This week the university was on fall break so I had the whole week off. Here in the States (for my international, non-American friends) was Thanksgiving on Thursday. I love Thanksgiving way more than all the Christmas and other holiday hoopla, but I was too frantic on Thursday to gather myself to summarize my thankfuls into a post. I’ll take the usual, thankful for my family and friends, yadda yadda yadda- but don’t get me wrong, I still wholeheartedly am thankful for those things on this holiday. The little man didn’t want to sleep hardly at all that day and then was up for over two hours that night. Anyway, since I had the week off, I finally got to take some “nice” pictures and I finally got around to doing another Photo of the Week.
This time around is the little man, again. I had all intentions of taking some nice Christmas-y pictures of him to put on the Christmas cards this year, but he had other plans… and I had a deadline for getting the pictures done while Shutterfly had a 50% off code. Since he was uncooperative, I only got one barely good picture of the three of us as a family (I had to do a little layering in Photoshop). He let me take pictures of him after I needed those pics done. The photo I am showcasing to you is my favorite of the after-Christmas-card shoot, and this was shot towards the end before he got antsy and done… if any toddler-moms know what I mean. I bet I would have kept his interest for a little while longer if I had unwrapped that candy cane…
Behind the scenes: Flannel snowflake sheet from Target taped to the wall, fake cotton snow and white icicle lights in the foreground, red and green basket from The Dollar Tree, candy canes, and the Little Man is wearing a white bodysuit dress shirt from Baby Gap, tan Sonoma khakis, red Sonoma clip-on tie, and brown Dockers shoes (not visible). Shot at : 1/30s F4.5 +1EV ISO1600
Welcome back to another WWWW! Since it looks like it happened that way, let’s go with today’s theme is gold and navy. The color combination works. They are the colors of my alma mater, Northern Arizona University, though they did add in some sort pine green color in my last years, but NAU will always be blue and gold to me.
The pick of the outfits’ litter this week: I’m wearing a navy cami from Old Navy underneath a gold mid-rise top by Mossimo from Target. It has a neat crocheted pattern on the back which I think gives it a little something extra given the lack of detail on the front. I’m wearing it with my distressed Refuge skinny jeans that I bought pre-pregnancy just before I found out we were expecting the little man. On little man, we have a tee from Jumping Beans and comfy sweat pants from Baby Gap. He wasn’t too awake when I took those pictures so please excuse the grumpiness.
Welcome to my starter for a series that I’d like to call “PM Picks” or Pirate Mama Picks. I’m not sure how long I will run this series, but if there is a bunch of interest, I may keep it a regular thing. PM Picks will be tidbits of things that I like and find, what I think about them, and how I think they fare against other similar items. For those of you who know me, you must know that I am a minimalist. However, there are some things that I just need and when that happens I tend to go more for functionality than I do for style. Here is what I have for you today:
Today’s PM Pick is “Mom’s Day Out” by Vera Bradley. This bag is designed to act like a handbag, but it has functionality to double as that little-bit-larger-but-not-a-huge-tote bag that can possibly replace your diaper bag if you can go out of the house with a toddler and not have to bring everything and the kitchen sink with you. When it comes to purses, I like mine tote-like but on the small side… enough to carry my sunglasses, wallet, keys, and chapstick but also hold a few extra things as I go from day to day. I LOVE Fossil bags and all that comes with them. I’ve had a HARVEYS Seatbelt Bag before all their hype and crazy designs. If you read my Top 10 Baby Things I Wish I Knew I Would Love post, hopefully you remember how I deliberated and obsessed over finding the perfect diaper bag.
So why did I pick Vera’s “Mom’s Day Out?” The answer is simple. It is (for me) the perfect size purse with the versatility of being a crossbody bag- perfect to not struggle with keeping your purse on your shoulder while wrangling a frisky toddler- and it’s a wee bit stylish. Alright it looks cool, okay? On a day-to-day basis I keep my Fossil wallet, my sunglasses, my keys (two sets, one for home and one for work), my regular glasses, and a couple tubes of chapstick/lipglosses and some gum in the inner side pockets. There is an outer zippered pocket that I keep things like toothpicks, a notepad, and pen. On the reverse side there are two pouches that I can slip my phone into or bottle of water. On top of my day-to-day use, I can add in a few toddler necessities and we are on our way with a little extra room to spare. Just this morning (the little man’s 15-month well visit to the doctor) I had a straw sippy in an outer pouch, a binky, small toy, snack cup, diaper, and wipes inside. AND IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE I WAS CARRYING AROUND MY ENTIRE HOUSE IN MY BAG. I even fit his vaccination record book in there too.
Best of all, even though I haven’t had to yet, it’s machine washable! The inside lining is even wipeable. Thank you, Vera Bradley! Her designs may not be for everyone, but I am finding that mine, Ellie Blue, goes with more outfits than I had originally imagined.
Thank you for reading today. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see next time on PM Picks, please leave a comment! Until then, take care!
Welcome back to another What We Wore Wednesday! I’m posting from mobile today so bear with me if things look a little funky today.
For those of you just joining or unaware, What We Wore Wednesday (WWWW) is a thing that my dear friend from A Life From Scratch began to showcase favorite adorable outfits worn during the previous week. Feel free to join in and post a link to your WWWW blog in my comments.
This week I’m wearing my comfy weekend clothes: yoga pants, blue layering tank, and turquoise v-neck tee all from American Eagle. I love the softness!! On the little man, I have several pajama outfits over several days. I can’t get enough of the cuteness of toddler jammies so I decided to just include all of the ones I took pics of in one WWWW to get it out of my system. This forces me to actually out real clothes on my kid and take a nice picture for the next time around. They are all Disney, Nickelodeon, and a Calvin Klein one in there too, haha.
Although it is October 25th and the month is nearly over, I want to remind you that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Usually the surge of activity and awareness happens at the beginning of October and tapers off towards the end of the month and eventually gets forgotten as Halloween approaches and the excitement for upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas grows. Today seems an appropriate day to remind people about such an event for awareness, the 25th of the month. It was in fact 25 years ago that NBCAM was begun.
Awareness for this particular type of cancer strikes close to home for me. My mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice. She has survived both times, and while she isn’t as fond of the activism for awareness that most cancer survivors have, I am one to push myself and others to be aware of the disease and to do what they can to support research and early detection testing. Women (and men- it can happen to you too) PLEASE please do your monthly self exams. Pick a day each month and just do it. One of the local news stations here does Buddy Check 12 and reminds viewers on the 12th day of every month to do their self breast exam. I signed up for the monthly reminders. It helps. Because my mom was diagnosed in her 30′s, my doctors have been very encouraging about early mammograms and screening. I even had my first mammogram done earlier this year. It is best now to know what is normal for me so that in the future my doctor’s can see more easily any abnormalities or changes to my breasts. I encourage you to do the same, even if you don’t have a close family member who has had breast cancer. Know yourself, and don’t be shy.
So there you have it, my encouragement to you to raise your awareness, educate yourself about breast cancer, and do your part for early detection and prevention.