Currently / / May

April was full of highs and lows for our family. Jordan and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! My parents came to visit as well as a friend. It’s pretty easy for me to fall into my weekly mom routine of running errands around nap routines. Visitors are a good excuse to try new restaurants and experiences. Sadly, Jordan’s grandmother passed away suddenly so we also spent a few days in Illinois celebrating her life.

If you’ve been reading for any length of time you might remember Phoenix hasn’t been a great car traveler. And by not great I mean full on tears for hours, which has led us to booking hotels halfway to our destination. Maybe it is his¬†age or maybe Phoenix knew we needed him to step up to the plate, but he was amazing. He hardly even fussed, took a long nap, and found ways to entertain himself. A true miracle.

On a side note, I’m sorry if you visited my site recently and experienced some glitches. It looks like my blog was hacked, but we fixed the issue! Or at least I hope so!

Currently

Celebrating | Phoenix’s last few weeks of school! He attends a “parent’s day out” program two days a week and has grown to love it. His teachers are so sweet.

Creating | My summer capsule wardrobe! I actually have had to buy several summer items. Phoenix wasn’t even a year old at the beginning of summer last year and my body has continued to shift. My wardrobe isn’t huge so I really don’t need a capsule, but I thought it’d be a good exercise to narrow further into my personal style. If you aren’t drawn to keep something in your capsule do you really like it?

I’m not interested in keeping “what if” items anymore.

Wearing | All of the things from Carly Jean Los Angeles. Particularly the kimono spotted in most of my recent Instagram posts.

Sharing | My food all day long. ūüėČ Phoenix has a good appetite, but you can’t force him to eat something he doesn’t want to eat. Which, unfortunately, is most meal kind of foods. Rice, pasta, most meat, potatoes, etc. BUT, I have discovered he’ll eat more when it’s on someone else’s plate. Silly kid.

Going | To Michigan at the end of the month to visit with my brother’s family! We’re going on a few trips this summer. I love looking forward to a routine change.

Linking with Anne and Carrie.

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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Currently / / March

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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!

Currently

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.

Currently / / January

Starting | Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge. She begins one every January and I felt like it’s the perfect way to reset my body. My left hip has been bothering me again (it pops out of it’s socket easily) and one way to alleviate my discomfort is strengthening all of the surrounding muscles.

I had this allusion that to workout effectively I needed to find time when Phoenix was asleep. But, honestly, I don’t want to use his bed or nap time to workout. Instead, I roll the mat out and Phoenix climbs on me while I’m in child’s pose.

Hoping | We all remain healthy this winter. The flu is running rampant around town and I pray we don’t get it. Phoenix and Jordan had colds in December, but thankfully their colds didn’t land them in the hospital like everyone I know who has had the flu!

Phoenix’s colds do lean towards turning into croup, but our humidifier and some essential oils appears to help. The key is keeping him from coughing.

Scheduling | I’m not working as much this month, so in-between beginning our taxes I also need to schedule doctors appointments. The dentist mainly.

Reading | I just finished Instructions for a Heatwave¬†(which I really liked), but have yet to begin anything else. I’m sure I’ll discover a few recommendations from all of you!

Playing | Phoenix’s great-grandma and grandparents gifted him plates, bowls, cups and spoons for Christmas. He immediately started pretending to eat and drink from them. I’m having a lot of fun watching him begin playing imaginatively. I loved my play-kitchen as a child. Down-the-line, if we move to a bigger house, I’d like to clean to up and let Phoenix have it.

Linking with Anne.

Currently / / December


Happy December, y’all! I’m excited to co-host this month’s currently link-up with Anne. Nashville is experiencing a cold front, which comes at the perfect time. On Saturday we are selecting our Christmas tree. Last year we bought our first real Christmas tree from Lowes and plan on doing the same!

Before we dive into the prompts I want to ask you to leave your favorite cheesy Christmas movie in the comment section below. Tis’ the season!

Lighting | Trader Joe’s seasonal candles. I never noticed their candle selection, but, on a whim, I purchased their fall pumpkin scent. Sadly, all of the pumpkin candles were completely gone by the time I went back. But to my surprise¬†they sell a winter scent, cedar balsam! The candle base is soy and coconut and the aroma is pleasant — not too strong. I’m curious what other scents they carry throughout the year.

Spending | A few items of clothing have been hanging in my closet just waiting to be tailored. I found someone local (via our Nextdoor group) and I look forward to crossing this task off of my to-do list. Do you ever tailor your clothes?

Choosing | I talked about this a little bit in Monday’s blog post, but lately I have struggled with feeling unproductive when I’m home with Phoenix. I’m very logical so I rarely feel the common social media jealousy — I understand we all choose what to share — but sometimes I wonder what I’m doing wrong when I see how productive people are!

Jordan’s job goes through seasons of high demand, Phoenix needs a lot of attention and so, I find myself a little paralyzed when I have time to myself. THERE IS SO MUCH I COULD DO! But I’ve been reminding myself to choose to slow down and be present. This season of mothering a toddler for the first time is temporary.

Sending | Next week I bookmarked a day to buy (okay, most) all of our Christmas presents. I felt rather overwhelmed with all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, so we decided to shop via Preemptive Love Coalition’s Gift Catalogue. They have beautiful soaps and candles and clothing too!

Singing | Christmas carols and songs from The Sound of Music to Phoenix at night. Between choir and community theatre performances I still remember a ton of songs from The Sound of Music!

Currently / / November

Currently / / November 2017

November is here! Surprisingly, this holiday season will be less crazy (for me) than the past few months. Ever since we got married (nearly 10 years ago) my jobs have always provided the insurance for Jordan and I. The company where I work (six years today!) has two audit periods a year. As long as you reach the required hours within the six months, it doesn’t matter how many hours you work in a given week.

To make November and December less hectic, I worked extra in September and October. I often regretted my decision but I know it’ll pay off here soon. In other news, we moved into our house one year ago, so while we set up a tree for Christmas it all felt like a blur. I look forward to selecting our tree and decorating our house again for Christmas!

Is your holiday season already hectic?

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Currently / / September

Currently / / September

Celebrating | Jordan and I share a birthday and it’s tomorrow! On Sunday we’re having a belated birthday party for Phoenix/we-bought-a-house party. We tend to be the kind of friends who go to other people’s houses for parties versus host our own (I think because we had a kid later than many of our friends), but I’m excited for an excuse to actually use the many serving platters I own!

Watching | The West Wing (we’re in season three) and The US Open. Football season is also here, which is very exciting. I barely remember football season last year.

Welcoming | The cooler temperatures and slower days. I know some people thrive in the heat, but I get rather exhausted by the heat of the summer.¬†The weather change inspires me¬†(I’ve been on a purging binge). I’m ready for daily walks with Phoenix again too.

Preparing | Our New York City trip next month is approaching quickly. October felt much further away when we purchased our plane tickets in July. I still have a few more accommodations to nail down and then we will move on to our day-to-day plans.

New York City is my ideal kind of city for vacations. I love walking everywhere, but also accessing public transportation easily. London is also like this. I know many people feel overwhelmed in large cities, but I find them comforting.

Photographing |¬†It’s been awhile since I’ve taken any photos. ūüėČ Jordan is the family photographer. BUT, I’m always snapping moments with Phoenix.

Linking with Anne and Lowanda.

Currently / / August

Currently / / August

Snacking (on) | Fruit, especially peaches. I could live off of fruit and so far Phoenix is the same way. I have yet to make a crisp this summer, but I have plans to make one this weekend. Gwyneth Paltrow has a recipe

Anticipating¬†| Phoenix’s first day of “school”. For the past six months we’ve been coordinating baby-sitters, but Phoenix will attend a parent’s-day-out program two days a week. This allows me to work during the morning (instead of at night) and alleviate the stress of finding childcare.

Borrowing¬†| My friend’s air mattress. We finally bought our own, but when my brother came to visit a few weeks ago we needed another bed.

Admiring¬†| Warby Parker’s Lauren 17 in Rose Quartz. I almost bought new glasses¬†last year, but I was hesitant as I didn’t know if my eyes would change while I was pregnant. Jordan and I went into their storefront last week and I fell in love with this pair. The rose quartz is like a blush pink.

Purchasing¬†| Glass Spray Bottles¬†for my¬†homemade cleaners. This makes me sound a lot more “green” than I actually am. I wanted to pair down our supplies and keep this area of my life more minimal. Products I already keep on hand (vinegar, Castile soap, essential oils, baking soda, rubbing alcohol) can be used for cleaning products, so why not use them more!

Linking with Anne and Shea Lennon

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Currently / / July

Currently / / July

Documenting | I am in the very early stages of creating a photo book for Phoenix’s first year. We’re using Artifact Uprising.¬†They have a lot of options and we like the quality of the end product. I’m also thinking of creating one specifically for my pregnancy.

Accomplishing | At the end of¬†July¬†I’ll have a one-year-old.¬†I feel like this year is the biggest achievement of my life! The first year of parenthood is a rollercoaster. I plan on sharing my many reflections soon.

Enjoying | Simple veggie sandwiches for lunch.¬†Introducing foods to Phoenix feels like a¬†full-time job, so instead of over thinking what I should have for lunch I’m eating sandwiches. I slather hummus and guacamole and pile on lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. It’s really satisfying.

Reading | The Royal We. It had been on my to-read least for a while now! It’s the perfect summer read. I heard Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman own the rights and are writing a screenplay. It would make a great movie.

Does anyone know of historical fiction books that take place in the prairie? I recently listened to an NPR podcast on the Donner party and I’d like to read more from that time period. It doesn’t seem to be a very common¬†setting compared with WWI and WWII.

Spending | More time reading, organizing, purging, cooking, and exploring with Phoenix. Phoenix is in a busy stage and¬†I’m trying to do my best to keep up with him while also resting. I recently went through my bathroom and purged old toiletries.

Linking with Anne and Stephanie.

Currently / / June

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Planning | Phoenix’s birthday party and our trip¬†to Chicago this summer. We also plan to visit¬†NYC in the fall, so I am looking at dates and flight prices. Jordan and I are both ready to get out-of-town!

Wishing | The wet spring weather didn’t flare my sinuses up so much! I love the rain, but I hate the headaches that follow.

Learning |Airbnb pros and cons. We are considering hosting our home on Airbnb while we are away a few times a year. Nashville has interesting laws, but I still think it could be beneficial considering we have a whole house and are only 10 minutes from downtown.

Browsing | Furniture online. Speaking of Airbnb, we first have to invest in more furniture. All furniture we need anyway, but it gives us a little more incentive. We are leaning towards this¬†leather sofa,¬†straw ottoman, and chair¬†for our main room. Our current couch is eight years old and cloth and I’d rather sell it now before a major toddler stain happens!

Going | Playdates aka mom dates! It’s easy for me to fall into the routine of running small errands with Phoenix and cleaning around the house. It’s much more fun to get out with friends, even though coordinating around different nap schedules isn’t always easy.

Linking with Anne and Erin.