my weekend in pictures.

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{You know it’s spring when the Roosevelt High School marching band starts practicing in our neighborhood during the week! Eloise was so obsessed with those big kids. Our neighborhood is just the BEST!}

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{Eloise napping on Friday. How is that even comfortable? It hurts my neck just looking at it…}

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{Our rhodie is in full bloom and our neighbor finished the trellis on the top of our fence. The backyard is starting to become my new favorite place.}

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{Aaron brought a keyboard home for Eloise so that they can hack together!}

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{We headed out to Flower World in Snohomish County this morning, and oh my gosh, there are so many plants! We were a little overwhelmed, but after we found the map of the greenhouses (seriously!) we were on our way. Eloise loved the wagons.}

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{I think she had the best time of all of us!}

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{It is really terrible lighting, but I planted my first containers this afternoon for our front porch!  I am super excited for them to start growing. Happy Mother’s Day to me!}

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{We spent the end of our weekend down at Greenlake and had an awesome view of the lake (minus the cars!) along with pre-dinner drinks and nosh with Ben and Sarah. Such a beautiful city we live in!}

We had the best weekend! It was sunny and warm, and things got done, and we got to hang out together, and it was so fun! Even though I know we are going to get a cold spell again before June (it happens every year), these past few days have gotten me so excited about the summer! How was your weekend?

M

P.S. If you need a Mother’s Day gift, head over to The Petite Flag Shop and use MAMALOVE for 25% off! If I have orders by Tuesday, they should make it by the weekend!

friday I’m in love.

Welcome back Friday! Sorry I have been MIA the past week, but I unplugged while we were on Maui & it was awesome & much-needed!

{one} Non-aerosol spray sunscreen for babies.

{Babyganics Mineral Spray Sunscreen via Target}

From the time I became pregnant with Eloise, I have been a little, okay a lot, neurotic about sunscreen! Nearly all of the dry-touch and spray sunscreen was getting a bad rap for harmful ingredients, so I switched our household to all zinc-based sunscreen and we have been using it ever since. It has come a long way in the past few years, and I think I finally found a really great sunscreen for babies and toddlers: Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen Spray. Because it is non-aerosol, I feel comfortable using it on Eloise (and I even spray it into my hand first and then rub it on her most of the time) and it isn’t super sticky or white. And since we were putting on sunscreen last week at least twice a day, I had lots of time using this product and still highly recommend it!

{two} Oh Joy: How Motherhood Has Changed Me.

how motherhood has changed me:

{via Oh Joy blog}

I have a great admiration for Joy who is the brainchild behind Oh Joy the blog and the brand. She is incredibly talented and has two adorable daughters! She just posted a great piece about how motherhood has changed her views, perspectives, and actions, and if you haven’t read it, go check it out!

{three} SuperMom Azaleas.

{via Proflowers}

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there are lots of gift guides popping up on the interwebs. I have seen this cute face vase come up a few times and I love the whimsy of it! Also, if you need a gift idea for your mama, check out The Petite Flag Shop and use MAMALOVE for 25% off!

What are you loving this week?

M

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my weekend in pictures. 

  
{Eloise loves walking around in Aaron’s huge shoes! And she also doesn’t like wearing clothes these days, but we convinced her to wear a tee shirt!}

This weekend we did some yard work outside and enjoyed the best weather on Saturday – it was sunny and warm, but not too hot – and walked around the neighborhood. And then today was all chores for getting us and the house ready for vacation! 

Wish us luck on a plane ride over the Pacific with a squirmy toddler! We will be in Maui all week with my mama and are so excited for some vacation! I will be posting all week over on Instagram: mishacslower (and then probably doing a recap here once we get home)!

Aloha and have a great week! How was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

Welcome back Friday!

{one}  ThredUp.

Per my annual spring cleaning regimen (ha!) I did abig, and much-needed, closet purge. It started last fall actually when I stopped nursing since at that point I felt like I could dress normally again (not for pregnancy or nursing-friendly) and I went thru my entire closet (okay, closets) and took out everything I hadn’t worn, wanted to wear, or wouldn’t wear again, and I put all of those things in our office closet. And so, because they weren’t in my every-day closet, they sat waiting for me to make a decision about what to do with them. We give our fair share of stuff away to the Goodwill (drop-off makes it so easy!) but some of these were really nice, brand-name clothes, so consignment felt like a better option. And after making a call to a local consignment store and having to make an appointment (with a toddler, no thank you!), I knew there must be a better way! Enter: ThredUp, an online consignment store. I know this sounds like an ad, but it isn’t, I have just been really happy with the service!

So, I requested a clean-out bag which was mailed to me within a couple of weeks, and then I loaded it up with my old (but in excellent condition!) clothes, and a pair of shoes. And I had the option to drop it off at a Fed-Ex location or schedule a USPS pick-up, and shockingly, I did the latter. And off it went! While it took a little while for me to hear back, I was pleasantly surprised by the updated information on when it was received and how long it would take for me to hear back. So most of my clothes were assessed at an up-front value, a few of them were responsibly donated (though you can pay shipping to have the unwanted clothes sent back to you), and three were set up as an actual consignment (and I will get 60 to 75% of the price it is sold for)! Sweet!

Okay, so one thing to share about this consignment service is that they are picky about the brands you send in and pretty much only want designer brands. My “big ticket items” were a J.Crew jacket, a Kate Spade trench, and a Marc Jacobs jacket, while the rest of my bag was mostly J.Crew, Ann Taylor, Gap, and some Nordstrom’s brands.

And, lastly, if you want to shop instead of consign, use the code 20FORYOU at check-out for 20% off your first order!

{two} Felt Garden.

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{via Lia Griffith blog}

Eloise is age now where she is starting to role play and pretend, and it is so, so fun to see what she comes up with! Her kitchen is a big source of pretend, and even though she has some IKEA felt food, I think it would be fun to make her a little bounty of felt produce that she could plant and harvest from a garden (since we hope to next summer have raised beds!).

{three} Chambray Joggers.

{via Gap}

Okay, I didn’t intend for this to be a super fashion and shopping-heavy post, but it is my favorites, right? I just picked up these chambray jogger pants last week at the Gap and I am so excited about them (especially for the 4+ hour plane ride this weekend with a “lap infant” – ha!). As you probably know, I have not jumped on the athleisure bandwagon and don’t ever intend on doing so (IMHO your lululemon belongs only at barre class!). So, when joggers first came out, I sort of sighed in disbelief that women were wearing pajama bottoms as real pants… but it is better than leggings, right? Plus, when I picked them it, it was just the perfect storm of things: they were on sale (and are right now too!) plus, someone had ordered and returned my size to the store (trickly since Petites have to be ordered online!). Like it was meant to be…

What are you loving this week?

M

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photobooth fun.

Last Friday I got my haircut, which was sort of a big deal since I have been having the same person cut my hair since I was 15!, and Aaron and Eloise joined me. We had a fun evening down in South Lake Union (or SLU) after a gorgeous, sunny, and warm afternoon, and had dinner at an old favorite Cactus!

Anyways, Gary Manuel had a photobooth set up where Eloise and Aaron spent some time taking selfies, and I joined in on the fun afterwards! {And, you can’t really tell, but I cut off about 4 inches of hair – it feels SO much better!}

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So those pigtails, seriously, the best! And that is my old backpack from when I was a kid and Eloise is obsessed with it (I think it is the zipper)! It goes everywhere with us.

Happy Wednesday!

M

 

my weekend in pictures.

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{We went to the Zoo on Friday morning and got to see the jaguar up close!}

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{And we had a picnic lunch, though Eloise was more interested in the people and crow watching than actually eating anything. Plus, she managed to keep on a hat most of the day! That fedora kills me.}

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{And all of that sun and fun put her right to sleep, even though the drive home is only about 15 minutes. And sadly, she did not sleep one more minute in her crib during naptime…}

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{On Saturday morning we had a playdate with some of our PEPS friends and had breakfast at View Ridge Park. Eloise loved this bubble machine that her friend Linnea brought. I think we may have to get one for this summer!}

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{And after another playdate on Saturday afternoon, Eloise dug in the dirt with Aaron. We thoroughly enjoyed the nice weather on Saturday!}

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{The past two weekends we have done a long family walk on Sunday morning since the weather is nicer, and today we went around Greenlake. It was a little chilly, but sort of nice to not be baking in the sun yet. Sadie loved being near the lake, and while Eloise had a good time, she would have much rather run around instead of being in her stroller. But then we would still be walking around Greenlake at toddler-speed…}

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{And I decided I should probably buy some peony plants to get into the ground before peony season really kicks off next month! I have figured out why people really get into gardening since it is pretty fun and really rewarding to see all of your hard work, but man can it be expensive to get plants! We were holding off to re-plant our flower beds this spring (after the work last fall) but I think it is going to take a few seasons before we have everything bought and planted in the beds according to our design!}

It was a really fun weekend that felt like it was a good mix of catching up with friends and also getting things done (errands and around the house). The weather all week  has allowed us to be outside in the evenings before and after dinner, and all weekend which has been so nice and such a good change after having such a horribly wet winter! I know the warm and sunny weather won’t last until summer (since we always get cool again before our late summer weather really kicks in) but we are trying to enjoy every minute of this early spring! How was your weekend?

M

eloise {month twenty}

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{lion: jellycat via Nordstrom // tee: Old Navy // shorts: Target // book: London: A Book of Opposites}

{month twenty} Oh boy, toddlerhood! Eloise is so, so busy & very chatty these days. She looks calm in the photo above, but Leo being a blur pretty much tells you everything you need to know! I had to recruit Aaron to help me with this photo since I couldn’t even get Eloise to stay seated for one. single. picture.

Eloise has one new obsession recently and that is BUCKLES! Seriously, all day long she could play with a buckle and she says it, even if there isn’t one around. Luckily, the one on her highchair gives us a minute (or even 20 minutes!) of distraction, and Eloise found a reflective band (that Aaron has used in the winter when he is walking home from work in the dark) that has a buckle on it, so she carries it around all day. She will buckle the buckle, and then hand it to me and say “off” which is my cue to unbuckle the buckle so she can then re-buckle it. It’s pretty fun… Eloise also loves the chest buckle on her carseat which I often use as a bribe to get her to sit in her car seat since these days she is more interested in standing up in her car seat than sitting down it it. So it takes some negotiation to get her in her seat, and then, ironically, she never wants to get out of it once we get to our destination because she just wants to play with the buckle! Ahh! And, I have very intentionally not taught her how to unbuckle a buckle since I want to avoid her unbuckling her car seat for as long as possible (or ever).

Eloise is super chatty these days, though she clams up a bit around strangers or with bigger groups of people. She babbles to herself while she plays or in the car, and often she sounds like she is just blurting out all of the sounds that she knows until she gets to one that makes a word, and then she will repeat that word. And we have a lot of naming that happens: Mama, Papa, Eloise (which she says as Eh-weez), Mimi (which is Grammie), Pago (which is Grandpa, I think) ,Nana, Papaw (which is super similar to Papa) Sadie, Mapa (which is apparently a mix of Mama and Papa), and a few of her friends’ names.

Animal sounds are also very common in the Lower house and we “quiz” Eloise on them almost daily. She also says the sound (for the most part) when she sees the animal either in real life or in a picture (like all dogs are “fff” which is “woof”). We have been to the Zoo quite a bit the past month and it has been really fun to see Eloise see and understand that the Zoo is filled with different animals! The animals and sounds that she knows: dog = fff (woof); cat = meow; cow = moo; sheep = baa; horse = neigh; chicken = bok bok bok; duck = quack quack quack.

I think a lot of families start to pick up sayings or words from their kids when they are young toddlers that then stick with the family for years. We are starting to see this in action with Eloise, especially when something falls on the ground or is out of place and she says “ut no!” rather than “uh oh!” It is impossibly cute and we have adopted it as a Lower family saying.

And speaking of things being out of place, this kid is showing signs of being very Type-A, if that is even possible in toddlerhood. She wants all doors and drawers shut, lids closed, and doesn’t like a mess, including on her highchair tray or on the dinner table. She will call for help for a wet rag to clean up a mess on the floor or on her hands.

While Eloise is now super mobile (and running!), in the past few weeks we have had both baby gates down (one was in the hallway upstairs to keep her from the stairs and the other was between the living room and the entryway to keep her out of the entryway and stairs) and it has been awesome! We tried it first over a weekend so that there were two of us around to corral her out of the entryway or near the stairwell since we still don’t want her in those spaces, and we didn’t have too many issues. And a few weeks later, it is still working well and it is so nice to have the flow of the upstairs back! Eloise does still venture into the entryway to play with shoes or a bag, but for the most part if we put everything away (hung up or in the armoire) she doesn’t bother it. Sometimes she does remember that she can open the armoire doors and will start pulling things out, but not very often. And even though I have to check on Eloise much more often if she is playing and it gets really quiet, the stairs being accessible have really not been an issue. A handful of times Eloise has started down them on her own, but we know that she can safely go up and down them on her own. Even though we had the stairs gated off, we tried really hard not to make them “forbidden” and would let her go up and down them if she asked. I feel like because we did that, they aren’t such a novelty. And we still keep the upstairs bathroom door and guestroom door closed (and she can’t open the doors with the old knobs!) partly because we just don’t want her in those spaces and partly because she is so used to having them closed that now she insists on the doors being closed!

Eloise’s hair, as you can sort of see in this month’s picture, is getting so, so long! It has layers in the back which I think still sometimes makes her look like she has a mullet, but I think we are getting out of that look soon! When her hair is wet, it is almost half-way down her back! She mostly lets me put it back either in pigtails, a pony tail, or a small pony on the top of her head. Her bangs have almost completely grown out to the point I can put them behind her ear, but there are lots of new ones growing underneath that are now touching her eyebrows if they are down! I have been clipping her bangs back with a barrette a lot which she seems to mostly tolerate since her bangs are always in her face.

And lastly this month, Eloise has the sweetest demeanor. She is really into giving hugs and kisses to Aaron and me, and to other family and friends that we see quite a bit. She and her friends give lots of hugs which is adorably cute! She gives lots of hugs and kisses to her stuffed animals and dolls, and even to pictures in books. And if she doesn’t want to give someone a hug, she will almost always do a high-five or knuckles (fist bump)!

{weight} 26 pounds.

{hair} dark (reddish) brown.

{teeth} 12 teeth plus four molars.

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  18 month (growing out of), 18 to 24 months, and 2T. I am only buying 2T and even 3T if it doesn’t look too huge so that she won’t grow out of it overnight! I think E is losing her belly and getting some height these days!

{diapers} full-time cloth {bum genius freetime, pocket, & elemental} & honest company size 5 diapers* at night with a bum genius diaper cover. *we just started ordering size 5 even though E is technically not within the size range since it felt like the 4s were getting small around the hip area. we had another friend suggest we size up, plus they are more absorbent!

{feeding} during the day, three meals, an occasional morning snack, & one afternoon snack. sippy cup of milk with every meal.

{likes} buckles, jumping, watching out the front window (dogs, kids, trucks), books, mama & papa’s cell phone, toys that squeak or rattle, singing & music, dancing, Sadie, standing, FaceTime, bathtime, her snack cup, shoes, mama’s (diaper) bag, clapping, putting things inside a bag or box, taking lids off of things, talking (Mama, Papa, quack quack), coloring, helping with anything & everything, when Papa comes home from work.

{dislikes} having something taken away from her, diaper changes, not eating when someone else is, being hungry.

{nicknames} Bug{s}, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, Ellie or Elle.

Happy twenty months Eloise!

M

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