Weekend Links / / Mid Summer Ramblings

Weekend Links / / Mid Summer Ramblings

How was your 4th of July? Jordan, Phoenix and I came home Monday from Cincinnati. We were still recovering, so we didn’t do much of anything on the 4th. It was kind of nice! Phoenix and the car are not friends (he screams off and on for hours on road trips), so we needed a rest day. Jordan and I ate veggie burgers, sweet potato fries and salad for dinner and rented Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. We love Harry Potter but I wouldn’t recommend this film — it wasn’t very good.

I was worried the fireworks blowing off in our neighborhood would wake Phoenix, but he slept through like a champ.

On a completely unrelated note let’s discuss skin for a minute. I deal with acne, but my skin is normally not sensitive to the products I use. Until now! Two different products (a foundation and moisturizer) clogged my pores and now I’m reeling with intense breakouts. One item was from the drugstore, but the other was a “natural” product. I’m sticking with my favorite Glossier moisturizer from now on! (this referral link gives you 20% off)

What is your favorite mask for deep cleaning clogged pores?

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Currently / / July

Currently / / July

Documenting | I am in the very early stages of creating a photo book for Phoenix’s first year. We’re using Artifact Uprising. They have a lot of options and we like the quality of the end product. I’m also thinking of creating one specifically for my pregnancy.

Accomplishing | At the end of July I’ll have a one-year-old. I feel like this year is the biggest achievement of my life! The first year of parenthood is a rollercoaster. I plan on sharing my many reflections soon.

Enjoying | Simple veggie sandwiches for lunch. Introducing foods to Phoenix feels like a full-time job, so instead of over thinking what I should have for lunch I’m eating sandwiches. I slather hummus and guacamole and pile on lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. It’s really satisfying.

Reading | The Royal We. It had been on my to-read least for a while now! It’s the perfect summer read. I heard Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman own the rights and are writing a screenplay. It would make a great movie.

Does anyone know of historical fiction books that take place in the prairie? I recently listened to an NPR podcast on the Donner party and I’d like to read more from that time period. It doesn’t seem to be a very common setting compared with WWI and WWII.

Spending | More time reading, organizing, purging, cooking, and exploring with Phoenix. Phoenix is in a busy stage and I’m trying to do my best to keep up with him while also resting. I recently went through my bathroom and purged old toiletries.

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Weekend Links / / Cincinnati Here We Come!

Weekend Links / / Cincinnati Here We Come

Hello from the road to Cincinnati! Don’t be fooled by Phoenix’s face, he’s excited he just has a complicated relationship with his car seat. Ha! Jordan and I have wanted (and needed) to get away for months, but there hasn’t been an opportunity. In a random sequence of events someone switched shifts and I ended up with the whole weekend off (I usually work Saturdays).

We’re staying with friends and also visiting friends who recently had a baby. It’s a quick trip, but we’re excited none-the-less. If you are visiting Cincinnati I have several posts highlighting my favorite spots herehere (still love these photos) and here.

What are your 4th of July plans?

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Phoenix at Eleven Months

Eleven Months Update

This was the month Phoenix began to act more like a toddler than a baby. He slowly replaced bottles with table food. When I am home he nurses several times throughout the day, but when I’m not home he loves the food! Phoenix continues to regularly sleep 12 hours a night, waking once or none at all! Sleep was an early struggle for us, but we are in a good place.

I went away for a night and I think it was harder for me than Phoenix! I was telling my friends I wasn’t sad about being away from Phoenix because I was concerned for him, but because I enjoy his company. He is at such a fun age. His playful and silly personality cracks me up daily.

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Weekend Links / / Wonder Woman Nights

Weekend Links / / Wonder Woman Nights

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This is an exciting week for the Shorts! The week began with a relaxing Father’s Day. The weather wasn’t ideal, but the night ended with Jordan’s choice of take-out (tacos) and the new Beauty and the Beast. Tuesday night friends of ours graciously offered to baby-sit Phoenix, while we caught a movie. If you have a chance to see Wonder Woman, I highly recommend it. It is the perfect summer blockbuster.

My monthly wine club met last night. I’ve attended almost every month since November (when Phoenix was only four months! ack!). In addition to being a fun girls night, I leave with wine knowledge. We’re not buying fancy bottles, but I discover wines I like and dislike. I purchased a Sauvignon Blanc (the theme for the night) from get this, ALDI, and it was chosen as the winner last night. Aldi is winning wine awards.

Today is designated for grocery shopping and weekend prep. I leave for a girls weekend tomorrow. Wish me luck! This is my first time being away from Phoenix for a night.

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San Francisco | On A Mission

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. To start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco The Mission District

When Jordan and I stay in San Francisco again, I want to spend more time in the Mission district. After our brunch date with Kelly at Plow, Jordan and I made an ill-advised decision to walk to the Mission. You might think a two-mile walk wouldn’t be a problem. You would be correct. Except walking two-miles up San Francisco’s hills when you are also 30 weeks pregnant is another thing!

Suffice it to say, we walked very slow.

San Francisco The Mission District

San Francisco The Mission District

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Weekend Links / / Hooray for the Dads!

Weekend Links | Hooray for the Dads

My parent’s came for a visit this week. Jordan and I were both saying how much we miss our families, so it was a nice treat to have my parents in town. Phoenix had a blast with them. He’s still such a baby, but glimpses of his silly and playful personality peek through especially around other people.

Besides cooking for us and baking banana bread my parent’s also helped clean, baby-sit Phoenix, and hang a few things around the house. Speaking of my dad, Harry’s sent me their Father’s Day shave kit for Jordan and it reminded me of a memory. My mom is not a morning person. She gets a second wind at 10pm at night. This isn’t ideal when you have three kids! My dad on the other hand has always been a morning person.

I vividly remember sitting on my parent’s bathroom vanity watching my dad shave…squirting a rich layer of barbital shaving cream and giving me some too. And don’t forget the aftershave! I don’t recall if this ritual occurred everyday or just on the weekends, but I know it was early early in the morning! I wonder what Phoenix will remember of us when he gets older.

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Splish Splash! Phoenix at the Pool!

Splish Splash! Pool Days!

We’re in that phase of parenting where everyday Phoenix discovers something for the first time. His first time seeing a flamingo at the zoo, his first bite of bacon, his first experience driving through a car wash and his first pool party!

Our apartment in Nashville had a pool (like most here do), but Phoenix never got to experience it. By the time I was cleared for swimming, we bought our house. I wasn’t sad to move out of our apartment, except for our easy pool access.

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Weekend Links / / The Start of Summer

Weekend Links / / The Start of Summer

How was your week? On Wednesday I scheduled a baby-sitter for four hours. I ran a couple of errands and knocked out a bunch of work for the week. I’d much rather pay to expedite my weekly work-flow. Even though Phoenix goes to bed early, I rarely have enough energy to get as much work as I actually need done. I am not a night person!

Phoenix and I are spending this morning at the zoo and on Sunday my parents arrive for a few days. I’m so excited to see them, especially because Phoenix is at such a fun age right now. We will visit our favorite burger place and check-off a few house projects. Jordan and I plan to sneak away for another day date.

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Currently / / June

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Planning | Phoenix’s birthday party and our trip to Chicago this summer. We also plan to visit NYC in the fall, so I am looking at dates and flight prices. Jordan and I are both ready to get out-of-town!

Wishing | The wet spring weather didn’t flare my sinuses up so much! I love the rain, but I hate the headaches that follow.

Learning |Airbnb pros and cons. We are considering hosting our home on Airbnb while we are away a few times a year. Nashville has interesting laws, but I still think it could be beneficial considering we have a whole house and are only 10 minutes from downtown.

Browsing | Furniture online. Speaking of Airbnb, we first have to invest in more furniture. All furniture we need anyway, but it gives us a little more incentive. We are leaning towards this leather sofastraw ottoman, and chair for our main room. Our current couch is eight years old and cloth and I’d rather sell it now before a major toddler stain happens!

Going | Playdates aka mom dates! It’s easy for me to fall into the routine of running small errands with Phoenix and cleaning around the house. It’s much more fun to get out with friends, even though coordinating around different nap schedules isn’t always easy.

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