Heritage

2014/11/14

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During the last season of Mind of a Chef I feel in love with Sean Brock. Like a let’s be best friends and drink beer and cook kinda love. He is down to earth, an amazing chef, and mindful about each ingredient and where it comes from – without being pretentious. He recently released his first cookbook, Heritage. It features a mix of recipes from comfort food to high end restaurant along with background of how the dish came to be. I can’t wait to order up some Anson Mills and bring a taste of the South to the Midwest. What could be better than a warm bowl of grits on a cold winter morning?
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The Perfect Cardigan

2014/11/03

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A good cardigan is mandatory. Most women’s cardigans are too thin and short and small. They act more as an “i hate my arms” cover-up than the warm cozy layer they are supposed to be. So I look in the men’s department… or good stores that know what’s up (hello, everlane). I usually default to the thrift store for sweaters, cardigans and flannels. But this season I think I might spring for a new one. This white cardigan probably isn’t an option with a toddler… but man is it good. Thankfully it also comes in grey and navy. Couple other options…

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Dear Oskar // 13 Months

2014/10/21

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This one is a little late. Which makes sense, because at 13 months you turned into a wild child. You are on the move constantly. And not just crawling and cruising anymore, these days you are taking steps. Sometimes just a few off the couch heading for the dog and other times you run between your papa and I, flinging your body into our arms and laughing. There is a lot of laughing. You discovered how to make us laugh. It’s usually by doing something strange. Like holding your toe like a hook as I try to put your sock on. We laugh and you get a little smirk and do it again, this can go on for a while.

Along with all the laughing there have been more tears. You want to do so much all the time, and aren’t very happy with me when I suggest we do something different. Like when I suggest instead of crawling through the cat door into the disgusting laundry room with litter boxes, we play with your toys or read a book, you don’t always think that’s a good idea and express your aversion by laying on the ground and pounding your fists and feet… and sometimes your head. You are pretty dramatic, but it’s short lived. My passionate little buddy.

The flipside of those dramatics is your usual laid-back nature. You are such a joy to be around and a pretty chill bud. I love being able to take you anywhere and not worry. Sometimes you and I go out to lunch just the two of us and it always seems to take people by surprise. But I really enjoy this time with you, sharing a meal and people watching.

Sight: Oskar loves Yo Gabba Gabba. I know, he is probably too young for tv, but whatever. The kid dances his face off when it comes on and it’s wacky, tolerable, and has musical guests I’m familiar with.

Smell: We are trying these wipes. I like the insanely minimal ingredients, but they don’t come out of the package very easily.

Sound: His musical instruments are by far his favorite toys. He has been really loving the drum set he got for his birthday. And according to Nick he has perfect technique… great, I can live with two drummers!

Taste: I love these spinach cakes. They are so convenient and perfect for him to eat on his own. Plus they are packed full of spinach. I want to try to make these muffins too. Any tips on sugar replacements?

Touch: Any tips on how to keep socks and shoes on? He whips them off the second he’s put in the carseat. So far converse have worked well, but they take a while to put on… and I’m already missing one. I was thinking about getting some tights for winter to layer under leggings or pants.

Sweater Season

2014/10/14

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Time to stock up on your sweaters for Autumn. ShopBop is offering 25% off everything!

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Take Me To: Copenhagen

2014/10/05

Stay

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This apartment would be perfect for our little family. It comes loaded with a crib, toys, high chair, and a washer and dryer, making it so easy to pack light. Plus, it’s gorgeous… so there’s that.

See

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Take an evening stroll down the waterfront in Nyhavn.

Shop

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Wood Wood Museum is the outlet for the popular Danish brand. And according to this fun guide you can find Kenzo, Gitman and Opening Ceremony pieces at up to 70% off

Do

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Ride a bike everywhere! Definitely want to try out one of these awesome cargo bikes.

Eat

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Torvehallerne is the largest market in Copenhagen and it’s covered, so a great place in case of rain. You could grab lunch or pick up some fresh fish to cook back at your apartment.

Pack

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Cool comfy sneakers and a hip hat. Here’s a good tip on how to pack a hat.

Shelfie

2014/10/01

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We are in desperate need of storage over here. Many of our books and decorative items (pottery… tons of pottery) are still in boxes piled high in the garage. Since essentially one side of our home is glass (eeeeek! I know), we are limited on wall space. The solution is a badass built-in. The one above is from the most recent Domino magazine of Emily Henderson‘s house. I’ve seriously been counting down the days for this thing to be released so I could see that bad boy. I would love something with a combination of closed storage and open shelves, and bonus would be a built in desk area. Kind of like this. Here are some other shelving options.

 

Fred Hüning

2014/09/22

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Fred Hüning‘s photographs of his family and the story behind them are incredible.

Signature Look

2014/09/16

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There are people who have a look. Not just a style that is their own. A very specific part of them that never changes. Their trademark.  The same haircut, same glasses, even people who only wear one color. For almost 10 years I only wore white nail polish, but then I branched out and it was awesome, so many choices… too many choices, I still go back to a shade of white more often than not. Part of me wants to be that person, the “white nail polish girl,” the “curly hair with bangs girl,” it’s probably the same part of me that really enjoyed wearing a uniform to school. The other part of me gets bored and craves change. What type are you?

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Dear Oskar // One Year

2014/09/05

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They say you’re a toddler now. Although it’ll be hard for me to not think of you as a baby anymore, it’s probably more fitting since you’ve never been into the baby thing anyway. You are in-de-pe-nd-ent and always on the go. Patience will be key for all of us during this time as your body catches up to your brain. You want to feed yourself, but aren’t that good at it, so there are big messes… but messes can be cleaned. You want to read your flip books by yourself, but get too excited, so sometimes the flap rips off… but we can buy some tape. You want to move around, but sometimes you go too fast, so you fall on your face… but we can put down more rugs and get lots of bandaids. I will try my best to let you do things on your own so you can learn and grow, and hopefully we can get through with minimal damage.

The subtitle of this post should be “what is that?” It is all you say. And you say it 500 times a day while pointing at different objects. Now in different ways… what’s that, what is that, what is it, whats this. The ‘that’ has gotten really long and drawn out. I spend the majority of my days saying “dog. fan. light. fan. still the fan. light switch. that’s the fan again.” (maybe this means we’ll escape the classic “why?” stage… probably not)

I couldn’t possibly explain how amazing this past year has been. It’s almost as if your one year mark is my one year mark as well. Like there was no before. This past year seems to have gone so quickly, yet so much happened. You went from a black and white photo that people told me was a picture of the inside of my enormous belly to a smiling, head banging, busy little boy.

This weekend we head to Wheatland. Your first festival. You won’t remember this or anything from your first year. But hopefully this sets the foundation of being a family and doing things together.

Sight: Oskar loves reading books all by himself. He looks back and forth and turns the pages while babbling away. Its painfully cute. Some favorites of late are Bobby Bear’s ABC, A Book of Sleep, and Happy Baby ABC.

Smell: We use disposable diapers at night and just tried this brand. I love them. Natural, no leaks, and no rash. And for wipes I want to try these.

Sound: Finally tried a sound machine app over the weekend while we were staying at my mother-in-laws. His cousins were also in town and the naps weren’t lasting very long. We played brown noise from some website on computer speakers. Seemed to do the trick!

Taste: We’re getting crazy over here. Oskar drank milk over the week and ate a scrambled egg for dinner last night.

Touch: He’s not walking on his own yet. But he may be the fastest crawler around. The knees of his pants are really taking a beating.

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Dear Oskar // 11 Months

2014/08/12

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No one seems to want to acknowledge that you are 11 months, it is always “almost 1.” Which yes, this is true, you are almost one year old, but I don’t want this month to be a countdown. I want to celebrate THIS month and THIS age. Alright, alright… I may be a little sensitive about the upcoming birthday, but you have a few weeks of 11 months left, so lets focus on that and forget about all that mushy mumbo jumbo I’ll end up writing next month.

You point at everything saying “whasat” and sometimes “whasis” so I’m obviously convinced you mean “what is that?” and “what is this?” You like your toys just fine, but they are no match for your dad’s phone charger and Mischa’s water bowl. Thankfully, these two things have not been played with together. But you’re quick and I’m often distracted, so it’s only a matter of time.

There is a lot of walking with your IKEA cart, giving kisses, screaming as the cat runs by, and annoying the dog. We take a walk every morning and often see deer, and recently the baby deer. It’s so exciting when you spot them all by yourself and get really excited.

You are a wild child, Oskar. Your smiles and silliness make up for the exhaustion and chaos. Being a work at home mama is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but anytime I feel like it’s all too much I think about how lucky I am to spend my days with you… and then I look into halfday daycare.

Sight: Sometimes I let Oskar join me in watching my guilty pleasure…. So You Think You Can Dance.

Smell: When we use disposables, I’ve been using these wipes. I really like how soft and not overly soapy they are.

Sound: Loves playing his xylophone and turns everything and anything into a drum, just like his dad.

Taste: Watch out, this kid wants to steal your snacks. Pretzels, veggie chips, whatever it is, Oskar wants it.

Touch: The past few nights I’ve noticed as Oskar lays down to sleep he grabs and cuddles his blanket, it’s so sweet.

 

 

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