October 1, 2014

It's been a little while since i've vetted some feelings on mama hood - it seems the past few weeks have been super busy with work projects that writing in this space has fallen to the wayside. Which is okay because life is happening and sometimes the seasons of life are busy and sometimes not. I'm slowly learning to embrace the ebb and flows of each passing day. 

This girl though - she recently started speaking in 3-4 word sentences and all the things I've been dreaming of her saying, even before she was on the earth, she's saying. "yuv yuu mama" "mama try too" "see you yater" "ruru go potty too" "nite nite mama, seepy gooood" and the list goes on. I just can't thank my lucky stars enough for the gift it is in watching her grow and learn. My heart bursts for her a thousand times a day. If i'm not answering an email or running to a meeting, you can find me kissing Ruthie cheeks and squeezing Ruthie thighs because there is not a single thing in this world better. 

ps. we've kind of, sort of started potty training and holy cow is it cute. We bought a little potty the other day and she asks to sit on it twenty times a day, claiming "Did it!" after every time she sits on it. (She doesn't do anything but sit on it.......I die)


September 25, 2014

Hey there! I wanted to share an exciting new project some friends of mine are launching that's unlike anything else in the city. It's called Simple Space and the idea is, well, simple. They are providing a simple, raw(ish), beautiful space in the heart of Over The Rhine for you to use however you please. A pop up shop, art gallery, launch party, listening party, raging game of monopoly, whatever! It's pretty brilliant if you ask me. Did I mention they are moving their family of 6 into the space above and diving right in to city life? So awesome. So, a few things in the business space still need to get done, including the bathroom and a heating/cooling system so folks can enjoy the space in comfort, so i'm asking a favor. Hop over to their indiegogo campaign and at least take a watch, would you? It's a pretty rad video. Anyways, congrats Heather and Levi! Simple Space is going to be amazing. I myself can't wait to get in there and host...something!


September 23, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

ever since our trip to Montana, she's been asking to hike. I adore her.


September 19, 2014

Hey all! Tomorrow is the September edition of our market, The City Flea. We've got 145 rad vendors ready to sell their goods so come on down and say hey!


September 16, 2014

Ruthie has always been a little helper, mimicking the daily tasks I do around the house which most often is less than helpful, but I allow her to contribute in whatever way she knows how and here's what i've noticed: She is independent and confident and at 19 months, capable. That was probably the most valuable lesson I learned as a Montessori teacher - that children, no matter how young, are capable of so much more than we give them credit for. I've also learned to be patient because when we are talking about toddler's or preschoolers, patience is a must. I fold the laundry, she throws it into her own pile, but you know what? To her, she's helping and how can I take the feeling of being a helper and accomplishment away from her? Things may take twice as long and end up messier before cleaner but I think ( I hope) I'm setting her up to be a responsible, confident little human. 

Some of my favorite ways to get her involved around the house /

Laundry. She absolutely loves helping put the clothes into the wash machine and changing them over into the dryer. Same when the cycle is finished and it's time to put the clothes in the hamper to carry up for folding. It's an easy task for even the smallest toddler.

Wet spills. They happen often with kids and instead of getting upset or aggravated, because we all know they aren't trying to spill on purpose (well not all the time anyways,) I simply tell her that it's okay- spills happen but now it's time to clean it up. Give her a dish towel and let her wipe up her own mess. Of course you might have to go back and clean it up a bit after, but allowing your child to deal with the consequences and responsibility of their own actions is invaluable. 

Dusting. Feather duster or rag, it doesn't really matter and it is one of the ways they can help that won't create more work for you in the end. No harm in letting your little one wipe surfaces with a dry cloth so why not?

Dishwasher loading. Ru is a pro at putting our dirtied utensils in the dishwasher basket. She wants to play in the dishwasher when it's open anyways so why not get them involved in a productive way instead? 

Clean up. Kind of a no brainer but so often I'll see kids destroy a room and think nothing of cleaning it up when they are finished. I have not figured this one out completely yet but I do make Ruthie clean up at least 2 or 3 toys when we finish playing in a particular area or room. I want her to know that it's important to keep her environment tidy and beautiful and to respect her things. 


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