15/52

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


"look mama! the bugs! the little bugs! where's the house? where's the bug house?"

the bugs she is referring to are the ants that show up on our kitchen window sill each spring. and the houses she is asking about are the ant traps that i line up on that sill each spring.

favorites from this past week:

portraits of three adorable brothers - i like how they are all in different stages of a smile //  striking portraits of sisters in flower crowns // beautiful portraits of three children - the last photo is one of my absolute favorites.

looking at all the photos of siblings makes me excited for chloe to finally have one of her own.


joining in with lovely jodi


14/52


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




yet another photo of my girl in her undies around the house. because of potty training, because she always seems to feel more comfortable with less, because she can still get away with it - for just a little longer. 

i have noticed that she is taking time after lunch-time to engage herself in a quiet activity. whether it be playing with puzzles, or reading a stack of books, she is finding ways to relax and enjoy some quiet time. i have been enjoying this time as well.


favorites from this past week:

the curious look on otto's face as he watches his papa shave, and the pile of fabric to make an expected baby quilt from thread & ladle // bella feeding chickens, and seren who will be walking before his mama knows it from little brown dog // the lighting and the sweet sleeping face of alaska is pure sweetness from little daisy chains.




joining in with sweet jodi.







TWENTY WEEKS


so i have reached twenty weeks. it has not been as easy this time around as it was with chloe. i have been sicker and more tired than i ever can remember being. by the end of each day it feels like i have run a marathon. the morning sickness has passed though, and it feels good to eat well and nourish this new baby. during this pregnancy i have been craving protein in the form of nuts, chicken, eggs, and hamburgers - much different from my cravings for funfetti cake when i was pregnant with chloe.

but yes, i have been tired, and this dark, cold, winter hasn't been easy on me (or on anyone else i know of either!). however, i think we can finally safely say we are done with winter, and i am already taking every opportunity to enjoy springtime. i try to take walks with chloe every day, sometimes i make it to the gym to do some easy cardio, i have started to purge our house as my nesting instinct settles in (it feels like i have a car-full of stuff to haul to the thrifts every week), and i am trying to just really enjoy each task that i accomplish and not get too discouraged when i get out of breath or tired. which happens quite a bit, especially i am trying to keep up with chlo, or do something that used to be simple, like walking up a few flights of steps.

i know i have a long summer ahead of me, but i have a feeling this fall is going to be one of my favorite ones yet. i am excited to be half-way there, and while i am trying to enjoy every minute of this pregnancy i wanted so so badly, every hour of carrying this little babe inside me, and working to keep us both healthy and strong,  i really cannot wait to hold this one in my arms.

yay for twenty weeks!







LEBO LOVES


it has been a long, but good week. we had some really beautiful weather, and plenty of rain. i was able to get a lot of things done around the house, and worked on some orders for my little etsy shop. chlo and i took many walks around the neighborhood and got in some good playground time. the husband has been home sick, and i have been fighting a cold. it has meant a good deal of resting, and lots of hot tea. we are hoping to be better soon so we can get more stuff done outside the house, and maybe even squeeze in a date-night - it has been waaaay too long.

a few things i recommend checking out this week:

my husband recently texted me the link to this you tube video, featuring a slow loris. if the slow loris isn't your thing, check out this kitten.

which pop-culture television series or movie has had the most essays, papers, or books written about it? the answer surprised me!

i have been sewing again at night, which means i have been binge-watching documentaries and listening to audio-books. i recently watched this documentary and found it to be an extremely touching, insightful, and honest look at what marriage and love can look like. plus i love documentaries featuring passionate artists. i highly recommend it. 

also, this movie!

although the weather is warming up, i have found that some of the chilly afternoons and evenings still warrant good comfort food. i recently made this brocolli, cheddar, and wild rice casserole - and need to say it was the best version of the dish that i have ever tasted (i think it would be perfect for an Easter supper).

i recently switched from using my husband's anti-antiperspirant to this all natural deodorant. it smells so amazing.

contemplating buying these palo santo sticks to burn around our house as i do my spring-cleaning.

(i know. all natural deodorant, and palo santo sticks... i am reaching hippie status.)

speaking of spring cleaning - i really enjoyed this post by steph at this brown wren. such a clever momma, and she makes that toy corner look so pretty.

oh, and if you are in philadelphia this weekend, check out the opening of "Brace for Impact" at the philadelphia sculpture gym. i am hoping to check it out sometime this month, when i am not sick, and i have someone to watch chlo.


enjoy the weekend friends!




PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS // 1

pregnancy is both a weird and wonderful thing. when i was pregnant with chloe i can remember gravitating toward a few products and items that just made me feel great (really red lip-stick, a really great empire waist dress i scored at h&m, and this body scrub). these things made me feel instantly put together when i needed to relax, wanted to feel pretty, or needed something appropriate to wear outside of the house. 

this time around pregnancy has been a bit different. really different. in fact, this pregnancy is nothing like my first one. my style has changed a bit - i lean towards simple, easy, and inexpensive (with an occasional splurge here and there). i now have less "me time" as i am already a mom, which means i cannot sleep whenever i want during the day, and many times i need to take a shower with a toddler sitting on the other side of the shower curtain.

i don't have time to exfoliate my entire body. i am not going to be buying any 4 inch clog heals this time around. there are not going to be a ton of cute pregnancy clothes (although i am going to splurge on a few good basics, which i will tell you about later). this time around it is a different ball-game.

but, i have come across a few life-savers this time around. so i thought i would share one of these things here and there with you. some of them are small and cheap, a few might be a splurge, a couple of them are even free. (also, this blog has been feeling a bit neglected lately, so it's a way for me to share some, hopefully, useful bits of goodness with you).

soo......



chicken poop lip junk.
yeah, this stuff. seriously. i know the name might be off-putting to some, and will make others giggle like a middle-school girl. but the stuff works! and not just as a chap-stick, but as a hard-core face moisturizer for red, irritated, chapped skin. my sister-in-law had given me this a while back, and it had been hiding in the bottom of my purse until recently i grabbed it and used it as a chap-stick. then i read the ingredients and saw it was full of stuff like avocado oil and beeswax and decided to try it on my irritated pregnant-lady face. i have been very pleasantly surprised as just how well it works.

when i was pregnant with chlo i don't remember having such irritable skin, but this time around i have noticed a lot of dryness and irritation. i have been trying really hard to drink plenty of water, have tried a few different soaps, and have stopped using my faux-clarisonic-scrubber. however, this stuff has made the most noticeable difference in my complexion.

it is also an all-natural product without any questionable ingredients in it, which makes me happy as i have been trying to use more all-natural products when possible.

and.... this stuff cost about two dollars (you can get it on amazon, i think my sister-in-law bought it from whole foods, and you can also check out the simone chickenbone website to get a list of retailers). so you really cannot beat it, especially for a great, all natural, multi-tasking item.




what is your favorite moisturizer? if you are, or have been pregnant - did you notice a change in your skin, and what worked for you?



*by the way - this is not a sponsored post, and i don't use affiliate links. in other words: i make no money from this blog! i just write about this stuff and tell you where you can find it because i think good stuff should be shared.



13/52

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


she loves to gather all my nail-polishes, bring them into my bed, and tell me the color of each as i enjoy the opportunity to lie in bed, for just a few more minutes, as a listen to her.


favorites from this past week: 

a hauntingly gorgeous photo by mariana,  making me long for springtime adventures outside / this portrait of olive, as well as her conversation with her mother made me smile and laugh / these portraits of brothers, archie and jody, reminded me of the antics of sibling-hood (i also loved what lou had to say about giving children unsupervised play-time away from their parents and allowing them to explore.)


joining in with jody this week.





12/52

"a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."
 
enjoying strawberries on a day that was feeling something like spring.




she has a very organized method for enjoying strawberries.



joining in with jodi this week.



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