This post was sponsored by Lat and Lo. I received compensation in return for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are 100 % my own.
Do you have a spot that holds a special place in your heart? A city, a restaurant, a plot of land. Maybe it’s where you met your husband for the first time, or where you got married. Maybe it’s where you realized what you wanted to do with your life, maybe it’s where you adopted your dog or took a life-changing trip. Regardless, of the story, we have some place in this world that holds meaning.
As a kid, I was in the hospital a lot – I had chronic asthma and heading to the emergency room in the middle of the night or spending a few days getting treatments and being monitored was nothing new for me. I know now that I was and am so lucky that it was just asthma, especially asthma that has reduced to a manageable level, but as a kid it made me really hate hospitals. Being poked and prodded at all hours of the day, forced to sit in a little tent type thing that was hot and humid – all of it was overwhelming in the early years.
When I got pregnant with Ryan, I was not looking forward to giving birth in a hospital. I thought about the whole home birth thing for about 2.3 seconds before I realized I’m also super squeamish and we were living with my mother-in-law at the time, which was kind of a hellish combo for a birth place, if you ask me. So hospital it was. I was so anxious that we skipped the hospital tour, figuring we’d wing it. (Thankfully, we ended up having to go for high blood pressure a few days before he actually came, which was very fortunate since I barely made it there on D-Day, though that’s a whole other story.)
Eventually, the day finally came and I spent the requisite 2 nights in the hospital, and I realized that the hospital isn’t always scary and sad – it can be an exciting place full of hope and joy and happiness. If you’ve ever walked in the maternity ward of a hospital, I’m sure you’ve felt it. Yes, it still has that weird, antiseptic smell and the beeping of the monitors is the same, but there’s also baby cries and cooing and families meeting little additions for the first time. It’s pretty magical.
To me, the hospital where both of my boys were born signifies more than just a hospital – even more than just the place my boys were brought into the world. It’s where I became a mom. It’s where all of my fears of being a mom vanished. It’s where I realized how strong I was. It’s where I fell in love with my husband again and again, because what they say is true – nothing will make you fall in love deeper than seeing your husband become a father. It’s where my life was irrevoccably achored to two little lives for eternity.
I remember years ago, I read about Angelina Jolie’s tattoos in honor of her children – since her children were born all over the world, she has the coordinates of each of their birthplaces tattooed on her shoulder. I always thought it was such a beautiful gesture, such a unique way to honor your children forever.
When I first learned about Lat & Lo, I knew I was interested in what they offer – coordinate jewelry. Basically, you tell them a place, and they custom engrave the latitude and longitude of that location onto a necklace, ring, or bracelet. It’s such a great way to have meaningful jewelry without being super obvious – they styles are all really modern, but unless the person looking at it is a genius with coordinates, the true meaning of your piece stays personal. I love my Lat & Lo bar necklace in silver and I get compliments on it all of the time, but I love even more being able to pick and choose who I can tell the true meaning of it to.
With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s time for mommas to start dropping hints about what they want, and ladies, I can’t recommend Lat & Lo jewelry more. I mean, us mommas also enjoy pretty things., but add in some meaning to said pretty thing? That will put you in the running for “favorite child”. (I KID, I KID)
As someone who wears very little jewelry – basically, just my wedding rings – I can honestly say my Lat&Lo bar necklace in silver is my favorite. I wear it every day (I’ve had mine for about a month and a half and have worn it every day with no sign of wear or tear, even after cleaning it in jewelry cleaner multiple times) and it warms my heart every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror.
The process of making one is simple as well – you don’t even have to know the exact coordinates of your place. Simply put in the address on their site and Lat&Lo will auto-populate it, so it’s pretty foolproof. You can also get a phrase engraved on the back if you desire – mine says “Ryan + Owen” for my boys. Lat & Lo has so many options for styles to choose from, I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find one that fits your own style perfectly.
If you’re in love with Lat&Lo jewelry as much as I am, be sure you send this post to your whole fam (with a link of the specific piece you love, obviously) and remind them to use the code morganmanages10 to get 10% off their purchase!
(ps, this is what happens when you turn on the timer of your camera and try to get your kids to take a picture with you. I mean. Normal.)
So tell me – where are you anchored?