Mantra

Monday, July 7, 2014


so. very. true.

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Happy 4th of July Weekend

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Weekend dolls - Happy 4th! Are you celebrating this year? We are planning to stay close to home and keep it a bit more low key than we have on the past (no speed boats and boxes of wine this year). If the weather cooperates, I'm hoping to get in some quality park time with baby girl, maybe we'll take a long walk or two, and stop into a BBQ as well. We shall see. :-)


In any case, I hope you have a very happy (and safe) holiday weekend. xoxo.

Is this the key to a good marriage?

Behind the scenes of your favorite movies.


Photos to remind us what "cool" really looks like.



Is your news feed an experiment?

I can't wait to see this movie.

I might need this for the kitties.

Ever wonder what your favorite writers snacked on?



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Breastfeeding (In Public)

Thursday, July 3, 2014


For the moment, nursing little Livy is my primary activity. She is insatiable and growing like a weed (which is good because she was/is a tiny baby (6th percentile) so she certainly needs to).  At home my boobs are basically always out -- to all those considering stopping by, you've been warned. Our pad isn't huge, so when she's hungry I just hunker down on the sofa despite who might be visiting. I've nursed her in front of all of our parents (including dads), and basically all of our friends. C'est la vie. 

Even though she is basically tethered to my breast, I still need to go out into the world and keep up with some of my normal life. This inevitably means that at some point she is going to be hungry while we're out and about. As you may have guessed from the above, I don't really have qualms about feeding her in public. You can't really ask a hungry baby to please be patient and wait. I have breastfed this baby while getting a pedicure, while getting a manicure, in doctors offices, in Anthropologie, in GAP, in Urban Outfitters, at a BBQ, at a wedding reception, in cafes, and while getting a brazilian bikini wax. This list is only growing. Again, c'est la vie. 

Since it's not so common place for a nursing mother to just feed her baby publicly without covering up, I've been using a Bébé au Lait Nursing Cover. It's a great product -- it's pretty, covers you up comfortably, and Livy doesn't seem to mind it at all. Plus they have a patented open neckline that holds the cover away from you just enough to maintain eye contact with your little one so you don't have to miss out on any sweet moments. I'm happy to have this option, but I still wish it wasn't taboo to feed my baby in public. Even with the cover up, I get shocked and embarrassed looks from people when they figure out what's going on. Not that I really care. In my opinion, breastfeeding is one of the most natural and non-sexual things a woman can do -- it's the whole reason we even have boobs! 

What do you dolls think? Breastfeeding in public, a do or don't? 

(Whether or not you breastfeed your baby is a very personal choice - there are a myriad of cultural and health factors at play. We are (or rather I am) only breastfeeding Livy for now, but I would not presume that what works for us works for everyone.) 

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Tips & Tricks

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


The weather is finally heating up, which means ... it's iced coffee time!

This is one of those genius-so-simple-why-didn't-I-think-of-it ideas. Freeze coffee to make ice cubes for iced coffee. Chill your coffee for a warm day treat with out watering it down-- so smart, right?

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Firefly Educational Consulting

Monday, June 30, 2014


It's amazing how fast your priorities shift as soon as you become a parent. Less "Do you want to go out tonight?" and more "Our baby is six weeks old, do we need to put her on the preschool waiting list?"

If you're also struggling with the latter, and happen to live in Southern California, you're in luck. One of my dearest friends is launching an educational consulting firm to help parents navigate the private school application process, from choosing the school best for your child to receiving that acceptance letter. She even offers a preschool package to help parents with their littlest learners. Read more about her and her company, Firefly Educational Consultinghere.

I'm so proud of you, C!

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Mantra


Hi dolls, it's been a while. I don't know how all those mommy bloggers out there do it! I can barely find time to sneak in a shower let alone find the time to write.

My days are busy to be sure, yet some how the pace has slowed - nursing being the primary activity on the agenda. Baby girl is a month and a half now (how did that happen already?) and thriving, so I've started to be a little more courageous. Taking her out for longer walks, experimenting with baby music classes and mommy meet ups. A far cry from how I spent my time only a year ago, but I wouldn't have it any other way. This little bunny has already brought so much joy and love to our lives.

I've really missed this space and all of you, the few readers I have left (hi mom!). As I start to get the hang of this whole mommy business, I hope to be able to share here more and more - eventually getting back to a more regular schedule. In the meantime, I'll just keep doing the best I can.

xoxo!

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Happy Weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Hi dolls, so how is everyone? How were your weeks? Mine was good. I've rounded out two full weeks home alone now with ze bebe, and so far nothing terrible has happened. No fires, no massive boo-boo's, no nervous breakdowns (although we are massively sleep deprived) -- so I'll call that a success. I've been on walks, shopping, and to doctors appointments solo with my little one -- trying to just generally find equilibrium again. It's still and adjustment, but one I'm happy to make (obviously).

Anyhoo, any fun plans this weekend? Last weekend we took Livy to her 1st BBQ (she pooped her pants and then passed out -- success!). This weekend my dad, step mom, and sister are in town, so we'll see what unfolds. It's wild around here these days -- so you never know.


I hope you all have a fabo weekend - see you on the other side. xoxo! 

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A little late, but damn.

Postpartum bliss - made me laugh.


I don't know about you, but I'm excited for this.

Oh man, these moves!


SF Area day trips - must remember for later.


Ten makeup tricks to know.

Mila on pregnancy.

Made me LOL.

Father's Day - solved.

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