Wednesday, January 18, 2017

things of note.

a collection of random things that I have taken note of. 

I got the Serena and Lily Catalog last night and it's timing happen to fall in line with us deciding we desperately need a new bed. We DIYed our headboard a few years ago but hasn't really been right since being moved and it's SO annoying. However, this cane headboard, not annoying in the most perfect way possible. What is annoying, it's price tag. A girl can dream right? 

Target's new line (and Nate Berkus Baby!) is killing me. I missed out on their Valentine's day stuff last year because I couldn't drive (c sections and manual cars don't work out) but you better believe this wreath is coming home with me. 

We are wrapping up house projects left and right lately; the front door and shutters is next on the list for a makeover! We decided on a pretty blue for the door and creamy white shutters. Isla and I are on a mission to get paint samples when she wakes up. 

Can you believe this baby shirt? I just scooped up a gingham button down from j.crew (for under 20, is this real life?!) and I think Isla and I need to be twins!

Oh beige nikes. I will be welcoming you with open arms tomorrow when the postman comes. I can't wait to wear these babies to the playground and beyond. 

1Canoe2 are releasing globes again! I am so pumped, I never scooped one up at Anthro years ago but these are going to be only 30! I don't think they are of the same quality but for that price tag who cares.

I love knick knacks. Isla loves collecting coins that she finds around the house from her dad's pockets. This snail wins for everyone.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

5 for 2017

I know, I know. Podcasts have been around for a loooong time but we have started listening to them a lot more. They make naptime chores more enjoyable, long walks shorter, and days that your house feels isolating more sociable. We have branched out lately from our go to's (Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Modern Love) and discovered a few new ones: Sidedoor (short 20 minute episodes put out by the Smithsonian), Accused (same vibe as Serial but its a cold case), Reply All (This is a little bit of everything but really hit or miss), and Gilmore Guys (really helping me get to the bottom of why I didn't like the new episodes). 

Roomba: Get one. It will change your life. We snatched ours up on Groupon for 200 and we haven't regretted it for a moment. I no longer live in fear of what is growing under our couch.  I want the fancy mop one next!

Weekend Trips: Lucky for me that I have a group of girlfriends that live all over the country and we love getting together. We did a weekend trip to Chicago this summer and I am heading to Texas in couple weeks to meet up with them. They are the perfect length of time to get away. Craig and I are also heading to Tampa for a concert in March and Vail in May. I am hoping to plan a fun family one for the three of us and one for Craig's 30th birthday! 

Upgrading Everyday: I have been making a point of upgrading the things I use everyday. So far the roomba and a new curling iron have made my days so much easier (and feel a little bit more special). Next up, our pots and pans.

Making Time for the Little Things: Whew, I really let this go this past year. It was pretty easy to collapse in a heap for the first few months after we had Isla and now it's become a habit. I've been trying to use the first 15 minutes after working out in the morning to use my planner, write out a note to Craig for him to find, or anything else I want to do. I really want to get this lettering journal to do after Isla's goes to bed.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Isla's Birthday

Isla is ONE! I still haven't actually wrapped my mind around that but we celebrated. We kept it pretty low key since it was New Years Day and Isla got overwhelmed at Christmas.

Our parents stayed at hotels so that we could wake up with Isla and spend some time as a family of three celebrating this milestone. It was the sweetest part of the day because she was SO excited to see her teepee and kept sticking her head in and out of it to make sure we will still watching. 
The rest of the day was kind of a blur but we loved watching her eat cake and celebrate her being one.

This little white outfit is a bigger version of the one we brought her home from the hospital in. It was a bittersweet moment to put it on and see how well it fit compared to the newborn one was too big for her the same time last year.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

new year

A New Year: Time took on a whole new meaning this year with a baby born on New Years. I could literally watch time go by as she grew and changed. It was a big year of change and trying to figure out how to balance being a mom, wife, and me. I don't usually make resolutions but I had a running list in my head of things I wanted to do in 2017. As I was scrolling through instagram, I was coming across people having a word for 2017. In my head, I was like a word that's silly until I came to Waiting on Martha's instagram (love this idea) and her word was complete. That is exactly the word I need (along with organization). I LOVED LOVED LOVED this past year with Isla but  I am ready to pick some things back up and follow through (or complete them if you will).

Here is a list:
1. photo albums: I have photos all over the place and this year has really taught me that I do not want to lose these memories. My goal to make yearly albums for the last 6 years (and hopefully a combined college one for Craig and I) along with a wedding album. If you have any recs of a website to make albums I would love to hear!

2. Dates: Not that we haven't gone on any... we usually sneak out when Grandparents come to visit but they aren't regular. We love spending time with Isla but she is starting to hit the age where she requires  more attention at a restaurant.  Craig and I are going to find a babysitter so we can try to make it a point to go out alone.

3. Organizing my house: Goodness. It has gotten out of control in terms of things being stashed in all kinds of places. I want to complete house organization projects. I started doing the simplified planner month challenge to kickstart my year.

4. Friends: Trying to be SO much better about friends. I want to remember birthdays, wedding anniversaries, big work accomplishments, etc. My friends have been amazingly kind to Isla and I and I want to work to be half as good as they are. This is just as much as organizing my time to make it happen as it is about completing gifts.

5. Complete thoughts: This is really random and drives Craig BONKERS. Since I have had Isla I can be in the middle of a sentence and just stop. I think its related to  post pregnancy (and my head being totally geared towards Isla) but I am trying to be mindful of it so I can stop doing it.  (I will also pick up the vacuum cleaner when I am done using it, LOVE YOU!)

Do y'all make resolutions or goals for the New Year? I would love to hear them!