Monday, May 4, 2015

one of those must get out of the house days a week or so ago; 
even so, it remained a let's stay in pajamas day.  
he's teething today :(  he was a happier guy yesterday.
(p.s. some of you requested the link for the top - here it is!)
nice to know my bubble letters game hasn't suffered too much since the 5th grade
spent the day in portsmouth recently; i love the houses there.  
parker hanging with his buds t and lu.  
i like how they're just sitting chatting and snacking paying us moms no mind.  
(thank you for the pic, jenny!)
rainy day activity
  anders is always on his belly these days.  
he's sort of pissed once he gets there though.
it was the first in a long time and, like parents of a baby who hasn't done the bottle yet (am i too late to introduce it??), we quickly scarfed down apps, an entree, dessert and drinks and went home with stomachaches.  #pitiful  

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Parker and Anders got matching Bill Murray shirts from one of my favorite readers (hi Christie!).  I don't entirely get the Bill Murray thing but I like it just the same.  I think Anders does too.  First picture looks like he should be saying, "Anders in the hiz-ouse!!"  

I'm using Acure's shampoo and conditioner now and liking it very much, thank you.  And thank YOU Acure.

I love this swim cover up.

After loving nearly anything I've read by Michael Pollan, this book really caught my interest.

Last time (and only time) we were in Positano, we took a boat ride to Capri and spent a few hours at this place.  It was amazing.  I hope to visit again.

Have you seen this website?!  All the caps you could ever want for your mason jar.  So cool.

I love this romper (for Anders, not me).

Don't be fooled by its blue appearance.  Apparently this lipstick is the perfect berry shade.  (Real Simple said so.)

The Brass ladies are running a kickstarter!  I had the pleasure of meeting them a few weeks back and they are so awesome.  Check it out here.  (Their pencil dress is still one of my favorite dresses ever.)

When emotional intelligence goes wrong.  Having a high EI (emotional intelligence) can be a good thing, but those with it tend to be more manipulative, and narcissistic than their lower-scoring EI counterparts!  Interesting.

I love Kristen Wiig.  And I am certain we would get along in real life.  Kristen, do you need a friend? Here I am!

Have a good weekend!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

anders, almost 5 months: every time i put him down on his back now, within seconds he's on his belly and sometimes pretty pissed about it (though, i'm pretty certain he's not sure how to return to his back)
parker, 3 (almost 4): we shared a chocolate milkshake.  i'm sometimes surprised at how nice he is about sharing.  
william, 15: anders' toughest time is the dinner hour which doesn't always make it easy to prepare something; when steve has later meetings, william often steps in to help.  he has a gentle way with babies.

taking stock / 08.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Making: Lentil Soup with Beef; really unexciting
Drinking: Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, my favorite summer beer I think.
Reading: If I could finish a damn book, I'd list one here.  But I have total mom-brain fog and can read nothing aside from Instagram captions and Real Simple articles (the simpler, the better).  Oh, and children's books.  This one lately!
Wanting: the laundry to put itself away; I'm pretty good at steps one through three but putting it away?  Not so much.
Watching: Game of Thrones!  But finding it... dare I say... a little boring this season?  Or maybe it's too much for my mom-brain.  Remember?  Gotta keep it simple to keep my attention at the moment.  This is growing more pitiful by the second.
Listening: to Pink Martini!
Eating: yogurt and granola, as alwaaaaaays
Smelling: this candle
Wishing: I could relive the moment of my boys' birth.  And the few following weeks.  The newborn time just goes way too fast for me.
Enjoying: this baby wrap that was sent to me!  Form AND function!
Loving: watching Parker zoom by on our hand-me-down four-wheeler (a kid four-wheeler, that is); it's adorable.
Hoping: that you guys don't hate me after yesterday's post.  I'd be both, "Woo-hoo for them!" and "That bitch!" if I were you.  I assure you, we'll have plenty of living-abroad-with-small-children meltdowns and you guys can secretly celebrate them.
Needing: to smooch Anders all the live long day.  It makes me the happiest.
Feeling: like I should go to bed earlier
Wearing: these jeans a lot; forget what the naysayers said about the Gap jean (though, for many styles, they may be right).  These are awesome for summer.  (I'd say that you should size down though, I think they run big.)
Bookmarking: all of your Italy recommendations!  Lodging!  Eating!  Doing!

*I'm wearing the Ack Wrap above and it's great.  I love the stripes and that it's totally customizable (and that he's high enough that I can easily kiss his head).  Go tighter than you think!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

buongiorno!  the hunts have some fun news: late summer, we'll be flying abroad and staying... for three months!!!  this trip has been a long time coming (we've been saving and hoping and talking since 2010 when we took this trip).  and we're finally doing it!  the occasion is steve's sabbatical, so while there he'll have some research and writing to do but otherwise, we'll be hanging out IN ITALY!  our home base will be orvieto but we hope to take both day trips and overnights in all sorts of places.

now, we'd love to have your recommendations.  (it was a blog reader who first clued me into cinque terre, which ended up being one of our absolute favorite places on our 2010 trip.).  great lodging, places to see, places to eat, things to do, savvy travel tips of all kinds.  we have our work cut out for us to figure it all out and so far we've... gotten passports and booked flights.  our to-do list is about two pages long!  we are flying into milan and, three months later, flying out of london so we'll be doing italy, hopefully some france, maybe some switzerland, and definitely some england while there.  so... tell me everything!  we need your help!

thanks so much for any advice.  you guys rule.


The things I wish I bought in the aisles of Target but didn't or else I'd be broke, volume 03.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Annnnnd here we are folks!  Round three.  Feeding the consumerism of 'Merica one post at a time!  I'm doing my part!  What have you done today?!  Okay, let's go.

As always, click to read more!

have a good weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2015

This will be a quiet weekend aside from welcome William and Lindsey back from MN where they've been for spring break.  But it was a fun week (or so) in blogging.  First, you guys really love your face wash.  My sister was so thrilled to have you guys checking out her shop and getting your own damn good products.  She worked a triple (nights) last weekend and then got to work.  The first wave went out yesterday!  And all the sweet words on the childbirth post here, in email, and on Instagram were so nice (all of you Moms out there ready to give birth in the next few days/weeks... makes me all weepy!).  I'm glad that post resonated with a lot of you!

I keep seeing commercials for at home non-UV gel polishes.  Do they work?  She gave them a try.  Now we can just buy what she tells us to.

I got the above flowers from Bloom2Bloom.  As always, they're beautiful (and come wrapped in brown paper and raffia just as you'd like your flowers to arrive).  They're extending a coupon code HUNT25 for 25% off your Mother's Day bouquets!

Times have changed (especially for women) since the 1962 Boston marathon.

I love these simple rompers with fun art.

My sappy Mama-self thought this video was really sweet.

This is what your teens are really doing on the internet.  (It ain't good.  I don't even know half of those apps!)

I like these.

I finally watched Mud the other day and I really liked it.  Any movie recommendations as we go into the weekend?  (Did you guys like Wild?  I want to see that next.)

10 people you will hate after giving birth.  Funny and true!

Have a good weekend!  See you back here next week.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

anders, 4 1/2 months: since i hold him more often than anyone else, i love getting the chance to look at him when other people are holding him.  in this case, across the table.
parker, 3 years: he and gracie have a definite love-hate relationship.  in one instant, he's cuddling her, in the next he's yelling at her for begging, for not dropping the ball, etc.  he takes such an authoritative tone with her, i can't help but laugh (quietly).  i guess it's something to do with him being the youngest (save for anders, who barely speaks yet).  he needs to boss somebody around.

in with the rain + out with the sun.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

this time of year is a funny one, predictable, but funny.  i end up shedding the layers and dressing in outfits that are not warm enough for the day.  especially because the days can begin at 40... even if they end up around 65 by the late afternoon.  i also get sick of cooking and suggest we go out for dinner every single night to which steve says, "let's just do peanut butter and jellies!"  (he's better at saving... sometimes... than i am.  but he also doesn't cook dinner so...)  who wants to be inside at 5--the warmest part of the day--to be putting a dinner together?!  if it's sunny and the least bit warm, parker, like a moth to the flame, is in the backyard pulling every last game, ball, tool, swim floatie, bat, golf club from the shed and they become strewn about our backyard haphazardly.  and then the rains come and we stare longingly out the windows at the dark day, hoping that by some miracle (it always seems like one) the clouds will part and the sun will make itself known.  yesterday it did just that.  rainy, cold, dreary and then came the afternoon sun.  we left home to be in it.  we had to!

p.s. indeed this is the jean jacket to end the jean jacket search.  i've returned many before but this one's staying with me!  it came the other day and i haven't taken it off since.  40% off sale going on now too with code TODAY.
p.p.s. could anders' cheeks get any rounder????

their band photo.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

if they ever decide to take their vocal talents to the big stage... 
i'm fairly certain this should be their band photo.  you saw it here first, folks!
or maybe this one?  i counted 1... 2... 3.  parker jumped on... 6.
can you even believe how old william and lindsey look?  i, for one, cannot.  just recently steve and i looked at each other like, "is her voice changing?  did you hear that?  she sounds different."

{on parker}
{on lindsey}
{on william}

i love an opportunity to get these three behind the camera.  we usually end up laughing quite a bit and i usually end up wishing i did it more.  i tell them to do random silly things, they laugh at me and think i'm crazy, and so it goes.

so... rack room shoes!  they have some seriously fun styles right now--as you can see we particularly enjoyed browsing the converse/vans lines.  what can i say--we know what we like! they also have puma, nike, nine west, steve madden, and more.  and wedges (i like these), sandals, pumps... lots more.  now, a note about rack room shoes: they have an everyday "buy one get one 50% off" promo on all styles and a ton of member perks like coupons, exclusive discounts, and rewards.  so maybe you want to check it out as you head into warmer weather!

this post is sponsored by rack room shoes.  thank you for reading!

Preparing for childbirth.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The spring of 2011 before I gave birth to Parker, I remember driving home listening to the radio.  Windows Are Rolled Down by Amos Lee came on and I had a moment.  Loud music plus driving plus the anticipation of big life moments do that to me.  I didn't really know what was in store, though I knew this growing belly wouldn't stick around forever but soon be replaced by a baby and what would that be like?  Feel like?  Both literally and figuratively?  There's nothing particularly unique about that, but it certainly felt big to me.

A little Carmody history: I have three older sisters, all of whom had, by 2011, given birth at least once.  I have a mother who gave birth to the four of us, and who had always talked about those births in a really beautiful way, verging on casual and cool and matter-of-fact.  One sister is currently an L&D nurse, another was a birth coach for several years.  My Mom started the local La Leche League chapter back in the 70s.  My father delivered my sister Kate in their home bedroom in 1980 (the doctor should have, but wasn't there on time!), and, before that, was the first man at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital to be in the delivery room with my Mom in 1971 when their first was born.  I am telling you this because all of it, and more, is what paved the way for me to view birth as something exciting, natural, something miraculous and transformative, something that shouldn't be feared.  A woman's body is amazing!  Do I sound like a total birth junkie?!  I am.

Before I go any further, let me be clear: birth, both natural and not, both at home and at the hospital, both c-section and planned or spontaneous, is all very beautiful to me.  There seems to be a lot of shame in the parenting world and I do not want this to be another post to add to the cacophony.  All birth results in what is perhaps the greatest moments of one's life.  That moment in which you lay eyes on your baby for the first time and feel such inexplicable love for one you've only just met.  It is an intensely magical moment to me.  So, let this not be a post that makes you feel badly for your medicated birth or your c-section birth.  With that said, I can only speak to my experience, which were two natural births (Parker's here and Anders' here) that I happen to be very fond of.

I do, however, hope this post can serve as a bit of a primer, if you will, for those who are interested in birth, who might fear birth, who are about to give birth, who aren't sure what steps to take to have the birth they'd like to have.  Many of you will be neither interested in it, nor need this information, but maybe (I hope) it'll help one person even a little bit.  It's not earth shattering, but more of a regurgitation of what I learned leading up to my own birth experiences, what I found very useful, mixed in with some of my personal experiences.  I'm not an expert, doctor, nurse, medical professional of any kind, birth coach, midwife, or doula; I'm just a woman who really loved giving birth (and finds the whole thing to be fascinating).  It goes without saying, but be sure to seek the advice of a medical professional when giving birth; this post should not be a substitute for the advice they give you.  I'm simply sharing what worked for me.  

Alright, let's jump in!  Click to

have a good weekend!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I'm doing Friday links on a Thursday because the weather is too nice to be in front of the computer for one more second!  Three-day weekend for all!  (Oh wouldn't it be nice if it were that simple?)  Here's a picture from earlier in the week of Anders all folded up nursing.  I love it.  This weekend, we have plans to take Nathaniel to breakfast (his birthday is today!  Happy birthday Nathaniel!), and be outside a lot.  

Now for some links...

You might've noticed, the emoji keyboard got diversified (and many of us saw aliens all over our Instagram.  I did not understand the sudden interest in alien life.  Now I get it.)

I ordered this and I am really hoping it's the one to end the search.  I've bought and returned more jean jackets than I care to admit (I never feel like it's the one!).  30% off with code APRIL right now.

My favorite nail polish right now.

Doodles that sum up life as a new Mom.  Number one is the story of my life.

I love this slight variation on the normal string bikini top.  (25% off suits right now!  How many more times can I say right! now!)

65 year old Mom of 13 expecting quadruplets.  Wow.

100 mascaras tested on the same person's eye.  This is crazy.

Dammit Kind Bars!  (They're one of my fave granola bars.)

I'm seeing these everywhere right now (right! now!).

These days, I dream-click my way around Airbnb.  How about an airstream in Malibu?!  Oooor this place.

Amy Schumer is funny.

Have a good weekend!