Monday, March 18, 2019

Changes!


Say hello to my site redesign moodboard! I'm so excited to give you guys a little sneak peek of what's happening around these parts. This redesign is SO overdue and I am thrilled to finally be doing this. I'm working with my old, dear friend Liz Franco, who is bringing me over to a new hosting platform (bye, bye Blogger!), and giving me a total refresh. It's been a dream to work with her, every step of the way. And then another talented and dear girlfriend Brooke Benjamin created my new logo. She's so talented and it's absolutely perfect. I can't wait to show you! There will also be some great changes happening with the new site and I'll tell you more later. But in short, I wanted a space to focus on creating family lifestyle content, sharing more essays and pieces of my life- what I'm loving, what I'm reading, what's working, what's inspiring me. I've grown up here over the past decade and I'm excited to step into a new era of sharing with a new look, refreshed content, and an inspiring place to share my voice and story.

I'm so happy you're here and I am so looking forward to debuting my new site soon. Love you guys!

xoxo

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

All the Best Baby Names We Didn't Use


The other day while driving home from Las Vegas with my girlfriends, we got to talking about how we are all done having babies, and what names we never got to use. We all had quite a few, but I forgot some because I didn't have my little list handy! I've had this list for years, and I've add to it or taken away as time has gone on. Obviously we've used Henry, Charles and Olive...but there are SO many more I love. Are you curious? I hope so, because here we go!

If we were to have another baby girl her name would be Gigi. I would have to work hard to get Hank on board but doesn't "Gigi Hampton" sound so great? That's also the Grandma name my Mom goes by- "Gigi," and I feel like it's a cute nod to her, although I'm not sure if Gigi #1 and #2 would be confusing! We'll never know though! haha!

Other potential girl names we never used:

Sunny
Clementine
June (as a first name- this is Olive's middle name)
Bea
Genevieve
Violet
Rosie
Georgie

Boys names are harder! Here is a short list of other boy name I love:

Gus
Louis
George
Leo
Sam
Jack

How about you? Do you have a running list of baby names in your head? I won't ever get to use to them, so I love imagining a pregnant mama reading this and having a lightbulb moment for HER baby name and using one of these brings me great joy!

xoxo

Friday, March 1, 2019

My Must-Have Hair Accessory


A scrunchie is maybe one of the last things I'd ever imagine having a collection of at age 36, but here we are and I am loving them! I think they're such a fun way to add interest to a plain topknot or ponytail and I love how gentle they are on my hair. Have you tried one recently?

Whenever I share a scrunchie photo on IG I always get a ton of questions about them, so I wanted to put together a list of my most favorite ones. Let me know if you end up grabbing any! I hope you love them as much as I do.



NAMJOSH scrunchies are my favorite. The right three in the photo (the prints) are all from them. I LOVE them and the cute bows are perfect, plus the quality is on point. I've accidentally washed and dried one with the kids' clothing and it came out a-okay too.

The top two are from Zara, who has a great selection of colors and styles. They are a little looser than the others but a really soft velvet.  Keep your eyes on the site because they're always releasing new ones.

The striped scrunchie from Ganni is my current favorite. The seersucker is too cute and the quality is fabulous! Get this one and we can twin. ;)

Some other options: one, two, and three. DANNIJO is another great one to check out but they are a lot pricier. Super cute though.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Weekly Links


Happy almost weekend! Did you catch my Currently post yesterday? I mentioned I was headed to Las Vegas this weekend with some girlfriends to see Gwen Stefani! I'm so excited! In the meantime, I wanted to share some favorite links from around the web. Enjoy! And follow along on IG- I'll share our Vegas adventure there.

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First, I've been pinning every single day on Pinterest. Come say hi!

Love a good book roundup. This one is great!

And more books! Love this list.

12 old-school beauty tips that still work today.

Why don't women propose on The Bachelor?

Wishlist: this white blouse, these jeans, and this swimsuit (total J. Crew dupe for a fraction of the cost!).

Also loving every single one of these cute bracelets.

10 movies based on true stories, coming out this year!

The modern trap of turning hobbies into hustles.

Very interesting article ranking the "healthiness" of hard liquors.

Subliminal messaging in airports.

Wow- check out this mirrored house in the Swiss Alps!

Are young people pretending to love work?

For around the house: for the bathroom, for the bedroom, and basically every one of these coffee table books.

Why we yawn and how to stop it.

I'm on the hunt for new sports bras. Just ordered this one and hoping for the best!

The 5-second pasta trick. Have you tried this?

I'm upgrading my pajamas and here are the two brands I'm filling my newly organized drawer with: these cute pj sets and these pajamas are my second favorite. A little pricier than a Target set but the quality is so much better. Buy once and have it last years and years rather than a new set every 6 months or so when it gets ratty looking! That's my motto for clothing.

On the subject of sleepwear, I just got one of these floral robes (on sale for $29!). LOVE! So cute to wear while getting ready.

And finally, The 20 most memorable Oscar looks of all time. Did you watch? I LOVED Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's performance.

xoxo

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Currently.


Reading: I finished Nine Perfect Strangers and gave a review on Stories last week. Did you catch it? Then I started reading another book which immediately hooked me- Where the Crawdads Sing. My friend Amy recommended it to me and from page one I was loving it. The writing is absolutely beautiful and I'm really curious to see where it goes. I HATE reading about books before I read them, so I have zero idea of where it's headed. Maybe somewhere really sad and I sincerely hope not...but we'll see. Come read it with me!

Eating: As always I'm on a kick of eating the same or similar foods everyday. Right now my go-to lunch are the Kale chicken burgers from Costco on an Ezekial English muffin with TONS of arugula and/or spinach on top, with mayo and mustard. Seriously so good. I've also been doing our salsa chicken every week- the easiest recipe ever. Take chicken breasts, put them in the slow cooker, cover with salsa of your choice and cook on low 7-8 hours. Perfect for soft tacos, etc! We love it.

Thinking about: SPRING! And all the fun Spring clothes. Also keep in mind I am writing this from our living room, with so much snow out our window. Wishful thinking for sure. I did a Q&A here a few days ago and one repeated question was "where do you shop?" One of my MOST favorite places to shop and probably the place I shop the most is Shopbop! They're having an insane sale right now too, one of the buy more, get more off types and I just stocked up on a ton of items. I will share more in tomorrow's Weekly Links but here are a few things I had to grab- a new swimsuit from my new fave line- well priced and great quality! I also snagged a new pair of my all time favorite Madewell jeans, the button front high rise skinnies and a new Hat Attack hat for our upcoming CA trip.

Looking forward to: Gwen Stefani in Las Vegas! I'm headed to LV to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday this weekend and we are going to the Gwen concert. I can't wait. Also, one night in Vegas is the perfect length of time. Have you ever been? I've been many times but never to a show or concert! I'm so excited and will share the experience over on IG.

Watching: Have you seen A Star is Born yet? I always feel like I won't like something when there is a ton of hype, I don't know why I do that (kind of annoying). I wasn't sure if I would love it but OH my goodness, it was simply amazing. I love Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga already, and I thought they both did a phenomenal job. The acting, the music, the emotions...all of it. It's hard to believe Ally and Jackson Maine aren't real people! It's heart-wrenching though, so beware. But man, it's good and I highly recommend it. The soundtrack is also fantastic.

That's it for today, but how about you? What are you currently up to?

xoxo

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.

xoxo

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!

xoxo