Friday, January 26, 2018

Master Bathroom Tour

I thought it would be fun to share my master bath room with you all! I am in love with taking a nice hot bath so having a big nice tub was a must for me when we built this home.
We actually ended up with a different tile than what we had picked out, going around the tub and up the shower wall, but it was already installed and we liked it well enough so we kept it. The one I had picked was grey and marble and this one has some green to it, but they were the same style and we just wanted the house to be done so we could move in!
We had the tower cabinet added to our vanity and we are so happy that we did. It would be nice to have more counter space but having the space to hide all of our stuff has been a game changer.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my home. Let us know if you would like to see more of these types of posts!


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

10 Little Ways to Practice Self-Care Everyday

It's important to take care of our families and our responsibilities, but how often are we taking care of ourselves. If you read this post, you remember that I have learned over the years the importance of investing in myself. I know I can't take care of people if I'm not also taking care of myself. That being said, I know how difficult it can be to take time for yourself. There's always dishes to do, work to finish, emails to check...and the list goes on until you are going to bed exhausted every night because you haven't taken a second for yourself. Studies have shown that adding self-care into your daily routine reduces stress, decreases the chance of mental and physical ailments, increases productivity, and inspires feeling of happiness. Imagine how much better and how much more you could accomplish every day if your stress was reduced, if you felt happier, or if you felt healthier. Today I'm sharing 10 small (and inexpensive) ways that you can add self-care to your routine to become a healthier, happier, and less stressed out version of yourself.

1. Take a bath. One of the least expensive, and most relaxing things you can do is to take a hot bath. I love burning a candle (my favorite ones are this and this), turning on some classical music, and adding a relaxing bath bomb to the water. Even a 10 minute bath can be so relaxing and give yourself time to gather your thoughts and decompress after a stressful day. Bath and Body Works came out with a line of bath bombs and I am obsessed. My favorite one is here.

2. Buy yourself some flowers. Most of us love receiving flowers from our significant other, but have you ever bought yourself flowers? There is just something about having fresh flowers in the house that can feel like such a treat. Put them in your kitchen or bedroom and I guarantee they will put a smile on your face every time you walk by them.

3. Read a self-help book. I read a lot for work but I made a goal to read some kind of separate non-fiction book every month. My January book is The Likeability Factor. Danica just got done reading You Are a Badass and loved it. It's next on my list.

4. Use a facemask. Every Sunday night I set aside some time to use my GloPro and a facemask. It helps me to feel like I am starting the week with a fresh face and I always feel refreshed afterwards. I am currently obsessed with this facemask. I also really like these cheaper options from Sephora (the avocado one in particular has worked wonders on my face this winter).

5. Listen to your favorite band or song on repeat. How often do you actually get to listen to music that you want to listen to? I know that my husband and I are always fighting over what song to play on the radio. One of my favorite things to do while getting ready every morning is to turn on my favorite songs. I immediately get in a better mood and feel like I did something I wanted to do.

6. Grab a fancy soda from a drive-through. One of my favorite things to do is drive to Swig and grab a Dirty Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper. I know diet soda (or any soda) isn't the healthiest thing for you but for some reason getting a drink with a straw that has pebble ice just makes the world better. I always feel like I'm treating myself and it doesn't strain my wallet. Bonus points if you can grab one with a friend.

7. Walk through Target with a Starbucks. Did you know that Target has a cupholder on most of their carts? One of my favorite things to do is walk through Target with a Chai Tea Latte and just browse the shelves. I don't even have to buy anything to feel like I took some me time.

8. Take 30 minutes to exercise. This one is hard for me right now because Harper is still not sleeping well and I am up several times a night with her. I know though that when I start working out again I will feel better about myself and it will make me feel like I am doing something to better myself.

9. Unplug from social media. I love Facebook and Instagram but neither are healthy in large amounts.  There are so many studies that show that people generally are more dissatisfied with their life after being on social media for extended periods of time. Seeing everyone's highlight reel can make you feel like you are falling short in your own life. It's so important to step away periodically so you can rebalance yourself and realize all the blessings you have in your life.

10. Don't be afraid to turn down an invitation. Honestly one of the best things you can do for yourself is to say no every once in a while to social invitations. Sometimes its just going to be better for you to work out, or take that hot bath, instead of going out with friends. Don't feel guilty for needing time by yourself.

Hopefully these gave you some ideas for how to take some time for yourself! Happy Wednesday!

Friday, January 19, 2018

30 Things I Learned Before 30

It's here. Despite my best efforts to prevent it from coming, today is the last day of my 20s. Birthdays are always a time of reflection for me, but I've never reflected quite as much about my life as I have approaching the big 3-0. I promised myself I was going to look forward to 30, but as I've gotten closer I've had more and more anxiety about it. Which is so dumb. I really do feel like my 30s will "be the best years of my life" as Tim McGraw puts it. But I think that its been hard for me because I can't really remember a time when I wasn't in my 20s. My teens and childhood seem like another lifetime at this point, and really every significant thing in my life happened in my 20s. My 20s were for the most part spectacular and so its a little hard to say goodbye to them. I thought it would be fun today to share 30 things I've learned during my 20s. I feel like as a woman I'm entering my 30s without all of the insecurity that you start your 20s with, and that feels so good. Some of these lessons I've learned are small, but others have truly shaped everything I am today. 30 be good to me. You have a lot to live up to.

Here we go....

1. How people treat you is a reflection of how they feel about themselves and often has nothing to do with you.

2. Your health is way more important than your wealth. 

3. Marriage is choosing to be unselfish every day.

4. There is life after having a baby. It might seem to stop for a few months, but then it gets better than ever.

5. Underpromise and overperform. 

6. Gratitude makes the difference in whether you are happy in your life or not. 

7. Your loved ones don't care what you look like.

8. My doctor and my mother were right about sunscreen.

9. Keep your expectations high but be kind to yourself if you fall short. 

10. Always wait a few days before deciding to pull the trigger on making a major purchase.

11. Your ability to accomplish your dreams will only disappear when you lose your optimism about the future. 

12. Learn as much as you can and read the news.

13. Don't be afraid to speak your mind, but know when it's best not to.

14. Investing in your relationships with your husband and children will be the most rewarding things you can do in life. 

15. Other people's opinions don't matter unless you let them. 

16. Forgive your enemies but don't be afraid to cut them out of your life afterwards. 

17. You really will regret the things you didn't do more than the things you did do.

18. True friendships are rare and if you find them you should treasure them and safeguard them.

19. Be genuinely interested in other people. True networking is cultivating relationships for who people are, not what they can offer you.

20. It's okay to need to shut the world out every once in a awhile. 

21. You can have everything, but not all at once.

22. Comparison really is the thief of joy. 

23. Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.

24. People are way more focused on themselves than they are in anything you are doing. You don't actually have to feel self conscious.

25. It really does take years to build your reputation, and one wrong move to ruin it forever.

26. Not everyone has your best interest at heart. Learn that and let them go. (On a related note, women who don't help other women really do deserve a special spot in hell. Don't be that woman.)

27. No-one can make you feel good about yourself. Self-worth has to come from within. 

28. Invest in yourself. You can't take care of other people if you aren't taking care of yourself.

29. You can't truly empathize with someone unless you experience what they actually went through. What you are actually feeling most of the time is only sympathy and it's important to realize that.

30. Loving yourself is a challenge, but it is achievable.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Casual Black Dress

This was a fun outfit I wore to a baby shower. I found this dress at Old Navy and it reminded me of a Free People one I saw that was significantly more expensive so I had to have it! This sweater was a boutique find and has been such a staple in my winter wardrobe. It goes with everything. Everyone needs a simple sweater like this! These heels were something I found last year on Qupid shoes and I have loved them! They are so comfy.

Outfit Details

Black Dress: more expensive option here | Shoes: old similar style here | Sweater: sold out, similar style here

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cole's Birth Story

I should have posted Cole's birth story forever ago but the first two months having him home have been crazy adjusting to having 2 babies! Crew is two and Cole is now two months so the age gap is challenging. I think it has been a little harder of an adjustment than I planned. I have struggled a lot with post partum depression this time too. I didn't have any of that when Crew was born so it has been hard dealing with it and trying to be a good mom to Crew. Things are slowly getting easier though and we love having Cole as part of our family!

I was induced a week early this time because Crew was 9.3 pounds so we knew we would probably be having another big boy. They started me on a cervix softer around 8 pm on October 25th. Luckily that put me into labor and I contracted and progressed all night. (No sleep at all! the contractions were so painful) Around 7 in the morning I got my epidural and was able to rest but still wasn't able to sleep. Around 11:30 my contractions were strong enough that it started to make Coles heart rate drop to the point that my doctor was concerned. They had already broken my water so they decided to insert a tube and shoot some water back up in to cushion him from the contractions squeezing him. Luckily that helped enough get us through the rest of the dilation process. At 12:45 I was ready to start pushing! I only pushed a few times and the little dude was out. He only weighed 7.11. That was such a shock to us since his brother was so big. He swallowed some fluid on his way out so he was struggling with that for the first day but other than that he was perfect and so healthy. We couldn't have asked for a better delivery. 

Thanks for reading!


Monday, January 8, 2018

Family Pictures 2017

Outfit details
Jess: Top: Nordstrom | Pants: Nordstrom | Boots: Old (Similar (on sale!))
Harper: Dress: Old Navy, sold out (similar) | Bow: Nordstrom

I was so excited to take family pictures this year now that Harper is with us! My go-to for all of the professional photos I get done is Cali Stoddard Photography. She did my birth story (which you can find here), and she is doing Harper's first birthday party next month. She is just amazing. Cali found the most amazing place to take pictures up at Silver Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon and it was so gorgeous. There wasn't any snow down in the valley but up in the canyon it was a winter wonderland! It was the perfect backdrop to take photos to go on our Christmas card. I love my little family!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Best Year Yet

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I love starting a new year! I know a lot of people are critical of the idea of making resolutions, but I love starting a year with new goals. For some reason I can trick myself into being more positive at the beginning of the year and be more forgiving of myself for the failures of the previous year. This year I have so many goals that I really feel like I will actually achieve. I turn 30 this month and I'm determined to make 2018 my year! One thing I feel really helps me is physically writing things down. Whether its my goals, or my schedule, or my to-do list, actually putting them down on paper seems to be much more effective than just using my phone. I love how many cute planners and calendars there are now to help with that! I've gathered some of the cutest ones I've seen for you today. I bought this calendar at Anthropologie last month and it is beyond gorgeous! I put it in my office and it puts me in a good mood everytime I look at it! Happy planning ladies!