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  • Feature @ Noblecarriage

    Check out our feature over at: Noble Carriage

    And more photos + words on clean n' green livin. 

  • Lila's Beats

    Lila's uncle, Austen, is a beat makin' machine - it's his favorite thing to do in the whole world. As soon as we walked into my mama's house in LA after our long ride from SF we laid down a sick beat. This video doesn't do it justice but you'll get the idea, Lila's favorite words make up the lyrics. 

    NO

    MAMI

    PURPLE

    FLOWER

    (GIGGLING) 

     

  • Saturday Feels Like a Sunday

    Made good use of my hangover Caturday and took a 3 hour nap with Lila / captured the slow day to cherish forever and ever. I need to make more of these, they're so easy and will probably be a favorite of hers when she's older. There are moments a photo just can't capture.

    Saturday feels lika Sunday from Amanda Tyler on Vimeo.

     

  • Getting back home

    I've got to clear the dust from my blog pages, it's been a hot minute since I've spent some time here. I'm sitting here alone, upstairs and it's 9:44PM on a Friday night. Plates from dinner are still sitting on the table and there are sippy cups on the floor. I'm taking a moment for myself, away from work and away from my mom duties to type whatever comes to mind. Something we should all do more often, sometimes I feel like I have to catch myself up. Lately it seems as though the days just slip by. Since returning from our yearly French Adventure Extravaganza a few weeks ago I've taken more time to myself and more time to reflect. It felt so good to be home, I missed our little nooks and I had this urge to organize Lila's closet. Sometimes you just need the know-how to press the reset button and start fresh. Paris was nice and St. Raphael was lovely but ooooooooo how good it feels to nestle my roots back into the soil they're most happy in. 

    Since I've been home I'm eating healthier and exercising at least 3x a week. I had a croissant for breakfast, lunch and dinner and my body was screaming for some kind of detox. I decided I hate going to the gym. I get so bored and music just doesn't motivate me anymore. So, I signed up for this thing called Class Pass. I can choose from a list of different studios and classes and schedule a class for any time of the day 10 minutes before. You pay one flat fee for the month and can take unlimited classes. This is awesome for me because I'm constantly rescheduling my days as they progress and it gives me a chance to actually SHOW UP because I have the control. Also, I don't get bored and can take a different kind of class every week. I've gone to different cycling, yoga, pillates, dance and boot camp classes. First thing in the morning I have a huge cup of warm water with 2 tablespoons of Bragg's Organice Apple Cider Vinegar. Then I make a huge green smoothie for the whole family, I have been trying different receipes but one of our favorites is: 

    1 Cup Kale

    1 Cup Spinach

    2 Ripe Bananas 

    1 Clementine 

    1/2 inch Peeled Ginger 

    2 Chunks of Carrot

    1/2 Cup Pinapple 

    1 tbsp Hemp Seeds 

    1 1/2 Cup Coconut Water 

    I drink 2 8 Oz glasses of my smoothie in the morning and I'm totally satiated until about 1PM, I'm obsessed. And I'm pooping, which is cool. 

    Lila is so good, she is getting so big and is becoming more toddler-like every day. She still isn't saying much, the doctor wants us to get her evaluated but I feel like she's making progress at her own pace.  I can understand every little mumble and hand motion so for me it's no big deal. I'll think about sending her for an evaluation if she's 15 and still has a vocab of 10 words: 

    Papa and Lila cleaning up our plants, they needed extra love when we got home. Sometimes I feel more uneasy about leaving my plants with someone than I do leaving my kitties. It's such gamble, luckily they all survived with minimal damage and Lazlo also survived so thats cool:

    And to alleviate some insane jet-lag pain I let her paint all over her face and in her mouth and on her feet and in her hair:

    And we are feeling pretty good about being in our own bed.

  • Tulum 02/15

    My white sand covered brown baby running along the shores of Tulum, Mexico. We stayed in the same hotel we made you in on the exact day. Tulum is the energy vortex of the Yucatan Pennisula. It has a strong electromagnetic field that was caused by a meteorite hitting the Yucatan Peninsula roughly 65 million years ago, and is associated with causing extinction of the dinosaurs. 

  • 2014 Christmas

    This was our second Christmas but it felt like our first. She was more of a little mush pile for our first Christmas. I could see the magic in her eyes this time around. She walked around the parameter of the tree tugging at the bulbs and poking the tree's hairs. My little sister, Caroline, is nine years old and still believes in Santa. This innocence especially radiates on Christmas morning, the cookies half eaten and unwrapped presents littering the living room paints the perfect scene for Santa Claus. 

    I'm still figuring out how we'll work our family's traditions. We will likely spend Christmas in Los Angeles every year, so what does this mean for babe? Maybe an early Christmas at home the night before we leave for Los Angeles. 

  • Lazlo the Bengal

    We are madly in love with our new kitty. Long story short. Jocelyn had a Bengal before I came along, he's a cat guy. Cats love him. I have a theory about men and cats. Men who are good with cats are good with women. Why? Think about it. Anyways, Vesper was her name. She was attached to his hip. He had her for almost 5 years before I came along until she passed away. It was a really rough few weeks around the house, I was pregnant and Jocelyn was devastated. Some time has gone by, almost a year and I came across this perfect little Bengal. His description mentioned him being good with kids and he is a different color than Vesper was.

    I surprised Jocelyn not knowing if he would be into it but low and behold a snuggly kitten is not a tough sell. They are getting to know each other and we are sticking to the name Lazlo. With a house full of ladies, me, Lila, Thelma and Louise (fish), Jocelyn can now feel a little bit of dude comradery. Here's our first couple days with the little guy. 

  • Polaroids

    We shot some Polaroid photos last week with Carl Mahoney. Take a gander: 

    From Left to Right: Louise (the fish), Amanda, Thelma (the cat) and Jocelyn

  • Paris

    April was full of many firsts. First time eating solids, first time sitting up and first trip to Paris. I've been running all over the place with Lila and enjoying every second of it. Lila met her French grandmother and her whole French family. She's a good little traveler but definetly had some jet lag issues. We strolled all over the city, rediscovering old favorites and discovering new ones. 

     

    I'm excited to make travel a big part of her life. Engraining in her the wide-eyed urge to explore every nook and cranny.

    {Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.}    -    Mary Ritter Beard

    On another note, I get to share the same last name as my baby daddy and baby. How'd it go down you ask? On our favorite bridge in Paris, the Pont Neuf. The oldest standing bridge, and the bridge of memories. Honestly, Lila is more binding than any piece of paper, ring or state recognition but why not? We're in love and we are starting our family. 

    Here's a glimpse into our trip. 

    I'm in love with Paris street art but the artist that always catches my eye is Fred Le Chevalier. I'm obsessed. Check him out. 

    We are happy to be back home with our family and friends (and bed). We leave for Tuscany June 15th. Keep movin, learning and living life to the ultimate fullest. 

    xo

  • The Journey So Far

    Reposted from a guestblog post for an awesome blog, These Parents, go check it out!

    I moved to San Francisco after a long weed induced haze at SMC community college. I said I’d never go to art school. I went to art school. I met Jocelyn my first year in SF, he was charming and treated me like a queen. We ended up on a cooking show together, we played footsie under the table and never looked back. We’re twelve years apart. I’m 24 and Jocelyn is 36. We follow the magic rule, divide his age by 2 and add 7ish. His mother is French and his father Bengali, we speak French and English in our house and plan to raise Lila bilingually.

    We spent two years traveling the world together, something we had enjoyed doing alone until we met each other. I found comfort in being able to share my experiences with him, he was a little bit older and knew how to read a map. He never judged me, he loves me for who I am. Every piece of me from my deep scars down to that sad excuse for a tattoo on my left hip. This is the most important piece to our story.

    I’m one of the few of my friends who had never fallen pregnant before. I’d been to an abortion clinic to accompany a friend to figure out her teen pregnancy issue, I’d seen how painful the ordeal can be yet I still never took birth control. I’d made plenty of bad decisions but I never had to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. I didn’t think I could get pregnant. I got pregnant.

    Thank you Tulum, Mexico for our magical daughter. The Yucatan is known as an energy vortex. It has a strong electromagnetic field that was caused by a meteorite hitting the Yucatan Peninsula about 65 million years ago, and is associated with causing extinction of the dinosaurs. Unbeknownst to us, we traveled through Mexico and Cuba while our baby began to nestle herself into my heart shaped uterus. I never felt sick but my breasts felt tender, I knew something was up once we were back in San Francisco. Sure enough, it was me and my best friend at the free clinic down the street accompanied by a faint plus sign. I loved Jocelyn, my family and friends supported me in whatever decision I was going to make and I put all “what ifs” aside. I said I’d never have children. I had Lila.

    I never had the pregnancy glow, I gained 60 pounds and was not a happy camper. I prayed for Lila to come at 37 weeks, I couldn’t stand being pregnant for any longer than I had to. Lila came the day I turned 37 weeks. We planned for a natural home birth with our midwife. We didn’t have a natural home birth with our midwife. My water broke and Lila was breech. UCSF tried to deliver her until she plopped her little foot down, I was wheeled into a c-section. I have a heart shaped uterus, leaving Lila little room to turn herself around. My scar isn’t that bad and the poetry of the situation is worth the forever horizontal line above my girlie parts.

    The moment she was born I became a different me. I became us and we are forever changed. Everything has come pretty easily, I’m a baby-wearing-breast-feeding obsessed mama. Jocelyn is such a great father and Lila is such a great teacher. We’re all learning how to read this new map she’s created for us and I truly can not wait to discover each new magical place she takes us to. Lila will be 6 months on April 14th, it’s so redundant but time truly does fly. Our journey is just beginning and I know it will be a wild ride but I’ve got the best partner by my side. Things never end up how you think they’re going to. We’ll be traveling to Paris in two weeks and I’m so looking forward to sharing as much of the world with my daughter as we can.

  • Welcome To Our Nook

    I thought this would be a good idea. This blog thing. I'm not sure where to start but I have an idea of where I could be headed. 

    Lets start here. 

       This is Lila.                                                      This is me.

                                                          This is Jocelyn and Me.

                                                  

                                        I met Jocelyn 5 years ago. I was 19 and insane.

                                

     We were friends. The kind that made dinner dates every few months and exchanged kisses and ideas.  We ended up on a cooking show together and never looked back.

       We fell in love here.

     and made a baby here. 

    and bam, my life completely changed.

    I'm inviting you on my journey, introducing you to new friends and old friends. Sharing my  expierience as a young sf mama.