boston trip

Good news - we survived our flights and the backpack was a huge success! I ended up carrying it most of the time, but it was so much easier to have C's stuff organized in a separate bag so I didn't have to dig thorugh my stuff to find a snack, markers, trains, etc when he wanted them. I ended up forgoing the diaper bag and just bringing his backpack. Much easier and definitely helped streamline the number of items I was carrying.

We had a great time in Boston and had lots-O family time - plus some playtime at the Boston Children's Museum. Such a great museum for kids, I really wish the one here in Charleston was bigger and had all the activities they had in Boston. If you have kids/toddlers and are in the New England/Boston area for a vacation I definitely recommend checking it out.

As you can see, we put someone to work on heavy machinery...he loved it! Such a boy!

C and Aunt Ally checked out the view of the tall building from the windows...

Tried out some crayons...

And climbed around on musical chairs...

There were also fun area like raceways, bubbles, the Japanese House, the market, etc but either the pictures I took turned out blurry or I simply forgot to take them in some of the areas. Sorry, guys :(

Plus, soemone was crabby and ready for his nap by the time we left. Couldn't even manage to crack a smile...geeze.

The next day we took a walk through the public gardens, sat on the Make Way for Ducklings ducks   and watched some street preformers on Newbury Street...

and finaaaally we had a playdate with Aunt Tiff and Baby Keira! We tried our best to get a good photo of us, but this is all we could manage....

Take a look at us M-O-M-S.

We were both in comfy/workout clothes, I hadn't even showered yet and neither of us had had a good night sleep in lord knows how long.....all the marks of a mama {most of the time, anyway}. Oh, and the fact that we both had little ones probably makes us look pretty mom-like these days, too. Can't forget the kiddos.

See ya soon, Boston! Miss you already!


toddler travel items

What exactly does a toddler need to stay occupied on a flight?? I thought long and hard about that today and am packing C's new super, cute backpack with what I think might all be good ideas/diversions. However, there is still a little voice in the back of my head telling me that no matter how many toys, snacks and distractions I bring with us, he'll still just want to walk up and down {and up and down.... and up and down} the aisle a gazillion or so times.

I still have night terrors about the last time I flew solo with our little monster man and fingers crossed it goes a little more smoothly tomorrow. We're headed to Boston to see Grandma and Grandpa while Kyle stays in Charleston and goes to a Bachelor party. Flying with two parents is a walk in the park compared to flying solo, so I am arming ourselves with all the goods you see pictured above. 

I'll let ya know how it goes.

Skip Hop Zoo Pack - Elephant

Item going in the backpack:


the littlest soccer player

We were at the farmers market on Saturday and someone couldn't walk by the big boys without joining in on the game :) He kinda realized he needed to kick the ball - but really he just wanted to pick it up and play with it. The bigger boys were really sweet with him and were trying to teach him to play. Think we might need a bit more practice first though...


18 months! {yesterday}

HOLY MOLY - 18 months, yesterday!

It's so amazing to see the changes that have happened since we hit the last big milestone at 12 months - and it's so much fun to think of all the other things that will change by the time he turns 2. At 12 months, he could barely walk, and now he's practically running and climbing up the walls. By 2, I'm sure he'll be saying "thank you, mama" and "juice please, mama" {clearly I imagine him to a very polite 2 year old}.

Can I just freeze time for awhile??


cute chevron chair

Urban Outfitters Ziggy Chair

I saw this chair posted on the Design Sponge twitter feed today and had to share. Clearly I'm a sucker for chevron and think this would be adorable in a kids room or playroom. The scale looks like it's on the smaller side, so it would be perfect for little ones. Can't beat the price, either!


september 11

via twitter

I can't believe it's been 10 years?! I have always felt a strong connection to NYC and when everything happened, it hit me hard and still boggles my mind when I think about it.

I was a junior at the University of Colorado, Boulder and remember my roommate, Nicole, running into my room to tell me to turn on the TV, a plane had flown into the twin towers. It was two hours earlier in Colorado, so I thought she was joking but she dragged me out of bed and once I saw what was happening I was shocked. We woke all of our other roommates up and huddled around the TV watching as the second plane hit and the towers fell.

Our classes were cancelled and we spent most of the day in front of the TV, just watching the horror and hoping everyone we knew was safe. My cell phone was a Boston number and wasn't working because the lines were so busy, as was the case with many of my friends with New York numbers, so we all literally just waited for phone calls from people saying they were ok. Luckily all of my immediate family and friends were safe, but slowly the bad news started to trickle in...my friend from high schools sister worked in one of the towers, another friends mom was also in the building for a meeting, and a friends father was on one of the flights from Boston to Los Angeles. As the reality began to set in, I just couldn't believe that these people were gone and the twin towers, my favorite part of the New York City skyline, simply weren't there any more.

I am thinking of them all today and am so thankful for all the NYC firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked their own lives for others on September 11 and for the military who are still fighting to maintain the freedom we enjoy today.


currently loving: vintage lotus lights

I am loving these Osgood Iron Pendant Lights from Arteriors Home. I pretty much love everything from Arteriors, but these in particular have really won me over recently. How cool would they be over a bar area or in a loung-y space? Very luxe bohemian, which is typically what I gravitate toward.



playground fun

Sorry for the lack of posts, recently. We've all developed late summer colds and and are stuffed up city over here. It's no fun.  Luckily Aunt Cristina is here (yay!) and isn't as stuffed up as the rest of us.

Thanks to the cooler temps, we've also been back on the playground scene. We went to our favorite downtown park over the long weekend and then stopped by the park on Sullivan's Island before going out to dinner last night.

C is very happy to have slides and swings back in his life. And mama is very happy to have another way to get all the wiggles and energy out before bedtime :)

Hope y'all are having a great week!


whatcha doing this weekend?

Can you believe it's labor day already?! I just double checked the calender to make sure I wasn't going crazy and had my dates off.

We're staying in town for the long weekend and might hit up a beach or two. Aunt Cristina is coming to visit on Tuesday and we can't wait!

Also, wanted to pass on some weekend sale info....

Rikshaw Designs is having a 30% off everything sale this weekend (through Sept 5th) just enter code "summer" when you check out. I just had to talk myself out of buying a pair of baby girl bloomers...again. But am pretty tempted to buy a kurta I've had my eye on for awhile.

Lululemon also has some awesome items on sale right now, including the Bliss tank and the Power Y tank {one of my favorites}.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!


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