pregnancy through the eyes of a 4 year old

(one of) my sister(s) is pregnant, and my niece has the most hilarious things to say about this. and it needs to be documented. you’re welcome, world.

there has been a lot of talk about the baby getting bigger each week. and of course with the baby growing, consequently ‘mommy’ is growing too. she explained, “it’s kind of like santa.” i almost spewed my water all over the table, but i held it together because i wanted to find out more. i asked her if she thought mommy might be eating a lot of cookies, like santa, but she found this to be a ridiculous and absurd suggestion.

“salads,” she said. still offended at my comments. she then proceeded to tell me about all the types of salads she has been making.


i assumed at this point, that they were pretend salads. but further confirmation from my weirdo sibling later on, lead me to conclude that some of these are actually REAL. but whatevs. we bryant’s have always been fans of crazy food combinations. queso and oreos…ranch with, well, everything. vodka and pickles. the list goes on…


so the salads in question were things like grapes and carrots. cheese, tomatoes and mustard. lettuce and pickles. grapes and pickles. grapes and broccoli. grapes and mustard. (i sense a grape-like pattern here.)

anyway, this will not be the last that i report on this matter. but you can bet i am not going over there for dinner anytime soon, just in case it’s salad night.


There’s a group of six of us who get together on a semi-regular basis to pow-wow about the world. It helps that I’m related to two of them. I also work with one of them, was roommates with another, and shared office space with the other. We all have different stories and backgrounds. Some of us work in publishing (yet contribute to this market in very different ways), one works in a corporate office, one is a stay at home mom, and one works for an incredibly amazing theater project. It’s just fun to talk about life with these women.

Last week we got together at an incredible new East Austin Eatery called Mettle.

We tried a little bit of everything. I recommend trying the Salmon Crudo and Beets for sure. The miso aioli that comes with the fries, is also not to miss.


Thanks for reading!


the domain

we took a big risk last thanksgiving and put our house on the market, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions we have ever made! 

we had been wanting to move/make a change for awhile, and the timing was absolutely perfect. 

it was no joke downsizing from a 4/3, 2 story house, to a 1.5/1 apartment. holy moly. but we LOVE our new place and live next door to work, the movies, whole foods, and many other amazing amenities. it’s a wonderful season that we are very grateful for.

here are a few pictures of the new place!





friday five

1. what was the first Internet site you remember joining?

i’m sure there were more before this, but i remember all the search engines. yahoo, alta vista, magellan, excite…omg do you remember ask jeeves? i remember the day he was gone…sigh. then there was icq and xanga…


2. what was the last Internet site you joined?

i tried to join lumosity but the i found out you had to pay. it’s this cool site that helps you exercise your brain!


3. are you mac,window or something else?

i feel like i’m probably more of a google. i’m so pro at google docs—i use lots of the apps. i also have a google tablet and big fans of chromecast.


4. what is the one thing you wish you could easily do with your computer?

well, i can’t talk to it. but the idea of that kind of creeps me out, so that’s not really an answer…


5. are you happier with the all the advances that have been made in the last ten years or do you wish for an earlier, less technology-based time?

we actually talk about this a lot in our household. sometimes it’s SO hard to tear yourself away from being connected, but sometimes it’s incredibly easy. i think i land on the side of happier with the advancements, though. it makes the world smaller, but i don’t think that’s always a bad thing. we must to practice responsibility with information.

top five things i’m loving at noonday right now.

i love noonday. they make gorgeous products that benefit women all over the world. check out their story here. one of the things i love most about this company, is their willingness to support people who are adopting or have a special circumstance. i have a couple of friends right now who are in just such a place and their amazing noonday ambassador and co, have set up a party online, where your purchases will benefit this wonderful family. check it out! shop here and enter ‘hudson’ as the host at checkout!

what should you buy, you ask??

here are five things i am loving right now from noonday.


1. the kismet day bag Imageisn’t she beautiful!!? i own this bag and take it everywhere. it’s very well made. this might be the most impressive thing i’ve purchased from noonday—the details are amazing.


2. the woven wonders cuff Imagei will probably end up purchasing this at some point. i think cuff bracelets are the coolest, but they look weird on me. but i wear them anyway. ha!


3. annie’s feathered earrings


these are some of my go-to earrings. the color combination is even better in person!

4. the rewind clutch


i just purchased this today, and i can’t wait to get it! it’s made out of CASSETTE TAPES!!! this is like the spirit of mixed tapes in purse form. and it’s ON SALE!


5. nahaula rectangle trays (set of three!) Imagei use one on my nightstand to hold jewelry and chap stick and have the other two in my kitchen. they are so versatile and well made.


great org, great products. i know you will love what you buy!