Monthly Archives: May 2011

Question for the Ladies: What is one piece of your wardrobe that can spice up any outfit?

  Me in my Boden Jacket. I like to call this my Mary Poppins jacket. I admire that Mary Poppins (I should do a whole post on Mary Poppins), and perhaps the first step towards being a little more Mary Poppinsish is owning a jacket like hers? Aren’t you impressed with my modeling skills? Being […]

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EmmaJ - May 24, 2011 - 6:33 am

I like a good bag (mine are Petunia Picklebottom diaper bags right now) and big sunglasses. I love a good, big, Jackie O sized pair of sunglasses. I think they make me look casual and put together. And I don’t have to wear make-up with them.

Wendy M - May 24, 2011 - 7:41 am

I adore your coat…you always look sophisticated in it. I also rely on a raincoat…mine is orange, so it is quite popular in Corvallis! I’ve received compliments on it as far away as Seattle. My favorite part is I got a crazy-good deal on it at Fred Meyer and just changed out the buttons (something anyone can do to make clothing a little more unique!)

EmmaJ - May 24, 2011 - 11:37 am

Wendy, I love that idea about changing the buttons. Such a simple trick!

Sunny - May 24, 2011 - 1:46 pm

Shoes and sunglasses for me. I’m really not great at putting clothes together so I usually stick with t-shirts, jeans, etc. and I do not wear make up. In order to feel girly or glam I get fun sunglasses and shoes. I cried the day I threw away my pink sunglasses, literally. I couldn’t see out of them anymore they were so scratched up. My beautiful neon pink sunglasses that I paid $5 for in NYC. sniff sniff

Camille - May 24, 2011 - 2:57 pm

I have one of these hats http://www.etsy.com/shop/piperandpaisley and I get compliments all the time. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m wearing something that’s actually fashionable, and people are just shocked into saying something nice.

Sonia - May 24, 2011 - 3:37 pm

I love that magical coat!
To make my everyday wardrobe a little more zesty, I usually opt for fun earrings or a colorful hand knit scarf.

Amanda N. - May 24, 2011 - 8:32 pm

When did you cut your hair? I LOVE it. You looks great in these pictures!

Ivy - May 24, 2011 - 9:28 pm

Kara, you look so cute in your Boden Jacket!!
I love use any accessories to smarten up, like sunglasses, luxury bag, nice shoes, ear rings, necklace, or even bracelet, depends on what purpose! But, if only can pick one item, I will definitely say a luxury bag.

kara - May 24, 2011 - 9:49 pm

Emma,
I have a haiku diaper bag that I love sporting too (as much as one can sport a diaper bag).
Wendy,
I don’t have an exact image in my head, but I feel like I have complimented you on this coat. Changing buttons IS a great idea. Even I can sew a button :)
Sunny,
RIP Sunny’s sunglasses. I have seen you sport those jewels.
Camille,
Those hats are adorable, and hello to you. I know we have met a couple of times!
Sonia,
I checked out your blog (you look familiar bye the way), and I wish I could knit my own scarves. I would love to learn to knit someday when I have more time!
Amanda,
I cut my hair a few weeks ago. Glad you like it :).
Ivy,
You are a fashion diva. Seriously, even on our walk to day you looked super stylish. What kind of luxury bags do you like?

Laurie Walker - May 25, 2011 - 7:18 am

I think earrings are my favorite fashion accessory; but now I want the jacket. I love the photos.

christa - May 25, 2011 - 8:28 am

i don’t have one particular thing…yet. but whenever i need a spruce i add accessories. usually a necklace or earrings. it makes me feel like i’ve “tried” even if i’m wearing a super casual outfit.
love the interview btw.

Cate Conway - May 25, 2011 - 10:21 pm

I love lipstick. I have some in my car, in my purse, in the junk drawer, and at my desk. If I do nothing else, I will put on lipstick…the darker the better, unless it’s sparkly.

Ivy - May 25, 2011 - 10:50 pm

It’s kinda like cliche, but I love Louis Vuitton:) I have a few LV bags from my mom. And, my first luxury bag I bought by my own was Pringle. It is a classic brand from Scotland. Right now, all money only invest in baby stuffs. Hoping I can get my next luxury bag soon. (do you hear me, Jordan. ha…)

Chris - May 26, 2011 - 8:33 am

ok I’m going out on a limb here being the only guy to comment, but lately I’m really into wearing boots. I love that they can be work, or business and that they make me an inch and a half taller!

kara - May 26, 2011 - 3:19 pm

Christa,
Do you like cosmetic jewelry more or fancy expensive?
Cate,
Can’t wait to see what lipstick you are wearing today :)!
Ivy,
You are a real fashion girl :).
Chris,
Haa.. I love your contribution. I also like that your boots make you an inch taller since you are usually only an inch taller than me :).

Sunny - May 27, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Chris, I also choose shoes that boost my height! Awesome!

Adrienne S - June 1, 2011 - 7:54 am

Kara, this jacket was the first conversation bit I ever had with you! SO funny, your lovely as always.

Honor Thy Father and Mother

After church today, Sofia came running to me excited to show me this picture of me brushing her hair. Haa… I didn’t know whining while your mom brushes your hair was breaking a commandment, but maybe it falls somewhere into the whole “honor thy father and mother” category. I hated when my mom did my […]

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EmmaJ - May 23, 2011 - 3:47 am

As a little girl with curly hair, I would run away and hide from my mom because I hated having my hair brushed so much. And there was no detangler spray when I was a little girl. My mom eventually cut my hair short when I was about 5 or 6, but I hated that too so it only lasted until it grew out.
Luckily my daughter has fine, straight hair, that does get knots, but not super hard ones to get out.
When you wash Sofia’s hair, use conditioner and then then, when you are rinsing that out comb through it with a wide-tooth comb. Also, you just have to tell Sofia that this is the price she has to pay for her naturally beautiful hair.

Anita - May 23, 2011 - 6:03 am

I started doing my hair when I was younger because that is when my mom went back to school and so I don’y really remember my mom doing my hair, but I do remember my dad doing my hair and well that is why I started to do it:) Maybe you could try letting Chris do her hair for awhile and see what happens:)

Margaret - May 23, 2011 - 7:38 am

Ha! I like Anita’s suggestion.
Both my girls have pretty straight hair, but Charlottes is a monster in the morning if I don’t brush it at night. When they get out of the bath in the evening, they each take turns sitting on my lap and they read books and we sing while I detangle and brush their hair. That way they are kind-of distracted and now they love it. But…curly hair they do not have and I think that makes a difference.
I remember HATING my mom doing my hair. I think it’s just a rite of passage :)

Missy - May 23, 2011 - 10:34 am

I always slept in as long as possible in the mornings, but at the same time, wanted my mom to put my hair into a perfectly flawless pony tail (no lumps of hair anywhere on my head, or I’d ask her to do it again). She was in such a rush to get me out the door before the bus came, that I can still feel the coarse bristles scratching the sides of my face and upper neck. Funny that I was so picky about my hair then…since I eventually grew dreadlocks. :)

kara - May 23, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Thanks for the tips. Margaret, I have never really tried that hard to make it fun. I usually just want to get the drama over with. We are going to have a hair brushing party tonight :). I love the idea of Chris doing her hair….. although she is a daddy’s girl, so she may like it :). Missy, are you going to do the dreads again??

Sunny - May 23, 2011 - 2:06 pm

We also used to brush Grace’s hair at night, but I recently started having her do it. Surprise surprise she just decided on her own to get a short haircut. She said “Rapunzel hair” was too much work. I love the new cut, but once again this is straight hair we’re talking about!

Mondisa - May 23, 2011 - 8:20 pm

As you know, Katana I both have very curly hair. She HATES having her hair brushed and I still hate having to brush my hair. In the past, I’ve used the Nexxus Humectress as a leave-in and that really seemed to help, but it’s expensive. Now I’m using Infusium and I add a little bit to a spray bottle with warm water and use that as a detangler for dry hair. It seems to work really well and it doesn’t weigh her hair down. She and I also both sleep on satin pillow cases to reduce the amount of friction on our hair overnight. It sounds spoiled, but they are actually very affordable.

adrienne w - May 24, 2011 - 9:40 am

We’ve got the curly hair to deal with on 2 of the 3 girls (so far… I’m guessing Geneva will have it, too). We use Suave smoothers shampoo because it has conditioner in it. I notice it makes a big difference. I can’t buy it in Canada, so I stock up when I go to the States. We also use detangler. And I find it really helpful to spray their hair with a water until it’s pretty wet and then comb it with a wide toothed comb. Much easier than brushing it dry. Macartney’s isn’t as curly anymore, so occasionally I let her brush it out and she likes that. We cut hers shoulder length and it makes a big difference in the tangles. I sometimes use food and movies to make them sit still. I found that if I put them in front of the computer and put on something to watch, it works great. I can move our desk chair up and down like a stylists chair. One of their favourites is when I put on Sound of Music on the computer and play the goat herder song over and over! I also sometimes do their hair in a tighter style and leave it for a day or two until their next bath. For example, I’ll braid the front into two braids and leave the rest down. That way it’s out of their faces and then in the morning, I just spray it a little with a spray bottle to take away the frizzy look and sometime comb the part that’s down and we’re good to go. I’ve also been practicing french braids because that works great on taming the curls. But I can’t do that in a hurry. Anyways, I sympathize with you!!

kara - May 24, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Mondisa, I love that you sleep on a satin pillow :)!! It’s the little things that make life nice :).
Adrienne,
I love the sound of music idea. I think Sofia would totally dig that.

Amber S. - June 1, 2011 - 10:45 pm

I can only speak for what I did for myself (no kiddies) since I had extremely long, thick hair for most of my life. Here’s what worked for me: spray-in conditioner just didn’t cut it with my hair so I used a LOT of conditioner in the shower, but I’m getting ahead of myself. This is advice I’ve given to others when I’ve seen the pain they’ve both been going through (friends who are mothers/to their children also)…1st: at the very least put it in a ponytail at night so it has less opportunity to get tangled, but preferably braid it (this works best when you’re a morning showering person, because my hair always ‘held’ the braid waves even if it was braided dry) because this way the hair was controlled all night and couldn’t get tangled; 2nd: in the morning brush it out BEFORE getting it wet (before showering or spraying it down), and then when you get in the shower, tip your hair straight back when getting it wet so all the hair is going in the same direction; 3rd: use a LOT of conditioner and comb through it in the shower with your fingers to get any tangles out; 4th: squeeze water out with hands and then use towel to squeeze more water out…NEVER rub or use friction, that just tangles it all up; 5th: brush out (brush all in the same direction, with head tipped straight back) with a widely spaced brush with flexible ‘spines’, that way if you encounter a tangle the brush has room to give a little to notify you before you’re yanking painfully. These tips come from my personal experience, who as a little girl used to cry as my mom would try to brush my hair out and then knock me on the head with the back of the wooden brush when I was fighting her about it (she’d deny the knocking me on the head part, but it’s true, I remember it well).

kara - June 2, 2011 - 10:43 am

Thanks for the tips Amber. You of all people would know. I remember your long and lovely hair :). Is it still long? I like the idea of braiding hair at night!

Amber S. - June 2, 2011 - 3:56 pm

I chopped it about five years ago and have since varied from top of shoulders to shoulder-blade length since. I’m currently trying to grow it out more though!

Something smells like pregnancy….

I am hoping that this post isn’t too crazy, and that some of you can relate to me (haa… always a nice way to start a post). I get pretty sick at the beginning of my pregnancies. You know… just the basic throwing up and extreme sensitivities to tastes and smells. I have noticed that […]

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juliette - May 22, 2011 - 8:23 pm

Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena cleaner used to be the best smell in the world until I couldn’t stand the smell of anything at all. I still don’t like it.
During pregnancy #1, I couldn’t stand the smell (or the taste) of Mexican food. Pretty weird since I live off burritos when not gestating. La Conga was the worst. Thankfully I’ve recovered.

Sunny - May 23, 2011 - 3:05 pm

I know the smell you’re talking about at Trader Joe’s. ALL of the Joe’s I’ve been to have the same smell, even in California! I can’t remeber any specific prego smells, with the last one it was simply the act of living that made me sick!

kara - May 23, 2011 - 3:10 pm

OH man Sunny, I have been there too. I have never felt more sick in my life than when I am pregnant

Sonia - May 24, 2011 - 3:38 pm

I always wanted to yarf whenever I went near the deli section of a grocery store, the smell is just so…distinct! And I still have trouble around scrambled eggs after a particularly graphic morning sickness incident in a parking lot!

adrienne w - May 24, 2011 - 11:03 pm

To this day, I can’t stand the smell of Subway (the sandwich place, not an actual Subway :) ). Baking bread is usually a wonderful smell, but going into a Subway when I was pregnant with my first made me want to yak! Ever since then, I always hold my breath at first when I walk in one. I can eat there, but I still don’t like the smell. And I think it’s hilarious that a song makes you nauseous!

Becerra Photography Studio Open House and Some of my all time favorite pictures

I just wanted to give all of you lovely people a reminder that you are all invited to Chris’ studio open house this Saturday from 10-1. His studio is located inside of the Darkside Cinema on 4th street. There will be food, face painting, a photo booth, and an amazing studio to check out. Anyone […]

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carolina amador - May 19, 2011 - 11:23 pm

I will be there and I absolutely adore the picture of Megan. It is priceless. I’m excited to see what Chris can create from our family sometime soon. See you Saturday.

sam - May 20, 2011 - 12:05 pm

I so wish we could be there. Wish him luck for us!

Sarabeth - May 20, 2011 - 1:54 pm

If we lived closer I would SO be there! Congrats to Chris for pursuing his dream! I don’t know when, but one day we’re coming down so he can do some family pics for us!

Adrienne - May 22, 2011 - 6:58 pm

That picture of Miles is SO Hilarious! What a crack up. I also love that picture of the mom crying. Omgosh, what a great photo… Great, you blog makes me laugh and cry in the same post. Geez Kara.

Buttercup Nursing Pad Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to ELISABETH@SIMPLEGREENISHLIVING. She is the winner of the buttercup nursing pads. Contact me within the next 24 hours so we can arrange how to get those to you. For every other leaking mama, head over to Anne’s website to get yourself some pads! Thanks for entering! Happy nursing to all, and to all a good […]

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Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving - May 20, 2011 - 8:53 am

Yay, I’m thrilled I won the giveaway! So excited to try these out and share the results with my breastfeeding friends…will be great for lots of baby showers coming up too :) Thanks so much!