Sunday, November 22, 2015

Five Years.

I can still remember holding Henry in those first days. Most of that time is hazy to me unless my memory is sparked by something else, but I remember that. I've never been a cuddler really, never someone who could ever fall asleep in someone's arms, or with someone in mine, but suddenly, that's what I was doing. All day and all night, I had this perfect tiny boy nestled up on my chest and it was the greatest happiness I'd ever experienced.

Five years. It flies by far too quickly- just like people say it will. And they're totally correct. When you're in it, it feels slow. Some days drag, right? But then all of a sudden he's turning one and you're laughing about how you're going to blink and he'll be five. And you blink. And're there.

I always say that there's a before and after. Not just just before I became a Mom and afterward, because that's obvious. But before I became everything I am now, and that is marked by Henry's birth. I have never thought of myself as only a mother when I became a mother- I've always tried to hold onto me, just as me, without the wife, mother, whatever I am at the moment title. But having a child changed all of the other things too. I am a different wife. A different daughter. A different friend. It's amazing really, to think about this one thing, that affects every other part of my life in the most complicated, beautiful, inspiring way.

What a gift to be Henry's mama. And today we celebrate our sweet boy turning the big FIVE. There's so much more to be said, but I'll leave it at this: happy birthday, Hen! xoxo

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Weekend Links

Happy weekend! Here are some links from around the web this week. Enjoy!

All about selfies. A good read.

These boots (pictured above) have made their way onto many of my friends feet. Not my pair- they got their own. And the consensus? LOVE.

I Was A Fundamentalist Christian Until I Discovered Feminist Writers...

Have you read Reese Witherspoon's speech on ambition? If you haven't check it out.

Why I Provide Abortions.

Winter wishlist: a winter scarf, a fun pair of boots, and a cute statement coat.

9 habits of highly effective restaurants.

On my salad radar: one and two.

Almost done with this book!

Loved seeing these cute pics of my Nashville trip over on Elsie's blog.

Question: why does the shaming and harassment of women always go viral?

Sad that this is reality: When Violence Becomes a Teen Meme.

The internet is what you make it.

Thanksgiving advice from our elders!

And finally, have you heard of Vocal Fry? I hadn't until my friend Alex sent this to me!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Summer in the Fall | Our East Coast Trip 2015: Massachusetts

Do you guys remember when we went on a month and a half long trip this past May-June? I barely do- it feels like a lifetime ago. I have SO many photos from that trip though, and I've been meaning to share them for what feels like forever. It felt so daunting at first, because I had thousands of photographs to sort through, but I finally got it done and now the fun part is here! Sharing! We visited five different states, and I'll be sharing the trip via five different posts, over the next month or two. I'll start off with our time in Massachusetts.

As I shared our trip on Instagram, I got a ton of questions there and via comments and email like, how on Earth were you able to take a month+ long trip? Don't you work? Doesn't your husband work? How did you do this with two kids (three if you count Lucy)? Are you crazy?

So, here are some answers in case you're curious too! Working remotely allows me to work from wherever I may be, which lends itself nicely to things like month long trips. However, Hank does not work remotely, so he was only able to join us for about 8 days, which was way too short. He chose to come for our always-favorite part of our East Coast trips, Vermont! And then I got lots of comments like, "How did the boys do?" "How did you stay sane being away from home for that long!" The boys travel pretty often, so they were just fine. Some days were harder than others but overall that wasn't bad at all. Plus, my parents and sister were there the entire time so I actually had more "help" than I typically do at home. Henry and Charlie were in heaven being around so many people they love, and it was really nice to be able to be together for so long. But honestly and truly if you asked me to do this again I would maybe hesitate! For me it was way too long to be away from home, and by the end I was going slightly crazy dreaming of my own bed...but like childbirth you kind of forget the pain so I think I could still be persuaded to do it again if you caught me in a certain mood. ;)

We started off our trip in Salem, Massachusetts, a favorite destination for our family. We've been many times and I can't wait to plan a trip for an upcoming Halloween- I feel like that would just be the ultimate. I've heard that some people find it to be too touristy, and maybe it is, but I love it all the same. Between our family ties and my deep love for all things The Crucible, it's just such a fascinating place for me. The history is amazing, and if you haven't been, do yourself a favor and go! The homes, the's all really really neat and will always hold a special place in my heart. We stayed at the Salem Inn, in the yellow house down the street that's part of the Inn. Very cool. While there we also got to spend time with my wonderful cousin Matt and his girlfriend, and also meet up with my longtime blog friends Rachel and Don, and their sweet daughter. It was SO amazing to finally hug them after all of these years- and in the funny way it sometimes goes, it felt like we were the oldest friends, getting to meet up for the 100th time. I wish we all lived closer.

Some things I never want to forget: ALL of the stairs and ALL of our luggage...serious comedy. Henry taking a stand against lobsters, walking through Gloucester with everyone, ice cream whenever possible, all of the delicious seafood, and early morning runs with my sister.

And now, photos! If you have any specific questions about things to do or see, let me know too- I'm happy to answer!

I hope you enjoy this bit of summer, in the fall! More to come next week. xoxo

Monday, November 16, 2015

3 Fall Favorites

Oh, Fall! My favorite season. And my favorite season to kind of do the whole out with the old, in with the new stuff. Except if you've been kind of reading along as I've been kind of posting about it, you would know that I've really been trying to avoid buying a ton of unnecessary things and stick to my plan. And the plan, well, that's kind of coming together as we go along. ;) But the main thing is getting rid of items in my closet (and home!) that don't spark joy (thank you KonMari), and replacing them with items I really love and will hopefully keep on loving.

So when Rack Room Shoes wanted to team up again and share three of my favorite shoes picks for Fall I gave an immediate yes! I knew exactly what I wanted to share too- the three kinds of shoes I wear most often: athletic shoes, heeled ankle boots, and flat ankle boots. So below you'll find the main things I wear every single day, with the first look being my most common. Have you guys seen that Activewear YouTube video?! It's so good- watch it if you haven' friends and I like to make fun of ourselves because we pretty much wear activewear everyday. That's why I would never be a good fashion blogger. "Here's my favorite pair of running shorts, and here's my best track jacket..."

Anyway! If you missed my first collab with Rack Room a couple months ago, you might not know that they are a really great place to shop for adults and kids- they have great sales every single day. It was hard for me to choose just two pairs of boots because their site is chock full of all of the Fall trends, and a million pairs of great ankle boots, but I managed to narrow it down and ended up finding two new favorites outside of the best pair of Nikes I've ever had! Sponsored post or not, I really really love these shoes and shopping at Rack Room, and I'm certain you will too. I'll give you each outfit's details at the bottom of each section, and a little more about each pair.

Happy shopping! xoxo

Hat: Zara 
Sweatshirt: c/o Village Wild
Leggings: Lululemon
Shoes: c/o Rack Room Shoes- and the BEST Nikes I've ever had one. I wear them almost everyday, and they're the most comfortable...and the cutest! I highly recommend these.
Stroller: c/o Orbit Baby- this is the new O2 jogger. Check if out if you haven't yet!

Hat: c/o Elm Co.
Jacket: Old Navy

Jacket: Treasure & Bond via Nordstrom (sold out)
Shirt: Top Shop via Nordstrom
Jeans: Gap  (no longer available)
Shoes: c/o Rack Room- these are a great pair of booties- perfect for date night or just casual days thanks to the zipper detail. Very comfy too.
Bag: c/o Fawn Design

Dress: Free People (sold out)
Shoes: c/o Rack Room Shoes- I talked about these in a post last week but I can't say enough good things about them. They look just like the Sam Edelman Petty boots but a fraction of the cost- and on sale too! Snatch these up, for sure.

Hat: Gap
Flannel: Gap (similar)
Jeans: Gap 
Shoes: Adidas


This post was shared in partnership with Rack Room Shoes. Thanks for reading! :)
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