friday I’m in love {july}

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Hello Friday! And the last Friday of July already. How is this happening? Welp, here are my favs for this month!

{one} The Great British Baking Show.

Since we are on the summer TV hiatus and we’ve caught up on our usual shows, Aaron and I have started watching binging The Great British Baking Show after hearing a lot of hype about it. We generally like cooking shows and it has not disappointed! We love hearing all of the British vernacular (but put on subtitles so you don’t miss anything) and the hosts are AMAZING! There is so much camaraderie between the bakers which is a contrast to American cooking shows where there is always drama, drama, drama.

{two} Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist.

Going into this summer (but really starting last fall with our trip to Mexico) I have been on a mission to find a great mineral (physical) sunscreen. I am slightly neurotic about the sun and our skin (shocking, I know) but I actually really dislike sunscreen. It generally feels awful on your skin (unless you use chemical sunscreen which I won’t use because I don’t think it is as effective), it leaves a white-cast on everything (clothes, car seats, strollers), and you have to apply and re-apply SO often!

But, we are going to be out in the sun so sunscreen is non-negotiable. And the bonus is that the girls are so used to be slathered in sunscreen before we head out for the day/morning that neither of them mind it. And Eloise even reminds me to put sunscreen on her! Plus, they both wear hats which helps tremendously.

Okay, all of this to say that I ordered the new Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist and it is pretty close to love. It isn’t an aerosol so it isn’t just blowing all over the place (and not really covering well) and it isn’t greasy at all. If anything my complaint is that it is a bit drying. But, I am liking it and I love that I can use it on all four of us without worrying!

{three} Missha Mild Sun Milk.

And completely related, I finally found a sunscreen for my face that I actually like (well, LOVE) as well. I have super sensitive skin that tends to break out (in hives) with fragrance and other random things so I have to test everything. But, like regular sunscreen, most facial sunscreens are either super chemically or super greasy. I have been using Missha Essence Mild Sun Milk and it is AMAZING! I will probably never, ever use an American facial sunscreen again (especially since the US FDA is decades behind Asian and European sunscreen technologies)!

{four} Hi-Chews.

When I was on my girls weekend in Boise a few weeks ago my friend Beth introduced us to Hi-Chews candies and I am hooked! They were made by a Japanese fellow who liked chewy fruit candies but didn’t like the way they stuck to his teeth (I am looking at you Starbursts) so he invented Hi-Chews which taste great and don’t stick!

{five} Azaria diaper bag.

As you may remember, I have gone back and forth on diaper bags basically since I was pregnant with Eloise. I have used the Skip Hop Chelsea diaper bag, a Madewell tote and a Nordstrom tote with ToteSavvy insert, and many other iterations of a bag to carry all of the things. But once Daphne was born, I knew that once she started getting mobile I would need something super practical, especially for this summer since many of my days are spent on the playground, splash pad, or Zoo. So, I finally broke down and ordered a backpack diaper bag. This is only a big deal because I sort of loathe backpacks. Even as a kid I preferred a shoulder tote bag (even in law school!). But, practicality won out this time and I have been SO happy with my Azaria La Mere bag. Many of the other backpack diaper bags are similar (ahem, the Fawn bag) but I love my Azaria for the super wipeable inside and outside, inside pockets, extra large outside pockets (which can hold a Hydroflask!), the key ring, and the not insanely high price tag. I also love the Petite La Mere bag which I may get once Daphne is a little older and I don’t have to carry all of the things anymore.

What are you loving this month?

M

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friday I’m in love {june}

Keep Families Together

{one} Hydroflask 16 oz Wide Mouth Coffee Thermos

I think I have previously sung the praises of my Hydroflask waterbottle (with a straw lid) that I got to replace my old Camelbak ones, but I am here again to say that I am OBSESSED with my new coffee thermos. I use it every day, starting with my cold brew (though you could use it for hot coffee too), and then using it for my Bubly water for the rest of the day (which I discuss below too) which doesn’t do well in a straw cup because of the carbonation. Guys, this thing keeps ice cubes for hours, at least 6, and does hot and cold beverages equally well. Plus, it’s about $25 so if you have a Nordstrom note, it costs you just $5, AND it fits in cup holders!

{two} Bubly water

So I mentioned Bubly water above, and I definitely jumped on the bandwagon for this one. And as a former lover of La Croix water I was skeptical about a new carbonated water on the market, but I tried it when I was in the midwest a few weeks ago and haven’t looked back! The two things that I LOVE are that the flavor is better (than La Croix) and the bubbles are less intense (you have to try it and you’ll see). My very favorite is the Strawberry, but I also like the Grapefruit and Apple. And, if you drink it from the Hydroflask coffee thermos (like I do!) you can keep it cold all afternoon or however long it takes you to drink it. I have seen it at grocery stores and Target, so pick up a pack!

{three} Natives shoes

As we have nearly officially headed into summer, I have been doing tons of research and shopping for good shoes for the girls. They both have sandals, but especially for Daphne, I need something with good foot protection since she tends to fall. A lot. Plus, something that is easy to clean and easy to get on and off (because it already takes forever to get out of the house). I had been hearing about Natives for a while, but I honestly thought they were over-priced plastic shoes. And while that may be true ($35 to $40 for kids shoes is not inexpensive) they are totally worth the hype. We had a friend give us a hand-me-down pair for Eloise and it took only one wearing before I was sold. The style is like a sneaker and they are extremely easy to put on and wear for the kids, from the playground to the splash pad, but they don’t scream UGLY PLASTIC SHOE like other ones do (ahem, Crocs). Daphne is really good about sitting down when I ask her to put her shoes on and it takes me about 10 seconds to get them on her chubby little feet, and Eloise has no problems slipping them on. AND Nordstrom Rack frequently has them for about half-price.

{four} Keep Families Together

If you know me, you know that, especially recently, I don’t talk politics. In fact, following the recent election and start of the current administration, I am sad to say that I don’t watch or read the news at all. Any of it. As someone who was a bit of a current events junkie (a very informed citizen, if you may) it has been a huge change. But when I am at home every day raising my babies, I just cannot stomach the current news cycle. It’s seriously depressing and I feel so helpless. It won’t always be this way, but for now, I am best if I just don’t know.

That said, however, the horrifics of the current administration’s stance on families seeking asylum at our country’s borders is one that I cannot shake. It has gained some serious social media momentum (which is how I even know about it!) and for good reason. The acts of this country in relation to these families are deplorable. I can’t tell you how many times my stomach has turned and the tears that have streamed down my face when I think about these families being torn apart. The children that are being detained are the same age as my girls (and even younger). There is absolutely no reason that I can conceive of for these actions to be taken by a government, let alone one that is built on immigrants. We have seen atrocities like this in the past with the Holocaust and the internment of the Japanese during WWII, but yet here we are. Politics aside, this is a morality issue and one about compassion, empathy, and being a good human.

Please join the thousands of outraged citizens all over the country (and the world) as we stand up for justice and change. We deserve better than this and so do our children (and grandchildren). This article on Cup of Jo is amazing if you want some more information (without delving into all of the heartwrenching details). I have called my senators, made donations to the ACLU (of which I am a PROUD member) and RAICES, and am looking into ways I can help in my local community.

Let’s just be kind to each other.

M

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friday I’m in love {may}

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Hello Friday! And how it is already the end of May, I’m not even sure. Spring is just flying by and summer will be here before we know it.

This year, one of my (very informal) New Year’s Resolutions was to prioritize self-care. As a stay at home mama, it is really easy for me to get lost in the day-to-day shuffle (or chaos) and I tend to de-prioritize myself, to a fault. But, after this past year with two little ones, I know I can’t be my best if I am not taking care of myself, hence the resolution. It’s nothing really big, but a few small indulgences have helped!

Here are my favs for mama self-care for the month!

{one} BeautyCounter Lip Conditioner.

I have been using BeautyCounter for a while now (the flawless in five make-up is awesome!) but I just recently got this Lip Conditioner in Calendula and it is LOVE. I don’t wear much make-up these days, but after doing my morning and evening facial routine (more about that below) I need something to moisturize my lips. I love this right before bed (I put it on before I read for 15 minutes) and it is great after I have worn my LipSense lipstick (which I find really drying and needs to be scrubbed off). The smell is amazing and, like every BeautyCounter product, I know it is safe for me and my body!

{two} Sheetmasks (+ K-Beauty).

Guys, I never in my wildest dreams thought this would be true, but I am slightly addicted to all things K-Beauty. I have never been super into make-up and like minimal skin care, so it is a big surprise! But as part of my self-care resolution, I wanted to really start taking care of my skin so that I could combat aging (hello, 30s!) and be able to wear less make-up. So instead of focusing on make-up, I am focusing on skin care. There are tons and tons of skin care and everywhere you look there is something new. It is extremely overwhelming. So without getting into the entire line-up of my skin care products, I want to talk about sheetmasks. I mostly get mine from either SokoGlam or Peach & Lily (J.Crew sells them too!) and try to use one once or twice per week. I try to do my evening skin care routine right after the girls go to bed and once you have a sheetmask on, it is hard to do anything but sit and relax because you can’t move your face. Ha!

{three} Suits.

For the record, I have been fan-girling over Meghan Markle long before she started dating Prince Harry! And if you need a little more Meghan in your life (because we can only see so many of the same wedding photos, right?) do yourself a favor and go watch Suits. And even if you don’t like Meghan or the royals, you will still like this show! I am a sucker for a legal drama, and this one did not disappoint! There are SEVEN seasons and while I think they dragged it out a few more seasons than they should have, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

{four} Reading.

If you knew me before I went to grad school, you know I was an avid reader. My entire life I plowed thru books and just loved to read. Fast-forward thru law school and I lost interest in reading anything more than a magazine article. Seriously. It was slightly depressing, but I just needed a break from books, generally. And now that I am seven (what?) years out of law school, I am returning to my love of books. I originally set a goal of one book per month. Lofty, I know. And honestly, I haven’t even come close to that! But Aaron and I recently finished binge-watching Big Little Lies and before we even watched the last episode, I found myself downloading it onto my Kindle. And each night I have been reading for 15 or 30 minutes before bed. It is lovely.

{five} Working Out.

I recently shared all about my BBG experience and though the past month has taken it’s toll on my workouts (read: they were non-existent) I am working on getting back into a good rhythm. And actually, this past month of not having almost daily workouts has shown me how much I need this in my life! Not only do I miss the physical aspect of it, but the mental time too. Just this weekend I took 30 minutes to walk down to Greenlake and listen to a podcast and it was amazing how good I felt after (and then I got home and Daphne threw up all over me #mamalife).

What are you loving this month? And what do you do for self-care? I’d love some more ideas!

M

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Welcome back Friday! Just a few fun things I wanted to share since both of the girls are napping at the same time – wahoo!

{one} Inchbug Orbit Labels.

{via Inchbug}

Eloise takes a water bottle to pre-school each day and since I don’t have a label maker I stuck a piece of Washi tape with her name written in Sharpie. Not the best method, I know. Then I saw one of these plastic rubbery labels on a friend’s daughter’s water bottle and knew it would perfectly solve my problem! I ordered one purple set for Eloise (she was SO excited that they were purple!) and one teal set for Daphne (for the future). There are four labels in a pack for less than $15. Sold!

{two}

{via Amazon}

We have the Bugaboo Bee stroller (which we LOVE) and decided against getting a double stroller once Daphne was born since it seemed way too burdensome. But I did want an option for Eloise since having her in a stroller is WAY easier! Luckily Bugaboo makes this Wheeled Board that attaches to any Bugaboo stroller. Other stroller systems have similar boards for older siblings, but this is the only one that I know of that also has a seat. It is a game-changer. I can’t tell you how many comments we get on it. Every single time I am out with it. And it is mostly older ladies who are eager to tell their daughters! If you are going to have two young kids – an infant and a toddler – I highly recommend this!

{three} Tea Collection Opera House.

Tea Collection Opera House Dress (Toddler Girls, Little Girls & Big Girls)Tea Collection Opera House Romper Dress (Baby Girls)

{via Nordstrom – dress, romper}

One of my favorite things about having two girls is the idea that I get to dress them alike! Not all the time, but imagining them in matching (or coordinating) outfits makes my heart swoon. We don’t have much from Tea Collection, but while I was perusing Nordstrom for the girls, I ran across this dress and romper from the Opera House collection. Seriously, the cutest!

{four} Walker Family Goods Kickstarter Project.

{via Kickstarter}

One of my old friends from home (we met in middle school!) launched a Kickstarter called Walker Family Goods which is all about easy travelling duffel bags. Lex and her husband Loren have two kiddos and make the most beautiful travel and wedding videos. Definitely go check out this project. I can’t wait to get my duffel later this year. I chose the yellow one but am loving the newly announced blush color which will be released if they hit their stretch goal before the end of the funding campaign.

What are you loving this week?

M

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Welcome back Friday!

{one} Anthro Knotted Hair Ties.

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{via Anthropologie}

Even with much shorter hair than I have had for years, I always keep a hair-tie on my wrist because it will inevitably end up in a ponytail or bun at some point during the day. While I like the thicker fabric ones – that aren’t supposed to leave creases but they totally do! – like these Emi-Jay ones, they don’t really hold my hair well unless I have two or three of them… So I was excited to see these knotted hair-ties when I was perusing around Anthro the other day. They hold up my hair with a single tie, plus they are cuter around my wrist than a normal hair-tie – score!

{two} NPR’s How I Built This podcast: Kate and Andy Spade.

Kate Spade: Kate & Andy Spade

{via NPR}

I know podcasts are all the rage these days and I have enjoyed all of them that I have ever listened to, but I still haven’t gotten on board as a regular listener (sort of like reading novels… law school ruined me!). But Aaron is super into podcasts as he listens to them on his commute each day. He recently shared this podcast about Kate and Andy Spade, creators of kate spade new york, and I LOVED it! It was the perfect thing to listen to while I was working on a last-minute project for Baby Foot’s nursery and I am looking forward to listening to a few of the other podcasts in the series!

{three} Birthday Love.

{Birthday/Valentine’s Day date night with my love at Serafina // blowing out the candles with Eloise}

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the birthday love this week. I got so many sweet text messages, phone calls, and Facebook posts that really made my day. My birthday has always been a really special part of the year for me and this year did not disappoint! And while, of course, I would have been more than happy to welcome Baby Foot on this day, I am very grateful that I don’t share a birthday with my child! I was spoiled by friends & family all weekend going into my birthday and into the 14th: a fresh bouquet of flowers, date night at my very favorite restaurant, a handmade watercolor heart from my favorite pre-schooler, a load of presents, and a much-needed mani/pedi!

Also, I wanted to add that this is going to be my last Friday I’m In Love post (or any blog post for that matter depending on baby’s timing!) for a while. We are hoping to be snuggling a brand-new Baby Foot by this time next week (which I promise we will share as soon as there is news either here, via email/text/phone, or via Instagram or Facebook) and then I am likely going to take a bit of a blog hiatus while we find our new normal! (Though I am planning on continuing to do weekly updates with Baby Foot – for the first 52 weeks! – just like we did with Eloise, though the first ones may not be posted in real time.)

And be sure to check out what Kendra is loving this week! What about you?

M

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Welcome back Friday! And Happy Half-Birthday to our sweet Eloise! I am hoping to have her quarterly update up soon.

{one} Playroom by Emily Henderson.

A Playful and Bright Playroom Introduction:

{via Style by Emily Henderson blog}

Oh Emily Henderson, how I love thee! She just revealed a sneak peek of the most adorable playroom this week and I am most definitely in love. I appreciate the mix of high and low-end décor (a lot of it is from Target’s Pillowfort Collection!) and effort to make it a nicely designed space that doesn’t scream pre-school. (That is pretty much my gripe with “playrooms” generally – way too many primary colors and plastic-y stuff!) Some day in the coming years (really, maybe just a few) we plan on bunking the kids together in one room and freeing up one of the bedrooms to turn into a playroom, and I pretty much want it to look like this one!

{two} Mexican Corn Dip.

Mexican Corn Dip - The traditional Mexican street corn is turned into the best dip ever. It's so good, you won't even need the chips here!

{via Damn Delicious}

Every week, pretty much without fail, we have Taco Tuesday. It is nice to have one easy, predictable meal every week and every member of our family loves Mexican food! We roast yams, heat up refried beans (I love Amy’s refried black beans!), warm up tortillas, slice avocado, and shred cheese. And in the past month or so, we have also added this Mexican Corn dip to the mix and I think it’s safe to say it is a keeper. You can add it to tacos or eat it with chips as a dip (or even on its own, its that good!). I have been using frozen corn since we are definitely not in corn season, but I can imagine it would be SO much better with  corn on the cob fresh off the grill. We also have been mixing up the type of cheese that we use (both feta and goat milk gouda) and it has been super yummy!

{three} Sonnet James Valentine’s Day Sale!

LIV - COBALT

{via Sonnet James}

If you have been following along for a while, you know I have a professed love for all things Sonnet James. These are the BEST dresses, especially for mamas with littles. I definitely don’t need anymore especially since I got a few for Christmas this year, though that doesn’t keep me from shopping! I love, love these dresses during pregnancy, and hope to wear a few of the styles post-partum (nursing friendly neckline is the key), and they are wonderful for late spring and summer in Seattle. Just throw it on with a pair of sandals or sneakers and you are out the door! Plus, a few of the styles are on sale, so go check it out!

Have a happy Valentine’s Day weekend and I hope you celebrate all weekend (and week) long!

And be sure to check out what Kendra is loving this week! What about you?

M

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Welcome back Friday and Happy February (only the BEST month ever)!

{one} Valentine’s Day Mani.

The sweetest heart manicure for V-Day:

{via Lauren Conrad}

I am loving this simple Valentine’s inspired manicure – simple but so festive! – and it makes me excited about getting my last-minute mani in a few weeks before this baby is born, even though it won’t include the hearts. Maybe I will have to try this DIY next week!

{two} Anthro Dress Sale.

{via Anthropologie}

Not sure if it’s because the groundhog saw his shadow and 6 more weeks of winter was proclaimed, but I am so ready for spring already! Even though we’ve had lots of sun recently (which I am loving) it has been super cold. I can’t wait to just throw on a dress and a pair of sneakers or sandals, and Anthro is tempting me with a dress sale this week! And it’s probably best for my wallet that I am limited to dresses that are nursing friendly…it is crazy to think about not having to dress the bump anymore! I saw this shirtdress in the store and it’s at the top of my list! (And am also loving this pink one and this mint green one – neither, sadly, are nursing friendly.)

{three} Eucalyptus.

Chamallow:

{via Chamallow}

If you follow me on Pinterest at all, you may have noticed that I have been pinning a ton on my BLOOMS board. It is probably because I am holding out for flower season – c’mon spring! But, what I have been really loving is actually eucalyptus which is so pretty on its own. It has been hit-and-miss for me finding it locally, though our grocery store has a decent floral department and usually has some type of eucalyptus in stock, though not usually the silver dollar (my fav!). And I am really loving the mix of the two types above in just a simple container. Putting that on my to-do list!

And be sure to check out what Kendra is loving this week! What about you?

M

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