just like mindy

We’re back with Hulu and another favorite Fall TV show… can you guess? The Mindy Project! When network TV canceled the goodness that is that show, we were all sighing with huge relief that Hulu took the reigns. More Mindy!

Our friend Meg said why we love and need Mindy in our lives way better than we ever could several months ago, but it begs repeating. Mindy is unapologetically herself. She has drive, she has flaws, she is confused and she is sure. She is all the things we feel as women each day and try to stuff down to be more palatable and Mindy allows us all to forget being palatable and just be our whole selves.

Her twinset pajama collection alone is enough for us to be her fashion cheerleaders, but Mindy Lahiri’s fearless sense of dress is something we look forward to weekly. One thing we always notice is her bold accessories. Headbands, big cocktail rings, bracelets and of course her statement earrings. mindyWe brought our best crafters over to make their own Mindy style accessories! This one is a super easy after school DIY that only requires a few supplies while it offers endless creativity and pleases a crowd with ease.Mindy Project DIYJust grab some treats, a jar of gemstones. A bag of barrettes, earring posts and backs, and headbands and a hot glue gun!Mindy Project DIYThe girls didn’t need any encouragement on being daring Mindy-style. mindy3We love that they still have that innate sense of fun with what they wear!mindy4.26 PMSo glad Hulu picked up our girl Mindy. Saying goodbye after 4 seasons would’ve been cruel! Our next Mindy DIY is going to have to be a Wreath Witherspoon, don’t you think?                  mindy2

Catch the The Mindy Project right here!

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fresh wave

By Emily.

Now that the news is out (scroll down one more post!) I can finally write this post! I’ve been using these Fresh Wave products like crazy the last few months and had to share. Fresh Wave is a line of odor eliminiation products, but the best part is that its non-toxic and is just plants, oil and water. So instead of trying to mask smells with fragrances that can be harmful, it eliminates them with molecular science. I don’t pretend to understand that, but I do know that they work!Fresh WaveMy pregnancy nose is no joke. People, places, things, and some of my favorite normal scents all send me to a nauseating tail-spin. My number one nemesis is my sweet pup, Leo. He is an outside dog who loves to dig in dirt, roll in the sandbox, run like crazy and its really hard to keep him smelling good. I can hardly go near him the last couple months of this pregnancy and it makes me so sad! The worst part is that I can smell him long after he’s gone. So if I take him in the car or in the house I am paying for it for hours later.Fresh WaveFresh Wave is one of the only products I’ve found that are safe for pets. I put the crystal gel in the car and don’t worry about it because its not harmful!Fresh WaveLeo isn’t the only one, my husband who is a contractor isn’t much better so he’s getting the Fresh Wave treatment as well! I love these Pearl Packs which you can drop into boots, gym bags, linen closets, or trash cans. Fresh WaveThe spray comes in super handy for cleaning and touching up closets, bathrooms, and specific items of clothing.Fresh Wave Russ’ sweet Grandparents, Pip and Pop both have pretty serious health problems that stem or are aggravated by fragrances. I’ve learned some scary things about the chemicals in fragrances and seen first hand how they effect them from asthma attacks on down to arthritis. We are sure to avoid having any fragrances in our home when they visit, but the more I learn the less I keep them around. So happy to have Fresh Wave as an option to keep my house smelling great!Fresh Wave

Find all their products, informational videos and so much more at their site HealthyHappyOdorFree.com

small fry #8

By Emily.

So so happy to have this news to share today! Russ and I are expecting and due this Summer! You all know this one has taken a bit longer than we anticipated and I feel so fortunate to get another chance at pregnancy. If you’re interested, I wanted to share some info about this pregnancy, some FAQs if you will. 😉em4

  • First, my due date is 4th of July! Just two weeks shy of my pregnancy last year. This time last year I was heartbroken, I couldn’t sing a single Christmas song because singing the word “baby” made me break down in tears. Every pregnancy announcement I saw online or heard from family and friends felt like a slap in the face. If you’re in that place, I know how you feel. It’s a dark time and no one can get you out of that. My heart is with you! Miscarriage (as so many of you already know first-hand) makes pregnancy the next time around a little trickier. I had to get a doppler to ease my anxiousness, and although just getting pregnant was happy enough news, I still feel like it could be taken away from me at any time. It feels so much more fragile than it has before.em1
  • We found out in Paris – as if we needed any reason to love that city more!! Every moment in that city felt like this secret happy gift, enjoying it all with that anticipation of new life, I’ll never ever forget it!
  • We had an appointment with a well-known and aggressive fertility doctor scheduled only a few days after we got back from Europe. Being uninsured (or the euphemism “self-pay” as I like to say) I had lots of reasons to be happy to cancel that appointment ;). I honestly don’t know why this pregnancy finally clicked. My hormones were all out of whack, my cycles (sorry) were crazy short and no one could tell me if I was ovulating or not. We were ready to take this situation head on, and seemingly as soon as I turned it over to the professionals, it finally took.em2
  • I told Nicole and Jenna by faking a conference call and telling them I was sending a file over via text for them to check. I sent the pregnancy test picture and their reactions were hilarious. Jenna was freaking out, but Nicole’s photo hadn’t come through yet and she was also freaking out but because she didn’t know why Jenna was. They make everything more exciting and fun, and this was no exception. I told them super early because I was dropping the ball left and right being so sick and they were surely confused. Also, I was honestly just stoked to have a positive test result. Like, YES my body CAN do this. That was a celebration in itself, after being worried something wasn’t right.
  • At 12 weeks, I am still super nauseated. This pregnancy so far is different in the sense that instead of being intensely sick in the mornings, I am just middle ground nauseated morning noon and night. The best thing I could do was watch Netflix and try and distract myself. I just finished Grand Hotel and it was the best gift and I need a support group now that it’s done.  I have days where nothing stays down, and I have good days, too. I am starting to feel more like myself, things are funny again, (nothing is funny in your first trimester) and my energy is slowly coming back.em3I know I am so blessed, so fortunate and lucky to not only have the ability to do this, but to be able to share it with all of you. Your love and support these last several years has meant so much to me and I know Nicole and Jenna as well.

All my love,

Em

Edit: Sweater 40% off at Nordstrom and the softest sweater I own! I have the coordinating skirt (also 40% off!) and love wearing them together and separate. Striped dress is Asos. Stools are in Nicole’s photo studio and are from Amazon (on sale for only $99, too!)

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Book Guide: BIG Kids

We have covered a lot of different kinds of books – catch them all here! But today is all about the bigger kids. That next step in reading to and with your kids when they’re ready for something more substantial and they have one million questions about the world. We always make sure to gift at least one book under the Christmas tree and here’s several we love that we’d recommend for 5 years and up. big-kids-gift-guide

Home – a look into all kinds of places people all over the world call “Home” // Diary of Time Traveler – a peek into 100 of History’s most famous people // Once, an epic adventure for all the letters of the alphabet // Infographic Guide to Literature – digestible snippets to teach about all kinds of writing // Full Speed Ahead – A look into the mechanics of things that go. // MAPS – interesting facts about every region all visually illustrated. // This is the World – snippets of the best places around the globe // World Atlas – Bringing the World to Life

color blocked ornaments

Another day another craft to get our kids through the longest wait of their lives – nine days to Christmas! Nothing we love more than a pop of color, a graphic shape, and a natural material. These colorblocked ornaments are super easy to whip up with kids or without!orn1All you need is painters tape, flat trim from the hardware store, unfinished wood craft circles, a drill bit to drill holes, string to tie and acrylic paint! We taped off all directions to create that graphic look but all are different so they keep your tree interesting. Find circles with pre-cut holes here.Colorblocked Ornaments You can whip up a whole tree full in an hour or so and the kids love to help, of course!Colorblocked Ornaments

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