Friday, December 19, 2014

Tiny Alaskan's with Style: Oma+Jo and a giveaway!




As  September approached this year and I started thinking of getting warm clothing for Benjamin, I stumbled upon {{Oma+Jo}} and immediately fell in love with their darling designs and the fact that they are local.



When I posted this picture of Ben wearing his trapper hat and mittens, I got so many 'where did you get that?' questions that I decided to contact Oma+Jo so you guys can meet them. Here's a bit about them:

I (jo) am a graduate student at UAA working on my master's in biology - and making baby clothes on the side, what!?  
Oma, which means grandma in german is Monika (my mom and new grandma to my sister's baby Anika) She has been a local artist for many years and has since, shall we say, "retired" from her previous craft to return to sewing.

We are best friends. Something that I don't think a lot of people can say about a parent - which makes us both very lucky! We are having so much fun together creating gear for mom's to share with their little babes! It is important to both of us to do what we love and as long as we're having fun doing this, why not share not with others?
When my sister's little girl, Anika was born - we got to brainstorming all the cute things we could sew for her. I started following baby clothing shops and designers on instagram and was inspired by all the darling things out there! When did baby clothes become so trendy with such sophisticated colors? Finally we've said no to pastels!! While more and more niches are being filled in the infant world - it is still hard to find hats and mittens that will keep babies truly warm...and so was born oma+jo.  

 
My sister and I grew up wearing the same trapper hats made and sold by my mom decades ago, that we have brought back to life for Anika. They were so adorable on Anika that we decided to start a little shop on etsy!


We hope Alaskan mom's and kids will love our gear because it inspires adventures! Playing outside is an important part of growing up - especially in Alaska - and having the right gear makes all the difference! And what better way to bundle up little ones than in local handmade items!
How awesome are these ladies?! They really had me at "no to pastels!!". I am so excited to get our babes' accessories right here, handmade in Alaska. On that note, since it is the season of giving, Oma+Jo is offering one lucky reader $25 credit towards anything in their shop!

To enter to win visit their shop by clicking {{here}} then leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite item is. The giveaway will close 1 week from today, the winner will be chosen at random and contacted directly.

Thank you Oma+Jo for stopping by Living Alaska, and good luck to those of you entering the giveaway!

P.S. Be social! Like Oma+Jo's {{Facebook page}} and follow them on {{Instagram}} for more baby accessory cuteness!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

#12monthsofben: 7 Months



Benjamin is 7 months old today.

Likes: Books! He loves it when we read to him before bed time, he even has 3 favorites now! Ben also enjoys bouncing, rolling over, and trying new foods.

Dislikes: Trying to crawl. It really is more wiggling than crawling at this point, but he sure tries.

Everyone who sees Ben comments on how active he is. It's sweet for me to see how he's developing a personality and lets us know what he wants or doesn't want. 

I have been looking at pictures of the first week we had him and I cannot get over how much he's changed, how he's grown, how his facial features have changed. I am really excited for my parents to spend some time with him soon when we visit them since they haven't seen him since he was 5 weeks old, other than via Skype.

We cannot wait!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let's talk about {short} hair


hair: Athena's Hair Design, lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo 

Why talk about hair on a Wardrobe Wednesday? Because it's the one thing you wear daily whether you want it to or not, and a lot of you have told me that you REALLY want to cut your hair but don't know how to choose a style, or you haven't found the bravery to do it. So I'm here to tell you, go for it. You guys remember {YOLO}} right? 

After I cut my hair I went back and asked my hairstylist to cut some more, and I have kept it pretty much the same length for the past couple months without intentions of letting it grow because I'm just loving the sass my hair has these days. But before you go chop happy there are a few things you need to know.

1. First things first, choose a good stylist. Athena and I go way back. She's been cutting my hair for the last 9 years, she knows me, knows my hair, and is not afraid to be honest with me regarding what looks best on me. She has given me every single hair style you have seen me have on this blog, and if you are in the Anchorage area I highly recommend her. Tell her I sent you :)

2. Short hair is not necessarily easier to style. When my hair was 12 inches longer I could go a a few days without washing it by using dry shampoo, braiding it, or putting it up in a bun or pony tail. Now I have to wash my hair every other day to keep it bouncy and fresh. There was also a learning curve on styling it, it was definitely not the same as curling long hair.

3. Short hair takes maintenance. If you like the length, and you want to keep it, you'll be seeing your stylist every 4 or so weeks.

4. Short hair is fun. It really does change how your face looks, how your necklines look, how your hats look. It gives you a whole new you to discover!

5. It grows back. Seriously, don't be afraid of the scissors, put your hair in capable hands and prepare to look gorgeous, dah-ling!

I leave you with some hair inspiration from Harper's Bazaar's {{The Coolest Haircuts for Winter 2014}} There are some Bobs, some Lobs, and some longer styles that I hope give you the boost you need to kiss your locks goodbye.

Happy chopping!

P.S. Lilly Collins and this haircut. So much YES!

  




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Eat your Christmas spirit


I'm just going to let this video speak for itself.
Don't judge me! I was gone for FIVE minutes in which he took the hat off, unraveled the pompom, and ate it.
Sigh.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Believe



Ben met Santa this weekend and he was a pretty brave boy. Not one tear. He was mostly transfixed by Santa's beard, and who can blame the kid? That is a pretty legit beard. 

We did get a picture of him smiling but I like this one best, the one where his eyes seem to say 'who are you? Could you be real?' One day when he's older I'd like him to see it and understand that even though certain things sound wildly impossible, you can still believe. That is the real magic after all.

"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa Claus. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" - Jon Bon Jovi

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#respectthebean

Back in November, my friend Steph and I went to Starbucks to try their new Chestnut Praline Latte, their first new holiday drink in years. We went for two reasons:
1. Steph and I have forged our friendship over countless cups of coffee 
and 
2. We figured chestnut AND praline? This we have to see!

When I mentioned to the twitterverse that I was about to let them know my thoughts on the new drink, I got this from a tweep whose name I won't tell you {but it rhymes with mason}.


That's when the twitter brawl started. Folks debated whether lattes, mochas, frappuccinos and the like are indeed coffee, or merely just 'liquid candy bars'. I believe we all agreed to disagree and my verdict on the new chestnut praline latte was: Meh. I've had better. 

But I ended up thinking WHAT IF jason MASON IS RIGHT? What if all the flavors, and fancy gadgets are just ruining the perfect bean? So what did I do? I put aside the Keurig, unearthed my french press, and proceeded to make some coffee. Just pure, ol' regular, french pressed coffee, and OMG it was way, WAY, WAY better than any Keurig pod I've had in the last year. Richer, denser, more flavorful, wake-me-up-I-haven't-slept-in-six-months-because-of-my-baby good.

That's saying something!

So for the last couple weeks I've been polling people, and most, though not all of them,  say they have a latte on occasion, they still have the Keurig for visitors, but they like their drip, french press, or chemex coffee much better.

Chemex? I said.

Chemex, they said. So I googled and this came up:



A vessel that claims to brew "clear, pure, flavorful coffee".

Now I have 2 questions for you:
1. On a scale 1 to I love coffee more than Taylor Swift, how much of a coffee snob are you? Do you subscribe to the #respectthebean principle, and therefore drink it in its purest form? Do you love yourself a salted caramel latte? Do you care as long it has coffee?
and
2. How do you brew your coffee? Have you tried a chemex? Does it live up to its hype?

I need answers. Go!





Saturday, December 6, 2014

Oh Christmas card, oh Christmas card!

Your Christmas cards are starting to come in and I love them! Gimme! Let me see your beautiful faces celebrating!

I am getting ours done in the nick of time. 
Today we had a fabulous mini-session with the talented Autumn from {{Autumn Clarkson Photography}} She is the best, especially if you have a little squirmy baby whose attention you're trying to get. 

Here are some of my favorite shots:





Get ready because my Christmas card is in the mail! 

If you are wondering where to get the best trend-forward designs for your cards, I highly recommend tinyprints, and because I know you have not ordered yours yet {naughty, naughty}, I'll give you a head start by getting you 10 FREE holiday cards when you place your first order by clicking {{here}}.

XO, and holiday cheer!

P.S. 19 Days until Christmas :)





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