Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Currently.



Reading: Okay so I started this book. I loved it at first...like really loved it! I was certain this would be my next great book. But then it started to kind of slow down, get a little redundant. And then I realized I was only 30% through it. I really love the writing- I've found myself holding my breath through parts of it - so I am going to try to power through this evening, and hope maybe I was just in a weird mood. Usually when a book gets like that for me, it's a no go, but I want to love it so I'm going to keep at it. Here are the next two up on my list: one and two. I've been on the memoir train lately. How about you- read anything good recently?

Listening: I've been on a major electro kick, which I totally blame on the increased running I've been doing. I have a "Run" Spotify playlist I constantly add music to, and lately it's all been stuff I find through playlists like "Festival Faves" or "Coachella Bangers." HA! It's got me thinking though...do you think Coachella would actually be a fun experience? I know I'm a little (okay a lot) past the prime to go, but I'm thinking of convincing some of my girlfriends to check it out next year. I think the only way to do it would be to rent a beautiful Palm Springs house to escape to when it got too windy, or dusty...or loud! Have you ever gone? Thoughts?

Working out: A couple months ago I downloaded the Sweat app by Kayla Itsines. You may be familiar with her "Bikini Body Guide" or BBG for short- it's all over Instagram. Although I have to say...we all already have a bikini bod- just put one on! ;) I do love her programs though, and I was really excited to finally try the app out. I have been looking for something I can do at home, because with our crazy schedules it's not always easy to get to the gym. Some weeks I can make it there 5x no problem, but others just a couple, and I wanted something I could easily do here as an option. And this app is the best! I actually can't say enough good things about it, and it's fully worth the $20 a month. I don't follow her food plan, but I do do the workouts, and they WORK. Seriously, if you are in the market for an at-home workout, this is worth trying. The workouts are actually just 28-minutes a piece, and you do 3 a week. I'm not sure if you do more as the weeks progress, but for me right now it's 3, then cardio 3x a week, and recovery. It's all very doable but very very hard and I can totally see a difference in my body and how I feel. Seriously, try it!

Going: I have two big work trips coming up- New York and Utah! I can't wait to go back to NYC. I love it there, and it's always been such a happy place for me. I couldn't ever live in a city, but I sure love visiting them from time to time. We'll be in Brooklyn for five days, and right down the street from my sweet Emily. I'm so excited to see her and enjoy spring in the city. I typically go every summer and have my tried and true faves, but I always love to hear new suggestions for great food, drinks, whatever, so feel free to share!

Doing: We're currently in the process of getting our house ready to sell, and move onto something new. We're in no rush at all, and we're still deciding if we want to build or patiently wait for something we love to come on the market. In the meantime we are tweaking all sorts of things around the house. We recently added a backsplash in the kitchen, and this week we're painting the exterior. It's so fun dreaming of what's next for us, and it's a really good exercise in patience for me too. And on a home sidenote- did you click through the links under the photo up top? This nightstand is the BEST. It's heavy wood (arrives all in one piece- no assembly required), and such a good price! I can't recommend it enough.

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Boys' Playroom



I have been meaning to do this post FOREVER, and I'm so happy I finally snapped some photos, if only to forever capture this room in its cleanest state. So this is the boys' playroom. To give you some perspective, this is the front living room- we had no use for it as a front area sitting type of space since we already have a family room, so we decided to give it to the boys so we could have a contained area for them to play. It's really awesome, and I enjoy having a place to send them while I'm cooking dinner, etc. It's been a work in progress- and a work in purging! Too many toys is the very worst, and even for Henry's last birthday we requested friends donate a toy we could bring to Toys for Tots. I know you parents know what I'm talking about- those little cars seem to multiply no matter what you do, and last year I said enough is enough! Now we just keep things that can be contained inside bins or boxes (they have a huge container of cars in the closet out of sight also), and life is so much happier! Less is best. That's kind of the way I went with this room too- I wanted lots of bright, open, airy space that would be conducive to imagination and room to play. The boys love it, and I do too! Scroll through to see all the photos, and sources and notes at the bottom. A big thanks to Wayfair and Land of Nod for being a part of this room redo.


Sources:
Fusion shag rug (8x10)- c/o Land of Nod
Wire ball bin- c/o Land of Nod
Table and chairs- c/o Wayfair
Gallery Art Rails- c/o Land of Nod
Kitchen- IKEA
Book display- c/o Wayfair
Beanbag- Target
Shibori pillow- Urban Outfitters
ABC print- Snugg Studio
Open shelving- c/o Wayfair
Number bins- Target
Adventure banner- c/o Juney House

A few notes about the items too-

I get a lot of questions about this rug. It's stayed in perfect condition since we got it- I just don't allow shoes or food in the playroom so it's no big deal. It did shed a bit when we rolled it out, but after 4-5 vacuums it subsided. This is probably the best rug I've EVER owned and I can't recommend it enough. It's truly beautiful and amazing quality. Plus, it's incredibly soft and perfect for the boys to play on.

The open shelving is the best. It's incredibly affordable and easy to put together. Another must-buy, in my opinion and something that I tend to get a lot of questions about as well. Definitely check this out if you need extra storage.

The table and chairs is another really great surprise. It's quickly become the boys' favorite place to eat (when we move it in the kitchen) and work at. It's the perfect height for both my very tall 5 year old, and Charlie, who is almost 3. The stools stack and the whole thing is very light and easy to move, yet well made. Highly recommend.

xo

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gummy Goodness with Zarbee's Naturals


Let's talk vitamins! We love a good multivitamin in this house, and the boys are especially into taking them every single day...and then trying to pretend they never got them so they can try to get more! ;) It helps when they taste so yummy, and when Zarbee's Naturals reached out to see if we wanted to try some of theirs, we gave a big yes. Henry and Charlie are the best taste testers, as they've tried maybe 5 different types of vitamins now, and they gave me two big thumbs up for these.

Zarbee's Naturals is the only brand with a vitamin that's sweetened with honey. The company was created by a pediatrician father who couldn't find the products he wanted to use with his own family, so he decided to make his own! There are all sorts of Zarbee's Naturals products, and we were sent two: the Toddler Multivitamin and the Children's Multivitamin- see them both here. The boys really, really loved them, and Charlie was especially excited because he's able to have two flavors at a time. So if you were to ask Charlie, that's the biggest selling point for him. For Henry it's the taste, and for me as a Mom, it's knowing that what I give my kids is wholesome and good for them, without any artificial flavors or dyes found in many other kids' vitamin products.

So yes...we're sold! If you'd like to check them out too, find a local retailer here. And let me know what you think if you do get some- I bet you (and your little ones!) will love them.

xo


Monday, April 25, 2016

Small Goals on a Monday


The past few weeks I've have this feeling like I've kind of been letting life happen to me, rather than the other way around. I'm sure you've been there too- we all have- but I'll find myself staying up too late mindlessly scrolling through social feeds, wasting time doing nothing...feeling unmotivated in general, which is a huge bummer. We all go through it, I know- and sometimes I think to myself- I don't have time for this! There is way too much to be done, and truly, I don't have time to not feel 100%.

So this morning I woke up and decided to get my act (back) together. I got up, made some breakfast, and wrote down some small goals for the week that will help optimize my day and my health.

1. Be in bed at 9pm every night, asleep by 9:30pm. 

This is the biggest one for me. I rarely get enough sleep and it totally begins to wear on me and show in every aspect of my life. Skin, mood, productivity levels, you name it. Recently Charlie has been waking up anywhere between 5-6am, and I've been going to sleep around 11:30pm. 5 hours of sleep or less for weeks on end has begun to take its toll. Maybe some people can handle that but I don't do too well with this amount of sleep, and I can feel it. So last night I began the process of switching my bedtime to earlier. My goal for this week is to be in bed by 9pm and hopefully asleep by 9:30. I'm so excited to do this all week and see how good I feel come next Monday.

2. Drink 3 of my 40oz Hydroflasks a day.

These water bottles are my FAVORITE and make drinking water a breeze. I usually aim to drink 3 per day on the regular, but with traveling that amount always varies. This week, I'm aiming to stick to the 3 per day goal, and I know from experience how good I will look and feel. Water is everything.

3. Manage my "free-time" in a more productive way.

I work from home full-time, so my days are pretty structured and very full of kids and work and running around. Most of the time I feel very on top of things and like I'm using my time wisely, but every once and awhile I'll begin to feel a little unmotivated and make poor decisions with my time. For instance, Charlie still naps for almost 2 hours in the afternoon, and most days I will use that time to blog here, reply to emails, etc. But soooome days I'll just zone out and watch two hours of Bravo television. Very fun but it's just way too much misuse of time. My regular working hours are outside of this time, so if I want to get anything done on my personal side (Sometimes Sweet, etc) it must be done here. It's important for me to write here and share, and when I don't I feel a little off...so this week, I really want to focus on using HALF of that block of free time for this space. I'm going to utilize a timer method this week, and set it for one hour. You'll be able to see my progress if you see more posts here! ;)

So those are my small goals for the week. I have a TON more I could work on, but those are the things I'm focusing in on for now. How about you?

xo

ps. See my dress from today's IG pic pointing to this blog post here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I'm Loving... (April edition)


There is so much GOODNESS happening right now in the internet shopping world! Since I've cleaned out our closet once and for all, I've been having a good time slowly adding in pieces that I love and hope to love for a long, long time. Here are some things catching my eye lately:

Did you check out this dress from Monday's post? It's so well-made- for reference I'm wearing a size small.

Here's the romper pictured above.

Zara has been hitting it out of the park lately. I love this dress (I talked about this earlier on Snapchat- my username is danihamp), this top, and recently picked this up too!

On my list: a pair of Madewell sandals. I'd like one of each of these too! ;)

I think this jumper is so adorable. This one too, but worn off the shoulder.

Also on my list: one of these dresses for summertime.

And more dresses: one, two, and three.

This classic denim brand has become a staple in my wardrobe. Especially the 501s and 721s. I used to wear Levis all the time, and I'm so happy to have "rediscovered" them!

And speaking of basics, I still want to get myself one of these pajama sets. So cute!

Some great tops: one, two, and three.

These backpacks are my favorite- I think Henry needs one for kindergarten next year.

LOVING these sandals.

This is my next dress purchase. I love it.

A few really great pairs of sneakers: onetwo, and three.

This style of Madewell tops and dresses has become one of my favorites. So light and easy to wear!

These pants are great! Perfect for casual weekend wear.

And finally, how cute is this dress? I love it.

Happy shopping! xo

Monday, April 18, 2016

Seeing Comfort Differently with Zappos + Born Shoes


I'm not sure if it's getting older or just getting more practical, but I absolutely refuse to wear anything that isn't comfortable. I just can't bear to do it. I remember being in my 20s, and suffering through nights out with uncomfortable heels on, just because I loved them and they looked cute. Now I can think of no worse way to spend an evening. Today when I pick shoes yes, they have to be pretty...but they also have to make sense for all of the things I find myself doing- chasing kids, running errands, being on my feet for long periods at a time while at work events etc. And when my friends at Zappos asked if I would try out a new pair of Born shoes, it was of course an immediate yes.

The thing I love about Born is that they're not only comfortable, but they are shoes I would absolutely want to buy even if they weren't. If you're in the market for new springtime sandals, these are them. They go with everything from jeans to dresses, and these will be a staple in my wardrobe as our weather continues to heat up. Hank snapped these photos of Henry and me on our way to an event this past weekend. I ended up being on my feet for a few hours, and these shoes totally worked for me. No pain, no blisters, even straight out of the box. I am truly very happy with them, and as usual when I love something, I want everyone I love to get some too, sponsored post or not.

Plus, Zappos has that whole 365-day guarantee, the fastest shipping ever, easy returns- you guys probably know all of this already. They're my go-to shoe spot, and beauties are absolutely my new favorites.

ps. get my dress here. xo

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

You Need This: The BEST Natural Deodorant I've Ever Tried



Okay first of all, this is a 100% UN-sponsored post...unless you count my Mom, who bought me the stuff! I just really, really want to share this with all of you because I love it so much. Over the years I've been on the hunt for a great natural deodorant, and I had yet to find one I liked even a little bit. Some didn't work at ALL, some left me feeling sticky or wet under my armpits, others made me smell weird. And to be honest, when my Mom presented me with this cute little Piper Wai jar I was super skeptical.

Right away I was intrigued by its smell. You guys, it smells SO good. I wish I knew exactly what the makeup of the essential oils are so I could just roll it onto my body, but whatever it is, it's wonderful. To apply, you take a pea-sized amount and rub it into your armpits. It comes out looking grayish-black, but rubs in totally clear. They also have a stick version on the way, but I almost prefer applying it this way- I feel like I really get it in there and it's a good excuse to have a mini self breast-examination each day.


And after reading that paragraph you may be thinking- it's black?! Yes! Black! It's dark because it's made of activated charcoal, which holds 1000x its weight in moisture, which makes sense, right? And a few tidbits from their website- did you know that "sweat secreted from your underarms glands is odorless, but starts to smell when exposed to bacteria? PiperWai’s natural ingredients create a pH-balanced environment where bacteria can’t thrive, leaving you and your clothes smelling fresh with a single application - even after workouts!" I found this to be totally true. It absolutely works for me during and after I exercise, and where my old deodorant (SO not natural) would leave me with a strange, powder-masking-something scent, where this is just smell-free. It's very cool. It's also VERY gentle, and I can put it on right after shaving, no irritation at all.

I can't stress enough how much I love this product, and I want all of my friends to try it too. Having a history of cancer in my family, I want to do anything I can to minimize my exposure to weird stuff, including the aluminum and other chemicals found in regular deodorant. Piper Wai's smell makes me so happy, it's easy to use, and WORKS so well. I have about a half a jar left, and I've been using it everyday for over a month. It's $11.99 on their site, with $6 shipping per order, so I suggest going in with a friend an getting a few to make the shipping cheaper. Even if the price is off-putting, I encourage you to give it a try anyway...I bet you'll like it and find it to be totally worth the money.

Have you tried Piper Wai? Or maybe just seen them on Shark Tank? I'd love to know your thoughts!

xo

ps. a lovely commenter below shared the following from Piper Wai's Facebook page: "We're partnering with the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this month! Until May 1, we're giving customers 10% off their order, plus donating 10% back to LLS! To take advantage of this deal, simply enter the LLS10 coupon code into your next purchase."
 
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