slainte! our irish family loves st. patricks day. this isn’t a shocker i’m sure. brian & i even visited Ireland a few years ago & i feel like we left a part of ourselves there. it’s a magical country, minus the food… i think the cooks must always be in the sauce. forgetting ingredients is my guess. & although our typical st paddy’s celebration around here has been slightly tamed now as parents, we still enjoy a cold green beer (or two) at the pier with the emerald society, listening to shilelagh law, wearing green & pinching anyone who doesn’t. we will pass along this irish tradition to our daughter (she can have green milk). & here are some of my favorite st. paddy’s day styles for your little.
for your little miss
for your little mister
& to do lists. & notes. & doodles. & plans. & dreams. i needed a space to collect my world. i had post its, iphone reminders, desktop memos, saved pictures of text messages, you name it. it was clutter & it was chaos & i needed to organize the mess. so i invested in a new notebook. it’s been awhile since i have written in a “journal.” but it feels good. it’s part work & part personal. but it’s all in one glorious spot!! it gives me pleasure to know that everything is in there & organized // at the same time it gives me pure anxiety that i will lose it. it is pink. it says ‘eat cake for breakfast’ in gold foil. if you come across it in the snow nyc, please send it back to me. because i will be freaking out over here if you find it.
all this being said i wanted to share some of my favorite journal sites with you. my next one will most certainly be from may designs. you can design it yourself & personalize the cover. you can also customize the inside according to your needs (be in a yearly planner, a journal, a wedding diary, baby diary, lined or unlined, a children’s notebook, etc.). minted has also gotten into this market of personalized journals. me likey.
who replaced her with this running, climbing, exploring little girl. seriously. she’s so big. like she gets on & off the couch by herself…. WHAT? i thought i had more time. she now decides when she will do something & for how long. or when she will not do something. she tests us, already. she knows the word ‘no’ but her darting eyes make me also realize she knows the word ‘defiant.’ she is a firecracker. she has a little bit of her mama in her. she looks around for us before she does something she is not supposed to. she is smart. everyone says this about their child i know. but if you’ve ever read this blog, or know me personally, you know i am a straight shooter. i’d say she was dumb as rocks, if she was (just like how i talk about her unfortunate receding hairline). but she’s not. i can almost see the wheels turning in there. the thought process. which is something magical about children. you can almost see how the brain works. how each piece works & unfolds. we have also progressed from my last post about baby signing. she now signs 4 words: milk, drink, more & all-done. she also knows & responds to many more but those she clearly uses her signs for. verbal words include: mama, dada, us (for gus) & hi. she says hi over & over & over. she loves strangers. we will have to work on that. but every day she learns something new & surprises me. i just don’t understand where the past year went. next thing i know she’s going to be teaching me math (that literally isn’t that far away with the math skills i posses). but the one thing i am looking forward to in regards to her growth is the clothes! heavens to betsy the clothes! baby girl clothes are cute yes but they’re so hard to display correctly with the diapers & the non walking etc. & the appreciation for shoes is only just beginning. TODDLER girl clothes, now we’re talking! when she can fit into crewcuts… oh lawd her daddy is in trouble. here are some of my favorites that i may or may not have already purchased for miss madison.
i’ve never really been into new year resolutions. nobody ever seems to follow through with them once they claim that cursed title. & they have also become so secular. i haven’t wanted to join the drones at the gym who flood in during january in their new lululemon gear & sneakers & dwindle away by mid march. because the premise behind making resolutions is supposed to be more than that. it is a promise to be better. to perform small acts of kindness or focus on self improvement in a global sense. i should be larger than yourself. & this year i just really want to get behind a resolution that means something & follow through with it. i want to make sure that the goals i set for myself from here on out are bigger than just me. that they can make an impact. so i have decided that in 2014 once a week i am going to ‘pay it forward’ & perform a random act of grace. i am not going to set parameters. i will see where the project takes me & i will see where it takes others. i am eager for this. i need something to fill this void that i often carry around in my heart that tells me i should be doing more. that life exists outside of my bubble. that my bubble is in fact quite small. it is miniscule in the greater scheme of things. & i am also going to document this experience under the hashtag #randomactsofgrace. i urge you to participate with me & share your experiences. & see how grace can change the world. how it can change our own hearts.
well ain’t that the truth!? no matter what you do, people will still always stare. something will be too tight, too loose, too sparkly, not sparkly enough, too short, too long, too crazy, too boring. people will always have their opinions. but it’s been my philosophy to give them all something to talk about & apparently mr. harry winston agrees. although we can’t all afford to sparkle quite the way he does can we? that’s okay, we don’t need to! chloe + isabel is an online jewelry boutique that offers the greatest fashion at a gracious price. you can now sparkle with the best of them, & these pieces will leave everyone asking where oh where you purchase such lovely gems?!
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