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// Amelia



Sunday was gorgeous around these parts. There's just something so perfect about the sky in October. Have you ever noticed that? It's the most gorgeous shade of blue this time of year. Toby was having a field day over at our neighbor's house thanks to their gaggle of children, so while he played hide and go seek with all of them, we took Linden on a little stroll. This pretty little area is just down the road from our house, and is the very same plot of land that I played in when I was about 4 years old. It's kind of fun to walk through areas like that and remember some of the adventures I had.


Last week wasn't the best for me in terms of getting up and getting dressed (despite saying I was totally going to do just that...) Like I mentioned in my Currently post, things have been majorly busy around here. Luckily we made some insane headway on our kitchen addition this past weekend and I'm actually typing from the new counter! That probably sounds strange to include since it's pretty irrelevant, but we actually realized that our raised counter that Mike built would be the perfect height for a standing desk. Truth bomb: We were both using an ironing board in the kitchen as a standing desk when we needed to work/study and Linden demanded being held haha! This is much nicer and way more sturdy. Anyway, we're finally finishing up the kitchen makeover and getting the house together. I'm hoping to share some snapshots from around the house soon. I can't believe we've been here for almost 2 years and I've yet to do that. Then again so much of it feels unfinished. That's usually how it goes, right?

Now about this outfit: It's the standard Kaelah uniform, but I love the bright cardigan and the fun print on the dress. They're schematics for airplanes, helicopters, etc! There might even be a blimp on there haha! Fun right? Both the cardigan and necklace are from Stitch Fix, and the dress is a Modcloth grab. It felt really good to curl my hair (for the first time in 2+ weeks!), put on some makeup, and even paint my nails this weekend. I feel like a new person when I'm ever so slightly put together haha
 

This week I'm hoping to make a little more progress on our Halloween costume and format a few more Rad Gal, Rad Gig and Baggage submissions! (Click the "Submissions" page if you want to get in touch about being featured!) I'm also on the beginning stretch of the holiday sign rush! It's super exciting to be able to paint so many gifts for people. I just got a new shipment of supplies last Tuesday and I'm already sold out of one of the sizes again! Madness! But I'm definitely pinching myself for the opportunity to do what I do and work from home. So thanks to everyone who orders and reads here and all that jazz. You make it happen!

Drop back by tomorrow because there's going to be a super fun giveaway that I'm really excited to share! There might even be a few more fun giveaways brewing, too! xo

Mak cardigan via Stitch Fix
Target flats

// Currently

I've been a bit MIA from the blog lately... only 3 posts in a full week. The past week and a half have been a little overwhelming and I'm just trying to ease up on the workload a bit. We've also been doing some "renovations" in our house for the past week (building new counters and cabinets, installing a dishwasher, etc) so not only am I zonked, but our house is also a wreck! I find it so hard to be productive when things are messy, so I devoted most of yesterday to clean, clean, cleaning! Anyway, here's a Currently post to share what I've been up to lately.

READING: entirely too many baby-centric articles and blog posts. "Are these early teething signs?" "How much should my baby get at each feed?" "Is this normal for this age?" Phew... if you ever want to feel inadequate or unprepared, just go have yourself a baby! I'd like to say I'm elbow deep in a book or three but that would be a lie, soooo...

WONDERING: how so many work-at-home moms do it. goodness I promise this entire post won't be about being a parent, but seriously! I'm in awe of some of the ladies out there who manage to run small businesses or work from home while caring for one or more tiny people. I scramble to get as much done as I can when Mike gets home from school or when Linden is napping, but there are only so many hours in a day!

FEELING THANKFUL: for so much. but I'll keep it short and sweet by saying I'm thankful for all of the friends I've made via this blog and social media. the tweets, the comments, the texts, the package exchanges, etc. I'm working on compiling a list (or post!) on some of my favorite maker friends for y'all to check out if you're interested.

EATING: entirely too much candy corn. send help!

WATCHING: Gilmore Girls! I'm over halfway through season four and I love it! I never watched it while it was on air, but when I finished Gossip Girl I decided to give it a whirl. So glad I did! (If you have any suggestions for what should be next, I'm listening!)

WORKING ON: custom sign orders, our Halloween costume, finishing Linden's nursery, getting our house in order, posts for October + November, a new blog design, and getting out of my pajamas each day (yeah right!).

LOVING: the crisp, Fall mornings, infinity scarves, and mums on all the porches. Not really a fan of the crazy early darkness, but you didn't ask that, did you?

ATTEMPTING: to "crib train" Linden. I put off having him in his crib until now because co-sleeping and babywearing work so well for us, but I really need to get more done during the day and I just can't do all of it with a baby strapped to me. So this past weekend I worked on putting him in his crib for his naps and so far, so good! I'm SO happy to report that it's going much better than expected! He's a belly sleeper (*gasp!*) so I bought the Angelcare monitor for his crib. Belly sleeping seems to be the golden ticket because he doesn't startle himself awake. I'm so proud of that little guy for transitioning so well! It'll probably still be a while before we put him in there at night, but we might put him in his bassinet next weekend to see if that works. Otherwise co-sleeping it is!

WANTING: Thanksgiving and Christmas to hurry up and get here! I'm normally not one to wish away the days but I'm just so excited for the holidays this year. Having kids makes Christmas so much more fun and I'm hoping we can maybe do another version of our Activity Advent Calendar for Toby this year. Also super eager for our new phones to get here. Mike and I both upgraded to the iPhone 6 and his has already shipped, but mine is still waiting around to be fulfilled. I'm so excited to have a 64gb phone because I'm constantly having to try and delete photos off of my 16gb iPhone 5 to make room!

What are you up to today?
If you're looking for something to do, share your own Currently post on your blog and leave a link to it below! I'd love to know how you're spending your day! (Currently post inspired by Danielle's feature!)

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// Things I Love Thursday v.204

these donuts! (it's in french, so use chrome to translate!) ♥
this blog + her work! ♥
this photo of amy poehler ♥
these cookies! ♥
* I was sent one of the boxes to enjoy and seriously, it's fantastic. such a wide variety of things in the box and anything you don't love you can easily give to a friend! it's definitely a fun way to find new indie makers to support. the best part? you get like 15 items PER box. that's insanity!
this precious mom + mini duo ♥
this typographic print ♥
this reminder ♥
these super cute onesies from the wishing elephant! ♥

// Ideel (formerly Ideeli) is having a big apparel sale with loads of goodies under $40!

// The Secret Language of Relationships. I loved this post! Mike and I totally have a secret language. I love our little inside jokes and phrases.



// You just broke your child. Congratulations. This seriously broke my heart to read. It's so easy to lose patience with our kids. I am trying to constantly remind myself that they're just precious little beings.


// I'm totally biased but I'm loving all of the neat things shared on the Tea Box Express Facebook page!




What are you loving this week?
Anything you'd like to add for next week's list?!

// Rub a Dub Dub


    

There's just something so precious and sweet about a freshly bathed baby. Linden loves bath time. He's such a fan of warm water haha Whether it's a shower or a bath, it's one of the best ways to calm him down if he's being fussy. He loves to just hang out and have water wash over him. Mike and I have had so much fun giving him his baths in the kitchen sink. We love to bundle him up in his little shark robe when he's done and I can't help but sniff that little round head of his after we wash his "hair" (ha, yeah, hair...) Those big, wide eyes crack me up. He won't be this little for long, so I'm trying to snap as many memories as I can!

* Infant tub c/o 4moms

// Speckled


Happy Monday! Things are pretty quiet around here since Toby just headed back to school after a full week of Fall break. To be honest it was kind of nice having someone else in the house with me for the past several days. Granted he didn't spend much time inside, but nevertheless, I enjoyed having him home. Mike had Friday off from school for Oktoberfest (yea, they actually let schools out for that... and all it is is glorified yardsales haha) but sadly it rained all weekend. We did manage to get a little bit done on the home front though. We're installing a dishwasher (!!!) but man, it's a bit more involved than we thought haha Luckily Mike is super handy, so hopefully this time next week it'll be fully functioning. We'll see. On Saturday my parents kept the boys for a few hours while Mike and I ran some errands. We both upgraded to the iPhone 6 (though we won't get them for a few weeks. boo!) and I went and got my septum re-pierced. (I had it pierced for 10 years, but left it out for a few days post-caesarian. Getting my septum pierced in the middle of allergy season probably wasn't smart haha!) We had a quick lunch at Waffle House and then Mike helped my stepdad with some electrical work. I had planned on meeting some girlfriends for brunch yesterday but Linden had the sniffles and time somehow managed to get away from me. Instead I hunkered down with Mike to work on some web work and we marathoned Gilmore Girls. Overall I'd say it was a successful weekend! Nothing too exciting, but not too bad either.

I managed to snag this dress up during ModCloth's 70% off sale a few weeks back. I had ordered its "sister" dress a month prior and loved it, but it was a full size too big so I had to send it back. I sized down for this one, but looking at the pictures makes me think the skirt is just too.... long? wide? I don't know... but it's not quite "right." The dress itself is gorgeous and it fits great up top. The pattern is super fun and it even has pockets! But I'm just not loving the bottom half. A bit silly to bring that up now since I'm wearing it and posting the photos for the world to see, but whatever. I think it might be perfect if it just didn't have the mesh panel at the bottom. I like the look of it, but proportionally it'd be a better fit. Anyway, I was looking for any excuse to wear my favorite. shoes. ever! Seriously, I love these flats so so much. They're just so snazzy! I waited so long to try and find the perfect outfit for them that I basically didn't wear them for the better part of a year. Now I'm looking for any and every excuse to put them on haha

This week I'm going to really try to get back into the swing of things. I feel like I tell myself that every week, but it never quite happens. I've been lucky enough to get a bit of work done here and there, but I spend most of my days in a pajama dress and my hair in a bun. I need to get up and out of the house, curl my hair... maybe even wear lipstick. (But truth be told every bit of it would end up on Linden because I can't help but kiss him a hundred times a day haha) I feel so much more like "me" when I am able to leave the house on the weekends. It's easier said than done with a little one during the week, but plenty of folks do it so I just need to put on my big girl britches and head out the door, right? Totally... ha. (Though Gilmore Girls is always so tempting...)

Here's to hoping it's a super productive week for all of us! xo

Stitch Fix cardigan
Urban Expressions clutch via Stitch Fix
ShoeMint flats (c/o last year)