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    LIFE UPDATE

    Location: BY THE SEA

    I haven’t been on here for a while because, well, LIFE! I had to replace my tires, get some work done on my car, drive out to Riverside for a few days, and so on and so forth. Our lease is coming to an end and we knew we would have to move because the price of rent in our current home is beginning to weigh on our income. It’s just so expensive. We’ve found a new spot, a bit further north, although still coastal. We’re waiting on our application to go through, so fingers crossed! We’re in a bit of a limbo as we need time to really hunt for a more permanent home, but we don’t want to rush into anything or get trapped in another year long lease, so we’re going to settle somewhere for six months or so, and then go month to month until the right place comes along!Harlow is teething…still. I’ve talked about it before, but it’s been a completely different experience than Luca’s. He’s on the verge of walking, but we’ve been saying that for weeks. He’s so stubborn, I swear he’s just holding out for when we aren’t looking. He’s taken two baby steps so far and that is the extent of it all! Hard to believe, but Harlow turned 11 months on the 8th of April, and I’m still trying to contain my tears as his first birthday approaches. I still don’t have this mom gig figured out in the slightest. I think it’s all just continual progress, lessons learned, and being flexible. I’m definitely trying to give myself more grace during this stage of growing up.Speaking of which, Luca is growing like never before. I blinked and the toddler phase was just gone. He’s totally his own person, with opinions, questions, preferences, and so on. I can’t believe he’ll be turning FOUR!! (in July….)What??? Time really is a thief, here one second, gone the next. Lately his favorite things to do include soccer, going to preschool, playing at the park, night swimming with dad, and practicing his easter egg hunt and find skills.Speaking of growing older, this old blog here will be 4 years old on the 2oth this month! I am so proud if it, mainly because, it’s my journal I’ve continuously kept for the past four years, and those four years have been some of the best times I’ve ever known. I hope to keep holding on to that and continue contributing to this place. You can go back and read my very first post HERE –I do warn, the picture quality is awful! But you blog and you learn! haha. Thank you for reading along whether you’ve just joined the party or have been here all along. I appreciate your company here more than you could ever know! Hope to be back here more often very soon! Until then…

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    MY FAVORITE SHOWS (LATELY).

    So you may be thinking…wait, I thought you didn’t have cable? If you remember this post here I talk all about how we nixed our cable when we moved to San Diego. No new news here, we still don’t have cable. And, I will say, the longer we go on without it, the less I long to ever have it again. If I could subscribe to Viceland, separate from having cable, I’d be set as that is the only channel I really even miss. I suppose it’s the whole “out of sight, out of mind” concept. I won’t go into too much detail on how I am able to watch the shows I talk about below, but you can snatch up all the information in the blog post I linked above! Read more

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    FOR THE EASTER BASKET

    Location: COTTONTAIL TRAILS

    ^^^A little Easter Sunday flashback to Luca last year! ^^^

    If you know me at all, you know I love all the Holidays. Seriously, if it were socially acceptable to celebrate flag day, I most likely would. I suppose this love of holidays stems from growing up with a mom who celebrated all the holidays. She would make each one special in their own way. There was a magic she created around each one, and honestly, I probably believed in the Easter bunny, Santa, and Leprechauns much longer than most kids, and I just want to create that same magic as long as possible for my own little ones.

    Egg-stravagance, isn’t necessary (see what I did there?!) But really, there doesn’t need to be huge amounts of money spent, and stress on your part in putting it all together. It literally comes down to the smallest gestures–Making your little feel special in a way that is unique to them. Thoughtful, is what it comes down to…The jelly bean trail from their bedroom to their basket, a personalized letter from the bunny himself, the littlest things in their basket they love the most–the most minimalistic gestures make the most maximal impact, this I can promise.

    Here are a few of my favorite current finds for your little bunnies’ baskets! Read more

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    FEBRUARY FAVORITES

    A few favorites from the month of February! We were 15 minutes late to Luca’s field trip today because I totally forgot about it (palm to face) but we quickly threw ourselves together and showed up anyway. Sometimes I think that might just be the most important thing, showing up. So even though I have probably a million and a half other tasks to handle, I really wanted to show up and share this month’s favorites with you, so here I am, and here they are. Read more

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    JUST TWO.

    Location: IN MY HEART

    After having Luca, I wasn’t sure I would have any other children. My pregnancy with him was tumultuous, put my health in serious danger, and it took me months to recover postpartum. An experience like that definitely makes you question why you would ever gamble having to go through such a life altering hardship again…Prefacing, I was young, I found myself pregnant unexpectedly, I wasn’t married, and I didn’t know how to feel. I didn’t feel ready (side note: I now know from experience you never feel ready even when it’s “right” & what you want). Until you are sitting in a bathroom, anticipating the results of a pee saturated stick sitting there like a mystical crystal ball to determine your future, quite literally, that’s when it all becomes real. Read more

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