Swan Princess

Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.comSwan Princess | www.eccentricowl.com Today, my mind has struck blank. I really wanted to film a makeup tutorial this morning, but one thing after another went wrong, and I just wasn’t feeling it. And then I loved taking the outfit pictures (and I LOVE this outfit) but now that I’m sitting down to write a post, I have nothing.

Besides which, Asa has been acting out of sorts; either he’s teething again, or he’s sick. I’m hoping it’s the first one! I know the flu has been going around my husband’s family, which means that Thanksgiving at their house is off, and I don’t want him to catch it.

Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.com I’m so sad that we won’t be seeing my in-laws for Thanksgiving; it’s always so fun to be at their house amongst all of the family, and they had been planning to go up to the snow on Friday to play. It would have been Asa’s first time in snow… and he might have had to wear a pink snowsuit because he’d have to borrow his cousin’s, but it would have been so fun!    Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.comSwan Princess | www.eccentricowl.com But having this skirt in my wardrobe now makes things a little bit better. I’m very slowly  but surely adding to my collection of quirky animal prints, and this swan print skirt is definitely my new favorite thing! Before you know it, my closet is just going to be full of nerdy tee shirts and animal-printed everything.

Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.com I was a little bit worried about the fit of this skirt; it only comes in one size, but has an elastic band in the waist so that it will fit several sizes. I’d guess it stretches up to about 32-34″, though, so there was no problem there! I did, however, cut out the half-lining, because on my wider hips it was constantly riding up. On someone with skinner hips, I think the lining would be no problem! Besides, the print is totally worth it!

Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.com I hope you all have good plans for Thanksgiving! We had planned to go to my parents’ for the first part of the day, and my in-laws’ for the second half, but now that the flu has hit the in-laws, we will probably spend all day with my family. And then on Friday, we might actually go Black Friday shopping, which would be the first time I’ve ever done it!

Not that we have anything in particular we need, or a lot of extra money to buy anything with, but if there’s something really good (Paleo cookbooks! Toys for Asa!) we may just have to mini-splurge.

Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.com Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.com Can you believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and then there’s Christmas in a month? This Christmas will be a tight one for us, with my having quit my job, but I think it will still be a good one! Because we have less money, I’ve been getting more creative with what I’ll be giving and making people, and it’s been fun! I have always wanted to do more homemade gifts, and now’s definitely the time for it. Swan Princess | www.eccentricowl.comSkirt c/o Choies | belt and shirt, thrifted | shoes, Modcloth | earrings, old | glasses, c/o Firmoo

I would love to just get into giving more handmade gifts all the time, regardless of how much money we have, and I’m thinking that this may be the start of it, now that I know how much fun it is to make things! What are some of your favorite handmade gift ideas?

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

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Thoroughly Modern Alice

Thoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.comThoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.comYou know you’re a mom blogger when…

…you immediately go inside and put your hair up after you’ve taken outfit pictures because the baby will try to eat it otherwise.

… you wipe off your lipstick five minutes later because the baby smeared it everywhere.

… there are food and milk stains on your skirt and you don’t even care because at least you’re dressed.

… you only wear clothes that can be easily washed, bent over in, sat down in, and have enough fabric to cover if little hands start pulling on things.

… you look forward to nap time because it means you can get out the camera and not worry that the baby will pull the tripod over on himself.Thoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.com … you sit on the floor to blog so that you can simultaneously edit pictures and entertain your child.

… you wear bright colors and headscarves not only because you like them, but also because your child likes them and they work as handy distraction techniques should you need them.Thoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.com I feel like a very modern Alice (in Wonderland) in this outfit. The shirt, obviously, but also the headscarf bow reminds me of bunny ears, and I have always thought that this skirt would be a perfect component in an Alice in Wonderland costume.

This top is actually a crop top which comes barely below my skirt’s waistline when it’s untucked; I had it untucked earlier with a camisole underneath, but I think a loose top needs a fitted skirt to work (which gives me an idea for another outfit!) on me. I am not usually (or ever) a crop top girl because I don’t want to bare that kind of skin ever, but I just could not pass up the Cheshire cat! So, I’ll figure out ways to make it work. Thoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.com And now I am wishing I had worn my hair up in a bun, because once I got back inside and put it up to keep it away from Asa’s greedy fingers, I instantly liked the whole thing better. Not that I don’t like it with my hair down, but there’s something better about having hair pulled up with a headscarf.  Thoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.com Thoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.com In some slightly sadder news, I may be done dyeing my hair for a while. Lately I feel like I’ve been shedding a lot more than usual, plus it’s been frizzy and tangly and hard to manage — which it never was before — and it has been pretty worked over in the last year or so. I think I need to let it rest and grow back to its natural healthy self. But we’ll see. I am not sure if I really want to give up the red just yet! Thoroughly Modern Alice | www.eccentricowl.com  Shirt c/o Choies | skirt, thrifted | headscarf and umbrella, vintage/grandma’s | shoes, Modcloth | tights, Target | glasses c/o Firmoo

I hope you are all having a good week! Happy Tuesday!

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Sunday Sweets: Store Trip

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I am part of a group on Facebook called The Everyday Momtographer, for moms aspiring to capture the beautiful in everyday life, and every week there’s a new challenge. A few weeks ago, it was “in public” and we were challenged to document a trip outside of our own houses — to the park, to the store, on errands, wherever. So when we went for a short run to a small store near where we’re living, I timidly brought along the camera, sure someone would tell us we weren’t allowed to take pictures in stores.

But nobody did, and I got some of my favorite pictures of Asa ever!

I would love to start taking more pictures of him as we’re out and about; I may start carting my camera with me on more shopping trips, because it was a lot of fun!

In other news, this little man woke up at 5:30 today, and uh… I am not a fan of waking up that early. I may have had a breakdown this morning because of that and also because we’re out of almond milk for my coffee. Yeah. Being a girl with emotions is fun. Haha!

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

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Little Things: Seventh Edition

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It’s Saturday! I’m sorry this post is coming to you so late, but this morning I tried (for the second time around) to edit together a makeup tutorial I shot on Friday, and… ugh. Yesterday, I downloaded a free program that was seemingly okay, but at the very end of editing when I was all ready to export and had gone through uploading it from the program straight to YouTube, I realized that the free version would only export videos with a HUGE watermark right over the middle of the video frame… through the entire thing.

So I removed that program and realized it had downloaded me a few virusy things as well, which thankfully I got rid of… and my husband — who is much more knowledgeable than me on these things — found me a different program that seemed good this morning. But as I was editing I was thinking “man, this is JUST like the other program; everything is exactly the same!” and sure enough, I got done and once again it would only upload with a huge watermark over my face.

And then we tried Windows Movie Maker, but it won’t take my files because apparently it hates me. And then we tried using a file converter and WMM still hated me. And then it also downloaded AVG Safe Search and automatically installed it in my browser, so I had to remove that AND THEN… nothing was working.

Suffice it to say, this morning has not been nice. But I’m about to do a photoshoot, and I have lots of fun links to share today, so it’ll get better!

Funny Things

Cute Things

Pretty Things

DIY Things

Food Things

Mom Things

  • I really needed to read this post about finding the sacred in the mundane moments. Kristen always says it perfectly!

That’s it for today! I’m off to shoot some people (er… with my camera…) and then try out finger knitting. I hope you all have a happy Saturday!

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Pacific Northwesterners

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Today, I quit my job.

I know that sounds crazy after I’ve admitted we’re pretty broke, but… we’ll live. We’ve been scraping by for two months on just my husband’s paycheck, so I know we can make it, even if it is tough. Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.comThere are moms out there who work part time or full time, and I don’t know how they do it. It might sound really weak to admit that even working 4 hours a day wore me out, stressed me out, made me emotional and more prone to impatience with Asa… I just can’t be that woman. I can’t be a superwoman who has a steady job and takes care of a house and kids at the same time. It’s not a strength of mine.

And I knew it was time to call in and quit after I tried going back to work today and had no less than three breakdowns while trying to get Asa down for a nap so I could log in.

If work means I’ll be less of a mother and wife, then… I can’t work.

Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.comPacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.com So, aside from continuing to cultivate my Etsy shop and perhaps grabbing a few sponsors here and there for the blog or doing photography sessions when people want me, I am officially  no longer a working mother. We are solely living on what my husband makes, and it’s going to be tight, but less stressful.

I am thankful for my husband’s understanding this morning, when I told him that I just couldn’t work AND be a good wife and mother. His response was to quit work, if it’s what I needed to do.Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.comPacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.com And here we are.

It should have felt like a big decision because this is the first time in years and in our marriage that I am officially done working bar we become absolutely destitute and I’m forced to work again. But really… I’ve not been working for two months already, so it’s just relief. Relief that the dread of having to go back to work is over; that I don’t have to figure out how to fit four hours of work into my day as well as try to be a good mother, a good wife, eat healthy, exercise, work on my Etsy shop, work with sponsors, blog consistently (and with good content), write, work on photography, and whatever else comes my way.

I no longer have to worry about whether I’ll be able to socialize with the people I love because I might still have a few hours of work I need to get in. I don’t have to stress over shopping day because going to get groceries cuts into the hours I could be working. I don’t have to get anxious when Asa refuses to take a nap because all I could think about was that the longer he napped, the less time I had to do what was required of me for my job.Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.com Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.com And it was a great job, don’t get me wrong. Working from home with flexible hours that can be done at any time during the day is really an amazing opportunity. But knowing I was required to do those hours and the pressure was on to get everything done in the day… it’s just not something I am cut out for,.

Perhaps it also felt unfair to me that I had to do two jobs — work a job and be a mother and a wife and a housekeeper. Not that I thought it was anyone’s fault, but… it did feel unfair that I had two jobs and my husband only had one. (I really want to emphasize that at no time did I feel like it was his fault. It was just life. Life happens, and neither of us can control some things.)Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.com So, thankfully, after the first and second breakdowns when I finally told him I just couldn’t do it, he understood. I am unbelievably blessed to have a husband willing to be the sole provider so that I can be at home where I want to be with my child, being the wife and mother I’ve always wanted to be. Sometimes it seems so incredibly lucky that I get all of this.  Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.com In view of everything that’s happened today, and to take a step towards the things I’ve been putting on the back burner as I waited for work to start again, and in celebration of this new crazy chapter of life, because I’m sure it will be crazy, I’m offering all of my readers a chance to nab something from the shop at 15% off from now until December 31st.

Everything is eligible for the discount, and in the coming weeks I’ll be trying hard to list more of the things I’ve got waiting to be listed. The code for the discount is OWLREADER. So, see something you wanted? Now’s the time. Pacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.comPacific Northwesterners | www.eccentricowl.com These pictures are from a week or so ago, when I was taking inspiration from Marlen and basically came out looking more like the typical stereotype of a Washingtonian. Plaid, coffee, hipster hat. Y’know.

I convinced my husband to pose with me because he sort of looks like a Washingtonian, too, doesn’t he?

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On me: shirt, skirt, belt, and brooch, Thrifted | tights, Target | hat, mom-made | shoes, Modcloth | coffee cup, gift
On him: sweatshirt, pants, and socks, Target | shirt, c/o Joules | boots, Kohl’s

I hope you all have a beautiful Friday and a fantastic weekend! I know I will.

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