Sunday, February 25, 2018

Currently.

couch // rug // pillows- one and two // sweater (old but Free People)

Feeling: Every year I feel like the weather doesn't affect me, then all of a sudden we'll be deep into winter and I'll be feeling off, and I'll remember that I need to actively seek out sunshine and time spent outdoors. I don't know why I always forget this, but it's happened yet again this year! I took some major time out this past week and tried to walk with Olive after lunch and before her nap, and it's helped so much. I don't know if it's necessarily seasonal affective disorder, but I think my body just craves the Vitamin D and when I don't get enough I feel off. Whatever it may be, I'm happy to be feeling back on track.

Watching: Alana and I were chatting the other day and she mentioned she had watched this really horrible Netflix documentary called Liberated, all about Spring Break. Horrible in the sense that it was really bad, but she really couldn't look away. In college we would do major Spring Breaks- Mexico numerous times, Lake Havasu...so of course I was interested in checking out the film. First of all OH MY GOSH, horrible. The way these teenagers (21 year olds?) spoke about sex and each other is majorly upsetting. Maybe I'm old, but it was shocking. And secondly, it really took me back to being that age and thinking about all of the experiences we had during Spring Break and man, it was pretty gross back then too, if you really think about the culture around the whole thing. It takes on a different meaning when you have your own children, and I could only watch about half of the doc before I had to turn it off. It was bad. Have you seen it?

Listening to: The Bitch Sesh podcast. I spoke about it in this post and I'm still loving it! I love how they break down the stupidest things in the smartest way. They are such a treat to listen to, and I find myself laughing out loud constantly- and also nodding my head as they talk- I really "get" them, or maybe they get me! haha. Either way, if you like the Real Housewives like I do, you will love this podcast. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Dreaming of: SPRING! And Summer too. I just went through some of my favorite stores and saved some of the warm weather closet items I have my eye on. It really got me thinking about how fun it's going to be this summer now that Olive is a little bigger- she'll be toddling around, loving the kiddie pool, and trying to keep up with her big bros. So much fun. And I always love warm weather clothing. Give me all the airy dresses, sandals, and cute tops and shorts! Here are some of the items that caught my eye, and I'll share the whole run down in a post soon. Loving this dress, these sneakers, and these jeans for sure. I also really love all of these mini bags and a few of these ripped jeans. These are my fave simple tees for spring/summer, and if you want to splurge a little I always love these tees also. Other cute things: one, two, and three! I'll stop now but a bigger post coming soon.

Thinking about: We have a major potential change on the horizon and I am really excited to share more here. Don't you hate when people do that? I do, BUT I just wanted to have this little bit to reference back to once we share our news. ;) I've also been thinking a lot about the toxins in our home and self-care products ever since I downloaded the Think Dirty app. Have you seen that? You scan things you're curious about, and it tells you how toxic/non-toxic they are. It's been such an eye opener for me, and a lot of the things I love have VERY bad scores. We've been trying to eliminate these things from our home/self care, but it's just amazing how many things pose a danger, even items billed as "clean" or "healthy." That's one of the biggest reasons I've really jumped into this, and I'm relieved and happy we're making even more positive changes day by day.

Eating: I feel like I'm in such a dinner rut. Help! I need to shake things up a bit, so if you have any favorite websites or cookbooks, let me know! When I feel like this I like to try a new meal service like Blue Apron, but I'm kind of over that too. Tell me what you do- do you meal plan? Take it day by day? We typically meal plan, but again- in a rut here! Can't wait to hear what you all do- I'm going to ask on IG as well and hope to find some inspiration!

xoxo

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weekly Links

See what's in the boys' Sleepy Spray HERE. It's also such a nice linen spray in general.

First, did you guys see that after four years I recently made the jump over to the business side for oils? I talked a bit about it on IG but I am SO excited about it. I was a little nervous to share, but once I got over that it's been just so much fun. I would really love for you to join me in our community (so much info and amazing, inspiring resources), and you can read more HERE if you want to sign up. You can also follow along on my separate IG HERE for tons of ways I use our Young Living products on the daily. We are switching our home over to be as non-toxic as possible, and many of the things we use I order monthly from YL. I'd be so excited to get you on board too so shoot me an email, DM, comment, whatever and I'd be happy to chat about it with you.

And now, some more links --

Did you pop over here from my IG post? The rings in the photo are from this shop.

Some more simple jewelry I love: all of these necklaces and these bracelets.

How lovely are these pregnancy affirmation cards? These would make a perfect gift. Found via my trainer Amy.

The downside of the work-life balance.

Have you tried mushroom-hot chocolate?

Free People has SO many amazing Spring shoes.

I'm drawn to this faux leather mini-dress.

How to break up with your phone.

Love: one, two, and three.

A fool-proof Italian dinner party plan.

I love Adam Rippon so much!

Why your weekly grocery bill is so high and how to change it.

What if everyone's student debt was forgiven?

13 things you should eat everyday for perfect skin.

Wishlist: any of these simple pieces, a new pair of short rainboots, and this jumpsuit.

And let's say I had $1,400 to spend on a pair of shoes, these would be them! Love.

8 people recall the best parties of their lives.

I love Tim Ferriss and I love reading about successful people's morning routines, so this article was super interesting.

And here are some more morning routines.

On what depression feels like.

Have you tried AGolde jeans yet? Moderately priced and great quality. I have my eye on a new pair of their high rise shorts which I think will be a major MUST-HAVE this summer.

And have you checked out this shoe brand? Under $100, on trend, and super cute.

Reading about things we hate.

And finally, one Grandmother's rule on love- a good read.

xo

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

It's All Good Book Club: Book #1 Discussion Details


Okay, are you reading along with us this month? I wanted to check in and see what you all are thinking! The consensus online is that people are loving it so far, which is awesome! I also wanted to get a discussion date up on the calendar! Let's meet here on Wednesday, February 28th for our discussion. I'll make a post with some questions, then we can all discuss in the comments below. Sound good? There might only be a handful of us, but no worries! We will have a great time. Moving forward maybe we'll do an IG Live or FB group, but this is an easy way to get started and try this out. I'll share the questions that morning, then we can all hop in the comment section with opinions, reply to others, etc! We'll see how it goes. Easy breezy is the name of the game. And if you're late to grabbing the book, you still have a couple weeks so head over here and grab a copy. Happy reading!

xoxo

Monday, February 5, 2018

Video: Strolling with Olive in the Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller


Olive and I made a little video for Ergobaby, highlighting their new stroller. Have you seen it? You can check out the stroller here and see the video below.

Also, shop my sweater here!

 xoxo



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Current Favorite Books: Olive


Hello friends! I'm starting off a new series where I'll be talking about each of our current favorite books- Hank too! So much fun, right? For the first go-round I'll be sharing Olive's must-reads. ;) She definitely is developing preferences and favorites, and it's so neat to see what she gravitates towards. Whether you have a little reader yourself, one on the way, or just a little book-lover in your life, I hope you find some great new recs. Here we go:

1. Peek-A Who?

This is a MAJOR favorite for Olive right now. She loves to "read it" herself and always grabs this first. It's a really fun book for babies- you turn each page and reveal what's peeking out, and little ones love it.

2. The Secret Garden: A BabyLit Flowers Primer

So I'm not sure what it is about this book- we have a lot of the BabyLit books- but Olive absolutely loves this one. She hugs it like a stuffed animal, smiles at every turn of the page, and really lights up when I pull it off the shelf. It's the prettiest book too, so kids and parents can both enjoy.

3. Whose Feet?

This is the cutest book ever and I think I love it as much as Olive does! She loves holding onto the feet and turning the pages. I also enjoy that it's machine washable so there are no worries if the fabric gets messy.

4. Babies Love First Words

This lift-a-flap book is perfect for little hands and this is another one that makes Olive laugh and smile every time. Super cute illustrations and flaps to entertain baby, this is a daily favorite at our house!

5. Little Blue Truck

The bigger version of this book is a favorite of the boys, so I think it's only natural she would love this board book variation! It's a cute, shortened version of the longer story, easy hold with her little hands, and just a really fun book to read.

Enjoy, and happy reading!
xoxo

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The It's All Good Book Club


No time to finish the book? It’s all good.

Skim it quickly on your phone and only sort of follow? It’s all good.

Read it cover to cover in 3 nights and can’t wait to chat about it? Yup, all good too.

Catching the theme here? Welcome to the "It's All Good Book Club." I usually cannot and WILL NOT do book clubs because I hate the pressure. I'll start off very excited but then start to get extremely annoyed with the looming deadline I've somehow placed on something that's supposed to be fun. Add in the feeling that other people are counting on me to finish the book too and also comprehend it enough to be able to discuss it...no thank you. At age 35 I'm firmly in the camp of only choosing to do things that bring me joy, so if an extra-curricular activity doesn't fit the simple criteria of "does this make me happy?" I'm not having it.

So, I want this to be different. Every month or two I'll present a book. Join in if you want- read part of it, read all of it, but a month later we'll meet up in some capacity- maybe a FB group, maybe an IG Live, maybe just a photo with comments on IG- we'll see, and we'll talk about it. Nothing crazy, just discuss what we loved/didn't love, go over funny or inspiring bits, just grab a cup or tea or a glass of wine and chat about it. This isn't reinventing the wheel, nor is calling it by this name putting a fresh twist on anything, I know. But I just want it to feel loosey goosey and something that brings you JOY...and hopefully something you look forward to. The big focus isn't the discussion at the end- the most important part is the reading, and knowing that there are a bunch of other rad women reading the same thing as you. It's a good push to get reading, find new books, and really just take some time out of your busy day for you.

Check out this month's book here. I chose this book for a couple of reasons- one, my friend Janine recommended it to me and she has great taste, so I trust I'll love it also. Two, Reese Witherspoon loves the book and actually bought the film rights to it (so fun!), and three, I started it to make sure I'd like it and right off the bat it was a winner! Cheating? Maybe. But I didn't want to pick a terrible one the first time around. And finally, four- it seems like a light, sweet read. And we could all use a little more light and sweet considering the current world and political climate, right?

So go get the book, read it over the next month or so, and I'll announce a discussion date in a week or two. Let's aim to finish it in a month, okay? I usually read a few books a week but I've been out of practice over the holidays and into this month, so I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Let me know your thoughts, and if you're in! When you do get the book, post a photo on IG and tag me! I also made a collective hashtag if you want to join in, #iagbookclub. Talk to you soon and happy reading!

xoxo

ps. see my sweater here and my jeans here!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Spring Window Shopping

Isn't this pic so fun? It's from before the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala in November. My dress is the one in the middle. ;) See us all dressed up here too!

Almost one month down in this new year! Crazy! Are you still feeling as hopeful as you did in the beginning of the year? I am, even thought it's already been a doozy! haha. When I asked you guys on IG Stories whether or not you liked "Wishlist Roundups" the overwhelming response was YES! 7% of you were a big, fat no. So this is not for you! To the other 93% of you...here you go, 10 things for Spring with all sorts of fun warm-weather dreams attached. Enjoy!

1. LOVING this dress so much.

2. Target finds: these cute jeans and this swimsuit. I also like these swim bottoms!

3. All of the turtlenecks. Seriously, ALL of them. I have fully crossed over into the turtleneck fan club and I don't think I'll ever go back, even come spring. (hint: sort that list by price... ;))

4. Sweet spring jumpsuits: one, two, and three.

5. My MOST favorite jeans, now in black.

6. Plum has been such a go-to color for me lately. It just makes me happy! And this top is so cute.

7. Lace and a high neck- two of my favorite things. Love the white.

8. 2018 is the year I update all of my underwear! Have you tried this brand? I also love these for everyday comfort.

9. Madewell, you're the best. Love, love, and love.

10. Spring always makes me want to get a new clutch. These pretty ones are my favorites, but I would also love a sweet little straw one. And here is a cute, well-priced one too.

Hope you found something cute! xoxo