2/8/16

three months gone, three months home.

we've been home for three months now. which is, give or take a few days, the same length of time we were gone. steve and i cannot fully grasp this. how can it be? to us, it felt like we were gone for such a long time. we remarked, so often, how funny time felt while we were there. (i wrote a little about it here.) it bears repeating. it really was so strange. time moved altogether differently while we were there. and now that we've been home the same time we were gone, we're being reminded of this strange phenomenon again. through it all, i keep wondering, what does this mean about the pace of our life here?

i haven't done anything by way of an album or framing, so grabbing them for this post is probably the most time i've spent looking at our pictures aside from showing them to some friends. it's hard to capture the feelings they conjure. it's a mix of disbelief, wonder, nostalgia, wishing, sadness, happiness, a decent dose of what were we thinking. the kids were smaller, younger, haircuts were different, anders had more chub and wasn't even crawling when we left. it was home for three months and i miss it.


2/5/16

weekend links.

Superbowl weekend! Are you doing anything fun? We might go to a friend's house, and we're also supposed to get snow (we have NONE right now.). I hope to catch up on some sleep and quiet time. It's been a rough week--and mostly housebound too (Parker's sick!). I am embarrassed to admit I sent way too many of those ridiculous Snapchat filter videos of myself to sisters and friends (and almost peed my pants doing so about a thousand times). Got me through the slow days!

Speaking of Superbowl, this appetizer is so delicious and so easy. (Not technically a man's man appetizer, but they'll probably still eat it all.)

Are you eating paleo? 13 paleo-friendly breakfasts that aren't eggs. (Number 8 looks amazing.)

"Richer parents tend to have room in their budget to force brussels sprouts on their children and throw out what gets rejected." Why so many rich kids come to enjoy the taste of healthier foods.

I love these comics.

I am, quite literally (seriously, been back to look at them five times in two days), obsessed with these handmade shoes. Saving up for... all of them?

I am unnaturally obsessed with Ikea hacks. The idea that something so inexpensive could be made SO AMAZING is the best. Ashley's round up is a good one. The lockers turned credenza!

This meme. Nailed it.

This shirtdress! (With skinny jeans and a sweater in the winter!)

This dubsmash video is the best.

Refugee girls dress up as what they want to be when they grow up. I really liked this.

Have a good weekend!

2/3/16

nap thwarted.



the day began with so much promise. anders did not leak through his diaper! my sheets would not need to be stripped, cleaned, the bed then remade! i felt (relatively; relatively is key) rested! steve already had the coffee ready by the time i got downstairs! i poured myself a cup! here we go! come at me monday!

and then.

anders, who's in that funny doesn't-need-two-naps-but-still-needs-two-naps stage managed to put a nap off till noon. which is actually great, if it were a long nap. that caveat is important, friends! but a fleeting thirty minutes later and he was awake while parker and i were making valentine's day cards. cutting hearts, gluing, paint, scissors. i ran upstairs hoping to catch anders sleepy enough so he'd go back down while shouting to parker, "do not come upstairs!" and not shouting but praying in my head, "and do not paint the walls, or furniture or cut your eyelashes off while i am up there!"

i scooped anders up and managed to quickly nurse him before he really got out of his sleepiness. he was just beginning to doze off again--yes! success! go back down and have some parker time!--when who comes creeping in outfitted with a headlamp but parker hunt. i whisper yell while making gestures (but gentle ones! cannot wake anders who is still attached to my person!) "go downstairs! out!" my entire face pointing at the door, crazy eyes in that if-looks-could-kill way. he doesn't, and then proceeds to sneeze because he has a cold. anders stirs. opens his eyes. the battle is lost.

parker got a timeout. and a looooong (longer than necessary, but that's what i'm good at, ask steve) explanation while he was on the toilet (the perfect time for them to listen well) as to why he must not do that EVEREVEREVER AGAIN. i was sure to add, "unless it's an emergency. like you are hurt. or the house is on fire."

(i'm sure, with that exception i added, he will soon come up and interrupt another nap with a "my cuticle is bleeding!")

then anders proceeds to refuse being put down, and refuse anything but hang on my hip for the next four hours.

at 3 i called steve. "you need to come home now."

thank the sweet lord, he did come home, bundled both boys, took them for a walk. and where am i? sipping wine at a cafe and writing this post!

it was one of those days. oh was it ever.

(pictures above are just before they both left for their walk when i went skipping, nay, speeding to the cafe shouting, "freedom!!!!!!!" a la william wallace minus the horse and blue paint.)

2/2/16

12 things to love about anders emmett hunt at 14 months old.


1. he's still not walking, just standing and then promptly looking around for everyone to notice and clap, or one person to notice and tell everyone else, "look at anders!" upon which everyone notices and claps.
2. the desperate giggle/cry that he does juuuuust before he's about to make contact with nana (nursing)
3. the way he'll take food in his mouth, food i know he likes, and if he's not interested he opens his mouth and just lets it fall out and onto his lap or the ground like it ain't no thing; you'll clean that up later, mom, right?
4. the way he wakes up in bed, so cuddly and smiley and will actually lay his head on my chest for a cuddle
5. his naughtiness; keeping anders alive is a 24/7 job, moreso than i remember with parker! he climbs anything he possibly can, such that sometimes we overturn our kitchen chairs just to give ourselves a break from the constant monitoring
6. the way he will just crawl over to the book nook, no announcement necessary (not sure what an announcement would look like anyway), and begin flipping through all the board books that are at his level. standing up, grabbing one, flipping through it, throwing it off to the side, standing up, grabbing one... repeat.
7. his feet. i cannot get enough of his feet. watching them while he stands is especially cute. when he goes up on tiptoes! gosh i could stare at baby feet all day long.
8. the way he very much prefers to fall asleep on me on the couch at night and go up when i do, instead of being put in a crib closer to 8 pm.
9. his hair. it's sometimes a rat's nest these days and he don't care, not one bit.
10. the way he cranes his neck in the car to see the tv screen if a movie is on. (sorry, rear-facing child!)
11. the way he's already beginning to hold his own and exert his opinions (especially if big brother parker does something he doesn't like)
12. um... everything? i adore this child.

2/1/16

lately.

1. citrus, a winter staple round here, in my favorite new pehr basket
2. bundled up for a walk (that lasted two minutes before he cried and wanted to come home)
3. out for my mom's birthday lunch + my most flattering angle
4. bloom2bloom blooms! use hunt20 for your own discount! v-day comin' up!

in college, i didn't really love psychology, and i definitely did not like philosophy and yet here i am, in an almost-constant state of reflection which, to me, seems like something someone would do if he (or she) enjoyed those subjects--or at least psychology? yes? no? does that make any sense? we had dinner with old friends of ours the other night. i mean, i haven't seen them since i was in 4th grade. so, i was telling steve, "yeah, i haven't seen them since i was 11, so like 15 years." and he was like... "more like 20 years." what! offended! but yet totally true. and then i was having lunch with my sister and somehow it came up that steve and i have been together for 10 years and she was shocked, baffled, incredulous. and the thing is so am i! these are my days, my life, i'm actually living it, and yet i am routinely struck by how anything in my life can be "20 years ago" without referencing me as nothing more than a mere newborn. steve and i? together for 10 years? um, pretty sure i was in like 2nd grade 10 years ago. (there's a cradle-robbing joke here somewhere...)

do you get what i'm saying though? do you also feel this? sometimes i look around and think what is happening?! and you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself well... how did i get here? nailed it, talking heads!

RIGHT?!

(this is not a mid-life crisis, i'm pretty sure. just musings on life. thanks for bearing with me.)

1/29/16

weekend links.

My Mom and Dad have been here this week and thus I've done very little in the way of blogging or emails! We've watched some movies, run errands, crafted (we brought this to make with his class!) at Parker's school, and stayed far too long in our robes in the morning. Nonsense! It's never too long for that. Anyway, hi! I've missed you. 

We're talking about rearranging some rooms in the house in preparation for Parker and Anders to share one (not yet! But in the next year?). I love this Ikea bed post.

The different ways moms-to-be around the world pack their hospital bags. Pretty amazing.

I love Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard even more now.

Way too premature (it's not even February), but I love this. The colors!

50 Most Instagrammed Places in the US. That picture of Acadia is so beautiful.

I'm on snapchat! I don't totally understand it. Like, I accidentally tapped a friend's message to me and then it was gone and I couldn't get it back? WTH? But anyway, here we are. I'm @itsahuntlife. Please tell me about accidental snaps before my reputation is entirely gone.

Parker was sent this hoodie and is now referring to it as his ninja outfit. It's great.

I'm trying this right now (as, I guess, a foundation?) and so far so good. Moisturizing too!

P.S. The above lipstick! (I feel like a diva every single time I mention/link/buy makeup. Who am I lately?)

See you next week!!

1/26/16

taking stock / 11


Making: beef stew in the crockpot; when 5:00 rolls around and I realize dinner is already cooking and I can sit down and do nothing, I throw a little party. And... pour myself some Chimay. 
Cooking: (kind of the same as making if you're not crafty like me?) eggs and Applegate pork sausage recently!
Drinking: red wine from Trader Joe's; an organic merlot--$6.99!
Reading: four books, simultaneously. And none of them particularly quickly, which is surprising... not at all.
Wanting: a vacation to some place warm! Me and everyone else who's... not living in some place that's warm right now.
Looking: at summer rentals in Colorado; we have a wedding to go to!  
Eating: oranges! roasted vegetables! 
Wishing: that I had a fruit tree outside my kitchen like my California friend. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK.
Enjoying: this Bachelor season. I can't help it. I'm a sucker for trashy TV.
Loving: having my Mom and Dad here!
Hoping: our winter goes easy on us (more in temperature than inches of snow! Those freezing days are the worst.)
Needing: this dress in blush and a reason to wear it!!!
Smelling: my sister's new body butter; not in her shop yet, but I get to be her guinea pig. (It's a hard job but someone's got to do it.)
Feeling: happy, most of the time; I've also been really good about this Vitamin D every day and I think it's making a difference.
Wearing: slippers, slippers, slippers.
Watching: Inside Out; gosh, I love it (soundtrack is great too, FYI) 
Bookmarking: this pin; we're thinking about changing around our first floor a bit, and I love this TV/collage wall arrangement.

1/25/16

Forgetting the ordinary.

I was just in the drafts folder of my blog last night, deleting some that are nothing more than a title, or a few notes that barely point to what subject I intended. Others were pictures, or a story. I'm not sure why some were never published, as they're nearly complete. I just didn't have time to return to it? Thought better of it? Forgot? Some of the pictures made me a little sad in that familiar time-moves-too-fast way. There was this one I titled, "We got out of the house by ourselves!" that I wrote about a month after Anders was born. It's a picture of Parker sitting on a cafe bench and Anders is a tiny little thing in the carseat. I remember that day because I think it was one of the first times I got out with the both of them (you remember it was the snowiest winter ever) and we got some food at a cafe before making our way home. I ran into a friend, Anders neither needed his diaper changed or freaked out, it was a success. Another was simply this picture above. Another was about how at around 2 1/2 Parker began recognizing letters and we were at the mall. He saw Sephora and began, "S E P Pahkah H O R A." He always used to say "P Pahkah" as though it was all a part of the letter P. I had completely forgotten. Then another about praying with Parker as I put him to bed and how he used to say Amem after I said Amen. I hardly remember that. In fact, at some point I guess he just stopped saying Amem, and then he said Amen, and I never thought of it again (until I read it in my drafts folder).

The point is, how do these rote things become so easily forgotten? These things we do or hear or see over and over again are the first things to sort of be shuffled behind all the big events, the strange ones, the once-in-a-lifetimes. But it's these ordinary ones that are so special. That's where life happens. 

1/22/16

weekend links.

Morning pile-on! Hoping for some more of this this weekend, and some white chicken chili. (I made it last week, and oh my was it good. My parents come this weekend and we may/may not be getting snow... reports are all over the place... so cozy food and Patriots is in order!) What are you doing?

Well, these are beautiful.

My favorite thing to order at Chipotle these days is a carnitas burrito bowl. I'm going to try to replicate this.

Steve and I saw The Revenant last week. I couldn't stop thinking or talking about it for a good two days afterwards. Here's a 44-minute behind the scenes clip.

The ten best books of 2015.

44 places you wish you could nap right now. These are amazing.

Stephen Colbert does Palinese. Lol.

Actual handwriting rings. I love this idea. (Maybe your name written by Mom or Dad?)

Did you watch 60 Minutes a few weeks back on Agromafia and olive oil? If not, allow me: 70-80% of the olive oil on our grocery store shelves isn't olive oil at all! It's a vegetable oil with chlorophyll (that you're paying premium prices for). Kirkland in the glass bottle is a reputable one, and there's a few others! (We did the smell test at home; Kirkland vs. the grocery store one we had -- HUGE difference.)

Elvis Presley's favorite pound cake.

See you next week!

1/21/16

two brass clothing dresses, styled two different ways. (+ a discount code!)

styling the sweater dress
outfit 1 // boots: frye / scarf: nordstrom / tights: target / sunglasses: rayban
outfit 2 // sweater (old): asos
styling the knit midi dress
outfit 1 // hat (old): forever 21 / jacket (old): asos / scarf: inouitoosh / shoes: c/o shoemint
outfit 2 // jacket: c/o gap factory / shoes (old): urban outfitters

well that is a lot of pictures of... me. but i owed it to these fabulous brass dresses to show the different ways you can style one of them. and i've only scratched the surface! they're such great, quality pieces that belong in every woman's closet. this pencil dress is probably my favorite LBD to date. check out the site and then use the code HUNTLIFE for $15 off any of their knit sweater dresses (that's the knit midi or olive--both pictured here!--plus the charcoal sweater dress! coupon applied to entire order, not individual dresses.)

1/20/16

my makeup favorites.

i've recently gotten excited about makeup. i mean, not for the very first time ever, but maybe for like the second time ever. what i'm saying is that i've never really known what i was doing (that sounds like i do now but i very much still do not.). i'm more that gal who walks into sephora, immediately seeks out a black sephora coat, and is like, "um. hi. would you. i think i want. um... like what you put on your face first? but. my skin. it's dry. do i need foundation? powder? matte? or is that liquid? tell me what to do." i mean, i use blush and put some concealer or foundation on under my eyes and the bridge of my nose, and mascara, well that's easy. swipe some of that on, dust some bronzer over the whole face, and i've usually been good to go.

NO LONGER.

I AM 31 AND A LADY AND THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN THAT DAMMIT. so, an accidental new year's resolution? get thyself some new makeup! and so i did. (notable: i follow/stalk @sarahnicolehunt on instagram and am secretly/not so secretly on a quest to actually have her face. girlfriend is nice enough to give me all her recommendations that i screenshot and google later on because it's chinese to me. isn't that nice of her to do even though i'm a psycho stalker?) also i recently spent at least an hour on a saturday night (part-aaay!) watching jaclyn hill videos and i'd like to say it made me smarter in the makeup arena but really it made me super overwhelmed.

onto the makeup above! a lot of these things (most of them) are actually old and probably expired. it's still a work in progress, ok? rome was not built in a day!

alright let's play. many of these are sephora which i do believe is good but i think that if i had more cash i would splurge for higher end stuff. 

eyes
sephora kohl pencil // i like this because of the smudge factor. it doesn't have to be perfect because... smudge! "oh that smoky eye? i meant to do that!" (speaking of that smoky eye, how do you do one???) do get a sharpener though, as it does dull.
susan posnick liner/shadow // i was sent these awhile back and i'm still using them. i use the shadow more than i do the liner, but it's a cool thing in that it's all in one, and i like the color combos.
sephora liquid liner // i like a good liquid liner for those days i'm feeling like a saucy minx. i used to have the one that you dip into the little tube but now i prefer this one. dries fast too!
bad gal lash // i sometimes get this one when i'm feeling like a... bad gal (badum-cha!), and then i also grab whatever at the drugstore when i'm not. i can't say i'm positive that bad gal lash is worth the splurge or not.
gimme brow // used to always use the anastasia brow wiz but i was flying through it and at $21 a pencil i was like, no. so hoping this one lasts longer and i really like it so far but i sort of wish i'd bought this one. so many products! so many decisions!

i didn't list any more eyeshadows because i use a variety of things (most are drugstore brands) and i guess i'm not die hard for any of them. any recommendations?

lips
lipsticks // i do believe nars lipsticks are great and are pretty much worth the money. my favorites are:
pigalle for a more every day. it could be a bit dark for some; dolce vita would be a good choice for those of you who pigalle is too dark/bold for an everyday. it's semi-matte so on the drier side; roman holiday is fun, sheer also for everyday; red lizard is a really great dark red for night's out or doing laundry if that's your thing.
ofra lipstick // this came in a mommy mailbox and i did not think i'd be interested in it at all but i actually love it. it stays on and dries semi matte and it's what i reach for almost every day lately. the color has been rubbed off on my tube but i think it might be laguna beach. (i'm wearing it here.)
chapstick // like how i kept that in the picture? it's just a testament to how much i love my cherry chapstick. 

and finally, i want to try some of these next because in the words of jaclyn hill, "it's the year of kat von d." 

face
sephora blush // i have used a mac blush in the past but when i inevitably drop it and it crumbles into a million pieces, i'm even more sad if i spent any sort of money on it so... sephora to the rescue! i like it just fine.
high beam // i have had this same bottle of high beam forever. i remember someone describing it once looking "dewy, like you drank a gallon of water" and i was like "where do i sign up." i do love it. i use it more in the summer months then winter time (not sure why). and i put it on my left hand, then dab it on using my ring finger all along the cheek bone, brow bone. it's one of my favorites.
sephora bronzer // bronzer! not sure if this is THE end all of bronzers but it certainly does the trick for me. do you have one you love?
sephora foundation // i have never really done a lot by way of foundation/first-step sort of make up. i used to have this sort of creamy powder thing from mac that i just kept buying because it was easier than figuring out what i should have been doing. still not entirely sure what i should be doing but i'm doing this these days and am on bottle 2 now. i apply it with this brush (that anders just crawled away with the other day and i cannot find) down my nose, under eyes... basically t-zone. brushes matter! i'm learning that more and more all the time. i could probably get another to add to my... two. what is your favorite primer/foundation/powder (and what the heck is the difference between them all?!)?
benefit boing // if foundation isn't cutting it and there's a blemish that needs masking, this to the rescue!
becca highlight // THIS is my favorite new product of the whole she-bang (and a recc from my ig friend sarah). i'm sad to admit this but i get a little bit excited to put this on at the very end. down the bridge of my nose, and my cheekbones. plus, applied with my finger to the inside of my eyes for an added ka-pow! you never know when a stay at home mom needs to whip out a little ka-pow.

okay, i think that's it. i am going to take a stab at contouring one of these days, and i'll report back. also, would love to know what are your must-must-must buys for me and exactly (really spell it out for me) what you do with them. in fact, stop being so selfish and just send them along.

1/19/16

The things I wish I bought in the aisles of Target but didn't or else I'd be broke, volume 05.

and we're back. here to start us off is a snap of the three of us in the family restroom--our second visit to it within the first ten minutes of our target run. so far so good! it's such fun trying to squeeze that cart in the door as it tries to swing shut on you!!

here we go... after the jump. all the things that you must get at target......... right now.

cliiiiiick!