THE JOURNEY HOME | HAVEN MAGAZINE

October 30, 2014

Hey friends! Popping in again to chat about Haven Magazine. I had the honor of seeing Volume 1 in its entirety last night and oh. my. god. I was in tears at its beauty. The essays are filled with so much passion and heart and grit and soul, you can not help but connect in some way. The images are moving and you get wrapped up in the colors, texture and vibe of the streets, towns and homes of India. I do not want you to miss the opportunity to get your hands on your very own copy. Please visit the Haven campaign page to see how you can secure Volume 1.  It's the type of magazine you will never want to take off your coffee table. I promise.

Images c/o Haven Magazine

**UPDATE TO POST**
You can now score these beautiful, simple, insanely comfortable tee's HERE. (I can't take mine off)

FALL GETUP FOR THE KIDDOS

October 29, 2014

Heyo! Its been quite some time since i've posted some kiddo fashion around here so given fall is my favorite time of year to dress myself and my girl I thought now was a good time. Fall in Cincinnati is, in my opinion, the loveliest time of year here. It's cool but usually not cold - perfect for layering and spending most of your time outdoors. Ru is never dressed in anything too fancy. Always something she can run, jump and slide down a slide in. Because you never know when you might need to slide! These are some of my favorite looks for the littles!

Sources for photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

SLEEPERHERO!

October 28, 2014

Baby / toddler / kid sleep. Is there anything more wonderful and awful at the same time? Sleep, lack thereof, sleep schedules, yada yada yada was our biggest struggle for about 18 months. I would not say Ru was a horrible sleeper but she certainly wasn't great and we needed something to help get all of us through the night without waking so often. I stopped night nursing Ru about 2 months ago and I was super nervous how the transition would be for her. For a solid 6 months or so (after the infant months) she would wake once, maybe twice each night for a quick night nurse and then back in her bed to sleep until about 8 am. I thought this was a good sleep schedule UNTIL she actually did start sleeping through the night. Then I thought back and wondered how on earth I got up every single night, multiple times for 18 straight months. You guys, this new book and doll of our is genius and our SleeperHero doll has not left Ruthie's bedside since we got him. Every night, "where my sleepy harold?" "need him." It's kind of like she knows the power he has and is totally cool sleeping all night long with this guy by her side. 

This darling little story is about a little boy who has night time fears and is up through the night (like most kids.) He gets this new hero doll who's light is red when it's sleep time and turns green when it's okay to wake up in the morning (you can set your dolls timer to whatever times work for you schedule!) and viola! You've got a kid sleeping through the night with their own security doll / alarm clock! We can not get enough of him in our household! (scroll through for a free shipping promo code!)

^He blends right in with all our old pals^
The awesome ladies behind SleeperHero (who happen to be some of my best friends!) are offering Little One Love readers free shipping with promo code 'littleonelove'  (US only.) Can you say amazing Christmas gift for the little loves in your life!? I can't recommend it enough! Happy sleeping!

WHY I WENT PRIVATE

October 27, 2014

Hello friends and happy monday! I wanted to pop in to let you all know I've set my Instagram account to private, for now. If you follow me, odds are you still do but I did use the IG exorcist which got rid of nearly 2,500 unengaged users. Gosh that felt good. Nothing crazy happened but my account was getting to a point where I was starting to feel uneasy about so many folks I don't know seeing photo's of my girl everyday. People (we don't know) started coming up to us at the grocery store and parks, knowing Ruthie by name and a few photo's were taken and posted to other accounts without permission and I think that was just it for me. As amazing as the IG community can be, (and the awesome, genuine connections i've made through it) having people know Ru and having her photos's floating around isn't something I'm comfortable with or willing to enable.  I love my child more than anything in this world and the notion that I could potentially be putting her at risk was making me feel sick to my stomach. I was literally loosing sleep over it. This decision is right for right now. I know I am going to loose business opportunities and not have the same exposure for projects and creative ventures but that's okay. If it means I have control over one tiny part of my child's safety then it is a no brainer for me. There are so many things we can not protect our children from, this is one we can and I want to be smart about it. I am not judging any mama's out there with large followings who are public. Truly. If you are comfortable with your decisions and your children's best interest is at heart (which I know it is) then great. This is not about your choices, it is purely about what feels right for us. The only thing I would ask (because I had to ask myself the same question) is, are you public because so and so is to or does it actually feel right for you? It is so easy to get caught up when you see your numbers grow and when you see how other big IG'ers / bloggers use the platform. I get all of that and was in that mindset for a long time. Again, I do not think you are wrong- please, please take that as a honest statement. 

I  also wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my photo announcing the decision. You have no idea how much they meant to me and how supportive and encouraging the IG community felt in that moment. Thanks y'all.

FALL, AROUND HERE: PART TWO

October 22, 2014

This season sure has been sweet so far. This past weekend we took our little to the pumpkin patch for the fist time and it was such a blast. She is at such a fun age where everything is just....fun! She is excited and engaged in everything we do with her. I swear, having a kid is like reliving childhood in a whole new, appreciated way. 

Nick and I also spent our very first night away from our girl this past weekend to celebrate our 5th anniversary and Nicks' birthday. It was wonderful and as much as we missed her, we are so glad we took a night to celebrate just us. 

and ps. for all my Cincinnati readers. I'm working on a city guide and can't wait to share some of our favorite places with you! Be on the lookout next week sometime! 

MONTESSORI AT HOME: LEAF STUDY

October 17, 2014

This morning we took a walk around the neighborhood to collect some fall treasures and talk about the different colors and sounds the leaves from falling trees make, and why they fall. Ru mostly likes to crumple them in her hands and stomp on them, but once we got home to hang our findings in her toy corner of the family room she was all, 'soooo pityy.' Bringing the outdoors in has always been something I really enjoy and I think Ruthie loves that she has her own fall decorations on display too. 

HAVEN MAGAZINE

October 16, 2014

I am so, so excited to share with you all the newest project from the genius and heart of my friend Liz - Haven Magazine - an incredibly inspiring, beautiful, photo essay magazine about journeying and what it means to be and find home. Liz and a small team traveled to India this past summer to dive into the culture and community, working with an organization called Freeset which provides work and sanctuary to women who have been trafficked. The amazing thing about this project is that ALL (All!) proceeds from Volume 1 are going directly to Freeset. The photography from this issue is stunning and the words just the same. It has been a dream to work a little bit on this project with Liz and I can't wait to share more about it here. If you can, please visit the Haven campaign page to watch a beautiful video about the project and to order a copy of the first issue! 

ps. I stole that second image from the evening Liz hosted a contributors dinner party and kind of love it. Being surrounded by creative, genuine souls really really makes me so happy. 

THE BEGINNING OF FALL, AROUND HERE

October 12, 2014

Fall. My seasonal love language and forever favorite time of year. I stole some recent photos from my instagram feed to post here to share what the beginning of fall has looked like around our home. It's simple and cozy and filled with knit and coffee and crunchy leaf playing and pretty things all around. Cheers fall. You can stay as long as you'd like.

ps. thanks to everyone who came down to the October Flea yesterday. It was an amazing day.

ANOTHER WEEKEND. ANOTHER CITY FLEA!

October 10, 2014

HEY Y'ALL! Tomorrow, 10-4 at Washington Park (Cincinnati) we are hosting the final 'regular' Flea of the year! It's been pouring rain all day today but things are looking mighty fine for tomorrow. We're super excited about one last hurrah before our holiday events kick off next month. If you are in the area, come down and say hey (and buy some really rad stuff!) 

BABY MAMA

October 8, 2014

Motherhood is often messy and loud and hard and filled with doubt and uncertainty, but it's also filled with an abundance of quiet moments where you're sure that this is it and that you and her were meant to be. Those moments? Those moments are my favorite. 

images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 /

A WEEKEND IN THE WOODS

October 6, 2014

This past weekend we took a too quick trip to Pennsylvania to spend a couple days with our best friends who live in New Jersey. Our friend Jason's family has this great little cabin in the middle of the woods and since it's about halfway from us and them, it's the perfect place to meet and spend real, quality time together. As much as we love living in the city, getaways really away and disconnected with good friends are so good for our souls. Thanks for a great weekend J+J. We love you guys! 

LATELY

October 1, 2014

It's been a little while since i've vetted some feelings on mama hood - it seems the past few weeks have been super busy with work projects that writing in this space has fallen to the wayside. Which is okay because life is happening and sometimes the seasons of life are busy and sometimes not. I'm slowly learning to embrace the ebb and flows of each passing day. 

This girl though - she recently started speaking in 3-4 word sentences and all the things I've been dreaming of her saying, even before she was on the earth, she's saying. "yuv yuu mama" "mama try too" "see you yater" "ruru go potty too" "nite nite mama, seepy gooood" and the list goes on. I just can't thank my lucky stars enough for the gift it is in watching her grow and learn. My heart bursts for her a thousand times a day. If i'm not answering an email or running to a meeting, you can find me kissing Ruthie cheeks and squeezing Ruthie thighs because there is not a single thing in this world better. 

ps. we've kind of, sort of started potty training and holy cow is it cute. We bought a little potty the other day and she asks to sit on it twenty times a day, claiming "Did it!" after every time she sits on it. (She doesn't do anything but sit on it.......I die)

 

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