday afternoon with a girlfriend and Sawyer got to pick out candies for his Dad. Aside from the 3 floors of candy, he also spotted some stuffed bunnies that he absolutely had to have. 

Central Park: Yesterday, a girlfriend and I walked for 3 hours through Central Park. I got a much needed workout, Sawyer got to see some turtles and ducks and I got to meet my sweet friend's new babe. It was heaven.

Dishes: We met Zach and a friend for lunch at dishes, which is a salad, sandwich, and hot bar place with great food that is all been made from scratch.  I loved their fresh juices and my applewood chicken sandwich was delicious. The only downside was that it was incredibly crowded, which was a little frustrating, but not the biggest of deals.

Angelos Pizza: A girlfriend recommended Angelos to us, so after picking Z up from work we walked over. Once I got there, I had realized I had been there before! The service was still great and the pizza came over within 10 minutes, which was perfect when your toddler doesn't like waiting. 

And a favorite moment from the trip was last night at dinner Sawyer started to act up and a few minutes later a little boy cautiously walked over to our table holding a Superman doll. He handed it to Sawyer and said, "He can have this." We said, "Are you sure? Don't you want it?" The little boy shook his head no and then his Dad walked over and said, "When I picked him up today, he said he wanted to get a toy and give it to the next child we saw that didn't have one." So sweet. People can be so awesome sometimes.

(L: The Superman doll R: Sawyer's been waving at everyone passing by, but sadly most people are in a hurry here and haven't noticed except for the sweet construction worker on 65th who waved back.)
Tomorrow, we head to Boston to spend time with Z's aunt and uncle and with Z for the week before heading home. Hopefully, I'll be better at taking more pictures then. 

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