Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Birthday Goals - My "New Year" Aspirations

   Most people think of a new year on January 1st, make resolutions and feel a fresh start to the year.  For whatever reason, I've always felt my birthday was the beginning of my new year.  Maybe it's because it's in the spring and the weather starts to change, flowers start to bud and everything just seems to have more color in April.
   It's also a start to another year of being alive and it truly makes me reflect on all the blessings, the struggles, and the goals that I have accomplished so far.

A few of my "new year" goals for myself:

  • Have less.  I want to simplify my home and my life.  I need a really good spring cleaning.  I'd like to minimize my closet, minimize Gavin's toys, and downsize home items.
  • Be more grateful. It's so easy to get caught up in "I wish I had more," or "I wish I was further along with my career goals," and I feel like sometime I need to stop and just be grateful for what I have, where I have come and where I am going. Finding gratitude daily is something I want to do be more consistent with. 
  • Get Outside More. I've never been a "gym" person but always grew up playing outdoor sports and being super active.  I want to step up my game this spring and summer and do more outdoor activities with Gavin such as hiking, sightseeing, swimming, and just enjoying nature. 

 Thank you all for such amazing birthday wishes! Do you have any birthday goals this year?

Ever After,

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mom Guilt + How to Make Slime

     As a working mom of a busy toddler, I have to make a conscience effort of putting aside time to do family activities with my son that do not involve eating, games, TV, and electronics.  At daycare, I see Gavin bring home the cutest little projects with glitter, paper plates, and glue.  I always have a little ping of pain that makes me feel guilty for not doing more creative "mom" things with him.
   When I get home from work, Gavin is usually ready to play and as I pretend to build a castle with blocks, I sometimes secretly dream of when he goes to bed so I can catch up on 'The Bachelor.'  That's where the guilt comes in.  And that's OK.  As parents, sometimes we truly don't want to play blocks, play-do, or be crushed in a little tent that makes your back hurt.
     But we do it anyway.  We love them and find joy in their happiness. Any of you ever feel guilty for not being present in the moment?

    My goal this year has been to truly soak up the moments in the back-aching tent and never wish another moment away.  Especially moments like that.  Work can wait. Laundry can wait.  These moments are worth a million dollars.

     My husband helped reel me in to enjoy some good old fashioned toddler time by suggesting we make slime with Gavin.  It was so fun, easy and less messy then the average toddler craft.  We made  fun mint green color for St. Patty's Day.  Enjoy your family and make some slime.  That's my PSA for the day!

What You'll Need:
- Saline contact solution
- Elmer's school glue
- Food coloring
- Baking soda

1. Pour 12 ounces of glue into a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix in 1 and 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
3. Add 2 tablespoons of saline solution.
4.  Add in a few drops of desired food coloring (can add glitter or other "extras" if you want)
5.  Mix all together with a mixing spoon first then mold and pull to mix with your hands like you would do pizza dough :)

Ever After,

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts She NEEDS (not wants)

So many gift guides are for the "cute" items that someone may WANT but this guide is focused on what they may NEED.  By NEED I mean every single girl should have all of these gifts.  I searched and scoured products that aren't just pretty but are a solution to a problem.

1. The ShhhowerCAP

If you're like me.. you try to stretch out your blow-out for as many days as possible but traditional shower caps are always letting me down!  I have never found one that works quite right for me, that is until I discovered these babies. The shower cap has been reinvented, ladies and they are amazing.  The material is made with hydrophobic material so that none of your hair gets wet.. at all.  Oh, and they are so adorable that you don't look like an old grandma wearing them. So many cute selections here. 

2. Hand-knitted Mermaid Blanket.

Yup, every women needs their mermaid blanket to stay cozy and watch Hallmark Christmas Movies while feeling like a lazy mermaid.  There are many versions of this blanket coming from China that are not-so-soft and this one is super soft, hand-knitted and adorably purple.

3. The book, Girl Logic by Iliza Schlesinger.

Iliza hilarious and gives great advice to women, explaining why our "Girl Logic" sometimes guides us in every necessary direction and at the same time gets in the way.  So funny, insightful, and entertaining, every girl needs to read this book!

4. Avocado Huggers

If you eat Avocado, you will NEED this.  I am constantly saddened by the number of (half) avocados that I find wasted by throwing them in a plastic bag.  The Avocado Hugger hugs half the avocado to keep it fresh longer.  Genius.  Now I want Avocado toast.

5. Flavor God Startup Spice Rack
My husband got me these last year and it was one of my favorite gifts! So many spices are loaded with so much sodium, artificial flavors, and just plain junk.  Flavor God spices are gluten-free, kosher, and a lot of the mixes are salt-free as well!  These spices help me get more creative in my cooking while keeping everything healthy.

Ever After,