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do it – restarting a fitness plan – fall edition

20 Oct
October 20, 2014

soooo, i used to run. like so much so, that i even surprised myself. i remember running around 10 miles with a friend, and thinking, holy cow. i just ran 10 miles! i wasn’t fast, but i was steady. i even did a couple half marathons….

yeah. i haven’t done anything i’d consider ‘active’ for about 3 years. unless you count that barre class i went to about a month ago. and i don’t, because i haven’t done anything since. pregnancy really changed my body, and… i’ve been a little whacked out about what’s going on. everything is… different.

doing nothing has also made me realize, i’m the worst about excuses. i don’t have anything to wear, i don’t know where to go, i’m so out of shape, i don’t have enough time… i’m starting to understand the ‘just do it’ slogan. that’s why my ONLY goal this week- sweating 30 minutes for 7 days in a row. it can be anything. walking the kids around greenlake, doing a yoga vid, going to a class… the only goal is 30 minutes, every day, for 7 days. just to jump start it. just to make myself work it in. and i’m not doing my usual…oh i’ll be happy with 50% success. 7 days martin! 100%!

just do it.

above: i decided to give up starbucks this week (i do have coffee at home) and invest in some cute new workout gear… the best deal out there? fabletics. your first outfit is half off! you can also choose to be vip…not sure if i’m on board with every month, but maybe every other month? 1, 3 and 6the bra, tank and capris– $30! 2– $10 love this contigo water bottle– no gross mouth piece to get icky. 4 + 5 – got these at target, looks like they’re a little less expensive on amazon. 7champion headbands $5 target. 8nike free flyknit  $90 nordstrom.

make it – organization – meal planning

17 Oct
October 17, 2014

every once in a while, i get my act together and actually get something useful done. one of my favorite examples of said rad-ness, is meal planning.

back before #2 came, i had this system down where i had 6 weeks of dinners planned and 6 weeks of weekly corresponding grocery lists, and it was like CLOCKWORK. then, well, you know, things change.

but! today i can happily report that i have 3 weeks of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and SNACKS planned, with prep and shopping lists. i’ve expanded the plans to account more for dining out, leftovers and freezing. i’ve become a little more realistic about what i’m really interested in tackling (max 2 new recipes a week) and i’ve even allotted a few pre-made meals and packaged dinners. it feels DOABLE. it’s also extremely satisfying to pull out the chart and have one less thing to figure out. i’m halfway to my goal of 6 weeks planned.

i keep a binder with the color coded plans, and put all recipes for that week, behind them. i call out on each printed recipe, key ingredients in bold print at the upper right corner (makes prep and shopping lists FAST), and even have a section for things i want to try for future meals. interested in meal planning? i’ve made a pdf of 6 color coded meal planning sheets available for a little more than the cost of a latte ($5 via paypal). included: 6 color coded sheets, a sample sheet so you can see how i fill them out, and a blank shopping list as a small special bonus. want one sheet for free? here you go!

i’m always planning my next meal (no seriously, when are we eating), to that end, here’s where i virtual hoard all the things i want to eat.

buy it – wish list – fall edition

09 Oct
October 9, 2014

i seriously feel like i’ve been pregnant for 3 years, and am only now coming out of the fog. wardrobe-wise i have some re-tooling to do. things in my closet are all over the place, and i’m struggling to define my style. i want to be put together, but with minimal work. i’ve heard the easiest way to accomplish that is ‘the uniform’. that sounds like a snore. so… the summary of that is, i want to look put together, like i have style, it has to be easy, and i don’t want to look boring.

so, since i basically have nothing figured out, here’s a collage of things that i want for fall. guess i’ll keep wearing jeans and tees til i can figure out something more exciting. what’s on your wish list as the seasons change? i’ve heard friends talk about booties and coats, skirts and new tights… having had most of my coats forever, i’m most wanting an updated coat. i think red fits my ‘not boring’ requirement perfectly.

1- cuyana leather tote $150, 2- renee’s accessories nordstrom $38, 3- stripe luxe boatneck tee gap $26.95, 4- articles of society denim $49, 5-new balance 420 $69, 7- jcrew toggle coat $398

do it – nap time spa

27 Sep
September 27, 2014

yesterday after a trip to target, i decided nap time was going to be ME time. i gathered all the essentials, and once everyone was down, indulged in some good ole girl-type pampering. it was no trip to habitude to be sure. but 24 hours later, the effects are still EVIDENT. and i’m inspired to get even more creative next time. like… a hair treatment or… wine. i don’t know. here’s the basics of what i did. that $2 face mask from target- GLORIOUS. go ahead- splurge!

1- keiko is the cutest. and she does great tutorials. and she has a line of cute glasses. THE. CUTEST. everything. wrapped my hair up just like Read more →

read it – fall edition – september

17 Sep
September 17, 2014

fall is one of my true favorite times to read. it starts getting chilly, and dark. what’s better than settling in with a book? here’s this month’s list. there’s one true, true gem in here. wait, two. ok, i loved a few of these books. alright, let’s be honest, i’m never very harsh in my judgement of books. i loved them all, but there were a couple where upon closing, i thought… oh, i’ll read that again. a few times. i’ve also been downloading COPIOUS amounts of samples to find my next books, but ALWAYS love getting recommends. send me the name of the best book you’ve read this year, and i’ll be your new best friend. unless i’ve read it. then, we’ll just be regular friends. list after the jump… Read more →

wear it – midi skirt – fall

16 Sep
September 16, 2014

just when i think i’m going to get all nuts, and do something drastic with my wardrobe (like the capsule), i round up photos of something i’m craving, and i want them ALL.

these midi skirts seem to have the ease of a dress, but could just as easily paired with a graphic tee as a twin set (let’s be real, i don’t own twinsets FYI, but it’s a nice fantasy). i also think they’d make the transition from warm to cool, SIMPLE. flats or boots, bare or tights, i love a good multi-season garment.

i sometimes think blair sadie bee (top left) of atlantic-pacific is my style unicorn. and i’m quite sure, judging by this write up on the coveteur, she does not believe in anything as minimal as ‘the capsule’. maybe i don’t either.

for more outfit inspiration, check out my board on pinterest.

i want a pony – pattern trend

10 Sep
September 10, 2014

i’m not ashamed to admit in fourth grade that i was OBSESSED with horses. so much so, that my friend and i used to run around whinny-ing and galloping during all of recess. it seemed like a worthy aspiration at the age of 9 to want to be a horse someday. actually, i’d probably still like to be a horse. how amazing would it be to stand around eating, and now and then, run and jump over stuff… oh, to dream.

giddy up! 1- gap sweatshirt, which feels like it was ‘inspired’ by this stella mccartney, but at 1/10 the price, who’s complaining. 2- i love this photo. it’s so… warm and horsey. by rachel hertz. 3- this was a complete pinterest find, and now i’m in love with all their product- by joules. 4- a girl and her horse- so cute. (could not find photo credit, but seems to be somewhere on this site). 5- i don’t remember having horse dolls as a kid, but i might scour goodwill for a few since these are tres cher! 6- not sure about product info- but a solid horse sweatshirt nonetheless 7- this dress is adorable, the end. 8- another cute sweatshirt with horses all over, by finger in the nose 9- i found some horse wellies, but they were pink (and hideous), so i gave you these instead. which would completely work for mucking stalls, AND they’re LIBERTY of london, so posh, too.

vote for it – kids sock packaging

09 Aug
August 9, 2014

packaging!! exciting! i defer to experts on things like graphic design, and josh is amazing. he did our Small Socks logo, and i love how playful it is. but now on to harder things… packaging decisions.

trying to put into words what you want in a package is challenging. i wanted it to be simple, quirky, retro and also have an element of texture. for each of these versions, there’s something i love… A- so clean. B- bigger shapes and that pattern along what will be the sides of the band, and C- i love so many things about C- the offset, those retro colors working together…

BUT! i’d love to hear what you think! vote in the poll below, and let’s get the band around our socks decided!


online poll by Opinion Stage

do it – crowd funding

08 Aug
August 8, 2014

when i was trying to explain to my mom what crowd funding was… i was trying to really put into perspective what i was going to ask for. the simplest explanation i could give was, if i asked every person i know for $10, and i know 100 people, i’d have $1000. but i’m starting to realize i left out a significant detail to that idea. i’m not asking anyone to give me money. i’m saying i need help funding production of a product, and if they give me the money now, i’ll give them the product in a couple months. so i decided to write out some basics to crowd funding as an explanation to friends and family who haven’t heard of it.

  • kickstarter and indiegogo are crowd funding sites. people use these webistes to help fund ideas they have.
  • if you have an idea, and you think it would appeal to other people, and you need money, you make a project, and ask people to help you fund it.
  • when they pledge money to you, you have to give them something in return- i’m asking for help to pay my factory. when the socks are produced, i will send them to all the people who pledged money.
  • kickstarter is an all or nothing funding model. you set a goal, and if you don’t reach that goal, you don’t get any of the money. indiegogo you can set a goal, and even if you don’t reach it, you get whatever you were able to raise.
  • if your project is successful, you have to supply all the backers with whatever you promised. in my case, i’m promising socks. after the project funds (fingers crossed) i’ll have a bunch of people who want socks, and money to buy the socks to send them.
  • i didn’t just come up with this idea, and put up a video. i’ve been working on starting a sock line for over 6 months. it involved logo and identity, setting up all the paperwork with state and federal, finding someone to film a video, writing a script, applying to a bank for a line of credit (the factory won’t start without it), figuring out packaging for 3 pair packs and 6 pair packs (different packaging), researching all the different types of shipping methods, building an online shopping website, building a media kit to send to media outlets to get the word out, and the easiest part for me- designing the socks. which in itself involved researching trends, deciding a color palette, doing the initial designs, and then going through revisions. the designs that you see on kickstarter were changed no fewer than 5 times. some of the changes were to the artwork, some were changes in color.

i don’t undertake the prospect of asking people to buy socks before they exist lightly. i don’t think i’d ever ask anyone to give me 40k with just an idea in my head.  samples are being made for these socks as i write this. i just had a call with my factory this morning about packaging.

so after reading a little bit more about what i’m doing, i hope you’ll consider buying some of my socks. i’m really asking everyone i know for $20. when you send me $20, i’m going to send you some socks (and stickers!). some really cute socks i dumped my whole heart into. you’re getting a bargain.  😉

i hope you’ll consider give TODAY!  here’s the kickstarter.  xoxo- k.

do it – help fund a dream

06 Aug
August 6, 2014

so… i mentioned in the previous post that i was going live this week with the kickstarter.  CRAZY. ness. it’s up right here! it feels almost unreal. like this portion of it has come so far along in the process, that i feel like it’s already been going, and now everyone else gets to participate. like family and friends who haven’t heard from me in forever, because every spare minute not dealing with 2 kids (and a house, and a husband, and LIFE) is spent dealing with- paperwork, loan apps, packaging configuration and choices, changing my mind on colors 203 times, and emails, oh god the emails. (and i mentioned the basement remodel going on, right? sweet.)

it’s definitely been fun. you know what’s going to be more fun? sending people those socks, and seeing kids wear them! i can’t even wait to put them on my own kids. december feels like a long ways off, but as with most time passing lately, i bet it’s here before we know it.

i hope you like the socks and want to put some on your kids. on any kids. buy them, and put them on your dog. i’d love feedback about what you think, suggestions and honestly, any little bit of encouragement you can offer. this whole process has been completely different than i thought it’d be. i’ve taken it one step at a time, and it’s strange the things i’ve gotten in return, and what the take away is. first, it’s easier to start a business than my worst imaginings. there’s checklists, and how to’s on the web. i was a dumb-dumb for not doing it sooner. second– the hard parts haven’t been paperwork, or checklists or frankly, even money. it’ll all get figured out. the hardest part has been trusting that other people are going to want what i make. but i must be following the right path, because the idea of cute socks, on cute feet has kept me going.  kept me pushing. i keep saying, there must be 4000 (my order size) moms out there who want non pink socks.

let’s hope i find them.  😉

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