A 70 degree day in January

Recently, Boston broke records and enjoyed a weekend of 70 degree weather! Aside from the implications on what this means for our world and the real-ness of global warming, having the opportunity to soak up some warmth and sunshine in January was a gift.

We took Ethan to his first playground playdate with his bestie and he had his first swing!  The pure joy in his face was a special moment. He was tilting his head back, taking in the breeze, smiling and squealing in delight. 

That same day, he was crawling around in our basement and trying new foods (chicken!). It sunk in how quickly this first year with him has gone by and how it is important to savor and enjoy each moment, whether inside or outside, or if it's snowing or on a record breaking day.


Hello from Ethan's mom!

Well it's been nearly a year since I last posted on this little old blog! Since that time, I am now a mother of an 8 month old boy! He was born 6 days earlier than his due date. When I found out my due date was May 4th, 2019 (just 6 days before my 34th birthday), I was excited to have a May baby and a fellow-Taurus. "Luckily" with his April 29th birthday, he is still a Taurus but now we have an April baby. 😉 Also, I wasn't thrilled with the "may the fourth be with you" memes for his birthday, so good job, baby boy, on arriving early. 😉

All kidding aside, when my water broke at 2am on April 28th, I was SHOCKED. "This couldn't be it," I thought. I must have just lost control of my bladder... right?!? 🤣 For the 9+ months of my pregnancy, I mostly enjoyed it all. But even the night before knowing that my due date was a week away, I hadn't fully let myself think about the labor + delivery and basically pushed aside how the baby was going to come into this world and that he WAS going to come into this world.  Anyways, it was "it" (lol), and 25 hours later, Ethan Thomas was born.

I could write about the million thoughts I've had, highs and lows, and share alllll the photos of what has happened in between that day and today. But frankly, in sitting down at my computer so many times over the last few months and thinking, "maybe I will blog again", I felt overwhelmed to "post it all". So I am not. I'm ready to share and write and be creative again through this outlet but not putting pressure on myself.

So maybe, I will come back to that in between, but for now I will leave you with a few things I am loving right now...

  • Ethan's tiny 2 front teeth - top ones are coming soon, I think!

  • Finally reading Educated, and it is as good as everyone says it is.

I made my Instagram private due to a lot of spam, but feel free to request a follow.  I am also toying with updating the look of this blog and maybe moving away from Blogger (we shall see). 🙂


Forest Friends Baby Nursery Inspiration & Design

With my due date 3 months away(!), we are hard at work getting the house ready for his arrival. #nesting My cousin, Jessica Ford Design, just launched her own interior design business last fall, so we are working together on the nursery.

From the beginning, I envisioned the nursery to be mostly neutral with pops of color - serene, not too "baby" and with pieces that will grow with the baby and our home. Once we found out it was a boy, I was full into a woodland theme. After searching and finding tons of options, we went with Little Unicorn's Forest Friends pattern as the base of the design. It fit the bill perfectly!

Jess came over in early January to measure the room and we talked through the design scheme, layout and pieces we'd need.

Check out some before photos HERE from Jess' blog. Here are the 2 designs she put together - you know it's a good sign when you love them both!

UPDATE: Here is the forest friends nursery photographed beautifully over on Jess's blog!


Collage: stripes

I already have spring on my mind with my baby boy due in 4 months! I keep gravitating towards blue and white stripes items - specifically have this bagthese sneakers on my wish list and already bought this striped onesie for the baby! I've rounded up some other pieces for inspiring our shopping lists for the new year.
spring inspiration collage - stripes

Other images/sources: wristlet | striped blouse | earrings | pillow


It's a...!

Well it's been a hot minute... hello, little blog! Popping back in before the end of the year to share that we are expecting and due in early May!!!! We found out just before Labor Day weekend and after a rough first trimester (constant nausea and exhaustion), the second trimester has me feeling pretty good! Just a couple weeks ago we got the best holiday gift, finding out we are having....


We wanted to do something fun to reveal the gender to our parents. I had some extra clear ornaments perfect for a craft like this so printed out copies of the 20 week sonogram. The finishing touches were blue ribbon and "it's a boy" written on the front.
DIY baby gender reveal Christmas ornament

I love how this gender reveal DIY turned out!

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