Video Blog Day 2

Can I be honest? I have no idea how Lindsay did this every day – it’s so difficult to find the time to sit down in front of the camera. But that’s why I look up to her – she’s awesome. Here’s my video blog for the day where I’m talking about the challenges, surprises, and most rewarding aspects of new motherhood. I’m looking real attractive, per the usual.*

*sarcasm.

Life With a Baby and a Great Dane

People have been wildly interested in Penny since the day we brought her home, but more recently, people are interested in how she’s been adjusting to life with a baby.

Since my post about things to consider before owning a Great Dane has been one of my most popular, I figured I’d follow up with some expectations to have when adding a baby to your Great Dane’s life. And really, who doesn’t love pictures of big dogs and tiny humans?

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1. Expect initial disinterest. Danes are known to be giant scaredy cats, but Penny takes in to a whole ‘nother level. I fully expected her to freak out over a new baby in the house, but she was more disinterested than anything. She absolutely ran away when we first got home from the hospital, but I’m certain she was spooked by the car seat…not the baby.

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2. Expect rebellion. Oh my dear sweet Jesus. Once we brought Jack home, it was like Penny was replaced with a brand new puppy. She was eating off the counter, going to the bathroom in the house, and acting like a crazed Tasmanian Devil (she actually put a hole in a wall from running around the house and taking a corner too quickly…) For a month or two, she completely regressed from all the training and progress we’d made over the previous two years. It was frustrating and exhausting to say the least. Many tears were shed.

3. Carve out quality time. I’ve said it before, but Danes are velcro dogs and highly sensitive. They crave attention and physical contact; both of which can seem like limited resources when you spend your entire day caring for a new baby. (Don’t worry, a Dane will be sure to let you know when she’s in need of some TLC.)

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Obviously, Penny got bumped down the totem pole when Jack was born, but we could have absolutely done a better job of easing that transition. I think we could have avoided most of our problems in #2 if we had been more mindful of Penny’s needs (other than the basic food, water, bathroom bit.)

4. They really are gentle giants. Penny stands at over 3 feet tall and weighs over 100 pounds, but she is beyond delicate with Jack. Clearly, I would never leave them together unsupervised, but those two babes cuddle and nuzzle each other as if Jack was Penny’s own puppy. It’s the most precious thing.

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5. Go on as many walks as possible. Great Danes are dogs who need 20 – 30 minutes of activity every day in order to be wiped out. On days when we get in walks with Penny, she’s much more content, well behaved, and patient with Jack. It’s well worth the extra effort!

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While I’m sure most of these tips can apply to most dog breeds, I can only speak to my experiences with a Great Dane. As always, I have to say that Great Danes are such a special (dare I say, delicate?) breed, so please do your research before owning one!

Video Blog Day 1

Hey there! Like I mentioned yesterday, I switching things up a bit with a week of video blogs. If you hate video blogs, come back next week and I promise things will be back to regularly scheduled programming.

Like I mention in the video, I have a few ideas of what I want to talk about in these videos, but if you have any topic suggestions, please let me know. I aim to please! :)

Back to Reality

slowThese past ten days of vacation were amazing. We headed up to Cape Cod for a week with our friends Bobby + Whitney (with a pitstop to see my parents) and it was a much needed break from reality. I didn’t know it before we got there, but the Cape Cod house doesn’t have wifi, and I fully embraced the forced disconnection.

Walks to the bay, days spent in Provincetown and Chatam, and relaxing on the back deck with Bloody Marys were some of the highlights from the week. The 10+ hour car rides to and from were slightly painful, but there’s something I love about road trip conversations.

coryComing back from vacation is always bittersweet, and the fact that tomorrow is the beginning of September intensifies that feeling for me tenfold.

I’m feeling refreshed and energized for what the last part of 2015 has in store; and while this has been a fantastic summer, I’m absolutely ready to welcome my favorite season with open arms! wellfleetCheck back tomorrow – I’m mixing things up a bit and taking a page out of this lady’s book and starting a little vlogging challenge ;)

Chit chat: Did you take any fun trips or vacations this summer?

Anyone Can Pull Off Short Hair

Surface level, your hair is just your hair right? Nothing is permanent about a hair style; it grows. But I think all women know it isn’t “just hair.” I’m of the firm belief that hair is a big deal. It can make or break your confidence, it’s an extension of your personality, and it can be a security blanket (my longer hair certainly was!)

I’m a color-in-the-lines kinda gal. I rarely stray from my normal routine. I’m not someone who acts on a whim or a feeling, and more often than not, I do a ton of thinking (and feeling) before making any decisions. So when I decided to chop off all my hair, it was a BIG deal. Huge. Major.

Now that my hair is super short, I get complimented on it everywhere I go. Everywhere! It’s a running joke between Cory and I at this point. I normally get a “I love your hair!” followed up by, “I wish I could pull that off.” My response is always the same “You TOTALLY could!”

If you’re thinking about getting a pixie cut, here’s my 4 tip elevator pitch.

1. Not all pixies are created equal. Picking the right pixie is all about your face shape. I had pinned so many pixie pictures before getting mine, but my hair dresser was quickly able to tell me what would work with my face shape and what would look absolutely ridiculous. I was so thankful for that!

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2. They are high maintenance. When I had long hair, I could go months and months between hair cuts, and if I was running late, a ponytail was always an option. Now, I have to get mine cut (or shaped up) every four to six weeks, and not doing my hair is not an option. That said, my haircuts are $16 and it now takes me three minutes to dry and style my hair. Worth it. 

3. You have to buy new jewelry. And maybe new clothes. Okay, you don’t have to, but it’s crazy how your entire style changes once you chop off your hair. I used to be all about dangly earrings, but now I much prefer statement studs. I also would have never worn a leather (aka: pleather) jacket pre-pixie, but now I rock one and love it.

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4. Product is your new best friend. From finding the perfect sculpting wax to the best shampoo and conditioner, pixie cuts can’t survive without the product. I’ve found CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ leaves my hair feeling healthy and hydrated (without feeling weighed down or greasy.) CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ treats hair at the scalp, which is where 99% of your hair’s natural strength and beauty come from. Your scalp is the same skin that you have all over your body, which I’m sure you’re good about moisturizing, so it only makes sense to care for and moisturize your scalp, right? Right. 

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Whether you have long flowing locks or you’re apart of the pixie club, taking care of your hair is crucial for feeling confident. Now that we’re transitioning from summer to fall (what?!) it’s important to be ahead of the dry-scalp curb and start giving your scalp a little TLC. Check out CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ and let me know what you think!

Question: What’s on your hair bucket list? I’ve always wanted to color my hair, but I always chicken out! 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Vacation Mode

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Can you believe that summer is almost over?! Seriously, how are we at the tail-end of August? Wasn’t it early Spring, like, two days ago?

I’m popping in today to give you a head’s up that I’ll be taking a vacation from the blog for the next week and a half or so (though I’ll still be all over Instagram, I’m sure.) I’ll be soaking up quality time with my family and friends, and while I don’t want to worry about posting, I didn’t just want to drop off and leave you hanging.

I’ll be back September 1 with a new vlogging challenge inspired by my friend, Lindsay! If you have any questions or topics you want me to address in my daily vlogs, leave a comment and let me know. I’m super excited about it!

Enjoy the last bit of summertime, friends!

New Stationery from Faye Street Studios

If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you’re familiar with my best friend, Emily. She’s the person in my life who just gets me and is someone who still likes me despite the fact that I’m my genuine self around her. She’s the friend who I never have to entertain, but am always the most entertained with.

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She’s totally awesome, and I’m always so proud of her. Whether it’s her amazing weight loss transformation or buying her own home or being a girl boss, I just think she’s the coolest.

The ‘girl boss’ part is pretty new, since she just started her own Etsy shop, Faye Street Studios, back in May. I don’t want to take credit for her success, but when she made Cory and I our wedding present (the lyrics of our first dance) I’m pretty sure I told her “you need to sell this stuff!” 

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It only took her four years to heed my advice, but I’m so glad she did ;) She seriously makes thee cutest prints, am I right?!

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And while several “Emily originals” hang on the walls in our house, I have something new to add to my collection. I’m a note-writer to the core, and I have a love of personalized stationery. Because Emily can read my mind, she went ahead and made me the most precious little cards.

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I told her I wanted something simple with just my name at the top, and she went kind of overboard with giving me options to choose from.

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Narrowing down my favorite has been quite the struggle, but she assures me that this is a good problem to have (but she also once assured me that I should drink rum straight from the bottle, so there’s that…)

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I know I’m slightly biased, but I honestly think you need to check out her shop and follow Faye Street Studios on Instagram. She’s even offering you guys 20% off with the code LunchboxDiaries. 

Go buy all the things!

A Week of The Ferber Method (I Survived)

So, for those of you who aren’t familiar/don’t give a shit about baby things, The Ferber Method is the “cry it out” method.

Basically, you let your baby cry for a predetermined number of minutes, then you go in to reassure him that you have not left him for dead on the side of the road, and repeat. The intervals get progressively longer and longer and it’s a surefire way to leave any mother broken and weak and convinced that her baby will no longer love her.

(I think most people would simply describe it as, teaching the art of self-soothing, but whatever.)

Anyway, we gave The Ferber Method a go for one week, and I learned some things.

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  1. Set a timer. Listening to your baby cry is like public speaking in the fact that you feel like it’s been going on for hours, when in reality, 45 seconds has passed. Literally, 45 seconds.
  2. Don’t sit outside your baby’s door. For God’s sake, WALK AWAY. Take that damn timer and walk outside. If you sit on the other side of the door, you might as well stab daggers into your heart while you’re at it.
  3. You will cry it out. I honestly think it’s coined the “cry it out method” because of moms. The first time I left Jack to cry it out, I sat on the other side of his door and ugly cried. I’m terribly thankful to not have a reality TV show with a camera crew following me around because it was not my finest moment, friends.
  4. The baby will still love you. The first time Jack actually fell asleep, I spent the whole hour simultaneously rejoicing and freaking out, because I was convinced he would hate me when he woke up. I was all but Googling child therapists in the area when he woke up and I ran into his room to find the happiest baby on the block. One look at that gummy smile and I started crying again.
  5. Mimic bedtime. Just a little tidbit that worked four us: I found that putting Jack in his pajamas, closing the blinds, and putting on his white noise machine helped immensely.
  6. It works. You don’t have to tell me how terrible I am for letting my kid cry – I know how terrible I am. But I also know that I had an almost 5 month old who didn’t nap, ever, and it was becoming a problem. After a week of selling my soul to the devil implementing The Ferber Method, I have a baby who naps several times a day, in his crib, and I can actually do things. Now, he only cries for a minute or two, and is out like a light.
  7. Dr. Ferber, I love you and I hate you.

Let’s not get confused: I’m not here to argue, defend, or debate that this is thee sleep training method. (I actually hate myself for even using the term sleep training if we’re being perfectly honest here.) Now let’s all go sleep when the baby sleeps ;)