New arrivals!

Fall is fast approaching, and we are gearing up with a few new arrivals at Love Threads.  Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming handbag line that we will be talking about on here.  You won’t want to miss out!  If you are in Santa Barbara, you will have a chance to meet the designer.  Fun stuff, and we will keep you posted.

Until then, here are a few new items at Love Threads…

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She’s growing and so are we…

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Hi!

It’s been a long while since I’ve been to this little corner of mine.  Life is in full session.  Eleanor is getting bigger by the day, and Love Threads is growing by the week.  I made a joke the other day that I needed to hire help for Eleanor and for the store.  But, anyone who knows me well, knows I get a complete adrenaline rush off of being a busy body.  I’ve been trying to snap a few photos here and there of my little angel, as the days go by.  I love having this little blog of mine, but it isn’t going to be able to have as much attention as it used to get.  Maybe again down the road, but I will definitely pop in whenever I have a second and post about something.  Ultimately, I’d love to possibly find some guests editors to fill in here and there. (hint, hint)

So, there’s that.  Now, here are some pictures of my most prized possession, and I’m sure you’ll see why I’ve been a bit absent.

xo

baby love6^^^cheating with tummy time a bit^^^

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baby love3^^^Eleanor loves to purse her lips.  it’s pretty darn cute^^^

baby love2^^^she also loves that tongue of hers^^^

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baby love8^^^First day to the beach. picture isn’t great, but couldn’t pass up this one with her darling swimsuit on^^^

 

 

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Chloe + Isabel

Chloe + Isabel is our newest sponsor.  They have some amazing jewelry, with so many easy to wear pieces.  Also, you can’t beat their prices!  I’ve known their rep Ruth for a long time, she is a doll.  There are so many great gift ideas. I know being a new mom it is nice to have the convenience of internet shopping and finding something REALLY cute, especially when you need a gift for that hard to find person.

Here are just a few pieces that I have my eye on…

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The new normal

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It’s been quiet around here.  Life has completely changed, and we are trying to get a good schedule down.  Any free time I have, I’ve been working on Love Threads.  The store has been very busy, and little miss Eleanor keeps us quite busy too. All good stuff, but really just trying to find the “new normal” around here.

First and foremost, the sleep schedule.  We are sleep training and it has gotten a lot better.  Some nights better than others. Eleanor is only a month old, so we don’t expect a lot out of her, obviously. Ha!  Next up, trying to figure out how many hours a day I’m carving out for Love Threads.  Mornings work best for us.  We all function really well in the morning, and Eleanor usually takes a couple hour nap.  So basically all orders are filled in the morning, and my buying usually takes place in the late afternoon, when she is napping again.  Lastly, just getting an overall day schedule down. We are really organized people.  We have always had a schedule and pretty much stuck with it.  Obviously, we know having a newborn it isn’t always easy.  Although, we know we can try our best.  For us this is what works, others can fly by the seat of their pants, and that works for them.

Overall, life is good and finding this new normal has been a great life lesson, especially to slow down.  The biggest lesson we have received is not being selfish, one bit!  I’m glad I waited 36 years to have my first child.  I’m not sure I would have been ready before now, to be honest.  I commend you twenty something mamas, it’s not a small feat.  This is definitely the biggest accomplishment my husband and I have had in life.  It’s also the most amazing thing that has happened to both of us.  I’m so so happy we have been blessed with this opportunity.

We love you more than all the stars in the sky, Eleanor.

ellie2^^^Picking up Eleanor’s birth certificate^^^

ellie3^^^Our first walk to the Santa Barbara rose garden^^^

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Hi! It’s been REALLY quiet around here.  I’ve been enjoying our new little addition, and we have had family in town.  Life couldn’t be better.  I never knew something could bring so much joy to my life.  Wow!

Love Threads has also been busy with all of our new arrivals.  Items haven’t been lasting long, so I wanted to post some of our newest ones.  Bohemian seems to be the gist of this season.  I like it!

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eleanor reed jessen

We were blessed with our baby girl a little bit early, but we are so glad,  because she is perfect!  Eleanor Reed Jessen was born on May 8th at 7:02 PM.  She weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces. We are over the moon!

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“are you having a natural birth”

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Love Threads has been BUSY, and I’m about to give birth (19 days).  Which, leads me to writing this post.

During this pregnancy I’ve had numerous strangers and friends ask me a whole slew of questions.  Some could be considered invasive, some seem pretty normal and logical.  The two I get the most, that to me seem pretty personal are, “are you going to breastfeed”, and “are you having a natural birth”.  The first one doesn’t bother me so much, yes I want to say “It’s none of your business”, but at the same time… whatever, I have to pick my battles.  The question that I find the most offensive is asking about what kind of birth I’m going to have.  Really???!!!

I’m all for those women who can pop those babies out el natural, but that’s just not for me, and that’s ok.  I’ve always known that if I had a baby I wanted a c section.  I like the idea of a controlled atmosphere.  It just happens that our baby is breech, and no we are not going to try to turn her.  She’s breech for a reason, I refuse to aggravate her just so she can come out vaginally.  To me THIS is the natural state for us.  Like I said if she is breech, she is breech for a reason.  This baby is a complete miracle for us, why would I tamper with her. Turning your baby isn’t always the safest thing to do either.

The look I get from people when I tell them this is unbelievable.  You would think I’ve just told them something horrific. It completely baffles me that society is like this.  Not only that, but truly this is between me, my husband and baby.  No one else.

NOTHING has bothered me more than this, and yet I have practiced restraint of tongue and pen in almost every situation where this has been the topic.

I’m not trying to come off negative, it’s just people need to think before they speak.  You never know someones situation, and you may never know.  But we are all different, and do different things, and that’s ok.  We are suppose to be a loving society, not a judgmental one.  Although, and I’m not excluding myself, it does make me look at how our society really is. Accepting one for who one is will make us all be a little more loving, I’m pretty sure of that.

 

 

 

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a beautiful baby shower

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This past weekend, one of my dear friends gave me a beautiful baby shower. The setting was amazing, the food was delicious and the company was the best! We had a nice mix of people, along with some fabulous cake! Ha! It was an outdoor setting, overlooking the ocean, and the weather was perfect!

Dave and I feel so grateful to have so many loving friends in our life.  Baby J is lucky too!

Thanks to everyone who has done so much for us throughout this time.  As some of you know, this is a true miracle that we are even pregnant.  We feel so blessed.

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baby shower7^^^The best baby shower mocktail I’ve ever had^^^

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Thanks again to everyone who joined us on this beautiful day!

 

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surf chic

We live on the coast, and therefore we surf.  Well, let me clear that up, my husband surfs.  I’m a beach girl.  I could stay, play and lay all day long if my life allowed.  Here are some homes that show just how chic surfing really is.  But, we all knew that anyway, right?!

Oh, by the way, can I please have all of these homes. One can always dream….

Chic surfing homes…

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Shorts!

Short shorts are definitely making a come back.  If you don’t feel like you have short worthy legs, they always make for a cute pair of pajamas.  Love Threads is stocking up!

They also look cute paired with a military boot, or the popular Sam Edelman petty boot.  Something being added to the shorts this year are the pom poms. Done right, the look is great.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve seen some scary ones. Ha!

Here are a few pieces that have started to arrive…

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