Strolling Into Spring With Evenflo

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring here in the great PNW is a very special time where we usually get hit with several very distinct varieties of weather all in one day, or it's just 100% miserable rain all day long. But usually it likes to fluctuate between blindly sunny, to rainy, to cloudy, to sunny, to insanely windy, and back again. This is usually enough to keep me safely huddled away inside dreaming of friendlier climates, but since having Coco, I find myself needing to go out more because babies need fresh air and mommies need relaxing walks in the park, sporadic weather or not. Queue the amazing Evenflo Pivot travel system! No matter what you're doing outside (or in, can you say Target?) this thing has got you covered! (And I do mean covered, which you can see a photo of at the bottom when the sun decided to be out in full force.) Despite the wind and clouds and blinding sun, Coco and I had a nice walk in the park by my parent's house. Oh! And she can face me! Which was definitely the selling point on this stroller for me, because I can give her snacks and toys and interact with her all I want. (But it can also face out if you prefer.)

So Hipster

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Most of my outfits spring from either random spurts of inspiration or the desire to style a particular item that I've recently become infatuated with. This outfit however came from the much different, and infinitely more stressful, shit-I-need-to-make-a-blog-post nag that pops into my head when I haven't had the time or inspiration to take photos in a while. I will say though that the stress of it all usually then leads to inspiration and I end up with something I like either way, and this is no exception. (Although the process of getting to said outfit is much more hectic and flustering than if the whim had simply struck me all on it's own.) And so this super PNW, I-only-shop-at-the-local-thrift-store looking outfit was born. I won't lie, I really like it. I think the boots give it the perfect amount of chic to stop me from looking total hipster, thank goodness.

My Wildbird

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I don't think it is at all an exaggeration to say that babywearing saves lives. It greatly reduces the amount of crying your precious little one (who does not seem so precious once they've been crying forever) does, and it helps with PPD. It also has the benefits of feeling like a super amazing baby hug, which believe me, you need. I have never once had Coco stay fussy after being put into one of our slings (all of which are Wildbird, hence the post title), and that is more amazing than I could ever possibly describe, but if you have a kid, you know. I am so forever indebted to our slings that it is ridiculous. Not only do they soothe CJ, but they also make it possible for me to do things with two hands, like get coffee, or grocery shop, or clean, or cook, or whatever. And let me assure you, moms need a minimum of two hands. Minimum. Basically I'm saying thank you. I am saying thank you to babywearing, thank you to all the moms (and dads and grandparents and everyone) who support and share babywearing, and thank you to the fabulous communities around babywearing.

Old Friends

Saturday, February 18, 2017

It's taken me nine months to be comfortable enough to leave Coco and take some time for myself. Nine. Months. I've left her maybe once or twice for work, but otherwise her and I are attached at the hip. It is so amazing to be able to be with her all the time, but I also forgot just how necessary having a little time to breathe and be yourself without a baby can be. So much of your identity gets wrapped up in being a mom that it gets really easy to lose yourself. I am convinced that it is of the utmost importance to get away every now and then and be who you are sans baby. Maybe it's just me, but as amazing as having a baby is, it is also insanely suffocating, and being able to even just go on a walk with an old friend can set the whole world right again, and fill you up with positive energy to take home to bb. It's a win-win.

Snow Blur

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I don't think I've ever gotten to do blog photos while it was actually snowing. I've done blog photos in the snow and put overlays over them so it looked like it was snowing, but never have I gotten to do photos in the actual snow, and I must say that as much as I hate the stuff, damn does it look pretty for some pictures. Although, I will say that shooting in real falling snow proved to be a bit challenging for my camera during the farther away shots, but I personally think being out of focus in a flurry of snowflakes looks 100% dreamy.