Not another Weekend

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Hi friends, I write this to you on a Friday night. My cousin and our friend just left the house and Mike is out on the town. Mo is sleeping and I wanted to share my pride in the work that my BFF, and frequent contributor to Making La Madre, Emi is premiering this weekend at Sundance. Yes, Sundance. The fancy film industry snowy weekend festival in Park City, Utah. She  has been working for the better part of the last two years on the film Oklahoma City. A documentary about the bombings and the movements leading up to the horrific events. See below for Emi’s notes on her trip and the film. Continue reading “Not another Weekend”

guest post: 5 natural beauty picks

For those of you who have vowed to ‘take better care of yourself’ this year or ‘be more green’ or even just ‘try harder’ as it relates to your appearance, this post is for YOU. Today Emi (my BFF in BK) is here with her top five natural beauty picks, plus a couple bonus items. Take a look and let me know if you might consider adding any of these to your routine. I personally super into the one above and want to definitely try it out.

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2016 year in review


2017. I caught myself writing that down with an old fashioned pen and paper today and I had a flashback to middle school. When you would have to adjust to writing the new year and it would take a month or so til you got it right. But wow, here we are, another year. Filled with quite a few blog posts. Posts about motherhood (duh), friendships, housing drama & ‘me time’.

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The 5 habits of a bad mom


While the title of this post is slightly in jest it is most of all a curation of my own bad habits in this role of ‘mom’. Things that I realize are habits we have formed and we are working on adjusting. But still a funny collection of all the things I forget to do or didn’t even think was something I needed to be doing- ok probably digging myself deeper here… Jumping right into  ‘the five habits of a bad mom’.
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two years a madre

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As I sat down to write this post I was compelled to write it in short form, kind of like a poem or small thoughts. I knew I didn’t want to write too much or go to deep. And I knew I wanted to honor the fact that I had always imagined myself a mom to a two year old boy and today I am.

Here I am. Where I knew I wanted to be. A mama to a two year old boy.

Here you are. Wherever you want to be. A boy with a crusty nose and unkempt nails on his fingers and toes.

There I was. When you were born, not sure who this birth would make me become. But looking forward to life with you at the age of two.

There you were. When your arrival surprised us and you came before due. Tiny, squeaky and new.

Here we are. Where you sing, count, whine and yell. A two year old boy forever. Continue reading “two years a madre”

3 boring things from J.Crew

Over the weekend I hopped into J.Crew to return an item I ordered during a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale that was too good to pass up. When I heard they were offering 40% off my ears perked up and I got right online. Come a couple weeks later I ended up returning the item I ordered for myself. But upon my visit to the shop, to return said item, I was very happy to see that the 40% off was still in effect storewide!

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house goals part: 2


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This time of year I begin to spend more time at home. Work slows down, a little, right before Thanksgiving and we begin to lean into Christmas with a couple weeks off. More time at home means decorating for the holidays of course but also time to start little fix-it projects. The more time I spend surveying little projects the more I begin dreaming up design adjustments and remodeling plans.

Since we are marking three years in our house and after the decision to stay put, more about that here & here, we have been doing more and more thinking about making our house into the house we can grow and stay in. So naturally that finds me sitting in bed, beyond bedtime, collecting photos via Dwell and on Pinterest that serve as inspiration for the solutions I am dreaming up. Continue reading “house goals part: 2”

‘Find me’ in French


‘Madre’ is mother in Spanish and in French ‘maman’. I give you this language lesson because today I am on Maman In Portland’s blog sharing a little east-side city guide focusing on our frequented spots as a family.

Enjoy! xx ly