Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Photos with Rings

Anything stand out to you about this adorable first sight photo? Yep, it's before the ceremony and the groom already has his ring on.

Couples frequently ask if they should wear their rings in all of the photos, and well- I don't have a good answer one way or another. Some people do and some don't, it's entirely up to you. But I really do like seeing the ring in this photo :)

Photo By Studio JKoe 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Life Lately

We have been very busy with fun activities lately! The weather has been glorious in Seattle so we are trying to soak it up as much as possible. The above picture was taken at Gas Works Park just a few blocks from our house -- we walked down after dinner with Mylo already in his PJ's.

I didn't get as many pictures at Priest Lake as I wish I would have but here are a few of Mylo enjoying his first boat ride (and driving the boat with Pawser!) and hammock with his Dada.
Last weekend my good friend Tracy got married and I was privileged to be a bridesmaid in the wedding! Tracy was such a beautiful, calm, fun bride I had a blast celebrating with her and Kevin. Congrats!

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No More Razors

Anyone who's spent time with me in shorts-wearing weather can attest to the fact that I am TERRIBLE at shaving my legs. I cut myself practically every time.

After years of feeling like my choices were either living with lots of cuts and/or razor burn or being a hairy leg beast, I finally decided to try something new. 

I bought an epilator. 

And (so far) I LOVE IT! 

My only regret, not having tried this sooner.

For those of you who aren't familiar with epilators, they're look like an electric razor but instead of cutting they basically tweeze the hair out, pulling it from the root, like waxing. The pros being that it lasts for as long as waxing would and it's virtually impossible to cut yourself. The cons, it's painful, again, like waxing.

I was a little scared it would be unbearably painful, but honestly, on a pain spectrum I'd describe it more in the realm of very unpleasant and only slightly painful. Overall, completely worth the results. I'd much rather suffer through this every few weeks than daily shave my legs for sure.

Tips I've learned from my own experience thus far/read in reviews:

-Do this at night! My legs looked like I had a splotchy disease when I finished, but were perfectly smooth the next morning.

-Just as you would with waxing, you need to exfoliate as the hair grows back to avoid ingrown hairs.

-Don't put any lotion on your legs before you exfoliate, it makes it harder for the epilator to grab the hairs. 

If you're interested, this is the epilator I bought, it was a little more expensive than some of the other models, but a personal recommendation from a friend combined with the good reviews on Amazon won me over.

Image by Slim Aarons, via Like Me Some

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Motivation

The end of summer makes me want to make resolutions for some reason, probably that "back to school" will never cease to feel like the true beginning of the year. More on that to come...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a great week. I'm super excited to be in my friend's Tracy and Kevin's wedding tonight at a gorgeous winery in Woodinville. Patrick and I are leaving Mylo at home (thanks Mimi!) and heading out to enjoy ourselves and celebrate a wonderful couple!

Hope you have a great weekend! Here are some links to kick us off:

Super-cute superhero bedroom and a stylish baby-gate.

History of texting in movies and a new movie that looks fascinating.

Touching and fascinating tribute to Robin Williams by the animator of the Genie in Aladdin.

List of the 25 best "best friends" of rom-com heroines. Agree?

No wonder I still like listening to Ace of Base.

Great techy interview with Ira Glass (ATTN: JENNY)

Looks delicious and refreshing.

Love this: one bookcase, three ways.

One interesting way to celebrate your birthday. 

6 things you swore would never happen when you had kids. :)


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baby Gear: Ten to Twelve Month Favorites

Baby Gear: Ten to Twelve Months

As you may expect, most of my 10-12 month favorites are toys! We covered a lot of the basics in the other baby gear posts and he is becoming so interactive and playful that toys were the biggies for the last quarter of his first year. 

1. Tobbles: These things are genius and so versatile. The texture is great for little hands and unlike balls they can't roll under couches or off the deck. :)

2. Table Toppers: This is one of my very favorite baby products ever. They are disposable sticky place-mats that we use every time we go out to eat. Mylo will throw a plate on the floor still so he was eating off of restaurant tables (that I would wipe down but still) until I discovered these little gems. 

3. Native Shoes: So cute, comfy and waterproof. 

4. Baby Gap PJ's: We love Gap and Old Navy sleep sets. Cute, well made, and roomy enough for my big guy. 

5. BEABA spoons and Boon suction bowls: We have several types of suction bowls and the Boon ones are the only that actually stick. Love the soft BEABA spoons for his little mouth. 

6. Bummi's Swim Diapers: We also tried the Honest brand swim diapers but they were pull ups which  is too much of a challenge for me. These ones were great all summer and we just traded on and off with two pairs. 

7. Banana Toothbrush: Now that Mr. Myles finally has (four!) teeth we have been using this little toothbrush/teether to keep them pearly white. 

8. Sensory Balls: These balls are a huge hit at our house. Easy to grasp, great texture, fun colors, float in the water, what else can you ask for?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Movie: "The Theory of Everything"

Have you seen the preview for the new movie "The Theory of Everything" about Stephen Hawking's life? I've never read any of his books but I have to admit the trailer makes the movie look really good. Maybe I'm just a sucker for handsome Brit Eddie Redmayne (Les Mis). I Googled Hawking after watching it and I'll be curious how they take his fascinating but tumultuous life and translate it into a (love?) story on screen. Will you watch it? 

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