Weekly Findings

Weekly Findings

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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

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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

Weekly Findings

Weekly Findings

This picture best describes the mood I’ve been in lately: lazy, waiting for fall and wanting to curl up in bed with Lukasz and the baby for some quality time together. Lukasz celebrated a birthday this week and we spent the day driving away from the city.  We ended up in Woodstock, NY after missing the exit for New Paltz, haha.  I’ll be posting pictures of the day soon.  Other than that, we have been consistently busy which makes the time we’re able to spend together more precious to me. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic even for last week when time flies by so quickly and Petra is growing extremely fast. Thank goodness today is Friday.  I’m already looking forward to tonight, when Lukasz and I will share a bottle of hard cider we picked up along the road at an orchard on our trip upstate. It’s the little things!

1. Brad and Angelina are getting a divorce: And while I don’t find this news particularly interesting, this article by Vulture made me laugh. I don’t know if it was supposed to be funny but whatever.

2. Trying to conceive after Mirena: Full transparency, I’m in the market for a form of contraception and I’m really cautious about any contraception involving hormones.  I found this readers experience particularly interesting.

3. 25 Recipes to jump into fall: I’ve been sitting on this article since Monday.  I want to make everything! Can fall just get here already? PUMPKIN EVERYTHING ✊🏻

4. Nice as Fuck Tshirt: has been on my wishlist. I love this vintage feel of it.  I also believe that they might be sold in collaboration with Jenny Lewis’s bands album.  Gotta check it out.

5. No, I’m from New York: this article from the New Yorker has me cracking up! “Already ripe avocados? Get out of here with that nonsense, Ralphs. I’m from New York, where, in lieu of avocados, grocery stores put out six hundred petrified dragon eggs and shoppers must squeeze every last one of them before buying the softest but still rock-hard option, and then bring it home and watch it go from unripe to completely rotten without ever once being edible.” This definitely isn’t LA! 

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Weekly Findings

Weekly Findings


Ah yes, the end of the week! After I posted my last blog post, I feel like the day sort of went downhill.  Petra decided not to nap for the rest of the day, I had some package problems, and lastly, I got sick.  I’m not a doctor, obviously, but after a quick internet search, I think I might have Mastitis. I really need to drop the habit of googling symptoms and actually go to the doctor but I’m ok for now. I’ve also been debating taking Petra on the subway so we can take a walk around Manhattan and maybe go to Central Park so I think those might be my weekend plans.  In the meantime, he’s some fun internet reads:

1. Winnie: I’ve actually quit Facebook this week and have been spending more time reading articles on Twitter.  From TechCrunch, I came across this new app called Winnie.  Aimed at parents that like to spend time exploring with little ones, the app shows you kid friendly attractions nearby like parks and kid-friendly restaurants.  It even offers details like whether the restaurant is stroller friendly or can accommodate high chairs.  I love it!

2. Social Media Etiquette for the Newly Engaged: Obviously when Łukasz and I got engaged, one of the things I did was follow a few wedding blogs on social media to gather inspiration.  Style Me Pretty posted this article about social media etiquette do’s and don’ts.  I’ve always been a big fan of etiquette, I’ve even read Emily Post books for fun but in this day and age, it’s definitely a little confusing how etiquette plays into our social media lives. This list is definitely perfect. 

3. #EverestNoFilter: This, THIS is probably one of my favorite things that happened this week. Two climbers decided to snap chat their way to the top of Everest.  What a feat!  If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be on top of the world, definitely give this a watch.  I’ve literally watched this like 3 times so far. 

4. Can Tylenol Help Heal a Broken Heart?: The latest essay of Modern Love just really intrigued me but, really, they all do.  If you haven’t checked out the New York Times column, you definitely should.  They also started a podcast at the end of last year where a celebrity reads a modern love essay followed by a 15 minute discussion with the author.  It’s so good and they’re all so heartfelt.

5. Northside Festival: If you guys are in the North Williamsburg area, check out the Northside Festival happening this weekend.  It officially started last night but the festivities are ongoing.  Last year, they even closed down Bedford Ave.

Xo,

Karen

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Nostalgia

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Finishing week two of my maternity leave, you can see I’ve had plenty of time to do some internet surfing in between watching several episodes of The OC (it’s on Hulu now! Oh high school…) and taking my fur baby out for a suuuuper slow walks.  The weather has been lovely but as I get closer and closer to what I hope won’t be the worst pain of my life, my mobility becomes more stagnant.  Looking in the mirror, I literally feel like a beach ball that has sprouted arms and legs and it has gotten to the point where, sometimes, I need to help to get out of the bed or off the couch.  WHICH I NEVER THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN. I don’t know why I thought I would be the exception to that rule but here I am, hoping the baby gets here sooner than later.  It’s so funny to think about me and how this belly is becoming such a hassle to move with and the baby is in there, floating in a comfy water bed, none the wiser to the outside world.

Speaking of baby (because am I capable of talking about something else at this point?) we’re definitely almost ready to go with her little living space.  We definitely cut it close but I couldn’t be more excited to finally have everything organized and ready for baby girl’s arrival.  And I’ll definitely be posting pictures once it’s all complete.  I can’t believe I only have about 2 and a half more weeks to go.  I’m so nervous! I’ve never even broken a bone! Ok, I’ll calm down and save that for a Third Trimester post. In the meantime, my distractions so far:

1. Patagonia Sale:  So Łukasz and I have decided that we would be going camping in July with baby girl in tow.  It took a while for us to figure whether it would be a good idea or not but we figure, why not? Spending time outdoors is such a big part of our lives, I want our daughter to have a really good feel for that growing up. That being said, Patagonia is having a pretty decent sale with select items at 50% off.  And, though baby girl has not voiced this out loud yet, I know we all have something from that sale on our wish list.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.

2. Britain’s Got Talent: I came across this video from Huffinton Post Parents about Beau Dermott, a 12 year old contestant belting out the ‘Wicked’ classic Defying Gravity.  All I can say is Wow. This girl and that voice!  I felt like I was watching the show on Broadway again, she’s that good.  It’s also my favorite song to sing when I’m home alone, and only Pierrot needs to be subjected to that nonsense.  (And the baby now!)

3. Love Taza: Her blog has been around forever but I love it and after reading through posts for some baby gear review, it was hard for me to stop reading.  She’s just so adorable with her bright colors and her cute family.  If you’re into those kind of mom blogs, I would stop by.  

4. Summer Garden Pasta: Speaking of people I’m obsessing over,  let’s talk about Ina Garten for a second and this amazing Pasta.  I’m just taken aback and also eating leftovers of it as we speak.  It literally says summer to me, with fresh tomatoes and basil and olive oil over angel hair.  The only change I made was replacing the Parmesan for feta cheese to give it a more Mediterranean taste.  It was amazing and garlicky and delicious.  It makes a lot of servings and I can guiltily admit that I’ve already eaten a majority of it.  It so good! Make this ASAP. 

5. Snapchat vs. Instagram: Snapchat recently beat out Instagram as the number one photo app for teens.  Let me just show my age for a little bit and talk about how I’ve never really been a snapchat user.  I just didn’t see the point.  You take pictures and then they disappear and whyyyy? I’ve always been an Instagram user.  I love it! I love the layout and pretty pictures and how it’s more personal in my eyes.  Łukasz once told me that he read an article saying the best brand interactions happen on snapchat now. I just don’t understand it! I’m also not a teenager anymore…Which do you guys prefer and use?

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