Friday, June 26, 2015

wittle shoes

I am a shoe gal. I LOVE shoes. When I found out I was having a girl the first thing I bought her was shoes. Gold glittery jelly sandals that have been sitting patiently biding their time for the day when she fits into them and that time is fast approaching. Of course up until now, she hasn't had a need for shoes. From the beginning we've survived on one magical piece of footwear. The goumiboot which she wore from newborn until fairly recently. They would actually stay on her foot, they were soft, washable, and they were always in her diaper bag in case we were out and her tootsies got cold. I cannot recommend them enough for any new parent in fact, I'm heading to a baby shower on Saturday and I'm bringing a pair with. 
Her inability to walk of course, stopped nobody and in addition to the gifts of shoes I bought her two more pairs of gold shoes which she wore as much as I could stick her in them.
Well now... she walks and actually needs shoes. It's sent me in a bit of a tizzy of shoes for her because I am a shoe snob. I think it had to do with being poor and growing up wishing I had cool shoes and was stuck with Chuck Taylors back when they were not the cool they are now. I promised myself that any children of mine would be dressed in cool shoes. That means trendy, simple, unique, comfortable, tough, and practical. No crazy embellishments, no cartoon characters. Oh and the big ole wrench: NOT LEATHER. Which made these perfect options out of the question.
Salt Water sandals are supposed to be impervious and they are: so damn cute. 
These See Kai Run shoes are cool but I don't know anything about their durability.
Every trendy blogger with a baby has a pair of these. They're called Freshly Picked and they're just all kinds of adorable. They also make clothing and holy crap I want these or these.
Not to be outdone, we have a pair of these beauties waiting for Alice to fit into them.
I also like these Converse in mint.
I was really jonesing for shoes that are easy to get on and off though so hook & loop shoes are the way to go and my faves are the classics.
These two have to be black. Matt would want it that way.
I'm also really into the sneakers with that Euro style. Like these Cienta shoes. While you can have the classics be black if you're going for another shoe, a bright or out of the ordinary color like yellow or red you'll be surprised really go with a lot of your kid's clothing.
I could go for a pair of these in my size.
 I want these bad. Look at those flowers!
And yeah, I would buy my child Nikes, I would. Great shoes. It's just gonna be when her foot doesn't grow as fast as it does now.
We went to a kid's shoe store to try shoes on and Alice did try on the Crocs and they are kinda cute on little kids but I just... couldn't do it. I already have two pairs and Matt was not on board.

In the end, we got these Native shoes which I didn't realize were pretty trendy with celebs as I learned when I googled for pictures of them. The best thing about them is that they're rubbery and you can just rinse them out. She wore them to the beach, I just shook the sand off and rinsed them and dried them in the dish rack. Can't beat that!
They're a smidge too big for her but I just stick her with socks and she's good. She's still getting the hang of wearing shoes but so far I think these are gonna work out.
I hope this post was helpful to someone out there. Do you guys have any shoes you recommend that I should check out that are so cool not even I know about them?

Have a great weekend gang!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

friday nights on the farm

For the past two weeks we've been hosting friends at our place on Friday nights for the summer. We haven't coined the exact phrase for the event though I've tried various configurations of alliteration with the letter F. Friday Night Fun at the Fredrich Family Farm, etc. Anyhow... it's a chill hang, a nice mix of peeps from school, church, family, work. We're doing it outside in the awesome summer night weather. The first week we did cocktails and s'mores. 
I need a fire pit but in the meantime, we used a blowtorch which was wicked fun.
I also made chocolate ice cream and served it with whipped cream or a dash of cold brew coffee. Boy was I happy that I just so happened to have tiny wooden spoons in my arsenal.
It all came about from repeatedly feeling frustrated that people never hung out and did stuff so we took matters into our own hands. Last Friday we did floats and I gotta tell you about that another time. Plus a recap of life lately.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

hers and mine: i wish

I have this neon pink backpack I bought about three years ago that I bust out now and again. Surprisingly I still love it and American Apparel still makes it (though it was $42 back in 2012). Here it is in action in Portland.
Well punch me in the face until I'm blue, they make a kid version of it too.
I'm not the type to dress my daughter and I in matching outfits but matching neon pink backpacks? Sign. Me. Up.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

obviously it should be a farmhouse

I keep trying to settle on a style for our home and then I realized well duh, it should be farmhouse style. Contemporary farmhouse. Right?
I didn't think the style was my style until I realized it kind of is. 
Classic. American. Simple. Black. White. Wood. 
And to fill a pantry with delicious American made ingredients.
And if you mix it with some rustic and a touch of industrial.
Add some vintage accessories.
 
Contemporary farmhouse, why hadn't I thought of it sooner.

Monday, June 1, 2015

adventures in cocktail-ing

It goes back a long many years. Once upon a July awhile ago we ended up in Fort Collins, CO where our friend Duy took us to a vegetarian restaurant and I had Kentucky Fried Freedom. It was fake fried chicken, collared greens, and black eyed peas. It was one of the most delicious meals I've ever had and since that day I've wanted to replicate that menu. Well, for Mother's Day my family and I tried with a Southern BBQ and of course, I made mint juleps. 
In that little bottle above with the cork top I pre-squeezed some lemon juice and since there were some leftovers lemon juice I thought well you can't let it go to waste so I started making some cocktails with this book
It also helps that in my front yard grows some herbs that work very well with cocktail making and combine that with the fact that I don't get out much nowadays, what's a girl gonna do but make 'em at home right? 
I've never been a drinker for drunk sake. I hate that. I enjoy a good cocktail for the pure taste of magical chemistry. Fresh ingredients put together in a way that make a tasty beverage.
Cheers Gang. 
Here's to a refreshing summer!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

where you been?

Yikes. Didn't mean for all this time to go un-blogged. Not much has been going on. I was home for an unexpected six weeks and then got a tiny 1 day stage shoot that was the easiest job of my life which I finished today and back to being unemployed. During that time we mostly hung out at home but there were activities nearly every weekend including this weekend marking the beginning of summer time. We played softball as a family and I managed to avoid embarrassing the Fredrich name by getting three hits, scoring three runs, and getting an out!
This little tyke has gotten pretty predictable except for a few nights of waking up at midnight crying for no reason we can determine other than probably teething. Goes to bed from 8-9, wakes up at 7:30/8, naps between 9:30/11 and 2:30/4 for an hour-two each. She's getting two top teeth and they seem to be bothering her more than when she got the bottom ones. She's waving, clapping, crusing along the furniture at LIGHTNING speed, standing unassisted, and taking teeny baby steps when she feels like it and we prop her into standing. I can't believe we're at this phase already, the walking phase. I've taken it day by day and that's helped me not feel so overwhelmed but it's hard to imagine that soon she'll be wearing shoes not just to amuse her mother but because she'll need them.
I'm also sorry to say that we are no longer breastfeeding. I wanted to make it to a year but I made it about 8 months exclusively breastfeeding, 9 months partly supplementing, and 10 months totally on formula. I wasn't a very responsible pumper and no matter what supplements I took or how much water I drank my supply just kept dipping and dipping and I just couldn't keep up. If I would have tried a little harder while I was home with her for so many weeks maybe we could have turned it around. For awhile I was able to nurse her for her first nap and right before bed but then my supply dipped really low and she would get frustrated about how long it took to get going and how little she was getting and I took the easy way out and just gave her formula. I was sorta beating myself up about it but Matt kept telling me how proud he was of how long I was able to do it and I am grateful I was able to do it at all. She is really healthy though, hasn't been sick yet. But now there's all these reminders around the house that just make me sad I'm no longer giving her the really good stuff. Bye bye pump. Bye bye nursing pads. See you for the next baby, if there is one.
On the other hand, she is eating a lot of food. We've been letting her feed herself for months now and we sit at the table and whatever we're eating I just cut up into baby bite sizes for her. I still have not convinced her to eat an egg but like a good vegetarian she loves tofu, tempeh, and quinoa.
So that's us. Or well, that's Alice, which is our whole life lets be honest. We are two months away from her first birthday and we're still hoping to make it to Austin for the 4th of July. I'm not gonna have some crazy elaborate birthday party for her because let's be real, she's not gonna remember. Hard to believe that it's been almost a year already. Someone stop this crazy train.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

the master bathroom is not embarassing anymore

The good thing about DIY projects is once it's done you don't gotta do it anymore. So thankfully it's good enough for now and it's actually pretty likeable.
It wasn't without it's pains in the butt. Once the walls were painted it took all the color right out of the room and the plan was to paint the bottom cabinet blue to add color and that worked pretty well.
The bottom cabinet color I originally chose was Hale's Navy which is a beautiful color but was too purple and grey for me. So I did a quick research and went with Champion Cobalt and it was just what I was imagining.
The first thing I'd purchased were these brass handles and they're a straight steal from some blogger's kitchens I'd seen. I installed the first set using measurements and it was tricky and no good. Then I made a guide and that saved the day. If you ever have to install cabinet hardware, definitely make a guide. Time saver, life saver.
I wanted a fancy soap pump and couldn't find anything I loved so I went with a classic graphic soap pump that once the fancy stuff runs out we'll just refill with the cheap stuff. 
After buying and returning about four to five different bath rugs I ended up with yellow, predictably.
I wanted a shelf above the toilet to display things and that was a whole other rigamarole. Too big, too small, too grey. Ended up flipping a ledge I already had. Oh well.
I carefully chose the photo of Alice for her dad.
We got new towels that are nice and big and white and soft. Nate Berkus for Target.
I had ordered chrome hardware but then realized on grey walls it would just be too stark so I went with champagne bronze instead to warm it up. 
Brass-ish but modern. The stupid toilet roll holder was missing a crucial screw to keep it on the wall so I'm waiting for that to come in and that's been an ordeal and a half.
I mentioned before that I'd bought two medicine cabinets but accidentally bought the wrong size but since the sink is a single having only one in the middle looks pretty good.
It's amazing how much you can fit in these suckers.
And this is just funny to me. My side:
Matt's side. Men have it so easy.
Having it in the center leaves room on the side to eventually add some sconces of sorts, we definitely could use some more lighting. 
Leftover Mother's Day blooms make everything pretty.
Now we won't be embarrassed when I give a house tour!