Life Lately: Volume 32

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yay for the weekend and for saying goodbye to the sticky lingering humidity here in New England. Yesterday and today have been gorgeous, with a cool breeze and sunny skies. And when it’s cool at night I sleep so much better!

I started the week off with a cold/sinus infection but was able to kick it in two days with my neti pot, homemade ginger lemon tea, a sh*t ton of vitamin D, and the most amazing nasal spray that’s homeopathic and breastfeeding friendly. It’s the only thing that cleared me up when I was stuffy.

The highlight of my week was interacting with you guys on Instagram on Wednesday night. That day, Amalia had a tough time with her naps and was fussy all day so I posted about it on my stories. I got hundreds (literally!) of responses from moms who had been through it with their tips. Turns out, she was going through a developmental “leap” which we learned from the Wonder Years app that so many of you recommended.

One of my favorite parts of my job these days is interacting with other moms and learning new tricks… plus the solidarity of knowing I’m not in it alone is incredible. I’m trying to figure out a way to bring more of those conversations to the blog, so if you have any ideas, let me know.

On Monday, a few of my blogger buddies and I are doing a pretty awesome fall shopping spree giveaway so check back in to enter next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

Around the Web

Shopbop sale picks:The Shopbop sale is in full effect for another day (20% off under $500 and 25% off purchases over $500 with code EOTS17). I am seriously considering this cashmere funnel neck sweater (should I?) and I just love this new Rails plaid. Lots of great Madewell pieces too. I didn’t realize they made maternity jeans btw. Wish I had known!

The end of an HGTV era. I almost shed a literal tear when I read that season 5 will be the last for Fixer Upper. How could you do this to us, Joanna?!?

You just had a baby. To anyone else who has, read this as a good reminder.

Fall thermal. The shirt I’m wearing in the photo above might not seem all that great in pictures but it’s actually amazing. It’s super long (covers the hips) has a great low v neck, and it has thumb holes. I bought two and my sister just did the same after I explained its amazingness! It comes in six colors but I like the black and white ones best.

Food allergy testing. I’ve always wanted to get tested for a bunch of food sensitivities but it can cost thousands of dollars. I stumbled across this home health test that’s only $199 and am considering doing it. Have any of you tried it? They also have tests for fertility, breast milk DHA, STDs, thyroid and more. It seems too good to be true…

Speaking of foods… PS Snacks sent me a care package yesterday and OMG I found my new favorite healthy(ish) dessert! It’s edible cookie dough made with garbanzo beans (no raw eggs). As of now they only send to select zip codes but keep an eye out if you ever see it.

Flattering swimwear. All summer long I watched as my blogger friends all seemed to be wearing Summersalt swimsuits. I finally picked one up for our trip to Bermuda next week and I’m looking forward to testing it out. Apparently they’re the most flattering ever, so we’ll see.

Rideable luggage. I laughed so hard watching this video of people using their rideable luggage. But actually if you’re running late at the airport it would be kind of awesome, right?

A New Yorker walked into a bar. New York bartenders share some of their craziest stories.

Fluffy shoes. Only Grace could pull off these amazing fluffy shoes. They remind me of that pair from season one of Sex and the City.

Everlane x Nordstrom. Everlane (one of my favorite brands right up there with Cuyana) is selling product at Nordstrom online and in select stores through November 11th.

Understanding high-fat diets. And if they’re right for you.

Raspberry Beret. Carly looks too cute in this French-girl inspired look. Makes me want to go out and buy a beret… But I have a giant head so I’d look insane!

A few new things. I just picked up this top and this dress from Vineyard Vines for Bermuda next week.

This week on Lemon Stripes

Long Cardigan
A New Kind of Dinnertime
8 Great Dresses for Fall
Two Months with Amalia
Updated: Build the Perfect Baby Registry

  • Carly A. Heitlinger

    Thanks for sharing my post Julia! I also love those at-home tests!

  • Katherine

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip to Bermuda. My fiance and I are thinking of doing our honeymoon there.

    Also, would be so interested in the food sensitivity home testing!

    • I love that! My grandparents honeymooned there too 🙂 We’ve been a bunch of times if you ever have questions, feel free to reach out!

  • Nicole Drezner

    I’m a doctor (pediatric oncology, so allergy is certainly not my area of expertise, but the website you linked gives a screen shot example of complete blood count results which is something I’ve reviewed thousands of times), and I would strongly recommend against any home health test that claims to give you any information about food allergies. A lot of the testing for allergies that primary care physicians and allergists do is difficult to interpret even with a physician’s training and expertise, and there are many blood tests that can be run that give a “positive” result that may have no clinical significance whatsoever (i.e. Is positive on paper but does not actually mean anything in terms of your actual reaction to or tolerance of a particular allergen). The field of food allergies is always changing and interpretation of any results and reactions, and decisions on what testing should or shouldn’t be done, should be guided by a doctor trained in that field, not an online company that has no knowledge of your particular symptoms and will just spit out a long list of potentially questionable results.

    I’m a mom of an egg-allergic kid, so allergy testing is near and dear to my heart. But even with my training as a pediatrician, I needed my pediatric allergist to figure out which testing to send, and how to interpret the results we got. Please don’t expect an online service to do the same.

  • graceatwood

    Aw thanks friend – and hope you feel better… I’ve been having allergies too!!!