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Happy Mother’s Day

May 6, 2016

People often say that motherhood is harder now than it ever has been before, but I don’t think that’s true. Instead it’s just different. Some things are better, some things are worse. A lot will always stay the same.

I feel lucky to be a mom in 2016. Screen time and cyberbullying are tough terrain, but along with the bad has come a lot of good. For example, Daniel Tiger! The shift away from fear-based parenting. Breastfeeding pillows! We are also no longer expected to stay home and make lasagnas if we don’t want to. Despite the daily op-ed pieces on “Mommy Wars,” it is possible to create a fulfilling life without worrying what everyone else thinks.

I’m not saying it comes without serious challenge. But now more than ever, our sons and daughters are seeing their mamas pursue a life of meaning with equal co-parents, supportive friends, and without fear of retribution. That’s some good stuff right there.

Motherhood will always be hard, but the upside is that there is always space for change. We are only as “good” or “bad” as we decide to be. Happy Mother’s Day to the strong women who decide day after day to show up and do their best.



March 31, 2016

For the past few years on my birthday I’ve written a small reflection in this space just in case anyone has forgotten what a white millennial girl sounds like when she talks about herself. So hello again! Another year older and zero percent wiser, talking about the aging even though I’m technically still younger than Jon Hamm was before he turned into Don Draper/a national treasure. I have so much life left to live!

So far my 30s have been great.

Three things I’m “learning” ->

1) Don’t save things for a special occasion. Life is a special occasion.
2) Guilty pleasures are for the birds. Enjoy without guilt.
3) They weren’t kidding about sunscreen.

Three things I still haven’t learned->

1) Biochemistry.
2) The proper application of the eyebrow pencil.
3) How to make pasta for less than 18 people.

Last year my 30th birthday was one of the best night’s of my life; dinner, drinks, dancing, falling asleep at 5am with my black party dress still on. This year I lowered the bar to reach my pregnant waistline and just want to relax for a few hours without anyone asking me for a yogurt. Which is why yesterday on Austin’s only day off–I threw myself a private one person party and drove around town all day getting massages, pedicures, and carbs. It was great. 5/5 stars.


Today I am 31-years-old, 30 weeks pregnant with my last baby, and married to someone who would never use the term “housewife” as my job description. I’m also writing a book, watching my friendships and body change with time, and keeping two children and twelve houseplants alive! (Just kidding, Austin waters the plants). Life is full and good.

To another year of learning and not learning and maybe buying an eyebrow pencil. The golden years are always right under our feet.



30 + 29Baers

10 Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts To Celebrate Our Favorite Women

January 29, 2016

Galentine’s Day is only a few short weeks away, which means that if you’re running on Leslie Knope time–you’re already behind.

What’s Galentine’s Day you ask?


Every year on February 13th, Leslie fans gather together with their girlfriends to celebrate friendship and eat all of the things. Even if you don’t watch Parks & Rec, it’s a great holiday to adopt because 1) 100x better than Valentine’s day and 2) snacks.

A list of ten wonderful gifts to celebrate the women in our lives who make us better. There is no greater thing than women helping women.

Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

1. Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed.
A collection of quotes from bestselling author Cheryl Strayed, drawn from the wide range of her writings. The book captures her wisdom, humor, and insight and is presented in a lovely gift-sized package that’s as fun to give as it is to receive. Open to any page and at the very least—be amused. As Cheryl so bluntly puts it in the introduction, “Read it like a motherfucker.” I read it in a day, and will continue to reread to find the gems that spoke to me the most. Themes include body image, friendship, inner strength, and love.

2. This perfect Galentine’s Day shirt.
Comfy, affordable, and hilarious.

3. A bouquet of friendship flowers.
Beautiful, sustainable, and unique. Great for friends who live far away.

4. A tote, necklace, or key chain from this sweet shop.
Ten votes for the YES tote.

5. Matching robes for a fun at home spa night.

6. A three month subscription to Birchbox.
The gift that keeps on giving.

7. A one month subscription to Hulu Plus to binge watch The Mindy Project.

8. Free printable!
Danielle always makes the best printables. And their free!

9. This mini faux sheepskin rug because everyone is doing it and she probably wants to, too.
Perfect for photoshoots, a chair drape, or small floor space.

10. A love letter or email including a funny meme, an inside joke or two, and some heartfelt words of appreciation because uteruses before duderuses for life.


When Babies Get Bigger (Evie Turns 2)

December 13, 2015

Two years ago on a cold winter morning, Eva December entered this world on her due date after 17 hours of labor. Austin delivered her. There was snow on the ground. My first three thoughts were: Did I tear? No really, how bad did I tear? SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THE SITUATION.

It was fine and she was a dream. Evie was a sweet, easy going baby from the start. When she turned one, I joked that she took up 10% of my parenting energy while her brother took up the other 90%. I guess she took this as a criticism and spent the rest of the year trying to prove me wrong. Therefore year two has been a year of reinvention. My carefree baby has grown into a loud and feral two-year-old. Instead of cooing on the living room floor and quietly playing with toys, Evie demands attention and craves adventure. No ledge is too high, no scream is too loud, no rock is left unthrown.

She’s the funniest, fiercest kid I know. So glad to know her.

Happy birthday to my wild, daring girl.


Eva Turns One

Birth Story

Home Movies

Eva's Birth

Minted + Weekend Links

November 27, 2015

Holiday Cards: Minted

It’s that time of the year again! The time when you make your family dress up in matching outfits so that you can bribe the kids to smile for a holiday photo while sweating profusely through your chiffon top!

This is usually our story, but as I am recently with child and extremely lazy–we decided against the usual rigamarole and simply set up a tripod in our hallway instead. The whole process took about ten minutes, which is roughly seven hours shorter than last year’s multiple photoshoots with gracious friends who had to listen to my son scream about wind.

The picture isn’t amazing, but it was so much easier. And a pretty accurate portrayal of what we look like circa 2015. Austin even had the time to take out the background noise, which in retrospect makes it look like we’re taking a church directory photo. Enjoy.

Christmas Card

As per usual, Minted was our first choice for holiday cards. They make any photo look good and have something for every style and budget. I spent hours deciding between my 58 favorites, ultimately choosing something simple because A) simple is good and B) I needed to go to bed.

Minted believes that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. They use technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses.

Shop + Our Card


Every Thanksgiving Ever

Problems Only Book Lovers Understand

The Helpers

Adele Being The Best

Mark Your Calendars


Happy Friday.

Holiday Card: Minted