Around These Parts

Greetings from Maine! 

Today's post is just a little update on some goings on around here. A state of the blog address, if you will.

I'm excited to be teaming up with Amazon in the next few weeks to give away some amazing beauty products, so stay tuned for that! I'm having a blast testing them out and torturing my poor husband into taking my before and after photos. Here's a little sneak peek:


Clearly loving manual mode on my camera still and feeling accomplished that something's blurred in the background. Baby steps.

Olivia's talking more and more, and it's taking me a while to figure out what she's saying. For days she'd stack puzzle pieces or layer on necklaces and finally I realized she was saying "one, two, three".  I applauded so vigorously when I finally got a clue that it sort of completely startled her.

We had our family photos taken last night and we had so much fun! Olivia just kind of ran wild on the beach and our photographer just let her and captured some great candid moments with all of us. 


She sent me this little back of the camera pic and I'm in love already.


We stopped for a lobster roll afterwards. I'll never get sick of 'em. Never.


We're reading like crazy over here. Not me so much as my mother. Olivia really prefers when she reads to her and they've been going through books like crazy. We recently bought the board book version of my favorite book ever


I bought this book the day I went into labor with Olivia and I cry every time I read it. I have a large version stored away with a photo of her and her birth stats on the inside front cover to give her as a gift when she's older.  

Having time off from the shop has been so nice, but I'm anxious to get back to work and start sending out some adorable Fall items. In the meantime, I'm really enjoying a slower pace and having lots of hands to help with Olivia. 


I'm also spending time with friends and family I don't get to see nearly as much as I'd like. You know, the kind of friends who will go to Target with you and take photos of you picking up the 19072389 goldfish your toddler spilled because you foolishly (oh so so so foolishly) gave them a full open bag. 


I swear, one of these days I will smarten up about things like open bags of goldfish, smoothies in the carseat, and bubbles in the playroom and my life will be so much easier.

Finally, for more blog news, I have another great giveaway lined up with Trendy Cuts Shop in early September that I'm really excited about! 

Thanks so much for all the love you've been throwing my way lately and for stopping by my random little corner of the internet on a daily basis! It means so much to me and I'm so grateful for blogging and how much it's helped me connect with other ladies during a tough transitional year for our family. A little sentimental, but needed to throw it out there!

22 comments:

  1. Yay for a fun trip, love those family sneak peeks!!

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  2. Ahh I just love reading your blog!! And always appreciate those Target snaps. (Oh how I miss you Target!) It's getting colder finally in London and I'm loving busting out the sweaters. Come on fall! Have a great time with your family. X

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    1. Aw, thank you! I don't know you do you without a Target. I probably should move to London. Not having a Target would save us a fortune.

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  3. That book is my favorite as well. It's a staple at our house!

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  4. i want a lobster roll so badly!

    excited about your future giveaways :)

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    1. They're going to be great! I dream about lobster rolls when I'm not here :)

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  5. excited to hear about the amazon products...ie; mascara etc! :)

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  6. Olivia is the cutest. Love that family shot!!

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  7. Fun times! And a team-up with Amazon?! Get it, girl!
    Thanks for being such an awesome blogger and great writer. You always give me some sort of inspiration. ;) Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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    1. You're so sweet, thank you!! I love having such fantastic readers!

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  8. Oh my gosh I love On the night you were born. I always hold back tears when I read it...

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  9. Love that family photo! & Olivias little giraffe backpack is so cute!
    Also I got slight deja-vu seeing the picture of you picking up the goldfish.. That's been me more times then I'd like to admit.

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    1. as long as I'm not the only one. I felt like a fool :)

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  10. Love the sneak peek at the family photos. I love when photographers just let the kids run around and be themselves! Noah always reads a lot more with my mom too! That book and guess how much I love you make me cry every time!!!

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    1. Kiddos love their grandmas, huh? And thank goodness, I can't read the same book more than 10 times...

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  11. Haha! Glad I'm not the only one who gives my child things that ultimately end up being a huge disaster/mess! Love the sneak peeks!

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