Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Parent Appreciation

Is your week going well?  I had to take a breather earlier this week since Sunday we hosted my sis-n-law's baby shower here and those parties are so fun, but also take a lot of time and energy.  We are so excited to welcome another baby into our family, I can't wait!! I was up late on Sunday night cleaning and getting the house put back together so I could start the week fresh. So, house is all clean, the laundry finally got folded and put away and now we can focus on this, the last week of school!  

Everyday is something at the school to celebrate the end of the year, and on Thursday we have kindergarten graduation.  I'm a sappy mess right now!  This is such a big milestone for our son and family.  You've heard a lot about our baby girl lately, but the six-year old is still just as important and so very loved.  We couldn't be more proud of him.

It felt like a major accomplishment on Tuesday to get up and have myself and both kids ready and out the door by 7:35 a.m. for a kindergarten parent appreciation breakfast.  I remember the daily grind of getting James ready as a baby to take to daycare and myself for work- it's not easy!  

dress ($38)

Which brings me to today's post about parent appreciation.  This new life of having a young son and a newborn baby girl has shifted around lots of things in our lives.  I'm truly enjoying our baby so much and I'm accepting that, for now, I can't do as much as I used to in my days.  But, I have a confession.  

If you were to ask any of my friends what my best quality is, they would probably say that I'm so genuinely nice to everyone and very uplifting and positive.   I'll listen forever and truly care about what you have to say.  I have to admit though, at home, I haven't been so nice lately and I feel bad about it.  I've been frustrated that I feel like all the baby duties seem to fall on my shoulders.  I've joked to my husband, but you know when you're not really joking"Hi, have y'all met? . . . Meet your baby girl!" . . . "Remember that day on February 18, when you had a daughter??!" and I know he doesn't appreciate it.  It's not fun to live with those kind of sarcastic comments.  That's really no way to help the situation and shouldn't the person I live with get my best treatment?  If I need more help, I should just ask for it directly.  And I know you catch more bees with honey! 

When I think of all the ways my husband IS a great Dad, and so helpful around the house, I feel like a loser for getting resentful that he's not as hands on with the baby right now.  #heyI'mhuman 

I guess we have to play to our strengths and work as a team and it's true that I'm better with her at this age.  And more obsessed anyway! For our family's sake and my sanity, I needed to apologize to my hubby and turn my attitude around and just soak up all this special one-on-one time with our sweet girl.  

old top by Hinge | jeans | hair curling tutorial nursery

But, even if he's not up in the middle of the night with Jordan, doesn't mean he's not full-time with James. On top of working long hours, he's coached all of James' sports since he was in PreK3.  

GoWalk baseball tee (similar) jeans | sunglasses | watch 

And he's a great coach, very patient with all the kiddos and a good teacher at home.

When I see him up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning assembling James' new, two-wheel bike, it makes me smile and I'm so happy that James has such a great Dad.  


James is learning to ride a two-wheeler, big fun for a little kid!

James' shoes | Dad's shoes (similar)

And Dad is getting lots of exercise running along side him!
When I was pregnant with Jordan, one of the things I worried about was us getting left out and my husband and son getting to do all these fun things together.  In the short 3 months she's been alive, I've already learned that, if we want to be included, we just need to tag along!  Of course it's harder to bring baby on outings and maybe we pick and choose which ones we go to, but we're a family and I want us to stick together.  #mostofthetime

Even in the rain. Wouldn't have minded missing this one! It ended up pouring!

I realize that having a new baby isn't just an adjustment for me, it's an adjustment for all of us.  And the best blessing in the world, for sure.  I've come to learn that the "not so nice" parts of our lives that we struggle with are universal and I know I'm not the only woman in the world to feel like she's shouldering so much of the load with the baby.  #pleasetellmeImnotalone!   

What I'm working on is appreciating all the things my husband does do and all the ways he is a great Dad.  I know that will make not only him happier, but me too.                                     

I thought I had my Father's Day gift locked down, but after looking at these pics, seems like I could add another thing to the list!

P.S. Nordstrom's Half Yearly sale starts today, savings up to 40% off!  I'm working on a big Weekend Steals & Deals post for you now!  See you on Friday! 


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Weekend Steals & Deals | The Jumpsuit

I'm celebrating making it to Friday and surviving such a busy week!  I got to go with James on his school field trip on Tuesday and was actually surprised, but also very happy to hear he wanted to me go with him.  He's been so into Dad lately, but I guess he's not too big for mama yet!  He seems like such a big kid now, but then he'll say something so innocent and sweet that I realize he's still such a little guy too.  I don't know how those kindergartener teachers do it all year long, handling so many kids!  I was so worn out after just one afternoon! BIG kudos to all teachers.  That reminds me I need to get our end-of-the year gifts ready.  I've done a round-up of cute, inexpensive teacher gifts before, but this time, I'm going with Just A Girl's recommendation and going straight for the gift cards.  

Our Bunco party at my house last night was super fun.  It's great to have such a good group of women and families in our neighborhood to share the trials and tribulations of parenting with, along with the laughs.  And on Sunday, I'm helping host my sister-in-law's baby shower here so I'll be sure to share some of that goodness with you soon.  

Before I get to the Weekend Steals & Deals, and there are some good ones!, I wanted to give y'all a big thank you for telling me to alter my jumpsuit.  Remember the black one that was puddling on the floor?  I took it back to Nordstrom and since I paid full price for it, the alterations were FREE!  AND, I didn't even know they could do this, but they shortened the zipper on the back because it was curling out at the bottom.

 jumpsuit | heels (on sale) | similar necklace $26 & here 40% off | similar cuff bracelet 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

How to Curl Your Hair for Loose Waves

I am so happy to finally have my hair curling tutorial ready for you today!  Y'all are so sweet and know how to make a girl feel good about her hair and this is one of the biggest requests I get- to show you how I do mine.  All you need is a 1-1/2 inch curling wand to achieve loose, wavy curls and I'll show you how to use it with a step-by-step pictorial below. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On My Master List

Now that the One Room Challenge is over and my office is all mine and ready to be worked in, all those little tidbits and to-do's that have been swimming around in my brain for the last month can finally be tended to.  Everything was on the back burner while that room was being finished and my brain felt like it was going to explode with the mental list that was piling up.  Whenever I feel that happening, I know it's time to pull out my MASTER LIST and get it updated.  I always feel so much better after a good brain dump!  It's like all those thoughts that were brewing in my head are captured so I don't have to worry about losing them.

It feels like we have a lot going on this week, so I took it a step further, and pulled out one of my "project to do list" sheets and mapped out my week.  It's a busy one with a school field trip tomorrow, T-ball All Stars practice/game, neighborhood bunco at my house and a baby shower here on Sunday. Talk about everything piling on at once.  So much for 'just one thing' this week!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Body After Baby | 12 Week Progress Report

Hello lovelies!  Did you have a great weekend?!  Ours involved the last T-ball game of the season, a new two-wheel bike for our son who's learning to ride without training wheels, and me trying to take a nap every time Jordan did.  After almost three months of middle of the night feedings, the lack of uninterrupted sleep is catching up to me big time.  I feel like I'm going through the motions during the day, but my mind and body are exhausted.  The good news is that yesterday, she woke up at 7am to eat, then fell back to sleep until 11:30 a.m. (which she never does!), and I got to sleep that whole time too!  I feel like a new woman!  

Can you believe that our precious baby girl will be 3 months old on Wednesday?!  It's true what they say, that time flies!  We are having so much fun with her already!  She loves to laugh and smile (this one was certainly contagious!) and there's nothing cuter on a little baby.

And, she's getting some adorable baby chub!  It's great to see her thriving and growing.  She was 10 pounds at her 2-month check-up and has already outgrown her tiny newborn clothes.  She's wearing 0-3 months now and even a few 3-6 months. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Spring Style Essentials

It's feeling really good to reach the end of this week with such a big accomplishment behind me!  The fact that my office makeover was finished in time for the final reveal of the One Room Challenge on Wednesday was no small feat.  I love how it turned out and am so happy to have it all complete!  It's a major relief!  Thank you so very much for sharing the love with me.  When you dedicate so much time and energy to a project, it means so much to get such positive feedback.  

So, on to this week's Weekend Steals & Deals! I've been mixing and matching so many of my favorites from my closet these last few months, so I figured a "Spring Style Essentials" post was appropriate.  I rounded up 12 of my tried and true pieces that I find myself reaching for every week that pull together so many of my outfits.  These must-haves aren't just for Spring either, they will take you through Summer too.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

One Room Challenge Week #6 | The Home Office Reveal

Today is kinda like the grown-up equivalent of Christmas morning, with the excitement level off the charts because I finally get to share with y'all my home office makeover reveal!  As I sit in my new office chair drafting this post, it's all I can do to stay focused, because I'm still soaking in all the goodness in this gorgeous room!  I'm beyond thrilled with how it turned out and the sophisticated and feminine feel I was originally after was certainly achieved. I couldn't have done it without my talented friend and designer Sita Montgomery.  She's been a true friend and fantastic sounding board and I'm proud to have collaborated with her on this room.  

With this room, more than any other in my home, I wish I could invite you over in person because it truly feels so luxurious and beautiful.  Even though the photos turned out very well, it's just not the same as stepping foot inside! So, pretend you're here and come on in!  

Sophisticated & Feminine Home Office | Honey We're Home & Sita Montgomery
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