Monday, July 21, 2014

Motherhood


Motherhood, here I am! 

Isn't it crazy how you carry this little human inside of you for 10 months, and have no idea who you are carrying. Then all of the sudden in just a moment, they come out and you feel as if you've known this little soul forever. Welcomed to motherhood in a matter of seconds, and forever changed.  It's all so new, and yet oddly feels so familiar. 

One of my favorite exerts from one of my favorite (refreshingly honest, unconventional and heartwarming) parenting articles, is "Be gentle with yourself, because you are wildly loved and incredibly needed. You are climbing Mt. Everest with basically zero conditioning -- expect to be kind of terrible at it for a while. You are beautiful. We are for you." I can barely get through the article these days without getting emotional because it all hits so close to home these days. Words I like to remind myself as i think about my feelings of a new and deeper sense of worth.

Introducing...


Our perfect sweet boy....

Theo Sundstrom Smith / 9lbs 8ozs / 21.5in

June 2, 2014


* Sundstrom, is a Swedish family name from my grandmother's side. There is nobody I love and admire more, and nobody quite like her. A legacy to be proud of.  I hope Theo's swedish blood runs deep, carrying on the same love for the world and those around him.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Sister's Wedding: Style Me Pretty Feature









My sister's waterside wedding was recently feature on the beautiful and inspiring site, Style Me Pretty.  The ladies at SMP described her wedding perfectly, 'colorful and heart warming, with casual elegance' which adjectives also describe Riley perfectly as well.  Relaxed, yet timeless. There is nothing I love more than a wedding, that looks and feels like the couple you are celebrating.

You can see more photos of the wedding here, taken by the talented Ashlee Raubach. Ashlee is one of my favorite Orange County photographers because she is able to captures the intimate details of the day and soft natural light perfectly. 




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bump Style: Well Rounded NY Feature



I'm so honored to be featured on Well Rounded NY's site this month as part of their 'Bump Envy' series. When you're growing by the day, feeling larger than ever, more swollen than ever, they really know how to make a pregnant mama feel the glow.

In the feature there is a short interview on my thoughts on motherhood.  I really appreciated and valued the chance to stop and think about my feelings on becoming a parent, my hopes and fears. We only wish we can do and give the best possible, while jumping in blindly and pretty clueless. Thank goodness there are so many resources these days and support online, especially a site like Well Rounded NY. A site that has a modern and fresh take on pregnancy, tells us what's up, and clues us in on preparing for motherhood.






Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Saturdays in Santa Monica












Easy and breezy. It's on a warm Saturday mid-winter, when crowds die down and the sun is still out that I really stop and realize how much I love this town. Ocean air in the hair, don't care! I feel like LA can get a bad rap, with it's traffic and entertainment scene, but really this place is pretty great. 

While cruising around Ocean ave, we popped into the newly renovated, incredibly designed lounge  'The Bungalow", at the Fairmont Hotel. Oh my! How did it take me this long to check that place out? California low-key, relaxed charm. I need a reason to throw a work event there, just too cool of a space.

And as you can see baby boy is growing, and this belly is popping! These last couple weeks I have had some renewed energy, and after being sick the last 22 weeks, I welcomed the energy with open arms.  Hello world! Now at 24 weeks, ready to get on the (much needed) babymoon so soon.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Baby BOY


First things first when it comes to updates, let's start with the most important.... We're having a BOY!

It's a funny thing the games your emotions (hormones?) play on you. I initially loved the idea of having a boy first. Although, once I announced our pregnancy so many friends and family had so positively predicted the baby was going to be a girl, that they began to convince me. I did a flip-flop, that when we cut our gender reveal cake and learned it was a boy... I was a little caught guard. (Maybe there was some insecurity in there as well.  I mostly grew up with sisters, and I know girl things, what kinds of things do you do with boys? Will I know how to raise a boy?)

My friend once said, that no matter what the sex is, you sometimes mourn the loss realizing it's not the other sex. The unsure thoughts/insecurities lasted a good 5 minutes and then I quickly became obsessed with the fact that I am having a boy and now couldn't think of it any other way.  Say hello trucks/cars, adventure, surf trips and mama's boys! It doesn't hurt to think about how much boy's love their moms and for the sickness and uncomfortability this pregnancy has brought so far...I could use the sweet love from my boy ;)  Of course, no matter the gender, I feel so much gratitude and honor to be carrying a healthy baby inside me. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cooking for the Holidays


Farro Salad w/ Roasted Vegetables (my favorite of the night)

Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cakes
Roasted Peruvian Chicken

Butternut Squash Soup and Honey Whole Wheat Loaf (right out of the oven) 

Last week, I was able to attend an intimate cooking class from the talented, Jenny Evans. It was perfect timing for the holidays for me to brush up on my (much needed) cooking skills. The menu was perfection, and everything turned out beautifully. I loved attending the class, because I got to know the ins and outs from the expert, and secrets of the trade along the way.  All the tips and tricks to cut/manage time and enhance flavor. My personal favorite; getting Jenny's stamp of approval for buying Trade Joe's pre-cut veggies. As Jenny put, "Save the hassle. A great way to save time and money" Well, count me in. I also loved hearing that she buys most of her gourmet recipe list from Trader Joe's (including the whole chicken). TJ in my opinion, is the easiest (and most affordable). Done and Done!

Along with a top notch menu that you can check out here and get the dessert recipe here, It was so nice to catch up with so many old and new faces at the holiday dinner party. Can't complain when being surrounded by a dinner table full of talented and inspiring ladies, feasting on a gourmet dinner, and topping it off with the perfect holiday setting.  

A big thank you to Jenny, for being the hostess with the mostess! Can't wait to take another class, and build on these skills (cooking + entertaining). Thinking next time, I might take my mom - and make it a mother-daughter event! 

Www.jennysgatherings.com
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