Wednesday, August 19, 2015

{his and hers} jord wood watch review








Chris and I had the opportunity to work with Jord Wood Watches on a review of their gorgeous wooden timepieces recently.

When we went to choose our watches, we loved that there were so many options to fit each of our styles. Chris immediately zeroed in on the Dover Series' Koa wood options. This gorgeous and strong wood comes from acacia trees, and the word "koa" also means " warrior" in Hawaiian. When we lived in Hawaii, his ship squadron's nickname was "Koa Kai"- the warriors of the ocean. So, it was pretty much a no-brainer for him to choose the Koa and Black Dover Series watch. Chris isn't much of a jewelry guy, but the beautiful wood grain, exposed gears, and reminder of our time in Hawaii means that it rarely leaves his wrist these days.

My own choice, the Cora series Lavender and Maple watch, was a pretty simple one to make. I love the colorful face, and casual elegance of the maple wood. It pairs seamlessly with shorts and tee, or perfectly with a date night outfit.

Both of our watches are incredibly lightweight, so even with all that comes with a day with the kids-- fixing breakfast, changing diapers, playing trucks, giving hugs, wiping tears, kitchen dance parties-- we barely notice our watches on our wrists-- until it's almost naptime, of course. Then we may be checking our watches a little more frequently. ;)

Take 10% off your own Jord Wood Watch purchase with the code HELLOHUE10 at checkout- good until September 2!



Wooden Watches by JORD

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

albion fit review and giveaway!




As summer approached this year, I began to worry about my beach bod. Or lack thereof, rather. After two pregnancies, two C-sections, diastis recti wrecking my core, and a very long winter indoors, I was not feeling beach ready in the slightest, except for the fact that I knew I was ready to get sandy with my kiddos and drink margaritas in plastic cups. Definitely ready for that.

When it came time to finally find a swimsuit for this season, I made a decision to embrace this bod. This one, right here. All the stretchmarks, wrinkles, freckles, and saggy skin that have come from carrying two sweet babes, nursing them for their first year, and living life for almost thirty years. No more beating myself up over a body that has worked so hard and given me so much. I've worn a bikini to the beach a few times, and loved the way it helped me to accept my mama bod a little more.

But um, let's be (even more) honest here. Sometimes it's just really nice to wear something that totally flatters, supports, and makes you feel a tiny bit sexy, even when wrangling littles at the beach. Even though it felt liberating to don my high-waisted bikini, and I was (and still am) determined to love this body I've got, there were more than a few pictures snapped by Chris that I deleted as soon as I saw them. I needed something with a little more support, and yeah, maybe a little more coverage. Here's where this gorgeous swimsuit enters the story.

Peplum. Floral. Stripes, High-waisted. Underwire support. Sweetheart neckline. Criss-cross back. They've thought of everything in the Antigua Cobalt Peplum suit . It's a tankini like you've never seen  (or worn!) before. "They" being Albion Fit, a swimwear and fitness clothing company with beautiful, high-quality pieces that you will go ga-ga over. They've got a swimsuit silhouette for everyone, in the most lovely prints and vivid colors.

So, here's to embracing what your mama gave you, and what your babies gave you, and what life has given you, and wearing a suit that enhances, tucks, supports and flatters all of those things. I'm excited to be partnering with AlbionFit to give away two $50 gift cards this week. Hop over to my Instagram to enter to win!



Monday, August 3, 2015

watermelon.







 I couldn't resist snapping some shots of their drippy, sticky, happy (and still a bit sleepy) faces as they gobbled up almost the whole bowl after nap time a few weeks ago. I took almost the same exact pictures of a much tinier Silas two years ago and posted them in this post here.

Motherhood has been such a strange mix of intense emotions lately-- one day I'm battling screaming children, swearing never to birth another child again, the next day (or more likely, the next moment) I'm smooching cheeks and thinking how I'd like about three or four more sets of chubby cheeks in this family. One moment, I'm feeling completely defeated, sitting on the floor of the hallway and trying my best not to scream obscenities in my almost three year old's direction, and the next, I'm watching my tiny girl crawling around for the first time, and Silas counting on his fingers, squealing in delight, and I think about how motherhood is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Nothing and no one has ever made me feel so absurdly crazy in my life. I think this is what they call "in the trenches", and I'm doing my very best to soak up the good moments and let the bad ones roll off my back. And praying for more sleep... lots more sleep.

Friday, July 24, 2015

our boston summer 'bucket' list!


This is our last summer in the Boston area, and we aim to squeeze it dry of every last drop of goodness. I made a Boston "bucket list" (Chris hates that term, because ' we're not dying!', so it's not really a "bucket list", but whatever) and we've been hitting most of the items on the list at a pretty good rate. I thought I'd share it here for those of you who might be visiting, or who just need a few fresh ideas for this weekend. 

The Greenway Carousel




Play on the Esplanade Playspace- We pass this playground on the Charles River every week on our way to church, and we finally got a chance to explore a few weeks ago. With a zipline, several climbing structures, a two story tube slide, and other fun unexpected playground features, it was just as much fun for us as it was for Silas (uh, maybe more so?) There are lots of other playgrounds and parks along the Esplanade that we plan on hitting later this summer. 

Watch a Shakespeare on the Common play- We did this a few years ago before we lived here, and it was so fun. Of course, that was pre-kids, and we haven't braved it with kids yet, but I think we're ready this summer. It just started up this week, so we may go this weekend! 

Watch a Free Friday Flicks kids movie at the Hatchshell- Haven't done this yet either. None of the movies really look interesting enough for us to keep the kids out hours past bedtime, so we'll see about this one. 

Splash in the Rose Kennedy Greenway splash parks- I think we've hit most of them this summer, and our favorite is Rings Fountain and North Canal. Silas jumps right in and I think it's his favorite part of the city. In fact, the whole Greenway is pretty amazing-- beautiful gardens, plenty of adirondack chairs to lounge in, food trucks galore, and even a handful of really gorgeous hammocks. 

Ride the Greenway Carousel- This carousel is like none I've ever seen. It's absolutely beautiful, featuring creatures native to Massachusetts, and plays really fun music. Silas' favorite animals to ride are the bunny rabbits and the blue whale. 

Take a ferry out to the Boston Harbor Islands- We've done this many times since we moved here two years ago. You can read more about our experiences in this post here. Definitely a great thing to do with kids. Our favorite island is George's Island, where there is an old Civil War era fort and lots of space to explore. There's also a decent restaurant and plenty of picnic tables for bringing your own lunch. 

Take a Boston Duck Tour (again)- We did this the first summer we lived here, and it was totally worth it. So much good info about Boston, and super fun (I was SURE it was gonna be majorly cheesy, but it wasn't at all.). We hope to do it again now that Silas is older and he gets excited every time he sees a Duck boat around town. 

Picnic at Copley Square Farmer's Market- We did this with some friends recently. There is a stand with awesome sandwiches (I got a prosciutto, mozzarella and pesto on ciabatta), and definitely snag a jar of the maple mint tea! 

Date night at Empire- Located in the Seaport District, this is one of our very favorite restaurants in Boston, and I crave it constantly. It's a hip spot with an aaaah-mazing menu. The Thai scallop soup is to DIE for, as is pretty much everything else they offer. 

Hike in the Blue Hills Reservation-- We hike here often and it's a great spot for easy, family-friendly hikes. Great views of the city and easy to get to from 93 South. 

Get lunch from Dino's in the North End-- Our friends recommended this little family-owned deli to us recently and we hit them up when my sister visited recently. Amazing sandwiches, fabulous pasta-- perfect for grabbing and sitting at the North Canal splash park while your littles play! 

Get breakfast from Bagelsaurus in Porter Square-- I've heard this place is amazing, but we haven't had a chance to eat there yet! I mean, they have a peanut butter and bacon sandwich, so yeah, I'm sold. 

So that's our "bucket" list, or summer list, or whatever you want to call it. I realized as I typed it up that we really don't have much left to check off. We still haven't made it to many museums, but I think we'll save those for cooler weather. 

Copley Square Farmer's Market

Exploring on George's Island





Cheesing on the Greenway Carousel
Hiking at the Blue Hills Reservation with Boston in the background

Thursday, July 23, 2015

delia's nursery tour!







Back in January, I got an email from an editor at Pregnancy and Newborn magazine. She told me that she had found me via Instagram and that she'd love to feature Delia's nursery in the upcoming July issue. I just about burst from excitement after reading her email, and shot her a note back right away saying , "YES! We'd love that!" The next thing I did was to text my friend, Ruth, and ask her if she'd be willing to take some pictures of the nursery for me. She agreed, and came over the next week to snap some pictures. 

The pictures she took are so bright and airy- I just love Ruth's shooting style. And if you grab a July issue of Pregnancy and Newborn, you can see her photos and Delia's nursery in print! 

You can see the original inspiration board for D's room in this post here, and I think it turned out pretty close to the inspiration! I didn't want a room that was so girly or babyish that it couldn't transition into other uses. I also am not a big fan of nurseries that are so crowded with art, toys and decor that your mind can't rest. My goal was to keep it simple, colorful and playful. 

We did a few DIYs for her room-- a few paintings, the fabric garland behind her bed, and the IKEA rocker. We used this tutorial to change the IKEA wingback chair into a rocker. Chris actually put it together while I was still in the hospital after Delia's birth, and created a pretty little nursing nook for us in our bedroom. It was a sweet moment coming home to find he had been working behind the scenes to create that for us. 

One of my favorite parts of the room is the abstract painting I created before Delia was born. It was one of my first attempts at abstract, and I was so surprised that it turn out the way it did. There was something so sacred, almost, about painting for that sweet unborn babe. I hope she loves it for years to come-- I can see it hanging above her toddler bed, or even in her dorm room in college. 

A few people have asked me about the rug in her room. It's the same one that is in our back screened-in porch--I bought it again for her room because I love it so much. Not only is it gorgeously vibrant, but it's soft enough to play on without having a high pile that attracts all kinds of dust and dirt. Also, it's completely affordable, which is hard to find with a great rug! 

These pictures are from back in February, so obviously Delia has grown quite a bit, and the room has changed just slightly. I moved that teal mirror over to the wall behind the chair, and added a few Instagram prints from Artifact Uprising of Delia and her daddy and brother. You can see that set up on Instagram here. Other than that, it's all stayed pretty much the same, and we love how bright and happy her space is. 

Photography by: Ruth Eileen Photography


Sources: wingback chair:: IKEA // round pillow:: Urban Outfitters // patterned pillow:: Ash + Anchor // quilt :: Kirtley Michelle // white table:: Target // painting:: me // "delia" hoop:: Merriweather Council // kraft "d" (painted gold by me):: Land of Nod // "Let Your Light Shine" print:: Linen + Ink// "Amen" print:: Lara Casey // "I love you more" painting:: me // wire basket (painted gold by me) :: TJ Maxx // headband hanger:: IKEA // various headbands from ElliaMay Designs, Vivie + Ash, Lemons + Lace // pink + gold polka dot dress:: SallySarah Design // changing pad cover:: Land of Nod //dresser:: IKEA// knobs:: Anthropologie// rug:: RugsUSA // ottoman:: Target // sheepskin:: IKEA // striped basket:: HomeGoods// blanket:: Luck and Lollie:: teal mirror:: HomeGoods


Monday, July 6, 2015

shop's open!





Just popping in real quick to let you know that my pop-up shop is now open for business! Happy Monday, friends!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

for the chronically indecisive and almost legally blind: a david kind review

I donned my first pair of glasses when I was in second grade. I still remember picking out that first pair-a lovely shade of lavender. They're tucked away in storage somewhere-- well worn and a little bit bent from many days on the playground, reading stacks and stacks of books, and falling asleep in them occasionally. I've owned countless pairs of glasses over the years, as my prescription and style have both changed. So, me and glasses have a pretty long history together.



My prescription is pretty severe and if I'm not wearing glasses or contacts, I can't see anything more than three feet from my face. Glasses aren't just a hipster fashion statement over here. They are ridiculously necessary for me not to spend my days bumping into walls and tripping down stairs. Or kissing strange men. I dream of the day when I can get laser surgery and be rid of glasses and contacts altogether. But until then, I'm so thankful for the modern innovations we have at our hands (er, eyes?) these days.

 So that's why I was super stoked when David Kind reached out to ask if I'd be interested in a review. They're a company that has been on my radar for awhile, and I'm sure you've seen them too.

 For a chronically indecisive person such as myself, their free home try-on kit is a genius idea. They have some really gorgeous frames to choose from-- unique and colorful, to classic and neutral. I got to choose a few frames that I thought I'd like to try, and my David Kind stylist, Laura chose a few. They arrived in a beautiful box, and I spent six days wearing them around the house, consulting my in-home stylists (Silas and Chris), and debating which pairs worked best for my lifestyle and face. No hemming and hawing in front of walls and walls of frames. Plenty of time to poll Instagram and change my mind a dozen times.

 I was really impressed with the quality of frames, and especially blown away by the attention by the David Kind team. I just got an email saying that the frames I chose shipped last night with my prescription lenses, and I can't wait to show you which ones made the cut.

PS. How hilarious is Silas in those frames? He was hamming it up that day and cracking me up!