Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tonight she's 3; tomorrow she's 4.

On December 29th, 2009 - I remember not being able to sleep with the knowledge she'd be with us in the morning (I was induced for 3 days with no progress - so c-section was finally scheduled.)

I wondered what she would be like. How the surgery would go. Would I be able to take it? Would I be an okay parent? What were we about to head into?

My husband slept while I questioned everything. I just was so excited and freaked out all at the same time.

The surgery was fine - minus the fact I was extremely dehydrated and my husband was late to the delivery room (long and funny story.) She came out pink and happy to "What a Feeling" on our gifted delivery music from an awesome girlfriend.

This journey has been insane. Slow moving the first year then a roller coaster of speed these last three years. She's turning into a little person full of gusto and grace.

I love our girl and who she is becoming before my eyes - and how she sees life. Happy Birthday M!

Artist: M
Description: Mom self portrait December 29, 2013 on her 4th Birthday Eve

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Just Enough.

Sometimes linking to another blogger is just enough. Read more on Hands Free Mama.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's all about the scent.

I love a good scent. A special candle that reminds me of a summer day. An essential oil that reminds me of when I first met my husband.

I was lucky enough to be asked to review a few scents from a fabulous Seattle shop owner, Joy, at Olivine Atelier, and provide my input.

First off, I loved all of them. Is that possible? The names and packaging alone got me. (I'm all about the packaging in case you don't know that about me yet…)

My top three are:

Gardenias, pikaki, jasmine with vanilla reminds me of my trips to Maui, beach spray in my hair and tan on my skin even though I was wearing 50 spf most of the day, but sun is sun. Yes, I belong in Maui and yes, this scent proves it.

Are Joy and I meant to be friends? I'm a surfer in a city where the closet surf is 3 hours away and cold even on the hottest weather day. This scent with gardenia and coconut reminds me of our days surfing 2 -even 3 times a day in southern California. Yes, I'd like to be in the waves daily and this scent helps me get there even if I'm only near a lake.

The combination of jasmine, moroccan red rose, musk, blackberry, and just a hint of patchouli (don't worry, not too much!) just works. It makes you feel fresh and feminine without all the fuss.

PLUS 5% of the net sales from all Olivine Atelier products will be donated to Every Mother Counts.  These funds will go toward improving the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide.

Definitely fun holiday ideas for you, your girlfriend, or your guy for inspiration. 


In case you don't know this about me, I love the idea of a party. I used to take my magazines, and cut out anything party worthy and put in my binder (okay, or put away to file away into my party binder if we're being honest here.)

Well, since Pinterest (Sorry print publishing friends), I'm more likely to pin my favorite ideas and look at them later. I've narrowed my pins to 40 boards (which btw, Pinterest, I need sub boards please!), 7,420 pins (so far), and 782 followers.

Honestly, not much to brag about in the world of Pinterest.

But here's the thing, I have most of my followers on ONE of my boards - "Girl Birthday Party Ideas." I have 622 followers so far. So now, the pinning has changed. I pin ideas that I feel are clever, but might not be for our girl - but could be for yours. I daydream of the idea of putting these ideas together, planning your little girls birthday party too, and maybe one day getting paid for this joy of mine.

Feel free to follow me on my party journey! 

GLMs - Still totally awesome

Not only is Green Lake Moms (GLMs) totally awesome this year (and every other year!), I got interviewed to share about our group on Red Tricycle. Check it out! 

I'm a talker...

I like to share. When I have an idea about something, anything, I talk to people (friends, not just any person. ;) I sometimes talk myself into the idea...sometimes out...sometimes later. I like to talk through ideas - like walking through a door.

Like this....talking through a blog post.