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Three Years Of Eva December

December 13, 2016

Three years ago, my wild girl was born. Her dad delivered her. There was snow on the ground. Those are the things I’ll never forget.

I’ll also never forget how much she surprised me. When the boys were born, I knew them right away. Maybe it was their constant and intense need for me every second of every day (eye roll emoji), I don’t know. Eva has always been a stranger. At first it was startling, how different she was from the rest of us, but then it was the very best surprise. I’m so lucky to know her.

Happy birthday to my strong, happy girl. You make us all so much better.

 

More home movies.

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Christmas Cards + Minted Giveaway

November 9, 2016

Baer Card

I love Christmas cards. I love buying them, sending them, getting them in the mail. I do not love taking THE CHRISTMAS CARD PICTURE. You know how it goes. The posing, the sweating, the gritting your teeth while you whisper yell at your kids to look like you’re having a great time and stop picking your nose SO HELP ME GOD. Which is why this year we chose from photos we already had and left Austin and I out of the whole thing. A morale boost for everyone.

One thing we didn’t change was going with Minted for our cards. They have the best designs and let you stick the addresses on the envelopes for free. Win!

Four things to know:

1) First and most important–> YOU CAN WIN A $125 GIFT CARD TO GET THOSE CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR FREE!!! Minted has generously offered 125 bucks to their shop for one of my lucky readers. Click here to enter! All you need is an e-mail address. Giveaway will run today through November 16th. Don’t miss it! U.S. residents only.

2) Starting today through 11/14 – Minted is running their semi-annual Free Foil Event. 20% off all foil products using code FOIL20. Their foil-pressed cards are some of their best products and tend to be expensive, so this is a great deal! 

3) They also have great Christmas gift ideas. I have my eye on this and this!

4) 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. I contacted them and for Christmas cards in exchange for an honest review.

Other fine print details include Austin really hating my themed hat picture.

xo

 

Baer Christmas Card

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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.

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31

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.

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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.

bday

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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?

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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.

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