Kelly in the City

Written By Mitch Larkin

How We’re Saving for Emma’s College Education

Vineyard Vines Women’s Shep Shirts, Men’s Shep Shirts & Kids Shep Shirts / VV Hat, Breaker Shorts, Leggings

Photo by VV Photographers Jacob True / Erick Dent

Mitch here! It’s been a while. Missed you guys. 😉

Recently, Kelly wrote this post about lessons learned from five years of blogging. In it, she touched upon the importance we’ve placed on allocating money for retirement, health insurance, emergency/rainy day funds, and college savings accounts. In this post, though, I want to dive a little deeper into that last one: Emma’s education, and how, exactly, we’re planning for that. Because YIKES. It can be overwhelming for parents. I know it’s been for us!

Note: Let it be known that it took us a considerable amount of time to come up with plans for all this stuff. Don’t freak out if all your ducks aren’t in a row yet. It’s a process, and the hardest–and easiest–part is starting!

10 Awesome Podcasts

awesome podcasts

Camel Blazer (Factory Version here.) / Favorite White Skinny Jeans / Faux Leather Tote (Under $50!) / Favorite Loafers (Run TTS and super padded. I also love this pair from Madewell. Madewell makes a mule and a traditional penny loafer, too.) / Striped Tee (Also available here. Here’s the long-sleeved version.)

Mitch here!

“Mitch time” is in short supply these days and in between tantrums, daycare drop-offs, diaper duties and, you know, work–I have to find little moments for myself.

So I’ve become a bit of a podcast guy. I freakin’ devour these things. So now, instead of reluctantly doing the dishes with Kelly after dinner, I jump up from the table and get started. Sometimes I even let her get out of cleanup time and send her off to play with Emma so I have more podcasting time. The kitchen’s never been this spotless!

Here are some awesome podcasts that I’m currently enjoying along with the gear I use. Please let me know what I forgot, and share your favorites in the comments below. Here goes nothing!

Video: Two Years with Emma

two years with emma

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Pottery Barn Kids CribDresser, Bookshelf and Play Kitchen / Pink Rug (Also love this one!) / GiraffeChicago SkylineSeal and “Twinkle Twinkle” Prints c/o Minted / Pottery Barn Kids Crib SkirtChanging Pad CoverQuiltLowercase Letters / HomeGoods Laundry Basket

Mitch here!

Is it strange that I make feature-length videos of my kid on her birthday? Probs. But I really like doing it. So here we are!

If I learned anything from editing this video–aside from how destructive 100 gigabytes of 4k video can be to a laptop–it’s just how much can change in a year. In the below video, you’ll see Emma taking her first steps and learning to talk. You’ll also notice that she’s a complete goofball from an early age, and you’ll probably see how our house goes from “spick and span” to “complete disaster” within 12 short months. And if you watch closely, you’ll likely realize just how lucky this guy is.

Win $250 to Shop Last Day of the #NSale + Best-Selling Products

best-selling products

Congrats to Rachel G. and Alyssa L. for winning the $50 and $250 prizes!

Hi, Friends!

I’ve been a little MIA this weekend because my family is here to celebrate Emma’s second birthday. How cute is the above photo of Emma trying to hail a cab on the way home from the American Girl store yesterday?! We’ve been having the best time. :)

Anyway, today is the last day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I’m offering four chances to win either $50 or $250 (the grand prize!) to shop. (Winners will be contacted tonight, right after I put Emma down for bed. 😉)

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Amazon Prime Day

Prime Day

Kelly’s Favorite T-Shirt Dress / Jack Rogers (Here are the white ones.) / Kate Spade Sunglasses

Mitch here!

What is it about the middle of July that brings out the biggest sales of the year? In addition to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale–note the background of the above pic 😂, and here’s our coverage, btw–today is Prime Day! Until about five hours ago, I had no idea what Prime Day was, but the sales are so good they broke I went through the entire sale and I’ve listed all the best stuff below and before you thank me, make sure to look at your “Saved for Later” Amazon cart items just in case they’re on sale, too.

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Ultimate Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide

Serena & Lily Wallpaper, Basket and Lamp c/o / White Desk / J.Crew Pajamas / Bistro Chair / Monogrammed Dog Bed / Bulletin Board / Minted Artwork: Dogs, London Phone Booth and Whales

Guys! The day is here. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 is ON, and I’m rounding up my picks *and* giving away a new $250 gift card to shop ’em! (Congrats to Lauren K. for winning the last one, btw!) To enter, simply comment in the comment section below (you can say anything!) and be sure to include your email in the following non-spammy format: name [at] domain [dot] com. Winner will be announced on Sunday. :) Good luck! Update: Congrats to Maddie P. for winning the giveaway!

Shop My Tuckernuck Collection on Sale

Navy and White Top (Use code “USA25.”)

Guys! It’s your last chance to shop Tuckernuck’s “Must Haves” at 25 percent off. (Use code “USA25” to get the discount and free shipping.)

The below spread is my personal Tuckernuck collection; I own everything you see below and adore each item. I wear ’em all on repeat, so I thought I’d highlight them! Below that, you’ll see my wish list. Things I’m trying to resist but… we’ll see. ;)

Fourth of July Memories

Fourth of July Memories

Striped Maxi Dress (Love this similar one, too.) / Brown Sandals (Like butter! They run TTS.) / Emma’s Heart Tee / Dachshund Sunglasses / “K” Necklace / Lightweight Earrings / Emma’s Shorts / Tortoise Bracelet / Emma’s Sandals / Mitch’s Sperrys (Women’s Version Here.)

Mitch here!

Today is Kelly’s favorite holiday, so I’m taking over the blog so she can enjoy every minute of it.

The Fourth has it figured out as far as holidays go: Perfectly sunny summer weather, lemonade, chunks of watermelon, parades, lightning bugs, and giant explosions in the sky.

We’ll be spending the day in Ocean City, New Jersey on front porches, boardwalks and beaches. Below you’ll find my four favorite Fourth of July memories, and I hope today ranks up there with your favorites as well. Happy Fourth from the Larkin Family!