TEN | A Decade of Marriage

TEN | A Decade of Marriage

Five years ago Jordan and I celebrated our anniversary in Paris. Tonight, after Phoenix is asleep, we’ll pour ourselves a glass of wine, plate takeout and watch a The Shape of Water. Not quite as glamorous, but that’s not really the point. The point is we have one another. And don’t worry, we’re celebrating in bigger (more tropical) ways later on this year. ūüôā

I certainly am not an expert on marriage, but if I can leave you with one piece of advice it’s this. Be open to work on your ish.¬†We’re in for a bumpy ride¬†if¬†we’re always looking at what our partners needs to fix. I am a better, ¬†more gracious, wife when I am working on softening my edges.

It sounds cliche to say, “how has it been a decade already?!” But, really, my wedding day feels like yesterday and also an entire lifetime ago. I hope it always feels like yesterday.

Year Five | Year Six | Year Seven | Year Eight | Year Nine 

Currently / / April

March Recap

March was a busy month. I was sick at the beginning of the month (with an actual fever), which turned into allergies. My cough lasted for the entire month. I’m pretty sure I pulled a muscle coughing last week. We hosted an Oscar’s Party and then some of Jordan’s family came to visit us in the middle of March. There was an overlap, but we had guests with us for 10 days. It’s really sweet to see Phoenix interact with his extended family. Even though he goes months in-between seeing family, he appears to know and remember them. Yay for FaceTime!

He asks to talk his grandparents everyday.

My major accomplishment for the month was filing our taxes. I started working on our expenses in January (Jordan is self-employed, so we have to itemize everything). The business owes, but it’s over and I don’t have to think about it until next year!

Oh, and I dyed my hair pink again! The team at Fruition Salon in Nashville are amazing. The pink will completely wash out. I’ve washed it three times now and it still has a decent amount of pigment.

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A Day in the Life | Toddler Edition

A Day in the Life | Toddler Edition

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A Day in the Life

I have been meaning to document a day in our life post for months! The last time I documented our day was in December of 2016. These are honestly some of my favorite blog posts to read. I like taking a peek into other parent’s lives. I want to know how they maintain their home while wrangling their kids.

Before I dive into our day, here’s a little back story on the structure of our week. Phoenix is 20 months old and attends school two days a week, while I am at work. I work three days a week (Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday). We have a baby-sitter Saturday mornings too. This allows Jordan to wrap up work projects, so the rest of the weekend can be relaxing. #selfemployed

On weekdays, when Phoenix and I are home together, we usually get out of the house and do an activity in the morning – whether it’s the library, grocery store, or the zoo – and spend the afternoon playing outside and inside while I do housework.

My parenting philosophy thus far is to encourage independent play. Phoenix makes crafts at school, so outside of the occasionally coloring pages, I have yet to plan structured activities for him. Maybe that’ll change, but as of right now he’s either attached to me (usually reading books) or creating little imaginative moments with his toys.

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Day Trip to Princeton, New Jersey

Day Trip to Princeton New Jersey

Oh, hey! It’s March, but I’m jumping back to October to continue recapping our New York City vacation.¬† One of the reasons I started blogging (five years ago!!) was to document my life. So even though I’m not able to keep up as quickly as I once did I don’t want to use that as an excuse to not document at all.

I have family in New Jersey, so to break up our week long trip we spent a few days with my family. One of those days we ventured into downtown Princeton, New Jersey.

Princeton University has an enchanting campus and the town has lots of little shops and restaurants making it a perfect day trip!

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Currently / / March

International Women's Day West Elm Tote

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February Recap

January was a slow month, but February flew by! I’m trying to even remember why. Phoenix and I were both sick. I honestly haven’t had a cold since before Phoenix was born (and I currently have a fever, so I’m catching up for lost time apparently). I get sinus headaches and sometimes my throat will be scratchy, but it’s allergy related. Phoenix ¬†started his croup cough and then woke up with gunk in his eye. We assumed it was pink eye, but his pediatrician diagnosed Phoenix with an ear infection.

Within a day the antibiotics cleared the eye gunk. Bless modern medicine. I had constant ear infections as a child. Tubes were put in my ears, so I’m very thankful Phoenix went 18 months before his first round of antibiotics!

I mentioned last month Jordan and I signed up for Movie Pass. I’m thinking through each month to make sure we have a chance to see a movie. Last week we saw Black Panther. I’m considering bringing a blanket with me next time. Our theatre has reclining seats and they are very comfortable!

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Planning | Logistics for the month. Family is visiting, which is awesome because we won’t have to get as many sitters for the month.

Seeing | How easy it is to make impulse purchases. I’ll recap next month, but Jordan and I are in a no-spend March. We needed to reign in our budget to reach a few goals. How I approached this was to limit groceries to essentials — no new recipes that involve special ingredients (spices, sauces) — and a general mindfulness of not over stocking up.

Obviously no clothes, makeup, books, records (Jordan’s impulse weakness), household items, etc. Phoenix needed spring clothes, so I used credit card rewards points and ended up spending $5. He also needs new shoes, but I factor that as necessary.

An example of something I need, but isn’t completely necessary are cereal/dinner bowls. We still use our wedding registry dishes, but we’re down to 5 bowls. We replaced our glasses from a thrift store, so I’ll keep my eye out for bowls.

Making | Progress on our taxes. I know I keep talking about this, but if you are self-employed (or are married to one) you’ll understand the struggle! I always discover an error on a 1099, so that gives me solace. Tax season is hard on everyone!

Pretending | That winter is over. At least in Nashville!

Wearing | Looking through my closet I realized my basic t-shirts were lacking, so I purchased three Everlane box t-shirts. They are only $16 — affordable and ethically made. The slight crop works with all of my high waisted jeans. Last spring/summer I was still less than a year postpartum, so I didn’t quite know where my body would land and thus I wore through the few shirts that fit.

Linking with Anne and Sarah.

Moisturize Differently with Olay Whips

Moisturize Differently with Olay Whips

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I actually enjoy many parts of winter. It’s a reminder to slow down and allow for certain habits or rituals to figuratively and literally die. And just at the moment when I’m totally over the cold weather (like now!) spring time arrives! I often wonder what it’d be like to live in a part of the country that doesn’t experience extreme weather changes. Do they, do you, follow a similar path of spring cleaning and hibernation?

While Nashville winters aren’t as extreme as Chicago winters, from my childhood, I still experience effects from the lack of humidity and use of central heat. Both of which aren’t kind to my skin.

I’m in my thirties, so I’ve been spending time gaining more knowledge about skin care. I recently found out central heating reduces air humidity to the same moisture content as the Sahara Desert. That’s 20-25% humidity! No wonder wintertime causes so many skin problems.

Olay recently added Olay Whips to their collection. Why do many consider Olay Whips to be the unicorn of moisturizers? Let me tell you!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your Children (+ Why it’s Important)

My blog post was originally posted on Red Tricycle last year. 

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your Children (+ Why it's Important)

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 began 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 Kids.¬†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.

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Currently / / February

Reading with Toddlers

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I’m taking a break from my weekly Weekend Links, so instead I’m going to use these currently posts as a recap from the previous month. Mostly for my own recollection, but I enjoy reading about the everyday, slightly mundane, moments. Maybe you do too.

In January, Nashville had a snow storm! My parent’s came to visit. Jordan and I went on several dates. We signed up for MoviePass and so far we’ve seen I, Tonya. I finished two books: Rules of Civility and Between Shades of Gray.¬†I’m a slow reader, but I couldn’t put Between Shades of Gray down. I read it in 24 hours! Does anyone else love books with short chapters?

Jordan and I finally signed up for a Southwest Credit Card. Might as well reap all of the travel benefit! I’ve already purchase flights for Phoenix and I to visit my brother in April and I have two more flights to book for the first half of the year. Jordan and I want to find more ways to travel this year and know using points will be one way.

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I’m Ready for a Reset | Olay 3-Step Reset

Olay 3-Step Reset

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December is always a little too full for me to spend a lot of time reflecting on the upcoming year. I’ve spent much of this month considering the areas of my life that need a reset. I’m slowing down and thoroughly thinking through my goals and aspirations for 2018.

I often resist the conceptual idea one has to make goals only in January. We can make small changes any time of the year, but with that said, one area in my life that immediately called for a reset is my skin!

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Day Dates + How to Find Babysitters

Day Dates + How to Find Babysitters

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Saturday morning Jordan and I went on a day date. I had scheduled a babysitter, but instead of canceling when my work scheduled changed Jordan and I went out! Day dates, as parents, are far superior to evening dates. For one thing Phoenix is awake the entire time so it’s a legit break, but also I’m not nearly as tired.

We had a gift card to a coffee shop, so we grabbed coffee and breakfast and pursued several antique stores nearby. We arrived home just in time to put Phoenix down for a nap. Saturday morning dates are where it’s at!

Speaking of dates, the parenting question I get asked the most is “how do you find your babysitters?”

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