“This week’s feature is from Lindsay Kelleher, owner of Ink & Oak Design Co. – a Northern California based calligraphy and signage service. Lindsay is one of the most gifted mamas I have ever met, and I was blown away by her nurturing spirit with her two girls when we first met. I remember thinking, “wow this is the kind of mother I want to be when my babies are older!!” We met off the app Peanut, which is an app that takes the awkward out of finding new mama friends. Unfortunately for me, she moved just after we met. But, she’s the kind of person you’d want to keep close to your heart, no matter how far away she lives! She will be sharing a story that might be all too familiar to some mamas: one that stems from brokenness, but is laced with grace, hope, and resilience.
Tomorrow, John and I will be celebrating two years being married ❤ Hip hip hooray! I feel like these two years just flew by, mostly because we became pregnant 6 months into year one and spent the better half of year two adjusting to being a family of three. Through all we’ve experienced together since saying I Do, I can say that our love has grown deeper, our relationship stronger, and our hearts bigger. Even though it hasn’t all been roses, we’ve made huge efforts to create a strong foundation that will not waver through hard times. We definitely aren’t experts at marriage (I won’t take that title until we’ve passed the 20 year mark haha!), but we’re learning how to make it work better and better every day.
Every year of marriage is a milestone to celebrate! Especially the young ones, before you hit those milestones of double digits. So I wanted to share a few significant nuggets that I’ve learned throughout these two amazingly beautiful years of our marriage that have helped us grow stronger, become closer, and fiercely love each other despite any circumstance: Continue reading
A month ago, we got to be a part of a super fun styled shoot at the La Jolla Women’s Club in La Jolla, CA. The funny thing was, that when we were asked to be the models for this shoot I was just telling John how much I loved our wedding day and how I wished we could have a chance to relive it – lucky for us, that wish came true! And was beautifully captured by Bree & Stephen Photography.
Our own wedding had a very bright, springtime, bohemian feel which was a lot different than the styled shoot we were a part of. It was a lot of fun to see myself in a different dress and theme than I chose for my own big day. This styled shoot was dripping in modern ethereal details with hints of blush, rose gold, and lush greenery. No detail was overlooked, as it should be on a bride’s perfect wedding day. For a complete list of vendors all local to San Diego, scroll down to the bottom of this post. But, take your time drooling over these gorgeously styled photos along the way to pin inspiration for your own big day! 😉
A couple days ago, I was chatting with a mom friend about life and dreams and the beautiful trials and realities of motherhood + marriage. I LOVE those types of conversations, where you can dream together and understand each other’s situations and offer empathy and a shoulder, and just be REAL together. In the middle of our conversation about being a mother and all the hard work it entails, I realized something….what may seem trivial and draining during those long days of non-stop giving, is actually a huge gigantic blessing that is life-giving and so rewarding.
There are so many wonderful things that I love about being a stay at home mom, but after thinking about all that I do for my little girl and our family daily, I narrowed it down to three not-so-typical things that I actually really appreciate about being a mom:
1. Planning my days around a breastfeeding and nap schedule
On any other day before I became a mom, I could get out of the house and go wherever I wanted for hours on end when John was at work! It was pretty great, and I got loads of “me” time. However, since having Izzy earth side, that independent schedule has totally changed…. Continue reading
“Finding clothes that fit my pregnant/nursing/postpartum body is ______.” What is your blank? My blank would’ve been all over the place a year ago…from impossible, to attainable, to I-don’t-want-to-talk-about-it, to manageable-but-meh. After I had Izzy, I felt like nothing I tried on was really working for my postpartum body shape. I was shrinking in some places, yet staying the same in other places, it was very hard to find clothes that fit. I was on the hunt for clothes that:
- were classic and flattering
- I could easily nurse in
- I could grow a bump into for baby number two
- I would still want to keep around heading into my 30’s which is only a year away.
After really searching high and low outside of my normal go-to stores, I finally have found some timeless, fun pieces at a great price that work well for a classic capsule postpartum wardrobe heading into spring and summer! They’re all nursing friendly, great to work a bump into later on, and styles that I can add a pop of color to with an accessory, patterned or textured bag or shoe, a bold lip color, or fun hairstyle.
A capsule collection should be versatile, transitional, and functional for every season. Pick a few core pieces you truly love for your body, add in your favorite accessories to create texture and vibrancy, and embrace a more simplistic timeless wardrobe!
-the mini apartment