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!


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?!


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!!


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?!?!?


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!








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

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Leaves of Change.


Life has been INSANE lately, so I thought October would be a great month to jump in on the goals bandwagon! I mean let's just face it, stuff is easier to accomplish when it's written down. So, here we go!

-Take Kanaan to the pumpkin patch!

-Figure out Kanaan's Halloween costume.

-Blog at least 3x a week.

-Start Christmas shopping! (It's never too early, amiright?!)

-Boost my R+F biz!

-Exercise 4x a week.

-Create a list of everything that needs to be done before Bren gets out of the Air Force in 5 months.

-Read The Underground Girls of Kabul.

So there they are. Nothing earth shattering, but all things that I need/want to get done!

Have you made a goal list for this month? Do you have a plan to achieve them?!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

How Can It Be?

How can it be? I think as Christians, we ask ourselves this a lot. We know that God loves us unconditionally, but as humans, we still doubt. How can He love me when I am broken? How can He love me when I have sinned SO. MANY. TIMES? How can He truly forgive me of all my past transgressions? HOW CAN IT BE?

I was talking on the phone with my sister today and she was telling me about some people getting saved today at our home church in Oklahoma. One of the guys is in his 30s and thought he was saved as a child, but was having some doubts and really wanted to nail it down and just know for sure. I was so proud of him because I know how hard that is for an adult to do. As we were talking some more, I was telling her that I have mixed feelings about end of service invitations. On the one hand, I think it gives people a great opportunity to make a public decision for Christ, on the other hand, I feel like it can produce a lot of doubt. At least for me. I can't tell you how many times during invitation that I have wondered if I am REALLY saved and going to Heaven. Doubt is a horrible feeling.

I got saved when I was 9 years old and I have obviously changed a lot since then, so sometimes it's hard to remember that though my faith isn't like that of a child anymore, I did TRULY accept Christ into my heart and make a decision to live for Him. Have I failed Him everyday since then? Of course. Thankfully we are covered by grace and He forgives us of our sins when we truly repent.

You HAVE to watch this video and really listen to the words. Lauren has a BEAUTIFUL voice and it will speak right to you, I just know it!

Do you ever have doubts about your salvation? How do you deal with that?