Getting back to this sweet place that I love as our sweet, second son gets to growing and I get to sleeping more. Excited to hop back on board and share a backlog of images, miles of words and a bucket load of favorites, which can maybe benefit my reading/lady/mom/human friends. Before I get caught up and can properly introduce our wonderful Calvin David – just know he is a literal dreamboat of a baby. He’s squishy, cuddly, sleeps well and is just an easygoing, dependable sweetheart. The past couple weeks he’s really woken up and is busy smiling and giggling and showing off that fabulous dimple. Couldn’t ask for a better baby boyfriend.
2 & 3. Second love behind Cal? The Kindle Paperwhite I upgraded to right before he arrived. I took advantage of Amazon’s program that lets you trade in your old Kindle for a credit. So worth it! The Paperwhite cost me under $100 and the THING GLOWS!! I can read at night while I nurse, I can read without the light on, and it’s just a much smoother interface than my ancient Kindle. Super LOVE it. Also am LOVING this leather case that my family gifted me when I turned the big ’29’. Allows me to toss the kindle in my purse, turns the Kindle off as soon as I close the front, which has come in very handy when a certain toddler needs attention ASAP – I can toss the Kindle without losing my page. Fave part of this little guy? I’ve charged it twice in 3 months and read up to an hour each day. Crazytown.
4. My fave kindle accompaniment is Modern Mrs. Darcy’s kindle deals page. She’s not only opened me up to some great new reads, but she’s helped me catch a few on my ‘to read’ list for $1-2. SO. AWESOME. And you can sign up and have it come right to your inbox. As I’ve mentioned before, I really love her podcast. Super interesting for my book friends.
5. I’ve blogged about my love for podcasts on a few occasions, but I need to introduce you to the Mom Struggling Well podcast. Emily is just so great! She’s a fab interviewer, has the best humor and asks for itunes reviews (standard annoyance in podcast world..) in the funniest of ways. I love most how she interviews her guests FOR her listeners. As in, she’s always asking for ways to apply what they’ve learned or wisdom on how to go through the processes they’ve gone through to get where they are. They’re also consistently shorter episodes (which I’m also sad aren’t longer…ha!) that I know will be waiting for me each Monday morning. Check her out, enjoy her guests – so much goodness there!
6. VIVIAN HOWARD! Whether you’re a foodie or not, Vivian Howard’s show, A Chef’s Life is absolutely worth a binge watch. They’re currently in the middle of the 4th season, so you can get up to speed and enjoy the rest of the episodes as they come out. A Chef’s Life is what I imagine FOODTV should be. Beautifully shot, this documentary covers the life of Vivian and her husband, Ben, as they move home from NYC to a small North Carolina town, to open a restaurant. Each episode centers around a particular food, takes you to the farms where they grow (Truman loves this part, too!), hops back to restaurant life, is full of tidbits about how Vivian uses the particular food and often follows Vivian through various parts of famous chef life: cookbook writing process, cooking competitions, large catered dinners etc. This fantastic show is on PBS, so you can enjoy it FO FREE. Pull it up, show your babies where their food comes from, enjoy the Howard’s family and run to pre-order her cookbook, releasing this fall. I’m basically the biggest fangirl and hoping for an overnight one day at one of her farmer’s airbnb’s.
7. Last, but not least, I’m loving this little corner of the guest room that we turned into my sewing space. I slowwwwlllyyyy work on a couple quilts, as I have the time and it’s been so sweet to be able to get to do this more. Having my machine out and ready has allowed me to pop in and piece together a couple panels, then come back to it later. In this season with tiny dudes, I really do only get windows of time. Bonus: Cal’s crib is in the guest room and he likes to nap if he hears my machine buzzing along, so we’ve been getting in the afternoon shuteye and pinwheels: teamwork!