Pinterest of Interest – Traveling Momma Edition

Our first big family trip is on the horizon. Four plane rides, a week in a far away city and tons of family to visit…I’ve been mentally packing for weeks. We have the travel stroller, the diapers, the formula, her clothes, shoes, hats and coats in case it’s cold, packed food in case we’re trapped on the plane for days and everything else you can possibly imagine EXCEPT … for Mommy’s clothes.

 

We tend to forget ourselves. A funny thing considering we were at one point the center of our own universes for a time.

But not only am I packing for the first trip I’ve been able to take in years (due to pregnancy and baby) but it’s also my first autumn trip in ages! FALL clothes, baby!

Check out my favorite fall looks for the traveling Momma.

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1. Been eye-balling these boot socks for months. $34. SOLD! The Lacey Lou Gold Openwork Leg Warmers

2. I’m obsessed with this look, minus the bag. I mean seriously, I can’t stand skin bags. How old are we? 90? 10 Great Winter Looks

3. Such cute Autumn hair inspiration. Alex Crabtree’s Hair & Makeup Blog.

4. Well ofcourse I’m obsessed with this $1200 Burberry coat. Someone should buy it for me. Burberry.com

5. Check out this great Instagram feed for fabulous style inspiration.

6. How amazing would these be for EVERYTHING! Shoemint.com

 

Later, comrades!

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Baby goes to the Farmers Market

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Small town Farmer’s Markets are nothing like the yuppie “open-air markets” of the coasts. Real farmers negotiating the costs of imperfect goods and complaining about the weather. That’s a small town market. A reason for local farmers to come together and socialize. To bond.

My Grandfather is one of those farmers. He drives 40 minutes every summer Sunday to a small town just west of his property. He sets up a folding table and baskets of cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn, jellies, eggs and home baked bread. His wife totes around a small fanny pack with change and gossips with the rest of the farmers who come from all over the area. My 80-year-old grandfather sits in the back of his truck and watches people as they study his goods. It’s a show in and of itself.

My husband and I venture to the small town a few times a summer. This summer has been especially hard for us to get there since I’ve been working nights and the baby doesn’t exactly like mornings. But we finally made the trek this last weekend and it was worth the ride.

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We sat with my Grandpa behind his booth as he explained each key player in the market choreography. He pointed out a a little old woman marching from one side of the market to the other with a stern look on her face. He whispered that she was a 102 years old. Laughing, he told us of the lady’s 86-year-old daughter who also braves the market regularly.  He pointed out the “foreign” lady down the way who bakes kolaches and pies from her small kitchen while supplying a seemingly endless supply of little boys for her husband. And the old farmer parked nearby with the baskets of peaches and sun-baked cowboy hat.

We listened and laughed, all the while wrestling rocks and sticks out of Jilly’s mouth. Baby appeared to be enjoying herself as she fumbled around the market, grabbing anything within reach and talking to anyone who would listen.

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Justin wasn’t much better as he immediately located a booth of baked goods and proceeded to purchase half-a-dozen kolaches and an entire rhubarb pie.

I happened upon a man made of eggplant and immediately wanted him. No dice.

We stayed as long as baby’s outfit could take, but soon she was coated in dust and dirt. She had successfully gummed a dozen rocks and a handful of small potatoes. How many she actually consumed…I’ll never know.

I hope to make it back atleast once more this summer. I always feel more connected to my food and home at the farmer’s market than I ever have at the grocery store. And I guess as I get older and my daughter starts to wear big girl clothes, that feeling matters much more to me than the quick drive to the local store.

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Freakin’ Fabulous Friday Freebies – Baby Style.

Yup. I’m in full-on baby mode. No. I’m not pregnant/gettingpregnant/menstruating/whatever. I’m just hitting that stage of Mommy-dom where I realize my baby is getting older and it’s freaking me out.

I work with my 10-month-old every day on flash cards. I realize it’s early but I figure it’s better now than way later when her brain is already full of way too many nasty words from her foul-mouthed mother. We work regularly on animal flash cards and sometimes I throw in a few Presidential ones, just so she knows the key characters of her history. (She holds onto the FDR card all day.)

This weeks Freebie is an easy printable/FREE game for your little one. Print. Cut. Match the word to the cutey picture. Easy. Go.

Memory/Word Association Sea Life Game

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Also, as an update to my post on Dressing Like A Princess…let’s just say, busty girls need not apply for this particular line of dresses…

Ciao.

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Pinterest of Interest – 1st Birthday Photo Inspiration

Check out this crazy cute selection of my favorite baby photoshoot inspiration. My favorite baby is about to turn one and I have just scheduled the photographer for her 1st Birthday family photoshoot. I already have delicious still-images floating through my head of balloons and (October baby) pumpkins! Check out my favorite selection of inspired photography…

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1. Oh. Siblings. Love love love.

2. Love this vintage Mother Daughter shoot.

3. Balloons!

4. La La Love Banner

5. 1st Birthday Cake Smash

Stay tuned for a late-afternoon Friday Freebie…

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10 Things to do in Seattle with Kids

My family and I are heading to Seattle soon to visit my in-laws. This will be the first trip with our 10 month old. Also the first time she will have been on a plane.
I’m excited.
I’m terrified.
In an effort to keep from stressing, I am in hyper-planning mode. I know that seems strange but it’s how I deal with stress. I plan the shit out of things.
While doing some research into cool kid stuff in Seattle, I came across this little tidbit from the Scary Mommy Blog. She has many a guide for US cities and I believe some international as well.

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Take a look. Take a trip. Plan the shit out of things.

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Pinterest of Interest – Smartie Kids

Kids take over our lives. And even though they are supposed to be the center of everything at all times…the best of us slip. We become involved and consumed with the drama of everyday adult business.

Here’s a few Pinterest of Interest links to bring you back to center. To remind you of all the easy daily things we can do to raise the kind of people we all aspire to be.

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1. Star Memory Game Free Printable – Love this! So creative and simple. Who doesn’t love the Memory Game?

2. Chore System – Not sure if I could implement this since I can’t even pick up my own bedroom…

3. Tips for Raising Geniuses – I love infographics. In alot of ways I am a small child…and everybody loves a picture book.

4. Health Finger Foods to Feed Babies! – Another infographic that blew my mind. I kindof wing alot of stuff when it comes to my baby but have always been hesitant with new foods. This helped ALOT.

5. Safety Skills to Teach Your Children – Love. I can’t get enough of safety skills. Seriously. If you click on none of the rest, make sure to check this one out.

6. Random Acts of Kindness List for Children – Aw. My little heart just melted. How to raise kind children. Through LISTS! I love a good list.

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Freakin’ Fabulous (Not so) Friday Freebie

I acknowledge my recent inconsistencies when it comes to the Friday Freebie. I offer no other explanation then, shit got real. Life has been crazy. If you are a Mom/Wife/Friend/SerialKiller/PersonOfInterest/PersonOfNoInterest you completely understand.

In light of this, I offer this downloadable freebie on a day other than Friday.

Crazy cute. Crazy simple. A little hippie. A little yuppie. All party.

The HollyHock Party invites. Download. Print. Write your fabulousness in the blanks. Dispense.

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Use as you wish.

Later, OG’s.

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In The Shop

An oldey but goody. One of my favorite of all the printable bookplates. Comes with instructions and 4 watercolor zoo animal bookplates. All downloaded straight to your computer to be printed over and over again.

Love.

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Great for gifts, baby shower favors or even for your own favorite little ones to preserve their most treasured stories.

A sample of the Little Peanut Bookplates that I use for my own Little One.
A sample of the Little Peanut Bookplates that I use for my own Little One.

BUT WAIT! I also do custom bookplates! Check out my Etsy page and keep following for more event inspiration.

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To My Daughter on Her 8 Month Birthday,

To Jilly on her 8 Month Birthday,

Big things are happening! Not only have you cut TWO little teeth in your bottom gums but you are also officially crawling! Real crawling! No more belly crawling for you!

Mommy and Daddy noticed last week that you were pulling yourself to your knees and starting to sway back and forth. We thought maybe in a couple more weeks you would be attempting to awkwardly crawl. Five days later, Mommy was getting ready for work and saw little Ms. Jilly crawling across the floor like a tiny determined soldier! Mommy squeeled and you crawled right to me. I wanted to cry! You were so happy and excited! AND mobile! Good Lord, are you mobile. You are into everything now. Mommy can’t look away for a second. You chase poor Wook around the house, pulling on his tail and trying to cuddle. You try your best to wiggle your little hands into everything. It’s amazing. You have developed so fast in just a few months!

Last night, Mommy had to leave you with Grandpa to go to work. You and Mommy have been sick the last few nights and both had horrible runny noses. Grandpa was trying to wipe your nose and you started shouting at him. Grandpa swore you yelled for “Momma!” And so it is official. Confirmed by a non-biased party, your first word was Momma. And Mommy couldn’t be more proud!

But even though you and Mommy are very close and hate being seperated, you and Daddy have your own bond as well. You are so excited when you see Daddy. And Daddy swears you are bigger and heavier every time he sees you. You two love giving “Spider Man kisses” where Daddy hangs you upside down and you kiss his face all over.

Everywhere we go you still smile and greet everyone with giggles. You especially love other babies and children. You stare at them and will push Mommy out of the way to get a better look. I’ve come to realize this is your way of telling me you want your own built-in playmate at home. But for now you will have to just make due with your friends at the sitter. No more babies for now but I doubt you will be alone for long.

Mommy and Daddy are currently hustling to pack the house up and get it ready to move in a few weeks. We are planning on buying Grandma and Grandpa’s house where Mommy grew up. Your Great-Grandpa built the house and you will be the third generation to be raised there. Mommy is excited to settle in and rebuild your nursery. I have even bigger plans for a play area in the yard for you and the puppies.

Grandma and Jordane took you with them to run errands last week. While you were out on your Girl’s Day, you three visited the Humane Society. Grandma said you screamed and giggled at every puppy you saw. She said you squealed and howled at them with excitement drawing everyone’s attention and scaring some of the more timid puppies!

At 8 months old you are weighing in at 15.5 lbs. Still a bit small for your age but healthy. You’re in a funny size and wearing clothes between 3 months old up to 9 months old. Every day is a struggle to see which pants and tops fit. The best is watching Daddy trying to dress you. For future reference, do not take style advise from your father. I love him but Mommy has been dressing him since the day we met.

Speaking of Daddy, your first Father’s Day is coming up quickly. Daddy is excited to take you to your first baseball game that day. We will spend it at Great Grandpa’s for a bit and then off to the College World Series. I’m sure you will attend many more series games in the future.

I laugh to myself everytime I think of you crawling. You are still trying to figure out how to coordinate all your limbs and so you exagerate your movements. It’s ridiculously cute. You shimmy and kick your legs out. You swing your arms like you can’t judge the distance between you and the floor. It reminds Mommy of Grandpa’s Daddy who ran in the Olympic Trials with Jesse Owens. His nickname was “Spider” because his legs would move so fast people thought he had eight of them. You don’t move so fast yet but you’ll get there.

As always, Mommy and Daddy love you more than anything and everything.

Happy 8 months, baby girl.

-Mommy

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