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My Moments Giveaway + Jord Wood Watches

It seems almost weekly we’ve been making a visit to the local plant nursery. Perhaps its like visiting the therapist. Leo spends most of his time talking to the garden animal display. I spend most of my time talking myself out of another succulent. Today I noticed the “plant rescue” section and of course had to rescue someone (plant-just to be clear) for $3. I hope he lives. Poor thing was probably thinking, “OH GOD NOT HER!! Just take a picture and leave.”  The Christmas trees are up and looking quite magical.  Wait just one minute!! That doesn’t mean I’m ready for Christmas. That would mean that Leo would be a two year old.   I’m not sure where time goes.  I’m not sure that phrase had any meaning till I had kids.  It was just something old people said.  So here I am just another old person talking about time in a bottle.

One more thing about time before I wrap this up….Ive teamed up with Jord Wood Watches for a fun giveaway. One lucky winner gets a $75 credit towards their own wood watch.  You can enter the giveaway here  AND  just for doing so you get a $20 e-gift card expireing on 2/28/2017. The giveaway will close on November 6 2016 at 11:59pm.  Good luck!!

What I loved so much about Jord Wood Watches was their story, “The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes …”

Enjoy the tiniest moments as they will be gone in a flash!

XO, Abby

Im wearing the Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Champagne.  Shop Jord here.

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Apple Picking

We went home with about 10 apples.  Not really the best picked apples. Some bruieses, holes, and possibly a bug or two.   As a little girl, I can remember going to the apple orchards with my parents.   My twin sister and  I would head off down the fields exploring.   Looking for stray kittens mostly.    When I take my kids to the apple orchards now, its not really about finding the best apples for the best apple pies…its just an adventure.  A memory for them to share.

A bumpy and windy hayrack ride.   The smell of diesel if you’re lucky enough to sit towards front.  YACK!! Apples rolling loose on the trailer floor.   Hunting for the grapes that taste like candy.   Matchbox cars in the dirt.  Caramel apple oatmeal cookies.   Apple cider slushies.   This particular orchard served beer.  Looking back, I should have participated more in that.

A few snaps from the day. You even get to see dad make an appearance.  I know, I know, “you never share pics of dad.”  insert comment.

(romper on Leo is by Wee Vintage Baby &  bibdanda by Thief and Bandit )

coupon code FALLYALL for 20% off expires on Sunday Sept 19th at midnight CST.

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Interview with Under A Tin Roof

I’m excited to share this little interview I did with my friends at Under A Tin Roof.   I met Kayla through instagram and we’ve connected over the last year or so on a personal and business level.    This little interview is about how I started and why.  Plus a little bit about my daily life running a small business.  Be sure to follow Under A Tin Roof on Instagram and follow along Kayla’s adventures of mommy and business owner here.   Link to interview here.  Bonnet from Under a Tin Roof. Bloomers from Wee Vintage Baby



Saturday August 13th HutchFest

At just $5 for an all-day pass, you’ll have the opportunity to shop the finest in unique handcrafted goods, while also investing in the success of the midwest maker community as a whole!

We can’t wait to shop and party with you all at hutchFEST August 13th!

hutchFEST specifics:

All event details can be found by visiting www.hutchfest.co.
The event is from 10am-6pm in Turner Park on August 13th.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here, at the gate the day of the event, or at Hutch anytime.
Live entertainment all day (DJ’s and live acoustic performances).
The no-kill animal shelter, Hearts United for Animals, will be bringing dogs to the event eligible for adoption.
Ample parking will be available in all Midtown Crossing parking garages (free for the first 3 hours and $1/hour after that).
The event is kid and pet friendly.


July Celebrations

Finally getting around to looking at all the photos from the fourth of July weekend.  We took a trip back to my husbands hometown Sioux City, IA.   Perry took me on the ferris wheel where  he discovered the end of the world and I discovered my new fear of ferris wheels.  Baby goats. Itty bitty baby goats!!! They kept trying to eat my shirt and I cant blame them. They also loved Leo’s hair, who doesn’t?  And a family photo…because that never happens and should happen more often!!   July is my favorite time of year. Lots of outdoor activities, grilling, birthday parties, and festivities.    Plus I celebrate my son in July and my wedding anniversary.


Momtog Part 2

I talked a lot about the selfie mode on my iPhone 6 over @momtog this week. I wanted to share some of my favorites from this past summer.  All from one day. They are candid, silly, and authentic. I think it sums up evertything about a summer day with my kids. I hope that I’ve inspired you all to enjoy your journey.  Tell your story. Embrace the blur, the grain, the silly. I hope that you’ve enjoyed a look into my world. Enjoy the tiniest moments as they’ll be gone in a flash!


Momtog Edits

I wanted to share a coupe of before and after edits using the Facetune app that Ive talked about over on @momtog.  The images on the left are after editing in Facetune.   The bottom examples I’m just realizing are not the same photo but you get the just of it!!



Naked Time!!

Yesterday someone commented and eluded to that fact they were concerned about the health of my children and lack of clothing. Insert biggest eye roll ever. I immediately deleted the comment because it just made me feel icky and I wanted to erase it from my mind. However, if you know me, things like this are hard to shake. Yes, I share photos of my kids without clothes on. Yes they have naked time. Please remember that a photo is a second in time and not a permanent view into someones life. It is an elusion. Often times, these photos are snapped after changing a diaper, showers or baths, in the morning when we are getting ready for the day. After a massive blow out. Have you ever watched your baby or childs face when you remove their diaper or clothing? Tickled their bare belly with your hair? Watched them with a fluffy blanket or stuffed animal? If you haven’t watched them closely during this time, you should. Its magical. Worried about a little baby pee. Me too but it can be washed up! I also want to point out that some of my photo ops are done while the littlest is napping. During this time, I actually remove his clothing while he is asleep and prop him in the photos. YES!!. Crazy he allows me to do it but he does and I love it. I was going to save that for a feature Im doing over at @momtog next month but the timing was perfect. A lot of the photos I take are for my Etsy shops. The perfectionist in me believes that clothing can distracting. I’ll choose neutral clothing or neutral colored diapers. Most of all, who doesn’t love soft marshmallow baby skin.

Now, not only were they concerned about naked time but they said he wears thin clothing outdoors. A little PSA, bulky coats and winter gear should not be worn in car seats. On a cold day if we are venturing out he wears layers under his fleece footed pajamas and a stocking cap is key! My car is warm. When we leave the car he his bundled up with me under my coat, a blanket it if we are going far but honestly the parking lot to the target entrance isnt far!! His coat is in the car in case of an emergency. If he isnt bundled with me and he’s in a shopping cart, the walk was short. The weather was fine. He was laughing and smiling. And possibly trying to eat the snow flakes that were falling from above.

Maybe instead of judging or assuming something take a big deep breath….look up at the big beautiful sky…remember we are all here together…and stick your tongue out and hopefully catch a tiny perfect snowflake. Be kind to one another. Sprinke that shit people!!!


Dear Leo

I can remember feeling huge pains of guilt when I was pregnant with you. Feeling like I wouldn’t be able to provide you with as much love as I did for your brother. Worried that it wouldn’t be the same. That we wouldn’t have the same bond. I also worried for your brother. I felt like I was cheating him.

When we left for the hospital that morning, i mostly thought about your brother. How excited he would be to meet you. And he was, he looked at you in that “little glass box” with such awe. I mostly worried about how he would adjust to sharing the spotlight. It wasn’t easy. I felt like all I did was say “hang on Perry, “just a minute Perry.” That guilt was heavy.

The first four months you spent in my arms. 24/7. We tried everything but in my arms you landed. I barely slept. I was a mess. Depressed and exhausted. What I remember most is not those feelings. I remember rocking you. Swaying with you. When I rocked you and your little arm dropped behind my back and held me as if to say thank you. Those nights and mornings that were filled with no sleep, I would remind myself how quickly you would grow. That soon you would only need me twice in the night….and maybe just maybe, once.

The night before your 1st birthday, I rocked you back to sleep at two am. I looked down and traced your little face. I traced your eyebrows. Down your cheeks. Those little lips. Around and around. Waiting for that little smile and sigh before you drift off. Remembering that I did the same thing to your brother and still do.

I no longer have feelings of guilt. That guilt is replaced with an overwhelmingly ability to love both you and your brother equally. Your brother adjusted just fine. He doesn’t remember me telling him to wait a million times. He doesn’t remember his life without you.

I read this recently from a mother to her one year old son, “The one constant throughout this wild ride is that my love for you, bud, just keeps on growing, at a faster rate than you do.” – Emily Hatch

I cant imagine my life without you, little WeeWo.

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Slow Living Explore

We took it slow today. I needed to take it slow. To be absolutely present. We walked around downtown like we use to. Hand in hand. The hand I slammed in the car door earlier this morning. The hand that was now sticky and sweet from the rice crispy treat I offered as an apology. I ordered it with tears in my eyes at the coffee shop counter. The sweet woman who was waiting for the parking spot when I slammed his hand in the door came over to comfort me. She told me she had a child herself. I just stood there and cried to her, “its just an off day.” She said, “I know.” And thats all you need to hear some days. “I know. I understand.” That was my cue to take it slow. We sat on the corner of a downtown street. I drank my coffee. He ate his treat. We examined the buildings, the broken streets and sidewalks, the old tracks, picked up treasures, and looked in old windows. I didnt think about my massive list for the upcoming pop up show. The anxieties of the changes to come to Wee Vintage did not enter my mind. I find the best reset for me, is these moments. The moments when you breath and just be.

One of my favorite instagram accounts is that of Danielle @hippieindisguise .   Danielle and Melanie from @geoffreyandgrace started the Slow Living Project.  Challenging themselves and others to take pleasure in slow living and being present in the moment.  This months focus was “explore.”  For more inspiration and information on the slow living project click here.