AN EARLY VALENTINE'S DATE WITH OLD NAVY

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This will be our eighth Valentine's Day together and I can hardly believe it. Feels like just yesterday and also feels like forever ago, as life does these days. I can still remember our very first Valentine's Day when we were dating... it was epic. The month prior we had been upstate in Cold Spring with some friends doing antique shopping (the same town we would get engaged and then married in). I had come across this 110 year old family bible at one of the shops and was enamored by the pages and the smell and the elaborate leather binding and embossing. I loved it, but remember it was snowing that day and freezing and I convinced myself the last thing I wanted to do was haul this massive 15 lb bible home with me on the train. But I couldn't stop thinking about it. 

We returned to the city and weeks went by and I had started to forget about that hefty old bible and continued on with my days. That was, until Valentine's Day rolled around. We were only a few months into dating and were hanging out at Eric's apartment for the day. We had ordered in Chinese food from our favorite spot in Williamsburg and were watching movies all afternoon. Eric leaned over and told me he had a present for me... and to this day, I actually don't remember if I got him anything! He leans under his bed and pulls out this massive brick of a package. Inside... was the old family bible I had found in Cold Spring. I was shocked and had so many questions... mainly, how did it get here?! Apparently after we returned to the city, Eric got up early the very next day and took the train back upstate to the antique shop, swooped up the bible and sneakily came back in time to meet me for dinner that evening. That man, I mean... he could've gotten away with just asking me to marry him right then and there! 

As we reminisce about all of our grand romantic gestures we did as a dating couple, we also are very into cozying up on the couch and enjoying some quality romantic comedies for a Valentine's Day activity. If you’re in need of some rom-com recommendations, here are a few of my favorites:

About Time

Knotting Hill

Anything with Ryan Reynolds (rom-com or not)

Serendipity

A Lot Like Love

Sweet Home Alabama

When Harry Met Sally

Sleepless in Seattle

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As we’ve aged in our marriage and added children to the mix, sometimes the most romantic time together these days is just time spent together without others around. Anytime we can sneak out for even a solo coffee date or when Eric has a free moment in the afternoon and he’ll swing by my office to take me to lunch. Uninterrupted time to talk… we’ll take it! Dating can continue, even if you are married. And it takes on a whole new meaning and importance and ya gotta fight for it. I'll take any excuse to go gallivant around town with this man!    

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Me: Shirt / Jeans / Shoes (similar) / Jacket / Jean Jacket

Eric: Shirt / Jacket / Jeans


This post was sponsored by Old Navy and Heymama. As always, thanks for supporting brands that support this blog and my family!

Photos by: Ashtin Paige

PERSONALIZED GIFT FOR KIDS : LOST MY NAME BOOK

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We are avid book readers here in the Anderson household. My husband even likes to remind me about his first place win in something called the ‘Reading Olympics’ when he was a kid (#nerdalert) any chance he can get. He’s always loved books, where I learned to love them in college and am now a total book nerd. I devour them during my commute on the subway, read them in coffee shops when SS has fallen asleep while I’m out doing errands and thanks to the wonders of Kindle can even read one-handed while I’m nursing! Reading in general, whether it’s books or the newspaper or a magazine, is an incredibly educational experience at any age... and especially as a child.

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personalized gift for kids 

I think we can all agree that there are good books and then there are great books, am I right?! Recently, my dad sent us a surprise package for Parker with a new book inside called ‘The Little Girl Who Lost Their Name’. Since that package arrived, we’ve read it every.single.day because she’s so enthralled with the concept and plot!  And, honestly, so am I! Created by four dads/uncles, the book blends technology and original artwork to allow grown ups to build one-of-a-kind stories featuring their child’s name. You can choose the story’s main character’s name, gender and appearance, and include your own personal, dedication note inside too. The book tells the story of a child who wakes to realize they’ve lost their name, and sets off on a marvelous adventure to track down the missing letters. Each letter of their name informs the story and who they meet, and helps them get their name back. So for example, “Parker” goes on an adventure and is introduced to a Phoenix, Aardvark, Robot, Koala, Eagle and a Rabbit. The best part was the first time she opened the book and saw her name… her very own name! She was in awe and wonder over the idea of a book written especially for her. It’s such a brilliant idea and something she can keep forever. It’s not just any book, it’s a book she will have the rest of her life, because it’s her book. And I love that concept.

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This year, we’ve ordered these for pretty much every niece/nephew/friends with kids for the holidays as gifts (spoiler alert if I know you in real life!). They have been my saving grace for birthday presents for all of Parker’s friends too. It hits all of my kid gift requirements - personal, educational and adds value to a child’s library. They are super easy to order, but if you want them for holiday gifts this year, be sure to order by Dec. 15th! Feel free to use my code ‘parker10’ for 10% off your order at www.lostmy.name now or any other time you’d like, it’s not holiday specific.

 

*This post was sponsored by Lost My Name, but opinions are always my own.

As always, thanks for supporting brands that support this blog and my family*

 

A UNIQUE GIFT IDEA WITH UBER

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Gifts can be a hard thing for me sometimes. People probably think I’m terrible at giving them, but I have this thing against ‘stuff’ and I refuse to buy people things just for the sake of buying them something. So I usually end up overthinking holidays and birthdays because I want to give a gift that is practical, useful and something of need for the recipient and not just another coffee mug. For example, in lieu of toys and clothes, I asked family to get Parker gifts that offered her experiences - ballet classes, a trip to the train museum or tickets to The Nutcracker. Then I realized, I should do the same for people I need to get gifts for. Heck, that would make gift giving so much easier and so much more worthwhile! First up, the hardest person to shop for… your significant other! Why is that? I don’t know. One of the great mysteries of the world. But I bet every person will say their husband/wife/partner is the toughest person to buy for!

This year, with my new found love for gifts of experience, I knew exactly what to get Eric. So proud of myself… and I didn’t even wait until the last minute! We’ve been itching for solo time together since Sidney Sloane was born and when we do sneak in a date night or dinner alone, we usually end up staying in our immediate neighborhood so we aren’t paying a sitter while we sit on the subway. This was when I knew an Uber gift card was the way to go so we could easily get to/from our ideal date without worrying about subway delays or parking spots. Uber was a game changer when it launched in NYC. I remember the days of cash only taxis and drivers who would refuse to take you to Brooklyn. I was reminiscing with a friend recently about the olden days when I’d hail a cab to go home and would close the door, have my seatbelt on and ensure the car was in motion before I’d pipe up and say ‘Um… need to go to Brooklyn, please!’. This was usually met with some eye rolls and mumbles about how they wished they had never picked me up! You can bet we are avid Uber users nowadays.

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Since we do spend a lot of time with the kids in our neighborhood, we try to get out and explore other areas on our dates. One of our obvious favorites is Dumbo, as it’s close by and always a gorgeous destination. The Uber gift card was perfect to use as we were able to get there in 10 minutes, as opposed to waiting on the subway, which would’ve easily taken 30. So, maybe we’re not onto anything new here, but we’ve really been loving day dates recently and it seems to be easier with the kids schedules too. Eric decided we could go out for lunch, take a coffee break and walk around the waterfront. Really anything that gives us space and the ability to have a conversation without being interrupted by an explosive diaper, a toddler who wants to play non-stop or someone needing to work.

I’m such a fan of the cobble streets, the old warehouse buildings and the iconic views from Dumbo. We always make it a point to just wander around while we’re over there. My favorites spots include - Brooklyn Roasting, Atrium, West Elm, Vinegar Hill House, One Girl Cookies, Powerhouse Books and Modern Anthology.

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If you’re stuck trying to decide what to get a few people on your list this year, I’d suggest grabbing some Uber gift cards. I mean, who doesn’t use Uber these days?! You can easily purchase Uber gift cards online via Uber or Amazon or in-store at Walmart and Target.

*This post was sponsored by Uber, but opinions are always my own. As always, thanks for supporting brands that support this blog and my family*

Photos by: Steven Stauffer + Eric Ryan Anderson