I wonder if it makes me the laziest blogger in all the land that I just screen shot my instagram feed to post here? Ha! Anyways, since switching accounts over to @ourcityhouse I have been having such a fun time documenting our daily plus things in and around our city. I have been feeling so, so grateful to live in Cincinnati lately. I tell you what. The creative community here is thriving and having genuine souls to connect and create with is such a gift. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
November 20, 2014
In Ru's short little life she's been to quite a few places and we've learned along the way what works and what doesn't. I will say that by no means do we travel with no bumps. Regardless of the amount of toys, books, stickers we have packed, if we are traveling by car she reaches her limit around hour 3 but since this weekend we are traveling by air, i'm much more relaxed about keeping her entertained. We flew just a few months ago (4 hour flight) and she did so, so good. This weekend we will only be flying about an hour so really, this should be a breeze. At any rate, it's still important to have everything she could need or want plus whatever toys and books I pack during travel is what she'll have to play with wherever we're visiting, so I like to make sure she won't tire of them en route.
1. The whole lot of it. Lunch box filled with snacks / mystery bag filled with little blocks and clasping rings / a couple new books she has yet to see / new water bottle (I've learned it's worth purchasing a few new things when traveling. It is exciting for her and we can usually look at or talk about whatever it is!) / Another mystery bag filled with some little dinosaur and farm animal figurines.
2. Snacks! These are her favorite snacks but I never buy them packaged individually like this so it will be fun for her to eat them in a new way. Plus you can never rely on a decent meal when you are traveling so I like to make sure we have some 'squeezies' with us for some healthy nutrients.
3. Better look at her little bag of toys.
4. New sticker book set. She is totally obsessed with stickers so when I came across these with reusable stickers, I was sold. I'm confident these will be the only thing she uses on the plane!
(All the toys in her little bags, she already had. I just dug pretty deep in her toy baskets to find small ones she hasn't seen in a while. They'll be like new to her!) She'll also have a blankey and her favorite stuffy with her! Am I missing anything crucial!?
November 19, 2014
Hey all! Just wanted to pop in to shamelessly plug the final two City Flea events we have happening for 2014. The 30th is The Small Mall - our brick and mortar shopping event held at the 21c and CAC. It's so fun having all our favorite local shops under one roof to kick of the holiday shopping season by keeping dollars local in two super rad environments. And Dec 13 is our holiday market at Washington Park so bundle up, grab a hot cocoa and be prepared to get in the holiday spirit like nobody's business for this evening market. Hope to see you!
November 14, 2014
Ru has been asking for her 'animal pants' since the day they arrived and this mama is more than okay with the request. eleventy-five was kind enough to send us the organic animal leggings and that darling bear tank. Also, my mom found a stash of old dance costumes from when I was a little girl and brought them over for my girl to enjoy. Ruthie NEVER wears anything like this and so when she squealed with delight and wanted to try every single one on immediately, my heart skipped. We are not pink, frilly people over here but I have to admit, thrown over some cool leggings, I rather did the look, especially with that shiner she's got going on! Have a great weekend!
November 7, 2014
I've been thinking a lot lately about the idea of balance and honestly, I'm convinced there is no such thing. What there is, are seasons of life that flow and feel balanced and seasons of life that feel completely chaotic and off kilter. I've read every blog post from other working at home / freelance mama's, and they are all wonderful and offer really great tips but the advice only works when you are in a season that flows. For me, this time of year is extremely busy and even more so this year since I've been working on a side project in addition to running our business. It's all really wonderful but right now, I feel like I'm totally slacking in the mama department. I don't want to be anywhere but with my girl, but I also feel like I need to answer emails and push marketing for upcoming events. So this so called balance is, you could say, totally non existent in my world right now. I know in several weeks the storm will calm and I won't need to open the laptop up unless my little one is asleep for the night and what I'm learning is that all of it is okay - that I deserve grace, that we all deserve grace.
Working mama's outside of the home, mama's who stay home full time and mama's who work from home (and any other kind of mama there is) - None of it's easy. It never feels perfectly balanced 100% of the time. THAT'S OKAY. Do the best you can and embrace the ebbs and flows of life because that's what it is. Life.
November 6, 2014
Hello! Excited to share with you guys a new instagram account Nick and I are co running to document our journey as a family living in the city, making home and adventuring together. I've been wanting to shift my Instagram account over for a while as to focus on something that was truly about how and where we live, and thought now was the time.
My little one love account is still a private account where I may post more motherhood related things from time to time but for now I'm planning to focus our day to day, home design, Cincinnati and urban living over on @ourcityhouse. If you care to, I'd love for you to join us!
Cheers to new things!
November 1, 2014
I'll never forget watching her walk up to that first door to say those magical childhood words for the first time. I snapped a photo and thought 'dang. there goes my baby, off doing kid stuff.' My heart exploded 100 times over and I felt so proud of her. She marched right up there, so brave, said trick or treat AND thank you and went on her way as if she's been doing this for years. I swear. Having children and experiencing these holiday's through their eyes and excitement is the best thing in the entire world.
Being her mama - I can't think of anything I enjoy more. Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween too!
ps. It was blazing cold in Cincinnati this Halloween so we had to make shift a new costume and settled on farmers / cowboys as a family. She was a darling Shirley Temple last weekend and a stinking cute little farmer girl last night. Halloween number 2 was one for the books!
pps. My man looks pretty dang good as a cowboy!