HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 31, 2012

We're not typically big halloween people over here but we can still appreciate the fun and excitement that goes into it for most.  I was always forced to LOVE halloween during my college days with two roommates who lived for the holiday, usually forcing me to dress as something extravagant.  I will say those were some of my best costumes (eh hem, the sanderson sisters from hocus pocus- it was unreal!)  Tonight we'll head over to trick or treat with our niece and nephew and eat some chili.  I have a feeling this day will be much more fun next year when we have a tiny one to dress up :) Be safe and enjoy your night! 

THE BEGINNINGS

October 29, 2012

We finally began the process of putting together a nursery for baby girl this past weekend.  While we still have 16 weeks to go, it feels nice to be able to put her space together with some time, not feeling totally frantic and overwhelmed.  Nick painted the walls a very light gray, we've begun purchasing artwork and fun knick knacks for the mantle in her room, and we just purchased her crib -that feels like a huge deal! We haven't put it together yet and while I'm anxious to see it up I'm anticipating a swarm of emotions to come with it. I think seeing the baby's crib will solidify just how much our life is about to change.  Of course in the most incredible ways, I know, but it still can seem a bit scary.  

It's obvious this is going to be my most favorite room in the entire house.  I can't wait to show you the progress of the nursery as it all comes together! 

WE DID IT

October 27, 2012

....I think. We started our baby registry today and while the experience wasn't really fun (too overwhelming) it wasn't totally awful either.  We think we have all the necessities covered and were even able to add a few fun things from a favorite local shop that carries natural baby products.  My only complaint is that the stroller / car seat companies really do not make it easy for you to figure out which seats go with which strollers. I literally researched online for several hours only to realize I also need a car seat adapter to make our seat work with the stroller we want. Oy vey....so glad that's figured out! Also, why in the world does there need to be so much crap!? Heaven forbid if you want just solid, neutral colors on things! Nick's comments on the subject alone made the trip worthwhile :)  If nothing else, we've now got all the gear which makes us all the more anxious for our baby girl to get here.


BABY MAMA LOVE

October 26, 2012

Just some beautiful mama baby images for this Friday that have been putting a huge smile on my face as I think about what's to come for me and my little girl.  Happy Weekend! We're off to begin our baby registry. Any words of advice? 
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HOMESPUN VINTAGE

October 24, 2012

I was recently introduced to this new little vintage line called Homespun Vintage.  Immediatley upon seeing images and browsing the shop, I fell in love.  Homespun focuses on reworked, recycled, vintage pieces for little and this fall the brand launched its first original collection! PS. These Paddock Boots? Give me a break! I think I might need them :)

WOMEN IN BUSINESS: IT'S HARD

October 22, 2012

Owning your own business is wonderful.  I'm constantly being challenged, I feel proud of the work we've accomplished, am excited about constantly meeting other creative people and love the fact that we work for ourselves (minus the day jobs. :)  The other awesome thing about my business is that I run it with my husband.  Being able to work with him has opened my eyes to so many of his talents- his ability to handle conflict, his passion, his self discipline and it's forced us to work through problems as a team when it comes to the business.  For some quick background, Nick and I co founded The City Flea- a curated, urban flea market we hold monthly.  There's A TON that goes into making each market happen and we really have put our heart and souls into this business. If you want to hear more about the business itself go on over to the website and have a look around.  
Owning the business with my husband is also extremely challenging.  Not because he's hard to work with (not at all actually!) but because I'm the woman and coincidentally I look very young.  Who do you think most people want to talk to during business meetings or onsite during an event? Not the little girl who's just "helping."  I admit, I struggle a great deal with this.  Behind the scenes, via email and phone calls, I'm just as capable as anyone, but once people put a face to "Lindsay, The City Flea" signature in emails I'm overlooked as not being as capable as my husband.  It's not his fault, It's not my fault, It's not anyone's fault. It's just the truth of the situation. Since I was a teen I've struggled with how young I look. I know, I know everyone tells me I'll love it when I'm 30 or 40 but guess what? I'm 30 in 2 years and odds are I'll still look young. And odds are I'll still be treated as I'm perceived. The fact that I have to remind myself how capable, smart, and creative I am constantly is frustrating.  I am those things, but it's hard to feel it when so often I'm overlooked.  I'm sure all of you can relate to this in one way or another.  Maybe you just don't feel respected, or like people wouldn't turn to you to handle a conflict, that you make enough money, or that you're not creative enough to come up with a new idea.  I think we need to stop feeling like this about ourselves and show the world that we are all of these things plus some.  Easier said than done though, right?

After this past weekends event I got to thinking, how can I change this? How can I feel empowered and just as capable as Nick? I think for a while, because this was the way I was viewed by a lot of people we work with I just sat back and let it happen.  I thought, Nick will handle that because he has in the past and lets face it, people want to deal with Nick anyways.  I've decided to turn a new leaf- to take on more as far as the business goes and not feel like I have to ask Nick if I can do so- I can! It's mine just as much as it is his (and no I don't have to ask him to do things for our business) We come up with creative solutions together, we go to meetings together, we brainstorm together and every final decision is made together so why in the world would I think I can't do more on my own!?  I need to stop thinking that he is more capable to handle certain elements of our work.   I need to prepare myself as best I can before each event so I know every single detail.  I need to be confident when answering questions.  I need to make decisions without second guessing them.  It's strange- being in this mind frame.  I've always considered myself to be a confident person.  It truly has been eye opening running a business and realizing how many personal things I have to work on.  I want to be continuously growing and I think my first step in doing so is finding ways to make my role in our business feel to me as worthy as Nicks feels to everyone.  

BITS OF THE WEEKEND

Nick and I held our monthly Flea Market this past weekend which occupied our entire Saturday.  We had a wonderful turnout and the space we held the market is our favorite- same place we actually had our wedding photos taken! So fun! Sunday's after Fleas are days of rest for us.  We slept in, made it to church, took a nice leisure walk through the woods, and had a family dinner at Nicks parents.  The cutie above is Sanaa.  She's a little lover and the baby girl of a sweet family Nick's mom is friends with.  I could have easily taken her home :)

PREGNANCY MUST HAVES

October 19, 2012

So far this pregnancy I haven't needed much.  I've been comfortable and feel great.  I know the second trimester is the "honey moon" phase of pregnancy, what with all those sweet baby kicks and not yet gigantic belly and I'm hoping it stays this way (I'm dreaming, right?) There are a few things though that I'm finding to be pretty necessary: 

- Plenty of water.  Before becoming pregnant I was a big water drinker through out the day but now I try to make sure I'm getting at least 68 ounces a day.  I find that filling a bottle with ounces listed ensures that i'm drinking my goal amount each day. My body needs a lot of water and I always just feel good with lots of it in my system.  There are a ton of great benefits to drinking loads of it during pregnancy too.

-Pregnancy Tea. Since I've not been able to enjoy nearly as much coffee as I was consuming pre pregnancy I found this amazing and yummy organic pregnancy tea that I've been so enjoying.  Filled with tons of vitamins, I just feel good about drinking it. I usually add a little milk and honey to mine too.

-Leggings. Where would I be without my leggings? Seriously, I haven't been able to fit into a pair of real pants for 2 months now and have yet to find a pair of maternity pants that I like.  I've literally been living in leggings, boots, and oversized sweaters. 

-Boppy body pillow. About a month ago I officially reached the can't sleep comfortably without a mountain of pillows surrounding me.  The boppy body pillow is perfect to have on my left side to ensure that I'm able to be comfy on the side recommended to sleep on.  It's been really great.  

What am I missing out on at this stage in my pregnancy? 


SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY


Just a quick little post to wish this guy a happy 29th birthday. I couldn't ask for a more amazing partner to share life with. Love you, Nick! 


THREE YEARS.

October 17, 2012

THREE YEARS. It has gone by in the blink of an eye.  It's hard to even understand how good life has been to us and how many amazing things we've been able to experience together. When we got married we were living in a tiny little apartment in Brooklyn.  A year later we moved to Cincinnati and decided to start our own business.  A year after that we bought our first home and a year after that we became pregnant with our first baby.  Typing it all out seems overwhelming but it really has not felt that way.  Somehow we're able to be each other's sounding board, support systems and best friends which makes all the changes purely exciting.  Now, as we celebrate our last anniversary just us, we're left with bittersweet emotions.  I truly believe our best years are yet to come but there's something a bit sad about it no longer being about only Nick and I.  Once our daughter arrives our lives will shift in ways I don't comprehend just yet.  We are beyond excited to grow our family and to teach our daughter how much we love in this family, but still, I feel like we're losing a little bit of what we have been for so long.  

Nick - I love you in more ways than you can even imagine.  You have given me all I could have wished for and I'm looking forward to seeing you as a father to our daughter like you wouldn't believe. I don't think I deserve you, yet somehow you chose me.  I thank God for that every day. You make me belly laugh almost every single day, you tell me you love me every morning, take care of our house like you've been a homeowner your entire life, are compassionate with every single person you come in contact with, and you never complain about a single thing. Ever.  You are the best man I know.  How did I get so lucky? Here's to the next beautiful chapter, my love.  xoxo.

A FALL WEEKEND

October 15, 2012

Ahhh, Fall. I can tell by my twitter and instagram feeds that everyone is loving the beginnings of the new season.  For me, it's the change of colors, boots, scarves and warm drinks.  This weekend was quintessential fall weather too- perfect for wrapping a scarf around your neck with a sweater and going.

Nick and I found ourselves outdoors on Saturday enjoying our neighborhood food truck festival and later that night I cuddled up with a movie and candles while Nick grabbed some drinks with a few friends.  On Sunday we celebrated our best friends twin boys turning 1, then on to a home cooked "thanksgiving" meal at my moms house.  It was lovely.  Hope yours was too! 
PS. That baby bump of mine is really popping out, huh!? This puts a smile on my face....

WE'RE HAVING A.... !!

October 6, 2012

A girl....a GIRL! I still can not believe that we are having a baby girl!  We're thrilled, yet still trying to wrap our heads around it.  For whatever reason, Nick and I both always envisioned a baby boy.  Not that we didn't want a girl, we just always assumed we would be raising a son. (I'm not even really sure why.) Switching mindsets now to start preparing for this sweet baby girl seems surreal.  Envisioning nick with our little girl melts my heart in more ways than you can imagine.  I know she will be head over heals for her daddy. Future boyfriends (good lordy) will have a tough act to live up to! Now we can actually start preparing her little nursery, and lock down a name (we have a couple choices we love but probably won't decide 100% until we meet our girl for the first time.) So much to look forward to! Knowing this sweet babe is a little girl makes this whole thing all the more amazing and real. We love  her so much!

LOS ANGELES

October 3, 2012

We had such a wonderful time in LA these last 4 days.  It's been three years since I've been in the city, about 5 for Nick so being back exploring new neighborhoods as well as some old favorites was such a treat.  We finally got the chance to try Handsome Coffee Roasters and the Egg Slut food truck - good golly they were unreal.  We took a walk along the beach in Santa Monica, rode up to griffith park for some photos and amazing views of the city, ate an obscene amount and got the chance to attend a taping for Dancing With The Stars to show support and root my cousin Drew on.  

It's always so fun seeing friends in LA and experiencing that constant sunshine for a few days.  Now back to reality....

 

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