Every mom and every baby is different. But around here, these were the essentials our first month home.
Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike.
I’m passionate about photography. I love my family. And, I believe coffee and naps are an essential part of the day.
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At 1:30 AM on November 20th, I stood in a puddle, not quite sure if I’d peed myself or my water broke. The nurse on Overlake Hospital’s Labor & Delivery line had me lean forward a cough. The puddle grew bigger. It was go-time.
Congratulations Mikaela and thank you for sharing Penellope Marie's birth story.
I get it. Starbucks is a big-box chain. There’s one on every corner. They aren’t ‘unique.’ Howard Shultz let the Sonics leave Seattle.
I understand all the arguments against Starbucks. And, I love me some mom-and-pop local shopping.
But here’s the deal — I also really like Starbucks. Sure, I’m not going get some ultra-inspiring experience at the green mermaid. But it offers a few things that make it invaluable in my world.
1. Free Internet
3. Holiday Panini
4. Mobile Office
5. Free (or Cheap) Refills
6. Rewards Program
Which Starbucks do I like the absolute best? The on Lake Union! Follow the link in my profile to find out why.
Are you a fellow Starbucks lover? What would you add to my list?
Who inspires you?
I'm lucky enough to have quite a few amazing people in my life, not the least of whom is Chelsea Farmer. Her raw honesty and perseverance are a constant motivation to be the best version of myself.
Lady, you're a boss 👏 👏 👏
"Mari Peterson was born to fly. It’s in her blood. Her great grandfather was a Navy pilot during World War II. And growing up, her dad flew the family’s small airplane."
Learn more about Mari -> https://www.kenmoreair.com/article/237/Kenmore-Air-Pilot-Mari-Peterson/
One of the BEST parts of my job is all the amazing people I get to meet — like Mari Peterson.
I'll be flying with this lady again tomorrow and I can't wait. She's a total rockstar and an amazing human.
Don’t just dream about Side Hustle Doughnuts. Don’t just think you’ll visit someday. Set your alarm. Get yourself out of bed. And get yourself down to Georgetown. You won’t be disappointed. In my humble opinion, these are the best doughnuts in Seattle.
We weren't an "outdoorsy family." My mom, always said, “Camping is one bathroom and slow room service."
So while I grew up hunting with my dad and building forts in the backyard, my childhood was spent with easy access to a shower and a soft bed.
But the older I've grown, the more I've learned to love the outdoors. The more I relish nature. It's a passion I can't wait to share with this little girl and continue to foster in myself.
A huge shoutout to Rachel Zupke for letting a novice hiker tag along and for introducing me to the amazing Brenda Ulinski — who graciously captured the pictures in this piece. You two fill my heart with joy. I can't wait to hit the trail with you again, perhaps with a little friend!