Hello and a design update

design update

Oh, hello! Remember me? Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve written here…the longest break since I began blogging, actually. If you scroll down to my last post, it should be pretty clear why I’ve been MIA. Being a mama to an infant and kindergartener, AND running a small business is significantly harder than I ever imagined. It’s been a struggle to keep up with life and general, and honestly, I’ve just been too damn tired to share anything worthwhile on this little blog.

But, it’s time to change that! I’ve recently made some modifications to the design, including a shiny new mobile update. If you’re reading this on your phone, the blog should be significantly easier to read. There are a few tweaks that still need to be made, so please bear with me. I’m planning on getting back to blogging on the regular. No promises on how often that will be, but definitely more often than never! It’s good to be back, I’ve missed you! XOXO!

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introducing our boy

Ronan_Luka Introducing our son, Ronan Luka Stone, born August 10th, TEN (!!) lbs. 6 oz, 21 in long. I truly can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post, but the photo above should explain it all! This little big guy entered our lives 5 weeks ago, and life has been a bit of a roller coaster ever since. Truthfully, the last month of pregnancy and the delivery did not go at all as I’d hoped, but that all seems far away and forgotten now.

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3 years of marriage, 5 years of eva & so much to celebrate

so much to celebrate

This time of year is always a special one in my house. It starts with my birthday on the 4th, our wedding anniversary on the 9th (3 years yesterday), and then Eva’s birthday on the 10th (my baby girl is 5 today!). We’ve got a lot to celebrate in early June. I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy hormones, the trauma Eva and I suffered a few months back, or a combination of the two, but I am feeling especially lucky and grateful for my life and the people in it this year. Plenty of things in life come and go, but I think the people you share it with matter most of all.

I’m very grateful for my incredible husband who supports me in career and life, works so hard to take care of Eva and I, makes me laugh and feel cherished every single day. He makes me coffee every morning with just the right amount of splenda, holds my hand at scary doctors appointments, and is my loudest cheerleader when I land a dream client. He’s treated me this way for the entire 11.5 years we’ve been together, not just our three years of marriage.

I am also grateful for the incredible little person we call our daughter. In some ways it feels like she has always been a part of our lives, but it’s also pretty astounding to reflect on just how quickly the past five years have flown by. From the 7 lb screaming peanut I met five years ago today, to the chubbiest happiest baby, to the toddler at our wedding, to the bright, articulate, imaginative, funny kid she is today, Eva has brought an unfathomable amount of joy to our lives and our family. I love her more that I ever knew I could, and I can’t wait to see her in her new role as big sister.

Speaking of baby, he makes up that last piece of gratitude pie: we’ve wanted to add to our family for quite a while, and there were times when I thought it might not ever happen. But, here we are, 10 weeks from welcoming our son into the world. The three of us couldn’t be more excited him!

That’s all for today. Go hug the people you love!

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Swimming with wild ponies

Swimming with wild ponies

Happy Friday, y’all! I’m just popping in quickly, basically to brag about my vacation. This morning Sean, Eva and I are headed off to Chincoteague Island for our first (and last) vacation as a family of three! It’s not that we haven’t taken time off, but this is our first vacation together not spent visiting family, or ditching the kid with grandparents. I’m really looking forward to some time away with my two favorite people, soaking up some sun, and getting a peek at the island’s wild pony population! I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend as much as I plan to enjoy mine. I’ll be back soon, ta ta!

PS: This image was actually taken at the Camargue in Arles, France. I’ve been there too, it’s pretty incredible!

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The world is mostly good, even after this

ks-175g Pretty dramatic title, eh? I’ve been waffling about whether or not I wanted to share this ever since it happened last week. This post is likely to be much more personal than I usually get on here, and definitely much more horrifying than a typical Monday post. But, it just feels disingenuous to share the color palette and baby nursery inspiration I had planned for this week when that stuff is just so far off from how I’m actually feeling. So, here it goes…

Last Wednesday, I picked Eva up from school in the afternoon and we were running errands, much like a any other weekday. We’d been grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, and had one more stop to buy little girl toothpaste at the pharmacy by our house. It was 3:30 PM when we pulled into the first non-handicapped parking spot at our neighborhood CVS. I was talking to Eva in the back seat, somewhat distracted as I began to open my car door. The rest happened so quickly. A man approached our car, and my first reaction was that he was homeless and asking for money. As I began to shake my head and tell him I didn’t have any cash, his body because uncomfortably close to mine. In a split second, it became clear that this was not the interaction I had expected. He looked me dead in the eyes, told me that he had a gun, and to get in the passenger’s seat.

Eva was still strapped in her booster seat in the back.  He hadn’t shown me a gun, his hands were visible, and I saw an unfamiliar (possibly drug induced) crazy look in his eyes. in a split-second, I reacted. Friends and family have been telling me how brave I am for what happened in the next few seconds, but in that moment, all I could think about was keeping my daughter and unborn son safe, and ending that moment as quickly as possible. I reacted with sheer, primal, survival instinct. I kicked the man in his guts with every bit of strength in my body, and screamed the loudest scream imaginable. By now, adrenaline had set in. The man punched at my pregnant stomach and face, put his hands around my neck, and grabbed me by the ankles in an attempt to physically remove me from the vehicle. I didn’t feel any of it and I managed to block him pretty effectively, thankful it was over in just a few seconds.

A second man approach my car and pulled the attacked off of me. I learned later that he was actually a firefighter who just happened to be on break. He was bigger, stronger, and exceedingly more capable than the attacker. Our firefighter hero stepped in, and completely took control of the situation. I was able to close and lock my car door, and call 911. The police were there in about 5 minutes, maybe less. During that time, the attacker tried to flee in another car and on foot, which was prevented by our firefighter hero. A large crowd heard my screams, and gathered around the edges of the CVS parking lot. Many people pulled out their phones and took video. The entire attack was caught on the CVS security cameras. Both the firefighter hero and I were able to positively identify the attacker. Later, I learned that the attacker had stolen the car he tried to flee in earlier in the day, and had attempted to rob a dollar store down the street just before he tried to carjack me (AND MY CHILDREN). He is in jail, and will likely stay there for a very very long time.

I feel so deeply grateful that in the moment, I was able to make my body react the right way. I’m grateful for the kindness of strangers who stuck around to give statements to the police, and bring water and juice to the car for Eva and I. Most of all I’m grateful for Steven, the firefighter who was responsible for the capture of the attacker, and also quite possibly for saving the lives of my children and I. In the moment, he reacted without hesitation. He put his own life at risk to save mine. It wasn’t until later that he learned I was pregnant and had my four year old daughter in the back seat. He just did it, because it was the right thing to do. I’m quite sure he would have done the same for you.

I’d be lying if I said this event hasn’t affected me deeply. I feel a bit scared in my own skin, and so angry at this man for putting my children and my own life in danger. It’s hard to think about much else…how if anything had happened a little differently, this story could have a much worse ending. Eva was understandably scared when it happened, but seems to be coping quite well. We are watching her like a hawk for any signs of emotional trauma, but so far, so good.

You might think it hard to find a positive takeaway in this situation, but I don’t think so. We have our lives! So many friends and family members have called since it happened. We’ve received so much support, and so many I love yous. On Thursday afternoon, Eva was eating raspberry sorbet with the biggest grin on her face. I started crying, because I just couldn’t possibly love her sticky, freckled little face any more. Every baby kick in my belly feels like such a precious gift. When Sean gets home from work and we can all be in the garden or reading books together, it just feels like heaven. I’ve never felt more in love with my life or my family. It’s going to take some time to feel normal again, and until then, I’m going to take a break from blogging. I need to hold the people I love extra close, and take care of myself too. Thanks for your support.

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life lately 3.0

life lately

This post always seems to be a popular one, so I’m winding down the week by giving you a little insight into my daily life. The whole family is home for snow day part two, and it’s seriously time for us to get out of the house. Have a nice weekend, friends!

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a rainy day with joules

a rainy day with joules, joules, rain boots, rainy day, wellies, wellington boots, wellies rain boots, mother daughter, mother daughter fashion, mother daughter rain boots “Mommy, mommy, it’s raining today.” Imagine Eva saying that sentence, and now replace the slightly disappointed tone you’ve assumed with sheer jubilation. We’ve had our matching mother / daughter rain boots from Joules for over a month now, but haven’t had the chance to take them for a test spin. This past Sunday we finally had our chance, and we went for it!

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thoughts and goals for 2015

thoughts and goals for 2015, 2015 goals, resolutions, new years goals, new years resolutions, business goals for 2015

Hey guys. I found this quote online in the past week or so, and it has really stuck with me. While I definitely don’t work 80 hour weeks, I feel like in the past year I’ve really developed the drive and work ethic of a small business owner. This idea of working twice as hard just to be working for yourself really makes sense to me.

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favorite posts of 2014

bestof2014

Whew! It’s been quite a year, you guys! I realize I sound like a total old lady when I say this, but it’s shocking how each year goes by faster than the last! A lot happened this year both personally and professionally. I’ll be delving into my goals for the coming year next week, but for right now I just want to relive some of my favorite posts from 2014. One of my favorite things about blogging is that it documents my life, and makes it so easy to look back with fondness. It really has been a good year, and I hope you’re feeling the same way thinking about yours. Have a nice weekend!

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oh hey there, martha!

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Friends, hello and happy Friday! By the time you are reading this, I am likely on a bus to New York or already there. I’m really excited to spend some time exploring Chelsea, meeting up with an old friend and soaking up everything the American Made Summit has to offer. I’ve been fretting and feet-dragging about my own stationery shop for a good 6 months now, and I hope this conference gives me the kick in the ass I need to make it a reality. I also don’t think I’ve EVER been to New York on my own- I know, crazy right? I’ve been to NYC dozens of times, but always with a friend or husband to lead the way.

So, wish me luck and I’ll see you back here on Monday! I’ll be sharing the very last palette before our 100th edition of color me monday. I don’t want to give too much away, but the week-long celebration is going to be pretty epic! Prepare yourselves now for a #WEEKOFCOLOR!!!

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