Today, I’m really excited to announce my partnership with in Too Small To Fail – a joint initiative between The Clinton Foundation and Next Generation. Their goal is to improve the development of kids in America (you can read all about it here.) Research shows that over 80% of a child’s brain develops before they turn 3 – so it’s important for parents and communities to spend quality time interacting with kids in positive ways. I’ve caught myself sounding like a dork talking to my toddlers because it looks like I’m talking to myself “this is our favorite park and wow! look at that big tree.” But the research shows that talking with your kids and giving them that eye to eye contact is what really helps them develop. I have been wanting to create some habits to make sure I spend more time with my kiddos so I’m setting a few goals on Go Mighty over the next few months. I’ll be sharing my experiences there. I’d love to hear if you have any tips on what kind of activities have helped you spend quality time with the kids in your life. (ie: Volunteer at their preschool, go to the park everyday, read together everyday, play games together, etc) I’d love any ideas.
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If you follow my instagram they you may have seen I bought a new car! I have wanted to buy a vintage FIAT 500 for several years (see here here, and here.) A few weeks ago I found one for an extremely good deal on Ebay and usually when I find one I like they are across the country, so when I saw it was nearby it was pretty tempting. There was a steep curve learning to drive it but I think we have it down now. We had to learn a few things like the radio doesn’t turn off when you turn off the car. You have to manually turn it off so I was draining the battery without knowing it! It wouldn’t start and I couldn’t figure out why. Ha! Also, when I drive it I have to “double clutch” it. It took a minute to adjust to but now I drive it like a champ. We had seatbelts installed in the back (it’s so funny to think they didn’t even have seatbelts) so now we’ve been going on little joyrides around the city with the family. It is super fun to drive and everyone waves to you and yells “I like your car!” It is really easy to find parking so it has been the perfect car to zip around the neighborhood in.
p.s.: I’m obsessed with this dress I got from Madewell. It’s the perfect dress. I like that it will transition to the cold weather nicely with a pair of tights (Holiday Parties!)
Paul and I have been married for 8 years and with small children we just don’t get out much. I would say for us there are two major obstacles. The first is that childcare can be hard to find and expensive in San Francisco and the second is when we actually find ourselves with a free evening we end up going to the same few restaurants or seeing a movie. We both like going on dates, there is something special about a date where we talk and act differently. We just don’t make a lot of time to do it. So when HowAboutWe approached us about trying out their services for couples, I was very interested. If you haven’t heard of HowAboutWe, they started as an online dating site but have since expanded to include HowAboutWe for Couples – a membership service that gets couples out on tailored dates for 2, they plan the whole thing! It’s super fun to browse all the dates in our area and pick out the ones that sounded interesting. Paul and I love cooking together, so for our first date we thought it would be fun to try something new and take a pickling class (although, a tasting tour of the Ferry Building and trapeze lessons also caught our eye.) A HowAboutWe concierge helped to plan and schedule all the details of the date. The pickling class was really fun. It started at 8pm so we were able to grab dinner nearby beforehand. During the class we learned the basics of pickling and we each brought home two jars of our creations. I’m already looking forward to our next date (a yacht excursion!) If you’re interested in HowAboutWe for Couples, you can sign up for free to browse all of their dates. Plus if you’re a new member, you can get $50 off your first date by clicking here! (Expires 12/31/13.) Having someone take the planning element out of our date was huge and we loved getting out of our dating rut. Thanks HowAboutWe!
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Photos by Paul Ferney
Our friend Alpha Smoot was in Paris last month so she stopped by to take some family photos. I loved how they turned out. We hadn’t had family photos taken since Moses was a baby and I wanted something that felt natural and casual and showed a little of our life in Paris. I was going to share more photos next week but I thought this was a good one for Mother’s Day. I love being these guys’ mom.
The time between Christmas and New Years is my favorite time of the year. I love setting goals and making lists and plans, it feels so good! We had a small little Christmas with just the four of us. Paul set up his animal installation with their old toys to help make a big impression for Christmas morning (I explain this little tradition right here.) Another thing we’ve done the last few years is mark each present with a giant letter ‘M’ or ‘R’ so the kids can find their presents. I uncharacteristically planned ahead and purchased the pajamas last year from Crewcuts in a post-Christmas sale and saved them. We decorated the tree with these lights and they saved our tree by making our sad looking decorations look festive. Even though our family is small and kids are little it has been fun to start our own traditions. (ps: See pictures from last Christmas here.) Do you have any fun family traditions that you’ve started yourself?