HELLO + WELCOME AP LOVES DESIGN!

April 30, 2014

Hey guys! I'm excited to introduce you to a new L O L B sponsor who also happens to be creating in my hometown, Cincinnati! AP loves design creates super cute greeting cards, prints and personalized stationary. There are some darling mother's day cards now in her shop that you should certainly check out for the mom's in your life. AND, if you are local you can check out AP loves design in person at the May and June City Flea's! So make sure you hop on over to the etsy shop to see all the goodness for yourselves! 

FERN STUDIO CINCINNATI

April 28, 2014

If you follow me on instagram you know my talented friend, Megan opened up her amazing home decor, plant studio this past weekend. Sunday evening she kicked things off with a killer opening studio party complete with signature cocktails, small bites and a dj (who we happen to love just a little bit from The City Flea :) You guys. The shop is amazing and a must visit spot if you live in or are planning to visit Cincinnati. It is by far one of the most beautifully curated spaces I've ever been in. Megan's creative eye is out of this world. 

6040 Hamilton Ave
College Hill, Cincinnati


HELLO TODDLERHOOD

April 25, 2014

It's interesting what's been happening over here this past week. Ruthie has discovered the concept of throwing a tantrum and has been seeing what sorts of things she can get away with when throwing one. Not that I knew what I was doing when I brought her little 4 pound body home from the hospital but I at least felt like I couldn't do too much wrong as long as she was fed, warm, and loved. Now we have reached this place where she is not a baby any more. We left babyhood weeks ago and have dived right into toddlerville with such force. It's been both scary and insanely fun. I'm constantly questioning if I react the right way to her little fits wanting to lay the groundwork for the years to come. So far, she hasn't won a single little tantrum (and guys, they are over stuff  like needing, desperately needing to go outside and down the street to touch the fire hydrant.) And honestly, they aren't that bad - she cry's a bit, usually throws her body around a bit (which is pretty cute but I try not to smile) and then it's pretty much over if I just redirect her to something else but I'm all, 'should I be saying the word 'no' to her more, should I even address the issue at all and strictly just be redirecting, yada yada yada.' I really, really just don't want to end up with the 2 year old who screams bloody murder at the grocery store because I don't let her have every single Elmo snack she see's. So, for the most part she has been her normal, silly, sweet as can be self - it's just this past week, mix in a little bit of fit throwing and here we are, in this new territory of being the mother of a toddler. Welp, I'm off to go stop said toddler from feeding the dog her cheddar bunnies. TGIF.

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April 23, 2014

a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

an Easter babe, sweet as can be


EASTER

April 21, 2014

Happy Easter, friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather here in Cincinnati was as perfect as it could have been and so we really only spent time indoors when it was time for naps or bed. Dirty knees and fingernails all day everyday and we loved every second. Also, my girl carrying her easter basket around and those chubby little knee's - I think she is going to get along with summer quiet nicely. We spent Easter over at my mom's house and then came back to our house for a back yard cookout. It doesn't get much better. 

ps. Ruthie's little dress was mine as a babe. SO glad my mom saved a handful of special little dresses. Our girl is the cutest in them :)

HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE

April 18, 2014

I can not get enough of Hackwith Design House. Everything this girl puts out I WANT. The loose yet perfect fit each piece seems to wear and the neutral pallets - yes please. The trouble is, she only makes a limited quantity of each piece so you have to act fast each time she releases a new collection. These are a few of my favorite pieces and I'm hoping next time around I'm able to snag something before everything sells out!  

Lisa Hackwith is a designer out of Minneapolis and nothing gets me more excited than seeing good things come out of midwestern cities. (fist bumps for sure)


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April 16, 2014



                                                    "a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

we eat a lot of snacks around here. I predict some good conversations will come during these simple meal times.

ON HOME

What is it that truly makes the place you live home? I think most of us would probably say the people you share it with and while I do think that's true, for me the tangible is almost just as important. I think it's safe to say that I spend more time thinking about my home than most, which is not necessarily a good thing. It's way more important to me how our home is furnished and styled than it should be but after thinking on it for a while, I think it's all part of my need for creativity and comfort. I move little things around constantly which used to annoy even me but I've realized it is just a way for me to be creative. I'm not a crafter or baker or an artist but I think I'm pretty good at making our home 'nice.' I pride myself on it and delight so much in the fact that when people come through our door, they feel comfortable. (or at least I hope so!)

My style has changed and evolved so, so much over the last few years and I finally feel like I'm coming into my own. My home reflects that. I like midcentury and vintage - modern mixed with old, simple yet carefully curated. I like the artwork, decor and furnishings in our home to tell a story - a coffee table from a flea market in Kentucky or a rug from an open air market in Turkmenistan. Maybe that's why we were initially so drawn to our house by the bridge built in 1885. There's a story there and I like that our family is now part of it.

So while I (often) complain about our lack of a big back yard and the fact that we share a common wall with our neighbors (who are truly wonderful,) this house is so good. We are fortunate enough to have a large front porch and back deck and plenty of sidewalk for chalking. We live across the street (ACROSS THE STREET!) from Eden Park and the view we have out of our window's is beautiful. Ruthie also has one of the largest play rooms in all of baby land. Hey, why don't you just slap me the next time I complain of having little yard, okay? Why is it that you always want what you don't have?
I'm off to spend the next hour swinging on my porch swing, thanking my lucky stars for what we've got.

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April 14, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

on the table, having a snack. the life.

FRESH PERSPECTIVE

April 9, 2014

This morning, Ruthie and I had the pleasure of getting coffee with a friend to talk about an upcoming project, get to know one another a bit more and of course explore the rocks and dirt outdoors (one of us anyways.) It was the type of conversation that you want to linger on for the rest of the day. Where questions are asked and thoughts are shared and inspiration ensues. And then at the end of it you think, gosh, that was good. 

And sometimes you are lucky enough to meet someone who sparks a little fire in your soul. Even though it has been a building theme in my life for the past year or so, it was evident today that simplifying burns strong in my heart. My home, my work, my writing, my closet, the people in my life. The idea of quality over quantity reigns true for ever single aspect of my life and making that connection today was such a breath of fresh air. Less stuff but carefully curated 'things' in our home. Less, but more creative work. Writing with passion and intention. A handful of clothing pieces made of quality that fit and feel right. And good people in my life. No time or desire to be surround by anyone who doesn't cultivate positivity and happiness. 

So this is, in a sense, my mission statement. My heart is less cluttered and I am less consumed when the material things reflect the same. 

Today was good.


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April 4, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

because it really doesn't get much better than sunshine and some grass to roll around in

BEING A MOM

April 3, 2014

I had one of those moments today, where I looked over at my daughter and thought, 'Oh my gosh, she is mine. That baby sitting right there is mine. Why did I get to be the lucky one?' I don't often have this thought because it seems like we are always busy doing our days. You know, nothing fancy, just the ordinary routines of being home, raising a child. Today was different in that my girl was sick and it felt like our first real sick day, full of legitimate cuddling, cartoon watching, napping and book reading. It was sort of like she realized that if she would just let her little body slow down and relax she would feel better. So that's what she did. Although I knew she didn't feel 100% she was still her sweet, pleasant, smiley self and I not so secretly loved every second of it. She wrapped her little arms around my neck and squeezed so many times today I thought I would burst. It was as if she was saying 'thank you for taking care of me, mama.' We kept our jammies on all day, laid on a floor of blankets while Daniel Tiger was on, took 4 (4!) naps, one bath and a shower, ran the wash machine 3 times (thank you stomach bug) and quiet honestly (and oddly) this was one of my favorite days by far. I felt like the epitome of a mom and after 14 months of motherhood, it feels really  good to have days where the simplest things are also the most meaningful.
 

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