Gift Guide | The Overwhelmed New Mama

As a new mother who just hit the six week mark, I can honestly say I would die for each and every one of these gifts. Especially that face mask. It's SO important to take time for yourself (even if it's just 5 minutes doing breathing exercises in the bathroom), and I think all of these gift ideas help an overwhelmed new mother do just that. Other non-material gift ideas include meals (I have the best friends here who brought us food every night for a week), holding the baby while mama takes a shower/nap/bathroom break/drinks coffee, just coming over for adult conversation because talking to a newborn all day can get pretty dull. 

Moroccan Rose Candle - $34

Because candles can momentarily solve any problem.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask - $58

The best mask I've ever tried. New mamas need that instant glow!

Sweater Robe - $68

A robe that's also a sweater making it acceptable to wear a robe in public. Count me in. 

Chunky Knit Throw - $70

For those long days on the couch nursing and calming a crying babe. 

Hydro Flask H2O Bottle - $47

Nursing and child rearing in general require serious hydration.

Pretty Gold Necklace - $36

Because she deserves it. :) (hint hint) 

Gift Guide | The Crazy Dog Lady

I am completely obsessed with my dog and I'm not even a little bit ashamed about it. Many people told me that I wouldn't care about him at all after my baby was born, but I'm pleased to report that they were dead wrong. I just love that little fluffernut so much! Needless to say, I would be very excited about any of these gifts this holiday season. When my dog is happy, I am happy!

BarkBox - $20/month

The best delivery of the month

IJWATD TShirt - $14-16

Ain't that the truth

Paw Necklace - $10-12

Doesn't get much cuter

Dog Bowl H20 Bottle - $20

Pups need to stay hydrated too!

Plaid Dog Jacket - $35

The perfect holiday outfit

Dog Tote - $13

So you can always have your pup with you!

When My Sister Came Home For The Weekend

I know I'm a few weeks late here - but forgive me. I'm getting more and more pregnant by the hour and I need to prioritize things like watching Game of Thrones and hiking my dog and stuff like that. You get it, right?

Anyways... I want to tell you about my sister's visit home, which was so long ago now, I can't even remember most of it. Basically, I had a rough week involving my blind cat somehow getting stuck on my parents VERY high roof, a broken tooth, an ultrasound that required a follow-up scan — I was fried and totally emotionally spent. My sister heard my desperation on the phone and booked a ticket immediately out here just to have a fun weekend together. I almost cried on the phone when she told me. Ok, I did cry a little. I'll be honest, I hate that she is so far away. I know it's not across the world anymore or anything, but I can't stand not getting to do things with her all the time. So to have her home for even a few days was such a treat. What follows is a series of pictures from her weekend at home. We went for walks, BBQd, made s'mores, played with the animals, watched Felicity, and soaked up time together. I wish every weekend was like this!!

Odin was seriously so happy to see her. He has a major crush on his auntie. She's got a major crush on him too. The love between them is very real. 

My dad cooked one of our favorite meals - grilled steak kebabs (with his secret spice rub), served with couscous and green apples, spicy homemade harissa (another secret family recipe), and a big green salad. For dessert we whipped out the s'mores stuff and sat by the fire until we got sleepy. This is the stuff summer dreams are made of. 

Come back soon, Kenza!!! We miss you too much when you're gone.

From the Garden — Beginning of April

By Camilla

It's no secret that I miss my Slovenian garden terribly. My sweet mother-in-law is sending me daily pictures of its progress — the daffodils are in bloom, the currant plants are growing their ruffled leaves, and our family over there is busily readying the garden for planting (it looks fantastic!). While I don't have a garden of my own for now, I'm going to go ahead and pretend like I do. My mom and I have some plans for raised beds in her yard and some simple, easy-to-grow vegetables in a few weeks, but even now life is popping up everywhere. It's so uplifting and hopeful. I've got a lot on my mind these days trying to find a job while pregnant, a rental home that we can afford, and growing this cute baby, but a quick stroll through the garden shakes away most of my worries.

These buds are future blueberries! My mom's blueberry bushes are totally covered in pretty pink blossoms. I can't wait. It makes me feel like I'm back in Slovenia a bit. :)

Lilac trees about to burst into blossom! Spring is my favorite.

All the pretty maples are starting to form their delicate leaves. This place is going to be spectacular in a few weeks. I'm glad I'm here to see it.