Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Let it snow... somewhere else



beanie: Forever 21, jacket: Free People, sweater: Eddie Bauer, jeans: Madewell, booties:Sam Edelman, diaper bag: Skip Hop

The weatherman announced today there would be no snow for thanksgiving, in fact, we may see no snow the rest of the month. So, people of the lower 48th, if you want a break from the snow, come to Alaska! 

I know I am going to ruffle people's feathers by saying this, buy you know what? Let it snow... somewhere else. 

Now, now, before you boycott this blog, let me say that I do love the snow, I appreciate the beauty of winter, and I understand that no winter in Alaska is an oxymoron, and on a more serious note, it can cause serious impact to the flora, fauna, and way of living of its residents.

BUT.

I do believe that the snow will come, that winter will arrive, and that even if it does not show up until January {gasp!} we will still have a good four months of winter left. Come on you guys, you know spring isn't truly spring until May around here.

So don't hate me for enjoying the warmish temperatures and dry pavement. Remember I have a baby, a car seat, and a diaper bag to carry around, that it is hard enough as it is without having to ice skate through the parking lots covered in eight layers of clothing. Until then, I shall enjoy the extended fall.

Snow or not, happy thanksgiving tomorrow, you guys, enjoy the food, the company, and the traditions!



****Revised. It had not snowed at the time this post was written, it did snow yesterday, like 2 flurries, and more are on the way. You guys could not let me have this one, could you? :)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Before and After: Julia O'Malley's Kitchen





I have talked about this {{kitchen}} before and I am excited to collaborate with Julia O'Malley to  feature it in her new {{website}} where she discusses Alaska's culture and people, prepares delicious recipes, and works through home projects such as this one.

To check out the rest of the post and before and after pictures click {{here}}.

For more information on remodeling and design contact f.e.r{at}me{dot}com

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gimme all your tips on flying with a baby





My dad emailed a few pictures he took when he came to meet his grandson SIX months ago! I cannot get over how much smaller Ben was, all his clothes were huge on him. We had to put his socks over his pants to keep them up.

As much as I love living in Alaska, I wish I lived closer to my parents every day. I miss them, and I'm afraid that Skype only takes us so far. It's super nice being able to 'see' them often, but the fact that they can't hug Ben or enjoy his baby smell, kills me. 

I have been fortunate enough to go home yearly or biannually but having babies is expensive, you guys, and living on one income these days means international travel is not a priority. But you know what? My parents also miss that baby smell and can't wait to hug us any longer, and they are totally bringing the three of us home!!!!

We will leave after the holidays and I can't contain my excitement! But, OMG, flying with a baby! Hold me. 

So this is the part where you say 'there there, it's going to be okay' and tell me ALL your tips on flying with kids, from what to do, to what to pack, to everything in between, keeping in mind that this whole endeavor will last around 23 hours. ***Hiperventilates*** 

A huge public thank you to my parents, you are the best abuelos Benjamin could ask for. 

So tips in 3, 2, 1, GO!


P.S. If you are not reading this on a feed reader, you probably noticed the name change and facelift around here. Exciting things are ahead. Stay tuned. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

GoMo



coat and sweater:Forever 21, pants: Free People, booties: Halogen, sunnies: husband's

I wore this number to girls night last weekend. These days half the fun of going out is dressing up, considering that stilettos and baby-wearing do not mix, and I am wearing a baby 90% of the time, my fun shoes are impatiently waiting to be worn on occasions like this, hooray!

It was a fun time spent talking about people, future plans, and most importantly, Taylor Swift's new album. What's that? You are over 30 and you love Tay too? But of course you do, if you think you don't, you probably need a little Swiftamine found {{here}}. You're welcome.

After we finished our wine I asked Les to accompany me to buy lipstick. 
Last fall Steph and I found the darkest shade of berry lipstick and dubbed it GoMo, you know, for when you're feeling equal parts Goth and Emo.  GoMo, brilliant we thought, but I was not brave enough to pull the trigger, until now. Les okayed it, I bought it, and next time you see me, I will probably be the over 30 mom in flats, wearing her baby and her GoMo lipstick, whistling Taylor Swift's sick beats.

Because that's how I roll.



P.S. In case you want in on the GoMo action, find my faves {{here}}{{here}},  {{here}}, and {{here}}

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#12monthsofben: 6 Months



Holy cow, Ben is 6 months old today. SIX! HALF OF A YEAR! OMG HOLD ME!

Likes: Sitting up, taking his socks off, talking, getting tickled, putting everything in his mouth, stroller rides.
Dislikes: Some new people, he has some sort of stranger danger syndrome going on. He also dislikes not being able to do as much as he wants to, you can just tell that his mind works way faster than his body lets him.



Among this month's accomplishments are sucking on the toes. He tried so hard for ages until BAM! Foot in mouth it went.


Not only does he take his socks off, he also figured out how to take his mittens off, you know, just to make me say "where is your other sock/mitten" 1,000 times a day.


This month Ben learned to read.
Just kidding.
But he does look at his books with more attention and patience these days.


And of course our most significant accomplishment has been moving from milk to milk and solids. He is a food thief, I tell you, that was MY smoothie!

I don't know if you can tell, but I am so in love with this boy of mine and I thank God daily for allowing me to be his mama. Becoming a parent is hands down one of the best things ever to happen to me.

Happy six months my boy, I love you so, so hard.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ben goes bananas


I thought we would wait until Ben turned 6 months old to start him on solid food, but he was way ready trying to steal food from my plate, and since he was only a week away from turning 6 months we started a bit early.


We decided we would give Baby Led Weaning a try and although messy, we have not been disappointed. It is so fun seeing how his mind works, watching him discover textures and flavors is our new favorite thing.


 I know, we are those parents who marvel at every discovery their kid makes. Bear with us.


For those of you who have seen it before and asked, we got his high chair from Ikea. We knew that Baby Led Weaning would be messy and we needed something without too many nooks and crannies or cloth, that cleans fast, and isn't an eye sore. This one fits the bill, and it was only $19.99. You can find it {{here}}


This is Benjamin every night after dinner. Some of the food has ended up on Tim's lap and my hair, so it's a good thing this kid enjoys bath time! 
We are introducing carrots tonight, wish us luck!


Food is intrinsically linked with nurturing and love: we all want to show our babies how much we love them and feeding them is one way to do this. -Gill Rapley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tried and true



jacket and thermal: Free People, jeans: Zara, booties: Sam Edelman, scarf: Forever 21

I know I have been gone for a bit, I am sorry. I am taking some time to reassess life and make choices, and the best way to do that, I find, is to unplug, pray, and listen. So there will be sporadic moments of static around here, but not for long.

Someone asked me to do a fall inspired Wardrobe Wednesday since fall in Alaska has decided to stay for quite a while this year. Yes, again, the lower 48 is freezing while we are like winter who? Enjoy it while it lasts folks, Old Man Winter may be delayed, but we all know he's coming.

On that fall note I bring to you leather and plaid, shocking absolutely no one. Why mess with tried and true, am I right? 
I am in love with this jacket, by the way. Now that I don't really have an 'office job' it's been fun to resurrect the casual look, and that leather jacket is the ticket to make anything a little bit more edgy and a little bit less polished in just the right amounts.

Those jeans are the same ones from {{this post}} remember? They fit at 31 weeks pregnant and they fit now. See? Tried and true. Never mess with that.

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