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be back soon

Wolf & Orin - photo by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things

apologies for the radio silence, friends! I took an unexpected break to soak in these two babes and tidy up a few things on UT. regular posting will resume on February 2. in the mean time, catch up on what we’re doing on Instagram… and perhaps enter this giveaway! the final day to enter is Saturday.

chat soon!

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cooking dinner with baby in tow

cooking with baby in tow | photos by Alyson Brown in collaboration with Ergobaby & Orbit Baby for Unruly Things

it’s a known fact around here. Orin simply sleeps better when he’s snuggled up against someone. but let’s face it – that isn’t always convenient, especially when dinner needs to be cooked! good thing there’s great baby carriers out there to allow you to be hands free.

many nights when Levi has to work late and Orin just wants to be held, I find myself strapping him in the Ergobaby wrap so that I can get a few things done around the kitchen. of course I’m careful when it comes to using the stove or the oven and often find myself doing the “side cooking move” that you see above while Orin sleeps away. one thing I’ve noticed about the Ergobaby wrap that I haven’t noticed with others is it’s stretchiness. it gives a really good bounce once you’ve got the baby all wrapped up! perfect for lulling them to sleep.

I’m making my very marinara sauce to top our pizza. it’s really easy so I thought I’d share below. enjoy!

MARINARA PIZZA SAUCE
makes approx 2 cups

28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes {I like the San Marzano brand best}
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
fresh oregano
fresh basil
dash of balsamic vinegar

add all ingredients together in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. reduce heat and stir occasionally while breaking up the tomatoes. simmer 30-60 mins. using a submersion blender, puree everything together into a smooth sauce and enjoy over pizza with mozzarella, parmesan and oil cured olives. yum!

cooking with baby in tow | photos by Alyson Brown in collaboration with Ergobaby & Orbit Baby for Unruly Things

{images by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things for Ergobaby. this post is in partnership with Ergobaby but rest assured, the thoughts and words written are of my own opinion. we’ve been long-time fans of Ergobaby and continue to support them. thank you to companies like Ergobaby for keeping this little blog alive.}

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merry Christmas friends!

merry christmas! photo by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things

since our cards are finally mailed out, I thought I’d share the photos I took of the boys. they turned out super cute. who knew having two would be so amazing?! I’ll be taking a little time off from this space until the new year so I’ll see you then. in the mean time, please follow me on Instagram. I’ll be there for sure.

wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

merry christmas! photo by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things
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gift guide : last minute gifts under $100 + 20% off

2014 Unruly Things Gift Guide : last minute gifts under $100 from Accompany

can you believe there’s only 5 sleeps until Christmas!? I sure can’t. if there’s one thing I dislike about the holidays it’s how quickly they fly by. I’m just about finished with my gift shopping, but I’m always on the hunt for other little things to wrap up and stick under the tree. Accompany has a wonderful collection of gifts under $100. have a look! plus save 20% OFF orders over $75 with code UNRULY20.

gifts for her | gifts for him | gifts for the kiddos | gifts for the home | all gifts under $100

more from the 2014 gift guide.
see our additional gift guides: 2013 and 2012.

{watercolor gift tag by Lauren Spencer King for Unruly Things}

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paperless post holiday cards

Paperless Post PAPER Holiday Cards : photo by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things

this year we used Paperless Post for our holiday cards and they turned out really great. I had a really hard time choosing just one style of card so we ended up with two different ones. {so I’m not totally blowing it by showing family this little peek here!} I’ve been enjoying taking pics of my boys so rather than booking a family photoshoot, I decided to take a stab at it by myself. what you don’t see are the out takes, which were a pretty hilarious combo of pouting and crying and goofy faces. but this photo, the one good one from about 50 pictures I took of them, turned out so good.

Paperless Post is pretty great. you can send out ONLINE versions of your cards to your email contacts if you’d rather go the green route and be truly paperless. but if you enjoy the actual paper cards, check out their PAPER line. bonus : if you haven’t sent out your cards yet, or your one of those families that typically procrastinates, like me, and sends out New Years cards, you can save 20% off PAPER through December 25 with the code HOLLYDAYS. check out their beautiful cards and have fun designing!

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last minute gift idea : instantly framed + discount

last minute gift idea from instantly framed | photo by Alyson Brown for Unruly Things

hi friends!! have you heard of Instantly Framed? it’s a super cool framing service and app that allows you to print {and frame} any photo right from your phone. I just love the quality of the photo and the framing is so nice. plus, pretty gift packaging is free!

the last day to order your photos with regular shipping in time for Christmas in December 21. use coupon code CIUNRULY10 for $10 your order – good through January 4th. enjoy!

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gift guide : for him

2014 Unruly Things Gift Guide : something for him

this one’s for all those lucky guys in your life.  it might be your husband, your brother or your very best friend.  it’s straight-up guy stuff that he’s bound to love.

one : a new fleece / two : the raddest bike lights to not only make his night rides more safe but more stylish too {save up to $30 off with coupon code UNRULY} / three : a new saddle to complete his bike / four : a simple time piece / five : a new cologne, that he’ll pick out / six : a beanie to keep him warm all winter / seven : socks, because they’re an easy stocking stuffer / eight : a hydro flask to fill up with his favorite brews / nine : sweats for lounging and early morning coffee runs / ten : a duffle for hitting the gym after work or for weekend jaunts / eleven : a soap that smells like mountains / twelve : comfy shearling slippers

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gift guide : something for the jewelry lover

2014 Unruly Things Gift Guide : something for the jewelry lover

one of my favorite gifts to receive is jewelry. whether it be simple, fancy or symbolic, it’s such a lovely gift and makes a wonderful addition to any gal’s collection. this year I’ve got my eyes on a sapphire ring {Orin’s birthstone} to pair with my emerald {Wolf’s birthstone}. here’s a few other things that have caught my eye and would be lovely gifts.

one : an edgy watch / two : a ring for her other hand / three : a gorgeous wedding band, in case you’re proposing / four : a black diamond ring that she’ll never take off / five : a locket, in brass or colored enamel / six : a delicate yet statement worthy necklace / seven : a grown up friendship bracelet / eight : a beautiful bronze pendant adorn with garnets / nine : initial earrings so she can celebrate her faves {I’d get O&W} / ten : turquoise and diamond earrings / eleven : a curved cuff for her wrist / twelve : a bold necklace that she’ll wear on the most fancy occasions / thirteen : the most dainty staple earrings / fourteen : the moon and the stars for her ears / fifteen : heart studs that she’ll wear every day / sixteen : a classy watch so she’ll never be late / seventeen : classic pearl earrings with a twist

a few special offers from my favorites…
Satomi Kawakita – save 15% on any earrings or necklaces with HOLIDAY2014 at checkout, today through December 11.
Julie Cohn – save 25% on any order with UNRULY at checkout, today through December 14.

more from the 2014 gift guide next week!
see our additional gift guides: 2013 and 2012.

{watercolor gift tag by Lauren Spencer King for Unruly Things}