May 29, 2014

Red Scare Robot

My husband writes music.  In fact, he is pretty amazingly talented at  writing music.  It is his passion, and besides his family, it is his reason for living.  If you know Cameron, you know this is true. Before our first date, I did what anybody would do and quickly scanned his Facebook page for clues about the person I was about to meet.  After seeing some photos with guitars and him screaming into microphones, and reviewing his favorite bands under his interests (all who I had never heard of and now are some of my favorites) I knew he must be a musician.  Then I read his about me section that simply said, "Music is my life. I know a lot of people say that, but it really is the most important thing in my life.” Well it was pretty close to that, I don’t even think that section exists in the present Facebook profiles, this was after all 4 years ago.  His passion and knowledge of music was so interesting to me, and he has shown me so much beautiful music that I would have honestly never found for myself.  He is always listening out for something new I might like.  After a couple of weeks of dating him, he had written his first song for me.  I thought it was a lie because of how fast he came up with it and how good it was.  Now, 4 years later I have listened to maybe 100 new songs he has written.  He always asks me what I think and I’m always amazed at his lyrics.  This guy can write some lyrics.  He mostly writes very thoughtful indie folk songs that originate from something going on in our lives or even a movie we just watched.  This past year, he has been working very hard on his new band with Dakota, Red Scare Robot.  It’s so different than his usual songs, he and Dakota combine their styles to make some awesome music that is hard for people to put in any kind of category, and people they love to put you in a category.  But this is what I can tell you about Red Scare Robot.  It is upbeat, motivating, it’s relatable, it’s about relationships. and it’s inspired by our truth, oh and our kids love listening to it (its the only thing that stops them from crying on long car rides!).  There is so much work, hope, and feeling behind this project.  You can tell when you listen how happy music makes these guys.  His words are very meaningful to me, because I know exactly what these songs are about.  They give me insight into the way he is feeling when he can’t express it.  I think other people can moved by it too.  Cameron always wants to show other people things he is excited about.  He is always showing his friends, family, and me movie trailers, new inventions coming out, new bands, news, new devices, anything and everything.  His Dad is this same way.  Most every new band we listen too is discovered by him or his dad.  Cameron is the same way about his songs, he just wants you to listen, because, its pretty great!!  So take a listen, they are getting radio play on a few stations and are now on rotation on Rdio and can be purchased on iTunes.  I am proud of how hard he works, how brave he is,  and I am excited to see where this journey could take us! 

Give it a listen!  My favorite is “Won’t Give Up”, its about his Dad. 
Listen right now on reverbnation.com/redscarerobot
Find on iTunes
Listen on Rdio


Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust 


May 28, 2014

Little Lovelies Shop


































Proud Mama Post! I entered Cohen in a brand rep contest for Little Lovelies shop and he was selected as the only boy, and boy was I proud.  We felt lucky because of all of the beautiful competition.  But I think he was the right choice because look at this kid rocking this hat!  I was worried he wouldn’t wear it for long but it must have been comfortable because he didn’t even try to take it off, and it stayed on while he was running around playing frisbee after we took some photos.  I never thought of buying him a fedora hat to wear, but sometimes we don’t know how great something can look until we try it on, and I think he looks quite cute in them!  I started to warm up to them when Sam Wolff on AI was wearing them all of time, he was one of my favorites, and they always looked really cool on him.  Since Cohen is a brand rep now we want to send everyone shopping for kids to the great store it came from!  It is called Little Lovelies and you can find a lot of great trendy girl and boy clothing and accessories!  I love finding new small shops and supporting the mama’s who run them and their families.  There is also something for mama’s there as well.  It’s such a great community and I love that so many mothers are finding ways to make money and still be home with their children.  Creativity is in and I love what I am seeing from everyone’s wheels turning!  P.S. This might be my favorite photo shoot I’ve ever done with him, I just can’t pick a favorite photo from all of these! He is, a ridiculously cool kid.

Shop his look:
Cloth: Zarababy   Moccs: Freshly Picked   Hat: Little Lovelies

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

May 27, 2014

Things That Are Pretty



1. Mothers day present from Katelyn and Mom, an antique C charm.
2. Bracelet from my Dad and Stepmom from Christmas, its the most perfect bracelet ever.  Also my  rings I wear everyday, the little gold one with Cohen’s birthstone, and my engagement ring that is the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen.
3. Shades of blues.
4. Baby boys in baby blue smocks.

Just wanted to share some of the things that made me smile on Sunday.  I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend enjoying family, friends, and our freedom that so many died to preserve.  We went to a get together at my cousins house and did our first swimming of the summer.  It was the perfect day filled with family, food, (s’mores, lemon aid, hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade ice-cream even!) and swimming with my whole family, which I realized yesterday I had never done!  Happy someone in our family has a pool.  Amber and Keith, you are going to be quite popular with everyone this summer I am sure.

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

May 24, 2014

A Walk to the Post

 Sometimes it feels like our days go by so fast, and I think it’s important to try and make each day with my boys count.  I wish I could fit in everything I want to do with them into one day, to make the day as full as possible.  In the dream scenario we would have arts and crafts time daily, a daily walk, I would have time to make us juice, time to just sit and let him play inside, and even time to snuggle up together to quietly watch Peppa Pig.  Somedays we can do it all but more often than that we are lucky to get half of those activities in, although him playing outside daily has become a set in stone routine because he makes sure of it.  The thing that is most important to me is setting time to just talk to him and engage him for a full conversation where I can give him all of my attention.  To answer his questions, to pretend with him, and to watch the new dance and song he came up with and wants to show me.  This usually has to be when Elliot is napping!  In an effort to encourage curiosity and learning, I try and find time every day to teach Cohen about a random topic.  It’s so easy to remember to do this because a topic usually comes to us organically in reaction to something that happened during the day.  On a stormy day, I taught him all about the weather and pulled up Youtube videos on our big Tv through our Apple Tv and I showed him tornadoes, lightning, thunder, and snow.  He talked about that for a whole week. We learn about where different kinds of animals live, about healthy and unhealthy food, how plants grow, colors, and everything that sparks his imagination that day.  Having visual aids through the iPad and Apple Tv really help him understand and visualize it all.  This week, I opened my Instagram shop and we were getting lots of packages in the mail from my own Instagram shopping, so I taught him all about the mail and the post office.  I let him go check the mail that day and open the package we received, and answered all of his questions about who had brought him this present to our door and just left.  I had a package to return so I decided to take the boys on a walk to the post office and show him where all of the mail comes from.  Cohen was so excited about our little field trip and that he would get to search for muddy puddles along the way as it had rained the whole day before.  It was Elliot’s first walk downtown and his eyes were darting back and forth to all there was to see along the way.  I know our post office workers really well since I always am sending off photo cds, so they were nice enough to let me walk around for a while teaching him about the mail.  The whole experience felt so Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, and it was a fun way to teach him about something new.  The photo’s above are from inside our friendly neighborhood post office.  It was built in 1893 and is just about a 5 minute walk from my house.  Look’s pretty haunted, doesn’t it?
Our downtown, still looks the same as it did back then, just minus all of the pretty vintage cars. 






























Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

May 16, 2014

Do what you love: Sugar Pixels Design

This post is about celebrating loving what you do!  Whether you are a stay at home parent, a teacher, a nurse, an artist, or a person who finds time to do what they love after work in their spare time.  Today I have my sister-in-law Sydney and her cute graphic design work that she calls Sugar Pixels Design.  You can definitely tell this girl loves what she does! 
 Our kids are modeling her new tee’s from the fun photoshoot we did yesterday to showcase her new original infant/toddler clothing line at her Etsy store, Sugar Pixels Design.  My son Cohen, my nephew,(Sydneys son) Julien, and my niece Clementine were the best little models and it was fun to spend time with them.  They were pretty profesh about modeling these tees!  Sydney (Aunt Ninny) was sweet enough to give Cohen a few tee shirts and he (and I) just loves them!  They are super comfy cotton and have a good fit, not too boxy is what I always look for. He loves pointing out the animals on the “Friend to all living things” tee.  And I can not wait for him to wear the “Young American” David Bowie inspired tee on the 4th of July.  Also we love the bright colors in the “Be Brave” tee!  Here are our littles showing off how cute they fit!
Below you can see examples of custom and original wall art!  She also does custom invitations to all events, so check her Etsy shop to see more!     



























 

I asked Sydney to tell us about her work, and why she loves it, and this is what she said!
Q: Why and when did you decide to start your company?
A: "I was in school for graphic design and stopped going to help my family after my dad had a massive stroke a week before my wedding in August 2012.  My father was a professional photographer and I started getting into graphic design at a young age when he would pay me to edit photos. Shortly after my husband and I got married I became pregnant with my son Julien.  I made the decision to be a stay at home mom long ago but still wanted to be involved in graphic design and didn’t want to give up what I had done and loved for years, so I decided I would start my business so that I could stay at home with my baby and still be very motivated to continue doing what I loved to do!  I started Sugar Pixels Design designing wedding invitations.  I would sit at home and come up with sample wedding invitations all day and put them on Facebook just to see if anybody liked them. I got great feedback and went from there!  I started making invitations (to any event), business cards, and business logos.  After having my son I started doing nursery art and have just recently started an infant/toddler clothing line!"
Q: What do you see for the future of Sugar Pixels Design?
A: "I’m really excited about what I’m doing and what is to come.  I see big things in the future of Sugar Pixels Design and am more motivated than ever because I love what I do so much."
Q: Why do you love what you do?
A: "Having a creative outlet that I am able to share with others and still stay home and be the mother I’ve always wanted to be to my baby makes me extraordinarily happy and grateful.  I’m so thankful for my customers for allowing me to do what I am doing and making me a business and not a girl with a silly hobby.”

Sydney is giving one lucky reader of mine or IG follower of TLSK a free nursery print and tee shirt on this GIVEAWAY I am hosting!  A pair of Freshly Picked moccasins is also up for grabs!  Click HERE to see details on entering!  And go check out Sugar Pixels Design for all of your nursery art, infant/toddler clothing, and invitation needs!

I was thinking today about how my whole life has been centered and inspired by my creative family.  My mom and her special little touches she always added to everything from sparkling handmade gift tags from Santa under the tree, to the cutest star shaped peanut butter sugar sandwich in my lunchbox.  My dad is an amazing artist, creating everything I could ever dream of thus making the world around me so magical, from a homemade pair of ruby slippers (when I was little and Wizard of OZ obsessed) and a big white wooden treasure chest with my name written in gold on the side, to beautiful jewelry I wear and woodland animals hanging on my walls.  My sister sings like an angel and makes every song her own.  My husband writes incredible music, and his passion for writing new music inspires me.  My very talented father in law is an incredible artist and photographer and musician, and his artwork is all around our home.  My mother-in-law crochets beautiful things, like the fox hat Cohen is wearing above.  My siblings and siblings-in-laws, and cousins are all super creative and appreciative of good music, movies, and art.  I just love it.  Being surrounded by them only further inspires me to do what I love: Blogging, photography, painting, even dressing myself and my family and decorating my home in a way that is thoughtful of how beautiful I want everything around me to be...

I saw this quote somewhere and it is something my family and I try to live by: “Create what you want to see in the world.”  Yep, its a good one.

Thanks Sydney for being on the blog today and sharing what you love to do!  It truly does make this world a more beautiful place.  Please go like Sugar Pixels Design on FB, click HERE!

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust




Elliot Dasher: 3 Months

This happy Butterbean turned 3 months on the 10th! No words can describe how much I enjoy toting him around all day, staring down at him with his bright eyes staring right back at me.  I love how easy it is to get him to smile, and the sweet coo sounds he makes when he is trying to talk to Cohen.  He watches his brother and is amazed by everything he does, and Cohen is very protective over his little brother, always comforting him when he is crying.  He and his Daddy love to watch basketball together every night while Mommy cooks dinner.  He can just sit with Cameron forever without getting upset.  He loves being tended too.  He loves baths, getting dressed, and even getting his diaper changed.  The only thing he doesn’t like is not being held. Elliot seems to grow a lot everyday.  Each morning he seems so much bigger than the night before!  I swear, the day he turned 3 months his 0-3 month clothes where instantly way too small, so I sadly have to start putting them away along with the newborn stuff. Sniff.  

I just love this healthy, happy, sweet boy.  Happy three months mister!  Daddy, Mommy, and Cohen love you so very much. 







May 12, 2014

Pennsylvania Trip

 I’m so glad I can finally talk about my trip to Pennsylvania.  I was keeping it a surprise from my bestest friend Sara, who’s husband Jeff had invited me up for to see her RN pinning and to come to her party.  I hadn’t seen her in over a year, and was longing to show her my Elliot and to spend time with her Maybelline.  

Riding on the plane with a newborn baby had its tricky moments, but overall he was a sleepy guy for the whole trip.  I am aware of airports lack of places to nurse your baby, but other than that, and them patting me down when my hands tested positive for explosive residue, (???) I think I handled the traveling mama thing like a pro.  One airport assistant guy was shocked that I was by myself. “So, its just you.  No one to help you with that (my baby).  No one is with you?  You are all alone?  Do you have formula in this bag?  Because we need to know that.”  Me-“no.”  Him again looking confused, “then how are you going to feed your baby?”  Me and the lady in front of me exchanged baffled faces. 

Jeff picked me up from the airport and then after a little getting fixed up, it was time to go to the location of her nursing pinning.  She didn’t know I was there until all of the nursing grads were walking in a line to take their seats, and I’ll never forget the look on her face, which was perfectly captured in the second photo by her niece.  I started crying and so did she, and I was so glad I was there for that moment.  

The rest of the weekend was spent celebrating her huge accomplishment.  We all went to dinner that night and I got to know all of her amazing friends, who love her so much.  We all stayed up talking that night, and then Saturday was filled with making memories and fresh new inside jokes, Sara showing me around town, taking me to lunch and to see the very old duplex her in-laws are restoring, and pedicures.  Her party was that night and so many of her friends and relatives came to celebrate.  I have known her family for years and it was great catching up, laughing, and dancing with everyone.  

Elliot had a great time being my only concern.  He smiled so much, and was loved on by all of Sara’s friends and their daughters, especially Sara’s Maybelline.  He had a great vacation just him and his Mommy.

Sara, I am so proud of you.  You went to school and were raising two kids at the same time, all the while being an amazing wife to your husband and friend to all of those great women.  You do so much and live such a full life, and I am so happy for you!  Plus, your new forever home is incredible.  
I wish I could live close so we could make dinners for each others families, watch hours of Property Brothers and House Hunters, go get pedicures, and watch our babies play together everyday, but I will remember this weekend forever.  Thank you for always being there, I love you!  Oh yea, and you better watch Beaches like I told you too and then tell me how much you cried.

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust