Family walks.

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We had such a lovely weekend fully of relaxing and relaxing and naps and relaxing. It was glorious, and just what I needed after a crazy couple of weeks preparing for Caroline-made to launch. We went on at least two walks both days! The weather was gorgeous, even at 7:30am when we went on our first family walk around the neighborhood. I brought my cup of coffee and we leisurely strolled about. Bauer loved seeing all his pup pals. I loved all the flowers and greenery we saw. Zack loved that we were all outside together. And Maxwell had fun pointing at all the things he saw while squeaking out baby jabber. Buuuuut, somehow on one of our walks Bauer got himself a little irritation on his tail, and then proceeded to scratch it endlessly which is why we ended up at the vet bright and early Monday morning. And also why he is the proud owner of a clear cone around his neck. And also why he whined at me all day long. Oh yes. So, here’s hoping today is a bit quieter than yesterday ;)

Also? Maxwell’s favorite thing is to whisper, “da da da da” at everything he sees. And he’s also very into pointing and scrunching his nose, much like this photo. It’s the cutest.

I really love our family walks… they are where some of our best memories together are being made.

PS. I’m teaching a course this morning at 10am PST on how to turn a hobby into a business. Click here to sign up and make sure you use the code LAUNCHIT at checkout to save $50 on your order! The course videos will be available in the evening if you can’t watch live, so don’t worry about missing out. I’m SUPER excited about this opportunity to chat business and handmade with you!

Hello from Michigan!

…how are you doing? It’s been a few days since I’ve written on here and the little break has been refreshing :)

On Christmas Eve we packed our bags and flew from Los Angeles to Detroit. It was such an easy day of travel, and I’m sooooo thankful. We had a direct flight, and on the plane Maxwell napped and confettied a magazine. And you know what? I was even able to watch Home Alone (yes!).

We landed on time and then drove a couple hours north west to Zack’s grandma’s house. We had a very merry Christmas with his extended family before driving even further north to Petoskey. Michigan has blessed us with some gorgeous snowy weather… very cold, but gorgeous.

We then met my parents in Cadillac so we could continue downstate to Grand Rapids. My brother and nephews have been with us and my heart is so full. It’s a totally new experience being here now that Maxwell is here. Every time I think about my childhood home I now think about last summer when I told my family I was pregnant. Its a very sweet memory :)

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We were even able to sneek away for a Zack & Maggie coffee date… complete with pie. It was glorious! We talked about our family goals for 2014 including some business goals. Very exciting stuff! I’m really looking forward to sharing more about my new handmade shop, too :) After our coffee date it became clear that my focus for 2014 is to be more brave…

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…I don’t want to beome too placid, ya know? I have a lot I want to try and accomplish this year.

Can you believe it’s the start of a new year? My goodness.

Well, I better get back to playing with my nephews and son. Happy New Year to you, and hello from Michigan. XO

Maxwell’s first Christmas tree.

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Over the weekend we picked out our Christmas tree, a milestone for our little family of three! Maxwell was asleep in the Jeep while we were driving to a tree farm set up within the city of Los Angeles, and I thought for sure he was going to sleep through the whole thing. But he can clearly smell excitement because he woke up right as we said, “this is the one!” I think Zack’s a little embarrassed over our tree, because it’s a bit wee compared to what we could have bought. But I think it’s perfect. It’s the right size for our little 600 square foot apartment. It’s also basically the same size as me, ha! But our ornaments look absolutely perfect hung on it’s branches, and the gold yarn garland I made (see the DIY here) is a great compliment.

This is Maxwell’s first Christmas tree… I truly can’t believe it’s already this time of year. It’s magical. Max has been changing so much these last few weeks. He is clapping on his own, he seems to understand a few phrases that we say to him, and his favorite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear. He’s a pro at drinking water out of a regular cup, and all of Bauer’s toys are so! fascinating! oh my word. He’s also the fastest belly crawler I’ve ever seen.

I thought last year was perfect because Zack surprised me on Christmas Eve, when I arrived back to Los Angeles after a week in Michigan visiting our families, with a Christmas tree and presents under it. We weren’t going to exchange gifts last year, but he must have run into Santa while I was out of town, because he definitely stopped by our apartment. And now this year, because of an amazing year for Gussy Sews we bought our plane tickets home for a generous amount of time. AND, it’s Maxwell’s first Christmas. This year will definitely, definitely be perfect :)

PS. only one week left to shop Gussy Sews! There are still a handful of gems inside the shop, and I’d be so so grateful if we could completely sell out before December 16th. (xoxoxo)