Weekend Links / / Survive and Thrive

Weekend Links | Survive and Thrive

Some weeks you thrive, while some you only survive. This week was all about survival. Phoenix is still sick and besides coffee runs, we mostly stayed home. Only time, hydration, and sleep will cure this cold (of course try telling a six month old to sleep longer!). I wanted to allow for as many successful naps as he’d give me since nights are hit or miss.

Prior to getting sick, we had arrived at a relatively reliable place of bedtime around 6-6:30 with two wakings between 12-4 AM to eat. A couple of nights this week Phoenix was up frequently coughing and had a really difficult time settling back down. It felt like newborn days again.

One of those nights, we had friends over for a movie night and it felt like I was upstairs more than I was downstairs watching the movie. Poor buddy. I’m grateful winter in Nashville isn’t as long. At least when you have a cold in the summer you can go on walks!

This week is ending on a high note. Last night was January’s Wine Club which came at the perfect time. I needed to get away and chat with other women!

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2017 Reading Challenge

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Reading Challenge 2017

It’s time for another reading challenge!

I never finished Modern Mrs Darcey’s 2016’s reading challenge. I did read books that weren’t on my original list. Though, once Phoenix was born, I found myself entrenched in books on how to get Phoenix to sleep. If I had a moment to read, I chose to sleep instead. The newborn fog has lifted and so I’m forging ahead with finishing 2016’s list along with a whole new set of books for 2017!

I combined a few categories from Anne’s 2016 and 2017 list for my new 2017 reading challenge! In typical Catherine fashion, my selections run from classics to historical fiction to memoirs (so many memoirs) to parenting books. My plan is to mix reading physical copies with listening to books on audio because, hello, I spend hours breastfeeding a week.

But first, my 2017 list!

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Weekend Links / / Peace, Snow and Sickness

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Snow Day Fun

Nashville experienced its first snow last weekend, obviously, we bundled Phoenix up. Phoenix didn’t quite know what to make of the snow when we set him in it.

Jordan got hit with a nasty cold and has spent most of the week out of commission. Phoenix is now full blown teething. A teeny tiny tooth has emerged! I don’t think it’s related to teething, but he also has his first cold. We told Phoenix it’s good to share, except for our germs. 😉 After several very cold days the weather is warming up this weekend. Hopefully, the added moisture will help us all.

Miraculously, I was off work last weekend so we laid extremely low — lots of cuddling (for the babes), football and Golden Globes on the tv  and plenty of coffee since Phoenix woke up earlier than normal. #teething

The pictures I planned to hang over the weekend are still on the ground But, we finally disassembled the Christmas tree (I miss the twinkle lights) and replaced the greenery with houseplants! Our house lets in a lot of natural light, so hopefully the plants will survive the winter and my black thumb!

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San Francisco’s North Beach

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

north beach

Jordan and I ended our bus tour in North Beach, the “Little Italy” of San Francisco. Between recommendations from my sister-in-law, a Lyft driver and tour bus guide we knew this was where we had to eat dinner. Jordan and I ended our bus tour with time to kill so before dinner we perused City Lights Booksellers and a few local shops.

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Weekend Links / / Happy New Years

Happy 2017, Everyone!

I unintentionally skipped posting my Weekend Links last Friday. The end of December was a bit of a whirlwind! Let’s recap the last couple of weeks.

Phoenix’s fist Christmas was both special and uneventful. Perfect, really. Jordan and I hadn’t been to church since Phoenix was born (moving and a fussy newborn was an overwhelming combination) but we really wanted to attend the Christmas Eve service. Phoenix loved it! He literally didn’t make a peep the entire service.

Every year my mom makes a Swedish tea ring for Christmas morning. I decided to carry on the tradition, except my yeast must have gone bad because it never rose! Thankfully, despite being rather dense, the pastry still tasted delicious. We spent the rest of the day at our friend’s house playing games and watching football.

We hosted my in-laws for a late Christmas last week. Even at five months, it’s really special to see Phoenix begin to recognize family members. This is when I’m extra thankful for modern technology such as FaceTime! He can have regular interactions from afar. Quite literally as soon as Jordan’s parents left, his brother and girlfriend arrived to spend a few days. It’s so nice to have space for hosting!

The four of us attended a New Years Eve party hosted by the co-working space Jordan works at. Before the party began, we went to dinner at Butchertown Hall and ate Jeni’s ice cream for dessert. When in Rome, right? I left the party early partly because I had work in the morning and also because Phoenix still eats twice in the night. I’m looking forward to next year when he can just have a sleepover somewhere. 😉

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Currently / / January

Currently / / January

^ My daily sidekick.

The beginning of January already feels like a breathe of fresh air after a busy December. Jordan and I love watching Phoenix grow and discover new things. So far, five months is a really fun age. This year has so many opportunities and possibilities, I look forward to exploring them further!

Meanwhile, currently in January…
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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

top 10 blog posts 2016

Blogging in 2016 feels a little like a blur. The first half of the year I was very pregnant and I spent the remainder of the year balancing newborn life and buying a house with trying to create quality content. Despite not always feeling like I was at the top of my creative game, I enjoyed collaborating with companies such as Warby Parker, PinkBlush Maternity and Smile Brilliant.

I have many exciting ideas for 2017 but before the year ends, here are the top 10 blog posts of 2016!

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San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Neighborhood

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.


After exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and The Palace of Fine Arts, Jordan and I spent a few hours in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood. We ate lunch at a local cafe, browsed inside a lot of quirky stores and of course bought a few records at Ameoba. It’s not an outing without a trip to a record store!

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Phoenix at Five Months

Five Months Update

Phoenix turned five months old on December 27th! The fog really started to lift for me this month. Despite being busier than ever, Phoenix was never easier. Partly, due to the fact that we are all sleeping more!

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Weekend Links / / It’s Christmas Time

Christmas Time

The holiday season is often bittersweet. My particular work place generally doesn’t close on Christmas day (location specific) and because of the give and take nature of time off, I’ve worked the last five Christmases. It was hard to miss out on family moments, but I told myself early on it wouldn’t always be like this. Plus, there was that one year I met Nicole Kidman on Christmas day. I found out, only a few days ago, someone generously took my shift! Yippee!

It’s been a tradition now for several years to attend some sort of Christmas concert, but between having a baby and moving I didn’t think much about making it happen this year. You can imagine my surprise when Jordan revealed tickets to The Nutcracker Ballet last weekend. I have a slight obsession with the ballet and it was really special to attend an actual professional performance. It was the perfect holiday date night.

We are carrying on the tradition of eating Christmas dinner at our friends house. Last year, I was still experiencing morning/all-day-sickness, so I’m looking forward to really enjoying it this year!

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