Momma's Gone City

About a month ago, I was closing in on my ninth month of pregnancy and going through a range of emotions because of it. I was physically and emotionally maxed out in just about every way; My back hurt, my legs cramped, I was generally low on energy and slow to get around. Not to mention, nothing in my closet fit me very well at all (surprise! they still don’t). I really do love these last few weeks in so many ways despite all of it, and knowing that this is likely my last pregnancy has made me acutely aware of how lucky I am to have done this four times. That said, I’m really glad that I soaked up the last few moments and stockpiled mementos of that time in my life as I got ready for the birth of our daughter Evangeline.

Lots of these mementos include maternity gear. While I’m not a fan of maternity clothing, generally speaking, there are a few things that I invested in that I was really happy with. I love shopping and fashion so much that I feel maternity clothes are hard to invest in for such a short time. The truth is though, they do actually fit and flatter the pregnant body so much better than pieces that aren’t cut to accommodate an oversized tummy. It took me nearly 8 years and four pregnancies to realize that my fashion salvation lies in the details: Making sure to have the right accessories. Not only does it allow me to invest in nice things , but a rockin’ bag or pair of shoes can completely change the look of an outfit and most of them are versatile enough to wear for years rather than months. That’s why, when I was chosen to work with Pour la Victoire on their newest campaign, I was more than a little thrilled; Statement accessories are totally my jam and I couldn’t wait to play around with a few different looks, pregnant or not. 

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My first investment piece in my wardrobe was my leather purse. For almost a year I saved and drooled over this bag, and it was a huge deal when I went to purchase it. It felt like I had really earned it, and I’ve used it and cared for it almost every single day for the past year and a half since bringing it home. This is what I love about the Pour la Victoire pieces, they’re versatile and incredibly chic, as well as very well made and easy to carry and match with various different looks in my closet. 

This particular campaign was so much fun to work on: I was able to get my city fix in by heading to San Francisco with my friend Cara (who also works with me and shot the video and photos) and checking out the neighborhoods around Chestnut Street where I used to live during college. It was nostalgic and yet completely fitting for this shoot, being pregnant and tapping into their exquisite landscape of painted ladies and eclectic streets. I even got to film an interview session and create a video that is now live on the Pour la Victoire website.

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I’m really, really excited to share the video that we shot that day with you all… A labor of love and for me, a sweet memento from my pregnancy with sweet Evangeline. You can also view it here.

I already miss the days of being pregnant, but I’m really thrilled to have these photos and video-it’s so hard for me to get in front of the camera logistically, so these photos and this campaign opportunity was wonderful on many levels. A sweet token that will also be fun to share with my family and children, including Evangeline, of a fun time from a day in the life of their momma. 

This post was sponsored by Pour la Victoire. Thank you for reading!

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Momma's Gone City

Heading back to school this year was bittersweet, and not just for me. I think that if Jack and Zoe could have chosen for themselves, in fact, they wouldn’t have graduated out of their grades or transitioned out of their classes at all. They both had really truly lovely experiences in Kindergarten and First Grade during our first year here in Santa Cruz and really, their firsts of many things. They made brand new friends, adjusted to a new school in a new neighborhood and completely different environment than the one we left in New York City. I couldn’t have hoped for a better experience for them and am so grateful they thrived in the ways that they did-pretty much all ways.

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The end of the school year last year brought a lot of anticipation, and even a few tears. Jack and Zoe both had grown so comfortable with their peers and classrooms, but most of all they developed meaningful and pivotal relationships with their teachers. I can remember very distinctly my teachers from both Kindergarten and First Grade, and how much I felt like they cared for me and my educational experience with them, and it’s the neatest thing ever to watch the same thing happening with my children. They spent a lot of the summer talking about their experiences from that school year with friends, but they also talked a lot about their teachers. Zoe, who is one that expresses herself largely through her art work, drew countless pictures for friends and her Kindergarten teacher. She even drew a picture for Jack’s First Grade teacher, whom she was convinced she would also get for First Grade this year as well. Trying to think of a way for them to process the transition to the next grade and new teachers, I suggested they make a card for their old teachers as a way of saying thank you and hopefully finding a bit of closure on their experiences the year before. They both chose to make their cards with the Createacard app from American Greetings, and couldn’t have been happier with the way they turned out. The kids were incredibly proud of how “professional” looking the printed cards turned out, and couldn’t wait to present them to their teachers after school one day.

Creatacard, Momma's Gone City
Creatacard, Momma's Gone City
Creatacard, Momma's Gone City

Though my husband and I come from a long line of public school elementary educators, it’s still astounding to me how remarkable they are on so many levels. I wonder every year what it must be like for them to develop such important relationships and trust with children during a time in their lives that makes such a difference. The kids are changing and growing so rapidly, and the skills they’re learning are lifelong, even at the earliest level. My second grade teacher instilled in me a sense of pride that I hadn’t known before, but also a level of trust with another adult that wasn’t my parent, but someone whose opinion I valued tremendously, if not equally. I know that for Jack especially, his relationship with his First Grade teacher was monumental in his success last year, from developing confidence academically and socially. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate that as his mother, but I’m learning to find ways that I can try to show it, especially to a person in a position that is tremendously undervalued from society’s standpoint. Jack was able to incorporate a photo of his self (his first selfie!), a function on the Createacard app that was easy enough for him to figure out how to do on his own. He snapped the photo and uploaded it into the card itself-and it printed beautifully! Zoe is more of a drawer, and used her talents for at least 20 minutes before perfecting her masterpiece. The different tools allowed her to draw people and landscapes easily, something that is fun and detailed for her to focus on.

Creatacard, Momma's Gone City
Createacard, Momma's Gone City

Zoe For Jack and Zoe, making these cards and presenting them was so much more than what it actually was tangibly, but the mementos they became were also hopefully appreciated by their teachers. Not to mention, it made for a fun activity during one of those waning, long last summer days before school started up again.


Createacard, Momma's Gone City
Createacard, Momma's Gone City

Now that Jack and Zoe are just getting their feet wet in First and Second Grades respectively, I can see that they’re getting the hang of what is more or less their childhood careers as students. They are bright-eyed and excited for what’s to come in the year ahead, and knowing that their experience and transition from last year was the best it could be puts my heart at ease, too. It’s incredibly sweet that they were so attached to their former teachers, and making these cards with the Createacard app was the perfect tool to help them say good bye and thank you to two women that made a huge difference in their lives. I especially love that I could order a couple of extras for their “baby books” as my own personal memento of this past year, and one they will no doubt have a blast looking back on.

Thank you to Createacard by American Greetings for sponsoring this post, and thank you for reading!

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