Thursday, January 4

Welcoming 2018

     The best news for some reason was hearing that the new year was going to start on a Monday. hahaha I can't think of a more refreshing way to start anew than the beginning of a clean new (even) year, on a Monday morning, with snow on the ground and fireworks in the sky, and a dorky hat on my

     Dreaming of the not-too-distant future after the holidays and everything that our family would or could be doing in the new year has helped pull me out of many emotional pits during the last few months. We really did have a sweet and quiet Thanksgiving and Christmas together, and counting our blessings and listing hopes and future plans has been so inspiring and motivating. 

     We pulled down the majority of the Christmas decor with the kids on New Years Eve, I gave everyone haircuts while Richard cooked up some grilled cheese, and we wrote up little goal lists with the kids for the next couple of months.

     THIS is the most wonderful time of the year to me:) I might do a little recap of our 2017 since some of you have asked, but overall looking back I feel like we lived each season of the year to the fullest but still at a simple and fun pace.

     It's been good 2017, but I'm so glad to keep moving forward:)

Sunday, December 24

All is calm, All is Bright

Happy Christmas Eve to you and yours!

When Claire reached out to us with an idea for capturing our family life around the holidays, we were so excited to work with her! Christmas has meant so much more to the kids this year than ever before with them growing up so fast, and these moments she's put together with my favorite people will always be so priceless to have in this way. We may make a new holiday tradition out of it:)

Thank you again Claire!
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And to the rest of you, have a beautiful day tomorrow, and I'll see you again in the new year!!


Thursday, December 7

Putting ourselves first when we need it most


     Hey there fam. Before I get into it I just want to clarify that these photos were taken by my dear friend Xan way before I started showing, but in thinking about what I wanted to touch on tonight they seemed appropriate to use anyways:)

     I wrote a post on instagram about how whenever I feel extra stressed or anxious or overwhelmed how I go into 'hermit mode' and just hide out until it passes, and of course (as with most things I mention struggling with) there were tons of you that said you do the same thing when those feelings hit you. Not a big surprise there:) This last week was one of those times. Everything I'm behind on and dealing with started to pile up in my brain and started a spiral of my not being able to keep up, not being equipt to handle the house and the kids and work and laundry and bills etc while making a baby and working carefully with all the emotions of the holidays. Now that I'm on my way back out a bit I just wanted to talk about how I try to handle those tough days a bit better. :)

     Self-care and self-love are things that I've only really discovered existed this last year, let alone started to try to learn or practice, and the couple of times I've talked about them here there are always so many of you that express similar feelings of having never really thought about those as important things. It's been hard to write posts on this topic though, because I feel like I have SO much to say and so many ideas to share that I get overwhelmed with it all and just decide not to write anything if I can't make it perfect. You guys do that too right? haha

     Anyways, here are a few simple ways to practice self-care on those days when you need it most:

This is the time to do something for yourself that helps you put yourself first. The default is to always put our needs and desires last, but not when we're struggling. Whatever it might be, pick something that you've been putting off that is just for your benefit. Personally I really love a quiet errand run (yes I'm a mom.haha) or the classic bath in a dim bathroom can really do the trick. Just something that reminds you to take a few deep breaths and relax.

It might sound crazy cliche, but really sitting back and going over all the ways that your life really is beautiful will do wonders for your attitude. Think about all the ways your life could be so much worse, and reminding yourself of the positive things. Having a long-term perspective helps you focus on what really matters in the grand scheme of things instead of everything that feels so wrong or messed up or overwhelming right at this moment.

Oftentimes we take on many issues and problems that aren't responsibility, and it becomes way too much. So many of us are 'fixers' and we want to help others or solve issues that aren't really ours to solve, and the added stress and pressure we put on ourselves is just not necessary. It's important to look at what really is weighing us down and decide to put ourselves first. We need to be better at saying no, and we need to be better at setting boundaries and sticking to them.

Oftentimes when we feel stressed out the first instinct is to feel guilty for not being grateful for what we do have, and yes while it's a good mindset focus on the good and to stay out of those pits of overwhelm, those feelings are perfectly natural and normal. Don't let yourself feel worse about everything by telling yourself that you shouldn't feel that way, just tell yourself that you're in a tunnel not a hole, and that if you take it one step at a time that you'll see the opening at the other end soon.

     Well like I said I have tons more that I want to keep going on about, but I really need to work harder at just sharing some thoughts and wrapping it up before I write a whole novel.haha In closing though I'd really love for you to share if you've been working on self-care or self-love more lately, and if you've found any specific things that really help you take a step back and breath:)


Friday, December 1

Holiday Decor Inspiration

     Hey friends, thanks for visiting! I've been sharing little clips of the house on my IG stories as we've been slowly pulling out and putting up our decorations, and I've been getting so many questions about where I get things and my inspiration, so I thought I'd share a few photos from my December Pinterest board that I've been using for ideas:)

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     December is such a beautiful month! There's a fire crackling in the next room and I'm perched on the couch facing our newly lit tree in the corner, shaking my head thinking about what a circus it was to just get the lights on it.haha The last few years have been a bit of a struggle getting into a routine, but as the kids have been so young it hasn't really mattered. At any rate, they're all at such fun ages now and things feel more official and magical around here with the tree up! Ellie said this morning that every day lately feels like a holiday because of the decorations and the treats and the traditions, etc, and she's right. It really is the most wonderful time of the year:) 
     Anyways, I've clearly been inspired by rustic simplicity and all things sweet and soft (have you Seen the holiday collection by Chip and Joanna Gaines?!) so come follow along if you're on Pinterest too, and if you feel like leaving a link to your favorite holiday pin or board in the comments I'd love to check them out!

I look forward to sharing inspirations with each other:)