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2018 01 Family Letter – Fresh Air and Paper Flowers

Happy New Year, dear family!

It was my birthday before I knew it!! 26 somehow seems so much older than 25 does! I had a wonderful day opening cards and little packages with my cute little boy during the day, and went out for dinner in downtown Berkeley that night with Oliver. We walked down the dark streets, still covered in twinkling white lights from the holidays, and had a fun time reminiscing on the past year over pomegranate chicken tacos, while Henry snoozed in his stroller next to the table. Thank you for your gifts and sweet notes!! It was such a happy “birthday week”!

Oliver has been a happy camper and a new man with his awesome job! He is out of the house before the sun even rises (in the office by 6!), and always kisses me on my forehead (still half asleep in bed) and lets me know that he checked on Henry and he will see me later that night before he heads out the door. I am tickled that he gathers his clothes the night before and closes the door to get dressed in the teeny walk in closet so he doesn’t have to turn on the lights and wake me up. That’s love! From the stories I hear, his first big work project has gone well–he got the buy in needed from the top and is now in the process of implementation. When he gets home at night–usually around 6:30 or so–we like to play with Henry together. Oliver reads him books and puts him in his PJs and makes him giggle. Henry has only really “laughed” a couple times, despite our best effort to be as hilarious as possible. Anyone else watching our antics trying to make our baby laugh would sure have a nice laugh themselves…at us at least! We tuck Henry into bed in his room every night between 7:30-8pm, and then talk or read or watch a movie for an hour before falling asleep ourselves by 9pm. hah! This early morning schedule is easy for me (I would fall asleep then anyways!) but Oliver is a recent convert. Happy to report, he is a true morning person now too!

On Saturdays we like to get out of the house and away from home…normally driving over one bridge or another to explore some new hiking trail in San Francisco and grab lunch to eat at a park. This past month we walked over the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way down to Crissy Field, strolled down the beach, and had a picnic with a view! We’ve also explored Marin, driven around the darling streets of Sausalito, walked down by the Berkeley marina and looked out over the blue water, and visited new shops and restaurants near the University (never in my life did I imagine spending time around Berkeley! haha!). The weather has been glorious and reminds me why we pay so much in state taxes and real estate…eek! Late January in the Bay Area more often than not feels like spring time…the days are getting even warmer and longer…the grass is returning to green, and the fresh air is invigorating.

My weeks are getting nice and busy! I’m taking classes at Apparel Arts, a design school in downtown Oakland, where I spend every Thursday evening (while Oliver watches Henry!). It’s an enormous, beautiful workspace with soaring ceilings, big tables, and sewing and design tools everyway you turn. I’m taking a patternmaking & design class which takes 2-3 years to finish. This stuff is no joke! By the time you get through it all, you have enough skill and discipline to work in the industry, if you choose to do so. It is SO MUCH FUN to spend my Thursday evenings there with other girls and guys who love making things just like I do. My skills are improving rapidly! I’m also taking a workshop series on manufacturing in the Bay Area, which has come in handy, as I’m currently working on having a garment produced (for the first time!). My patternmaker is up and running and the name of the game these days for my free time is fabric sourcing. Hopefully it’s ready to launch on Amazon by late Spring!

I feel like I am (finally?) hitting my stride with Henry…we can now get around with little to no stress, and have settled into a good routine at home. I took him with me on the bus to the park the other week…turns out he likes the bus more than the park! As we bumped up the steep streets of the surrounding hills he stared wide eyed at all the houses and people around him. (Although, admittedly, watching him in a baby swing for the first time was also just as magical!) He recently started propping himself up on his elbows during tummy time and rolling over! These days anything and everything he can get his hands on goes straight in his mouth. I have a feeling we aren’t too far away from eating solids!

Other highlights of the month were returning to Stanford for an alumni dinner one evening, Henry in tow. It was glorious to be back on our favorite campus…home! Henry was the star of the cocktail hour, of course, and is the most perfect social accessory…. nothing starts a conversation better than the baby! He was the only one in the entire dinner under the age of 25! At one point in the evening, a well-dressed middle aged man came over to Henry and I and started chit chatting…ten minutes into the conversation, I, (still can’t believe this) asked what he did in the area. Before I could even hear what he said in reply, all five guys around me, including Oliver, quickly jumped in and said, REBECCA! THAT’S THE DEAN!!! To my defense, the business school got a new dean halfway through our time there, and I had never seen him up close before! hah.  We were also fortunate to have Maddie, Oliver’s sister, come spend a weekend with us in January! We loved having her and taking her around the Bay. I particularly loved our girl time while Oliver was at work and long chats in the car.

The main feeling I come away with at the end of this month is overwhelming gratitude. For my happy, healthy family. For my husband, my parents, my siblings—for our warm home and snuggly dog and fun classes and good job. It occurs to me on a daily basis that we have everything we need, and I race through ideas of ways on how I could somehow give it back to the world. The more I love my baby, the more I wish I could make sure every baby in the world was loved and taken care of just as much. Anyway, stay tuned for that one! A subject for a future family letter, we will say.

Love to all!

Rebecca + Oliver

+Henry +Mozzi

 

 

Henry at Four Months

Likes: Putting anything and everything into his mouth! Tummy time again! Hooray! Lifting his head up high and looking around Going to bed an hour early, some nights. Sitting in his big boy stroller Running errands with mom, looking at all the bright colors in the grocery store or shiny things at Target Dislikes: Cold

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Being A Mother Is…

Being a mother for the first time is getting a second chance at life. It is a whole new round of firsts. It is seeing the wide, blue sky for the very first time. Feeling water in between your toes. Discovering your fingers, learning to move them. It is fully forgetting yourself.  It’s being aware

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2017 12 Family Letter – The Magic of Christmas

  Family, What a season! I’m going to brag and say we got the best of both worlds this year….a warm, sunny Northern California and a snowy Christmas in Utah! Oliver’s parents came to visit for the weekend and see Henry for the first time! He cooed and squealed and talked to his sweet Grandma

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Henry at Three Months

Likes: chewing on his fist ferociously smiling when we say “I love you!” watching Mozzi run all over the house playing with toys in his gym sit/stand x repeat all day long! eating every two hours during the day sleeping all night! WOOHOO! swinging/jumping in his bouncer Dislikes: the hour right before bedtime bonking his

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2017 11 Family Letter – Leaps of Faith

Family, Hello from…..California! I’m blasting out this family letter from our new home in the East Bay! This month was a crazy one, equally parts exciting, suspenseful, exhausting, hilarious, and very, very blessed. After a whirlwind of flights and interviews, Oliver accepted an offer at a cyber security company just an hour and half from

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Henry at Two Months

Likes: Chewing and sucking on his fist Sitting and standing up with a little balancing assistance from Mom or Dad Smiling and bursting into big grins Talking and cooing with little AGHs and OOOOs and AHHHHs. Sucking on his binky Dislikes: Laying down for too long….he wants to be on the move all the time!

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It’s Time To Quit Surviving

Since I’ve started staying home with Henry during the day, I’ve found a bit more time to do some reading (or, shall I say, listening) and have taken full advantage of that. We’ve already finished two books together and are well onto our third! Most recently, I listened to The Magnolia Story by Chip and

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Favorite Baby Products

I thought it might be handy to make a list of all of my favorite baby products thus far. We tested out a LOT of different options for each item and so far, these are the clear winners! Hopefully this will save you all a little time and money 🙂 Diapers: All more or less

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Henry at One Month Old

Likes: Being warm! The little guy wears long sleeve PJs, a swaddle blanket, and at least two other blankets on top of him to go to bed at night (and its been 80+ degrees these days!) Staring into Dad’s eyes in the evening Being held, or in a slightly upright position Stretching his tiny arms

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2017 09 Family Letter – Henry is here!!!

Family, It’s hard not to skip straight to the best part of the month, so I won’t even try to backtrack….baby is HERE!!! Henry Theodore Palmer was born on Monday, September 25th at 6:49PM at 7lbs 14.5 oz and 20.5 inches after 9 hours of active labor while I paced around our apartment (starting at

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2017 08 Family Letter – Heatwaves and Wedding Bells

Whew. August totally wiped us out! We moved into our new apartment at the beginning of the month, and thanks to the amazing Elders Moving Company from the Menlo Park ward (read: all of our friends!) it went pretty smoothly! We had the apartment all boxed up uniformly and organized for the guys when they

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Bumpdates

HENRY IS HERE!!!! I told you all along that I was suspicious that they pushed my due date back two weeks back in the begining, right? Because all of my pregnancy milestones were two weeks early after that! Anyway, suspicious (perhaps!) confirmed…because our little boy came at 38.5 weeks!! Sunday, the day before he was

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2017 07 Family Letter – Glorious Reunions

Family, For the first time in a very long time, I am struggling to keep up with my to do list! Life has been moving fast these days. Oliver has been ever busy with company events, pitches, meetings, and long work days. My belly is getting ever bigger, and the days left in our Stanford

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2017 06 Family Letter – Caps and Gowns

Family, June passed in the blink of an eye, and I can’t say I’m complaining! This was the month that we had been counting down for! For Oliver, this meant…..GRADUATION!!!! That’s right! It feels like just yesterday we arrived on campus, fresh off our flight and still feeling the mountain air from Switzerland. Two years

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What Kind of Family Do We Want to Build?

As I’ve had these past few months to think about being a mother…having family, building a family, I, of course, have also been mulling over what exactly our end goal is here. What kind of family culture do we want to develop? What do we want our children and our family to be known and remembered

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2017 05 Family Letter – A Rainbow of Balloons

Family, May, oh may! The highlights of the month spiked the calendar with some pretty memorable moments, long awaited with anticipation and celebrated with balloons of all colors, as well as many late nights and hard earned, unsung victories, celebrated only with satisfied feelings and rewarded with an even longer to do list! After MUCH

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2017 04 Family Letter – Growth Spurts!

Family, Life and season seemed to rush forward at an accelerated pace this month. California went from a pleasant and breezy 70 degrees to a scorching 80, then 90 for a week or so, about at the same time that Oliver’s post-MBA plans took solid form, and the little baby in my belly started pushing

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Crocodile Sugar Scrub – A SAVIOR for Dry Pregnancy Skin

In the scheme of things, I suppose having more-prone-to-be-dry skin is better than more-prone-to-be-oily skin, but WOWIE did my skin get really, really dry a few months into being pregnant. We’re talking all the lotions and oils and crèmes in the world could not smooth out the dry, splotchy, scaly skin that suddenly appeared on

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2017 03 Family Letter – Oh baby!!

Family,   It’s actually mid April as I’m writing this, so…I won’t waste any time!   WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!!!!!!!!!!   It has been absolute TORTURE keeping this secret since the beginning of the year and we are so happy to have finally spilled the beans! Thank you ALL for your sweet notes and kind

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How Much Would It Cost To Buy Back Your Life?

I’m not exactly sure what it was about yesterday that got to me. It’s been fairly normal in the past three years for me to go through intermittent period of longing, when the 8-5 (let’s be real, 7-7) seems long, and the weekends seem short. Longing for a little more free time, followed pretty shortly

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If You’ve Ever Tried To Change Someone…

You know that it’s exhausting. Often times, your efforts, as patient and well intentioned as the might be…don’t even help. Sometimes they just make it worse. This is excruciatingly painful for you, as the desire to “change someone” often stems from the very noblest parts of the human soul…the desire to ease suffering, to provide

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2017 02 Family Letter – Buckets of Flowers

Family, This month has been such a blur, I’m worried if I even have much to report! Our evenings, weekends, and even lunch hours have been so packed that we have been hard pressed to find any downtime. Collateral damage from this crazy month has been… the laundry. By the time we made the trek

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Quick and Fluffy Quilted Baby Blanket

You will need: 1.5 yards of fabric for the top 1.5 yards of fabric for the bottom one “crib size” packet of batting (at least 40×50) 6 yards of double folded bias tape Directions: Cut the top, batting, and bottom pieces to measure 40×50 inches each. Clip or pin the edges to hold everything in

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A Year’s Worth of Business Lessons in 30 Seconds

I’ve been reflecting on 2016 and all of the things that Oliver and I have learned. I wanted to make a little list of some of the main takeaways I had about starting and builing business (both O and I have a crazy roller coaster year on that front!). So, in no particular order, here

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No, MY grass is more brown!!

The most unusual and widespread social behavior has piqued my attention recently. It is decidedly a first world problem, practiced flawlessly by those whose lives are so protected and stable (compared to most of the world) and just plain good that they can afford to make it marginally worse. Yeah, I’m talking about us.  

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Some Pretty Planners, On Their Way!

Heya Palmer Gals! Good news, your planners are done and will be at your door shortly 🙂 While they are a far cry from professionally made (and I’m sure someone will find a typo and plenty of lines that are not quite straight), I hope they work for you as well as they have worked

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Easy Crochet Baby Blanket

This post is a bit delayed (as many of the recent ones are!) but I wanted to share this super easy, cuddly crochet baby blanket I made recently, in case anyone is interested in learning how! This particular stitch is called a “granny square.” I just made one enormous one in pale yellow (you can

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2016 12 Family Letter – Home for the Holidays

Family, Merry Christmas to all! December was a spectacular month for us here in sunny California! The weather decided to be festive and dumped showers of rain all over the Peninsula, leaving lush rolling green hills and bursting tufts of unseasonably green grass all over Stanford campus. The more we stay here, the more we

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Flawless Skin Plan of Attack

Someone, I can’t remember who, once told me that the only way you could tell the pretty girls from the professional models on the streets of New York City is by looking specifically at one thing: their skin. I also have a friend’s mother who has the cleanest, brightest, most lovely face! When I asked

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Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket

Giving homemade gits is so satisfying and special…but there is a certain knack needed to make sure homemade gifts don’t look….well, homemade. One way to do so is to keep things very very clean and simple. This is the first crochet baby blanket I ever made and I wanted to keep it really, really sleek

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A Little DIY Christmas Decor

When O and I moved into our first apartment together in D.C., we had fairly grand plans for the decor. And so over time, we picked out just the right furniture, rugs, art, tables, couches, blankets, pillows, plants, table settings, the list goes on…. Finally, by springtime, everything was in place. And then we moved across the

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2016 10 Family Letter – Church Bells and Boot Camp

Family, I have been delinquent!! The end of October was so crazy I didn’t even notice November start! (Actually, the crazy hasn’t died down quite yet, but I have a little breather so I’m going to crank this family letter out!) Looking back on October, one of the most memorable events was attending Convocation at

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DIY Apple Watch Bands

Man on man have I been waiting SO LONG for my Apple Watch to come in the  mail! And call me silly, but I am really really insist that any accessories I wear, watches included, don’t totally clash with my outfit. So naturally, I was going to need AT LEAST three watch bands, preferable cool, beautiful,

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The BEST Tri-Fold IKEA Mirror Hack!

Do you know what the best part about shopping is? The part where you get to try on clothes in those big, awesome, shining tri-fold mirrors in the dressing room that acutally let you see how you look from 360 degrees, instead of straight on. I feel like those mirrors are the only way I

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Little Winter Coat

I’ve been dying to use this faux fur since I found it a couple weeks ago, but was waiting for just the right project! It’s so, so, SOOOO silky soft and smooth I swear it feels like real fox fur. With just a small square to use, I decided it would be perfect as a

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On Curve Balls and (Adult) Temper Tantrums

First of all, I don’t play baseball. Or softball. But my parents tell me I wasn’t half bad at T-ball back in the day so even if I might not be the strongest authority on this, I’m going to go for it anyway. Curve balls. This past year, and, let’s be honest, this past day,

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Buy a Watering Can, And Other Obvious Epiphanies

Though I love DC for all of its obvious an non-obvious charms, I have so say, Northern California has it beat on the weather front soooooo badly I feel guilty even pointing it out. (Sorry, DC! We love you too!) So when we moved into our first apartment at Stanford I was EXTRA thrilled to

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2016 08 Family Letter – Loads of Lobster

Family, First of all, I wanted to say a special thank you to Nana for always putting together the family letter every month and mailing it out! I know it is no small ordeal to collect letters from all aunts/uncles/cousins/kids/couples, organize it all, print it out, and mail the packet to each of us all

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Organizational CRAZE (+bliss)

I sometimes wish I was still 8 years old, so I could wander into Target right now and go back to school supply shopping. New backpack! Empty notebooks! Pencil boxes! Folders! Seriously is there any kind of shopping more fun? Other than puppy shopping…I don’t think there is. Planners have been a long time favorite. It started

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New Tricks and Inky Fingers

Oliver will tell you, I am not shy when it comes to diving right into a new project and starting to go go go and do do do…sometimes before I even know what I am doing! Let’s just say, when we bring Ikea boxes home….reading the instructions is something to be done only when you

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Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Just wanted to drop a quick note in about the kindness and goodness of people, especially in times like these, when we are so afraid of terror. A couple weeks ago when I decided to learn how to crochet, I thought I would ask my little community on FreeCycle/TrashNothing if anyone had any extra yarn

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Skin Routine + Long Time Raves

I think I have finally come full circle when it comes to skin routines and beliefs.  Finally, I have settled on a routine that has worked for me so well, I thought I would share.  Plus, I’m pretty much a walking advertisement for these products, I love and talk about them so much. In order

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2016 07 Family Letter – Private Jets and No Pancakes

Family! Oliver here– Summers in Palo Alto are fairly mild, we’ve enjoyed relative cool conditions and are fortunate to get an amazing breeze through our apartment on the 6th floor that keeps things cool (despite having no AC). This is perhaps one of the few 4ths of July where we did not actually sit under

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Easy Baby Bows, Round Two!

Tested out my easy baby bow/headband pattern with new little bits of leather…LOVE how they turned out! Took only three stitches and just a minute or two each. If you want to try it yourself, you can download the pattern here –>CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PATTERN  

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Nautical Thrills

My latest little baby dress creation — swingy, stretchy stripes with four rows of frilly lace around the collar.  Sewing knits for the first time was a little tricky but I think it turned out alright 🙂 Let me know if you want the pattern and I’ll draw it up for you! Also, just going

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You Look Like You Like Your Kids

I really admire this about you. Funny, that of course everyone likes their kids. They love them! Of course they do! Love so deep and raw and sincere it could never be shaken. But, funny. Because you look like you actually like your kids. And I notice. I love this about you. Equally tired, equally

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To The Whispering Mother

It’s been a long time, but I remember. I remember exactly your three little boys, running madly, loudly, furiously through the church gym one Wednesday evening. I can tell they were once tucked in properly, hair combed, shirts pressed, socks pulled up. But now their bright hair has been wind blown in five different directions,

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On Dislike

I have come to the conclusion that I can’t really say that I don’t like anything. Or anyone. I used to say this all the time. I prided myself in the list of things I didn’t like (I don’t like pizza, I don’t like fishing, I don’t like this, I don’t like that). It was

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Tiny Burgundy Stitches

So, I recently bought this top that was soooo lovely, made of this beautiful dark red, flowy, swingy fabric. Well, it turns out the sleeves were way too short for me (and I couldn’t take it back!) so I decided to re-fashion it into a little dainty newborn dress. Nappy cover also made, but forgot

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In Praise of Consumption

I’ve been thinking a bit lately about different kids of people. How some people are builders and makers, and some are fabulous consumers. Both I think are equally impressive, and I suspect that being truly, fully happy and contented will require a proficient capacity to do both. I will explain. Consumers are those who couldn’t

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You Do, Therefore You Are

I think we are all being terribly unfair to ourselves. We are selling ourselves short. In an attempt at modesty, or safety, or protection from judgement, or failure, or opinion, we have unknowingly chopped away at our identities until we are just one thing, if anything at all. Tell me about yourself. I am a

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Baby Sweater + Crochet Pattern

Success!! I may or may not have been watching some old-age London shows recently, and was really struck by the babies in the show, more particularly, what they were wearing. Knits! Proper, warm, beautiful, handmade baby clothes. So beautiful. Naturally, I decided to learn how to crochet this week and it was SO fun! (And

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2016 06 Family Letter – Sea Otters and Secret Coves

  Family, Hooray hooray! My favorite holiday is almost here! 🙂 (Though, I’m not sure any celebrations can top watching fireworks over the US Capitol Building! We miss DC sometimes 🙂 But never the humid summer heat!) Excellent news, Oliver settled on an summer internship this month! It came down to Scratch, a FinTech startup

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On Giving Permission

It’s really, really, really stupid. That as adults, we feel like we need permission to do things. To like things. To think things. To be things. The very best, most well adjusted people, of course, don’t — they just do, without a care, without a second thought. But most of us wait. Wait for validation,

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Baby Bonnet + Crochet Pattern

Infinitely more lovely than a beanie or a cap, and perfectly delightful for a child…these little bonnets are too cute. I prefer the more simple patterns (as opposed to very thick or loopy ones). This was a snap to make — I did it in one sitting and this is only my second attempt at crochet

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2016 05 Family Letter – Highs and Whys

Family, May was a roller coaster ride of whirlwind excitement followed by a round of queasiness and plenty of surprises… over and over again. Volatile, to say the least. Oliver, after fielding an outpouring of interest from friends and investors all over the valley, secured a cushy initial seed investment for General Radar, and, in Silicon

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Modesty: Are we thinking about it all backwards

 This article first appeared in the May/June issue of LDS Teen Magazine. Read it here.  You should dress modestly.  …when you read that, what was your gut reaction?  If you are anything like me, the word modest might bring up a feeling of exasperation, mixed in with strained memories about endless hours hunting for dresses with

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Chunky Baby Sweater + Crochet Pattern

Fun little Sunday evening project. Time to use up all of this wonderful, chunky, lush, soft yarn I have laying around in little bits! I think color blocking is a nice twist on classic shapes and cold weather clothing. Color blocking in neutrals keeps things a little more timeless. I didn’t use a pattern for

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2016 04 Family Letter – Morning Sun

Family, With the days getting warmer and longer, waking up in the morning has become so pleasant! The sun streams in from our balcony door into our bedroom and for the first time in ages, we are waking up gently and calmly with the sunrise…a nice change from the alarm clock! Oliver is now in

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Floral Mod

  Raise your hand if you are ALLLLLLLL about one piece outfits. Extra points for comfort and DOUBLE extra points for comfort that looks this polished. Earthy tones for spring, two thumbs up. Shop hundreds of stunning dresses, skirts, swimsuits and more at my eDepartment store—> Arlais Palmer.  

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The Five Commandments of Successful Shopping

This article originally appeared in LDS Teen Magazine,  April 2016. I believe personal style is an essential component to the expression of your identity. Being intentional about the kind of clothing you buy helps you understand and define yourself, and is an important step towards being calm, collected, and confident. And once you fully own

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Soft Teal and Gold Baby Dress

I could rant for a good 30 minutes about FabMo and all of the treasures I found there this past weekend, but….I’ve already done that once today, so my quota has been filled. 😉 Instead, I will rant about this beautiful light teal and gold woven fabric. When I was in Paris as a student, I

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2016 03 Family Letter – Stanford Movinnn

Family,   I swear each month goes more and more quickly! This is what happened this month: MOVE: Stanford is renovating our old building, so they moved us into a new apartment over Easter weekend (also Spring Break)! For three days we were living among boxes, sleeping with towels and eating on plastic plates. But

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Picnic Classic

Both O and I have moved around the USA and world a whoooooooole lot. And even though I am really, REALLY digging all of this amazing California weather and Silicon Valley vibe…I think I will always feel just a little bit East Coast at heart. Easy breezy, crisp and clean. I’ll take a croissant sandwich,

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Baby Bow + Headband Pattern

It’s always hard to find juuuuuuuuust the perfect thing. No? When it comes to “accessories” like bows or shoes…my go to method? Beautiful choices that will go with EVERYTHING. So in most cases, that means high quality neutrals. One special note to this rule? Sparkly neutrals. Tell me shimmery gold isn’t the perfect choice for any outfit! Little

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2016 02 Family Letter – Fifty Things At Once

Hi Family, What did we even do in February? It has all been such an exciting and exhausting blur. In an exciting turn of events, Oliver is in the process of starting a company (General Radar) with a fellow engineering student (former NASA engineer) developing and selling military grade radar for autonomous motion systems (self-driving

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Stripes and Stripes

  Okay okay, I have a little stripe obsession. But this dress was sooo cozy I couldn’t resist adding it to the fifty other navy and white items to my closet. Oops. Seriously though, this print is timeless. So stock up ladies and hold your head high. I mean…it’s so flattering! Shop hundreds of stunning

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Brocade Baby Dress

A week after O & I got married he was scheduled for a work trip to Taiwan. So, naturally, it was decided that Tai Pei would be the jumping off point of our month long honeymoon touring Southeast Asia. And BOY did I luck out. While my experiences in other countries varied in the different levels

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2016 01 Family Letter – New Year

Wow! This month went so quickly I thought I had already written the letter, but that was for December! What happened this month?   My birthday! 24 years wise, right? Hah. A big thanks to everyone who sent nice cards, emails, and goodies from Switzerland :)) My birthday was on a Sunday this year, so

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Black Leather Kindle Case

Ok guys. Confession here. I am a massive consumer of content and am OBSESSED with my new Kindle and all of the clever ways I have gathered to get TONS of great content (ebooks, audio books) for pretty much free, or very very little. Kindle Unlimited … for $9.99 a month you can be “reading” up

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Nautical Ease

Just doing my best here to choose things that are magic: can be worn at 20, then while pregnant, to work, to church, to the pool, then as a 40 year old. HAH! Check check. This is a classic 🙂 Shop hundreds of stunning dresses, skirts, swimsuits and more at my eDepartment store—> Arlais Palmer.

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Vegan Leather & Brocade Baby Dress

Raw cut edges are my new favorite design detail. Not just for practical reasons (how great is it to find fabric that DOESN’T FRAY?!) but also for stylistic reasons. It just looks clean. And cool. And this is one cool baby dress. Vegan leather bodice, raw cut edges, and gold/black brocade from Taipei. My wish

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2015 12 Family Letter – Fa la la la la

Family, Merry Christmas!! We were lucky enough to see Nana and David this year but missed everyone else. The season had me longing for the good old fashioned Christmases at Nanas big yellow house in Houston …Matching PJs, sleepovers in the library, dances, ice cream, cousins. Mmm! Hoepfully we will all be able to get

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Rose Petal & Crocodile Baby Dress

I am a texture addict. When I run my fingers over fabric or pick a flower from the garden, that is what I notice. Buttery? Bumpy? Soft? Rough? I think some of the most beautiful deisgn is birthed from the perfect coupling of different textures. Now, I am no expert, but I wanted to play

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2015 11 Family Letter – Stitches and Coding

November was a big month for us! Lots of exciting news. Firstly, I have been saved! Believe it or not, biking to work became WAY TOO COLD early on in the month and by the time I left the office at the end of the day it was pitch black outside. Dangerously so on these busy Tesla ridden

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Black Bow & Yellow Flowers + Pattern

I am particular about bows. Do NOT even THINK about putting one of those huge, scratchy tacky flowers on your babies pretty head. Proportions, proportions! There are better, more delicate ways. Here are a few of my first bow creations, created on top of a nude headband to maximize the “matches with anything” factor. (Free pattern below!)

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2015 10 Family Letter – Starting Again

Family, October was a good month for the Palmer bunch 🙂 I started work and am feeling a bit more settled. Definitely the youngest in the office by at least 15 years, but it’s a good place to be. The partners are all top notch, there are only 10 of us in the office, everyone is

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Spunky Modern Baby Dress

I LOVE THIS TACK-y black material. Tell me it is meant for making home fabric grippy? And not clothing? DON’T care! Still so much more of this material and many many more sketches of possibilities to come. This dress makes me think of the editorials in magazines I love so much. Simple. Clean. Bold. My

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2015 09 Family Letter – Landing in CA

Family, So the Palmers made the move from Switzerland to California! Leaving Switzerland, my family, and my puppy was sad 🙁 I miss them so much and am counting down the days! The long flight went quickly, and driving into Stanford from San Francisco was like living a day dream. True, the grass is brown,

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Aqua Baby Tunic

This weekend we had such a fun little stay-cation touring all around Stanford (home) and San Francisco. My favorite part was the 30 minutes we spent on the shore line, letting Mozzi splash in the waves. I wanted to create a little play tunic (shorter, so the babes can roll around!) that made me remember

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Breezy Hamptons Baby Dress

Going to the beach in the middle of the day is normal. Hot, crowded, overwhelming. But being on the beach in the mornings? That’s where the magic is. Leave the hot afternoons to the tourists, Baby Hampton. You own the place.  My wish for this girl. I hope you will know where to find the

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2015 08 Family Letter – Swiss Bliss

Family, August has been mad! Awesome, relaxing, amazing, wonderful, superdeedooper, and THEBESTMONTHEVER. We packed up all of our stuff, shipped it away, and took off from DC. Mozzi in tow, we stuffed a poor Uber full of about 7 suitcases and boxes, and arrived in cool, beautiful Switzerland about 7 hours later. OH MY GOODNESS.

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2015 07 Family Letters – Wrapping Up!

Dear family, I am so so so sad that Oliver couldn’t make it for the reunion over the 4th of July but am SO happy that I was!!! What a treat it was to get to gather together in that beautiful lodge and spend time as a family – reminds me of the family reunions

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2015 06 Family Letter – Summer Days

June Family Letter Things are falling into place at the Palmer household! We found way to ship our things across the country, gave notice at our apartment, and squared away all of the details needed for Mozzis flight to Switzerland! Maman was kind enough to lend us Theo’s cat carrier to put him in on

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2015 05 Family Letter – Short and Snappy

Family, It’s really hot outside now. My hair has turned into a lions mane, and not in a good way. Good news: We got an assured spot in the Escondido Low Rise apartments (our first choice) for Stanford, it’s almost right next to the GSB. We also got our fellowship numbers! Happy to have a

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