Currently / / March

Currently / / March

Watching | The Academy Awards. In honor of the Oscars, Jordan and I finally watched La La Land over the weekend. Jordan and I get into all of the awards shows. There was one year (the year Gwyneth Paltrow won for Shakespeare in Love) when my mom kept sending me upstairs because the clips were too “scandalous”. HA! 

Eating | Pink Lady apples everyday which are my current favorite apple variety. Also, too much frozen pizza. I did manage to roast lots of broccoli to eat with said pizza, so all is not completely lost. Nursing makes me so hungry (hungry for carbs!!) but I need to start eating better. 

Saying | “Phoenix, why are you getting so big?!” But seriously, how is my baby almost walking??? 

Wearing | A mixture of my summer (I wore shorts last week) and winter wardrobe. Nashville has weird weather! 

Posting | I shared Phoenix’s seven month update on Monday. The photo included in that post was an extra from a recent family walk. I’m contemplating doing a reader survey soon. I’ve been a little uninspired lately. My topics always center around what is happening in my life but my days feel very mundane. Do you find surveys helpful? Do you fill them out for other bloggers?

Linking with Carrie and Anne

Phoenix at Seven Months

Phoenix at Seven Months Update

I really can not believe Phoenix is seven months old. This month Phoenix was very active and slept sporadically, until last week. We introduced solids, though he still prefers nursing. He sits up with ease, pulls himself up in the crib (which we subsequently lowered) and crawls! I believe he’ll be walking by nine months.

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Weekend Links / / Blogging Basics, Ramen and Naps

Weekend Links / / Blogging Basics, Ramen and Naps

I told Jordan earlier this week I finally feel like I’m not simply surviving hour to hour. Maybe it’s a hormone shift or maybe it’s because Phoenix is sleeping better. Either way, it’s a nice feeling. We started nap training (for real this time) and a few other schedule and eating tweaks this week and it made a huge difference. I’ll share more in Phoenix’s seven month update next week.

When Phoenix wasn’t napping consistently, I became really behind. Behind on blog posts and personal and household goals. It was weighing on me. I am excited to see what I can accomplish now that I am not as exhausted and worn out. This week, I gave myself permission to veg out during his naps. I read a bunch and starting catching up with This Is Us!

What are your plans for the weekend? I always work Saturdays but on Sunday (besides watching the Oscars) I want to pop into Madewell. I’ve had a gift card for a while and am curious about their jeans. Have you tried them?

Onto the links!

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Sunny Walks with PinkBlush (+ a giveaway)

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Sunny walks with PinkBlush Maternity

Phoenix has gone back to fighting naps almost everyday since learning to sit up over a month ago. It’s been an exhausting, albeit fun, month! No one fully told me how many developmental changes a baby goes through during their first year. As soon as we master a “schedule” Phoenix goes and learns something new. I think Phoenix is a little on the early side for rolling, sitting-up and crawling. I have a feeling he’ll be walking before he’s 10 months old.

He surprises me everyday. I just love being his mama.

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Weekend Links / / Cuba, Tiramisu and Good Girls

Weekend Links / / Cuba, Tiramisu and Good Girls Revolt

Hey Friends!

We’re at the point of the year when I begin to dread all the work I have left to do before filing taxes. It always gets done, but I still dislike the minutia. Though, who enjoys tax season? Except for maybe accountants. It’s not realistic for me to spend extended periods of time compiling everything, so I’m working in 15 minute increments. This is far less overwhelming.

Jordan had food poisoning over the weekend (the WORST!). At first we were concerned it might be the stomach flu, but, thankfully, it was only food poisoning. By Tuesday night Jordan had an appetite for something other than chicken noodle soup and Gatorade so for Valentine’s Day we ordered take-out from Maggiano’s and watched a movie. We haven’t been on a “date” in months, but this reminded me of the kind of date nights we enjoyed while in college.

Phoenix finally started enjoying food this week. The last few weeks he would cry after a couple of bites but now he squeals and gasps like a little bird until the spoon is in his mouth.

Onto the links!

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Weekend Links / / Flat Tire Injuries

Hey! I’m sorry I missed posting a Weekend Links on Friday.

Last week was long for many reasons, but adding to it all, I got a flat tire Wednesday night. Cars are a necessary annoyance, am I right? The culprit? A nail in my tire. I arrived to work fine, thankfully, but when I walked out, at 10:30 pm, my tire was completely flat. Phoenix makes everything so worth it, but in moments like this you realize kids do complicate matters. In other years, Jordan would just come get me, but we try to avoid waking a sleeping baby!

I’m grateful for friends who don’t mind taking you home.

Thursday morning a friend drove Jordan to our car and once we realized we would have to call a tow truck, Phoenix and I went to pick Jordan up. Phoenix was happy and content watching all of the commotion. He sits up and scoots constantly and gets himself into all sorts of funny positions. It’s fun to watch except when he does it during nap time. HAHA.

Onto the links!

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Why It’s Important to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Children

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! This day seems to stir up conflicting emotions for many people. I’ve always looked at the day as an excuse to bake treats and exchange meaningful words with friends and family.

I started thinking about why I don’t struggle with this day (and it’s not because I am married). It’s because my mom made it fun not at all about significant other’s. I wrote a blog post for Red Tricycle about why you should celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children. My mother taught my brother’s and I life is too short to be cynical about a day where you have an extra reason to spread love around.

“My mother loves Valentine’s Day. In the midwest, February is cold and gloomy with spring still several months away. Valentine’s Day happens at the exact moment when everyone needs a pick me-up in the form of a heart-shaped cookie.”

You can read the rest of the article here!

 

A Five Minute, Five Makeup Product Face

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The Five Minute, Five Makeup Product Face

I decided early on in my pregnancy, for the sake of my sanity, I would shower everyday. When Phoenix was a newborn, I’d strap him into the Snugapuppy bouncer or Rock ‘n Play sleeper and bring him into the bathroom with me. Now, since Phoenix has a semi-consistent schedule, I either shower during his morning nap or while he is playing in his room.

Coffee and a morning shower set me up for success.

To fully utilize naptime, the rest of my morning routine is fairly simple. Most days I air dry my hair and unless Jordan is joining us for a family outing, you’ll find me in jeans and a t-shirt.

Here are the five products I am using everyday to create a simple makeup look.

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Currently / / February

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Currently / / February

Packing | Away clothes Phoenix has outgrown. He is long and lean, so we retired most of his six month sleepers.

Jonesing | Nursery’s on Pinterest (like this one). I’m still not really sure how I want to decorate Phoenix’s room. We have a few decorative pieces hung but I would like to find a chair to put in the corner and a few other storage elements.

Texting | I always have several text conversations going at once. Besides face-to-face communication, texting is the next best thing for new moms (or really busy people everywhere). I don’t mind phone calls but it’s hard to coordinate them.

Reading | I finished two books last week: War and Peace (audio) and Maisie Dobbs. I started reading Anthony Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome but I had to return it to the library before finishing. I request most of my library books online, but more often than not they arrive all at the same time!

Hearting | Iced mochas and banana bread. Dinner dates with friends. Reading a book during nap time. Simple evenings at home. Laughing with Phoenix. Simple pleasures, really.

Linking with Anne and Erin.

2016 | A Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

It seems like a lifetime has passed since I rang in 2016. That night might also be the last time I’ll voluntarily stay up until 4 am. Haha! On the last day of January 2017 I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year. It’s almost impossible to put into words the impact 2016, as a year, holds for me.

For many, 2016, held sadness and hate, sorrow and despair but it’s also the year I became a mom. A role I desperately wanted to embody, but wasn’t sure if/when my desire would be fulfilled. Becoming a mother has simultaneously felt instinctual and foreign. I’m sure most parents feel this at some point.

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