Dear Oskar // 9 Months

2014/06/03

20140603-194339-71019405.jpgOh buddy, you are one wiggly wild little man. The days of me getting anything done while you’re awake are on the verge of over, but that’s ok, I hate cleaning anyway. Your army crawl has quickened and you can now pull yourself up onto things, like the glass topped coffee table on castors (a.k.a. extreme face basher). You are shy and observant around strangers or in new places, but at home you loudly chat away. “Tickletagot” was your new favorite word for a while but lately it seems to be reserved for when you are reading.

We took our first family trip to the zoo and boy was it interesting. We started the trip out seeing the polar bears swim, but you were mostly distracted by the screaming kids. You get upset when other kids scream or cry. I love the idea of going to the zoo, seeing these beautiful creatures in person and reading about each one. But once there I am immediately faced with guilt. The orangoutangs really set it in this time, I watched as a family in front of us repeatedly rammed their stroller into the glass trying to get the perfect picture with the sleepy guy leaning on the glass. I’m sure he is well taken care of and loved by his keepers, but it still makes me feel uncomfortable. I’ll do some zoo research before (if) we take another trip and when you’re older we’ll talk about it.

You are determined, sweet, funny, sensitive, strange and so loved. This is going to be a great summer and I can’t believe it will end with your first birthday. Slow down child!

Sight: Peek-A Who? is a favorite around here. And one of the only things that can keep him on his back during a diaper change.

Smell: Our rain forest of a backyard is in full effect. I like to take Oskar around to smell the different flowers that have bloomed.

Sound: Dance machine. He love to bounce, rock, and clap to music. It’s so fun to watch him react when a song comes on that he particularly likes.

Taste: My boy loves food, just like his mama. He loves munching on a chunk of baguette or croissant and just recently began to suck down a squeeze packet in record time.

Touch: He literally wants to touch everything all the time.

Linen Love

2014/05/29

show_grid_2379-2 show_grid_2265_5

Summer has arrived. Our frigid winter has been replaced with muggy warmth and rain. I love it! Sleeping with the window open, listening to a storm and waking up to a rain forest of birds. The only thing that could possibly make this better is a bed of linen sheets… and maybe a baby that sleeps through the night, but I digress…

I have been on the hunt for a set of beautiful linen sheets and a duvet or coverlet, there are quite a few great options, but none too cheap. I have a feeling I’ll love them and it may be worth the investment. Have you slept on linen? Is it worth it?

Some Options: 1 (shown above) | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

 

Memorial Weekend

2014/05/21

shrimpboil2shrimpboil

My ideal way to kick off the summer is with a good ole backyard celebration. Wouldn’t it be fun to spice it up a bit, swap out the hotdogs for shrimp, make a big pitcher of a new cocktail, throw on a comfortable jumpsuit and dare I say… a pair of birks (come on, I live in Ann Arbor, what do you want). I don’t know about you, but I’m ready  break out the lawn games and summer jams. What are your plans for this holiday weekend?

 

Weekend in Chicago

2014/05/12

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Spent the weekend in Chicago with these handsome fellas! We left early Friday so I never got a chance to post the five senses for friday. So I figured I would do a recap of our weekend in that style. I still haven’t found my “real” camera cord so these are just pictures from my phone. It was a great weekend. The weather was amazing and Oskar was the perfect traveler all the way until our car ride back to Michigan which was one epically long on and off meltdown. Hey, can’t win ‘em all.

We stayed at a hotel downtown and Oskar slept in his new travel crib. Got a great deal for the room but the parking cost from the hotel was insane. We ended up finding a garage near by and got parking for half the cost using the SpotHero app (use that link and you get $5, woo hoo). I highly recommend it if you need city parking. We’ve been to Chicago quite a bit now and in the future I think we would rather stay off in a neighborhood that we enjoy spending time in and get out of the main downtown area. Sorry magnificent mile.

Friday night my cousin and his wife babysat Oskar (seriously awesome of them) while Nick and I snuck out for a concert and drinks. It was the first night out just the two of us since Oskar was born. I can’t believe it took 8 months. Now I see why people setup reoccurring date nights. I think I’ll jump on that train. Here’s more about our trip… READ MORE

Dear Oskar // 8 Months

2014/05/06

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

You welcomed 8 months with a fever and projectile vomit. Your first of either. Seeing you sick for the first time broke my heart and gave me that first scared mama feeling. I didn’t like it. Thankfully it was short lived you were back to hamming it up in no time.

This age is so different from the rest. You army crawl around and love getting into things you shouldn’t. You are getting pretty good at eating solids, you still gag a bit on some things, which scares your dad quite a bit. You love people. When people talk you study their face and really look like you are listening, sometimes it’s so distracting you throw off the conversation. You are a very observant and curious boy.

Sight: This boy lights up at the site of his kitty Norris. Too bad Norris won’t give him the time of day.

Smell: Lately Oskar aggressively sniffs… a lot. With a squishy semi angry face. It’s pretty funny. I’ll try and catch it on video.

Sound: There are da-da, na-na, something that sounds like barking and sometimes it sorta sounds like mama, but only when he’s crying. Figures.

Taste: I’ve mostly been making simple purees, but I gave him some of this carrot soup the other night and he mowed it.

Touch: We got some new summer outfits from Broken Tricycle. The fabric and fit is so nice I think I might pick up some more things in their sale.

p.s. you like that shell sink? yeah, i know you’re jealous.

Dreamy Office

2014/05/05

wintr1Working from home is definitely my dream office, but I wouldn’t mind going into this place everyday.  WINTR is a digital creative company based out of Seattle and describe their 4000 sqft office as a bright light, white space, with warm wood, big plants and good vibes. While I don’t imagine going back to work in an office, I definitely would like to bring some of that vibe to my home. So now there is a giant piece of plywood sitting in my living room…

vscofilm_wintr_12vscofilm_wintr_30vscofilm_wintr_27vscofilm_wintr_03vscofilm_wintr_08

via vsco

 

Five Senses For Friday

2014/05/02

DwellStudio-Kyoto-Japan

My little buddy is sick for the first time, and yes, is it the saddest thing in the world. Poor babe has been running a fever and even had some pretty epic projectile vomit moments. So we’ll be laying low and getting in lots of snuggles this weekend. Hope your weekend is healthier and happy!

Sight: Black, white, & bronze errrthing. I’ll take it. Especially that bathroom.

Smell: Definitely need to try these Palo Santo sticks Joanna talked about.

Sound: Somehow the living room rearrangement and new media center turned into an obsession with getting on of these bad boys. Seriously, I hear about how great it will be at least once a day. What is it with guys and audio?

Taste: Last night I was thinking about how much I like eggs and thought of a nice name for myself. Apparently it is already taken for this restaurant.

Touch: Love this swimsuit! Perfect for being active at the beach or swim lessons with the little one.

image: Kyoto 

Who Wears Short Skorts

2014/04/29

skort

I don’t. But I wan’t to. I just need to do a bunch of leg exercises and get some self tanner first. And then watch out leather skort, here I come! How do you feel about the skort? If you are a similar age as me (first digit starts with 3), this won’t be your first experience.

skorts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Five Senses For Friday

2014/04/25

blog0501

What a week! Lately I’ve felt very scattered, lots of starting and not finishing. Blog posts, projects, cleaning… everything ends up half done. And then at the end of the week I feel like I’ve done a ton but accomplished nothing. It’s the worst. This weekend I’m hoping to catch up. How do you stay organized?

Sight: I don’t know if I will ever be able to get this image of a mother and her children out of my head.

Smell: Hand-poured candles made withUS harvested ingredients and when they’re done you’re left with a beautiful tumbler.

Sound: Chime bridge in Denmark by Mark Nixon. AMAZING.

Taste: Ann Arbor got a new restaurant and I’m super excited to try it out. I’ve heard good things about the Chicago location.

Touch: Got some new jeans! Madewell seriously fits better than any other jean I’ve worn. No back gap and the skinny isn’t way too skinny.

image: Our little morning visit with The Billings was featured on Grey Likes Baby. So cool!

Shopbop + Born Free

2014/04/23

bornfree

Shopbop teamed up with Vogue and 22 designers, including Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Chloe and Marni, to create an exclusive collection. 100% of the proceeds will go to Born Free’s mission to end mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth. Plus the M.A.C AIDS Fund will match all donations and the total purchase price of all products up to $500,000. What a great opportunity to get a limited edition piece from a beloved designer and support an amazing cause. See the full collection here.

A couple of my favorite pieces:

bornf3002710917_q1_1-0bornf3000010917_q1_1-2

 

Isabel Marant Blouse | J. Crew Pants

Theme by Blogmilk + Coded by Brandi Bernoskie