Friday, September 26, 2014

the zoo, and a learning experience







Watching my boys discover the world is one of my favorite things. So many things are new to them and that makes the world so exciting. When I spend my time stressing about making sure everyone has a healthy snack, wiping sticky fingers, and keeping everyone happy, the boys are busy learning and exploring. They don't have a care in the world and this allows them to notice (and enjoy) even the littlest things. 

We took a trip to the zoo, with some wonderful friends, earlier this week. It was a great trip, but I felt like I was struggling to corral my kids the entire time. I had to make sure I didn't lose anybody while looking at as many animals as we could. By the time we got in the car to leave, I was completely exhausted and kind of wondering if it was worth all that work! Then I came home and started scrolling through the pictures I had taken. I was struck by how happy and carefree the boys looked. The boys loved the zoo. They loved the animals (especially the peek-a-boo playing chimp), despite my wigged out, control freak self. 

These boys, they're always teaching me something and I am so grateful for that! So here's to letting go and trying to enjoy experiences rather than control them!

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Have a great weekend!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

knitting love {cinched turban head wrap}

 

I am in the process of growing my hair out. And boy, is it a longgg process! With the heat of the summer, I have been dying to be able to throw it up into a bun high on my head! I am almost there, but there are still all these short stragglers underneath that can't quite reach up the back of my head. And for some reason, bobby pins are useless back there! 


I decided that a wide headband was the perfect way to hold my hair in and keep it off my neck! Also, I just love a good turban headband, don't you!? I knit this one up real quick and I kind of love it. It is really (I mean really) simple, but I used a larger needle to make it look a little more interesting. And there's also that gathered cinch in the center, that I love, that makes me feel all "Rosie the Riveter-esque."


Supplies: 
Any worsted or medium weight yarn
Size 11 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
scissors

How To:
Measure head from forehead to the nape of your neck.
1. CO 30 sts.
2. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in last 4 sts.
2. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in last 4 sts.
3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until piece matches your head measurement. Cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing together.
4. Attach tapestry needle to the long tail and sew the two short ends of your piece together as if you were closing a seem. Tie off, but don't cut your yarn just yet.
5. Cinch/gather the fabric together where you just sewed your seem. Slide your tapestry needle through this gathered section to keep it together. Tie off, making sure the gather/cinch stays tight. Weave in loose ends.


Like I said, it is so easy with a basic garter stitch and ribbing along the edges, but using the larger needle makes the fabric of the yarn look kind of stripey and lacey at the same time. It gives it a loose, stretchy texture that I really like. 

This turban head wrap would make a great ear warmer in cooler temps, but has also been great at keeping the hair off my neck!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

life lately




Reading... Longbourn by Jo Baker. I've read the first chapter about three times now because I either get distracted or fall asleep. Next on the list to read: The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

Enjoying...Sleeping in. Ande is "tracked out" of school for three weeks so I get a reprieve from the 645 am trek to the bus stop!

Watching...Murdoch Mysteries. It's a crime/detective show that is set in the late 1800's. Not the best acting in the world but it's clean and of course I love the Edwardian period!

Dreaming...a lot of crazy, scary dreams lately. What does that mean!?

Working...on listing all of the new fall crochet and knit accessories for my shop (www.lovecitycrochet.etsy.com) and hopefully getting the patterns for some of the items listed soon as well!

Loving...my new dress from Forever 21 and the time spent shopping with friends!

Learning...a lot about how kids learn to read and getting so excited watching Ande figure it out!

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What are you watching, reading, doing lately?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

my favorite kids clothing shops at the moment

I have become a little obsessed with kids clothing boutiques lately. A handmade shop owner myself, it's no surprise that I also love and support other handmade shops and small businesses as well. I love that the clothes are so unique and different from your typical big store outfits, especially for my boys. I'm pretty picky about what they wear. I'm not a huge fan of the usual "boy" clothes (polo/collared shirts, cargo pants, or any baseball paraphernalia). Honestly, that stuff just seems so boring and uncomfortable!

I spend a good chunk of my free time (nap time, and when I'm not crocheting something) browsing around Instagram for really cute kids clothing shops. First of all, Instagram, I love you (find me @lovecitycrochet). I am really drawn to bright, interesting photos, and here are some shops that I've come across that have really caught my eye...

organic baby leggings, baby pants, baby leggings and hat, toddler pants, organic baby, Indian, woodland hat set, fox, baby gift
Of all the baby cotton leggings I've seen, her fabric choices are my absolute favorite! I want one of everything! Each item is 100% organic, and she's a fellow North Carolinian! 

Onesies gift pack
I love the simple designs of Whistle and Flute as well as the neutral colors that she uses. I have really been digging the white/black color palate lately. Maybe it's the cleanliness and crispness of all the white space? I dunno, but it catches my eye right away and I love it! Also, the cloud onesie reminds me of my crochet cloud mobile, don't ya think?

Muslin cotton Purple Shorts
I die over these muslin cotton bloomers. What a comfy looking pair of shorts! I love the design and the fabric and would totally wear them if they came in my size ;)

Another shop where the designs pulled me right in! We have a couple items from here and they are great quality and so cute! 

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Now, in all honesty, most of the basic clothes that we buy for the boys are from Old Navy, Target, and H&M. Their prices can't be beat, and they usually have great basics that last. But as often as I can, I save up to buy from wonderful handmade, and small businesses, like the ones above because their clothing is comfortable, adorable, and best of all, unique!

Where do you like to shop for your kiddos?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

the trouble with toddlers







You know what the trouble with toddlers is? 

They're not babies anymore and they're so dang independent!

They pull you in with all their snuggles and chubby baby-ness and then BAM, they learn how to walk.

Suddenly they don't think they need you anymore.

They're still cute...saying funny things as they learn how to talk, their obsession with monkeys, and the pitter patter of their feet around the house all day. They're even still a little bit chubby. 

When they say, "yuh-yoo" instead of "love you" and "buckey" for "monkey" your heart melts into a puddle and you just want to squeaze them and kiss their cheeks off. 

But good luck catching them.

They're too busy trying to keep up with their older brothers, or walking around in your headband, or putting their shoes on all by their self. 

You might be fast enough to scoop them up for a smooch, so enjoy that brief moment for all it's worth.