coffee date

coffee date.

i have been missing this space more and more the longer i’ve been away from it. it’s not that i need this space for any tangible reason – i don’t make money from it, aside from the occasional product freebie – but i feel like it’s one of the only ways that i can channel and share my creative energy in a way that fits my life right now. not to mention all of you wonderful people i know because of this blog. i can’t tell you the amount of times i’m talking to someone in real life, and i reference something that my friend did, only to have to explain that i haven’t actually met said friend in person, i just know them from blogging. and yet some of my internet friends know me better than most people. we text and we comment and we share our day to day lives, and i know if i needed anything, i’d be able to ask any one of them for help. 

i’ve been feeling a little sappy about friendship and stuff lately, so in honor of friends both here and on the internet, i’m doing a long absent virtual coffee date.

if we were having coffee (or tea, you do you) i’d be drinking an americano with sugar free vanilla and a splash of cream. It’s like the caffeine kick of a latte but not as heavy. and also way cheaper. i may be drinking one right now…

i’d start out by asking about your fun summer stuff. any trips planned? do you have way too many weddings? are you able to just chill out? we have a couple cabin trips on the books, and i just got back from a girls weekend in colorado, which was nothing short of miraculous. we have a couple weddings, a record low for us. my brother-in-law is marrying the sweetest girl, i’ve known her since she was in middle school so we have lots of fun events planned for that. both kids are in the wedding (oh my gosh it’s going to be cute), Mister Man is co-best man and i am singing at the ceremony – eep! I can’t wait!

i’m obviously going to talk to you about my tiny little venture of love i started this spring, everything with love co. if you haven’t heard, i started an etsy shop making essential oil diffuser bracelets, keychains and baby accessories. i haven’t had a minute to update the shop or my instagram, but i’ve been selling them to friends, family and people in the community, and just loving it. if you don’t know what a diffuser bracelet is, it’s basically a bracelet that you apply a few drops of essential oil to so you can smell it and benefit from the scent throughout your day. i make leather and faux suede bracelets, and i’ve also branched out into keychains, stroller&crib charms, and pacifier clips. i wear my bracelet every day, and it’s been such a great thing to have in my “more stressful than normal” work environment. it would mean the world to me if you visited the shop or sent me a note if you’d be interested in learning more!

speaking of essential oils, i’ve been on a natural cleaning kick like whoa lately. i’ve been switching out as many cleaning products as i can with homemade versions. my glass cleaner works like a charm, as does my wood floor cleaner. i use the young living thieves cleaner for all purpose cleaning, and although i can’t get Mister Man to give up his scrubbing bubbles for cleaning the shower, i won’t be buying any commercial cleaners anytime soon. i do have a question for all of you. so i have recipes for all these natural cleaners that i use…would you want to see posts on those recipes? i know that not everyone is into the so-called “crunchy” life, but i don’t think you have to be crunchy to want safer, more natural cleaning products, so if there’s interest i’d love to share! i know lots of you love my soup recipes, so maybe you’d love my cleaning recipes too? let me know!

do you ever just sit back and wonder how life can possibly pass by so quickly, and also drag by like it’s not even moving? i’ve started to realize this more and more as our lives fill up with the activities and minutiae that come with being the mom of two growing children. Amelia is starting preschool in the fall, and i must be in denial, because 1) i have no idea when the first day of school is (literally, i have no idea), and 2) i haven’t given any thought to how our schedule will change once that starts, or what she’ll wear (she’s almost grown out of 90% of her clothes), or even entirely how to prep her for this change. basically what i’m saying is that i thought i had a million years before i had to spend time thinking about this stuff, but it turns out i have about a month to do it all. it’s a pretty good analogy for how i live my life. and it maybe explains why i never send out birthday cards…my intentions are good, my execution is so, so bad. also: HOW DO I HAVE A CHILD WHO WILL BE THREE AND GOING TO PRESCHOOL THIS CANNOT BE MY REAL LIFE.

[one day old. this is how old my baby is, and how old she shall always be in my mind.]

thanks for having coffee with me on this muggy, gloomy (at least where i am) friday. i hope you have the best friday ever, and enough coffee to keep you buzzing from the caffeine, but not so much to give you the shakes. i love you and i smooch you.

love, me.

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coffee date.

happy “it’s finally getting to be seasonal hot drink weather” season! let me tell you all something, and you can hold me to this; i will never be sick of seasonally appropriate food and beverages. seasonal eating and drinking IS MY JAM. give me all the gin and tonics and rose in the summer, all the pumpkin spice and old fashioneds in the fall, and all the hot cocoa and red wine in the winter (we don’t have spring here really so i have no seasonally appropriate beverages for that one). i don’t get all the hating on the PSL man. just let people live their lives and drink it, and if you don’t like pumpkin things, then get something hazelnut or cinnamon flavored. or don’t. but stop hating on my seasonal drinks!

here’s to a post that’s not about my pregnancy, and instead about catching up with you on all things in the z household. coffee dates are the best. let’s always have them.

coffee date fall

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if we were on a coffee date, i’d obviously be sipping on a hot, lovely latte. probably a pumpkin spice latte with half the pumpkin spice (or vanilla if i’m feeling old-fashioned). like i said, i am pumped up about fall coming. not only is the weather getting cooler, which means i am far less swollen and puffy, but there is also more time for relaxing and getting stuff done around the house, which is perfect for me since i’m pretty obsessed with organizing right now.

fall candles

if we were on a coffee date, i’d be singing praises for the glory that is living near family. our babysitter recently left for a fabulous, open-ended trip around europe, which is awesome, but also left us with a couple months gap in childcare for one day a week. sounds easy to fill, but finding someone for one day a week is tough, then taking a maternity leave right after for four months? not happening. enter my aunt and my mom splitting the weeks to help us out. it’s amazing. my mother-in-law, who regularly takes care of amelia two days a week just told me that she would be happy to take amelia one day a week while i’m on leave to help me take a break. we are never in need of babysitters or people to help us out with our yard work or anything else we might need. i’d highly suggest that if you are ever able to, you live near your family if you get the chance. it’s pretty dang great.

if we were on a coffee date, we’d probably talk about the fact that i’m feeling like a terrible friend. on average, i’ve been responding to texts four days after i get them (which is ridiculous), i’ve been terrible about locking down friend dates, and just in general i’ve been a lump of a human being. i’d want to know that you feel like that sometimes too. because i can’t be the only one who does this from time to time. i mean, if you’re the type of friend who is amazing all the time, then you can tell me about what that’s like too, because i have no idea. and i’d want to learn from you. teach me your ways, or at least tell me that you understand me on some level. that would make me feel better.

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what’s on your mind lately? tell me what’s going on with you over whatever type of coffee date beverage you want. seasonal or not!

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coffee date.

it’s been a hot minute since i’ve had a coffee date with you people. i’ve been a bad friend. summer gets the best of me, what can i say? there’s so much to do that there’s almost too much to do, you know? so i end up not doing anything. is anyone else like that? or is it just terrible me?

so let’s get back into it again, shall we? because i need some coffee. i always need some coffee.

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if we were having coffee, i’d tell you how much i wish i could drink coffee all day long these days. because being pregnant, and not sleeping, and also running around because it’s summer does not make for a rested me. and unrested me wants a coffee IV drip. but pregnant me can’t have a coffee IV drip. so i nurse my morning coffee until noon.

pregnant coffee belly

if we were having coffee, i’d ask you to tell me about any trips you’re planning. you see, because of this whole procreation thing (gross) that Mister Man and i have going on right now, our travel plans are a little lacking. and i know, i know, you can still travel with little kids, and all that fun stuff, and i agree. but i know how i get after i have babies, and even though i wish i had the energy of this lady, i just don’t. so you need to tell me all about your travel plans, from the quickest weekend trip to the most amazing european adventure.

if we were having coffee, i’d probably be weird and ask you to look at my belly when the baby started doing its acrobatics. because you’d either think it was awesome or super creepy and both of those are fine reactions. but seriously, there is an alien inside my belly and i need to share it with people.

if we were having coffee, i’d ask how you were and i’d wait to hear the answer. because i’m trying this new thing where i listen better. a lot of people i know are going through a lot of hard things, and i’ve started to learn that if you just give it a minute, you can help lighten their burden by just listening to their stories. so just know that i’m here to listen to you if you happen to need it.

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let me know what you’d be chatting to me about at our coffee. i promise that i have the time to chat as long as you need. like, until our coffee gets cold. i’m used to cold coffee these days anyway.

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coffee date.

hello friends! today is monday, and while we usually have our coffee dates together over the weekend, when we can take the time to linger over a hot beverage, sometimes you just need a coffee date to ease your entry into the real world of weekdays. so here we are.

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[amazing coffee mug by brittany garner design. my other favorite is this one.]

today i’m having a big old latte with an extra shot of espresso, but no sugar. i’m trying to curb my taste for the sweetness, and i’ve found that by just skipping the sugar in my latte, i’m developing a taste for the more classic coffee flavors. does this make me a goofball? i assume yes.

on our coffee date today, you’d get to hear me tell you all about how Mister Man took a new job that he’ll be starting next week (hence all my crazy waiting anxiety the past few weeks). it was a hard decision, because he (and i) love the people he worked with. they have always been so wonderful to us, and after five years there, leaving was a decision that took a long time to come to. in the end, this new venture is best for our family in the long run, and i am so proud of my husband for taking care of us so well.

you would also get to hear about how i’m only a little terrified anxious about the next couple of months. because while this new job means that he’ll be traveling less in the long run, it also means he will be away in training for the better part of the next two months. which means that i’ll be here perfecting the art of bedtime by myself. he will be back every few weeks, and we figured out a weekend schedule that will hopefully only have us apart on the weekends a few times. i’m fairly exhausted just thinking about all this, but i thankfully have a lot of support here should i need a mental health day. which i most definitely will. (it really makes me feel for all those parents who do this all the time…single parents, parents with deployed spouses, etc., my heart goes out to you in a big way, you are heroic in ways most people will never know.)

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[oh hello tiny baby hairs that will never grow out. ever.]

i want to tell you that i’ve been loving the internet lately. posts like this one on community by ashten, this one on trying by amber, and this one on self-doubt by audrey are just filling my soul up lately. there are even more too, but i just forgot to write them down. it’s like all these people are writing words that i have in my head, and it’s great to continue to connect with all these wonderful friends that i’ve never even met. speaking of which, i get to go see laura this weekend, and i get to see ashten down south in april, and I AM SO EXCITED HOLY CRAP.

now that we’re finishing our coffee date, you’re going to have to help me up from my chair, because i’m sore. i decided to take up rowing at the gym after, oh i don’t know, TEN YEARS(!) of not having rowed. i told you guys the other day that i used to be the coxswain on the rowing team, and would lead workouts on the erg machine. i haven’t been on a machine since, but recently decided that it would be a good change of pace and a great workout instead of my mortal enemy the treadmill. and it was. and i was so slap happy after i got done rowing a 2K that i decided it would be a good idea to lift heavy legs. and now i can’t move real quick on account of everything in my body hurts.

happy monday, happy february, happy coffee date to you! what do all you lovely people have going on? tell me everything.

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coffee date.

we’re back! we’re back! we’re back for another coffee date! and let’s call this a holiday catch-up while we’re at it! all aboard the efficiency train!

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(sure, caribou, i’d love for you to sponsor me, i think that would be perfect!)

how was your christmas?? was it great? were there cookies and cocktails and carols? i hope so, because i think that christmas is great and i like you and hope yours was great.

my christmas was pretty awesome. amelia just about lost her mind opening presents and entertaining the families with her walking and talking (wouldn’t it be great if that was all it took to impress people when we’re older?). she is most definitely a people person. sure, she needs breaks every couple of days, but she loves to be social and is at her brightest when she’s “performing” for a group of people. not that any of us mind watching her…she’s quite entertaining!

the cutest baby in the world! | everythingwithloveblog.com

[wearing one of her three christmas dresses. girl’s gotta have options!]

my best bloody mary creation to date. | everythingwithloveblog.com

[we have a christmas morning bloody mary tradition at my family’s. this year’s edition was good.]

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today at our coffee date, i’m going to indulge a bit and have a caramel salted vanilla latte. we’re still in the holiday season, so it’s fine to get a little fancy, you know? i’ll treat you today, because it’s the holidays and we’re friends, and i’d like to do that for you. please don’t try to talk me out of it, because it won’t work, and friends let friends buy their coffees for them when they offer.

the time between christmas and new year’s is a bit like the eye of a hurricane, isn’t it? it’s so calm, you feel a little tired after all the fun, but you’re still looking forward to another holiday in just a week, so it’s all still fun really. i always like that time, it feels like being in a bubble, safe from regular life.

but now it’s the last day of 2015, and i feel like i’m on the edge of everything. the planning i haven’t done, the goals i haven’t quite set, those are all a little nagging right now. because tomorrow i’ll have to leave the safe holiday bubble and go back to the real world. at least we have a whole three-day weekend in between us and the real world, right? do you get this feeling too, or are you one of those who just can’t wait for the freshness of the new year? if you are one of those people, i like that about you. i like people who are joyful about the changes that always come our way and who face the newness head on. you’re alright by me.

trying to get my crap together for 2016 | everythingwithloveblog.com

today during coffee you’d get to see my new planner. it’s gold and polka-dotted and has a pretty binder clip on it. i love it with all my heart. deep down i wish it was a fancy life planner like all the cool bloggers have, but i’m afraid i’m too flaky for such a nice planner so i stick to the simple ones. have you tried bullet journaling yet? i want to try it SO BADLY, but i just haven’t researched it enough yet. this lady here has some amazing bullet journal posts, but i need a REALLY basic introduction to help me understand her methods better. if you have a really good intro, can you share it with me? i’d love you forever.

i’m going to give you a big hug now and send you off to your new year’s eve plans. if you’re cool like me, you’ll be staying in, drinking prosecco and watching old tv shows with your better half. if you’re an even bigger party animal than me (is that possible?) you might have a party to get dressed up for…in which case please tell me all about it this weekend so i can live vicariously through you. i hope your 2015 has been everything you wished for and more, and that your 2016 starts with all the happiness in the world. thank you for spending some of your 2015 with me here, i hope you stick around for another year of love and laughs.

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