Modern Crib & Rocker Guides

Hi All!
I have started to curate 2 boards over on Pinterest for modern cribs and one for modern gliders & rockers. I have made all attempts to add prices (where I could find them) and the images link to the actual store. Please come over and check them out!

I will be adding and updating these guys as new styles and finds are released! Thanks for looking!

A Day in Our Life – July 21, 2012

We were inspired by a recent post over at Baby Rabies to capture a life in our ordinary day.

8:15am – Hayden was up at 6am – I guess we are back on Chicago time…
Still in PJs and hanging out. We love weekends!
9:17am – On the weekends we take turns letting each other sleep in (or not!).
10:20am – First nap. Fast asleep…
11:30am – Baby Lunchtime! The whole bowl ended up on the floor. Again.
Hayden has not been into eating today. Drank lots and lots of rice milk.
12:20 – Picked up my new Bern helmet then off to the
Tour de Fat in Logan Square!
1:22pm – Empanadas from 5411. Mmmmm….
2:10pm – Gentle Scout goes nuts for some aqua fresca!!
3:13pm – Dom rides an Art Bike at the Tour de Fat
4:52pm – Book time! Books multiply like baby bunnies in our house.
I honestly don’t know where they all come from.
5:23pm – Whinnie The Poo. Yup. More book time.
6:23pm – Whole Foods salad bar dinner. Yeah, lazy tonight and didn’t want
to cook. So we hit up the Whole Foods on North Ave (i.e. Mecca) for some
of my fav vegan pizza (and vegan milkshake) and a salad bar sampling for
Hayden. He only ate the pad thai and then tried to throw the rest on the
ground. I am ready for this phase to be over!
7:58pm – Last moment of the day: bedtime. Hayden has been napping and
going down for bedtime great since we got back from our trip out West.
No protesting and no tears! I can live with this!


The Great All-American Road Trip

Sorry I have been such an absentee blogger! We have been in a flurry preparing for our “Great, All-American Road Trip”! Yes, we, as insane people, are taking our 15 month old across the country, in a car. For 14 days. We are headed West folks, and we couldn’t be more excited to get out of Chicago and see friends of ours that made the great exodus out west a few years back. We will be headed to Denver, Durango, The GRAND CANYON!!!, and Monument Valley (in Utah).

We both started reading a great book a few weeks back called, “Adventuring with Children” and we are truly inspired by it. We’ve begun to think NOW is the perfect time to travel with our little one – before expectations of entertainment, location and schedules are a huge factor in his life. He is a flexible little dude, and we are going to make sure to respect his sleeping schedule and make sure we make plenty of stops so we can all get out, stretch our legs, and enjoy this experience together – as a family. So, for now, we are off to the great West!

Things I’m Afraid to Tell You.

This morning I read a great/amazing/inspirational post by Ez over at Creature Comforts. She started an online conversation about the “vast cavern between true reality and the presentation of “reality” on blogs.”

I read over 70 design blogs everyday, follow too-many-to-count boards on Pinterest, check my Instagram feed several times a day and do my own pinning/posting/photographing to boot. People, it’s overwhelming. The amount of beauty out there is amazing – the homes I see, the fashion I love, the design I covet – it’s all amazing. And honestly it makes me feel less than worthy to be blogging about it. My home does not look like this. My child does not look like this. My craft area DOES NOT even vaguely resemble this. We are normal. Mostly. But I feel like a hypocrite. A lot. So to pull back the curtain on my life, here are some things I am afraid to tell you:

  1. I am lazy. It may not seem like it, but I am. Some days it’s enough for me to work full time, come home and cook a meal for my 14 month old, and then cook another meal for me and my husband after the baby goes to bed. My once meticulously kept house has lost it’s luster amid strewn toys, a dirty high chair, piles of cloth diapers to be washed, animals to take care of and, oh, myself to wash and feed. I post about tons of amazing craft projects to be done, and never do them. I’ve had a company idea brewing for a few months now, and can’t seem to work on it. Ever.
  2. I may have postpartum anxiety issues. I have come to terms with the fact that I may need to talk to someone. Every time my husband and son walk out the door I think it may be the last time I ever see them. I love them so much, and I think of them as my whole world. I can’t imagine life without either one of them, so naturally my anxious mind goes to the worst of places when I see them off in the morning.
  3. I am a hot and cold blogger. Sometime I have amazing ideas for posts and never get around to posting about it. Then I will do 3 days straight of posts. Then nothing. Repeat.
  4. My husband and I had a chance to move to Barcelona a few years back and it fell through. The disappointment was one of the hardest things I have ever had to process and deal with.
  5. You know the term, “Jack of all trades; master of none”? That’s me. I can do everything enough to get by.
  6. I’m a hard person to like. I had a rough childhood, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may not be the easiest person to get along with. I have changed, slowly, but I recognize it might not be enough for some people. I am working on getting over that and moving on. Slowly, but surely.

So what are you afraid to tell everyone? Or even just tell yourself?

My Saturday House


Zutano for Target

I have been a big Zutano for since Hayden was born. We received some super cute clothes from local boutique stores that were just the adorable. Colorful, not overly cutesy, and super soft. Now Target is carrying a line of their products – “Zutano Blue“. And the prices can’t be beat!!

via Target

Thursday Tunes #3

It’s a classic rockin’ kinda day…

Thursday Tunes for 5/10/12

Queen – A Night at the Opera – 1975  /  Steely Dan – Greatest Hits – 1978

Thursday Tunes #2

It’s a classic kinda thursday…

Thursday Tunes
Def Leppard

  1. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin / 2. Off the Wall – Michael Jackson

Run Like a Mother

Run Like a Mother LogoIn less than 2 weeks I will be running like a mother… with a bad knee, possible arthritis and a bad IT band. Sigh. Why do I torture myself? I don’t like to run anywhere, for any reason. Nothing short of a burning building with my baby in it would make me sprint for anything. But sometimes you need to step (jog?) out of your comfort zone – even if it’s to realize you like your comfort zone just fine and dandy thank-you-very-much.

Now, just to clarify, this is a 5K. Yes, my marathon running friends, feel free to start making fun of me. I am complaining about running 3 MILES. But, I need to get my old body back, some way, some how. I understand that I am never going to be exactly the same (see boobs, butt and mid-section) but I would like at least to be able to wear a bathing suit without scaring small animals and children. So I am running. Or jogging. Or jogging 2 minutes and walking 3. Let’s not get caught up in the technicalities here. I’m trying. And right now, right here, that is the best I can do. Wish me luck on Mother’s Day!

Todd Oldham for Target

Get excited!!!! Ok, you don’t have to be AS excited as me, but still I love me some Todd Oldham. And now you can love him too with his new line at Target coming May 20th! Check out the post over at Apartment Therapy for more info…

Todd Oldham for Targetimage via Apartment Therapy