Friday, October 24, 2014

Top 5 Guilty Pleasures.

Hey Friends! As we go into the weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a light-hearted, little "get to know me" post! So I am going to bare my soul and air my top 5 guilty pleasures! (Hehe.)

 #1) Grey's Anatomy! Y'all I have been watching this from the very beginning, I think I was like 15 or 16. I'm telling you I will be HEARTBROKEN when ever this show goes off the air. I know you shouldn't be so emotionally attached to fictional characters, but I am. I can't help it and I don't want to!

#2) Candy Crush! OK, I really hate even admitting this, but it's true. It is seriously the best way for me to wind down and relax at night. I can do it without thinking for one second and that is a win in my book!
 #3) German Chocolate Cupcakes! Specifically from a little coffee shop called Crooked Tree Coffee & Cakes. Nomnomnom. I can justify these babies any day!

#4) Rap Music! Another one I hate to admit. But y'all it gets me hyped up and energized. Now I don;t like it if it's real degrading and crude, but I tune out as much as I can just so I can listen to the beat and get PUMPED!

#5) Scandal! Last, but certainly not least, Scandal! I love it. It is the epitome of sinful, but I am totally rooting for Fitz + Olivia.

Do we share any of the same guilty pleasures? Tell me yours!

Xoxo,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why I Matter. {Even Though I'm Not Where I Thought I Would Be.}


Yesterday I wrote about taking time for me. One of the most important ways to do that is to constantly realize my self-worth. I matter. Sometimes I get to thinking about where I "could" be had a went straight through college, instead of rebelling and acting a fool. And then when I did get it together, my sweetie and I decided to get married and I moved to good ol' Montana to be a military wife. Although I am extremely happy and couldn't imagine my life without my sweet guys, I do still sometimes wish that I would've finished school when I had the chance to do it as a young, single girl.

I tend to compare my current progress in school with that of my friends. While I am still working on my Bachelor's degree (Only 21 hours left!), one of my best friends is in her 3rd year of law school, another will be done with PA school in December, and another has both her Bachelor's in Education and her Cosmetology license and is working at an upscale salon because that, versus teaching, is her dream job. It is HARD not to be a tidbit jealous of them.

(You can buy this print here!)

I have seen this quote many times, but I am seriously considering buying it and hanging it by my desk because it is just SO. DANG. TRUE. I think as humans, it is natural to compare ourselves with other people who seem to have it altogether, when in all actuality, they are probably doing the same thing with us. And even though we know we shouldn't, we still do. So I find it is crucial for me to count my blessings every single day and remind myself why I matter. 
 

I am raising an incredible little human being and I am loving and supporting an incredible man who is serving our country. I am a daughter of the one, true King. I am an encourager and an advocate. I am a soft place to land and a shoulder to cry on. I am important. I MATTER.

Do you ever feel like you don't matter all that much? I challenge you to count your blessings today and remind yourself just how much you DO matter. Leave a comment telling me one reason that you are important! Let's celebrate each other!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Making Time for Mama + Not Feeling Guilty About It.


Until you have kids, it is hard to understand the "mom-guilt" that comes with almost everything that doesn't revolve around your kids. I am definitely not the first, nor will I be the last, to have felt this way. What I have come to realize though, is that I am a much better mom when I take some time for myself to refresh and recharge!

After much deliberation with my husband, we decided that it was time for Kanaan to go to daycare. He needed more structure than I was giving him at home, and he also needd to be around kids. He LOVES to play and interact with people and I felt so bad that he didn't get that while staying at home with me. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to stay at home with him for the first year and a half of his life, but it was time for this change.

To be honest though, it wasn't all for him; I needed a change, too! My time as a SAHM mom had run its course and I was ready to be a working woman again. Not something full-time, as I still want to be able to always be available if Kanaan needs me, but something part-time that is fun and gives me a reason to get dressed up and be productive.

So once he got into daycare, I got a job at Old Navy! They are super flexible with my hours and it is such a fun place to work. See all those selfies up there? I actually am getting dressed up and feeling pretty enough to take them! Y'all it has done wonders for my whole being. It feels GOOD to make some money, have fun, and be PRODUCTIVE! Not that raising a baby isn;t being productive, but I am not the type to clean all day and have a set schedule, so I found myself being way lazier than I needed to be! In saying that, I have come up with some ways to make time for mama now that our lives have changed a little.

  1. Get pretty! By this, I simply mean getting dressed up and put together everyday! It seriously does wonders for my self-esteem, and it will for yours, too!
  2. Find a hobby! Since I don't work all day, it is important for me to utilize the time I have to myself, and I like to do that by crafting and/or doing homework. When I utilize this time, then I can fully devote myself to Kanaan in the mornings and evening when he is not at daycare!
  3. Get my nails done! This could go in the get pretty bullet, but I will make it its own. Just getting my nails and toes painted is so relaxing, yet doesn't break the bank! I find it is a great time to sneak away and just have some me-time.
  4. Read! Reading is one of my all-time favorite things to do, and being a mom doesn't give me a lot of time to do that. So now I try to read before/after work and daycare!
None of these things break the bank, yet they are all refreshing. What I have noticed is that it is so much easier to COMPLETELY focus on Kanaan when I have had some time to myself. It doesn't make me a bad mom, it just makes me human. And that is OK. I am fighting the "mom-guilt" trend and realizing that I am only human and sometimes I just need to make time for me!

How do you balance motherhood and time for you?! I would love more ideas!

Xoxo,

Monday, October 13, 2014

Front Porch - Fall Edition.



If you haven't been able to tell, I heart Fall. It gives me the warm fuzzies. However, this is the first year I have really decorated for it. Why? I have no idea. But I am loving our little front porch! When I first started this blog, I wanted it to be mainly a DIY blog, but insecurities crept in and I didn't go in that direction! In all honesty, I am kind of glad I didn't because I am REALLY bad at documenting projects as I go, which you kinda need to be good at if you are going to be a DIY blogger ;).


This little 'Happy Fall Y'all' sign was a DIY project. I bought an old cabinet door at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for like a $1, then I went to town on it! Because the door has moulding, it was super hard to get those letters looking decent, but I am happy with the end product and it really spruces up our front porch! Also, my mom and I made that pumpkin door hanger last Fall and I am still in love with it! SO stinkin' cute!


My little family went to the pumpkin patch the other day (more on that later!) and these are the pumpkins we picked out. My favorite is the Cinderella pumpkin!


This little combo is my absolute FAVORITE! I got that vintage medical scale at an antique store for $40 and that metal barrel for $10. Just put some fall flowers in that bad boy, and VOILA! But seriously, is it not adorable?!


Andddd, the whole shabang! I obviously need a new rug, but that can wait.

Are you decorating for Fall this year?! Any DIY projects for it?!

Xoxo,

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Fashion Must-Haves.


Ahhh! Y'all I am totally crushing on this look! Fall is definitely my favorite season and clothes are a big part of the reason why! Everyone dresses more modest and everything is so darn comfy and cute! 

So I haven't been a big fan of the MK camo purses, buttttt I LOVE this Ralph Lauren one! Unfortunately it is almost 8 big ones so that won;t be happening! Ha! But the TOMS wedges WILL be for sure happening! I have been searching high and low for a comfy, cute, neutral bootie, and I think these will be perfect! 

I am also loving plaid, boyfriend jeans, and gold/brass jewelry!! 

What are your Fall, fashion must-haves?! Do share!!

Xoxo,

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Furniture. {Yay!}.


Hey sweet friends! So, something exciting happened...we bought a new couch!! We haven't ever had new furniture in our married life so we are pretty stoked! We got an excellent deal on this really good sized grey sectional. It isn't exactly like the one in the picture, but it is similar!

So now comes the fun task of re-doing our whole living room! I am super excited to have a change in scenery, but boy howdy is it expensive! So the picture above is kind of the look I am going for, not exact, but pretty close.

We used to have maroon curtains, but I already switched them out with some linen colored ones by Nate Berkus for Target and they completely changed the look of our living room. They made it so much brighter and also made it look bigger, which is always a good thing! Here they are:


Pretty, huh?! Yeah, so that tiny pillow you see on the couch is an embroidered Oklahoma pillow made by CatStudio and you can buy it here. I seriously LOVE it, however, it costs $158.00 and we just can't justify spending that on a pillow. SO, in the do-it-all fashion of my mom, she took an Oklahoma tea towel made by the same company and turned it into a pillow cover for me. It isn't embroidered but it is still incredible! I will give you a close up of the real deal, anyway!

Kind of awesome, huh?! So anyway, now I am on the hunt for some cool wooden end tables that are heavy and reasonably priced! Know of any? Hook a sista up!

What exciting things have been going on with you?!?!?

Xoxo,

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pumpkin Patch.



  
Y'all, what better way to bring in Fall than with a visit to the pumpkin patch?! We took our little man today and it was so stinkin' fun. He was a little uneasy when it came to the scarecrows so eventually he just started punching them, it was hilarious!  They had this fun little hay maze and a huge hay bale spider, along with a pumpkin patch, of course! It was such fun family time!


 



 
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Are you planning a trip to the pumpkin patch this month? If not, what's your favorite fall tradition?!