Weekend Links / / Family Trip

Weekend Links / / Family Trip

It’s Wednesday night and I’m currently sitting on the bed in a dark hotel room. Phoenix is snoozing away in his pack n’play and Jordan is out finding ice cream. It’s been a long day! We left for Jordan’s grandparent’s house this morning at 4:45. The car doesn’t soothe Phoenix, so we’re still finding the optimal time to leave. Phoenix fell back a sleep for a little bit, but he still fussed the majority of the trip. Thankfully, he bounces back once he’s out and about!

As you are reading this (on Saturday) I am peacefully watching Wimbledon at my parent’s house. We left Jordan’s grandparent’s house Wednesday night and drove to Davenport, IA where we saw my grandpa and two uncles. Phoenix had a terrible nights sleep Thursday night. He was up for 90 minutes in the middle of the night completely restless. It was rough, but the goal was to see all the grandparents not necessarily to get a good nights sleep!

We are staying put for a few days — celebrating Jordan’s youngest sister who graduated high school and Phoenix’s first birthday!

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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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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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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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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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Weekend Links / / Oil and Mac

There is a lot of transitions going on in our house. Jordan rebranded his company, which allows for me to take on a bigger role in the business. And, of course, while also chasing Phoenix everywhere. In the next few weeks, I need to buckle down and focus on planning for his birthday party!

Are you all watching The Keepers on Netflix? I’m not usually one for murder mysteries, but we were fascinated by Making a Murderer so we thought we’d give it a go. We are only three episodes in, so I don’t know how satisfying the ending will be. We chase The Keepers with Master’s of None. Aziz Ansari’s writing is poignant and funny. We’ll probably have it finished by this weekend!

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Weekend Links / / Beginning of Summer

Weekend Links / / Beginning of Summer

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The highlight of my week was spending Sunday afternoon with my college roommate. Her family (including her four-week old baby boy) passed through town on their way to their vacation destination. Planning moments like this, months in advance (with three kids!) might not actually workout. But, it did! The predicted rain held off, giving us time to catch up while the kids played.

Sarah and I bonded over our love for Gilmore Girls. Even after I transferred to a different school, I drove to the school every Tuesday night to watch Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars. 🙂 Did you have a good roommate experience in college?

In other news, my hormonal acne is flaring up again. Between infertility medications, pregnancy and breastfeeding my body has gone through a lot of transitions. I’m not surprised by my acne, but I am annoyed! I went through an elimination diet a few years ago and sadly, I discovered diet changes don’t really do much for my hormonal acne. BOO. Have any of you used Mario Badescu’s drying lotion?

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Weekend Links / / Day Dates

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Most days it feels as though Jordan and I are constantly juggling childcare. No joke, this week, we had four different sitters for four different days. Usually, our sitters are not for nights out together, BUT this week was a different story. Monday evening we went to see one of our favorite (maybe my favorite?) bands live, Phoenix! We last saw them in 2013.

While listening to their albums, you don’t immediately think they’d put on a high energy show, but they are amazing live. Funnily enough, we didn’t think of the name Phoenix (for our son) until we met another Phoenix in person.

Our time alone continued into Tuesday. Tuesday morning I scheduled a sitter so Jordan and I could have a work date! Shoutout to Kelsey who constantly sings the praises of day-dates. We had four hours and knocked a lot out, including invoicing for Jordan’s business and several photo sessions I needed. I hope to make these day-dates a regular occurrence.

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Weekend Links / / A First Mother’s Day

^ One more photo from Monday’s post.

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Life is full and busy and constantly evolving, but I’m enjoying my days as a family of three. A friend and her band was passing through Nashville on Tuesday. Instead of catching their show, I baby-sat her baby girl. I thought how this would have been impossible a few months ago. Okay, maybe not impossible, but Phoenix’s unpredictability and neediness made last-minute plans challenging.

I’m telling this story as an encouragement to any parents (or future parents) who have wonderful, but not laid-back babies. It gets easier!

In other news, we have officially become a zoo membership family. There aren’t a ton of places to take children in Nashville or at least places where you feel comfortable letting them run around without potentially migrating into the street. It’s a short 20 minute drive, so it’s perfect for a morning walk or playdate!

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Weekend Links / / A Natural Guide to Being an Adult

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Weekend Links / / A Natural Guide to Being an Adult

^ Slightly out of focus, but I’m in love with his grin.

Jordan’s parents are here for a quick visit. They leave early Saturday morning, so we’re spending the day in Franklin, TN. Franklin is about 30 miles south of Nashville and is full of cute little restaurants and shops. Think southern Stars Hallow. Jordan and I both have been to Franklin separately many times, but we haven’t gone all as a family.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been thinking a lot about being an adult. Okay, go with me for a minute. You know how when you are a kid you can’t wait to be an adult — to do what you want and when you want. Somewhere a long the line I forgot I am in control — not social media or social expectations. I don’t need to delete insert social media forum off my phone, I need to put the phone down and pick up a book. I want to read, but I’ve lied to myself that I don’t have the time.

Social media is one example. My house is more clean and I am crossing things off my to-do list. So, don’t forget the agency you have in your life.

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