Six Months of Firsts

I realized yesterday that we're halfway into 2017. This year is totally flying by for me, and I have been terrible about keeping up with the blog. We were in LA until mid-March, then I flew back to New York with Adeline and Keith joined us about three weeks later. The main thing I wanted to update you all on was my word of the year "first". In January, I participated in my first political march in LA. At the end of January, Adeline weaned from nursing and in February, I decided to reward myself for the hard work by starting to clean out my closet and start putting together a capsule wardrobe. I'm planning an entire other blog post on that process, but basically in February, I tried Stitch Fix for the first time and it may have changed my life. I won't say too much about it now, but the first pair of jeans they ever sent me, I actually teared up because I have never found a pair of jeans that fit so well for that good of a price. And every pair of pants or shorts or skirts they have sent me since fit just as amazingly (though I obviously don't keep them all).

One of my March Stitch Fix pairings - kept the shorts!

One of my March Stitch Fix pairings - kept the shorts!

In March before I left LA, I decided it would be fun to dye my hair for the first time ever. The stylist bleached highlights and then dyed my hair a cobalt blue. This is one of the example photos I shared with the stylist:

And this is how my hair turned out:

I totally hated it. I was convinced I looked like a Smurf. I thought maybe my hair just hadn't taken to the color well since it was so different a shade than I had asked for. After one week, I wanted to dye it back to its natural black. My husband and my sister both convinced me to wait, but every time I looked in the mirror, I got sad. I've actually started to love trying new things, and I've never been particularly sensitive about changing my hair, but this was different. Finally, after 5-6 weeks of torture, the blue was starting to fade and the bleach was coming through horribly (a la 90s boy band style).

I scheduled an appointment with my stylist here in Brooklyn, and thankfully, she completely changed my opinion of blue highlights. She dyed them the color I had wanted all along and told me about Overtone Weekly Conditioning Treatment. It helps my hair retain the fun color longer and keeps my hair well hydrated. It's also vegan and cruelty-free, right in line with my cruelty-free product goals!

I kicked off the month of April with a big first for me, teaching my first solo Stroller Strides class in Prospect Park! It was so nerve-wracking, and some days it still is, but I've also thoroughly enjoyed doing it. It is super rewarding, challenging, fun, and aside from parenting, it's definitely one of my all-time favorite jobs.

Living Room workout - not where I teach Stroller Strides :-)

Living Room workout - not where I teach Stroller Strides :-)

In May, we decided to take a little weekend getaway upstate to Hudson, NY (highly recommend!) and I drove across the Brooklyn Bridge and into Manhattan for the very first time in the two years that we have lived here (!!!). Driving in the city is definitely a bit challenging, but thankfully Adeline fell asleep not too long into it, and the traffic wasn't actually too bad. Plus once you're out of the city, it's a pretty pleasant drive. I would totally do it again!

Photos taken by my nervous husband

Photos taken by my nervous husband

I have another fun, but super scary "first" planned for the end of this month. And a HUGE one for August, so maybe in July I'll give myself a slightly easier challenge, like making a cherry pie for the first time or something. Thanks for the patience as always and hope you all enjoyed this little life update!