You’re already 6 months, you’re only 6 months. This is such a weird age to grasp. Half way to your first birthday, but we were justing meeting you 6 months ago. You’re personality is so developed it’s hard to believe you are a baby, you smile and laugh, you dance and scream, you think its funny when you kick your mama and she says ow, you growl and pretend you’re angry and slam your arms down, you babble nonstop and dada is definitely going to be your first word… you’re my little weirdo, my little Bubbie man.
Sight: Books are already taking over. We may have to jump on the Ribba train.
Taste: We started solids this month. I’ve made pears, sweat peas, avocados, and oatmeal. He is good about taking a bite, most of the food seems to slide back out. Not sure how much is getting down the hatch. We’ve been using recipes from Bebe Gourmet, the purees are basic, but there are some great looking meals for the next steps.
This week it was finally above freezing so Oskar and I were able to go for a walk outside. We are getting major cabin fever over here. I know EVERYONE is talking about the weather these days, but seriously, I can’t take it anymore. I need sunshine, birds, breeze, the sweet smell of Spring, open windows… oh open windows, you are my favorite. But I’ll settle for flowers.. or just a pretty picture of flowers. Have a great weekend!
Sight: This kitchen put a halt on my previous plans. Back to the drawing board.
Taste: We went out to eat last weekend and had an amazing dish of polenta, mushroom ragout, and pork belly. I’m going to try my own version with this recipe.
Touch: I don’t know when I became so obsessed with sneakers. But these are numero uno on my wishlist right now. LOVE THEM! Like that sorta love where I almost didn’t want to share with you because I will get jealous if I see someone else with them.
Oh littlest Bub, you are a sweet boy. You love stuffed animals, snuggling and munching on them. Your laugh is sounding more like a boy and less like a baby. When you go in your jumper and we play music you stop bouncing between songs and start back up when the new song starts. I swear it’s like you are trying to get on beat with the new song.
But remember how just last month you were sleeping so well and I said I would try to be patient if you took a step back. Wellll, you took a step back and I am really really tired. So if you could go back to sleeping like a champ again soon, that would be really awesome.
Sight: I know “they” say kids shouldn’t watch tv until they are like 2 or something, but he really enjoys a little Sesame Street now and then.
Smell: When we are cooking I like to introduce the ingredients I’m using and give him a whiff.
Sound: Christmas songs are my go to for humming while soothing, I’m not sure why, but now I’m on a mission to switch it up.
Taste: We’re in our last month of exclusively breastfeeding and although I am excited to introduce food I’m also a little sad. Obviously breastfeeding will still be happening so I won’t get all weepy… yet.
Happy Friday! Any good plans this weekend? None here. I might try and sneak out for a much needed manicure and try a bright color to ward off these winter blues. Next week I’ll be featuring a new Made Series post so make sure to check back in, it’s a good one!
Sight: Have you seen About Time? It’s so f*ing good. Seriously watch it. Watching the preview just now made me want to watch it again.
Oh Bubby, you are incredible. Every day more and more of your personality shines through. You are silly, sweet, quirky and observant. You listen intently when people talk to you and study their faces. Sometimes you even try to do what they are doing. Lately you have been all about spitting, drooling, jumping and growling while mauling my face.
No more co-sleeper! You are now going to bed in your crib in your own room. I didn’t realize how hard the move would be for me, not being able to roll over and see your little sleeping face. But you are a trooper and sleep quite well in there. Lately you take a big long afternoon nap and have been going down so easily at night and sleeping from 7:30/8pm to 8am with just ONE nighttime feeding around 4:30am. It is awesome! But of course, sometimes there is a little step back and you need more feedings and extra nighttime attention. I’ll try my best not to get frustrated and remember that it is temporary and you’ll go back to sleeping like a champ.
Sight: Norris (the cat) is one of your new favorite things to watch.
I’m so excited to share this new series: made. For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamt of owning a little shop. Though its name and concept have grown slightly, the dream has never gone away – seriously, I still look at storefront real estate (one day Detroit, one day). Unfortunately, those brick and mortar dreams are not coming true anytime soon, but I thought, hey wait, I don’t need a store to curate a space of beautifully made products and the story behind them, that’s what this blog is for! So I hope you enjoy this series and have fun learning about some great things made in your backyard and the people that made them. First up, LURK…
LURK creates small batch artisan fragrances, hand blended and poured in SoHo NY. Using pure essential oils in a certified organic jojoba base, creator Anne Sanford uses old school methodologies like enfleurage (a process where flowers are smothered in fats before pressing them between sheets of glass to extract their essential oils). Today I’m wearing AS01 and it is perfect for this cold winter morning.
How did you get into perfume making?
I’m most definitely beauty obsessed, have always been a product junkie (skincare, makeup & fragrance), have worked in the beauty industry for years in sales, branding, marketing, product development etc. etc. so it was a natural transition for me. I also fell in love with essential oils years ago when I owned an apothecary specializing in green beauty and during that time I became really interested in aromatherapy and that evolved into wanting to create fragrances using only pure essential oils.. I felt there was a gap in the market and really wanted to try to put something out there that was sophisticated and a little bit edgy but still natural. When I started mixing my own scents there were some amazing things on the market but nothing that I really loved so I set out to try and blend scents that smelled like true luxury perfume using only 100% natural ingredients. It has been a challenge and is something that I’m very passionate about. I really love what I do.
Was it important to be a natural or American made company? And how did you come up with your perfume making process?
Yes, It was very important to be natural, small batch & hand made. I felt that was the only way to insure quality and be able to be as creative as possible.
The process that I use for making the scents is very simple but it is labor intensive. I haven’t deviated from the original process because I feel it gets the best results and I can control the factors start to finish. The process was devised by trial and error and the way I infuse the concentrates into the base is a bit different from the industry standard but again, I feel that it yields the best results.
You have a background in branding, what did you want to convey with the name LURK and it’s branding?
I wanted to convey a definite edge, and I think fragrance should be a little bit shy or quiet so the word LURK speaks to that as does the simplicity of the packaging. It’s also a bit dark but has sense of humor which I love.
I also wanted the brand to be accessible to both and women and I feel that the name lends itself to a diverse customer base. It’s unexpected and can be thought provoking and I like that.
Where does the inspiration for your scents come from?
Inspiration usually comes from a single note that I really want to work with or an idea in my mind of how I want something to smell. That inspiration is sometimes tied to seasons, imagery, a certain place etc. From there I build on the scent and the story so to speak. I also don’t like to follow general rules of perfumery (i.e. certain scents should only be mixed with certain other scents etc.). I like to try things that are outside of the box and it can just be kind of intuitive and fun for the most part. I like to bend the rules a bit and see what happens. The process can be long and sourcing oils is also a bit of a labor of love. There are so many different types (genus/species) of lavender or jasmine for instance and they each have their own individual scent profile. The region where an oil comes from can also have a significant bearing on it’s scent and all of those nuances and subtleties can change and affect the scent blend in significant ways.. The process in and of itself becomes the inspiration after a while.
I’m inspired by the city, as well as nature and that creates some interesting polarities in my fragrances. I like the unexpected so I also get inspired by single notes that I run across during sourcing. These single notes can sometimes be notes that are hard to blend and I can stuck on those tough formulas.. But, in the end it’s always worth it..
I also get inspired by daydreams, places I’ve travelled or want to travel to.. Emotions, laughter. I have a bit of a dark side and that plays a role as well..
What’s a typical day like for you?
I would say first that no 2 days are alike .. But for the most part my days start with emails, sales support, social media and just the business of doing business. It tends to be interspersed with creative bursts (I take a lot of notes about things that pop into my head that I want to work on and play around with regarding scent, products etc).
I try to reserve the afternoons for production and/or creative but that’s a battle as there can be so little time left after all of the business tasks. I also spend a lot of time with our customers (phone, email etc) on both the wholesale and the retail side which also doesn’t leave much time for other things but that is a hugely important aspect of the company that I strongly believe in.. Customer service is everything: if a buyer or client is taking the time to purchase what I make I am going to make them a priority. People want to know a lot about the company, the products and me so I want to give them everything that I can to that end.
What do you do outside of LURK?
Outside of LURK I’m a single mom, and an interior designer. I love what I do so the boundary between work and life is limited for sure. I’m also super introverted so I really just love to spend time with my son and close friends. I like to recharge with travel, the beach (when weather permits), reading and just trying to enjoy every minute the best that I can.
What’s next for LURK (or you)?
For LURK, more fragrances and skincare for sure.. For me, I’m not sure I have so many things that I want to work on and delve into but for now I think I have my hands full ..
Happy New Year! 2013 was very good to me and I was happy to celebrate the year’s end with a couple of great friends, good snacks, and hilarious games we weren’t so good at. In the past year we bought and renovated a home, I turned 30, and had a beautiful baby boy. Of course with the good came some struggle, but I love a fresh start. I’m very excited about some goals I have for 2014. Goals for this blog, for me, for my family.
For The Senses Five: new series, more posts, new design. I have been writing posts here for quite a long time and one thing I realized was I didn’t want to post for contents sake. I really enjoy sharing on this space and don’t want to lose site on why I do this. I have reflected on what I like about other blogs, and what I don’t like and how I can make this a space that I would enjoy coming to. When I got wrapped up into pushing out content, I didn’t always like what came out. So babbling over, there’s some changes coming that I am excited about and I hope you’ll enjoy as well!
For me: wardrobe, try something new, meditation and reflection. It’s finally time for the big change in my wardrobe. In my head my style is defined and clear, but when I look in my closet I see something very different. It’s time for these things to align. I’ll talk more about this soon and how I plan to slowly but surely transition my closet. Trying new things doesn’t have to be a huge things, just something. A class, a food, a new route to the place you go to over and over again, a new book. And last but not least meditation and reflection – 5 minutes a day. That’s all. Just 5 minutes of me. No phone, no computer, no tv, no baby, no one else.
For my family: me, wife, mom. Yes, in that order. Being a mom is one of the best things I have ever experienced. But I am not alone in this, I am one half of a parenting duo. I want to make an effort to remember that. And also remember that I am a wife and a person aside from both those things. It may be controversial but I believe that putting myself first will make me a better wife and mom, and a strong marriage will make us better parents.
It’s HOLIDAY TIME. To be honest, I’ve had a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. Our tree is half lit because I ran out of lights… even after I took them all off and put them on again. There are no presents wrapped under the tree with care. Just a Gap bag of jammas thrown on the guest bed. No cards went out. Seriously! This is very strange for me. I freaking love the holidays and this is our first FAMILY Christmas. So this weekend I’m getting out of my slump before it’s too late. I’m drinking eggnog… probably with some booze in it (hey, i’m in a slump remember), listening to christmas carols and decorating the shit out of that big beautiful tree. Here are some things that will help. I would love suggestions from you as well. What gets your holiday juices flowing?
Sight: Christmas movies! We have a TON, like a billion. Keeping in the Murray Christmas theme, let’s watch Scrooged this weekend.
Smell: In case the tree isn’t putting off enough of those sweet fir fumes we’ll just fake it with a candle.
Sound: Oskar seemed to really like this twistmas song… or maybe it was my awesome dance moves. Ya never know.
Taste: This gingerbread looks amazing. I bet it would be really good with coffee in the morning.
Touch: Gotta be curnfy (or comfy as you probably say) to get in that winter wonderland mood. And slippers are key!
Slow down Oskar, your 2 month post was just 4 posts ago… what’s that, blog more mom. Got it.
You are growing into such a funny, sweet little boy. You have a giant gummy smile that could melt anyone’s hearts, but especially ours. It won’t be gummy for long because just like your mom, you decided you want teeth sooner than later. All of the extra drool is providing some great entertainment as you become an expert spit bubbler and fart sound maker.
Some nights you only get up once and I think “we’re almost there!” and the next night you’re up every 2-3 hours and I think “waa wah.” But regardless of the night we have, you are still a pretty happy camper in the morning. You also love to sleep in, just like your dad. Ya bums.
Your love of water has not faded, you kick and splash so much it’s hard to hang on to you but you don’t mind water in your face and even love the faucet going right over your head to rinse of shampoo. I’m thinking about going to a swimming class soon. Michigan winters are cold and nothing sounds better than spending sometime in a warm pool!
Sight: We can see the wheels turning when you look at new things now, there’s a lot going on in that brain of yours. You get a kick out funny faces, love watching your little fingers interlock before jamming both hands in your mouth, and looking at your new toy.
Smell: Our aromatherapy bubble bath is supposed to be calming but that doesn’t stop your little legs from nonstop splashing.
Sound: So glad it’s Christmas time so I can easily find some tunes I know to belt on the radio when you are being a grumpy cat.
Taste: Besides your hands, you are loving on Sophie (of course) and are starting to get the hang of these maple teethers.
Touch: Now that you hold your head up it’s easy to pop you in the sling for our shopping trips. You love looking around at all the people and lights.