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Hey guys, this is only the second month of this series so if you want a little more back story please head back to the first post. Otherwise enjoy looking over some of my favorite new and old additions that make our space feel like home! Everything is listed with sources below. 

1. & 2. Yellow Fox Co. Mount Zion Shelf. Emily and I came across one another's accounts on Instagram just a month or so ago before deciding to share her shop with you here. I am proud to hang her creations in our household. They're not only are they affordable, but they're made and designed well. She also made the Stay Wild Pennant you see in Owen's play area which is unbelievably perfect. Go support this lovely lady!*

3. Common Good. Bergamot Linen Water. This stuff is the best! You can use it to reduce wrinkles and what not, but I've been loving spraying it on our bed right before we get in. It gives you that freshly washed sheet feel, even if your sheets haven't been freshly washed. Plus, this company is incredible. As parents these guys were super concerned with the cleaning product recycling piling up and the ingredients in those products and they actually did something about. Read more about their awesome company and purchase their goods here.*

4. The Citzenry. Siempre Lumbar Pillow. This pillow is cozy and adorable. We were in need of another throw pillow for our couch and this was the sweetest treat to receive! The Citzenry is an incredible online shop that cuts out the middle man. They go directly to the source to establish sustainable relationships with their artisans. They believe your home should tell a story and each of their products have their own little story tell. It's lovely.*

5. Cheerily. Personalized Flag Bunting. Cheerily was one of the first shops I worked with on Instagram and I just adore all of her shop selections and this bunting is no exception! Lorna has been one of the greatest business owners to work with on projects like this one, and for someone who doesn't have kiddos her eye for children's merchandise is spectacular. Swing on by her shop!*

Raggedy Threads

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I get a lot of you that say, "Wait, you take Owen to work with you. Where do you do this? How do you do this?". For those of you that have been wondering, this is the place - Raggedy Threads. My friend Jaime owns the shop and has had a spot out in LA for 14 years. I worked at the LA location in college, did my fashion design homework in my down time, and now I'm here all over again as a mom with my baby. 

Raggedy Threads is located in Williamsburg at 602 Grand St. and each and every piece in the shop is handpicked by Jaime herself. She travels all over the country and at times, the world, to find these vintage pieces, and even sells a select few lines that are newly designed. The girl has taste. Impeccable taste. Most of our inventory is what folks in the business would call workwear. And we have quite the variety. We carry French, Japanese and American workwear dating back to the 1920's to the 1940's. The workwear is wonderful, but the items that really make me question wether or not I should blow my paycheck at the shop are mostly t-shirts, sweatshirts and denim. Like I said her taste is impeccable, and her basics are no exception. She also has a GORGEOUSLY curated jewelry case that I just about die over. Really, I try things on and just cross my fingers they don't fit because I can't buy everything. That being said, I've done a really great job at restraining myself, but it's tough. She does an excellent job at providing something at almost every price point. Really rare pieces can get up in the high hundreds, but Jaime sells plenty of basics that are well below a hundred or even fifty dollars. What I love best about this space and all of her spaces she's had over time is that they have this home like feeling. I'm obviously biased because I've worked in two of her spots, but truly, we have furniture that allows customers to take a seat and chat, she hand repairs items if folks aren't as into the distressed look while they wait, we exchange names, sometimes websites/social handles/business cards and create more of an experience than just a one time stop. Jaime's goal is always to sell items to people who really love them the way she did when she handpicked them. That's what it's about for her. 

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For those of you that are still asking yourselves, "But how does she do this with a baby?". Here's a day in the life. And please take in to account that this schedule is always changing, but this is where were at today. 

7:30 AM - Wake up, nurse, play, eat breakfast, get Owen dressed for the day.

9:30 AM - Owen goes down for a nap (sometimes nurses, but I think we're starting to drop this feeding). Once he's down it's mad hustle time. I have to get ready, pack our lunch, snacks and Owen's dinner, take the dog out one final time, pick up the apartment if time permits and head out the door by 11 (this means putting Owen in the carrier even if he's sleeping).

11 AM - Walk to the train. G to Williamsburg.  

11:35-40AM - Arrive in Williamsburg, maybe stop for coffee, walk to the shop & get ready to open. 

12PM - Open up, clean and get set up for the day. 

12:30PM - Nurse Owen and feed him and myself lunch. 

1:30PM - Get Owen down for a nap. A lot of the time this means he's in the carrier, but today I got him to sleep in the Portacrib so we might just be making some progress.

*All of this time I'm still working, greeting people as they come in, chatting, checking them out and what not. Sometimes this includes putting new merchandise out, taking inventory, listing items on Etsy or other computer work. Also changing diapers, rotating Owen between his Portacrib, Bumbo and my arms. 

3PM - Owen is up. We play, he nurses again and has a snack. And then we play and work and play and work and play and work. 

6PM - Nurse Owen and feed him dinner. Hang and play and work. 

7:30PM - Close the shop and head home. 

8:15PM - Arrive back in Park Slope. Walk home. 

8:30PM - Nurse Owen put him down to bed. (Sometimes this takes almost an hour).

9:30PM - Relax until I have to do it all over again and eat dinner, then work on Household, or hang out with that guy I married, and probably take a shower cause lets be honest I probably smell. 

Night. 

*Owen is waking up once or twice a night at the moment, as always I know this will most likely change. Crossing my fingers he magically starts sleeping through the night again, but he only has two teeth which means we have a lot more teething ahead of us. 

Photography by Amy Frances

Father's Day Ideas

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Has anyone else seen a number of Father's Day gift roundups floating around the web? Don't get me wrong, there's absolutely nothing wrong with these roundups. I honestly look to them frequently because is it just me or are men/fathers the most difficult people to shop for? Rather than give you another gift guide when there are so many killer ones out there (like Lucky Penny Blog's), I figured I would share some Father's Day ideas with you all. While I plan on getting Zack a couple small gifts, what tends to be the most impactful for us are the gifts that cost little to nothing. These tend to be a little more thoughtful, and always create memories and maybe even traditions for years to come. Zack set the bar pretty damn high on Mother's Day, and I don't want to give away my plans for Zack since Father's Day is just around the corner, but I figured I would share some research.

I shot out messages to my friends and the mother figures in my life asking what traditions they had for their husbands and fathers on this special holiday. There was an overwhelming, "We just do whatever he wants to do." Which is great, but I figured I would elaborate a little more. Below are ten (hopefully creative) ideas for those of you looking to make a memory and/or looking to make Father's Day special without breaking the bank.

1. This is a given, but who doesn't LOVE breakfast in bed? I can see my kitchen from my bed and it would still bring a smile to my face to have a bowl of cereal and coffee brought to me. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but if you're looking for a tasty recipe here's a savory breakfast bowl I posted awhile back. My love language is often times food and I'm fairly certain many men are on the same page. ;) 

2. Go outside! Maybe this is something dad does with the kids alone, or maybe it's something you do as a family, but taking a long walk around your neighborhood, visiting a park, going for a hike, or if your guy is anything like my dad, a ride out on the boat is sometimes right up their alley. 

3. My grandmother emphasized gathering the family. This seems simple, but sometimes if you can take care of the planning it is a gift in itself. Families come in all shapes and sizes and if you can simply get everyone together and leave dad out of the planning he will truly appreciate it. 

4. Plan something for dad alone. Maybe it isn't something he does on Father's Day, but rather something in the coming weeks. We all need alone time, and often times life gets busy (especially with kids), and we forget to take time for ourselves. Here are a couple ideas if you live in NYC.

  • $5 comedy show at UCB Theatre in the East Village.
  • Send him off to a free movie in the park (with his favorite snacks, obviously).
  • Find his favorite band playing this summer at Celebrate Brooklyn and grab him a ticket.
  • Send him to MOMA on a Friday afternoon or to the Brooklyn Museum the first Saturday of the month for free admission. 
  • Take the kids out of the house and give him a few hours of alone time at home to do what he'd like with. I try to do this for Zack whenever possible, because sometimes it's just nice to read a book, watch a game, write, or just take a nap. 

5. If they are old enough, let the kids come up with an idea. It can be something small. My old boss shared with me that her husband and son always go for a walk and then grab coffee and chat about politics. Her son is in high school now, but has always been a thinker, and this is a tradition they've had for years. Maybe there's something special your kids and partner share without you. Let them have their time. 

6. If you're in a similar boat to Zack and I date nights are few and far between. For each of us it's always a treat to have time alone together. Plan a date, secure a babysitter, and take care of the planning. Maybe there's a restaurant your guy has been dying to try, or a cocktail bar, or maybe the two of you just want to go grocery shopping in peace. Whatever it is, make it happen. 

7. Any one else a "words of affirmation" type? It's hard to say the way we truly feel day in and day out so take the time to write it down. Zack and I have saved nearly every letter or card since the beginning of our relationship, and putting our feelings to paper always proves to make the other feel extra special. 

8. It's hard to talk about, and luckily for me, my father, grandfathers and husband are around for this special day, but for lots of friends they are missing one of those father figures. It's important to honor those who are no longer with us in the way you see fit. Maybe that's visiting their grave and leaving flowers, maybe that's preparing their favorite meal, or just doing something they always loved doing. If you need to grieve, grieve, if you need to keep it light do your best to keep it light. I imagine it's tricky to find the balance between celebrating the fathers who are with us and the ones who aren't, but listen to your gut and take time to celebrate the way you want. 

9. In our household food is always the greatest gift. Whether it's something you made, a new restaurant they've been itching to try, or picking up their favorite sweets from the bakery. Listen over the next week and try to make a thoughtful meal happen.  

10. And if you're at a loss, just ask what they want to do! Some guys won't be able to answer this, but others will really appreciate you not taking a guess at what they want to do and just really letting them take the reins. Every guy is different! 

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