MY AHA MOMENT | MOTHERHOOD

July 30, 2013



A few weeks ago Nick and I were contacted by Mutual of Omaha's "My Aha Moment" campaign and thought it would be really fun to participate. Immediately I thought, well of course I'll talk about how we started our own business and following dreams yada yada yada but when thinking about exactly what I wanted to say I was feeling so uninspired. Then on the afternoon of the filming it was just like, duh. Motherhood. This is my calling, my dream, my aha moment. It was such a pleasure to talk about it. Also, my goodness I talk with my hands. Isn't it so weird to see and hear yourself talk? Anyways, what was your aha moment? Are you still searching? I'd love to hear.

LIFE IN AN INSTANT

July 29, 2013

Just a few photos of the last week or so. In hindsight this past week was really wonderful. The weather here in Cincinnati has been so amazing which is why we have found ourselves enjoying so many outdoor activities lately. 

| impromptu new little workspace in the kitchen
| sleepy babe on Saturday morning
| a few moments in reflection
| four generations - ladies I love with all my heart
| that face
| papa reading baby girl a few stories at lunch over the weekend
| that new bouncer -she just loves it
| how most of our days our spent together

Happy Monday!

WARBY PARKER + DONORSCHOOSE.ORG

July 25, 2013


I'm super excited today to help kick off the launch of Warby Parker's collaboration with DonorsChoose.org. When Warby Parker asked if I'd like to help spread the word I gladly agreed. If you aren't familiar with Warby, they design and sell some of the slickest frames and eyeglasses out there. If I wore glasses these would for sure be the brand I'd sport. I also fell a bit in love with Donors Choose after reading up on it. It's sort of like Kickstarter for public school teachers and as a teacher myself, I couldn't resist the chance to share a really unique platform to help teachers find the funding they need to provide their students with great projects and activities. I myself have often thought of a great project idea i'd love to do with my students but am always reluctant to spend my own money for the materials i'd need. In comes DonorsChoose.org where teachers now have the ability to plan some amazing things for their students and not have the burden of financing it too. Costs can be as small as some new colored pencils to as large as a few hundred dollars so a class of kids can build a solar system together. Really, the project ideas are awesome (and endless.)

This specific eyeglass is called The Gardner and it was created exclusively in partnership with Donors Choose. So cool! To shop the collection visit WARBYPARKER.COM/DONORS-CHOOSE. Here's the really awesome thing; with every $95.00 frame purchased, $30.00 will be donated to a project of your choosing and as always for every pair of glasses sold a pair is distributed to someone in need. So go on- buy some eyeglasses, donate to a school project, feel really good about it. Yay!

BENEATH THE BEECH TREE

July 23, 2013

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We wanted to write a quick post about our adorable new knit hat c/o Beneath The Beech Tree. Ruthie wanted to sport it today during her morning play time and I think she loved it :) Her little curls peeked right out and this mama thought she looked pretty dang cute. I'm sure this little hat will be a staple in our Fall wardrobe. Thanks Beneath The Beech Tree! Make sure you guys pop by their etsy shop to see all of their goodies.

HOCKING HILLS, OHIO

July 22, 2013

This past weekend we hit the road and traveled to Hocking Hills, Ohio with a few of our closest friends. A quick 3 hour car trip and we were immersed in the most beautiful farm land and wilderness. It was the first time both Nick and I had been there and we were absolutely delighted with what we found. Our cabin was tucked away in the forest and driving from hike to hike we found some of the most beautiful farms Ohio has to offer. We of course didn't hike the most strenuous hikes (hello babies) but we were definitely able to get in there and explore the area. The giant rock formations, lush greens and waterfalls were so cool.  We will definitely be going back soon! 

PS. It sure is fun to travel with your friends who also have babies. We seemed to all be on the same pace, no expectations, no judgements over fussy babes, okay with going back early for nap and bedtimes, etc. I'd say this was the perfect family weekend getaway.

.....CRICKETS

July 18, 2013

I know it's been quiet here on the ol little one love blog and mostly it has to do with the fact that my little lady has thrown us for a whirlwind when it comes to the sleep department this past week. Ever since she discovered that she could roll on to her tummy in her crib she has been a different baby when it comes to sleep. She wants to be on her belly, yet she can't relax enough to actually lay her head down therefore she gets frustrated and upset and it turns in to this whole thing. Just a week ago she was sleeping through the night now we are back to getting up with her every few hours. Ugh! So needless to say I am a zombie have been working my butt of this week trying to get her on a proper nap / sleep schedule. Mama can't handle any more of these restless nights.

On a different note, we're off this weekend to enjoy a few nights away with our good friends in a cabin up north. I'm really looking forward to it and am praying I don't competely screw up the "schedule" i've been working so hard on this entire week with Ruthie! Here's to hoping, right? See you next week!

STUFF AND THINGS

July 12, 2013

Today Im trying my best to take some intentional time out to forget all the silly material things I'd like to have, all the home projects I'd like to complete, the things my home lacks, the way I'm not nearly as good at gardening as I'd like to be, how I still wish cooking was something I truly enjoyed, and the list could go on..... and JUST BE. Be happy with the things I've got, the things I'm good at, the way my life has evolved and how truly, truly wonderful this little life of ours is.  

A walk in the park, some porch swinging with my girl, a good cup of coffee and this amazing weather today. Yes. I think things today are just as they should be. Happy Friday friends!

ps. Tomorrow is the July edition of the City Flea. Come on down!

LIFE LATELY | IN AN INSTANT

July 10, 2013

| Ru's first swim
| Papa and Ru at the opening of Rhinegeist a couple weekends ago
| Ru and Clyde are really becoming best buddies
| Orzo salad. I posted recipe HERE. So good!
| Nick and I had the opportunity to film our "Aha Moment" with Mutual of Omaha. 
| Fourth of July with a favorite family
| An american babe

HOMESCHOOL

July 8, 2013

Last night I got caught up in the terrifying world of high school girls on Facebook. One post from a cousin of mine led me down a spiral of who said what to who, who likes what, and the horrifying way in which high school aged girls talk to and treat one another. I came downstairs in somewhat of a panic as I told Nick about what I was reading. The thing is, these girls weren't even being as mean or cruel as you might think- they were just being high school girls. Even before Ruthie was born we talked a lot about homeschooling our children when the time came and I think the first thing I said to Nick last night was, 'Ruthie is not going to school.' Do I want to shelter her? (yes) No, absolutely not. I want her to be exposed to all sorts of people, cultures, kids her age and friends. Do I want to be the one who's giving her information on drugs, sex, violence etc first? Absolutely. Do I want her to be challenged academically and socially? Yes. I want all the same things parents of kids in "normal" school want, I just want to do it a bit differently. 

It's funny how things work. I just got an email from a friend considering homeschool so I figured this was the perfect time to talk a little bit about my feelings on it. First off, Cincinnati is a city rich in homeschooled families, resources and co-ops. I've talked a little bit before about where I teach part time which is the perfect example of a wonderful program and resource for homeschoolers. It's a school for homeschooled families so basically kids can come for a class or 6. The program can be used and tweaked based on each families needs. Kids are getting regular socialization, academics are being fulfilled and parents are still doing their part at home to enrich their child's education. I could go on and on about how wonderful my school is but for now i'll spare you. I will say though, the kids at this school (preschool - high school) are the most kind, warm and overall wonderful kids I've ever been around. I think that alone says something.

Homeschooled kids get such a bad rap generally. People uneducated about today's homeschooled families typically think they're all super religious, plain, and sheltered. I think the modern homeschooled families are anything but. (Not that there is anything wrong with being those things!) They're adventurous, family centric, smart, appreciative, balanced, cultured, creative and happy. Something about having control over how and where my daughter learns is so enticing to our family and as a professional teacher, I'm excited to apply my skills in my own home. I love the idea of our home being where the majority of trial and error, learning, creating and playing will take place for our kids and I also love that we live in a city where we can take frequent trips to museums, parks, the zoo, the theater, art galleries, etc. 

If you homeschool or are thinking about homeschooling what are your reasons? If you are dead set on traditional education, I'd like to hear those reasons too! The beautiful thing is that we can all decide what is best for our kids and families and not all agree that what we might choose is what you should choose too. And know that i've taught in several traditional schools and have nothing against them :)

DEAR RUTHIE | FIVE MONTHS

July 2, 2013

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Happy five months baby girl! Gosh, we can't believe how big you are getting! You have started playing with toys and you're getting so good at reaching for and holding things. The way you curiously reach slowly for something new is so amazing to see. Your papa and I just adore that we are the ones who get to watch you grow. You think your puppy is so funny and like everything else, you've just started reaching for him too. He is being such a good boy while we let you grab and pat at him. I think soon the two of you will be the best of friends. Oh Ruthie, we really do love everything about you. My most favorite thing is the way you turn towards me when I snuggle up next to you, put your hands on my face and open mouth kiss the heck out of any piece of face you can get your little mouth on. You LOVE to jump and bounce and I bet the next time I write to you you'll be sitting up on your own and bouncing in one of those johnnie jump ups your grandma can't wait to get for you. And Ru? You're just plain sweet. You continue to be such a good baby and your little spirit is as sweet as they come. Papa and I think this means you are going to grow into a sweet and kind girl and we hope that's true. We pray each night for you that as you grow, your heart remains pure, happy, gentle and kind.

I have the kind of love for you that can be felt in the physical and it overwhelms me most of the time- I can't believe you are mine to love this fiercely forever. The past 5 months have been the greatest of my life, sweet girl. I love you to the moon and back 100 times over.

WHAT'S IN MY DIAPER BAG

July 1, 2013

Hey! I'm over on Mamages today sharing my diaper bag essentials! Pop on over and see what I'm carrying and have fun enjoying Bri's blog while you're there! Thanks Bri!


LITTLE FISHY

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Oh this baby. Over the weekend we took Ru for her very first swim at Nicks parents house. It was the first time she's ever felt the cold water but we figured she'd love it based on how much she giggles, kicks and squeals at bath time each night. Nick and I were giddy getting in the pool with her and it was so much fun experiencing this first with her. We're happy to report that she loved it! We didn't stay in too long but she loved bouncing in and out of the water and kicking her little feet. On the drive home last night, Nick and I decided life sure is a heck of a lot more fun with this little girl around. We can't wait to get this little fishy in the water again soon!
 

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