June 24, 2015

June 8, 2015

JORD: WOODEN WATCHES











I've never been a watch girl until I fell in love with these wooden watches from Jord. I mean, how could I go wrong with rose gold & wood? It's dreamy and I can't wait to pile on some gold bangles with my pretty new watch all summer long. I have Koa and Rose gold women's watch from the Cora series. It was a toss up for me between this and the Sidney, which I adore as well. In the end I loved the warmth and earthiness of the Cora just a tiny bit more.

I had so much fun picking out a watch for Caleb as well. We choose the Dover in Koa and Black for him and, I might say, he's looking good with it. I feel like these timepieces are redefining what watches can be, and that makes me happy. How perfect is this for a father's day gift for your man? My other favorite for men is the 746 series, in black and maple.

A little bit about Jord, the company:

"Jord was derived from our desire for a timepiece that modeled our modern lifestyle. Sustainable, efficient, simple, and influenced by experiential living. Jord owners don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. We believe our watches tell more than time. 

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 Jord is a collective of artists, designers, and seasoned watchsmiths. Every watch series is planned with the expectation of delivering visible craftsmanship and unyielding utility. We choose our materials and movements with forethought. Consideration of best use and added benefit are central to our decision making process. Our methods ensure that our watches are not just worn, they're used."

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May 31, 2015

NOTHING IS WASTED: PART 2

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It feels like a lifetime has passed since those never ending days of waiting. We had the fetal MRI, my first MRI ever. The Lord gave me the greatest blessings along this little journey, reminders that He sees and hears me. In midst of feeling scared and worrying and a bit claustrophobic was the kindest man running the MRI that looked just like Matthew Broderick. Matthew, my forever favorite Ferris (#fff) and married to my ultimate girl crush, SJP. It's the little things.

I had mildly begged the doctor to read me to the results of the MRI after finishing it, but completely understood that the brain was the itty bitty thing on a 23 week gestation baby and he had to thoroughly study all the images before sending the results to Maternal Fetal Medicine.



The next week was filled with lots of tossing and turning. Trying to keep this off my mind, but on my mind in the right ways. Trying my hardest to educate myself and give it all over to the Lord. It's the unknown that is the worst... the waiting. Even if it's devastating, even if it's heartbreaking, just tell me. I need to know. Did I mention the Lord was teaching me patience? He still is.

I connected with some amazing women during this time. Women who have walked this road, similar roads, women who I admire who lingered in that unknown for nine months, while I struggled to linger there for nine days. I marveled at technology and blood work and how much I didn't know about the brain. I learned so much about these precious children with agenesis of the corpus callosum. The condition is vast in what it can look like. From mild processing problems to what some doctors would call being a vegetable.

When the doctor called to read me the results I was so prepared to hear I'm sorry but this intricate  part of your little baby's brain is absent. It seemed there was no other answer... that it was the slimmest chance in the world this could be present. I swallowed hard and listened to the doctor tell me that the corpus callosum was present. That the baby's brain looked just as it should at 23 weeks. I choked back tears and then let it all go.

I sobbed. I called Caleb and could barely get the words out.

We will never really know, on this side of glory, if this was absent and the Lord placed it there on our little miracle of a baby. We will never really know if the doctor and technician just really couldn't find it after that long, long ultrasound. But what I do know is that God hears our prayers. I was right where I was supposed to be, results aside, on my knees before Him.



May 27, 2015

ANNIE'S HOMEGROWN











If there's anything my kids have loved, consistently, since they've been able to eat, it's cheddar bunnies. I mean, for years now, cheddar bunnies have been everywhere. In our car, on our floors, in their hair, probably in my bed. That just shows you how much we love our Annie's Homegrown.

Annie's tells us that Real Food Tastes Better. And it does. I'm happy to pass along as much real food to my kiddos as I can. They munch on all of Annie's delicious snacks and one of my favorite go to dinners for them is Annie's macaroni & cheese with their favorite mix-ins. Mix-ins is a friendlier term for veggies, ya heard? I've got two kids this will fly with right now, and two out of four is pretty much a victory. The other two are still getting the best of the best when it comes to macaroni & cheese, organic pasta no artificial flavors, synthetic colors, and 100% real cheese. I don't know if me or my kids are more excited that Annie's is now offering frozen foods like pizza bagels and pizza poppers.

Today we spent the morning planting in some new pots for our little kitchen window garden & then picnicking in the front yard with our favorite snacks. It's, approximately, 93 degrees right now, my husband is working late, and the window fan isn't doing much for this 30 weeks pregnant mom. Annie's is about to make my life a whole lot easier come 5 PM and I'm thanking them for it!

Check out all of their deliciousness here, recipes ideas here, and their awesome mission here.

This post was sponsored by Annie's Homegrown but all thoughts and feelings expressed here are my very own.