Monday, March 31, 2014

Weekend Snapshots- At the Farm

My dad, step mom and brother came to town for a visit this weekend so my sister drove her family down from Santa Barbara to spend a day at the farm with us! We had some pretty gorgeous weather and Logan had a lot of fun seeing the animals this time around. Hopefully next time I'll be brave enough to let her go on the pony ride!
^^ She is not a fan of being up close to birds. Just like mama!!!^^
  ^^Taking a moment to stop and smell the flowers.^^
^^Alright. I realize there is a butt crack in this photo! Rory and I were hysterically laughing at this grody mom who exposed her coin slot for a long period of time to the entire farm. He took these photos to document the hilarity, but turns out it's cute of Logan and I. So, sorry butt crack lady.. but learn to pull up your pants!^^
^^Playing with her cousin.^^
^^A happy girl at the end of the day!^^

I can't believe the weekend is over already; I'm ready for a vacation! What did you do this weekend?

xo
-Ali

*You can see more photos of our trips to Underwood Farm here*

Friday, March 28, 2014

13/52


A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014.

As of last Tuesday (the 25th), Logan is officially 16 months.
Words: kitty, mama, dada, nose, shoes, toes, head, eyes, pop, bubble, ball, ba bob (SpongeBob), okay, hi, cracker, baby, play, outside, inside, please, chair, no, yes, more, berry, jello, nana, banana.
Phrases: "I don't know", "Where go?", "I see"
, "Oh no!", "All done"
Knows kitties say "meow", lions say "rawr", owls say "hoo hoo", dogs say "ruff", cows say "moo", chicks say "cheep cheep", cars say "beep beep"


xo
-Ali

*You can see all of Logan's 2014 portraits here*

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hustlin'


Hey there! It's been a bit of a quiet blogging week so far.. I know, it's only Tuesday. Our weekend was gone in a blink; with Rory having to attend a funeral and me working and being a mama to a girl who's cutting three teeth, it was Monday too quickly.

I have been busy at work the last few days for an amazing brick and mortar vintage store just down the street from our home; you may remember it from this post. California A La Mod has nuzzled it's way in to my heart for all of the fantastic kitsch and I adore the owner.

Some exciting news for all of you that live in the United States, just not in Ventura County; you can shop at California A La Mod on Etsy! I have just a handful of items up there; we're hoping this will be a hit and I am going to add more items as the online shop grows.

I promise to be back soon with portraits and some more blog posts. This week is proving to be a pretty busy one and my dad is coming to town this weekend to boot!

I hope you're all having a great week!

xo
-Ali

Friday, March 21, 2014

12/52


 A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014.

You would never know she spent the previous morning in the emergency room.

xo
-Ali


*You can see all of her portraits here*

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Time for Me

One of my New Years goals was to keep active. I have been doing pretty well with it so far; I am still going on a mile and a half walk with Logan on weekday mornings.. the days we can't get out I exercise with Wii Fit for thirty minutes, but I have been feeling like I am not doing enough and not seeing weight loss quick enough. I know a lot of it has to do with my not so paleo food choices lately, but I also started thinking I could improve my exercise routine. It may not seem like something that needs much pondering, but being a full time mom and wife, it does. You might think "She's crazy! She's at home all day.. how does she not have more time for exercise?" Well, unless you're a stay at home mom of a toddler, then you probably won't understand. Our day is very full and when I do have time during Logan's nap (which can be nonexistent on some days), I need to do laundry or dishes or hey, even eat for the first time that day. It's not easy to find time for yourself as a mother and I realized that I have to push myself to make time.

I had the thought to continue my morning exercise routine with Logan and then when Rory got home, he could feed her dinner alone and that time could be "mama time". I took my first "me time" the other day and for the first time since motherhood, I was completely alone. I've had three hair appointments since Logan was born, so I guess you could count that as "me time", but I had someone there to talk to and I basically talked about Logan the entire time. When I went on that first walk, I didn't listen to any music, I didn't have anyone to talk to about what Logan is up to lately.. I just had myself. It was a strange feeling to be alone. I thought about what Logan and Rory were doing, I wondered if she was crying and if they were getting on okay without me. I felt guilt for leaving Rory alone with her after he had been at work all day long. I felt like I should have turned around and gone back several times, but I forced myself to keep going.

I got to the top of my hike behind our house and I allowed myself a moment; a moment to be proud of myself for taking time for myself, a moment to reflect on God's gorgeous Earth, a moment to be glad I hiked to the top of the mountain without taking a break and huffing and puffing, a moment to know that Rory is an incredible father and to not worry. Walking down the trail felt much better than going up; not because of the physical strain but because I felt a relief and a sense of accomplishment. I accomplished my goal of adding more exercise to my day, I accomplished a "me moment".. something that comes with great guilt as a mother.

I really want to continue this new little routine of mine. I may not do it every weekday, but if I can make time for myself and additional exercise two or three days a week, I feel like that's a big deal. It's enough time for me to feel like a person and not just a mom and a wife that needs to do this task and get this and that done. I feel like I am bettering myself for my own happiness, for the benefit of my family and also future pregnancies. That is something at the forefront of my mind right now; I want to feel good enough about my body to be pregnant again and to be in a good exercise routine so that I may have a healthy and fit pregnancy next time around.. whenever that may be.

What about you? Are you a mom that feels guilty about having a little "me time"? Where do you fit it in, if at all?

xo
-Ali

Monday, March 17, 2014

Etsy Shop Lovin': lmkremer


I am so excited to share this Etsy shop with you today! 

As I was mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest one night, I stumbled upon a floral onesie that made my heart skip a beat. If you can remember from Logan's nursery tour, I am a fan of bold and bright prints; that bold and bright onesie lead me to Leanne over at lmkremer. You really can't find truly retro inspired patterns available in kids clothing, so I was more than thrilled when the Pinterest link was correctly sourced. Leanne makes amazingly unique clothes for little ones that are bright, vibrant, and passionately made. I love her choice of fabrics, combinations, and the quality looks stellar.

I could easily snatch up everything in her store for Logan. I really like that she has a well rounded selection of girly items, boy items, and gender neutral. As a mama who is itching for baby number two, I can tell you that if said next child is a boy, I want to be able to use some purchases I made for Logan instead of having to buy a lot of new boy clothes (if he is ever to exist).

It was really hard not to list the whole store here, but a few of my favorite pieces are this onesie and this onesie, this shirt, this pinafore, and these overalls.


Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!

xo
-Ali

Friday, March 14, 2014

11/52

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. 

She cut her first molar this week and the second isn't too far behind. Also, this is her favorite way to sit in her chair. She climbs in from the side and props up her leg.. it's important to be comfortable!
 
xo
-Ali

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Currently


Reading: I should just eliminate this question because I am not a reader.. never have been. I did, however, buy Practical Paleo at Costco the other day and it's chalk full of paleo info I need to read asap.

Eating: I've had some serious weak moments over the last week. I had pizza, a cheeseburger, and clam chowder. As I mentioned above, I just got a new paleo cookbook, so I plan on trying out some new recipes soon! I always make a paleo dinner though, so there's a little high five in there for me. I tried a new recipe last night for an herb topped steak.. it was pretty delicious! I usually broil a steak and put some grassfed butter on top, but last night I made somewhat of a pesto to go with the steak. I put some garlic cloves, fresh parsley, balsamic vinegar and olive oil in my magic bullet and it was a really great addition to our steaks (and green beans cooked in bacon fat.. mmmm).

Thinking about: How happy I am. It feels so good to say that.. not that I have not been happy. This last year I've really struggled with friendships, family, past trauma, learning my new role as a mom.. it's been a year of a lot of growth. A couple of weeks ago I saw a picture online of my very abusive ex boyfriend (right after I ran in to the other one at Disneyland! WTF universe?) and I had a major breakdown. I felt overwhelmed and I felt very guilty for letting myself be overwhelmed by the mere sight of him. I was very panicky for about a week and I finally felt "over it". I am so happy to be married to my best friend, I am happy and so lucky to be Logan's mom, I am happy with my handful of friends; I feel relieved that I am content with where I am and not worried about people hurting my feelings or keeping friendships that just don't make sense anymore or worried about people that aren't in my life. I am glad to be myself with the few people that surround me.

Listening: I've been stuck in a music rut lately.. I get stuck on one band for a while and I am trying to get out of that habit. The other day I listened to The Ramones because it had been forever.. I even put on some A.F.I and Tiger Army. Rory got me the new Jack Johnson album for Valentine's Day and I've been listening to that on repeat when I am not feeling in the mood for anything on my iPod. And because yesterday was 3/11, I of course had 311 on all day long!
 
Watching: Veronica Mars! I didn't watch it when it was on air, but I got intrigued by it when I heard about how its fans basically funded the entire movie that's coming out soon. I just started season two and am kind of a nerd for it already. One of the main characters is named Logan and though he's a bit of an asshole, I sort of love him and am angry that Veronica dumped him. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a rekindled romance for those two.. I know he's in the upcoming movie!
I've also been watching the "Gooble" episode of Yo Gabba Gabba with Logan. I love the spooky set and Mariachi El Bronx! It's definitely my favorite episode so far.
 

Loving: life. There's so much to be grateful for. Though we may be struggling financially, family members are ill, the dream of buying a house seems incredibly unattainable.. I am right where I want to be; in a cute rental home I love with a family I love, laughing every day, we're healthy, we're breathing, we have wonderful people surrounding us. It seems like I have always been striving for "bigger and better" and "what's next", but right now, I am happy right here.

What are you up to lately?

xo
-Ali


You can see more "Currently" posts here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekend Snapshots



Well, goodbye Winter! It definitely felt like summer this weekend! Logan had a bit of a rough afternoon on Saturday.. she woke up from a very short nap and was inconsolable for quite some time. Every time she opens her mouth, I can see how swollen her gums are. Those molars are coming! Since we stayed in Saturday, we decided to get out yesterday. The sky was so incredibly blue and everything was a bit brighter and green due to the rain we got the weekend before; it was too gorgeous of a day to not take advantage of.

We went to our neighborhood duck pond and Logan experienced feeding the birds for the first time. Every time Rory gave her a piece of bread to throw, she ate it. What can you expect from a growing fifteen month old?

I hope everyone had a great weekend! What are you up to this week?

xo
-Ali

Friday, March 7, 2014

10/52

 
A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. 

 She's mastered the stink eye and loves to say "okay".

xo 
-Ali

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spring Wears for Logan

We didn't have much of a winter in Southern California; it rained a few times and we had one week where it was pretty cold... kind of depressing, but people seem to be really thrilled about the constant sunshine here. I'd trade it for snow in a second!

All of the stores are already stocked up on their shorts and tees.. even bathing suits; Spring is quickly approaching with Summer just around the corner.

I've made a conscious effort not to buy clothes for Logan in advance. I learned my lesson when I bought her a whole Winter wardrobe and she hardly wore any of it due to Southern California being super confused about what Winter should be. These are a few items I have my eye on for Logan when the time and weather is right to purchase:

1. The Beatles A and B Spelling shirt @ Amazon // 2. Smafolk Purple Apples Tee @ Copenhagen Designs // 3. Fine Knit Cardigan @ H&M // 4. Elephant and Hearts Tee @ Amazon // 5. Livie and Luca Ruche Flat @ Amazon // 6.  Hotchpotch Tee @ Nordstrom // 7. Pear Tee @ Baby Gap // 8. Gingham Pleated Dress @ Baby Gap // 9. Butterflies & Flowers Tee @ ittikid // 10. Retro Print Pinnie @ Boden

What are some of your favorite online spots to shop for your kids?

xo
-Ali

Monday, March 3, 2014

Singin' & Dancin' in the Rain


I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was pretty quiet and rainy.. and we are so thankful. Southern California has been pretty dry the last couple of years, so when we get a bit of a storm, we a thrilled.. well I am. The downpour lasted for quite a while (and we even got some thunder and lightning.. hey real weather!), but when it let up a few times we let Logan go outside and run around in the puddles.. she obviously had a great time. I love the second shot of her.. it makes me think of Mary Tyler Moore about to toss her hat up into the sky.

Though I enjoy some rain, I'm glad it's over because we'll be able to get out this week to the park and hopefully the farm. What are you up to this week?

xo
-Ali