Sunday, January 18, 2015

#12monthsofben: 8 Months





Ben is 8 months old today. 

Likes: Eggs, jumping, the ocean, feet, shoes, hair. 

Dislikes: Being alone, sitting still. 

I am so glad that Benjamin has spent the last few weeks with my family. He is so loved! Everyone has been so sweet with him, and he's not shy to show them love even though for most of them this has been the first time meeting him. 

We took him to the beach and I don't think I have ever seen a little boy enjoy the ocean as much as he did. I mean, just look at his face! Taking him to the places I grew up in, watching him live what I did as a child, has been by far my best experience as a mother yet. 

Vacation looks good on you my love. I'm proud of the sweet boy you're growing up to be. 

"Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood - finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without." - Jodi Picoult 


Monday, January 5, 2015

Benjamin's nursery tour

I am taking a break from vacation land to guest post on Julia O'Malley's {{website}} I am sharing my inspiration and design process for Benjamin's nursery. 

For the full post and more pictures click  {{HERE}}

P.S. Do you need help designing your tiny's nursery? Contact me at f.e.r{at}me{dot}com


Friday, December 26, 2014

Books I would read if I had spare time

Before I had a child I used to be what people call a voracious reader of pretty much anything that fell into my hands, when I got pregnant I read ALL the pregnancy and natural delivery books available to mankind, and now, well, my selection is limited to books on feeding and sleeping babies, and a couple of novels that I cannot seem to finish because any time I have to myself is either spent on quality time with Tim, quality time with friends, or sleeping.

On the bright side I have memorized the books Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type, It's Pajama Time!, Peek-A-Who, Moo, Baa, La La La, and last, but not least, Three Little Pigs in English and Spanish. I hope you're impressed.

All kidding aside I hope to be able to read at least one of these books when we are on vacation, either on the plane (cross your fingers for me) or sometime when my parents take the baby for a couple of hours and give me and Tim some time to unwind.

In no particular order the books are:
Me Before You: Ordinary girl living ordinary life, gets a job working for a wheelchair bound unpleasant dude. Pretty sure romance ensues. Everyone who's read it has told me I HAVE to read it.

Unbroken: True story of Louis Zamperini, an olympic star who survived in World War II, and ended up as a prisoner of war. No, really, it happened, and if reading is not your thing, Angelina Jolie directed a movie based on it, and it is now in theaters.

All the Light We Cannot See: Blind French girl and orphan German boy try to survive World War II. I think I have a theme going.

Wild: Also now a major motion picture, and a book that has been on my list for months and you've probably already read. 22 Year old loses everything, without previous training goes on a thousand mile hike through the Pacific Crest Trail. Alone. Good times.

So, what do you think? Have you read any of them? If so, can I borrow it? If not, which one would you choose? 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas party style


By now you may have already attended all the Christmas parties in your calendar, you may already have traveled, and be home with your family sipping on some spiked eggnog in front of the fireplace, listening to your uncle tell that embarrassing story again. If that's the case, congrats, I'm officially jealous. But if you're still thinking about what to wear tonight for your Christmas Eve soirée, let me offer some suggestions.

1. Sequins
I know there are some darling sequin dresses out there, but my rule is chose top or bottom. 

2. Lace
When I wore that dress I was about 3 months pregnant with Benjamin. To avoid looking like my grandmother's doilies I chose a bold red. And if you happen to be expecting, don't be afraid to show those curves. Your body is making a human! Let it show!

3. Little Black Dress
This year I wore black. To spice it up a bit, I chose a bodycon style with embroidery, and you can't see it on the picture but the dress is backless.

Add some nude/black pumps, jewelry, and red lipstick. Done and done! 

Now go, go, go, that eggnog is not going to drink itself! Party for the rest of us, parents of young children, who will be enjoying our eggnog in pajamas.

Cheers and Merry Christmas Eve!



Friday, December 19, 2014

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




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!

  




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