Birthday Stuff

For my birthday, I didn’t have plans until Friday when I realized I hadn’t been to a baseball game in three years. What. How. I immediately texted Łukasz, Tatiana and Jinnette and by the end of the day, it was all set. And Petra would be going to her first baseball game.

I was curious because, you know, I wondered how easy was this going to be with a suuuuper curious one year old.   Petra can hardly sit still, she needs to be wandering and exploring at all times. I was also excited to check out the play area that they built for kids this year.  It was perfect. The play area was fun and full of kiddos and they even had a couple of private nursing rooms.  We got two buckets of chicken tenders and french fries and spent a small fortune on beer but it was great. The weather was perfect with hardly any humidity.

We ended the game by getting Petra and Jackson their certificates for their first game. And tatiana too! It was her first game and she loved it. We’re all definitely going to another one before the summer is over. I forgot how much I loved going to games.  What a treat to spend this day with the people I love. ❤️

Quick Update

It seems we fell off the map for the last two weeks.  To be honest, its been a busy couple of months.  We have a few changes coming out way in the future but we will talk about them as soon as we get there.  Change isn’t bad though!  It’s all so very good and positive.  For now, let me tell you about little Petra, something that I can talk about forever and ever.  She hit the big ONE and I’m sorry that I didn’t post any pictures. It was a low key little shindig but it was so intimate and nice.  Since that lovely party, Petra has been strutting around like she owns this apartment.  No but seriously, shes just such an avid walker and little explorer, even deciding that today would be the day she learned to climb the couch.  That’s right, she can never be left alone again, or at least until shes old enough for the rock climbing gym!  Then she can climb all she wants!  She eats basically everything.  Seriously!  But here’s the catch: she has to be in the mood for it.  I swear one day shes in love with zucchini noodles and she hates them the next.  She’s lucky I love food though. I’m more than happy to change up the menu as long as she tries everything once.  She has also taken up to talking every second of every day.  It’s the cutest thing, shes like a little boss lady walking around talking about whatever has caught her attention.  I’ve never wished I spoke “baby” more than when I’ve had this little lady yelling nonsense to my face.  She’s like a little puzzle piece that I’m going to spend my life trying to figure out.  Lukasz and I have been lucky enough to be spending more and more time together.  It makes my heart so happy to see us exploring new areas of NYC as a family.  It’s not always easy so I go all out when it happens.  We’ve gone into areas of brooklyn and manhattan that we’ve never been.  The picture above was during one of our outings on the Upper West Side, which we had spent a lot of time in yet never dined at El Mitote.  (Delicious margaritas) And this weekend we’re going to a Yankees game for my birthday!  We’ve never been and its Petra’s first game so you better believe I’m gonna be stopping by customer service for her certificate for her first game, haha. I think I’ve been rewatching to much Mad Men lately, but I’ve just felt so in love with this city recently.  I want Petra to grow up experiencing the same but I’m constantly torn between a bigger space in a smaller city or a tiny apartment in a big city.   Who knows what’s best… I just want Petra to be happy.  I think a lot of people have a misconception that raising a child in the city is a bad idea but its filled with so much culture and so much to do, I feel like I could live here a lifetime and never get bored.  I think East Coast living is the life for us right now.  For my tiny cute family.  I’ll try to post more often and more pictures soon.  I’ve tried to stay away from other social media except Twitter or Instagram so you can find me there.  

Xo,

Karen

Weekly Findings

Bass Harbor Head Light #2

It has been a whirlwind of a week that started with my parents leaving and Lukasz and I returning to work after a much needed week off.  And yet, I’m still finding myself staring at the photos like the one above, wishing I was vacationing somewhere in Maine and feeling the waves crashing at my feet or maybe kayaking or canoeing on the calm waters of Acadia National Park.  I don’t know what it is but I’m feeling a little tired of the hustle and bustle of the city life and I think I’m ready and long overdue for some calm.  I don’t know if this feeling is permanent though so I’m gonna wait it out for a bit because there are times where I feel like there is no city like New York.  But still… something about Maine calls to me.  I was last there when we had just found out we were pregnant and I’m dying to return with Little P on a family vacation.   Anyways, besides my wistfulness, life has been pretty steady and I’ve been pouring over photos from Petra’s party.  It was a good day!  I can’t wait to share. 🙂 Here are some interesting links I found on the web this past week.

My Family’s Slave:  What a heart wrenching article this was!  I need everyone to read it.  I stumbled upon it on Facebook and it is so well written and so heart breaking and so moving.  It’s been on my mind for days.

How many avocado toasts does it cost to buy a house:  I don’t know how many people saw the interview of the millionaire giving millennial some hearty advice about how millennials can’t buy a home eating $14 avocado toasts and $4 coffee but I guess The Kitchn did the math!

Chris Cornell passed away at 52:  Man, this really sucks.  I obviously wasn’t his biggest fan or anything but I did love his music and he was such an important voice for grunge music.  And it made me miss the 90’s.  Remember Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Mudhoney??  I think the nostalgia bug has bit me hard today…

How to protect your skin from pollution:  This article from Into The Gloss made me realize that so many of us worry about the sun but, living in a big city, we have more to worry about like pollution.  Glossier’s new sunscreen is my shield of choice against sun AND pollution.  Any other recommendations to try?

10 fashionable and functional backpacks:  Yessss, how long have I been telling moms to ditch the diaper bag?  The backpack is literally the best handbag when carrying around a little.  I use the Kanken myself and its the best!

The last moment of the last great rock band:  I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!  The Strokes are one of my FAVORITE bands.  I am dead reading this excerpt. I need more!  Who else here loves the Strokes?

Have a good weekend!

xo,

Karen

Shu Uemura Thermo BB Cream Review


Hey gang,  I know I promised a review of the Shu Uemura Thermo BB Cream and I havent been timely on it but I finally gave it a shot!  I’m definitely impressed by the BB Cream.  I’m definitely the kind of person that tried not to use too many hair products.  My routine is usually like this:  wash hair at night, style the next morning (usually with a flat iron), and dry shampoo for the next two days.  That’s right, when it comes to products, I like to keep it minimal and easy to do which fits my lifestyle best since I am usually running to work or running after Little P.

Since I don’t have time to try a million different products to see why one works best for certain things like frizz and volume, I was super excited to try the Shu Uemura BB Cream because it was supposed to target frizz, protect from heat and make my hair soft, all while adding volume through blow drying. To use the product, you just squeeze a small amount into your hands and run it/comb it through your hair to make sure every strand is covered lightly.  I did this on damp hair and then I used a brush and low dryer to give myself the best blow out that I could, which, I have to admit, I’m not the best at.

I’ve always been reluctant to use a blow dryer because it leaves my hair super frizzy but the BB cream worked its magic!  What’s more, my hair still looked soft, clean and styled the next day which great;y minimized how much dry shampoo I had to load into my hair to look put together.  A mom’s dream!  I definitely recommend purchasing this if your style is low maintenance like mine and don’t want to pile the products in your hair.  It’s what keeps my hair from having so much damage.

Xo,

Karen

*This product was sent to me free through Influenster for testing purposes.  All reviews and comments and opinions are my own.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the mother’s out there.  I’m lucky enough to have my mother in town this year.  Petra’s birthday and Mother’s Day are just days apart so that’s just how the cookie crumbled!  We’ll probably be going out to brunch but the weather isn’t being very nice this year which is a bummer.  Anyways, I wanted to thank my mom and all the mother’s out there for all that you do.  It wasn’t until I became a mother myself that I realized it’s a job that comes with many sacrifices but is also incredibly fulfilling to create a little human being and send them out into the world.  I can only hope that I can continue to be a strong woman and be a role model to my little lady and I hope to continue to surround myself with strong women so I am never without inspiration.

Xo,

Karen

Weekly Findings


1. Vans Toddler Mono Canvas Old Skool V:  I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with the color “Millenial Pink” which is the most ridiculous name so maybe I’ll just call it baby pink?  Speaking of baby, I just ordered these for Petra.  I’m obsessed.  I’m literally about to order a pair for myself.  Have to take advantage of her being too little to complain about matching Mommy and Me outfits! (Which is what my wishlist is mostly made of.)

2. Invisible Shield Sunscreen coming soon!: The cat’s out of the bag, guys!  Glossier has made their very own sunscreen and it’s going to be launching SOON.  I, for one, am super excited to try it considering these guys are all about skincare and bare-faced beauty.  I even heard the sunscreen is a serum consistency made to sink right into your skin so no more white streaks!  Don’t forget that I’m a rep for the brand so if you’re looking to grab some before it inevitably sells out, bookmark my rep page.  (You also get 20% off your first order!)

3. The best beauty tips from Mom: If you’re going to get makeup advice from anyone, get it from the moms.  They’re the ones that are going to know the short cuts and tips and tricks on how to look presentable with little time on your hands or with a little one tugging at the arms.  Personally, my favorite time of the day is putting on makeup in front of my mirror while Petra sits next to me, happily playing with my little makeup tubes.

4. Wow in the World:  Podcasts are pretty big right now and everyone has their own preference.  I personally love interviews and short stories while my friend, Tatiana, loves murder mysteries.  Now NPR is releasing a podcast made just for kids that covers topics like science and technology.  Petra is too young for it at the moment (it’s geared for kids ages 5-12) but I’m pretty excited to have a listen because why not?  It’s like Bill Nye the Science Guy for your ears.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Karen

Happy birthday, sweet baby girl


Dear Petra,

You are one year old today. One whole year. You have truly been the one to teach me that so much can happen in a year. I’ve watched you go from a tiny little bundle of joy to a crazy little one year old. You have so much life in you, it’s sometimes scary but I know I’m lucky. I know I got something pretty amazing when I had you. It has been a year of growing for both of us. You learned to eat, sometimes with your hands, play with toys, wave hi and bye, nod your head yes and no, take a big girl bath, play with toys, grow teeth, chew with those teeth, roll over, sit up on your own, stand and balance on your own, play nicely with the dog, up until last week when you took your first EXCITING steps. And I learned how to have patience.  I’ll be honest when I say that it wasn’t easy.  This has truly been the hardest year of my life but you have also made it the happiest.  You were worth every second of crying and trying to figure you out.  You were worth every sacrifice I could have made.  You were worth the sleepless nights and long days.  You taught me how to be an adult and you forced me to grow up.  And even now, as you become more interactive every day and learn so much more, you’re reminding that life is still fun and it’s not worth being serious all the time.


We’re both still figuring it out.  Like how I’m trying to figure out how to teach you to not bite me without raising my voice and you’re still getting a hang of the walking thing but that’s what has me so excited right now.  That this is only year one and we have so much ahead of us and there’s so much we need to do together!  But I’m going to need time to slow down because I haven’t stopped crying thinking about how fast time is going now and I need you to be my little girl forever.  And I’m going to need you to need me and even when you don’t, maybe you can pretend to or something.  Because this is who you’re always going to be to me, and even someday when you’re 28, I’ll look at you and still remember the moment you were born and I held you in my arms and I thought about the person you would someday grow up to be.  And I looked at your confused little newborn face and I felt like my heart was going to explode with all the love I had for such a new little human being.


Lately I’ve been thinking about the beginning, about when I met your dad and we made plans for our life together and we talked about having a baby.  It’s funny to think back in those moments now because I feel like you were always there waiting for us and waiting to be a part of our life.  There was nothing before.  First your father and I had each other and then we had you and then we had everything.  Happy birthday, my beautiful little girl. I love you, I love you, I love you. 

Xo,

Karen

Running a Half

This past Saturday, I did something I never thought I would do: I ran a half marathon.  I know that a few posts back I explained how I would train pretty consistently but that didn’t happen. I got sick halfway through the month of April with a pretty bad cold that turned into a sinus infection. Then Petra got sick and most of my time running was taken up by taking care of my baby girl.  I spent the week leading up to the race running but also not trying to overly exhaust myself because I knew I’d need the energy for Saturday. My long run was 6 miles easy. Like super easy. I told myself 13 miles would be fine.

My diet was a little bit healthier and I focused on eliminating carbs, despite everyone telling me I’d need them for energy.  I’ve just always felt bloated when I eat pasta and I didn’t want to chance it on race day. Someone mentioned that I might have a gluten intolerance and I’ll definitely look into it at some point. I’ve been eating a lot of eggs and chicken breast and veggies and it has honestly helped me feed Petra a healthy diet too knowing we’re basically eating the same healthy food. 

On Saturday, I was pretty nervous and I only had a banana for breakfast but I felt pretty energized.  When I got to the race, I ate one of those energy gels (which are terrible) because I started to have doubts about the fact that I probably didn’t consume enough calories to sustain my energy for thirteen miles. I packed a few gels at 100 calories each on my belt so I could quickly reach for them during my run if I needed them, which I did in the end.

The actual race itself wasn’t terrible. It’s funny because I felt like my body just went into auto pilot after a while and I feel like if I stopped, I wouldn’t be able to start running again so I just ran. It was my most Forrest Gump moment. I ate a gel pack at around mile 6 and my knees started to hurt around mile 9 which wasn’t a great sign. I did start feeling a little tired but I tried to fill my body with empty calories at the water station and I chugged Gatorade instead of water. I’m not one to run with music but during that last mile, my only thought was seeing Lukasz and Petra at the finish line. It really helped me run faster to get home. My time was 2 hours and 17 minutes. 

I will admit, I thought I’d do better but who am I kidding? I wasnt fully prepared for this so I feel like I did decently, trying to maintain a 10 minute mile pace.  Overall, Id do it again. It was fun challenging my body this way. I went out for food and a glass of wine after with my family and Tatiana and Todd but honestly, I think next time, I need to stay home. My body needed all of Saturday to recover and the next day, my legs and muscles were surprisingly okay but my abs were killing me (six pack trying to peek through?). Lukasz and I said we’d run another half in the fall so we’ll see! 

Xo,

Karen

Glossier

It’s not surprise that I’ve always been a fan of Glossier. They make things super simple and easy when it comes to skin care and makeup which is such a necessity when you’re a mom. To me, less has always been more.  Skin first, makeup second!

I usually start my mornings by using Milky Jelly Cleanser.  It makes my skin feel so smooth and hydrated and clean even if I went to bed with a face full of makeup. Then I use Priming Moisturizer which leaves my skin feeling babysoft. I like to think of this winter as the winter I discovered moisturizer and how essential it is to keeping your skin healthy.  My make up is super simple with some Nars Blush in Orgasm, Burts Bees BB Cream (whatever has spf in it) and making sure my brows are brushed up and out.

Glossier recently reached out to me to become a rep for their products and I’m so excited to be joining their community.  Feel free to check out my page and shop around! You get 20% off your first order and free shipping on anything over $30.  If you have any questions, let me know. As a rep, I’m more than happy to answer anything and give recommendations. This is such an awesome next step and I’m so excited to be a part of the growing beauty community at Glossier! Happy shopping!

Xo,

Karen

Birthday Planning

Petras birthday is a little over a month away and I’m really trying to finalize some plans that I want to get together for her first birthday! It’s sort of tricky because on the one hand, Petra won’t remember this so it seems like it’ll be mostly a party for the adults. On the other hand, you only turn ONE year old once so we’re pretty excited (and, like, a little sad) at how fast our baby girl is growing up. 

I’m really teetering between just having pizza and drinks at the park next to some swings or maybe like doing a really nice dinner someplace fun and kid friendly.  I’ve even considered brunch because it’s my favorite meal and when it comes to kid foods, there’s nothing more kid friendly than breakfast foods. Plus it’s in the afternoon so we’ll be done by the evening. But I don’t know! It’s all up in the air right now. 

One thing I do have my heart set on, though, is getting her a cake from Milk Bar. Their birthday cake is amazing. Lukasz got me one for my birthday a few years back and I’ve been dreaming of having an excuse to get another one for a while. Because I guess I can’t eat a whole one by myself…  oh well! Any other birthday ideas?

Xo,

Karen