in my neighborhood || London Plane

FullSizeRenderWhen you see a place enough on your Insta feed, your expectations are high.high.high. London Plane has been showing up all over Seattle social media lately and the tall white walls, flowers for purchase plus unique food scream ‘photograph me’ so yep’, I get it. We finally found time to brunch there this weekend and I was blown away. I have to admit that I’ve never been into the whole avocado toast thing but I was totally in love with LP’s version.  But, my favorite thing was the cold brew coffee. They brew it in house with bunch of unexpected spices. Kind of makes it a coffee/tea combo.

It was really fun to have a date with Kyle where we could actually enjoy a few daylight hours together. We could see a life sized chess match going on across the street and a bus of tourists dropped off right in front of our window while we ate.  And, on a really random note, the staff wore these amazing chambray aprons. I think I might just need one…..

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online lately

IMG_3672I bought this online….found these great internet services…..things I do on the computer….I don’t know. Whatever you want to call it, I’ve been turning to the internet lately for so many things that I previously would have ventured to a store for. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised (it’s the way of the world right?) but these services have totally blown me away so I thought I would share.

Let’s start with Serial. I think I’m a little late to the podcast party but O.M.G (I HATE omg but it’s just so appropriate here. Read it with a teenage squeal if you must) was I glued to this. I had to have my younger (and much cooler) cousin show me where to even find these ‘podcast things’ on my phone but once I was there, I was stuck. I finished the Serial series yesterday and am truly sad it’s over. I’m still milling over what I think of Adnon’s guilt or possible innocence. If you haven’t listed yet, it’s like listening to a real life law and order and the hosts voice somehow captures you. I listed on my phone, in my car, every nap time and basically as much as I could until I finished. Then, this morning, about 12 hours after finishing Serial, I started Invisibilia. Hooked again.

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Another online service I would have never dreamed I would love is Warby Parker. I’m not a glasses wearer but Kyle is and he hates picking out a pair on his own. So, rather than drag the whole fam to the store, we ordered five pairs to try for five days from Warby Parker. Kyle modeled them all for me and we eliminated three immediately. A few days later, while over for brunch, his family helped him narrow it down to one awesome pair. We sent in his prescription, mailed back the trial pairs and his new glasses arrived a few weeks later. SO EASY!

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I’ve made a lame attempt on keeping a baby book for M. I’ve written a few things here and there, mostly when she was first born and I hadn’t included any photos. I finally decided I better get on top of it before I totally lost the project to the years so I ordered some prints of my Instagram photos from Print Studio not really knowing what to expect. I was blown away when they arrived. The quality of the photos is amazing and the square shape just kills me. I think I’ll try to Prinstagram my photos every six months or so just to make sure M has some hard photos to look back on.

I know there are a million other online services waiting for me to find. If you have any you love, send em’ my way!

Consider It || Little Hip Squeaks

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I’m giving in! Everyone is asking. Everyone. So here is the post that you have been waiting for. The answer to the number one asked question these days is Little Hip Squeaks.

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After the Easter Bunny dropped a set of three modern {and oh so cute} headbands at our house and M started wearing them, I feel like every mama I know has asked where they came from. And rightfully so! Little Hip Squeaks makes the most adorable products and all of it is custom designed by the owner, Amy. A Brooklyn based mom and seamstress, she started Little Hip Squeaks when she couldn’t find good looking products for her little boy. {We all know how that goes. Why I ask. Why? Do all children’s clothes come with a character on the front?} And, well, I’m so glad she did. If you follow us on Instagram, you have noticed that we have been wearing these {maybe a little too much} all the time.

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So, for everyone who has asked, get yourself some! Check out the Little Hip Squeaks link on the side bar. And while you are there, pick us up a blanket in one of the new spring prints.

Enjoy! Melissa

Consider It || Morning Smoothie

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Happy Sunday! Just a quick one this morning round out your weekend.

I mentioned before that we are trying to turn over a new healthy leaf. Yea…that’s somewhat out the window. But, we are doing pretty well at including some of the healthy ingredients into our daily meals. One of the things we are trying is a morning smoothie for breakfast. It’s filling me up and getting me to lunch without feeling like I’m starving to death.

Dr. Oz Berries + Greens Shake

1 cup frozen berries

1 to 2 cups loosely packed spinach

2 cups coconut milk

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 heaping tbsp plant based protein powder

Enjoy! Melissa

Consider It: Pancetta

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Raising a child and running a house are no joke and, to feel good at it, you have to make sure everyone in your house is well fed. For me, cooking does not come naturally {We’re talking struggle to keep the noodles in my mac & cheese from swimming in cheese soup type of unnaturally}. So, now that I have been doing it for a while and am able to make my own imprint on a meal, it’s a real achievement.

A few weeks ago, in an attempt to copy a local restaurants amazing chop salad, I substituted pancetta for the bacon that the recipe called for. It made all the difference in the world. I even got compliments from our company. {Woo Hoo!} So, I thought the same might apply when we decided on baked potatoes for dinner a few nights ago. Instead of bacon {or gross, bacon bits} I chopped some thickly cut pancetta, threw it in a pan and cooked it up. It didn’t disappoint. So, consider it next time a recipe calls for bacon!

Enjoy! Melissa