10 Thoughts on Turning 30

Sharing 10 thoughts on turning 30 on Bainbridge Boheme. 30th birthday champagne cake with bright pink frosting! Yum!

Today is my 30th birthday. I am 30 years old! And I am being completely forthright when I tell you, I have never been one to shy away from aging. My life gets richer and fuller each year. I learn, I grow, I make new mistakes and try not to repeat the old ones. I have become a wife and mother over the years. I have lost dear friends, family and fur babies and have gained more along the way. I wanted to share with you the most important lessons I have learned, thus far. Some have been the simplest of epiphanies, and others have been heartbreaking realizations. Here are 10 thoughts on turning 30…

  1. Be true to you. Find out who you are, and what you want in life and honor that. For the longest time I tried to do the things that my friends did. I tried to be as social as they were, I tried to have plans every weekend. But I am an introvert, through and through. So all of my efforts to be a social butterfly just drained me. I would much rather spend an evening baking or with a book than out on the town. Yes, even on New Year’s Eve. That’s just me! And I’m finally at the point in my life where I won’t apologize for that.
  2. Family is everything. My family members are my best friends. I rely on them for so much, and I am that support system for them as well. We have an insane amount of fun together. Playing The OC trivia, having spaghetti eating contests, and staying up too late eating candy. There is no deeper friendship than that of a family member.
  3. Trust your instinct. Becoming a nurse has taught me this lesson the hard way. I can’t tell you how many times I ignored my instinct, only to later regret it. If you listen, your gut will tell you the right path. You owe it to yourself to listen.
  4. You are the company you keep. Like all of us, I have been in toxic relationships simply for the sake of ease and familiarity. I cannot begin to explain the relief of saying goodbye to a relationship that does not serve you. Just because you have invested years of your past, does not mean you need to ruin your future happiness. Surround yourself with people who really matter. People who lift you up. Who listen to your crazy ideas and encourage your wildest dreams. You are too valuable to be stuck, for any reason. And don’t ever look back. I haven’t.
  5. Embrace what you excel at. There’s a reason I only blog about a few subjects. Those are my strengths. They are a few things I truly enjoy and do relatively well. Whatever your strength is, do that. Do it often and make it your own. There’s a reason I don’t blog about DIY crafts and how to eat on a budget. Not my strengths!
  6. Be your biggest advocate. No one else can do this like you can, so do it yourself, for yourself. My husband has innumerable qualities, but knowing (telepathically) that I need a break, is not one of them. Becoming a mother has taught me to advocate for myself and my wellbeing like I’ve never had to before.
  7. Take care of you. My mom has instilled this in my from a young age. This circles back to #1 for me. Taking care of myself means being true to myself and having plenty of me-time. For me that means baking, reading or writing. For you it may mean playing video games, reading Harry Potter fan-fiction or watching Real Housewives. You can ask more of yourself when you give more to yourself.
  8. Practice gratitude. I keep a gratitude journal, and regularly write down the things I am most thankful for. Even on the craziest days, chances are your life is full of blessings. Even if nothing goes my way that day, I am able to write “I am grateful for being a wife to Jeff and a mother to Julian,” and it reminds me of what is most important in my life.
  9. Celebrate the little things. I’ve mentioned this before in this post, but I am a professional at celebrating the little successes of the day. A glass of champagne, a new read, whatever does it for you, be sure to treat yourself!
  10. Eat the cake. No one, but you, notices those 5 extra pounds. Trust me, I’ve done lots of research. So eat that slice of cake, or pie, or that last slice of pizza. (Man, I really enjoy slices.) It was Jennifer Weiner who wisely said “No woman ever said on her deathbed, ‘I wish I’d eaten less cake.’” Indulge, enough said.

Dress: DVF // Cake stand

xx,

Heidi

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A December to Remember

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest
The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest

The most gorgeous family Christmas photos. Mom in floor length gold sequin skirt and gingham shirt, Dad in filson green jacket and red flannel with blue jeans, baby in Tea Collection jeans, and red and green flannel with cream colored cable knit sweater. Photos taken at Christmas tree farm on Bainbridge Island, Washington in the beautiful Pacific NorthwestHappy December everyone! December is my favorite month of the whole year, and Christmas is my favorite holiday. How could it not be? The gift giving, the baking, the twinkle of lights. Not to mention, I have a very big birthday coming up in a few days, as does my husband! There is something magical about December, and I soak it in every year.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do a family shoot at a beautiful Christmas tree farm here on Bainbridge Island. The shoot was styled by Beth from The Mom Look and photographed by the talented Whitney Coudray Photography. We wanted to create a classic Pacific Northwestern style on the boys, but have me a bit more glam. This gold sequin skirt certainly did the job! But the gingham top made it feel a tad more casual. I quite literally shed a tear when I saw the photos. Since I was a little girl I have dreamed of having a family of my own to celebrate the holidays with. Last year Julian was only weeks old when December rolled around. I was too deep in that new mama daze to truly enjoy the holidays. Think exhaustion bordering on delirium; you mamas know! So I have been eager for what feels like my first holiday season with my little family. I love how Whitney captured our family, and the magical feel of the season. It makes me feel even more excited for the holidays!

For us, December means cookie baking, cider drinking and celebrating with the ones we love. Our family makes a point to focus on spending time together over the holidays, as opposed to emphasizing gifts. I mentioned it briefly in an autumn to-do list post, but it is one of my favorite family traditions. On Thanksgiving we all draw names out of a hat and everyone gets one gift for the family member they drew. It’s a nice way to keep the holidays simple and to focus on what really matters; family. I hope you are all feeling the cheer of the holiday season already. Do you have any holiday family traditions you love? I would love to know!

Earrings: Slate &Willow through RTR, similar here // Skirt: Slate & Willow, similar here and here// Shirt: Gap, similar here

Jeff: Jacket: Filson // Shirt: Pendleton, similar here // Pants: Levis, similar 

Julian: Sweater: Gymboree, similar here and here // Flannel: Baby Gap // Pants: Tea Collection // Shoes: Barna and Co

xx,

Heidi

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A Dreary Day Calls for Pie

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home with mother and son

A rainy day at home, baking homemade apple pie

Homemade apple pie on a rainy day at homeJust the other day we had grand plans to hang out downtown Bainbridge with friends who were coming over from Seattle. We were going to grab lattes, and take a long walk along the water. We managed to enjoy the Bainbridge boardwalk for a quick minute, but part way into our walk the rain came and it came in full force! I’ve grown up in Washington my whole life, so I am accustomed to the rain. But on this particular day we were not ready for the downpour. None of us were wearing hoods, or even raincoats! And as a self respecting Washingtonian, I do not own an umbrella. So we decided to head back to home and get dry.

We toweled off, and I let my crazy hair air dry. To get extra warm I decided to bake a mile high apple pie! Nothing warms you up like something made with love; especially when it’s fresh out of the oven! Have you ever had a day like this? A day or changed plans or having a blast just staying in? Hope you enjoy rainy days at home as much as I do!

Shirt: Rails (sold out, similar here) // Jeans: Nordstrom (sold out, similar here). JULIAN: Hoodie: Kickee Pants // Joggers: H&M

xx,

Heidi
Photography by Shaun Turley

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Happy Thanksgiving

Our family portrait. One year old Julian in his daddy's arms with mom at his side. Love our baby boy

I wanted to pop into the blog this morning to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! This is the first blog post I’ve ever written the day of posting! It’s kind of fun! I’m usually a planner, with a specific schedule. But I woke up today, on Thanksgiving, feeling extra grateful and I wanted to express my gratitude.

I am thankful for my little family that has my whole heart. My husband Jeff holds our family together through the best and the worst of times. No, it’s not always rosy over here. And Jeff is the one that keeps things together, while I panic. Working on that! I am eternally grateful for our Julian, our nearly 30lb turkey! Baby Jules fills me with more joy than I ever could have imagined. I am so lucky, and grateful to be his mother. And our sweet little rescue dog, Mr. Jet Pup! Thanks for being a mama’s boy Jet, and for turning heads wherever you go with that crazy mix you’ve got!

And also, I am immensely grateful for you. For the people who read and support Bainbridge Boheme, I want to thank you. Every time you comment and let me know you have read a post that you related to, or maybe you’ve tried one of my recipes, or book suggestions, it truly makes my day. I feel so lucky to have found a creative outlet that brings me joy. One that I love to share with you all; one that I hope brings you inspiration. I am thankful for each and everyone of you. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Now go eat some pie or maybe even some cake!

Julian’s outfit: Shirt: Splendid from Barna and Co, Pants: Tucker +Tate from Nordstrom, Shoes: Freshly Picked

My dress: TopShop from Nordstrom, similar here

xx,

Heidi

Photograph by Leah Erickson Floral

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5 Ways to Make Your Time Feel Richer

Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD

Stylish men's wooden watch by JORDThe holiday season is in full swing and our free time is becoming more and more scarce. I think I speak for us all when I say the holidays can stretch a person thin. Rushing to two different Thanksgiving dinners, the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, the endless lines at the post office. You know what I’m talking about! Even amongst all of the holiday commotion, it is so important to slow down and allow yourself to enjoy the season. In the spirit of the doing things on (Bainbridge) island time, I have teamed up with JORD Wood Watches to share 5 ways to make your time feel fuller this holiday season!Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD1. Spend it with the ones you love: Our time and our family are the most precious resources we have. There is simply no better way to make your day feel fuller than to surround yourself in love. For me, that means my husband Jeff, our son Julian, and our pup Jet! We are always so fortunate to have both of our immediate families in the next town over. When you surround yourself in love, there is no greater feeling!  Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD2. Play: Sing, dance, and laugh out loud! There is just something about a dance party in the kitchen that creates an instant memory! So blast the tunes, break out Cards Against Humanity, or head outside to sing in the rain. Whatever does it for you, be sure to play a little everyday!  Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD3. Celebrate the little things: I am a seasoned professional at this one. I celebrate it all, and let me just tell you now, it never gets old. You can always find a bottle of champagne in our fridge just in case something that day needs a cheers!  And you can always find me overly excited about the littlest things i.e., decorating for Christmas, starbucks red cups, the new Beauty and the Beast trailer, and Julian’s newest kicks.Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD4. Do it yourself: One way that I make my days feel rich is to do the things I love from scratch. For me that’s baking! For Jeff it’s building and repairing just about everything in our home. For you it may be coding, or gardening, or changing your oil. Whatever it is for you, get your hands dirty and do it yourself. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of creating something out of nothing, all by yourself.Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD5. Treat yourself:  Last, but certainly not least, do not forget to reward yourself! Whether it’s for a job well done or “just because,” treating yourself is an important part of leading a life that feels full. You can ask more of yourself when you give more to yourself. And you’re in luck, because as a Bainbridge Boheme reader you can get a discount on a JORD wood watch of your own by shopping their collection here. They have gorgeous watches for ladies as well! So get on that holiday shopping, and treat yourself!Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD

Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD

Stylish men's wooden watch by JORD

Stylish men's wooden watch by JORDJeff is sporting JORD’s Walnut and Jet Black watch from the Conway series. I love how it looks rustic and sleek at the same time. This watch and the gorgeous packaging it comes in are timeless. They will even send you the watch already fitted to your wrist! I will be treating myself to one of their women’s watches very soon.

As always, let me know if you practice any of these throughout your day! And let me know if you pick up a watch for yourself or someone you know! Nothing excites me more than hearing your thoughts on these Bainbridge Boheme posts.

xx,

Heidi

*Thank you kindly to JORD Watches for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Apple Rose Pie

Apple Rose Pie! The most perfect and simple apple pie to serve at Thanksgiving dinner. It's the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece!

Apple Rose Pie! The most perfect and simple apple pie to serve at Thanksgiving dinner. It's the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece!

Apple Rose Pie! The most perfect and simple apple pie to serve at Thanksgiving dinner. It's the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece!

The easiest, most delicious apple pie! The recipe is simple, and while it make look complex, it is easy! Perfect apple pie for Thanksgiving, it will be the centerpiece of the table

A few months ago I posted the above video to my Instagram and Facebook accounts and I received so many messages and comments asking for the recipe! It may have taken me some time, but I have all the details here! And just in time for Thanksgiving. This pie would make for the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece, and will definitely be making an appearance at our feast. Trust me, this is easier than it looks. Unless you already think it looks easy, then you are correct. I particularly love it because it means I don’t have to peel the apples. That’s always been a mundane task in my book.

I adapted this recipe from one I discovered years ago on Preserve, but sadly that website no longer exists.

Let me know if you try this at home, and how it turns out! I especially love seeing all of your photos of your baking creations. Everyone adds their own unique twist, and it makes it that much more fun to see. And to eat, of course! Hope everyone is getting geared up for Thanksgiving! I know we are.

Ingredients:

1 pie crust, my favorite recipe is here

3 apples

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

Juice of 1 small lemon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg, beaten

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Roll out pie crust and place in lightly greased pie dish. Let crust chill in the fridge until filling is ready. On the stove top, melt butter over low heat. Whisk in sugar, spices and lemon juice, stirring for approx 1-2 minutes until ingredients are well incorporated. Set aside. Wash and core apples. Slice apples thinly using a mandolin slicer, or a very sharp knife. Cut the apple slices in half so that they resemble half moons. Starting from the outside of the pie crust, place the apples skin side up, one slightly overlapping the next. Work your way around the pie dish in a clockwise direction towards the center of the pie. For the center rose use the smallest apple slices to create a tight rose bud. Pour the syrup mixture evenly over the pie. Beat 1 egg and 1 Tbsp water and brush the pie crust with the egg wash. Bake pie for approximately 25 minutes. The crust will be golden brown and the filling will bubble when finished. Let the pie cool before eating. Enjoy!

 

Photography by Jessica Crockett

xx,

Heidi

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Julian’s First Birthday Party

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our baby Julian's first birthday

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for a one year old boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boyAn elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic first birthday party for our one year old baby boy

An elegant and classic Pacific Northwest themed first birthday for our baby boy

Celebrating our Julian’s first birthday was the icing on the cake to an amazing first year. Pun intended 😉 Our house was packed with close friends and family, with babies playing in the ball pit and kiddos bouncing off the walls and into the backyard. Our pup was lapping up spilled food and treats he snagged from guests; naughty pup! Mr. Julian slept through the first hour of his party and then was passed around the whole time, getting snacks and cuddles from everyone there. Talk about a lucky guy!  

When planning Julian’s party, I didn’t necessarily have a theme in mind. I didn’t want to spend a fortunate at Party City on decor, and I didn’t have the time desire to do a bunch of DIY projects. But mostly, I really wanted to keep things simple and natural. I wanted a lot of balloons and lots of gorgeous greens! Because from here on out I’m sure Jules will want cartoon themed parties every year!

The stunning floral arrangements were from my dear friend Leah of Leah Erickson Floral. Right before Leah arrived I was in a mild panic about how I didn’t decorate enough, and then voila! Her gorgeous blooms completed the whole space. To boot, she photographed the whole party for us! I cherish each and every one of these photos. The garland on the table and on Julian’s high chair is from my favorite spot for greens, Sherwood Forest Farms. I had toyed around with the idea of doing a banner on his chair. But like I mentioned above, I really wanted to keep things simple and green! And I am so thrilled with how everything turned out.

Okay, now let’s talk about this cake. Next to baby Jules, this cake was the talk of the party. I nearly cried when I saw how gorgeous it was! Christine from Crumbs Cakery has been my cake idol for years now, and I could not wait to use one of her creations for a party! I simply showed her a photo of Julian’s invitation and told her I wanted a balloon somewhere and she came up with the coolest design! I didn’t want the rustic smash cake I made anywhere near her work of art. The craziest thing about the cake is that it tasted just as good as it looked. We got the classic chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream, and it was to die for! I am hungry just thinking about it. One guest had 4 pieces, I kid you not. I can’t praise Crumbs Cakery enough, if you’re having a party, call her! You will not be disappointed.

Lastly, I wanted to thank all of our friends and family that helped make this party such a huge success. The post would be endlessly long if I listed everyone, but you know who you are. In no way did we throw this party together on our own. I appreciate that some of you think I’m that coordinated, but really, I just have amazingly talented friends and family! Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate this milestone birthday for baby Julian! Jeff tells me that next year it will be a Central Market pizza and a keg 😉 So I hope you all enjoyed it while it lasted! I know we did!

Photography and Florals:  Leah Erickson Floral

Cake: Crumbs Cakery

Signage: Jesse Crockett

Smash Cake: Made with love, by me

Cookies: Blackbird Bakery

Invitations: Minted

Food: My husband, friend and family

Julian’s outfit: Shirt: Splendid from Barna and Co, Pants: Tucker +Tate from Nordstrom, Shoes: Freshly Picked

My dress: TopShop from Nordstrom, similar here

xx,

Heidi

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Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe is the fall season in cake form. It is fluffy and moist and better than a pumpkin spice latte, using all ingredients you have at home. Enjoy baking this from scratch!

This recipe is the fall season in cake form. It is fluffy and moist and better than a pumpkin spice latte, using all ingredients you have at home. Enjoy baking this from scratch!

This recipe is the fall season in cake form. It is fluffy and moist and better than a pumpkin spice latte, using all ingredients you have at home. Enjoy baking this from scratch!

This recipe is the fall season in cake form. It is fluffy and moist and better than a pumpkin spice latte, using all ingredients you have at home. Enjoy baking this from scratch!

This recipe is the fall season in cake form. It is fluffy and moist and better than a pumpkin spice latte, using all ingredients you have at home. Enjoy baking this from scratch!

This recipe is the fall season in cake form. It is fluffy and moist and better than a pumpkin spice latte, using all ingredients you have at home. Enjoy baking this from scratch!

This right here is autumn in cake form. It is dense, moist, and tastes worlds better than a pumpkin spice latte, in my humble opinion. If you couldn’t tell from my home decor, or recent adventures to the pumpkin patch, I am fairly obsessed with pumpkins! I have a baking book titled “Pumpkin” that I borrowed from my best friend, and just never returned; sorry Ash, I owe you! Basically, I love pumpkin and I was eager to try out and enjoy some pumpkin recipes for fall!

A couple of notes on this recipe: If you have pumpkin spice, then simply use that instead of the spices listed below. Also, it’s important to wait until your cream cheese is nice and soft before preparing the frosting. I didn’t soften mine enough because I was in a time pinch, but I paid for it in random cream cheese pockets. Still very tasty, but not so appealing to the eye.

As always, let me know if you try this recipe at home. I especially love seeing your photos of your baking creations, so be sure to tag me in any Bainbridge Boheme baking projects you recreate! Happy baking, and happy tasting!

Cake Ingredients:

2 ½ cups flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp allspice

¼ tsp clove

½ tsp salt

¾ cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

Frosting Ingredients:

8oz cream cheese, room temp

½ cup butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

½ tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 3 6-inch cake pans, alternatively 2 9-inch cake pans will work as well. Whisk together flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside. In a mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated. MIx in vanilla. Alternate adding flour mixture in 3 portions and milk in 2 portions, starting and ending with flour. Gently fold in the pumpkin puree. Distribute batter evenly among pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown, or until knife comes out clean from center of cake. Allow to cool in pans for 30 minutes, then flip cakes onto wire rack to cool completely.

For frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixer on medium speed until well combined and smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar until smooth. Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon until well incorporated. Frost cake as desired. Enjoy!

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Julian at 12 Months

Our sweet baby boy at 12 months of age, find out his milestones and favorite things at this age!

Our Julian Koki is a 1 year old! Wow, I just can’t even believe that sentence right there. But the calendar doesn’t lie. I recently wrote Julian’s birth story and it brings back all of the emotions of that day, and this past year combined. This will be the last of the monthly motherhood updates on our Julian. I may write updates on his 6 month marks, but nothing is quite like the growth and development that occurs in that first year. Read on to find out what Julian is up to at 12 months old! We love you beyond measure baby Jules, Happy 1st Birthday!

Biggest Milestones: Julian can stand without assistance and is threatening to walk any minute now! It still amazes me to see those legs support his entire body that once couldn’t even roll over. Okay, I warning you, this one is going to be overly nostalgic.

Talking: Baby Jules continues to be such a chatter box. He says ya, mama, dada, nana, and what sounds like dog when he’s pointing at our puppy, Jet. Or it could be “down” when the pup is trying to jump up on his highchair. He also says “ni-ni” for night-night at bedtime, oh my heart!

Eating: Jules is an eating machine. He literally eats it all. He is still nursing, and I am very proud of that fact. I have struggled through 4 bouts of mastitis, so it feels like a victory to make it a full year of breastfeeding. Julian’s favorite foods are berries, cheese and pretty much anything that he sees an adult eating.

Sleeping: Our big guy is a champion sleeper. He still takes two naps a day, and sleeps through the night. I am so grateful for his ability to sleep well, it makes life a little easier on Jeff and I! He usually sleeps from 7:30pm-7:30am, so we have time to wind down in the evening and time to wake up in the morning. Bless you Julian!

Favorite activity: Lately I’ve realized that Julian is drawn towards cars, trucks and anything with wheels. His favorite toys all have wheels! He loves to crawl and push his trucks around the house at full speed, always trying to outrun the puppy. He’s also really into dancing lately! He throws his hands up and bounces up and down to music! I have way too many videos of this on my phone right now.

Favorite book: Our latest book obsession is “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We read it just about every day. Jules loves to turn the pages and throw the book after I say “The End.” I checked this book out from the library last winter when Julian was just an infant, so I had to buy it when I saw it recently at Eagle Harbor Books. It’s a sweet winter story of a boy and his mittens, and lots of friendly woodland creatures!

One thing I never want to forget: Julian is a fairly independent baby. He is not much of a snuggler, as much as I have wished he was! He is just far too busy for that. He likes to do his own thing and when he needs a little love or reassurance it’s usually a brief moment. But there is one instance when he really needs his mama, and that’s anytime he meets someone new. He is in the stranger danger phase and holds me so tightly while nuzzling into my chest any time he meets someone new. I know this phase will be short lived, so I will take the snuggle, always!

Happy, happy birthday sweet baby Jules, we love you immensely.

xx,

Heidi

 

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On the Boardwalk

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Some days I just feel so incredibly lucky to live on beautiful Bainbridge Island. This was one of those days. The crisp autumn air, the soft rocking of the sailboats, the warm Pegasus latte. The rain may have cut our outing short, but before the downpour we got to soak in the calm scenery.

I’ve heard people compare Bainbridge to Catalina Island, to Bellevue with a side of hippy, and just recently Vogue dubbed our island “The Nantucket of the Pacific Northwest.” The island is filled with charm and character, and is it’s own unique corner of the earth. Since starting the blog, I get a lot of questions about island recommendations. And while this may not seem like a grand adventure, walking the boardwalk is one of my most cherished outings. I told you I loved simple pleasures right?! There is something so calming about being able to see over to Seattle, without having to experience the hustle of the city. But if you are ever to get island fever, that city life is just a ferry boat ride away. I hope you are enjoying a simple pleasure in your hometown, or wherever life may find you today! Let me know what it is!

xx,

Heidi

(Duster: Anthropologie, similar here, Jeans: J Brand, on-sale now! Boots: Hinge, Julian: Jeans: Quicksilver, Jacket: Levis, Shoes: hand-me-down Baby Gap)
A very special thank you to Shaun Turley for the beautiful photography and the good laughs 🙂

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