Archives: November 2012


A WEEK OF GRATITUDE

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Yes, I know…..Thanksgiving week roles around and everyone decides to write down their list of things they are thankful for.  It’s true that this time of year we are reminded to show gratitude for all the good things in our lives.  But I’m also reminded that gratitude should not just simply be a response to blessings or gifts received, but rather a lifestyle.  Realizing that every day is to be celebrated….because all that I have and all that I’ve been given is a gift.  And I really don’t deserve any of it.  It’s so easy for me to forget this.  I was challenged this weekend to try to go a full day without a single complaint leaving my lips.  Easy, right?!  Ha.  Not easy at all.  Complaining comes so naturally! And most of the time, I don’t even realize it until I’ve said it.  But to be thankful takes some discipline and awareness.  I have so much to be thankful for that I don’t often voice…so in spirit of the upcoming holiday and to remember every day after….these are a few of the things that I am most thankful for right now in my life:

1.  My Husband – Our life is not perfect.  Sometimes I feel like blogs and other social media have a way of falsely portraying these perfect idealistic lives.  Most of what I share are the good parts, but there is another side too.  We have a real relationship, complete with ups and downs just like anyone else.  But through it all, we love each other like crazy, and always will.  Those valleys have made us stronger and have taught us how to love each other better.  I really can’t imagine living life without Sam by my side.  I am thankful for his heart to serve, the way he makes me laugh like no one else can, the incredible father he is to our daughter, and the way he leads our family.

2. My Daughter – This last year has been the most life changing for me so far.  I didn’t quite know what to expect entering motherhood….but my heart overflows with gratitude when I think about what a blessing Rylee has been to my life.  I had no idea such a tiny person could steal so much of my heart!  It’s hard to even remember the life that existed prior to her.  It’s so amazing to watch her grow so quickly and learn new things.  She’s my world.  Sam and I laugh about what the temperament of our next baby might be like.  Rylee has been such an easy, happy baby so far….we feel like we might have another thing coming with our second! haha! Time will tell.  For now, we will just be thankful for all that is Rylee!

3.  Gluten & Dairy – Or the fact that I can eat gluten and dairy.  About 3 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with severe allergies to gluten and dairy after battling stomach issues for over a year (I don’t talk about this much but some of you may remember from Rylee’s story)  It was a really hard time in my life where I felt really defeated and hopeless.  Before finding out I was pregnant, I was on a very slow road to recovery after what felt like an eternity.  When I realized I was pregnant,  my first emotion was fear, because I was not sure how my body would react to carrying a baby (or if it could at all) while still not feeling 100% myself.  Little did I know, getting pregnant would be the best thing to happen to my body.  It’s like a reset button was pushed…..and all the problems I once had with food, all seemed to go away.  And still today, 15 months after her birth, they are still gone!  So I’m just going to take a minute to show gratitude to french rolls & ice cream, pizza & burritos, ravioli and oreos!!  Thanks for not turning your back on me.

4.  A Home to Call My Own – Sometimes I complain about not having a bigger house, with nicer fixtures, more rooms and a bigger yard.  But when I think of all the things I am thankful for, a home is one of them.  I think there will always be things I want to add or want to change about where I am living, because I love the process….but the fact that I have a roof over my head at all is something to be thankful for.  And the fact that I live in a town that I think I could call home forever.  I’m thankful for the freedom of choice.

5. A Creative Career – I feel really blessed to have a job that allows me to work from home.  Being a mom will always come first, but being able to be at home with my daughter and still pursue my creative dreams, is really what I always wanted.  It’s definitely been a challenge finding my stride….and everything has taken a lot longer than I expected…..but I’m doing it!  I’m really excited for what lies ahead for 2013 and am super thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way thus far!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. –Melody Beattie


MINI & ME + A GIVEAWAY WINNER

I could do these posts forever!  A few Mini & Me pieces I’ve been spying:

Mini – Organic Animal Leggings ;  Me – Free People Printer Pusher Pant  //  Me – Nasty Gal Glam Faux Fur Coat ; Mini – Mini Rodini Faux Fur Jacket  //  Mini – Zara Leather Boot with Flowers ; Me – Dr. Martens 1460 Floral Boot   //  Me – Starry Chambray Dress ; Mini – NUNUNU pale pink Star Dress

 

And congrats to Lindsey K !!! You are the winner of the Bloom Theory Camera Strap Giveaway!  I’ll be contacting you shortly!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!


COUNTRY ROOTS
Photos by Erica Schneider
Wearing:  Dress (similar) & Necklace (similar) - H&M / Madrid Wool Hat - Nasty Gal / Coat -
Anthropologie / Boots - Sam Edelman


This here is about as country as I get folks.  I didn’t realize it until I looked back at these photos, and well…. I guess I’m embracing my roots of growing up in east county San Diego, where cowboy boots were worn more than tennis shoes.  That’s probably an exaggeration, but my point is….it was country.  At least more country that the beach town I live in now.    And I kind of loved that about it.  I’ve been wearing these boots almost every day lately.  They are so easy and comfy and match with almost anything.  We’ve had such a yo-yo fall so far temperature wise, I’m still waiting for the cold to stick!  It’s just weird to be planning for Christmas with it still 80 degrees outside.

If you haven’t noticed, my lookbook photos are a million times better (yes, a million!) since my friend Erica started helping me out with them.  She’s a super star.  No offense to my sweet husband, but we really are no good when it comes to photography.  I actually finally just bit the bullet and signed up for a local photography class to get to know my camera a little better.  It’s been on my to-do list for months now (wow…maybe a year even) so I’m excited to learn some new tricks!  I think it just might be life changing!  It’s never been a goal of mine to really pursue photography….but as I’ve gotten older, my desire to document life and my family has also grown.  And like many things,  I want to be good at it! ha!  One step at a time.

Oh and today is the last day to enter the Bloom Theory Camera Strap Giveaway! I pick a winner tomorrow morning!


SAN FRANCISCO

So we’ve officially decided we love SF.  I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate three years of marriage and Sam turning…(don’t say it)… 30!  We fell in love with the city pretty hard.  We stayed in a hotel in union square but made it our mission to hit the ferry building, fisherman’s wharf, the mission district, golden gate, & haight street….and in 3 short days, we managed to hit them all.  But not without some terribly achy feet!  We walked as much as we could because the taxi fees were killing us…and because it felt a little more adventurous exploring the city on foot.  At least walking so much made me feel a little less guilty about eating so terrible….and by terrible, I mean awesome!  (Crepes from Squat & Gobble anyone?!) One of my favorite neighborhoods we passed through was called North Beach.  It was home to one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen.  There are not a whole lot of places Sam and I visit that we both agree we would consider moving to.  But this was definitely one of them.  In honesty, I am pretty sure we are San Diegans for life….but it’s fun to dream of what life might be like elsewhere.  We loved everything about it.  I even met a girl who reads my blog while we were out shopping!  It’s still so crazy (and awkward) to me that that actually happens sometimes!  And it’s equally as crazy to me that it’s been three whole years since we got married!  I feel like the luckiest lady to be able to spend the rest of my life with this man.  I love him more everyday #gush

It was pretty amazing to get away for a couple days and spend some time, just the two of us.  I forgot how easy it is to travel without a little one in tow!  But I have to say, coming back home to Rylee might have been the best part! We love her like mad.

 


GIVEAWAY – BLOOM THEORY CAMERA STRAP – CLOSED

I am so excited about this giveaway!  Bloom Theory has some of the prettiest camera straps I’ve ever seen!  And they are offering one lucky reader one of my favorites in the collection, this beautiful Petite Cherie Camera Strap in mustard.

All you have to do to enter is:

– Follow Bloom Theory on Facebook & Instagram

– Comment below with your name / email

A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, November 15th at 8am.

I have the “All About the Beaus” strap and I love it!  The quality is amazing and it matches with everything. Take a look through the rest of their styles here!  Trust me, you’ll love them.

Photos by Stone Crandall

I will be away from the blog for a few days because Sam and I fly out tonight for our first ever baby-free vacation to San Francisco! We are so excited! Sam is turning the big 3-0 and it is also our three anniversary…so there is lots to celebrate!  If you live in SF or know it well, I’m all ears to any advice on where to go & what to do while we are there!  Vintage shops? Food? Art districts? Eek! Can’t wait!