James Kicinski-McCoy is a writer and blogger, specializing in strategic marketing and branding, and is a co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine. She lives with her husband and four children in Nashville, Tennessee.
Once again, I’ve teamed up with Barneys New York for the holidays! I’m talking traditions, how I beat the shopping crowd madness, and I’ve put together a fun set of gift-guides! Here are a few of the things I put on my list…
Last year, I took a photo of my kids every week, until the year was over. I had hoped to keep the tradition strong and do the same again this year, but stopped after just twelve weeks. Looking back through the photos this morning and seeing just how incredibly cool documenting their growth and personality week after week truly was, I’ve decided to give it a go once again. Those photos are really something special.
Julian: Practicing a little AC/DC tune on the guitar.
Plum: Wearing Mama’s hat and making funny faces.
Birdie: It’s a pink Push-Pop kind of day!
Sailor: Talking up a storm these days and always has a car in hand. Always.
2. Making a tiny snowball.
3. A cozy corner.
4. Old photo booth strips taped up in the kitchen.
5. Beautiful Jenny Pennywood pillows.
7. Obsessed with dinosaurs these days.
It snowed a bit the other day, which is always an exciting occurrence for the kids—okay, we adults get pretty excited, too. The snow was short-lived however, and has already melted away. We’re all looking forward to next time! Today is mine and Aubrey’s third wedding anniversary and marks three years since becoming a blended family. Crazy how fast the years fly by and how much stronger your bond and love can become over time, if you feed it. I swear I love this man more than I ever thought I could. We watched our wedding video this morning like we do every year and it always brings a smile to our faces. We plan on having a nice, romantic dinner for two at a fancy new restaurant that just opened here in town, called Prima. I can’t wait to put on a dress and eat like a queen for the night.
We’re also preparing for a short family trip with some friends this weekend, and are looking forward to a little fun and relaxation before coming back home and getting ready for the holidays. Can’t wait for all of the good food, Christmas decorations, holiday movies, and family traditions. They don’t call it “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing! It truly is.
My pal Tamar (who is behind the beloved jewelry brand The2Bandits) relaunched her apparel brand Camp Collection today, with new tees and sweatshirts inspired by her days spent away at summer camp. The brand is fun and youthful, and is a reminder to always “blaze your own trail.” She sent me a couple of pieces in celebration of the launch and I love them. Congrats Camp Collection!
BONUS: You can get 15% off your Camp Collection order using the code: BLEUBIRD at checkout.
Worn / Royal Duster, Ace&Jig. (It’s back in stock, for those who have been asking about it!) Cropped Tee, Madewell. Quilt Pants, Black Crane. Botins, Ricardo Medina. (Yep, you can buy these coveted shoes again!)