Mother-Daughter: Evie’s First Birthday

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Last month, I started planning a way to wear these beautiful flower crowns that my friend Caitlyn made us for a mother-daughter photoshoot for Evie’s first birthday. I am so excited to share those photos now; they turned out exactly how I had hoped they would! If you’re in the PNW and are searching for a photographer, by the way, these were taken by my husband and you can find us on Facebook as Suko Photography. Final-29 Final-22 I cannot believe Evie is a year old already. It doesn’t seem like a full year ago that we brought this beautiful  bundle home with us after a short labor and five minutes of pushing. It doesn’t seem like a full year ago I welcomed my second baby and began the ups and downs of two-child motherhood. Every day I am amazed by her as she grows and learns!  Final-16 Final-13She is funny, emotional, wiggly, loving, cuddly, happy, curious, and intelligent. I feel as though she is learning so much faster than Asa in so many ways, yet she’s also more of a baby than he was. The latter is perhaps supported by the fact that we reached a year of breastfeeding and are only just beginning to wean. Asa weaned himself by 8 months. So, I still have that to make her feel like my baby.    Final-14 Final-11 Final-9 She really is such a joy, though. I was so afraid of having two kids; I thought it would be so hard and thankless — and sometimes it is. But it’s so much more. Every day I get to witness my kids growing and learning and the love they have for each other is the biggest reward. Asa loves his baby, and Evie loves her brother. They’re inseparable at home. Evie wakes him up every morning by crawling to his door and banging on it, or he looks for her if she’s not awake when he is.

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She is a blessing.

She charms everyone around her, and has even made people like her when they claim to not care for kids. I cannot wait to watch her grow even more, and begin to walk and talk and become more of a girly girl! She already puts necklaces (or anything else she possibly can) around her neck, and proudly crawls around the house wearing them.

I couldn’t have hoped for a better baby. Happy birthday, my darling Evie!

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Strawberries and Polka Dots | Mama+ Baby Style

I use some links in this post that earn me money if you purchase from them! But these products were 100% purchased with my own money and I love ’em. Thank you for supporting me and my blog!Strawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.comStrawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.com I have been wanting to introduce mother+daughter style posts for a while (I would try mother+son, but Asa refuses to be photographed these days!), but I always felt like we had to match. And the thing is, Evie and I don’t have many outfits that match. She primarily has pinks and purples, while those two colors are the ones that I own the least of.

So today, since I wasn’t quite feeling my own outfit pictures, I thought… heck, why not have Evie join me? So here’s to a new series, whenever Evie is wearing something I find particularly cute. Whether we match or not! And this strawberry dress is the perfect way for Evie to filter into my style posts!Strawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.comStrawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.comStrawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.com I have been dying to get my hands on this strawberry dress from Target for AGES. I’ve seen it everywhere online, and for obvious reasons (aka, strawberry prints are my jam! Pun obviously intended) I had to get it. But I also wanted to wait because it was almost $20 and she’s not gonna fit this thing forever. My patience won out when today, it was on the clearance rack for much cheaper, and in her current size! This chunk is already in 2T almost everything, except for her feet. Her feet are still in 3-6 month sizes. It’s the only petite thing about her. Strawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.comStrawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.com

As for myself, for once I decided to go colorless. It’s not my usual thing, but with this glorious gray-blue lipcolor from NYX, I felt like a classic black-and-white outfit was called for, with a little bit of sass thrown in with the double buns. I felt gloriously dark and mysterious, which is something I am generally not. In the world of mystery, I am your transparent rainbow.  Strawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.comStrawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.com

I’ve been a bit MIA recently and if you’re wondering why, well… life with kids, I’m not super inspired by summer, and we had three photoshoots in three weeks that I have been tackling. I didn’t realize how crazy last month was until I realized how overhwhelmed I was with all of the things I needed to get done!

Thankfully, I am finished with the wedding photos I’d been working hard on, and now I have a family shoot to complete and then… maybe I’ll post more than once a week over here. I miss the regularity of blogging and exerting my creativity with outfits! I suppose another bit of why I haven’t blogged much is that I only fit into half of my clothes. I’ve been working hard to stick to a healthy diet, and mostly succeeding, but it will be a while before I reach that waist size again.

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Body positivity is something I’ve been trying to maintain as well; appreciating my body for the things it has done rather than how it looks, for what it CAN do, and for how hard it works to provide nourishment for my lusciously healthy baby. It’s amazing how your view of yourself can change when you start to review how much you have done and can do, rather than hang on to the things that don’t fit or the things you can’t do! Someday I’ll be stronger and fitter, but right now this is where I’m at so I’m working to be okay with that!

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As I raise a daughter, I’ve been thinking about how I want to teach her to value what she has, and to be aware of her beauty but not obsess over it. To appreciate herself, but also realize that true beauty comes from within, as cliche as that sounds. True beauty is in the heart, in how you care for others and show yourself to be kind and faithful and loyal and true. I hope she learns that as she grows up watching me do all the physical things that make me happy, as a woman, to do. That makeup and clothes are fun, but first work on attitude.  Strawberries and Polka Dots | www.eccentricowl.com

Evie’s dress and shoes, Target | headscarf, mine/thrifted

She is so beautiful sometimes it hurts and I hope she never has the insecurities and obsessions that I had growing up!

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My shirt and shoes, thrifted | skirt, old | Lips, Nyx Liquid Suede in Stone Fox

I hope you all had a fantastic start to your week!

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Earth Day Style with Schoola! | Mom+Daughter Outfits

This post is in collaboration with Schoola. I was sent clothing items in return for talking about their site and mission. All opinions and words are my own!

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Today is Earth Day, and I’m excited to share something a little bit more special with you all! You know that I am at heart a pretty thrifty shopper. When I’m asked what my favorite brands and stores are, I generally answer with “the vintage ones” and “Goodwill.” So when I was contacted by Schoola to see if I’d like to do an Earth Day post in collaboration with them, I was intrigued!

I have heard of Schoola here and there just by merit of reading other blogs, but I’d never really looked into them until they got in touch with me, and I am already in love. For one, Schoola is an online thrift store. That right there is a bonus with me — as a mom of two very young kids, and with only one car to share between my husband and  I, getting out anywhere is a feat. As much as I love thrifting, it’s sometimes just too much work to get out of the house and roll through a store with both kids. So an online thrift store? Sign me up!

But what I love even more is that 40% of Schoola’s profits go to the educating children around the world. Which is awesome. Every time you or I shop Schoola items, we are directly contributing our funds towards benefiting schools in the US and the Malala Fund internationally, helping kids around the world get the education they might otherwise not be able to have.

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Schoola promotes Earth Day Network, whose mission is to “broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” And that’s a mission I can certainly get behind! (You can see more here)

As a blogger, I get a lot of emails from fashion websites whose sole purpose is to make clothing that sells quickly. I see sites promoting cheaply made, trendy garments that are going to fall apart after one or two wears, and will be quickly thrown aside for the next big trend. And most likely, these clothing items are made by people who are underpaid or via child labor, which is not okay. The more I blog, the more I get emails, and the more aware I am of how much I do not want to be a part of that.

And the kicker is, Americans waste so much. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but in America alone, 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. That is a huge number.

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But making a difference can be as simple as taking a load to your local thrift store instead, choosing instead to purchase locally made garments, or utilizing a site like Schoola to donate your clothes. Everything on Schoola is donated — some of it brand new and from popular sites like Modcloth, which I know you guys would love! The dress I’m wearing and the top and bottoms Evie is wearing are both from Schoola, and this dress still had tags attached.

If you’re not already convinced that Schoola is pretty great, you should also know that they pay for the postage when you send in a donation bag! There is literally no cost to you to mail in a bag of clothing. To me, that’s pretty huge; I am well aware of the cost of sending packages these days, and free shipping is basically the best thing ever.

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I would highly encourage you to consider donating your good-condition unwanted clothing to Schoola; I know the next time I have something that just didn’t quite work for me, it’s going to go there! It’s far easier for me to stuff a bag and toss it in the mail than it is to get a load over to Goodwill, that’s for sure!

And, while the prices are slightly higher than my beloved local thrift stores, the mission and incentive of helping kids get education is definitely worth it.

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My dress and Evie’s top/pants sent free of charge from Schoola | my shoes, belt, brooch, and headscarf are vintage/thrifted | Evie’s headband and socks were a gift.

Of all the thrift sites I’ve come across, Schoola by far is my new favorite. If you want to know more about how their donations work, be sure to visit here! And, by the way, Asa’s overalls and shirt in this hiking video are also from Schoola (sent to us in the fun box of clothes they sent over!)

What changes have you made in your clothing consumption to reduce waste and fast fashion? I know I have definitely cut out purchasing clothes that I know are just trendy or cheap, and I’m more willing to pay a higher price for a well-made garment. I thrift more, I browse Etsy to support small businesses and handmade items more, and I definitely make more of my own clothing!

I want to send a huge thanks to Schoola for contacting me and making me more aware of their mission, and encouraging me to think more about the things I can do to make my wardrobe a more sustainable one! Happy Earth Day!

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The River and the Rocks | Adventure

Yesterday, we went up to Green Mountain to hike to the river. We didn’t get a lot of pictures, but I did get to shoot a little video of our adventure. Deciding what to wear was easy; this blue dress basically feels like a tee, and my colorful tennis shoes were a must. Maybe it’s a little funny to be wearing a dress on a hike, but hey: I would have been way more uncomfortable in jeans! And probably a bit too warm, too.

Asa absolutely loved the river. He wanted to “take a bath” in every little stream leading up to the river, and then was obsessed with throwing rocks into the water. We traversed the bridge to toss rocks down I don’t even know how many times.

Green Mountain is a really great hike for me; I’m working on building muscle and stamina, but I’m still not too fit on that scale so a more leisurely hike is right up my alley! You don’t gain a lot of altitude on this hike, and a lot of it is really easy walking. But there are always little hills and trails you can take off the main path, and add to the adventure of it. Of course, having the baby and the toddler, we didn’t take any of the crazier trails.

But, it was still fun. Definitely worth visiting if you live in the area!

Happy Saturday!

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Evie Rose: Seven Months

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Somehow, I neglected to share her six month photos. Probably because I tried twice and didn’t really like them either time, but… I did make a video, which you can watch here!

And now, she’s seven months old. She has officially tipped the scale towards one, and I am so not ready for it!Evie Rose: Seven Months | www.eccentricowl.com

This pretty girl is such a personality. She is a sunshine baby,  but a very quiet one until suddenly, she wants something. And then EVERYONE knows it. I’m always surprised by how loud she can get; one minute she’s minding her own business, the next she’s yelling because a toy is too far away. She makes me laugh!Evie Rose: Seven Months | www.eccentricowl.com Evie Rose: Seven Months | www.eccentricowl.com

She is a very social baby, and always checks peoples’ eyes first. She will smile and smile and lean towards whomever is talking to her, but ultimately she’s a mama’s girl. She’s starting to get to the age where she isn’t too happy if she can’t see me while with strangers, and I love it.

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Other than carrots, she has yet to eat any solid food regularly and much prefers to breastfeed. We can’t really get her to take a bottle yet, but that’s okay. I didn’t get to breastfeed Asa as long as I would have liked, so I am cherishing this time of connection. I know it will be over all too soon!

Today Evie is taking my place in All Dress April, since I didn’t get shots of my outfit on Monday; I hope you’re all having a great week, and happy Thursday!

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