links + loves

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16

 

Sharing a quick tutorial for my easy ponytail on Instagram today! Find me at @k8_smallthings! Lip color is “punch”

A helpful article on what to eat after a workout.

I shared a promo code for my favorite phone case over on Instagram. Check this post to get the code!

I finished this book recently and found the ending to be a bit anticlimactic and also a touch confusing. Have you read it?

A helpful post on travel bags, including a review of the Away bag that I’ve heard lots of great things about!

I got to try this sheer pink shade of the Fresh Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy this week and liked it a lot! The color is very sheer, but it felt as good on my lips as the other lip treatments do by Fresh!

I found this great trench coat on Amazon, it even comes with a detachable hood!

It’s been quite a week, and my heart has been heavy for all of the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Florida shooting. It’s an unthinkable tragedy that shouldn’t have happened. It’s always a struggle to get back into your daily routine after such horrible thing, so I wanted to make today’s post a little lighter.

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Luke is 3!

02
15

I’ve been obsessing over this photo ever since I dug it up this week. Can you even handle his little chin?

Luke turned 3 earlier this week and we had a fun time celebrating him with my family.

He makes me laugh on nearly a daily basis with his silly faces and funny personality. If he had it his way, he would exist within 20 feet of me at all times.

In fact, it’s a running joke at my friend Caroline’s house that when the 4 boys (my 2 and her 2) are playing upstairs, we can count on Lukie to come downstairs several times just to check in with me and get a little “mom time” before going back up to play.

We did not find out that Luke was a boy during the pregnancy. It was the first time we had decided to be surprised and it was the BEST surprise. Justin got to tell me that it was a boy in the operating room and I remember saying, “A BOY? That is SO FUN! A boy! How fun!”

I loved the idea of having two boys so close in age, and it has truly been an absolute joy to see my two sons grow up so close to each other.

I recently became an aunt for the first time and the four of us went up to visit the boys’ little cousin for the first time this week. Luke has always loved babies so I knew he would get a kick out of seeing a little newborn baby.

Sure enough, as soon as he laid eyes on him he looked up at me and said, “He’s so cute!” and then started gathering up all the baby things to bring over to the pack n’ play where the baby was sleeping. Luke gathered toys, blankets, burp cloths, hats, extra socks, and anything else he could find and started hoarding them all around the baby. It was so sweet.

He asked to hold the baby and was grinning from ear to ear while also helping hold the pacifier in his mouth with his finger.

You can imagine that I’m so excited to see Luke interact with his newest sibling come May. While I’m a little sad that he won’t be my baby anymore, I’m loving watching him grow up!

P.S. Luke’s birth announcement post here with the sweetest video in history, and my c-section experience

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Love Story / Part 3

02
14

Read Part 1 and Part 2 here! 

Circa 2007, in our dating years

I sent an AIM message to the girl who was interested in him saying I needed to talk to her. These details are a big foggy but we spoke about what her interested level was and I mentioned that he expressed interest in me earlier that evening. She immediately assured me that her crush wasn’t very serious and said it was okay for me and him to start down the path of dating.

I can’t remember when I told Justin, I imagine it was that next day when I saw him on campus, but what I do remember from that conversation was me telling him I wanted to move slow.

I had just gotten out of a long term relationship and didn’t want to jump into another one too quickly. It basically killed me inside to say this, because I was so smitten with him, but I felt it was the right thing to do.

As only young people would do, we decided we would come up with a “term” to denote when I was ready to call him my boyfriend. We decided that when I was ready, I would tell him by telling him that I wanted to get pizza. (recalling this memory is so hilarious because it would make so much more sense to just shoot the man straight but for some reason we decided this was the way to do it!)

We were spending time together, almost daily like we had been beforehand, and on a random Friday night I was genuinely craving pizza. I didn’t mean “let’s be boyfriend/girlfriend pizza”, I just wanted regular pizza. I said something to him about getting pizza and his eyes lit up. I remember thinking, “Well, I mean, this was inevitable, let’s just go for it” since we were practically acting like a dating couple already with all the time we were spending together.

We got pizza and agreed that we were dating.

We dated for about 24 hours before I dumped him. We met at the park and I told him this was too fast, I needed more time. He was great with it and emphasized that I could take as much time as I needed and he would wait. I appreciated his kindness and understanding in this time.

I think I waited about a week before I was ready again, and then it was officially official. We were a couple. I believe the same day we decided to become a couple I was at his apartment that he shared with a few guy friends doing laundry and I found myself humming Mendelssohn’s wedding march. He noticed and I laughed, a little bit embarrassed. I guess it was just a subconscious feeling about the future or something.

Dating him was a joy. We stayed out so late talking in his Nissan Xterra. And when I mean late, I’m talking until 5:00 in the morning or so. We just couldn’t get enough of each other. He was deeply romantic and sweet, I fell pretty hard pretty fast.

We saw each other weekly in philosophy class, passing notes the entire time. Neither of us paid attention in class and studying at the library was pretty ineffective. We just talked the entire time. Justin is a good student and he’s smart but also applies himself and works very hard to achieve good grades. I was a pretty big distraction to him in that class which led him to getting his worst grade in college. I’m pretty sure I ended up with a “B” and he got a “C”. We laugh about this now saying we are happier with the result of that class being our relationship versus good grades.

About a month or so after we had started dating, we were sitting in his Xterra and he said he had something to tell me. He was holding my face in his hands and looked right into my eyes. I asked, “What is it?”

He gave me a half smile and said to me, “How do you not know?

Part 4 coming soon! 

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