A Day in Our Life – July 21, 2012

We were inspired by a recent post over at Baby Rabies to capture a life in our ordinary day.

8:15am – Hayden was up at 6am – I guess we are back on Chicago time…
Still in PJs and hanging out. We love weekends!
9:17am – On the weekends we take turns letting each other sleep in (or not!).
10:20am – First nap. Fast asleep…
11:30am – Baby Lunchtime! The whole bowl ended up on the floor. Again.
Hayden has not been into eating today. Drank lots and lots of rice milk.
12:20 – Picked up my new Bern helmet then off to the
Tour de Fat in Logan Square!
1:22pm – Empanadas from 5411. Mmmmm….
2:10pm – Gentle Scout goes nuts for some aqua fresca!!
3:13pm – Dom rides an Art Bike at the Tour de Fat
4:52pm – Book time! Books multiply like baby bunnies in our house.
I honestly don’t know where they all come from.
5:23pm – Whinnie The Poo. Yup. More book time.
6:23pm – Whole Foods salad bar dinner. Yeah, lazy tonight and didn’t want
to cook. So we hit up the Whole Foods on North Ave (i.e. Mecca) for some
of my fav vegan pizza (and vegan milkshake) and a salad bar sampling for
Hayden. He only ate the pad thai and then tried to throw the rest on the
ground. I am ready for this phase to be over!
7:58pm – Last moment of the day: bedtime. Hayden has been napping and
going down for bedtime great since we got back from our trip out West.
No protesting and no tears! I can live with this!


The Great All-American Road Trip

Sorry I have been such an absentee blogger! We have been in a flurry preparing for our “Great, All-American Road Trip”! Yes, we, as insane people, are taking our 15 month old across the country, in a car. For 14 days. We are headed West folks, and we couldn’t be more excited to get out of Chicago and see friends of ours that made the great exodus out west a few years back. We will be headed to Denver, Durango, The GRAND CANYON!!!, and Monument Valley (in Utah).

We both started reading a great book a few weeks back called, “Adventuring with Children” and we are truly inspired by it. We’ve begun to think NOW is the perfect time to travel with our little one – before expectations of entertainment, location and schedules are a huge factor in his life. He is a flexible little dude, and we are going to make sure to respect his sleeping schedule and make sure we make plenty of stops so we can all get out, stretch our legs, and enjoy this experience together – as a family. So, for now, we are off to the great West!

Things I’m Afraid to Tell You.


This morning I read a great/amazing/inspirational post by Ez over at Creature Comforts. She started an online conversation about the “vast cavern between true reality and the presentation of “reality” on blogs.”

I read over 70 design blogs everyday, follow too-many-to-count boards on Pinterest, check my Instagram feed several times a day and do my own pinning/posting/photographing to boot. People, it’s overwhelming. The amount of beauty out there is amazing – the homes I see, the fashion I love, the design I covet – it’s all amazing. And honestly it makes me feel less than worthy to be blogging about it. My home does not look like this. My child does not look like this. My craft area DOES NOT even vaguely resemble this. We are normal. Mostly. But I feel like a hypocrite. A lot. So to pull back the curtain on my life, here are some things I am afraid to tell you:

  1. I am lazy. It may not seem like it, but I am. Some days it’s enough for me to work full time, come home and cook a meal for my 14 month old, and then cook another meal for me and my husband after the baby goes to bed. My once meticulously kept house has lost it’s luster amid strewn toys, a dirty high chair, piles of cloth diapers to be washed, animals to take care of and, oh, myself to wash and feed. I post about tons of amazing craft projects to be done, and never do them. I’ve had a company idea brewing for a few months now, and can’t seem to work on it. Ever.
  2. I may have postpartum anxiety issues. I have come to terms with the fact that I may need to talk to someone. Every time my husband and son walk out the door I think it may be the last time I ever see them. I love them so much, and I think of them as my whole world. I can’t imagine life without either one of them, so naturally my anxious mind goes to the worst of places when I see them off in the morning.
  3. I am a hot and cold blogger. Sometime I have amazing ideas for posts and never get around to posting about it. Then I will do 3 days straight of posts. Then nothing. Repeat.
  4. My husband and I had a chance to move to Barcelona a few years back and it fell through. The disappointment was one of the hardest things I have ever had to process and deal with.
  5. You know the term, “Jack of all trades; master of none”? That’s me. I can do everything enough to get by.
  6. I’m a hard person to like. I had a rough childhood, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may not be the easiest person to get along with. I have changed, slowly, but I recognize it might not be enough for some people. I am working on getting over that and moving on. Slowly, but surely.

So what are you afraid to tell everyone? Or even just tell yourself?

My Saturday House


Run Like a Mother

Run Like a Mother LogoIn less than 2 weeks I will be running like a mother… with a bad knee, possible arthritis and a bad IT band. Sigh. Why do I torture myself? I don’t like to run anywhere, for any reason. Nothing short of a burning building with my baby in it would make me sprint for anything. But sometimes you need to step (jog?) out of your comfort zone – even if it’s to realize you like your comfort zone just fine and dandy thank-you-very-much.

Now, just to clarify, this is a 5K. Yes, my marathon running friends, feel free to start making fun of me. I am complaining about running 3 MILES. But, I need to get my old body back, some way, some how. I understand that I am never going to be exactly the same (see boobs, butt and mid-section) but I would like at least to be able to wear a bathing suit without scaring small animals and children. So I am running. Or jogging. Or jogging 2 minutes and walking 3. Let’s not get caught up in the technicalities here. I’m trying. And right now, right here, that is the best I can do. Wish me luck on Mother’s Day!

Me Month

I’ve decided April is going to be all about me. ME ME ME!!! I’ve spent a (wonderful) year learning how to be a mom and trying to figure out how to balance working full time and being there for my family. Since baby H is 1 now it’s getting easier and less labor intensive to take care of him on a day to day basis, I figured I could focus on myself a little this month.

Now before you get all ballistic on me, no, I am not taking a week off to spend at a spa, and no, I’m not letting my kid stick forks into wall outlets while I read People magazine and sip a latte. I am fitting in small, easy to do action items into my everyday routine. Here they are:


Yes ladies, lip color! I am, admittedly, terrible at make-up application. But lips are super easy! I prefer a nice stain, something I don’t have to worry about accidentally wiping off every 5 minutes on paper towels or cups. I started using “Just Bitten” by Revlon and I love it. My goal is to wear some kind of lipstick – or lipstain – every day this month.


I have regrettable hair. It’s baby fine and a terrible boring shade of mousey brown. Before I was pregnant I had tried every shade out there – platinum blonde in the summer was my favorite – and when I got pregnant I had to stop the coloring. The best part about being pregnant was how full and lush it was – I felt like I could run my hands through it without out giant handfuls of hair coming out – but alas, no more. So this month I am trying out different styles and products to try to break out of my boring pixie cut.


Yes, I am using a teeth whitening system. Nothing fancy, just a CVS purchased product, but so far it’s working great! My teeth aren’t very stained, they just have 32 years of wear and tear and could use a little extra love!


We see a naturopath and love it. She helps us get rebalanced when we are feeling sluggish and helps with mending soar muscles and minds. My husband and I are both on vitamin regimens but I tend to get lazy and forget to take mine. So this month is all about getting back on them regularly (I take over 15 a day). I know I’ll feel better – I just need to commit!

Adventures in Baby Food!

Baby-led Weaning Book CoverWhen Hayden first started out on solids he was 6 months old and we did the old rice cereal and breast milk drill. He loved it, and soon we moved on to thicker purees. My girlfriends and I had all sorts of conversations about the best way to puree/cook baby food and we talked about all the different recipes that were out there. One day I was looking up info on the internet about moving Hayden to more finger-type foods and ran across a blog about “baby-led weaning”. The concept is pretty simple: babies don’t need special food made just for them – they can eat what you eat. Sounds great- right?! Well, it is. We moved Hayden from eating all pureed food one week to pretty much eating adult food the next. He took to it wonderfully, loving the opportunity to explore different textures and the independence that came with feeding himself. We are still using up our frozen puree supply, and he actually feeds it to himself now with a spoon. He sucked on pieces of roast at our Christmas meal, eats tortillas and bread, all sorts of fruit and loves different types of proteins. So every night I now make his lunches. I usually grab bits and pieces of this and that out of the fridge. Leftover beef and broccoli from our stir-fry, cut up pieces of various fruits, a torn up corn tortilla, and sliced up veggies.

Tomorrow’s Lunch Torn up pieces of romaine, grape tomatoes, beef (from last night’s stir fry), shredded cheese
Pears and mixed fruit (blueberries, blackberries & grapes) A torn up corn tortilla

Feeding Hayden what we eat has been a great experience. It benefits us both – I think more about what Dom and I eat, because I know Hayden will be eating it too, and it’s just plain easier to feed him what we are eating then it is to make special meals just for him. He is also a very adventurous eater – he loves artichoke, spinach and beets. He eats all sorts of fruits – and especially loves tart and sour ones! Next up – veggie sushi!

Owl Have Another

This weekend my mother made Hayden yet another owl themed item – a pillow! And it is super cute. So I was looking around and realized that we are owl-crazed in this house! So I gathered together all the owl themed items I could find and here they are!
1. Crocheted Owl Hat – homemade by my mom2. Croched Owl Pilliow – homemade by my mom

3. Stuf 12″ Yellow Bird (ok, he’s not an owl, but they have one here if you love this brand!)

4. Skip*Hop Night & Day Discovery Toy

5. Paul Frank julius! Alphabet Flash Cards (ok… not an owl – just a really cute quail!!)

6. Kooky Owl – homemade by my grandma – check out the pattern here!

7. Skip*Hop Treetime Friends Stroller Toy

8. Skip*Hop Treetime Friends Activity Mat

9. Gap Forest Creatures One Piece (bonus – it’s on sale right now!)

Redecorating Fever

I have the fever. Little H is but a mere 5 months old, and I am already scouring the internet for ideas on redecorating his room – a million times over! Will it be robots, earth & sky (can’t you just imagine these fluffy clouds hanging above his crib!?) or perhaps the very popular “rainbowtheme?

Right now I am going for a colorful/unbabyish/mod look. Am I pulling it off?


I Couldn’t Resist!

AND, it was on sale at Target!!

Internet peeps, I promise to be back online hopefully in a month or so. I have been spending the past 4 months adjusting to my new life, lack of sleep, being a full-time working mom, and all the other awesomeness that comes with being a new mom! So for now, dear internet, I will be hanging with my little dude and loving him to pieces!