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Watching... The Good Wife. You can find me binge-watching the fifth season on Amazon like a mad woman before the new season airs.
Pinning... this for Nicolas and a pizza puzzle!
Looking forward to... a weekend trip with my loves.
Reading... most of these!
On the menu... chicken enchiladas and chili. Honestly, I do not like cooking when pregnant. Not one bit.

Wearing... these boyfriend jeans on repeat.

Waiting... for the cool winds of Autumn to come our way.

Deciding... on a paint color for N's room.
Needing... to give the house a serious scrub.
Feeling... tired and worn down lately.
Enjoying... little belly kicks and extra hugs from my girl.
Pruning... weeds, our favorite (and only!) tree and an unruly and overgrown ivy plant. Please send all green-thumb and flower bed inspiration our way!

Making... our life simpler. Decluttering drawers and tossing out old pans & dishes and random things shoved in nooks and crannies that we just don't use.
Please feel free to link up any of your "currently" posts in the comments, xo!



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I asked to take her picture and she wanted to show me some tricks. I took around 10 blurry photos of cool kid tricks before I got this slightly fuzzy snapshot of her smile. I love that she smiles so big her dimples pop out and she gets little crinkles. It's a happy smile, for sure.

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.



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I'm posting this a day late because life through us a curve ball Thursday night. M was busy with school that night and L and I were hanging out on the sofa reading books when I noticed her scratching her head. Yep, lice again. And after a anxious panic from me followed by tears (also me), we ran to the store for shampoo, movies and a candy bribe. It took us all night and lots of candy, but I think the situation might not be as bad this time around. As long as I don't have it...

But seriously, I am knocking on wood and praying that it's gone, gone, gone. Manny took a day off from work to help me with all the laundry and cleaning up that comes with a case of head lice and he and L got to spend a few hours together at the park while I may have binge watched The Good Wife and snacked on bacon.

The rest of our week though went pretty smoothly. Our routine is settled and we're all pretty used to it. We stocked up at the library again and spent a rare not-so-hot afternoon at the park. I may have bought Nicolas a few more teeny little things and grabbed another black & white rug for our bathroom. And, we got almost all of the walls downstairs painted grey. We're hoping to finish up this month and add another chalkboard wall.

And some funny words from Lia's mouth this week - "Because I know about mans and houses."

On that note, have a great weekend!



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"It doesn't seem like so many years ago that tragedy struck the US. With every anniversary that has passed, I can feel myself back in high school watching the attacks again. And then I am reminded how much has happened since then. I am reminded how lucky I am that my husband made it away from that terrible scene safely and went on to serve his country many years and made it through his Marine Corp career safely and how lucky we are to be settled in a good place with our daughter and our growing son. My heart, to this day, still breaks for the brave heroes who fought that day, who worked hard to save others that day, for the people who bounded together as true Americans to help our country in need and all the lost loved ones and their families. I realized a few days ago that there is a whole generation of kids that don't know exactly how this day impacted our country. How it impacted our lives. Lia certainly doesn't. And while I'm not sure exactly what words to use, I want her to know about this day, one day. So, while we all go about our day to day lives today and our normal routines, don't forget to remember and share your story. Thank a hero. Remember this day and respect it."

The One World Trade Center is pictured above. On our most recent trip to New York, we were able to see it up close and understand just how massive it is and everything it represents. I pulled the words above from my own Facebook status earlier today. This day hit me hard all those years ago and little did I know how much closer this day and these stories would be to me after I met M. 

And this morning, while L was watching Sesame Street and I was scrolling through Facebook, both of us trying to wake up after a long night, she noticed a picture of the towers and all the smoke coming from them and she asked me about the picture. It was such a simple question to her but such a loaded one to me. I want her to know about this day and the impact it had on her family and her country. Her dad was only a block or two away when the attacks happened. He has a personal story so closely linked to this tragic day. I want her to understand that and to know that this day was real and the effects of it are still on-going. So, in the simplest way I could think of this morning, I explained that some bad people did something very bad in the city we love. She understands bad people and good people. She understands cops and firefighters help us with the bad people. But, there is no way she could understand this. I could see the confusion in her face. I could tell what I said worried her. So, then I explained that many brave and good people were heroes that day when they stepped in and helped everyone they could. I wish I had a better way to explain. I wish I didn't have to, that this tragic event never happened. But it did, and the best way to honor the people that are lost and loved and still suffering is to remember this day. To respect this day. 

So, that's what we'll do. And, I think we'll make happy memories today and keep living and moving forward. Because that's important to.



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I always secretly love when other bloggers post about their favorite products or "whats in their bag", call it being nosy if you will. So, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite products we use around here!

And looking at these, most of them are great for our summer-time living. I think I may have to make another seasonal favorites list soon!

Bare Minerals powder foundation. I started using this a few years ago after I received it in a sweet Mothers Day gift from M and I still keep it stocked in my make-up bag.

Saltwater sandals. L's black pair has been one of her go-to shoes for well over a year. Comfortable for tiny feet and they LAST. Also, the color choices are so much fun!

Tresemme dry shampoo. I've been through a few different kinds of dry shampoo and they've all left my hair feeling pretty gross. This one, though, is a lifesaver for days at the beach or a quick fresh-up between washes.

EOS lip balm. I'll admit that when I first saw my sister-in-law obsessing over these I thought she was a little crazy. The odd shape caught me off guard. And while it does take up a little more space than a tiny chap-stick, it's a pretty fun lip balm that keeps my lips looking and feeling great!

Baby powder. Any brand works for us, we honestly just grab whatever is cheapest. It works like magic to get sand off hands and feet at the beach and freshens up your day (or two!) old hair between washes. It's a must-have in our house.

Kid Made Modern art supplies. I love a well made and designed kid product. Our arts cabinet is full of their watercolor paper, crayons and washi tape!

Go Go Squeeze apple sauce. Let's just say it's a sad day when our pantry isn't stocked full of these! L's favorites are the apple-strawberry and apple-grape flavors.

Mossimo flats. These flats are my go-to shoes to pair with my favorite jeans. They are comfortable from the start and are so easy and inexpensive to replace when I wear them out.

Fairy Tales shampoo & conditioner. Last year we had a bad run-in with lice. We never could figure out where L was getting them from but she got them several times within the span of a few months. After her last case, we found this amazing hair care line and thankfully her hair has been cleaner, smoother and lice-free since!

Do you have any favorite products I should add to our routine? I'd love to hear about them, xo!



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Fall is almost here, and while we're still enjoying the dog days of summer, I can't help but dream of the next few cozy months.

I'm looking forward to...
Sneaking another little peek at our boy! We're waiting to schedule our second anatomy scan.
Apple picking.
Mini pumpkins.
A trip to Ikea to stock up on some goods.
Doing some early plan & prep on L's Halloween costume!
A few quiet evenings strolling the Farmers Market.
School picture day for L.
Fall TV line-ups. Parenthood, anyone?
And, a new story time from our favorite librarian who left to work at a local book shop.

Here's to you, September. xo



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I love to watch her play. It reminds me of when I used to play as a little girl. She imagines these story lines and you can hear her act out what each toy is saying and doing. Sneaking a peak of her in action feels like I've stumbled upon true magic.

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.