this urban princess runs around a concrete jungle day in & day out. her daddy is her prince. but they are friends with dragons. she believes in fairy tales, and swears she always will. she loves to dance under the stars. she hosts tea parties and invites all her dolls & sometimes even the cookie monster. she picks flowers. and sometimes eats them. she twirls. she giggles. she gives herself kisses in windows and says “i madison.” she thinks the rain is funny. she sings songs and her smile melts my heart. she is fearless and curious and wild. i hope that all her dreams come true.
i tell my daughter every single day she’s pretty. I want her to know this. I want her to love every single hair on her head, and know that everything she will someday see as an imperfection, I will always view as flawless. I don’t want her to get too caught up on what she thinks she ‘should’ look like. I want her to love herself. and I don’t just want her to actually BE pretty I want her to FEEL pretty. always. I want her to be confident but not side on arrogant. I hope that she will enjoy being a girl, not feel that she is expected to do things a certain way. I don’t want her to ever feel prejudged based on her looks. I want her to go easy on herself. we are, after all, our own worst critic. and I want the man that she will inevitably fall in love with someday to tell her she is beautiful every single day also, for me, because at a certain point I realize my words won’t mean as much to her as they do now. I want him to love every imperfection the way that I do. to see her flawlessly. because at a certain point, his validation will be everything to her. not mine. so for now, I want to fill her head with so much love that when we reach that point, she will have such a friendship with herself that she will be strong & confident. I want her to do all the things I can not seem to do for myself. I want her to be better than me. and I want to start following my own mother’s advice. to be kinder to myself. to realize I’ve had a baby & I’ve reached 30 & that time will creep up on us even if we aren’t ready for it. and to know that she still loves every single hair on my head. that she will always be my one constant. and that if I ever have a doubt in my head about my worth, or if I am down on myself, she is there to pull me out of it. there isn’t another relationship in the world, like the one you share with your mother. and so I hope that my baby girl hears that she is pretty & loved just a little TOO much, so that it sticks. so that it becomes second nature for her. so that she loves herself completely & entirely. and that she knows she is so very worthy of this.
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i have become an crazy coffee drinker over the years. I remember not understanding why my parents guzzled down so many cups of that dark bitter liquid and i tried it once only to gag & never make the mistake again. however, after joining the ‘real world’ and now having a baby, I have a better understanding & a greater appreciation of the caffeine packed magic drink. i have 1-2 cups a day now (sometimes 3… terrible I know) and my keurig mini coffee maker is probably the most functional gift that Brian has ever gotten me. it’s probably mad at me for using it so often. and we have standard white. they didn’t have all the fun colors that they have now!!! i want to get a new one in pink for my office. my latest k-cup obsession is the cinnabon coffee, I mean really?! it’s delicious. & you can currently save $2 on any k-cup beverage pack with code AUGSAVE. but where was I going with this?! oh yeah — one of my favorite engagement / wedding gifts for couples is a set of coffee mugs or tea cups. these adorable sets would be a great gift for any duo. so if you know some engaged coffee fiends check these out.
1.) good morning beautiful/handsome mugs 2.) I love you/I know mugs 3.) hubs/wifey mugs 4.) mustache/kiss mugs 5.) monogram mugs 6.) monogram mugs 7.) bride/groom cup + saucer set 8.) wifey/hugs mugs 9.) I do/me too mugs 10.) mr./mrs. vintage teacups 11.) mrs. fancy pants/mr. handsome mugs
then comes a baby in a baby carriage, but lets back up. to marriage. i absolutely ADORE weddings. everything about them. the engagement stories, the rings, the planning, the showers, the bachelorette parties, the details, the DRESS, the ceremony readings, the kiss, the first dance songs, the photo-booths, the champagne & all the love you can feel radiating between the bride & groom. & brian and I have had the privilege in sharing in so many of our friends wedding days near & far over the years. we have had some of the best nights ever celebrating with all of you and we are honored to have been able to be present at 15 of them and in 8 over the past 3 years. and to everyone’s we missed, you know we wished we could have been there.
we have two more big ones coming up (and then I see a decline in weddings and an incline in baby showers…) but
1.) my big brother’s in August and
2.) two of our very best friends Jackie & Delia recently got engaged
these two weddings will be close to my heart & have the whole wedding craze back on my brain again!! if you’re in the same boat as us & are looking for great gifts for brides (grooms this means you too…), here are my favorites!
1. wifey tee 2. taken bracelet 3. Mrs pouch 4. wifey mug 5. wifey tumbler 6. Mrs. slouchy tee 7. coffee mugs 8. Mrs. trucker hat 9. monogram ring dish 10. gold monogram necklace 11. I f’n love you candle 12. wifey phone case
slyfox threads is a fashion forward, durable and practical, way to keep you baby dry and free from drool. as part of my MOMS SUPPORTING MOMS initiative I wanted to introduce everyone to this brand. The founder, Hannah, is a mother of two who said the company was born accidentally ‘but its the kind of accident that you are so happy to have.’ she was like most of us moms on the search for something unique yet reasonable. we want our kids to be cute, but not impractical. I love her designs (and she designs for adults as well) and I hope you do too. below are some of my other slyfox threads favorites! there is also currently a $10 sale going on as well – you can’t beat that!
i love the city in the early morning. around 6am is the best time. the streets are empty, and so are the sidewalks for the most part. you don’t get to see it like that very often. where the usual hustle is replaced with stillness. it’s my favorite time of day around here. the bagels don’t need to be heated. they are fresh from the oven. the coffee always tastes better from the first pot of the day. and i can think. lately i have needed this time to myself to gather up my energy for the day. to walk head first into the chaos that is my life & my city. i used to sleep in. i used to calculate in my head the least amount of time possible i would need to get dressed & get to work without looking like a total train wreck. i will not wash my hair, and go top knot today + that dress on the back of the door + my flip-flops + no coffee today, i can make it in 25 minutes, so i will get up at 8:20… but not anymore, i set the alarm at 6am most everyday now & i lace up my sneakers & i run (or walk) and i take some time for me. if i could give any advice to new mamas it would be to take time for yourself. however you need to get yourself ready for each & every day. because new obstacles are going to come your way daily now. juggling work & family & friends along with a toddler can be a very difficult thing. i often find myself wondering if what i think is balance really isn’t. am i doing enough in each category of my life? or is my head shifting from one thing to the next so much that i am not fully present in any? i’m not sure. that’s my answer to a lot of things. but i do know that i am trying. and the city at 6am calms me. here’s to hoping i find a better sense of balance in the near future & here’s to always knowing that I may be confused… but I can at least be cute (I mean check out these sneaks!!!)
Nike Free 5.0+ / Heidi Klum for New Balance 420 / Heidi Klum for New Balance 420 / Nike Free 3.0 V5 / Jcrew for Nike Air Pegasus ’83 / Asics Gel Super J33 / Nike Internationalist / Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield / Nike Free Flyknit 4.0
last night while sitting on the couch brian looked over & said that he couldn’t believe how fast Madison became a little person. not a baby anymore, but an opinionated, fully functioning, hilarious, tiny human being. everyone always told us it would go fast, and there were days when I WISHED it would, but you really don’t realize it until it happens. at 18 months baby girl, you have become a mimicker. copying everything that we do. if we yawn, cough or sneeze, you will do the same. you saw me & your grandma chewing gum & began to make that motion as well. watching you learn is as amazing as it is hilarious. it’s almost as if I can see the tiny wheels of your brain processing. you are a lover of applesauce, karaoke, dancing, baby dolls, pizza & being tickled. you also love the bath & never want to get out. you don’t mind wet hair & pruny skin as long as you get bubbles & to splash. you are outgrowing your carrier so fast, and I am missing carrying you around pressed to me as often as I used to. you love to wear hats, but not hair bows. you play beep beep on everyone’s nose & you give high fives to strangers. you have also started your terrible twos a little early & your tantrums are escalating lately. you hate the word “no” and love the word “mine.” we are trying to teach you to share, but you are reluctant to participate in our enthusiasm. you do not like pink ombre rainbow cakes that mommy & grandma slaved over 3 hours to make (in fact it makes you cry when you see them/ 1st birthday cake smash trauma I assume ) but you love ice cream. you are a wonderful sleeper, usually 9-9. your daddy & I thank you for that. you are 25 pounds and wear a size 4 shoe. little foot. I love your giggle & your determination. you are everything. happy 1/2 birthday sweet pea (sorry I am a little late)
HOOOORAY for grandparents!! that’s how I feel right now. Madison was lucky enough to get to spend a very full weekend with my parents showing them her city. I think she wore them out but in a very good way. seeing them together makes me happy. and also sad that they can’t see each other more often. it really makes you cherish every little moment. every smile she sends their way & every hug they get to have from her. I am so grateful that we are blessed enough to be able to travel as often as we do to see the people that we love.
& I am also excited to offer a giveaway today including two of my favorite shops! we love to shop small & we love unique one of a kind items. visit my instagram for a chance to win an embrace messy hair tank + a pair of any baby or toddler shorts from sweet lucy jack! my little tomboy clearly shows that this outfit can be gender neutral :)
happy Monday!!! it’s so hard to be back at work after a long weekend. it’s brutal. but I wanted to introduce you to sweet lola kids swimwear. friends for a decade, Sweet Lola is the creation between Jennifer and Melissa. They wanted to start a clothing line that would be able to give back to underprivileged children around the world. in 2010 their dream came true. Proceeds are donated to children advocate organizations for every item sold. so you can feel good about shopping their items (as if you needed another reason to shop)!!! plus the swimwear is adorable. happy shopping!