Friday, February 15, 2019

The Art of the Brick at the Buffalo Museum of Science

As parents, I think we can all agree on a couple things about Legos: 1) stepping on them in bare feet is a special kind of torture and 2) storing them is a logistical nightmare.

But I also happen to think that what Lego artists are capable of is incredible. Have you ever seen Lego art in person?? I can't even wrap my mind around the process of working from design to finished project - using all those little bricks in creative ways to paint a picture, tell a story, or construct a massive sculpture. It's mind boggling!

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My family and I were invited to an opening night screening of The Art of the Brick exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science last week and we got to see this incredible art form up close and personal!

The exhibit is a mix of sculpturesc original pieces, recreated works of art such as the Mona Lisa and Starry Night by artist Nathan Sawaya, and a collection of challenge stations that encourage patrons to use Legos in creative ways. All five of us were blown away by the creations, and the kids LOVED the interactive areas.

When we got there, the boys naturally zeroed in on the refreshments and went straight for icy cups of lemonade.

And then we were off to have some fun!!

On the plaque next to the Mona Lisa, he suggests that squinting while you look at this version almost looks as real as squinting at the real deal. Try it - it's really kind of hard to tell the difference if you squint!!

This dinosaur was the largest piece in the exhibit! It's made from over 80,000 legos!!! I feel like I could have given him our collection and it still wouldn't have been enough. KIDDING! It feels like it, though! haha He made this one specifically to appeal to kids - it totally worked! This was the one my kids remembered most after our visit.

We spent quite a bit of time building and racing little Lego cars and reconstructing mazes for marbles to travel through, and the boys even made a new friend before we left! ;)


We had SO much fun checking out The Art of the Brick - the boys are already asking to go back!! Don't miss this one - it's SO incredible to see in person. When I think about the time it takes to put together one of those little kits with my kids, it blows my mind that this artist was able to create sooo many incredible pieces. One of our favorite parts was the area where he built something from a painting out of Legos and paired the piece with the painting - be sure to look for that when you go!!

This exhibit is open at the Buffalo Museum of Science now through May 5th! Have fun! :)

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Brilliant Daydream Jane Parade!

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Yay, I'm SO happy to bring you this post today - it's finally time for my February Jane Parade!!!

I know I promised that these posts would keep on coming, so I'm really happy to deliver - I'm just sorry it's so late!! We had a blizzard here during release week which held up shipments and made getting together with my TK tricky! We finally got it figured out, though, and I'm soooo excited to chat about this beautiful line with you!!! Here we go!

mjc brand new day maxi green dress

It's so so so hard to pick a favorite this month, but as I already mentioned on Friday, I think the maxi might be it. It's just SO flattering and wearable, and such a great color! While I think this is a great shade for brunettes, I'm positive it will look great on lighter haired ladies, too. In the photos above, believe it or not - I pinned an XL to get some pictures! It's pretty obvious in the sleeves, but I went along the seams to pin it and even at this size I could tell that it would jump to the top of my list! It has pockets (woo!), and in my opinion, is not as long as some of the previous maxi dresses. I'm 5'5" and little more, and thought the regular length was perfect! I tend to like this style of dress in an XS for a snug fit around the ribs.

mjc say i'm a dreamer dress grey floral dress

I don't know, this dress is a cloooose second. I'm obsessed with the floral on grey, the loose, swingy way it lays, and I'm SO happy it has long sleeves which means I don't have to wait until the end of May to add it to my closet! I got it in the small and while I could make it work, I want it to be more fitted in the ribs so I'm sending it back for the XS.

mjc floral swing dress

Plus, I tried styling it like a big tunic, and I'm kind of obsessed with it!!! Isn't it so cute like that?? But in the small there is just way too much dress, so this will work a lot better in the XS. I would say this fits very similar to the navy cruise and the new black/grey basics dresses, just with long sleeves!

mjc walking on sunshine top yellow kettle tee

So, who doesn't love MJ's kettle tees? This new yellow top is the improved kettle tee design, which means it's the most comfortable, flowy, easy-to-wear top in existence! This shade of yellow is so bright and pretty, too - I looove it! I can't remember now if I'm wearing the L or XL above, but I pinned it for the photos. I would order the S or XS for myself...I haven't done it yet! I wanted so much from this line I've put some things on hold but I'm DYING to grab this one!!!

mjc tut tut raincoat grey floral rain jacket

I LOVE this new raincoat!! A LOT! I really just can't get enough of this floral. My TK's sample is a Medium, and I wasn't sure if it would work, but I love it! It has a chord around the waist that you can adjust to cinch it or let it loose, and the sleeves were a little on the short side for me. I unrolled one sleeve to check the length, and I wouldn't want them to be any shorter than they are on the medium. So I think I'd say size up if you have longer limbs or would like to wear sweaters under it (our springs are cold here, so I do!!)

mjc in the clouds top gre ylace top

This top made my eyes pop in the sneaks! I love neutral colors that are arranged in a unique way - add in some feminine details and I'm SOLD! This was at the top of my must-order list. The white lacy layer doesn't have a lot of give, so I ordered it in the small (pictured above), but the overall cut of the shirt is pretty generous. That said, I decided to send it back for the XS. You can see that there's just too much room in the sleeves, and if you look near my ribs, there's just too much fabric there. So I would say size down on this one unless you want it sort of slouchy/oversized!

mjc dream a little dream blue floral blouse

Next up is a cute little top whose style always surprises me! This cut is never something I reach for, but as soon as I put it on I'm impressed by how flattering it is! I like the deep blue color of this one and the sweet little rose detail. I pinned a L for photos, so I'm not tooootally sure on sizing, but I would probably do a Small for myself. There's no give in the fabric, so I wouldn't want to size down.

mjc love me tender cardigan dark coral cardi

Now, okay, this cardi is getting a lot of buzz. I love me an MJ cardi, but I'm not totally sure why this one is getting so much attention? Granted, in the photo above I'm wearing an XL and it's not at all supposed to fit the way it looks on me...and I'm not a big fan of the red/orange color family. The only advice I really have is that even at this size I felt like it was too big, so I would get the XS for myself.

mjc nothing is impossible tee tween striped and floral shirt

Next is a tween top that I was mildly intrigued by but didn't give enough attention because women's was sooo goood. The sample came in a 16, though, so it was perfect! And I looooved it! It's a super comfy, wearable top, and the back panel with that addictive floral is sooo cute! I'm so sorry the pictures of the back came out so blurry, I didn't realize. However, I would say the 16 is a perfect fit for typical XS/S MJ wearers!

mjc seeds of creativity tunic 435 green tween sweater

I loved loved loved this sweet green sweater from the tween line, too! I'm wearing the 14 and it was too snug in places and I found the arms a bit too short, so I would definitely go with the 16. It was SO soft inside, and this shade of green is GORGEOUS!!

mjc heart of gold dress grey tween dress

Something that was not at all on my radar that I now HAVE to have is the tween Heart of Gold dress. Oh my gosh - such a perfect "throw it on" dress for summer! Do you love those simple tee-style dresses in summer? My fav. Especially around the house. I was also shocked that I wiggled my way into the tween leggings, but they had a ton of give! Both samples that I'm wearing are a 12, and I was totally content in them! However, I would size up to a 14 in both for a bit more wiggle room.

mjc downtime dreams dress black tee dress

Speaking of easy to throw on tee dresses, I grabbed the black one from the updated not-so-basics line and I'm SO excited about it! These are great on their own with natives or sneakers, but look so cute belted or dressed up a little, too. This neutral black is so versatile and slimming! It comes in a great grey, also (that I have my eye on!), and I have the navy one from last year and I'm obsessed with it. I consider these to be must-haves, for sure! I dressed it a few different ways so you can see how it's ready to wear right now, even in winter!! I'm wearing the XS and it's PERFECT!! These run big, so size down or go with your smaller size at the very least.

mjc dear prudence blue bralette

Anyone else totally pumped about the bralettes?! I was SO excited to see these! I grabbed the blue one really not knowing what to expect size-wise. MJ has never done anything like this, so there was just nothing to compare it to! I ended up ordering it in the medium, and the sizing is super complicated! At least for me. The halter straps are super snug (so snug that I don't think a small will work for me), the cups fit perfectly, but the strap around my ribs/back is way too loose. However, no one will really ever see that part, so I think sticking with the Medium is my best bet. (To help you with sizing, I'm a 30C)

Despite the sizing issues, I think they are suuuuper cute and I still want the floral one, but gotta restrain myself for now!!

matilda jane packing set

Okay my last piece for this month is the Packing Up Set. I guess it's kind of my consolation for not getting the big suitcase (oooh my gosh do I want it), but I knew I would get use out of this (and adore its adorableness) even without it. I hate unpacking, but I have a weird obsession with packing and packing well, and these certainly help keep it more organized. I also like that they keep the dirty stuff away from the clean stuff!

Also, you can store the pouches in the drawstring bag which is awesome for storage!

mjc packing bags

Oh wait - I got the promo blanket, too. HAD TO!

mjc brilliant daydream promo blanket quilt

There's something about the MJ blankets, ya know? You can never have too many. They are all the most gorgeous, comfy blankets in creation, and I know they're a little thing but they bring so much happiness to my every day life! If you're on the fence about filling a cart to get one for yourself, don't hesitate - it's GORGEOUS! The entire back side is covered in that beautiful grey floral!!

Okay, whatcha loving? Did you get anything yet?? Isn't this month a slam dunk?!

There's SO much to love! I linked to every piece in each description, but you can shop them all through my awesome trunk keeper, Amy right HERE!! And I'd loooove it if you'd choose me as your Jane at checkout! xo

See you next month!!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

February Friday Favorites

Haaaaappy Friday, friends. It's been a long one.

Five actual weekdays with actual real life stuff to do feels like a lot after 3 back-to-back snow days. But we made it! So let's get that Friday feelin' going and chat about some favorites, shall we?

About those snow days - we had an actual blizzard last week with about a foot and a half of snow and subzero temps. It was so incredibly cold that we didn't leave the house for daaaays. The icy designs on the windows and the snow on the trees were my FAVORITE parts of the crazy weather.

Rae Dunn Bowls

Rae Dunn mugs have been a thing for me, but lately I've gotten super into the bowls. Partially because I've been softly forbidden to bring anymore mugs into this house (phssh), but also because I want to build up a collection to eventually take over for my chippy china. And how stinking cute? These are my FAVORITE bowls to use!

matilda jane tiered green maxi brand new day maxi

This new maxi from Matilda Jane is my FAVORITE!! It's hard to pick a favorite piece from the February release (because I have 7 or 8 favorites, eek!) but this maxi miiiiight be it? In the photos above I pinned an XL to photo, but I have an XS on its way to me this weekend - eeeee! And if you're wondering: YES! My Jane Parade for February is ON ITS WAY!!! Many pieces were delayed because of the blizzard (including half of my TK's trunk) so it took us a while to coordinate, but it's coming on MONDAY!

when i pray for you children's book turner

Okay, I have like a truck load of stuff to say about children's literature coming down the pike, but for now let me just share with you my new FAVORITE children's book: When I Pray For You by Matthew Paul Turner. It's such a gorgeous book! All full of bright, colorful, playful illustrations and the sweetest parent-to-child sentiments you can imagine, it's easy to see how it's racing to the top of mamas' favorites lists. It's currently only available for preorder (it releases Feb 19th!), BUT the awesome thing is that if you pre-order it, you can get a FREE copy of When God Made Light by the same author. Just purchase When I Pray For You from any book retailer you prefer (but I suggest Target because it's slightly cheaper there and you can get an extra 5% off and free shipping with your red card), and then fill out THIS form to get your free book! It makes the books cost like $4.15 each or something like that - awesome for gifting!!!

Henry is my resident crafter - of all my boys, he's the one that will just pull out craft supplies and have fun. His drawings are so super cute, but the sweet little messages that he leaves for me are even better. This one that he made for me last week with a scratch art kit is my absolute FAVORITE!!

Luke had his first orchestra concert this week, and oh my gosh was it my FAVORITE! Hearing how all of the instruments work together after witnessing his practice at home (and how sweet it has grown over the past five months) was such a cool experience. I was SO proud of him!! And so impressed with how quickly they all caught on!

Cozy days at home are my FAVORITE! I'm a total hibernator in the winter months, and we've had so many days to just wrap up in blankets and dive into books. We've shared so many snuggles and mugs of hot drinks, and while I truly miss green leaves and warm breezes, it's been pretty great! This part of winter makes my introvert heart so happy!

Essie buy me a cameoessie rose gold nail polish

Super digging this rose goldy polish from Essie right now. They had a gorgeous metalic from a couple years ago and included in a holiday metals collection I got on black Friday. I didn't realize it was from a few seasons ago and was no longer in production - I was so bummed! I was so excited to find something similar at the drug store! It's much more translucent and less metallic than the original color (relfection perfection), and it requires more coats - but it still gives me that rose gold feeling!

I'm linking up with Friday Favorites today! Have a happy weekend!! xo

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Monday, February 4, 2019

19 for 2019: Month 1 Check-In

Okay 2019, we're finally hitting our stride, hmm?

Ugh, January had the most difficult, slow start for me. I was so determined to be ON IT this year, and it was incredibly frustrating to be so sick and held down. I had to learn to let go of the whole "January 1st" momentum to make room for my own path, and things are finally coming together. Let's ignore the fact that we've now entered the harshest part of winter. It's a fast month, right? We got this.

19 for 2019 Month 1 Check In

I'm really energized about my 19 for 2019 list, so I thought it would be worth my time to check in with it every month. This way I'm not only celebrating my wins, but reminding myself of what's left on the list. And I gotta say....for only being a month in, and most of my momentum running from like April-October every year, I'm doing pretty kick-a@@!

Okay, here's where I stand!

1. Organize the kid's papers and artwork. (done!)
It took a while for the bins to come in, but as soon as they did I primed some hanging folders, and I spent an hour sorting things by kid, and then another 2 hours sorting them by year - and it's done!!!! I feel like I still have some piles hiding around the house because it seemed way too easy to complete, but it's all set up and ready for anything I come across!

school papers organizational bins

2. Start a daily yoga practice. (i mean, accomplished?)
I wrote "start" here, and start I did! I've done yoga every day since January 2nd - woo! And I've been LOVING it! Some days I'm more into it than others, but I'm definitely practicing every single day! I did the entire 30 days of Yoga With Adriene's Dedicate series (and loved it!) and now I'm working through her February calendar.

yoga with adriene dedicate series

3. Sign up for piano lessons. (not yet, waiting for warmer weather!)
I know my status sounds weird, but I'm a hibernator this time of year and don't ask much of myself in the way of leaving the house for unnecessary things.

4. Visit Lily Dale. (on hold for summer)

5. Try Robinhood (done!)
I'm still getting the hang of it (I know very little about the stock market), but I downloaded the app, put some funds into it, and got a free stock! I'm excited to see where this goes!! I've "made" $3 so far...which I know doesn't really mean anything until I sell, but I'm just having fun figuring it all out!

PS - I can get you a free stock with a referral if you want to try it - leave me your email in the comments or reach out to me (jenn (at) enrychment (dot) com) and I'll send you an invite!

6. Schedule no-spend challenges. (not started)

7. Start every day with water. (in process)
I guess I can't count this done until the end of the year, but literally every single day, water is the first thing to go in my body!

start the day with water habit

8. Keep a regular cleaning/decluttering/domestic routine. (fail so far)
I've been terrrrible about this!!!

9. Honor a weekly self-care day. (also fail so far)
I feel like life has been all over the place and I haven't been diligent because of it. We went from sick, to Matt travling, to Luke's birthday, to a blizzard that kept us all homebound for 5 days, and I'm just finally settling into a rhythm! Perhaps this week?

10. Share our 3 H's at dinner every night. (in process)
So far, so good! We love this part of our dinners! I just can't count it done until the end of the year, I suppose!

11. Sell off my Matilda Jane samples. (in process)
I'm at around 34 pieces gone so far in 2019. Loooooots to go, still, though! (Like...140 to go! ah!) I started a new Instagram to try and sell them off if you want to check it out - @jenn.rych.closet

12. Get my heels on the ground in downdog. (not even close)
Still working, though! I noticed that I got them lower than ever before during a practice last week!

13. Change my political party. (done!)
This felt sooo gooood. I'm so glad that I'm all set for the primaries!

14. Plan a new family vacation. (not started)
15. Get our house on the market. (on hold til spring/summer)

16. Try 12 new instant pot recipes. (2/12)
So clearly my goal here was to try 1 new recipe a month, and I'm super impressed that we're already on track! We made baked potato soup in January (this recipe) and ramen (this recipe).

baked potato soup instant pot recipe

homemade ramen instant pot recipe

17. Read at least 25 books off my TBR shelf (and at least 20 books from the library). (2/25 from TBR shelf, 3/20 from the library) I'm so bad about getting distracted by the library!!! lol But I'm getting there. I've got 2 more books in process, too - 1 from my TBR shelf and 1 from the library.

18. Marathon the thank you, next movies or watch them on back-to-back nights. (not started)
19. Find & practice 2 new hairstyles for my long hair. (not started)

Bonus: Make $60 from my blog. ($20/$60)
Whoo hoo! This is way better than I expected...and I know that sounds pathetic because it's such a small number. But now I'm actually thinking I'd like to up it to $120. $60 to pay back the cost of this year, and $60 to have in savings to cover next year. I've done 2 small paid gigs to earn that...it doesn't count any affiliate commissions because they don't pay out until you hit certain thresholds. (That I have no yet hit. So when I mention on posts that I get a tiny commission - I mean tinyyyy lol.)

So 3 totally done, 7 in process - not bad for one month! Killin' it, 2019!

Do you have a 19 for 2019 list in process? Or any other goal lists? I'm a sucker for this kinda thing, so share with me if you do!!!

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