Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hi.. Hello.

Hi...Hello.

I posted the above photo on Instagram yesterday but thought I'd give an update here as well. I will be doing a flash sale with some cotton + flannel baby blankets in the next week or two. I've had a bunch of this just stashed away but the prints are just too good to keep in my closet and not share. Plus I'm working on a little spring collection with some new things for my shop, so I needed to clear out some space! I'm really excited about this new stuff, I've got some custom printed fabric headed my way and I'm keeping the collection pretty small (but it includes baby stuff, my faaaavorite) so its only the best of the best (at least I think so!). As soon as I have more info, I'll post another update!

In other news, we're also in the beginning process of buying a house and house hunting. This year is going to be a crazy huge transition for us, one of the biggest is moving to a new city (even though its only 10 minutes north). I'm excited and nervous.. and nervous.. but mostly excited! Especially at the thought of finally having a house (and a back yard!) and not having gross apartment carpet. It's the important things.. you know? I'm hoping the search and entire process is more fun than it is awful, but we'll see! Wish us luck.


And heere's a fun mirror selfie (the worst kind-ha!) because I wanted a more personal photo for this post and I have nothing else. Yes, that's a sports bra hanging up in the background... I was taking photos for another insta closet sale. As for the blank stare, I don't know... I was sending this photo to a friend to show her my new bangs and my new foundation I fell in love with. Lots of exciting things here. Don't you want to be my friend now? (Where's the rolls eye emoji when you need it)
Hi.. Hello.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A summer baby on the way!


A summer baby on the way.

(I had this post scheduled for a couple weeks ago and just noticed it never went up. Old news!)

Here we go again! We have a summer baby on the way (mid-july) and I'd say we timed that pretty perfectly because I don't think we can handle another birthday in the fall/winter.

The first trimester was pretty rough (and MUCH harder than it was Beck) and I basically begged Beck to watch netflix all day so I could sleep. Not my finest parenting but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Josh also happened to have a lot of time off at the end of the year which lined up perfectly, since that was the time I needed help the most. I'm feeling mostly back to normal now as far as energy and just so excited and thankful that I get to do all of this again.

Can't wait for my belly to get to growing big and for Beck to get to be a part of it all this time. He's not quiiiiite understanding what it means...he'll talk about the baby in mama's tummy but also points to the "baby in beck's tummy" too. It might click more when it looks like I'm smuggling a basketball ;)

Josh took this a couple days before Christmas and I thought it perfectly summed up my life the past couple months!
A summer baby on the way.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A snow day to start the year!

New year snow day
New year snow day
New year snow day
New year snow day
New year snow day
New year snow day
New year snow day
New year snow day
New year snow day

On Sunday we got a surprise snow day and it ended up being one of the best days I can remember. It wasn't a huge amount but enough to play in and make everything look incredibly pretty. The last time we really had snow Beck was super tiny so this was his first experience taking it all in and he loved it. He just kept kicking it and running around like.. "what is this???"

Josh taught him how to catch the snow on your tongue. And tried to show him how to throw it but he didn't love getting his mittens in it.

The neighborhood was so dang pretty I could've walked around all day. By the next day it was pretty slushy and gross again but it was super fun while it lasted. And now that we have that out of our systems can winter be over?? I've decided I'm officially not a cold weather person (give me spring or fall year round). I'm freezing 24/7 and so ready to be outside more. Also, the darkness... I need more daylight in my life.

Anyway! Beck's first real snow day was a success. Looking adorable and smiling the whole time :)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Blurb books: Beck's first two years

Beck's first two years // Blurb books
So for months (ahem, ten) I had been meaning to make a baby photo book of Beck's first year. I've been trying to get better at having photos you can actually hold in your hands but I felt overwhelmed at the process of getting them together and "creating" a book which is why it got left undone for so long. Now that he's two I thought I might as well combine the first two years into one book! Blurb reached out a couple months ago and I knew I couldn't pass up a chance to partner with them. I had seen their books before and they are STUNNING. The whole process was SO easy and fun, I'm kicking myself for not doing this sooner. It is super customizable—size, paper, photo placement, etc—and the actual process of uploading and inserting the photos in the order you want is a breeze.

Beck's first two years // Blurb books
Beck's first two years // Blurb books

When I got the book in the mail yesterday I cried. It is so incredibly beautiful (plus baby photos.. come on!). I'm so happy I finally did this, to have all these super special photos in one place is wonderful. I ordered extra copies for Christmas presents too! Grandparents, pretend you didn't see that yet. :)

For my book I got the hardcover 7x7 book with full page photos (no white frame) and matte paper. You can browse around and see all the options on Blurb. They have a ton of inspiring ideas. If you've been like me and have procrastinated forever, just do it already! You'll be SO happy you did!

Beck's first two years // Blurb books
Beck's first two years // Blurb books
Beck's first two years // Blurb books

This post was created in partnership with Blurb. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Thanks for supporting these companies I love!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Keeping your house organized during the holidays

As much as I am completely obsessed with the holiday season and all that comes with it (decorations, festivities, lots of company!) there's a teeny tiny part of me that gets a little anxious about how messy or disorganized or cluttered the house can tend to feel. Please tell me I'm not the only one! It's totally worth the added "clutter" but this year I was brainstorming some ways that I could avoid that anxious feeling. So today I'm partnering with Cottonelle to share what we'll be doing (we decorate tomorrow.. it's our tradition!)

Home organization and the holidays

Put away most or all other decor
This may seem like the most obvious and certainly most people do it to some extent. We already don't have much when it comes to home decor and our walls are almost entirely bare except for a shelf or two but we'll be taking down what we can so even with the christmas stuff out, it feels like it usually does—decorated but very minimal. 

Purge more!
There pretty much isn't a time that I'm not going through stuff and getting rid of things. We just loaded up our car completely full today of stuff we've purged over the last couple months. I feel so much better in our home when I know there isn't a closet that is over flowing with junk or cupboards that are overloaded with things we probably don't use any more.

Home organization and the holidays

Keep essentials stocked (and with easy access) for guests
This goes for everything from toilet paper to blankets. Keeping things that guests use and need in open places and easy to find. Our bathroom is all open-shelving so we keep things they might need really accessible. And the TP... we have 4-6 Cottonelle mega-rolls out at all times. I never again want to assume we have another roll in the hall closet as I'm using up the last of the TP. Been there, done that. :)

Home organization and the holidays

Keep your house mostly clean all the time
I realize this sounds a little idealist, but hear me out. Half the reason that having guests can seem overwhelming is that I want the house to spotless when they arrive (ha!). So If I can keep the house mostly clean and tidy throughout the week, then it becomes much easier to get it to that guest-ready level. I'm not SUPER crazy about this but because of the way I'm wired it's easier for me to relax and enjoy guests if the environment is tidy and clean than if it isn't. It's way less about how people see our house messy/clean and more about how I can actually be focused on the people and not doing the dishes.

Home organization and the holidays

Here's to hoping this helps me feel more organized this year! Even if it doesn't completely, every little bit helps and it is the most wonderful time of the year after all, so even if it's a little chaotic its still really amazing, right?

This post was created in partnership with Cottonelle. As always, all words and opinions are entirely my own! Thanks for supporting brands that support this blog!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Clinique gift + trying new products!

Clinique // Nordstrom Gift With Purchase
Hello hello! I have an amazing deal I wanted to share with those of you who like deals (ie: all of us). I've been on the hunt for a better moisturizer since my skin is SUPER picky about what it wants--drug store stuff just doesn't cut it and I thought I'd try one of the highest rated ones ever, Clinique's dramatically different moisturizing lotion. The infamous yellow bottle! It's been really great so far and to make it all even better, right now at Nordstrom they have a gift with purchase deal going on where you get 7 additional products (plus a zippered pouch) with any purchase of $29. It was like christmas came early! All of the gift with purchase items are pictured.

I seriously loved this offer because I'm always looking to try new products (especially higher end) but I don't always want to commit to buying before trying because I can be pretty picky. So this was an amazing way to get introduced to a few new items. I have completely fallen in love with this cheek stick and I probably wouldn't have discovered it had I not got it with the purchase. The color is exactly what I like and I prefer liquid/creme blush over powder any day of the week! Also, the soft matte lipstick goes on like butter on your lips and stays put for so long. I've already added a couple other colors to my wishlist, especially this one.

You can get the gifts with your purchase online here or at a local Nordstrom store (the Bellevue store is doing the event if you're close to Seattle!) It's seriously an amazing deal, you'd be silly to not scoop it up.

Thanks for letting me share! :)
Clinique // Nordstrom Gift With Purchase
Clinique // Nordstrom Gift With Purchase

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies... Ever!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
So my mom has been making this chocolate chip cookie recipe for as long as I can remember and it's become infamous. People beg me to make "the" chocolate chip cookies. There is something different that sets these 1000 times above the rest... I mean, a good cookie is a good cookie but these are better than the best. And I swear I'm not biased because I grew up on them, people hunt me down for the recipe after trying them!

The biggest difference between these and most other cookie recipes is that you melt the butter. Completely liquid. No softening or creaming of the butter for these. And I'm not a scientist so I don't understand completely how that affects the taste/baking process, but it does and it's a great thing!
It also means you can make them on the fly, no waiting around for butter to soften.

Oxo reached out to me awhile back introducing me to the Cookies for Kids' Cancer campaign that they do and for every blog post dedicated to the campaign they would donate $100 to the charity. Obviously, I couldn't pass that up. So I finally have an excuse to share this amazing cookie recipe and help support this charity in one go!

These are gooey and chewy with perfect saltiness and brown sugary-ness. (Let me know if/when you make them!)

THE one and only... Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 dozen

 2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

1 stick of butter, melted
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (more can be added depending on your chocolate/cookie ratio preference)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the dry ingredients with a whisk until combined.
Mix the wet ingredients together until the eggs are well blended.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips and mix until well incorporated.
Scoop heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Enjoy :)

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
- Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. 100% of proceeds raised by Cookies for Kids' Cancer fund pediatric cancer research.
OXO will be donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each blog post dedicated to this campaign in October (up to our $100,000 commitment*.)
- *In 2015, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer through product proceeds, bake sale matches and other fundraising efforts

Friday, October 23, 2015

Mama Style 06 \\ Cozy fall day

Mama Style 06 // Cozy Fall
Mama Style 06 // Cozy Fall

Happy Friday! I have one last collaboration with Zappos to share, this time with Clarks! I love me a good pair of booties (especially cut-out ones!) but I've only ever had junky pairs that are super uncomfortable and wear out fast (I won't name any names...). As I've been paring down my wardrobe and thus my shoes as well, I've taken notice to how often you have to rebuy cheap shoes, it's kind of disturbing. It is SO worth it to pay more (and really not even much more at all) and have them last years and years and years. It's better on your budget in the long run and WAY better for the environment and all that good stuff. Buying high quality has become such an important value of ours over the last couple months, we want things that last and hold up well, especially shoes.

I picked up this pair from Clarks--they are classic but with a little pizazz and I like that I'll be able to wear them through every season, not just fall/winter. Also, they are so comfortable which is crucial if I'll be wearing them all day chasing Beck through the park (which I do a lot).

Zappos has carries TONS of Clark shoes, including the classic desert boots and these gorgeous chelsea boots. They've been around for quite some time and they know what they're doing when it comes to shoes and boots. And Zappos, well they have fast and free shipping (two things I love) and is always exceptionally easy to work with for exchanges or any questions.

Yay for a cozy fall day! I'm headed to the couch with a blanket and some tea to read now. Have a good weekend!!
Mama Style 06 // Cozy Fall
Mama Style 06 // Cozy Fall
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