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HAPPINESS IS
My name is Shannon. I’m a singer and songwriter living in Seattle. I am easily amused by simple pleasures. This is my happy place. May it be yours too.
Interests: my music, www.shannoneileen.com, www.myspace.com/shannoneileen, www.myspace.com/loreleisongs www.sonicbids.com/loreleisongs
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My second Mother's Day as a mother was simple and sweet. The boys started it off right with breakfast in bed. Believe it or not, this was the first breakfast in bed I've ever received in this house... because we never had a tray table to serve it on! It was always on the "one day" list. Until Modernica came to the rescue. We received their Case Study Bentwood Tray Table just in time for Mother's Day. Design nuts that we are, Hal and I are obsessed with practically everything Modernica makes. Especially their bentwood products, which are built and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at HAPPINESS IS...
Hi Krysta! OMG total mom brain. I thought I had responded to you (I must have in my head) but just now realized I didn't reply to your comment! So sorry. Did you have a nice time in Seattle? I would have loved to share with you some fun things to do here. If you're ever back to visit your sis-in-law, please shoot me an email: shannoneileenblog@gmail.com - I'd love to send you a list and even meet up for tea/coffee (our babes can play together!) xo
Allie, yes! You must try this for your birthday. A friend of mine actually requested a night away like this for mother's day last year and I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it, haha. Thank you darling. Sending you guys some good sleepy vibes! xo
Thanks Crystal! How old is your babe now? I'm still breastfeeding too, but thankfully, Bowie takes a bottle and we're down to 3 feeds, mornings, midday and bedtime. I still had to pump while away. But since it was only 24-hours, it was doable. If you can't escape this birthday, there's always Mother's Day or next birthday? Or heck, any random day! :)
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My birthday this year consisted of me by myself, behind the wheel of my MINI, listening to audiobooks and road-tripping up to Whistler, Canada for a solo 1-night stay at the ultra-luxurious Nita Lake Lodge. It was heavenly. Alone with my thoughts for 24-hours was something I hadn't had since the babe was born. As an introvert at heart, the idea sounded like total bliss. Hal was totally on board and agreed to keep Bowie at home - papa points! I arrived just before check-in which gave me ample time to tour the grounds. The lodge sits at the edge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at HAPPINESS IS...
I think you'll love both Parasol AND Water Wipes. I even use the wipes as a make-up remover! How are you feeling these days? Do you know the gender yet? So exciting. Miss you guys. Let's def get a playdate on the books!
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Far from pro! But it is amazing how much you're forced to learn in one year with a baby. Bowie's first library class was so funny - he slept the whole time, he he.
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I've been wanting to round up my favorite parenting resources for quite some time now. But of course, mama-ing got in the way. Now that Bowie is 16 months old (!!!), I figure now is as good of time as any to jot down the things, after much trial and error, that got me through that first crazy year. So here it is - the ultimate new mama survival guide. Parasol Diapers: We've finally settled on a good disposable eco-friendly diaper. First we tried Honest Company, but they were rough, didn't fit well and leaked in the middle of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at HAPPINESS IS...
Aw how nice to hear that you're thinking of me and this little blog of mine! Thank you Susan, I appreciate the sweet note. Much love to you! xo
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I get lost in them daily! :) xo
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Thank you sweet Caroline! So nice to hear from you. Happy New Year, my friend. xo
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Our family recently took a little road trip to Seaside, Oregon to visit friends and give our little Bowie Ocean a chance to experience the Northwest surf. Normally the coast is rather cold and wet this time of year. But we were blessed with a glorious golden sun. A perfect day for Bo to practice his new walking skills and leave his tiny stumbling footprints in the sand. There's just something so inspiring about watching your child interact with the ocean for the very first time - so these photos are very special to me. Too sweet not to share....... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at HAPPINESS IS...
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In light of the current chaotic state of the world, I'm trying to focus on love this holiday season. The angels among us. The people who are working hard to make positive change. Thistle Farms is doing just that and I'm proud to be joining forces with them this week to give one of you a sweet little surprise in your mailbox. Thistle Farms is a global community of women healing from trafficking, addiction and homelessness. The company employs more than 1500 female survivors, providing free housing, medical care, therapy, education and job training to make natural products that are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at HAPPINESS IS...
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Happy holidays from Charlie Brown and his annoying unidentifiable grown-up companions! We came up with the Charlie Brown concept before Bowie was even born, funny enough. But he was too young last year to pull it off. We weren't even sure we'd have a bald, white baby. But low and behold... we did! It was on. Except we didn't realize how challenging it would be to make a 14-month old pose, stay still and smile! Normally, Bowie is a total ham and we have no problem getting him to act like a trained monkey. Even with my parents dancing and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at HAPPINESS IS...
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I used to be a little boy So old in my shoes And what I choose is my choice What's a boy supposed to do? The killer in me is the killer in you My love, I send this smile over to you What do you get when you put together a bald guy, an Asian dude and a blonde chick? Our family! Also... The Smashing Pumpkins! If you're fans of 90's rock - it couldn't have been a more perfect fit, am I right? Working around our babe's bald-ish head, Bowie's the lead singer, Billy Corgan, Hal's the guitarist,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at HAPPINESS IS...
That's so nice of you, thank you Cheryl! I hope all is well with you :) xo
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Aw thank you Barbara! For thinking of me and for your sweet words. Hopefully, I'll start posting more frequently now that he's getting older!
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I'm so happy to hear our party inspired you for your grandchild's! Thank you for your kind words. When does Vada (love that name) turn one? Yeah, I think your daughter should definitely throw one, keep it low key, and make sure to celebrate HERSELF! :)
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Thank you Carrie! Ha, isn't it good to know our creative muscles will always be there? Thank goodness! Also, kids bring it out :) xo
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My baby turned one on September 20th! What a whirlwind of emotions that came with this milestone. I was on the brink of tears the entire week prior. At first, I wasn't going to host a big shindig, for a myriad of reasons. One-year old's won't remember. They might be fearful of all the people. And this is pretty much the only time you can get away with not throwing a birthday party for your child without feeling obligated to invite the entire daycare/preschool class. But knowing myself, I knew I would always regret it. Mama was selfish because essentially,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at HAPPINESS IS...
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My Bowie is at such a fun age. At 7.5 months, he loves being on all fours, planking, and rocking in the crawl position, ready to take off. And despite his small 5th percentile size, he feels like one solid muscle when I hold him - pushing against me to leap out of my arms and up the walls. He's grabbing everything in sight and will spend a good chunk of time on the floor playing with toys these days. Living in a 750 square foot tiny house doesn't leave much room for baby items. And I've yet to buy... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at HAPPINESS IS...
Ha I hope I didn't scare you Allie! ;) But I sort of wish people would have been a bit more real with me. I hope and pray you have an easier time with a super chill zen baby. And stay blissfully naive - it makes your pregnancy all the more enjoyable! I can't wait to see you in a few days! xo
I appreciate that Evelene - I agree in that following your instincts is the best mama advice anyone can give :) xo
Thank you Jen! I didn't even realize winter's impact, but YES, that probably played a huge roll for me as well. The loud piercing noise and slo mo... what a perfect way to describe that time. I guess finding balance between hurrying and enjoying the moment is essentially what life is all about, right? :) xo