Monday, August 31, 2015

Life Lessons: What I've Learned in my 20s

I just turned 28 and I can't believe it. I still feel like I'm 18 some days and then other days (due to lack of sleep) I feel about 60. I thought it would be good to sit down and really think hard about what I've learned in my twenties, just as a good reminder. Plus, I always love when other people write these. 

Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful. I'm a perfectionist, type A person, so it can be hard for me to let things go. But gosh, everything doesn't have to be in order. You don't have to know the answer to everything. Letting go is good. 

Be grateful. When I stop and think about all the good things I have in my life, I always just feel so much happier. Remember someone could be wishing for a life like yours. 

Read. Anything and everything. There is so much knowledge to gain and nothing better than escaping into a good book. 

It's ok to not be happy all the time. Sometimes I need a good cry. And let's be honest, you can't know sunshine without the rain. 

Other people's lives aren't always what they look like on social media. Oh it's a double edge sword- social media. Sometimes, I feel myself getting caught up comparing myself and thinking shoulda, coulda, woulda. But then I remember you only see what others want you to see on social media- not the whole big picture. 

Travel. It's getting harder and harder to make this a priority, but I still try to. The experiences and memories from travel are always the best. 

Take care of your body. I'm a big believe that it matters what you put in your body and on your skin. I try and eat organic and not put yucky chemicals on my skin. You gotta put good in to get good out!

Love your parents. and your siblings. and your friends. Relationships are so, so important. After all, we never know how long everyone will be around. My grandma has dementia and it's so hard and heartbreaking. 

Quality over quantity. In all regards. I believe in this in regards to friendships to shoes to sheets. 

Drink lots of water. It's the cure for everything and so good for you. 

Invest in some good leggings. Or whatever clothes make you feel good. When you look good, you feel good. Leggings seems to do the trick for me!

Enjoy the small things and take your time. It's hard for me to slow down. I always want to be getting something done. Recently, I've really started to savor all the moments and just be. And man, it's good. 

Cheers to a new week. Bring on the coffee!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tomorrow's My Birthday

Can time just slow down for a minute? I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that tomorrow I'm going to be 28. I just got used to saying I was 27!

I wanted to write a nice long post about what I've learned in my past 27 years, but alas I have no clue how long nap time will last these days (see last post for more on this). So instead, I will just tell you how much I'm looking forward to a nice day with my sweet family and hopefully some coffee and donuts and a drink a dinnertime! 

Oh and just like clockwork. That little man is done with his hour long nap. Give me a break, little dude!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Life Lately

We are seriously still trying to get our naps back on track. Hoping that it happens soon, cause I'm struggling. My little good napper guy has disappeared. I thought maybe it was teething, but I don't know anymore. For a little over two weeks, his naps have been only an hour (yes just one hour a day), so I haven't really been able to get anything done. I rush to get all my work done in that measly hour. Previously, little man was doing 2.5-3 hours, which was nothing short of glorious! Needless to say, I'm chalking it up to a phase. Ya know, everything is phases. Read this (so good).  Cue- "It won't be like this for long. This phase is gonna fly by, so baby just hold on...." Yup, I totally sing that song in my head to make myself feel better. Also, I say the phrase -I can do hard things, a lot. Because it's true, I can! 

Ok, to survive this slight rough patch of having to entertain and keep a mildy cranky toddler happy I have resorted to just a tad bit of screen time. I know, gasp! But hey, it's not like I'm sticking him in front of the tv for hours or using it as a babysitter. He's just been watching some Little Baby Bum on youtube and Hotel for Dogs on the tv. He loves the nursery rhymes songs and dogs are obviously a hit around here. 

We've also been doing lots of walks, beach time, and some car naps. As a mom, you do what you gotta do to survive. I'm just so thankful we live in such a beautiful place where I am able to get this boy outdoors to have fun whenever we feel like it. Summer you are rocking it!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Favorites

Here's a quick little round-up of some random things we are loving around these parts!

1. These shampoo is amazing. It smells like a dream. 
2. I want this shirt bad (good thing my birthday is coming up). Plus, they have a matching one for Beau. Yes, I plan on taking full advantage of being able to match while I can!
3. Joy is pretty much my new perfume. At first I wasn't sure about the smell, but now I love it! It instantly puts me in a good mood. I swipe it over my wrists and across my heart. 
4. I just love this quote. It's true. Every day is a fresh start. Gah, that is so good to remember. If today or yesterday sucked, no worries. New day, new start. 
5. We are obsessed with Tubby Todd over here. Mr. Beau Friend takes quite a few showers, being the little sandy man he is. This doesn't irritate his skin and its smells amazing!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Home Is Where the Mama Is

Gah, I just read this post over on Coffee and Crumbs, and let me tell you I felt it. It just resonated with me, like pretty much almost all of their posts do (seriously, I find myself nodding along as I read everything there).

Sometimes, I get a little down on myself for not being the glitter. You know, the only that is always fun loving and crazy. I’m definitely the glue in our family. I’m the one grabbing the wipes, diapers, shoes, snacks, as we run out the door to go to lunch. I always make sure the doctors appointments are scheduled and that Beau gets enough sleep. I remember to wash his lovey lamb and find all his binkies before bed. I know which book he wants to read before his nap and which one he likes to read after.

But you know what, being the glue is amazing. I’m the one he reaches for when he’s hurt or tired. I’m the one he wants to snuggle with in the morning. I always get the first kiss and the last kiss of each day. And just recently, he started calling me “MY mama”. I’m not just mama anymore. I am “MY mama”, which is pretty much the best thing ever. Oh boy, you have me wrapped around your little finger!

It's been a rough week. We've had not so great sleep and a few more tears than usual (both him and I). It's put me in check. This toddler definitely NEEDS his mama. So, it's been extra cuddles and trips to the beach. And I love that t-shirt. It makes my heart happy.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Gosh, every time I hear the word confessions I get that Usher song stuck in my head. Anyone with me? These are my momfessions....

Ok, I'm addicted to Amazon Prime. I would say I probably order something at least three times a week. It's just so damn convenient. Of course, it's usually things we need, plus a little random thing here or there. I'm all for not going to the store or the mall if it can get here in 2 days or less. You can't beat that!!

I love essential oils. I can't get enough. We are always using lavender around here! Thieves is a must for cleaning the floors. Stress away on the temples and my wrist. And I just started using Purficiation in the laundry. Game changer, my friends, game changer. I cannot wait until Sleepyize gets back in stock. I got it for Beau, but I'm in love with it for my sleep. I also purchase singles from here too

I'm always putting stuff in my coffee. Currently adding coconut oil and maca powder. Just a little of each. Trust me, it's the right way to start the morning. And oh the glorious health benefits. I've been thinking of kicking my coffee habit, but I think it's here to stay. It's like a hug in a cup every morning. 

I feel like my arms are the buffest they have ever been, which is very strange for me. I've always had chicken arms, but lugging around a toddler has changed that. These days I don't get in much dedicated exercise, but I'm always moving. I refer to this strange new exercise program as body by baby!

I've been staying up late at night reading. It's not good, but it feels so good. It's my alone time and gosh I love losing myself in a book. I've always had a Nook, but I feel the urge to switch over to a Kindle (birthday present, anyone?). I just finished Station Eleven and The Fault in Our Starts and am currently reading Where did you go, Berndette? Anyone have any good book recommendations? I'm always in need of suggestions!!! 

Also, I'm beginning to think I need some new clothes. I wear the same outfit, essentially everyday. Leggings or yoga pants with a plain colored tee. Pretty boring, but oh-so comfy. 

I cannot wait for fall. It's literally my favorite season. I'm so thankful for sunshine, but this recent humidity is no bueno. My hair reminds me of Monica in that episode of Friends when they are in Barbados. 

So that's pretty much all the things swirling in my mom brain right now!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Beau's 1st Birthday

Beau's 1st birthday was on July 3rd. Well we moved on July 2nd. And then there's the 4th of July in there. So we ended up just doing a little party with close friends and family on the 5th, because I just had to. I couldn't imagine not having a little party, even though he probably won't remember it. It was very last minute, but I like how it turned out. Oh sweet boy, a year ago you made me a mother and I really can't imagine life any other way. You deserve to be celebrated each and every day. And let's be honest, parents need to be celebrating too! Damn, we raised a human baby for a year! 

My mom worked hard on the decor and the party hats. I felt too overwhelmed after moving to do much, so I was so thankful that my family really stepped up and helped.

Not going to lie, that Beau head banner is still up! And I plan on keeping it up until we finally mount our flat screen above the fireplace. And when that happens, I plan on moving it to his room. It just makes me too happy. I left the number 1 up for over a month! 


Beau's cake was made by my sweet sister and it was delicious. There is nothing like a funfetti cake to get the party started. Beau was a little unsure but then he divided in after his buddy, Curren helped him out. That's what friends are for, right?! These two sweet boys were born just one day apart! How crazy is that?! It's so amazing to be able to celebrate our boys with our best friends. 

We planning on going big for the 2 year celebration! Maybe I should start planning now, so I'm prepared?