Monday, November 30, 2015

A Better Night's Sleep...Plus A Giveaway!

As you guys know Hank and I got a 4Sleep mattress a couple months ago, and shared about it here. Update...we still LOVE it, even more than before, and since getting one we've convinced my father-in-law and a ton of friends to get one too. It's really the best sleep we've ever had, and I cannot encourage you enough to try them out if you're in need of a new mattress. It's so easy too- they have a free return policy, and you're able to try it out for 100 nights to see if you like it! I had been dealing with weird back issues that are now non-existent, and sponsored post or not I will be waving the 4Sleep flag forever and ever (and ever!). We love them!

Last month 4Sleep offered to send the boys new mattresses AND do a giveaway, and I have been so excited for this day to come! We got to give a mattress away on Instagram last month and it was so much fun, and I'm so thankful to be able to do it again.

Henry was beyond excited to open his new mattress- Charlie is still in his crib for a bit so his will have to wait- but both boys had a great time taking it out of the box, watching it unfold, etc. It's just the neatest thing, that such a big thing can come in such a relatively small box. But take it out and there you go...your new mattress! Like our mattress, Henry's will allow his sleep to be temperature regulated with the special foam, keeping him cool throughout the night, let him sleep deeper and more comfortably, and just overall give him a more solid night's sleep. You can read a lot more here, and be sure to watch the video too. Neat stuff.

And today, we're giving ANOTHER 4Sleep mattress away! Any size, your choice! Enter below, and let me know if you have any questions. The giveaway will be open for four days. Good luck!

Sometimes Sweet & 4Sleep Mattress Giveaway!

This post has been shared in partnership with 4Sleep. Thanks for reading! xo

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Currently Loving...

I'm in love with my manicure right now! OPI's "My Vampire is Buff" gel color with some glitter.

Hello, hello! I thought it would be fun to put together a little "love list" before the long weekend, and during some holiday sales! I have about half of my Christmas shopping done, and I've been trying to not do the whole "one for them, one for me" thing...but it's hard! Window shopping online is really fun when I get in a buying mood- I don't usually press the checkout button but it's often a good way to get rids of the "wants." You know what I mean, I'm sure! Anyway, here are some things I'm loving, and I hope you love too!

First of all, Shopbop is having a huge sale this week via a "buy more, save more" promotion (up to 25% off) which I really like because you can often get some really great sale items for a big chunk off. See all the sale info here. I'll include a ton of SB items below too.

I've really been into poncho/wraps this season and really love this one from Bridge & Burn. Very cute layered. Here are more poncho options from Madewell also.

These boots are my favorite...I've been waiting for them to go on sale!

Loving this simple sweater. This one too!

For the past couple of years my Christmas outfit has been a Free People dress- and they have so many great ones this year! I especially love any of their sequin party pieces.

In my dreams I would get one of these See by Chloe coats. Just beautiful.

This one is more in my budget...and just as rad!

Isn't this a cute weekender bag?

This dress is just gorgeous- it would be perfect for family photos! And another great dress- a lot more basic but just as cute.

I've been wearing a lot of longline button ups lately- they look really cute layered over tanks. One of my favorite ways to wear one over a floral or ruffly Free People slip.

Some great finds from Old Navy: this pair of boyfriend jeans, this sweater, and these boots.

I have a girlfriend who swears by Blank NYC leather jackets.

If you're looking for a new of affordable jeans, this brand has become my favorite. Comfortable and cute!

Adorable dress for under $25.

And finally...I am loving these sunglasses. 25% off too! ;) For more a splurge I LOVE every single one of these Karen Walkers as well.

Happy shopping, or fake-shopping, if you're just having fun and doing it my way!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Five Years.

I can still remember holding Henry in those first days. Most of that time is hazy to me unless my memory is sparked by something else, but I remember that. I've never been a cuddler really, never someone who could ever fall asleep in someone's arms, or with someone in mine, but suddenly, that's what I was doing. All day and all night, I had this perfect tiny boy nestled up on my chest and it was the greatest happiness I'd ever experienced.

Five years. It flies by far too quickly- just like people say it will. And they're totally correct. When you're in it, it feels slow. Some days drag, right? But then all of a sudden he's turning one and you're laughing about how you're going to blink and he'll be five. And you blink. And're there.

I always say that there's a before and after. Not just just before I became a Mom and afterward, because that's obvious. But before I became everything I am now, and that is marked by Henry's birth. I have never thought of myself as only a mother when I became a mother- I've always tried to hold onto me, just as me, without the wife, mother, whatever I am at the moment title. But having a child changed all of the other things too. I am a different wife. A different daughter. A different friend. It's amazing really, to think about this one thing, that affects every other part of my life in the most complicated, beautiful, inspiring way.

What a gift to be Henry's mama. And today we celebrate our sweet boy turning the big FIVE. There's so much more to be said, but I'll leave it at this: happy birthday, Hen! xoxo

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Weekend Links

Happy weekend! Here are some links from around the web this week. Enjoy!

All about selfies. A good read.

These boots (pictured above) have made their way onto many of my friends feet. Not my pair- they got their own. And the consensus? LOVE.

I Was A Fundamentalist Christian Until I Discovered Feminist Writers...

Have you read Reese Witherspoon's speech on ambition? If you haven't check it out.

Why I Provide Abortions.

Winter wishlist: a winter scarf, a fun pair of boots, and a cute statement coat.

9 habits of highly effective restaurants.

On my salad radar: one and two.

Almost done with this book!

Loved seeing these cute pics of my Nashville trip over on Elsie's blog.

Question: why does the shaming and harassment of women always go viral?

Sad that this is reality: When Violence Becomes a Teen Meme.

The internet is what you make it.

Thanksgiving advice from our elders!

And finally, have you heard of Vocal Fry? I hadn't until my friend Alex sent this to me!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Summer in the Fall | Our East Coast Trip 2015: Massachusetts

Do you guys remember when we went on a month and a half long trip this past May-June? I barely do- it feels like a lifetime ago. I have SO many photos from that trip though, and I've been meaning to share them for what feels like forever. It felt so daunting at first, because I had thousands of photographs to sort through, but I finally got it done and now the fun part is here! Sharing! We visited five different states, and I'll be sharing the trip via five different posts, over the next month or two. I'll start off with our time in Massachusetts.

As I shared our trip on Instagram, I got a ton of questions there and via comments and email like, how on Earth were you able to take a month+ long trip? Don't you work? Doesn't your husband work? How did you do this with two kids (three if you count Lucy)? Are you crazy?

So, here are some answers in case you're curious too! Working remotely allows me to work from wherever I may be, which lends itself nicely to things like month long trips. However, Hank does not work remotely, so he was only able to join us for about 8 days, which was way too short. He chose to come for our always-favorite part of our East Coast trips, Vermont! And then I got lots of comments like, "How did the boys do?" "How did you stay sane being away from home for that long!" The boys travel pretty often, so they were just fine. Some days were harder than others but overall that wasn't bad at all. Plus, my parents and sister were there the entire time so I actually had more "help" than I typically do at home. Henry and Charlie were in heaven being around so many people they love, and it was really nice to be able to be together for so long. But honestly and truly if you asked me to do this again I would maybe hesitate! For me it was way too long to be away from home, and by the end I was going slightly crazy dreaming of my own bed...but like childbirth you kind of forget the pain so I think I could still be persuaded to do it again if you caught me in a certain mood. ;)

We started off our trip in Salem, Massachusetts, a favorite destination for our family. We've been many times and I can't wait to plan a trip for an upcoming Halloween- I feel like that would just be the ultimate. I've heard that some people find it to be too touristy, and maybe it is, but I love it all the same. Between our family ties and my deep love for all things The Crucible, it's just such a fascinating place for me. The history is amazing, and if you haven't been, do yourself a favor and go! The homes, the's all really really neat and will always hold a special place in my heart. We stayed at the Salem Inn, in the yellow house down the street that's part of the Inn. Very cool. While there we also got to spend time with my wonderful cousin Matt and his girlfriend, and also meet up with my longtime blog friends Rachel and Don, and their sweet daughter. It was SO amazing to finally hug them after all of these years- and in the funny way it sometimes goes, it felt like we were the oldest friends, getting to meet up for the 100th time. I wish we all lived closer.

Some things I never want to forget: ALL of the stairs and ALL of our luggage...serious comedy. Henry taking a stand against lobsters, walking through Gloucester with everyone, ice cream whenever possible, all of the delicious seafood, and early morning runs with my sister.

And now, photos! If you have any specific questions about things to do or see, let me know too- I'm happy to answer!

I hope you enjoy this bit of summer, in the fall! More to come next week. xoxo

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