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about me … about us

in case you missed it … the sprouse clan was featured this week on matilda jane’s blog! thank you to cj isaac of charlie juliet for spending the day with us in the city and capturing our family perfectly!

here is the interview …

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Q:  Please tell us a bit about yourself.  Where are you from and where are you now?

A: I am a southern girl recently transplanted to NYC.  Our family of four made the big move to the intimate community of Park Slope one year ago and I cannot imagine raising our children anywhere else!

Q:  I always love to hear about the incredible husbands that support the crazy schedule of a MJ Trunk Keeper.  What makes yours so special?

A: Matt is my best friend and greatest supporter hands down! Together we created and owned Abode – a home furnishings + accessories store in Knoxville, TN in 2006. Over the four short years of owning Abode, we welcomed our daughters {Sophie + Hazel} into the world while Matt continued to hold a full-time position as a television producer. Abode taught us many life lessons and reminded us how imperative it is to be in constant communication and to support each other unconditionally. Having past retail experience has allowed Matt to better understand the support that I need in Matilda Jane.

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Q: You’ve got two absolutely precious daughters!  Give us a glimpse into who they are.

A: Sophie {6} + Hazel {4} are the coolest gals I know! I have loved watching them grow and become young girls with Big dreams! Sophie loves to write and sing songs. She has a classic fashion sense while still making an outfit tailored to her. Hazel longs to be a cowgirl and definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. She has a free spirit approach to most things in life including her wardrobe, making it fun to see how her selections work in ways I would not have originally imagined.

Q:  If you could wear one item every day, what would that be?

A: I am in loving the midnight ruffle pants. – I wear them all the time! In fact, when talking to my girlfriend about Halloween costume ideas for herself she quickly replied, “well I can just throw on some Matilda Jane pants and go as you!” I may need to add some more staples into my clothing rotation …

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Q:  How did Matilda Jane find YOU?

A:  I have loved Matilda Jane from the time Sophie could fit into the clothes. The longevity and versatility of each piece has had me coming back for six years!

Q:  If you could have lunch with ANYONE, who would it be and why?

A: My mom. I was completely spoiled during the seven years we lived in the same city during my adult life. I miss her terribly and long for our impromptu mother/daughter dates.

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Q:  What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?

A:  Passionate. Dreamer. Trend Setter. Listener. Creative.

Q:  Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?

A:  I have a passion for creating editorial through styling. Each summer, my sister-in law and I create a themed photo shoot involving our four kiddos and enlist the talents of a local photographer to perfectly capture each tyke’s personality. Each year these photos tell such a unique story of who are children are in that stage of life.

Q:  Share with us just ONE very important thing you do to try to leave this world a better place.

A: Instilling the importance of accepting others into my girls’ everyday life. This is one of the most important life lessons from my father that has made a huge impact on my life.  Throughout my life I have met and become friends with people that have a slightly different outlook on life than I do and because of that I have been inspired to grow, create and see the world through different lenses. I believe that individuality is what makes our world exciting and brings purpose to getting out of bed in the morning!

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Q:  What store makes your heart go pitter-patter when you shop in it?

A: The Brooklyn Flea. I love mixing old {sometimes what others may view as junk} with highly polished new home accessories. Our home holds many stories and is carefully/methodically put together so that our friends and family are able to easily join us in our story.

Q:  What do you value more?  Possessions or travel?

A:  Absolutely no question – Travel. Matt and I have always said that if we give our children anything it is that of a larger worldview. We walked through my grandparents’ home after they had passed away and marveled at the love that they had for each other and the memories that they shared while traveling the world together. Instead of investing in possessions that would eventually gather dust and then be sold at an estate sale they traveled – – seeing the world, visiting with family both in the US and abroad.  It is our hope to continue their legacy.

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Q:  If given the opportunity to have the day to yourself, how would you spend it? 

A:  I have recently come to understand how important it is to give myself “moments” in the day that are just mine.  These moments are long enough to spend time with a friend, organize my home, go to the gym or simply stare blankly at social media outlets. No matter how I spend these moments I hold them close because they are all mine and not dictated by the constant noise of “must-get-dones”.

Q:  If you could crawl into the pages of any book, what would it be and why?

A: One of my most favorite books is What Alice Forgot. I read it last year and have not been able to shake the message that it gives throughout showing unconditional love and forgiveness.

Q:  What is YOUR “must have” Paint by Numbers piece?

A:  My favorite dress out of the entire collection is the Rose Gold Jane Dress.  This dress gives a nod towards vintage. Giving girls a tailored and innocent look while having the freedom to run, play and discover new things.

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nyc past + present

today i discovered the work of marc a. hermann {a historian of the new york press photographers association} and love his brilliant juxtaposed photographs of nyc as it was then and is now – – bringing back to life the people and stories of this city’s past. marc focuses on historic crime scene photos from the new york daily news archive and then blends them with photographs from the same present locations. i hope that you find his work as intriguing as i do!

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{497 dean street, brooklyn}

edna egbert climbed onto her ledge on march 19, 1942. the news captured the distraught woman fighting with the police as she wobbled on the edge. the building is currently painted red, but remains nearly identical to the way it looked 70 years ago.

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{923 44th street, brooklyn}

the tree that stands in front this building is the only living witness to gangster frankie yale’s untimely demise on July 1, 1928. yale’s car slammed into the steps of the brooklyn home that day as he was shot to death from a car driving by.

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{park slope, brooklyn}

over 130 people were killed aboard the planes united airlines flight 826 and trans world airlines flight 266 in december 1960. the crash  destroyed some buildings beyond repair – the ones that still stand can be seen in this compilation.

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{137 wooster street, manhattan}

on feb. 16, 1958 there was a massive and fatal fire at the elkins paper & twine co. the building was leveled, but new commercial space now stands where the elkins paper & twine co. once did.

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{south street seaport, manhattan}

the fulton fish market in the south street seaport was engulfed in flames on feb. 26, 1961. these buildings still stand, in various states of occupancy, minus a few floors here and there.

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to view more of marc’s work visit his website.

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the renegade craft fair

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after spending a day at the renegade craft fair i happy tallied the event under –  reasons why i LOVE living in brooklyn. the event was held at east river state park in williamsburg and hosted 300 indie-crafters. the rcf allows attendees the chance to be privy to some of the most innovative artists … heavenly!  after two hours of perusing the aisles {and purchasing some pretty amazing finds!} in the sweltering summer heat, my oldest daughter sophie still could not be dragged away from the scene and to be honest i was glad to have an accomplice while my husband and youngest daughter sought out a place for lunch. i am thankful for the vision of susie daly, mat daly, sarah christensen, justin rathell, madelon juliano and libby alexander for bringing this exquisite event to several cities allowing artists a platform to share their handmade goods in a setting that offers savvy shoppers an experience that is like no other!

in order to best explain the vision behind the renegade craft fair, i have attached an excerpt from their website below.

the renegade craft fair is a curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design. the fairs bring hundreds of makers out of their studios and workshops and into the spotlight for a festive weekend celebration of all things handmade. each individual event is juried from hundreds of applications, then curated to highlight an eclectic array of both experienced and emergent designers producing one-of-a-kind and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media.

renegade is the first, largest, and most well respected event of its kind and has been a major force in pioneering the way for booming DIY craft movement since it’s inception. following the chicago debut in 2003, rcf quickly spread across the us {and “the pond”} and presently hosts events in austin, brooklyn, chicago, london {uk}, los angeles, and san francisco. rcf events attract tens of thousands of people per fair and over 250,000 visitors annually.”

if you happen to find yourself in one of these cities during a renegade craft fair be sure to check it out – it is sure to please!!

the renegade craft fair

a lovely welcome sign

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cooling off at camp renegade

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this is some juicy stuff …

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i am celebrating the big 3-3 this coming weekend! in light of – – adding another year, a {few} extra pounds and a handful of “laugh marks” – –  i believe it is high time that i wake myself up from the hibernation i {happily} placed myself under for the past couple of months and once again embrace a healthier lifestyle. today i reintroduced myself to slope fitness, my neighborhood gym. although slope fitness and my groggy body are old friends, i have to admit that it did take a bit {oh who am i kidding … a lot} of reacquainting on my part.

the next step for me is a bit of detoxing … thankfully matt and i single handedly finished off the easter candy over a couple of glasses of wine last night {not sure how i picked up the extra pounds …} so there are few tasty temptations left in my humble abode. you can imagine my delight when i stumbled upon the lovely blog –  with style and grace – and discovered her easy {and delicious} juice recipes beautifully displayed in mason jars — be still my heart.

so beginning tomorrow {i had to purchase the provisions today … i cross my heart that it is not a first day of procrastination tactic} i begin my juicing detox. here are a couple of the juices i am looking forward to.

{pineapple + cucumber}
{fresh strawberry + apple + lime}
{beet + lemon + apple + ginger}
{grapefruit + mint}

to see more healthy lifestyle recipes be sure to visit with style and grace and peruse her lovely site!

cheers to spring … finally!

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home

HOME

HOME. by definition home  is a “permanent structure” where people dwell.

i couldn’t wait to get my hands on our new humble abode in brooklyn, new york 9 months ago to creatively design our space challenged home with touches of familiarity. i love our home – – not only for the design details but for the lessons this humble space has taught me.

ironically – shortly after moving to new york, matt’s travel schedule sped up and he found himself splitting his time between los angeles and myrtle beach for his current show, welcome to myrtle manor. our new york experience – although chock full of challenges – has been the best thing for this  “bi-coastal family” and has allowed us to redefine the word home.

before moving to new york i was disillusioned to think that a strong woman could handle life on her own while “seeming” to have it all under control. our short time of brooklyn dwelling has completely shattered my prideful thinking and i have realized that in order to live a fuller more enriching life i have to accept that i cannot “do life” on my own. our friends {both in brooklyn and elsewhere} have offered us a community full of laughter, encouragement, support and have opened my eyes to the meaning of family – – giving insight to how we are called to live intentionally with each other.

the time that matt has been away has not been in vain. i am thankful that the distance has offered a different perspective of both of our contributions to our family, reminding us that our family does not work without the other.

although i love entering the doors of our humble abode – – this place is not my home – – rather matt, sophie + hazel are all the home i will ever need!

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“Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road

And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home”

. . .

tee shirts of your home state may be purchased at homeland tees.

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stuff you should buy

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it’s a mighty fine thing to witness neighborhoods creating opportunities to support their local creatives!

today my little ladies and i are heading over to ps321 to shop their annual holiday shop featuring over 90 local artisans.

if you are in or around the neighborhood today you should stop by between 10 am – 5 pm!
ps 321: 180 7th avenue {between 1st and second streets} brooklyn, ny

if you are not in the neighborhood you are still in luck because almost all of these lovely shops have an online presence as well! there are some really great finds  – – so be sure to check them out!!

here is a sampling of what i am looking forward to . . .

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hey santa … don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

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ahhh . . .  the age old question . . . how does santa actually enter the homes of good little boys and girls. our family believed that santa magically entered through our chimney – – we couldn’t explain anything past that point but at least we had narrowed in on a location.

upon moving to brooklyn, my little ladies began inquiring how santa will actually get in to our new humble abode since the only chimney in our building is located in the lobby. {as you can see … we have hung our stockings with care inside our bookshelf.}

thankfully my forward thinking sister-in-law gave us this {special} key that allows santa to enter with ease, leave the goodies under the tree and then kindly let himself out.

our christmas eve plan this year will be to leave milk and cookies for santa in the lobby by the chimney with the {special} key and hand-written instructions.

“it’s the night before christmas and we’re excited as can be. we’re leaving this out for you … it’s a very special key. you can shimmy down the chimney and tiptoe through the door. just use this key we left for you to find cookies, milk and more!” 

problem solved.

happy holidays!!

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{food joints} ladybird bakery

my initial relationship with this lovely neighborhood bakery began when i simply heard the name ladybird. my girls nicknames are bug {sophie} + bird {hazel} so i viewed this as a welcomed sign that we were in the perfect neighborhood. i know a stretch … but i’m a fan of finding affirmation in daily occurrences.

once i stepped through the signature blue door the love affair went far beyond the name. the selection of muffins, tarts, cakes and cupcakes often leave us staring at the display cases trying desperately to narrow down the decision to one sweet each. there is an adorable children’s corner that offers a selection of classic reads allowing for a longer time to enjoy the atmosphere and warm beverages. {a super big plus in my book!}

my sister-in-law alyssa {tally} is in town this weekend for a college girls get together and came in one day early to spend some time with us! her only request for her time in park slope was to take the girls to ladybird and walk sophie to school. her request was easily granted! this morning’s coffee date is now one of my most favorite memories – truly a perfect fall day!

ladybird is a delicious experience that you must have!

ladybird bakery
1112 eighth avenue
brooklyn, ny 11215

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i’ve got my love{s} to keep me warm!

the first snow has fallen in brooklyn {and it’s only the beginning of november}!

sophie + hazel’s wonder and excitement of freshly fallen snow will forever be etched in my mind as we trudged through the slushy sidewalks to sophie’s school. {remember we are from the south so even this much snow is kind of a big deal!}

**h&m made the walk to school a bit more fashionable with {my most favorite} mittens and hat**

so bring it old man winter . . . we are ready for you!!

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{read} knuffle bunny

knuffle bunny {based in park slope} is a popular children’s book and one of my girls favorites.

sophie was introduced to knuffle bunny while attending nature’s way montessori in knoxville, tn. little did she know that she was staring at a photograph of her future elementary school as her teacher read the book!

knuffle bunny is a great cautionary tale {as author mo willems refers to the story} no matter where you live!

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