Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017 Favorites/Best of 2017

This year's "Top 9" on Instagram- my most liked photos of 2017. All Olive, no surprise there! ;)

Before I say goodbye to 2017 and fully switch over to a brand new year, I wanted to share a big list of my 2017 favorites. I used to do lists like this every year (looking at you, Sarah/Livejournal!), and when I saw Emily's list over at Small Fry Blog I was totally inspired to do one this year! So here we go:

Favorite part: There are a few, but the biggest would definitely have to be growing and birthing Olive. I get emotional even thinking about the whole journey- from getting pregnant while in Switzerland, to finding out in July 2016, starting 2017 off knowing our girl would be joining our family in a couple short months, to giving birth in March. The third time around was the most beautiful experience, and I feel like I was really able to cherish it because I was fully aware of how fast it would go by. Also- the feeling of having our family complete is so amazing. I'm endlessly thankful.

Favorite trip: We went so many places this year- Olive got her first stamp in her passport when we traveled to Canada, we ventured to a lot of different states as a family of five, but the very best trip of the year would have to be our annual trip to the East Coast. My Dad was feeling great at that point and we were able to totally soak up some of the best quality time we'd had in awhile, and the bonding and memories we created on that trip are priceless to me.

Favorite fashion find: these jeans, hands down. I have them in both blue and black and love them to pieces. I highly recommend them to every woman.

Best baby item: the Owlet. It has given us so much peace of mind and it's the one baby item I would love to give to any and every parent. You can read more about our experience here, and I'll be sharing an update with the products we loved during Olive's first year soon.

Best kids' item: I would have to say the Kindle for Henry. His reading completely took off this year and we were not able to get to the library quick enough. The Kindle has been amazing for travel and to have all of his favorites in one place.

Best beauty item: Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator. The very best face product I've tried and used this past year, and completely organic, no animal testing. Try it, you'll love it. Also: this concealer, and this texture spray.

Favorite book: Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult. Have you read it? It's a wonderful read that makes you feel all sorts of emotions, think about current issues, laugh, cry, you name it. Add it to your list!

Favorite podcast: My most favorite podcast of the year was Bitch Sesh. There are a million podcasts out there, and I listen to a ton of motivational, inspirational, educational ones I'll share in a post soon, but this one is one that makes me LAUGH! I love it. It helps that the two women and I share a love for the Housewives, but they also tackle a lot of current issues through their humorous lens and I just really enjoy listening.

Favorite movie: This is hard. I feel like I didn't see a ton of movies this year just based on having a new baby, but of the ones I did get to check out, I would have to say Manchester by the Sea. This was released in 2016, but I *think* I saw it in the very beginning of 2017, so I'm going to count it. It's an odd choice for a favorite maybe because it's SO sad and heavy...but I thought the acting was amazing and the whole film made me feel so much.

Favorite show: Big Little Lies. A great book too, but this series was just insanely amazing. The cast, acting, storyline...soundtrack! It was all so good. And great news, a second season is in the works. If you haven't yet seen (or read it), give it a go- I bet you'll like it.

Biggest change: A few months after I had Olive I decided to hop on the macro-counting train to dial in my nutrition. I still owe this topic a dedicated post, but it's been such a great thing for me, and opened my eyes to so many things. I've never felt better in my life and as an added bonus (and something that goes hand in hand with my workouts), never been in better shape. My friend Amy is my macro/fitness coach, and she provides me with my macro numbers to hit, my workouts, and I check in with her weekly with measurements, progress pics, and details. A big commitment but one that's been so worth it for me.

2017- that's a wrap!



  1. She is the sweetest little dumpling!

  2. LOVED Small Great Things!! Just a wonderful book.
    I also am loving all the Olive photos. You have the cutest babies!
    Happy 2018 to you and your family!