Friday, February 15, 2019

Wherever You Go, There You Are.

details: my boots - every pompom you see

The other day I was thinking about how no matter where we go, there we are. That sounds so simple and almost silly, but it's so true. The past couple weeks I've been experiencing my typical winter blues. I always feel it coming, some years its been low key, others a bit stronger- but add in dealing with the grief I feel with my father's passing and the holidays and the busyness of this beautiful season we're in, and it's been a weird mixture of emotions. This morning though I woke up and felt good. That dull, at times irritable feeling in my head had cleared. If you've experienced depression or occasional sad days you may know what I mean. Some mornings you wake up and you know it's going to be one of those days. Fuzzy is how I like to describe it. Everything just feels off. Those are the mornings I lay in bed and tell myself so many times- you can do this, this is going to be a beautiful day, you can you can you can, make the choice to be positive. It works sometimes. Others not but I put on a happy face and do it anyway. But other mornings, like this one, and most mornings- my eyes open and I am filled with gratitude and peace. Wintertime and the living's easy. Sometimes.

But when I say no matter where you go, there you are I mean that no matter what wonderful, unimaginable happiness you find yourself in, YOU don't change. You bring yourself wherever you go. And it doesn't matter if you're living your dream or on your way or you've achieved huge personal goals or have checked many boxes off- you will find that regardless of where you end up, you've brought that same person along. And conversely too. And if that's not motivation to do a lot of work on yourself, I don't know what is.

My Dad was someone who did a lot of "WHEN I do this, THEN I'll be this." Waiting for x, y, and z to fall into place before he allowed himself to be happy, content, fulfilled, excited. I saw that in him a lot as I grew up and as an adult I recognized it even more. Isn't it a weird thing, to be an adult and maybe a parent, and see your adult parent so much more clearly?

I learned a lot from my Dad, and a lot from the weeks and months that have followed his death, in the processing of my feelings and all sorts of griefy things (is griefy a word?).  It will be a year in April and the whole journey of losing a parent is so strange- cyclical and isolating- which is SO weird because everyone in the world will experience it. But gosh, the things I have learned and the thoughts I've had. Grateful for that bit of an otherwise shitty situation.

But I digress. The point is- because no matter where I go, I am coming with me (are you following here? Feeling a little Seussian), I really want to put better focus on self-care. I want to feel my best. I want to be in THIS place, as my best. Better self care = better days for me. I can see all of these little puzzle pieces that occasionally all click into place when I'm doing everything right and it's the best. 8 hours of sleep, click, whole foods and so much water, click, exercise, click, sunshine and being outside, click, organized in work, click. Click, click, click.

Give me those clicks! So starting with tonight- early to bed! No more staying up until midnight reading...even though it's so much FUN! I'll share the book I just finished soon too. Over the past 9 months or so I've replaced any and all television with reading, which is so surprising to me, but it's 110% better. Except I guess that I sleep less because I'm always wanting to finish just one more chapter....working on it. I just need to take better care of myself.

Anyone else with me? I feel like we could all do better, right?

ANYWAY, as always, thanks for listening to my ramblings- over and out.


ps. I'm getting a brand new website/blog/whole thing soon. I can't wait to share. I kept feeling like- when I get my new site, I'm share here more...and then realized that what my Dad used to do. So here I am.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Weekly Links

Happy Friday! I am spending this morning working which is so nice. Once or twice a week I get a few hours blocked off with the help of our amazing babysitter, and it's a great time for me to bust out everything that needs to get done. Otherwise I am a complete naptime, bedtime warrior- only working once Olive is napping or later after the kids sleep! So I really cherish these days for accomplishing a LOT in a short period of time. So I thought I would pop in today and share some weekly links and wish you all a happy weekend. This weekend I'm going to attempt to document some of our everyday with my "real" camera in the hopes of starting a new series on Monday. Saying it out loud means it will happen right? haha. Anyway, enjoy!

Do you listen to true crime podcasts? Thinking of starting this one next.

Check out the best breakfast in every state here.

Fascinating: honeymoon planning for billionaires.

Check out this brand- so many cute pieces at a great price.

A ghost town of castles.

This pin. And follow me over on Pinterest, too. I've been pinning everyday!

Look at the new American Girl doll! Makes me laugh to think of the ones we used to love and then at this one.

Wishlist: this travel jewelry box,  ANY of these cute dresses, one of these vests, and this top!

How to create a life that loves you back.

Have you ever slept with a weighted blanket?

The best places to travel to in 2019.

Allllll the best hair accessories for every occasion.

The Fyre Festival- so interesting. I'm sure you've heard about this, but two new documentaries are releasing also.

Do you use an iPad? I never have, which is kind of weird, but I did win one from Young Living, and I need to just give it a whirl. I loved this post- thinking of grabbing the keyboard and pen too. I liked what she said about answering her DMs via iPad.

Interesting: how to become a successful influencer.

On embracing your inner "wintrovert."

Almost all of my favorite shoes are Madewell. Have you tried their shoes yet? Their mules/loafers are the best.

I LOVE Marie Kondo and can't wait to dive in!

The amazing psychology of Japanese train stations.

I did a Q&A the other day on IG and one repeated question was- where do I like to shop? Shopbop is my favorite - followed by Madewell (although you can get all of their things on Shopbop!), Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Zara, and sometimes Free People. But again, all of their stuff is on Shopbop too. ;)

A great list.

52 things I learned in 2018.

And finally, 2018- told through photographs.

Enjoy, and happy weekend!


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The 10 Best Things I Bought In 2018

I wanted to do a fun round up the 10 best things I bought in 2018, simply because I LOVE reading these on other blogs. It was hard to pick just 10, but I somehow did it, so here we go!

Dyson Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum. This might be cheating because we can't remember when we got this but I think it was 2018. And it is TRULY the best purchase ever. Have you ever tried a Dyson? We jumped in with this handheld and then the big one and they are amazing. I'll never go back! It's also funny because who would have ever thought I'd be so obsessed with a VACUUM, but here we are. Just treat yourself for Valentine's Day, you won't regret it and your life WILL be changed!

Samson Juicer. I did so much research before we jumped in with this purchase and I'm so glad we got this one. It works so well, and we've been so pleased with it. Another highly recommended item! All the green juice in 2019!

Madewell jeans. How did I live my life before these jeans? Seriously, best jeans ever. I love the button fly. You can shop ALL of them here, and then use your Amazon Prime for free shipping too! Best shopping hack ever.

Digital clock. I've been trying to keep my phone out of our bedroom when I go to sleep and this clock is awesome. Super well priced, minimal and pretty, and works great. I've been sleeping better and it's such a pleasure to not have my phone right there the second I wake up.

Wool dryer balls. We stopped using dryer sheets in favor of these reusable dryer balls and we are so happy! You can use them as they are or add a couple drops of essential oil to them, and they work so well. I love that it's a good alternative to the sheets- better for the environment, our health, and our wallet! Win x3. The pack I linked is under $10 too- check 'em out!

Bow scrunchies (shown in the photo above). Odd thing to have on a 36-year old woman's list but hear me out. I love wearing my hear up, but I hate damaging it. I love scrunchies, but I think the plain ones look dated and too 80s. Enter the bow scrunchie! Perfect! These add a little cuteness without being too young (although I'm sure some of you may disagree, haha!) and I love them for loungey days or traveling. This brand is my VERY favorite and where most of mine are from. Also check these out- pricier but I have a couple and really, really love them too.

Ring doorbell. We LOVE this thing. I had no idea how much we would love it until Hank installed it, and now we are both so into it. It's the coolest thing- it allows you to see who is at your door at anytime, speak through it, and really monitor your home. I really feel it would be a great addition to any home. I highly recommend it! planner. I always get a new paper planner each year and in 2018 I did the one. I loved it. It seems like it should be easy to be a good planner, but so many things go into it- size of the page, calendar layout, daily space to list things out, etc! And I loved the one I had last year.

Our dining room table. We went with this zinc-top, long 12-person table from Restoration Hardware and we are SO happy with it. There are smaller sizes too, and if you're looking for a table that will hold up great with kids and messes, this is a wonderful choice. And here are our chairs with these on the end. I'm so happy with how it all came together.

Annnnd last but not least my new Starter Kit to jump into the business side of Young Living. The BEST thing I bought all year, without a doubt. Read more about that here! I want all of you to join me in 2019.

I'll be back soon with my top 10 books of 2019!


Friday, January 4, 2019

January 2019 Book Recommendation

pretty image via Natalie Langston, because I read mine on my Kindle! ;)

Hello friends! As promised here is my first book recommendation of the year! It's a good one- a fast read, quite well-written, and very engaging. I really enjoyed it. It's called One Day in December by Josie Silver. I've looked over a bunch of different reviews of this book online and they all give WAY too much away! Part of the excitement about this book was that I knew nothing, and I didn't know what to expect. A lot happens in the beginning, and then you spend the whole book waiting to see it all play out. It is definitely a ride and I found myself almost racing through the pages to get to the next part. It's a longer read, or at least it felt that way to me. And not in a negative way, but in a meaty, I'm getting my money's worth way. Fantastic book. And here's all I'm going to say about it- it's a love story, but not a mushy one. It's about friendship and relationships and choices...and how our decisions play out over the course of our life. I am not going to say more! Just go get it, and read it, and then tell me what you think!

Enjoy! Many more books to come this year.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 2019 Playlist - Diffuse and Groove V.2

Happy 2019 friends! I wanted to share a fun playlist today to kick off a new month, new year, all the new! This is a fun feature I love to share on my wellness Instagram and even if you're not on that train with me you can enjoy the music. If that's you, just ignore the diffuser blend part and listen, but if you're curious about it at all you can read more here. Regardless, I hope you enjoy and have the best day! Happy 2019! I'll be back soon sharing some thoughts and plans.

Today's diffuser blend to accompany this slow weekend vibes playlist --

3 drops each: Frankincense, Stress Away, Orange, and Valor. So good and majorly emotionally supportive too. All the happy vibes.

And in your speakers, play the Spotify playlist embedded below...and enjoy.


Friday, December 21, 2018

Holiday Weekly Links

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Are you guys loving December? It's always one of my favorite seasons and this year, although it feels slightly busier and more hectic than last, is so beautiful. There's sadness of course- and I'll write more about that later- but more than anything the magic of the kids' ages: 21 months, 5 and 8 is very, very special and really amazing.

I wanted to share some of my December favorites and links with all of you- enjoy.

How amazing does this 3 ingredient fudge look? Will be making this asap.

Here's a round up of the prettiest calendars for 2019.

And two of my fave brands for agendas/calendars: one and two!

Allllll the cheesy (wonderful!) holiday Netflix movies, in one place!

How American Girl Dolls would decorate if they lived in studio apartments.

Wishlist: a Venessa Arizaga rhinestone bracelet, a new travel bag, and these mules!

Ironic to share in a list filled with links of things to buy- but here's an article on a "no gift Christmas."

8 Messages From The World's #1 Chef Massimo Bottura.

I LOVE this Christmas ad.

99 good news stories you probably didn't hear about in 2018.

Have you ever tried one of these backpacks? I was thinking of getting one for Henry but was curious about the quality!

I had my first date at 28.

Have you seen this? Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap.

These sweaters are always my favorite. Oversized and so comfy.

"I turned out fine."

The coziest Christmas set up and menu ideas! Love.

On my radar: a new pair of these (literally ANY of them), the Secrets canister (so fun!), and this green jumpsuit (looks comfy and cute!).

Obsessed with these jeans! These are amazing too.

Target finds: this coat, this jumpsuit, and another coat!

8 inspiring stories for the season.

All about the conversation journal with kids.

My current favorite place to shop. So easy and FAST shipping!

Interesting: the future of football has flags. Lots to say about this- Henry plays and loves flag football. He would love to play tackle, but for now we're sticking to flag.

Do you do the Elf on the Shelf?

This is the perfect time to come join me in the oils/wellness world! I'd love to have you- read more here.

And finally, is listening to a book the same as reading it?

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Young Living CBD Oil

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I have no date. No details. No info.

Except it’s coming. Yes! Young Living CBD!

Sign up here with me to be the FIRST to know more about this (and this post will walk you through it). Grab your kit so you'll be ready- and in the meantime fall in love with the best products and lifestyle in the world.

And about CBD- maybe you use it. Maybe you know someone who uses it. Maybe you’ve just heard how incredible it is and all the benefits it has for our bodies.

My Dad used it during his cancer treatments, so many of my friends use it for all sorts of things from anxiety to inflammation issues, name it. It's a game changer for sure, and I'm beyond excited to know that we will be able to soon get high quality Young Living CBD,  Seed to Seal guarantee...ahh! It's amazing to think about.

Any questions? Leave a comment and be sure to check out this post too.