BLOGGING

December 17, 2014

It's been a while since I've sat down to write anything at all in this space and to be honest with you, I'm trying to figure out how I want to continue using this blog. The truth is, I just haven't thought much about it. My absence hasn't been some big thought out decision - it has happened totally on its own and it has been nice to not really care. I haven't checked stats, logged in to analytics or bloglovin in I can't even remember how long and gosh, what a nice feeling to just simply not care. I'm seeing this huge shift within the blog world (or maybe it's just my blog world) where people are using other outlets to share thoughts, feelings, recipes, products they love, etc. For me and a lot of other mama's, it's Instagram. The IG community is so warm and engaging (most of the time.) I almost always have a conversation with other women after I post an image, whether it be a word of encouragement or someone simply saying they like what they see, and I find myself doing the same to other women's posts. Even though I don't know half the women in real life, there truly is a sense of community there and I'm grateful for it. So, I don't know what that means for this blog. I'm certainly not planning on closing the door and saying goodbye forever but right now, I just don't know where I see myself going with it and I'm okay with that. 

So until next time, have a wonderful holiday and i'll be back soon! xo!

YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING...

December 8, 2014

Another rendition of who YOU should be following over on Instagram. Since I started the new account, @OURCITYHOUSE , i've had the chance to discover a lot of new accounts that I'm so completely smitten with. These are 4 that I just can't get enough of. Not only are these mama's photo's stunning, but you can tell that their hearts and souls are into this whole mama thing and it's so, so wonderful to read honest, intentional thoughts about raising these tiny humans of ours. So go follow them. They are lovely beyond words.

HAVEN MAGAZINE RELEASE

December 1, 2014

Hello friends! Phew, what a whirl wind of a weekend. Before I get into the details of this lovely little event happening this coming Saturday, I wanted to say thank you to any and everyone who came out to the City Flea's Small Mall. It was such an amazing day and we could not do it without our awesome vendors and customers. Y'all rock. And so now that that is behind me, I wanted to share another event I've got cooking (along with a rad team of ladies) that will sure to be a lovely little night. The Haven Magazine release party is happening THIS SATURDAY, December 6 from 6-10p at Simple Space OTR, Cincinnati. Live music, amazing goods for purchase (another awesome holiday shopping opportunity!) wine and beer, artwork from volume 1 available and of course the star of the show, Haven Volume 1. It's really going to be so, so lovely and if you are in the Cincinnati area, we would so loved if you would stop by. More details here:

SOME THINGS LATLEY

November 21, 2014

I wonder if it makes me the laziest blogger in all the land that I just screen shot my instagram feed to post here? Ha! Anyways, since switching accounts over to @ourcityhouse I have been having such a fun time documenting our daily plus things in and around our city. I have been feeling so, so grateful to live in Cincinnati lately. I tell you what. The creative community here is thriving and having genuine souls to connect and create with is such a gift. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

TRAVELING TODDLERS

November 20, 2014

In Ru's short little life she's been to quite a few places and we've learned along the way what works and what doesn't. I will say that by no means do we travel with no bumps. Regardless of the amount of toys, books, stickers we have packed, if we are traveling by car she reaches her limit around hour 3 but since this weekend we are traveling by air, i'm much more relaxed about keeping her entertained. We flew just a few months ago (4 hour flight) and she did so, so good. This weekend we will only be flying about an hour so really, this should be a breeze. At any rate, it's still important to have everything she could need or want plus whatever toys and books I pack during travel is what she'll have to play with wherever we're visiting, so I like to make sure she won't tire of them en route. 

1. The whole lot of it. Lunch box filled with snacks / mystery bag filled with little blocks and clasping rings / a couple new books she has yet to see / new water bottle (I've learned it's worth purchasing a few new things when traveling. It is exciting for her and we can usually look at or talk about whatever it is!) / Another mystery bag filled with some little dinosaur and farm animal figurines.

2. Snacks! These are her favorite snacks but I never buy them packaged individually like this so it will be fun for her to eat them in a new way. Plus you can never rely on a decent meal when you are traveling so I like to make sure we have some 'squeezies' with us for some healthy nutrients.

3. Better look at her little bag of toys.

4. New sticker book set. She is totally obsessed with stickers so when I came across these with reusable stickers, I was sold. I'm confident these will be the only thing she uses on the plane!

(All the toys in her little bags, she already had. I just dug pretty deep in her toy baskets to find small ones she hasn't seen in a while. They'll be like new to her!) She'll also have a blankey and her favorite stuffy with her! Am I missing anything crucial!?  
 

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