Almost two months ago, we left Chicago and moved to the northern suburbs. Last July, on a whim, we made an offer on a midcentury house that we couldn’t get over. We had toyed around with the idea of leaving the city, but we thought it was a few years away still. When we saw this house we made the offer a few days later and it turned out to be one of the best decisions for our family. Space, nature, room to play and grow.
The move meant a lot of change for not only us, but for Half Pint Shop. I had to close our storefront. There was no possibility of me managing it being an hour out of the city. On August 31st, after two years at Grace & Ashland, I handed the keys over to our friends at Good Manner Co. They have amazing plans for the space and I couldn’t be happier for them and the neighborhood. Half Pint Shop is still online – just like it was when I launched the store in 2014 – and it is still a part of my daily life.
After I closed the store I had a few weeks to pack. I managed to squeeze in a quick birthday trip to Mill Valley, California to visit two of my favorite people. It was surreal to spend a weekend out and about and not sitting in the shop. It’s still strange to wake up and not have to rush out to open the store, but it’s a good feeling to be able to take things slow and make my family a priority.
So this is where I’ve been. Managing the shop online, unpacking and decorating our home, getting the kids settled and working on Webinaide projects. I’m in a good groove and the family is too.
Watch out for upcoming posts about my beloved plant babies, our first Thanksgiving hosting and how I learned to cut back on social media (!) and am better for it soon. xx
When we had our kids our first child – our dog – defintely lost some of our attention. We try to spoil him now and then to make up for it, with nice treats and toys.
Our friends at Rover asked us to share a DIY for pets so our gift this year was easy: a no sew sweater made from an old holiday sweater! Learn more below:
The holidays are a time for family, inspiration, and creativity. If you’re anything like the Dog People at Rover.com, involving the family pet in festivities is a given. We’ve worked with 12 DIY bloggers to bring you a different daily craft for 12 days, for you to try at home. So deck the paws and count down to a furry Christmas with us!
Measure your pup around the chest, neck and from the neck to the base of the tail.
2. Find a sweater that has a sleeve wide enough to fit around your dog’s chest.
3. Cut the sleeve off of the sweater.
4. Measure down from the cuff and cut the sleeve so that the top is longer than the bottom. Hint: If your pup is a boy cut the underside short!
5. Now you just need to cut leg holes! You don’t need to cut large holes because the sweater material will stretch. Measure your pup from the bottom side of the neck to where their legs are. Measure how far the pup’s legs are apart. For a small dog this is usually about 5” down the and 3-4 inches apart. Cut the holes out of the bottom layer of the sweater only!
6. Try the sweater on your pup and make adjustments if necessary!
The holidays are upon us and is anyone else feeling overwhelmed and unorganized? Each fall I make a spreadsheet for projects and gifts and find some way for our family to give back to our community. But by the second week in December I am always in a bit of a panic wondering what I have done or not done. To make matters worse we have been sick! Anyone else?
At times like these I try to remember that the only things that really matter are that my family is clothed and fed and that we do a few basic things to celebrate the holiday and give back. It doesn’t matter if the gifts are color coordinated and that the house is in order.
I have my oils out in full force and calming music on all day long as I hope that both boys will be well enough to be back in school very soon.
So just a reminder to be gentle with yourself this holiday season and to let those big expectations go. xo
For years I’ve used essential oils with my family. I use it to lift our moods, help us focus and soothe at night. It’s something I really enjoy and see wonderful results from, so it’s time I share my favorites with you all. *Drumroll please*….introducing Mothercraft Essentials blends! Continue reading “Introducing Mothercraft Essentials”
Being a working mom, weeks can speed by and I feel the guilt creeping in about missing out on quality time with my kids. A few months ago I told myself I needed to do something about this, so I came up with a plan.
Every Sunday, I sit down and plan activities for the kids and I at least twice a week. These aren’t grand plans but rather simple ways we can turn the mundane into an adventure and reconnect. My three year old loves a trip to the post office, where we point out the mural of the Chicago fire on the wall and point out the landmarks and trains. For my six year old, this means letting him plan a dinner once a week (including writing a grocery list!) and then we cook it as a family. This meal was a hit and breakfast for dinner is always a win.
Other simple ways we spend time together:
– We often make games of bedtime. I time the boys and we see who can get ready the fastest! No one wants to be the rotten egg. With Jude I sing the ABC’s as he brushes his teeth. It’s his favorite song so he makes sure we never forget this nightly ritual.
– When the kids are with me in the shop I try to turn “shop work” into fun. Eyan loves helping with the pricing gun and printing labels. Jude really loves to mop and sweep -really!
During these times I try my best to put my phone away and clear my head of any to-do’s on my list. Five uninterrupted minutes of playing or talking about their days leave us both feeling reconnected.
Our family has been using essential oils for a few years now and I love the results. Whether it’s lifting our moods or helping us focus, I find multiple ways to work them into our everyday lives. My friend Julie from Our Cozy Nook is an expert and is sharing her advice for keeping the kids healthy below:
It’s that time of year again; mom’s are rejoicing because our kids are back to school and we all have some semblance of a routine again, but none of us are looking forward to all the new germs that seem to get brought home those first few months. Thankfully, I have had really good luck proactively supporting my kiddos immunity with essential oils and my kids very rarely miss a day of school, and I want that for you too!
I don’t know about you, but this week has flown by! Hello almost weekend! We’ll be hitting up Applefest, one of my favorite Fall events in the city.
Here are some things I loved this week:
Madewell is having a sale! Finally grabbed the fall boots I’ve been wanting.
Sweet Jude refuses to take his Halloween costume off. It’s not even October yet! He even tries to wear it to bed. Usually I’m a DIY Halloween gal but his Cars obsession is real.
Love it or hate it, it’s PSL season! Here’s the ultimate Chicago list.
I made this for dinner the other night and it was a hit. Super easy to customize for everyone’s tastes too (more spice for Bill, just s&p for Jude, extra guac for Eyan). This is on the menu for next week.
All moms have a long list of titles: caretaker, lunch maker, nurse and human pillow, to name a few. Over three and a half years ago I added business owner to that list of titles. While I firmly believe taking the leap was a good step for me, it definitely took up whatever free time I did have.
When friends and family ask for suggestions on baby registry items, I always give one answer: the sound machine. It’s a magical little white noise maker that lulls my entire family to sleep. In fact, we own three.